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Message from Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Published: 5-28-2013 2:45 pm

The rain on May 4 made it soggy outside for commencement, but it could not dampen the spirits of the 354 graduates who walked across the stage in Rice Auditorium or the enthusiasm of their families and friends who came to celebrate the special day with them. We are pleased to welcome these new graduates to the Wayne State Alumni family.

Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams ’74, delivered a powerful commencement address to the students receiving their bachelor’s degrees. Dr. Bonnie Bass ’54 received the Alumni Achievement Award.  

The Carhart Science Building renovation is complete and we have a state-of-the-art building for our students! The project has taken a span of several years but the transformation has provided Wayne State students with arguably the best science research facilities in the state. The Willow Bowl renovation is nearly complete and we think you will be proud. The Willow Bowl project was made possible through your donations. We hope you will come back and see the special and unique landmark for yourselves. 

We are excited about the Bob Cunningham Field Renovation and the improvements of artificial turf, resurfacing the Dr. LeRoy Simpson track, and widening the soccer field playing surface to meet NCAA guidelines. We are also working on plans to update Conn Library and we will be sharing those details soon.

We have two golf events this summer; we hope you will join us for one or both of them. The Omaha Golf event will be Friday, July 19 at Eagle Hills Golf Course. Please note we are having this event on Friday again this year.  Also, the Dakota Dunes Golf Course has been repaired after the Missouri River flood, and we will have a golf event there Aug. 19.  

We will celebrate Homecoming on Sept. 26-29 this fall. Watch for the Homecoming brochure and check the website for more details. There will be a WSC Alumni and Friends tour to Austria, Germany and Switzerland Sept. 4-15. To download brochures and fliers for these events, please go to and click on the appropriate links on the right.  We will be having a Music Reunion so please watch the website for more details. While you are on the alumni web page please note we have a Wayne State College Alumni Facebook page.  We hope you will use this page to stay in touch with other alumni and to see what’s happening at WSC.
We would enjoy learning what is happening in your life so we can share it in the “alumni notes” section of our publications. Please send us photos, too! Go to and click on the “Alumni Updates” link. Continue to stay in touch; we love to hear from you. If you are back on campus, please stop by my office in Hahn, which has recently been renovated or call me at (402) 375-7209. Come and see the improvements on your campus first hand.

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