Alumni eNewsletter | Spring 2009
Don and Carol Bremer Receive Alumni Achievement Award
Don and Carol Bremer were the recipients of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award at spring 2009 commencement. Don earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State in 1958, majoring in education and industrial arts. Carol graduated from Wayne State in 1954 with her two-year teaching credential. The Bremers have been exemplary educators, administrators and business owners, embodying the spirit that with a Wayne State degree, one can go anywhere and do anything.
Don Bremer was born in 1934 in Sioux City, Iowa. He moved to Laurel, Neb., and graduated a year later in 1952. He enrolled at Wayne State that fall in the pre-engineering program. Don was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1954 during the Korean War. After training, he married Carol Rankin, his college sweetheart. Don and Carol have been married 54 years. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.
Don returned to Wayne State College in 1956 where he continued his education with majors in education and industrial arts. After graduating in 1958, Don, Carol, and their new son, Doug, moved to Chino, Calif., where Don taught math and drafting while attending Cal Poly University in Pomona working on a major in mathematics. He earned his master of arts degree in secondary school administration from California State University-Los Angeles in 1962.
Don spent 26 years as a school administrator, the last 14 as principal of Chino Boys Republic High School. He is an Elk, a Mason and a Rotarian. He has served all offices in his Rotary Club and several at the district level. Don was named Rotarian of the Year in 2005 and received the “Excellence in Service Award” in 2009. Don and Carol are major donors to the Rotary Foundation.
Carol was born in Neligh, Neb., in 1935. She graduated from Wayne State with a two-year teaching credential in 1954. Her first teaching assignment was at a one-room country school in Antelope County. Her next assignment was teaching fifth and sixth grade in Norfolk, Neb. During Don’s last two years at Wayne State, Carol taught a seventh and eighth grade combination class in Laurel, Neb. Carol earned her bachelor of arts and master of arts in education from the University of California – Los Angeles. She taught junior high school English before serving as the junior high counselor in the Ontario-Montclair School District for about 13 years. She also served two years as assistant principal of Buena Vista High School in Ontario, Calif.
Don left his school administrative position in 1992 after 35 years in the field of education to give more time to their rapidly growing investment business. Carol and Don own and manage D & C Investment Properties, a partnership that runs their 345 apartment units, nine single-family homes and a medical complex that houses 18 doctors. One of the Bremers’ redevelopment projects now serves as a model for the redevelopment of blighted apartment areas.
Don and Carol have been exceptionally charitable to their community. They have also created an endowed scholarship fund at Wayne to provide two student scholarships each year. During the past three years Don and Carol have also served on the Wayne State Foundation Board and have hosted a Wayne State alumni reunion in their home.
The newly approved Nebraska State College System Advantage program guarantees first-time freshmen students who receive federal Pell Grants will pay no tuition at the Nebraska State Colleges for the 2009-10 academic year. The NSCS Advantage offers another innovative way for Chadron, Peru and Wayne State to serve students, communities and the state of Nebraska.
The NSCS Board of Trustees approved the program during its board meeting held Feb. 27 at Peru State College. The program fulfills the promise of excellent educational programs combined with unrivaled affordability.
“The board asked the chancellor, his staff and the colleges to continue to find new ways to meet our system mission of providing access to high quality educational opportunities,” NSCS Board Chairman Bill Roskens said. “With the recent economic downturn, access to college has become more challenging and this program will assist first-time freshmen in their pursuit of earning a degree.”
Participants in the NSCS Advantage Program must be:
“The program provides the difference between the cost of tuition and the amount of all other awards for Pell Grant recipients,” NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter said. “About one-third of our students in the NSCS qualify for Pell Grant assistance and we are attempting to remove the financial barriers many face. Continuation in the program requires the recipient to receive a federal Pell Grant every semester and to remain enrolled in one of the Nebraska State Colleges.”
“The new Nebraska State College System Advantage scholarship program is designed for first-time, full-time freshmen enrolling at Wayne State, Chadron State, or Peru State Colleges who receive a federal Pell Grant,” said Dr. Richard Collings, Wayne State College president. “In these unstable economic times, this program will allow Pell grant recipients at Wayne State to cover the cost of tuition not covered by other awards.”
A Message from Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Please check our Web site at www.wsc.edu/alumni for information on upcoming events and reunions and photos of past reunions. We appreciate all of you who use our Web site to update your information and leave us messages. We are hoping to gather your e-mail addresses so we may use that means to communicate with you.
Please continue to stay in touch; we love to hear from you and we value your loyalty and friendship. If you are back on campus, please stop by our office, Hahn Room 306, or call me at 402-375-7209. I would enjoy giving you a tour of the campus.
Wayne State All in the Family for Adamson Family
Three of the four sisters earned communications degrees and had Drs. Ron and Deb Whitt as teachers and mentors.
"We all had the Whitts as instructors and they really made a difference for all of us,'' Adamson said. "I feel the most important aspect of the communications degree at Wayne State College is the leadership aspect. I am very glad that was a part of my education.''
Adamson will be entering The Buckle's management program in Sioux Falls, S.D. She said her leadership experiences at WSC will help her in the program.
“The Adamson sisters were an absolute delight to have as students in our Communication Arts program. Each had a unique positive personality and brought a different positive perspective to our classes,” said Drs. Ron and Deb Whitt when asked about the Adamsons. “The one ingredient that flowed through each, however, was a strong work ethic each brought to the classroom. All were carefully prepared to fully engage in academic and group discussions. The sisters' goal oriented attitude, along with their strong interpersonal communication skills, will continue to serve them well. We wish them the very best and look forward to the next generation of Adamsons!’’
Although all the sisters lived in Bowen residence hall, only Nicole and Heather had the opportunity to live together in a room.
"Heather was able to tell me who I should take in classes and some tips about college life,” Nicole said. “The best thing about Wayne State College was the small class sizes and individual attention that we received from our professors.''
Each sister agreed their professors had known them by their first names. They said they valued the ability to be able to speak with them face to face.
After commencement, Jordan Adamson's niece, Kennedy Mathison, ran up to her and gave her aunt a hug.
"Tell us where you are going to college, Kennedy,'' Adamson said, "Wayne State?"
Kennedy Mathison looked up and nodded yes with a big smile.
ALUMNI NOTES | Spring 2009
IN MEMORY OF
Verval J. (Willey) Rogers ’22, (106), Lyons; Dec. 12.
Dorothy E. (Glover) McClellan ’27, (100), Helena, Mont.; Jan. 19.
Mildred “Mickey” (Moats) Kelchner ’28, (100), Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Aug. 22.
Howard W. Crawford ’40 (91), Alpharetta, Ga.; Feb. 1.
Bernice (Vopalensky) Robertson ’42, (88), Morse Bluff; Jan. 20.
Alice (Scherwin) Wiborg ’42, (88), Norfolk; March 12,
James M. Strahan ’50, (81), Tampa, Fla.; Jan. 18.
Erma (Zorn) Dallman ’52, (90), Creighton; Jan. 20.
Robert G. Scheckler ’54, MS ’59, (79), Norfolk; March 17.
Gene G. Panning ’54, (76), Kearney; May 6.
McCleda G. (Hanke) Maas ’58, (88), Hoskins; Jan. 18.
Joyce (Gowery) Asmussen ’61, (86), Ponca; May 7.
Harold L. Humphrey ’61, (76), Adrian, Mo. Dec. 18.
Winifred H. Staub ’61, (92), Stanton; May 4. .
Rosemary (Rundquist) Todd ’63, Union; April 12.
Fred E. Pierce ’66, MSE ’67, (65), Mesquite, Nev. April 25.
Mary Jo Stephen ’68, MSE ’77, (84), Madison; March 23.
Duane Beck ’70, (61), Omaha; Feb. 13.
Betty (Uhlir) Christensen ’71, (87), Lynch; Jan. 21.
Cheryl Ann (Walters) Ma’ae ’74, (62), Honolulu, Hawaii; Dec. 19.
Jacquelyn (Kautz) Pigg, MAE ’75, (81), Homer; Feb. 9.
Grace (Kaup) Weichman ’80, (93), Stuart; Jan. 9.
Marc D. Whisinnand ’80, (59), Norfolk; Feb. 16.
Steven D. Wallick ’82, (50), Urbana, Ill.; Feb. 24.
Neal A. Schuett ’85, (46), Bellevue; May 17.
Craig D. Marshall, MSE ’02 (47), Niobrara; May 3.
Pamela S. (Clements) Reiser, MSE ’06, (49), Butte; Jan. 6.
FRIENDS WE WILL MISS
Dr. William “Bill” L. Hagerman (83), Lafayette, La.; Jan. 24. Dr. Bill served as an associate professor at WSC in Communication Arts from September 1969 to July 1979.