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Wayne State Honors Outstanding Alumni During Homecoming

Published: 11-5-2013 10:00 am

Wayne State College celebrated Homecoming weekend on campus, Sept. 26-29, which provided the college and the Wayne State Foundation with the opportunity to honor graduates for their accomplishments and support of the college. Outstanding alumni from each of the college's four schools were honored at a banquet on Sept. 27. 

The honorees: 

photoSchool of Arts and Humanities
Jeffrey Child '02
Child received a degree in speech communications with minors in mathematics and computer science from WSC. He completed his doctoral studies and earned a Ph.D. from North Dakota State University in 2007. That same year the communication department at NDSU honored him as the Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year. He joined the faculty at Kent State University in August 2007 and serves as the undergraduate coordinator for the School of Communication Studies. Child is a lifetime member of the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association. He has served in leadership capacities for these organizations and has delivered more than 40 research paper presentations in conjunction with the conventions of these associations.

photoSchool of Education and Counseling
Greg Adams '74, MSE '75
Adams graduated from WSC earning bachelor and master's degrees in education. He was employed as a teacher of American government and economics at York Public Schools from 1976 to 2004. He was the recipient of numerous awards during his 31-year teaching career. Adams was appointed by the governor in 1997 and again in 2000 to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. He served as a member of the York City Council from 1986 to 1996 and performed the duties of Mayor of the City of York from 1996 to 2006. Adams left his classroom in 2006 and entered the Nebraska Legislature. He serves as Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature.

photoSchool of Business and Technology
Duane Polodna '80
Polodna graduated from WSC earning a bachelor degree with accounting emphasis. After graduation he worked in the audit and tax departments at Arthur Young and Company, Omaha. He was granted a designation of Certified Public Accountant in 1982. After four years with Arthur Young and Company, he accepted a position with U. S. West Communications. He left U.S. West in 1995 to work as the corporate accounting manager at the Omaha World-Herald Company. After a series of promotions, Polodna was named vice-president and treasurer of the company in 2002 and appointed to its Board of Directors. Polodna serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer of BH Media Group, which owns and manages the Omaha World-Herald. BH Media Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

photoSchool of Natural and Social Sciences
Wayne Mollhoff '74
Mollhoff graduated from WSC with a bachelor of science degree. He joined the Army in 1965 and served on active duty for 10 years. Mollhoff joined the Army Reserve for several years, and spent another six years on active duty before retiring to the reserves for more than two decades. A retired lieutenant colonel he volunteers much of his spare time gathering information on birds in the state. Mollhoff began surveying birds in 1984 and coordinated the first Nebraska Breeding Bird Atlas Project, which he wrote and had published by the Nebraska Game and Park Commission. Mollhoff is a member of three archaeology professional organizations and has been involved in digs. He has donated collections of mammal specimens along with other reptile, insect and plant specimens to WSC and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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