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Wayne State College Spring 2011 Graduation Ceremonies

Published: 5-27-2011 8:50 am

Wayne State College held commencement for graduate students at 9:30 a.m. in Rice Auditorium and undergraduates at 2 p.m. May 7 in the Willow Bowl. A total of 582 degrees -- 209 graduate degrees and 373 undergraduate degrees -- were conferred at the ceremonies by Wayne State President Curt Frye. Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams, holder of two degrees from Wayne State, delivered the commencement address at the baccalaureate ceremony.

Amanda Sindelar, daughter of Jim and Linda Sindelar of Howells, delivered the graduate ceremony invocation. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wayne State in exercise science and speech communications with an emphasis in organizational leadership and public relations. During her time as an undergraduate at Wayne State, Sindelar was named to the Dean's List many times and was a member of Lambda Pi Eta Communications honor society, SHAPE club, American College of Sports Medicine and was involved in many service-learning activities.

Sindelar received her master's degree in organizational management with an emphasis in sport and recreation management. She has served as a graduate assistant in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Sport for the past two years, during which time she has taught classes, served as the Wellness Coordinator for the past year, and on the Graduate Council for one year. Sindelar has worked at NorthStar services for the past four years supporting people with developmental disabilities to become actively participating citizens.  Her career plans include pursuing a management career in the health and wellness field.

Angela Ossian, who received her master's in administrative education, delivered the graduate ceremony commencement address. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a teaching endorsement in elementary education from Wayne State. Ossian teaches second grade at Emerson Elementary in Kearney, where she has worked for 12 years. She has accepted a position as the assistant principal for the three elementary schools in Holdrege beginning in August. Her parents are Jim and Bev Ossian. Jim is a professor at Wayne State College in the School of Education and Counseling. Bev is a retired nurse. Her only daughter, Janelle, is a junior in the criminal justice program at University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Lucas Christensen, the son of Arlan and Geralyn Christensen of Harlan, Iowa, delivered the invocation at the baccalaureate ceremony. His major is speech communications with an emphasis in organizational leadership and public relations. While at Wayne State he has served as president of Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society, presented personal research on culture shock and adjustment at the first undergraduate communication conference at Wayne State in 2010, and worked as a Stride speech communication tutor. Christensen traveled to Taiwan in the spring of 2009 to teach English and study Chinese at Chienkuo Technology University in Changhua, Taiwan. His career plans include moving to Las Vegas to pursue a career in hotel management and hospitality services while using the Chinese he has learned to work with the Asian population there in hopes of eventually being transferred to a property in China.

Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams delivered the commencement address at the baccalaureate ceremony. Adams graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1974 and a master's degree in education in 1975, both from Wayne State College.

Adams represents the 24th District in the Nebraska State Legislature. He was elected to the legislature for the first time in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He serves as chair of the legislature's Education Committee, serves on the legislature's Revenue Committee, the Committee on Committees, the Midwestern Higher Education Commission, Education Commission of the States, and the Nebraska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Committee (EPSCor).

Adams began his teaching career in 1976 at York High School where he taught American government and politics until 2006. During his 30 years as an educator, Adams served as president of the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies from 1980 to 1981, was a member of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation Curriculum Committee from 1992 to 1994, administered the Washington, D.C. Close Up Program since 1982, and served as the K-12 Social Studies department chair from 1982 to 2004.

His service in government began in 1986 with election to the York City Council. After 10 years as a councilman he was elected mayor of York, a post he held until 2006. He was appointed by the governor in 1997 and again in 2000 to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

Adams married Julie A. Epke on Oct. 8, 1992. He has three children: Heather Loveless, Shawn Levitt and Sarah Adams.

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