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Spring 2012 Vol. 57, No. 1

Outstanding Athletes Inducted into PSC Athletic Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Inductees and family members with President and Mrs. Hanson provided the  Memories and highlights were officially inducted this Raybourn, invocation, which was were abound for the over 170 past weekend. in attendance at the recent  Peru State Foundation followed by a delicious dinner Peru State College (PSC) Executive Director Todd provided by Creative Dining Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. Simpson served as the Master Services. the dinner, Four individuals and one of Ceremonies for the event.  Following team were enshrined over PSC President, Dr. Dan each individual and a of the the Oct. 14 and 15 weekend Hanson, provided a welcome representative which featured a Friday and highlighted some of the basketball team provided evening banquet and formal College’s recent successes. comments and highlights ceremonies and additional Dr. Hanson presented each regarding their playing days recognition at halftime of individual with a plaque and induction into the Hall of the Bobcat football game which was identical to the one Fame. with Evangel University on placed in the lobby area of the upper level of the Al Wheeler FRED APPLEGATE Saturday.  Fred Applegate, the late Activity Center showcasing  Fred Applegate, a standout Sid Brown, the 1961-62 Men’s all of the previous inductees. football player on the 1952, Basketball team, Nate Bradley, Members of the basketball 1953, and 1954 teams, was the and Brendan Raybourn were team were presented with first person inducted. After the obligatory thanks to many, the honorees selected by certificates. the Hall of Fame Selection  Father Fred Raybourn, Applegate said he had better Committee last spring and father of inductee Brendan say something about his wife

(Marianne). Applegate noted, “She is really responsible for this. If it had not been for her, I would not have got through here in the first place. I think she is probably the only kindergarten teacher in the country who has taken Theory of Football, Theory of Basketball, Prevention and Treatment of Injuries, and Kinesiology. She did a good enough job to get me out of here.” Later, Marianne noted she was a little worried about what Fred was going to say as she had covered her face while he was talking, but noted it probably could have been worse.  Later, Applegate shared some other comments

following recognizing some more individuals, in particular, a comment regarding Ned Eckman, himself a member of the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. About Eckman, who was the quarterback on the 1952 and 1953 teams, Applegate noted, “He has had his hands on my butt more than anyone in the world,” which brought a tremendous roar of laughter and applause from the crowd. He finished by thanking some coaches and concluded with a story regarding his introduction into college football. Applegate concluded, “I was a freshman and we were going to play continued on page 10

President Dan Hanson & Fred Applegate


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Greetings from the Campus of a Thousand Oaks

opportunities activities that showcase their learning beyond the classroom. numerous talents. SEE Initiatives  I am excited to share with  The you news of an innovative correlate perfectly to the transformational initiative stemming from first our recently completed goal of the strategic plan: Sesquicentennial Strategic ‘Excellence through Essential Faculty Plan that will result in new, Engagement.’ relevant learning experiences members were asked to for Peru State students. The submit proposals as part College’s inaugural Student of a competitive, peerEngagement Enhancement reviewed process. Those (SEE) Initiative has awarded proposals that demonstrated 15 faculty members funds an effective application of for student engagement educational best practices, initiatives which include the development of critical capacity, and a field experience to thinking Dr. Dan Hanson Washington, D.C. for the next Presidential Inauguration, the purchase Dear Friends, of simulation software February is an active time that will allow students of year on the Campus to explore a virtual crime of a Thousand Oaks with scene, and an opportunity an abundance of academic to use sophisticated new and co-curricular activities equipment to study detailed aspects underway, including the biomechanical Distinguished Speaker Series, of human movement. All theatre productions, musical of the funded proposals performances, art openings, demonstrate a commitment athletic events and student to excellence by the members activities. It’s wonderful to of our faculty and will see our students engage provide students with active, relevant in such a wide variety of interdisciplinary,

that had the potential to impact the College’s second strategic goal of ‘Increased Prominence’ were particularly valued. Project areas included stipends to develop new and unusually engaging courses, field experiences, the acquisition of new equipment or simulation software, and service learning community initiatives, among others.  Please share with your family and friends news of the exciting initiatives underway at Peru State. As

College President Dr. Dan Hanson

Editor R. Todd Simpson, Executive Director, PSC Foundation

PSC Foundation Board of Directors SaraBeth Donovan (‘85), Chair - Fairfax, Va. Mike Guilliatt (‘67), Vice Chair - Fremont, Neb. Charles Niemeyer (‘65), Secretary - Ashland, Neb. Judson Douglas III (attended ‘56), Treasurer - Lincoln, Neb. Fred (‘73) & Pam Robertson - Westlake Village, Calif. Larry (‘71) & Sue Green - Westminster, Colo. Dennis Wittmann - Auburn, Neb. Rod Vandeberg - Falls City, Neb. Tim (‘84) & Cindy (Plantega, ‘82) Hoffman - Lincoln, Neb.

Graphic Design Rachel Rippe (‘12), Christopher Hall (‘12) Caleb Dutton (‘13)

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.

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 momentum firsthand! You always have an open invitation to return to your College.

All the Best,

Dan Hanson, Ph.D. President

Approximately 20 PSC students participated in the Foundation’s annual phon-a-thon this past November and December. These students made calls to alumni and friends of the college, raising more than $47,000.

Contributing Writers Regan Anson (‘11), Director, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs Ted Harshbarger (‘77) Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director Photography Dr. Bill Clemente, PSC Professor of English Ted Harshbarger (‘77) Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director Rebecca Johnson (‘05), Graphic Design Artist, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs Kellen Sailors (‘12), Graphic Design Intern, PSC Marketing & Public Affairs PSC Foundation Staff 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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A College of First Choice... Absolutely!

R. Todd Simpson Greetings from the hills of Peru! Nebraska’s first college continues to enjoy tremendous student and faculty engagement and a growing sense of relevance in the Southeastern Nebraska region.  You are a part of that growth. You are Peru Blue!  In 2011, PSC unveiled the College’s Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan. The plan’s goals, objectives and strategies run through 2017 … Peru State’s 150th Anniversary. The planning process, facilitated by PSC President Dr. Dan Hanson, included students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. (You can review the Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan in its entirety at s t r at e g ic -pl a n /s t r at e g ic plan.pdf.)  One of the most compelling aspects of the plan is the College’s newly defined vision statement … “Peru State College will be a college of choice fostering excellence and student achievement through engagement in a culture that promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation.”  A college of choice … a college of first choice. Absolutely!

 For the past several years, even during the strategic planning process itself, PSC has been striving to become exactly that … a college of first choice in the region. Whether by refining educational programs and improving the student experience, or by investing in infrastructure and capital improvements, Peru State is working to give students, be they on-campus, commuters, on-line or parttime, the best educational experience possible.  Certainly, that kind of refinement and renovation requires commitment from all PSC stakeholders. And that commitment has come with unbridled enthusiasm.  Enhanced programs such as College 101 are better preparing students for the rigors of the college experience. College 101 provides students with similar disciplinary interests opportunities to develop skills needed for collegelevel work. Peru State has received strong reviews for 101 and the faculty continue to tailor the program to meet student needs.  New programs are also coming on-line to broaden student perspectives. In 2010-11 PSC began the Distinguished Speaker Series. Nationally and internationally known speakers … such as Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winning author … have visited Peru, worked with students and provided enlightening and engaging presentations.  Programmatic growth is not the only enhancement taking place at Peru State these days. The College’s enriched curriculum requires more up-to-date facilities. In the past few years a number

of PSC facilities have been updated. Most recently was the complete renovation of the Jindra Fine Arts Building. (If you haven’t been to the Campus of a Thousand Oaks recently, come by and tour Jindra.)  In addition, the Eliza Morgan Residence Hall is in the final phase of reconstruction. Done in three stages so students could continue to live there, the Eliza Morgan renovation will be complete by the end of Summer. Upperclassmen have actually been petitioning to move back on campus to live there!  The College is not standing still. New programs and new facility needs are right around the corner. These improvements will further ensure PSC’s transition to the college of choice in the Southeastern Nebraska region.   P r o g r a m m a t i c improvements include the creation of the Institute for Community Engagement (ICE). ICE will provide students with community leadership opportunities aimed at enhancing educational outcomes and career prospects of our students while improving the prominence of the College. Students will have enriched educational and personal growth experiences, be introduced to service learning and leave college with a competitive advantage in the job market.  Needed facility enhancements will include a renovation of Park Avenue to ensure student safety (walking to and from the Centennial Complex and ball fields), the restoration and modernization of the Oak Bowl Complex and addressing needs at both Delzel and the Student Center. While all these

efforts address safety and capacity issues, there is one other very important element … appeal.  Peru State will never be a college of choice … or even the college it should be … while we still have 30% of our campus in subpar conditions. And that 30% is made up of the most visited and public facilities on campus … the Campus entrance (Park Avenue), the Oak Bowl and the Student Center.  Does Peru State College have big plans for the future? Absolutely! Can PSC become the college of choice in southeastern Nebraska? Without question.  And to meet those goals and secure that future

the College needs you. PSC needs your interest, enthusiasm, pride … and, of course, your support.  Whether by contributing to a general fund scholarship, or by contributing to a major construction effort, or by remembering Peru State in your estate plans, your care and dedication will help PSC become the college of choice in Southeast Nebraska.  Thank you for your commitment and support. Go Cats! Live Blue!

R. Todd Simpson, CFRE Executive Director Peru State College Foundation

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Peru State’s Dynamic Duo Lead Teachers and Students Across the State… and Nation Shared interests in history and culture have brought longtime PSC professors Dr. Dan Holtz and Dr. Sara B. Crook together many times in their illustrious careers, and their leadership has expanded well beyond the campus, across the state, and soon… the nation. Both professors have been elected to lead a statewide organization in 2012. A native of Ord, Neb., Dr. Dan Holtz, professor of English, has been elected president of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees. He has served on the board since January 2008. Holtz said, “It’s an honor and a challenge to be elected president of the State Historical Society Board. Throughout my life, I have gotten great satisfaction from learning about Nebraska’s engaging history and teaching others, and I Dr. Dan Holtz appreciate the opportunity to have a say in how that history is shared with all Nebraskans.” A native of Central City, Neb., Dr. Sara B. Crook, professor of Social Science, has been elected chair of the Nebraska Humanities Council Board of Directors. She has served on the board since January 2007. According to Crook, she is pleased to lead the Nebraska Humanities Council in its efforts to enhance the quality of life across the state by promoting a better understanding of our history and culture. “Our activities are truly statewide,” she said. “We hold many of our events in rural areas to provide access to the humanities to all Nebraskans.” Both professors have been involved in both organizations. Holtz has been a longtime presenter for the Nebraska Humanities Dr. Sara B. Crook Council Speakers Bureau, telling the stories of the people who came to and through early Nebraska in his Nebraska through Song and Story program. Crook is also involved in the Speaker’s Bureau, portraying early settler Barbara Kagey Mayhew Bradway in Nebraska’s Winding Road to Statehood: In the Footsteps of a Female Settler. In addition, Crook is a life member of the Nebraska State Historical Society, serving on its Board of Trustees from

1997 to 2002. She was President of the Board in 2000 and 2001, and encouraged Holtz to get involved in the organization when her term ended. Another way these professors have expanded learning in their respective areas is through Peru State’s Trails and Tales Tour and Institute. Together, Holtz and Crook serve as codirectors of the Institute. First offered in June of 1996, this every-other-year interdisciplinary program has taken more than 300 teachers, students, PSC alumni, and others who appreciate Nebraska’s heritage on statewide tours of the state’s important historical and literary sites. In October 2012, for the first time, Trails and Tales VIII, “Exploring the Roots of American History and Literature,” will venture away from Nebraska and the plains to explore the foundations of American history and literature in an adventure spanning the east coast from Williamsburg, Virginia, to Concord, Massachusetts.

Trails and Tales East Coast History and Literature Tour Trails and Tales VIII, “Exploring the Roots of American History and Literature,” is the eighth offering of Peru State College’s popular and innovative interdisciplinary history and literature tour. And, again, Peru State alumni will get the first opportunity to sign up. This time the nine-day chartered bus tour will feature numerous stops at sites which illustrate American Colonial and early United States history. Additionally, the tour will feature stops at the homes, birthplaces, and, even, graves of American literary giants. Transportation arrangements to Norfolk, VA, to commence the tour, and from Boston, MA, to conclude the tour, are to be made and purchased individually. The cost of the tour is $2,449 (based on double occupancy), $3,389 (based on single occupancy) which includes all transportation (between Norfolk, VA and Boston, MA), lodging, meals (except 2 lunches), admissions, tips, and taxes. Your only expenses on the tour would be previously mentioned 2 lunches, individual purchases, souvenirs, or alcoholic beverages. A $100 deposit is required to hold your reservation in the Tour. The deposit is fully refundable until August 1, 2012. Deposits are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The balance of the tour is due August 1, 2012. No refunds are allowed after that date unless the tour slot is filled by another person. Spots on the tour are limited, and this one promises to be particularly memorable. So join your fellow Peru State friends on this journey sponsored by your alma mater, Nebraska’s first college.



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Bus Tour Highlights Oct. 11–20, 2012

Day 1: Overnight at Norfolk, VA Day 2: Williamsburg, VA, Colonial Settlement Overnight @ Linden Row Inn in Richmond, VA Day 3: Monticello Montpelier (James Madison’s Home) Shenandoah Valley Ride Overnight @ Penn’s View Hotel in Philadelphia (3 nights) Day 4: Edgar Allan Poe’s Home Walt Whitman’s Home Walking Tour (Carpenter’s House, Ben Franklin’s grave and Betsy Ross House) Day 5: National Constitution Center The Library Company Independence National Park Day 6: Travel Day from Philadelphia to Boston, MA Time on your own in Boston Overnight @ Omni Parker Hotel in Boston (4 nights) Day 7: Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour Samuel Adams Brewery Tour Bull & Finch Pub–Home of “Cheers” for Dinner Tour of Harvard Day 8: Charleston Freedom Walking Tour, including Old Ironsides Salem, MA (Nathaniel Hawthorne’s boyhood home & House of Seven Gables) Salem Witch Museum Day 9: Concord, MA Walden Pond Louisa May Alcott Home Old North Bridge Battlefield Road Lexington, MA Day 10: Quincy, MA – Adams National Historical Park

To reserve your space, send your registration and $100 deposit to: Peru State College Foundation P.O. Box 10 Peru, NE 68421 Phone: 402-872-2395 800-742-4412 Fax: 402-872-2412 Questions? e-mail:

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USS Constitution

House of the Seven Gables

College Credit Available

You may earn up to three hours graduate or undergraduate credit from Peru State College through your participation in the tour.

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Tuition & Fees One 3-credit Undergraduate Class $528.75 One 3-credit Graduate Class $638.25 Matriculation fee of $10 for new PSC students. For a PSC graduate school application go to: click on Prospective Student, click on Apply

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All applications due by Aug. 1, 2012. Open to PSC Alumni, exclusively until April 1, 2012.

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Return your registration form and $100 deposit to: Peru State College Foundation 600 Hoyt St. P.O. Box 10 Peru, NE 68421

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Ediger Named Peru State College’s 2012 Teacher Excellence Award Winner Peru State College (PSC) Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Thomas Ediger has been named the institution’s 2012 Teacher Excellence Award Winner, marking the third time he has been granted the distinction. Ediger will be honored during PSC’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. PSC President Dan Hanson said, “It is rare that one individual has so much impact on a campus culture. Long a master of student engagement, Dr. Ediger’s tireless efforts were immediately recognized by everyone involved in the decision-making process for this award. Tom, his students and their performances give the campus a sense of heart and soul that is deeply appreciated. He is well-deserving of this honor and I congratulate him on this achievement.” Dr. Thomas Ediger Ediger said, “Peru State College is fortunate to have many first-rate teachers, so it is an honor to be recognized in this way. The balance of faculty responsibilities among teaching, professional development and service works well for me. I am very grateful to be part of the Peru State faculty.” The Teacher Excellence Award is given annually to one outstanding full-time faculty member at each of the three state colleges, Peru, Wayne and Chadron. To be considered, a faculty member must have a minimum of four years consecutive employment at the college, have taught a minimum of 15 credit hours during the previous academic year, and have an active and positive record of service to students as an academic, professional or personal advisor. Candidates must also have demonstrated involvement in faculty development programs, a superior level of teaching effectiveness and a record of public service. Recipients of the campus award from each of the colleges are finalists for the Nebraska State College System’s George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award. Ediger joined the Peru State faculty in 1979 where he directs the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers and teaches courses in music theory, music history, music education and piano. He is an active performer, composer and a popular piano and vocal clinician/adjudicator in the region. His most recent compositions are The Land of Oops, a chamber opera for the Madrigal Singers, and Psalm 121 for choir published by Concordia Press. His piano and composition students have often won state and regional competitions. Ediger founded Peru State’s Piano Extravaganza in 1990, an annual event that brings more than 200 pianists to campus for day-long rehearsals and a final performance where, under his direction, 30 pianists simultaneously play 15 pianos. He coordinates the college’s Annual High School Show Choir Festival and annual Choral Festival Honor Choir. Ediger is also director and producer of PSC’s annual “Holiday Madrigal Dinner,” which features the Peru State Madrigal Singers in a fully costumed Renaissance dinner with traditional madrigals, originally composed music, and a variety of musical and theatrical entertainment. Ediger is currently treasurer of Nebraska Music Teachers Association, having previously served the organization as president. He was honored by the association in 2008 as their Distinguished Teacher of the Year and Service Award Winner. In March 2009, Dr. Ediger was awarded the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Foundation Fellow Award in recognition of his service and leadership. He has served as director of the MTNA West Central Division and as a member of the Board of Directors.

He is currently on the MTNA Foundation Fund’s national development committee. Ediger earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska. He holds a Master’s degree in piano performance and a doctorate in theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Ediger has also completed postgraduate work at Portland State University, Yale University and in Graz, Austria. He holds the permanent national teacher certification in piano and theory through the MTNA.


Jean (Glynn) Sugden (’69) of Adams retried from Education after 42 years as a teacher and substitute teacher in May 2011.


Michael McLarty (’71) of Carlsbad, California has twin daughters, Megan and Shelby, who are juniors at UC Santa Cruz majoring in Business Economics. Roger Michaelis (’73) retired on June 1, 2011 after 38 years with BNSF Railroad. He lives on a farm south of Pleasant Dale and is enjoying his grandkids and longhorn cattle.


Joseph Primm (’80) of Buford, Georgia recently published his fourth book titled, Love Is, which is now available at publisher Wipf and Stock ( and online such as Amazon, etc. Bradley Smith (’89) recently obtained his Register Health Underwriter® (RHU®) professional designation from The American College, Byrn Mawr, PA.


Ryan Seagert (’97) of Omaha is working as a Sales Rep for a copier/printer/software company in Omaha. Jodi (Hytrek) Becker (’91) of Neshkoro, Wisconsin became a 6-12 Director of Instruction at Berlin Area Schools in Berlin, Wisconsin in July. She taught high school English in Berlin for 14 years before accepting this new position. Travis Dunekacke (’99) of Elk Creek started his own small business, TD Niche Pork, in 2008. Meat is produced and processed in southeast Nebraska. It is marketed to individuals in the Midwest and restaurants in Lincoln, Omaha, and Nebraska City. continues on page 17

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Peru State College Foundation Honor Roll of Donors 2011 Alumni 1920s

Owen Zook 1927


Edith Durst 1932 Mildred Vanderford 1933 Madeleine Schmucker 1934 Muriel Reichardt 1935 Ruth Pritchett 1937 Evelyn Powell 1937 Evelyn Tyser 1938 Maxine Remmers 1939 Jean Burdette 1939 Lola Armstrong 1939 Mildred Weber 1939


Rita Hanna 1940 Lloyd Johnson 1940 Beunice Doty 1940 Helen Schacht 1940 Norma Meyer 1941 Donna Pryor 1941 Josephine Godown 1941 Phyllis Hoffman 1941 Margaret Skoog 1941 Carolee Heim 1941 Frances Duckworth 1941 Lorene Moritz 1941 Marjorie Dean 1942 Max Jackson 1942 Josephine Loennig 1942 Lois Adams 1942 Ralph Hays 1942 Melvin Larsen 1942 Dorothy Elliott 1942 Virginia Hunt 1942 Helen Moody 1942 William Fankhauser 1942 Theodore Graves 1942 Lois Christensen 1943 Sophie Rizor 1943 Gilbert Schreiner 1943 Wanda Schmidt 1943 Virginia Stuhr 1943 Nina Klaudt 1943 Marjorie Rider 1943 Jackson Howard 1944 Virgie Lee Shaw 1944 Robert James 1944 Garth James 1945 Mary Cashman 1945 Vincent Petrucci 1945 Richard Mastain 1945

Andrew Lakey 1945 Clay Kennedy 1945 Patricia Russell 1945 Virginia Good 1945 Jack Mast 1945 Russell Norris 1945 Leonore Graf 1945 Depke Andres 1945 Rosa Brooks 1945 Arvilla Noerrlinger 1945 Joan Buhrmann 1946 Ramona Lindbloom 1946 Bob Luedke 1946 Evelyn Neve 1946 Janet Read 1946 Willard Hunzeker 1946 Margaret Harrold 1947 George Coupe 1947 Eldon Reutter 1947 Beulah Widga 1947 Marie Pupkes 1947 Charles Henning 1947 Cecil Johnson 1947 Lura Herr 1948 Arthur Kermoade 1948 George Blocher 1948 Robert Roberts 1948 Gail Miller 1948 Ruth Steele 1948 Shirley Stevicks 1948 Ruth Nixon 1948 Armon Yanders 1948 Percy Schmelzer 1948 Thomas Hallstrom 1949 Bernard Bliefernich 1949 Colleen Tillman 1949 Willard Redfern 1949 Gerald Matschullat 1949 Joan Marfice 1949 Jane Goodding 1949 Ruth Howe 1949 Delbert Bowers 1949 David Lang 1949 Wilson Sigerson 1949 Sara Jane Hippe 1949 Don Wagner 1949


Laurine Johnson 1950 Joyce Taylor 1950 Russell Ruth 1950 Hazel Knippelmeyer 1950 John Vacek 1950 Babette Marten 1950

Orville Gobber 1950 Ruth Poppe 1950 Kenneth Wolford 1950 Robert Resz 1950 C. Robert Utermohlen 1950 Bobby Livingston 1950 Jack Hallstrom 1950 Grace Pfister 1951 William Abernathy 1951 Delbert Littrell 1951 William Voegtli 1951 Lester Russell 1951 Janet Lueders 1951 Charles Coatney 1951 Arthur Majors 1951 William Thurman 1951 Barbara Clayburn 1951 Annabelle Rumbaugh 1951 Mary Kellogg 1951 David Duey 1951 Evelyn Brown 1951 Belva Albert 1951 Carolyn Sipes 1951 Charles Smith 1951 Cecil Tillman 1951 Donna Knoche 1951 Otto Rath 1951 C. Carlos Harrison 1951 Norma Wood 1951 David Williamson 1952 Marlan Downey 1952 Rosemary Morrill 1952 Robert Ryan 1952 Dean Thiesfeld 1952 Alta Dakolios 1952 Cecil McKnight 1952 Donald Gress 1952 Don Ogle 1952 Jean Thayer 1952 Doyle Gump 1952 Pat Davis 1952 Leroy Wilson 1952 Anna Falsken 1952 Carol Whitcomb 1952 Dolores Humphrey 1952 Barbara Rawson 1952 Theodore Effken 1952 Marvin Gerdes 1953 Bob Davis 1953 Raymond Graves 1953 Ilene Good 1953 Clyde Broadston 1953 Sharon Ocker 1953


Please join us in thanking all of the wonderful donors whose generosity supports the future of education at Peru State College.

Alan Schuster 1953 Bill Schulte 1953 Frances Whited 1953 Marlene Taylor 1954 J. Wendell Holmes 1954 Jerry Joyce 1954 Jeanne Wall 1954 Phyllis Atchison 1954 Don Eitzmann 1954 Loren Argabright 1954 Michael Treat 1954 Norma Johnson 1954 Edith McCaw 1954 Ben Duerfeldt 1954 Thomas Bosworth 1954 Jenis Reasoner 1954 Kenneth Hoag 1954 Margaret Piper 1954 Ned Eckman 1955 Phyllis Lamb 1955 Dean Meisinger 1955 Geraldine Allen 1955 John Crookham 1955 Anita Webster 1955 Laura McClain 1955 Rodney Knaup 1955 Shirley Meinzer 1955 John Christ 1955 Mary Gorden 1955 Merle Lange 1955 William Sayer 1955 Henry Schwartz 1955 Roger Kiekhaefer 1955 Darrell Fischer 1956 Bob Perry 1956 John McMullen 1956 Junior Karas 1956 Elizabeth Diehl 1956 Clyde Barrett 1956 Charles Pickering 1956 Nels Overgaard 1956 Janice Moen 1956 Paul Weinert 1956 Kermit Overgaard 1956 Fred Clements 1956 Wesley Paap 1956 Bobby Slaughter 1956 Jim Cotton 1956 Shirley Krejci 1956 Bonnie Carlile 1957 Keith Johnson 1957 Margaret McConnaughey 1957

A. James Stewart 1957 George Slaughter 1957 Donald Holscher 1957 Donald Niemeier 1957 Lee Ogle 1957 Gerald Carnes 1957 Claude Johnson 1957 Ronald Wenninghoff 1957 Fred Rothert 1957 Lois Mertes 1958 Richard Kumpf 1958 Ron Witt 1958 Sharon Oestmann 1958 Jerry Payne 1958 A. Louise Searcey 1958 Jerry Mullins 1958 Gary Mayfield 1958 Sidney Applegate 1958 Muriel Docker 1958 Lorrain Haack 1958 Marilyn Naggatz 1958 Lois Giles 1958 David Longfellow 1958 Robert Norvell 1958 Marjorie Scribner 1958 Rose Coe 1958 A. Earl McCain 1958 Wayne Pressnall 1959 Jack Dodge 1959 Leroy Scheele 1959 Leroy Buchholz 1959 Nancy Dickerson 1959 Robert Henry 1959 Raymond Ruzicka 1959 Walter Huff 1959 Arnold Ehlers 1959 Dale Rexilius 1959 Ralph Aranza 1959 Margaret Kilibarda 1959 Franklin Pedersen 1959 Joann Russell 1959 Gary Hull 1959 Donald Wendt 1959 Robert Bohlken 1959 Judson Douglas 1959 Donna Nenneman 1959 Wilma Kelly 1959 Kenneth Majors 1959 Phillip Fahrlander 1959 Virginia Meyerkorth 1959 Nadine Danielson-Cusack 1959 continues on page 12


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Balogh Named Bobcat Volleyball Coach

Coach Melvin Balogh   Peru State College (PSC) Athletic Director Steve Schneider has announced the hiring of Melvin Balogh as the new Bobcat volleyball coach. Balogh will begin his duties immediately as he re-

places Alexis (Lexie) Baack.  Schneider said, “Coach Balogh’s strength is player development and recruitment. These skills will assist in moving our volleyball program to the top tier of

the Heart of America Athletic versity of Michigan, Bowling Conference (HAAC). Green University, and Mc Balogh comes to Peru State Neese State. from McNeese State Univer-  At McNeese State, Balogh sity, an NCAA DI program had a Southland Conferin Lake Charles, La., where ence all-conference player he was in his first year serv- and three academic alling as an assistant coach to conference student-athletes. Terry Gamble, a familiar name to the Nebraska/Iowa area as Gamble had coached “I am super excited at Midland University and to be a part of the Iowa Western Community College. Balogh was actively Peru State family.” involved in student-athlete recruitment and was the program’s lead fundraiser.  Prior to going to McNeese, While in the NAIA, Balogh Balogh had seven years of has coached six Daktronics NAIA experience. Balogh NAIA Scholar-Athletes and was the head coach at Bacone had one player earn NAIA College (Okla.) for two years All-Region IV honors. In the in 2009-2011, three years at Kansas Collegiate Athletic Sterling College (Kan.) in Conference (KCAC), Balogh 2006-09, and two years (2004- had two all-conference first 06) at Concordia University team honorees, four second in Ann Arbor, Mich. In ad- team players, six all-freshdition, Balogh has ten years man team members, and two of youth club coaching, most freshmen of the year runnerrecently with the Cowgirl ups. Volleyball Club of south-  In 2001, Balogh earned his west Louisiana. Also, Balogh bachelor’s degree in Chrishas extensive experience in tian Ministry from Great working summer camps hav- Lakes Christian College in ing worked camps at the Uni- Lansing, Mich. Balogh is

scheduled to complete his master’s degree in athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.  An Ohio native, Balogh is married to the former Kristy Bowes. The couple has two children, Bradin (age 6) and Annamaria (age 3).  Balogh stated, “I am super excited to be a part of the Peru State family. As a school and athletic program, Peru State has so many positives that I look forward to working towards success for many years to come.”  In addition, Balogh added, “I look forward to working with a wonderful group of girls. As a coach, I believe it is important to work hard and have fun at the same time and so far, the girls here at Peru State have a good understanding of this concept.”  The Bobcats finished last season with an 11-18 record and graduated six seniors. Balogh anticipates hitting the recruiting trail immediately to help replace those seniors and to bolster the entire squad.

Five Scholar-Teams for 2010-2011  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Peru State College (PSC) had five of their eight athletic teams named as 2010-11 Scholar-Teams. The Bobcat volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, softball, and football teams all earned the recognition for the past academic year.  The Lee (Tenn.) University women’s golf team was named the 2010-11 NAIA Scholar-Team of the Year. The Lady Flames finished

in the top spot with a 3.86 grade point average during the 2010-11 academic year. A record 934 teams, an increase over last year’s 857, received the award.  Joining Lee to round out the top five are Bryan (Tenn.) women’s cross country (3.83), Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) women’s cross country (3.81), Iowa Wesleyan volleyball (3.80) and tied for the fifth spot is Shorter (Ga.) women’s golf (3.79) and Hastings (Neb.) volleyball (3.79).

 Biola (Calif.), Concordia (Neb.) and Hastings had the most teams represented by a school (18). Over 12% of the schools receiving the award had a 3.5 or higher grade point average.  For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible. The average was

figured solely on the past academic year and was not cumulative.  The Bobcat volleyball team, coached by Lexie Baack, finished with a team gpa of 3.55, good for a tie for 77th overall, putting them in the top eight percent of the 934 teams.  Dr. Johann Murray’s cross country team completed the academic year with a team gpa of 3.48 tying them at 121st among the teams. This ranked them in the top 13% of all of the 934 teams.

 The women’s golf team, coached by Angela Tejral Witt finished the year with a 3.17 team gpa while the softball team completed the year with a 3.15 gpa and was coached by Mark Mathews.  The Bobcat football team finished with a team gpa of 3.0 and was coached by Terry Clark.  PSC Athletic Director Steve Schneider was pleased with the number of the scholar-teams honored. Schneider said, “One aspect continued on page 19

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Top Ten Percent of Champions of Character  Recently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released their Champions of Character Scorecard with the 2010-11 results showing how the association and its members are advancing characterdriven intercollegiate athletics. Among the top athletic programs in the NAIA listing was Peru State College (PSC), which tied for 18th out of 220 colleges and universities, which were recognized with the Champions of Character Five Star Award.  PSC President Dr. Dan Hanson was very pleased with the recent announcement. Dr. Hanson said, “The College is very proud of our coaches and student-athletes and their strong commitment to the Champions of Character program.” Athletic Director Steve Schneider echoed Dr. Hanson’s comments. Schneider added, “Our coaches and their studentathletes have supported this initiative. Through their actions, the values of the Champions of Character are being gained by our athletes

and they continue to take Star Award. To receive the ownership of the program, award members scored 60 which is important.” or more points on the NAIA  The Association, which Champions of Character boasts a proud reputation Scorecard and conferences as an arena that promotes named to the list had at least competitive athletics, 60% of its member schools academic excellence making the grade with 60 or and character values more points. simultaneously, is  In terms of conferences, recognizing 220 colleges Peru State fared very well. and universities and 23 With its old conference conferences with the from last year, the Midlands Champions of Character Five Collegiate Athletic

and losses – strengthening effective athletic departments and leadership is key to advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics,” said Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character. “The Scorecard supports and recognizes member institutions and conferences using sport as a vehicle to teach life lessons. No doubt this is a point of differentiation in college athletics and making a huge impact on our 60,000 student-athletes.”  The Scorecard was crafted to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor progress towards Conference (MCAC), Peru advancing character-driven athletics. State was easily on top as intercollegiate initiative supports the next closest school had The 72 points. In their new performance-driven athletics conference, the Heart of while defining expectations America Athletic Conference and standards that drive teams and (HAAC), only Benedictine successful College finished ahead of athletics departments. were the PSC with 87 points. Peru  Institutions State finished with 85 points. measured based on a  “In today’s complex demonstrated commitment college athletic environments to Champions of Character – where success is sometimes and earned points in each continued on page 19 only measured by wins

Peru State Student Wins the Prairie Fire Marathon  Sarah Williams’ (Hiawatha, Kan.) personal-best time in a five-kilometer race two weeks ago in Crete, Nebraska, earned her fifth place in a NAIA cross country meet. Another personal best on Sunday had her in a combination of joy and having nothing left to give.  Williams cut more than 20 minutes off her time in the Boston Marathon in April and won the Prairie Fire Wichita Marathon crossing the finish line in 3 hours, 3 minutes, 56 seconds. The

21-year-old distance runner at Peru State College who is running unattached this year as red-shirt for PSC, Williams was surprised that she won. She was the first woman out of 232 finishers and placed ninth overall out of 539 finishers.  “I had no idea,” Williams said. “I actually thought I’d run worse than I did at the Boston Marathon last April.” Williams trains with the cross country team in order to run unattached at some of the 5K races on weekends.

She had to run extra in order relief from the flat course. to supplement her mileage in Sarah said, “I was uncertain preparation for the marathon. about how I would run  “I’ve been training for because it was pouring rain.” cross country, so it’s kind At one point, spectators of up and down,” Williams let her know she was the added. “I didn’t know if I leading female runner, which was ready or not, because inspired her to keep her pace. going from 5K to 26.2 miles Sarah added, “I usually get pretty tired at 20 miles, so is tough.”  Williams was more than after that it was all mental.” 16 minutes better than the  Williams will be graduating second-place woman finisher after one more year of college and beat the course record by at Peru State where she is majoring in Health and more than ten minutes.  Conditions were favorable Physical Education. for Williams, who found Photo by Jaime Green


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Buena Vista in the Applejack Bowl in Nebraska City. Peru got quite a ways ahead so I got to go in and got up to the line and on the first play, this man from Buena Vista came out of there; he didn’t try to block me, he didn’t try to juke me, or anything,but just hauled off and busted me

of her late husband’s award, Brown said, “She knew she was not going to be able to compete with that very enjoyable acceptance by Fred, but she was very honored to be here today in honor of her husband, Sid. This would have been the proudest day of his life.”

Nancy Brown with President Hansen right in the mouth. Down I went and the little white lights and red lights came on. Well, I finally shook those off and got up on my feet as I was afraid somebody would see me, but the referees did not throw a flag or anything. And I thought to myself, you know this could be some fun and it really was.”  Applegate is now retired and lives with his wife in Louisville. SID BROWN  The late Sid Brown was the next inductee and was represented by his wife, Nancy. While at Peru State, Brown played quarterback for the Bobcats and lettered all four years. In addition to his athleticism, were his and Nancy’s generous contributions to the College, in particular, to athletics over the years. In her acceptance

 Nancy continued, “Sid played football just like he did everything in life, all heart. The memories he so cherished of years of playing football at Peru State College, football games and friendships, never dimmed. He was buried in his Cotty’s Peru State College football

sweatshirt with his signed too well.” He noted that football from the Grand Drexel Harvey did have a Marshal event (at the 2009 great game and later noted Homecoming Game). There is a football and #7 on the side of our tombstone. That Memories and is who Sid was. I can see the highlights were smile on his face and the tears abound for the over in his eyes about tonight.” In conclusion, Nancy thanked 170 in attendance... everyone who had a part in making Sid’s dream become a reality and finished with, that one of the stars on the “Go Bobcats!” team, Bob Buettgenbach  Nancy Brown still resides (inducted into the Hall of in Batavia, Ill. Fame as an individual in 2003), had strep throat. 1961-62 MEN’S  Later, Rathe talked about BASKETBALL TEAM the “orchestra leaders,” the  Larry Rathe, a senior on coaches. Regarding Coach the 1961-62 men’s basketball Jack McIntire, Rathe said, team and originally from “He was a great coach. He ran Sterling, represented the triangle three way before the team that was being Phil Jackson ever thought inducted. Rathe began by about running it (the highly thanking Dave Stemper, son successful Chicago Bulls of the assistant coach, the late and LA Lakers coach).” On Jerry Stemper, for providing McIntire, Rathe continued, game film from the team’s “He was a heckuva recruiter” final game, which was a noting he got guys to come loss to Carson-Newman from all over the place. As to College of Tennessee in the his own recruitment, “After NAIA National Tournament my senior year, I was helping in Kansas City. The game a farmer in Sterling moving played prior to the banquet irrigation pipe. Two of the for all to enjoy. Regarding the funniest things you will ever film, Rathe said, “Of course, see is two big guys coming being a coach, I critiqued it, down a corn row looking and I didn’t think we played for me. Coach Stemper and

1961-62 Men’s Basketball Team and family members.

Coach McIntire – that is how they recruited me. They had to walk a long ways to get there. Mac (Coach McIntire) did a real good job of getting all those guys together.”  Rathe went on to talk about some of the individual players and how they got there and later to the 61-62 team. He noted that most of the team had arrived during the 58-59 season and they played jayvee together. They played the University of Nebraska Freshmen team and beat them as Mike Roach scored 30 points. Rathe added, “Jerry Bush, the coach at the University of Nebraska had said that Roach was not good enough to play for them, but I think he changed his mind after that game.” In concluding, Rathe talked about some of the individual players and then more about each of the years that they put together leading up to the ultimate successful 196162 season.

NATE BRADLEY  The leader of the only football national championship in 1990, Nate Bradley, was the next inductee. His father, Gwendel, accompanied Bradley for the weekend. Near the opening of his acceptance, Bradley said, “First thing I want to do … is to thank you for welcoming me home. This is the place that changed me. I came here in a turmoil in my life. (Bradley left Rutgers University to come here as they had wanted him to play defense, but he wanted to quarterback). Peru State extended their arms to me and gave me an opportunity. My dad always told me to not mess it up. He was always encouraging me to get my

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President Hanson with Nate Bradley grades right and to graduate on time. I reminded him that it really was not costing him much. But, dad, thank you, I love you and thank you for all the encouragement you gave me.”  Bradley continued and noted he could not wait to get home to show his boys the plaque. He added some comments about some of the previous Hall of Fame members and thanked them for their congratulations and comments about his induction. In conclusion, Bradley asked Mick Haney, a former Bobcat standout quarterback during the 1980 and 1981 season who was inducted in 2004 into the Hall of Fame, to stand up. Before Bradley could say anything, Haney, who is known to not be shy, informed everyone that, “This guy broke every one of my records. It really makes me mad (not the exact words used),” which brought another roar from the crowd. When Bradley regained his composure, he stated, “What I really was going to say was thanks for loafing all those times,” to which Haney replied, “Tell you what, you were one helluva quarterback,” which, too brought a round of applause.  Bradley finished by saying,

“I think Peru State did it right. Our team was inducted in 2000 into the Hall of Fame.” He asked Matt Hug and Bobcat football coach Terry Clark to stand up. Bradley noted, “These were two of my teammates. You really created a family atmosphere. Matt and I were talking about me being at his house for one Thanksgiving out on a farm which was different for me coming from New York and growing up in New Jersey. Being on the farm was quite enlightening.” It reminded him of his first night here which Bradley talked about, “I was in my room, I heard this noise and wondered what the sound was, and I realized it was the pigs and cows right over the other side from my room. I said to myself, ‘Wow, what have I done.’”  Concluding Bradley noted he couldn’t go home as his dad told him to make it happen and he just recalled that there were so many people who made this family and championship happen. He looks forward to coming back again and bringing his boys back to see Peru State to see all of the changes after he left over 20 years ago. Bradley and his family lives in Rochester, N.Y., where he works as a senior federal

BRENDAN RAYBOURN  The final inductee for the evening was Brendan Raybourn, an outstanding Bobcat baseball player who graduated in 2000. Raybourn was inducted on his first time in front of the selection committee. Selection rules state that student-athletes must have graduated at least ten years prior to their induction.  Raybourn, the youngest of all of the inductees, was the shortest with his acceptance. He began with thanking PSC athletic director Steve Schneider. Raybourn said, “This summer he called me to let me know that I was going to be down here for this so it was the first I had heard about this. It was one of the best phone calls I had ever

playing and throwing to me, hitting me balls, so Dad, I want to thank you very much for that.” Raybourn continued, “Mom, I want to thank you for that one pitch you threw to me in the front yard. Sorry, I broke your finger,” which elicited a large groan and laughter from the crowd. In addition, Raybourn added she kind of helped him hit lefties. Raybourn went on to say, “I need to thank my brother, Loren. He was kind of my biggest fan as he was at all of my games growing up. It probably meant more to me for having you there watching me, than it did for you to be there, but I loved having you there. So, thank you.”  Raybourn added he wanted to thank his wife, Jill for being here with him.

Brendan Raybourn with President Hanson had the privilege of taking.” Following some additional thanks, Raybourn thanked his family. He noted, “I wouldn’t be here without my family. Mom and Dad, you were there supporting me in whatever I wanted to do, especially baseball. I have been doing this as long as I can remember. My dad coached me as long as I can remember as a little kid by

He said, “Baseball was something I always wanted to do since I was a little kid. When I finished playing, I really wasn’t sure what was going to happen after that, but I got married and I have three wonderful boys. And I learned that I love being a husband and a father more than I ever liked playing baseball,” another comment which brought a round of


applause from the crowd.  Raybourn finished with, “I just want to close by saying I always was kind of a city boy and I came down here and it took me a few years to get used to all of the small-town life here, but I just know my last two years here, I loved it and that there was no other place I would rather be. I got a great education, great friends, great times, everything I did here. I just want to thank everybody for being here and thank you for this honor.”  Raybourn currently lives with his family in Omaha and teaches math in the Gretna Public Schools where he is also the conditioning coach.  AD Schneider concluded the evening with comments and his now infamous saying of, “Today, like every day, is a great day to be a Bobcat.” . On Saturday, all of the Hall of Famers and many of their guests attended the football game that saw the Bobcats upset the Evangel University Crusaders 20-13. At halftime, each inductee was individually presented a certificate by President Hanson and the First Lady, Elaine Hanson.  Members of the 1961-62 team who were present and/ or represented included Ken Dostal (Gretna - formerly of Scribner); Bob Gibson (Omaha – formerly of Falls City); Jim Hall (Atlanta, Ga. – formerly of Omaha); Pat Hamm (Wood River, Ill.); Larry Rathe (Lincoln – formerly of Sterling), the late Bill Tynon (formerly of Peru) – represented by his daughter Nancy Tynon, Tom Yopp (Broomfield, Colo. formerly of East Alton, Ill.), the late Coach Jack McIntire – represented by daughter Karen Hamm, and the late Coach Jerry Stemper – represented by son Steve.


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Ronald Stoltenberg 1960 Duane Lewis 1960 Carolyn Law 1960 Norma Meyer 1960 Duane Arends 1960 Donald Jackson 1960 Richard Kunde 1960 Lester Miller 1960 Fred Regnier 1960 Douglas Dickerson 1960 Jere Krakow 1960 Dorothy Grell 1960 Donald Scoby 1960 Joe Verbeek 1960 David Fulton 1960 Charles Francis 1960 Gary Anderson 1960 Marlene Ballance 1960 Earnest Madison 1960 Donna Schwertley 1961 Alyce Green 1961 Joyce Hutton 1961 Marilyn Borgerding 1961 Deanna Wach 1961 Ronald Callan 1961 Lamarr Gibson 1961 Stanley Longfellow 1961 Jack Head 1961 Gerald Jeanneret 1961 Joseph Kirby 1961 Connie Biggers 1961 Keith Hawxby 1961 David Hoffman 1961 James Yelnek 1961 Norman Catlett 1961 Allan Moody 1961 Charles Moorer 1961 Michael Roddy 1961 Darlene McCord 1961 Don Niemann 1961 Sandra Mathews 1961 Robert Raper 1961 Bruce Eddy 1962 Jerry Lunsford 1962 Richard Stock 1962 Leonard McLain 1962 Sandra Biere-Jarrett 1962 L. Allen Nelson 1962 Linda Bell 1962 Drexel Harvey 1962 Glen Beran 1962 Kenneth Rhodus 1962 Roger Wellensiek 1962 John Masonbrink 1962 Jack Broady 1962 Ellen Hajek 1962 Millard Hamel 1963

Clifford Vice 1963 Mary Ann Privatt 1963 Joyce Able 1963 Marian Johnson 1963 Linda Lawlor 1963 Elaine Schlange 1963 Judy Jensen 1963 Galen Conn 1963 Linda Moree 1963 Milan Kloepfer 1963 Kenneth Dostal 1963 Patrick Hamm 1963 Larry Rathe 1963 Gary Schlange 1963 Stephen Parker 1963 Paul Bodtke 1963 Ronald Kelley 1963 James Meacham 1963 Larry Swett 1963 Bonnie Robbins 1963 Russel Workman 1963 F. Dean Stapleton 1963 Doris Galbraith 1963 Russell Hicks 1963 Enoch Shepherd 1963 Sharylin Knock 1963 Roland Sohnholz 1963 Rudolph Eichenberger 1964 Gary Neddenriep 1964 Bonita Steinback 1964 Alan Richard 1964 Rockwood Edwards 1964 James Hall 1964 Frances Steinbrook 1964 Judith Finke Schreiner 1964 Janice Dawson 1964 Ronald Cotton 1964 JoAnn Krause 1964 Linda Kreimeyer 1964 Lloyd Russo 1964 William Hunsaker 1964 Donald Rut 1964 Linda Ruyle 1964 Gary Richey 1964 James Minor 1964 Mary Ruzicka 1964 Gary Strange 1964 Robert Eichenberger 1964 Michael Ramirez 1964 Arlan Biere 1964 Richard Kennedy 1965 Alvin Henrichs 1965 Michael Janis 1965 Donald Wright 1965 Donald Glaesemann 1965 Gary Schmucker 1965 Mariedith Pagel 1965 James Agnew 1965 Ilma Gottula 1965

Marion Miller 1965 Ronald Foreman 1965 A. JoAnn Barry 1965 Larry Giesmann 1965 Dan Leuenberger 1965 Sharon McCall 1965 George Bleich 1965 Charles Niemeyer 1965 Daniel Coffey 1965 Richard Floerchinger 1965 Judith Hetherington 1965 Bruce Mau 1965 David Gomon 1965 Norma McKercher 1965 Joe Ward 1965 Stanley Johnson 1966 Barry Kennedy 1966 Gail Kopplin 1966 Roy Windhorst 1966 Robert Leander 1966 Joseph Wildinger 1966 Marcia Friesen 1966 Lonnie Houchin 1966 Norma Loew 1966 Katherine Nunnery 1966 Louis Fritz 1966 Marilyn Ryan 1966 John Hunzeker 1966 Michael McCormick 1966 Kenneth Boatman 1966 James Hanks 1966 Stanley Johnson 1966 Paul Oliphant 1966 Margaret Slayter 1966 Linda Carlson 1966 Gary Fritch 1966 James Sprague 1966 Julia Kern 1966 Michael Harmon 1966 Oliver Bierman 1966 Dorothy Willis 1966 Diane Berlett 1966 Norma Janko 1966 Robert Krofta 1966 Harold Marshall 1966 William Anderson 1967 Paul Fell 1967 Marie Carnazzo 1967 Frank Ruecker 1967 Larry Duder 1967 Richard Connole 1967 Lowell Brown 1967 John Witler 1967 Lonnie Bohling 1967 Roger Lucas 1967 Carol Henning 1967 Velma Adam 1967 Darrell Plumb 1967 John Clark 1967

Barbara Vaughn 1967 Ray Cain 1967 Gordon Jackson 1967 Nancy Nealon 1967 Garth Adams 1967 Gary Viterise 1967 Ronald McCoy 1967 Michael Guilliatt 1967 Harlan Fenske 1967 Carol Schmucker 1967 Mary Lou Schriner 1968 Thomas Bresnahan 1968 Doris Windels 1968 William Kerins 1968 Forrest Shores 1968 Deloris Campbell 1968 Teresa Minard 1968 Carol Chandler 1968 A. H. (Buzz) Burling 1968 Tim Logsdon 1968 Richard Daly 1968 Douglas Cotner 1968 Eston Clarke 1968 James O’Donoghue 1968 Stanley Johnson 1968 Rosae Crow 1968 Ralph Wiles 1968 Nancy Handley 1968 Carol Martin 1968 Kennard Stoner 1968 Ronald Yates 1968 Charles Bowman 1968 Bruce Vickrey 1968 Jack Gaines 1968 John Torpy 1969 Patsy Harpster 1969 Larry Ebner 1969 Mildred Appleoff 1969 Marilyn Scheinost 1969 Nick Petrillo 1969 Bruce Haughton 1969 Marlene Dodd 1969 John Bernadt 1969 Leroy Koehler 1969 James Rowe 1969 M. Eleanor Jenkins 1969 Larry Landwehr 1969 Richard Moore 1969 Patricia Diskin 1969 Richard Flannery 1969 Clarence Haws 1969 Richard Smith 1969 Leon Portrey 1969 Eugene Feit 1969 Gary Ahlin 1969 John Vanderford 1969 Gerhardt Wehrbein 1969 Perry Townsend 1969 Lois Pietzyk 1969

Kenneth Carnes 1969 Cheryl Marks 1969 Gloria Adams 1969


Wayne Stuck 1970 Ronald Jones 1970 Martin Paper 1970 Donald Wiechec 1970 Gregory Maguire 1970 Larry Schwan 1970 Gary Rosso 1970 Barbara Easley 1970 Van Allen 1970 David Sackles 1970 Elaine Stuck 1970 Larry Cotton 1970 Berton Faulkner 1970 Linda Morris 1970 Vernyce Schmidt 1970 Candace Stewart 1970 Dennis Curtis 1970 Mary Kloepping 1970 Roger Evans 1970 Richard Bourne 1971 Larry Green 1971 Daisy Malcom 1971 Carl Richards 1971 Lanny Williams 1971 Thomas Pitts 1971 Willa Jean Stutheit 1971 Ronald Meyer 1971 Darwin McHugh 1971 Maynard Martin 1971 Theodore Johnson 1971 Gary Nelson 1971 Jayne Hlavac 1971 Sara Veigel 1971 John Warren 1971 Eldonna Forrest 1971 Robert Kiser 1971 Pamela Jones 1971 Rodney Montang 1971 Michael Johnson 1971 Connie Matson 1971 Dennis Hammer 1971 Brian Trottier 1971 Mark Weiler 1971 Jody Bukacek 1971 Earl Brown 1972 William Peterson 1972 Sandra Miles 1972 Jon Tritsch 1972 Roger Vogel 1972 Jerold Tuxhorn 1972 Raymond Waters 1972 Kathleen Rattell 1972 Kent Wilson 1972 Shari Briese 1972

Peru Stater Spring 2012 Dominic Vitticore 1972 Terry Ratliff 1972 Daniel Eichenberger 1972 Dianne Springer 1972 Roger Behrns 1972 Susan Hanley 1972 Esther Tegtmeier 1972 Kenneth Pokorski 1972 Mary Lade 1972 Joan Shurtliff 1972 Charles Klingler 1972 Pam Miyoshi-Smith 1972 Ricki Valentino 1972 Steven Stemper 1972 James Bailey 1972 James Wilson 1972 Vicki Beilke 1972 Robert Peterson 1972 Danny Jeanneret 1973 Margaret Roddy 1973 Bonnie Hiykel 1973 Roger Michaelis 1973 Fred Robertson 1973 Robert Engles 1973 R. Templeton 1973 David Koll 1973 James Robinson 1973 Randall Luther 1973 Sandra Papineau 1973 Patricia Sheehan 1973 James Desbien 1973 Susan Foster 1973 Anna Jeffrey 1973 Mary Givehand 1973 Jodi Siegner 1974 Terry Criger 1974 Stephen Krajicek 1974 Dick Morrissey 1974 Bob Winter 1974 James Landwehr 1974 Gayle Swisegood 1974 Tommie Solie 1974 Jeffrey Barker 1974 Beth Butts 1974 Jack Stanley 1974 Janice Smith 1974 Mary Howery 1974 Michael Headley 1974 Janet Kirkendall 1974 William Hallock 1975 M. Douglas Kingery 1975 Kathy Kelly 1975 Vincent Sunderman 1975 Craig Dallegge 1975 John Trayer 1975 Theresa Symancyk 1975 Robert Craig 1975 William Hosack 1975 Debra Stinn 1975 Susan Snodgrass 1975 Barbara Rolf 1976 Linda Dickeson 1976

Robert Applegate 1976 John Chatelain 1976 Scott McKercher 1976 Dorothy Meisinger 1976 Ann Martinez 1976 Anne Collingwood 1976 Gail Harmon 1976 Alan Seybert 1976 Sheila Walters 1976 Annie Rucker 1976 Lora Black 1977 Joseph Cluley 1977 Sharon Henricksen 1977 John Dierking 1977 Joseph Kotnik 1977 Donald and Ruth Doxon 1977 Maureen Losee 1977 Colleen Kreifels 1977 Ray Kappel 1977 Rhonda Burbach 1977 Joyce Jones 1977 Ted Harshbarger 1977 Helen Pugh 1978 Lance Wilson 1978 Roger Gray 1978 Sherry Taylor 1978 Mark Yori 1978 Richard Kimball 1978 Rhonda Chomos 1978 Susan Wilhelm 1978 Carolyn Bednar 1978 Richard Vollertsen 1978 Douglas Thomas 1978 Sherri Kashishiaf-Apilado 1978 Jeffrey Scanlan 1978 Mary Scott 1978 Joseph Gergen 1979 Beverly Pietzyk-Hardy 1979 Joyce Boslau 1979 Jeffrey Jacob 1979 Jeffrey Pease 1979 Denise Kurpgeweit 1979 Virginia Baack 1979 Holly Steffens 1979 Wayne Young 1979 Stephen Lewis 1979 Sharon Russell 1979


Lonnie Bane 1980 Mary Findeis 1980 Joseph Primm 1980 Steven Dunn 1980 Scott Schaefer 1980 Jack Moles 1980 Paulette Joy 1981 Michael Liewer 1981 Shelley Cygan 1981 Keith Mullins 1981 Penny Oestmann 1981 Virginia Schlender 1981

Kent & Becki Propst 1981 Ronda Diggs 1981 Rene Bourn 1982 Karen Koehler 1982 Darrell Wellman 1982 Alan Urwin 1982 Alvin Holder 1982 Mary Lohmeier-Hass 1982 Lee Kohrs 1982 Pamela Rohrs 1982 Janet Dingman 1982 Christine Dietz 1983 Christopher Hutt 1983 Jill Catlin 1983 Jeff Smith 1983 Rene Kruse 1983 Barbara DuBois 1983 Timothy Boerner 1983 Laurie Schulte 1983 Polly Clark 1983 Kimberly Oliver 1983 Twila Fickel 1984 Timothy Hoffman 1984 Roselyn Shaffer 1984 Carolyn Christen 1984 Sharon Clelland 1984 Stephanie Shrader 1984 Curtis Cogswell 1984 Kimberly Comstock 1985 Kevin Schlange 1985 Georjean Perez 1985 Leroy Behrends 1985 Susan Thomas 1985 Laurence DuBois 1985 Alan Loos 1985 SaraBeth Donovan 1985 Phillip Hall 1985 Wayne Dolezal 1985 Thomas Gepson 1985 Marlene Gakle 1985 Susan Coonce 1985 Gary Bender 1985 Christopher Cerveny 1985 Naomi Furnas 1985 Ritchie Nelson 1986 Mary Kenady 1986 Patrick Mertens 1986 Lori Cook 1986 Carol Chappell 1986 Kenneth Juhl 1986 Todd Anderson 1986 Ann Severin 1986 Jack Frary 1987 Mary Rathe 1987 Xavier Zatizabal 1987 Amy Clark 1987 Susan Rice 1987 Lauri Auffert 1987 Mark Czapla 1987 Michael Weber 1987 Katherine Mercure 1987 John Hurst 1987

Mari-Ann Pesek 1987 David Norris 1987 Kevin Rahner 1987 Mary Ruwwe 1988 Judith Bennett 1988 Barbara Miller 1988 Michael Ford 1988 Carol Stukenholtz 1988 Ronald Brockhaus 1988 Anita Hueftle 1988 Alan Baldwin 1988 Beverly Schwab 1988 Bradley Smith 1989 Jodi Robinson 1989 Claudia Myers 1989 Diane Denniston 1989 Leslie Goering 1989 Jack Spencer 1989 Elizabeth Wise 1989 Janyce Kirkendall 1989 Cindy Peterson 1989 Janice Godinez 1989 Colleen Belitz 1989 Mary Grimes 1989


Sheri Menold 1990 Kevin Caverzagie 1990 Robert Nicholas 1990 Kim Klostermeier 1990 Holly Meyer 1990 Joseph Neesen 1990 Alan Vervaecke 1990 Lori Broady 1990 Sharilyn Cole 1990 Steven Sayer 1990 Dee Henry 1991 Heather Waring 1991 Michael Martin 1991 Craig Webster 1991 Heath Miller 1991 Shannon Hansen 1991 Sandra Hilding 1991 Victoria Colling 1991 Merry Holliday-Hanson 1991 Jodi Becker 1991 Edward Ankrom 1991 Tony Anville 1991 Wei Chong 1992 Terry Hotze 1992 Sally Hutt 1992 John Sayer 1992 Jeffrey McWilliams 1992 John Bensley 1992 Wendell Bogle 1992 Garrett Mann 1992 Angela Antholz 1992 Steven Andersen 1992 Miriam Werner 1992 Merri Johnson 1992 Lowell Whitley 1992 Susan Rokey 1992


Troy Hendrickson 1992 Susan Cade 1992 Denise Daake 1992 Jean Everhart 1992 Terry Clark 1992 LoReese Tibbs 1993 Scott Jones 1993 Timothy Bowen 1993 William Lundy 1993 Karla Shelley 1993 Susan Nielsen 1993 Deana Policky 1993 Debra Neely 1993 Francis Coffey 1993 Trudy Fankhauser 1993 Diana Conradt-Mullen 1993 Tracy VanDyke 1993 Stacy Taylor 1994 Kristi Tunstall 1994 Matthew Miller 1994 Christopher Stangl 1994 Alexander Zambrano 1994 Michael Ervin 1994 Peter Dennis 1994 Michael Hubert 1994 Jason Fortik 1994 Ivan Wineglass 1994 Kurt Schlange 1994 Rebecca Feagan 1994 Vernon Thacker 1994 Dee Hannaford 1995 Roger Malcom 1995 Paul Czapla 1995 Brenda Adkins 1995 Julie Bauman 1995 Michael Whitney 1995 Korey Reiman 1995 Brian Keul 1995 Benjamin Royal 1995 David Keim 1995 Jeffrey Schawang 1995 Renae Oswald 1996 Tracy Donner 1996 Roddon Green 1996 Jerry Breazile 1996 Tressa Whittington 1997 Monica Yankus 1997 Mary Carlson 1997 Scott Weyers 1998 Jason Stinson 1998 Christopher Aue 1998 Teri Dorn 1999 Jason Ross 1999 Scott Douglas 1999 Cathy Fugleberg 1999 Joan Brown 1999 Lisa Siegel 1999 Robert Curry 1999


Jon Mierau 2000 Adam Miller 2000 Steven Heine 2000


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Julie Thompson 2009 Kelley Scanlan 2009 Juan Montoya 2009 Jonathan Stanton 2009 Carol Schulte 2009 Gerhardt Lux 2009 Ryan Zubrod 2009 Leighton Michaelson 2009 John Korthals 2009 Frederick Payne 2009 Matthew Piper 2009 Susan Reynolds 2010 Raedeahna Gerdes 2010 Todd Bonnes 2010 Frankie Mossa 2011

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1930s Louise (Sonderegger) Foresman (’32) of Saint Louis, Missouri passed away on September 4, 2007. She was 96 years old. Anna (Baltensperge) Crook (’39) of Nebraska City passed away in January of 2009. Evelyn (Fey) Magnuson (’38) of Columbus passed away on October 15, 2011. Evelyn was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Retired Teachers organization. 1940s Anges (Harrison) Annan (’40) of Clarinda, Iowa passed away on December 8, 2011. Belva (Scott) Bates (’42) of Stockbridge, Georgia passed away on October 31, 2010. Dorothy (Leonard) “Dee” Hall (’42) of Omaha passed away December 29, 2011. She served the Omaha Public School District for nearly 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Myrt, her son, three grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.. Charles Hinman (’41) of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away on December 15, 2011. He worked for 34 years with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, OK and Houston TX, until he retired in 1987. John Clements (’49) of Englewood, Florida passed away on March 8, 2011. Anna (Pfister) Watkins (’47) of Lincoln passed away on December 21, 2011 1950s Leland Covault (’56) of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on December 13, 2011. He served in the US Army from February 1953 until November 1954. Leland taught school and coached for 28 years. John McMullen (’56) of Fremont passed away on October 28, 2011. Charles Mincer (’50) of Hamburg, Iowa passed away on May 21, 2010. He was the fifth-generation proprietor of the Mincer Orchard in Nebraska City. Patricia (McKay) Bornschlegl (’52) of Geneva passed away in August of 2011. She loved to go to antique shops and garage sales. Patricia also enjoyed playing bridge. Rex Coatney (’50) of Glenwood, Iowa passed away on November 22, 2011. Rex and his wife, Anita, owned and operated the former Charleston’s Clothing store in Glenwood from 1965 to 1993. Esther (Holmes) Russell (’51) of Peru passed away on December 5, 2011. Esther ran the Nemaha County Well Child Clinic with the Peru State College nurse.


Robert McFarland (’60) of Grand Island passed away on October 9, 2011. Donald Glaesemann (’65) of Richland, Washington passed away on October 28, 2011. He worked for the Social Security Administration for 35 years. Alma (Freese) Weise (’60) of Omaha passed away on June 30, 2009. She was 96 years old. She taught for many years before retiring in 1978. She was very active as a volunteer and she enjoyed gardening. Sandra Biere-Jarrett (’62) of Huntington Beach, California passed away on January 13, 2012. James Kanter (’65) of Lincoln passed away on January 18, 2012. James was instrumental in beginning Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island. He was named Admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by Governor Nelson in 1992. 1970s Leon Eickhoff (’71) of Stella passed away on November 24, 2011. Beth (Gifford) Binder (’76) of Springfield passed away on September 29, 2011. Deborah (Deb) Conn-Mintle (’71) of Glenwood, Iowa passed away on February 3, 2011. Deb worked as an elementary teacher at the Northeast Elementary in Glenwood for 34 years; she retired in May 2005. After retiring, she found out that she needed a liver transplant. She was on the liver transplant list for almost 8 years. Although she received a new liver on the date of her death, she did not survive the surgery. 1990s Rosalie Jack (’96) of Leander, Texas passed away in July of 2011. Friends of the College David Wright, a former adjunct professor at PSC, passed away on October 28, 2011.


Ryan Sorensen (’08) and his wife Danielle of Norfolk announce the birth of their daughter Tatum Elizabeth Sorensen on August 8, 2011. Peter (’10) and Savannah (Wenzl) Kok (’09) are proud to announce the 1960s birth of their daughter, Lydia on May 10, 2011. Barbara (Greenwood) Fichter (’68) of Riverton, Iowa passed away on Joshua (’10) and Sarah (Naaf) Mount (’08) announce the birth of their November 8, 2011. daughter Elisa on March 18, 2011. Laura (Prather) Lippold (’61) of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on Eric and Wendy (Alexander) Fulton (’05) announced the birth of their October 27, 2011. Laura’s passions included educating, travel, cooking, sewing, son Luke on February 10, 2011. and playing bridge. Jake (’03) and Dana (Rodwell) Overfield (’07) announce the birth of their Erik Torring, Jr. (’61) of Omaha passed away on September 24, 2011. He daughter Ava Mae Overfield on June 2, 2011. spent 34 years teaching in the Omaha area. Bill (’05) and Sena Hayes announce the birth of their daughter on March Clifford Vice (’63) of La Vista passed away on November 15, 2011. He was 29, 2011. employed by the State Department of Education and retired from Educational Erick (’03) and Brooke Martinez are proud to announce the birth of their Service Unit No. 3 as a director. daughter Emma on May 20, 2011. Lester Turner (’65) of Sarcoxie, Missouri passed away on July 7, 2010. He Ty and Rita (Martin) Becker (’02) are proud to announce the birth of taught and coached for 25 years in Iowa, Missouri, and Wales as an Exchange their son, Davis Tyron Becker born December 26, 2011. He was 8 pounds, 5 Teacher. ounces and 21 ½ inches long.


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Remembering Peru State Consider Becoming “I’d never really thought about including Peru State in my will. Not until the topic came up at the National Alumni Association Board meeting last Homecoming.” C. Carlos Harrison, Shenandoah, Iowa, a 1951 PSC graduate and true-blue Bobcat, recently shared his plans for the creation of the Harrison Alumni Fund as part of his estate plans. Carlos hopes his bequest will help fund an alumni house or alumni programming by the PSC Foundation. “I’ve visited a number of other campuses,” Carlos explained, “and many have facilities and programs designed for alumni. I’d love to see that kind of opportunity at Peru State.” Carlos’s fond memories of Peru State College began his first day on campus in 1949. Carlos majored in education and spent many hours in the music department with Dr. Edith Greer and Mr. Darryl Manring. “They were great mentors,” Carlos shared, “They were the type of professors who students were comfortable approaching with a problem and C. Carlos Harrison would do their best to give solid advice.” Carlos’s favorite memory from his collegiate days was a band trip to Chadron for a football game. The Chadron students painted the bus red and the next morning the students had to buy gasoline to scrub the paint off! After graduating from Peru, Carlos received his Masters in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the mid-1950s … after a hitch in the United States Army … Carlos was back in Shenandoah as District Scout Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. While there, he was offered a position with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. Carlos accepted the position and was quickly moved to California where he spent the next 39 years in the airline industry. Carlos maintained his close ties with Peru State through the Northern California Alumni Club. On two different occasions he served as President of the “NorCal” group. He retired in 2000 from United Airlines and returned to Shenandoah to be near family and friends. Carlos’s gift to Peru State is in the form of a bequest … a simple addition to his will. The Harrison Alumni Fund details were worked out through a separate agreement with the Peru State College Foundation. According to Carlos, the whole process was very easy. “I met with my attorney and had the appropriate language added to my will. Then Todd and I worked out the plan for the Alumni Fund over a couple of emails and telephone calls.” (R. Todd Simpson, CFRE, is the Executive Director of the Peru State College Foundation.) Carlos’s gift plan is a great way to remember Peru State … and strengthen the College for the future! Thank you Carlos!

a Member of the 1867 Society

The 1867 Society recognizes and honors persons who have included Peru State College in their estate planning. These alumni and friends have made wonderfully thoughtful commitments to the College and their recognition as members of the 1867 Society encourages others to consider similar gift planning. Including Peru State in one’s estate plan is testimony that the College has been particularly appreciated by the donor and that he/she wants to help perpetuate the College’s good health and its service to future generations of students. The gift is typically accomplished through a bequest in a will; creation of a charitable trust; a charitable gift annuity; or a beneficiary designation in a life insurance policy or retirement account. While such gifts are often larger than a donor may have made previously, no minimum-size gift commitment is required for 1867 Society membership. Making such a planned gift will often generate tax benefits during one’s lifetime and/or at settlement of one’s estate. Anyone planning an estate-type gift to benefit Peru State College is encouraged to consult with his or her tax advisor as part of that process. Thanks to the generosity of many generations of alumni and friends of Peru State, the Peru State College Foundation is able to provide nearly $500,000 annually of financial assistance to Peru State students and to support a variety of programs and initiatives at the College. Interested? Ask if you would like to know more. Contact the PSC Foundation at 402-872-2304.

Creating a Charitable Gift Annuity - - - “What’s That?!”

Did you know that you can help Peru State through a “planned gift” that will pay you a regular and guaranteed income for life? A charitable gift annuity pays you regular and fixed payments at rates often higher than the return on low-earning securities

or CDs. If you are thinking about including the College in your estate plans, or just increasing your income from invested assets, a gift annuity with the Peru State College Foundation may be something you would want to consider. It can be

a good way to get the estate planning ball rolling, and for you to realize a direct financial benefit during your lifetime. A simple contract between you and the Peru State Foundation guarantees regular payments. The

greater your age, the higher the payout amount. And if you delay the start of payments for a year or more, the rate will be even higher. (This version is called a deferred gift annuity.) Also interesting is that there are a variety

of potential tax benefits associated with a charitable gift annuity, especially if you fund it with appreciated assets/securities. Interested? Ask if you would like to know more. Contact the PSC Foundation at 402-872-2304.

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National Alumni Association Board Members Carlos Harrison (’51), Mike Guilliatt (’67), Paul Fell (’67), Kim Vrtiska (’90), Al Urwin (’82), and Dan Cotton (’76) help serve chili and cinnamon rolls at the 4th annual chili feed.


Brett Richards (’92) has been selected as the next superintendent for the South Sarpy School District. Victoria (McKinley) Garcia (‘90) and her 9 year old daughter, Calli Jo (Editor in Chief), have created a free online magazine, sponsored and printed by Gluten Intolerant Group (GIG) of North America. It is designed by kids, for kids and about kids living a gluten free diet because of celiac disease or gluten intolerance.  The Garcia Family has lived the gluten-free lifestyle since 2004 when four of the children were diagnosed with the active disease and one with the gene (which means the disease could kick in at any time and cause serious damage to the child’s body).  Victoria earned her MEd/Curriculum & Instruction in 2008.  Victoria volunteers as a life coach and has also presented “Celiac Disease in the Classroom” to school staff to help them understand how to work within the student’s needs.  Victoria is currently working on a unique sister website to the magazine.


After an hour of visiting, nearly eighty alumni and friends listen to President Hanson provide a 15 minute Peru State College update at the Omaha Meet and Greet.

Nicole Rist (’09) of Humboldt is the new Lion Tamer for the Humboldt Lions Club. Crystal (Ellis) Dunekacke (’07) graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Master of Public Administration degree on May 6, 2011. Kathy (Neuman) McKillip (’08) has been named director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division. Chris Waddle (’00) was appointed the new human resources executive director of Central Community College. Seth Stewart (’07) is volunteering in Bulgaria as part of the Peace Corps. He is an English teacher for the native students. Wendy Brennan (’06) will receive the AATG Outstanding German Educator Award. Wendy is a German teacher in the Millard Public Schools in Omaha. Winners of this prestigious award also receive a travel grant that supports travel to Germany in 2012. Delta Fajardo-Norton (’03) obtained her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. Also in 2006, she established an amateur photography business called D5 Design Photography for portraits and special occasions. She is in her 9th year as English teacher and Head Debate coach for Hastings High School. Her team has gone to Nationals 3 times, once with an undefeated team in the state qualifying rounds. Delta has also been involved in Hastings’ community theater. This year she is the school’s sponsor for LISTEN (Let’s Inspire Solidarity, Tolerance, and Equality in Nebraska).

Friends of the College

Dan Holtz, professor of English at PSC, has been elected president of Nebraska Historical Society Board.

Nearly 70 alumni and friends gathered for the Lincoln Meet and Greet.


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Homecoming Tailgate to be Annual Event More than 1,300 students, staff, alumni and community members converged on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks in September to celebrate the college’s 91st Homecoming and second annual tailgate on the quad. A carnival-style atmosphere and beautiful weather greeted our guests, as did a campus green teeming with free food and games. The air was rich with the smell of grilled burgers, chili dogs, popcorn, snow cones, caramel apples and cotton candy. The food was a good match for the variety of activities in front of TJ majors, including a bounce house, dual-lane slide, obstacle course, bungee run, nine-hole miniature golf, Velcro wall, inflatable boxing, caricatures by renowned cartoonist and PSC alum Paul Fell, face painting, balloon animals and more. Peru State gear was liberally given away as prizes and the Hoyt Street Jazz Band provided lively music on the front steps of Jindra. President Hanson said, “The Homecoming Tailgate is an opportunity for us to celebrate the beginning of another successful year and to thank our alumni, friends and surrounding communities for their unwavering support of the institution and our students. The feedback we have gotten about the event is so positive that we plan to make it an annual tradition. I personally invite you to bring your family to campus, meet our students and staff, and have some fun!” This year’s Homecoming celebration has been set for Saturday, Sept. 29. As is tradition, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. downtown. Free food and games will be on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bobcat football team will round out the day’s activities when they take on Graceland University at 2 p.m. in the Oak Bowl.

Upcoming Alumni Events • Omaha Alumni Dinner & Auction– April 26 @ German American

Society in Omaha, Nebraska. Social hour, 5 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m., Auction 7 p.m. $20/person

• Colorado Area Alumni Meet and Greet- May 23 @ 5 p.m., Beach House Grill, 125 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524

• Peru Prep Reunion – May 26 @ 6:30 Peru State Student Center: Hosted by the 50 year graduates. Contact John Patterson for more information (402) 872-7745.

• PSC Golf Classic Tournament- June 1, 2012, Table Creek Golf Course, Nebraska City, Nebraska. Contact Angela Allgood for more information, (402) 872-2350.

• PSC Reunion Honoring the Class of 1962–September 28, 2012; 2:30 Registration, College Library, 3:00 Campus Tour (optional), 4:30 President’s Reception, President’s home, 6:00 Banquet, Bur Oak Room, Student Center • Homecoming 2012, September 29, 2012, 11-2 Homecoming Festivities on the Quad including free food, games, music, 2:00 PSC vs. Graceland University at the Oak Bowl • Trails and Tales East Coast Tour- October 11-20, 2012.


Addie Dorsch and Brent Heusman (’99) were united in marriage on July 29, 2011. Addie is a math teacher at Wilber-Clatonia High School. Brent is the Athletic Director and Assistant Football coach at Sterling High School.


More than 1,300 Bobcat faithful enjoyed the second annual tailgate during the college’s 91st Homecoming celebration in September.

Janet Vaher (’10) and Trent Grooms (’13) were married on September 10, 2011. Hillary White and David Dorzweiler (’07) were married on October 8, 2011. White is a CPA at Cherry, Bekaert and Holland, LLP. Dorzweiler is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina. Kari Blahauvietz and Jeff Weerts (’03) were married on July 16, 2011. Anne Gerdes (’07) and Dustin Richardson were married on November 12, 2011. Anne is currently employed at Auburn State Bank. Dustin is currently employed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Sarah Smulling and Travis Martensen (’00) are going to be married in June 2012. Sarah is a nurse at Midlands Hospital Alegent Health. Travis is a senior software engineer for Aviture. Abie Liebig (’07) married Terry Wulf (‘09) on May 21, 2011. Abie is a fourth grade teacher at Shelby Public Schools. Terry is a sixth grade social studies teacher at Columbus Middle School. Mollie Springer married Curtis Thompson (’11) on November 19, 2011. Mollie is currently a substitute teacher in the Norfolk area. Curtis is employed by Christensen Brozek Faltys as a staff accountant. Lauren Fiori (’11) married Jonathan Sanley (’11) on December 10, 2011. Both completed their student teaching in the fall. Delta Fajardo (’03) married Michael Norton on June 11, 2011. The couple resides in Hastings.

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Brennan Receives McKillip Named New Nebraska Outstanding German Tourism Director Educator Award On November 19, Wendy Brennan (’06) received the American Association of Teachers of German’s (AATG) Outstanding German Educator Award, K-8 Level. The award was presented during the Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver, attended by approximately 400 AATG members. This prestigious award is given annually in recognition of personal innovation, talent, and leadership, which reflect uncommon excellence. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of service to the language teaching profession; participation in professional organizations; contribution to German language education; and continued growth as a German educator. Outstanding German Educator award winners also receive the Friedrich Gerstäcker Travel Grant, sponsored by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in Berlin, Germany. The grant supports travel to Germany in 2012. A German teacher at Millard North Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska, Brennan earned a master of science in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Peru State College. She is also the current president of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of German.

Kathy McKillip (M.S. 2008) of Lincoln has been named director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division. McKillip will oversee the division’s activities, including the marketing of Nebraska attractions and events, developing and managing a budget of state and federal revenue sources, preparing legislation related to tourism, providing a cohesive approach to the division’s vision and participating in strategic policy planning. A fifth-generation Nebraskan, McKillip, earned a master’s in science organizational management with an economic emphasis from Peru State College. She graduated from high school in Nebraska City, and also holds a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Honor Roll of Donors, Friends of Peru State, continued

Dan Holtz Kathleen Ensz Lyle Yates The Stonum Agency, Inc. Robert Mapes Angela Pascal Helen Dixon Tom Bartels Christopher McIntire Glade Goings Michael Long Kenneth Frohlich Mary Herndon Dorothy Moralle Jack Gump Robert Kissack John Crotty Loretta Masterson of the athletic department’s strategic plan is to encourage Nina Merchant the academic success of our student-athletes. Having five Jackie Ward-Smith of our eight teams receive the honor and knowing that the Barbara Urwiller men’s basketball team was very close to earning recognition Felton Brown certainly is outstanding.” He concluded, “As a department, Sally Corkle we remind our student-athletes that they are here to receive Fred Wademan an education and that it is as important as what transpires on Annette Gaskill the playing field.” Garlyn Grosse Elgin Hinson Donald Clark Randolph Clark Leonard Skov James Jorgenson Marla Bramhall Ken Urwiller Bob Urwiller of the following categories: character training, conduct in Susan Urwiller competition, academic focus, character recognition and Kenneth Urwiller character promotion. Institutions earned points based on Gary Dillon exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by Dennis Thomason obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the Gordon Tower course of the academic year.

Scholar-Teams continued

Champions of Character continued

Bobby Gavin Stephen Grund Bina Adkins Daniel Altman Michael Denny Ken Meier Stephen Zadina Yvonne Merkel Evelyn McKnight Christy Hart Patricia Fuhrmann Michael Devening Harriet New David Pippert Maxine Mehus James Fern Virginia Argabright De Ann Hanson E. Colene Hance Floyd Vrtiska R. Simpson Lisa Ford Eloise Poyner Beverly Croushorn Richard James Margaret Lanik Hilary Bradford John Wear Christy Hutchison Douglas Bedient Ladie Crump Kim Smith Lyda Snodgrass Gregory Kordic Janice Whitcomb David Lanpher Mayle Garcia Tina Taylor Colleen Christensen

Romero Family Medicine PLLC Patricia Longley Christopher Horacek John Hahn Louis Steck Julie Kernes Daryll Hersemann Gerry Brady Does Drove #10 Bramhall Dozer Service Paul Miller Martha Brestel Jack Cooper Robert Dougherty James Grant Barbara George Daryl Long Thomas Ediger Bruce Batterson Sara Crook Katherine Tynon Kelly Asmussen Marie Meland First National Bank of Johnson Alfred Gigstad Benjamin F. & Lanette E. Young Dan Hanson Kristin Petersen Nebraska Cable Communications Association John Fettig Paul Kruse Chris Buethe

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Peru State Athletic Hall of Fame........................................ Page 1 Trails and Tales East Coast Tour......................................... Page 4 Ediger Named PSC’s 2012 Teacher Excellence Award... Page 6


PSC’s Honor Roll of Donors 2011...................................... Page 7 Balogh Named Bobcat Volleyball Coach........................... Page 8 Peru State Student Wins the Prairie Fire Marathon........ Page 9 Remembering Peru State.................................................... Page 16

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