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Message from Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Published: 11-5-2013 9:50 am

Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni RelationsAs most of you know by now, the city of Wayne had a very sobering event when an EF-4 tornado with winds up to 170 miles per hour roared through the southeast corner of town, injuring people and destroying businesses and homes.  The campus has rallied around the town with students, faculty and staff volunteering to pick up debris, answer phones, serve food, babysit, and assist with fundraisers and anything else that was needed.  

“In the wake of the recent tragedy that we were faced with in Wayne, the heart and value of our people has been a blessing,” Wayne Mayor Ken Chamberlain said. “The City of Wayne owes a huge debt of gratitude to the WSC students and student groups for their efforts in the recovery of our community. Thank you all for your efforts!”

We are so proud of our students and how many athletic teams, college classes and various other student organizations pitched in to help.  The tornado struck on Friday evening and many students returned on Saturday and Sunday to help with the clean-up.  John Dunning, WSC’s Chief Information Officer, was seriously injured in the tornado and remains in the hospital. 

One week prior to the tornado we were celebrating Homecoming. The weather was sunny, albeit very windy.  We enjoyed having so many of you back on campus as we dedicated the Willow Bowl, toured Carhart Science Building and the newly remodeled A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History, and enjoyed games on the renovated soccer field and new turf on the football field. Thank you to all of you who made these wonderful improvements and renovations possible; your generosity changes the face of the campus!  

Congratulations to Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Jeffrey Child ’02, Duane Polodna ’80, Greg Adams ’74, MAE ’75 and Wayne Mollhoff ’74.  Charles “Chuck” Sass ’61 was honored with the 2013 Wayne State College Alumni Service Award.  Hall of Fame inductees were Tanna (Walford) Albin ’07, Cindy (Stella) Zelinsky ’82, Steve Zelinsky ’82, Ryun Williams, Roland Lentz ’56, and the 2006 Men’s Track and Field Team. 

We will soon begin our annual phonathon and WSC students will be calling you to update your contact information, share campus happenings, and ask you to consider making a donation to Wayne State College.  We are very grateful for your continued support and pride in WSC.    

Please check our Website at www.wsc.edu/alumni for information on upcoming events, reunions, and photos of past reunions.  We would enjoy learning what is happening in your life so we can share it in the “alumni notes” section of our publications, and if you include photos, that is even better.  Visit www.wsc.edu/alumni and click on the “Alumni Updates” link, and note the Facebook link on that same page.  Please continue to stay in touch; we love to hear from you.  

If you are back on campus, please stop by our office, in the Hahn Administration Building, Room 315, or call me at (402) 375-7209. 

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