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Outstanding Alumni Award

 

2012 Recipients

School of Arts and Humanities
Brad Weber ’77

photoBrad received a degree in music education from WSC.   In 1992, he earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Wyoming.  He began his instrumental music career in the Emerson-Hubbard schools in 1977 and has taught instrumental music in the Wayne Community Schools since 1986.  Brad has served as an adjunct instructor of music at WSC since 1984.  Throughout his career, Brad’s strongest interest has been that of teaching and providing exceptional musical experiences for all interested students at all levels of talent.  He began in 1977 and continues to serve as a very active adjudicator and clinician throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.  Brad and his wife Deb (who is employed at WSC in the Counseling Center) are parents to three grown daughters. 

 

School of Business and Technology
Rowan Wiltse ’83, MSE ’86

photoRowan is a lifelong reside of Wayne.  He attended WSC for two years prior to graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1955.  For many years he was associated with his grandfather and father in the funeral business.  Rowan was the recipient of  the Nebraska Funeral Directors Hero’s Award for saving a life.  Rowan returned to WSC earning a degree in industrial education in 1983.  He continued at WSC as a graduate assistant while attaining a master’s degree in industrial technology in 1986.  He was an adjunct instructor in applied science at WSC and became director of Cooperative Education, a position he held until his retirement in 1997.  Rowan and his wife, Twila (Heier, WSC ’67) are parents to two grown children.

 

 

School of Education and Counseling
ReNae Kehrberg ’81

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ReNae graduated from WSC earning a degree in education.  She received a master’s from UN-O and a doctorate from UN-L.  She is currently the assistant superintendent for the department of Curriculum and Learning in the Omaha Public Schools.  She is at the helm of the district action plan to raise student achievement for 85 schools.  She started her career in art and social studies classrooms as a teacher for the Omaha Public Schools.  Prior to her present position, ReNae served as an award winning and nationally recognized Principal at the Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, Omaha.  In 2010, she was awarded the Region VII Midwest Principal of the Year Award and her school was cited as one of the top 15 in the nation based on the school’s standardized middle grade assessment scores.

 

 

School of Natural and Social Sciences
Joseph Wall ’04

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Joe graduated from WSC earning a degree in political science.  He currently serves as vice president in the Office of Government Affairs.  He joined Goldman Sachs in February 2010.  Prior to joining the firm, Joe was senior director of federal government relations at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.  Previously, he served as deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for legislative affairs, as assistant national field director on the 2008 Romney for President campaign and as floor assistant for Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Office of the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Joe was a four-year letterman in baseball at WSC.  He resides in Arlington, Va.

 

 

2011 Recipients

School of Arts and Humanities
Pearl Hansen '71

photoPearl received a bachelor’s degree in art from WSC and taught K-12 in Brisbane, Australia following graduation. She spent a period of time backpacking before returning to study at Kansas State University where she received her M.A. in sculpture and art history. She furthered her studies at University of Nebraska, Lincoln where she received her Ph.D. with research interests in the area of art hazards. She was appointed to the position of Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, a state service award, for her services in the area of art hazards. In addition to teaching at WSC she has also served as the Division Head of Fine Arts and Department Chair for the Department of Art and Design.

 

 

School of Business and Technology
Daniel Allen '96

photoDaniel graduated from WSC earning a degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.  While a student at Wayne State College, Dan completed a cooperative education experience with First National Bank of Omaha at locations in Omaha and Wayne.  Following graduation he was hired at First National Bank of Omaha and has held several positions with the organization currently holding the title of Technology Officer for First National Information Technology in the National Business - Servicing Department.  Dan serves as the First National liaison to the WSC Computer Technology and Information Systems Department and is also a member of the CTIS Advisory Board.  Dan, his wife Michelle, and their daughter Joelle reside in Omaha.  

 

 

School of Education and Counseling
Jaim Foster '00

photoJaim graduated from WSC earning a degree in elementary education.  He has taught for ten years, currently teaching first grade in Arlington, Virginia.  His teaching career started in Omaha at Millard Public Schools.  It was in Omaha in 2001 when Jaim developed a passion for training teachers and future teachers and has become a national trainer.  Jaim is a member of the National Education Association currently serving as the elected NEA Mid-Atlantic Caucus Director, NEA Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Caucus Director and serves on the VEA Women and Minority Concerns Committee.  Jaim was invited to attend the 2011 Bullying Prevention Conference at The White House where he met with the President and First Lady in the Oval Office to discuss his work on bullying prevention in public schools. 

 

 

School of Natural and Social Sciences
Amy Gross '89

photoAmy graduated from WSC earning a degree in psychology/sociology/human services counseling.  After earning master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial/organizational psychology at Kansas State University, she worked with the Strategy and Process Planning team at Ford Motor Company in Michigan.  In 1997 Amy joined the IDEA Center in Manhattan, Kansas as their associate director working on program assessment for Kansas State University.  When the Center became a non-profit organization in 2001, Amy became the vice president for integrative client services and now serves as vice president for knowledge management and special projects.  She is actively involved in her community, serves on various committees at the Amanda Arnold Elementary School , and is a member of the Kansas State University Psychology Department Advisory Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Recipients

School of Arts and Humanities
Lynn Dobson ’71

Lynn Dobson ’71

Lynn studied art and industrial education at Wayne State, specializing in sculpture. By the time he graduated from college, Lynn had designed an organ that he then built during the year following his graduation. Exposure to the organ and its music first
came through his sister, a church organist and working for an organ service company during his college years. Lynn founded Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd., in 1974, near his home in Lake City, Iowa. He and his firm have built an impressive reputation by completing more than 89 organs and 35 restorations. Lynn serves as president and artistic director.

 

 

School of Education and Counseling
Laurie (Buchholz) Mill ard, MSE ’95

Laurie (Buchholz) Mill ard, MSE ’95

Laurie attended WSC as a nontraditional graduate student and attained a master’s degree while working with the State of Nebraska as a protection and safety supervisor, a position she held for 14 years. After receiving her master’s degree, she served as a therapist for Health & Human Services. Laurie started
Good Life Counseling & Support, LLC, in 1999 in Norfolk, where she is a licensed professional counselor and independent mental health practitioner. Her firm has provided internships and licensure supervision for WSC undergrads in Human Services Counseling.

 

 

School of Business and Technology
Beverly (Prosch) Newton ’70

Beverly (Prosch) Newton ’70

Beverly received a bachelor’s degree in business education from WSC; earning a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1978. She is employed at the Nebraska Department of Education as the career field specialist for communications and
information systems, providing leadership in curriculum development for Nebraska business and information technology instructors. She has facilitated numerous workshops and curriculum writing teams. As a secondary business education instructor for 21 years, Beverly has received numerous teaching awards and remains active in professional organizations.

 

 

School of Natural and Social Sciences
Dean Jacobs ’86

Dean Jacobs ’86

Dean earned a degree in biology, with minors in earth
science and art. After graduation he worked at WSC as an assistant to the President, before moving on to
Purina Mills and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He left corporate America to pursue a traveling adventure, covering 28 countries. Photography became a natural expression of the journey for him as he documented and verified the common ground of humanity. When
not traveling he lives in Fremont and keeps busy as a newspaper columnist, photojournalist and keynote presenter across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Recipients

School of Arts and Humanities
Jeffrey J. Ingrum '80

Jeffrey J. Ingrum '80

Ingrum graduated with a speech communication major and a physical education minor. He was a wide receiver for the Wildcats football team. Ingrum moved to Littleton, Colo., in 1981, where he embarked on a career in the roller skating industry. He owns six roller skating rinks in Colorado Springs, Denver and Kansas City. He started the Skating Rink Inline Hockey Association in 1997, which has more than 5,000 players and is the largest private inline hockey organization in the nation. Ingrum’s other business enterprises: Ingrum Printing; Ingrum Skate Supply; and Ingrum Sports Production Network, which was honored with a Telly Award in March 2009.

 

 


School of Business and Technology
Marjorie J. Heller '86

Marjorie J. Heller '86

Heller graduated with honors from WSC with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She holds her CPA certificate and is a graduate of various bank programs. She is the chief financial officer for Omaha Financial Holdings, Inc., and its banking subsidiary, Mutual of Omaha Bank. Heller is a member of the bank’s Board of Directors. She started her career in banking in 1978 and has a broad base of banking knowledge. She has been a part-time accounting instructor for Metropolitan Community College in Omaha and sits on various area boards. Prior to her current role, she was chief financial officer and executive vice president at American National Bank, Omaha.

 

 

 

 

School of Education and Counseling
Steven K. Rector, EDS '01

Steven K. Rector, EDS '01

Rector received a specialist degree in education from WSC in 2001. He earned a bachelor's (’76) and master’s (’80) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began his career in educational administration in 1982. Rector was hired as the high school principal in 1982 in South Sioux City, a position he held for twelve years. He became assistant superintendent at South Sioux City in 1996. Rector was selected to his current position, Superintendent of Schools for the South Sioux City Community School Dist., in 1999. He has served as president of the Greater Nebraska Superintendents Association and was selected as Region III Superintendent of the Year.

 

 

 

 

School of Natural and Social Sciences
Joe W. Stecher '74

Joe W. Stecher '74

Stecher received his bachelor's degree from WSC and moved to the family’s farm home (purchased in 1878) near Hooper. After graduation, he was employed by the Hormel Company and engaged in farming. He received a jurist doctoral degree in 1984. He has worked as a private attorney, Dodge County attorney and was assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Nebraska. Stecher was appointed U.S. Attorney, District of Nebraska in 2007; this position is the one of the highest-profile presidential appointments in the state. He has received several awards, including a director’s award in 2005 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha for “superior performance” as assistant U.S. attorney.

 

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