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Life Skills Year in Review

By Ashley Stone

Life Skills 2017-2018 Year in Review

Nebraska’s Life Skills & Enrichment program strives to provide Nebraska student-athletes and letterwinner alumni an unmatched experience. Our five professional staff members work diligently in one-on-one and group settings with current student-athletes to provide personal, professional, and leadership development, while coordinating a wide range of events to enrich the college experience and foster a lifelong connection to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This past year, Life Skills staff continued to oversee the N Club, proudly serving thousands of letterwinner alumni with numerous events throughout the year. Kate Frazier, second-year graduate student in Nebraska’s Master of Arts in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration program, served as a Life Skills intern, assisting heavily with day-to-day responsibilities and helping coordinate the annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit and A Night at the Lied. Below is a summary of our happenings within the 2017-2018 academic year.

Life Skills & Enrichment

  • Helped raise $35,000 through annual Nebraska Football road race with proceeds benefiting pediatric brain cancer research.
  • Completed 12.5 hours of proactive Life Skills Education for all incoming student-athletes during the fall term.
  • Facilitated Financial Education and Moving Off Campus programming to best position Huskers for future success.  
  • Hosted annual Student-Athlete Career Fair attended by more than 400 student-athletes and 50+ local, regional, and national companies and graduate and professional programs.
  • Hosted 7th annual Husker Heroes event for 600+ attendees, designed specifically for individuals with disabilities and their families to interact and play games with Husker student-athletes.
  • Coordinated 4th annual NoFilter service abroad trip to Panama for 21 current student-athletes and two staff members, partnering with Give and Surf to help build the foundation of a pre-school and elementary classroom in Bocas del Toro.
  • Assisted 100+ third-year student-athletes in the 9th annual Networking Night, connecting student-athletes with prominent letterwinner alumni and area business leaders to teach the importance of networking and meaningful relationships.
  • Reviewed Life Skills & Enrichment programming with an internal team and Nebraska’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee to harness strengths of the nationally-prominent program to best meet student-athlete holistic and developmental needs.
  • Played a critical role in the overall planning and production of Nebraska’s annual Night at the Lied student-athlete recognition event attended by more than 1,000 guests celebrating success in academics, athletics, and life.
  • Accommodated more than 300 outreach requests, impacting more than 20,000 individuals young and old alike throughout the state of Nebraska.  
  • A total of 319 Nebraska student-athletes were named to the annual Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for completing six service projects or more with 49 Nebraska Football student-athletes being named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

 Post-Eligibility Opportunities (PEO)

  • Successfully provided $425,000 in scholarship aid to 59 letterwinner graduates as part of our innovative, nationally prominent program, which demonstrates continued commitment to alumni Huskers by way of internships, study abroad experiences, and graduate school.
  • Program continues to earn national acclaim from College Athletic Management, USA Today and National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE).
  • Produced PEO testimonial magazine, showing participants and experiences from 2016 and 2017.
  • Received $1M donation for continued support of program and its impact on letterwinner alumni.
  • Facilitated numerous PEO orientations to aid in understanding and use of program.
  • Pursued recruitment of and presented to area employers to further establish placement options.

N Club

  • Celebrated the N Club’s 125th anniversary with a fall pre-game football tailgate at the Hawks Championship Center for 300 letterwinners and guests.
  • Coordinated annual Weekend of Champions Reunions attended by 200 Husker Alums in support of the following championship teams: 1987 Women’s College World Series Softball Team, 1997 National Championship Bowling Team1997 National Championship Football Team1997 Super Six Finals Women’s Gymnastics Team, and 2007 Super Six Finals Women’s Gymnastics Team.
  • Held two interactive socials throughout the year for 150+ letterwinners to learn more about Nebraska’s bowling and swimming and diving teams.
  • N Club Advisory Committee monthly meetings with 12 letterwinner representatives and two staff members.
  • Coordinated annual service project with Friendship Home, organizing items donated through Lincoln’s Stuff the Bus campaign for victims and children of domestic violence.
  • Hosted N Club Golf outing with over 125 alumni participants from various sports.
  • Coordinated two letterwinner induction ceremonies, presenting 150 letter jackets to first-time letter award recipients.
  • Provided annual Tunnel Walk opportunity for letterwinner alums at the last home football game, growing participation to 150+.
  • Produced Quarterly N Club Newsletter, celebrating history of Nebraska Athletics, promoting upcoming events, and featuring student-athlete and alumni-athlete stories.
  • Transitioned N Club from Life Skills to Nebraska Athletic Ticketing and Development in May 2018.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Hosted annual International Student-Athlete Orientation to welcome new international student-athletes to the university, providing an awareness of all resources available inside and outside of athletics.
  • Organized 3rd annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit attended by nearly 1,000 student-athletes and staff, featuring an engaging, authentic, and thought-provoking session by Dr. Derek Greenfield.
  • Hosted Anthony Ianni’s Relentless Tour, grassroots initiative designed to eradicate bullying and inspire courage. Ianni is the first known individual with Autism to play Division I college basketball.
  • Facilitated Black History Month panel and Women’s Leadership panel with area leaders and the following letterwinners: Karen Jennings (women’s basketball), Preston Love (football), and Al Maxey, Sr. (men’s basketball).

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Inner Circle, and N-volved

  • SAAC: Facilitated fourteen meetings, ensuring student-athlete voice and welfare. President Austin Post, Vice President Alli Peterson, Big Ten Representative Nina Radulovic and Secretary Madi Unzicker provided outstanding leadership to the group with initiatives with Adidas; Lincoln Food Bank; One Shirt, One Body; and Lincoln Public Schools.
  • Inner Circle: Monthly programming focused strongly on professional development for 42 student-athletes, including a three-course etiquette dinner, mock interviews, and dress for success sessions.
  • N-volved: Launched new social climate group, focusing on sparking action within student-athletes to enhance advocacy within diversity, social justice, and current topics within the world.  

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