Directions Program

Doane's Mentoring and Leadership Initiative

Even if you’re the new kid, you can be a leader here from Day 1. (But maybe you should unpack first.)

Directions is designed for first-year students who want to get started early creating a postive impact on their college community (and beyond!). Each year, about 32 incoming students are selected to participate and will receive an *annual Hansen Fellows Award of $1,500.   *Students must meet renewal criteria.

Membership comes with:

  • Mentors who teach ways to get involved. They are good at answering life-at-college-questions, too.
  • A two-story suite in Hansen Leadership Hall, an upperclass residence hall.
  • Individual guidance to jumpstart your leadership career.
  • Attend a weekly leadership class which will help you increase and deepen your leadership abilities by exploring leadership theories, obstacles and techniques.


It also comes with some expectations:

  • Attendance of Hansen Leadership events, like lectures, workshops or luncheons.
  • Participation in a group service project. Service is the core of leadership, and this provides an opportunity to give back and put leadership skills to use.



To be considered, students should:

  • Apply and be admitted to Doane University by January 31, 2018
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Apply for Directions Program by January 31, 2018
  • Complete a resume
  • Complete essay questions on the application
  • Have a recommendation letter sent
  • Create a short introduction video
  • Complete on-campus interview by February 23, 2018 (also accept Skype, FaceTime, or over the phone)

To schedule an interview contact Suzy Cochnar at 402.826.6767 or For all other questions, contact Abby Vollmer at

Apply to the Program


Abby Vollmer
Director of Hansen Leadership Program

Andrew Brown
Assistant Director of Hansen Leadership Program

Carrie Lovelace Petr, PhD
Director, Minor in Leadership Studies, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Mack Hansen

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