Wayne State College

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Wayne State College
Wayne State College seal.svg
TypePublic college
PresidentMarysz Rames
CampusRural, 128 acres (52 ha)
Colors    Black and gold
Sporting affiliations
Wayne State College wordmark.svg

Wayne State College is a public college in Wayne, Nebraska. It is part of the Nebraska State College System and enrolls 4,202 students. The college opened as a public normal school in 1910 after the state purchased the private Nebraska Normal College (established 1891). The State Normal College became State Normal School and Teacher's College in 1921. This was changed to Nebraska State Teachers College at Wayne in 1949 and the present name was adopted in 1963.[1]


Three-story brick building with vaguely neoclassical details
Hahn Administration Building on Wayne State campus

Wayne State offers 130 different programs of study in four Schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Technology, Education and Counseling, and Natural and Social Sciences. Wayne State also offers classes at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska and through a satellite college in South Sioux City, Nebraska.


Wayne State athletic teams are the Wildcats. The college is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) in all sports since the 1999–2000 academic year. The Wildcats previously competed in the Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1976–77 to 1988–89; as well as in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) as a provisional member during the 1989–90 school year.

Wayne State competes in 15 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football and track & field (indoor and outdoor); while women's sports include basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.


The college began participating in athletics in 1912, when the football program began. Men's basketball and track and field began around the same time. These were the main sports up to World War II, when Wayne State was a member of the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NIAA) with Kearney, Chadron, Peru, and for a while, Omaha University. After World War II, the NIAA became the Nebraska College Conference (NCC) and Wayne State began to compete in baseball, cross country, golf, swimming, tennis, wrestling, and for a short period, boxing.

Before 1980, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, swimming, tennis, and wrestling were dropped. In 1997, women's soccer was added to the athletics program.

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  1. ^ "Wayne State College". The European Education Directory. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  2. ^ "Byron Chamberlain". databaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
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  4. ^ "Senator Charlie Janssen's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
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  6. ^ "John H. Kyl". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Gale W. McGee". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Ruben Mendoza". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "Brad Ottis". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  10. ^ "Nebraska Governor Frederick Valdemar Erastus (Val) Peterson". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  11. ^ "Brett Salisbury". Wayne State College Wildcats. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Kevin Swayne". NFL.com. Retrieved 17 October 2012.

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