Dwain Hebda ('90), “A Lot of History There”
Dwain grew up in Fullerton, Neb. During his time at Nebraska Wesleyan, he edited the school newspaper, was a multiple national qualifier on the NWU speech team and freelanced for area weekly newspapers. After NWU, he worked as the inaugural bureau chief of the Lincoln Business Journal. Later, he worked for Alltel’s media relations division. He is now in retail management with Starbucks. A successful freelance writer and playwright, he has written and directed five full length plays for young actors. In 2000, he received the NWU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Achievement Award. He lives in Little Rock, Ark., with his wife, Darlene. They have four children. His son Brandon (’08) and daughter-in-law Maryann (Rezac) Hebda (’07) are NWU alumni.
Ann Ringlein, “Field Notes”
Ann is one of the most recognizable names in Lincoln’s running community. She is in her 17th season as an assistant coach in track and field and cross country for NWU. She won the 2000 Ambassador Award from the Girls and Women in Sports and Fitness Committee for Lincoln and Lancaster County. She is the 2008 NCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. A native of Red Cloud, Neb., she has been running competitively in the Midwest for more than 20 years. Her wins include the 1990 Kansas City Marathon, the 1991 Lincoln Half Marathon and five 20-kilometer “Dam to Dam” races in Des Moines, Iowa. She also finished second in the USA Master Cross Country Winter Championships in Orlando, Fla. She and her husband, Ray, have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Nancy Wehrbein ('75), “The Social Fabric,” "Fabric in Their Hands," "Then and Now"
Nancy Wehrbein stepped in to explore ways NWU has helped students recognize and serve human needs recently and in the past. She describes herself as an all-purpose writer with much credit due to the late Harold Hall and the late Ken Holder, among other favorite NWU professors. She is director of sponsored programs and foundation relations at NWU, which means she writes competitive grant proposals for very small groups of readers.
Catherine Griesen (’03), illustrator, “Speaking Nearby Genocide,” “Fabric in Their Hands,” “NWU Quick Facts,” “Thick and Thin of Pediatric Care"
Catherine is a life-long Lincoln resident with a passion for the arts. She has an in-home studio where she creates paper crafts, specializing in hand-bound blank journals. Her one-of-a-kind journals and other art-work can be found at the Sheldon Museum and the Lux Center Gift Shops. She participates in the Lincoln Arts Festival, ARTitudes Inc. boutiques, many community art projects and several art shows around the country. Catherine began work at Trader Joe’s in September 2010 as a sign artists to help create fun and unique signage for its Lincoln store.