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Todd Simpson to Lead Foundation The Peru State College Foundation announced in November that R. Todd Simpson, CFRE, of Omaha had been hired to lead the organization as its executive director. Simpson has worked in non-profit management and fundraising for more than 23 years, most recently as an independent fundraising and nonprofit leadership consultant and solutions provider. Prior to his time as a consultant, Simpson was the director of development for the Omaha Home for Boys for 14 years. There he was responsible for the entire development effort for the organization, including mailing 5 million direct response solicitations each year and the management of a database of more than 1 million contacts. In the early 1990s, Simpson worked for the Boston-based direct response firm Amergent, overseeing the direct marketing efforts of more than 30 clients ranging from educational foundations to religious organizations. PSC President Dan Hanson said, “I am excited for what the future holds for the Peru State College Foundation under Todd Simpson’s leadership. His extensive fundraising knowledge, enthusiasm and vision for the future will serve our mission of engagement well. I look forward to working with him to build an even stronger organization.” PSC Foundation Board Chairman Chuck Niemeyer (Class of 1965) said, “Todd’s expertise in fundraising, Midwestern sensibility and management skills are exactly the kind of attributes we sought in our new leader. He will bring a fresh perspective to this role that will compliment the President’s strategic vision for the institution by engaging alumni in the support of our students. The Foundation Board is excited to welcome him to the Campus of a Thousand Oaks.”

Foundation Executive Director Todd Simpson met National Alumni Association Co-President Arlene Borcher Fell (’67) and many other Lincoln-area alumni at an event in November

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Peru State College to Join Heart of America Athletic Conference Peru State will join the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) with full membership beginning in fall 2011. College President Dr. Dan Hanson said, “We are excited to join the Heart of America Athletic Conference, one of the most highly respected conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It provides an opportunity for our football program to be part of the same conference as our other athletic teams, which had not previously been the case. We look forward to spirited competitions between Peru State and the other member institutions of the HAAC.” PSC Athletic Director Steve Schneider said, “The HAAC prides itself as a conference where intercollegiate athletics is a mission driven activity reinforcing the values of its institutions and that of the NAIA. The high level of professionalism, focus on the student athlete, and the quality academic and athletic programs provide a good fit for Peru State College’s Athletic Department. “Peru State Athletics is excited about the opportunity to be part of the HAAC. The member institutions are quality organizations lead by people of

integrity, and we welcome the opportunity to compete on the athletic fields and in the classroom.” Members of the HAAC, which was founded in 1971, include Avila University, Baker University, Benedictine College, Central Methodist University, Culver Stockton College, Evangel University, Graceland University, Lindenwood University, Mid-American Nazarene University and Missouri Valley College. HAAC Commissioner Larry Lady, who serves the NAIA national office on several levels and as an NCAA Evaluator of Basketball Officials for the Big 12 Conference, said, “The Heart of America Athletic Conference is pleased to launch a new chapter in its history with the addition of Peru State College to its membership. Peru State’s most impressive attribute observed during the application process was its commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character initiative.” Champions of Character is a nonprofit organization with the mission to change the culture of sports by promoting integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant-leadership


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A great time to be At a great place Dear Friends: It is always a joy to share with our loyal alumni and friends all the wonderful things happening at Peru State College. Today, I am pleased to report we have broken yet another enrollment record, officially surpassing last year’s record-breaking enrollment with a total current headcount of 2,520! We have also enrolled the largest freshman class in Peru’s 143-year history. PSC’s total number of freshmen Dr. Dan Hanson currently stands at 249 - an almost 8 percent increase over this time one year ago, and the total number of oncampus students has risen to 972. PSC is also posting an unprecedented increase in out-of-state freshman enrollment with a 50 percent increase since 2009. We attribute the tremendous growth in out-of-state enrollment to the college’s unique One Rate, Any State program which allows all students, regardless of residency, the opportunity to pay the same low tuition rate as Nebraska residents. The three-year pilot program, approved by the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees in the summer of 2009, is in its second year. Peru State College’s focus on student engagement and success is resonating with applicants, and we are excited about the growth of our on-campus programs. To give the growth a bit more context, total enrollment has grown more than 30 percent in the last 10 years. We will continue to work diligently and innovate so that our students continue to have access to the relevant, quality education they have come to expect from Peru State. With the influx of freshman students this fall, the college is nearing capacity in its residence halls. This is the kind of problem that is good to have. Plans are underway to address the potential for future room shortages as we expect on-campus enrollments and residence hall demand to continue to grow over the next several years. The college is moving forward with the final three phases of renovation to Morgan Hall, which is expected to be complete by spring 2012. While the Morgan Hall renovation will address short-term needs for additional housing, the college must continue to look to the future. There remains great need to improve the student experience, and future renovations of Delzell Hall, the Centennial Complex and the Oak Bowl must occur if we are to remain competitive in the marketplace. Additionally, the difficult economic climate has made having scholarship opportunities more important than ever. It is because of your generosity that many of our students are able to attend college. The financial support of our alumni and friends will make all the difference as we work to achieve our goals. If you haven’t been to campus recently, please stop by for a visit! We would love to show you around and talk more about the exciting initiatives underway at the Campus of a Thousand Oaks. Sincerely,

Dan Hanson, Ph.D. President

College President Dr. Dan Hanson PSC Foundation Board of Directors Charles Niemeyer (‘65), President - Ashland, Neb. Fred (‘73) & Pam Robertson, Vice Presidents - Westlake Village, Calif. Judson Douglas III (attended ‘56), Treasurer - Lincoln, Neb. SaraBeth Donovan (‘85) - Vienna, Va. Secretary Larry (‘71) & Sue Green - Westminster, Colo. Mike Guilliatt (‘67) - Fremont, Neb. Dennis Wittmann - Auburn, Neb. Rod Vandeberg - Falls City, Neb. PSC National Alumni Association Board of Directors Paul (’67) and Arlene (Borcher, ’67) Fell, Co-Presidents - Lincoln, Neb. Carlos Harrison (’51), Vice President - Shenandoah, Iowa Ed Ankrom (’91), Secretary - Beatrice, Neb. Kim (’90) and Kris (Kubert, ’94) Vrtiska, Co-Treasurers - Falls City, Neb. Elton (’88) and Connie (Sims, ’87) Edmond - Lincoln, Neb. Dan (’76) and Cheryl Cotton - Peru, Neb. Mike Guilliatt (’67) - Fremont, Neb. Nick (’87) and Laurel (Smith, ’87) Harling - Falls City, Neb. Chuck (’69) and Alice (Massoth, ’69) Mizerski - Lincoln, Neb. Fritz (’74) and Char (Lutz, ’74) Stehlik - Omaha, Neb. Angelia Rohwer Steiner (’90) - Sabetha, Kan. Al Urwin(’82) - La Vista, Neb. Editor R. Todd Simpson, Executive Director, PSC Foundation Assistant Editor/Graphic Designer Courtney DeBuhr (’13), PSC Art Student Contributing Writers Regan Anson (‘11), Director, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs Sandy Fisher, PSC Foundation Krystal Nolte (’04), PSC Foundation Photography Dr. Bill Clemente, PSC Professor of English Becky Johnson (‘05), Graphic Design Artist, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs The Peru Stater is published twice each year by the Peru State College Foundation. Send your comments, news items and address changes to: The Peru Stater PSC Foundation PO Box 10 Peru, NE 68421-0010 You may also call us at 402-872-2304 or email us at


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New to the Campus of a Thousand Oaks Greetings. I am Todd Simpson, the new Executive Director of the Peru State College Foundation. I am very excited to be joining the Peru State team. There is so much opportunity to support our college students and grow the campus. There is no question … Peru State is on the move. In his short time at PSC, President Dan Hanson has worked tirelessly to increase student opportunities for growth and leadership development. He has been a strong advocate for hands-on, outside the Todd Simpson classroom learning, like that provided to our Freshmen students in the College 101 Course. In addition, he has paved the way for Peru State to touch an entirely new segment of students through the College’s various on-line courses and programs. Whether looking at opportunities for international studies, or establishing a distinguished speaker series with world-class lectures, or focusing on increasing available scholarship funds, President Hanson has been steadily moving PSC in a positive direction. And that makes being part of the Peru State team even more exciting. Although I have only been here a short time, I have thoroughly enjoyed my indoctrination to the Bobcat way. I have been lucky enough to meet a number of my co-workers. The common theme I have noticed among the faculty and staff is the overriding sense of commitment to meeting the needs of the students. For me, that commitment is one of the most endearing aspects of Peru State. I have also enjoyed chatting with a number of students on Campus. As a volunteer and mentor, I help guide a number of college students from across the nation on leadership development and personal growth. By my comparison, the attitude, congeniality and enthusiasm shown by today’s PSC student makes me proud to be associated with Peru State … and them. I look forward to meeting you and learning how Peru State impacted your growth and development as a young person. I look forward to sharing the College’s vision and current successes. And I look forward to showing you how the Foundation can do even more to make a difference in the lives of young people today. Making that difference in young lives requires leadership, commitment and support, and Peru State has all three! The leadership is top-notch … certainly President Hanson and his Vice Presidents and Directors are leading the College towards greater and greater successes. The commitment is solid … from the alumni, faculty, staff and even the students. And I am confident in the support from dedicated friends and alumni like you. So, when it comes time to make your gift to the Foundation, I hope you will consider the many positives happening today at Peru State … such as enrolling the largest-ever Freshmen class this fall. I hope the good news will keep you advocating, with your support, for the Bobcats. And if you like what you read in the Stater today, I hope you will add the Peru State College Foundation to your estate plans so you can be a part of PSC’s future. A student, Jennifer, said it best the other day on her way to class when she said, “I wouldn’t want to go to College anywhere else!” For me, that says it all. I would wager you feel the same way too. I will be in touch. R. Todd Simpson, CFRE Executive Director Peru State College Foundation

NAA Welcomes Students PSC’s National Alumni Association (NAA) Board of Directors was on campus August 20 to meet and greet freshmen students as they moved into the dorms. Pictured are Mike Guilliatt (’67), Lee Arellano (’68) and Rich Daly (’68) who welcomed men into Delzell Hall. Other board members and alumni who participated in the event include Arlene Borcher Fell (’67), Jo Arellano and Donita Speckmann Stuart (’68) who met women as they moved into Morgan Hall, and Paul Fell (’67) and Don Stuart (’67) who greeted new residence in Mathews Hall, the College’s coed dorm. New Student Weekend is an annual event; PSC’s admissions office works very hard to make new students feel at home on campus and help ease anxiety for parents. The day is filled will guest speakers, tours and group activities that focus on making students’ first day on campus fun and memorable. For information about the NAA and PSC’s admissions programs visit the College’s web site at

Where in the World are You? The search is on for missing alumni. If you can provide a current home address for any of the people listed here, we will be grateful—and so will they, especially when they start receiving the Stater again. Send information about missing alumni to the PSC Foundation, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010 or Class of 1941 W.G. Allgood Irene Bentzinger Barels Betty Jones Beatty Robert Bland Virginia Nelson Bobbette Shirley Purcell Bowman Elaine Briley Tom Christion C. L. Cline Lucille Coyle Buck Dougherty Irma Rawlins Esparza Vivianne Sims Frost Norris Gerber Norma Barnhouse Helms Connie Todd Hill Virginia McLain Hughes Lynn James Robert James John Kean Alice Trayer Keedy

Helen Klasek Helen Dreunt Kramer Helen Rhodes Lovell Eva Pedersen Martin Neal McCrory Carolyn Fleming Mill Catherine Nettelmann George Norton Alveen Gillespie Perry Gale Randall Florence Craig Schappaugh Margy Sczepkowski William Shepherd Nelson Shimonek Alice Druba Sladek Dorothy Beckman Spohr Ellen Christensen Todd Margaret Hart Velvick Evelyn Christiancy Volf Ethel McClune Woosley Ruth Clare Wunderlich


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Todd Simpson Continued from p. 1 1930 Howard Zook (’30; dec.), formerly of Fairfield, was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame on Sept. 26th for coaching three state championship football teams. 1940 John ‘Jack’ Slaven (’45), of Woodland, Calif., had a park named in his honor. Jack Slaven Park recognizes Jack as the first Recreation Director for the City of Woodland. Jack served in that capacity for twenty years growing the recreation program from its infancy to one recognized across the state. Mr. Slaven emphasized youth and sporting activities, forming leagues and hosting tournaments at City facilities. Dr. Tom Hallstrom (’49), of Omaha, was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame on Sept. 26th for directing the state track meet from 1973 through 1979 and was national chairman for the AAU’s Junior Olympics in track and field. 1950 Isabel Tynon Martell (’54; dec.), of Molalla, Ore., along with over 1,000 other Nebraska women, was honored posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal for serving in WWII as Woman Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Phyllis Constant Didleau (’55), of Colorado Springs, Colo., published her first book, “The Little Manager Mouse” in 2009. Connie Shields Pesek (’55), of Hebron, retired from 22 years of being a House Director for Greek Houses. Connie, often known as Mom, has many fond memories of the young people she’s known. She still hears from many of them and feels a sense of pride as she sees them in the many professions they have made for themselves. Charlie Pickering (’56), of Syracuse, retired in 1996 after 40 years of

teaching. He has been named the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Businessperson of the year through the Nebraska FLBA. Del Stoltenberg (’57), of Rock Port, Mo., has retired after teaching high school and college for more than 50 years. David Longfellow (’58), of El Dorado, Kan., retired from Butler Community College in 1993. He served 40 years as a member of the Board of Directors on the El Dorado Community Concert Association. He held all but one office (which his is held by his wife) during his time on the board. David thoroughly enjoys retirement. Dr. Ron Witt (’58), of Omaha, served as teacher, coach, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent and superintendent with Millard Public Schools. He retired in 1995. In the fall of 2010, the Ron Witt Support Services Center was dedicated in his honor. The facility houses psychology, technology and curriculum offices for the Millard Public Schools. Dr. Bob Bohlken (’59), of Maryville, Mo., received the Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award from Northwest Missouri State University. Marcia Hinton Schwartz (’59), of Falls City, accomplished a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Her first book, “Ghosts of the Missouri River,” was released early in July, while her second book, “Lobo and the Rabbit Stew,” was released in September. A third book is already written and waiting to be published. 1960 Judy Beran Hetherington (’65), of Las Vegas, Nev., retired after 10 ½ years of managing the State Controller’s Office in Las Vegas. Chuck Colebrook (’66), of Worcester, Mass., was inducted into the Worchester Hall of Fame for his career in athletics in the community.

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Simpson said, “I’m very excited to be joining the Peru State team. I look forward to sharing the vision and mission of PSC with alumni and friends. The Foundation Board and President Hanson are enthusiastic about growing the Foundation’s capacity to support student programs and educational initiatives. I can’t wait to get started.” Simpson holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential (CFRE), a certificate of completion from the National Planned Giving Institute, a certificate in fundraising from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, and a certificate in non-profit leadership and management from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member and past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Nebraska Chapter and the Nebraska Chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly the Planned Giving Council.) Simpson is a regular speaker on fundraising and organizational leadership topics and has presented for organizations such as the University of Nebraska - Omaha, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the National Fellowship of Child Care Executives, the Omaha Postal Customer Council, the Lincoln Postal Customer Council, the Scottish Rite Leadership Institute and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, among others. Simpson also teaches a two-day course on direct mail fundraising as part of the University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Certificate in Fund Raising Management program. Simpson has engaged in extensive volunteer work on leadership development with college students and has served as a volunteer with both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. He is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, formerly Central Missouri State University. A native of Missouri, Simpson and his wife, Michelle, reside in Omaha with their two children.

Where in the World are You? The search is on for missing alumni. If you can provide a current home address for any of the people listed here, we will be grateful—and so will they, especially when they start receiving the Stater again. Send information about missing alumni to the PSC Foundation, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010 or Class of 1951 Arnold Benson Virginia Morse Boesen Flora Crosier Cameron Ralph Carrasquillo Raymond Conley Janet Harder Crosier Richard Fink Francis Fischer Betty Earl Hartman Earl Hatcher Corrine Hill Marjorie Hoffman Philip Hughes Harold James Jim James Esther Kopke Marilyn Grancer Lafferty Richard Lewis Yvonne Hewit Mason

Floyd McCarty Betty Schmohr Nelson Blanche Jones Preston John Reger Jennie Richardson Kenneth Sailors Margaret Winkle Schmidt Lois Sell Raymond Smith Helen Streeter Archie Sutfin Harold Thompson Miriam Dysart Thompson Gary Welch Mabelle Miller Welch Earl Winchell Ruth Zanker Evelyn Engdahl Zug


Peru Stater Fall 2010 Janet Nixon Kirkendall (’74), of Auburn, retired after working 36 years with Auburn Public Schools. Dennis Ehmke (’75), of Auburn, is the new middle school band instructor at the district 29 school. Dr. Gary Lesoing (’75), of Hickman, was promoted to Associate Extension Educator: UNL Extension-Southeast Research and Extension Center.

Jeff Meyers, PSC Campus Services maintenance repair worker, was deployed to Iraq with the 192nd Military Police Unit. His tour in Iraq is expected to last through May 2011. PSC alum John Ferguson (’09) is a member of Jeff’s unit.

Continued from p. 4 Jim Manning (’66), of Calexico, Calif., is currently living in San Felipe Baja, Mexico. He loves every minute of it. Myra Murren Wickham (’66), of Kimball, retired from teaching after 35 years. She taught 30 of those years at Kimball Public Schools. Myra currently works in Custer State Park, S.D. and spends more time with her family. Paul Horel (’69), of Olathe, Kan., retired January 1, 2010, after nearly 17 years as president of Crop Insurance Research Bureau (CIRB). CIRB is a national trade association made up of insurers from across the U.S. Prior to his time at CIRB, Paul was an educator in Albia, Iowa. He plans to do consulting work and travel with his wife, Yvonne (Pfannebecker, ’78). Cheryl Seibert Marks (’69), of Wilber, retired from the Wilber-Clatonia School District after 41 years of service as business education teacher and adviser for the Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Charles Mizerski (’69), of Lincoln, was inducted into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame on Sept. 26th for posting 274 coaching wins in his 40 year coaching record in Illinois and Nebraska.

1970 Mike Bowman (’70), of Plattsmouth, retired in 2005 after 35 years of teaching Industrial Education and coaching. Mike has been a member of the Plattsmouth City Council since 1990. He spent time participating in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial reenactment and has taken part in other historical reenacting, teaching about Lewis and Clark as a member of the 6th Infantry/Artillery, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Mouth of the Platte Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Mike and his wife, Joyce, have two daughters and they enjoy spending time with their grandson. Shirley Jacobson Conradi (’72), of Unadilla, retired after 33 years of teaching. She taught at Beatrice, Unadilla, and Syracuse Public Schools. Charlie Trailer (’72), of Harlan, Iowa, retired in October 2009 after 36 years of serving the Shelby County Engineer’s Office. He has four grandchildren. Dominic Vitticore (’72), of Canandaigua, N.Y., is perusing a pilot’s license. He also sings at area hot spots doing a show called “Sounds of the 60’s.”

currently teaches kindergarten at Auburn Public Schools. Brian Levin (’88,) of Madisonville, Ky., joined the Murray State University softball staff as a first-year assistant coach. Brian works with the infielders and will help with scouting. He spent the past 20 years in the military, where he was stationed at Ft. Campbell and volunteer coached football, softball, and baseball.

Jeff Linden (’75), of Fredericksburg, Va., recently completed his 25th year with the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington D.C. He is an analytic manager.

1990 Dr. Shannon Brown Hansen (’92), of Fremont, completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from College of Saint Mary in Omaha. She teaches Special Education at Fremont High Peggy Kreifels Groff (’76), of Auburn, School. was honored with the Barb Lewellen Award. The award is presented Haeven Pedersen (’92), of Nebraska to an outstanding faculty or staff City, is now the principal of Holmes member at Peru State College who Elementary School in Lincoln. distinguishes themselves through the betterment of students and student Ann Cosimano (’93), of Johnston, life. Iowa, and General Counsel for ARAG Group, was appointed to the Board Barb Rolf (’76), of West Point, recently of Directors of the American Prepaid served as head coach for Team Legal Services Institute. Nebraska at the National Special Olympics held in Lincoln, July 18Peter MacNaughton (’93), of Waukee, 23. Barb also will be attending the Iowa, is the Media Director/Video World Games in Athens, Greece, with Producer at Point of Grace Church in 31 participants in June 2011. She Waukee. He has been on staff there coached eight athletes in the 2003 for three years. World Games in Ireland. Barb is a Paul McKay (’95), of Atlantic, Iowa, Kindergarten through sixth grade currently teaches sixth grade at Physical Education teacher at West Atlantic Middle School. Point and has coached for Special Olympics for 30 years. Brett Davis (’97), of Johnson, received a Masters of Education in Educational Shirley Snyder (’78), of Auburn, Leadership from Doane College in received the Distinguished Educator of Reading award by the Nebraska Crete. State Reading Association. Shirley Heather Joy Layson McKay (’97), teaches elementary Title 1 Reading of Atlantic, Iowa, is the principal of in Auburn Public Schools and has Atlantic High School. been active on the local, state and international levels of the Association Kory Troutman (’98), of Omaha, since 1983. graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership from 1980 Bellevue University in January Carol Isaac (’86), of Seward, retired 2010. He works with Grand Canyon from teaching after 22 years at University as the Nebraska University Seward Public Schools. She intends Development Representative. to enjoy her retirement with grandchildren, hobbies, and traveling. 2000 Christy Piper Riggins (’87), of Brock, Todd Bohling (’00), of Lincoln, has become a Certified Information graduated from Peru State with a Systems Security Professor at Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in December 2009. She

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Peru State Grad Awarded National Fellowship

Continued from p. 5 Infogressive, an information security firm in Lincoln. Scott Gibbs (’02), of Perry, Iowa graduated from the University of Des Moines with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Stephanie Becker Vinson (’04), of Louisville, is a veterinarian at the Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in Auburn. Rebecca Cooper Thumann (’05), of Fremont, has published her first novel, “London Chronicles.”

PSC Professor of History Dr. Spencer Davis, Trevor Shalon, and PSC Professor of History Dr. Sara Crook. PSC graduate Trevor James Shalon has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C. in its 18th annual fellowship competition. According to his award letter, Shalon was selected because of his high academic achievement, strong promise of completing a master’s degree program, and convincing dedication to the teaching of young people in secondary schools. The son of Marvin and Susan Shalon of Columbus, Shalon graduated summa cum laude from Peru State in May with dual degrees in 7-12 Social Studies Education and History. He served as vice president and secretary of Phi Alpha Theta, was a contributing writer for the Peru State Times and was a peer tutor for Student Success Services. Shalon interned with National History Day at the University of Maryland in summer 2008 and Project Vote Smart in Montana in 2009. This fall he will begin graduate school at the University of Nebraska. PSC History Professor Dr. Sara Crook said, “As his academic advisor and professor, I am particularly proud of Trevor Shalon and the

initiative he has taken throughout his collegiate career. When Trevor came to Peru State College he quickly became an active participant in a variety of campus activities and assumed a leadership role in the classroom with his peers. His initiative in seeking two outstanding internships for the past two summers has been a key launching point for this honor from the James Madison Fellowship. He is keenly deserving of this high honor.” Shalon said, “I appreciate all of the skills Peru State College has provided me that have allowed me to reach far beyond what I thought my potential was. I want to specifically thank Dr. Sara Crook for always being a strong mentor and Alice Holtz for editing my essay what seemed like 20 times. This fellowship gives me the opportunity to continue my two passions: education and history.” Shalon’s fellowship is one of only 58 awarded nationally in 2010. James Madison Fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, American government and social studies in the country’s secondary schools.

Force Base, Calif. Lynn Meyer (’07), of Peru., former head football coach of Kingman Academy High in Kingman, Ariz., return to Peru State as the wide receiver coach for the Bobcats. Lynn is also pursuing a degree in exercise science from PSC. Michael Henrichs (’10), of Wymore, is an elementary teacher for Auburn Public Schools T.J. Nielsen (’10), of Lincoln, is the K-12 physical education teacher and activities director at Brady Public Schools.

Nathan Bartels (’07), of Elm Creek, was elected to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board. He served as President Friends of the College of the Johnson County Farm Bureau, Dr. Chris Buethe, of Las Cruces, and is a member of the Farm Bureau’s N.M., returned to entertaining as State Legislative Policy Committee. “Cactus” Chris, Cowboy Humorist. He also has a new children’s book out Brian Fritts (’07), of Vail, Ariz., titled “Whose Cat is That?” retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service as a Master Sergeant at the Beale Air Continued on p. 10

Witt Joins HomeServices Lending HomeServices Lending welcomes Sally Witt as a Home Mortgage Consultant. Witt has worked for Wells Fargo since 2005, where she was an assistant store manager, specializing in consumer lending and mortgage loans. Witt received her bachelor’s degree in business marketing and management from PSC in 2005. At Peru State, Witt was a member of the women’s basketball team, a member of the Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity, a “Top Cat” honoree, student mentor and ambassador for the college. She still serves on committees for the women’s basketball team and as an e-mentor to current Peru State College students. Witt will office out of the HOME Real Estate Pine Lake office in Lincoln and can be reached at (402) 436-3250, or

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PSC to Host Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Humanitarian Greg Mortenson Sept. 19, 2011

PSC, in collaboration with communities across southeast Nebraska, will host a presentation by two-time Nobel Prize nominee, author, climber, activist and humanitarian Greg Mortenson at 7 p.m. in the Al Wheeler Activity Center (AWAC) Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Mortenson will follow his presentation with a book signing from 8-10 p.m. Arrangements have also been made for Mortenson to speak with area high school students in the AWAC earlier in the day. He will make a presentation and conduct a book signing for area educators at the Durham Museum in Omaha from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Mortenson is co-founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute, founder of Pennies for Peace, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea (which is mandatory reading for all U.S. military commanders and Special Forces deploying to Afghanistan) and author of the bestseller Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books Not Bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As of 2010, Mortenson has established or supported the building of 141 schools and another five temporary refugee schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, providing education to more than 64,000 children, including 52,000 girls. President Dan Hanson said, “It is truly an honor to have Mr. Mortenson visit southeast Nebraska to share with us his incredible experiences in the Middle East. I want to personally invite everyone in southeast Nebraska to join us for his special presentation next September. We look forward to filling the AWAC to capacity (2,500).” In order to raise funds to help build another two schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and cover Mortenson’s speaking fee, a steering committee has been mobilized that includes around 25 community leaders representing economic development leaders, librarians,

PSC Announces Distinguished Speaker Series 2010-11 Through a commitment to student engagement and success, the College has established the Distinguished Speaker Series to host diverse nationally and internationally recognized speakers with the goal of enriching the educational experience at Peru State College as well as providing an opportunity to engage communities in Southeast Nebraska around interesting and relevant topics. Speakers are encouraged to engage with the campus throughout their visit with classroom discussion, guest lectures, meet and greet receptions and a keynote address. All events are open to the public and free of charge. The series began in October with a presentation by former skinhead Frank Meeink. Three more notable speakers are scheduled to be at PSC in 2011. Minnijean Brown-Trickey, Civil Rights Leader and Member of the Little Rock Nine Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Movement in American Education and Civil Rights Jan. 18, 2011 - College Theatre

Greg Mortenson educators, mayors, clergy, PSC faculty and staff, students, bankers and business people. The volunteers represent a five-county region, including Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee and Richardson Counties which encompass the communities of Auburn, Brock, Brownville, Stella, Falls City, Johnson, Nebraska City, Peru, Syracuse and Tecumseh. Donations will be collected by the PSC Foundation, which has established a fund specifically for this purpose. Steering Committee members are meeting regularly to plan fundraising activities so that enough funds are raised to help Mortensen build two new schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group is also working to create a Southeast Nebraska Reads program featuring Mortenson’s books that could be incorporated into local K-12 school curricula prior to his visit. Hanson said, “Planning an event of this magnitude could not occur in a vacuum. We appreciate the involvement of all of those who have devoted time to making Mr. Mortenson’s visit a reality. I especially want to thank St. Paul Lutheran Pastor Bud Christiansen of Auburn for bringing forth the idea and spearheading the effort.”

Arun Gandhi, Mahatma’s Gandhi’s Grandson Lessons Learned from Grandfather March 22 - College Theatre Greg Mortenson, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Humanitarian Sept. 19 - Al Wheeler Activity Center The Distinguished Speaker Series is in the inaugural year at Peru State College and is sponsored by the Student Affairs division and the Center for Achievement and Transition Services. For more information, visit or contact Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Michaela Willis at (402) 872-2221 or

Christiansen said, “Greg Mortenson’s work has had an incredible impact on children and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Having a global leader of his caliber in southeast Nebraska is a unique opportunity, and I hope people from across the region will take the opportunity to come to Peru State College to learn from a man who has captivated the world with his unique style of leadership.” Mortenson is a living hero to rural communities of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he has gained the trust of Islamic leaders, military commanders, government officials and tribal chiefs with his tireless effort to champion education, with particular emphasis on educating females. His journey began in 1993 when he recovered in a small village called Korphe, in northeastern

Pakistan, after a failed attempt to summit the second largest mountain in the world in honor of his deceased sister. It was there that he met a small group of children, sitting in the dirt practicing their school tasks in the sand with sticks. Mortenson made a promise that would change his life forever. He would build those children a school. Mortenson speaking engagement is part of PSC’s Distinguished Speaker Series which began this fall with a presentation by former skinhead Frank Meeink. For additional information on PSC’s Distinguished Speaker Series visit Those who wish to make a contribution to the Greg Mortenson Fund should contact the PSC Foundation at PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68432 or (402) 872-2304


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2010 Homecoming King, Queen Crowned Jack Hallstrom of Omaha Named Parade Grand Marshall PSC Seniors Shane Mathis and Promise Nelson were crowned 2010 homecoming king and queen by President Dan and Elaine Hanson during half-time of the Oct. 4 football game against Tabor College. The duo was elected by members of the PSC student body. Mathis, a Mitchell native, is an elementary education and coaching major. While at PSC he has served as a resident assistant in Nicholas Hall, a student Ambassador and assistant PSC volleyball coach. Mathis has also been actively involved in Campus Activities Board, Campus Crusade for Christ and intramural athletics. He is the son of Scott and Diane Mathis. Nelson, a Wausa native, is an accounting major. While at PSC she has served as the senior resident assistant in Morgan Hall, president of Students of Peru Accepting Responsible Choices, a tutor in the Center for Achievement and Transition Services, a supplemental instructor for Math 100, and was Campus Activities Board secretary for two years. She is the daughter of John and Miriam Nelson. The Grand Marshall of this year’s homecoming parade was Jack Hallstrom, a 1950 PSC graduate from Omaha. A life-long educator, Hallstrom retired in 1989 after serving the final 18 years of his career at Northwest High School. Hallstrom has served as the leader of PSC’s Omaha Alumni Association for many years, raising more than $100,000 for the college’s scholarship programs. He also recently donated new benches for the campus quad in memory of his late wife, Nancy. PSC President Dan Hanson said, “For more than five decades, Jack has remained one of the college’s biggest supporters and most ardent fans. We appreciate his life-long devotion to education and the significant contributions he has made to Peru State College and our students.”

Members of the PSC Foundation Search Committee were on campus for Homecoming festivities including Committee Chair SaraBeth Donovan (’85), PSC Associate Professor of Business Dr. Judy Green Grotrian (’72) and PSC Foundation Board member Rod Vandeberg.

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What have you been up to? We know how much our readers care about each other and that the first place you turn to in the Stater is Class Notes to read about your friends. You can help make this section more interesting by sending us your own Class Note. Share with us your new job, marriage, children, anniversary, retirement; anything you want, we would LOVE to hear about it!

Continued from p. 6 Ryan Held was announced as the Senior Manager of Football by the College Coaches Network. Ryan was an interim head football coach at Peru State.

Chuck Leierer has been hired as full-time coach at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. He will serve as lead offensive line coach.

Ashley Mefferd (’07) married Brian Huppert (’08) in July 2010.

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1990 Peter MacNaughton (’93) married Rachelle during the summer of 2009. The couple resides in Waukee, Iowa.

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Cindy Wingert (’97) married Mitch Boysen in February 2009. The couple resides in Wiota, Iowa.

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Susan Slama (’98) married Gregg Johnson in January 2002. The couple resides in Omaha. John Cash (’99) married Karla Blakesley in July 2010. The couple resides in Lincoln. Renee Moss (’99) married William Howe in September 2007. The couple spent their honeymoon in Fiji, and currently resides in Arvada, Colo. 2000 Benjamin Kassera (’02) married Lisa Vollertsen (’06) in April 2010. The couple resides in Omaha. Ben Hagedorn (’04) married Jessica Kowal (’10) in April 2010. The couple resides in Lincoln.

Jessica McKim (’07) has announced her engagement to Brian Miller. Jared Gerdes (’08) married Maranda Torkelson (’08) in August 2010. The couple resides in Auburn. Molly Kreutzer (’08) married Timothy Kirkendall in September 2009. The couple resides in Falls City. Haley Jo Landwehr (’08) married Adam Schlorholtz in June 2009. The couple resides in Nebraska City. Shane Ryan (’08) married Danielle Metzler (’09) in July 2009. The couple resides in Greeley. Amanda Walther (’08) married Carl Ward in January 2010. The couple resides in Riverton, Iowa. Stephanie Galardi (’09) married Brandon Irons (’09) in June 2010. The couple resides in Auburn.

Cory Clemenger (’06) married Justine McMurray in July 2010. The couple resides in Papillion.

Trevor Varley (’09) and Samantha Smulling married in August 2009. The couple curently resides in Central City.

Erin Nelson (’06) married Tracy Schlake in April 2008. The couple resides in Beatrice.

Trent Whisler (’10) married Kayleigh Baker (’10) in June 2010. The couple resides in Auburn.

Samantha Harris (’07) married Alale Allal in November 2009. The couple resides in Carrollton, Texas.

Friends of the College Seth Bingham, Residence Halls Director at Peru State, announced his engagement to Vanessa Kortan of Fremont.

Bristol Kelsay (’07) married Matthew Wenzl in July 2010. The couple resides in Auburn.


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1990 Cindy Wingert Boysen (’97) and husband Mitch, of Wiota, Iowa, announced the birth of their daughter, Leah, on May 15, 2009. Terry Dugan (’97) and Lucie Zacharova, of Prague, Czech Republic, announced the birth of their son Krystof Daniel Dugan-Zachar. Sarah Bando (‘98) and husband Brian, of Nebraska City, announced the birth of their son, Blake Henry on December 26, 2008. Susan Salma Johnson (’98) and husband Gregg, of Omaha, announced the birth of their daughter, Alexis, on January 25, 2008. Christopher (’01) and Erica Younker (’99) Arehart of Lincoln, announced the birth of their son, Cooper Robert, on January 11. 2000 Janelle Findlay Knippelmeyer (’02) and husband Travis, of Johnson,

announced the birth of their second daughter, Kasie Mae, on May 7. She was welcomed home by big sister, Natalie. Melissa Osmera Gruhlkey (’03) and husband Adam, of Omaha, announced the birth of their daughter, Hanna Christine, on September 5, 2010. She was welcomed home by big sister, Lillie. Ben (’04) and Jessica Kowal (’10) Hagedorn, of Lincoln, announced the birth of their son, John Leo, on April 1, 2010. He was welcomed home by big sister Josiah Anne, who was born in September 2008. Andrew (’06) and Denise Witt (’03) Mertens, of Lincoln, announced the birth of their daughter, Whitney, on July 12, 2010. Lacy Gerdes (’08) and husband Riley, of Auburn, announced the birth of their daughter, Kinsley, on May 20, 2010.

Clopton Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Clopton, professor of natural science, for being awarded a $443,000 grant from the National Science Foundation! Clopton’s grant, which runs over four years, will be used to survey and document the biodiversity of North American cockroaches and their gregarine parasites, helping to discover and de-scribe 60-120 new gregarine species. This is the first comprehensive survey of North American cockroaches since 1917.

VP Drew Attends Harvard Institute

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Todd Drew recently attended Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Institute (MLE) in Boston, Mass. Drew was one of approximately 100 higher education administrators from around the world selected to participate. Drew’s mini case study, which discussed the renaissance of Peru State College throughout the past decade, was selected to be used as the teaching example in a session on reframing leadership.

Where in the World are You? The search is on for missing alumni. If you can provide a current home address for any of the people listed here, we will be grateful—and so will they, especially when they start receiving the Stater again. Send information about missing alumni to the PSC Foundation, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010 or Class of 1961 Richard Allen Sara Blue Anderson Lorna Andrews Janice Magill Barnard Kaye Jacobson Boden Peg Malcom Brady Sharon Bailey Brown Annabelle Ross Broyles Pat Shelly Carlson John Cooper Roger Eshelman Nancy Frey Edna McGovern Harroun

Kathleen Streich Heard Joseph Lee James McGinnis Marguerite McWilliams Larry Morgan David Pardue Jerry Partridge Ernest Ridgeway Eulalia Schauer Tom Sheehan Cletus Shrout Pamela Yost

Class of 1971 Donald Atkinson Kathryne Beery Carole Boice Michael Bolinger Richard Bourne Patsi Stephens Breum John Cavotta Judith Comstock Ronald Cotner Lillian Davis Michael Deal Harold Dory John Ellis Jayne Engel Stephen Ernest Nancy Hunzeker Fox Candy Gray Dowayne Laporte Christina Bieck Linden

Richard Maunson Vicki Williams Mitteis Richard Pallman Gerald Parrish Patsy Stephens Ricci Carl Richards Daniel Romero Patricia Ryan Charles Shellhase Thomas Siefken John Stewart Steven Taylor Malaetasi Togafau Dorothy Schanot Wander Martha Shartel Warden Paula Hewett Wilson Elizabeth Thomason Wittwer Kimiko Yamahira


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Our Friend Sid Brown’s Eulogy By Bob Bohlken (‘59) Our friend Sid Brown left a legacy at Peru State College, not only of Naturally he was active in the “P-Club” or athletic letterman’s club; neither memories but also the basis of his and Nancy’s financial support for Peru State of which did I meet the qualifications. Sid was the one who nominated me athletes who lack the funds for a complete college education and the Acorn for membership in the “Blue Devils,” a fraternity like “pep” organization. He Scholarships for deserving students as well. was a member of the Student Education Association of Nebraska of which I Sid was a unique and interesting individual. Instead of being a “hot dog” was President. We both were selected for Nebraska State Teachers College’s warranted by being “the quarterback” and lettering four years in Bobcat “Who’s Who Among College Students.” varsity football, Sid was a mild mannered, caring, intelligent individual with We each served as a groomsman in the other’s wedding. As the distance diverse interests. He didn’t look and act the part of a football hero or “Big apart and interests changed, our associations dwindled. Sid and Nancy, in Man on Campus.” He seemed to appreciate associating with us, military the later years, would usually return to Peru once a year at reunion time. veterans – Arnie Ehlers, Lon Several times Mary and I went over to Peru to visit with them, but often Sid Bottcher and me. “Conservative” was busy visiting with the local folks with whom he had “closer ties.” When Sid found “our dig” in the asked to come to Maryville for a visit and stay-over, Sid would say, “No basement of the Bugbee House Thanks; we’ve got our dog with us.” I didn’t argue with his point. just off campus, a reprieve from Sid was dedicated to Peru State College especially to Bobcat Football. It the social pressures of the athletic had a significant influence on his life and now that he had financial security, image and it was a source for a he wanted to provide others with the opportunities that he enjoyed. His “bummed” cigarette, snacks and family life with his adopted children was not a settled one, but found an occasional beer. Mary Riley comfort in his home town folks and knowing he was helping others obtain Bohlken reminded me about his the benefits that he enjoyed. Nancy, Sid’s devoted spouse for more than fifty “somewhat stooped body attitude years and in later years his caregiver, not only tolerated Sid’s dedication to and uncertain shuffling walk in Peru State College and his hometown, but she became a significant part of his soft suede shoes.” Carolyn his dedication. Nancy was from Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago, and Schacht Henry remembers was initially unfamiliar with the rural type of dedication that Sid had for his that he was a good listener and hometown and college. interesting conversationalist May Sid rest in peace knowing that he is respected and appreciated by his who had “a unique but loud friends from Peru State College. May Nancy have the satisfaction of knowing laugh.” Sid spent sufficient time that she was the love of Sid’s life and was his devoted wife for more than fifty conversing in the Bob Inn and years. Sid was one of a kind. He, simply put, was the Best. Eliza Morgan Hall, for the co-eds to develop opinions about him and his conservative nature. Sid was a lady’s man but without a car of his own, his “dating/ necking” was limited. In order to 1920s save money, Sid lived in Peru with Marion Gillilan (’26), of Hastings, Helen Meier (’36), of Fairfax, Va., died his mother in the house that had July 8, 2010. Helen spent five years died December 4, 2009. Sid Brown (‘59) served as the family’s home all of teaching elementary until she moved Sid’s life; so, Sid’s socializing on campus was a natural behavior. Bob Henry to Washington D.C. where she took 1930s recalled Sid’s reserved but questioning demeanor in the social science classes employment at the War Department Dorathea Welsch Cooper (‘30), of especially those of history with Dr. Schottenhamel. Sid had a social science as a Budget Analyst for the army Milford, died March 14, 2010. minor and was teacher certified in it. I think he was probably a great teacher until she retired in 1972. and coach but he was always open to other opportunities that challenged him. Margaret Adeline Mintle (’30), of For me, Sid was a motivating force in getting me involved in campus Glenwood, Iowa, died March 20, 2010. Doris Conwell Clark (’37), of activities and provided me with the necessary confidence in an academic Hillsboro, Ore., died June 6, 2007. and younger person environment. Sid got me involved with the production Theresa Clark (’32), of Waconia, of the “1957 Peruvian” in which we shared the responsibility of the sports Ronald Clark (’37), of Hillsboro, Ore., Minn., died in 2008. section. It was the first and last times that the basketball players’ pictures died April 19, 2010. He spent much of appeared on images of basketballs being dribbled by Coaches McIntyre and his life teaching economics, money, Edith Irene Durst (’32), of Johnson, Stemper. Our tenure with the production of the yearbook was short lived. banking, and music until 1976 when died April 4, 2010. She spent 22 years Sid got me involved in the drama club of which he was a member, although he retired. teaching for Omaha Public Schools I don’t recall him having a major part in any of the stage productions other and taught at various other schools than the College operetta, “Trial by Jury.” Sid was involved in the informal Grace Paul Nevius (’37), of Corning, throughout Nebraska until her performances such as variety shows, kangaroo courts and pep rallies. In pep Iowa, passed away. retirement in 1979. rallies, I usually performed as a media reporter and Sid was the visiting team’s coach. The dialog was really “corny:” “Well coach, what was your first biggest Herbert “Pat” Wall (’34), of Lincoln, Dorothy Oshel Ingraham (’38), of mistake you made in your loss to the Bob Cats?” Sid would reply, “Getting off died September 20, 2010. He was a Webster City, Iowa, died June 23, 2009. the bus!” WWII U.S. Army veteran and former Sid sang in the Peru State Chorus and the Peruvian Singers, but I did not Federal employee in soil conservation. get involved although, Mary, my future wife, was a lead singer in the groups. Pat’s Schipperke canines were his life. Glema Miers Mahr (’38), of on p. 13 Continued


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Diego, Calif., died October 31, 2005.

Continued from p. 12 Madisonville, Ky., died November 2, 2009. Glema was passionate for the arts and a very generous woman. She served the Red Cross, local Chamber, YMCA, and public library. An arts center was renamed after her.

Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph and then as an administrative assistant at Northwestern Bell. Marlene retired in 1990 and enjoyed traveling, volunteering and spending time with her family.

Eula Taylor McReynolds (’39), of Edgar, died June 10, 2007. She is survived by Keith McReynolds (’70) and Joe McReynolds.

William Saul (’48), of Logan, Utah died January 16, 2010.

1940s Mildred Kean Barnett (’40), of West Long Branch, N.J., died June 5, 2009.

Marjorie Sapp Vickers (’48), of Auburn, passed away. Frances Dougherty Highfield (’49), of Lincoln, died June 15, 2010.

Wilma Bartels Jordening (’40), of Lincoln, died September 12, 2010.

Robert Paap (’49), of Conover, N.C., died February 3, 2010.

Wilma Maher (’40), of Iowa, passed away on March 31, 2010.

1950s Robert Frank (’50), of Beatrice, died March 31, 2010. He worked as a postmaster until his retirement.

Dr. Russell Gorthey (’41), of Lincoln, died September 11, 2010. He was a retired physician and past president of several boards and associations including the State Medical Association, Lancaster County Medical Association, and Lincoln General Board of Trustees. Russell also served as moderator at First Plymouth Church and was a recipient of the Jack E. Elliott Award which is given to a Nebraska doctor who has contributed the most to Nebraska medical education. Dorothy Heard (’41), of Centennial, Colo., died April 1, 2010.

Lester Turner (’65), of Sarcoxie, Iowa, died July 7, 2010. Lester taught school until he retired in 1994. Through his years of teaching he established the wrestling program in Aurora, Mo., was named Teacher of the Year in Newton, Iowa, and was a Fulbright exchange teacher twice to Great Britain.

Donald Pieper (’67), of Friend, died March 3, 2010. He is a former teacher, coach, and principal of Clarks Centennial, Friend, and Axtell Public Schools. Viola Rodaway Maloy (’69), of Unadilla, died on May 13, 2010. 1970s Darlene Cogdill Boerger (’71), of Beatrice, died May 4, 2010. She served the Girl Scouts from 1985-2010 and

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Opal Reehle Mayfield (’50) of Tucson, Ariz., died February 27, 2010. She is survived by husband Oliver “Ollie” Mayfield (’50).

The search is on for missing alumni. If you can provide a current home address for any of the people listed here, we will be grateful—and so will they, especially when they start receiving the Stater again. Send information about missing alumni to the PSC Foundation, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010 or

Charlene Patterson Schwab (’50), of Fairbury, passed away. Maxine Ebert Stilwell (’51), of Unadilla, died July 21, 2010. She taught school and was active in many organizations.

Twila Albin Shell (’42), of Lincoln, died March 7, 2010.

Rollo Bebout (’53), of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died December 12, 2009. He served during the Korean War and was a self-employed carpenter.

Marlene Kuhl Havekost (’45), of Lincoln, died September 26, 2010. She taught country school in Johnson County then worked as a secretary at

Mary Dutton Reierson (’63), of Labadie, Miss., died July 31, 2009.

Ruth Forney Marshall (’67), of Pawnee City, died September 2, 2010.

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Elizabeth “Betty” Eis Marfice (’52), of Table Rock, died July 29, 2010.

Leo Gamble (’45), of Manteca, Calif., died December 24, 2008.

1960s Barbara Davis Speak (’60), of Davenport, Iowa died April 6, 2008.

Harold Howard (’50), died November 1, 1982.

Mildred Longfellow Meredith (’41), of Missoula, Mont., died April 12, 2010.

Edna Fleeschman Bornemeier (’43), of David City, died November 12, 2009.

Gilbert Swanson (’59), of Tempe, Ariz., died November 25, 2009.

Pat Thomas (’65), of Papillion, died September 21, 2010. Pat was the former Sheriff of Sarpy County Nebraska and currently was serving as Sarpy County Commissioner.

Sandra Percell (’56), of Wymore, died March 31, 2010. Sandra worked as a secretary at Tri County High School and had been a cook at the Wymore Good Samaritan Center. Bill McAdams (’57), of Russellville, Ark., died March 1, 2010. Gertrude Papst Chase (’57), of San

Class of 1981 Marvin Campbell David Gray Diane Hellerich Lori Holloway Dee Dreyer Janssen Jennifer Pugh McKim Kevin Niday Phyllis Wiggins Prater Tammy Riddle Debra Shallenberger Massoud Zarkesh Class of 1986 Brenda Aufdengarten Paula Dangerfield Larry Emnett Pamela Eubanks Lori Vice Hixson John Nissen Nancy Siefford Pride Sue Saathoff

Kimberly Winkler Sahin Lori Butler Salberg Brian Stambaugh Susan Wiedel Class of 1991 Todd Ashenfelter Lynnea Moyer Brooks Royce Drake Marlene Cunningham Fletcher Tamra Fletcher Cheryl Gilson Gabriele Greene Mitchell Guthrie Denise Hopf Nicholas Jones Tammy Mayfield Terry McCartney Julie Franklin Rakes Gurjit Samlok Daniel Shouse


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Continued from p. 13 taught Sunday school. Darlene enjoyed volunteer work, needlework and crafts and was an avid reader. Gerry Brammer McIntire (’71), of Auburn, died November 11, 2006.

Delbert Clifton, of Nemaha, died April 18, 2010. He was a long time mechanic/maintenance man at Peru State. Delbert is survived by son Delyn (’93) and wife LeeAnn Kadel (’92) Clifton.

Norma Jane Moyer (’71), of Kansas City, Mo., died April 29, 2010. She taught school for 43 years, in country schools and at Glenwood State Hospital School.

Benny Eugene Johnson, of Ellenton, Fla., died April 12, 2010.

Frances Silk (’71), of Griswold, Iowa, died June 6, 2007.

Carol Lambelet of Grand Island, died May 22, 2010.

Lawrence Bradley Jr. (’72) of Lenox, Iowa, died September 14, 2006.

Beverly Cowell Moody, of Auburn, died July 20, 2010.

1990s Christopher Bratcher (’93), of Omaha, died September 23, 2010. He was the former lead singer of the Nuclear Bees and was known as “Heavy C” on the Todd and Tyler Radio Show. Chris worked as a Manager for Tiburon Financial in Omaha. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, fall college football, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Vivian Roesch, of Falls City, died May 23, 2010. She taught for 25 years in Falls City as the Physical Education teacher, retiring in 1986. Vivian is survived by son Dr. Robert Roesch and daughter Glenda Roesch Nelson (’70).

Friends of the College Diane Downing Buethe, of Las Cruces, N.M., died December 4, 2009.

Robert Judd, of Auburn, died August 25, 2010.

Mary Alice Mertes (Peru Prep ’32), of Peru, died April 19, 2010. Verna Graves Newell (Peru Prep ’33), of Culver City, Calf., died April 1, 2010.

Leave A Legacy Remember PSC in Your Estate Plans “I named the PSC Foundation as a beneficiary of a percentage of my 401(k) plan. It's easy and allows me to continue giving to the College even after I’m gone." - SaraBeth Donovan, ’85 SaraBeth Donovan, class of ’85 and Foundation Board Chair, shows her Bobcat pride at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. For more information about planned giving, contact the PSC Foundation, (402) 872-2304 or

Lillian with PSC Student Senate members during Homecoming 2009. Lillian Schottenhamel, former PSC staff member and longtime proponent of education, passed away this fall leaving an inspirational legacy. Lillian Joan Machewitz Schottenhamel was born in Chicago on March 23, 1918. She married Dr. George Schottenhamel in 1946 soon after earning her teaching degree at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The Schottenhamels moved to Peru, Neb. in 1957 when George took a faculty position at Peru State College. The couple had planned to stay in Peru for only two years, however, their love and passion for the college, community and students kept them in Peru for the remainder of their lives. Lillian and George were very active within the college. While the couple had no children of their own, they devoted a lot of their time to PSC students – as much as if they were their own children. In 1962, Lillian instituted the PSC tours, a program that allowed students to travel to the East Coast, Southeast Canada, Civil War battlefields, and presidential libraries while earning college credits. Lillian enjoyed each trip and relished the experience and opportunity to help students learn. As a child, Lillian would often play ‘school’ and throughout her life believed that education was imperative to achieving success. She demonstrated this through her financial support of educational programs that directly benefitted students, including recognizing outstanding professors and instructors for their dedication to student success. Lillian took pride in being a role model for students and helping pave the way for those who followed her lead into an educational career. Both George and Lillian loved Peru State College and the community which became their home. Lillian was a charter member and editor of the Peru Printout. She was a member of the Gandies, which spearheaded the restoration and care of Peru’s Trace Trail, a charter member of the Peru Museum Board, a lifetime member of the Nature Center in Nebraska City, and an active member of St. Clara’s Catholic Church. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband George in 1987, parents and a brother. She is survived by her sister Virginia O’Flaherty of Palm Harbor, Fla. and nieces and nephews.


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Schneider Named MCAC Administrator of the Year PSC Athletic Director Steve Schneider has been named the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Administrator of the Year. MCAC Commissioner Al Waller announced the honor following a vote of the Conference’s Board of Faculty Athletic Representatives. Schneider said, “It is an honor to be recognized by the MCAC. The best part of my job is working with the outstanding student athletes and coaches who call Peru State College home, and I look forward to another outstanding year for Bobcat athletics.” PSC President Dan Hanson said, “We are proud to have an administrator of Steve’s caliber at Peru State. While he has only been on staff a short time, Steve has made a tremendous impact on our athletic programs and community outreach. I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.” Schneider came to PSC in April 2009 from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont where he most recently served as vice president for institutional advancement. Prior to that appointment he was the director of athletics from 1992-2007 and assistant to the director of athletics from 1985-89. Schneider is an experienced football coach, having served as a head coach, defensive coordinator, position coach, strength and conditioning specialist, and as a recruiter. He served as head softball coach from 1988-92 and was an assistant professor of physical education. Schneider has also worked closely with the Eastern Nebraska

Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee Seeks Nominations

Steve Schneider Community Office on Retardation as a residential manager and a residential associate. Schneider is a member of the American Football Coaches Association; American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He has been very involved in the Fremont community with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Fremont Family YMCA, the United Way, area booster clubs and Rotary International. Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Midland Lutheran College in 1980 and master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1985.

The Athletic Hall of Fame will be celebrating its 25th year at PSC in the fall of 2011. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which is comprised of distinguished PSC alumni and friends, is seeking nominations for consideration for next year’s induction. Peru State College honors athletes in four categories: an individual, team, a coach, or a meritorious service inductee. They represent the legion of Bobcats who have contributed to Peru State College’s rich athletic tradition and earned their place in the Hall of Fame. The purpose of the Athletic Hall

of Fame is to foster an appreciation of the past, an enjoyment of the present and an anticipation of the future accomplishments of the Bobcat’s flourishing athletic programs. Those interested in making a nomination are encouraged to complete a nomination form and submit supporting documentation and research to the Foundation. The form is available online at http:// For more information or to submit a nomination, contact the Peru State College Foundation at (402) 872-2304, or send an email to

Where in the World are You? The search is on for missing alumni. If you can provide a current home address for any of the people listed here, we will be grateful—and so will they, especially when they start receiving the Stater again. Send information about missing alumni to the PSC Foundation, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010 or Class of 2001 Erica Bodzek Dedra Davies Braxmeyer Dawn Schuster Brixey Rebecca Campbell Valery Richter Carter Ndiogou Cisse John Ferguson William Freeman Kelly Graves Gregg Harpin Janette Harrington Ann Helwig Stephanie Huffman Michelle Hutt Jill Jimenez Julie Johnson Donald Kingsley Marcy Krolikowski Heather Johnsen Kulus

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