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Kayleigh A. Schadwinkel and Zachary J. Hickman

Class of '16, College of Arts and Sciences

Class of '17, College of Arts and Sciences

Kayleigh A. Schadwinkel ’16 and Zachary J. Hickman ’17, Highlands Ranch, Colo. were married on December 28, 2019 in Scottsbluff.  Kayleigh and Zach met at a country swing dance night on Doane's Crete Campus and then got to know each other better through working together on Kayleigh’s POYDS Dance Club Theater Dance Production in April 2016.   Zach is a social studies and economics teacher for Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and volunteers as an assistant for the Valor Christian Track and Field Program. Kayleigh is running two businesses, POYDS Dance Company and a traveling professional choreography business, Kayleigh Schadwinkel Dance & Choreography in which she travels across the midwestern portion of the United States providing dance and choreography services. 

Maureen Beck Halama

Class of '12, College of Arts and Sciences

Class of '17, Master of Education

Maureen Beck Halama  ’12, ’17E, Crete, was featured in the December 2019 issue of Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of the 50 Directors that Make a Difference.  Halama was recognized for her work at Fairbury Public Schools where she led the instrumental music program for concert and jazz band.  One music director from each of the 50 states was selected for their accomplishments leading school music programs. Halama is currently a K-12 vocal music instructor at Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools.

Megan O’Brien Sloup

Class of '15, College of Arts and Sciences

Class of '17, Master of Education

Megan O’Brien Sloup  ’15, ’17E, Lincoln, was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America and received the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award.  This award is given to only 5 educators in southeast Nebraska. Megan is a vocal music instructor at Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln.

Reid M. and Hanah Barnard Baumgartner

Class of '16, College of Arts and Sciences

Class of '17, College of Arts and Sciences

Reid M. ’16 and Hanah Barnard ’17 Baumgartner, Beatrice, welcomed twin sons, Cale Roger and Blaine Ryan on October 14th.

Maureen Beck Halama

Class of '12, College of Arts and Sciences

Class of '17, Master of Education

Maureen Beck Halama  ’12, ’17E, Crete, was featured in the December 2019 issue of Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of the 50 Directors that Make a Difference.  Halama was recognized for her work at Fairbury Public Schools where she led the instrumental music program for concert and jazz band.  One music director from each of the 50 states was selected for their accomplishments leading school music programs. Halama is currently a K-12 vocal music instructor at Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools.

Laura McNerny Happold

Class of '13, College of Arts and Sciences

Laura McNerny Happold ’13, Giltner, and her spouse, Joe, welcomed their third child, Luke Joseph, on November 1, 2019.  Luke joins siblings Mallory and Michael.

Kayla Tindle Jenkins

Class of '13, College of Arts and Sciences

Kayla Tindle Jenkins ’13, Des Moines, Iowa, and her spouse, Ross, welcomed their daughter, Amica on November 3, 2019.

Katie Brauer Morris

Class of '13, College of Arts and Sciences

Katie Brauer Morris ’13, Omaha, was this year’s recipient of the Nebraska Young Music Educator of the Year Award presented by the Nebraska Music Educators Association at its state conference and convention November 21-23.  Morris teaches K-5 general music at Elliott Elementary in Lincoln.

Ryan A. Baumgartner

Class of '14, College of Arts and Sciences

Ryan A. Baumgartner ’14, Crete, was appointed to head women’s basketball coach after serving as Interim Coach since late November. 

Jeffrey B. Beck

Class of '14, College of Professional Studies

Jeffrey B. Beck ’14L, Lincoln, is a Safety and Risk Consultant and Trainer at the Nebraska Safety Council.

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