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Outstanding alumni from each of Wayne State College’s four  academic schools were honored Oct. 2 during Homecoming. They include Steven Rector, '01; Jeffrey Ingrum, '80; Marjorie Heller, '86; and Joe Stecher, '74.

Steven K. Rector, EDS ’01 – School of Education and Counseling
Rector received a specialist degree in education from Wayne State in 2001 after earning a bachelor’s (’76) and master’s (’80) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began his career in educational administration in 1982.  He was hired as the high school principal in South Sioux City in 1984, a position he held for 12 years. He became assistant superintendent at South Sioux City in 1996.  Steve was selected to his current position, Superintendent of Schools for the South Sioux City Community School District, in 1999.  He has served as president of the Greater Nebraska Superintendents Association and was selected as Region III Superintendent of the Year.

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.

Joe W. Stecher ’74 – School of Natural and Social Sciences

Stecher received his bachelor degree from WSC and moved to the family’s farm home (purchased in 1878) near Hooper where he still lives. 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 appointed 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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