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Alumni Service Award Presented During Homecoming

Published: 11-5-2013 10:05 am

photoWayne 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.

The 2013 Alumni Service Award was presented to Charles Sass ('61) at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 28. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support. 

Sass graduated from WSC in 1961. He received a master's in education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1968. After a 12-year teaching career in Nebraska and Iowa schools, he and his wife, Sharon, purchased a sporting goods business in Boone, Iowa. They sold their business in 1977 and moved to Lincoln where Chuck accepted an instructor position with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Division of Continuing Studies and served as an editor in the curriculum development department.

The couple moved to Washington, D.C., in 1987, where Sass took a position in the publications department of the Close Up Foundation, the nation's largest civic education organization. As the managing editor of academic publications, he edited and/or wrote more than 300 student and teacher publications including Current Issues, one of the most popular textbooks in social studies classrooms. Sass retired in 2006 after 18 years with Close Up and is now engaged in an in-depth study of leisure.

Chuck and Sharon Sass established the Kathryn Reimers Sass scholarship in 2005. The Sasses became trustees of the Wayne State Foundation in 2007 and are members of the Cornerstone Society and Heritage Society.

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