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WSC Homecoming 2011
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Scholarship Luncheon Highlighted Events
Informational BrochurePDF - Homecoming Reservation Form and Informational Brochure WSC Alumni Service Award
Reservation Form WSC Outstanding Alumni
Honored Classes Hall of Fame Inductees
Reunions Travel Information

Celebrating the Journey!

Homecoming is the perfect time to come back to the beautiful WSC campus to share great memories with friends, faculty and family. On Oct. 2-4 the opportunities for fun include Wildcat football and tailgating; volleyball; an alumni track and field reunion; an alumni Service-Learning reunion; parade (watch or better yet - participate); Planetarium shows; Honored Classes brunch.


WSC students will offer tours of campus so you can see some of the improvements that have taken place since you called WSC home and you can watch the Greek Olympics in the newly restored Willow Bowl. Attend the Friday evening banquet as we celebrate the Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. At the Hall of Fame and Homecoming Banquet Saturday evening we will honor the Alumni Service Award recipient and the Hall of Fame inductees.


Mark your calendars for a fun-filled weekend and make your hotel reservations early. Watch the website at for more information on schedules. Come back to remember great times and great friends while experiencing a place that is ever-changing but always home!


It will be another Great Day to be a Wildcat!

Deb Lundahl

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


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Honored Classess


1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004


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Service-Learning Alumni Reunion (Friday)



3:30 - 5:30 pm

Peterson Fine Arts Service-Learning
Historical Photo Art Exhibit



9:30 - 10:30 am

Parade, ride bikes with Dr. Barbara Engebretsen (12 bikes are available or bring your own) Email to reserve a bike.


3:30 - 5:30 pm

Reunion in Peterson Fine Arts Building, reconnect with professors and friends, and view the exhibit



Track Alumni Reunion (Saturday)



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

11:30 am

Scholarship Luncheon (by invitation),

Student Center, Frey Conf. Suite



Friday, October 3, 2014

10 am- 4 pm Information Center - Student Center, Atrium
10:00 - 11:30 am Trustee Workshop (by invitation) - Gardner Auditorium
Noon - 1 pm Trustee Luncheon (by invitation) - Student Center, Frey Conference Suite
Noon - 1 pm Lunch available for visiting alumni in the Lower Food Court of the Student Center
1:30 pm Planetarium Showing “STARS” - Carhart Science Building
1:30 - 3:00 pm Annual Trustee Meeting, Gardner Auditorium
3:30 - 5:30 pm NVA Gallery, Peterson Fine Arts - Service-Learning Historical Photo Restoration Exhibit
5 pm Greek Olympics - Willow Bowl
5:30 - 6:15 pm Social - Frey Conference Suite (for Fri. evening Banquet ticket holders)
6:15 - 8:15 pm Outstanding Alumni Banquet, Student Center, Frey Conference Suite
6:30 pm Planetarium Showing “Back to the Moon” - Carhart Science Building
7 pm Volleyball, WSC vs. Northern State University, Rice Auditorium
7:30 pm Planetarium Showing “Cosmic Castaways” - Carhart Science Building
9 pm (after the VB game) Pep Rally - Rice Auditorium


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SATURDAY, October 4, 2014

9:30 - 10:30 am Homecoming/Band Day Parade, parade begins at the south end of Main Street
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, Lower Food Court, Student Center (Classes of '54, '64, '74, '84, '94 & '04) Prior registration is required
Noon Tailgate Party, Bob Cunningham Field, under the tent (free to "Cat Club" members) Tailgate meal: adults $8; younger than 12 - $5
12:30 pm Homecoming Royalty introduced
12:40 - 1 pm

Pre-game Show - WSC Marching Band, Bob Cunningham


Field Halftime Show - WSC Marching Band and introduction of Hall of Fame Inductees

1 pm

Football Game - WSC vs. Winona State University (General admission $10; K-12 $5)

3 pm

Track Alumni Reunion - Lower Food Court, Student Center

3:30 pm

Planetarium Showing "Solar Quest" - Carhart Science Building

3:30 - 5:30 pm

Service-Learning Alumni Reunion - Peterson Fine Arts Building

4 pm

Volleyball, WSC vs. MSU Moorhead, Rice Auditorium

5:30 - 6:15 pm Social - Student Center, Frey Conference Suite (for Saturday evening Banquet ticket holders)
6:15 - 8:15 pm Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet, Student Center, Frey Conference Suite



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Highlighted Events


Scholarship Luncheon (Thursday)

A scholarship donor and recipient luncheon by invitation.


Information Center (Friday)

Stop by the information center in the Student Center atrium; 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.


Outstanding Alumni Banquet (Friday)

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


Pep Rally (Friday)

Join WSC cheerleaders, band, students, coaches and fellow alumni at the pep rally in Rice Auditorium on Friday evening to show your school spirit.


Homecoming Parade (Saturday)

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


Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet (Saturday)

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.


Travel Information


Cobblestone Inn - 402-833-1301

Super 8 - 1-800-992-2694
K-D Inn - 402-375-1770
Sports Club Motel - 402-375-4222

Norfolk Holiday Inn Express - 1-877-410-6687
Norfolk Lodge & Suites - 402-379-3833
South Sioux City Marina Inn - 402-494-4000


Business casual for Friday and Saturday evening banquets.



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WSC Alumni Service Award


Bill Reeg '64


The 2014 Alumni Service Award will be presented to William “Bill” Reeg at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet October 4. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support. Reeg graduated from WSC in 1964. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1967. After his Marine Corps duty, he worked with his father at Arnie’s Supermarket in Wayne. Arnie’s Ford-Mercury was established in 1978 and the dealership is still going strong.


Reeg is a past Chairman of the Nebraska New Car & Truck Dealers Association and continues to serve on its executive board. In addition, he serves on the Carriage House Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association. He was recently reappointed by Gov. Dave Heineman for a second term on the Nebraska Motor Vehicle Licensing Board. Arnie’s Ford was honored as the Large Business of the Year at the 2014 Wayne Area Economic Development Banquet. Reeg was the winner of TIME magazine’s 2014 Dealer of the Year for the state of Nebraska. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.


Reeg serves as secretary-treasurer for the executive board of the Wayne State College Foundation. He and his wife, Betty, support various building projects and other campus improvements and have established the Bill and Betty Reeg Annual Scholarship.

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Outstanding Alumni


School of Arts and Humanities
David F. Whitt ’89

Whitt graduated from WSC earning a bachelor of science degree. While studying at WSC, he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, and he won several championships at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament. He also qualified for the Interstate Oratory Association Tournament, wrote for the Wayne Stater, and participated in several WSC theater productions. Whitt has co-edited and contributed to three books on comparative mythology, and has given international presentations in Greece, Taiwan, and Australia. He was the first American to judge at a high school film festival in Croatia. Whitt has designed a public speaking mentoring program between Nebraska Wesleyan University and Dawes Middle School in Lincoln. He is currently a professor of Communication Studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and serves as the Department Chair of Communication Studies.


School of Business and Technology
Ronita Carlson Jacobsen ’94, MSE ’98

Jacobsen graduated from WSC with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in family and consumer sciences. She began her teaching career at Ponca High School in 1994, followed by two years at Pierce High School. In 1999, she began teaching in Plainview where she has transformed a traditional home economics program into a vital family and consumer science program with an active Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter. In 2010, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Teachers of Nebraska named her FCS Teacher of the Year. In 2011, the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) named Jacobsen the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year and the ACTEN Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. She has served as president for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska and ACTEN. She continues her FCS teaching career at Plainview High School.


School of Education and Counseling
Maria (Mandel) Goede, MAE ’99

Goede graduated from WSC with a master’s degree in counseling. She was born in Colombia, South America, and came to the United States with her family at the age of 4. She was raised in Miami, Fla., and moved to Omaha where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and worked as a business manager. Goede moved to Norfolk in 1992 and worked as a business manager for a community mental health clinic and while employed as a child protection safety worker she decided to enroll at WSC to earn her master’s degree. She has given numerous presentations, ranging from the effects of domestic violence on children to best parenting practices, cultural diversity, and assertive communication. Goede has been in private practice in Norfolk and, for the past four years, in West Point.


School of Natural and Social Sciences
Edward V. Stansberry ’98, MSE ’02, Ed Specialist ’05

Stansberry has earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, a master’s degree for K-12 Education Administration and an Education Specialist degree from WSC. He has been a part of the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning research committee, instrumental in developing a data workbook for schools to utilize in their school improvement process. Stansberry serves as the Nebraska representative for the National Association of Impacted Schools. He says he and his staff believe family is the most important part of life and education and children learn best when they become part of your family. He feels all decisions should be made on what is best for the student and credits the staff who modeled this belief while he was enrolled at WSC. Stansberry is in his seventh year as the superintendent at Walthill Pubic School.


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Hall of Fame Inductees


Dale Clayton (Athlete) ’88

Clayton was a standout baseball player at WSC from 1985 to 1988. He holds the career record for stolen bases and was the school’s career hits leader for nearly 20 seasons. The Marshalltown, Iowa, native was a First Team All-CSIC selection in 1987 and a First Team All-NAIA District 11 selection in 1988 as a senior. He is the all-time leader in stolen bases with 135, 52 more than any other player in school history. He ranks fourth in career runs scored (189), sixth in career hits (217) and tied for third in career walks with 109. He helped the 1987 team to a 34-14 record, and went on to win the NAIA District 11 title and play at the NAIA Regional. Clayton resides in Omaha where he serves as the account executive with World Bridge Partners.


Cory Reeder (Athlete) ’94, MSE ’98

Reeder was a two-sport standout at WSC from 1989 to 1994. The Columbus High School graduate started as catcher on the baseball team and was a starter for 2½ seasons on the Wildcat football team at linebacker and was named the 1993 WSC Male Athlete of the Year. Reeder is considered the best-ever defensive catcher at WSC, throwing out 63 percent of would-be base stealers as a sophomore in 1992 while hitting .317 with a team-high nine home runs and 33 RBI’s with seven game-winning hits. On the football field, he had 98 tackles and 13 tackles for loss during his senior season to rank second on the team in tackles. He recorded 23 tackles in one game during his sophomore season. He resides in Columbus where he and his spouse own two restaurants.


Emily (Schroeder) Jones (Athlete) ’08

Jones was a dominant volleyball player during her three seasons at WSC. The Laurel-Concord graduate was a First Team All-NSIC selection and became the Wildcats’ first-ever All-American as she was named AVCA and Daktronics Second Team All-American in 2006 and 2007. She ranks first and second in single season kills, setting a school record with 599 kills as a junior and 591 kills during her senior season. Jones played on three NCAA tournament teams and led WSC to the 2007 NSIC Tournament title. She holds school records for 32 kills in one match and 13 blocks in three different matches. Jones excelled in the classroom earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team honors as a junior and was a two-time NSIC All-Academic selection. She resides in Omaha where she works as a physical therapist assistant.


Dennis H. Johnson (Contributor) ’63

Dennis H. Johnson is a 1963 graduate of Wayne State College and has been a long-time contributor to the Wildcat athletic programs, especially men’s basketball. He has made donations to numerous athletic projects at WSC, including the field turf/stadium project in 2013 and the track/stadium project in 2008. Johnson, a native of Wausa, played basketball at Wayne State for four years (1959- 63). Johnson was a coach and teacher for 35 years, spending the last 28 in Westminster, Colo., with the Adams County School District #50 where he still works part-time as stadium manager and athletics manager. He visits Wayne State College on an annual basis and attends numerous Wayne State home sporting events.


2006 Volleyball (Team)

The 2006 WSC team finished with a 30-8 record overall, placing second in the NSIC with a 15-3 league mark. The 30 wins are the third most by a Wildcat volleyball team in school history. WSC advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and fell to Concordia-St. Paul in the North Central Regional semi-finals. Emily Schroeder, Brittany Coleman, Laura Dolezal and Michelle Eckhardt were named to the NSIC All-Conference Team while Dolezal earned her second straight NSIC Libero of the Year award. Schroeder was third in the NSIC averaging 4.63 kills per game while leading the league at 1.50 blocks per contest, resulting in her receiving AVCA and Daktronics Second Team All-American honors. Coleman averaged 13.81 assists per set to earn First Team All-Region and honorable mention All-American honors. 2006 team members: Ann Beiermann, Mattie Burnham, Brittany Coleman, Amanda Hansen, Meredy Dubbs, Michelle Eckhardt, Amanda Johnson, Jordan Schaffer, Emily Schroeder, Laura Dolezal, Brittany Van Beek, Ashley Vogt, Danielle Wessel, Tessa Wietfeld; head coach, Scott Kneifl; assistant coach, Sara Horn; graduate assistant coach, Lindsay Burnham.


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