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Alumni Notes | Fall 2013

(Towns and cities listed on these pages are in Nebraska unless noted or generally understood. Efforts are made to keep our news current.)

 

photo1940

Emogene (Waring) and Kenneth Spann celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary June 5. They met on a blind date while students at WSC in 1938. The retired couple resides in Corvallis, Mont.

 

photo1961

Angie (Dowling) Neuharth hosted the 14th annual reunion for the WSC Pile Hall Girls at the Wisner Yacht Club Lake on July 19. A carry-in salad and dessert bar was served and the girls concluded the afternoon with the singing of the WSC Alma Mater. It was announced the 15-year reunion will be held at the same location the third Friday in July and all WSC Pile Hall girls in the area are invited to attend. Attending were, in front: Eileen (Stueckrath) Kucera ’57, Bellwood; Norene (Ebel) Kuhr, Wisner; Doris (Leiding) Kuester, Wisner; Barbara (Donze) Peters, Omaha; Jenene (Anderson) Raute ’61, Honey Creek, Iowa. Middle: Carol (Dibbert) Whipple ’62, Stanton; Clara (Chambers) Heinemann ’60, Wayne; Jeanette (Jaeger) Vahle ’65, Pender; Emogene (Isom) Andrews ’72, Moorhead, Iowa; Darlene (Hjorth) Bowers, Wayne; Lonnie (Schmid) Dinslage, Elgin. Back: LaVern (Pagels) Hoogner, Blair; Judy (Bartak) Eggerling, Neligh; Karen (Koopman) Schulte, Beemer and Angie Neuharth.

 

photo1968

Tom Haller, John Carrington, Ruth (Beck) Carrington ’71, Bob Strathman and Gary Tewell pictured left to right gathered June 9 for a mini WSC reunion in St. Louis, Mo. They are all residents of St. Louis and report all are happily retired.

 

photo1970

Randy Gray was recognized by the Arizona Middle Level Association as a 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. He has been an educator for 40 years, beginning his teaching career at Rosalie High School. Randy received a master’s degree from Arizona State University and has taught in the English department at Shea Middle School, Paradise Valley Unified Schools District, Phoenix since 1979.  

 

photo1973

Kent Irwin participated with a group of climbers that summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. This assembly of climbers is preparing for a summit attempt of Denaili-South, the highest point in North America. Kent resides in Omaha.

 

photo1981

Jed and Pat (Meis) Friedrichsen reside in Columbia, Mo., along with their daughter, Claire, who was a recent graduate from the University of Missouri. Jed is co-founder and CEO of blendedschools.net. Pat is an associate professor in science education at the University of Missouri.

 

1988

John Selk, Washington, DC, is affiliated with HOPE NOW Alliance. He began as a project manager and now serves as executive director. The Alliance is a group of banks, non-profits, and investors working on the foreclosure crisis partnering with the Department of Labor, the US Treasury and hundreds of housing non-profits. John reports that his job is interesting and challenging.

 

1993

Paul Hartsock was promoted to vice president of planning and replenishment at Intradeco Apparel. He oversees all planning, inventory analysis, and replenishment for all divisions. Paul and his wife, Shelley, reside in Bentonville, Ark., with their three children.

 

photo1994

Anne (Cruickshank, MSE’02) Hughes resides in Columbus with her husband, Steve, and daughters, Jacey (10) and Halle (3). Anne is a 6th grade math teacher at Columbus Middle School.

 

1995

Shawn D. Brink had his first novel published, The Space Between, a fantasy/Christian fiction work with assistance through Martin Sisters Publishing. He wrote his first novel while a student at WSC but the manuscript was never published. Shawn resides in Papillion with his wife and children.

 

photo2002

Ken Morrison is currently living, learning and teaching in Daejeon, South Korea. He is an instructor of new media technology and other courses at Linton Global College (Hannam University). Ken was the recipient of a global award from the Apple Computers Corporation when he was inducted into the 2013 global class of Apple Distinguished Educators and was named as the official facilitator of Apple’s “@pple Meetup” Korea group for the 2013-14 school year. This group of educators gathers monthly at Apple’s Korea headquarters in Seoul to discuss the newest trends and ideas of integrating technology effectively in the classroom. Ken says he enjoys living in Korea as it is a great place to study the effects of technology on society. Ken is the son of James ’63 and Dolores (Ostdiek ’72) Morrison.

 

photo2005

Carly Ninemire and Levi Bycenski were united in marriage. The couple resides in Omaha. Carly is working toward a doctorate of philosophy degree from the department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

 

photo2007

Jamie Stech and Tanna (Siecke) White earned top honors from their peers at the 2013 Iowa Communication Association annual conference in Ankeny, Iowa. The ICA hosts a conference every year to allow faculty to exchange teaching and research ideas and to honor the best and brightest teachers in the state. Both are employed at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluff, Iowa; Stech has been a full-time instructor since 2009 and White joined the staff in 2011.

 

photo2008

Jared Dreher and Savannah Wissig’07 were united in marriage. The couple resides in Omaha. Savannah is an assistant branch manager at Oriental Trading Co.

 

photo2011

Sheila Remmereid resides in Johnson. She was honored with the 2013 Nebraska State Educators Association’s (NSEA) Rookie of the Year award while in her second year of teaching 7-12 Special Education at Johnson-Brock Public School The award was presented at the annual NSEA Convention held in Kearney.

 

 

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