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Homecoming 2009 | October 1-4
Come join the Celebration


WSC Homecoming 2009




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Honored Classes

Schedule of Events

Highlighted Events

WSC Alumni Service Award

WSC Outstanding Alumni

Hall of Fame Inductees

Travel Information and WSC Campus Map


We invite you to return to Wayne State College to celebrate WSC Homecoming 2009. “Come Join The Celebration” as you stroll down memory lane, rekindle old friendships, make new friends, reminisce about your days at Wayne State and see what’s new on campus. Call your friends and tell them to meet you here!


Mark your calendar for a fun filled weekend and make your hotel reservations early.  Come home; Homecoming won’t be the same without you.


See you there!

Deb Lundahl

For more information contact the Alumni Office 402-375-7526 or


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Honored Classess




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Thursday, October 1, 2009


Friday, October 2, 2009


SATURDAY, October 3, 2009


SUNDAY, October 4, 2009




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Highlighted Events

Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet

Plan to attend the Saturday evening banquet where the Alumni Service Award will
be presented to honor dedication and service to WSC and Hall of Fame Inductions will take place.


Hospitality/Information Center

Stop by the hospitality and information center in the student center atrium; we
will have refreshments and we can answer any questions you may have. We will
have students who can give you a tour of campus and you can visit all of the old
places and see the new and renovated facilities. Or skip the tour and relax in the
atrium reminiscing with friends and talking with students.


Alumni and Cat Club Luncheon

On Friday, alumni and athletic staff will take you through the food court in our
student center. WSC coaches will update you on their teams and seasons. Enjoy
the facility and reminisce with fellow WSC graduates.


Outstanding Alumni Banquet

Join us as we honor Outstanding Alumni recipients from each of the four schools. These dedicated and deserving recipients will be recognized at dinner on Friday evening.


Homecoming Parade

The parade will begin in downtown Wayne - come see WSC and the community of Wayne show their Wildcat pride. A popular addition to the parade is the Band Day participants.



Join WSC cheerleaders, band, students, coaches and fellow alumni at the bonfire on Friday evening to show your school spirit.



Speech Communications Majors; 1949 Football Team & Track Participants 1975-1985


Scholarship Luncheon

A scholarship donor and recipient luncheon by invitation-Student Center.


Travel Information

Wayne Super 8 - 1-800-800-8000
K-D Inn - 402-375-1770
Sports Club Motel - 402-375-4222
Norfolk Holiday Inn Express - 1-866-270-5110
Norfolk Lodge & Suites - 402-379-3833
South Sioux City Marina Inn - 402-494-4000


Bose Rentals (suites) - 402-256-9126


Business casual for Friday and Saturday evening banquets.


Lot 10 - located East of Campus


View WSC Campus Map




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WSC Alumni Service Award

Don Dean - Class of 1957

Don Dean graduated from Wayne State College in 1957 with a bachelor of arts in education with a major in physical education and a minor in industrial education. Dean played football for the Wildcats, and was active in the “W” club and numerous campus organizations.


WSC Alumni Service Award Winner - Don Dean '57Dean enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation. Serving with the 1st Marine Division, he received three meritorious promotions.


Dean earned a master of arts in educational psychology and guidance from Colorado State College, Greeley, Colo., in 1960. He completed requirements for his doctoral degree in 1973.


Dean began his educational career as a teacher/principal in 1960 in Winside. He then served as a state consultant for guidance services, Lincoln, for two years, followed by eight years as state director of guidance for the Nebraska State Department of Education. During his career in education, Dean also served as a part-time instructor in Creighton University’s Counselor Education Program. He retired from Lincoln Southeast and the Lincoln Public Schools in
1995, serving as associate principal for student services for 15 years and associate principal for student services for seven years.


Dean strongly values and believes in education. During the course of his professional career he was involved with a variety of volunteer local, state and national professional associations and organizations. He has been an active supporter of Wayne State College in a variety of ways.


Dean and his wife, Regena “Reggie” live in Lincoln. They have three children and seven grandchildren.




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Outstanding Alumni


Jeffrey J. IngrumJeffrey J. Ingrum ’80

School of Arts and Humanities

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.




Marjorie HellerMarjorie J. Heller ’86

School of Business and Technology

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.





Steven K. RectorSteven K. Rector, EDS ’01

School of Education and Counseling

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.




Joe W. StecherJoe W. Stecher ’74

School of Natural and Social Sciences

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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Hall of Fame Inductees


Arguably one of the best ball handling and shooting guards in Wayne State women’s basketball history, Riggs was a four-year starter from 1993 to 1997. The O’Neill, Neb., native ranks seventh in career scoring with 1,281 points and is third in career steals (194) and third in career assists with 396. She started 95 out of 105 career games and averaged 12.2 points, 4.46 rebounds and 3.77 assists per game and made 46.6 percent of her shots from the field during her career. Riggs helped the 1993-94 team go 22-5 overall, including a perfect 12-0 at home, the first-ever WSC women’s basketball team to go unbeaten at home during the season. As a senior, She averaged a career-high 15.7 points, 4.7
rebounds and 3.79 assists per game. Riggs is a financial planner for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Omaha.


Matt Kneifl was a standout hurdler for the Wildcat track and field teams from 1997 to 2001, winning four Northern Sun Conference individual titles to go with All-American honors in 2001. Kneifl, a graduate of Newcastle High School in Nebraska, finished seventh at the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals in 2001
in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.55 seconds to earn All-American honors. He also was an Academic All-American in 2001. Kneifl was the NSIC champion in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles in outdoor track in 2000 and in 2001 won the 55 meter hurdles title (indoors) and the 110 meter hurdles title during the outdoor season. Kneifl works for Edward Jones Investments in West Des Moines, Iowa.


The 1998-99 and 1999-2000 men’s basketball teams made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances under Coach Greg McDermott, going 23-5 in 98-99 and 26-6 in 1999-2000. The 1998-99 team earned the top seed and hosted the NCAA Division II North Central Regional Tournament. The 1999-2000 team won a school record 26 games and captured the Northern Sun Conference regular season and post-season tournament titles. The ‘Cats advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the second straight season and defeated St. Cloud State and South Dakota before falling to eventual national champion Metro State in the North Central Regional championship game. Greg McDermott was named the 1999-2000 NSIC Coach of the Year while Jon Dolliver, Eric Henderson and Brad Joens were selected to the 1999-2000 NSIC All-Conference Team.


The Garvin family has been long-time supporters of Wayne State College. Carlyle was a member of the 1939 Wayne State College football team and later founded Wayne Sporting Goods in Wayne in 1958. For many years, Garvin officiated at the Wayne State College spring football game and Wildcats alumni basketball games. In the 1970s when Wayne State women’s sports were still club sports, Garvin would buy the gas while local businessman and friend Roy Coryell would provide the vehicles to transport Wayne State women’s teams on road trips. Garvin also provided jobs for WSC student athletes in the summer and paid for coaches’ clinics throughout the school year.


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