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From the President

One of the pillars of a Doane education is the common experience our students share.

Relationships with professors who know you as a student and as a person. Connections with peers that blossom into lifelong friendships. A degree that exposes you to a little bit of everything while teaching you how to use critical thinking and teamwork to be successful in your career.


On the Crete campus, our residential students have common tangible moments, too. Like starting their college journey by candlelight at Convocation in Cassel Open Air Theatre and ending it in cap and gown for Commencement in the very same place. That extends across our history-rich campus, where memories are made and lessons learned in all of our buildings.


Now we can say the same thing about Boswell Observatory, the new home for the Office of the President! With the addition of the Multicultural Nexus and the Public Safety Office’s move to Padour Walker Administration Building this summer, we decided that it was time to re-open the doors of this Doane treasure.


It’s really quite a beautiful building, nestled beneath the trees in our quaint historic district with Gaylord Hall, Poet’s Grove and Whitcomb Lee Conservatory. Boswell was a marvel in its time; few if any observatories for stargazing could be found on the Great Plains back in the pioneering times of the 19th century. Not only is the observatory listed in the National Register for Historic Places, but our telescope is even registered with the Smithsonian!


While we owe a great deal to those who preserved Boswell’s great history, it was important for us to utilize it because we’re a living, breathing university. The renovation allowed us to integrate the historic building with the common experience at Doane that binds us all. Now, when I meet for business or chat with students, we have the opportunity to reconnect with our history and be inspired by a tradition that goes back 144 years. At Doane, our surroundings energize our minds to grow.


You’ll see stories of Doane catalysts in this issue of Doane Magazine. An alumnus who found his love for theatre on Doane’s stages and built it into a life as a master props craftsman. A son of two Christian missionaries whose perseverance led him to our Crete campus, where he’s squeezing everything out of every second he has at Doane. And finally a story of a true pioneer, the late Janice Hadfield, architect of our College of Professional Studies and the embodiment of our best values.


It’s when we become present in our environment that we can become our better selves, and I hope you take a few notes from these wonderful folks who know what it is to “Live Doane.”


Dr. Jacque Carter

Doane University President