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Wayne State College Winter 2013 Commencement

Published Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Wayne State College held commencement for graduate and undergraduate students Dec. 13, 2013, in Rice Auditorium.

Wayne State College held commencement for graduate and undergraduate students at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2013, in Rice Auditorium. A total of 231 degrees - 200 undergraduate and 31 graduate - were conferred at the ceremonies by Wayne State President Curt Frye.

Invocation Speaker

Amanda Marvin, the daughter of Mike and Kathy Marvin of O’Neill, Neb., delivered the invocation at the ceremony. She is the oldest of four siblings.

Amanda will be graduating with a bachelor of science degree in K-12 music education. She was a member of the WSC Marching Band, serving as co-section leader for the trumpet section. She also was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Keyboard Ensemble and the Madrigals. She served for two years as the music tutor at the Holland Academic Success Center. Amanda is a recipient of the Ardath Conn Music Scholarship. She was selected to present her honors project in New Orleans this past fall at the National Honors College Colloquium.

Amanda is pursuing a career teaching elementary music while furthering her education by attaining a master’s degree in music education.

Commencement Speaker

Michelle Adrian, the daughter of George and Carla Olsem of Dundee, Minn., delivered the commencement address. She is married to Matthew Adrian.

Michelle majored in K-12 visual arts education, graphic design and earned a coaching endorsement. She participated in the Honors Program and earned High Honors in the major. She was on the Dean's List, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and served as Holland Academic Learning Center peer tutor in art for two years. Michelle was a Campus Crusade for Christ Servant Team Member for three years and served as WSC Circle K International president, vice president, and historian.

She plans to teach art in Southwest Minnesota and coach volleyball.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Steven Ramold, a 1988 graduate of Wayne State, delivered a guest address to the graduating class during the college’s commencement ceremony on Dec. 13. Ramold is an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University, teaching in the Department of History and Philosophy since 2005. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1991 and his Ph.D. from the University Nebraska-Lincoln in 1999.

Ramold specializes in 19th century U.S. History, Military History, and Cultural History. He teaches a range of courses including U.S. Military History, History of World War II, History of American Sports, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. He also leads a Civil War Tour course that visits a number of Civil War battlefields and historical sites every summer.

Ramold’s primary research area is the Civil War, on which he has written a number of articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. His first book, Slaves, Sailors, Citizens: African Americans in the Union Navy, appeared in 2002. He has since written Baring the Iron Hand: Discipline in the Union Army, and Across the Divide: Union Soldiers View the Northern Home Front.

Ramold and his wife, Paula, live in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Wayne State Foundation Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. David F. Johnson, Jr., received the Alumni Achievement Award during the ceremony. Dr. Johnson, originally from Osmond, Neb., graduated from Wayne State in 1960 with a bachelor of arts degree and married Lelia Leggat the same year.

Johnson graduated from University of Nebraska Medical Center with a medical degree in family practice in 1965 and interned at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha in 1966. He served with the U.S. Army as commanding medical officer at the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Minneapolis. He received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service at the end of his tour.

He became a member of Osmond General Hospital Medical Staff in 1968 and by 1969 was employed in his own clinic, where he worked until retiring in 2013. He served as hospital chief of staff multiple times in rotation with other local physicians and served on the Osmond Hospital Board for 20 years. He was a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the American Medical Association. He was a member of Osmond Community Club and served as American Legion Post 326 Commander.

Johnson and Lelia, who died in 2003, have five children and 14 grandchildren.