Senior Standouts

Students carry the lessons they learn at Doane with them for the rest of their lives. Here are just a few of the exceptional outgoing students in Doane's Class of 2015 and the lessons they've learned in their time as Tigers.


Erin Bell took advantage of each opportunity at Doane, leading her to the start of a promising journalism career.

Dylan Relue ’15 sees the world through a lens, and he needed the right college academic program to build on his passion for filmmaking. A conversation with Associate Professor of Theatre Rob McKercher three years ago was exactly what he needed.

When Sara Umland ’15 was in sixth grade, she wrote a paper about what she wanted to do when she grew up: work at a museum. A decade later, the history and English double major from Windsor, Colorado, is well on her way; she was admitted to one of the top museum studies master's programs in the nation before graduation.

Sam Rickert '15 always knew he wanted to go to Doane, even if his family might have disowned him if he didn’t. In four years, the music education major has worked with the admissions department, joined a fraternity and toured with several of Doane's musical groups.

Throughout his entire life, Bret Pospisil ’15 was likely to be found at a computer. That's how the Malmo native and Bishop Neumann High School graduate, who came to Doane originally to play basketball, found his true niche.

It all started when Dayna Svoboda ’15 was cut from the volleyball team as a high school sophomore.

After that she didn’t know what to do with her life. Her sister was good at sports, so she “always thought that was what she was supposed to do.” Then her friends convinced her to try out for the school play.

When Kelsey Christensen ’15 came to Doane, she didn’t have a planner.

But she quickly realized between running cross country and track, participating in Gamma Phi Iota sorority, staying caught up with her biochemistry major and finding time for all of her other activities at Doane, she needed to stay organized.

Tyler Strobl '15 may be one of the most recognized names on Doane’s campus.

Someday, though, his name may be well-known in Panama, Brazil or another country in Latin America. After all, he is teaching in Panama this semester and recently learned he is one of Doane University's Fulbright recipients in 2015.

The senior education and English as a second language (ESL) major has international goals far beyond the city of Crete, but Doane was the perfect place for the Superior native to begin pursuing those goals.