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Wayne State Honors Outstanding Alumni During Homecoming

Published: 11-8-2012 1:35 pm

Outstanding alumni from each of Wayne State College's four schools were honored at a banquet on Sept. 28 during Homecoming. The honorees:

Brad Weber '77 - School of Arts and Humanities
Weber received a degree in music education from WSC.  He earned a master's degree in music from the University of Wyoming in 1992. He began his instrumental music career in the Emerson-Hubbard schools in 1977 and has taught instrumental music in the Wayne Community Schools since 1986. Weber has served as an adjunct instructor of music at WSC since 1984. Throughout his career, Weber's strongest interest has been that of teaching and providing exceptional musical experiences for all interested students at all levels of talent. He began in 1977 and continues to serve as an active adjudicator and clinician throughout Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.  Weber and his wife, Deb (who is employed at WSC in the Counseling Center), are parents to three grown daughters.  
Rowan Wiltse '83, MSE '86 - School of Business and Technology
Wiltse is a lifelong resident of Wayne. He attended WSC for two years prior to graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1955. For many years he was associated with his grandfather and father in the funeral business. Wiltse was the recipient of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Hero's Award for saving a life. Wiltse returned to WSC, earning a degree in industrial education in 1983. He continued at WSC as a graduate assistant while attaining a masters degree in industrial technology in 1986. He was an adjunct instructor in applied science at WSC and became director of Cooperative Education, a position he held until his retirement in 1997. Wiltse and his wife, Twila (Heier, WSC '67) are parents to two grown children.

ReNae Kehrberg '81 - School of Education and Counseling
Kehrberg graduated from WSC with a degree in education. She earned a master's from University of Nebraska-Omaha and a doctorate from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She serves as the assistant superintendent for the department of Curriculum and Learning in the Omaha Public Schools. She leads the district action plan to raise student achievement for 85 schools. She started her career in art and social studies classrooms as a teacher for the Omaha Public Schools. Prior to her present position, Kehrberg served as an award-winning and nationally recognized principal at the Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, Omaha. She received the Region VII Midwest Principal of the Year Award in 2010 and her school was cited as one of the top 15 in the nation based on the school's standardized middle grade assessment scores.

Joseph Wall '04 - School of Natural and Social Sciences
Wall graduated from WSC with a degree in political science. He serves as vice president in the Office of Government Affairs at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining the firm in February 2010, Wall was senior director of federal government relations at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Previously, he served as deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for legislative affairs and worked as floor assistant for Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Office of the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. Joe was a four-year letterman in baseball at WSC. He resides in Arlington, Va.

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