The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) flag will be lowered on Tuesday, Dec. 22, in memory of David Seilstad, staff assistant for UNO's Academic and Career Development Center.
David passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Lori, son Parker, and daughters Caroline and Emma; his mother Vivian Seilstad; sisters Jeanne (Arlan) Marttila Julie (Jeff) Johnson; among many other relatives and close friends.
A UNO almunus, earning his master's degree in Urban Studies, David came to the Academic and Career Development Center (ACDC) in 2019 with 30 years’ experience as an Extension Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Prior to his time at Iowa State David was a 4-H ambassador with the International Four-H Youth Exchange, teaching agriculture to children in Thailand for two years, and also served for a short time in the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.
A lover of education, David was also a current student, taking classes towards a Ph.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
David's biggest impact as a Maverick was ensuring that students and ACDC staff had the support they needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, always taking the time to understand student concerns and be a sympathetic ear to his colleagues.
"His positive presence and attitude was critical to keeping the ACDC team morale high during the uncertain times of the pandemic," ACDC Senior Director Sammi Kaiser, Ph.D., says. "David was someone who was always looking towards the future and wanting to find ways we could improve our students' lives."
Services were held for David on Saturday, Dec. 19, following which he was interned Garner Township Cemetery in Council Bluffs.
The thoughts and condolences of the university community are with David's loved ones during this time.
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Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.