Published Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
Wayne State College welcomes back all alumni for the 2015 Homecoming activities.
Homecoming King Matthew Henery and Queen Sarah Warga
Wayne State College will celebrate Homecoming weekend on Oct. 8 with reunions, a parade, award banquets, and football and volleyball games.
"A number of Homecoming activities are planned to include the public. Wayne State College has a number of events open to the public for families and individuals to enjoy,'' said Sara Bebee, director of alumni relations at Wayne State College.
Royalty Coronation was held in Ramsey Theatre on Monday, Oct. 5, at 8:30 p.m. Matthew Henery and Sarah Warga were crowned the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen.
The Wildcat Day Block Party is open to the public on Friday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Chili and hot dogs will be served (free for students with ID, $6.50 for public) downtown. There will be various booths with carnival games, vendors, and live music. Play games to win prizes. Some prizes will be raffled off at 9:30 p.m. Also on Friday, a Pep Rally will take place at 6:30 p.m. during the block party. Listen to the football coach, cheerleaders, and band, and meet the football players. The public is welcome. The Homecoming street dance will be 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Outstanding Alumni Graduates from each of the college's four schools will be honored at the Outstanding Alumni Banquet on Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
The honorees include:
- Christa (Habrock) Dutcher, BA ’04, MBA ’05 and BS ’07; School of Arts and Humanities
- Kent Riesberg, BA ’80, School of Business and Technology
- Julia (Lorenz) Cook, MSE ’04, School of Education and Counseling
- Connie (Depperman) Petersen, BA ’99, School of Natural and Social Sciences
Alumni Service Award
The 2015 Alumni Service Award will be presented to Adrian (Johnson) Minks ’68 at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support.
Adrian is a native of Little Sioux, Iowa, and graduated from West Harrison High School, in Mondamin, Iowa. She is a '68 alumna of Wayne State College and has since lived and worked in Omaha.
Her management positions with Northern Natural Gas/InterNorth/Enron for nearly 20 years provided her with unique experience in her field until she transferred to Omaha Public Power District. She worked in several positions, ending as Vice President of Essential Services, where she was a member of the senior management team of the billion dollar public utility. She oversaw information technology, human resources, and other functions. Minks retired in 2011, with a solid record as a valued voice on the leadership team and a role model and mentor for many employees.
Minks has been active in community organizations for many years, including serving on and chairing the Women’s Center for Advancement board of directors. She was interim CEO for a six-month period and received the group’s Tribute to Women award in 2011. She is a strong supporter of the center’s mission benefiting women and families. She served as a board member for the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics and the Institute for Career Advancement, serving as honorary chair for the 2010 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference. She is especially proud of her service to the Wayne State Foundation, serving on the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee and chair for two years. She received the Wayne State College Alumni Achievement award in 2004. She and her husband of 40 years, Jon, support Wayne State College’s mission of educational opportunities for first-generation college students. They continue to reside in Omaha and enjoy extensive travel in their retirement years.
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame will induct new members during the banquet on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m.:
Lindsey (Koch) Pittman of Norfolk (Volleyball) ’02
Vicki (Wamberg) Byrkit (formerly of Wausa) of David City (Track and Field) ’85
Katie Wilson (formerly of Glenwood, Iowa) of Nebraska City (Track and Field) '09
Randy Pedersen of Wayne (Contributor) ‘71: Pedersen graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in business administration. He worked as a financial planner until 1972. Pedersen 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. He has served on the Wayne 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. A member of WAEDI and the Wayne Rotary Club, Pedersen 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 sits on the Merchandise Review Committee for Retail Jewelers Organization, a buying group of more than 900 independent jewelers across the nation. Pedersen also serves on the Providence Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Little Red Hen Board of Trustees. He received the Wayne State College Alumni Achievement Award in 2007. Pedersen has committed his time and support to Wayne State College as a Cat Club member, corporate sponsor, long-time season ticket holder of Wildcat Athletics, a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation, Executive Committee member and past President of the Wayne State Foundation.
The WSC Homecoming and Band Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Wayne at 1st and Main Streets and continues north on Main Street, ending on campus. Please plan to arrive early to stake out the best viewing spots.
The Wildcat Tailgate reception on Saturday, Oct. 10, will serve refreshments to alumni for a cost of $10 each, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Royalty will be introduced during halftime of the game at 12:30 p.m. The Wayne State football team will battle Southwest Minnesota State University at 1 p.m., and the volleyball team will face University of Minnesota Crookston in Rice Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m.
Dr. Todd Young, Wayne State College planetarium director, has announced the regularly scheduled planetarium show for Friday, Oct. 9, will be replaced with a special event with the Department of Music at WSC. The Black Box Trio will present “Under the Stars” featuring WSC faculty Dr. Karl Kolbeck, Kathi Angeroth and Philip Pfaltzgraff. They will perform music in the planetarium for violin, clarinet, and piano on Oct. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional planetarium shows will include: Flight Adventures on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m., and Back to the Moon for Good on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m.
Wayne State College, a regional, public four-year college located in Northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System.