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Wayne State Alumni Lead Shirtsleeve Workshop

Published Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Shirtsleeve workshop
WSC alumni Brooke Stover '11, Matt Kneifl '02 and Brett Kramer '02 spoke at Wayne State's Shirtsleeve Workshop on Nov. 10.

Three WSC alumni gave career advice to soon-to-be graduates at a Shirtsleeve workshop.

Brooke Stover ‘11

Brooke Stover ’11 earned a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in advertising from Wayne State. Stover was hired at Valley Irrigation as a marketing intern after graduation and began full-time as the marketing assistant after a month of interning, with a promotion to global marketing coordinator soon after. She was approached with a job opportunity at Yahoo as a creative strategist and accepted that position in August.

In her free time Stover enjoys volunteering with children at CityLight church, the American Cancer Society YP group, the Hope Center, the Open Door Mission and Habitat for Humanity. She also organizes events for under-served individuals in Omaha and attends Young Professional soirees with her friends.

“The best part about presenting at Shirtsleeve was getting to go back to WSC and thank my professors for the amazing education I received,” Stover said. “It was awesome to be able to talk to the new wave of WSC grads about what they can expect after college and give some advice on how young professionals can advance their careers.”

Matt Kneifl ‘02

Matt Kneifl ’02 earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from Wayne State College, graduating cum laude. He started his career with Edward Jones shortly after graduation, receiving the professional designation AAMS in 2006 and CFP in 2010. Kneifl was invited to become a limited partner that same year and has served the firm as a visiting veteran and a member of the Leadership Team. He has been active in business and civic affairs in the Des Moines area for several years and serves as a member of the Windsor Heights Lion Club and the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce.

Matt and his wife, Sabina, have a 5-year-old son, Miles. He is originally from Newcastle, Neb., and has lived in the Des Moines area since 2004.

“What I enjoyed most about coming back to campus is how progressive the community of Wayne State College is,” Kneifl said. “The students are hungry to learn, the faculty is willing and able to teach, and the administration expects the best from themselves and others, which made me feel right at home again. I’m proud to have graduated from Wayne State College and I hope we will all be able to say the same as we make contributions in the communities we live.”

Brett Kramer ‘02

Brett Kramer (’02) earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from Wayne State College. After graduation he began his insurance career at Northeast Nebraska Insurance, in Wayne. He is licensed in the area of home, auto, property and casualty. He completed his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2014. 

Brett and his wife Janel, who is the MBA Director, currently live in Wayne with their three children Haley, Mason and Hudson.

“I enjoyed coming back to campus to see the changes that have taken place with the many renovations,” Kramer said. “Seeing the faculty engaging students with innovative learning has always been a positive for Wayne State College. Whether you have been away a year or longer, you always feel welcomed on campus.”