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Homecoming Continues to Draw Alumni from Across the Nation

Homecoming 2022 drew over 125 alumni from coast to coast to reminisce, celebrate class reunions, and honor their peers’ accomplishments.

The day began with the traditional Kringle and Mingle at the Danish American Archives and Library in downtown Blair. The Archives hold numerous historical documents, photos and other memorabilia of Dana along with their collections of letters, photos and documentation on the lives of Danish immigrants in our area.

Festivities continued with the opening of the “Dana Bookstore” on campus where alumni could purchase Dana logo wear, posters, pennants, coffee mugs, and other items. Please note: those items will also be available for a limited time in November. Keep checking this website or the Dana alumni Facebook pages for exact dates.

A barbecue food truck provided the Tailgate Lunch where alumni settled in to talk over old times, renew acquaintances, and await the presentations to follow.

Ed Shada, CEO of Angels Share, the organization which is repurposing the Dana campus, gave an update on his organization’s mission and improvements coming to the campus. Included in those improvements are renovations to Blair and Mickelsen Halls, converting them into apartments for kids who have aged out of the foster care system and for low income seniors, both groups being at high risk to homelessness. Construction is to begin within weeks.

Bob Coffey (’75) gave a welcome address on behalf of the Dana College Foundation. He talked about the projects the Foundation has accomplished, the most recent Legacy Scholarship recipients, and projects yet to come. One of those projects involves digitizing old game films, choir albums, and other events, and making them available to alumni to share those memories. More information on that initiative will be coming soon.

Awards were presented to Derek Fey and Josie Barrow as the newest inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Derek was a two-time All American in cross country and marathon, while Josie was a four-time all conference, conference player of the year, and second team All American in softball. Their coaches, Jay Birmingham and Marcy and Tom Roff, respectively, were on hand to present the awards.

Matt and Amanda Poulter were given the Distinguished Alumni Award as a husband-wife team (a Dana first!) They have parlayed their business success and experiences as adoptive parents to mentor others wishing to start their own businesses, but most of all, to found and support two orphanages overseas for children with special needs.

Bob Coffey was also presented the Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to Dana and its alumni as a former Booster Club President, Alumni Council member, Dana Regent, and current president of the Dana College Foundation, as well as his service to Washington County as director of its Community Foundation.

The Dana College Alumni Choir performed following the awards ceremonies before Homecoming 2022 adjourned to a cocktail hour and class reunions throughout Blair.

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Dana Foundation Selects 2022 Scholarship Winners
The Dana College Foundation is pleased to announce its 2022 Legacy Scholarship recipients. Students who are descendants of Dana alumni, faculty or staff, and who choose to attend a Christian-affiliated, liberal arts college, are eligible to apply.

The idea is to help students have a college experience similar to that of Dana. In most years the Foundation awards two $5,000.00 scholarships. This year it has awarded three.

“We had three individuals who really stood out,” said Bob Coffey (’75), president of the Foundation. “And we could not separate them to pare it down to two. Thanks to the generosity of donors to our Scholarship Fund, we found enough money to award all three.”

The Foundation board reviewed a record number of applications (22) that came from all across the mainland. Students are judged upon their academic preparation, connections to Dana, school and outside activities, jobs and volunteerism, special achievements, and an essay.

“Every year we are impressed with the ambition and achievements of our applicants. It does the heart good to get a glimpse of what tomorrow’s leadership could be,” said Coffey. “It’s amazing to see how these young people see Dana through the tales of their parents and grandparents. They really get what the Dana experience was about, and want it for themselves. We wish every one of our applicants the best in their future ambitions.”

The three students selected for the Legacy Scholarships are:

Briana Gardner
Briana is from Bellevue, Nebraska, where she was homeschooled. Both of her parents are Dana alumni, Paul (’97) and Michelle (Hurt)(’99) Gardner. She will attend Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, to study Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Legal Studies.

Brandon Dirks
Brandon is from Marcus, Iowa, where he attended Marcus-Meriden-Clegholm/Remsen-Union High School. His father is a Dana alum, Bryan Dirks (’94). Brandon will attend Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, to study exercise science.

Mark Severtson
Mark is from Milan, Michigan, where he attended Parishville-Hopkinton Central High School. His grandparents, Ann and Lloyd Bansen, were Dana alumni, as were numerous members of the Bansen family. Mark will attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, to study Music Performance.

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