Peru State announces 2015 Homecoming Grand Marshal


October 30, 2015, 9:00 a.m. CDT
Contact: Rebecca Johnson, Peru State College Marketing, and Communications, 402.872.2409

Peru State announces 2015 Homecoming Grand Marshal

Parade begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 31 in downtown Peru

(Peru, Neb.) The Peru State College Student Senate announced their selection of Joyce Douglas of Lincoln as the grand marshal of the institution’s 95th Annual Homecoming Parade.

Douglas, a native of Clinton, Iowa attended the University of Iowa and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1970. She’s had a very successful career in banking that includes 23 years as a Branch Manager and Corporate Department Manager at State Federal Savings and Loan / American Charter Federal Savings and Loan, and as the Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer and Director at Farmers Bank in Lincoln for 16 years. She has served on boards for the Nebraska Bankers Association, Cornhusker Council of Boy Scouts, Waverly Community Foundation, DeWitt State Bank, and was an officer and member of the Board of Directors of Financial Women International. Douglas currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Farmers Bank of Cook, which is celebrating its 125th year of service this year. Douglas is also an active member of the Peru State College Foundation Board of Directors since 2014. Her late husband Jud had served since 2000.

President Dan Hanson said, “The Douglas family have always believed strongly in the power of education. Joyce is a very civic-minded individual, and has given continued support to campus efforts, scholarships and is an active member of our Foundation Board of Directors. She continues to be a wonderful asset to Peru State.”

Student Senate President Millie Anderson, a senior marketing major from Elmwood, said, “Student Senate is proud to honor Mrs. Douglass as the grand marshal of our homecoming parade. The long-time dedication to supporting education, our college and community is deserving of our recognition and thanks.”

Joyce will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 31 in the homecoming parade. She will also be a part of the symbolic ribbon cutting for the dedication of the Park Avenue city and campus entrance project.  As grand marshal, she will also be performing the coin toss for the Bobcat football game vs. Graceland University at 2 p.m.


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About Peru State College: Peru State’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” an arboretum, is nestled in historic southeast Nebraska. The state’s first college, Peru State offers a unique mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. It is a college of choice fostering excellence and student achievement through engagement in a culture that promotes inquiry, discovery, and innovation.