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Alumni eNewsletter | Spring 2013



Greg Adams ’74 Delivers Commencement Address

photoNebraska 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.


He was elected to the legislature for the first time in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He was elected Speaker of the Legislature for the 2013-14 session. He served as chair of the legislature's Education Committee, served on the legislature's Revenue Committee, and the Committee on Committees from 2009 to 2012.


He began his teaching career in 1976 at York High School where he taught American government and politics until 2006. During his 30 years as an educator, Adams served as president of the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies from 1980 to 1981, was a member of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation Curriculum Committee from 1992 to 1994, administered the Washington, D.C. Close Up Program since 1982, and served as the K-12 Social Studies department chair from 1982 to 2004.


His service in government began in 1986 with election to the York City Council. After 10 years as a councilman he was elected mayor of York, a post he held until 2006. He was appointed by the governor in 1997 and again in 2000 to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.


Adams married Julie A. Epke on Oct. 8, 1992. He has three children: Heather Loveless, Shawn Levitt and Sarah Adams.



Spring Graduation Ceremonies

photoWayne 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. Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams, speaker of the Nebraska legislature and a 1974 graduate of Wayne State College, delivered the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony.

Graduate Commencement Address


Brandon Foote, husband of Staci Foote and the son of Brian and Tammy Foote, delivered the first of two addresses at the graduate ceremony. Foote, who graduated with his master’s degree in organizational management with an emphasis in sport management, earned his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State in 2011.


Foote has served as a graduate assistant for the Wayne State sports information office the past two years. His duties have included helping create all of the media guides for the various sports at Wayne State, while also updating the website with stories, photo galleries and press releases. Foote also entered live stats for the website at all home games along with numerous other tasks and responsibilities.


Graduate Commencement Address

Kimberly Hix, wife of Ryan Hix and daughter of Jim and Terri Vrooman, delivered the second of two addresses at the graduate ceremony. Hix received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She graduated from Wayne State in the winter of 2008 with her bachelor of science in elementary education with an endorsement in early childhood development.


Hix teaches fourth grade at Wayne Elementary School and has two children, Elizabeth and Benjamin.


Undergraduate Invocation

Alexis Sieh delivered the invocation at the undergraduate ceremony. She is the daughter of Mike and Shellie Sieh of Stanton, Neb. Alexis graduated as valedictorian from Stanton Community Schools in 2009 and studied chemistry health science with a minor in biology at Wayne State College. She has been on the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA all four years, is a Board of Trustees Scholar, and is a member of the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP).


Sieh has participated in Health Science Club, Cardinal Key Honor Society, Philomathean Presidential Honor Society, and was named a 2012 Homecoming Princess. She held positions as the President of Rotaract Club and the Co-Student President of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society while attending Wayne State College. Sieh has been a Science and Math Tutor for the Holland Academic Success Center the past two years and was their secretary. She graduated with High Honors in her major and has presented her honors research project at the National Academy of Science and the American Chemical Society. Sieh will begin her studies at University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine in August to pursue a doctorate degree in medicine. Sieh hopes to one day return to rural Nebraska to practice in the surrounding area.




Dr. Mark Leeper Receives State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award

photoDr. Mark Leeper, professor of politics at Wayne State, received the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 4. Matt Ley, chief executive officer of State National Bank in Wayne, presented the award.


David Ley, the bank’s chairman of the board, established the award in 1998 as a way of recognizing and strengthening outstanding teaching at Wayne State. David Ley and State National Bank of Wayne support the college in many ways, including scholarships and as a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees.


This prestigious honor is awarded on the basis of rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching. Leeper also was Wayne State's nominee for the Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award.


This is Leeper’s fourth recognition for excellence in teaching, two at Wayne State and two at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Leeper has been at Wayne State for 17 years, teaching American government, constitutional law, elections, and American political culture through literature and film. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Leeper has taken students to observe oral arguments of the U.S. Supreme Court as a part of their honors projects; has taken students to Iowa caucus events to interact with major party candidates for president; and has co-authored papers with undergraduates and presented their findings at professional political science conferences.


His nomination materials note that he “exhibits the traits embodied in the great teachers of politics: he is engaging, feisty, reverent, and when necessary, irreverent, critical, humorous, and intellectually curious. His approach to teaching has profoundly affected students for over a generation. His former students are now lawyers, teachers, political activists, lobbyists, and more. Most importantly, his students see the world more clearly, engage in their communities more passionately and find politics more interesting than they would otherwise.”




Dr. Bonnie Bass ’54 Receives Alumni Achievement Award

photoDr. Bonnie Bass was presented with the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award at the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 4. Bass spoke eloquently and from the heart to the assembled graduates about the people who matter most in life: family, teachers and friends.


She is the founder and president of Expertise, a consulting and executive advisory firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with eight associate offices in the U.S. and Canada. She also serves as Vice President of Research and Development for Professional DynaMetric Programs, Inc., a Colorado behavioral research, program development, and international training company. She serves as Director of the DynaPro Consulting Division of PDP Inc.


Bass graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State College in 1954. After teaching at Wayne High School and Technical High School in Omaha, she enjoyed a number of years as a homemaker, parenting two children (Jefferson Bass and Jane Bass Page) and serving her community in cities in California, Iowa and Utah. Her love of learning and a desire to assist people to become successful in life inspired her to enroll in a master’s degree program at University of San Francisco in psychology. After a two-year internship (1978), she was granted a license as a family counselor and opened an office practice.


During 1978 her brother, Bruce Hubby, a businessman in Colorado Springs, Colo., was funding and leading a new research project that incorporated technology with the vision of assisting businesses and organizations to achieve success through understanding people. The two siblings joined in this venture, later known as PDP Inc. Bruce Hubby, now deceased, graduated from WSC in 1957, along with his wife, Jan Hubby. Bruce Hubby's son, Brent Hubby, is now President of PDP Inc. To assist in the new research and expand her knowledge of business applications of psychology, Bass returned to the University of San Francisco, earning a doctor of education degree in 1983.


She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants USA and the National Speakers Association. Bass is honored to have been the first woman president and chairman of the board of the San Francisco Kiwanis Club (1990).






Students, Citizens, Soldiers

photoColleges 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


“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Wayne State College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” Director for G.I. Jobs Sean Collins said.


Being a successful student and soldier takes the determination and motivation of a special person, along with the guided support of WSC.




Krista Albers Digs History in a Literal Way

photoEver 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.


Now a senior at Wayne State College majoring in history with a minor in anthropology, Krista can say she’s had the opportunity to work as a true archaeologist.


Last summer, Krista, Dr. Susan Ellis, professor of anthropology, and WSC alumna Liz Lofgren traveled with people from across the country to Jordan for an archaeological dig from June to August.


“The Jordan trip really cemented what I want to do,” Krista said. “I love traveling and going on excavations.”


Krista and her group were stationed at Hartha, Jordan, which is near Irbid, the third-largest city in Jordan. They lived at a girls’ school and excavated at an archaeological site called Abila of the Decapolis.


“We would wake up at 4 a.m. and work until noon on our excavations, five days a week,” Krista said. “We would go through pottery, and we got to catalog pottery. Each weekend, we traveled to a different area, like Azraq to see the Crusader Castles.”


Krista said their group also traveled to Aqaba, a port in southern Jordan, where they went scuba diving. At the end of their Jordan trip, the students also got to visit Israel and Egypt.


Despite the joy she got from the daily excavations and the findings she uncovered, such as a worn grinding stone and intact oil lamp, Krista said there were concerns and complications that made the trip challenging.


“The biggest concern was the conflict in Syria,” Krista said. “We were 15 miles away from the Syrian border, and you could hear bombing while we worked.”


Krista said that the plumbing in Jordan is also much different from that of the U.S. In Jordan, students used porcelain holes in the ground Krista jokingly called “squatty potties,” which she said were an eye-opener for some students.


Krista also said communicating with the people of Jordan was often difficult, but once language barriers were broken, relations went very smoothly.


“Being from the U.S., there is very much a stereotype of Muslim people and how they view us,” Krista said. “It definitely opened my eyes to see that these people are really interested in the U.S.”


The interactions and resulting understanding of different cultures are often the greatest benefit for students, according to Ellis.


“It’s always a delight to see students go into a new environment and have that out-of-culture experience and see the growth there,” Ellis said.


“If one plans to go into archaeology, one should know what it’s like. It’s neat to see students have these experiences, and we’ll always be able to talk about our discoveries.”


Krista said her overall experience from the trip was a positive one.


“Despite having to be up at 4 a.m., the excavations were great,” Krista said. “We were discovering history, and I loved that. You never knew what you would find. I would really encourage people to go abroad if they have the opportunity. It’s been great for me, and it has a special place in my heart.”


The Jordan archaeological trip, which is run by volunteers, is offered every two years under the aegis of John Brown University. Anyone interested can go. WSC students may also receive college credit.


“It gives an idea of how we get our history,” Ellis said. “It brings history to life and makes it real. You also get to see that other people are not just failed attempts to be American. They have a culture that works for them.”


As for Krista, who graduated in May, she said she plans to start her master’s degree in Southeast Asian studies in the fall, and eventually get her Ph.D. in forensic anthropology or history. This spring, she was involved with the Sci-Fi Club as secretary, Phi Alpha Theta, Cardinal Key, Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Holland Academic Success Center history and anthropology tutor.


Krista said she hopes to one day teach at the college level and take her own students on archaeological excavations and share her love of history, just like she got to do in Jordan.




WALK Program Builds Leaders at Wayne State

photoLeadership 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.”


WALK Program Opens for Freshmen Students

The Wildcat Academy of Leadership and Knowledge (WALK) is a newly implemented program at WSC that offers campus involvement and leadership opportunities to incoming freshmen. The program began last fall under the direction of the Office of Residence Life.


“The WALK Program is a leadership living-and-learning community that is made to engage first-year students,” Matthew Weekley, assistant dean of students and director of residence life, said. “This program is meant to boost the first-year experience and make it more successful. It helps students develop leadership skills to help them engage on the campus community.”


Weekly Meetings and Requirements Challenge Students to Get Involved

A WALK student must maintain a 2.5 GPA and complete a challenge assigned each Tuesday at the group’s weekly seminar meetings.


Challenges include getting students out of the dorms and involved on campus by going to student activities or organizational meetings.


“The students also have to take a certain set of courses built into the general education program that reflect leadership,” Weekley said.


The WALK program seminars encourage students to reflect on their involvement on campus and exchange ideas with each other.


“The big thing is for the first year they have a couple professionals that meet with them each week to develop a support structure,” Weekley said. “They develop a close relationship and call themselves family.”


Annie Kucera is a psychology and counseling double major and business minor from Cedar Bluffs, Neb. Annie said she believes it’s important to face weekly challenges whole-heartedly.


“We try to go to different meetings and events and stay and learn, not just to get our points,” Annie said. “One of my favorite challenges was a scavenger hunt where we had to get signatures from various people, and we were able to meet a lot of people.”


Students Gain Unique Friendships as They Begin College Career

J. Scott Jackson is a psychology major and criminal justice minor from Omaha, Neb. J. Scott was active in high school and wanted to continue pursuing leadership roles in college. However, he was apprehensive about the college experience until he discovered WALK.


“I felt like it [WALK] could be a great opportunity to meet friends,” J. Scott said. “I was nervous for college at first, but when I saw WALK I thought being with similar people would help. The friendships we’ve formed and being able to meet figures around campus, like the dean of students, are what make it so great.”


Ciera Afrank is a psychology major from Newman Grove, Neb. Ciera said in addition to leadership opportunities, she’s learned more about herself and her WALK classmates.


“We’ve become a family,” Ciera said. “We’re alike in that we have similar leadership interests, but yet our personal diversity makes it so interesting. The program and living together provides an understanding of what each person is like and has been through, and it also makes the transition into college easier.”


Neihardt Hall Basement Provides WALK Students with Family Atmosphere

The Neihardt Hall basement houses 22 total WALK students this semester. This floor is a smaller dorm community with a capacity for 30 students, which Weekley said helps create a support system for students in WALK.


“Most students in Neihardt are upperclassmen, so it creates an interesting relationship in the entire building,” Weekley said. “The freshmen students have a high level of energy, and the upperclassmen provide mentoring for appropriate behavior. It’s dynamic on both ends.”


Ryan Sousek, a history major from Malmo, Neb., said living together in Neihardt is one of his favorite features of the WALK program.


“It’s awesome. You’re never alone, and there’s always someone to talk to,” Ryan said. “Even though everyone is different, we can still be one big group.”


WALK Benefits Extend Beyond College Experience

Completing challenges and practicing involvement on campus helps WALK students develop a habit of leadership. Obtaining or competing for leadership roles on campus gives students experiences they can use after graduation.


“The new information given to us can apply to our everyday lives,” J. Scott said. “A lot of the leadership we’ve discussed will only help us. In WALK, they always keep us informed about leadership opportunities and community service opportunities. For example, I just recently applied to be a Residence Assistant and Ambassador.”


Annie and Ciera said they also believe the networking connections they’ve made through WALK will help them in the future, and simply being in the program will look great on their resumes.


WALK Program Looks to Continue Improvement in the Future

As a program in its introductory year, Weekley said he recognizes there have been road bumps, but is pleased by the overall success of the program to date.


“We’ve created a supportive learning environment for students,” Weekley said. “One of the things for next year is to start a mentorship program where previous WALK students come back to live with and mentor the next WALK students, to create a legacy of some sort. So far though, we’re happy with the direction it’s going.”


Weekley said Residence Life hopes to create an additional WALK program for upperclassmen down the road.




Ryan Becker ’07: Flight Surgeon and Future Rural Health Practitioner

photoRyan 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.


Ryan married Rachael McCall of Rochelle, Ga., on June 13, 2009. Ryan and Rachael had originally met in Washington, D.C., while working for the National FFA Organization when Ryan was a Washington Leadership Conference workshop presenter and Rachael was a National FFA Officer.


Shortly after getting married, Ryan joined the Nebraska Air National Guard as a 2nd lieutenant in the Medical Services Corps. He furthered his training in the Guard by going to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for Aerospace Medicine training to become one of the Nebraska Air National Guard’s Flight Surgeons. After graduating medical school, Ryan was promoted to captain and has transitioned into the Medical Corps.


Ryan was selected to join the UNMC Department of Family Medicine in the Advanced Rural Training Program that started in his fourth year of medical school. He continued after graduating medical school in 2011 to become one of the UNMC Family Medicine Residents to further his goal of becoming a rural family physician.


During medical school and residency, Ryan was highly involved in extracurricular activities. He was the primary investigator in a research project conducted with Dr. Rudy Lackner, UNMC Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Dr. Debra Reilly, UNMC Plastic/Burn Surgeon. Ryan was involved in the student-run health care clinic in Omaha called the ‘SHARING Clinic’ and served on the board as the Faculty Provider Recruiter. He was also the UNMC Class of 2011 Curriculum Co-Chair. He was the Dementia Chapter Author in Dr. Paul Paulman’s book, “Taylor’s Differential Diagnosis Manual.”


During his fourth year of medical school, Ryan trained at the Millard Airport in Omaha and got his private pilot License and has since joined the Skyhawk Flying Club based at the Millard Airport. Most recently, Ryan was elected to the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors as the Resident Director.


Ryan and Rachael welcomed Eli Becker to the world Sept. 11, 2012. Eli has been growing and changing every day and continues to be the highlight of their lives. Rachael graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., in 2007, and furthered her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, graduating in 2011 with a law degree. Rachael is currently working for Berkshire Hathaway in the Workers Compensation department with plans of becoming a small-town attorney.


Ryan and Rachael plan on moving to a rural community in the Midwest to establish a medical and law practice. They are currently in the interviewing process for several surrounding communities in Nebraska and Iowa.




Major Karl J. Hochstein ’91: Professor’s Guidance Made the Difference

photoMajor 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. His duties include managing day-to-day operations of a laboratory responsible for microbiological, chemical, and toxicological testing in support of public health, food safety, and chemical surety programs; ensuring the laboratory maintains its accreditation certificate from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation by supporting and employing the quality assurance system; reviewing and approving significant test results prior to reporting; training and advising Veterinary Service personnel regarding available laboratory capabilities; and support and assisting FADL Director with administrative and leadership functions for a staff of 60 military and civilian personnel and an annual budget of $4 million.


He earned his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Wayne State College in 1991. He earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1995 from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and a master of science degree in biomedical science in 2008 from Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station, Texas. He received his commission in the US Army Veterinary Corps in 1995 and was first assigned as the Chief of Veterinary Services at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.


Hochstein was assigned to the 72nd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) in 1997 in Hanau, Germany. In addition to managing the veterinary clinic and food inspection program for the 414th Base Support Battalion, he served as Officer-in-Charge of a fully deployable veterinary service detachment. Hochstein deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1998 as the Commander of the 72nd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services)-Forward, in support of Operation Joint Guard and Operation Joint Forge.


He reported to the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease in 2003 at Fort Detrick, Maryland, where he worked as the Chief of Aerosol Services in the Center for Aerobiological Sciences conducting bio-defense research. He was assigned to the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in 2007 in Natick, Mass., where he served as the Chief of the Veterinary Support and Oversight Branch, managing the laboratory animal medicine program. He was assigned to the Department of Defense Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory in 2010 in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves as the Deputy Director of the laboratory.


His military education includes the Army Medical Department’s Officer Basic Course and Officer Advance Course and the Defense Acquisition University’s Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management Course. He is a professional member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the American Legion.


Hochstein’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and NATO Service Medal.


Hochstein is married to the former Carroll Ann Roberts from Junction City, Kansas. They have a daughter, Grace.


Hochstein is the son of Don and Elaine Hochstein of Hartington, Neb., and one of 15 children (eight boys and seven girls). Of those 15 children, six of the daughters and four of the sons either attended or graduated from Wayne State College.


“A lasting memory of my time at Wayne State is the genuine concern and dedication that faculty had for their students,” Hochstein said. “While deciding to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, I learned that there was no pre-vet faculty advisor. Dr. Russ Rasmussen volunteered, without my even asking, to serve as my pre-vet advisor to ensure that I completed the required coursework and was a competitive applicant.  His guidance helped set me on the path to where I am today.”




Brian Wiese ‘07: From Student Leader to Business Leader

photoBrian 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.


As an agent for Northwestern Mutual, Brian helped clients with their insurance and investment needs.


“To be a successful agent, you have to be willing to work hard, take initiative, communicate well, and obviously have a good knowledge of the products and services we provided,” Brian said. “Crediting my experience gained while I was at Wayne State, it really gave me a head start into the ‘real world’. During my first year, I hit performance metrics that less than 2% of first year agents earned. My biggest accomplishment was the Mike Gish Top 10 award: I placed 7th place in the country upon interns who converted to full-time agents for total performance. (several thousand new agents competed).”


Brian worked out of the company’s Omaha office. The company opened a Northwestern Mutual office in Norfolk in 2009, at which time he relocated—living in Creighton, Neb.


Brian married Amanda (Johnson) Wiese in July 2010, and moved to Norfolk, Neb. Amanda and Brian met through a business fraternity at WSC—Delta Sigma Pi. She currently works as the Marketing Manager for Sterling Computers in Norfolk—a company that sells technology products and services to the Federal Government.


Brian started working in sales for Sand Creek Post & Beam in Wayne in February 2011. Sand Creek manufactures post and beam barns and homes across the United States and even other countries. Sand Creek Post & Beam was the Nebraska Small Business of the year in 2011. Brian was the 4th top selling person of 28 salespeople in 2011. In 2012, he became the top salesperson—breaking the company sales record. He continues to work with Sand Creek helping customers with their Post & Beam home and barn projects.


In addition to his full-time occupations, Brian owns a hunting and guiding business in Center, Neb., called Millstone Plantation, and a line of deer nutrition products through Preyon, Inc., labeled as Gravestone Deer Products. He also owned a small movie rental store in Norfolk called Movie Town & Games for about a year and a half.


“During my time at Wayne State College, I was involved in Student Senate, Delta Sigma Pi, Wildcat Wheels, and several other activities and groups,” Brian said. “Taking on leadership positions in these groups gave me a step ahead when entering the workforce. The responsibilities given to me enabled me to grow personally and professionally. I feel that my communication skills, time management, and a ‘can-do’ attitude were some of the best things I learned at Wayne State.”




Message from Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni RelationsThe 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.


Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams ’74, delivered a powerful commencement address to the students receiving their bachelor’s degrees. Dr. Bonnie Bass ’54 received the Alumni Achievement Award.


The Carhart Science Building renovation is complete and we have a state-of-the-art building for our students! The project has taken a span of several years but the transformation has provided Wayne State students with arguably the best science research facilities in the state. The Willow Bowl renovation is nearly complete and we think you will be proud. The Willow Bowl project was made possible through your donations. We hope you will come back and see the special and unique landmark for yourselves.


We are excited about the Bob Cunningham Field Renovation and the improvements of artificial turf, resurfacing the Dr. LeRoy Simpson track, and widening the soccer field playing surface to meet NCAA guidelines. We are also working on plans to update Conn Library and we will be sharing those details soon.


We have two golf events this summer; we hope you will join us for one or both of them. The Omaha Golf event will be Friday, July 20 at Eagle Hills Golf Course. Please note we are having this event on Friday again this year. Also, the Dakota Dunes Golf Course has been repaired after the Missouri River flood, and we will have a golf event there Aug. 19.


We will celebrate Homecoming on Sept. 26-29 this fall. Watch for the Homecoming brochure and check the website for more details. There will be a WSC Alumni and Friends tour to Austria, Germany and Switzerland Sept. 4-15. To download brochures and fliers for these events, please go to www.wsc.edu/alumni and click on the appropriate links on the right. We will be having a Music Reunion on Sept. 21 so please watch the website for more details. While you are on the alumni web page please note we have a Wayne State College Facebook page. We hope you will use this page to stay in touch with other alumni and to see what’s happening at WSC.


We would enjoy learning what is happening in your life so we can share it in the “alumni notes” section of our publications. Please send us photos, too! Go to www.wsc.edu/alumni and click on the “Alumni Updates” link. Continue to stay in touch; we love to hear from you. If you are back on campus, please stop by my office in Hahn, which has recently been renovated or call me at (402) 375-7209. Come and see the improvements on your campus first hand.





Upcoming Alumni Events



June 7

Catbacker Golf
June 7, 2013

June 13

Kansas City Reunion
June 13, 2013

July 12-13

Chicken Days
July 12-13, 2013

July 19

Omaha Golf Event-Eagle Hills
July 19, 2013

August 19

Dakota Dunes Golf
August 19, 2013

September 21

Choral/Band Music Alumni Reunion
September 21, 2013

September 26-29

September 26-29, 2013




ALUMNI NOTES | Spring 2013

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



Sally (Schwede) Shively submitted this phototaken at WSC’s December commencement ceremony. Left to right: Brett ’12, Sally ’79, Drew ’11 and Bruce ’78, in background. Sally and Bruce are employed by Norfolk Public Schools. She is a substitute teacher/tutor and he is a history teacher and head girls basketball coach for Norfolk Sr. High. Brett and Drew reside in Lincoln. Brett works for NELnet as an advisor in customer relations and Drew is an underwriter for Allied Insurance and a volunteer basketball coach at Lincoln Southwest.



Paul Pearson, Logan, Iowa,was honored as a 2013 President’s Circle award winner for sales excellence at QIAGEN, Inc. QIAGEN, based in Helden, Germany, is a leading global provider of sample and assay technologies for accessing biological sample content. Paul was the top-ranked representative in the North America Life Sciences sales organization in 2012. He covers academic, government, and pharma/biotech accounts in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Awardees were honored at a dinner in Maryland and Paul along with his wife, Heather, will join the President’s Circle award trip to Miami.



Renee (Novak) Loper and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of son, Matthew Michael, on May 15, 2012. He is welcomed to their Omaha home by sisters Lauren (4) and Brooke (3). Renee is employed as a teacher with the Omaha Public Schools.



Traci (Vogel) Jensen was promoted to senior vice president at Pioneer Bank, Sioux City, Iowa. She has been a member of the bank’s management team for seven years. She currently leads the financial division of the bank, directs the asset/liability and pricing committees, and oversees system operations/information technology. She and her husband, Shawn ’92, reside in South Sioux City with their three children.



Ruth (Aschoff) Bloedorn and her husband, Dillon, announce the birth of daughter, Annamae Grace, on Aug. 3. They reside in Wisner. Ruth works as a Blessings Unlimited consultant while staying at home with their daughter.



Renate (Waibel) Keener and her husband, Charles, reside in Centreville, Va., along with their sons, Zachary (born April 17) and Benjamin (2).




Robert S. Anderson '37, (96), Denver, Colo.; Dec. 25.


Mildred (Schubert) Breiland '37, (97), Albuquerque, N.M.; April 14.


Myrle E. Hemenway '39, (95), Lawrence, Kan.; Jan. 27.


Eunice (Stancliffe) Eddy '41, (93), Lincoln; March 12.


Arthur W. Gulliver '42, (91), Omaha; Feb.11.\


Marjorie (Johnson) Drickey '42, (92), Stockton, Ill.; Feb. 8.


Priscilla (Dover) Petersen '42, (89), Madison; Jan. 30.


James T. Scott '47, (89), Stanton; March 22.


Elaine (Brabec) Molacek '50, (87), Howells; March 11.


Delores (Dwinell) Pearson '50, (82), Columbus; March 25.


Anna (Harrom) Hintz '51, (102), Norfolk; April 3.


Emmett Garvin '54, (84), Los Alamitos, Calif.; March 19.


Leon John "Jack" Pingel '56, (78), Palm Desert, Calif.; Feb. 20.


Lola (Erwin) Erlandson '59, (88), Wakefield; Feb. 94.


Verlie (Gunnarson) Brown '60, (76), Sioux Falls, S.D.; March 20.


Donald W. Schumacher '60, MSE '69, (78), Norfolk; Feb. 9.


Janice (Srb) Hubbard '66, MAE '73, (66), Madison; Sept. 13.

Sandra (Shrader) Metz '62, (72), Wayne; March 4.


Marian (Loseke) Davis '68, (66), Atkinson; March 30. \


Dwayne "Fritz" Fritzinger '70, (68), Wahoo; Feb. 24.


Gloria (Shaw) Carlson '72, (61), Albion; Jan. 30.


Richard L. Duering '72, (63), Fairbury; Feb. 6.


Margaret (Gotch) Rasmussen '72, (94), Homer; Dec. 29.


Dianne (Kuhl) Anderson '73, (82), Laurel; April 20.



Janet Bernice "Bernie" (Kidman) Davis, MSE '79, (77), Omaha; Feb. 28.


Cynthia (Miller) Gipson, MAE '81, (63), Norfolk; March 13.


Shelley (Jedlicka) Pokorny '83, (52), Fremont; April 11.


Betty (Eschliman) Zoucha '86, (88), Stanton; Feb. 16.


Sharon (Oertwich) Erickson, MSE '91, (63), Stanton; April 6.


Dawn (Larsen) Wiese '93, (42), Columbus; Jan. 27.


Jeremy L. Markussen '97, (39), Kearney; Feb. 4.


Meighan (McCarthy) Johansen '06, (29), Omaha; Feb. 28.


Inga Brodersen-Lindholm, MSE '07, (48), Papillion; Feb. 28.





Robert M. Brown (94), Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; Feb. 22.


Richard R. Ditman (65), Lake Kiowa, Texas; April 19.


John A. Doherty (91), Norfolk; April 5.


Dr. Gail B. Dunning (88), Wayne; Dec. 22.


Bonnie (Nissen) Lund (85), Wayne; Jan. 27.


Dr. Jack Middendorf (87), Omaha; March 31. Emeritus Director of Information Services and an associate professor of Library Science, Jack was employed at WSC from 1978 until his retirement in 1993.