The Psychology Department is excited to welcome Stephanie Osterthun and Joanna Seley as student advisers. They both have much to offer.
I have more than 20 years of experience in a variety of higher education settings and capacities including advising, recruiting, admissions, new student orientation programs, scholarship coordination, international student admissions/advising, and federal TRiO grant administration. In addition, I have developed and taught career planning and first year experience courses. I began working for UNL in January 2008 in Online and Distance Education, then as the On-Campus MBA Program Coordinator/Advisor before joining the Psychology Department in April 2014 as one of the Chief Advisers. I earned my undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Wichita State University and master’s degree in Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Kansas State University. I grew up on a farm outside of Arkansas City, Kansas, which is about 300 miles straight south of Lincoln, and about 1 ½ miles from the Oklahoma state line – hence the southern accent I’m told that I have, even though I don’t hear it! I recently took on a new identity as my husband, Stu, and I just became first-time grandparents. Our grandson was born on Halloween and was the best “treat” we could have ever hoped for!
I completed my Master of Science in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University this past May and am grateful and excited to be working as a Chief Major Adviser for Psychology here at UNL! During my graduate program I worked in International Student and Scholar Services and with the Developing Scholars Program – an undergraduate research program for first generation and underrepresented students. I also worked in Career Services with students who were making decisions regarding majors and careers. I enjoy diverse student populations and the opportunity to learn their stories and engage with them as they grow intellectually, emotionally, personally, and professionally. Originally from Clay Center, Kansas, I completed my bachelor's in Family Studies and Humans Services from Kansas State University in 2007. I then worked as manager at a local coffee shop and pursued a degree in Spiritual Direction from Emmanuel House Seminary. When I'm not working, I can be found visiting the farmer's market or the park, being creative through music or art, traveling, or savoring a good meal or cup of coffee with a friend.