Let's DU Lunch - Omaha!


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The Doane Alumni Association invites you to join us for "Let's DU Lunch," a professional speaker series that lets you hear firsthand from Doane and local leaders who make our community great. The March session in Omaha will feature an agricultural based panel including alum Jeremy Wilhelm '98, CEO of Midwest Farmers Cooperative, and Dr. Tessa Durham Brooks, Doane associate professor of biology. 
Event Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (Omaha)

Beacon Hills in Aksarben Village
The Elmwood Room
6750 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE 68106


11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Networking begins at 11:30 am.
Food is served at 11:45 am.
Speakers begin at noon.

Special Guest Speakers:

jeremy photo.jpg Jeremy Wilhelm '98 was recently selected to serve as Midwest Farmers Cooperatives's Chief Executive Officer. Jeremy brings extensive experience in agriculture to the job, as well as financial experience. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations at Western Milling, LLC headquartered in Goshen, CA. Growing up on the family farm in Unadilla, Nebraska has prepared him to serve the rural community of southeast Nebraska with the most efficient agronomy, grain merchandising, energy and feed products and services available. Learn more about the future of farming in Nebraska. 


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Dr. Tessa Durham Brooks, Doane Associate Professor of Biology, is currently working with Doane research students to discover genes that make corn seedlings resistant to cold stress, especially during spring planting. Dr. Durham Brooks is part of a $4.1 million National Science Foundation research project to map plant phenotypes. Other partners include the universities of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, and Florida A&M.

Farmers in northern latitudes wish to plant corn earlier, but this is risky due to cold. Dr. Durham Brooks’ students are planting corn and exposing it to cold in the lab, studying root responses, transplanting the corn outside and observing their growth through harvest. They seek genetically-linked biomarkers that may help predict cold tolerance and could be bred into new corn varieties.


Alumni and Friends: $15/person
Young Professionals (under 35): $13/person

Pay in advance online or call the Alumni Office at 402.826.6795.
No refunds given on cancellations or "no shows." 
Reservations are recommended due to limited seating. 
We cannot guarantee you a seat without a reservation. 

Additional Professional Speaker Lunches: 
April 4, 2018 - Lincoln 
May 2, 2018 - Omaha
June 6, 2018 - Grand Island


Payment will be collected before the event in order to officially reserve a place at the luncheon. 


1. Pay online using PayPal.  Directions and link provided after this registration page.  You do not need to have a personal PayPal account to pay online. 

2. Mail a check made out to Doane University:
Doane University
Alumni Office
1014 Boswell Ave.
Crete, NE 68333

3. Call the Alumni Office at 402.826.6795.


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