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Wayne State College 2009 Homecoming

Published Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Alumni, students and local community members participated in Homecoming festivities Oct. 1-4, 2009, at Wayne State College.

Alumni, students and local community members participated in Homecoming festivities Oct. 1-4, 2009, at Wayne State College.

"Homecoming is a wonderful time for alumni to return to the beautiful Wayne State campus and renew friendships," said Deb Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations.

Don Dean, '57, was presented the alumni service award. 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. Dean and his wife, Regena "Reggie" live in Lincoln. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Alumni honored classes included 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1999, speech communications graduates, the 1949 football team and track participants from 1975 to 1985.

Outstanding alumni from Wayne State College academic schools were honored Oct. 2. They include Jeffrey Ingrum, '80; Steven Rector, '01; Joe Stecher, '74; and Marjorie Heller, '86.

Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the WSC Homecoming and Hall of Fame banquet Oct. 3. They include Amy Brodersen Riggs, '98; Matt Kneifl, '02; Byron Chamberlain '09; the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 men's basketball teams; and Carlyle Garvin, posthumously.

The planetarium on campus hosted a special tribute to Galileo, "Two Small Pieces of Glass,'' from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Carhart Science Building.

The Homecoming parade and Band Day began at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3 in downtown Wayne.