New RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN ProgramA new RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program began in January on Doane's Lincoln and Grand Island campuses.  Doane designed the program for licensed, Registered Nurses with an associates degree or Diploma in Nursing who want to advance in the profession, allowing nurses to combine their academic, clinical and professional experience in health care with a liberal arts education.


Doug Christensen

Doug Christensen, retired commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education, joined the faculty of Doane's Master of Education in Educational Leadership program last summer.  Christensen had previously served as guest lecturer for the EDL program, which led to his interest in the faculty role to share his four decades of leadership experience. 


Coming Home: Homecoming & Family Day 2009

Homecoming  Royalty - 2009Snow may have cancelled some events and brought other indoors, but it didn't dampen the spirit of the many students, alumni and friends who attended Homecoming Oct. 9-11. Visitors found the familiar comforts of home in classics like the Tiger Tailgate and home football and volleyball games. But the line-up of events also included a few surprises, too.

Rall Art Gallery in Perkins Library was the site of the first-ever Alumni Art Display & Eat-the-Art Reception. A birthday bash was held for two campus landmarks - 100 years for the former Carnegie Science Hall and 10 years for the Lied Science and Mathematics Building. Dr. David Clevette, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Christopher Wentworth, professor of physics, also entertained and amazed a crowd with chemistry and physics experiments.

This year's Homecoming also included a retirement event for Art Professor Richard Terrell, alumni baseball and basketball games, Chi Delta sorority's 20th anniversary, and class reunions for 2004, 1999, 1989, 1984, 1979 and 1969.

Two former Doane athletes received the Honor D Award: Larry J. Mollring '68 of Lincoln and Kenton B. Mann '75 of Grand Island . The award dates back to 1958 and honors former Doane athletes who have succeeded in their chosen careers or service.



TriMATHlonLincoln Southwest and Thayer Central high schools were the overall team champions in the 10th annual triMATHlon Math Contest held at Doane's Crete campus. About 140 high-school students took part in the math contest, which includes three stages. The Extreme Team Challenge event involved the use of directional compasses to locate large trapezoids laid out in the campus green, as well as questions about the bell tower and other historical sites on campus.  The Individual Written Test was a 30-question, multiple-choice exam. The Math Bowl paired three-person teams in a quiz bowl tournament.

The participating high schools in the Division I competition were Lincoln East, Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Southwest, Norris, Omaha Central, Bellevue East, Bellevue West and Seward. The participating high schools in the Division II competition were Bertrand, Brownell-Talbot, Crete, Deshler, Falls City Public, Harvard, Osceola, Thayer Central and Weeping Water.


God, Evil and Flannery O'Connor

Father Ramon Decaen of Falls City gave a talk on Flannery O'Connor, a 20th century catholic fiction writer, on Doane's campus Dec. 2.  The title of his talk was "The Value of Fiction Today in the Writings of Flannery O'Connor as reflected in the Catholic Faith."


Fall Theatre Productions

The Book Club Play"The Book Club Play" - This October production was a best seller!  That line may have made you groan, but the play about this group of 30-somethings who invite a new member into their beloved book club was only full of laughs.  The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival judge was on hand to adjudicate the production.  Students Laura Jacob and Becky March were nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship based on their performances, and will audition at the American College Theatre Festival in January.   

"It was one of the most professional theatre productions on the college level she has ever reviewed ... period!" "It was a truly engaging, fresh, and energized"; "incredibly mature ensemble acting rarely found in collegiate work"; "a polished piece from the design to the acting"; "just how lucky we are to have one of the most exciting performance spaces in the region"; "your hospitality was exceptional and your educational atmosphere, superb"; and "I can't wait to get an opportunity to come back and see another Doane production."

Comments taken from Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) judge for Region V


Choir Performs in Wisconsin

The Doane Choir performed a joint concert in Spring Green, Wis., Oct. 2, with the Taliesin chorus on the Taliesin campus. The concert highlighted an Oct. 1-4 fall tour, which included a clinic with Waukee (Iowa) High School, hometown of several members of the Doane Choir. The choir also performed at a church service in Des Moines.


Christmas Festival

The semester closed with the annual Christmas Concert, Dec. 5-6. This year's concert featured Dianne Ferguson on the piano, Collegiate Chorale, Doane Choir, Doublewide, Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble and a Flute Choir.


Dredla Research Series Speaker

On October 13, Dr. Holly A. Rine, assistant professor of history at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, presented

" ‘The house ordained to that end': How Mohawks, Dutch and English created a cross-cultural courthouse in seventeenth-century Albany" as part of the Dredla Research Series. 

The idea for the Dredla Research Series began in 2006, when the Vice President for Academic Affairs announced the initiation of a research speaker series in celebration of the inauguration of Doane College's 11th president, Jonathan M. Brand. The series honors the intellectual community of the college by funding scholarly presentations.

Dredla sistersIn 2008, contributions from the estates of Alberta M. Dredla (1905-2003) and Bernice C. Dredla Sanderson (1909-2000) made the establishment of a permanent endowment a reality. The Dredla sisters, natives of Crete and graduates of Doane College in 1926 and 1935, respectively, were long-time supporters of education. The Dredla women established long and vital teaching careers, contributing to and taking on numerous leadership roles in various communities of educators.  Although the sisters moved with their parents to the Los Angeles area of California in 1939, they maintained strong ties to Doane College. Both women received the Doane College Builder Award, Alberta in 1988 and Bernice in 1991, granted to alumni "who have made immeasurable contributions of time and effort to the building of the college and whose leadership has set a living example." In 1984, the sisters established a Doane scholarship fund. In 2007, the Dredla sisters' estates financed the office wing of the education department in the Chab-Weyers Education Building.

The Dredla Research Speakers Series has now been established permanently because of the Dredla sisters' generosity and dedication to Doane College. The commitment to intellectual life demonstrated by the Dredla sisters matches the founding goals of the research series to gather students, faculty, and the larger Doane College community into challenging consideration of ongoing research in the liberal arts and sciences. In addition to student achievement in specific courses and majors, the Dredla women understood well the importance of creating intellectual community among faculty and students, and among faculty within their disciplines across the nation.


Hansen Leadership Series


Mark Orsag"History vs. Hollywood:  fact and fiction in the film Gladiator" was the topic of this faculty-in-residence workshop in Frees Hall theatre by Mark Orsag, associate professor of history.  The Hansen Leadership Program calls upon faculty to lead informal discussions designed to foster a stronger relationship between academic inquiry, professional development and the cocurricular experience of Doane students.



Brad JohnsonBrad Johnson, associate professor of English, presented his faculty-in-residence workshop: "Peeping on your peeps - surveillance in social networking" in November.  Lots of people talk about identity theft online, but don't know that social networking sites (like Facebook) actually provide information to outside parties.



Dan ClantonGod is everywhere - even on TV? "God in the Box: Religion on Television" was a faculty workshop presented by Dr. Dan Clanton, assistant professor of philosophy and religion. Dr. Clanton examined how religion is depicted on television using clips from popular TV programs.




Alumni Master Luncheon

Alex Meyer Yonker '04 was the featured speaker at an alumni master's luncheon Nov. 20.  Yonker, a genetic counselor in San Francisco, talked about the importance of communication skills in her job.


Frugal Living on a College Budget

Budgeting, the basics of money management and understanding credit scores were just a few topics Doane students heard at the "Frugal Living on a College Budget" seminar Nov. 11. The session was part of Nebraska Financial Literacy Week, sponsored by NSLP and the Nebraska Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and seminars were conducted on college campuses throughout Nebraska.

Iphone Mobile MapMobile Web Site Live

Now you can access Doane's web site through a variety of mobile platforms.  That means quick access to information like the directory, events calendar, gmail/google apps, campus alerts, and more. To access the site, go to: The site was created by senior Craig Eiting as part of his internship project with the Information Technology Services Office.


How Nebraska Serves the ‘Working Poor'

The Doane community and Crete-area residents had a chance to learn "How Nebraska Serves the Working Poor or Homeless" during a panel discussion Oct. 29, which brought together representatives of five area service agencies.
The discussion included representatives of Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach, the Friendship Home, Food Bank of Lincoln, Clinic With A Heart and Nebraska Appleseed.

For students enrolled in Doane's Liberal Arts Seminar, the evening built on classroom discussions of their common book "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America." Written by an undercover journalist, the book investigates the impact of the 1996 welfare reform on the "working poor" in America, highlighting many of the difficulties people have in working jobs that pay low wages.


Recreation and Athletic Center Naming Ceremony

Naming ceremony for the Recreation and Athletic CenterIn October, Doane paid tribute to two donors and their families who recently contributed a combined $9.5 million to the $13 million performance gymnasium and fitness facility now taking shape one cement block at a time on the Crete campus.  During the 30-minute ceremony, forced indoors to Fuhrer due to rain, a sign was unveiled with the new facility's name:  The George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center.  Also honored were Richard and Wanda Gibson for their support and donation to the new building, whose Hall-of-Fame room will bear the Gibson name.  

Both men, longtime members of Doane's Board of Trustees spoke to the large audience of community and campus members. Thanks to their support, fundraising has almost been completed for the new facility, expected to open in August 2010.


Faculty Recital

Members of Doane's music education and performance faculty presented vocal and instrumental music at the Faculty Recital Thursday, Oct. 1 in Heckman Auditorium. The recital showcased solos from:

Candace Behrmann, flute

David Breckbill piano, and accompanist

Dianne Ferguson, piano

Amy Guevara, voice

Chad Houk, piano
Jeff Keele, voice

Tom Kelly, trumpet

Jessica Lindsey, clarinet
Chantry Nelson, oboe

Mikiko Sakamoto, piano

Hannah Jo Smith, voice

David von Kampen, jazz piano, performed with his jazz trio. The Summitt String Quartet also performed. Two members of the quartet, Kim Salistean and Tracy Sands, are adjunct instructors in Doane's music department


Heather YorkDr. Heather York

Dr. Heather York, assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article titled "Stable-isotope analysis of diets of short-tailed fruit bats " published in the Journal of Mammalogy, v.90, no. 6, 2009. 



EPA Grant to Monitor Area Stream Quality

Russ SouchekDoane received an Environmental Education grant of $27,082 from Region 7 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a project in collaboration with the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Public Health Solutions District Health Department.  Called "No Stream Left Behind," the project will train citizen volunteers to monitor the quality of water in their local streams in the five-county area served by Public Health Solutions - Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer counties. The project team is led by Dr. Russell Souchek, associate professor of biology.

Science, Mathematics & IST Division Series

"Infectious Diseases and Mathematical Modeling" - Questions abound when it comes to infectious diseases. Will there be an epidemic? How many will be affected? If the disease is endemic, what is the prevalence of the infection?  Can the disease be eradicated or controlled?  What is the effect of population age structure?  How did Dr. Bill Wolesenky, associate professor of Mathematics, answer these questions? Mathematical modeling.  His October presentation demonstrated mathematical modeling approaches that are used in this interesting area of research. 

In November, Dr. Russ Souchek, professor of biology, conducted a campus-wide lecture titled "Geographic Information Systems" followed by Dr. Andrea Holmes, professor of chemistry, who spoke on her research projects "DETECHIP and Wild Plum."

Raptor Recovery Nebraska Presentation - Live birds of prey such as owls and hawks visited campus during a November presentation by the Raptor Recovery Nebraska. The organization's goal is to increase public consciousness of birds of prey and to build awareness of the problems they face today. 


Doane's Latest Accolades

  • Princeton Review - Best Midwestern CollegeFor the second year in a row, Doane was the No. 1 college in Nebraska and among the top 11 percent of undergraduate colleges and universities nationwide, according to
  • U.S.News & World Report ranked Doane among the top 150 liberal arts colleges nationwide
  • The Princeton Review named Doane among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, one of 158 colleges chosen for the designation in a 12-state region.
  • In Washington Monthly's college rankings, which emphasize both academics and service, Doane placed first among Nebraska's liberal arts colleges and 115th nationally.
  • For the third consecutive year, Doane was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

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