Dana College Closes and Interrupts Sports Schedules
With the recent closing of Dana College, the Great Plains Athletic Conference is left with a few empty spots in its schedule.
Conference commissioner Corey Westra says schedules through the 2012-2013 season were already set when Dana announced its closure last week. Affected sports are football, basketball and volleyball.
Dana College has been an active member of the conference for the past ten years. This recent development has conference commissioners scrambling to alter the 2012-2013 athletic season.
Dana College maintains more than just a spot in the Great Plains Athletic Conference; the conference’s Christopherson All-Academic Award is named for longtime Dana president, Myrvin Christopherson.
Dana College is a small Lutheran private school located in Blair, Nebraska. The 126-year-old school’s closing has prompted a wave of students and schools around the country to help admit students who are left without a school to attend.
Nebraska colleges, as well as those in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, have offered their support in helping to find admission seats for the newly displaced students.