Staff

 

Interim Director of Student Activities
Christy Ficke- chficke1@wsc.edu

 

Orientation Staff

Student Coordinator

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Megan Miller (Crofton, NE; Sociology)

 

Team Leaders

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Katherine Kotas (Hastings, NE; Political Science)

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Mike Mallette (Blair, NE; Social Science and Math Education)

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Lizzette Martinez (West Point, NE; Business Marketing)

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Sam Rayburn (Juniata, NE; Biology)

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Kelsey Weldon (Sioux City, IA; Criminal Justice)

 

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Ambassadors

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Melissa Beck (Murray, NE; Pre-Physical Therapy)

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Alex Beeson (Fremont, NE; Art Education)

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Katie Bennett (Lincoln, NE; Elementary Education)

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Asia Berg (Creighton, NE; Elementary Education)

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Laura Bergeron (Bellevue, NE; Early Childhood Education)

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Jenna Berget (Willmar, MN; Occupational Therapy)

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Daniel Bidne (Omaha, NE; Business Marketing)

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Nicole Buse (West Point, NE; Biology)

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Colin Cade (Auburn, NE; Applied Math)

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Caitlin Cahoy (Norfolk, NE; Early Childhood Education)

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Jacqueline Christensen (Grand Island, NE; Pre-Pharmacy)

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Cody Clark (Moville, IA; Sports Management)

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Michaela Dendinger (Coleridge, NE; Psychology)

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Audrey Dreifurst (Waco, NE; Business Management)

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Sara Eckstein (Linwood, NE; Pre-Dentistry)

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Adrian Eggers (Elwood, NE; Business Marketing)

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Jaci Gannon (Grand Island, NE; Exercise Science)

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Stacy Grabowski (Jansen, NE; Pre-Physical Therapy)

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Jake Harney (Clarkson, NE; Criminal Justice/Accounting)

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Stephanie Hemple (Long Pine, NE; Fashion Merchandising)

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Jaden Hill (Grand Island, NE; Sports Management)

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Maxwell Honig (Mondamin, IA; Exercise Science)

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Emma Kaschmitter (Papillion, NE; language Arts Education)

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Kylie Keller (Logan, IA; Early Childhood Education)

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Derek Lahm (Columbus, NE; Chemistry/Health Science Pre-Med)

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Richard McDonald (Oxford, NE; Natural Science Education)

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Cassie Minor (Beatrice, NE; Accounting & Finance)

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Taylor Mues (Fremont, NE; Elementary Education)

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Matt Nelson (Wahoo, NE; Exercise Science)

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Courtney Paul (Beatrice, NE; Psychology)

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Kailey Rader (Hastings, NE; Elementary & Special Education)

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Carlene Reichmuth (Leigh, NE; Human Service Counseling)

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Allyssa Schroeder (Yankton, SD; Math Education)

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Caleb Schultz (Hordville, NE; Industrial Tech Education)

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Angelique Stappert (Hartington, NE; Elementary Education)

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Abigail Suhr (Sioux City, IA; Elementary & Special Education)

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Dillon Wieland (Wayne, NE; Biology)

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Erica Wimer (West Point, NE; Elementary Education)

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Carly Woerman (North Bend, NE; Pre-Veterinary Medicine)

 

Staff Spotlight

Sara Eckstein photo

 

Describe your hometown/what was it like growing up there?

I was born and raised in the country by a small town called North Bend. Everyone looked out for each other. Growing up by a small town I knew that I wanted to go to a smaller college where I could get one-on-one attention with my teachers just like I did in my hometown high school.

 

Why did you choose to attend Wayne State?

I choose to attend Wayne State because it is the perfect size. Wayne is big enough to get the college experience and join about any group or activity that you can think of but small enough to get to know your teachers and all of your class mates.

 

What do you like most about Wayne State?

I really love how friendly everyone is around campus. Whether it is a teacher or a classmate, everyone helps each other out. At Wayne State people will make time in their schedule to help you make your experience at Wayne State that much better.

 

What do you do when you're not in class?

Many people do not realize how many activities or seminars are offered here. There are speakers, free plays, live comedy shows and movies you can attend. Intramurals offers virtually every sport imaginable and there are a variety of clubs and organizations that are perfect for your major or special interests.

 

What are your career goals/plans once you graduate from Wayne State?

My major is Pre-Dentistry with a minor in Chemistry. Wayne State is very well known for teaching but there is so much more that Wayne offers. With Wayne’s excellent science program I know I will be able to get accepted into Dental School at UNMC and become a dentist and eventually open my own business in a small town.

 

What advice would you give a new student?

The best advice I can give a new student is don't be afraid to get involved in activities outside of the classroom. There are so many great opportunities at Wayne but you need to take the initiative to become involved.

 

Jake Harney photo

 

Describe your hometown/what was it like growing up there?

I'm from a small town of about 600. It might surprise some people but my friends and I always found something to do. I really enjoyed growing up in such a tight-knit community but I'm also looking forward to living in a larger city someday.

 

Why did you choose to attend Wayne State?

Wayne State is a quality school, it really is. The faculty really care about their students and that's a big selling point that larger universities don't offer. I learned that first-hand as I spent my first semester of college at UNL before transferring to Wayne. It's also fairly inexpensive when compared to other state schools.

 

What do you like most about Wayne State?

Like I said, I really like the faculty at WSC. They're approachable and always willing to help students out. That means a lot to me.

 

What do you do when you're not in class?

I enjoy exercising at the Rec Center and hanging out with friends. I’m an avid college sports fan and have always been involved with athletic activities. I’ve been very active in the Intramural Sports program at Wayne State and had the honor of representing the college at the Regional Flag Football Tournament at UNL last fall.

 

What are your career goals/plans once you graduate from Wayne State?

I would like to become a CPA, work for a Big Four Accounting Firm for a few years and later join the FBI.

 

What advice would you give a new student?

These are some of the best years of your life so enjoy every second of it. Wayne State offers great experiences. Take advantage of them.

 

Derek Lahm photo

 

Describe your hometown/what was it like growing up there?

I'm from Columbus, NE, and I went to Scotus Central Catholic High School. My class had 66 people, so it was small enough to know everyone by name but big enough to still have multiple friend groups. The community is closely knit, and people take care of each other when needed.

 

Why did you choose to attend Wayne State?

It's big enough that people don't know my business unless I let them. The teachers here are all incredibly personable and build lasting relationships with their students which is an advantage over larger colleges. Most importantly, Wayne State feels like home. People here are incredibly friendly and helpful, and there's always someone to happily answer a question or lend a hand if it's needed.

 

What do you like most about Wayne State?

I chose Wayne State because it's not so big that I feel like a number, but I like that Wayne State is medium-sized and that everybody seems to belong to the same family. All my teachers interact one-on-one, and our relationships aren't limited to the classroom. My teachers greet me when I walk past, they come to events, and they are actually interested in my life.

 

What do you do when you're not in class?

When I'm not in class or doing homework, I'm usually hanging out with my friends and/or girlfriend in one of our residence halls. The new Wi-Fi makes it easy to play video games or watch Netflix. Otherwise, I'm working out in the Rec Center or attending the almost limitless activities or socials on campus.

 

What are your career goals/plans once you graduate from Wayne State?

I plan to become a physician of some sort, so when I graduate from Wayne State, I'll attend medical school, become a doctor, and raise a family in a small or medium-sized town.

 

What advice would you give a new student?

The best advice I'd give to a new student is to not worry too much about what people think of you and to be yourself. It's easy to get caught up in meeting new people and trying to be impressive, but that's not how you're going to meet your true friends. Trying too hard to impress people will add a large amount of unneeded and unwanted stress to your college experience. Find people with the same interests and values as you, and take advantage of the wide variety and quantity of clubs and organizations on campus.

 

Kailey Rader photo

 

Describe your hometown/what was it like growing up there?

I am from Hastings, Nebraska. Hastings is a big town compared to many of the towns near Wayne, but it was normal for our area. Although we have over 24,000 residents, I always saw familiar faces and everyone was very friendly just as it is here in Wayne.

 

Why did you choose to attend Wayne State?

I chose to attend Wayne State because I wanted a small school in a small town. When I visited campus, I knew it was the place for me because Wayne has an awesome education program and that is my area of study. I also really like that there were so many activities that I could get involved in!

 

What do you like most about Wayne State?

My favorite thing about Wayne is that you always see familiar faces, and everyone is so friendly. We are not just numbers here at Wayne; our professors truly care about us as students and individuals. Another awesome thing is that there are so many activities and organizations that we can join.

 

What do you do when you're not in class?

When I am not in class, I am either studying, running, at a meeting for an organization, mentoring for Teammates, or hanging out with my friends. There is plenty of time to do everything that you want to do in college; you just have to learn how to manage your time wisely! Don't get me wrong, grades are important, but you need to do more than study.

 

What are your career goals/plans once you graduate from Wayne State?

Once I graduate from Wayne, I plan to get a teaching job in a small town Nebraska school. My dream would be to teach kindergarten or first grade. I would also like to get my masters once I have landed my first teaching job.

 

What advice would you give a new student?

One very important thing that I would share with incoming freshman here at Wayne, and really at any college, is to get involved on campus and/or in the community. Grades are important, but it is also important to get involved to make more friends and enjoy your time in college. It’s also good for your resume.

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