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Omaha Native Named NSCS Student Trustee, Selected to Attend National Conference on Global Poverty and U.S. International Development Policy


Caroline Keenan
Caroline Keenan

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) senior Caroline Keenan of Omaha has been selected by Gov. Dave Heineman to serve as the college’s student representative on the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees for the 2010-11 academic year.

Keenan, an English and history education major, was also selected to attend the 2010 CARE National Conference in Washington, D.C. in May. The conference addresses issues that affect global poverty and the U.S. government’s role in the developing world. It also provides participants with the opportunity to lobby their members of Congress. The event brings together international development experts, keynote speakers and CARE staff from around the world. Conference participants learn from and network with leaders in the field through interactive workshops, panel discussions, policy briefings and keynote addresses. 

This year’s sessions included Delivering Aid in Crisis Situations; The “New Aid” Dynamic; Addressing Maternal and Reproductive Health in Emergency Settings; Navigating Today’s Political Landscape; and Global Hunger in a Changing Climate. Special guests included New York Times Reporter and Half the Sky Author Nicholas Kristof, First Lady of Sierra Leone Sia Koroma, First Lady of Kenya Lucy Kibaki and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.  
Keenan’s travel expenses were paid for by the CARE organization based on her strong interest, character and recommendation.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “Caroline is representative of the kind of students we educate at Peru State College. She is driven to succeed, to lead and to serve as an advocate for those without a voice. I commend Caroline on her accomplishments and look forward to seeing her embark on even more exciting educational journeys throughout the next year and long into the future.”

Keenan is president of Phi Alpha Theta, a member of the Student Senate and a student representative on Faculty Senate. She is also PSC’s representative to Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale’s College Advisory Committee and has been a peer tutor for Student Success Services since 2008.

She is the daughter of Michael and Ellen Keenan of Omaha.

For more information on the NSCS Board of Trustees, visit For more information on the CARE National Conference, visit