Judy Devine ’82
Judy Devine, a native of Cozad, Neb., competed as a dual-sport athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan and earned a total of eight varsity letters.
On the volleyball court, Devine earned First Team All-Conference honors as a junior and senior, while helping NWU capture first and second place finishes in the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
On the softball field, she was voted the team’s MVP after her senior year, when she set the school record for assists in a season with 97. That record still stands today, nearly 20 years later. She also ranks among the all-time leaders at NWU in career assists (210), hits (78), RBI (52) and home runs (4).
Devine was also a top performer in the classroom. As an education major, she earned spots on the Dean’s List, was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, named to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges and awarded membership into the Cardinal Key Honorary.
Devine attained a California Beach Volleyball Association AAA rating (doubles) in 1995 and won a California State AA Tournament (doubles) in grass volleyball. She also placed third at the National Federation of Outdoor Volleyball Association Tournament in 1992.
Debra Wright O’Malley ’89
Debra (Wright) O’Malley, of Ewing, Neb., competed in cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track while attending Nebraska Wesleyan.
In cross country, Deb qualified for the NAIA Championships four times, placing 10th as a junior to earn All-America honors for the first time in NWU women’s cross country history. She finished first at four meets as a senior, and her time of 19:11 on the 5,000-meter course at Pioneers Park ranks fourth all-time at NWU. Deb also earned NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition in 1988 and 1989.
As a member of the outdoor track team, she broke many school records and currently holds the top marks in NWU history for the 5,000 (17:54.3); 3,000 (10:03.3); and 4x800 relay (9:37.9). During her senior year, Deb placed fifth in the 3,000 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships to achieve All-America status.
Her track times also rank among the all-time Top 10 at Nebraska Wesleyan in three other outdoor events and five indoor events. Deb also lettered in women’s basketball and was a member of the Cardinal Key Honorary.
Patricia Wright O’Malley ’90
Patricia (Wright) O’Malley, of Ewing, Neb., competed in cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track at Nebraska Wesleyan.
Pat was a member of the women’s basketball team her first two years before deciding to run cross country her final three years in college. She was also a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track teams.
In cross country, Pat qualified for the NAIA Championships in 1988 and 1989, and owns the 12th fastest time among NWU runners on the team’s home course. In track, she qualified for indoor nationals three years, once earning a sixth-place finish in the two-mile run. She also holds a school record as a member of the 4x800 relay (9:37.9), and ranks fourth on the all-time charts (indoor) at NWU in the 3,000 and two-mile events.
Pat was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary and Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honorary. She was also on the Dean’s List, named to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges and twice received NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete awards.
Dennis Steen ’85
Dennis Steen, a native of Omaha, Neb., helped lead the men’s basketball team at Nebraska Wesleyan to the NCAA Division III Playoffs in 1984 and 1985, which started a string of seven straight tournament appearances.
After suffering a broken foot and sitting out half of his sophomore year, Steen returned to average 8.2 points per game and shoot 47.5 percent from the field. As a junior and senior, NWU achieved a combined record of 49-10, making it to the NCAA Div. III Quarterfinals in 1984 and reaching the Final Four, where the team finished third, in 1985.
As a guard, Steen’s quickness, versatility and speed earned him a prominent role on the team and several spots in the school’s record books. His 214 assists during the 1984-85 season rank second, while his 55 steals rank third. Steen finished with 371 career assists, placing him ninth on the all-time charts at NWU.
Lawrence D. “Dewey” Van Cleave ’57
Dewey Van Cleave competed as a dual-sport athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan, earning a total of eight varsity letters.
On the football field, Van Cleave started every game of his NWU career and played multiple positions, including center, tackle, linebacker and kicker. As a tackle, he earned first team All-Conference honors as a junior and senior. He was also the team captain his junior year, and during his senior season, Van Cleave kicked the game-winning field goal as Nebraska Wesleyan defeated Midland College 3-2 in the 1955 homecoming game.
As a member of the track and field teams, Van Cleave placed first in the shot put and second in the discus at the conference level as a senior. He set a school record in the discus that was later broken by an athlete Van Cleave worked with as an assistant coach under Woody Greeno in 1957.
Van Cleave played basketball during his first year at Nebraska Wesleyan and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and NWU Letterman’s Club all four years. He also worked on campus and assisted with construction of the Taylor Gymnasium.
Bill Weed ’89
Bill Weed, a native of Lincoln, Neb., played a leading role for the men’s basketball teams that still rank among the best ever at Nebraska Wesleyan. During Weed’s career, NWU qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs four times, placing third in the nation twice, and the squad earned 21 wins or more each of his four seasons.
As a senior, he led the team in points, steals and three-point field goals, making 50 of 98 attempts from beyond the arc. His 51 percent accuracy that season ranks first in team history, and following the team’s national tournament appearance, he was named to the All-West Regional Team.
Weed scored 1,532 career points, which rank seventh in team history. He is also second in career steals (149) and three-point field goal percentage (.456), tied for sixth in career field goals (593), ninth in career three-point field goals (93) and 10th in career assists (318). Weed was named to the Kansas City Area Classic All-Tournament Team two years in a row and earned MVP honors once. He also belonged to the Blue Key Honorary and Tri Beta Biology Honorary.
Dick Hahn, Jr.
Spirit of the Plainsman Award
Dick Hahn came to Nebraska Wesleyan as the Director of Planned Giving Programs in June of 1981. His duties included consulting with Wesleyan constituents regarding the advantages of estate planning and deferred giving. His success in this position has left an obvious mark on the NWU campus, including renovations to Old Main, the completion of the theatre building and the addition to and renovation of Lucas Hall.
Hahn’s efforts have also involved the athletic facilities. He made many of the trust arrangements for the construction and additions involving the Weary Center, Snyder Arena, Abel Stadium, the Woody Greeno Track and Field Facility, Sconyers Tennis Courts and Nickerson Field. He also helped raise money for renovations to the Knight Field House. Hahn’s next big project has been finding the funds for the field turf and lights, which will most likely be installed on the Abel Stadium field next summer.
Over the years, Hahn also volunteered his services as an announcer for both football and basketball games and arranged for fan buses to attend away basketball games. His deep love for Nebraska Wesleyan keeps Hahn coming back for more. In January of 1995, he “retired” before returning in June to work “part-time” (40 hours a week) because he missed it so much. Hahn has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet outstanding people and make lifelong friends through his job.