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Wayne State College 2011 Homecoming

Published Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Wayne State College celebrated Homecoming weekend on campus Oct. 6-9, 2011.

Wayne State College celebrated Homecoming weekend on campus Oct. 6-9, 2011. Curt Frye was honored with an inauguration as the 12th president of Wayne State College on Oct. 6.

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

In addition to the Honored Classes of '41, '51, '61, '71, '81, '91 and '01, Wayne State College hosted the dedication of the Holland Academic Success Center and a tutor reunion in the Student Center. The Homecoming/Band Day Parade on Oct. 8 included a route through Main Street.

The 2011 Alumni Service Award was presented to Larry Moser at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet on Oct. 8. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support.

Moser graduated from WSC in 2006 with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and agriculture. After graduation he moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where he attained employment as a producer at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management. As a producer, he is responsible for selling and servicing insurance coverage for commercial and personal clients.

Moser has served as a member of the Siouxland Chamber Ambassadors, the United Way of Siouxland and is involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, serving as chair of the Board of Directors. While attending classes at WSC, Moser was employed at Conn Library, served on the Student Activities Board and was actively involved with the WSC Phonathon Annual Fund Drive, serving as a student caller for a year and a student manager for three years. He interned at Nebraska Life Magazine, Christensen Associates and Arthur J. Gallagher. He serves as the 2006 class representative for the campaign to restore the WSC Willow Bowl. Moser and his wife, Amanda, reside in Sioux City.

Outstanding alumni from each of the college's four schools will be honored at a banquet on Oct. 7. The honorees include:

Pearl Hansen '71 - School of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Pearl Hansen earned her bachelor's degree in art from WSC and taught K-12 in Brisbane, Australia, after graduation. She spent a period of time backpacking before returning to study at Kansas State University, where she earned her M.A. in sculpture and art history. She furthered her studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received her Ph.D. with research interests in the area of art hazards. She was appointed to the position of admiral in the Nebraska Navy, a state service award, for her services in the area of art hazards. In addition to teaching at WSC, she has served as the Division Head of Fine Arts and Department Chair for the Department of Art and Design.

Daniel Allen '96 - School of Business and Technology

Daniel Allen graduated from WSC with a degree in computer information systems and business administration. While a student at Wayne State College, he completed a cooperative education experience with First National Bank of Omaha at locations in Omaha and Wayne. He was hired by First National Bank of Omaha after graduation and has held several positions with the organization, currently serving as technology officer for First National Information Technology in the National Business - Servicing Department. Allen serves as the First National liaison to the WSC Computer Technology and Information Systems Department and is a member of the CTIS Advisory Board.  Allen, his wife Michelle, and their daughter, Joelle, reside in Omaha.

Jaim Foster '00 - School of Education and Counseling

Jaim Foster graduated from WSC with a degree in elementary education. He has taught for 10 years, currently teaching first grade in Arlington, Va. His teaching career started in Omaha at Millard Public Schools. Foster developed a passion for training teachers and future teachers and has become a national trainer. He is a member of the National Education Association and serves as the elected NEA Mid-Atlantic Caucus director, NEA Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Caucus director and serves on the VEA Women and Minority Concerns Committee. Foster was invited to attend the 2011 Bullying Prevention Conference at the White House, where he met with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Oval Office to discuss his work on preventing bullying in public schools.

Amy Gross '89 - School of Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Amy Gross graduated from WSC with a degree in psychology/sociology/human services counseling. After earning master's and doctorate degrees in industrial/organizational psychology at Kansas State University, she worked with the Strategy and Process Planning team at Ford Motor Company in Michigan. Gross joined the IDEA Center in Manhattan, Kan., as associate director in 1997. When the center became a non-profit organization in 2001, she became the vice president for integrative client services and serves as vice president for knowledge management and special projects. She is involved in her community, serves on various committees at the Amanda Arnold Elementary School, and is a member of the Kansas State University Psychology Department Advisory Council.

Wayne State Hall of Fame inductees honored on Oct. 8 included:

Dennis Kirby (Athlete) '68: Dennis Kirby was a three-year starter at fullback on the Wayne State football team for the 1964-66 seasons with a record of 18-8 playing under Coach John Jermier. Kirby was named Most Valuable Player in the 1965 and 1966 seasons and was a two-time All-Nebraska College Conference selection along with receiving honorable mention All-American honors in 1966 as a senior. He was the leading rusher on the 1966 team with 459 yards on 61 carries and six TD's (7.5 avg.) for 91.8 yards per game. Kirby rushed for 465 yards as a junior and was the placekicker, leading the team in scoring with 40 points. Kirby is a graduate of David City High School where he was a two time All-State football player.

Rayna Nelsen Cain (Athlete) '04, MSE '06: Rayna Nelsen was a standout volleyball player at Wayne State College from 1999 to 2002. The Homer, Neb., native was a four time All-Northern Sun Conference First Team selection and finished her Wildcat volleyball career ranking fourth on the all-time kills list with 1,517. Nelsen helped Wayne State to the 2001 NSIC regular season title, going 16-2 in league play while finishing 24-9 overall. During her senior season in 2002 she recorded 534 kills, which ranks fifth most in a single season. She also finished her career ranked third in block assists with 388. She was the first Wayne State Athlete to be named All-NSIC all four seasons and was an AVCA All-North Region Honorable Mention selection as a senior.

Mark Vollmer (Athlete) '88: Mark Vollmer, a Wisner, Neb., graduate, was a two-time All-American triple jumper at Wayne State during his Wildcat career from 1984 to 1988. He holds school records of 48' 4 1/2" indoors and 48' 11" outdoors, with both coming in the 1988 season despite competing with back problems during his career. Vollmer was sixth in the triple jump at the 1985 NAIA Indoor National meet at 47' 9" and was fifth as a senior in the 1988 NAIA Indoor National meet at 47' 7 1/2'". Vollmer was a one-time school record holder in the javelin and is married to former Wayne High and Wayne State standout athlete Missy Stoltenberg, whose father, Del, was a long time football coach at Wayne State and a 2006 Inductee into the WSC Athletic Hall of Fame.

John Manganaro (Coach) '93, MSE '94: John Manganaro served 20 seasons as coach with the Wayne State baseball program from 1990 to 2009. He was the head coach for 17 seasons and compiled an impressive career record of 506-309-1 (.620). Manganaro coached Wayne State to six straight Northern Sun Conference regular season titles from 2004 to 2009 and guided the Wildcats to seven NCAA tournament appearances in his last nine seasons as head coach. He led the Wildcats to a pair of regional championship games in 2004 and 2009 and produced All-Americans in six of his last seven seasons as head coach. Under Manganaro, Wayne State was the 12th winningest team in NCAA Division II during the 2000s, going 368-157-1 (.701). WSC also developed one of the finest baseball facilities in the Midwest under Manganaro, the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.

Don and Nancy Endicott (Contributors): The Endicotts have been owners of Pac N Save in Wayne since 1987 and have been loyal supporters of Wayne State College and Wildcat athletics. You can normally find Don cooking at Wayne State Wildcats football tailgate parties. Pac N Save also caters the Cat Club booster meals at all home basketball games and provides meals for the annual Catbacker Scholarship Golf Tournament every June. Pac N Save employs numerous Wayne State College students and awards annual scholarships to Wayne State College, including two student appreciation scholarships each semester that encourage and enable students to pursue and attain a WSC degree. They also offer an employee scholarship annually to students employed at Pac N Save and attending WSC.