Wayne State All in the Family for Adamson Family
“The Adamson sisters were an absolute delight to have as students in our Communication Arts program. Each had a unique positive personality and brought a different positive perspective to our classes,” said Drs. Ron and Deb Whitt when asked about the Adamsons. “The one ingredient that flowed through each, however, was a strong work ethic each brought to the classroom. All were carefully prepared to fully engage in academic and group discussions. The sisters' goal oriented attitude, along with their strong interpersonal communication skills, will continue to serve them well. We wish them the very best and look forward to the next generation of Adamsons!’’
Jordan Adamson made her mother's goal complete on Mother's Day weekend as she graduated from Wayne State College on May 9. She and three of her sisters have all earned WSC degrees.
The goal to have all the Adamson girls graduate from Wayne State College was a special one set when the children were small. Nicole Adamson Mathison was the first to achieve it in 1996. Heather Adamson Tillotson followed as the only sister with an education degree in 1999. Megan Adamson Froehlich earned her degree in 2004.
Jordan Adamson of Osmond is congratulated by her sisters as she joins them as Wayne State College alumnae May 9 in the Willow Bowl. Adamson earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication/ organizational leadership and public relations with a minor in family life studies. From left: Heather Adamson Tillotson, a 1999 WSC graduate; Megan Adamson Froehlich, a 2004 WSC graduate; Jordan Adamson, a 2009 WSC graduate; and Nicole Adamson Mathison, a 1996 WSC graduate.
Three of the four sisters earned communications degrees and had Drs. Ron and Deb Whitt as teachers and mentors.
"We all had the Whitts as instructors and they really made a difference for all of us,'' Adamson said. "I feel the most important aspect of the communications degree at Wayne State College is the leadership aspect. I am very glad that was a part of my education.''
Adamson will be entering The Buckle's management program in Sioux Falls, S.D. She said her leadership experiences at WSC will help her in the program.
Although all the sisters lived in Bowen residence hall, only Nicole and Heather had the opportunity to live together in a room.
"Heather was able to tell me who I should take in classes and some tips about college life,” Nicole said. “The best thing about Wayne State College was the small class sizes and individual attention that we received from our professors.''
Each sister agreed their professors had known them by their first names. They said they valued the ability to be able to speak with them face to face.
After commencement, Jordan Adamson's niece, Kennedy Mathison, ran up to her and gave her aunt a hug.
"Tell us where you are going to college, Kennedy,'' Adamson said, "Wayne State?"
Kennedy Mathison looked up and nodded yes with a big smile.
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