Published Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
A total of 228 degrees will be conferred by President Marysz Rames on Dec. 16.
Wayne State College will hold a commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Rice Auditorium. A total of 228 degrees will be conferred by President Marysz Rames. Those students receiving their degrees include 174 undergraduates and 54 graduate students of the college’s Master of Science in Education, Master of Organizational Management, Master of Business Administration, and Education Specialist programs.
Jeanette (Schmeits) Snyder ’90, Alumni Achievement Award
Jeanette (Schmeits) Snyder will receive the Alumni Achievement Award from the Wayne State Foundation at the graduation ceremony. She graduated with honors from Wayne State College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with accounting and finance concentrations. As a WSC student, she served as a Wayne State ambassador, was a member of Phi Beta Lambda, and was elected to the Cardinal Key Club.
Snyder works as Region Credit Manager for Crop Production Services, a subsidiary of publicly-traded Agrium, a global, leading provider of agriculture products and services. Recently named to the position, she manages the trade credit risk within a $4-billion sales portfolio generated from the Central U.S., providing oversight to 10 credit offices. She began her credit management career in the ag distribution industry in 2001 with United Agri Products, a division of ConAgra. Immediately after her 1990 graduation, she was employed by United Bank of Iowa specializing in compliance, advancing to loan officer vice president.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Credit Management Association Heartland Unit, Kansas City; is a regular participant in the BMO Harris Executive Women in Food, Consumer, and Agribusiness Forum; and is a graduate of the Iowa School of Banking and the Agriculture School of Credit. She is passionate about her time spent with the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary of Odebolt, of which she holds the position of vice president.
Snyder’s husband, Grant, farms near Odebolt, Iowa, where they reside on the family farm. Their children include: Adam and his wife, Jodi, with sons, Jackson and Jordan, also of Odebolt; Megan Snyder of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Brandi Snyder of Omaha; Taylor Snyder of Iowa City, Iowa; and Riley Snyder, a high school senior. Jeanette graduated from Spalding High School in Spalding, Neb., and was raised on a farm near Primrose, Neb.
Ellen Cate Wulf, Invocation Speaker
Ellen C. Wulf of Nebraska City, Neb., will deliver the invocation during the graduation ceremony. She is the daughter of Robert and Patrice Wulf of Nebraska City.
Wulf majored in Natural Science Education with a Coaching Endorsement. She was a Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees Scholar and Presidential Scholar Athlete. While competing in indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country for the college, she was named to the All-Academic Team and was a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference medalist.
She plans to teach high school sciences, coach track and field, and continue her education in pursuit of a master’s and a doctorate in science education after graduation.
Camron Jay Groenke, Commencement Speaker
Camron Groenke of Lindsay, Neb., will deliver the undergraduate commencement address. Groenke is the son of Cory and Wendy Groenke of Lindsay. He is married to McKenzie Groenke.
He majored in Natural Science Education with a Coaching Endorsement. He was a Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees scholar and was awarded the Gary and Janice Small Scholarship and Robert and Elayne Jacobsen Scholarship.
Groenke was the founder and past president of the WSC Curling Club, a member of the Science Education Club, and a volunteer with the Wayne State science fair. He served an educational internship with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
He has accepted a 9-12 Science Education position at Viborg-Hurley Schools in Viborg, South Dakota, which he will start in January.
Rachel Jane Sweeney, Commencement Speaker
Rachel Jane Sweeney of Blair, Neb., will deliver the undergraduate commencement address. Sweeney is the daughter of Rick and Beth Sweeney of Blair.
Sweeney majored in Vocal Music Education K-12 with a Coaching Endorsement. The Music Department selected her as the Outstanding Freshman in 2013 and Outstanding Musician in 2016. She received the Special Ability Scholarship for Music in her freshman year; the Patricia A. Stander Endowed Scholarship in her sophomore year; the Patricia A. Stander Endowed Scholarship and Albert G. Carlson Memorial Music in her junior year; and the Faith Nuernberger Endowed Memorial Scholarship in her senior year.
She was a member of Concert Choir for four years, Show Choir for three years, and performed as the Madrigal Jester for four years. She was a member of the National Association for Music Education for three years, serving as vice president her junior year and president during her senior year.
She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Vocal Performance after graduation.