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Homecoming Speakers & Panels

Homecoming Speakers & Panels

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Monday, Sept. 28th through Friday, Oct. 4th

Guest speakers. Relevant topics. A chance to learn something new.
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Francene Lewis GraphicInto Focus: Indigenous Storytelling

featuring Francene Blythe Lewis '00

Monday, Sept. 28 @ 6:30 p.m.


Francene Blythe Lewis ’00 has always had a vision.  It was in her blood.  Whether she was creating public programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage or directing the “All Roads Film Project” at the National Geographic Society located in Washington, D.C., Francene’s goal has always been to empower and engage Native people to share their stories.  Now she will be following the footsteps of her father, Frank Blythe, the founding Executive Director of Vision Maker Media (VMM).  As she assumes the role of Executive Director at VMM, she envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

Join this webinar to learn more about Francene’s journey being a single-mother and non-traditional student at both Doane’s Lincoln and Crete campuses focusing on theatre and oral storytelling. Her transition from theatre to film to digital media and, in turn, leading an organization illustrates the risks and challenges of career development.  Her story of success and life lessons will help webinar guests identify investments in their own stories and self-discovery. 

In addition, Francene is excited to invite all Doane alumni, students and friends to participate in VMM’s first Indigenous Online Film Festival which runs through Homecoming. This 5-week long festival celebrates American Indian, Alaska Native and worldwide Indigenous films. They will also host a collective of inspiring filmmakers engaging in digital conversations, creating a space for both healing and learning.  New films premiere each week and range from 4 minutes to an hour in length. They are FREE for all guests to watch. 

This event is sponsored by Doane's Capital Alumni Chapter.

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Janet Jeffries HeadshotHindsight is 20/20

featuring Janet Jeffries

Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ 4:30 p.m.


Enjoy great historic photos of Crete and Doane University and hear tales of the past as we keep our eye on the future during this webinar. We will step back in time to learn about  the role Crete citizens, businesses, and  industries, and several Doane University personalities played in “building”  Nebraska in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The town of Crete and Doane University have had a life-long partnership, and both entities were significant in Nebraska’s 150+ year development.  Many of our city and college founders were associated with Nebraska leaders which make for some interesting stories. Janet has studied Crete and Doane history for decades, and often comments that when she walks down the streets of Crete, she envisions the past,  knows where our historic personalities lived, and where their businesses were located. 

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James Beatty HeadshotA Vision Becomes a Reality

featuring Jim Beatty '70

Friday, Oct. 2 @ 4:30 p.m. Zoom: 

Finding one’s niche in an $84 billion golf industry may seem like a daunting task. But Doane alum James Beatty ’70 is pursuing ways to help people navigate the course. From February 20-23, 2021, he will be leading organizations like Golf Digest, the United States Golf Association, the American Junior Golf Association, ClubCorp, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Georgia State Golf Association, the Roger Cleveland Golf Company and the National Golf Course Owners Association to host the first-ever African American Golf EXPO and Forum.

The mission of the event is to promote the game, the business, the industry, the careers and the opportunities in golf to African Americans and to grow the game. The event will be held in Atlanta, Georgia and will feature 20 workshops covering topics from selecting the right golf club to owning a golf course.

Growing the game of golf for Jim, who not only serves as the Executive Editor of the African American Golfer’s Digest but is also President of NCS International, is truly a reflection of the work he has done his entire life.

Join this webinar to learn more about Jim’s experience at Doane, relationships that took him to the next level, and how he got started shining the light on African Americans involved in a sport not known for its diversity. This session will also feature national golf industry leaders, coaches from Doane University’s golf teams and a view of Doane’s new Golf Academy featuring indoor hitting bays, state-of-the-art swing simulators, and more. 

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Doane Breakfast GraphicDoane Breakfast

featuring Marty Fye '83 and Special Guests

Saturday, Oct. 3 @ 9:30 a.m. Zoom: 

Bring your coffee, orange juice, and kolaches as we sit down with Vice President of Advancement Marty Fye '83 and special guests for an update on the University. Submit your questions before the event to for a chance to have them answered on air! The event will also be available on Facebook LIVE on the Doane Alumni Facebook page.

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