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Alumni Service Award, October 2014
Bill Reeg ’64

PhotoThe 2014 Alumni Service Award was presented to William “Bill” Reeg at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet October 4. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support. Reeg 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 and the dealership is still going strong.


Reeg is a past Chairman of the Nebraska New Car & Truck Dealers Association and continues to serve on its executive board. In addition, he serves on the Carriage House Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association. He 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. Reeg was the winner of TIME magazine’s 2014 Dealer of the Year for the state of Nebraska. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.


Reeg serves as 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. Bill and Betty reside in Wayne.



Alumni Service Award, September 2013
Charles "Chuck" Sass ’61


PhotoThe 2013 Alumni Service Award was presented to Charles "Chuck" Sass at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet Sept. 28. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion, and financial support. Chuck graduated from WSC in 1961.  After a 12-year teaching career in Nebraska and Iowa schools, Chuck and his wife, Sharon, purchased a sporting goods business in Boone, Iowa. They sold their business in 1977 and moved to Lincoln where Chuck accepted an instructor position with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Division of Continuing Studies and served as an editor in the curriculum development department. While he was employed at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chuck earned a master’s in education degree.


The couple moved to Washington, DC, in 1987, where Chuck took a position in the publications department of the Close Up Foundation, the nation’s largest civic education organization. As the managing editor of academic publications, he edited and/or wrote more than 300 student and teacher publications including Current Issues—one of the most popular textbooks in social studies classrooms. Chuck retired in 2006 after 18 years with Close Up and is now engaged in an in-depth study of leisure.


Chuck and Sharon established the Kathryn Reimers Sass scholarship in 2005. The Sasses became trustees of the Wayne State Foundation in 2007 and are members of the Cornerstone Society and Heritage Society.  The couple resides in Wellington, Fla.



Alumni Service Award, September 2012
Don and Diane (Massman) Soukup ’71


PhotoThe 2012 Alumni Service Award will be presented to Don and Diane (Massman) Soukup at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet Sept. 29.  The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion, and financial support.  They graduated from WSC in 1971.  Both started their insurance careers as claims adjustors, moved to an insurance regional office where Don earned Insurance Institute of America and Fellowship of Life Management Institute designations and became a Life Company Underwriting Superintendent and Diane was a subrogation officer.  They left the internal operations of the company to pursue careers in sales where Don was an agent/broker and Diane a customer service representative/instructor.  Concurrently, they served in the US Army Reserves.  Don retired after 23 years as a Sergeant Major and Diane at 20 years as a Master Sergeant.  Their brokerage was sold; however, they still own a percentage in an insurance company and continue to maintain insurance licenses in California and Nevada by completing continuing education courses.  The Soukups became Trustees of the Wayne State Foundation in 1986 and are members of the Presidents Society and the Heritage Society.



Alumni Service Award, October 2011
Larry Moser


Larry MoserThe 2011 Alumni Service Award will be presented to Larry Moser at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet Oct. 8.  The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion, and financial support.  He graduated from WSC in 2006 earning a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and agriculture.  After graduation he moved to Sioux City, Iowa where he attained employment as a producer at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management.  As a producer, he is responsible for selling and servicing insurance coverage for commercial and personal clients.  Moser has served as a member of the Siouxland Chamber Ambassadors, the United Wayne of Siouxland and is actively involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors. While attending classes at WSC, Moser was employed at Conn Library, served on the Student Activities Board and was actively involved with the WSC Phonathon Annual Fund Drive, serving as a student caller (1 year) and a student manager (3 years).  He interned at Nebraska Life Magazine, Christensen Associates and Arthur J. Gallagher. He currently is the 2006 class representative for the campaign to restore the WSC Willow Bowl.  Larry and his wife, Amanda, reside in Sioux City.




Alumni Service Award, October 2010
Barbara Kanter


Barbara KanterBarbara K. Kanter is the recipient of the Wayne State College 2010 Alumni Service Award presented annually to alumni who have enhanced the College through dedicated service, promotion and financial support.  Originally from Wisner, NE, Barb (Breitkreutz) graduated in 1976 from Wayne State cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a minor in biology.


Barb began her career at the M.J. Schoening & Associates public accounting firm in Norfolk, NE as a Staff Accountant.  In 1979, she went to work for Godfather Development Inc. which was also in Norfolk as Controller for a Godfather’s Pizza franchisee that owned 21 stores in six states.


In 1981, she received her Certified Public Accounting certificate.  She is a member of the Nebraska Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


In 1985, Barb relocated with her husband to Omaha, NE.  She was Internal Auditor for Pillsbury responsible for auditing the Godfather’s Pizza Division.


ConAgra, Inc. in Omaha was the next career move for Barb in 1988.  She was Internal Auditor and in 1990 was promoted to Internal Audit Manager and transferred to Minneapolis, MN.  In 1994, she became Controller of ConAgra Dried Fruit & Nut Division in San Francisco, CA.  In 1995, she transferred to Corporate Accounting in Omaha and continued working for ConAgra until 1998.


The next move was to Oak Brook, IL in 1998, where Barb worked as Controller for CSP Information Group, Inc. which published CSP Magazine for the C-store industry.


Since 2003, Minneapolis has been home.  She rejoined ConAgra at the Snack Foods Division in Edina, MN.  Since 2005, she is the Director of Finance for the amusement park in the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.  The park was the former Camp Snoopy and was rebranded in March 2008 to Nickelodeon Universe which is the only all-Nickelodeon theme park in the country.


Barb’s husband, Jim, is formerly from Battle Creek, NE and is a graduate of Kearney State College.  They became trustees of the Wayne State Foundation in 2009 and are members of the President’s Society.  Barb strongly values education and has established the Barbara K. Kanter Endowed Scholarship. 




Alumni Service Award, October 2009
Don Dean


Don DeanDon Dean was presented the Alumni Service Award during Homecoming 2009 activities. Dean graduated with a degree in education and played football for the Wildcats and served several organizations on campus. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps after graduation. Serving with the 1st Marine Division, he received three meritorious promotions. Dean earned a master of arts in educational psychology and guidance from Colorado State College, Greeley, Colo. in 1960. He completed requirements for his doctoral degree in 1973. Don began his educational career as a teacher/principal in 1960 in Winside.  The following two years he served as a state consultant for guidance services, followed by eight years as state director of guidance for the Nebraska State Department of Education.  During his career in education, Don also served as a part-time instructor in Creighton University’s Counselor Education Program.  He retired from Lincoln Southeast and Lincoln Public Schools in 1995, having served as associate principal for students services.  Don strongly values and believes in education.  During the course of his professional career he was involved with a variety of local, state and national professional associations and organizations.  He has been an active supporter of Wayne State College in various ways.


Dean and his wife, Regena "Reggie" live in Lincoln. They have three children and seven grandchildren.




Alumni Service Award, October 2008
Gene Willmott


Gene WillmottWillmott graduated from Wayne State College in 1950 with a bachelor of arts degree in education majoring in sociology and economics.


While at Wayne State, he was a member of the track team and Sigma Tau Delta. He also played baseball for the Wayne town team. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, Willmott was a salesman for Palmer Food Company in Sioux City and then became the manager for Larsen Kuhn Clothing Store in Columbus.


Willmott returned to Wayne State College and received his master's degree in administration K-12 in 1961. He spent 33 years in education teaching a variety of subjects before retiring in 1990. He and his late wife, Joan, have been involved with and supportive of Wayne State College in a variety of ways, including scholarship support. Willmott lives in Dakota Dunes, S.D.




Alumni Service Award, October 2007
Randy Pedersen

Randy graduated from Wayne State College in 1971 with a degree in business administration. After graduation he worked as a financial planner until 1972. He then accepted a position with Zales Jewelers and served as a store manager until 1978 when he purchased a local jewelry store that he renamed The Diamond Center. This business is now The Diamond Center - Flowers & Wine.


Randy has been active in the community. He has served on the city council and planning commission, served as past President of the Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce, and served as chairman for the Business Improvement District on the reconstruction of Main Street. Randy is a current member of WAEDI and the Wayne Rotary Club.


He has been involved in the jewelry industry as past President of the Nebraska, South Dakota Jewelers Association and is on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Jewelers of America, Jewelers Security Alliance and the Jewelry Information Center.


Randy has committed his time and support to Wayne State College as a member of Catbackers, trustee of the Wayne State Foundation, Executive Committee member and past President of the Wayne State Foundation.


Alumni Service Award, October 2006
Bruce Yoder

Bruce graduated from Wayne State College in December 1983 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. Following graduation, he accepted a position with Harris Laboratories as a chemist. At the end of 1984, Bruce accepted a new position as a scientist at Dorsey Laboratories (later known as Sandoz Pharmaceuticals and then
Novartis Pharmaceuticals).


In April 1997, Bruce started his own consulting business, Data Management Services, Inc. Since that time, he has performed consulting services for major pharmaceutical companies, biopharmaceutical companies, medical device companies and chemical manufacturing companies throughout the world.


During his life time, Bruce has been involved with more than twenty-five volunteer, civic, professional, and religious organizations. He is a member of five professional organizations. Bruce has been, and continues to be, involved with local, state and national politics. He provides the database work for numerous candidates each election cycle.


Bruce has been involved with several civic organizations. He has been inducted into Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. He financially supports the People’s City Mission and has served on the Lincoln City Charter Revision Committee, the Mayor’s Community Cabinet and the Lancaster County Defense Advisory Committee. Bruce has been a member of the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees for more than fifteen years.


Alumni Service Award, October 2005
Jeff Ingrum

Jeff Ingrum, Colorado Springs, Colorado, received the Alumni Service Award during Homecoming activities this year. Jeff graduated from WSC in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. While attending WSC, Jeff was a member of the Wildcat football team and was elected team captain in 1979 and 1980. While a student at WSC, Jeff was active in making physical improvements on campus. He believes in helping students and returns to campus to speak.


He and his wife, Terri, own seven roller skating rinks in Colorado Springs, Denver and Kansas City. He started the Skating Rink Inline Hockey Association, Ingrum Printing, Skate Mall and a television sports production company, ISPN, which broadcasts all high school sports and inline hockey to households in the state of Colorado. He serves on the School District 11 exectuive committee and volunteered for six seasons as a high school football coach. Jeff serves as an active trustee of the WS Foundation.



Alumni Service Award, October 2004
Dr. Ronald Holt II

Dr. Ronald Holt II, San Francisco, California, is the recipient of the Wayne State College 2004 Alumni Service Award presented annually to alumni who have enhanced the College through dedicated service, promotion and financial support. As a student at Wayne State, Ron was on the track team; he was an Ambassador and served as a resident assistant in Morey Hall. He has continued his involvement with the College through volunteer and financial support. Ron set up his first annual scholarship before he graduated from college. He has served as a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation for the past four years and has returned to campus for the past five years to lecture. Ron is an attending psyciatrist and sub-chief in the Department of Psychiatry with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center located in San Francisco, California. Kaiser Permanente is a community acute care medical center.



Alumni Service Award, October 2003
Irving "Irv" Hoffbauer

Irving "Irv" Hoffbauer was the recipient of the Alumni Service Award presented during Homecoming activities this October 4. Irv graduated from WSC in 1951. While at WSC he was active in his dorm, serving as monitor at Connell Hall. Following his college graduation, he taught at Craig, Neb., for one year before moving to Des Moines, Iowa, to join the international accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst. After 35 years with the firm as managing partner, he took early retirment to establish the firm of Hoffbauer & Co., CPA, specializing in taxation and management services in West Des Moines, with branch offices in Washington D.C., and Sarastoa, Florida. Irv is instrumental in many campus beautification projects. His fond memories of the Willow Bowl have prompted him to donate toward replanting of willow trees and installation of an irrigation system. The Irv Hoffbauer Plaza, encompassing approximately 10,000 square feet to the immediate south of the Student Center was dedicated during Homecoming 2003. This plaza will serve many functions, in addition to being an attractive and functional passageway between the student center and other campus buildings.



Alumni Service Award, October 2002
Florence (Kindler) Griffin Ferrin

Florence (Kindler) Griffin Ferrin was the recipient of the Wayne State College Alumni Service Award during Homecoming festivities this October 5.


After graduating from Ewing High School in 1937, Ferrin spent a post-graduate year at Neligh High School before attending Wayne State College. Her WSC education included work with the National Youth Program, dean’s office and registrar’s office. She taught at Creighton High School in Creighton and at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Texas.


“A deserving individual and esteemed member of the Wayne State alumni community, Florence has often attributed her success to her education at WSC. We’re pleased to have this opportunity to pay tribute to her,” said Deb Lundahl, alumni director.


Ferrin graduated from Wayne State College in 1942. She was awarded the “Hero’s Award” from the American National Red Cross for assistance given to an accident victim. She began working in December 1944 for the Red River Army Depot and retired in 1971. At one time, she was the only woman Depot Defense Coordinator in the depot system.



Alumni Service Award, October, 2001
Lawrence "Larry" Manning

President Sheila Stearns presents the Alumni Service Award to recipient Lawrence "Larry" Manning during the Hall of Fame Banquet held Saturday evening in the Frey Conference Suite.


Larry graduated from Wayne State College in 1936, lettering four years in football and basketball. He was voted the most valuable player on the 1935 football team and in a quote from the 1936 Spizz, "Taking over the quarterbacking job, Larry's swivel-hips gave us several long, exhilarating runs."


After college graduation Manning began a teaching and coaching career in area high schools before accepting a superintendent position in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 in the Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes, Rhineland, and central Europe. After his discharge in 1946, he again served as superintendent of schools in Varina, Iowa. In 1947, he moved to Victorville, Calif. and served as junior high principal until his retirement in July 1975.


Larry has returned from California to participate in the WSC Homecoming parade for many years. Larry and his wife, Geraldine "Jeri," now deceased, have been long time supporters of the Class of 1936 Scholarship, established the Lawrence and Geraldine Manning Endowed Athletic Scholarship, and have been members of the Wayne State Foundation Presidents Society. Manning and his late wife, Jeri, enjoyed 62 years and eight months together, traveling around in their motor home and enjoying life to the fullest, until her death April 9, 2001.



Alumni Service Award, December, 2000
Rebecca D. "Becky" Keidel

Rebecca D. "Becky" Keidel Rebecca D. "Becky" Keidel was the recipient of the Alumni Service Award at commencement on December 15, 2000.


"Becky has served the college, the foundation and the community selflessly for many years,," said Deb Lundahl, WSC director of alumni relations. "She has served in leadership positions on the foundation executive board, and is a very active and enthusiastic member. We appreciate what she has done, and are pleased to recognize her many contributions by presenting her with the Alumni Service Award."


A native of Springview, Keidel graduated from Key Paha County High School in 1959. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Wayne State College and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Keidel taught English and speech at the high school level and was an adjunct faculty member at WSC. Keidel and her husband, G. Richard "Dick" Keidel, owned Sav-Mor Drug s in Wayne, Laurel and Wakefield. They have owned and operated Trio Travel in Wayne since 1984.


Alumni Service Award, October, 2000
Robert "Bob" Gaeta

Robert "Bob" Gaeta and Dr. Sheila StearnsRobert "Bob" Gaeta received the Alumni Service Award at Homecoming October 6 and 7, 2000 for his dedicated service, promotion and financial support to Wayne State College.


Bob and his wife, Delores "Dee", have established the Bob and Delores Gaeta Endowed Scholarship Awards Program for Native American, and have been members fo the Wayne State Foundation Presidents Society," said Deb Lundahl, director of alumni relations. "Bob has also been active in organizing and participating in the annual WSC Alumni Golf Tournament in Omaha."


Gaeta, an Omaha native, graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 1962 where he played football, basketball and baseball. He attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha for one year before transferring to Wayne State College, graduating in 1967 with a bachelor of arts in education. In 1972, Gaeta entered the insurance business and in 1982 he became an independent, self-employed insurance broker.


1999 Alumni Service Award, October, 1999
Ray Link

Ray Link and Dr. Sheila Stearns Ray Link received the 1999 Alumni Service Award for his leadership in his class scholarship and loyalty to Wayne State College.


Link was raised in Carroll, graduated from WSC in 1937 and spent his career as an educator and school administrator. He currently resides in Boise, Idaho.


Link played a significant role in the establishment of his class scholarship. He not only contributes personally, but also has written several letters encouraging his classmates to do the same.


Ray Link '37 accepts the Alumni Achievement Award from Dr. Sheila Stearns at the Homecoming Banquet held at the Frey Conference Suit. Ray was honored for his lifelong commitment to education and his diligent service to his alma mater.


Alumni Service Award, October, 1998
Joyce and Nic Windeshausen

Ray Link and Dr. Sheila StearnsDr. Ken Halsey presents Joyce '41 and Nic Windeshausen with their Alumni Service Award at Homecoming '98. Joyce and Nic are Presidents Societymembers, WS Foundation trustees, Heritage Society members and have established two community scholarships for students from Plainview and Osmond.


The Wayne State College Alumni Service Award recognizes Wayne State Alumni who have enhanced the College through dedicated service, promotion, financial support, and other efforts.


Wayne State College faculty, staff and alumni can nominate those alumni who display the qualities needed to receive the Service Award. The staff of the Foundation/Alumni Office will review the information submitted on each nominee to determine who shall receive the award.


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