Alumni Achievement Award
Dr. David Johnson was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award during the Wayne State College commencement ceremony Dec. 13. Dr. Johnson, originally from Osmond, Neb., graduated from Wayne State in 1960 with a bachelor of arts degree and married Lelia Leggat the same year.
Johnson graduated from University of Nebraska Medical Center with a medical degree in family practice in 1965 and interned at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha in 1966. He served with the U.S. Army as commanding medical officer at the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Minneapolis. He received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service at the end of his tour.
He became a member of Osmond General Hospital Medical Staff in 1968 and by 1969 was employed in his own clinic, where he worked until retiring in 2013. He served as hospital chief of staff multiple times in rotation with other local physicians and served on the Osmond Hospital Board for 20 years. He was a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the American Medical Association. He was a member of the Osmond Community Club and served as American Legion Post 326 Commander.
Johnson and Lelia, who died in 2003, have five children and 14 grandchildren.
Dr. Bonnie Bass is the recipient of the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award. She is the founder and president of Expertise, a consulting and executive advisory firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with eight associate offices in the U.S. and Canada. She also serves as Vice President of Research and Development for Professional DynaMetric Programs, Inc., a Colorado behavioral research, program development, and international training company. She serves as Director of the DynaPro Consulting Division of PDP Inc.
Bass graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State College in 1954. After teaching at Wayne High School and Technical High School in Omaha, she enjoyed a number of years as a homemaker, parenting two children (Jefferson Bass and Jane Bass Page) and serving her community in cities in California, Iowa and Utah. Her love of learning and a desire to assist people to become successful in life inspired her to enroll in a master’s degree program at University of San Francisco in psychology. After a two-year internship (1978), she was granted a license as a family counselor and opened an office practice.
During 1978 her brother, Bruce Hubby, a businessman in Colorado Springs, Colo., was funding and leading a new research project that incorporated technology with the vision of assisting businesses and organizations to achieve success through understanding people. The two siblings joined in this venture, later known as PDP Inc. Bruce Hubby, now deceased, graduated from WSC in 1957, along with his wife, Jan Hubby. Bruce Hubby’s son, Brent Hubby, is now President of PDP Inc. To assist in the new research and expand her knowledge of business application of psychology, Bass returned to the University of San Francisco, earning the doctor of education degree in 1983. She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants USA and the National Speakers Association. Bass is honored to have been the first woman president and chairman of the board of the San Francisco Kiwanis Club (1990).
Dr. Holt is the recipient of the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award. He earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry and pre-professional biology from WSC in 1989, and his doctorate degree in Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Mo. He attended his fist two years of psychiatry residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in House, Texas, before finishing his training in 1997 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif. Holt earned his Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in health services from eh University of San Francisco in 2002.
Holt joined The Permanente Medical Group in 1997 and continues to serve as a staff psychiatrist at the Kaiser South San Francisco Medical Center in South San Francisco. For the past 13 years he has volunteered his vacation and travel costs to come back to WSC each homecoming to educate student on the consequences of homophobia in the classroom, the biology of gay sexuality, and bullying and suicide prevents – especially in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
He developed a website, audacityofprice.com, in 2009 an expanded his community service education on LGBT issues to other colleges and universities across the country. Holt was awarded the David Lawrence Community Service Award in 2009 for his community service work in LGBT education. Since 2010, in addition to his clinical work, he expanded his education to audiences of physicians and clinicians on how to provide more culturally competent care to the LGBT community. Holt was awarded the 2010 R. J. Erickson Diversity Achievement Award while expanding his LGBT medical education to physicians and clinicians. To date he has presented to more than 1,100 physicians.
Holt expanded his LGBT medical education to other physicians through regional, national, and international medical conferences, including at the World Congress of Psychiatry conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2011.
He was invited to and attended, The White House screening of the documentary “Bully” in April 2012. In August he was invited to and participated in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C.
In addition to being a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation, Holt has created numerous endowed and annual scholarships at WSC. He began his first annual scholarship in 1989 while a senior at Wayne State. He earned the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Service Award in 2004.
Holt, and his husband, Dr. William Huggett, a 1986 WSC Alumnus, currently reside in San Francisco.
Brad was presented the Alumni Achievement Award during the May 7 commencement ceremonies. A graduate of Lyons High Schools, he earned his bachelor of arts in education degree from WSC in 1957. He went on to earn his master’s in education/clinical psychology in 1958 and doctorate in 1964, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Bigelow served as the guidance counselor at Lincoln-Northeast from 1959-1960. He became the first psychologist for the Nebraska Penal and Correctional complex in 1960 and served as the chief psychologist until 1968. He co-hosted a one-hour monthly TV series, The Prisoner Speaks, and originated Project Youth, a panel of inmates that spoke to various schools, civic and religious groups around the state.
He later served as psychologist/program director at Kearney Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center from 1968 until retirement in 1998. He created the State of Nebraska Evaluation program for pre-adjudicated adolescent male offenders. Bigelow still maintains a private practice, serving as psychological consultant to school districts, rehabilitation services, the courts, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Brad’s professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, American Association of Professional Psychologists, National Rehabilitation Association, Nebraska ELCA Prison Ministry Steering Committee and former member of the ELCA Church Vocations Committee and Examining Board. A current member of the Buffalo County Mental Health Board, Brad also completed a four-year term on Lutheran Family Services Board of Directors and served a five-year term on the Governor’s Behavioral Health Oversight Commission.
Bigelow was the co-founder of Kearney Friends Program (Big Brothers, Big Sisters); co-founder and board member of Campus House Group Home for Girls; co-founder and former president of Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association (recipient of association’s Service to Youth Award in 1986 and 1998); and co-founder, former president and current member of South Central Behavioral Service.
Brad’s wife, Karen, attended WSC from 1953 to 1955, graduated from UN-L and worked as an elementary teacher. Brad and Karen’s family includes a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jeffrey Kurtz; daughter Leann Welsh; and several grandchildren.
Carole and Dwain Petersen are the recipients of the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award. Dwain received a Wayne State Service Award and graduated cum laude with one of the college's first bachelor of music education degrees in 1955. Carole completed her teaching credential at Wayne State in 1954 and started her teaching career in nearby Pierce. Dwain and Carole were married in 1955. They accepted teaching positions in Tilden, Neb., where Carole was first-grade teacher and Dwain was band director and led the boys' glee club.
Dwain joined the Naval Reserve in 1952. Upon receiving his draft notice in 1956, he and Carole moved to Newport, R.I., where Dwain was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. After aviation training at Jacksonville, Florida Naval Air Station (NAS) and electronics education at Glenview, Illinois NAS, they transferred to Barbers Point, Territory of Hawaii NAS in 1957. Dwain served for two and a half years on the Distant Early Warning barrier, flying 100 14-hour missions between Midway Island and Adak, Alaska NAS. Upon release from active duty he remained in the Naval Reserve as an air intelligence officer, serving 28 years and attaining the rank of commander.
Dwain earned a doctorate at the University of Nebraska in educational psychology. The family of five moved to Mankato, Minn., in 1964, where he became an assistant professor at Mankato State University. He served as director of institutional research, director of the Center for Cultural and Behavioral Education, professor and president of the faculty, retiring in 1997. Carole completed her bachelor's degree in 1974 and master's degree in 1979 in sociology at Mankato. She served as assistant director of the International Student Office at Mankato for 20 years.
Dwain and Carole have provided leadership and service to the Boy Scouts of America as den mother, den leader coach, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and president of the Twin Valley Council. Carole also worked with 4-H. Twenty-three Eagle Scouts were nurtured by their devotion.
Carole and Dwain have been active in Kiwanis International for 42 and 20 years respectively at the local, regional and international level. They have served as presidents, lieutenant governor and administrators of Aktion Clubs for developmentally delayed adults. They spearheaded acceptance of women as full members of Kiwanis International.
Carole and Dwain have served the United Methodist Church at state, regional and world levels. They have been on three mission trips in the Caribbean assisting in repairing damage from hurricanes. They have assisted Dr. Ron Holt, a 1989 WSC graduate, with his work on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues at WSC. They have funded endowed scholarships at WSC for music education students and at MSU. The Petersens have been trustees of the Wayne State Foundation since 2005.
George graduated summa cum laude from WSC in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting and a minor in economics. He received a master of science degree in accounting in 1977 from the University of Kansas.
George began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. as a staff accountant in the auditing division of the company’s Kansas City office in 1980. He changed his career path from public accounting to private industry in 1985 when he became chief financial officer for a computer hardware/software retailer. An opportunity presented itself a year later and he became a shareholder and president of a T.J. Cinnamons franchise in Memphis, Tenn. He temporarily relocated to Memphis and was actively involved in the entire business operations of the franchise.
After spending two years away from Kansas City, George returned and joined Ferrellgas, Inc. as a manager of financial accounting and reporting. He was promoted to director of administration services in 1992.
In 1995 George became president and sole stockholder of a custom metal fabricating company in Kansas City; he sold this business in 2004. He assumed the position of vice president and chief financial officer of Clearwater Natural Resources in 2005 where he continues his employment.
George and his wife, Deb, make their home in Kansas City, Mo. George has been a proud supporter of WSC and since 1993 has served as a Trustee of the Wayne State Foundation.
Wayne was presented the Alumni Achievement Award during winter commencement ceremonies. He is a 1968 graduate of Wayne State with an education degree in business.
Following his graduation, Wayne embarked upon a 40-year career in the banking industry, retiring in 2009. His first position was in his hometown of Schuyler where he served the First National Bank as a commercial and agricultural loan officer for 11 years. He was employed at Nebraska State Bank, Omaha, for 25 years serving as President and Chairman of the Board. During his banking career Wayne was involved with many organizations and non-profit charities.
In addition to his banking career, Wayne also participated in a companion career in the health care industry in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. He was involved with ownership and management of several nursing homes, assisted living homes and memory care facilities. Wayne continues to work in this capacity with several health care operations.
Wayne and his wife, Nancy, live in Omaha and are parents of two grown children. Wayne presently serves on the Board of Directors for Financial Transmission Network Company and is a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation.
Don and Carol (Rankin) Bremer were the recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award at spring commencement. Don earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State in 1958, majoring in education and industrial arts. Carol graduated from WSC in 1954 with her two-year teaching credential. Carol earned her bachelor of arts and master of arts in education from the University of California-Los Angeles. She taught junior high school English before serving as the junior high counselor in the Ontario-Montclair School District for 13 years.
Don spent 26 years as a school administrator, the last 14 as principal of Chino Boys Republic High School. He is an Elk, a Mason and a Rotarian. Don left his school administrative position in 1992 after 35 years in the field of education to give more time to their rapidly growing investment business. Carol and Don own and manage D&C Investment Properties, a partnership that runs 345 apartment units, nice single-family homes and a medical complex that houses 18 doctors.
Don and Carol reside in Big Bear Lake, California. They have been exemplary educators, administrators and business owners, embodying the spirit that with a Wayne State degree, one can go anywhere and do anything. They have been exceptionally charitable to their community. They have also created an endowed scholarship fund at Wayne to provide two student scholarships each year.
Susan (Reeh) and George Menking received the Alumni Achievement Award at Wayne State’s winter commencement ceremony. Susan graduated from WSC in 1955 with a major in English and minors in art and music. George received his bachelors degree from Wayne State in 1956 with majors in math and science.
Susan taught for three years and stayed at home to raise five children and serve as a volunteer in their schools and the community the following years. In 1966, she was awarded a Fellowship in Educational Research and Statistics at Southern Connecticut College, which led to her receiving a master’s degree in 1967. After completing her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University, she became the first fulltime psychologist for the Lewisville schools.
George entered the Army after graduation and served his tour of duty in the Counter Intelligence Corps. In 1959, he joined the actuarial department of the Aetna Life Insurance Company to pursue a career as an actuary. He became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. During his career, he served as the managing partner of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Actuarial and Benefits Consulting Practices in New York City and Dallas.
Following retirement, George and Susan started a small record company, Menking Productions, to produce and distribute Latin and rock music. They both serve as members of the Marriage Preparation Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale, Arizona. They also serve on the Board of Trustees for the Wayne State Foundation.
Terri Monk, Durham, N.C., a professor
in the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke
University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., was
presented with the Alumni Achievement Award
at spring graduation on May 3. She delivered
the commencement address at the baccalaureate
Terri earned her bachelor of science
degree at WSC in 1973. She received her medical
degree from the University of Nebraska and completed
a residency in anesthesiology at Baylor College
of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Prior to her
move to Duke, she was a faculty member in the
Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University
in St. Louis, Mo., and at the University of
Florida in Gainesville, Fla.
Dr. Monk is a founding member
and past president of the Society for the Advancement
of Geriatric Anesthesia and serves as a representative
to the American Geriatric Society's Secion of
Surgical and Related Medical Specialties. She
also serves as the chairperson of the Special
Interest Group for the Generation of Anesthesia
Jerry Krause of Spokane, Washington,
and a 1959 graduate of Wayne StateCollege, received
the Alumni Achievement Award at the winter commencement
ceremony. He serves as the director of men’s
basketball operations at Gonzaga University.
Jerry had a 17-year career as head coach at
Eastern Washington University, he was inducted
into the EWU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Prior to becoming head coach at EWU, Krause
was an assistant at the University of Northern
Colorado for three years, and coached at Loveland
High School in Colorado and Adair-Casey Community
High in Iowa. Krause was a long-standing member
of the NCAA Rules Committee, was on the Board
of Directors of the National Association of
Basketball Coaches (NABC) and served on the
Selection Committee of the National Basketball
Hall of Fame. Jerry has written more than 30
books on coaching basketball, produced 31 instructional
DVD’s, two CD’s and serves as a
consultant to many athletic organizations. He
is the most widely published coach in basketball
history, surpassing the legendary Clair Bee.
Morland (Mac) McManigal Fairfield,
Calif., was presented the
Wayne State College Alumni Achievement Award
at the commencement ceremony held on Dec. 15.
Mac is a 1952 graduate of Wayne
State College. He has been in the insurance
business for 48 years, 46 of those years were
McManigal has the dual distinction of being
the first National Association of Life Underwriters
president to hold the
Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter
designation and the only person to serve two
terms as president of the California
Association of Life Underwriters. He was the
first recipient of the association’s Distinguished
Service Award in 1992. Upon his retirement from
State Farm, Mac became a consultant with Western
Reserve Life (WRL) and retired as executive
director of ORBA Financial, WRL’s western
branch in Sacramento, California.
McManigal is the only person in the insurance
industry to serve four prestigious industry
organizations in leadership positions: president
of the National Association of Life Underwriters;
president of Life Underwriters Training Council;
of the General Agents and Managers Foundation
board; and vice chairman of the American College’s
21st Century Endowment Campaign.
Michael E. Bousquet, a Lincoln businessman and
a 1970 graduate of WSC received the Alumni Achievement
Award at the winter commencement ceremony held
in Rice Auditorium on the Wayne State campus
December 16. He and his wife, Vicki serve on
the board of trustees of the Wayne State Foundation.
Mike also serves as treasurer of the WS Foundation's
Mike is president and chief executive officer
of REAMS Sprinkler Supply Co. The company has
nine stores in five states including three in
Nebraska: Lincoln (the home office), Omaha and
Grand Island; Sioux City, Des Moines and Cedar
Rapids, Iowa; Lenexa, Kansas; Nixa, Missouri
and Sprinkdale, Arkansas.
Following graduation from WSC, Mike began as
a partner in E. J. Bousquet and Sons and was
also owner of ABC Income Tax. He was named distributor
of the year for Rain Bird, Hunter and Weather-matic
Irrigation companies and is a certifited landscape
Mike and Vicki have been longtime supporters
of WSC, including providing underground sprinkler
equipment for the campus.
"Ron" W. Hunter, an Omaha
attorney and a 1953 graduate of WSC, received
the Alumni Achievement Award at the Spring Commencement
ceremony held in the Wayne State College Willow
Ron attended the University of Nebraska College
of Law following graduation from WSC. Among
the highlights of his law school years was when
the Nebraska law school team, of which Ron was
a member, defeated heavily-favored Georgetown
University in the finals of the National Moot
Court Championship in New York City in 1953.
His team was the only Nebraska team to win the
national championship in the last 50 years.
Ron served as a special agent in the Counter
Intelligence Corp. He worked counterespionage
cases and became chief of control of top-secret
clearance investigations by about 100 agents
in northern California. He wrote a book about
the American communist Party that was used to
train agents and for which he received the Army
In 1964 he started a law firm in Omaha. He
was elected president of the Western Heritage
Society in Omaha in 1975, a position which he
held for nine terms. Under his leadership the
society was able to transform the abandoned
Union Station into a museum, which is becoming
a world-class museum.
Adrian Minks, center, receives
the alumni Achieve Award from President Richard
Collings and Vice President for Development
and Executive Director of the Wayne State Foundation
Phyllis Conner in recognition of her many accomplishments
in the business profession. Adrian (Johnson)
Minks is the vice president of corporate services
for the Omaha Public Power District, Omaha.
She received her bachelor of science
degree Summa cum Laude from WSC in 1968. She
joined the Information Services Division of
Omaha Public Power District. in 1988, and subsequently
served as executive assistant to the president
and division manger of Customer Sales and Service.
In January 2002 she was promoted to her current
position with OPPD.
She serves on the board of trustees
of the Wayne State Foundation, and on the boards
of directors of the YWCA Omaha, the University
of Nebraska-Omaha Alumni Association, and the
Institute for Career Advancement Needs. She
and her husband of nearly 30 years, Jon R. Minks,
are members of the United Way Bridge Builders
Society. She is a past board member of Family
Housing Advisory Services and North American
Technician Excellence. Adrian is a native of
Little Sioux, Iowa, and a graduate of West Harrison
"Mike" Riedmann, Omaha, is
a 1976 graduate of WSC with a bachelor of science
in business administration.
"Mike's outstanding accomplishments,
work ethic and dedication to his community provides
our students with a model for success,"
said Curt Frye, interim WSC president.
He is the president of NP Dodge
Real Estate Sales, Inc. in Omaha, a position
he has held since 1994. He has served as president
of the Omaha Board of Realtors and the Nebraska
Board of Realtors. In 2003 he received the Outstanding
Service Award from the Omaha Board of Realtors.
Serving the community has been
an important part of Mike's career. A member
of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Bridge
Builders Society of the United Way of the Midlands
and as a leadership contributor to the Boy Scouts
of America. Riedmann is a member of the Corporate
Achievers class of 2003 for the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society and 2003-2004 team captain
for the American Heart Association. He serves
on the board of directors for Easter Seals of
Eihusen, Grand Island, was the recipient
of the WSC Alumni Achievement Award in recognition
of his many accomplishments in the business
profession. A native of Grand Island, Eihusen
is a 1974 WSC graduate, with a bachelor of science
degree in industrial management. A member of
Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, he served
in the Air National Guard from 1971 to 1977.
Since graduating from Wayne State,
he has been employed at Chief Industries, Inc.
in Grand Island, serving in various capacities
in the corporation. He was named president of
the company in 1991 and chief executive officer
and chairman of the board in 1993.
Eihusen has traveled extensively
in conjunction with his responsibilities in
the company. He was instrumental in Chief Industries
sale and erection of the largest loading/unloading
port facility project in Egypt; the purchase
of the companys grain bin plants in England
and France; and the negotiations and funding
for the purchase of the companys ethanol
plant and its subsequent expansions to bring
that plant up to its 60-million gallon capacity.
He was also instrumental in the acquisition
or formation of several other divisions/subdivisions
of the company.
Hultman, a 1940 graduate of Wayne State
College, is the recipient of the 2002 Alumni
A native of Lyons, Hultman has
had a long and distinguished career in education
and business. He served as principal and athletic
coach in Millard from 1941 until World War II.
From 1944-46, he served in the U.S. Naval
After the war, Hultman returned
to the Millard Public Schools, where he was
superintendent from 1946-47. He was elected
to the Millard Public School board of education
in 1947, and served as a board member for 23
Following that, Hultman began
a career with Central Securities Company. He
joined Piper Jaffray Hopwood Securities, where
he opened and co-managed an office in Omaha
until 1968. He accepted a position of vice president
with the firm where he remained until 1988.
Hultman was consistently one of Piper Jaffrays
top 50 salespersons throughout the years he
was with the firm, and received an award of
excellence from the company.
Hultman has also been active
in community and civic organizations. In 1988,
Hultman and his wife, Virginia retired and moved
to Bella Vista, Ark. where they currently reside.
Harold embodies the remarkable combination
of an astute and successful businessman with
a genuine desire to help his fellowman and make
the world a better place, said Deb Lundahl,
WSC director of alumni relations.
"Robb" Dalton, a 1975graduate
of Wayne State College, was the recipient of
the Alumni Achievement Award presented at WSC
commencement ceremonies on May 5, 2001. Dalton,
who graduated Summa cum Laude with a bachelor
of science in communications and history, is
president of Fireworks Television located in
Beverly Hills, Calif.
After more than two decades in the television
industry, Dalton's experience has included conceptual
development, physical production, international
co-productions, sales, acquisitions and even
station management. As president of Fireworks
Television, he spearheads the company's Los
Angeles office in the development, finance,
production and sales of original programming
to U.S. broadcast and cable networks. "Robb's
exceptional accomplishments are an inspiration
to our current students," said Deb Lundahl,
WSC director of alumni relations. "It is
our privilege to extend this award to such a
distinguished and worthy individual."
"Wayne State College's positive, nurturing,
hands-on environment gave me more than an education,"
said Dalton. "It gave me the confidence
to go out into the world and take on life's
challenges." Dalton was born in Wayne,
lived in Laurel until the age of 16 and moved
to Sioux City, Iowa graduating from Trinity
High School. He resides in Malibu, Calif.
Daryle Johnson received the
Alumni Achievement Award at the May 6, 2000
commencement at Wayne State College. The Alumni
Achievement Award is "given torecognize
Wayne State alumni who have attained outstanding
achievement in their career and through community
service. It is given at commencement to be an
inspiration to our new graduates and Daryle's
success should certainly inspire them,"
said Lea Clausen, Wayne State Foundation executive
director and vice president of development.
A Thomas Schomberg received
The Wayne State College Alumni Achievement Award
during Winter Commencement excerises. President
Sheila M. Stearns presented the Award. Schomberg
has been involved in sculpting since his childhood
in Iowa and has pursued a central theme of describing
the time and environment in which he lives.
The Alumni award is given to someone who has
attained outstanding achievement in their career.
Through sculpting, Tom has not only done that
but he managed to reflect the beauty of the
human spirit and the strengths of the human
soul." said J.B. Tyson.