Leadership Seminar FAQs

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Where will the seminar be held? The seminar will take place on the Concordia University campus at 800 N Columbia Ave, Seward, NE 68434. An interactive Concordia University map is available at:  http://www.cune.edu/about/maps/.  Please eat lunch before you arrive, as the first meal served will be dinner.

When will the seminar be held? The Seminar will begin on Friday, June 4, 2021 with registration from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please eat lunch before you arrive, as the first meal served will be dinner.  The seminar will begin with Ambassador Orientation on June 4 at 12:00 pm and conclude with Closing Ceremonies on June 6 at 12:30 pm. You must be present for the entire seminar, including overnight.

Where should I go when I arrive? Ambassadors should check in outside of David Hall at Concordia University (800 N Columbia Ave, Seward, NE 68434). A HOBY volunteer committee member will greet you, direct you to parking and check you in.

What kind of program is planned? During your HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders—all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions—will address aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, religion, or way of thinking; but is designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate. During the seminar, you will be asked to undertake a community service project(s) involving at least 100 hours during the year following your seminar, to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environment where you see a need. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents are invited.

What are the accommodations like? Participants will be assigned to air-conditioned dorm rooms with two participants per room on floors reserved exclusively for the seminar. The rooms contain twin beds with protective linen provided.  Please ensure you bring your own twin sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and toiletries to the seminar.  Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Please eat lunch before you arrive, as the first meal served will be dinner.  On the Medical History Records Form, please indicate any special dietary considerations, including vegetarianism, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What if I need to take medication while I am at the seminar? Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminar (documents are included in this packet). Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.

If necessary, how may I be contacted during the seminar? Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the disruption caused to panels and activities. In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call Katherine Cole, Leadership Seminar Chair at (402) 750-9311 or Bo Gebbie, Corporate Board President at (402) 968-5005. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.

Who pays for the seminar? Your school or parent has paid a Registration Fee and will provide transportation to and from the seminar. All costs for meals, lodging and training materials have been generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations wishing to support leadership education.

What should I wear at the seminar?

    • Friday & Saturday: You will receive your HOBY t-shirt upon arrival and will wear it both days.  (The Junior Volunteers will wash them on Friday evening and deliver them to your door on Saturday morning so it’s nice and clean).  Jeans, shorts, capris and khakis are appropriate to wear with the t-shirt.
    • Saturday service project: You will want to bring an older pair of jeans/shorts that can be worn on Saturday during the service project.  Comfortable closed-toe shoes are a must, as we will be walking frequently on campus.
    • Saturday church / meditation: There will be options for Catholic and Protestant services on Saturday evening, or a meditation/silent time on campus.  Please bring “business casual attire,” for Saturday evening.
    • Saturday dance: The theme will be Neon.  Think Neon colors, or anything bright.  Feel free to bring fun, but appropriate, attire!
    • Sunday: “Sunday Best” but not “Formal Dress.” Think dress shirt / dress pants / tie / blazer’ dress; skirt; pantsuit.


What about religious services? There will be options for Catholic and Protestant services on Saturday evening, or a meditation/silent time on campus.

What transportation arrangements have been made? You are responsible for your transportation to and from the seminar. Please include all details of your itinerary on the enclosed Participant Confirmation Form. If you have last minute transportation problems on June 4, please notify Katherine Cole at (402) 750-9311.

What if I am unable to attend the seminar? If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please return these forms to the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with an email to seminar@hobynebraska.org.

Who may I contact should I have additional questions? Additional questions or concerns should be directed to Katherine Cole, Leadership Seminar Chair, at seminar@hobynebraska.org.

What action should I take now? With your parent or guardian, carefully review, complete and electronically sign the mandatory pre-seminar confirmation forms by May 14, 2021.

FYI Seminar Checklist – Don’t forget to bring:

  • Any missing medical or notary forms that you have not turned in
  • Toiletries – paste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, hairspray, etc.
  • Twin sheet, blanket and pillow / Bath towel / shower shoes
  • Alarm clock or cell phone alarm
  • Jeans, shorts, capris or khakis for Friday/Saturday
  • “Neon” attire for the dance on Saturday
  • Old jeans or shorts and closed toe shoes for the Saturday service project
  • “Business Casual” clothes for Saturday afternoon
  • “Sunday best” attire for the closing ceremony on Sunday
  • Optional – money for seminar picture, seminar movie, HOBY Store items or vending machines
  • A positive attitude and the willingness to have FUN!