Phonathon is a program featuring student development officers, who seek to build relationships with our Doane community and to raise money for Doane University. Phonathon runs for about 10 weeks during both the fall and spring semesters.
Why do we call?
Our Doane community includes alumni, parents, and friends of Doane. We aim to stay in touch with our Doane family by hearing about your experiences and sharing our own. We will also update your contact information, update you on some current Doane happenings, and provide opportunities for you to stay connected with Doane.
We hope you will choose to make a gift to Doane University either to the Doane Fund or to the college or area to which you feel the most connected. Funds we raise from our call with you benefit students today and tomorrow. You make the difference in the lives and education for current and future students.
Doane student callers are passionate about what they are involved in at Doane and want to hear your stories. What did you love most? Which professor made a difference for you? How do you want to stay connected? We can only do this if you give us a chance. When you see Doane calling please take a couple of minutes and connect with a fellow Tiger.
Meet our Phonathon Staff:
|Kennerly Benraty ’18
Major: Political Science and Law, Politics, and Society
Campus activities/involvement: Sigma Phi Theta, Student Philanthropy Committee, Phonathon, Human and Planetary Health Society, Doane Forensics Team
What do you want to do with your degree: "Engage individuals with stimulating, intellectual conversation about the world around us."
What do you like most about being a student caller: "Hearing the stories of alumni and how similar most of those stories are to my current experience at Doane."
What does the Doane Fund mean to you: "It means everything. If it weren't for the Doane Fund, I wouldn't have gotten scholarships that I needed to attend college in the first place."
|Seth Hood ’18
Major: Business & Fitness Management
Campus activities/involvement: Sigma Phi Theta, Doane Wrestling, Peer Mentor, Doane Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) member, Phonathon
What do you want to do with your degree: "Own my own business (possibly in health & fitness field)"
What do you like most about being a student caller: "I enjoy being a part of giving future students the same opportunity to come to Doane that I received."
What does the Doane Fund mean to you: "The Doane Fund means I’m able to be here. Coming from California for wrestling, there's no way I would have gotten the opportunity to come to Doane and get all the amazing experiences I've thus far received."
|Clayton Anderson ’19
Blue Springs, MO
Major: Journalism and Media, political science
Campus activities/involvement: Sigma Phi Theta, KDNE, DCTV, Doane Owl, Phonathon
What do you want to do with your degree: "I want to broadcast sports either doing play-by-play or sports radio."
What do you like most about being a student caller: "I like the conversation with alumni as well as the competition between the other callers."
What does the Doane Fund mean to you: "The Doane Fund, along with the Stewart Nelson scholarship, mean a lot to me because I have personally seen my friends and other students be postively impacted by the scholarships."
|Brady Brokaw ’19
Grand Island, NE
Major: Secondary Social Science Education
Campus activities/involvement: Student Congress, Delta Kappa Pi Fraternity, Phonathon
What do you want to do with your degree: "I want to become a high school or middle school social studies teacher and become a coach."
What do you like most about being a student caller: "I love meeting alumni and getting to know their story about Doane and their personal experience. These are the stories that help make Doane unique and the best small college in Nebraska."
What does the Doane Fund mean to you: "The Doane Fund helps me and other students get a tremendous education and makes the university more affordable for everyone."
|Jared Foote ’19
Major: Biochemistry (Engineering Minor)
Campus activities/involvement: Sigma Phi Theta, Human and Planetary Health Society, Phonathon, and the Doane Baseball program
What do you want to do with your degree: "My plan is to pursue a Masters or Doctoral degree in Sustainability and/or Alternative Energy. Then, work as an environmental engineer."
What do you like most about being a student caller: "I like hearing what Doane’s successful Alumni have done with everything they gained from their own student experience at Doane."
What does the Doane Fund mean to you: "To me, the Doane Fund means more opportunities. We need more money for innovative projects on campus and unique learning experiences that will set us apart from other institutions."
|Zach Rash ’19
Major: Sociology (criminology emphasis)
Activities: Sigma Phi Theta, Tiger Mentor Program, Phonathon Caller
Career goals: “I want to go into Law Enforcement.”
What I like about phonathon: “I get to interact with alumni and hear stories about when they were in college and what their experience was like at Doane. I think it is important to know how Doane has changed over the years and has continued to grow in a positive way.”
What the Doane Fund means to me: “The Doane Fund is where a lot of students' scholarship money comes from so it is very important to keep that alive as much as possible. I think a lot of students here at Doane are here solely because of the Doane Fund.”
|Tazia Simpson ’19
Major: Elementary and Special Education
Campus activities/involvement: Kappa Phi Zeta, Cheerleading, Student Education Association, Phonathon
What do you want to do with your degree: "I would like to go back and teach in my hometown or teach around the country on our military bases."
What do you like best about being a student caller: "I enjoy talking to alumni and learning about their Doane stories and where Doane has taken them in life."
What does the Doane Fund mean to you: "The Doane Fund is what allows me to come to Doane and be so active. Thank you to all the Donors!!"
|Nina Theiler ’19
Campus activities/involvement: Gamma Phi Iota, Greek Council President, Women's Soccer, Student Ambassador, Student Ambassador Leadership Team, Relay For Life, Phonathon
What do you want to do with your degree: "I would like to be a Pediatric Occupational Therapist"
What do you like most about being a student caller: "I like being able to connect with alumni and hear about their time at Doane. While some alumni went to school here decades ago, they all still seem to get out the same things, a lifelong community to belong to."
What does the Doane Fund mean to you: "The Doane Fund has made it possible for me to go Doane. Without the generous donations from alumni throughout the years, there would be no way that Doane could have offered me my scholarship and without those scholarships, I don't know if I would get to have the amazing experience that I am having."