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WSC Homecoming 2011
View listing of attendees Schedule of Events
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

Once a Wildcat... always a Wildcat!

We invite you to return to Wayne State College to celebrate WSC Homecoming 2013 where you can recall all the great friends and remembrances of your college days and see the exciting renovations and improvements. We hope you will come back and join fellow classmates for a memorable weekend fi lled with friends old and new, a parade, reunion gatherings, tailgating, games, special banquets and more! Enjoy the newly restored iconic Willow Bowl, take in some planetarium shows in the newly renovated planetarium or stroll through the campus commons while you are on campus. Homecoming is a great chance to come together and celebrate Wayne State College’s great traditions. Call your friends and ask them to meet you here!


Mark your calendar for a fun fi lled weekend and make your hotel reservations early. Watch the website at alumni for more information on schedules. Come back to remember great times and great friends while experiencing a place that is always improving but retains the charm you remember.


Deb Lundahl

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


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Honored Classess


1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003


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Football Alumni Reunion



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

11:30 am Student Center - Scholarship donor and recipient luncheon (by invitation)



Friday, September 27, 2013

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
Noon - 1 pm Alumni are welcome to have lunch in the Lower Food Court, Student Center (pay at site)
1:30 pm Planetarium Showing “STARS” - Carhart Science Building
1:30 - 3:00 pm Annual Trustee Meeting - Gardner Auditorium
3:30 pm Dedication of the Willow Bowl Renovation - Willow Bowl
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 “Astronaut” - Carhart Science Building
7 pm Volleyball, WSC vs. Minot State University, Rice Auditorium
7:30 pm Planetarium Showing “STARS” - Carhart Science Building
9 pm (after the VB game) Pep Rally - Rice Auditorium


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SATURDAY, September 28, 2013

8:30 - 9 am Registration for Alumni Football events - Student Center
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 '53, '63, '73, '83, '93 & '03)
11 am Soccer - WSC vs.University of Minnesota-Crookston Soccer Field
Noon Tailgate Party, Bob Cunningham Field, under the tent (free to "Cat Club" members)
Tailgate meal: adults $8; under 12 yrs. $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. Minnesota-Duluth

(General admission, adults $10; K-12 $5)

3:30 pm

Planetarium Showing “Astronaut” -

Carhart Science Building

4 pm

WSC Theatre Performance, "Campus Capers" - Black Box Theatre, Fine ArtsBuilding

4 pm Volleyball, WSC vs. University of Mary, Rice Auditorium
5:30 - 6:15 pm Social - Student Center, Frey Conference Suite (for Sat. evening Banquet ticket holders)
6:15 - 8:15 pm Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet, Student Center, Frey Conference Suite



SUNDAY, September 29, 2013

1 pm Soccer - WSC vs.Bemidgi State University, Soccer Field
1 pm Alumni Baseball Home Run Derby - Pete Chapman Baseball/Softball Complex



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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.


Scholarship Luncheon (Thursday)

A scholarship donor and recipient luncheon by invitation.


Outstanding Alumni Banquet

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



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


Homecoming Parade

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



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.



Directions |  Campus MapParking: Lot 10 - located East of Campus



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WSC Alumni Service Award


Charles Sass '61


The 2013 Alumni Service Award will be presented to Charles "Chuck" Sass at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet Sept. 28. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated
service, promotion, and fi nancial support. Chuck graduated from WSC in 1961. He received a Master in Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1968. After a 12-year teaching career in Nebraska and Iowa schools, Chuck and his wife, Sharon, purchased a sporting goods business in Boone, Iowa. They sold their business in 1977 and moved to Lincoln where Chuck accepted an instructor position with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Division of Continuing Studies and served as an editor in the curriculum development department. The couple moved to Washington, DC, in 1987, where Chuck took a position in the publications department of the Close Up Foundation, the nation’s largest civic education organization. As the managing editor of academic publications, he edited and/or wrote more than 300 student and teacher publications including Current Issues—one of the most popular textbooks in social studies classrooms. Chuck retired in 2006 after 18 years with Close Up and is now engaged in an in-depth study of leisure.
Chuck and Sharon established the Kathryn Reimers Sass scholarship in 2005. The Sasses became trustees of the Wayne State Foundation in 2007 and are members of the Cornerstone Society and Heritage Society.  The couple resides in Wellington, Fla.

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Outstanding Alumni


School of Arts and Humanities
Jeffrey Child '02

Jeff received a degree in speech communications with minors in mathematics and computer science from WSC. He completed his doctoral studies and earned a Ph.D. from North Dakota State University in 2007. That same year the communication department at NDSU honored him as the Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year. He joined the faculty at Kent State University in August 2007
and serves as the undergraduate coordinator for the School of Communication Studies. Jeff is a lifetime member of the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association,the Eastern Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association. He has
served in leadership capacities for these organizations and has delivered more than 40 research paper presentations in conjuction with the conventions of these associations.


School of Education and Counseling
Greg Adams ’74, MSE ’75

Greg graduated from WSC earning bachelor and master’s degrees in education. He was employed as a teacher of American government and economics at York Public Schools from 1976 to 2004. He was the recipient of numerous awards during his 31-year teaching career. Greg was appointed by the governor in 1997 and again in 2000 to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. He served as a member of the York City Council from 1986 to 1996 and performed the duties of Mayor of the City of York from 1996 to 2006. Greg left his classroom in 2006 and entered the Nebraska Legislature; currently serving as Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature. Greg says he feels his teaching experiences have helped him with his work as a Nebraska senator.


School of Business and Technology
Duane Polodna '80

Duane graduated from WSC earning a bachelor degree with accounting emphasis. After graduation he worked in the audit and tax departments at Arthur Young and Company, Omaha. He was granted a designation of Certifi ed Public Accountant in 1982. After four years with Arthur Young and Company, he
accepted a position with U S West Communications. He left US West in 1995 to work as the corporate accounting manager at the Omaha World-Herald Company. After a series of promotions, Duane was named vice-president and treasurer of the company in 2002 and appointed to its Board of Directors.
Duane now serves as senior vice president and chief fi nancial offi cer of BH Media Group, which owns and manages the Omaha World-Herald. BH Media Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.


School of Natural and Social Sciences
Wayne Mollhoff ’74

Wayne graduated from WSC earning a bachelor of science degree. He joined the Army in 1965 and served on active duty for 10 years. Wayne joined the Army Reserve for several years, and spent another six years on active duty before retiring to the reserves for more than two decades. A retired lieutenant
colonel he spends much of his spare time as a volunteer gathering information on birds in the state. Wayne began surveying birds in 1984 and coordinated the fi rst Nebraska Breeding Bird Atlas Project, which he wrote and had published by the Nebraska Game and Park Commission. Wayne is a member of three archaeology professional organizations and has been involved in digs. He has donated collections of mammal specimens along with other reptile, insect and plant specimens to WSC and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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Hall of Fame Inductees


Tanna (Walford) Albin (Athlete) '07

Tanna was a standout high jumper lettering all four years for the Wildcats
from 2004 to 2007. The York Public Schools graduate won the NSIC Indoor
Championship three times and had one outdoor title. In the 2005 indoor season
she was named the NSIC Field Athlete of the Year. Tanna was a three-time
NCAA indoor national qualifi er and a two-time national outdoor qualifi er placing
seventh in the high jump at both national meets as a senior. Tanna excelled in theclassroom earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors three times (2005-07) and wasjust one of two WSC athletes in the past 10 years to earn an NCAA Post-GraduateScholarship in 2007. She received her doctorate of medicine degree from theNebraska Medical Center in 2012 and is currently a Doctor of Medicine for Family Practice at St. Vincent Health Systems, Carmel, Inc.


Cindy (Stella '82) and Steve Zelinsky '82 (Athletes)

Cindy lettered four years for the WSC Softball team from 1979 to 1982.
She earned All-CSIC and NAIA All-District 11 honors during her senior season asa pitcher and during her junior season helped WSC to a seventh place fi nish at the NAIA National Tournament. After college, she was a successful coach at the collegiate and international level including stops as pitching coach at Minnesota (1992-94) and developed a program at Washington University in Missouri (1999-2005). She led the team to four NCAA Division III National Tournaments including a seventh place finish in 2005. In 2012, she was co-head coach of an 18U Gold team that competed in the Women’s division at the Canadian International Open.

Steve was a four-year letter winner for the Wayne State football team from
1978 to 1981. He was a three-time All-CSIC offensive lineman and was NAIA
All-District 11 First Team his senior year. He currently resides in Chesterfi eld, Mo. where he has won numerous awards in the restaurant industry, including several Vendor of the Year awards in a chain of 350 stores. He has coached youth football and baseball in Chesterfi eld for the past seven years.


Ryun Williams (Coach)

Ryun spent nine seasons (1998-2008) as head women’s basketball coach
at WSC and is the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 182-106.
He turned the Wildcats into a Northern Sun Conference and North Central/Central Region contender. While at WSC, Ryun led the ‘Cats to the 2005-06 NSIC regular season and tournament titles with a then school record 27 wins (27-4) and the school’s fi rst-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. In three of his last four seasons, he led the Wildcats to 20 wins or more with two more
NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2007-08 team was 22-10 and knocked
off national power #6 North Dakota in the fi rst round of the North Central
Regional. Ryun moved on to Division I ranks where he spent four seasons at
the University of South Dakota, his alma mater. He is now the head coach at
Colorado State.


2006 Men's Track and Field (Team)

The 2006 Wayne State College men’s track and fi eld team captured
both NSIC Indoor and Outdoor Championships and, coupled with the 2005
cross country team in the fall, pulled off a rare triple crown that season
with conference titles. The indoor team scored 166 points and had three
conference champions: Ben Jansen-800 meter run, Matt Schneider-1,000
meter run and the distance medley relay team. The outdoor team racked up
225 points to win the conference title and swept all four post season awards.
Jansen was NSIC Track Athlete and Newcomer of the Year, JJ Washington was
NSIC Field Athlete of the Year and Marlon Brink was NSIC Coach of the Year.
It was the first of back-to-back years that Wayne State swept both indoor and
outdoor conference titles in track and field.


Roland Lentz '56 (Contributor)

Roland grew up in Coleridge, Neb., and is a 1956 graduate of Wayne State College. He was involved with Lambda Delta Lambda and Kappa Mu
Epsilon as a WSC student. He received a master of arts degree from the
University of South Dakota in 1957. Roland taught at WSC from 1957 to
1959. He served as an instructor and math professor at Mankato State,
Minnesota from 1962 to 1999. After his teaching career, he retired and
moved back to the Wayne area. Roland is a strong supporter of Wayne State
College and you can fi nd him at most home sporting events. He has been a
Cat Club member since 2005. Roland was a major contributor to the Athletic
Facility’s Turf, Track and Soccer project. He supports math scholarships at
Wayne State College where he has been a donor for more than 30 years.


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