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Alumni eNewsletter | Fall 2013



Alumni Service Award Presented During Homecoming

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.



Wayne State Honors Outstanding Alumni During Homecoming

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.




Hall of Fame Members Inducted During Homecoming

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.


Wayne State honored athletic Hall of Fame Inductees at a banquet Sept. 28.


The Hall of Fame inductees:


photoTanna (Walford) Albin (Athlete) '07
Albin was a standout high jumper lettering all four years for the Wildcats from 2004 to 2007. The York Public Schools graduate won the NSIC Indoor Championship three times and had one outdoor title. In the 2005 indoor season she was named the NSIC Field Athlete of the Year. She was a three-time NCAA indoor national qualifier and a two-time national outdoor qualifier placing seventh in the high jump at both national meets as a senior. She excelled in the classroom earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors three times (2005-07) and in 2007 was just one of two WSC athletes in the past 10 years to earn an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. She received her doctorate of medicine degree from the Nebraska Medical Center in 2012 and serves as a doctor of medicine for Family Practice at St. Vincent Health Systems, Carmel, Inc.









photoCindy (Stella '82) and Steve Zelinsky '82 (Athletes)
Cindy lettered four years for the WSC Softball team from 1979 to 1982. She earned All-CSIC and NAIA All-District 11 honors during her senior season as a pitcher and during her junior season helped WSC to a seventh place finish at the NAIA National Tournament. After college, she was a successful coach at the collegiate and international level including stops as pitching coach at Minnesota (1992-94) and to develop a program at Washington University in Missouri (1999-2005). She led the team to four NCAA Division III National Tournaments, including a seventh place finish in 2005. She was co-head coach of an 18U Gold team that competed in the women’s division at the Canadian International Open in 2012.


Steve was a four-year letter winner for the Wayne State football team from 1978 to 1981. He was a three-time All-CSIC offensive lineman and was NAIA All-District 11 First Team his senior year. He lives in Chesterfield, Mo., where he has won numerous awards in the restaurant industry, including several Vendor of the Year awards in a chain of 350 stores. He has coached youth football and baseball in Chesterfield for the past seven years.


photoRyun Williams (Coach)
Williams spent nine seasons (1998-2008) as head women’s basketball coach at WSC and is the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 182-106. He turned the Wildcats into a Northern Sun Conference and North Central/Central Region contender. While at WSC, he led the ‘Cats to the 2005-06 NSIC regular season and tournament titles with a then school record 27 wins (27-4) and the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. In three of his last four seasons, he led the Wildcats to 20 wins or more with two more NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2007-08 team was 22-10 and knocked off national power #6 North Dakota in the first round of the North Central Regional. Ryun moved on to Division I ranks where he spent four seasons at the University of South Dakota, his alma mater. He is now the head coach at Colorado State.







2006 Men's Track and Field (Team)
The 2006 Wayne State College men’s track and field team captured NSIC Indoor and Outdoor Championships and, coupled with the 2005 cross country team in the fall, pulled off a rare triple crown that season with conference titles. The indoor team scored 166 points and had three conference champions: Ben Jansen-800 meter run, Matt Schneider-1,000 meter run and the distance medley relay team. The outdoor team racked up 225 points to win the conference title and swept all four post season awards. Jansen was NSIC Track Athlete and Newcomer of the Year, JJ Washington was NSIC Field Athlete of the Year and Marlon Brink was NSIC Coach of the Year. It was the first of back-to-back years that Wayne State swept indoor and outdoor conference titles in track and field.


photoRoland Lentz '56 (Contributor)
Lentz grew up in Coleridge, Neb., and is a 1956 graduate of Wayne State College. He was involved with Lambda Delta Lambda and Kappa Mu Epsilon as a WSC student. He received a master of arts degree from the University of South Dakota in 1957. Roland taught at WSC from 1957 to 1959. He served as an instructor and math professor at Mankato State, Minnesota from 1962 to 1999. After his teaching career, he retired and moved back to the Wayne area. Lentz is a strong supporter of Wayne State College and can be found at most home sporting events. He has been a Cat Club member since 2005. Roland was a major contributor to the Athletic Facility’s Turf, Track and Soccer project. He supports math scholarships at Wayne State College, where he has been a donor for more than 30 years.











USS Constitution Museum Honors Dr. Don Hickey for Artful Scholarship

photoThe USS Constitution Museum held its annual Chairman’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Oct. 17 in Boston, Mass. During the dinner, the Museum recognized several individuals who display characteristics the USS Constitution has come to represent: dedication to community, commitment to purpose, and excellence in all endeavors. Dr. Don Hickey, historian, author and professor at Wayne State College, received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award. This award, named in honor of the renowned maritime historian, is given for artful scholarship and desire to preserve our past for future generations.


A longtime student of the War of 1812, Hickey was called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the New Yorker. An award-winning author, Hickey has written seven books and nearly 100 articles on the war. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812.

Hickey joins elite company with the honor. Previous winners of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award include journalism and broadcast giant Walter Cronkite; Tip O'Neill, who served as Speaker of the House from 1977 until his retirement in 1987, making him the only Speaker to serve for five complete consecutive Congresses, and the second longest-serving Speaker in U.S. history; and David McCullough, American author and historian, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award.


“This is a special honor to me for several reasons,” Hickey said. “Morison was the most prolific and accomplished historian of the 20th century, Old Ironsides is our most famous warship, and the museum in Boston dedicated to honoring this iconic ship is one the best-run facilities of its kind in the nation. I'm humbled by the honor. I certainly never thought I'd get an award that earlier went to someone like Walter Cronkite or David McCullough.”


As the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, the Museum proudly reminds the community of her legacy and the many ways in which citizens can pay tribute to her years of service. From a fighting warship in 1812 to being named America’s Ship of State in 2009, “Old Ironsides” is not only a hometown hero but an American icon.


The 2013 Award recipients honored by the Museum at the Seaport Boston Hotel on Oct. 17 in addition to Hickey: Peter H. Smyth, President and CEO, Greater Media, Inc. will receive the Charles Francis Adams Award, given in honor of one of the Museum’s founders. This award is presented to a person who has given of himself or herself for the betterment of the community; Herbert P. Dane, Life Trustee, USS Constitution Museum will receive the “Old Ironsides” Exemplary Service Award in recognition of his dedication to the USS Constitution Museum.


“It is an honor to be able to present these men who are distinguished in their own fields with these awards,” said Anne Grimes Rand, President of the USS Constitution Museum. “Each award has significant meaning and the recipients were thoughtfully selected for the contributions that they have not only made to our community, but also to the Museum and the preservation of history for future generations.”


The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution. Through collecting, preserving and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides,” the Museum is able to share the history of the ship and her crew with the public. Hands-on, interactive programs and exhibitions create a positive and memorable experience for all ages by inspiring within them appreciation for the freedom that Constitution symbolizes. For more information visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org




Wayne State Makes Big Jump in Annual College Rankings

Wayne State College is the only public college or university in Nebraska to receive recognition in this year’s U.S. News and World Report annual college guide, the Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings, and Colleges of Distinction. This is the second consecutive year the college has achieved these honors.


Wayne State ranks 21st among public universities in the Midwest, and 72nd among all regional universities, both public and private, in the U.S. News rankings. Wayne State was 32nd among regional public universities and 88th overall last year.


Washington Monthly awarded Wayne State the highest overall score of any public institution in Nebraska, with the college ranked second among all public and private schools in the state. The college also ranked second for community service participation and for the quality of its service staff, courses and financial aid support in Nebraska among public and private institutions. Wayne State ranks 116th out of 684 master’s universities in the U.S.


“Obviously, rankings are a slippery subject, yet one we must grapple with each year in higher education,” said Wayne State President Curt Frye. “Ideally, prospective students and their parents will conduct their own research to find the best college to suit their desire to lay the groundwork for their career. Rankings can, however, provide students with a place to start in the search process and serve as an important indicator for the college in relation to its peers.”


Wayne State’s ranking in U.S. News places the college second among public institutions and fourth among both public and private schools in Nebraska. The college ranks third among the 16 schools in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in which it competes in Division II athletics.


Other benchmarks to note among the U.S. News rankings data: Wayne State’s average alumni giving rate is 14 percent (only 18 out of nearly 150 schools had a higher giving rate); Wayne State is the only school in the Midwest region to report a 100 percent acceptance rate; 44 percent of WSC classes have less than 20 students; and the college’s freshman retention rate is 68 percent.


“The college clearly delivers satisfaction, access and individual attention,” Frye said. “These factors and more contribute greatly to our ability to fulfill our mission of teaching excellence, student success and regional service. A tremendous amount of the credit belongs to Wayne State’s faculty and staff for their invaluable teaching and support.”


Washington Monthly, founded in 1969, rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).


“Unlike U.S. News & World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” according to Washington Monthly press materials. “Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it? Are they trying to become more productive—and if so, why is average tuition rising faster than health care costs? Every year we lavish billions of tax dollars and other public benefits on institutions of higher learning. This guide asks: Are we getting the most for our money?”


“With so much emphasis being placed upon access, accountability and cost in the national debate over higher education, we are understandably proud to rank so highly in Washington Monthly,” President Frye said. “The rankings confirm for us what we know here in Wayne: We are outstanding stewards of the trust and support placed in us by the state of Nebraska and its students. There exists little room for doubt about the excellence of our programs or our commitment to ensuring Nebraska students have a high quality, low cost option for a college education.”


Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach. Instead of looking for the richest or the most famous schools, the guide asks which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed.


“The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, counselors, and parents with information about schools that excel in these key areas,” according to its website. “We describe schools that take a holistic approach to admissions decisions, that consistently excel in providing undergraduate education, and that have a truly national reputation.”


A “College of Distinction” is nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school, strongly focused on teaching undergraduates, home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences, an active campus with many opportunities for personal development, and highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation.


“These three college guides provide a clear, comprehensive picture of where the college stands and the foundation upon which a Wayne State education is built,” President Frye said. “We are a regional college of distinction.”




Construction Projects Update

For the first time since 1988, there is not a construction trailer on the Wayne State College campus. But that does not mean progress has ceased. Rather, the college has wrapped up several extensive projects and momentarily catching its breath before embarking on the next phase of dramatic improvements to the campus experience.


Of course, no report on construction at Wayne State can proceed without due deference to the Wayne State Foundation. Many of the projects on campus are supported either fully or in large part by the foundation’s fund-raising prowess.


The Carhart Science Building, which has been in a steady state of phased construction since 2005, is completely finished. The Wayne State Foundation contributed more than $2.7 million toward the project during the course of the three phases of construction. The remaining cost of more than $11 million came from cash, capital improvement fee, LB 605 and LB 309 Task Force.


Wayne State students now have access to some of the best laboratory facilities available to undergraduate students in the state of Nebraska. Additionally, the building houses the Fred G. Dale Planetarium and A. Jewell Schock Natural History Museum, both of which provide enriching opportunities in the sciences for our students and Northeast Nebraska.


Dale Planetarium first opened its doors to the public in December 1969 as one of the first facilities of the newly constructed Carhart Science building to become operational. Then in December 2009, a water pipe broke due to cold temperature and flooded the planetarium. The planetarium closed for renovations and reopened its doors in October 2010. The planetarium now houses the most technologically advanced and educationally versatile planetarium in the state of Nebraska with a Spitz SciDome high-definition projection system that puts 3 million pixels on the 30 foot dome, can show 500 million stars, can look at space from any location in the solar system, can move backward and forward through time 100,000 years.


A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History houses more than 15,000 specimens of birds, mammals, invertebrates, plants, and fossils. The museum was created by Jewell Schock, former zoologist at Wayne State College. He collected and prepared specimens from Northeast Nebraska during a 30-year span. Schock was assisted over the years by numerous students and he used the collections to aid in teaching and science education and outreach. Dr. Barbara Hayford serves as director of the museum and curator of invertebrates, Dr. Mark Hammer is curator of the Charles Maier Herbarium, Dr. Ronald Loggins serves as curator of vertebrates, and Dr. Kelly Dilliard is curator of geology.


The Willow Bowl project is finally complete, despite continued challenges posed by erratic weather. The campus landmark is now ADA compliant and serves as a beautiful anchor to the southwest corner of campus. The total cost for the project was nearly $900,000, with 100 percent coming from the Wayne State Foundation.


Weather also presented significant challenges to athletics projects this summer. Cunningham Field at Memorial Stadium now boasts new artificial turf for the fall 2013 football season. The project will significantly reduce maintenance costs over time and provide scheduling alternatives for student activities. The WSC soccer field was expanded and improved, receiving new sod in the process. The Wayne State Foundation raised $575,000 of the nearly $1.5 million required for the project.


Other projects completed this summer include the roof and windows of Anderson Hall, the windows and entrances at Peterson Fine Arts Building, and many yards of sidewalk on the perimeter of campus. On the Network and Technology Systems (NATS) front, the campus became a 100 percent wireless network and internet environment for fall semester. Additionally, many classrooms on campus received upgraded technology during the summer as the result of careful planning, coordination and stewardship between NATS and the vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Michael Anderson.


The ubiquitous construction trailer will return in the spring as the college embarks on its next large-scale, phased construction project: U.S. Conn Library. The vision for the renovation of the Wayne State library, which was first advanced in college strategic planning meetings, emerged from a month of focused deliberations by the U.S. Conn Library Planning Steering Committee. Besides a full renovation of the facility, the college intends for the library to have a deep effect on student learning and signal to our students, faculty and staff the way learning excellence is defined at the college.


The 25-year run of continual construction trailers on campus, while interrupted by a momentary lull, signifies the hard work and dedication of Wayne State faculty and staff, as well as the tremendous support the college enjoys from its alumni and the Wayne State Foundation. The beauty and functionality of our facilities is a monument to their efforts.




Refer a Student to Wayne State College

Greetings from the Admissions office!


Chances are you know a high school student who may be in the process of his or her college search right now. We want you to know we are here to help! Maybe it's your child, grandchild, or even a family friend. Connect them with us and encourage them to experience our campus soon. We know it's the absolute best way to get a true feel for life at WSC.


Prospective students can choose from several Fridays dates or the more individual "Wildcat Experience" at www.wsc.edu/visit


Also, if you know someone who is not currently receiving information from us and would like to, have them share their information with us at www.wsc.edu/info to begin the conversation.


Thank you from the Wayne State College admissions team. Go Cats!




WSC Yearbook Returns!

The new and improved Wayne State College yearbook is back! After a 43-year absence, the yearbook, now known as The Paw, is under the direction of WSC student and editor-in-chief Michael Reed.


The yearbook will be a reflection of the 2013-14 school year, containing pictures, articles, and sidebars about students on campus and what is happening at WSC. The Paw will be hard-cover and full color, including business ads.


The yearbook will be $35 if purchased before Jan. 15. The price will increase to $45 afterward. If you want to find out what is happening on campus and in Wayne America, buy the book today. It will be an object to treasure for years to come.


The yearbook is solely funded by book and ad sales along with support from generous donors. If you would like to donate a few dollars to help the cause or would like to purchase a book, then send a check to the address below. Please include your mailing address, phone number and number of copies you would like to purchase.


WSC Yearbook, The Paw, 1111 Main Street, Connell Hall 109, Wayne, NE 68787


You can purchase a copy online at www.yearbookforever.com.





Message from Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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.




Wayne State Foundation has entered into a partnership with Harris Connect to produce a 2014 Wayne State College Alumni Today publication.

Harris Connect

Our ongoing partnership with Harris Connect resulted in previous, popular editions. The 2014 edition is expected to include listing/profiles of over 24,000 alums in a class year/biographical section as well as a geographical section denoting in which states, cities, and towns our alums reside, and an alphabetical index of all of our alumni.

For the first time, we are also including alumni photos and stories – be sure to participate to let your fellow classmates know what you are doing these days!

You may receive a phone call or postcard in the mail or even an email from Harris Connect asking you to verify your information for listing in the directory. These updates are also very valuable to Wayne State Foundation!


For more details: www.wsc.edu/alumni





Upcoming Alumni Events



WSC Madrigal Singers
Dec. 6 & 7, 2013


Presidents Holiday Gala
Dec. 8, 2013


Dec. 13, 2013


Tucson Alumni Reunion
Jan. 18, 2014


Sun City Alumni Reunion
Jan. 19, 2014

Black & Gold: Montana Repertory Theatre Company Performs The Miracle Worker
Feb. 13, 2014


Music Alumni Reunion
Feb. 22, 2014

More info: www.wsc.edu/alumni/news/stories.php?iid=2527


Northern California Reunion
Mar. 20, 2014


Oklahoma City Alumni Reunion
May 1, 2014


Spring Commencement
May 10, 2014


Catbacker Golf
Jun. 6, 2014

Kansas City Alumni Reunion
Jun. 12, 2014


Chicken Days
Jul. 11-12, 2014





ALUMNI NOTES | Fall 2013

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



Emogene (Waring) and Kenneth Spann celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary June 5. They met on a blind date while students at WSC in 1938. The retired couple resides in Corvallis, Mont.



Angie (Dowling) Neuharth hosted the 14th annual reunion for the WSC Pile Hall Girls at the Wisner Yacht Club Lake on July 19. A carry-in salad and dessert bar was served and the girls concluded the afternoon with the singing of the WSC Alma Mater. It was announced the 15-year reunion will be held at the same location the third Friday in July and all WSC Pile Hall girls in the area are invited to attend. Attending were, in front: Eileen (Stueckrath) Kucera ’57, Bellwood; Norene (Ebel) Kuhr, Wisner; Doris (Leiding) Kuester, Wisner; Barbara (Donze) Peters, Omaha; Jenene (Anderson) Raute ’61, Honey Creek, Iowa. Middle: Carol (Dibbert) Whipple ’62, Stanton; Clara (Chambers) Heinemann ’60, Wayne; Jeanette (Jaeger) Vahle ’65, Pender; Emogene (Isom) Andrews ’72, Moorhead, Iowa; Darlene (Hjorth) Bowers, Wayne; Lonnie (Schmid) Dinslage, Elgin. Back: LaVern (Pagels) Hoogner, Blair; Judy (Bartak) Eggerling, Neligh; Karen (Koopman) Schulte, Beemer and Angie Neuharth.



Tom Haller, John Carrington, Ruth (Beck) Carrington ’71, Bob Strathman and Gary Tewell pictured left to right gathered June 9 for a mini WSC reunion in St. Louis, Mo. They are all residents of St. Louis and report all are happily retired.



Randy Gray was recognized by the Arizona Middle Level Association as a 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. He has been an educator for 40 years, beginning his teaching career at Rosalie High School. Randy received a master’s degree from Arizona State University and has taught in the English department at Shea Middle School, Paradise Valley Unified Schools District, Phoenix since 1979.  



Kent Irwin participated with a group of climbers that summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. This assembly of climbers is preparing for a summit attempt of Denaili-South, the highest point in North America. Kent resides in Omaha.



Jed and Pat (Meis) Friedrichsen reside in Columbia, Mo., along with their daughter, Claire, who was a recent graduate from the University of Missouri. Jed is co-founder and CEO of blendedschools.net. Pat is an associate professor in science education at the University of Missouri.



John Selk, Washington, DC, is affiliated with HOPE NOW Alliance. He began as a project manager and now serves as executive director. The Alliance is a group of banks, non-profits, and investors working on the foreclosure crisis partnering with the Department of Labor, the US Treasury and hundreds of housing non-profits. John reports that his job is interesting and challenging.



Paul Hartsock was promoted to vice president of planning and replenishment at Intradeco Apparel. He oversees all planning, inventory analysis, and replenishment for all divisions. Paul and his wife, Shelley, reside in Bentonville, Ark., with their three children.



Anne (Cruickshank, MSE’02) Hughes resides in Columbus with her husband, Steve, and daughters, Jacey (10) and Halle (3). Anne is a 6th grade math teacher at Columbus Middle School.



Shawn D. Brink had his first novel published, The Space Between, a fantasy/Christian fiction work with assistance through Martin Sisters Publishing. He wrote his first novel while a student at WSC but the manuscript was never published. Shawn resides in Papillion with his wife and children.



Ken Morrison is currently living, learning and teaching in Daejeon, South Korea. He is an instructor of new media technology and other courses at Linton Global College (Hannam University). Ken was the recipient of a global award from the Apple Computers Corporation when he was inducted into the 2013 global class of Apple Distinguished Educators and was named as the official facilitator of Apple’s “@pple Meetup” Korea group for the 2013-14 school year. This group of educators gathers monthly at Apple’s Korea headquarters in Seoul to discuss the newest trends and ideas of integrating technology effectively in the classroom. Ken says he enjoys living in Korea as it is a great place to study the effects of technology on society. Ken is the son of James ’63 and Dolores (Ostdiek ’72) Morrison.



Carly Ninemire and Levi Bycenski were united in marriage. The couple resides in Omaha. Carly is working toward a doctorate of philosophy degree from the department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.



Jamie Stech and Tanna (Siecke) White earned top honors from their peers at the 2013 Iowa Communication Association annual conference in Ankeny, Iowa. The ICA hosts a conference every year to allow faculty to exchange teaching and research ideas and to honor the best and brightest teachers in the state. Both are employed at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluff, Iowa; Stech has been a full-time instructor since 2009 and White joined the staff in 2011.



Jared Dreher and Savannah Wissig’07 were united in marriage. The couple resides in Omaha. Savannah is an assistant branch manager at Oriental Trading Co.



Sheila Remmereid resides in Johnson. Shewas honored with the 2013 Nebraska State Educators Association’s (NSEA) Rookie of the Year award while in her second yearofteaching 7-12 Special Education at Johnson-Brock Public School The award was presented at the annual NSEA Convention held in Kearney.



Fern (Anderson) Rhoades '35, (100), Blair; July 6.


Lucille (Paulsen) McEver '36, (96), Atlanta, Ga.; Sept. 7.


Maxine (Mills) Eickhoff '40, (96), Tilden; Sept. 10.


Ruth (Layton) Cottrell '41, (92), Sun City West, Ariz.; June 13.


Lulu Rose (Slothower) Elwood '43, (90), Gordon; Aug. 7.


Helen (Kott) Keller '44, Allentown, Pa.


Myrna (Bennett) Jones '45, (88), San Diego, Calif.; formerly of Le Mars, Iowa; Feb. 20.


Margaret Patterson '45, (103), Wakefield; May 2.


Neva Ray (Brown) Marsh '47, (85), Lincoln; Aug. 27.


Dean E. Sandahl '47, (89), Lincoln; June 16.


W. Bert Wayt '49, (93), Lubbock, Texas; Jan. 23.


Marilyn (Brich) Finn '50, (85), Carroll; Sept. 17.


Carroll E. Fredrickson '51, (84), Omaha; Sept. 23.


Richard D. Van Valin '61, (74), Ames, Iowa; Aug. 28.


Ervin L. Robbins '62, (61), Omaha; Sept. 26.

Maryann (Murphy) Manning, MSE '64, (97), Birmingham, Ala.; Sept. 8.


Duane Moore '64, (80), Omaha; July 8.


Betty Howell Reutzel '64, (91), Lincoln; June 28.


Darlene Samson Reimers '66, (86), West Point; Aug. 27.


Robert L Oberg '67, (68), Canton, Mass.; July 17.


Delilah (Kruger) Gosch '69, (92), Pierce; July 19.


Elaine (Naber) Mehling Riensche '69, (89), Lincoln; Aug. 14.


Robert "Bob" Wreidt '71, (65), Wayne; Sept. 16.


Maurice D. "Mike" Nolte '72, (85), Carroll, Iowa; Sept. 14.


Terry Peters '74, (61), Norfolk; Sept. 1.


Donna Bell (Neubauer) Galvin '74, (84), Osmond; Aug. 2.


Patricia L. Luellman '80, (60), Norfolk; July 17.


Lesa (Barclay) Backstrom '83, (52), Wayne; Aug. 22.


Melissa Framke '94, (42), Onawa, Iowa; Sept. 22.


Lori Ann (Moser) Salvatori, MSE '03, (43), Lincoln; July 28.





Lois (Echtenkamp) Hall, (82), Wayne; Aug. 26.


Arlene Gulliver (90), Omaha; Sept. 3.


Ronald D. Rapp, (72), South Sioux City; May 5.