Wayne State College


Alumni eNewsletter | Spring 2011





Curt Frye Named Wayne State College President

photoNebraska State College System (NSCS) Chancellor Stan Carpenter announced Thursday, June 2, that the NSCS Board of Trustees has appointed Curt Frye the 12th president of Wayne State College.
Frye began his career at WSC in 1985 and has held a number of leadership positions at the college. He served as interim president in 2003 after the resignation of former President Sheila Stearns and has held the interim position since 2010 after the resignation of former President Richard Collings.

"Curt's ability to engage the community will allow him to position Wayne State College as a leader in higher education and make it an even stronger institution," said Larry Teahon, chair of the NSCS Board of Trustees.  "His experience and insight at the college will allow him to hit the ground running.  The board and I are excited for what the future holds for Wayne State under his leadership."

"I am honored to be named the 12th president of Wayne State College, and I look forward to facing the challenges and rewards that come with the position," Frye said. "Working with Chancellor Carpenter and my colleagues in the Nebraska State College System and involving the greater Wayne State community are critically important to moving Wayne State into the future."

"Curt Frye has been at the heart of the action at Wayne State for many years and has demonstrated a profound appreciation for the college and its role in Nebraska and the region," Carpenter said. "We are fortunate to have someone with his background and passion for working with students and the many other college and community constituencies in northeast Nebraska. I look forward to working with him and am excited about what Wayne State will achieve under his leadership."

"I am delighted with the board's decision to appoint Curt president," said Trustee Carter "Cap" Peterson of Wayne. "He is a long-time Wayne resident and has served the college and community with distinction. Curt and his wife, Dianne, are valuable assets to the college, the community of Wayne, the Nebraska State College System and the region."

Frye began working at Wayne State in 1985, serving as associate dean of students, dean of students, and in 1993, vice president and dean of students. A native of Elk City, Frye holds a bachelor's degree in education from Midland Lutheran College and a master's degree in education from Chadron State College.

Prior to coming to Wayne State, Frye was a teacher and coach at Cody/Kilgore and a guidance counselor in Neligh and Wayne. He and his wife, Dianne, have two children and two grandchildren.

The Nebraska State College System serves nearly 9,000 students through three geographically diverse institutions. Combined, the three colleges offer more than 200 degree, certificate and pre-professional programs that are accessible on the campuses, via the Internet and in several locations throughout the state. With more than 250 credentialed faculty members and 50,000 successful graduates, the Nebraska State College System provides significant human and intellectual capital that contributes to the current and future strength of the state of Nebraska.



Dr. Brad Bigelow Receives Alumni Achievement Award

photoDr. Brad Bigelow received this year's Wayne State Alumni Achievement Award presented at the undergraduate commencement ceremony held May 7 in the Willow Bowl. A graduate of Lyons High School, he earned his bachelor of arts in education in 1957. While at WSC, he was active in theatre, lettered in tennis, and as a senior served as editor of the Spizz and the Goldenrod. He went on to earn his master's in education/clinical psychology in 1958 and doctorate in 1964, both from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bigelow served as the guidance counselor at Lincoln Northeast from 1959 to 1960. He became the first psychologist for the Nebraska Penal and Correctional complex in 1960 and served as the chief psychologist until 1968. He co-hosted a one-hour monthly TV series, The Prisoner Speaks, on channels 10-11, and originated Project Youth, a panel of inmates that spoke to various schools, civic and religious groups around the state.

He later served as psychologist/program director at Kearney Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center from 1968 until retirement in 1998. He created the State of Nebraska Evaluation Program for pre-adjudicated adolescent male offenders. Bigelow still maintains a private practice, serving as psychological consultant to school districts, rehabilitation services, the courts, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Bigelow's professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, American Association of Professional Psychologists, National Rehabilitation Association, Nebraska ELCA Prison Ministry Steering Committee and former member of the ELCA Church Vocations Committee and Examining Board.  A current member of the Buffalo County Mental Health Board, Bigelow also completed a four-year term on Lutheran Family Services Board of Directors and served a five-year term on the Governor's Behavioral Health Oversight Commission.

He was the co-founder of Kearney Friends Program (Big Brothers, Big Sisters); co-founder and board member of Campus House Group Home for Girls; co-founder and former president of Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association (recipient of association's Service to Youth Award in 1986 and 1998); and co-founder, former president and current member of South Central Behavioral Service.

Bigelow's wife, Karen, attended WSC from 1953 to 1955, graduated from UNL and worked as an elementary teacher. Brad and Karen's family includes a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jeffrey Kurtz; daughter Leann Welsh; and several grandchildren.





Dr. Andrew Alexander Receives State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award

photoDr. Andrew Alexander, Wayne State professor of British literature and philosophy, was presented with the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at the college's baccalaureate ceremony May 7. This prestigious honor is awarded on the basis of rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching. Alexander also was Wayne State's nominee for the Nebraska State College System George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award.

Alexander began his career at Wayne State in 1993 after serving as an assistant professor at Iowa State University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He earned his Ph.D. in English from University of Toronto, his master's in English from South Dakota State University and his bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In the nomination materials for the award, a former student praised Alexander for a teaching style that encouraged students to explore, challenge and defend their personal beliefs. Colleagues echoed the student's comments and added that Alexander has "a rare ability to convey and transmit his love of learning to students and an uncommon capacity to make students feel that their ideas and opinions are valuable and valid."

David Ley, State National Banks' chairman of the board and a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation, established the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 as a way of recognizing and strengthening outstanding teaching at Wayne State. Ley and State National Bank of Wayne support the college through scholarships and other invaluable forms of assistance.







Wayne State College Honors Four Retiring Faculty Members

Wayne State recognized four faculty members retiring at the conclusion of this academic year at the May 7 graduation ceremony. Dr. Jean Blomenkamp, professor of education, Dr. Jack Imdieke, professor of business, Dr. Jean Karlen, professor of sociology, and Ms. Janet Schmitz, associate professor of French, have a combined total of 128 years of teaching at Wayne State.

Dr. Jean Blomenkamp came to Wayne State in 1986. She taught in the School of Education and Counseling. She served as department chair for the Educational Foundations and Leadership Department for six years and as interim co-dean during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. Blomenkamp completed her bachelor and master of science degrees and an administration endorsement at Wayne State College. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was the elementary principal/teacher in the Stanton Community Schools for 13 years and began her educational career at Bryan Elementary-Millard Public Schools where she taught for four years.

Dr. Jack Imdieke, a professor in the Computer Technology and Information Systems (CTIS) Department, has spent 43 years as an educator: six years at the secondary level and 37 years at the collegiate level, with the last 31 years at Wayne State College. He has served on myriad college and departmental committees, has been a grant recipient, has presented at local, regional and national conferences, and has held membership in several professional organizations. He served as the local advisor for Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a business fraternity, for 19 years and was twice recognized as the Nebraska State PBL Advisor of the Year. Imdieke was instrumental in the creation of the computer information systems major and its evolution into the CTIS Department that houses computer science and computer information systems majors.
Dr. Jean C. Karlen joined the faculty at Wayne State College in 1976. She earned all of her degrees in sociology (bachelor's, 1969; master's, 1976; and Ph.D., 1981) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Karlen served as division head of Social Sciences from 1989 to 2001 and Service-Learning campus coordinator from 1999 to 2010.  She has been WSC chapter advisor for the social sciences honor society of Pi Gamma Mu since 1978 and is currently past president of the International Board of Trustees. Karlen has received many awards and honors in her career. In 2003, she received the Nebraska State College System George T. Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award. She received the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education Voyager Award in 2006 for outstanding commitment to furthering service-learning and the Midwest Sociological Society Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Karlen's career demonstrates a commitment to education, rural communities, women's issues, and her students, many of whom have gone on to complete master and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields.

Ms. Janet M. Schmitz, associate professor of French, came to Wayne in 1971, and has taught all the courses in French and English literature. She holds a B.A. with honors from Avila University, Kansas City, Mo., and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, earning her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with further graduate study at Wisconsin, Universite Laval, Quebec, UNL, and the Sorbonne and the University of Avignon, France. Before coming to WSC, she taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She was the advisor of the WSC French Club and Alpha Mu Gamma language honorary and a longtime member and past president of the American Association of Teachers of French. She served as chair of the WSC Faculty Senate, coordinator of the annual Modern Language Day, led numerous WSC study tours to France, and sponsored teaching abroad programs. Her teaching awards include the Burlington-Northern Foundation Achievement Award, places in five NEH Summer Seminars for College Teachers, four Nebraska International Languages Association Awards, Nebraska French Teacher of the Year in 2003, and the 2010 Balsley-Whitmore Award.





Wayne State Receives National Recognition for Service-Learning Initiatives

Wayne State is pleased to announce that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored the college as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Wayne State was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Service-Learning has a 12-year history at Wayne State. Dr. Jean Karlen, professor of sociology, and former WSC President Sheila Stearns initiated the Service-Learning program at the college in 1999. Karlen helped to form the Nebraska Consortium in 2000-2001 which later grew into the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE) with 28 members from three states.

In the first academic year of the program, Wayne State had eight faculty members participating; the college now has an average of 22 per semester. Since 2005, Wayne State has averaged 500 students participating and 20 completed projects per year. To date, 96 WSC faculty members have participated at one time or another in Service-Learning and one-fourth of the student organizations and clubs regularly participate. This year, 996 WSC students completed 11,603 hours of service work.

Wayne State has been in the top five higher education institutions in the state for Learn in Serve participation since 2005, usually coming in at third or fourth. This is the first time the college applied for the President's Honor Roll because until August 2010, the college did not have a full-time Service-Learning coordinator, which is a requirement for the award.

"Wayne State professors like Pearl Hansen in art, Jason Karsky in criminal justice, Barbara Engebretsen in Health, Human Performance and Sport, Marilyn Mudge and Pam Langlie in education and the community partners they work with are the reason why we have such a successful Service-Learning program," said Lisa Nelson, coordinator of the program. "In many ways, people like me and advisory committee members are the heart of the program, but the faculty and students completing the work are the soul of the program."

"Pearl, Jason and Barbara raised awareness and funds for a particular population while greatly enhancing their students' understanding of the course curriculum. Pearl worked with the Wayne Veterans, Jason with law enforcement and emergency responders and Barbara with campus and community agencies to provide funds and items to Haiti," Nelson said. "Marilyn and Pam also enhanced learning potentials but they also committed to long-standing relationships that affected change. The teachers at the schools they worked with did not have the resources to provide assessments and programming that their students very much needed. Marilyn has worked with the Wakefield school system for a decade providing assessments in literacy and math skills, which saved the school time and financial obligations. That is the kind of commitment that makes it possible to receive an award. The award is given to the institution but it is the people doing the work that earned the award."

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award. Wayne State was one of only eight schools honored in the state of Nebraska.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS.  "Congratulations to Wayne State College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.  We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service."

The Wayne State College Service-Learning program promotes, mobilizes, and supports the efforts of our institution, united in strengthening our academic and co-curricular programs through service-learning in our communities, state and nation. Service-learning also plays an important role in engaging and retaining Wayne State students.

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms.  In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion.  Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation's colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning.  Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment.  CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.





Message from Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni RelationsThe weather smiled on graduation again this year as 373 undergraduates received their degrees May 7 in a beautiful Willow Bowl ceremony. Dr. Brad Bigelow, a 1957 WSC graduate, was honored with the Alumni Achievement Award at the ceremony and WSC alumnus and Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams delivered the baccalaureate commencement address. Master's degrees were presented in Rice Auditorium to 209 students that same morning.

Plans are underway for this year's Homecoming celebration, which will be held Oct. 6-8. Keep the dates open and watch for details via mail and the alumni Web site at www.wsc.edu/alumni/. This summer also will include several opportunities to get together with classmates and friends. The annual Omaha golf event will be July 16 and the Dakota Dunes golf event will be Aug. 22. For those with adventure in their hearts, the Wayne State Foundation will be leading a trip to Vietnam Nov. 2-17 for alumni and friends. You can learn more about the trip at www.wsc.edu/alumni/events/vietnam_2011/vietnam_tour_2011.pdf

The Wayne State Foundation is excited to be raising funds for the restoration of the Willow Bowl. The project, which needs your support, will preserve our cherished campus landmark for future generations of Wildcats. You can read more about the project and make your donation online at www.wsc.edu/foundation/willow_bowl/

The Hahn Building will be receiving vital upgrades for fire and life safety issues beginning this fall, which has meant a mass exodus of offices from the building to locations all over campus. The Foundation and Alumni offices will be located on the top floor of the Recreation Center for the next year. Please do not hesitate to visit us in our new home if you are on campus.

This issue of the electronic newsletter includes the usual pictures and notes that so many of you continue to send to us. Please keep them coming! Your friends and fellow graduates love to see your growing families and hear about your many successes.

Please make plans to visit campus soon. We love showing off the many improvements and hearing about your changing lives and families. Stop by the new office or call me at (402) 375-7209 to catch up or schedule a campus tour.





Upcoming Alumni Events



Jul. 16

Omaha Golf - Shoreline in Omaha

Aug. 22

Dakota Dunes Golf - Dakota Dunes, SD

Oct. 6

Scholarship Luncheon

Oct. 6

Inauguration of President Curt Frye

Oct. 7-9


Oct. 9

WSC Alumni Baseball Game

Nov. 2-17

Vietnam Alumni and Friends Tour

Dec. 16






ALUMNI NOTES | Spring 2011

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



Kermit Ambrose of Royal Oak, Mich., celebrated his 100th birthday Jan. 6, 2010. He retired in 1976 after a long career of track and cross country coaching in the  Birmingham Seaholm School District.



Archie McPherran and his wife, Peg, reside in Sacramento, Calif. Archie served with the US Navy during World War II and was honored in February by the Department of National Defense, Office of Veteran Affairs, Washington, D.C., with the Asia Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge, World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal “for acts and services of exceptional gallantry and heroism rendered to the Philippines and its people during World War II.”



Ward Reynoldson was honored in May in celebration of his 90th birthday. Ward is a retired chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. Ward and his wife, Pat, reside in Des Moines, Iowa.



Jannene (Griffith) and Don Reed reside in Sierra Madre, Calif.  Jan was honored by the community as one of six citizens who has "exemplified the kind of volunteer spirit and commitment that makes this town what it is today" during the Wistaria Festival. Jan served the town as publisher and editor of the Sierra Madre News for 14 years. She is involved with the Sierra Madre Community Foundation, the Friends of the Library, the Civic Club and the Woman's Club. She was the first woman to be invited to join Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club, and was a very active member of the Sierra Madre's Centennial committee. Jan was bestowed with the honor of Citizen of the Year in 1994 and continues to contribute to the well-being of Sierra Madre.



John Martens has accepted the position of senior project manager for Allscripts. Allscripts provides ambulatory, acute care hospital, physician clinic, home care, and health center solutions. He will manage projects for  health care organizations based in Quincy, Ill., and Bronx, N.Y., working from his home in Plano, Texas.



Jack Hobbie and his wife, Peggy, reside in Nebraska City whereheis owner and president of Professional Mortgage Services. His company, founded in 1989, serves Nebraska and Iowa. He has dedicated his entire career to helping homeowners and homebuyers finance their homes. Jack has served as mayor of Nebraska City since 2008. Jack was honored with the “Lender of the Year” award in 2010 by the Nebraska Mortage Association.



John Schneider is a professor of business at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.  He published a new book on Christianity and wealth, called “The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth.”  John hopes his book will get people thinking theologically and in fresh terms about affluence.  John and his wife, Winona (Peterson’73) reside in Wayland, Mich.



Karen Jonas has joined the firm of WhippleWood CPAs, Littleton, Colo., as a director. WhippleWood provides accounting, tax, and business consulting services to a wide range of business and individual clients throughout the United States and abroad.



Kevin Betz joined the securities and financial consulting firm of SFC Associates, New York, N.Y.  Kevin has more than 20 years of business development experience, assisting corporate, legal, banking and governmental clients with complex accounting, valuation, tax and financial issues. He earned his MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College, Massachusetts.



Susan (Nuernberger) Salmon completed her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification.  Susan is the Human Resources Supervisor at Michael Foods, Wakefield.



Maria (Eaton) Michaelis and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Leyton Paige on Jan. 17.  Leyton joins sisters Lexi (7) and Laini (3) in their home in Omaha. Maria is serving her fifth year as a physician anesthesiologist and an assistant professor with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.



Brian Litchfield (MBA’01) and his wife, Aarica, reside in Carrboro, N.C., along with their son, Tennyson Lonnie (1). Brian serves as the assistant director of the transit department for Chapel Hill. Mass Transit, the magazine dedicated to public transportation, announced their second annual Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 List and Brian was included in this exclusive list of professionals. The magazine serves more than 21,000 readers associated with the public transportation industry. Honorees were nominated by their peers prior to being judged.



Brandon and Mollie (Marotz) Trease and their son Ayden Davis (born Nov. 12) have moved from Broken Arrow, Okla., to Bloomington, Ill.



William “Billy” Folkerts and his wife, Megan, reside in Northwood, Iowa, with their daughters, Addison Grace (2) and Evelyn Marie (born Aug. 25). Billy is the grain marketing relationship manager at Viafield in Carpenter, Iowa.



Jeremy Tosaya (MSE ’05) serves as the head men’s soccer coach at Dakota Wesleyan Unviersity, Mitchell, S.D. He successfully led his team to their first Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament appearance in program history. This year’s team finished with the second most wins in the DWU program history. Jeremy and his wife, Ashley, reside in Mitchell, S.D. 



Drew Caskey earned a master of arts degree from Western Kentucky University in August 2008. He was named director of ticket operations at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in October 2010 after spending the last two years as assistant ticket manager at Rice University, Houston.



Nicole (Jurgensen) Dobbins and her husband, Luke, reside in Howells with their children, Landon (5), Hudson (2) and Addalyn (9 months). Nicole is employed by Howells Public School as a kindergarten teacher.



Tim Doggett and Katie Burns (’08) were united in marriage in October. Katie received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Buena Vista University in February. The couple resides in LeMars, Iowa.



Megan Barry and James Henneberg were united in marriage Dec. 11 in Clarksville, Tenn. Megan is employed by the State of Tennessee as the child protective services assessor. The couple resides in Clarksville. 



Michael and Kelli (Chocholousek) Jacobsen announce the birth of son, Samuel Otto, on Jan. 6.  He is welcomed to their home in Salt Lake City, Utah, by sister Lilly. 



Tanna Walford and Matthias Albin were united in marriage June 19.  The couple resides in Omaha while Tanna continues her education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.



Kesha Kracl and her husband, Darek Schuller, reside in Columbus with their son, Ayden Wayne (1 ½).  Kesha is employed by the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a child and family services specialist.




Reunions and Gatherings


Tucson, AZ  |  Reunion

Wayne State College alumni and friends held a reunion Jan. 15 at the Metropolitan Grill in Tucson, Ariz.




Attendees included (kneeling): Dianne Frye, Lorna (Sexton) Parsley ’73, Deb Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations. Seated: Marge (Stewart) Holland ’82, MAE ’84, Wilma Kingston, Arlene (Nelson) Jones ’47, Darlene (Dietze) Hansen ’55.  Standing: Phyllis Conner, vice president for development, Bill Holland, Fred Kjer ’59, BAE ’60, Buford Jones ’51, MSE ’58, Jim Kingston ’42, Lucy (Moseley) Kuhlman ’43, Mike Hansen ’57, Virginia Horak, Curt Frye, interim WSC President, Carole (Tuttle) Petersen ’54, Willis Horak ’67, and Dwain Petersen ’55.



Sun City, AZ  |  Reunion

Wayne State College alumni and friends gathered Jan. 16 at the Palmbrook Country Club in Sun City, Ariz.




Those in attendance included Marilyn ’59 (Throckmorton) and Edwin Anson, Cathy ’74 (Trendle) and Jack Baldwin, Ed ’65 and Ruth Barnat, Betty Budler, Patrick Bush ’06, Bob and Marilyn Carhart, Matthew Carney ’78, Larry ’66 and Gayle ’67 (Griepentrog) Conger, Phyllis Conner, vice president for development,  Curt Frye, interim WSC President and his wife, Diane,  Beth ’71, MSE ’83 (Galloway) and Morris Leamer, Deb Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations, Tom Marsicek ’70, George ’56 and Susan ’55 (Reeh) Menking, Phil ’65 and Ellen ’65 (Herril) Nelson, Dave Noyes ’70, MSE ’76, Ferne Obye, Barry Phelps ’70, Don ’56 and Ginger Robson, Bill ’98 and Debbie Tallon.



Durham, N.C.  |  Reunion

Wayne State College alumni and friends met at the home of Terri Monk on Feb. 11 in Durham, N.C.




Attendees (back): Terri (Luedtke) Monk ’73, Kathryn Hepburn Lyons, Aarica Litchfield, Dawn (Warren) Carsey ’88.  Front: Clyde Stuhr ’88, Dianne Frye, Curt Frye, interim WSC President, Tom Carsey ’89, MAE ’90, Marilyn Collings, Brian Litchfield ’98, MBA ’01, Deb Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations, Craig Weldon, and former WSC President Richard Collings.



Northern California  |  Reunion

Wayne State College alumni and friends gathered for a reunion March 19 at the home of Mac and Yvonne McManigal in Northern California.




Attendees, left to right:  Phyllis Conner, vice president for development, Morland “Mac” ’52 and Yvonne McManigal, Curt Frye, interim WSC President, Clara Ann (Peterson) Tennis ’39, Nic Windeshausen, Dianne Frye, Janis ’54 (Nelson) and Robert Wicks, Susan Baranowski, Joe Shinstock ’96, and Dale Riehart ’77.




  • Marjorie (Pugh) Dennis '31, (98), Sun City, Ariz.; April 21.

  • Florence (Jeffrey) Van '34, (98), Wakefield; March 21.

  • Rose (Holub) Gellerman '40, (97), Kearney; Feb. 12.

  • Lois Verle (Hult) Linford '44, (86), Santa Cruz, Calif.; Feb. 25.

  • Margaret (Macklin) Brownlee '47, (85), Lincoln; Jan. 15.

  • Robert H. Nelson '49, (86), Independence, Mo.; Jan. 5.

  • Avis (Wakehouse) Hansen '50, (86), Council Bluffs, Iowa; April 12.

  • Gerlad F. Hish '51, (84), Woodland, Wash.; March 19.

  • Calvin "Cal" Henne '51, (87), Bridgeport; Feb. 3.

  • Roger F. Wendt '58, (77), Sioux City, Iowa; March 30.

  • Edith Lammli  '59, (93), Stanton; March 18.

  • Frances M. Hintz '60, (90), Coleridge; April 9.

  • Wilma Jean Burns '62, MSE '74, (77), Jackson; Feb. 8.

  • Richard "Dick" Cruickshank '66, (73), Columbus; Nov. 5.

  • Larry A. Berg '67, (71), Columbus; March 22.

  • Roger L. Fett '68, (67), Guthrie Center, Iowa; Feb. 18.

  • Linda (Carstensen) Sample '74, (57), Rutherford, Tenn.; Feb. 9.

  • Cynthia Schwarz '81, (51), Osawatomie, Kan.; Jan. 18.

  • Cynthia (Heller) Dohren '95, (64), Norfolk; March 7.

  • Louis A. Johnson  '99, (36), Oswego, Ill.; March 1.


Friends We Will Miss

  • Mary (Olson Bruggeman) Benthack, (85), Laurel; March 24.

  • Dorothy Mae Glinsmann, (68), Grand Island; March 20.  Dorothy worked in the library at WSC from 1988 to 1996.