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Wayne State College Winter 2009 Commencement

Published Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Wayne State College held winter commencement Dec. 18, 2009, in Rice Auditorium.

Wayne State College held winter commencement at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in Rice Auditorium. A total of 197 degrees - 39 masters and 158 bachelors - were conferred by Wayne State President Richard J. Collings.

Alumni Achievement Award

Wayne Kehrli received the Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award. He graduated from Wayne State College with an education degree in business in 1968. He did his practice teaching in Norfolk, Neb.

Kehrli retired from Mutual of Omaha Bank where he was a stockholder and president of Nebraska State Bank, which was later sold to Mutual of Omaha. He is part owner and advisor to a number of closely held businesses.

Kehrli's wife, Nancy, is a real estate agent for NP Dodge in Omaha, Neb. Wayne and Nancy serve as trustees of the Wayne State Foundation. They have two children, a son and a daughter.

Honors Graduate Speaker Anne McPhillips

Anne Elizabeth McPhillips, daughter of Eugene and Maureen McPhillips of Humphrey, Neb., was one of two students who delivered the commencement address to fellow graduates. She majored in elementary education and early childhood education.

McPhillips is a member of Wayne State Education Association of Nebraska, the Northeast Nebraska Teaching Academy, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshmen Honor Society. She was council president of Anderson Hall and made the Wayne State Deans List numerous times.

She was a Skills USA Member, a Navigator for the Wayne State Office of Admissions for two years, an education peer tutor for two years, a residence hall desk worker for one and a half years, and worked in the Instructional Technology Center in the Wayne State Library for three and a half years.

Honors Graduate Speaker Brittany Van Beek

Brittany Van Beek, daughter of Kris and Harlan Van Beek of Sanborn, Iowa, also delivered the commencement address to fellow graduates. She majored in biology with minors in speech communication and chemistry.

Van Beek was a member of Cardinal Key, Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshmen Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition to appearing on the Deans List, she worked as a volunteer with Haven House for three years and served as a Teammates youth mentor for three years.

Van Beek was a four-year starter on Wayne State’s volleyball team, serving as captain in the 2008 season. She was a President’s Scholar Athlete from 2005 to 2008 and was named the Wayne State Student Athlete of the Year in 2008.

Honors Graduate Invocation Stefanie Zahourek

Stefanie Zahourek, daughter of Dan and Tracie Zahourek of Scribner, Neb., gave the invocation. Zahourek majored in speech communication with an emphasis in public relations and organizational leadership.

Zahourek served as a resident assistant in Berry Hall, vice president of programming for the Residence Hall Association, president of the WSC chapter of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society, and national secretary for Cardinal Key National Honor Society. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Campus Crusade for Christ and participated in the WSC Symphonic Band for three years.

During the spring of 2009, Zahourek traveled to Taiwan to represent WSC as part of a student-and-faculty exchange with Chienkuo Technology University. Zahourek was elected national president of the Lambda Pi Eta honorary organization in October at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Chicago with more than 6,000 communication scholars and students in attendance.