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Wayne State College 2012 Homecoming

Published Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Wayne State College celebrated Homecoming weekend Sept. 27-30, 2012, with the theme "Something Old. Something New.''

Wayne State College celebrated Homecoming weekend Sept. 27-30, 2012, with the theme "Something Old. Something New.''

"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.

The 2012 Alumni Service Award will be presented to Don and Diane (Massman) Soukup at the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 29. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support.

Don and Diane graduated from WSC in 1971. Both started their insurance careers as claims adjustors, moved to an insurance regional office where Don earned Insurance Institute of America and Fellowship of Life Management Institute designations and became a Life Company Underwriting Superintendent and Diane was a subrogation officer. They left the internal operations of the company to pursue careers in sales where Don was an agent/broker and Diane a customer service representative/instructor.

Concurrently, they served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Don retired after 23 years as a sergeant major and Diane at 20 years as a master sergeant. Their brokerage was sold; however, they still own a percentage in an insurance company and continue to maintain insurance licenses in California and Nevada by completing continuing education courses. The Soukups became trustees of the Wayne State Foundation in 1986 and are members of the Presidents Society and the Heritage Society.

Wayne State College hosted honored classes of 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002.

Outstanding alumni from each of the college's four schools were honored at a banquet on Sept. 28. The honorees included:

Brad Weber '77 - School of Arts and Humanities
Weber received a degree in music education from WSC. He earned a master's degree in music from the University of Wyoming in 1992. He began his instrumental music career in the Emerson-Hubbard schools in 1977 and has taught instrumental music in the Wayne Community Schools since 1986. Weber has served as an adjunct instructor of music at WSC since 1984. Throughout his career, Weber's strongest interest has been that of teaching and providing exceptional musical experiences for all interested students at all levels of talent. He began in 1977 and continues to serve as an active adjudicator and clinician throughout Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. Weber and his wife, Deb (who is employed at WSC in the Counseling Center), are parents to three grown daughters. 

Rowan Wiltse '83, MSE '86 - School of Business and Technology
Wiltse is a lifelong resident of Wayne. He attended WSC for two years prior to graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1955. For many years he was associated with his grandfather and father in the funeral business. Wiltse was the recipient of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Hero's Award for saving a life. Wiltse returned to WSC, earning a degree in industrial education in 1983. He continued at WSC as a graduate assistant while attaining a masters degree in industrial technology in 1986. He was an adjunct instructor in applied science at WSC and became director of Cooperative Education, a position he held until his retirement in 1997. Wiltse and his wife, Twila (Heier, WSC '67) are parents to two grown children.

ReNae Kehrberg '81 - School of Education and Counseling
Kehrberg graduated from WSC with a degree in education. She earned a master's from University of Nebraska-Omaha and a doctorate from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She serves as the assistant superintendent for the department of Curriculum and Learning in the Omaha Public Schools. She leads the district action plan to raise student achievement for 85 schools. She started her career in art and social studies classrooms as a teacher for the Omaha Public Schools. Prior to her present position, Kehrberg served as an award-winning and nationally recognized principal at the Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, Omaha. She received the Region VII Midwest Principal of the Year Award in 2010 and her school was cited as one of the top 15 in the nation based on the school's standardized middle grade assessment scores.

Joseph Wall '04 - School of Natural and Social Sciences
Wall graduated from WSC with a degree in political science. He serves as vice president in the Office of Government Affairs at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining the firm in February 2010, Wall was senior director of federal government relations at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Previously, he served as deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for legislative affairs and worked as floor assistant for Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Office of the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. Joe was a four-year letterman in baseball at WSC. He resides in Arlington, Va.

Wayne State Hall of Fame inductees were honored Sept. 29 and included:

Dave Bross (Athlete) '68
Dave Bross, a defensive end from Minneapolis, was a starter from 1964 to 1967 at WSC and earned Nebraska College Conference All-Conference honors three seasons while making the NAIA All-District 11 football team as a senior in 1967. He was captain and MVP on defense in 1967 and was honorable mention All-American as a senior. After his playing days at WSC, Bross went on to coach football and baseball at Anoka High School in Minnesota for 26 years. His teams won Minnesota Class 4AAA state football titles in 1990 and 2000 and were Region 4AAA baseball champs in 1984, 1987 and 1995, winning Region Coach of the Year honors each season. He resides in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Ronald Coles II (Athlete) '75
Ron Coles was a standout football lineman and wrestler at Wayne State from 1970 to 1973. A graduate of Marshall High School in Indianapolis, Ind., Coles was a three-time letter winner in football and was a two-time NAIA All-American in wrestling. He was a starting offensive lineman as a sophomore then moved to starting defensive tackle as a junior and senior earning NAIA Honorable Mention All-District 11 honors his last two seasons. In wrestling he placed third at heavyweight in 1972 and was sixth in 1974. Coles resides in Columbus.

Karen Hochstein (Athlete) '03
Karen Hochstein started all but three games during her four-year women's basketball career from 1999 to 2003. The Hartington Cedar Catholic graduate ranks fifth all-time in career scoring with 1,530 points and is third in career rebounds with 845. Hochstein averaged 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game during her career. She ranks as one of the top all-time shooters, making 49.4 percent of her shots from the field (537 of 1087) and 70.2 percent (454 of 646) at the free throw line. Hochstein also excelled in the classroom as a WSC Presidential Scholar Athlete, three-time NSIC All-Academic selection and was twice named to the Verizon Academic All-District Team. She resides in Omaha.

Jim Paige (Administrator/Coach) 1975 to 2004
Jim Paige served as Wayne State's athletic faculty representative for nearly 30 years (1975 until his retirement in 2004). Paige was a WSC professor of mathematics from 1968 until 2004 and is still involved in Wildcat athletics, serving as a track official for numerous home track and field events. Paige served as a member of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame board of directors. He received the Distinguished Contributor of the Year Award from the National Federation of High School Associations in 2000 and in 2002 was presented with the Nebraska School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award. Paige was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 at the Northeast Nebraska Track and Field Classic in Norfolk. He resides in Wayne.