assistant to the dean of Student Life, 308.865.1619
Integrity and credibility will be the focus of a presentation by U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 26) when he speaks to University of Nebraska at Kearney students who are members of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class.
UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen will open the session at 9:30 a.m. in Room C214 of the College of Education Building. Osborne’s presentation will take place from 10-10:45 a.m.
“The congressman will be presenting on the topics of integrity and credibility as they pertain to enhancing and building leadership,” said Brandon Benitz, assistant to the dean of Student Life. “The Chancellor’s Leadership Class is designed to be an interactive exploration of personal leadership development.”
Osborne is currently completing his third term representing Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District. A member of several key committees, Osborne was a lead cosponsor of the “Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act,” which works to offer a comprehensive strategy toward addressing suicide, suicide prevention, and mental and behavioral health in high schools and on college campuses – out of which, UNK was recently awarded a $225,000 grant over three years to initiate suicide awareness and prevention programs on campus.
Congress is not Osborne’s first competitive arena. He retired as head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1997. Under his leadership, the Huskers played in a bowl game every year, averaged more than 10 wins per year, never won fewer than nine games in a season and won three national championships.
In 1991, he and his wife first developed the TeamMates program, which connected young people with mentors in the Lincoln area. TeamMates has since grown to a statewide, school-based mentoring program that pairs adult volunteers one-to-one with middle school students.
Members of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, listed alphabetically by hometown include:
Broken Bow – Cari Gruszczynski
Burwell – James Bird
Ceresco – Courtney Kadlecek
Clay Center – Annastasia Barber
Cozad – Chase Tellus
Hampton – Katelyn Klute
Hartington – Mandi Miller
Hildreth – Anthony Blum
Holdrege – Patrick Ackerman
Kearney – Katherine Bush, Danielle Fehringer, Becky Fusby, Daniel Martin,
Jordan McNitt and Brooke Sherwood
Lincoln – Jeremy Bauer, Brian Moser
Minden – Cade Craig
Omaha – Benjamin Berklund, C.J. Obradovich, Lauren Ostberg and Jeffery Shank
Overton – Wes Whitten
Stratton – Jennifer Syndow
York – Janae Nienhueser