Allen College

Anne Christensen Doyle Center for Engagement, Learning, and Leadership

Bringing Learning to Life

The name of the Center recognizes the important work and dedication of our colleague, Anne Christensen Doyle, who passed away on September 1, 2012 while serving as the College's international admissions counselor. During her professional career, Anne managed study abroad programs, arranged for visits from international visitors, and ensured that Hawkeye Community College and Allen College met all requirements of the Department of Homeland Security relative to the admission and enrollment of international students. Anne held baccalaureate and master's degrees from the University of Northern Iowa.

The Anne Christensen Doyle Center for Engagement, Learning and Leadership is supported by generous gifts from Anne's husband, Allen College alumnus Timothy Doyle; from Anne's father and stepmother, David and Glenda Christensen; and from Anne's friends, colleagues, and other family members. With this support, the Center will build on its mission to connect faculty, staff and students to community needs through mutually beneficial partnerships that develop civic responsibility and sustain community commitment.


Connecting faculty, staff and students to community needs through mutually beneficial partnerships that develop civic responsibility and sustain community commitment.


The vision of the Center for Engagement, Learning and Leadership to promote:

  • CARING - Demonstrate the core values of Allen College through service experiences.
  • DIVERSITY - Promote engagement through diverse service experiences.
  • PARTNERSHIPS - Develop a sustainable network of mutually beneficial partnerships within the community.
  • EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE - Improve the lives of others by providing exceptional service to the community.


The goals of the Center for Engagement, Learning and Leadership are to:

  • Develop an institutional culture to support and sustain community service and service-learning.
  • Foster civic responsibility, leadership development and lifelong learning through engagement in service
  • Enhance existing community partnerships and build relationships with diverse partners through collaboration.

Learn more about Honors Program or Service Learning.

For more information in developing a partnership with Allen College, contact: or (319) 226-2028


Service Honors Canned Food Drive

During the 2020 fall semester, Allen College’s Service Honors class organized and planned for a canned food drive that was original and fun; a canned sculpture food drive!

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank had identified the need for canned meats, such as chicken and tuna, which was emphasized in the email sent out to every student. Allen College students had the opportunity to sign up in groups, buy canned food items and then arrange the food in a creative way, which was later judged by Facebook “likes.”

    The first-place sculpture winner went to the American Flag team; Heather Nessler, Macy Helle, Elizabeth Miller and Madison Parker.

    The second-place sculpture winner was created by Chandra Shimek and Laryn Ewoldt; they had the heart-shaped sculpture.

    The third-place winner was the COVID-19 smiley face; that group consisted of Rob Trausch, Heather Nessler and Lauren Piller.

We would like to thank all participants for their creative minds and dedication to serving those in need.

Allen College Donates to Iowa National Guard


On Friday, May 8 several members of the Iowa National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment came to campus to accept a very generous donation of chewing gum and lip balm for service members deploying for duty overseas. The Allen College Service Honors Class organized the collection of the products and several members of the class were on hand to help deliver them to the troops. Allen College was presented a plaque in gratitude from the Iowa National Guard that will be displayed on campus.

Thank you to all of you who donated to this very important cause. These troops will be deploying to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in late May and will serve an approximate 10 month tour of duty overseas.