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Spring 2011 Vol. 56, No. 1

Distinguished Speaker Series Engages PSC Students and Community Diversity is a fundamental part of the educational mission at Peru State College. Since the college was founded, it has been devoted to promoting accessibility for students of all ages, and providing opportunities for students from all walks of life. With this mission in mind, leaders established the Distinguished Speaker Series in 2010. “The Distinguished Speaker Series was developed last year as part of our systemic plan to encourage discussion about diversity and world events,” said PSC President Dan Hanson. The new series, sponsored by the Student Affairs division and the Center for Achievement and Transition Services, hosts diverse

nationally and internationally recognized speakers with the goal to enrich the educational experience at Peru State College and provide an opportunity to engage members of the local community. Since the series officially began in fall of 2010, it has hosted: reformed skinhead Frank Meeink for a presentation titled “A Former Skinhead’s Fight Against Prejudice”; Civil Rights Activist and Little Rock Nine Member Minnijean BrownTrickey for a presentation titled “Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Movement in American Education and Civil Rights”; and Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi, for a presentation titled “Lessons Learned from Grandfather.”

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, gives his presentation titled “Lessons Learned from Grandfather” on March 22. In addition to providing free keynote addresses, each speaker interacts with students and

community members during their visits in a variety of ways, including classroom discussions, guest lectures, Continued on page 5

E-Mentoring Program Participants Meet Mentors and mentees participating in the pilot year of Peru State College’s E-Mentoring Program interacted exclusively via email communication until Feb. 12, 2011. That day, the E-Mentors (PSC alumni) and E-Mentees (PSC students) met at the Al Wheeler Activity Center on the PSC campus for the first time. There, they talked about their work together over the past year, discussed the program’s goals and provided suggestions to program organizers moving forward. The consensus? The pilot year was a success and should be continued. In fact, feedback from participants was so positive that organizers are hoping to double participation among students and alumni for the next program starting in fall of 2011. “The E-Mentoring Program was a win-win for all involved and it was an honor to get to know, even better, this group of outstanding students and alumni,” said Alice Holtz, Coordinator of Cooperative Programs. The pilot year began in fall of 2010, when a group of E-mentors were paired with nine E-mentees according to their vocational interests, which included business, finance and art education. Through weekly emails, the E-mentors

answered questions regarding each student’s career questions and goals, and provided advice on college-related challenges and decisions. Program objectives included providing students with an understanding of the working world, an opportunity to experience accountability and a chance Continued on page 5

E-Mentors, PSC alumni, meet with their E-Mentees, PSC students, on Feb. 12 at the Al Wheeler Activity Center


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Greetings from Peru State

Dear Friends:  Greetings from the Campus of a Thousand Oaks! As always, there is exciting news to share as Peru State College continues to grow as a college of choice in the region.  PSC’s focus on student engagement and success is clearly resonating with applicants, and we are excited about the growth of our on-campus programs. We have enrolled our largest freshman class in history for the second straight year. On-campus enrollment is up, and our One Rate, Any State program has led to an 86 percent increase in out-of-state freshmen since its inception two years ago. To give it a bit more context, total enrollment has grown more than 30 percent in the last 10 years. With this kind of unprecedented growth, the timing of this spring’s Morgan Hall renovation couldn’t be better. We are also excited for the May 2011 completion of our state-of-the-art Jindra Fine Arts facility.  In other news, students in southeast Nebraska wishing to pursue a career in pharmacy will now have the opportunity to do so thanks to a new partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP). The program, which began in 1989, is designed to address the special needs of rural Nebraska by encouraging rural residents to pursue health care careers. Currently PSC is offering three seats in the pharmacy program. Selected students must be from a rural background, interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy and committed to practicing in rural Nebraska. They will receive a full tuition waiver and acceptance into the UNMC College of Pharmacy. We look forward to building an even stronger relationship with UNMC and bringing more RHOP seats in this and other health care fields to southeast Nebraska.  Finally, as part of our commitment to student engagement and success, PSC established a Distinguished Speaker Series. The intent is to bring diverse, nationally and internationally recognized speakers to southeast

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) - Secretary - Vienna, Va. Larry (‘71) & Sue Green - Westminster, Colo. Mike Guilliatt (‘67) - Fremont, Neb. Dennis Wittmann - Auburn, Neb. Rod Vandeberg - Falls City, Neb.

Dr. Dan Hanson Nebraska to enrich the educational experience of students while also providing our surrounding communities an opportunity to engage in interesting and relevant topics. PSC has hosted three speakers this academic year, including former skinhead Frank Meeink, civil rights leader and Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown-Trickey, and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi.  Elaine and I continue to be thankful to be a part of the proud heritage of Peru State College. If you haven’t been to campus recently, please stop by for a visit! We would love to talk with you more about the exciting initiatives underway at PSC. Sincerely,

Dan Hanson, Ph.D. President

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 Graphic Design Rebecca Johnson (‘05), Graphic Design Artist, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs 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 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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Foundation and NAA on the Move PSC Alumni Plan Reunion at Cape  Greetings State. This fall, a group of Peru State Cod, Mass. in October 2011 from Peru students will call alumni throughout

State! The Foundation and National Alumni Association have certainly been busy during the last few R. Todd Simpson months. New ideas … new challenges … and new staff members. What an exciting time to be a Bobcat!  I am not the only Stater excited today. PSC students are energized! Just the other day I was in the Library for a reception with students and state leaders. I met a young man who had transferred from one of the city colleges in New York. “PSC is very different from my New York college,” he said, “and I wish I had come here two years earlier!” That is the kind of collegiate energy I see every day at Peru State.  The opportunities and needs at Peru State are becoming crystal clear. President Dan Hanson is finalizing Peru State’s plans to enhance the college experience. Plans include creating unique learning and student growth opportunities, strategically increasing the number of faculty, and upgrading facilities. All facets of the Peru State experience are being considered in the new strategic plan. Planning for enhanced educational opportunities is one thing, funding those opportunities is another! That is where the Foundation comes in.  With the help of dedicated Bobcats everywhere, the Foundation will continue to provide more than $400,000 each year in educational programming support and direct scholarships to Peru State students. In addition, the Foundation will tirelessly work to meet the College’s additional funding needs to augment and strengthen the college experience for all Peru Staters.  The Foundation and National Alumni Association are committed to sharing PSC’s enthusiasm and plans with alumni and friends. Alumni can expect more opportunities for reunions, regional get-togethers and more communication from Peru

the United States to share news about the Campus of a Thousand Oaks, and give alumni the chance to give back to their College.  To facilitate the resurgence in alumni connections, the PSC Foundation has hired two new staff members. John Fettig, CFRE, joined the Foundation as our Senior Advancement Officer. John brings more than 30 years of experience to Peru State, much of it with similar sized colleges. Also, Kelly (Tynon) Bequette moved from her position with Student Success Services and joined the Foundation as the new Advancement and Alumni Relations Coordinator. Growing up in Peru, Kelly, a 1990 PSC graduate, has been a dedicated Peru State supporter since she took her first steps! (Read more about John, Kelly, and the entire Foundation staff at, foundation.peru. edu/Foundation_Staff)  Indeed, now is a wonderful time to be a Bobcat! PSC has interested, enthusiastic students, committed faculty who focus on students and student needs, and leadership with vision and the strength to help Peru State grow.  To achieve that growth and meet those needs, Peru State needs your help. The college needs your interest, involvement and support to address the changing needs of our students today.  Your interest, whether by remembering your ties with Peru State, or keeping track of campus programs and facilities, is so important to PSC. Your involvement by visiting Peru State during Homecoming, attending a sporting event or area reunion, or talking with that student when she/he calls next fall, will mean so much to the entire campus.  And your support, whether through an annual gift today or through remembering Peru State in your will, is critical to the College’s vision for the future.  Thank you for all your care and support. Go Blue! R. Todd Simpson, CFRE Executive Director Peru State College Foundation

 Every few years, Peru Staters from the Northeast who attended PSC during the 1960s and 1970s, gather in Massachusetts to renew old friendships and swap tall tales. This fall, the reunion will take place Oct. 6 and 7 in beautiful Cape Cod, Mass.  All Peru Staters are cordially invited to join in the fun. Peru State President Dan Hanson and his wife, Elaine, will be on hand to meet and greet attendees, as will new Peru State Foundation director Todd Simpson, and National Alumni Association co-presidents Paul and Arlene Fell.  A weekend of fun and fellowship is planned. On Oct. 6, alumni and friends will gather at the Pelham House Resort, and then enjoy a Cape Cod Clam Bake. On Oct. 7, alumni will gather at a private Irish Pub, The Sons of Erin in nearly South Yarmouth, for dinner and great entertainment. Other potential activities during the weekend include fishing, whale watching, sightseeing (Provincetown, Chatham, the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis), or day trips to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.  Reservations for the Pelham House Resort must be made by July 1. Please contact a member of the reunion committee - Maggie Slayter (mhslayter@, Brenda Teleen (, Andy Anderson (aa10@, or Jan Beemer DeMott ( - for more information.

Interested in other opportunities to connect with PSC alumni? Here are some other upcoming events for your calendar: •

PSC Bobcat Golf Classic, June 3, Table Creek Golf Course in Nebraska City

PSC Bobcat Golf Tours June 16 at Painted Hills, Kansas City, KS and July 7 at Ashland Country Club.

Homecoming, Sept. 24, Peru State College. Bobcats vs. Benedictine College game begins at 1 p.m.

Peru State College Enrollment Remains Strong

 Peru State College’s commitment to providing a relevant, quality education for all students has contributed to high enrollment numbers during the 2010-2011 school year. The total number of students enrolled for the spring 2011 semester is 1,927. In addition, on-campus student enrollment is up almost 9 percent over spring of 2010 and approximately 30 more students are living in residence halls.  “Peru State College’s focus on student achievement and engagement is resulting in better retention and more interest in the college,” said PSC President Dan Hanson.  The College’s One Rate, Any State program, which allows all students regardless of residency the opportunity to pay the same low tuition rate as Nebraska residents, has contributed to high enrollment. Since the program began two years ago, PSC’s out-of-state enrollment has increased by 37 percent to 580 students, and the number of out-of-state students living on campus has increased by 86 percent to 201 students. To meet the growing demand for residence halls, plans are underway to complete a renovation of Morgan Hall, a women’s residence hall, to provide an additional 35 rooms.  As demand for PSC continues to grow, leaders are committed to continuing the College’s tradition of excellence.  “We will continue to build a student experience that is relevant, providing a quality education for all students at Peru State College,” Hanson said.


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Third Annual Alumni Chili Feed Draws More than 600 People  More than 600 people, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, gathered at the Al Wheeler Activity Center on Feb. 12 for the third annual Alumni Chili Feed.  The third annual event, which drew the largest crowd to date, featured two games of Bobcat basketball – PSC Women vs. York College and PSC Men vs. York College - as well as plenty of chili for the masses.  The event was sponsored by PSC’s National Alumni Association (NAA), which works all year to organize events that bring alumni, friends and students together for the benefit of PSC.  Alumni who are interested in knowing more about next year’s chili feed or any other alumni events should contact the PSC Foundation at or 402-872-2304.

Dr. Bill Snyder and Judson Douglas III.

Sharon Herseman, Erv and Marcia (‘66) Friesen pictured with Todd Simpson.

Randall and Candace Rehmeier, Todd Simpson & Stephanie Shrader (‘84) visiting with other guests.

First Lady Elaine Hanson poses with Lance Meyer (‘11).

Jan Guilliat and Paul Fell (‘67)

Head PSC Softball coach, Mark Mathews and his family; Renee, Levi and Megan.

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Speaker Series, continued

Frank Meeink speaks about his experiences as a recovering skinhead on Oct. 26, 2010.

and “meet and greet” receptions. College leaders, students and members of the community are pleased with the series’ first year and are looking forward to future programming. “We are excited to bring these nationally and internationally recognized speakers to southeast Nebraska to enrich the educational experience of our students while also providing our surrounding communities with an opportunity to engage in interesting and relevant topics,” Hanson said. For more information about the series or future events, please contact Michaela Willis, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, at


Fred (‘56) and Marilyn Clements (‘55) graduated from PSTC and taught in Iowa. Marilyn retired from teaching in 1997 and Fred taught instrumental music for 10 years. In the summer of 2011 they will celebrate 55 years of marriage.


Michael D. Guilliatt (‘67) CLU, CFP of Fremont, NE will qualify for the exclusive “Top of the Table” of the Million Dollar Round Table 2010-The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Guilliatt is a 29-year MDRT member and a five-time “Top of the Table” qualifier.


Jennifer (‘74) and David (‘73) Vermeer posed in front of their new Cornerstone Financial offices in September of 2010. Cheryl Remmers (‘75) retired in June 2010 after 34.5 years of teaching – 23.5 years at Chambers Public School and 11 at Madison Public Schools. She joined the English faculty at Central Community College in Columbus as a full-time instructor. Linda Dickeson (‘76) is the Distance Learning Coordinator for the Lincoln Public Schools and is the author of a book series called “CLICKstep Training” on Adobe software topics. She has been an Adobe Education Leader since 2004 and provides workshops nationwide and in Canada. Michael Streit (‘78) retired from education after 31 years of serving as a teacher and principal.


Minnijean Brown-Trickey meets with PSC students and members of PSC’s Black Student Union along with their club sponsor, Ms. Kristi Nies after her presentation on Jan. 18.

E-Mentoring, continued to improve their communication skills. Program organizers also sought to provide students with access to role models who could help them develop a level of understanding about how their education could be used in future careers. For students, the program was a great vehicle to network and find out more hands-on information about their chosen career fields. “It offered a lot of responsibility for our students and helped them communicate with someone in

the business world,” said First Lady Elaine Hanson, who helped coordinate the program. The program offered alumni a chance to be involved with and make a difference at their beloved college. “This is a great way to give back to the college I love,” said alumni Al Irwin (1982). Alumni who are interested in participating in the E-Mentoring Program during the 2011-2012 school year should contact the PSC Foundation at (402) 872-2304.

Kathi Mercure (‘87) was recognized as Nebraska VFW National Citizenship Teacher of the Year. Nancy Jurgens Huber (‘89) is currently working as a service coordinator for the state of Nebraska. She recently moved back home to the family homestead and is enjoying country life again. Bradley J. Smith (‘89) has recently joined the INSPRO Insurance Agency as Manager of INSPRO’s Employee Benefits Division.


Trevor Longe (‘97) is the head football coach at Elkhorn South High School. This year the team will enter its first season without seniors. Teresa Breazile (‘99) and twin sister Tina Wehner attended the Nebraska Twin Convention.


Jason (‘00) and Jennifer Hale (‘00) have three daughters ages 14, 8 and 7. Jason accepted the position of head baseball coach at Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Mo. He is currently teaching health at Bode Middle School. Jennifer is in her 10th year of teaching art with the St. Joseph District. Jamol Harris (‘00) is YBOA Regional Director of Nebraska. He hosted a tournament for third graders at PSC. DeeAnn Richardson (‘00) of Tecumseh will serve as the guidance counselor for Tecumseh Public Schools, serving grades K-12. Stephanie Vinson (‘03) joined Dr. Mike Speece in practice July 1 at Town & Country Veterinary Clinic, P.C., located along Highway 75 south of Auburn. Shannon Cole (‘05) is the new head coach for the Auburn High School Girls Softball Team. Reid Genuchi (‘08) is a Level III special education instructor at Johnson County Central Schools.


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Dr. Greg Galardi wins “Teacher of the Year”

Dr. Greg Galardi  For Dr. Greg Galardi, teaching is a “great lifestyle.”  “You can positively impact the lives of students and watch as they go on to successful careers, whether in an occupation or advanced educational opportunities,” he said.  This attitude is perhaps one among many reasons why Galardi was named Peru State College’s 2010-2011 “Teacher of the Year.” Galardi currently serves as Dean of the School of Professional Studies and teaches several classes focused on the areas of criminal justice and business.  Before Galardi began teaching about seven years ago, he served in the Papillion Police Department in several roles including Acting Chief of Police, Police Lieutenant and Police Sergeant. His career included

numerous commendations for his exemplary performance in the areas of investigation and arrest of felony criminal suspects, lifesaving, and hostage negotiation, among others.  Since 2004, Galardi has taught classes on campus as well as online, including Survey of Criminal Justice, Introduction to Corrections, Policing, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures. He has taught graduate classes including Study Design and Data Collection, and Statistical Methods Data Analysis. In addition, Galardi assists undergraduate criminal justice and psychology students with research projects, and serves as a faculty sponsor for graduate research students in the Master of Science in Organizational Management program.  “Teaching is just part of the successful formula for assisting college students,” Galardi said. “Advising and mentoring are also critical to assisting students in reaching their goals.”  Galardi said he was very pleased to receive the Teacher of the Year Award because of what it means about his work and how he has impacted others at PSC.  “The honor of “Teacher of the Year” means my colleagues and the students at Peru State College have faith in my capacity to teach,” he said. “Peru State College is a great place to work and succeed.”

Heather Harris (‘08) graduated with a Bachelor of Biochemistry from PSC, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Masters in Perfusion Science. She has worked as a perfusionist, operating heart-lung machines, autotransfusion equipment, and extracorporeal circulation devices in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Trevor James Shalon (‘10) was awarded the James Madison Fellowship. Shalon’s fellowship was one of 58 fellowships awarded nationally in 2010. Max Kathol (‘09) is the Executive Director of the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in human performance and (information technology) systems management. Samantha Slama (‘10) is a lead older infant/toddler teacher at King’s Kid’s Childcare and Preschool in Norfolk. Jennifer Clark (‘11), a business education major with a mathematics minor from Bellevue, placed seventh in the Future Business Teacher category at the National Phi Beta Lamda Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

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Todd Drew, PSC Vice President for Academic Affairs, was selected to attend Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Institute in Boston, Mass. Travis Dunekacke was recognized as the grand prize winner for answering the Johnson County Farm Bureau’s quiz about Nebraska agriculture correctly. Daniel Hanson became the 33rd president of Peru State College on Aug. 1, 2009. He placed the crown on junior Queen Britney Huppert at Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer (HTRS) High School. Dan Holtz presented Civil War theme music at this year’s Deer Creek Sodbusters Show on Aug. 8. He performed July 10 at the monument’s Education Center for the second campfire program of the summer. Maurtice Ivy, Peru State College’s women’s basketball head coach was recognized by the University of Nebraska on Sunday, Jan 16, by having her #30 Husker jersey retired. Troy Katen announced July 7, 2010 that Derrick Williams and Antoine Wilkinson have signed letters of intent to play basketball for the Bobcats this fall. Frank Meeink, former skinhead, was the first of four speakers to provide insights into diversity and discrimination as part of PSC’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Rodney Vandeberg signed a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 6-11, 2010 “Peru State College Week.” This week culminated with PSC’s football game Saturday at Jug Brown Stadium.

Dr. Bill Snyder Announces Retirement  Dr. Bill Snyder has announced his retirement.  After nearly four decades of serving in administrative roles for Peru State College and teaching in the business department, Snyder will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.  Snyder originally joined the PSC faculty in 1970. He left for a few years after the 1972-1973 school year, then returned in 1979. He has since served

Dr. Bill Snyder

in various roles at PSC, including as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Interim President, and as a faculty member teaching economics and management courses. In addition to serving in several roles at PSC, Snyder has taught at Johnson-Brock Public Schools in Johnson, Columbus City Public Schools in Columbus, and for the Peru Achievement Foundation and Bank of Peru.  Snyder has earned many honors

and awards during his career, including the Nebraska Outstanding Youth Educator award from the Nebraska Jaycees. He has also served as President of the Nebraska Business and Economic Association and as a member of the Auburn City Council.  During his long and successful career, Snyder calls “kind words from his students” among the most valued and important honors he received.

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Edwin Rector (‘30) of Loyal, Iowa died January 8, 2004. Elizabeth Ferguson (‘33) of Omaha died January 19, 2011. She taught at Willamina High School and Grande Elementary School in Grande Ronde, Ore. Mari Rezac (‘35) of Wahoo died October 16, 2010. June Reynolds (‘37) of Fort Collins, Colo., died January 8, 2011. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Tom G. Goldenstein (‘38) of Lincoln died December 6, 2010. He served as an engineer with the Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Co. Tom is survived by his wife Edus Goldenstein (‘38). Arlene M. Mitchell (‘38) died June 16, 2010. Orval Rodgers (‘38) of Syracuse died December 12, 2010. He was drafted into the army and assigned to teach literacy to the inductees.


Ross F. Russell (‘41) of Nemaha County died January 9, 2011. He was a Naval Aviator during World War II. Stanley S. Sailors (‘41) of Falls City died November 23, 2010. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army. Stan is survived by his wife Aleen Sailor. Ellen Christensen Todd (‘41) of North Platte passed away. Hazel Belle (Bouse) Presley (’42) of Portland, Ore. died November 30, 2010. Robert McAlexander (‘43) of Frisco, Texas, died March 3, 2010. He was a retired assistant Dean of Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agriculture. Vivian Maxine (Vrana) Soucek (‘45) of Seward died March 15, 2008. She was a life-long educator who taught school for 42 ½ years. Anthony DeMaro (‘46) of Yankton, S.D. died April 18, 2010. John (Jack) Hippe (’49) of Nebraska City died February 24, 2011. He was an educator in Omaha schools and was active in the PSC alumni association. John Hippe is survived by his wife Sara Jane (’49).


Eldon Allgood (Peru Prep graduate and attended 1957-1961) of Nebraska City died October 23, 2010. He owned Eldon’s Cafe in downtown Peru from 1961- 1972 where countless college students ate and socialized. Jerry “Bubba” Hallstrom, son of Jack Hallstrom (‘50) and Nancy Hallstrom (‘51) died November 16, 2010. He is preceded in death by his mother Nancy Hallstrom. Kenneth Hutton (‘50) of Nemaha County died January 6, 2011. His teaching career began in 1950 at Missouri Valley High School in Iowa. Kenneth Hutton is survived by his wife Joyce L. (Kenneth) (‘61). Arnold W. Benson (‘51) of Newington, Conn. died December 26, 1997. Carolyn Wright Grundman of Nebraska City died December 26, 2010. Phyllis Comstock (‘53) of Omaha, Nebraska died March 2011. Marilyn A. Coupe (‘53) of Lincoln died July 20, 2009. She enjoyed a 40-year real estate career in Lincoln. Shirley Gess Simpson (‘54) of Ashland died March 14, 2011. Dela Polston (‘55) of Omaha died January 1, 2011. She was a teacher for 33 years. Karl L. Clark (‘56) of Lincoln died May 29, 2010. Elberta L. (Rhoten) Porter (‘57) of Omaha died May 26, 2010. She retired from teaching in 1995. Elberta is survived by her husband James E. Porter (‘56).


Lorrain Albert (‘60) of Falls City died January 15, 2011. She taught public school children for 40 years prior to retiring.


Joyce Lorraine Weik (‘60) of Omaha died October 4, 2010. Viola L. Cox (‘61) of Beatrice died December 24, 2010. She taught fifth grade from 1958 through 1981. Richard “Bruce” Sweenie (‘62) of Springfield died June 21, 2010. He served in the United States Army for two years during WWII. Nadine L. Holliman (‘62) of Denver, Colo. died October 26, 2010. Raymond Hunzeker (‘62) of Mission Viejo, Calif. died August 21, 2010. He retired in 2001 from serving as a school psychologist. Raymond Hunzeker is survived by his wife Rogene Hunzeker. Edwin “Ed” A. Meyer (‘63) of Omaha died August 4, 2010. He worked 35 years as an educator, 28 of them in the Millard Public Schools. Edwin is survived by his wife Lenora Meyer of Omaha. Cecilia Ann Palmer Hunsaker (‘64) of Lincoln died September 30, 2010. Cecilia is survived by her husband Bill Hunsaker (‘64). Bill Russell (‘65) died December 30, 2010. Bill is survived by his wife Joann Russell (‘59). Karlene Sherwood (‘65) of Nemaha County died April 8, 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Sherwood, are long-time Peru State College supporters. Ruth Harkendorff (‘66) of Falls City died December 20, 2010. She was a library media specialist, completing her internship at Horace Mann Library in Maryville. Marie A. Carnazzo (‘67) of Omaha died November 5, 2010.

1970s Kathryn Beery (‘71) of Springfield, Mo. died in January of 2008.


Christopher Lee Bratcher (‘93) of Omaha died September 23, 2010. He was the former singer of the Nuclear Bees and was known as “Heavy C” on the Todd and Tyler (radio) Show. Paul Calloway (‘96) of Bellevue died March 7, 2011. He was student-athlete at PSC.


Alisha Best (Hanika) Steen (‘06) of Lincoln died July 16, 2010. She was a former Staff Assistant for the State of Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture. Alisha is survived by her husband Tony Steen.


Angela Wemhoff Bock (‘99) married Jonathon Bock in June 2010. Angela is employed as an Optometric Technician at Littlefield Eye Assoc. in Kansas City, Mo.


Dana Michelle Michaelis (‘05) was married July 31, 2010 to Robert Dorn at Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wymore. Ryan Elise Bartels (‘07) married David Edward Chapman October 9, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Tecumseh. Lynsey Ligouri (‘07) married Dylan Handley October 2, 2010 in Falls City. Ashley Mefferd (‘07) married Brian Huppert (‘08) July 17, 2010 at Capitol City Christian Church in Lincoln. Brandon James Liberty (‘09) and Brianna Jo Blakley were joined in marriage September 18, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Falls City.


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Peru State College Foundation Honor Roll of Donors 2010 Alumni 1930s Edith Durst


Mildred Vanderford


Madeleine Schmucker


Moras Shubert


Inez Warren


Luella McIntire


Adele Reed


Tom & Edus Goldenstein


Mildred Weber


Lola Armstrong


Eleanor Brooks


Glema Mahr


Maxine Remmers


Lloyd Johnson


Agnes Annan


Helen Schacht


Rita Hanna


Lorene Moritz


Margaret Skoog


Ross Russell


Carolee Heim


Marjorie Birkmann


Josephine Godown


Helen Moody


Josephine Loennig


Robert Williams


Dorothy Todd


Hilda Stahly


Thomas & Marjorie Dean


Nancy Redfern


Max & Wilma Jackson


Ted & Rita Graves


William Fankhauser


Ralph Hays


Virginia Hunt


Nelda Peterson


Bertha Sutton


Nina Klaudt


Marjorie Rider


Virginia Stuhr


Irene Ochsner


Virgie Lee Shaw


Arnold Hector


Densel Fankhauser


Robert James


Jack Mast


Virginia Good


Larrie Bell


Margaret Ottersberg


Richard Mastain


Patricia Russell


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•Registration starts at 10:30 am in the clubhouse •Shotgun starts at 12:00 pm (noon) •Dinner starts at 5:00 pm

Julie (‘95) and Matt Bauman welcomed their daughter, Rachel D’Ann August 31, 2010. She weighed 9 pounds, 14 ¾ ounces, and was 21 inches long. Tracey (‘97) and Alex Malcom (‘95) welcomed their daughter Abby on October 15, 2010. Jamie Vonderschmidt (‘99) and husband Chance welcomed son Elin James on November 11, 2010.


Table Creek Golf Course 5633 I Rd Nebraska City, NE

Cost (includes green fees, carts and meal):

•$380 per team of 4 •$95 per individual •$85 per individual for PSC alums class of 2010 or 2011 only •$20 Individual dinner only

Name (captain): Address: Company: Phone: Shirt size: S M LG XL XXL

Dinner only, no golf

Name (2): Address: Company: Phone: Shirt size: S M LG XL XXL

Dinner only, no golf

Name (3): Address: Company: Phone: Shirt size: S M LG XL XXL

Dinner only, no golf

Name (4): Address: Company: Phone: Shirt size: S M LG XL XXL


1($5) 2($10) -

2 for all 4 team members with a limit of two per person ($40) -

Dinner only, no golf

1 team ($20) -

Checks should be made out to the PSC Foundation Bobcat Golf Classic PSC Athletic Department • Bobcat Golf Classic • PO Box 10 • Peru, NE 68421


Tiffany Nolte Sellick (‘05) welcomed twins Addison and Bodie on September 3, 2010. Taylor (09’) and Crystal Dunekacke (‘07) welcomed their son Ty Thomas Dunekacke on May 25, 2010. He weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Shane (‘08’) and Danielle (‘09) Ryan welcomed their first baby, daughter Addison McKenna, on July 18, 2010.

PSC Leader and Professor Lyle McKercher Passes Away Lyle McKercher, a longtime leader, professor and supporter at Peru State College, passed away March 7, 2011. Several PSC alumni and friends attended McKercher’s memorial service March 11 at Oak Hills Baptist Church in Peru. McKercher, 84, began his long career at PSC in 1959 after receiving his master’s degree in mathmatics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He was a mathematics professor at Peru for several years, earning the “Teacher of the Year” award three times and serving as president of the Nebraska Asociation of Teachers of Mathematics. In 1985, he was a finalist for the Nebraska State Board of Trustees’ Teaching Lyle McKercher Excellence Award. He retired from teaching in 1990, but continued to work for PSC as the President of the Peru State College Foundation until 1997. In addition to working for PSC, McKercher was active in the community, serving at Peru Community Church, the Peru Chamber of Commerce, Peru Kiwanis, Peru Historical Foundation, among other groups. In 1986, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Peru Kiwanis Club and in 2000 was inducted as an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by Governor Mike Johanns. McKercher is survived by his wife, Norma McKercher of Sioux Falls, three sons and seven grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the Lyle McKercher Mathematics Scholarship at Peru State College. Please call the PSC Foundation at 402-872-2304 for more information.

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Common Giving Questions:

Planned Giving

Answering questions is one of the best aspects of working with the Peru State College Foundation. Bobcats tend to have “Forever Blue” attitudes, making talking about the needs of PSC and ways to help our students that much simpler.

Many Bobcat supporters ask questions with common themes. Here is one we hear often with our answer. Question: Now that I’m getting a bit older, I’m hearing so much about “planned giving.” Whatever happened to the good ole bequest? Answer: Actually, nothing. Bequests continue to be the most frequent way people support their favorite organizations and causes through their estates.  End-of-life giving occurs in a variety of ways and often has accompanying tax benefits and legal considerations. Charitable trusts and gift annuities, retained life estates, bargain sales and a variety of other formal arrangements are available. It can sound complicated (though with help, it need not be).  Bequests, on the other hand, are relatively simple. About nine out of every 10 gifts made through estates are bequests. They can take the form of a specific dollar amount, a percentage of the estate’s value, or a percentage of the balance of the estate after other specific gifts are made.

Explanation: These days we are hearing more and more about planned giving. Not many years ago, the comparable terminology, which usually refers to giving through one’s estate, was “deferred giving.” Both terms are useful because they help donors better understand gifting concepts and opportunities beyond the more typical here-and-now gift.  Peru State College invites and encourages alumni and friends to consider including PSC in their estate plans. When creating or updating your will and/or estate plan, please consider directing a bequest to: Peru State College Foundation, Peru, Nebraska. Your bequest will be an investment of lasting significance to today’s youth and future generations.  Please feel free to contact Todd Simpson or John Fettig at the PSC Foundation at (402) 872-2304 for more information.

Todd Simpson, Peru State Foundation Executive Director, meets with PSC Alums and Supporters.


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Honor Roll of Donors 2010, continued from page 9 James Head Dennis & Janet Watts Larry Schwan Barbara Easley Elizabeth Ebeler Charlotte Grone Ronald Nolte David Sackles Candace Stewart Van Allen Larry Cotton Gary Rosso Darwin & Nancy Olson Mary Kloepping Wayne & Elaine Stuck Mark & Kathleen Weiler Joseph & Joyce Tackett Larry & Sue Green Alan Henning Gary & Glenda Nelson David Bierbaum Darwin McHugh Rose Duncan Robert Kiser Pamela Jones Dennis Hammer Connie Matson Gail Mausbach Lanny & Mary Williams Ronald & Susan Meyer Janet McMullen Wanda Johnson Daisy Malcom Jody Bukacek Sara Veigel Paul Chatelain Sharon Maynard Susan Hanley Shari Briese Esther Tegtmeier Dominic Vitticore Dianne Springer Charles Klingler Gary Weiler Sandy Miles Daniel Eichenberger Douglas Kottich Robert & Judy Peterson Brent Wilcox Kennard Larson Larry & Barbara Jones Maureen Carpenter James & Dianne Dickson Karen DeHart Jon Tritsch Jerold & Ramona Tuxhorn Pam Miyoshi-Smith Roger & Linda Behrns Mary Lade Al Nardone Steven Stemper

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Vicki Beilke Jay Hagerman Kent & Nancy Wilson Patricia Hunsberger Joan Shurtliff Rena Hall Gerald & Ruth Neeman Susan Foster Fred & Trudy Lainson Mary Givehand Patricia Sheehan James Desbien Stanley Ohnmacht Mary Conradt Roger Michaelis Anna Jeffrey Kenneth Kamman Bob Beaver David Koll Kirun Chakrabarty Lou & Jeannine Grasso Margaret Roddy Jack Stanley Tommie Solie Beth Butts Gayle Swisegood Mary Howery James Landwehr Dick & June Morrissey Janet Kirkendall David Chatelain Robert Craig Debra Stinn Susan Snodgrass Russell & Julie Barnes David Norton Theresa Symancyk Stephen & Terry Zimmers David McDaniel William Hosack John Trayer Naim Beituni William Hallock John Chatelain Gail Harmon Raymond & Carol Woerlen Ann Martinez Annie Rucker Arlo Wusk Mitzi Hoback Alan Seybert Scott & Laurita McKercher Linda Dickeson Julie Vasey Maureen Losee John & Phyllis Dierking Gloria Wheeler Sharon Henricksen Tallie VanWesten Joseph Cluley Janet Barlow

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Donald & Ruth Doxon Ray Kappel Ted Harshbarger David Stemper Rhonda Burbach Stephen Chatelain Sherry Taylor Richard & Penny Kimball Lance Wilson Jan Wilson Tom Casey Thomas Zabawa Carolyn Bednar Rhonda Chomos Roxann Coudeyras Shirley Lewis Sharon Russell Steve & Shirley Lewis Beverly Pietzyk-Hardy Wayne & Dee Young Jeffrey & Mary Pease Denise Kurpgeweit Joyce Boslau Joseph Gergen

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Don Hardekopf Loretta Johnson Tammy Jeanneret Joseph Primm Jack Moles Mary Findeis Stacy Applegate Lonnie Bane Steven Dunn Kathleen Weiler Virginia Schlender Charles Ferguson Keith Mullins Ronda Hamilton Paulette Joy Kent & Becki Propst Martin Haverty Mick & Katherine Haney Marsha Biaggi Alvin & Renee Holder Mary Lohmeier-Hass Pamela Rohrs Darrell & Tami Wellman Karen Koehler Kathleen Pitzl Lee & Rebecca Kohrs Laurie Schulte Kimberly Oliver Michael Gerweck Debra Larson Roxanne Gottula Rick Rummel Polly Clark Rene Kruse Kip & Julie Allison Jeff & Robin Smith

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Tim & Cindy Hoffman Roselyn Shaffer Steven & Ellen Gibson Neil Wolfe Penny Browne Alice Sabye Curtis Cogswell Stephanie Shrader Teresa Smith Julia Martinosky Renee Rowell Carolyn Christen Lori Seibel Cheryl Hart Alan & Carol Lunzman Mark Adams Kevin Schlange Phillip & Kathleen Hall Susan Thomas Kellie Wiers Susan Coonce Thomas Gepson Christopher Cerveny Naomi Furnas SaraBeth Donovan Wayne Dolezal Don Urbanovsky Steve LaHood Mary Kenady Teresa Hansmire Deeann Ketter Jeffrey Slagle Timothy Earhart DiAnna Loy Julie Gottula Patrick Mertens Ann Severin Carol Chappell Kevin Rahner Janice Nikodym Katherine Mercure Brenda Blair Genelle Busch Susan Rice Theresa Waters Tedd Lamprecht Amy Clark Mari-Ann Pesek Matthew Roberts Anita Hueftle Michael Ford Darwin & Tricia Gushard Patricia Moon Maxine Ward Carol Stukenholtz Leesa Jensen Ron Brockhaus Teresa Falk Judith Bennett Beverly Schwab Barbara Miller

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Honor Roll of Donors 2010, continued Glenda Beckman Cara Johnson Elizabeth Wise Mark Bartholomew Michael McGrath Janelle Comer Ruth Kirchhevel Leonard Jenkins Jack Spencer Janice Godinez

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Holly Meyer Alan Vervaecke Steven & Erin Sayer Lori Bellar Lori Broady Sharilyn Cole James Rains Joseph Neesen Mark Marcotte Angelia Rohwer Steiner John & Cherie Welter Kevin Caverzagie Merry Holliday-Hanson Sandra Hilding Linda Sand Cynthia Sellers Tony Anville John & MaryAnn Chaney Wei Chong Steven Andersen Charles McIntosh Garrett & Linda Mann Holly Jenkins Theresa Baumgartner Sally Hutt Jean Everhart James Florence Harold Campbell Ian Nabb Margo LaBrie Angela Antholz Susan Cade Jeffrey McWilliams Miriam Werner Merri Johnson Terry Clark Susan Rokey Michael Fitzpatrick Scott Kohout Delyn & LeeAnn Clifton Susan Nielsen Rod Beyke Jeffrey Cullison John Ramsey Beth Lueth Sherri Alverson Debra Neely Tracy VanDyke Lori Tibbs Trudy Fankhauser

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Mary Knabe James Watkins Matthew Martin Darrick Ramaekers Karen Sookram Ed Cox Becky Woltemath Michael Leif Susan Bowen Joyce Hietbrink Yvonne Chandler Mr. Carlson Carlson De Ann Hanson Fred and Caroline Allen David & Virginia Pippert Virginia Argabright Reid and Carol Graves Guy Rosenberg Glade Goings Camp Marketing Services

Sarah Windmeyer Mandy Deters Rita Seid Chris & Lindsey Lindner Tiffany Schoenrock Carlene Frenzel Charles Benson Gary & Stephanie Mercer Lindsay Laug Carianne Melnick Wendy Brennan Joanna Cielocha Matt Hill LaVonne Lake Patty Gray-Lyons Wende Bergmeier Mr. Carboni Carboni Lynn Meyer Kathleen Brown Nathanial Lygrisse James Daberkow Kathryn Thiele Sara Seidel David Osegueda Larry Fritcher Jeff Jedlicka Jill Davis Brenda Lutz Adam Krecklow Julie Murtaugh Amanda Marquette Michael &Tabitha Gentry Bryan & Heather Diekmann Dusty Bell Bradley Martin John Korthals Lindsey Harders

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Dennis Wittmann Auburn Development Council Floyd Vrtiska Paul Brown Black Hills Energy James & Mavis Green James Grant Colene Hance Richard & Ann Watson Patrick Wray Mike Koslosky Bill Lambrecht Bob & Carol Hemmingsen General Electric Foundation Brian Pientak Alfred Gigstad Greg Galardi Harris Foundation Andrew Clements Nebraska City Apple Corps Jerry Wurtele Carol Hogfelt MidAmerican Energy Company Music In The Park Committee Don Swanson Albert and Lois Carter John Hahn Jacqueline Obermeyer State Farm Companies Foundation Lawrence and Judith Curry Nancy Reeves Sprint Foundation Paul Miller Con Agra Food Inc. Gregory Kordic Martin and Phyllis Yocum Marian Goodin James and Wanda Gibson Dan and Lori Graves Robert and Ann Hennen William and Freda Nickell

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Honor Roll of Donors 2010, continued from page 13 Cynthis Ryan Bonnie Shaw Curtis Wright Kenneth Drydale Judy and Terry Elson Gerry Brady Vicki Jacobitz Beverly Hall Buckley Deterding Richard and Jean Woods Theodore and Jean Middleton Jo Ann Culver Mark and Deanne Lofts W. A. Hedge Cassidy Guadagnoli Borns Financial Planning Lisa Ford Daniel and Julie Gibson Karen Franklin Willard and Deb Pedersen Kristina Larson Karen Larsen Harry and Patty Goeglein Dan and Charlene Disney Clarisse Hastle William and Julie Cain Donald and Lois Larsen L.D. Nelson James and Donna Jorgenson Kirby and Janice Cohorst Mary Bebout Nick Cohorst Molly Reuland Dean and Tara Schwartz Jennifer Cantrell Elaine Tonniges Donald and Janice Jelinek Steven Curran James and Donna Lightbody Craig Peterman Jeff and Jill Reese Maxine Riddle Larry and Carol Volkmer Joann Williams Dwight Frost Gary and Cherri Trump Claudia Wells Wayne Drumm Eric and Laurie Whipple Eagle State Bank Scott Massengale Red E Surf II Keller Enterprises LTD William Cita Andrew Fata Wilmer Knabe Rex Rogers Sean Popejoy Chris and Jill Olson Michael and Janelle Grabowski Kenneth and Rebeka Schultze

Robert Martin Denise Telecky Charles and Colleen Fiegener Susan Fields Beverly Elliott Marla Bramhall Margaret Rinde Auburn Rotary Club Joe Stehlik Patricia Dalrymple First Evangelical Lutheran Church Elizabeth Krause William and Dennette Schroeder Clay and Donna Smith Nebraska Cable Communications Association Joseph and Irene Jones Carolyn Beck Ralph and Wilma Jean Rennison Charles Pierce Lawrence and Regina Grier Darrel and Gail Pike Brenda Williams Christy Hart Internal Medicine Associates Carolyn Bredemeier Paul & Loretta Kruse Kim Smith Doug & Priscilla Falke John and Irene McQuinn Bettyanne Houts James Stuart Cory Gerking Neva Moyer Louis Steck John Lindsay Patricia Longley Janet Hawley First National Bank of Johnson Northwestern Mutual Foundation Christy Hutchison Northwest High School Esther Sullivan Keith Bramhall Mary Thompson Ricky Sanley Bret Spielman Ellen Dillon-Osborn Ella Sanley Dennis Evans Elizabeth Folsom Robert Glasgow Robert Glasgow Charles Glasgow Jesus Esquivel St. Paul Lutheran Church Vernon Hilgenkamp Vernon Freeland Neal and Janet Mathies Karl and Susan Glasgow Mark and Anne Shanno

Ireta Kerns Paul and Mary Nave Sandra Steele Jorge and Ingrid Correa Tammy Free Cynthia Krause James and Ingrid Fern Jean Koch Thomas and Robin Best Ryan Fry Gary Frederickson Evelyn Ramos James and Amy Esquivel Janice Whitcomb Daryl Giles John and Jeanne Dittrich Lawrence and Deborah Vacek Sue McGonigle Ronald and Dorothy Obermeier David and April Lanpher Lisa McNeel Glenn and Carol Farris Jeffrey Roberts Christopher and Lynette Sales Arthur and Donna Frederickson Brenda Langenberg Peter and Stephanie Carpino James and Carolyn Weyerman Rick and Josephine Duree Dean and Joan Hall Ron and Diane Kmiecik Daryl Moum Beverly Croushorn Phyllis Mansch Bob and Doris Jenkins Randall and rebecca Rippe Robert and Marla Richter Vonda Roberts Joseph and Teresa Grabowski Robert and Nancy Hall De Von Kuether Rick Roberts Thomas and Betty Lanpher Martin and Dolores Giles Dorothy Freeland Scott Mansch Kent Knabe Ellen Novak Robert and Diana Bleakley Patrick Slotsve Boyd Batenhorst Daniel and Pamela Grabowski Kayla Thomas Barbara Allred Kerry and Kimberly Bramhall Shane and Linda Glasgow Maxim Security Alarm Service Lukert Chiropractic and Wellness Wanklyn Oil Company Wheeler Auburn State Bank

Hilary Bradford Norma Gilmore Lyle & Norma McKercher Leonard Skov Daryl Long Thomas Ediger Mark Beischel Bruce Batterson Kathy Tynon Kelly Asmussen Todd Drew Julie Hopp Marie Meland Nancy Donovan Aegon Transamerica Foundation Benjamin and Lanette Young Kaoru Thiele Steve Schneider Eugene Graves Kristin Petersen Donald and Margaret Hoffmeyer Colin Brown Linda Koon Dick & Jean Rottman Herbert and Joyce Hanson Chris Buethe Shirley Majors James and Deanne Gerking Sara Crook John Crotty Nash Finch Bill Graves Sandy Fisher Paul Gilbert Daryll and Sharon Hersemann Union Pacific Company Nebraska Community Foundation Dan Hanson Milfred and Ruth Christenson Nancy Brown

Please contact the PSC Foundation with any errors or omissions you may notice. 402-872-2403

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PSC Women’s Basketball Coach Has Husker Jersey Retired  Peru State College Women’s Basketball Coach Maurtice Ivy was recognized by the University of Nebraska Jan. 16 by having her #30 Husker jersey retired. This honor, Maurtice Ivy, recognized during Nebraska’s game Head against Kansas Women’s at the Devaney Basketball Center, made Coach at PSC Ivy the second women’s basketball player in UNL history to have her jersey retired.  “I have come full circle as an athlete having my jersey retired,” Ivy said. “It is definitely one of the biggest honors an athlete can have.”  Ivy began her basketball career at Omaha Central High School, where she scored nearly 2,000 points before graduating in 1984. The 5’9” forward/ guard was an instant star for the Huskers when she averaged 14 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. She produced her best statistical season as a junior, when she average 23.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Her junior season also included a career-high 46 points in a single game, which was one of eight 30-point scoring efforts during her career.

Ivy’s number retirement banner on display in the Devaney Center.

Ivy cutting down the net after the Big Eight win for UNL in 1988.  Ivy ranked in the top eight players in Nebraska history in points (2nd, 2,131), points per game (2nd, 19.1), field goals made (2nd, 847), field goals attempted (1st, 1,799), free throws made (3rd, 431), free throws attempted (T4th, 570), double-doubles (T5th, 21), blocked shots (5th, 104), rebounds (6th, 778), steals (8th, 215) and games started (8th, 107). In addition, she was the first player in UNL history to reach the 2,000-point plateau, leading the 1988 Huskers to the Big Eight Conference crown and the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.  Ivy began serving as the head coach at Peru State College in 2007 after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for three seasons. She led the Bobcats to a 21-9 overall record during the 2010-2011 season.  Several PSC students, faculty, staff members, and members of the women’s basketball team came to support Ivy as she received this honor.  “It was a privilege to be present as Coach Ivy’s jersey was retired and I was glad that her Bobcat basketball team could be there to celebrate the honor with her,” said PSC President Dan Hanson. “Very few people have had the impact that she has had on women’s basketball and the state of Nebraska.”

Ivy (center) is pictured with UNL Athletic staffers and her father.

Ivy is recognized on Jan. 16 during Nebraska’s game against Kansas at the Devaney Center.


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Peru State Basketball Raises Record $752 during “Coaches vs. Cancer” Event  The Peru State men’s basketball team raised $752 this year for “Coaches vs. Cancer,” a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help fight cancer.  The PSC men’s and women’s basketball teams showed their support of this event during games held during the last weekend in January. No admission was charged for any of the weekend’s games. Instead, a freewill donation jar for the American Cancer Society’s work was placed in the Al Wheeler Activity Center lobby.  A check for $752, collected during these games, was presented by Bobcat Men’s Basketball Coach Troy Katen and PSC Athletic Director Steve Schneider at the final men’s basketball home game of the season on Feb. 12. This amount was the most that has ever been raised for this cause in the past.  “I was very surprised to learn that our fans and friends donated this much to the cause,” said Bobcat Men’s Basketball Coach Troy Katen. “It really blew me away when I learned we had more than doubled what we had donated in the past.” “This is a great way for the PSC basketball family to promote a very noble cause.”

PSC Athletic Director Steve Schneider and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Troy Katen present the check for the Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraiser.

Bobcat Relay for Life Team Organizes Fireman’s Cook-Off

 Members of the local volunteer fire departments of Auburn, Brock, Brownville, Nemaha and Peru competed for the best soup around Feb. 24 at PSC’s First Annual Fireman’s Cook-Off.  The verdict?  The Brownville Fire Department makes the best potato and ham soup around.  More than 80 people attended the first annual Fireman’s Cook-Off organized by the Bobcats Relay for Life team. All proceeds from the event, which totaled nearly $700, will support the Bobcat Relay for Life team. The team plans to compete at the annual Southeast Nebraska Relay for Life event on June 3. All funds raised through the team’s activities will be donated to the American Cancer Society to support cancer research and prevention.  “On behalf of the Bobcat Relay for Life team, I would like to personally thank everyone who helped make the soup supper possible,” said PSC Student and Bobcat Relay for Life team chairperson Adam DeBilzan. “We could not do it without all of the willing volunteers. Thank you for making a difference!”

PSC students wait to serve soup to hungry donors.

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PSC Football Booster Club Holds Annual Wild Game Feed  Venison, pheasant, water fowl and backyard pond goldfish were among the many delectable wild game items on the menu for the PSC Football Booster Club’s 2011 Wild Game Feed Jan. 30 at the Auburn Eagles Club.  The annual event, which was attended by more than 100 people, raised nearly $5,900 for Bobcat Football and many other PSC athletic programs. Along with the menu, other event highlights included a silent auction and prizes for attendees.  “We have been having this event for several years and this was one of the best,” said Booster Club President Tim Smulling of Nebraska City. “The booster club is appreciative of all the donations, food and work provided by everyone to make the event what it was.”

Below, PSC boosters dine on venison, pheasant, and water fowl among other treats at the Wild Game Feed. Left, Bob Engles displays his winnings from the auction. Bottom left, Jim Chaney poses with a cash prize winner.

Peru State Holds Own “Dancing with the Stars”  Bristol Palin and Jennifer Grey weren’t able to make it.  But the students in Dr. Joann Murray’s HPER 331 Social Dance II: World Dance class were enough of a draw to bring more than 100 PSC students, faculty and families of students to the Oak Room Dec. 12 for PSC’s own “Dancing with the Stars.” Dr. Murray, who has taught this class for several years, is a certified ballroom dance instructor and PSC staff member in the School of Education.  PSC’s “Dancing with the Stars” event featured students performing eight dances including the Fox Trot, the Tango, the Swing, the Merengue, the Rumba, the Salsa and the Polka. While everyone who competed was a star in their own right, the winning pair was Destiny Shipman (Aurora) and J.J. Ozuna (Minatare), who won in the categories of Swing, Merengue and Rumba.  “This class was very eye opening and I learned a ton,” Shipman said. “It was a great opportunity to meet and get to know people I normally wouldn’t spend time with on campus. I am thankful for the friends I’ve made and the knowledge I’ve gained through Dr. Murray’s class.”

Students in Dr. Joann Murray’s HPER 331 Social Dance II: World Dance class dressed to compete in PSC’s own “Dancing with the Stars” event Dec. 12.


Peru Stater Spring 2011

Women’s Volleyball Ends Season with 19-10 Overall Record  The 2010 season was full of victories and records for the Peru State College Bobcat women’s volleyball team. This year’s team posted a 19-10 overall record and a 12-4 Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference (MCAC) record. In addition, the Bobcats only lost three times on their home court, with the first loss not until more than half-way through the season.  The team was also nationally ranked in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in three separate categories: 12th in Service Aces per Game (2.370), 15th in Blocks per Game (2.5), and 24th in Total Service Aces (244).  These group statistics were enhanced by several rankings for many individual players, making the 2010 season one these ‘Cats will remember for a while.

Junior Cece Walters, below, returns the ball in a game against College of Saint Mary. Senior KT Salberg, right, sets up the ball. 2010-11 Peru State Volleyball team, bottom right.

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Thirteen PSC StudentAthletes Become NAIA “Daktronics-Scholar-Athletes”  Thirteen PSC students proved over the past few months that they are not only great athletes but also excel academically.  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has so far named 13 PSC students Daktronics – NAIA Scholar Athletes during the 2010-2011 school year. In order to achieve this honor, student-athletes

must be nominated by their head coach, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and achieve junior academic status.  The PSC students who achieved this honor participate in four PSC sports including cross country, football, volleyball, men’s basketball. Here are the students:

Bojan Burnac (men’s basketball), a senior from Ljubljana, Slovenia, majoring in computer management information systems

Andrew Conn (football), a junior from Wausa majoring in sports management and basic business

Chelsi Dotson (cross country), a senior from Shubert majoring in K-12 physical education and coaching

Nick Kraft (football), a senior from Falls City majoring in K-12 physical education and health with a coaching endorsement

Bob McLaughlin (football), a senior from Rising City majoring in sports management

Jake Mertens (football), a senior from Hastings majoring in biological science

Lance Meyer (football), a senior from Johnson majoring in criminal justice

Kelsey Monahan (volleyball), a junior from Atkinson majoring in psychology

Sarah Novak (volleyball), a senior from Howells majoring in K-12 health and physical education with a minor in coaching

Toni Ratliff (volleyball), a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, majoring in elementary and early childhood education

Jordan Rettele (volleyball), a senior from Lincoln majoring in elementary and special education

Curtis Thompson (football), a senior from Battle Creek majoring in accounting

Dani Vernon (volleyball), a senior from Fairbury majoring in early childhood and elementary education

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PSC Foundation P.O. Box 10 Peru, NE 68421-0010

Distinguished Speaker Series Engages PSC Students and Community.................................................................... PAGE 1 E-Mentoring Program Participants Meet........................... PAGE 1 Third Annual Alumni Chili Feed Draws More than 600 People ........................................................................... PAGE 4



“Look at These Bobcats Go”................................................. PAGE 5 Dr. Greg Galardi Wins “Teacher of the Year”..................... PAGE 6 PSC Women’s Basketball Coach Has Husker Jersey Retired ................................................................................... PAGE 15 Bobcat Sports........................................................................ PAGE 16

For more information about Peru State College, Nebraska’s first college, visit For more information about the Peru State College Alumni Association and Foundation, visit Here, you’ll find more photos of the PSC campus and the latest information about alumni news and events!

Commencement was held May 7th in the AWAC. Congratulations to the Class of 2011!

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