Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Herman Student Life Complex

By NU Athletic Communications


The $8.7 million Herman Student Life Complex tripled the size of the academic space available for Husker student-athletes by using the previous space known as the Hewit Center and the space previously occupied by the West Stadium Strength Complex.

The Herman Student Life Complex consists of six sections, including the Hewit Academic Center, the Abbott Life Skills Center, the D.J. Sokol Enrichment Center, the Scott Technology Center, the Papik Compliance Center adn the Lewis Training Table.

Since the area was built in 1985, the number of Husker student-athletes across all sports has increased from approximately 400 to nearly 600, creating the need for expansion in size and services.

Former Athletic Director Tom Osborne's vision was to serve student-athletes more effectively with academic counselors and supervisors as well as expand the Huskers' award-winning Life Skills program.

The Herman Student Life Complex welcomes student-athletes and staff with an impressive entrance, and designated space for Academics, Life Skills, Enrichment, Technology, Compliance, and the Training Table.

As part of the $8.7 million renovation of the West Stadium, $1.8 million was designated for updating Nebraska's historical displays in Memorial Stadium. These updates enhance the game day environment for fans at Memorial Stadium and assist the Huskers' recruiting efforts for future student-athletes. 

The Herman Student Life Complex offers Husker student-athletes a shining example of Nebraska's commitment to success in academics, athletics and life.  

Nebraska Student-Athlete Achievements 

  • Nation-leading 333 Academic All-Americans
  • Nation-leading 17 NCAA Today's Top Ten Award winners
  • Award-winning Life Skills program reaches more than 150,000 youth in Nebraska each year


Impact of Nebraska's Student Life Programs 


"The University of Nebraska has an incredible capacity to not only provide the highest quality of education and athletics but to also give the utmost support for each individual to seek endless opportunities in their future careers."


Richelle Simpson, Women's Gymnastics
2003 NCAA All-Around Champion
2003 NCAA Floor Exercise Champion
Five-time First-Team All-American (2003: AA, V, UB, BB, FX)
Four-time Second-Team All-American (2002: AA, V, UB, BB)
2005 NCAA Top Eight Award Winner
2005 CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-American
2005 AAI American Award Winner
2005 Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year
2005 Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year
Two-time South Central Regional Gymnast of the Year (2003, 2005)
Eight-time Big 12 Champion
12-time All-Big 12 Honoree
2005 NCAA and Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship Winner


"Nebraska's academic and life skills services are genuine.  It's not a cookie-cutter type situation. It's customized for the individual, and I think that's what sets Nebraska apart from everybody else."


Mike Minter, Football
Nebraska Safety, 1993-96
10-Year NFL Veteran, Carolina Panthers


"The University of Nebraska staff encouraged my development as an athlete and as a person. They helped me to be creative, manage my time and build my character, poise and beliefs."

Will Shields, Football
1992 Outland Trophy Winner
2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year


“I think it is instrumental that current student-athletes have a chance to see the influence that the University of Nebraska can have on their careers. When I was a player, a lot of people came to speak to us, and I always thought it was good to see how they were succeeding in their lives after sports.”


Karen Jennings, Women's Basketball
1993 National Player of the Year
CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Famer


"I always wanted to make sure that when I play my last down of football, I have something to fall back on. So, I focused on my studies to ensure that I'll be successful no matter what I do."

Kyle Vanden Bosch, Football
Two-Time CoSIDA Academic All-American
Two-Time NFL Pro Bowler



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