[nabs-l] Michael Ausbun for NABS Secretary

Julie McGinnity kaybaycar at gmail.com
Tue Jun 7 15:32:38 UTC 2016

Hi all,

I am currently working with Michael at the NFB Jernigan Institute as a
summer intern.  To give you an idea, he was at the office this morning
at 7:25 AM, even though we are not required to be here until 8:00.  He
is a dedicated worker, helpful to those of us who tend to struggle
with our technology, and cares deeply for the movement.  As a division
president myself, I can say that I would be thrilled to work with
Michael as a colleague on a leadership team.  So, NABS, we had better
elect Michael as secretary, or the Performing Arts Division may just
adopt him...  :)

Looking forward to seeing many of you at convention!

P.S. Don't forget to check out the Performing Arts Division
activities, which do not conflict with NABS events this year!

On 6/7/16, Kathryn Webster via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> All,
> 	Michael is a passionate, level-headed, driven, and positive leader,
> scholar, and friend. This past year, I was fortunate enough to have Michael
> as the co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for the National Association
> of
> Blind Students. His work on both the NABS Board, as well as with his state
> affiliate and others he partners with, is influential to all. As the
> current
> NABS Secretary, I am confident in Michael's abilities to effectively
> communicate to our members, our leaders, and perspective members of the
> national Federation of the Blind. Michael is punctual, mindful, and
> dedicated, while holding those accountable and holding himself accountable.
> His commitment does not stop there. Recently, Michael has taken on a
> position as a Summer Intern at our national headquarters, the National
> Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, and will gain valuable
> information that, I'm certain, will develop him even further as a strong
> leader on our student division board.
> As Fundraising Chair, I have worked closely with Michael to reach the
> various goals we set forth last July. Thinking back over the past ten
> months
> of working, Michael has brought realistic ideas to the table, while
> reaching
> outside the box. Michael is quiet, yet outspoken. His creative balanced
> well
> with my analytical and logical mind. We were a great team and I look
> forward
> to continuing the work we have done; and forwarding our movement for all
> blind students.
> With just three weeks until Convention, I am asking each of you to consider
> Michael as an incredible candidate with promising leadership and potential.
> I know I will be voting for him as NABS Secretary on Friday, July 1, and I
> hope you will be, too!
> See you in Orlando,
> Kathryn Webster
> Secretary/Treasurer | National Association of Blind Students
> -----Original Message-----
> From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Michael D
> Ausbun via NABS-L
> Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:51 AM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Cc: Michael D Ausbun
> Subject: [nabs-l] Michael Ausbun for NABS Secretary
> Howdy Nabsters:
> 	My name is Michael Ausbun, and I am a senior at the University of
> Nevada, studying Philosophy, Political Science, Communication studies, and
> anthropology. I am writing today, in order to declare my intent to run for
> the National Association of Blind Student's Secretary Position. For the
> past
> two years, I have served in a variety of secretarial positions, including
> secretary of the Nevada Association of Blind Students, the Blue Key honor
> Society, The Students Abolishing Sex-Slavery at the University of Nevada
> club, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Tau-Gamma chapter.
> 	Additionally, I have served this past year on the NABS board as one
> of our four board members, and as the first vice president of the Nevada
> Affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind; and therefore, I have
> observed what it takes to successfully implement the duties of the
> secretary
> position at the state and national levels. Truly, having the honor to guide
> and advise students as they traverse the path to transform their dreams
> into
> reality has been one of the best moments over this past year, and, I hope
> that I will be granted the opportunity to continue doing the work that is
> critical for creating, and developing, equity for blind students across the
> country.
> If you have questions about the individualized projects I have thought up
> concerning both the secretary position and nabs as a whole, please do not
> hesitate to ask! I look forward to visiting with many of you that I have
> had
> the pleasure of meeting at National convention, and for those I have not
> met
> yet, I am excited to establish lifetime friendships!
> Yours in the movement,
> Michael Ausbun
> Board member, National Association of Blind Students Secretary, Nevada
> Association of Blind Students First Vice President, National Federation of
> the Blind of Nevada
> "The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
> characteristic that defines you, or your future. Every day we raise the
> expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
> between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
> blindness is not what holds you back. Together with love, hope, and
> determination, we transform dreams into reality."
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Julie A. McGinnity
President, National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division,
Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
"For we walk by faith, not by sight"
2 Cor. 7

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