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Alumni eNewsletter | Fall 2010





Kanter Receives Alumni Service Award

photoBarbara K. Kanter was the recipient of the Wayne State 2010 Alumni Service Award presented annually during homecoming to alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support.

Originally from Wisner, Barb (Breitkreutz) graduated in 1976 cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a minor in biology. She received her CPA certificate in 1981.

Kanter's accounting career began at M.J. Schoening and Associates public accounting firm in Norfolk as a staff accountant. Highlights of her career include: controller for a Godfather's Pizza franchisee; internal auditor for Pillsbury; internal auditor for ConAgra, Inc., later receiving a promotion to internal audit manager; controller of ConAgra Dried Fruit and Nut Division in San Francisco and corporate accounting in Omaha; controller for CSP Information Group, Inc; and the Snack Foods Division in Edina, Minn.

She has been the director of finance for the amusement park in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., since 2005, which was rebranded in March 2008 to Nickelodeon Universe.

Kanter's husband, Jim, is from Battle Creek, and is a graduate of Kearney State College. They became trustees of the Wayne State Foundation in 2009 and are members of the President's Society. Barb strongly values education and has established the Barbara K. Kanter Endowed Scholarship.



Former Players, Coaches and Supporters Inducted in Hall of Fame

Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the WSC Homecoming and Hall of Fame banquet Sept. 25. They included Brad Joens '01; Bill Schwartz '83; Greg Walker '73; Marilyn Strate '81 (BAE) and '85 (MSE); the 2001 Wayne State Baseball Team; and Darold '46 and Maxine Bartels Bobier '45.

photoBrad Joens (Athlete) '01: Brad Joens, who played for Wayne State from 1997 to 2001, ranks as the all-time leader in three pointer baskets with 310 and ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,556 points. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native was a two-time All Northern Sun Conference selection and helped WSC make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (1998-99 and 1999-2000). He averaged 15.5 points per game in his junior season in 1999-2000, helping WSC win the Northern Sun Conference and reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He made 9 of 9 three-pointers, a single game school record, vs. MSU Moorhead on Jan. 14, 2000.



photoBill Schwartz (Athlete) '83: Wayne native Bill Schwartz was a standout baseball player at Wayne State from 1979 to 1982. Schwartz holds the career home run record at Wayne State with 37 and ranks fourth in career runs batted in with 178. He was a three-time All NAIA District 11 selection and First Team All Central States Intercollegiate Conference in 1981 after setting then school records with 18 homers, 67 RBI's and 61 hits during the season. The first baseman was an NAIA honorable mention All-American selection in 1980 after hitting .384 with seven homers and 32 RBI's in his sophomore season.


photoGreg Walker (Athlete) '72: Greg Walker was Wayne State's leading receiver for three straight seasons during his four-year career (1967-70) with the Wildcats. He was Wayne State's top receiver with 20 catches for 363 yards and was the team's leading scorer with eight touchdowns on the 1970 team that went 7-3 and qualified for the Mineral Water Bowl. The Omaha Westside graduate finished his career averaging 14.8 yards per catch. Walker also competed in swimming at Wayne State and was a conference champion in the 100 yard butterfly in the 1969-70 season.




photoMarilyn Strate (Coach) '81BAE, '85 MSE: Marilyn Strate posted winning records coaching volleyball and softball in the mid 1980s at Wayne State. She still ranks as the winningest coach in WSC softball history, going 142-78 in her five years as head coach from 1984 to 1988. Strate never had a losing season in softball and coached the Wildcats to back-to-back 30 win seasons, going 30-20 in 1985 and 32-14 in 1986. In volleyball, Strate posted a 123-103-1 record in five seasons as head coach from 1983 to 1987. She had winning records in four of her five seasons as head coach.





2001 Wayne State Baseball Team (Team): The 2001 Wayne State baseball team went 35-10 with a 12-2 record in the Northern Sun Conference. The 'Cats were NSIC Tournament Champions and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in school history. Coach John Manganaro was named NSIC Coach of the Year and Brady Borner was named NSIC Pitcher of the Year after going 9-2 with a 2.74 ERA and 103 strikeouts on the season.

photoDarold '46 and Maxine Bartels Bobier '45 (Contributors): Darold is a 1946 graduate of Wayne State where he lettered in three sports. He served 34 years as a teacher and administrator in the Denver Public School system, retiring in 1987. He also taught and coached at Cleghorn, Iowa, (1946-48) and Hartington, Neb. (1948-53). Maxine is a retired elementary teacher. Darold and Maxine have contributed to academic and athletic department scholarships, Rice athletic facilities, the track stadium project and athletic clubs. They are loyal supporters of WSC, returning annually to attend Homecoming events. They are Wayne State Foundation trustees and Heritage Society members.





Academic Schools Honor Outstanding Alumni at Homecoming

Wayne State honored four outstanding graduates Sept. 24 during the annual homecoming banquet recognizing alumni for their contributions.

photoLynn Dobson '71 - School of Arts and Humanities
Dobson studied art and industrial education at Wayne State, specializing in sculpture. By the time Dobson graduated from college he had designed an organ that he then built during the year after his graduation. He founded Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd., in 1974, near his home in Lake City, Iowa. Dobson and his firm have built an impressive reputation by completing more than 75 organs and 35 restorations and rebuilds of older instruments. Dobson serves as president and artistic director of his company.


photoBeverly (Prosch) Newton '70 - School of Business and Technology
Newton received a bachelor's degree in business education. She received a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1978. She works at the Nebraska Department of Education as the career field specialist for communications and information systems. She provides leadership in curriculum development for Nebraska business and information technology instructors. As a secondary business education instructor for 21 years, Newton lives in Lincoln and has received numerous teaching awards and remains active in professional organizations.


photoLaurie (Buchholz) Millard, MSE '95 - School of Education and Counseling
Millard attended WSC as a non-traditional graduate student and attained a master's degree while working with the State of Nebraska as a protection and safety supervisor, a position she held for 14 years. After receiving her master's degree, she served as a therapist for Health & Human Services. Millard started Good Life Counseling & Support, LLC, in 1999 in Norfolk, where she is a licensed professional counselor and independent mental health practitioner. Her firm has provided internships and licensure supervision for many WSC undergrads during the past 10 years. Millard resides in Norfolk.

photoDean Jacobs '86 - School of Natural and Social Sciences
Jacobs earned a degree in biology, with minors in earth science and art. After graduation he was employed at WSC as the assistant to the president, before moving on to Purina Mills and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Jacobs left corporate America to pursue a traveling adventure spanning nearly two years and covering 28 countries. Photography became a natural expression of the journey for him as he documented the common ground of humanity. When Jacobs is not traveling, he lives in Fremont and works as a newspaper columnist, photojournalist and keynote presenter across the country.







College Mourns Passing of Virginia "Ginny" Seymour

Virginia (Ginny) Ruth Melahn Seymour, of Wayne, died Oct. 7, 2010, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, Iowa. She was 84 years old. A memorial service was held Oct. 23, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Wayne.

Ginny Seymour was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Hibbing, Minn., to Rev. Walter and Elsie Melahn. She and her beloved husband, Dr. Lyle E. Seymour, were married Oct. 12, 1945, and chose to make Wayne their home.

Mrs. Seymour's connection to Wayne State was strong during her husband's long association with the college. Much of Dr. Seymour's life was intertwined with Wayne State. He graduated from Wayne High School and after attending Wayne State College for two years, earned a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). He served as a bomber pilot in England with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned to WSC in 1950 and received a bachelor of science in education degree with honors in 1951. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota, earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Dr. Seymour joined the Wayne State faculty as a chemistry instructor in 1953; he was subsequently appointed chairman of the division of mathematics and science, and dean of faculties. He was interim president from March 1973 to April 1974, and president from 1974 to 1982.

Mrs. Seymour was a longtime trustee, Heritage Society and Cornerstone Society member, and a lifetime member of the President's Society of the Wayne State Foundation.

"Ginny Seymour was a wonderful individual," said Curt Frye, interim president of Wayne State College. "She was the quintessential first lady of the college and was active in the campus community as well as the greater Wayne area. The college will miss her."

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elaine; her husband, Lyle; and a daughter, Linda. 

She is survived by her brother, Harold (Chris) Melahn; sisters Marie Lorch and Elsie Blesi; children Pam (Galen) Johnson, and Ron (Mary) Seymour; grandchildren Erik (Lindsey) Johnson, Amy (Terry) Hamer, Karl (Ashley) Johnson, Kristin Seymour, Mark Seymour, and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the Wayne State College Foundation.





WSC Named Groundwater Guardian Green Site

Wayne State College was recently named a 2010 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by The Groundwater Foundation in recognition of its groundwater and environmental stewardship. The college earned this exclusive designation based on its current practices related to water use, pesticide and fertilizer management, and pollution prevention. Wayne State is now the third Green Site within Wayne, joining Bressler Park and the Summer Sports Complex.

"Wayne State College is honored to be named a Groundwater Guardian Green Site and we are proud of our efforts to protect the groundwater of northeast Nebraska," said Kim Schramm, Wayne State arboretum and landscape manager.

"Kim Schramm has brought a good number of green concepts to the campus," said Curt Frye, interim president of Wayne State. "His judicious use of native vegetation as well as low water use plants has made a big difference in the amount of water resources as well as chemicals necessary to sustain our campus environment.  Not only do we conserve but our grounds look terrific."

Groundwater Guardian Green Sites are essentially places with a lot of green space, such as golf courses, ball fields, educational campuses, and residential, recreational, and office parks, that implement groundwater and surface water-friendly practices to maintain the site. To earn the exclusive Groundwater Guardian Green Site designation, site managers complete a simple application that uniformly evaluates and documents their site's groundwater-friendly practices.

The Green Site program began in 2007 to recognize good stewards of groundwater by encouraging managers of highly-managed green spaces to implement, measure, and document their groundwater-friendly practices. Potential sites are encouraged to get involved in the Groundwater Guardian Green Site program by downloading the program application at www.groundwater.org/gg/greensites.html, e-mailing guardian@groundwater.org, or calling 1-800-858-4844. The Groundwater Guardian Green Site program is supported by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Cargill.

The Groundwater Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Lincoln with a mission to educate people and inspire action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has offered educational programming for youth and adults.

To learn more, visit www.groundwater.org.




Discover Our History

Visit the new Wayne State web pages dedicated to the history of the college. Browse photos, videos and a timeline of the college’s past.  Launch Site





Message from Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni RelationsFor those of you who were unable to make it back to Wayne for Homecoming, we had fantastic weather during Wayne State College's Homecoming and birthday party at the end of September. It was great to see people strolling down the J.G.W. Lewis pedestrian walkway in the heart of campus making their way to tour the Carhart Science Building's renovated third-floor chemistry labs, view the refurbished Fred G. Dale Planetarium, watch and listen to the WSC Marching Band salute WSC's milestone birthday, or enjoy some birthday cake. A Centennial birthday! Can you believe your alma mater is 100 years old? It has been so much fun to celebrate this milestone throughout the past year. Thank you to all of you who have helped us celebrate and given us reasons to celebrate. Your campus has had some exciting changes.
Some things that have not changed are the annual alumni reunions, Homecoming and golf events.  Next year's Omaha Golf will be July 16, Dakota Dunes will be Aug. 22 and Homecoming will be October 6-9.  With the help of Don and Diane Soukup, we are planning an alumni tour to Vietnam from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2. Please watch the Web site for more details. 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 Web site at www.wsc.edu/alumni for information on upcoming events and 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, then that is even better. Just go to www.wsc.edu/alumni and click on the "Alumni Updates" link. You will find 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, Hahn Room 306, or call me at (402) 375-7209. Come, visit and experience the excitement of campus first hand.





WSC Celebrates 100 Years at Homecoming

Wayne State College celebrated 100 years as a state college during Homecoming weekend Sept. 23-26. A centennial birthday celebration included the dedication of the Campus Commons area, the renovated Seymour Heritage Plaza, and Nordstrand Gallery, which was moved into a newly remodeled area of Conn Library from its old location in Peterson Fine Arts building. The celebration was held in Seymour Heritage Plaza.
The birthday event featured a performance by the Wayne State marching band; dedication remarks by Interim President Curt Frye; commentary by Steve Elliott, Wayne State professor of art, on the value of art; and Wayne State voice professor Elise Hepworth's rendition of Hail Alma Mater, which was written by Vernon Jacobs '42.

The college's campus commons area project replaced a street that ran through the core of the Wayne State campus with a pedestrian walkway bordered by native plants and trees. The commons area runs from the west end of campus beginning at the roundabout on J.G.W. Lewis Drive to the east side of campus terminating at Schreiner Drive. Funding for the project came from the Wayne State Foundation ($256,000), the college's cash reserve for capital projects ($350,000) and WSC special projects ($101,000).

The Wayne State Foundation extends its sincere appreciation to the following donors for their generosity in supporting the campus commons project: Dolores M. Troup; Mike and Coleen Riedmann; Al and Krissy Riedmann; Al and Shirley Riedmann; Mike and Vicki Bousquet; Irv Hoffbauer; Deborah and Bruce Lundahl; Don Hickey and Connie Clark; Beverly and Gary Buhrman; Dorothy and Norman Weber; Douglas and Cindy Christensen; and Norman Small II and Lee Sherry.




Join the Wayne State Alumni Association

Become a member of the Wayne State Alumni Association today. Members will become part of a special group of alumni who want to stay connected. Members can play a role in developing recommendations for alumni activities, get involved with other college initiatives or just be a member. Members will receive a membership card for their annual membership based upon their anniversary date. One membership covers both single and family.

Your support will help with communication costs. Membership revenue will be used to underwrite the cost of alumni communications, including the Wayne State Magazine and other alumni communications.

Special Benefit:  Receive a 10 percent discount at the on-campus bookstore located in the Student Center. Just show your membership card.

There are several ways to join. You can mail your $10 membership fee, along with your name, address, cell and home phone numbers, and e-mail address to Wayne State Alumni Office, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE  68787. Or, you can e-mail your information to Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at delunda1@wsc.edu and submit your fee online at www.wsc.edu/foundation/making_a_gift/online_giving/ . Your fee can also be paid via credit card by calling Carol Stephens in the Wayne State Foundation office at (402) 375-7510.





Upcoming Alumni Events


Dec. 3-5

Madrigal singers

Dec. 12

President's Gala

Dec. 17




Jan. 15

Tuscon, AZ - Reunion

Jan. 16

Sun City, AZ - Reunion

Feb. 11

North Carolina Reunion - Home of Dr. Terri Monk

Feb. 26

Northern California - Reunion - Home of Mr. Morland McManigal

Apr. 17

Black and Gold Series - Imago

Jun. 3

Catback Golf - Wayne Country Club

Jul. 8-9

Wayne Chicken Show

Jul. 16

Omaha Golf - Shoreline in Omaha

Aug. 22

Dakota Dunes Golf - Dakota Dunes, SD

Oct. 6

Scholarship Luncheon

Oct. 7-9


Oct. 20 - Nov. 2

WSC Alumni Tour to Vietnam





ALUMNI NOTES | Fall 2010

(Towns and cities listed on these pages are in Nebraska unless noted or generally understood.  All events occurred in 2009 unless indicated otherwise.  Efforts are made to keep our news current.)



Dr. Archie and Margaret “Peg” McPherran observed their 65th wedding anniversary Aug. 27. They met in Virginia when Archie reported aboard an aircraft carrier and Peg was a Navy nurse. Prior to retirement, Archie served as vice chancellor at California State Community College. The couple resides in Sacramento, Calif.



Dr. Carolyn (Malin) Fowle is living in Lodi, Calif., with husband, Henry Zbarra. She has an active practice as a clinical psychologist with an office in Lodi and another in Sacramento. She serves the Sacramento Supreme Court (criminal) as a forensic psychologist.





Don and Carol (Rankin '54) Bremer, Big Bear Lake, Calif., announce the birth of their first great-grandchild, John Mason Bremer. He was born April 15 to Steve and Jessica Bremer, Alta Loma, Calif.



Angie (Dowling) Neuharth, and her husband, Lyle, hosted the 10th annual reunion of the ‘WSC Pile Hall Gals’ at their cabin at the Wisner Yacht Club. The group enjoyed a cream-can-dinner prepared by Lyle. They spent the afternoon socializing and sharing photos. Jean Doerr gave each of the guests miniature angels she crafted as a souvenir. Attending front row: Barb (Donze) Peters, Doris (Liding ’59) Kuester, Clara (Chambers ’60) Heinemann, Norene (Ebel) Kuhrn, Eileen (Stueckrath ’57) Kucera, Jean (Rudenbusch ’57) Doerr; back: Lonnie (Schmid ’60) Dinslage, Emogene (Isom ’72) Andrews, Lavern (Pagels) Hoogner, Jeanette (Jaeger ’65) Vahle, Carol (Dibbert) Whipple, Pearl (Siecke) Kander, Kathy (Ott ’61) Haber, Sally (Sydow) Wolf, Angie (Dowling ’61) Neuharth.



Billy R. Butler, Omaha, was inducted into the Nebraska National Guard, Regional Training Institute Hall of Fame. Induction is reserved for those outstanding individuals who through their contributions and achievements, have brought great credit to the RTI and the National Guard. In his acceptance, MSG Butler noted that thanks should be given not only to those who have and are currently serving, but those who await at home for tours to be safely completed. He also asked that we remember all those MIAs, POWs and KIAs and mentioned two other Wayne State members: A.D. Benson and Steven Backhaus, both of whom died in Vietnam. Bill is employed by Omaha Public Schools at Morton Magnet Middle School teaching middle school mathematics. He is the father of two grown children, Chris and Amy.



Dennis Simon resides in Rockwell City, Iowa, and teaches at Rabiner Treatment Center, Fort Dodge. He also owns and operates a small publishing and recording company. He released his second CD on the QP record label. He has a family rock band called Tequila Sunrise. Performing with his three sons and daughter, they play about 100-150 dates per year.



James J. Larsen has been assigned to the construction of Yemen's first LNG Plant in Shabwa Province. Beginning in April through the end of October he was assigned to Paris to assist with the project’s closing activities. With the completion of this assignment, he will relocate to the Gorgon Project in Australia. Prior to his Australia move, Jim plans to spend time in Laramie, Wyo., with his wife, Susan (Blatchford ’88) and their children.



Greg Cruickshank (MSE ’92) shared this photo of former WSC baseball players as they gathered to golf and celebrate Bill Schwartz’s induction into the 2010 WSC Hall of Fame. Left to right: Randy Heying ’83, Alton, Iowa; Craig Ladwig ’84, Omaha; Mark Glatter, Omaha; Mike Meyer, Wayne; Bill Schwartz ’83, West Des Moines, Iowa; Jerry Goeden ’83, Windsor, Colo.; Greg Cruickshank.



Lil (Winkel) Schroeder is a transportation security officer at Kansas City International Airport, Kansas City, Mo. She resides in Kansas City.



Jim Casey joined Amazon.com as the Senior HR Manager for Technology. He will lead HR for the Infrastructure Division at Amazon and will play a key leadership role in the partnership with Amazon Web Services & Infrastructure Senior Leadership Team. Jim had spent the previous 12 years at the Microsoft Corporation in a number of HR Global leadership positions. After graduation from WSC, he began his career at Gateway Computers. Jim and his partner, Davide`, reside in Seattle, Wash.



Dr. Kurt Boeckenhauer and his wife, Tonya, announce the birth of son, Grant. They reside in Papillion where Kurt is a practicing chiropractor.



Keri (Kamrath) Lazure and husband, Joe, reside in Omaha with their four children, Caleb (9), Aleah (6), Chloe (4) and Noah (2). Keri works as a physician assistant for Bellevue Family Practice. Keri retired as a captain after serving 20 years in the Army National Guard in January.



Stacy Shumake-Henn and her husband, Marty, reside in Elgin with their children Blake (5), Chloe (3) and Max Raymond (1). Stacy is an English teacher at Elgin Public Schools.



Jerry Schuele and his wife, Larissa, announce the birth of son, Adam Joseph, on July 20. He is welcomed to their home in Central City by sister, Emma (5). Jerry is employed as a pharmacy technician at U-Save Pharmacy in Central City and Grand Island.



Douglas and Greta (Bottolfsen ’97) Kraemer announce the birth of Logan on July 14. He is welcomed to their home in Allen by Ashley (7) and Garrett (5).



Barbara (Hashberger) Wylie has been promoted to assistant professor in the School of Education at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Ind. She has been appointed as Interim Program Chair for the School of Education for the 2010-2011 academic year. Barbara was accepted into the doctoral program at Ball State University to study elementary education. She resides in Indianapolis.



Jason and Jessica (Eucker ’99) Bauer along with big sister Mya (5) welcomed Maddox Allen to their home in Omaha on July 22. Jason is a superintendent at Kiewit Construction. Jessica is employed with West Corporation as an employment coordinator.



Tami (Denker) Pedersen and her husband, Daniel, announce the birth of first child, Caleb James, on Sept. 14, 2009. They reside in Hastings.



Tosha (Zubrod) Kumke and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of first child, Landon Ray on March 22. Tosha is an assistant coordinator at Boys Town-Iowa, Council Bluffs, Iowa. They reside in Omaha.



Paula Christiansen owns and operates Creations by Paula from her home in Omaha. She creates wooden clocks, picture frames, ornaments, necklaces and earrings using a scroll saw. She also creates jewelry using glass and plastic beads. Paula uses the counted cross-stitch technique to make infant bibs and Christmas ornaments. The past couple of years she has entered items at the Nebraska State Fair with much success; she received 10 ribbons this year.



Rachel Meier and John Hammer were united in marriage May 28. Rachel earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an early childhood endorsement from Doane College this spring. Rachel teaches first-grade at Creighton Public Schools. The couple resides in Creighton.



Megan (Adamson) Froehlich and her husband, AJ, announce the birth of Leighton Mae on Feb. 20. She is welcomed to their home in Gretna by sister, Kenley.



Kara (Helgoth) Woehler (MSE’10) and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Landon William on July 12. He is welcomed to their home in Wayne by siblings Karlee (10) and Brayden (3). Kara is employed at WSC as the Retention Specialist in Student Support Services.



Jon Allemang (MSE ’08) and his wife, Samantha, announce the birth of daughter, Alexis Grace, on July 11. Jon teaches 8th-grade Science at Westside Middle School, Omaha. They reside in Omaha.



Joe Everingham and Nicole Schaefer(’04) were united in marriage June 5. They reside in Omaha. Nicole is employed at The Partnership for Our Kids as a development director. Joe teaches and serves as athletic director in the Elkhorn Public Schools.



Rob (MSE ’07) and Tonya (Boss ’07) Runion announce the birth of Nolan on May 26.



Jennifer (Beer) Brown announces the birth of daughter Callie Mae on July 28. Callie is welcomed to their Omaha home by brother Caden (2).



Corissa (Thompson) Church and her husband, Wesley, announce the birth of Shiloh Ella on May 21. She is welcomed to their home in Emerson by sister, Caitlyn (2). Corissa has taken a break from her work as a laboratory technician to be home with the girls.



Jeffrey R. Nelson and Michelle Waldecker (’08) met while students at WSC in 2003 and were united in marriage in 2010. The couple resides in Lincoln. Jeffrey works for the Nebraska Department of Corrections, Lincoln. Michelle is a preschool educator with Children’s Choice Learning Center, Lincoln.



Heather Headley graduated in May from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, with her Master's in Library Science.



Matthew Hurt and Mikayla Parr were united in marriage April 17. They reside in Kenesaw.



Nick Ell and Jacque Mencke were united in marriage June 12. The couple resides in Blair.



Tracy Sell and Robert Heiser were united in marriage April 24. Traci is an administrative systems programmer at WSC. Robby is working toward an elementary education degree from WSC. The couple resides in Wayne.



Nicholas Bartlett and Sarah Spittler ’08 were united in marriage May 22. They reside in Pittsburgh, Pa. Both are employed at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.



Kimberly Collins and Delan Reed were united in marriage June 5. The couple resides near Spalding.



Reunions and Gatherings


Cherokee, Iowa, Reunion

Alumni and friends gathered from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Danny’s Sports Spot, on Second Street in Cherokee, Iowa.



Front: Interim President Curt Frye, Mark Buschkamp ’83, Deb Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations. Middle: Patricia (Goodrich) Behrens ’52, Bonnie (Berger) Ducommun ’63, Chuck ’55 and Joanne Clark, Phyllis Conner, vice president for development. Back: Lil (Jorgensen ’57) and Jack Foresman ’55, Mary Jo (Barry) Carnine ’59, Pat (Lash) Veencamp ’59, Carol and Howard Borchard ’52.



Dakota Dunes Wildcat Golf

More than 50 enthusiastic golfers began an afternoon of play with a 1 p.m. shotgun start Aug. 25 in Dakota Dunes, S.D. Thanks to Dakota Dunes Country Club for use of their splendid facilities and preparations for the buffet dinner at the conclusion of the day.



Participating golfers: Dan Albrecht, Dan Allen, Kevin Armstrong, Marion Arneson, Jason Becker, Bob Brand, Bill Canham, Bob Clark, Bill Dickey, Matt Eischeid, Casey Floyd, John Fulmer, Bart Gotch, Chuck Greenway, Bob Hahn, Chad Hank, Kelly Hansen, Pat Hughes, AJ Johnson, Terry Karel, Tim Keller, Bill Koeber, Randy Larson, Ryan Leiger, Terry Lessmann, Jim Lindau, Greg Logston, Tom Lowry, Gary Lubberstedt, Roger Lueth, Deb Lundahl, Bruce Lundahl, Mike Minarick, Steve Muir, Lonnie Nixon, Kyle Nixon, Tyler Nixon, Bob Oleson, Rusty Parker, Dan Peed, Kevin Petersen, Doug Rose, Jeff Schroeder, Todd Sebade, Bill Shaner, Mike Smidt, Nate Sovereign, Tom Sullivan, Roger Uecker, Gene Willmott, Travis Woockman, Reggie Yates and Marshall Zumo.



Guthrie Center Reunion
Alumni and friends gathered Aug. 28 at Prairie View Bed and Breakfast, in Guthrie Center, Iowa.  Prairie View is owned and operated by Jim Sievers (WSC ’71) and his wife, Karen.



Pictured, front:  Susan (Rutherford) Holderness ’64, Karen and Jim Sievers ’71, Phyllis Conner, vice president for development.  Middle: Deb Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations, Sally Latta, Diane Carlson, Chris (Cook) Schreurs ’69, Mike Holderness ’64.  Back: Paul Latta ’51, Susan McManigal ’85, Richard Keenan ’74, Jerry Carlson ’74, Lynn Schreurs ’70.




  • Della (Seyl) Willet '37, (98), Woodbine, Iowa; July 10.
  • Allen G. "Gene" Closson '58, (83), North Sioux City, S.D.; Aug 25.
  • Robert Reeder '60, MSE '62, (72), Lincoln; Aug. 31.
  • Pauline (Frerichs) Lutt '64, (99), Wayne; Sept. 11.
  • Sharon L. Prescott '65, (67), Adams; July 31.
  • Glendon L. Tiede '65, (75), LeMars, Iowa.; Aug. 3.
  • Gary Busteed '67, (65), Columbus; Oct. 2.
  • Georgia (Dory) Evans '69, (63), Valley; July 7.
  • Linda (Knoebel) Reall '70, Omaha; April 3.
  • Todd W. Speece '70, (62), Grand Island; Sept. 26.
  • Lorraine (Severa) Anderson '71, (76), Madison; Aug. 17.
  • Janel (Hixson) Sisson '72, (75), O'Neill; Oct. 3.
  • Gwen (Struthers) Mein '72, (62), Brady;  Aug. 7.
  • Deanna (Fey) Meier '77, (55), Omaha;  Aug. 7.
  • Lynell (Jensen) Hajek '83, (48), Norfolk; Oct. 8.
  • Lyle C. Blevins '79, MSE '95, (54), Bancroft; Sept 4.
  • Brenda (Peterson) Gilg, MSE '09, (44), Cozad; July 11.


Friends We Will Miss

  • Marvin “Barney” Lewellyn (91), North Mankato, Minn.; Aug. 28. Barney served as WSC football coach from 1952 to 1958.