1952 Peru State Bobcats



By Sharon Ocker (’53)

Football has changed so much in recent years that a contest between '52 and '90 would be hard to imagine. 1953 alumnus, Sharon Ocker dives into the debate. READ MORE


Kansas City Meet and Greet


Kansas City Meet and Greet

June 24, 2015

The Peru State Foundation and the National Alumni Association hosted a meet and greet for Peru State Alumni in the Kansas City area on June 24. Attendees gathered at the Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City for conversation, appetizers, and a college update from President Hanson.


50 year reunion


Omaha Alumni Association Banquet

June 4, 2015

The Omaha Alumni Chapter held a banquet on June 4. The event started with a social hour for guests to catch up with familiar faces and meet new attendees. Guests enjoyed dinner at Anthony’s Steakhouse, received a college update from President Hanson, heard Coach Behrens speak about what the future holds for Peru State men’s basketball and then took part in a limited live auction.


50 year reunion


Kearney Meet and Greet

April 30, 2015

On April 30, Alumni from the Kearney, Hastings and Grand Island area gathered at the Archway, located in Kearney, Neb., Guests enjoyed appetizers while visiting with friends and classmates of Peru State. Chief Executive Officer of the Peru State Foundation, Todd Simpson gave an update on the college.


50 year reunion


Chili Feed

February 21, 2015

The seventh Annual Chili Feed was a success, serving about 450 people. Alumni, Faculty, current students, friends and family came out to the Al Wheeler Activity Center on Feb. 21 to enjoy some basketball, food and company. Both Women and Men played Culver-Stockton. Half-time entertainment was provided by Gary’s Tumbling.


50 year reunion


The 50-Year Reunion

October 3&4, 2014

Members of the classes of 1963, 1964, and 1965 returned to campus in October 2014 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1964 and to participate in Peru State’s 94th Homecoming celebration. Attendees enjoyed a special recognition banquet on Friday night. On Saturday morning the 50-Year participants rode on a 50-Year Reunion float in the 94th annual Homecoming Parade.


1867 Display


1867 Display

October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 4, during the Homecoming festivities, a group of 1867 Society members joined PSC President Dan Hanson and Chair of the PSC Foundation Board SaraBeth Donovan, to dedicate a new plaque display listing the names of the 1867 Society members. The occasion also offered the foundation and the college an opportunity to extend heartfelt gratitude to the 1867 Society members for their thoughtfulness and generosity to PSC. The display is located outside the Gabus Family President’s Suite, on the third floor of the Administration Building.





Peru State Needs Your Opinion!

June 6, 2014

Please take a minute and complete the short survey (10 questions) by clicking on the survey link at the bottom of the page. The first 50 responders will receive a Peru State palm held pizza cutter! Your opinions are important and will help us better engage and connect with our friends and alumni. All responses will be kept confidential.


Go Cats!


Peru State Survey



Bobcat Buzz: Alumni Edition

April 3, 2014

Peru State alumni and sports fans gathered at Lazlo’s in the Haymarket in Lincoln on April 3, 2014 for the first alumni edition of the Bobcat Buzz.  Excited Bobcat fans listened to updates on all of the Bobcat sports from team coaches and Athletics Information Specialist, Ted Harshbarger and Athletic Director, Steve Schneider.


National Alumni Association Omaha Chapter Dinner & Auction

April 24, 2014

With the loss of great Omaha PSC Alum, Jack Hallstrom, the National Alumni Association’s Omaha Chapter faced a great void in their annual Dinner & Auction event, but they pushed on, as this event is the chapter’s largest fundraiser of the year.  The Omaha Alumni Chapter provides scholarships as well as funding for activities and organizations at Peru State College each year.  The 2014 event did make some additions, such as a new theme, “Big Blue Thursday.”  The theme allowed for attendees to come dressed in Bobcat Casual.  


Alumni Chili Feed

Annual Alumni Chili Feed

February 15, 2014

A day filled with Bobcat basketball, delicious chili and a floor show from some talented tumblers…this is what Bobcat fans were treated to on Saturday, February 15, 2014 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. The annual Alumni Chili Feed was hosted by the Peru State College Foundation and members of the National Alumni Association board, with assistance from the PSC Student Senate. The Bobcat basketball teams took on the Missouri Valley College Vikings. For the halftime shows, fans were entertained by the Fantastic Flyers of Gary’s Tumbling from Glenwood, IA. The event brought Bobcats from all over Nebraska, and raised over $500 in donations to support Peru State College.



Bobcats vs. UNO

Bobcats vs. UNO

February 5, 2014

Not even a blizzard could keep these Bobcat supporters from coming out and showing their Peru State spirit as the Cats took on the UNO Mavericks in an exhibition game on February 5 at the Ralston Arena.  Special thank you to Peru Stater, Fritz Stehlik ’74 who, with his law firm Gross & Welch, provided coffee for all attendees.



Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Reception

January 31, 2014

On January 31, 2014 The Peru State College Foundation hosted its second annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Reception, to show the employees of PSC, that all of their hard work is what keeps this campus running. Many of the PSC employees stopped by the President’s home to receive a personal, “thank you,” from the foundation and several of its board members, including Foundation Board Chairperson, SaraBeth Donovan, who spoke a few thoughtful words to honor the dedicated PSC staff.


50-year reunion

Lincoln Alumni Reception

December 5, 2013

The Peru State College Foundation and National Alumni Association hosted its annual Lincoln Alumni Reception at the HiMark Golf Course on Thursday, December 5, 2013.  Alumni and guests had a chance to reconnect with Peru State College and other Bobcat alumni during the reception.  PSC President, Dan Hanson, gave a presentation on all of the success and progress currently taking place on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks.



50-year reunion

The 50-Year Reunion

November 1-2, 2013

During the 2013 Peru State College Homecoming Celebration, members of the class of 1963 were invited back to Peru by President Dan Hanson and the Peru State College Foundation, as honored guests to mark their monumental 50-Year anniversary.  The classes of ’62 and ’64 were also invited to join in the event.


Nearly 45 guests arrived on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks Friday, November 1, 2013, kicking off their celebration with a tour of campus followed by a reception at the home of Dan and Elaine Hanson.  The activities continued with a formal banquet in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center.


Reunion guests took part in the Homecoming Parade, the festival on the quad and then were treated to reserved seating at the Homecoming football game.



2013 Hall of Fame

2013 Hall of Fame

October 14-15, 2013

2013 marked the biennial induction in to the Peru State College Athletic Hall of Fame.  Five individuals were selected for this esteemed honor.  Bonnie (Rutz) Carlile: (Meritorious Service), Tamir (Anderson) Riley: ’94 (Basketball), Chuck Mizerski: ’69 (Football), Shari (Paczosa) Kucera: ’85 (Cross Country/Indoor and Outdoor Track/Cheerleading), Brad Smith: ‘89 (Football). 
The inductees were nominated for excelling in different aspects of their respective sports, but all showed strength and commitment to Bobcat athletics, and will forever be remembered in Bobcat history. 


The event was commemorated with a reception and a banquet in the Student Center on The Campus of a Thousand Oaks.  The five individuals were officially inducted in to the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame on October 15, 2013, during halftime of the Peru State football game at Falls City High School.  



Omaha Meet and Greet

Alumni Day in Brownville

August 10, 2013

On August 10, 2013, nearly 60 PSC alumni flocked to historic Brownville, Neb.  The PSC Alumni Day in Brownville began at Whiskey Run Creek Winery, for a wine tasting and refreshments before the group set out to explore the streets of Brownville by horse-drawn trolley.  The day culminated with a relaxing dinner cruise down the Missouri River on the Spirit of Brownville.  The PSC Alumni Day in Brownville was put together by the Peru State College Foundation and National Alumni Association with assistance from the merchants of Brownville. 



Omaha Meet and GreetRock Port Alumni Reception

June 6, 2013

On June 6, 2013, the PSC Foundation and National Alumni Association hosted an alumni reception at the Black Iron Grill in Rock Port, MO.  A group of alumni, friends and PSC faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the many accomplishments and progress happening on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks.   All in attendance were treated to complimentary appetizers and some enjoyable entertainment from few of the alumni who sang a fabulous rendition of the Peru Fight Song. 



Omaha Meet and GreetOmaha Dinner & Auction

April 25th, 2013

The Omaha Alumni Chapter of the Peru State College National Alumni Association hosted its annual dinner and auction on Thursday, April 25th, 2013.  Peru State alumni, friends, family, faculty and staff gathered in Omaha to help the chapter raise funds for scholarships at Peru State College.  Guests of the dinner and auction enjoyed a fine dinner provided by the German-American Society as National Alumni Association board member, Fritz Stehlik, wowed the crowd with his auctioneering skills.  Several individuals and businesses provided items to be auctioned and raffled off throughout the evening, ranging from football tickets to weekend get-a-ways.  In its various fundraising efforts, The Omaha Alumni Chapter has raised funds to provide yearly $1,000 scholarships to both men and women’s athletics at Peru State. 



Omaha Meet and Greet

Omaha Area Meet & Greet

February 19, 2013

Many Omaha area Peru State alumni joined together on Tuesday February 19th, at the Tiburon Golf Club for the National Alumni Association’s (NAA) Omaha Meet & Greet.  The guests enjoyed a slide show of past NAA events and campus updates while they reminisced about their days at Peru State.  PSC President, Dr. Dan Hanson gave a brief update on the Oak Bowl construction and all of the recent student achievements at PSC. 


Faculty Staff Appreciation Reception

January 31, 2013

On January 31 the Peru State Foundation Board of Directors hosted a Faculty-Staff Appreciation reception to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all PSC employees. More than 60 employees were treated to a heartfelt message from Foundation Chairperson Sara Beth Donovan, '85, on the impact the faculty and staff had on her professional growth, as well as the impact they continue to have on PSC students today.


2013 NAA Chili Feed

January 26, 2013

The 2013 National Alumni Association Alumni Chili Feed was a huge success! Approximately 400 attendees included alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends of all ages. Even the Central Methodist University Eagles Women's Basketball team joined in the event and made a generous donation to the cause.


Lincoln Meet and Greet

Lincoln Meet & Greet

November 8, 2012

On November 8, 2012, more than 50 Peru State alumni and friends gathered at HiMark Golf Course for the annual Lincoln area Meet and Greet.   Guests chatted and reminisced, but the lead topic of the night was the renovation to the Oak Bowl.  The attendees were able to watch the video showing computer images of what the completed Oak Bowl will look like.  PSC President, Dr. Dan Hanson gave a rundown of some of the recent PSC student successes and took questions about all of the projects occurring on campus.   Several individuals took the floor to speak about their love for PSC and how the college has positively affected students, alumni, staff, faculty, families, communities, etc.   


Phonathon Campaign

November 12, 2012

For the month of November, PSC students are working diligently, calling alumni and friends of Peru State as part of our fundraising Phonathon campaign.  If you have received one of our calls and are unsure of the validity or reason for calling, please be advised that it is a legitimate effort being made by actual students from our temporary onsite call center.  If you would like more information regarding the Phonathon and our fundraising efforts, feel free to call the PSC Foundation at (402)872-2395


A Special Thank You to Rod Vandeberg

November 7, 2012

The PSC Foundation would like to give a special thank you to long-time Foundation board member, and former Falls City, Nebraska, Mayor, Rodney Vandeberg, for his article, Peru State College, which appears in the recent Fall issue of the Peru Stater.  Rod’s article is filled with optimism and great vision for the future at PSC.  Rod devotes a lot of precious time and effort to his work with Peru State, and through that hard work, he has been a big part of the progress taking place on campus. 


If you would like to read Rod’s article, it is on page 14 of the Fall issue of the Peru Stater.  A paper version of the Peru Stater is sent out to all alumni and will soon be available in an electronic version at peru.edu under the Foundation news page link.  


50-Year Reunion Celebration

50-Year Reunion Celebration

September 28, 2012

On September 28th, 2012 members of the class of 1962 stepped back in to the halls of Peru State for their 50-Year Reunion Celebration. The classes of 1961 and 1963 were also invited to join in the fun. The event began with registration in the library while some of the PSC ambassadors took the guests on tours of The Campus of a Thousand Oaks. A reception was held at the home of the PSC president, where Dr. and Mrs. Hanson treated guests to a bevy of delicious appetizers before moving on to the Student Center for a banquet. Todd Simpson, Executive Director of The Foundation, presented the class of 1962 with engraved medals to honor the special milestone occasion. After a presentation from Dr. Hanson, to update everyone on the progress that PSC is making, guests of the banquet enjoyed some after-dinner entertainment by The Ethnic Singers, a band is made up of PSC Alumni, who perform sixties folk music.


The following day was the Peru State Homecoming football game, so 50-Year guests were treated to special amenities for the homecoming celebration. First there were reserved parade seats and then special guest tables for the festival on the quad. The festivities were topped off with reserved seating near President Hanson for football game.


Freshmen Move-In Day

Freshmen Move-In Day

August 17, 2012

The National Alumni Association sponsored refreshment stations for Freshmen Move-In Day on August 17, 2012. The stations were set up in the entrances to Delzell and Eliza Morgan Halls to welcome incoming freshmen. National Alumni Association Board members, Mike Guilliatt and Carlos Harrison along with Alumnus, Bill Witty passed out cookies and drinks to incoming freshmen and their families as they welcomed the newcomers to their first day on the PSC Campus.


Shenandoah Meet & Greet

Shenandoah Meet & Greet

July 26, 2012

Around 20 guests came to The Sanctuary in Shenandoah, IA to relax and reconnect with PSC.  Guests enjoyed an array of first-class finger foods in a beautifully decorated dining room, that at one time, served as a church.  Carlos Harrison, a 1951 graduate of PSC, hosted the event.  Dr. Sara Crook was on hand to give a presentation about the upcoming Trails and Tales tour, and PSC president, Dan Hanson, wowed the crowd with all of the projects taking place on campus.  Both Dr. and Mrs. Hanson visited with all of the attendees as they discussed the exciting things that are happening at PSC. 


Colorado Meet and Greet

Colorado Meet & Greet

May 23, 2012

25 PSC alumni and friends joined President Hanson and Todd Simpson at the Beach House Grill in Fort Collins. President Hanson provided a PSC update for the group.


Trails and Tales 2012

Trails and Tales | October 11-12, 2012

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. 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. 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.


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Annual Northern California Alumni Reunion

April, 28, 2012

The Annual Northern California Alumni Reunion was held April 28, 2012. Peruvians from northern California and southern Oregon gathered at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, to share stories and reminisce about their days on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks. Many of the attendees were Peru Staters by way of the V-5 and V-12 Officer Training Programs from World War II. PSC Foundation Executive Director Todd Simpson attended the gathering and gave an update on the state of the College. A great time was had by all!


Alumni Dinner and Auction

Alumni Dinner & Auction

April 26, 2012

On April 26 more than 80 Peruvians and friends joined the PSC Omaha Alumni Club for their annual dinner and auction in Omaha, Nebraska. Guests included Nebraska State College System Board member Bob Engles from Auburn and Peru State College President Dan Hanson. Co-Presidents of the Omaha Alumni Club, Ron and Fran Witt, served as emcees.


Annual Chili Feed

Annual Chili Feed

February 11, 2012

The National Alumni Association hosted their annual chili feed in the AWAC. An estimated 480 guests cheered on two Bobcat victories and enjoyed eating delicious chili and cinnamon rolls.   Members of the National Alumni Association Board helped serve the chili.


Omaha Meet and Greet

Omaha Meet and Greet

January 19, 2012

Over 75 PSC alumni and friends met at Tiburon Golf Course in Omaha to socialize and enjoy listening to a PSC update from President Hanson. Dr. Sara Crook and Dr. Dan Holtz discussed their upcoming Trails and Tales event scheduled for October 2012.


Lincoln Meet and Greet

Lincoln Meet and Greet

November 17, 2011

Over 60 PSC alumni and friends met at the HiMark Golf Course in Lincoln to socialize and enjoy listening to a PSC update from President Hanson.



Fayette, Missouri Meet and Greet

October 22, 2011

Kent and Becki (Young) Propst joined over 40 PSC alumni and friends at Emmet's Kitchen and Tap prior to the Bobcat football game against Central Methodist to socialize and enjoy listening to a PSC update from President Hanson.


Alumni Volleyball Game

Hall of Fame

October 14-15, 2011

Four individuals along with the 1961-62 Men's Basketball team were inducted into the Peru State College Athletic Hall of Fame. A Banquet was held in their honor and they were recognized during halftime of the football game where the Bobcats took on Evangel University.


Alumni Volleyball Game

Alumni Reconnect on Cape Cod

October 6-8, 2011

On October 6, 7 and 8, 2011, 40 Peru State alumni and guests gathered in Dennis Port, Massachusetts, to enjoy camaraderie, share stories and reunite with old friends at the 2011 PSC Cape Cod Alumni Reunion. Reunion organizers Andy Anderson '67, Jan DeMott '65, Maggie Slayter '66 and Brenda Teleen '66 did a wonderful job organizing the event. The resort was right on the beach and just minutes away from sightseeing and shopping. The Thursday dinner was a choice of prime rib or lobster and Friday's meal was at a traditional Irish pub with live music. The event was attended by PSC President Dan Hanson and wife Elaine and Foundation Executive Director Todd Simpson and wife Michelle. A wonderful time was had by all! The alums can't wait until the next Cape Cod reunion.


Alumni Volleyball Game

Homecoming/50 Year Reunion

September 24-25, 2011

Members of the Class of 1961 and the Class of 1962 were honored guests at Homecoming. The reunion began in the library where the fellow classmates met and got reacquainted. A campus tour was taken and President and Mrs. Hanson hosted a reception at their home. The Banquet followed in the Student Center to honor the 50 year graduates. On Saturday, the alums enjoyed reserved seating for all of the homecoming activities, including the parade, festival, and football game.


Alumni Volleyball Game

Alumni Volleyball Game

August 27, 2011

Alumni volleyball players showed they can still play the game and support PSC! It was a fun night of volleyball at the AWAC with many fans cheering on current players and alumni.


KC Meet and Greet

Kansas City Meet and Greet

August 25, 2011

Eighteen Alumni and friends met at O'Dowd's Little Dublin in Kansas City to visit, reminisce and enjoy a beautiful evening on top of a roof top restaurant at Zona Rosa.



New Student Weekend

New Student Weekend

August 19, 2011

Alumni gathered at Delzell, Morgan and Mathews on the morning of August 19th to welcome new students and parents to Peru State College. They introduced themselves to new students and their families, visited about PSC and offered cold refreshments. Alumni participating included Paul and Arlene Fell, Rich and Dawn Daly, Mike Guilliatt, Lee and Jo Arellano and Carlos Harrison.



Nebraska City Meet and GreetNebraska City Meet and Greet

July 28, 2011

Over 65 PSC Alumni, and Friends met in Nebraska City. President Hanson briefly addressed many of the great things happening at PSC and attendees had an opportunity to unwind and reconnect.



Fremont Meet and GreetFremont Meet and Greet

July 12, 2011

Alumni and friends met at J's Steakhouse in Fremont, Nebraska to unwind and reconnect.



Dr. Snyder's Retirement Banquet

June 25, 2011

Over 125 alumni and friends gathered at Peru State College to honor Dr. Snyder's nearly 30 years of service to students and Peru State College. Dr. and Mrs. Hanson's hosted a reception at their home and the banquet was served at the Student Center. Dr. Holtz, Dr. Drew and his daughter, Amy Jones, highlighted Dr. Snyder's contributions to Peru State College. Dr. Snyder spoke and Dr. Clemente prepared and presented a slide show dedicated to Dr. Snyder.


Omaha Chapter Dinner and Auction

Omaha Chapter Dinner & Auction

April 28, 2011

Many alumni and guests gathered at the German-American Society in Omaha to enjoy an evening reminiscing and socializing as well as raising money to help students and enrich programs at Peru State College.  Peru State College President Dr. Hanson also shared his vision for the College and the outcomes of the detailed strategic planning the College has undergone since August, 2010.





April 23, 2011

The Peru State College National Alumni Association Northern California Chapter held a Bobcat Rendezvous on Saturday, April 23 at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.  This year was extra special because they welcomed V-12 alumni as honored guests. 



Dr. ClementeThird Annual Alumni Chili Feed

February 13, 2011

The 3rd Annual Alumni Chili Feed was a great success! Nearly 300 alumni and guests enjoyed basketball, Chili and camaraderie on February 12, 2011, in the Al Wheeler Activity Center on the Peru State College Campus. The Women's team defeated York College 84-47. The Men's team lost an overtime battle to York 83-73. Alumni and guests enjoyed both games, and the wonderful Chili provided by the National Alumni Association. Be sure to join us next year!