Linda Osterman's official title at Northern is "Custodian II," but she is so much more than a campus janitor. Osterman is also a part-time student pursuing degrees in community leadership and business administration. She's been a Northern employee for eight years, a student for seven, and she has three semesters left before she completes her schooling. Prior to her employment at Northern, Osterman was a custodian in Big Sandy and worked for the newspaper part-time, collating paper. She made the job switch to Northern when she realized what a great opportunity working and pursuing her education could be.
I like getting to know the students.
When asked what she enjoys most about working at Northern, Osterman replied, "I like getting to know the students." She has even more of an opportunity to connect now than ever before since she does custodial work in the dorms. She enjoys being a supportive fellow-student who the dorm-dwelling students can turn to.
Osterman's most cherished academic and employment achievements are: acquiring her associate's degree, earning her low-pressure boiler license, and gaining her CDL. She also views her children as great achievements and additions to the world, with three sons and one daughter. Her son Steve earned his associate's degree from MSU-Northern and now has his electrical engineering degree. Her son Harold is a hard-working truck driver.
Osterman's daughter Andrea works for a power company in Texas, and her son Karl is currently pursuing his math degree in Bozeman after transferring from Northern. Marvin, Linda's husband, also has connections with Northern, as he has been maintaining our bowling alley for years.
Osterman's hobbies include bowling, hunting, and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children of abuse and neglect. She's been a CASA worker for 7 years, and though the program requires rigorous training, Osterman knows the time she's spent is worth it. She is able to be a personal advocate and "a voice" in court for children, age one-month-old to thirteen-years-old.
Osterman's personal advice for upcoming Northern students begins with staying in the dorms. She claims that living in the dorms is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make friends. She also recommends that students use the Northern family as an ongoing resource by never being afraid to ask passersby for assistance, because Northern is a very friendly and welcoming place. Linda Osterman is a big part of that warm and inviting environment, and we honor her for her dedication and positive influence on the campus.