WAYNE, Neb. (December 7, 2021) – Wayne State College will host the start of graduate and undergraduate studies at the Rice Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. on December 17.
The debut will be broadcast live on the Wayne State College website.
Glenda Gallisath is the recipient of the Wayne State Foundation’s Alumni Achievement Award, which is presented to a graduate who has achieved outstanding achievement in their career and / or through community service and has provided support to WSC. The Alumni Achievement Award is presented during the exercises in early May and December.
Gallisath graduated from Wayne State College in 1984 with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Management). She received an MBA from the University of South Dakota and began her higher education career in 1985 as a full-time business faculty member at Morningside College (now University) in Sioux City, Iowa. Within a few years, Gallisath transitioned to a full-time academic administrative position at Morningside and then held various executive positions at Western Iowa Tech Community College until 2000. Gallisath also obtained a PhD in Higher Education from Iowa State. University and completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
For 25 years, Gallisath served as dean and vice-president at community and two-year colleges, as well as public and private undergraduate and graduate schools in rural and urban settings in the Midwest. Its accomplishments have often focused on the development of new academic programs, academic partnerships with high schools and colleges / universities, and community outreach. She has periodically taught graduate courses in business administration and educational leadership.
Throughout his administrative career, Gallisath has presented at regional and national conferences on the assessment of student learning, institutional effectiveness and student achievement. She is the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Evaluation at Walden University, which specializes in adult student access to graduate programs. Gallisath is also active with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits colleges and universities in the United States. She has served as an Accreditation Liaison Officer at several institutions and, since 2013, has served as a mentor at the HLC Persistence and Completion Academy institutions and now the Student Success Academy. She has been a member of HLC assessment working groups and is a facilitator for HLC general education assessment seminars. Gallisath has been a presenter at several HLC Annual Conferences and sits on the HLC Annual Conference Advisory Board.
Originally from Wymore, Gallisath is the daughter of Dorothy Gallisath and the late George F. Gallisath of Beatrice. A resident of Des Moines, Iowa, she has been a director of the Wayne State Foundation since 2012 and was appointed to its executive committee this fall.
Three student lecturers included in the ceremony
Tanner Johnston of Wausa will deliver the invocation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Special Education K-12. He is the son of Camille and Kyle Johnston of Lubbock, Texas.
Johnston was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education and the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for Nontraditional Students.
He was a member of his teammates’ board of directors at Wausa and volunteered as a softball coach for youth ages 5 and under.
Johnston plans to teach special education and coaching in northeastern Nebraska after graduation while continuing his education with the pursuit of a master’s degree in educational administration.
He and his wife Carlie have two daughters, Lennon and Baylor.
Waverly’s Sabrina Donatila Sack will deliver an opening speech. She graduated with a Bachelor of Elementary Education with honors in English as a Second Language and in Reading / Writing. She is the daughter of Patricia Sack of San Salvador, El Salvador, and Herbert Sack of Lincoln. Sack made the Dean’s List for four years, the Dean of Sports List for two years, was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall College Team in 2018, and was a Gold Star finalist at the National FFA for Agriculture Education Proficiency. She has been active with the Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education, Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA), Nebraska State Education Association aspiring educators, Active Minds, and two years of cross country and track. Sack plans to teach primary education in Omaha after graduation.
Emma Todd from Neola, Iowa, will deliver the keynote address. She holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is the daughter of Davin and Denise Dickerson of Neola, Iowa.
Todd graduated from Wayne State with a BS in Social Service Consulting in May 2019. She was a
Fellow of the Philomathean Presidential Honors Society and the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology as an undergraduate student.
Todd’s family has several relationships with Wayne State. Her husband, Jaden, graduated from WSC in 2019. Her grandfather, Martin Steenbock, is also a former student. His twin brothers, Sam and Noah Dickerson, will graduate from
WSC in Spring 2022. His sister-in-law, Jaden Dickerson, graduates in December. Todd plans to open a private family counseling practice in a rural community with his father and brother after graduation.
Wayne State College, a major four-year public college in northeastern Nebraska, is proud to be a member of the Nebraska State College System.