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Wayne State College eNewsletter for alumni and friends | Fall 2011

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Terry McClain '70 Delivers Commencement Address
Terry McClain, the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Valmont Industries, Inc., in Omaha, delivered the undergraduate commencement address May 5. McClain was honored May 4 with the naming of the Terry J. McClain Department of Business and Economics in the School of Business and Technology at Wayne State College.
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Spring Graduation Ceremonies
Wayne State College held commencement May 5 in Rice Auditorium for graduate students and in the Willow Bowl for undergraduate students. A total of 464 degrees -- 352 undergraduates and 112 graduate degrees were conferred at the ceremonies by Wayne State President Curt Frye.
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Steven Elliott Receives State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award
Steven Elliott, associate professor of art and chairman of the art department, was presented with the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award. This prestigious honor is awarded on the basis of rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching.
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Art Students Take New York by Storm
Wayne State professors of art Pearl Hansen and Steve Elliott led a group of 10 art students on a trip to New York for an exhibit titled “Wayne State College Art Forum in New York City”. The exhibit, which was held April 14, came about through collaboration with Omaha and New York City artist Terry Rosenberg.
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Campus News

Dr. Vaughn Benson Receives Professional Award
Dr. Vaughn Benson, Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Wayne State College, was selected as the 2012 recipient of the John L. Green Award for Excellence in Business Education.  
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Dr. Daryl Wilcox Honored for Work
Dr. Daryl Wilcox, Wayne State College professor in the School of Education and Counseling, was awarded the Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors (NASES) Distinguished Service Award.  
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Dr. Ron Holt Attends ‘Bully’ Screening at The White House
Dr. Ron Holt '89 attended a screening of the movie Bully on April 20 at The White House. The event was held in the Eisenhower Building of The White House complex. Approximately 150 invited guests from around the country attended this screening.
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College to Host Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Russian Federation
Wayne State College has been awarded one of only 50 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grants for the 2012-2013 academic year. The grant will bring an eminent Russian scholar to campus and open up the possibility of further partnerships with educational institutions in the Russian Federation.  
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New York Reunion and Yamaha Concert
A reunion was held for WSC alumni and friends May 8 at Yamaha Artist Services in New York City. The event included a performance by concert pianist Paul Sheftel, who performed live in New York, and remotely in Wayne, though a Yamaha concert piano in both locations.  
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Athletic Department Honors Top Student Athletes
The Wayne State College athletic department honored its top student athletes for the 2011-12 school year April 30 during the annual athletic honors banquet held at the WSC Student Center and sponsored by Ameritas. Seven major awards were handed out at the banquet, along with Most Valuable Players announced for each sport.  
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Women’s Basketball Makes Run for National Title
The Wayne State College women's basketball team ended the 2012 basketball season ranked fourth in the final USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released March 27 by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. It's the highest ever ranking to end the season for the Wildcats, who were 32-3 this season.  
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Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni RelationsMessage from Deb Lundahl,
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
The weather on May 5 made us hold our breath this year wondering if rain would prevent us from celebrating commencement in the Willow Bowl. By the afternoon, 90 degree temperatures had us fanning ourselves as we welcomed the 352 graduates receiving bachelor's degrees.  Full Story

Photo Galleries

Scenes from campus events (Graduation, Ikes Lake project, Little Mermaid, Service-Learning)  View Photo Galleries

Alumni Notes

BabyCatch up on news about your classmates, including births, marriages, achievements, new jobs and promotions. Reunions and several golf outings are also featured in the notes.  Read More

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Reunions & Events

WSC Denver Alumni and Friends reunion
Hosted by Herb and Sherry Mignery at the Herb Mignery Studio
405 8th Street SE # 1
Loveland, Colorado
June 22, 2012
6-8 p.m. 6-8 p.m.
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Chicken Days
July 13-15, 2012

Omaha Golf
Eagle Hills Golf Course
Papillion, NE
July 20, 2012
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Dakota Dunes Golf
Dakota Dunes,SD
August 27, 2012
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WSC Art & Design Alumni Exhibit
WSC Campus
Sept. 12 - Oct. 5, 2012

Scholarship Luncheon
September 27, 2012

September 28-30, 2012

WSC Alumni and Friends Tour Spain with a taste of Morocco & Portugal
October 17-29, 2012
June deadline registration
For more information please call Phyllis Conner 402-375-7543 or Deb Lundahl 402-375-7209.
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December 14, 2012

Other Campus Headlines

HHPS Students Shine at Conference

Communications Students Honored in Cleveland

WSC Nets Service-Learning Honor Roll

Longtime Professor Sharon Thomas Dies


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