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Peru State students, professor earn Student Education Association of Nebraska distinctions, bound for national delegate assembly in Atlanta.

Three elected to serve as 2013-14 SEAN officers


Ali Umland, Amanda Volksen, and Judith Ruskamp
(L R) Ali Umland - Jansen, NE
Amanda Volksen - Omaha, NE
Dr. Judith Ruskamp

(Peru, Neb.) Two Peru Student Education Association (PSEA) members and their advisor have been selected to represent Nebraska educators at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly in June in Atlanta.

Ali Umland, a senior early childhood, elementary and special education major from Jansen, received the 2013 Outstanding Local Leader Award from the Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN). Amanda Volksen, a freshman early childhood and elementary education major from Omaha, received SEAN’s Jeffery J.D. Miller Outstanding Underclassman Award. Dr. Judith Ruskamp, Peru State associate professor of education and PSEA advisor, received the organization’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. All three will be considered for national awards.

PSEA Members
Peru State Education
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Three other Peru State students were elected by their peers to lead SEAN as officers in the 2013-14 academic year and represent Nebraska’s 1,500 members at the national meeting. They include:

  • L.A. Adams, Vice President
    Senior, Beatrice – K-12 Physical Education
  • Ryan Evans, Secretary
    Senior, Pierce - Math Education & Coaching
  • Sam Carman, Southeast Representative
    Senior, Peru - Social Science Education

Ruskamp said, “I want to congratulate our students on earning these distinctions and on being selected to serve SEAN in these important capacities. Peru State’s outstanding education program has a long, rich history – 146 years to be exact. It’s because of the talent of our students and the commitment of our faculty that we are able to turn out some of the best educators in the country.

“The outstanding leadership of Peru State’s Student Education Association’s membership and their involvement in the education field has led to local, state and national recognition for the organization. I’m proud to see this tradition of excellence continue. We are particularly excited to watch new underclassmen progress in their academic careers while contributing to an active campus organization during the 2013-14 academic year.”

Each year PSEA sponsors several community outreach efforts, one of which is hosting more than 1,200 Head Start and K-4th grade students from a dozen area schools at the annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party and Celebration. The event is held in conjunction with Read Across America Week and is intended to help children develop a love for reading. Other activities include the American Education Week Community Outreach Project, Reading Buddies Program, Scholastic Book Fair, Holiday Donation Tree, Trick or Treat for Southeast Nebraska Community Action, Uganda Care Packages with Reaching Beyond our Borders, 8 to Great Leadership Seminar, Pre-Professional Development Seminar, and Water Warrior Battle and Dessert Social.

PSEA members attended a variety of statewide events this year, including the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) Collective Bargaining Conference, Capitol District Senator Dinner and Delegate Assembly, as well as SEAN’s Outreach to Teach, Fall and Spring Conferences, Leadership Retreat and Delegate Assembly.

For additional information about the awards or PSEA, contact Ruskamp at or (402) 872-2301.