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Fall 2012 Vol. 57, No. 2

Sapp Brothers’ Gift Kicks Off Two Big Projects at PSC Bill and Lee Sapp of Sapp Bros. Travel Centers and petroleum have pledged $500,000 to jump start the new Peru State Oak Bowl project. The Sapp brothers’ gift is the largest, single, non-estate gift in PSC’s history. The funds are being donated in honor of Bill and Lee’s mother, Emilie Hubka Sapp and their sisters Veloura Sapp Barnard and Zelma Sapp Drake, all three women attended Peru State and were teachers in rural in Rural Nebraska schools. Bill Sapp said, “Our family understands the importance of education. During the Great Depression, our father, a cattle feeder, lost everything. Our mother, being a very positive person, encouraged her children to go to college, as an education is something no one can ever take away.

We are making this gift to honor our mother and sisters who spent their lives educating others.” Lee Sapp said, “Our family is very important to us. I couldn’t have had a better mother and sisters. All our accomplishments are due to their strength, love, faith and focus on the importance of education. By helping Peru State, we are helping students throughout southeast Nebraska get a quality education at a reasonable price.” PSC President Dan Hanson said, “Thanks to the generosity of Bill and Lee Sapp, Peru State is another step closer to realizing an important vision for our future. I want to thank them for investing in the future of Lee Sapp, Bill and Lucille Sapp, Zelma Sapp Drake, Ilma Gottula our college, students and southeast Nebraska. Their gift is a wonderful Continued on page 6

Peru State Receives Ten Year Continuing Accreditation

On June 12, 2012, Peru State The HLC recommends that Peru the past decade have resulted in a College announced that it received State’s next review be in 2021-2022, strong, vibrant academic institution. continuing accreditation for the next the maximum time possible between This is the best possible outcome and represents a strong endorsement of 10 years from the Higher Learning reviews. Commission of the North Central PSC President Dan Hanson said, Peru State.” Association of Colleges and Schools. “Fully meeting all of the HLC’s Hanson cited a few of the college’s PSC has been accredited by the accreditation criteria has become successes over the past decade, organization since 1915. increasingly unusual in higher including: Only 30 percent of all higher education. Our success can be directly • 55 percent enrollment growth. education institutions accredited by attributed to the mission-centered • $55+ million investment in campus HLC require no follow-up, putting work of our faculty and staff and infrastructure. the college among the top institutions their focus on student achievement. • Partnership with the University of in the North Central Association. Their hard work and dedication over Nebraska Medical Center’s Rural

Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) and Public Health Early Admissions Student Track. • U.S. News and World Report ranking as second in the nation for value for out-of-state students. • Creation of the One Rate, Any State program, which allows all students to attend Peru State for the same rate, regardless of residency. • Development of an Institute for Community Engagement. • Creation of the Distinguished Speaker Series, which has featured Holocaust survivor Elane Geller; former skinhead Frank Meeink; civil rights activist and Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown-Trickey; Mahatma Gandhi’s Continued on page 6


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Greetings from Peru State Dear Friends, The fall semester is well underway and the Campus of a Thousand Oaks is buzzing with activity. There’s a lot of exciting news to share since the last issue of the Peru Stater. It’s a pleasure to inform you that Peru State has received continuing accreditation for the next 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC recommends that the college’s next review be in 2021-22 - the maximum time possible between reviews. Only 30 percent of all higher education institutions require no follow-up, putting the college among the top institutions in the North Central Association. I cannot overstate the significance of this accomplishment, which represents two years of preparation and a decade of hard work. Our success can be directly attributed to the mission-centered work of our faculty and staff and their focus on student achievement. The spring brought other fantastic news. Thanks to the leadership of District 1 State Senator Lavon Heidemann, $7.5 million was appropriated

by the Nebraska Legislature to renovate the historic Oak Bowl – the largest single appropriation by the State in the college’s 145-year history. Total costs for the Oak Bowl renovation, including a Fieldhouse, are estimated at $14.2 million. Work will begin this fall on the field, stadium and concourse area and is expected to be completed in time for next year’s football season. To complete the project in its entirety, the college has begun work to generate private gifts and donations. This funding could not have come at a better time for the college. It is a critical enhancement to one of the most visible aspects of Peru State. A revitalized Oak Bowl will allow Peru State to be competitive both on the field and in student recruitment. As one of the largest outdoor facilities in southeast Nebraska, the lighted, turfed field will be used for a variety of athletic, academic and co-curricular events, including band competitions, camps and high school football play-offs. Another important renovation to a campus facility was completed this fall - the $5.5 million renovation of Eliza Morgan Hall. While the wom-

College President Dr. Dan Hanson PSC Foundation Board of Directors

SaraBeth Donovan (‘85), Chair - Vienna, VA Mike Guilliatt (‘67), Vice Chair - Fremont, NE Judson Douglas III (attended ‘56), Treasurer - Lincoln, Neb. Chuck Niemeyer (‘65) - Secretary - Ashland, NE Larry (‘71) & Sue Green - Miramar Beach, FL Cindy (‘82) & Tim (‘84) Hoffman - Lincoln, Neb. Fred (‘73) & Pam Robertson - Westlake Village, CA Rod Vandeberg - Falls yCity, Neb. Dennis Wittmann - Auburn, Neb.

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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.

between it and the Student Center. The space was officially dedicated Sapp Plaza at this fall’s Homecoming celebration in honor of the generous $500,000 gift made to the Oak Bowl Project by Bill Sapp and Lee Sapp of Sapp Brothers Travel Centers and Petroleum. There is the largest single non-estate gift in the institution’s history. The Sapps donated the funds to honor their mother, Emilie Hubka Sapp, and sisters Veloura Sapp Barnard and Zelma Sapp Drake, all of whom attended Peru State and taught in Nebraska country schools. Please share with your family and friends news of the exciting initiatives underway at Peru State. As our alumni and friends, your personal testimonials are some of our best recruitment tools. Please also pay us a visit soon to see some of this forward Dr. Dan Hanson momentum first-hand! You always en’s residence hall has been modern- have an open invitation to return to ized and rejuvenated, we were care- your college. ful to ensure that its historic integrity All the Best, was retained. It has become the kind of residence hall we need to compete effectively in student recruitment. We continue to explore ways to fund the Dan Hanson, Ph.D. much-needed renovation of Delzell President Hall and the Student Center. As part of the Morgan Hall renovation, a new plaza area was created

Editor: R. Todd Simpson, Executive Director, PSC Foundation Managing Editor/Writer: Brooke Ashford (‘12) Graphic Design: Kellen Sailors (‘12), Graphic Design Artist Copy Editor: Emily Crom (‘13) Contributing Writers: Regan Anson (‘11), Director, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs Photography: Dr. Bill Clemente, PSC Professor of English PSC Foundation Staff Rebecca Johnson (‘05), Graphic Design Artist, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs Kellen Sailors (‘12), Graphic Design Artist Ted Harshbarger (‘77) 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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Students Register to Vote

Foundation and NAA on the Move Stepping-Up! What a terrific time in the life of Peru State! If you have been on campus recently, you know what I mean. A number of facility renovations … improvements to the campus grounds … energized students, faculty and staff… and leadership, starting at the very top, that has earned wide respect for vision, hard work and authenticity. Everyone is stepping-up! Hopefully, you have heard about the long overdue upgrading of the Oak Bowl. Thanks to the State of Nebraska stepping-up for the College, and some significant private gifting commitments made at just the right time, the first part of the Oak Bowl project can begin. (Please know, Peru State still needs to raise significant funds to fully complete the project. The Foundation is leading the effort and all alumni and friends will have a chance to participate.) In addition, the Peru State College Foundation Board of Directors has stepped-up financially in unprecedented fashion, personally committing nearly $300,000 toward needed and highly important major improvements to the College’s (and the community’s) main entrance … Park Avenue from Casey’s to the campus. Significant improvements designed for student safety and appearance are planned for the street, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. Peru State is also preparing detailed documents to formally describe both the rationale and specific plans for major renovations of the Student Center and Delzell Hall. These “program statements” are the required first steps the College must take en route to initiating those important projects … projects which will also require major philanthropic support in the not too distant future. As major projects are completed, and new projects outlined, everyone in the Peru State family will hear more “stepping-up” language. Now is the right time for all who understand and appreciate Peru State (and that includes you, I know) to consider their own stepping-up commitments to ensure a vibrant future for the College. Please make a personal commit-


R. Todd Simpson ment today to give at least yearly to the Annual Fund. Each year the Annual Fund helps the Foundation provide essential scholarships, College educational programming, alumni relations efforts, and more. So when you receive a letter or phone call, please step up. Next, please consider making a “philanthropic investment” in Peru State’s future by stepping-up toward one, or more, of the above described capital projects. There are several needs … let the Foundation know which of them might be a good fit for you; the staff will be happy to get back to you with any information you need. Finally, if Peru State has been an important part of your life, or of your community, please consider including the Foundation in your estate plans. An estate gift, such as a bequest, is a wonderful way to step-up for the future of the College. Doing so will make you a member of the 1867 Society and will ensure that your support of Peru State will become an important part of your legacy. The Foundation is happy to provide any information you need on estate gifts, etc. Thank you for your continued interest and support … and for stepping-up for Peru State! Go Cats! Live Blue! Todd Simpson, CFRE Executive Director Peru State College Foundation

Phi Alpha Theta, the social science club, along with the Black Student Union student organization at PSC held a two day student registration and absentee ballot request booth at the Student Center. The booth was to promote civic engagement with the upcoming election. Joyce Oakley, Nemaha County Clerk, was invited to campus to assist the student organizations in processing students’ registrations and requests. During the lunch hour on Oct. 2 & 3, over 50 students registered to vote and more than 60 students requested absentee ballots. Ms. Oakley was overwhelmed with the numbers of students who were anxious to participate in this civic engagement effort. As a result, Ms.

Oakley returned to the PSC campus on Oct. 11th to collect absentee ballots for those registered in Nemaha County. Student organization sponsors Kristi Nies and Dr. Sara B. Crook, were very pleased with the enthusiasm of their student members in organizing and promoting this voter awareness event at PSC. Several other student organizations also approached these two groups to lend their assistance. Dr. Crook commented that, “The enthusiasm among the students at PSC to take an active role in the upcoming election is a confirmation of our students’ desire to make a difference in their world.”

Interested in other opportunities to connect with PSC alumni? Here are some other upcoming events for your calendar: • 11/08/12 - Alumni and Friends Lincoln Area Meet & Greet at HiMark Golf Course • 12/07/12 - 12/08/12 - Holiday Madrigal Dinner 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center • 01/26/13 - Alumni Chili Feed at PSC Bobcat basketball vs. Central Methodist University Women’s game at 2:00 p.m. Men’s game at 4:00 p.m. in the AWAC • 02/05/13 - Faculty Recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall • 02/19/13 - Alumni and Friends Omaha Meet & Greet at Tiburon Golf Club at 6:00 p.m. • 02/25/13 - Iran Awakening: Dr. Shirin Ebadi at 7:00 p.m. in the College Theater • 03/19/13 - Southeast Nebraska Career Fair 9:00 a.m. in the AWAC • 03/21/13 -03/23/13- Production of Marmalade at 7:30 p.m. in the College Theatre • 03/24/13 - Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. • 04/12/13 -04/13/13- An Evening with The Madrigal Singers at 7:30 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall • 04/23/13 - Misty Blues Show Choir & Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the College Theatre


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Peru Alum Battles Cancer with Joy “Nobody is happy that they have cancer, but you can have cancer and be happy.” This tagline has become the philosophy in which Joy Huber lives by. Joy is a 1999 Peru State graduate and a stage four cancer survivor. On March 24, 2010, at the young age of 33, Joy was diagnosed with NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma. When many people would ask, “why me?” Joy asked, “why not me?” Joy chose not to waste her time being upset so she turned her fear into happiness and prepared to fight head on. “I could have kept crying, but where would that get me?” she said. In July, Joy celebrated her third birthday since her diagnosis. When asked if she had any special plans, Joy said, “My birthday will never again be just another day.” Using her gift of gab, her head for business and talent for presentation, Joy has managed to turn her diagnosis into a creative way to help others who are struggling. Through Joy’s various venues such as her live presentations, the “Cancer with Joy” website, various workshops and published book, Cancer with Joy, she has been able to touch the lives of many people who are facing any obstacle in life. Joy even accomplished one of her life-long dreams by co-writing a country song, “Bright Side Effects.”

Joy Huber The song details Joy’s journey in the year after her diagnosis. Joy explained that a bright side effect was something good that comes out of something bad that happens. She detailed one of her own personal bright side effects, “When I had to undergo chemo therapy, I lost all of my hair; that was the most emotionally painful part of having cancer.” Instead of being upset about losing her hair, Joy realized that she would no longer have to shave her legs. Joy then had a lot of fun putting on wig fashion show on her personal Facebook page, so that all of her friends could vote for their favorite look.

Joy is driven by choice, “attitude is a choice; everyone chooses how they respond to adversity.” Almost one year to the day of Joy’s diagnosis she was able to publish her book, Cancer with Joy. The book tells inspirational stories of people struggling with a cancer diagnosis and how they chose to deal with it. Cancer with Joy also serves as a cancer resource guide that Joy put together through her own experience and from the stories given to her by many other people facing cancer. Joy loves to think back to her time at PSC where she was assistant editor for the Peru State Times, and where her and her friends referred to themselves as the, “Fab 7.” Of course Joy was disheartened when she graduated and in her absence the group changed their name to the, “Sexy 6.” Joy remembers the nights playing hide and seek on campus and being a part of some interesting joy rides with her friends. Joy’s most memorable trait was her personalized license plate that in retrospect was a clear precursor to her future it simply read, “TALK.” It wasn’t just all fun and games for Joy at PSC; Joy was a good student whom her professors remember fondly. Some of Joy’s most influential instructors were Kristi Nies, Dr. Bill

Clemente, and the late Tony McCrann. Joy says that it was the presentation assignments given in Dr. Holtz’s classes that really helped hone her skills and get her ready for a career in public speaking. When asked to describe his former student, Dr. Dan Holtz said, “Joy is a sparkler, because she lights up a room.” Dr. Holtz also adds, “Joy was one of the most gregarious, outgoing students that I ever had: in fact, probably the most gregarious.” Through the years, Joy has kept in touch with Peru State, even returning in 2009 to give a presentation about women in the business world. Like many alumni that leave PSC, Joy still considers The Campus of a Thousand Oaks as a home away from home. Recently Joy moved back to Nebraska from Nashville, TN, where she lived while she expanded her business in public speaking and music. Joy most recently served as an extra on the new T.V. drama, “Nashville,” which premiered on October 10th of this year. Joy is living her life to the fullest and will never take things for granted. PSC is proud to call her an alum and Joy is a prime example of what it truly means to Live Blue, she is a true Bobcat.

National Alumni Association Welcome Freshmen

Alumnus Bill Witty visits with a parent during Freshmen Move-in Day

The National Alumni Association (NAA) sponsored refreshment stations for Freshmen Move-In Day on August 17, 2012. The stations were set up in the entrances to Delzell Hall and Eliza Morgan Hall. NAA Board members, Mike Guilliatt and Carlos Harrison, along with Alumnus Bill Witty, passed out cookies and lemonade to incoming freshmen and their families as they welcomed the newcomers to their first day on the PSC Campus. They also provided guests with a few PSC souvenirs.

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Celebrating the Class of 1962

The Class of 1962: Front - Left: to Right Linda Bell, Gordon Ohnoutka Back - Left to Right: Ray Meister, Glenn Irwin, Gaylin Sudik

Above: Dr. Otto Rath and Mrs. Janet Rath at the Shenandoah Meet & Greet Below: Dr. Dan Hanson and Janet Rath at the Shenandoah Meet & Greetz

On September 28, 2012 members of the class of 1962 stepped back on to the campus of Peru State for their 50-Year Reunion Celebration. The classes of 1961 and 1963 were also invited to join their fellow Bobcats at the event. The festivities kicked off with a registration reception in the library. While the PSC ambassadors took the guests on tours of The Campus of a Thousand Oaks, several classmates stayed behind to take in the beauty of the library and tell stories of their own days studying in the old library (Now the CATS building). Before dinner, guests were invited to a reception at the home of PSC President, Dr. Dan Hanson, and his wife, Elaine. The Hansons treated guests to a variety of delicious appetizers while everyone chatted with old and new friends. Friday’s events were capped off with a banquet in honor of the class of 1962. Todd Simpson, Executive Director of The Foundation, presented the class with engraved medals to honor the special milestone occasion. After a special presentation from Dr. Hanson, to update everyone on the progress at Peru State, guests of the banquet enjoyed some afterdinner entertainment by The Ethnic

Singers. This group is made up of all PSC Alumni from the 1960’s. The Ethnic Singers have been playing together since their days studying to be music educators at PSC. Their 60s folk music was a big hit with everyone who attended the banquet. On Saturday, the 50-Year attendees were honored guests for all of the Peru State Homecoming festivities. The morning kicked off with reserved seating at the annual Homecoming Parade. During the Festival on the Quad tailgate party, guests had private reserved tables where they could enjoy the complimentary lunch served by Creative Dining. The 50-Year Reunion events culminated with reserved seating with President Hanson for the Homecoming football game. A 50-Year Reunion Celebration is a once in a lifetime event that marks a special milestone in someone’s life. PSC Foundation, faculty, staff and students succeeded in making this event a success so that guests would have memories to last a lifetime. If you are interested in finding out how to RSVP for next year’s 50-year Celebration, honoring the class of 1963, please contact the Peru State College Foundation at (402)872-2304.

Alumni Meet & Greet in Shenandoah On July 26, 2012, the Peru State College National Alumni Association and PSC alumnus, Carlos Harrison, hosted an Alumni and Friends Meet and Greet in Shenandoah, IA. Around 20 guests came to The Sanctuary, a small upscale restaurant in Shenandoah, to relax and reconnect with other PSC alumni. Guests enjoyed an array of first-class finger foods in a beautifully decorated dining room, that at one time, served as a church.  Carlos Harrison, class of 1951, was pleased to be able to visit with

several members of his graduating class. Dr. Sara Crook was on hand to give a presentation about this year’s Trails and Tales tour, and PSC president, Dan Hanson, wowed the crowd with a short run down of all of the updates and projects taking place on The Campus of a Thousand Oaks.  Both Dr. and Mrs. Hanson spent some time visiting with all of the attendees as they discussed the exciting things that are happening at PSC. 


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Sapp Brothers Cont. way to honor their beloved mother and sisters who dedicated so much of their lives to teaching others.” In honor of the Sapp family and their gift to Peru State, a newly constructed recreation facility on campus has been named in their honor. Sapp Plaza is located just behind Eliza Morgan Hall and contains seating, a fire pit and a brand new barbecue grill. The area has been professionally landscaped and is there for the enjoyment of students and visitors to participate in outdoor activities on PSC’s campus. Visitors to campus are more than welcome to walk through and enjoy the area. Earlier this year the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 968, which appropriates $7.5 million toward the Oak Bowl’s renovation. Total costs for the Oak Bowl project, including a fieldhouse, are estimated to be around $14.2 million. To complete the project in its entirety the college is working to generate private gifts and donations. The renovations would include expanded seating areas, new restrooms

and concession facilities, a plaza area and a press box. The project will also lower Fifth Street to provide handicapped accessibility to the field. The field itself will be resurfaced with artificial turf. Player’s facilities will also be redone, offering upgraded showers, laundry facilities and meeting rooms. The work on the stadium renovations began at the end of October 2012. The progress will take place in phases beginning with the stadium and then next year work will begin on the field itself. If the college is able to raise enough funds, the work could possibly be done over the course of one year and be completely finished in time for next year’s football season. On October 20, 2012 the Bobcats played their final game in the current Oak Bowl stadium. Many alumni and guests joined students to say goodbye to the end of an era and the beginning of the future for Bobcats everywhere. The event was celebrated with a chili feed during the game and a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off the construction.

The Oak Bowl project is the first of two big projects being planned at PSC. The Campus Entrance project is a project that would improve the safety and appearance of the area along Park Avenue from Casey’s General Store to the campus entrance. Right now, there is no sidewalk between the Centennial Complex and Casey’s, putting the safety of students at risk. One narrow sidewalk is the only route that students can take from the Complex to campus and they are often very close to traffic traveling on the busy street. This Campus Entrance project will include widened sidewalks on either side of the street for safer foot traffic for students and other visitors to campus. There will also be much needed improvements to the street itself, as well as increased lighting and updated, more efficient curbs and gutters. The college expects to raise funds for the entrance project through the Nebraska Department of Roads, the city of Peru and the Community Development Block Grant program. Peru State College Foundation board members have personally pledged

Zelma Sapp Drake, Lee Sapp, Ilma Gottula, Bill Sapp, Lucille Sapp, Dr. Dan and Elaine Hanson

close to $300,000; leaving about $1.25 million still needed from other donors to complete the project. Dr. Hanson said, “The state’s willingness to invest in our future is largely due to the college’s progress and forward momentum over the past several years.” For more information regarding the Oak Bowl or the Campus Entrance projects or how to help in the early stages of the process, contact the Peru State College Foundation at or (402) 8722304

Accreditation Continued... grandson, Arun Gandhi; Bawa (Cameroon) Health Initiative CoFounder Dr. Dennis Richardson; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario and former Green Party candidate for president and consumer advocate Ralph Nader. • Development of the Student Engagement Enhancement (SEE) Initiative. Fifteen faculty members were awarded $43,000 this year in mini-grants as a way to encourage creativity and innovation in teaching to enhance the student learning experience. • Scholarship program that directly rewards student engagement and leadership. • Revitalized Honors Program. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Students and Advisors Earn Top Honors in National Competition Peru State has had many successful co-curricular activities in the past, but recently the PBL chapter has received national honors in several areas. Three Peru State College students recently earned first place at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. PBL is a state and national business association. The competition focused on a wide range of business-related tests, including subjects ranging from financial analysis and economic concepts to human resource management and business ethics. Peru State’s national champions are: Kesha Beethe, (Tecumseh) won first place in the Job Interview category and was part of the three-person team that won fourth place in Community

Service Project. Will Fogle, (Peru) won first place in the category of Cyber Security and fifth place in the Networking Concepts category. Fogle is a twotime national champion, having won first place last year in Database Design & Applications. He also won second place honors in the Computer Applications category in 2011. Alex Klippert, (Hamburg, IA) won first place in Justice Administration. Seven PSC students finished in the top 10 nationally in each of their categories, and six others placed within the top 15. More than just PSC students were recognized during the national competition; Peru State’s PBL advisors were also honored for their hard work and dedication to the organization.


Back Row - Left to Right: Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan, Jamie Theye, Debbie Trecek, Richard Oppitz, Andrew Conn Front Row - Left to Right: Mary Martin, Alex Klippert, Mallory Lempka, Kesha Beethe, John Beal, Will Fogle

Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan, the PSC programs and projects advancing the Assistant Professor of Business and goals of FBLA-PBL. PSC President Dan Hanson said, PBL Advisor, already held the title of Nebraska’s PBL Advisor of the Year, “Providing undergraduate students but in San Antonio, she was named the opportunity to present their work the National PBL Advisor of the Year. at a national conference is just one Peru State’s Associate Athletic example of Peru State’s efforts to create Director/Sports Information unique opportunities for student Director and Nebraska PBL’s State engagement and active learning. Their Advisor, Ted Harshbarger, earned success is a tribute to their hard work third in the Professional Division’s and dedication. I congratulate each Current Business Topics competition. on their outstanding achievements.” Harshbarger was also recognized for having been elected to a three-year term on the FBLA-PBL’s National Board of Directors. As a chapter, Peru State was recognized with the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit in recognition and appreciation of their active participation in


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The Distinguished Speaker Series

Somaly Mam

Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Updates Around The Campus of a Thousand Oaks: • 27 new employees have been welcomed to PSC since January 1st of 2012. The individuals come from various backgrounds to fill a variety of positions in departments all over campus. Stop by The Campus of a Thousand Oaks and say hello to one of the many new faces. • The renovations to Eliza Morgan Hall are finally complete. The entirely remodeled building now offers modern furniture, updated common areas and a fitness area as well as other amenities for the students residing there.

Peru State will host two international and influential individuals in the 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series. This year’s speakers focus their work on bringing awareness to some very critical international issues. Somaly Mam presented, “The Lost Road to Innocence,” on Monday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. in the College Theater. Mam’s presentation focuses on her life experiences in human trafficking, specifically child sexual slavery and her work to support victim’s recovery and anti-trafficking organizations. In 2009, Mam was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and was featured as a CNN Hero. She is the recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC) and Glamour Magazine’s 2006 Woman of the Year Award. She has also won accolades from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Shirin Ebadi presents, “Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope,” on Monday, February 25th at 7 p.m. in the College Theater.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ebadi is the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to win the coveted prize. As a woman in Iran, Ebadi’s life has paralleled the dramatic changes within her country, and her call for dissent and support for human rights has rung clear during the political and religious upheaval in the Middle East. A towering figure with a commanding voice that will not be silenced, Ebadi courageously champions democracy and basic human rights for women, children and all individuals. Her influence extends far beyond the borders of her country, inspiring hope that Islam, democracy and all human rights can co-exist despite the challenges faced in these turbulent times. Ebadi has three books published, “The Golden Cage: Three Borhters, Three Choices, One Destiny,” “Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country” and “Shirin Ebadi: Champion for Human Rights In Iran (Modern Peacemakers).” More information on both speakers can be found online at www.peru. edu/speakerseries.

• In Delzell Hall, the Great Hall and lounge have been spruced up with new furniture, fresh paint and a movie screen with surround sound for the students.

Where in the world are you?

• The recently completed Sapp Plaza, located between Morgan Hall and The Student Center, contains picnic tables, a fire pit, benches and a gas grill.

The search is on for missing 2008 alumni. If you can provide a Robert Lindsey current home address for any Michael Mertens of the people listed here, we Thomas Griebel will be grateful-and so will Dudley Baker they, especially when they start Renald Jones receiving the Stater again. 2009 Send information about Lauren Steadman missing alumni to: Elizabeth Cunningham PSC Foundation Joseph Venditte PO Box 10 Dwayne Belle Peru, Ne 68421-0010 James Oltman or

• Security updates around campus include: bike patrols, new lighting in all parking lots and several other areas across campus, secure access systems for residence halls, the game room and the fitness center and increased video surveillance in the residence halls, parking lots and other key areas on campus. • The Cafeteria and Bob Inn have both received a fresh paint job along with their updates. The Bob Inn now offers more food options and The Cafeteria has also been updated and reorganized. There are now more healthy options and better labeling And…you can now use credit and debit cards at all Dining locations. • TJ Majors has a new computer lab built entirely by PSC students. The CATS and the Library computer labs have been upgraded to all new computers.


Shannon Saathoff James Brown Bristol Kelsay Karla Harpenau Linsey Stangl


Darcy Linn Katie Merrill Amy Smith Galen Briggs Matthew Harris

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What’s in the Headlines for PSC Students and Faculty: • Three Peru State Education Association members were selected to represent future Nebraska educators at the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Washington D.C.

PSC Launches the Institute for Community Engagement

• Dr. Greg Galardi, PSC Dean of Professional Studies, has been reappointed as the Associate Editor of the Lambda Alpha Epsilon Journal of the American Criminal Justice Association. • The Nebraska Court of Appeals convened on Peru State’s campus on September 13th. This visit marked the first time that the court has convened at an undergraduate higher education institution. • The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) through the University of Nebraska Medical Center has now been expanded to Peru State College. RHOP is designed to encourage rural students to pursue health care careers. • 24 students were inaugurated in to PSC’s first chapter of Rotaract Club, sponsored by local Rotary clubs in Auburn, Falls City, Humboldt, Nebraska City and Pawnee City.

Julie Taylor-Costello, Ph.D., M.s., B.A.

On August 1, 2012, The Institute for Community Engagement (ICE) began its mission, with Julie Taylor-Costello leading the way as its director. The ICE will create opportunities for students to engage with society and apply what they are learning in ways that foster a greater understanding of the leadership role they can play

in community development. The ICE coordinates relevant learning experiences that are integrated with the college’s academic programs.  Projects and courses are designed to make an impact at the community level, broadly defined in terms of scope and location, but with a special emphasis on southeast Nebraska. Director, Julie Taylor-Costello outlined some of the goals of the ICE at PSC: • Creating a general studies course, Community Development, that will allow students to become engaged in more ways in addition to learning in the classroom –working within a community (campus, local, regional, or abroad) to help students apply what they are learning to a real issue or problem facing that community. The ICE will provide the opportunities to practice, apply, and develop communication, leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. • Providing students with leadership/facilitation certifications or certificate of completion, which

• PSC’s First Lady, Elaine Hanson, graduated from the Leadership Nebraska program. Leadership Nebraska works to develop and motivate leaders throughout the state. • More than 100 individuals from The Nebraska’s chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning attended the Nebraska Give & Gain Conference, held on the PSC campus this year.

PSC’s first Rotaract Club inauguration


upon completion of the course, they can add this to their resume – giving them a developmental/ personal/professional edge over most students graduating from other colleges and universities. • Working with students and faculty to increase the amount of independent research and independent study experiences – providing students with opportunities to find what they are passionate about and put that passion to good use – giving them tools to engage in these activities, support throughout the process, and academic credit. • Working on a community development experience abroad – helping to broaden the scope of experiences had by students – to help them learn from other cultures – not only to help them apply what they are learning, but to also help them grow as individuals and as better professionals when the graduate. • The ICE hopes to create opportunities to help students become more engaged and to help them apply what they are learning in meaningful ways.


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PSC Athletes Win Swenson Award Every year at Peru State, one female and one male outstanding student-athlete is recognized to receive the Bert Swenson Award. The recipient of the award is chosen based on not only their participation in athletics, but their outstanding character, personality, service, and loyalty to Peru State College. Each coach may nominate an individual in his or her program that exemplifies the standards established for the honor. The athletic department staff selects the winners by secret ballot. The winners are presented a watch provided by the Swenson family through the PSC Foundation. The Swenson award was created by Bert and Stella Swenson as a memorial to their son, Bert Jr., who passed at 13-months old. Bert Swenson Sr. was a Peru State football team captain and class president, graduating in 1909. In 2009, the late Bert Swenson Sr. was inducted in to the PSC Hall of Fame. The 2012-2013 Swenson Award winners were Jake Mertens (Hastings) and Lyndsay Drumm (Bennington). The recipients were recognized during the Bobcat football game against Baker University. Jake Mertens graduated with honors from PSC last spring, with a degree in Sport Management and Exercise Science. In playing only seven games for the Bobcats, (his season was cut short due to injury) Mertens was able to earn HAAC honorable

Coach Mark Matthews, Elaine Hanson, Dr. Dan Hanson, Lyndsay Drumm, Pat Mertens mention recognition for his achievements. Currently, Mertens works as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach in New Jersey. Due to his team competing in their first football game of the season, Mertens could not personally attend the Swenson Award ceremony, but his father, Pat, accepted the award on his behalf. This was the second time Pat Mertens had ac-

cepted a Swenson award, being a recipient himself in 1986. It is believed that this is the first time in PSC history that the award has been given to both father and son. Lyndsay Drumm also graduated with honors last May with a degree in Marketing. Drumm was a fouryear pitcher on the Bobcat softball team. Drumm earned HAAC honorable mention and was among the top

Crawford Receives Champions of Character Award Tim Crawford (Omaha) received the NAIA Champions of Character Award for the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcats at the Paducah Convention Center during the banquet to kick off the 2012 NAIA Baseball National Championship. One member from each of the five teams in the tournament received a COC award. Crawford earned the award based on the NAIA Champions of Character core values: • Integrity - Internal traits that guide behavior

• Respect - Treating others the way you want to be treated • Responsibility - The social force that binds me to the group • Sportsmanship - Following the rules, spirit, and etiquette of athletic competition • Servant leadership - Serving the greater good The baseball season left Crawford with an 8-3 record as one of the Bobcat pitchers. He had an ERA of 4.77 in his 54.2 innings pitched.  With his eight wins, Crawford will

find himself in the Bobcat baseball pitching single season records in a tie for third with five other hurlers. Crawford is a K-12 health and physical education major with a coaching minor. In the fall, Crawford will finish his coursework and then begin his student teaching in the Spring of 2013.

Tim Crawford

20 HAAC leaders in conference play in 12 different categories. Drumm was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America All-District 6 team. This was the first honoree from PSC for the COSIDA in over 15 years.

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Bobcat Baseball Reaches New Heights in 2012

the national top 25 poll. Nationally, the Bobcats ended the season with three members of the team ranked in individual categories among all other players in NAIA Division I. Senior J.L. Thomason (Holt, FL) finished ranked first in Fielding Pct. (1.000).  Senior Jeff Eubank (Fort Pierce, FL) finished the season ranked 11th in triples (37) and 16th in runs In their inaugural season in the and giving them their first Heart batted in per game (1.132). Will Scott Heart of America Athletic Conference of America Conference tournament (Defuniak Springs, FL) ranked 19th in (HAAC), the Bobcats finished the championship.  wins (10). regular season with a 15-11 conference The ‘Cats were selected as the Seven members were recipients of record, allowing them to be the third fourth seed in the Paducah, Ky. HAAC post-season honors.  Earning seed in the HAAC Western Division Regional tournament, where they first team recognition were Eubank, Tournament, held in St. Joseph, MO.   won their first game over Grand Jonathan Castillo (Patterson, NJ) and The ‘Cats got off to a great start in View University (IA) 5-3. The team Kyle Fredrickson (Omaha).   the division tournament with a then went on to face eventual Senior, Gustavo Arcia (Caracas, 6-0 victory against the top-seeded regional winner LSU-Shreveport Venezuela), was named to the Heart Evangel University. The next two (LA) and suffered a 9-3 loss. The of America Athletic Conference days the ‘Cats defeated Central team battled back the next day Methodist University (CMU) and to beat an old MCAC conference (HAAC) Baseball Golden Glove Avila University, placing them in the rival, Bellevue University (NE), 6-3. Team.  The Golden Glove honor is title game against CMU. This would Unfortunately, the ‘Cats dream given to players who have exhibited be the fourth time the two squads had season came to an end the next day superior individual fielding at their squared off in less than two months.  as they suffered an agonizing defeat respective positions. Arcia earned his Tim Crawford (Omaha) pitched to Lindsay Wilson College (KY) 5-0. recognition as the best fielding third six solid innings allowing three of The Bobcats ended the season with basemen in the HAAC.  In 42 games the game’s only runs to score, leading the second most victories in school overall, Arcia committed only five the ‘Cats to a 4-3 victory over CMU, history (37) and received votes in errors out of 86 catches/attempts for a .942 fielding percentage.  He had 27


put outs, 54 assists, and was a part of four double plays. The 2012 ‘Cats are now in the record book for the following team marks:  fielding percentage of .955 – bettered record of .954 set in 2011 and 2009; best ERA of 3.89 which topped the 4.09 mark set by the 2002 team; most wins since 2006 with 37, besting the 30 win of 2009; most strikeouts with 312 – topping the 298 thrown in 2000; and most shutouts with eight – besting the five shutouts thrown in 1994.  One single game mark, that of 24 hits, tied the record set of 1988 team.  The 2012 Bobcats scattered their 24 hits in an 18-2 win over McPherson College tying the mark set by the 1988 team against Nebraska Wesleyan. Next season, over 20 returners will join the recruits under Coach Albury and prepare to defend their 2012 conference title and national tournament appearance.

2011-2012 Bobcats Baseball Team


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Remembering Peru State The year was 1931 when Beulah Livingston began her adventure as a student at Peru State College. At that time, teachers were only required to have one year of college before they could teach in the classroom. Since she could not afford to be a full-time student, Beulah spent nine years alternating one year teaching to earn tuition money, and one semester taking classes at PSC and living in a nearby boarding house. Beulah’s strategy finally paid off when in 1940 she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Peru State in Elementary Education. Beulah grew up on a farm just outside of Falls City, NE and graduated from Falls City High School. She always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. Since her mother, aunt and sister all attended Peru State; her choice of where to go to college was simple. In 1950 Beulah married Clayton Evans, an ex-Navy man and rural mail carrier. The couple settled in Washington, where Beulah was a teacher in the Snoqualmie school district for twenty-four years. Beulah was such a strong advocate for education; she was often encouraging

Clayton and Beulah Evans

her students to pursue higher learning. Beulah was very clear about her love of education as well as her love for Nebraska. Mrs. Evans would often entertain her class with slides from her and Clayton’s trips back home to Nebraska. Even though Beulah was in awe over the fact that roses could bloom in December in the Pacific Northwest, she and Clayton still told of the beauty of the Campus of a Thousand Oaks, and the pair made sure to visit PSC several times through the years. Beulah wanted to do all that she could to help students receive an education, so in 1995, she and Clayton established the Beulah Livingston Evans Scholarship. Mrs. Evans was clear on her intentions because she knew how hard it is to work and be a successful student, so the qualifications for the scholarship were simple: applicants needed to be education majors who were able to maintain a C average. After seeing how much Beulah’s scholarship impacted the lives of students, the Evans’ began looking in to more ways that they could help

Beulah Livingston Evans 1934 PSC yearbook photo future Bobcats. Eventually, upon Beulah’s request, the couple decided to include Peru State in their estate plans. Having no children of their own to leave their estate to, they decided that the next best thing would be to help many children through Peru State’s educational opportunities. The Evans’ decided

that upon their death, all of their estate funds would go directly to the Peru State College Foundation. Mrs. Beulah Evans passed away in 2001; the couple had been married for more than 50 years, and Beulah’s wishes were carried out as planned. Clayton still shares his wife’s love of education and he is pleased with the plans for his estate. Clayton does not travel as much as he used to, but he still remembers the beauty of Nebraska and the Peru State campus. Even though Clayton is not a PSC alum, he and Beulah will always be true blue Bobcats! Not often in life do many people hold such strong values for education like Clayton and Beulah. Through the Evans’ planned gift, many students will be afforded opportunities at Peru State that may not have been conceivable otherwise. A planned gift is simple and can be made by most anyone, so if you would like more information on how to include PSC in your estate plans, contact The Peru State College Foundation Office at (402)872-2304

Beulah Livingston Evans

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Bobcats Play For the Last Time in the Old Oak Bowl

The last game at the “old” Oak October 20, 2012 was a bittersweet day in the Bobcat Nation. The Bowl also served as a “Pink Out,” Bobcats played for the last time in the game. Fans were encouraged to wear Oak Bowl before construction begins pink in support of Breast Cancer on a completely remodeled field and Awareness Month. The Oak Bowl stands were packed with fans, old stadium. The day began like any other home and new, in a sea of pink. Prior to game at PSC. The Bobcat football the start of the game, senior football players were gearing up for the day’s players and their parents were game against the Central Methodist recognized on the field. As the game got into full swing, University (CMU) Eagles. Many PSC fans descended on Peru, Nebraska to it was obvious that the ‘Cats came cheer on their beloved Bobcats. to play, barely allowing the Eagles Before the game, guests were to take possession of the ball. At invited to join the football team for halftime, PSC was leading 33-0. The breakfast in the Student Center and halftime show began by honoring all then to a tailgate reception at the of the past Bobcat football players home of PSC President Dan Hanson and coaches that were in attendance. and his wife Elaine. Tailgate guests There were proud former Bobcats enjoyed great food and music as they from decades reaching back to the readied themselves for the game. 60s. The final portion of the halftime The highlight of the tailgate were show featured a performance by the the computer images displayed on a Bobcat cheer squad with more than big screen TV of what the Oak Bowl 30 youth cheer camp participants. will look like after renovations are The group performed several Bobcat cheers and then wowed the crowd complete.


intramural program, and a variety of academic and co-curricular events like band competitions, camps and high school football play-offs.” There were several individuals that took part in this momentous with a dance routine to “Call Me groundbreaking ceremony, including: Peru State College President Dan Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. The game ended with a Bobcat’s Hanson; Nebraska State College victory over the CMU Eagles, 40-23, System Trustee Bob Engles of bringing PSC’s overall record for the Auburn; Nebraska State College System Student Trustee Joseph Fauver season to 4-4. Unlike most home games, the crow of Springfield; Vice President for did not file out of the historical Oak Enrollment Management & Student Bowl stadium when the game ended, Affairs Michaela Willis; Interim but instead they remained in the Vice President for Administration stands to watch the groundbreaking & Finance Derby Johnson; Peru ceremony. This groundbreaking State Foundation Board Member marks the first renovation to the Mike Guilliatt; Athletic Director Steve Schneider; National Alumni facility since it was built in 1900. PSC President Dan Hanson said, Association Board member and “The State of Nebraska’s willingness football booster, Dan Cotton; also, to invest in Peru State’s future is Doc Wininger, the voice of Peru State largely due to the college’s progress athletics. One other participant in and forward momentum over the the ceremony was Theresa Krajicek, past several years. A revitalized Oak representing her husband Jim, who Bowl will allow the college to be recently suffered a stroke. Jim was competitive both on the field and in instrumental in getting the attention student recruitment. As one of the of key state leaders about the needs largest outdoor facilities in southeast for the Oak Bowl. Nebraska, the lighted, turfed field will be used for football, our active

The fans pack the stadium to watch the Peru State Bobcats playing football for the last time in the the old Oak Bowl


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efforts assure the college’s success in the future! In actuality, PSC has been the benefactor of more than $55.0 million in campus infrastructure improvements over the past decade and, as I write this, improvements continue to be made! In addition, however, two new spectacular projects have recently

these pledges total $266,000, and that represents a wonderful commitment from our Board. Obviously, a fund raising campaign will follow with resulted in a strong, vibrant academic By Rodney P. Vandeberg alumni and friends being asked to institution. help with the balance. Having been associated with Peru Headed by Dr. Dan Hanson, who Time-wise, I would hope for a State College (PSC) and Peru State came from Waldorf College in Forest completion date of late 2013, although College Foundation (PSCF) in several City, IA in August of 2009, PSC that may be a bit ambitious in view of capacities for the past 35 years, and is in excellent hands, with a 55% the number of funding sources which currently serving on the Foundation enrollment growth over the past are included. Board, I would like to share a few decade. Now for project number two of my thoughts and perceptions And, as a great “addition”, Dr. “ we have a completely which is the complete and much regarding this exceptional southeast Hanson is blessed with a wife, Elaine, needed rehabilitation of the renovated, rejuvenated and Nebraska institution. who is very much a part of his efforts. “Oak Bowl” plus a new Field As Nebraska’s first college, Elaine is a fantastic lady and partner thriving college which is House. Total estimated cost is established in 1867, PSC has undergone to Dr. Hanson and they make an serving its mission very well $14.2 million. a classic restoration over the course of invaluable team! and has become a crown jewel This project was the past decade to become one of the Further, approximately a year ago, for Southeast Nebraska.” actually “jump started” by finest college facilities in this State. Its PSCF hired a new Executive Director an appropriation from the successes can be directly attributed by the name of Todd Simpson. Todd 2012 Nebraska Legislature to the significant investment made is a very knowledgeable, talented, totaling $7.5 million with the by the State of Nebraska and the personable and enthusiastic young surfaced, and I would like to share requirement that the college and/ mission-centered work of the faculty man and has extensive background in them with you. or PSCF provide $1.5 million of and staff and their focus on student fundraising. He is doing an excellent Both are much needed projects matching funds. And, with $500,000 achievement. In addition, the support job! and represent critical enhancements already having been pledged by Lee of our elected officials has been PSC and PSCF are fortunate to to some of the most visible aspects and Bill Sapp of Ashland, NE, that extraordinary and these things have have these folks on our team and their of the college and will contribute a leaves $4.7 million yet to be raised sense of momentum and prominence from our alumni and friends. . . and at a time when parents and students I believe that is very possible. expect excellent facilities. So, exciting things continue The first project is the “Campus to happen at a wonderful college P eru S t at e C o l l e g e Entrance Renovation Project” which is which provides a great educational a joint effort between the City of Peru, opportunity for many people from PSC and PSCF. Notwithstanding the near and far, with a special focus on desire for a more attractive entrance Southeast Nebraska and several close to compliment this wonderful by States. campus, this effort is needed to Finally, some 12 years ago, we had improve student and pedestrian a small college in Peru, Ne with some safety, because Peru students and concerns that we would even have a F o u n d at i on residents often walk on this roadway, college in Peru in the future. Well, which is poorly lit and too narrow my friends, good things do happen, A planned giving society devoted to accommodate two vehicles plus because today we have a completely pedestrians. And, since the opening renovated, rejuvenated and thriving to the future of Peru State College of Casey’s, this situation has naturally college which is serving its mission worsened! Frankly, we are extremely very well and has become a “crown fortunate that no one has been hurt jewel” for Southeast Nebraska. Yes, walking on this road! we are very fortunate and yes, we are Project cost is approximately $2.5 very proud! million and this is scheduled to Thanks for your patience in We will be asking/verifying how The 1867 Society recognition come from a combination of sources, reading this rather lengthy article. plaque is soon to be created and you are to be listed (your name including the Nebraska Department of And, please remember, the College spelling, etc.) and will address any displayed on campus. Roads, the City of Peru, a Community and Foundation are still in the To be sure we’re recognizing questions you may have. Thank Development Block Grant, a early stages of these projects and all members correctly, during the you for your patience and assisTransportation Enhancement Grant everyone will have the chance to be next few months the Foundation tance. and our PSCF which would need to involved. If you would like to know If you would like to know more will be individually contacting raise approximately $1.25 million. how you can help, or would like to persons who, based on our records, about the 1867 Society, please call PSCF hopes to raise these funds from make a gift, please contact the Peru have established eligibility for the 402-872-2304 or email pscfoundaour alumni and friends of the college State Foundation at (402)872-2304 or 1867 Society (have included Peru with a “leadoff pledge” already in State in their estate planning). place from several of our PSCF Board Thank you again and GO members. I am pleased to report that BOBCATS!!

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Message to 1867 Society Members

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Alumni Photo Board

Above: 50-Year Reunion Banquet Guests Below: Homecoming King and Quen: Jennifer Trapp and Christopher Hawkins Bottom Left: The Ethnic Singers



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AWAC Plaque Dedication On September 29, 2012, a plaque dedication ceremony took place in the Al Wheeler Activity Center (AWAC), to dedicate two recently installed plaques that honor the people who played key roles in the establishment of the AWAC. Students, alumni and community members all enjoy the great amenities that the AWAC provides. Without the work of these honored individuals, the AWAC might not have ever been built at Peru State. The “Al Wheeler Plaque,” is one that tells the story of the late Coach Wheeler, and the extraordinary impact he had on Peru State. The plaque contains a quote from President Ronald Regan that best describes the late coach’s contributions to PSC. “Coach Wheeler epitomized those qualities Americans value most highly in the teachers and counselors of our youth. Through the new facility named in his memory, Al Wheeler’s outstanding legacy of responsible achievements will inspire future generations.” The words of President Regan were written in 1986, and they ring

Left to Right: Louise and Doug Bereuter, Jacqueline and Daryl Obermeyer, Al Wheeler Jr., Dr. Dan and Elaine Hanson, Daryl and Peggy Long, Christina and Jerry Joy true today. There is not a Bobcat, past or present who has not heard the name Al Wheeler and what great things he accomplished at PSC. Al Wheeler Jr. attended the plaque dedication ceremony in honor of his father’s commitment to Peru State and the AWAC. The second plaque is known as the “Grateful Tribute” plaque and it pays homage to five individuals

who each participated in bringing the AWAC from a dream into a reality. Doug Bereuter, Jerry Joy, Joe Masopust, A.B. and Ruth Ritchie all came together and played tremendous parts in creating the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Although there were many individuals who had a hand in bringing the AWAC to PSC, these certain individuals led the way, and refused to give up on their dream of having an appropriate athletic facility for the Bobcats. The plaque dedication ceremony was well attended by surviving honorees and their families and many other guests such as Dr. and Mrs. Hanson, the National Alumni Association Board and several professors and citizens that wanted to pay tribute to some very impactful individuals in PSC’s history. At the ceremony, President Hanson gave a valiant tribute speech to the honor-

Left: The Grateful Tribute Plaque that now hangs in the entrance to the AWAC Right: Plaque honoring the late Coach Al Wheeler

ees that detailed just a small amount of the sacrifices and hard work that each one put in to the AWAC project and saw it through until its eventual completion. Feel free to stop by anytime and view both, “Grateful Tribute” plaque and the “Al Wheeler” plaque, located in the lower entry way to the AWAC.

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1930 Marjorie (Arn) Speece (’32) of Loveland, Colorado celebrated her 100th birthday on April 14th. Orvine (Janssen) Wilson (’32) of Lincoln celebrated her 100th birthday on July 18th.

1970 Deborah (Elmlinger) Grosser (’73) of Thailand retired from 25 years of teaching and living in Chiangrai Thailand. Karen (Deoden) Spracklin (’78) of Valley has retired after 34 years of teaching. Karen taught instrumental music and elementary vocal music, working for Valley Public Schools and then DC West.


1990 Sean McLaughlin (’98) and Jaclyn Roberson were married on June 2, 2012 at the top of Sandia Peak (elevation 10,378 feet). The couple resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2000 Nathaniel Goodrich (’09) and Samantha Meyer (’10) were married on August 11, 2012. Nathanial is currently employed at Sandhills Publishing in Lincoln. Samantha is currently employed at Beatrice Ford. James Jacobs and Jill Collins (’12) were married August 4, 2012. James is employed by Dr.Leonard’s Healthcare in Lincoln as a supervisor. Jill is employed by King Contracting Company in Lincoln as an office manager.


Joan Christen (’96) of Beatrice received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Joan was among 97 teachers who received the award across the nation. The award is given annually to outstanding kindergarten through 12th grade science and mathematics teachers.

2000 Alan Gregersen (’03) of Carlsbad, New Mexico is the lead electronics technician at Halliburton Energy Services in Artesia, New Mexico. Amanda Feilen (’08) of McCook was nominated for and received the McCook Area Educator of the Year award. Bryan Diekmann (’08) of Shenandoah, Iowa has been promoted to head football coach at Shenandoah High School. Kristopher Miller (’09) had his first novel published by Amazon and Barnes and Noble book companies in May 2012. The book is titled “The Maze’s Amulet” and is fictional in nature.

1970 Gary and Sally (Highfield, ’76) Kruse of Bellevue would like to announce the birth of their grandchild, Jackson Harm Kruse. He was born May 22, 2012. Jackson is the son of John and Ashton Kruse of Waukesha, Wisconsin.



Sean (’98) and Jaclyn McLaughlin of Albuquerque, New Mexico are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Kaitlyn Isabel McLaughlin. She was born June 29, 2012. Kaitlyn weighed 7lbs. 3oz. and was 19 inches long.

Ben Adams (’11) is teaching first grade at Calvert Elementary School in Auburn. This is Ben’s first year teaching.


Amy Simpson (’12) is a new preschool teacher in Beatrice. This is her first year teaching.

Shane (’08) and Danielle (Metzler) Ryan (’08) of Greeley would like to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Bradley Ryan. He was born February 27th, 2012. Jackson was 9 lbs. 3 oz. and 22 inches long.

Eric Uher (’12) is the new sixth grade teacher in Pawnee City. This is his first year teaching. Uher will also assist with football and track.


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1920s Leone (Vanderford) Frenzen (’29) of Benkelman passed away July 24, 2012. She was 103 years of age. Leone enjoyed working in her garden and yard, doing crossword puzzles, watching game shows, and playing the piano.

1930s Harriet (Petersen) Fort (’31) of DeWitt passed away July 26, 2012. She was 102 years of age. Harriett was active in the family business, Petersen Manufacturing Company, until it sold in 1985. She was a life-long member of the DeWitt United Methodist Church and was the church Treasurer for many years. Maxine (Sears) Shestak (’34) of Black Hawk, South Dakota passed away April 6, 2007. Maxine spent 33 years in education as a teacher and a counselor. She and her husband Fred were married for 72 years. Following her retirement, they enjoyed trailer traveling, fishing, clamming, golf, bridge and square dancing. Max Kerns (’36) of Marblehead, Massachusetts passed away December 20, 2011. He received the Bronze Star during WWII as an officer in the United State Navy. Max was a volunteer at the Cape Cod Hospital for nearly 30 years until the age of 94. Flossie (Plautz) Johnson (Attended in ’36) of Geneva passed away September 3, 2012. She taught in rural Clay County schools for four years. When she started, her salary was $35 per month. In May 2012, Flossie was the honored guest at the Edgar Alumni Association banquet for being a member of the 80 year class of 1932. Elaine (Shafer) Holdorf (’38) of Falls City passed away May 4, 2007. While she retired from public school teaching in the 1970’s, her passion for teaching never subsided, so she volunteered to tutor prisoners in the Douglas County Jail. Many of them passed their GED’s with Elaine’s dedicated assistance. Gertrude (Fett) Francis (’38) of Washington passed away December 1, 2007. Roberta (Klein) Cody (Attended ’38) of Lincoln passed away July 2, 2012. She worked as an elementary secretary for Omaha Public Schools from 1969 to 1990. Marjorie (Presba) Hollins (’39) of Omaha passed away December 12, 2009. She was employed at the Mead Ordinance Plant as a fork lift driver hauling 1,000 pound bombs to the shipping department during World War II. After that, Marjorie was employed in the administration building of Boys Town from where she retired after 23 years in 1982.

1940s Earnest Galloway (’40) of Santa Cruz, California passed away in August, 2011. Lloyd Johnson (’40) of Springfield, Virginia passed away April 30, 2012. Lloyd was a retired science education expert at the old Health, Education and Welfare Department. Dr. Johnson joined the department in 1961 and retired in 1980. He served as an Army Air Forces communications officer during World War II. Philip Lurk (’41) of Harvard passed away November 10, 2009. Norma (Hays) Meyer (’41) of Woodland, California passed away February 6, 2012. Norma was the great granddaughter of T.J. Majors. She played first violin in Peru State’s orchestra. Norma taught school for 38 years. Children from Sydney, Iowa; Seattle, Washington; Hawaii; Japan to Alameda all learned the fundamentals of reading, writing and math, as well as a lot of creative art form her excellent guidance. Floretta (Palmer) Karsten (’41) of Mound City, Missouri passed away September 1, 2011. She was involved with various women’s clubs in Mound City and loved to play bridge. Floretta spent her winters in Green Valley, Arizona. Ruth (Dixon) Wehrs (Attended ’41) of Seward passed away on August 24, 2012. She was a secretary for the Milford School and later for the Seward Schools. Ruth was a member of the Seward United Methodist Church and PEO Chapter CC of Seward. Mae Jane (Young) Bergeron (’42) of Redondo Beach, California passed away December 14, 2007. Althea (Nispel) Mohar (’42) passed away October 15, 2011. After graduating from PSC she postponed her teaching career to aid in the war effort by testing incendiary bombs at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado. During retirement she enjoyed travel, art and writing, volunteering as a docent at Joslyn Museum and the Fort Crook Historical Society, and traveling to Europe, India and the Far East. Leonard Moore (’42) of Auburn passed away May 29, 2012. Leonard was a 75 year member of the United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Nemaha Volunteer Fire Department. Goldene (Neibuhr) Lahann (’43) of Sun City, California passed away March 13, 2011. She and her husband Robert were married for over 67 years. Arnold Hector (’44) of Colorado Springs, Colorado passed away January 19, 2011. After attending Peru State Teachers College, he entered the military. Arnold received many awards and commendations including the Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Services Medal and the Legion of Merit. Mary Jo (Hoskins) Lyon (’45) of Brookings, South Dakota, formerly of Anthon, Iowa passed away July 10, 2012. Sharing her gift of music was one of her greatest joys in life. She served her church in Anthon for 60 years

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as their pianist and organist, as well as serving as choir director.


Constance (Runyan) Goddard (Attended ’45) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away June 15, 2012. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends and family, and playing dominoes.

Dr. Rose (Grindheim) Sims (’70) of Lady Lake, Florida passed away November 12, 2011. Dr. Sims was a minister, evangelist, author and lecturer. She traveled several times to Australia with Teen Missions International.

John Lawrence (’46) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away December 17, Darwin Olson (’70) of Augusta, Kansas passed away June 24, 2012. 2011. John loved to garden and enjoyed various recreational sports. He was an avid reader and loved to engage friends in a good, healthy debate. Darwin began his career in education as a history teacher and coach in 1970. He retired in 2003. Darwin enjoyed gardening, sports and helping Lois (Helmick) Van Deventer (’46) of Lincoln passed away June 2, 2012. others. She worked as a Statistical Clerk for the State of Nebraska Health DeMichael Mulvaney (’71) of Beatrice passed away July 7, 2012. He was partment. Lois was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. inducted into the Peru State Hall of Fame in 1995 for his achievements in football, shot put and discus. Michael began working at the Beatrice State Developmental Center in 1971 and worked there until his retire1950s ment in 2008. Don Anderson (’50) of Tucson, Arizona passed away October 19, 2010. While attending Peru, Don was football captain, all conference first team James Ford (’77) of San Antonio, Texas passed away August 18, 2010. for two years and named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Arlen Ross (’51) of Syracuse passed away December 16, 2009. He worked in Quality Control with Lipton Tea. Arlen served as Mayor of Otoe, Nebraska for twelve years. Jane (Rieger) Taylor (’52) of North Platte passed away July 8, 2012. Jane logged more than 25,000 volunteer house at Great Plains Regional Medical Center and was awarded Admiral in the Nebraska Navy by Governor Mike Johanns. Melva Jean (Shroyer) Stanley (’54) of Stella passed away July 30, 2012. She enjoyed playing cards, square dancing, and watching Nebraska volleyball. More than anything, she loved attending the activities of her children and grandchildren. Hans Nelson (’56) of Omaha passed away on August 16, 2012. Duane Birginal (’57) of Omaha passed away September 9, 2011. Duane is survived by 2 sons, 4 daughters, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

1960s Elsie (Kalina) Wenzbauer (’63) of Table Rock passed away July 31, 2012. She taught in several rural schools and in the Table Rock Public School for nearly 30 years. Geraldine (Neher) Long (’66) of Robinson, Kansas passed away on July 29, 2012. She taught in that area of Kansas for over 40 years. Carol Jean (Mehlin) Nanninga (’67) of Humboldt passed away June 28, 2012. Carol Jean was well-known for her cinnamon rolls and fried chicken. She loved to teach and was gifted at creating unique music programs for elementary children. Lawrence “Larry” Harrahill (’68) of Elkhorn passed away April 18, 2012.


Dawn Goodenkauf (Attended ’96) of Beatrice passed away on August 22, 2012. She worked for ELM Underground Locating Company for OPPD. Dawn loved watching her children’s sporting events and activities, horses, animals, rebuilding motors with her son, and cooking and baking with her other three children.

2000s James “Jamie” Skalberg (Attended ’05-’06) of Emerson, Iowa passed away June 27, 2012. He played football at PSC prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. Jamie’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart (posthumous awards), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver’s Badge, Air Assault Badge and Combat Action Badge.

Friends of the College Michal Keim of Tecumseh passed away August 23, 2012. Mike was a custodian at Peru State College when he retired in 2011. In his spare time, he enjoyed horse racing, traveling, fishing and keeping up with Peru State football.

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