Keith Kramme | Faces of Midland: Employee Edition
Making Midland a Home
A native of Plano, Texas, Keith Kramme never envisioned Nebraska becoming his permanent residence. More than 30 years later, Midland University has made Keith feel right at home.
A 1987 Midland grad, Keith has spent the past three decades in a variety of roles on campus, including his current position as Student Success Advisor/Director of Athletic Student Achievement.
He owes a large part of his career in higher education to former Midland University football coach and athletic director, Steve Schneider. “Steve gave me the chance to work at Midland part-time as the sports information director in 1992. In 1995, he presented me with the opportunity to add head softball coach to my duties, allowing me to be full-time. His confidence in my ability to work in higher education, and to make a difference in the lives of young adults, meant a lot to me 30 years ago, and it means a lot to me today.”
Keith earned more than 500 victories during his 20-year career as the Warriors’ softball coach. His role as a coach and mentor has helped students become winners on the field and in the classroom. It’s one of the many reasons he treasures the impact he has made on Midland, and Midland has made on him. “I really enjoy having the opportunity to advocate for students, but, more importantly, I enjoy helping students advocate for themselves. I can’t say enough about the great relationships I have with my co-workers, both past and present. For someone that said I would never live in the state of Nebraska, Midland and the Fremont community has been, and continues to be, a very special place to call home.”
Keith doubles as the self-proclaimed “grammar police” on campus, lending his editing skills to various departments. When not on campus, he loves spending time with his two children and their families in Omaha and St. Helens, Oregon. Spending time with his grandson, Isaiah, is among his favorite things to do. He also enjoys watching college basketball, especially the Midland Warriors and Creighton Bluejays.
With 30 years of experience, Keith’s biggest point of emphasis is to help students realize all that Midland has to offer. “Take advantage of the opportunities offered at Midland to expand your interests outside of your major and/or your extra-curricular activities. Hold yourself accountable for your education and in everyday life. Take care of yourself first and foremost. Don’t hesitate to do something nice for someone else, even if you don’t know them.”
Getting to Know Keith Kramme
Snack that you can’t resist: Royal Ultimate Choco Brownie Blizzard at Dairy Queen
Something people might not know about you: “Growing up in Plano, Texas, I took swimming lessons at the Plano YMCA. I started in Polliwog and then advanced to Guppy, and then to Minnow, and then to Fish, and, finally, to Flying Fish. I just couldn’t complete the expectations to advance beyond Flying Fish and on to Shark. The backward dive was just too much!”
When flipping channels, I’ll always stop to watch this: NCIS, FBI, FBI Most Wanted, FBI International (not as good as the other two FBIs, though)
What artist dominates your playlist? No playlist! 89.7 FM, The River, on the radio, and 70s rock on Alexa.
What is your ideal vacation? Spending time in northwest Wisconsin just relaxing at a lake house.
What is your most-used emoji? What’s an emoji?