Come join the Celebration
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!
For more information contact the Alumni Office 402-375-7526 or email@example.com
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1949, 1959,1969, 1979,
1984, 1989, 1999
Speech Communications Majors
'49 Football Team
Track Participants 1975-1985
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11:30 am - Scholarship Luncheon (by invitation) - Student Center, Frey Suite
10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Hospitality/Information
Center - Student Center Atrium
10:30 - 11:30 am - Trustee Workshop (by invitation), Gardner Auditorium
Noon - 1:00 pm - Trustee Luncheon (by invitation), Student Center, Niobrara Room
Noon - 1:00 pm - Alumni and Cat Club Luncheon - Upper Deck (Student Center, Lower Food Court)
1:30 - 3:30 pm - Annual Trustee Meeting, Gardner Auditorium
4:00 pm - 1949 Football Team attends football practice
4:00 - 5:00 pm - Planetarium, "Two Small Pieces of Glass," a tribute to Galileo
5:00 pm - Greek Olympics, Willow Bowl
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet, Student Center, Frey Conference Suite
8:30 pm - Bonfire & Pep Rally, Tennis Court Area (rain site-Rec Center)
9:00 am - Speech Communications Majors Golf Scramble & Lunch, Wayne Country Club
9:30 - 10:30 am - Parade, Homecoming/Band Day, downtown Wayne
10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Presidents Society Brunch (by invitation), Student Center, Frey Conference Suite
10:30 am - 12:30 pm - All Honored Classes Reunion Brunch, Niobrara Room, Student Center
(Classes of '49, '59, '69, '79, '84, '89 & '99)
Noon - 1:00 pm - Tailgate Party, Bob Cunningham Field, under the tent (free to "Cat Club" members)
General admission: adults $5; students $3
12:30 pm - Homecoming Royalty introduced
12:40 - 1:00 pm
- Pre-game Show - WSC Marching Band, Bob Cunningham Field |
Halftime show - WSC Band, and introduction of Hall of Fame Inductees
1:00 pm - Football Game - WSC vs. Upper Iowa
1:00 pm - Soccer Match - WSC vs. Augustana, Soccer Field
3:30 pm (after game)- 1975-1985 Track Participants Reunion
5:30 - 6:15 pm - Social - Student Center, Frey Conference Suite (for banquet ticket holders)
6:15 - 8:30 pm - Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet, Student Center, Frey Conf. Suite
1:00 pm - Alumni Softball Game - Chapman Baseball/Softball Complex
1:00 pm - Alumni Soccer - Soccer Field
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
A scholarship donor and recipient luncheon by invitation-Student Center.
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WSC Alumni Service Award
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.
Dean enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation.
Serving with the 1st Marine Division, he received three meritorious
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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Jeffrey 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 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. 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. 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
Amy Brodersen Riggs '98 (Athlete)
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 '02 (Athlete)
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.
1998-99 and 1999-2000 Men’s Basketball Teams (Teams)
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.
Carlyle Garvin – Posthumously (Contributor)
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.