Doane University, Perry Memorial Campus Center
Full-Time Enrollment: 1,047
Location: Crete, Nebraska
Perry Memorial Campus Center
Year Built: 1963
Size: 52,400 sq. ft.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students: Dr. Carrie Lovelace Petr
Director of Facilities Operations: Brian Flesner
Student Staff: 85
The Perry Memorial Campus Center at Doane University is named after the institution’s first president, David Brainerd Perry. The Rev. Perry came to Nebraska as a missionary and stayed to establish a college in 1872. Doane College was renamed Doane University in May 2016.
When the Perry Campus Center opened in January 1963, it contained just one floor with recreation areas, a lounge, and the Tiger Inn snack bar. In the 1940s and 1950s, Tiger Inn was the name given to a local snack shop located at 13th Street and Forest Avenue. The owners were fans of Doane College, so the name stuck when the business moved to campus. Tiger Inn was renovated into the Original Burger Company in 2016, but students, faculty, and staff will forever remember this space as “Tiger Inn.”
In the past 11 years, renovation projects have added the College to Career Center, Multicultural Nexus Center, Original Burger Company, a coffee shop, and more office spaces for growing departments.
In addition to serving Starbucks and other food and drinks, Lakeside Coffee Shop has a built-in stage area for events and activities. Perry Campus Center also houses the campus bookstore, Service Bureau, Student Health Services, and many offices and departments within student affairs, including the Hansen Leadership Program, the Directions Program for first-year students, Certificate Program, and Assembly Speaker Series. The student congress and Multicultural Support Services cosponsor the SPEAK (Students Proactively Engaged in Acquiring Knowledge) Series.
“Students play a large and important role in making Perry Campus Center come alive,” said Mary Olk, director of campus engagement. “Monday through Friday over lunch hours, you can find student organizations outside of the dining hall promoting events and activities or hosting fundraisers. There are more than 50 student organizations on campus, with new organizations being established each semester. An active student congress serves on committees from multiculturalism and diversity to food service.”
The Student Programming Board is a student-run, flat organization that provides entertaining programming to the student body. They work on various committees: creative marketing and social media, recreation and wellness including the intramural sports program, traditions, special events, and multicultural programs. This board organizes and executes large events for Doaneapalooza (welcome weekend), homecoming, their Late Night Laughs comedy series, and FUSION Coffee House series. They also organize off-campus excursions and partner with the local movie theater to host free showings.
The many activities and events that can be seen inside the Perry Campus Center include but are not limited to the Late Night Laughs, Critical Courageous Conversations, Hanson Leadership Program workshops and speaking engagements, employer fairs, Lunch and Learns, and MindExpo—a student research symposium.
Contributed by Mary Olk