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Life Skills Hosts 10th Annual Networking Night

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, NE – On Sunday, September 23, Nebraska Athletics Life Skills held their 10th annual Networking Night event. Open to all sophomore student-athletes, the event provided those in attendance with networking techniques, suggestions for professional attire, and etiquette guidelines for the professional setting. In total, 29 professionals attended the event, sharing their networking insights and personal expertise.


The event was kick-started by Nancy Sutton Moss of Lincoln Track Club, who served as the keynote speaker. During her speech, Sutton Moss shared valuable networking experiences of her own with the student-athletes, highlighting the importance of relationship building and some strategies for engaging in it successfully.


“I wanted them to know that now is the time to start networking,” Sutton Moss said. “I want them to think about who can help them later on when they go out to get a job. They need to begin now because if they wait until they’re seniors, it’s going to be too late.”


Following Sutton Moss’ speech, a brief fashion presentation was provided by Cameron Van Hoose of CVH Styling in Omaha, NE. A personal stylist and fashion expert, Van Hoose educated the student-athletes on the proper dress attire across different types of events, including business casual and business professional settings. Her presentation was complemented by a fashion show staged by four Husker student-athletes, who modeled what the two forms of business styles should look like for both males and females. The models were Paula Del Cueto Castillo, Ty Moss, Jacqueline Jeschke, and Anton Stephenson.


At the conclusion of Van Hoose’s presentation, the student-athletes were given the opportunity to engage in three separate networking sessions with professionals matched to their respective career aspirations. During this time, student-athletes conversed with the professionals placed at their tables and the concept of networking was put into practice.


Sophomore Track and Field athlete Makiyah Smallwood, found the event to be particularly beneficial for his career development moving forward.


“I thought it was cool how networking works and how it really helps people,” said Smallwood. “Now, I’m actually trying to start to network. I’m getting in touch with the people that were at the event. I feel like it can really help me and help me find somebody to be my mentor.”


After partaking in three sets of networking sessions, the student-athletes were given one last presentation before evening came to a close. Molly Brummond, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Relations in the Nebraska College of Law, shared some pointers on improving etiquette for professional events. This included dining manners, as well how to properly introduce one’s self and develop an elevator speech for a formal setting. After Brummond completed her remarks, all in attendance were encouraged to stick around and help themselves to a catered reception whilst mingling with those they wished to speak to further.


“I thought the event itself was fabulous,” said Sutton Moss, following the conclusion of the event. “The student-athletes were open, they were friendly, and they were willing to listen to what all of the professionals had to say about networking.”


A big thank you to all of the following professional guests for making this event possible:


            Thomas Allison | UNL Career Services

            Morgan Bailey | Target

Karla Bandemer | Lincoln Public Schools

            Marlo Mauer Bergen | Spreetail

            Molly Brummond | UNL College of Law

            Chris Cameron | Makovicka Physical Therapy

            Trina Cherovsky | Nebraska State Patrol

            Jim Collison | Gallup

            Charlie Colon | Chick-fil-a

            Kevin Corwin | Pacific Life

            Scott Criss | Kiewit

            Mike Dobbs | UNL Athletics

            Sgt. Jeff Dunton | Nebraska State Patrol

            Kyle Emsick | State Farm

            Sean Erickson | Modern Workmen of America

            Pete Ferguson | Federal Programs for Lincoln Public Schools

            Charlie Foster | University of Nebraska

            Andy Grant | HUMANeX Ventures

            Alyssa Havlovic | UNL Extension

            Karrissa Jyles | First National Bank

            Paige Marsden | Sandhills Publishing

            Glen Moss | Commonwealth Electric

            Nancy Moss | Lincoln Track Club

            Sean Murphy | Pacific Life

            Bill Nellis | FBI Omaha Division

            Melissa Rice-Griffin | Bryan Health

Matt Stejskal | Mutual of Omaha

            Michele Stevenson | FBI Omaha Division

            John Wichmann | Kiewit


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