Wayne State College Honors Alumni at Homecoming
Wayne State alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members celebrated Homecoming Oct. 9-12 at the college. Alumni honored classes included 1943, '48, '58, '68, '78, '83, '88 and '98. Homecoming festivities included a parade, award banquets for outstanding alumni and inductees into the Wayne State Athletic Hall of Fame, and several informal reunions.
Outstanding alumni from Wayne State College academic schools were honored Oct. 10. They included Christopher G. Amundson '97; Carra Simmons '84; David L. Hawkins MSE '86, EdS '00; and Rex E. Murray '75.
Amundson worked his way through college at Wayne State as a commercial pilot and upon graduation began work as a newspaper writer and editor. After joining Nebraska Life magazine, first as an advertising sales representative, he became involved with all aspects of the magazine's operations as general manager and associate publisher. Amundson purchased Nebraska Life magazine in 2004, a diversified media company that additionally publishes books and specialty magazines.
Simmons taught school in Iowa and Arizona for several years prior to beginning a career with State Farm Insurance. Simmons earned a master's degree in education from Northern Arizona University in 1992. He has been promoted numerous times within the State Farm organization.
Hawkins began his career as an educator in 1969 in Sioux City, Iowa. He has taught and coached at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. While enrolled in the graduate program at WSC in 1984, he began teaching, coaching and served as a guidance counselor at South Sioux City Community Schools. Hawkins is the assistant superintendent of schools at the South Sioux City.
Murray grew up and received his education in Wayne. After completing his degree in chemistry from WSC, he pursued graduate studies in organic chemistry at the University of California, Davis and completed his Ph.D. in 1980. Murray began his industrial career as a catalyst chemist at Union Carbide Corporation's technical center in South Charleston, W. Va. He has worked at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Bartlesville, Okla., as a research fellow since 2006.