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Homecoming 2021

To Take Place October 2nd

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Homecoming is coming back to the Dana campus.

The Alumni Council has been meeting since early summer to solidify plans, make reservations, and see that it will be a great experience for all.

As always, it’s a great time to catch up with classmates, visit with former faculty, and reminisce with generations of alumni from across the country.

We’ll also be making up for lost time in some ways. That means the Class of 1970 won’t miss out on receiving their Venerable Viking medallions since we are combining their 50 Year Reunion with the Class of 1971. These reunions will be hosted by Rod and Diane Christenson and Steve and Kathy Cook.

New Dana logo merchandise will be available to show your continued pride in our alma mater. You’ll find the “Bookstore” in the Cooperman Atrium at the Gardner Hawks Gym, along with our Tailgate Lunch, Alumni awards, and cocktail hour.

A special display will also be there, focusing on Dana faculty over the decades.

Circle your calendar, contact your classmates, and plan to be back at Dana on October 2nd!




9:00 a.m.            Homecoming Registration Open 

9 – 11:00 a.m.    Kringle & Mingle (Danish American Archive & Library, 1738 Washington St.)

9 a.m. –  4 p.m.  Bookstore Open

11:15 a.m. – 12  Dana College Alumni Choir Practice & Mingle - Trinity Chapel (former Durham Classroom Center)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Dana College Tailgate Lunch, Gardner Hawks Atrium

1:30 p.m.            Homecoming Ceremonies, Gardner Hawks Gym 

-  Campus Development Update

-  Distinguished Alumni Induction

                                -  Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

                                -  Dana College Alumni Choir Performance

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.  All-Class Alumni Cocktail Reception, Gardner Hawks Atrium

6:00 p.m.            DOUBLE CLASS REUNIONS @ Corner Retreat - '85-'86, '90-'91, '95-'96, '2000-'01, '05-'06,

and '10-'11

6:00 p.m.            DOUBLE CLASS REUNIONS @ Blair Marina - Classes of '55-'56, '60-'61, '65-66, '70-'71, 

'75-'76, and '80-'81   

                              Blair Marina - Please call ahead for dinner reservations:   402.426.9940


Scholarship Winners Announced
The Dana College Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 Legacy Scholarship recipients! Each will receive $5,000.00 to further their education at a Christian-affiliated, liberal arts institution in the tradition of the Dana experience. The scholarships are available to descendants of Dana alumni, faculty and staff. Selections are made by the Dana College Foundation board of directors.

This year’s recipients include:
Caitlin Orton of Mills, Nebraska, a graduate of Rock County High School, is the daughter of Jason and Chana Orton, both of whom are Dana grads. Caitlin will be attending Hastings College to study elementary education.

Katheryn Stapel of Leicester, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Leicester High School. She is a granddaughter of Dana alumni Marc and Ruth Petersen. Several other relatives on both sides of the family are also Dana alumni. Katheryn will attend Stonehill College in Easton, MA, to study elementary education and sociology.

Once again we had terrific candidates for our scholarships! We had many that were very close in their academic preparation, volunteerism, achievements and other qualities. But the two young ladies, without question, stood out to the Board as the best overall. Many, many thanks to the donors who made our scholarship fund possible, to carry on the legacy of Dana College.

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