Wayne State College

Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust Donates $100K to Wayne State

Published Friday, September 1st, 2023

Wayne State College and Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust staff
Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust is making a $100,000 to Wayne State’s Athletic and Recreation Complex Renovation and Addition project. Gathering to recognize the donation were Wayne State alumni employed at Elkhorn Valley’s Wayne branch. They are (back row, l-r) Brianna Campbell, teller; Jamie Dunn, branch operations manager; Ria Pedersen, marketing director; Amanda Prince, human resources director; Brandon Mainquist, vice president, lending; Rod Hunke, financial advisor; Blake Bartos, teller; Elijah Pfeifer, teller; Megan Anderson, assistant vice president, lending; and Gina Wragge, teller. Wayne State representatives in the front row are (l-r) Kevin Armstrong, CEO of the Wayne State Foundation; Dr. Marysz Rames, president of Wayne State; Mike Powicki, athletic director at Wayne State; and Megan Finn, director of athletic development for the Wayne State Foundation. (Not pictured from Elkhorn Valley Bank are Lincoln Havranek and Bri Robins.)

The donation is to support the renovation and addition to the Athletic and Recreation Center Complex.

Recognizing the importance of health and wellness, Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust is making a $100,000 donation to Wayne State College to support the Athletic and Recreation Complex Renovation and Addition project.

The $30-million project is a transformational, multi-phased construction project that will be incredibly impactful on Wayne State’s intercollegiate athletics, student recreation, student-wide wellness programs, and overall community and regional use. The project will include a new air-supported structure with an indoor track and turf field and renovations to Rice Auditorium and the Recreation Center.

“We are proud to support Wayne State College’s Athletic & Recreation Complex expansion. Having a thriving college like WSC significantly impacts our local economies by providing a quality, affordable education option for students and ensuring the next generation of outstanding employees for regional employers,” explains Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust CEO, Aaron Otten. “As a bank we have been blessed with success and believe it is part of our mission to support projects in the communities that have been so good to us.”

In the past, Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust was also instrumental in helping with the Memorial Stadium press box renovation and Bob Cunningham Field turf replacement projects at Wayne State.

“Thanks to this latest gift from Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust, Wayne State is in a remarkable position of growth as we examine more possibilities to bolster Wayne State’s presence in the region,” said Dr. Marysz Rames, President of Wayne State. “This generous gift helps Wayne State with its continuing goal of providing quality facilities to enhance student experiences in and out of the classroom. We are grateful to Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust for all they have done to support Wayne State and our students.”

In addition to being a proud supporter of Wayne State, Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust currently boasts 25 employees that are Wayne State alumni.

They are:

Norfolk (25th Street branch): Amanda Prince, Catrina Kruse, Debbie Acklie, Jodi Cook, Lisa Anderson, Nick Robins, Taylor Timmerman, Tony Schwartz, Zach Pospisil
Norfolk (Benjamin Avenue branch): Laurie Lienemann, Tessa Field
Norfolk (Omaha Avenue branch): Gina Lindsay, Landyn Anderson
Pierce branch: Bruce Brester
Wayne branch: Blake Bartos, Brianna Campbell, Brandon Mainquist, Bri Robins, Elijah Pfeifer, Gina Wragge, Jamie Dunn, Lincoln Havranek, Megan Anderson, Ria Pedersen, Rod Hunke
“We are thankful for the continued partnership between Wayne State College and Elkhorn Valley Bank. WSC continues to cultivate workforce ready professionals and we at EVB take great pride in the retention of outstanding local talent to continue to grow our organization and community,” said Corby Schweers, Wayne Branch Executive Vice President.

About Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust
Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust is a full-service bank with eight locations in Norfolk, Wayne, Pierce, and Yankton, S.D. Staffed with experienced and knowledgeable personnel, Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust offers a wide array of financial products and services. As a locally owned, independent, community bank, EVB&T has a vested interest in the long-term success of its local communities and continues to work within its guiding principle of "That which is in the best interest of our customer, is in the best interest of our bank.”