Doane College


Doane University is a
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in Crete, Nebraska. It has additional campuses in
, Grand Island and
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The history of Doane University dates from 1857, when the General Association of Congregational Churches, in its first annual meeting in Fremont, Nebraska, resolved to lay the foundations of a literary institution of a high order in the state. Fourteen years later, and after several unsuccessful attempts to establish Congregational schools across the state, an academy was founded in Crete on May 22, 1871. The efforts of Frederick Francis Alley, the local Congregational pastor, and Thomas Doane, chief civil engineer for the
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, were instrumental in advancing the idea of the academy. On July 11, 1872, Doane College preempted the old Crete Academy. On May 9, 2016, the institution was renamed to Doane University. Doane is the first liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska. The university has had 67 Fulbright Scholars since the program began in 1946. Doane College renamed itself Doane University in 2016.

Academic freedom

In 2020 the director of the Perkins library came under fire for a "Parties of the Past" exhibit of historical photographs which included two photos of students wearing
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in 1926. The photos and then the entire exhibit was taken down by administrators who placed the library director on leave to the objection of the faculty. Doane was then named one of the "Worst Colleges for Free Speech" by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The university later reinstated the library director.


* Doane University Historic Buildings, including Gaylord Hall, Boswell Observatory and Whitcomb Conservatory/Lee Memorial Chapel. * Doane College Osterhout Arboretum, Doane University Osterhout Arboretum * Frees Hall * Sheldon Hall * Hansen Hall * Smith Hall * Fiske Lodge * Dean Memorial Pergola * Cassel Open Air Theatre, an outdoor theatre designed in 1936 and was named for Doane graduate and former treasurer of the institution, Albert Thomas Cassel. It serves as a location for classes, graduation ceremonies, and on some occasions, weddings. * Brandt Memorial Bridge * Porter Memorial Bridge * Butler Gymnasium


The enrollment consists of over 1,000 undergraduate students on the Crete campus, as well as 750 adult learners and 1,200 graduate students who attend the Lincoln, Omaha and Grand Island campuses.


Doane offers more than 40 undergraduate majors; several pre-professional programs; three graduate programs, and a Doctorate in Education.

Student media

Doane University is the home of the Doane Owl, the oldest student-run newspaper in the state of Nebraska. The Owl initially started as a literary publication before evolving into a traditional newspaper covering both Doane and Crete, Nebraska issues. Regarding student broadcasting, Doane's college radio station is KDNE, "The Edge of Indie". KDNE also hosts Cheska Musica, a popular polka show which caters to neighboring Wilber, Nebraska and its large Czech-language community. Programming on KDNE ranges from sports and news to student-run music specialty shows. DCTV is the university's television station.


Doane University athletic teams, sports_nicknamed the Tigers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Co-ed sports include cheerleading, dance, and shotgun sports. The first college football coach at Doane was F.P. Reed, who led the team to a 1–1 record. Other coaches in its football history include Al Papik, Tommie Frazier, Matt Franzen and current head coach Chris Bessler. 1905 Nebraska State College Football Champions. After defeating Bellevue College, the 1905 Doane College football team became the Nebraska State Football Champions. Considered a formidable team, not in small part to their combined weight, the Doane team lost their subsequent game with University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, 43–5. The largest player on the Doane team was 220 pound, left guard, Claude LeRoy Farrow of Aurora, Nebraska. Doane's football team has participated in three bowl games, winning two and tying one. The first was the 1950 Bean Bowl where they defeated University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State College by a score of 14–6. Doane then had back-to-back appearances in the Mineral Water Bowl in 1967 and 1968. They have qualified for the NAIA National Playoffs six times, most recently in 2016, and were semifinalist in 1972 and 1997.

Notable alumni

*Raymonn Adams – running back in Canadian Football League *Henry Pratt Fairchild – sociologist and educator *Weldon Kees – poet, painter, filmmaker, and jazz musician *Joseph D. Leitch US Army major general, attended 1882-1883 *Toshihiro Takami '56 – won the Japanese version of the Nobel Peace Prize for his extensive work in sustainable farming in Asia and Africa *Robert Taylor (American actor), Robert Taylor – actor, star of films from 1930s to '50s *Ralph W. Tyler '21 – Developed the ACT test *Robert Van Pelt – judge, U.S. District Court, 1957–88 *John Perry (philosopher), John Perry – philosopher and professor of philosophy at Stanford University *Bob Stitt – football head coach, Montana Grizzlies football, University of Montana *Samantha Marie Ware – actress and singer *Claude E. Welch '27 – Chief surgeon of the Pope rolling the assassination attempt in 1981 *Douglas L. Wilson – two-time recipient of Lincoln Prize and professor at Knox College (Illinois), Knox College


External links

Doane Athletics website
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