Class Act....2012-2013 Huskers Honor Osborne
Less than one week after Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced his retirement from the University of Nebraska effective January 1, 2013, he found himself presenting to over 200 new Husker student-athletes on the topic of leadership at the Sunday, September 30th Husker Life Seminar. The legendary football coach who won 255 games in 25 years, past Congressman, prominent Athletic Director and founder of the Teammates Mentoring Program, has always cherished student-athlete interaction taking great pride in building and maintaining relationships.
Osborne highlighted various leadership styles, thoughts from the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," and offered multiple definitions of character. Said Osborne "leadership involves integrity, consistency, a caring nature, positivity and balance. He challenged the student-athletes to create their own personal mission statement which serves as a personal constitution to negotiate life with character, confidence and good values.
At the conclusion of the leadership lecture, two freshman student-athletes, Trey Foster from football and Kelsey Fien from volleyball, made some comments expressing thanks to Osborne for his leadership, vision and commitment. "Because of you, we are striving for success, not just in our sport, but in academics and life," explained Foster. Added Fien, "we appreciate all of the resources you have provided us with great facilities and resources in order to be very successful." Foster and Fien, on behalf of the incoming 2012-2013 class, presented Dr. Osborne with a special merit award. Upon receiving the award it was clear Osborne was touched by the honor and very appreciative. He stayed after the class accepting congratulations and thanks from many of the newcomers, asking how they were doing and challenging them to make the most of their Nebraska experience.