Leadership Seminar FAQs

Q:  What information does a school or organization need to know in order to recruit and register ambassadors for the Nebraska HOBY Leadership  Seminar?

A: Please download the registration kit here. (Link will be posted by September 15, 2019)

Q: When and where will the seminar be held?

A: The Seminar will begin on Friday, May 29, 2020 with registration from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The seminar will take place on the Concordia University campus in Seward, NE. Please eat lunch before you arrive, as the first meal served will be dinner.

Q:  Where should I go when I arrive?

A: Ambassadors should check in to David Hall at Concordia University (800 N. Columbia Avenue, Seward, NE  68434).

Q:   What should I pack?

A: Toiletries such as tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, hairspray, etc. You will need to provide your own towel (shower shoes and bathrobe optional). Clothing and bedding are outlined below.

Q: What are the accommodations and meals like?

A: You will be staying in air-conditioned dormitory rooms located on campus. You will share a room with another ambassador. The rooms contain two twin beds. Please ensure you bring your own twin sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and toiletries to the seminar. Seminar panels, lunches and meetings will be held in air-conditioned class and conference rooms. If you have indicated a specific food allergy, please highlight it or flag it on your registration form.

Q: What exactly am I getting into and what’s expected of me?

A: As an ambassador, you are going to be involved in three days of a high energy, educational and emotionally packed event.  There will be leadership development activities, cheers and group competitions, along with engaging panels and inspirational speakers.  If you have never participated in an event like this before, don’t worry – it’s a unique experience!  Just be prepared to have fun, meet other outstanding people like yourself from all parts of the state, and have great new experiences.

Q: Do I need to bring money to the seminar?

A: You do not need to bring money for meals or activities. However, we do suggest bringing money if you would like to purchase a group picture, conference movie or items from the vending machines.

Q: If necessary, how may I be contacted during the seminar?

A: Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students and staff during the seminar due to the confusion created when meetings, panels and meals are interrupted.

In case of emergency, parents may contact:

  • Katherine Cole, Leadership Seminar Chairperson – (402) 750-9311
  • Bo Gebbie, Corporate Board President – (402) 968-5005

Q: What should I wear at the seminar?

A: Friday & Saturday: You will receive two HOBY t-shirt upon arrival, and wear one on Friday and the other on Saturday.  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 “church 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: Male ambassadors should wear a dress shirt, dress pants, tie and blazer (if available).  Women should wear a dress, skirt or pantsuit.  (Note, this is “Sunday Best”, not “Formal Attire.”)

Q:  What if I need to take medication while I am at the seminar?

A: Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminarPlease be sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.

Q:  When can I be picked up from the seminar?

A: On Sunday, the Parent’s Session will be held from 10:00 am – 10:25 am.   The Closing Ceremony will be held from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, and the location will be finalized this spring.  Immediately following the ceremony, ambassadors will go with their Small Groups to retrieve their luggage.  Parents are requested to pick up their ambassadors after 12:30 pm.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Please note, HOBY is completely run by volunteers.  All volunteers have other work commitments during the day, so we ask that all questions be submitted via email at seminar@hobynebraska.org.

*Due to volunteer work schedules, please send all questions via email.  After May 31, please call:

  • Katherine Cole, Leadership Seminar Chairperson – (402) 750-9311
  • Bo Gebbie, Corporate Board President – (402) 968-5005

Q: What if I am unable to attend the seminar?

A: 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 the registration forms to the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with an email to recruitment@hobynebraska.org.

FYI Seminar Updates

If there are updates or changes prior to the seminar, they will be posted on the HOBY website at www.hobynebraska.org, and they will be communicated to ambassadors and parents via email.

FYI Concordia University Map

To view a campus map and area lodging options for Concordia, click here.

FYI Seminar Checklist – Don’t forget to bring:

  • Any missing medical or notary forms that you have not turned in
  • Toiletries – paste, tooth brush, 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
  • Special attire for the dance on Saturday (see above)
  • Old jeans or shorts and closed toe shoes for the Saturday service project
  • “Sunday Best” clothes for church and the closing banquet on Sunday
  • Optional – money for seminar picture, seminar DVD, HOBY Store items or vending machines
  • A positive attitude and the willingness to have FUN!