Published Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Wayne State College celebrated Homecoming weekend Oct. 2-4, 2014, with reunions, a parade, award banquets, and football and volleyball games.
Wayne State College celebrated 2014 Homecoming the weekend of Oct. 2-4 with reunions, a parade, award banquets, and football and volleyball games.
"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. “We hosted honored classes of 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004. A unique reunion this year was the opportunity for Service-learning alumni to reconnect with professors and friends from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.’’
Alumni also gathered on Saturday, Oct. 4, for a track reunion in the Student Center Atrium.
There was a photo exhibit from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Peterson featuring historical photos restored by graphic design Professor Josh Piersanti’s students as part of a Service-learning project.
The Homecoming parade began at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in downtown Wayne. Service-learning alumni rode bikes with Dr. Barbara Engebretsen in the parade.
The Wayne State football team beat Winona State 27-7, and the volleyball team beat MSU Moorhead in four sets Oct. 4.
Alumni Service Award
The 2014 Alumni Service Award was presented to William “Bill” Reeg at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Oct. 4. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion and financial support.
Reeg graduated from WSC in 1964. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1967. After his Marine Corps duty, he worked with his father at Arnie’s Supermarket in Wayne. Arnie’s Ford-Mercury was established in 1978.
Reeg is a past chairman of the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association. He continues to serve on its executive board and on the Carriage House Foundation, the charitable wing of the Association.
He was recently reappointed by Gov. Dave Heineman for a second term on the Nebraska Motor Vehicle Licensing Board. Arnie’s Ford was honored as the “Large Business of the Year’’ at the 2014 Wayne Area Economic Development Banquet.
Reeg was the winner of TIME magazine’s 2014 Dealer of the Year for Nebraska, the award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and coveted honors. As an award winner, Reeg is counted among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
As secretary-treasurer for the executive board of the Wayne State College Foundation, he and his wife, Betty, support various building projects and other campus improvements and have established the Bill and Betty Reeg Annual Scholarship. They have three children and five grandchildren. The Reegs reside in Wayne.
Graduates from each of the college's four schools were honored at the Outstanding Alumni Banquet on Oct. 3. The honorees included:
David F. Whitt ’89 – School of Arts and Humanities
Whitt graduated from WSC with a bachelor’s degree. He majored in speech communication with an emphasis in organizational leadership and public relations. While studying at WSC, he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, and he won several championships at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament. He also qualified for the Interstate Oratory Association Tournament, wrote for the Wayne Stater, and participated in several WSC theater productions. Whitt has co-edited and contributed to three books on comparative mythology, and has given international presentations in Greece, Taiwan, and Australia. He was the first American to judge at a high school film festival in Croatia. Whitt has designed a public speaking mentoring program between Nebraska Wesleyan University and Dawes Middle School in Lincoln. He is a professor of Communication Studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University and serves as the Department Chair of Communication Studies.
Ronita Carlson Jacobsen ’94, MSE ’98 – School of Business and Technology
Jacobsen graduated from WSC with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in family and consumer sciences. She began her teaching career at Ponca High School in 1994, followed by two years at Pierce High School. She began teaching in Plainview within the family and consumer science program in 1999. Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Teachers of Nebraska named her FCS Teacher of the Year in 2010. The Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) named Jacobsen the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year and the ACTEN Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year in 2011. She has served as president for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska and ACTEN. She continues her FCS teaching career at Plainview High School.
Maria (Mandel) Goede, MAE ’99 – School of Education and Counseling
Goede graduated from WSC with a master’s degree in counseling. She was born in Colombia, South America, and came to the United States with her family at the age of 4. She was raised in Miami, Fla., and moved to Omaha where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and worked as a business manager. Goede moved to Norfolk in 1992 and worked as a business manager for a community mental health clinic and while employed as a child protection safety worker she decided to enroll at WSC to earn her master’s degree. She has given numerous presentations, ranging from the effects of domestic violence on children to best parenting practices, cultural diversity, and assertive communication. Goede has been in private practice in Norfolk and, for the past four years, in West Point.
Edward V. Stansberry ’98, MSE ’02, Ed Specialist ’05 – School of Natural and Social Sciences
Stansberry has earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, a master’s degree for K-12 Education Administration and an Education Specialist degree from WSC. As a part of the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning research committee, he has been instrumental in developing a data workbook for schools to utilize in their school improvement process. Stansberry serves as the Nebraska representative for the National Association of Impacted Schools. He says he and his staff believe family is the most important part of life and education and children learn best when they become part of your family. He feels all decisions should be made on what is best for the student and credits the staff who modeled this belief while he was enrolled at WSC. Stansberry is in his seventh year as the superintendent at Walthill Public School.
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame inducted these new members at a banquet Oct. 4:
Dale Clayton (Athlete) ’88
Clayton was a standout baseball player at WSC from 1985 to 1988. He holds the career record for stolen bases and was the school’s career hits leader for nearly 20 seasons. The Marshalltown, Iowa, native was a First Team All-CSIC selection in 1987 and a First Team All-NAIA District 11 selection in 1988 as a senior. He is the all-time leader in stolen bases with 135, 52 more than any other player in school history. He ranks fourth in career runs scored (189), sixth in career hits (217) and tied for third in career walks with 109. He helped the 1987 team to a 34-14 record, and went on to win the NAIA District 11 title and play at the NAIA Regional. Clayton resides in Omaha where he serves as the account executive with World Bridge Partners.
Cory Reeder (Athlete) ’94, MSE ’98
Reeder was a two-sport standout at WSC from 1989 to 1994. The Columbus High School graduate started as catcher on the baseball team and was a starter for more than two seasons on the Wildcat football team at linebacker and was named the 1993 WSC Male Athlete of the Year. Reeder is considered the best-ever defensive catcher at WSC, throwing out 63 percent of would-be base stealers as a sophomore in 1992 while hitting .317 with a team-high nine home runs and 33 RBIs with seven game-winning hits. On the football field, he had 98 tackles and 13 tackles for loss during his senior season to rank second on the team in tackles. He recorded 23 tackles in one game during his sophomore season. He resides in Columbus. He and his spouse own two restaurants.
Emily (Schroeder) Jones (Athlete) ’08
Jones was a dominant volleyball player during her three seasons at WSC. The Laurel-Concord graduate was a First Team All-NSIC selection and became the Wildcats’ first-ever All-American as she was named AVCA and Daktronics Second Team All-American in 2006 and 2007. She ranks first and second in single season kills, setting a school record with 599 kills as a junior and 591 kills during her senior season. Jones played on three NCAA tournament teams and led WSC to the 2007 NSIC Tournament title. She holds school records for 32 kills in one match and 13 blocks in three different matches. Jones excelled in the classroom earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team honors as a junior and was a two-time NSIC All-Academic selection. She resides in Omaha where she works as a physical therapist assistant.
Dennis H. Johnson (Contributor) ’63
Dennis H. Johnson is a 1963 graduate of Wayne State College and has been a long-time contributor to the Wildcat athletic programs, especially men’s basketball. He has made donations to numerous athletic projects at WSC, including the field turf/stadium project in 2013 and the track/stadium project in 2008. Johnson, a native of Wausa, played basketball at Wayne State from 1959 to 1963. Johnson was a coach and teacher for 35 years, spending the last 28 in Westminster, Colo., with the Adams County School District #50 where he still works part-time as stadium manager and athletics manager. He visits Wayne State College on an annual basis and attends numerous Wayne State home sporting events.
2006 Volleyball (Team)
The 2006 WSC team finished with a 30-8 record overall, placing second in the NSIC with a 15-3 league mark. The 30 wins are the third most by a Wildcat volleyball team in school history. WSC advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and fell to Concordia-St. Paul in the North Central Regional semi-finals. Emily Schroeder, Brittany Coleman, Laura Dolezal and Michelle Eckhardt were named to the NSIC All-Conference Team while Dolezal earned her second straight NSIC Libero of the Year award. Schroeder was third in the NSIC averaging 4.63 kills per game while leading the league at 1.50 blocks per contest, resulting in her receiving AVCA and Daktronics Second Team All-American honors. Coleman averaged 13.81 assists per set to earn First Team All-Region and honorable mention All-American honors. 2006 team members: Ann Beiermann, Mattie Burnham, Brittany Coleman, Amanda Hansen, Meredy Dubbs, Michelle Eckhardt, Amanda Johnson, Jordan Schaffer, Emily Schroeder, Laura Dolezal, Brittany Van Beek, Ashley Vogt, Danielle Wessel, Tessa Wietfeld; head coach, Scott Kneifl; assistant coach, Sara Horn; graduate assistant coach, Lindsay Burnham.