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Wayne State College eNewsletter for alumni and friends | Spring 2013

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Greg Adams ’74 Delivers Commencement Address
Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams delivered the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony held May 4. Adams represents the 24th District in the Nebraska State Legislature. Adams graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1974, and a master's degree in education in 1975, both from Wayne State College.
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Spring Graduation Ceremonies
Wayne State College held commencement May 4 in Rice Auditorium. A total of 448 degrees -- 354 undergraduates and 94 graduate degrees -- were conferred at the ceremonies by Wayne State President Curt Frye.
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Dr. Mark Leeper Receives State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Mark Leeper, professor of politics at Wayne State, received the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Matt Ley, chief executive officer of State National Bank in Wayne, presented the award.
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Dr. Bonnie Bass ’54 Receives Alumni Achievement Award
Dr. Bonnie Bass was presented with the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Bass spoke eloquently and from the heart to the assembled graduates about the people who matter most in life: family, teachers and friends.
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Campus News

Students, Citizens, Soldiers
Colleges often provide many opportunities for students to get involved outside of class, usually through service to their community. For some students, however, service has another meaning. Wayne State enrolls 72 military students using some type of the G.I. Bill at the undergraduate and graduate level. The college also was named on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools List. The list includes the top 15 percent of colleges and universities that make an extra effort to embrace America’s military service members as students. There are 1,739 schools on the Military Friendly Schools list this year.
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Krista Albers Digs History in a Literal Way
Ever since Krista Albers was a student in grade school in North Platte, Neb. — pondering the common question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” — she’s had her heart set on becoming an archaeologist. Krista’s passion for history remained strong as she grew older. The stories she heard from veterans for a research paper she wrote in high school on the use and effects of chemical warfare during the Vietnam War inspired a love of oral history.
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WALK Program Builds Leaders at Wayne State
Leadership shouldn’t be limited only to those with in-depth experience. Wayne State College understands this and strives to provide opportunities to students setting foot on campus for the first time. That’s why WSC teaches them to “walk.”
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Ryan Becker ’07: Flight Surgeon and Future Rural Health Practitioner
Ryan Becker is a 2007 graduate of Wayne State College’s Chemistry Health Science program and former, two-term Student Senate President at WSC. After graduating from Wayne State, Ryan started medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College Of Medicine in Omaha.
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Major Karl J. Hochstein ’91: Professor’s Guidance Made the Difference
Major Karl J. Hochstein, a native of Wynot, Neb., serves as Deputy Director, Department of Defense Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL), in San Antonio, Texas. He earned his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Wayne State College in 1991.
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Brian Wiese ‘07: From Student Leader to Business Leader
Brian Wiese graduated from Wayne State College in May 2007, with a degree in business administration. During his senior year at WSC, he began an internship with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. After graduation he transitioned to become a full-time agent.
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Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni RelationsMessage from Deb Lundahl,
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
The rain on May 4 made it soggy outside for commencement, but it could not dampen the spirits of the 354 graduates who walked across the stage in Rice Auditorium or the enthusiasm of their families and friends who came to celebrate the special day with them. We are pleased to welcome these new graduates to the Wayne State Alumni family.  Full Story

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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

Catbacker Golf
June 7, 2013

Kansas City Reunion
June 13, 2013

Chicken Days
July 12-13, 2013

Omaha Golf Event-Eagle Hills
July 19, 2013

Dakota Dunes Golf
August 19, 2013

Choral/Band Music Alumni Reunion
Date TBA

September 26-29, 2013

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