Wayne State College to Host Homecoming Oct. 2-4
Published: 8-28-2014 10:10 am
Wayne State College will celebrate Homecoming weekend Oct. 2-4 with reunions, a parade, award banquets, and football and volleyball games.
"Homecoming is a wonderful time for alumni to return to the beautiful Wayne State campus and renew friendships,'' said Deborah Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations at Wayne State College. We will host honored classes of 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004. A unique reunion this year will be the opportunity for Service-learning alumni to reconnect with professors and friends from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
Alumni will also gather on Saturday, Oct. 4 for a track reunion in the Student Center Atrium.
There will be a photo exhibit from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in Peterson featuring historical photos restored by graphic design Professor Josh Piersantis students as part of a Service-learning project.
WSC cheerleaders, the Wildcat Marching Band, students, coaches and fellow alumni will gather at the pep rally after the 7 p.m. volleyball game against Northern State University in Rice Auditorium on Oct. 3.
The Homecoming parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in downtown Wayne. Service-Learning alumni are encouraged to participate in the parade by riding bikes with Dr. Barbara Engebretsen. A dozen bikes are available for the parade or bring your own. Please send an e-mail to: email@example.com to reserve a bike.
The Wayne State football team will battle Winona State at 1 p.m. and the volleyball team will face MSU Moorhead at 4 p.m. Oct. 4.
Please contact the alumni office at 402-375-7526 by Sept. 19 to make arrangements to attend Homecoming reunions and meals.
Alumni Service Award
2014 Alumni Service Award will be presented to William “Bill” Reeg at the Hall of
Fame Banquet on Oct. 4. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the
college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support.
graduated from WSC in 1964. He served in the United States Marine Corps from
1965 to 1967. After his Marine Corps duty, he worked with his father at Arnie’s
Supermarket in Wayne. Arnie’s Ford-Mercury was established in 1978.
is a past chairman of the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association. He
continues to serve on its executive board and on the Carriage House Foundation,
the charitable wing of the Association.
was recently reappointed by Gov. Dave Heineman for a second term on the
Nebraska Motor Vehicle Licensing Board. Arnie’s Ford was honored as the “Large
Business of the Year’’ at the 2014 Wayne Area Economic Development Banquet.
was the winner of TIME magazine’s 2014 Dealer of the Year for Nebraska, the
award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and coveted honors.
As an award winner, Reeg is counted among the nation’s most successful auto
dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
secretary-treasurer for the executive board of the Wayne State College
Foundation, he and his wife, Betty, support various building projects and other
campus improvements and have established the Bill and Betty Reeg Annual
Scholarship. They have three children and five grandchildren. The Reegs reside
from each of the college's four schools will be honored at the Outstanding
Alumni Banquet on Oct. 3. The honorees include:
David F. Whitt ’89 – School of Arts and
graduated from WSC with a bachelor’s degree. He majored in speech communication
with an emphasis in organizational leadership and public relations. While
studying at WSC, he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, and he won several
championships at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament.
He also qualified for the Interstate Oratory Association Tournament, wrote for
the Wayne Stater, and participated in
several WSC theater productions. Whitt has co-edited and contributed to three
books on comparative mythology, and has given international presentations in Greece,
Taiwan, and Australia. He was the first American to judge at a high school film
festival in Croatia. Whitt has designed a public speaking mentoring program
between Nebraska Wesleyan University and Dawes Middle School in Lincoln. He is
a professor of Communication Studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University and serves
as the Department Chair of Communication Studies.
Ronita Carlson Jacobsen ’94, MSE ’98 – School
of Business and Technology
graduated from WSC with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in family and consumer
sciences. She began her teaching career at Ponca High School in 1994, followed by
two years at Pierce High School. She began teaching in Plainview within the
family and consumer science program in 1999. Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Teachers of Nebraska named her FCS Teacher of the Year in 2010. The Association
for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) named Jacobsen the
Outstanding Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year and the ACTEN
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year in 2011. She has served as
president for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska and ACTEN. She
continues her FCS teaching career at Plainview High School.
Maria (Mandel) Goede, MAE ’99 – School of
Education and Counseling
graduated from WSC with a master’s degree in counseling. She was born in
Colombia, South America, and came to the United States with her family at the
age of 4. She was raised in Miami, Fla., and moved to Omaha where she earned a
bachelor’s degree in business management and worked as a business manager.
Goede moved to Norfolk in 1992 and worked as a business manager for a community
mental health clinic and while employed as a child protection safety worker she
decided to enroll at WSC to earn her master’s degree. She has given numerous
presentations, ranging from the effects of domestic violence on children to
best parenting practices, cultural diversity, and assertive communication.
Goede has been in private practice in Norfolk and, for the past four years, in
Edward V. Stansberry ’98, MSE ’02, Ed
Specialist ’05 – School of Natural and Social Sciences
has earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, a master’s degree
for K-12 Education Administration and an Education Specialist degree from WSC. As
a part of the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning research committee,
he has been instrumental in developing a data workbook for schools to utilize
in their school improvement process. Stansberry serves as the Nebraska representative
for the National Association of Impacted Schools. He says he and his staff
believe family is the most important part of life and education and children
learn best when they become part of your family. He feels all decisions should
be made on what is best for the student and credits the staff who modeled this
belief while he was enrolled at WSC. Stansberry is in his seventh year as the
superintendent at Walthill Public School.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame will induct new members at a banquet Oct. 4:
Dale Clayton (Athlete) ’88
was a standout baseball player at WSC from 1985 to 1988. He holds the career
record for stolen bases and was the school’s career hits leader for nearly 20
seasons. The Marshalltown, Iowa, native was a First Team All-CSIC selection in
1987 and a First Team All-NAIA District 11 selection in 1988 as a senior. He is
the all-time leader in stolen bases with 135, 52 more than any other player in
school history. He ranks fourth in career runs scored (189), sixth in career
hits (217) and tied for third in career walks with 109. He helped the 1987 team
to a 34-14 record, and went on to win the NAIA District 11 title and play at
the NAIA Regional. Clayton resides in Omaha where he serves as the account
executive with World Bridge Partners.
Cory Reeder (Athlete) ’94, MSE ’98
was a two-sport standout at WSC from 1989 to 1994. The Columbus High School
graduate started as catcher on the baseball team and was a starter for more
than two seasons on the Wildcat football team at linebacker and was named the
1993 WSC Male Athlete of the Year. Reeder is considered the best-ever defensive
catcher at WSC, throwing out 63 percent of would-be base stealers as a
sophomore in 1992 while hitting .317 with a team-high nine home runs and 33 RBIs
with seven game-winning hits. On the football field, he had 98 tackles and 13
tackles for loss during his senior season to rank second on the team in
tackles. He recorded 23 tackles in one game during his sophomore season. He
resides in Columbus. He and his spouse own two restaurants.
Emily (Schroeder) Jones (Athlete) ’08
was a dominant volleyball player during her three seasons at WSC. The
Laurel-Concord graduate was a First Team All-NSIC selection and became the
Wildcats’ first-ever All-American as she was named AVCA and Daktronics Second
Team All-American in 2006 and 2007. She ranks first and second in single season
kills, setting a school record with 599 kills as a junior and 591 kills during
her senior season. Jones played on three NCAA tournament teams and led WSC to
the 2007 NSIC Tournament title. She holds school records for 32 kills in one
match and 13 blocks in three different matches. Jones excelled in the classroom
earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team honors as a junior
and was a two-time NSIC All-Academic selection. She resides in Omaha where she
works as a physical therapist assistant.
Dennis H. Johnson (Contributor) ’63
H. Johnson is a 1963 graduate of Wayne State College and has been a long-time
contributor to the Wildcat athletic programs, especially men’s basketball. He
has made donations to numerous athletic projects at WSC, including the field
turf/stadium project in 2013 and the track/stadium project in 2008. Johnson, a
native of Wausa, played basketball at Wayne State from 1959 to 1963. Johnson
was a coach and teacher for 35 years, spending the last 28 in Westminster,
Colo., with the Adams County School District #50 where he still works part-time
as stadium manager and athletics manager. He visits Wayne State College on an
annual basis and attends numerous Wayne State home sporting events.
2006 Volleyball (Team)
2006 WSC team finished with a 30-8 record overall, placing second in the NSIC
with a 15-3 league mark. The 30 wins are the third most by a Wildcat volleyball
team in school history. WSC advanced to the NCAA Division II National
Tournament and fell to Concordia-St. Paul in the North Central Regional
semi-finals. Emily Schroeder, Brittany Coleman, Laura Dolezal and Michelle
Eckhardt were named to the NSIC All-Conference Team while Dolezal earned her
second straight NSIC Libero of the Year award. Schroeder was third in the NSIC
averaging 4.63 kills per game while leading the league at 1.50 blocks per
contest, resulting in her receiving AVCA and Daktronics Second Team
All-American honors. Coleman averaged 13.81 assists per set to earn First Team
All-Region and honorable mention All-American honors. 2006 team members: Ann
Beiermann, Mattie Burnham, Brittany Coleman, Amanda Hansen, Meredy Dubbs,
Michelle Eckhardt, Amanda Johnson, Jordan Schaffer, Emily Schroeder, Laura
Dolezal, Brittany Van Beek, Ashley Vogt, Danielle Wessel, Tessa Wietfeld; head
coach, Scott Kneifl; assistant coach, Sara Horn; graduate assistant coach,
a full list of Homecoming activities and to submit a reservation, please visit https://www.wsc.edu/alumni/events/homecoming/homecoming.pdf
information: email Deb Lundahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-375-7209.