Life Skills Staff Complete; Eager to Serve Student-Athletes & Husker Nation

By NU Athletic Communications
Associate Athletic Director for Life Skills, Keith Zimmer is pleased to announce the Life Skills team that will be serving all 600 plus student-athletes from 23 sports helping facilitate total person development and preparation for life after sports.

Jessie Gardner, former soccer standout at the University of Central Florida enters her second year in the Life Skills program.  In addition to providing life skills counseling to individual student-athletes from various sports, Gardner oversees all individual and team outreach requests which last year totaled over 350.  Those requesting a student-athlete appearance can do so through the on-line request system at .  Additionally, Gardner oversees the Tom Osborne Senior Session, leads the Social Media Monitoring Committee, assists with the annual Networking Night and meets with prospective student-athletes and families from nearly every sport. 

Stacey Burling, who has worked in Life Skills in various capacities for
the previous three years, is now in a permanent full-time Life Skills Coordinator role joining Zimmer and Gardner as the three full-time permanent staff members.  Burling will oversee the ongoing management of the Husker Life Seminar which is required for all incoming and transfer student-athletes. Burling will also direct the annual Involvement Fair and Husker Heroes outreach event.  Husker Heroes attracts nearly 1,000 people in the fall serving special needs children and their families for an interactive outreach event at the Hawks Championship Indoor Center.  The annual Hero Leadership Breakfast will be organized by Burling with the event honoring Nebraska's best student-athlete leaders for their extraordinary commitment to communityservice.  Like Gardner and Zimmer, Burling will also provide individual student-athlete life skills counseling as well as educate recruits, families and the public about the value of Husker Life Skills. 

Former Nebraska Track and Field standout student-athlete Chris Phipps and senior student leader Jordan Wilson are welcome additions to Life Skills in the 2012-2013 year.  Phipps, a highly decorated long and triple jumper has exhausted his Nebraska eligibility and will be finishing his degree this spring.  Wilson, who has worked for the Office of Admissions at Nebraska and has been in countless leadership roles, is also slated to graduate in May.  Both Phipps and Wilson are recipients of a Big Ten Conference Diversity grant providing career opportunities to minority student-leaders interested in pursuing careers related to intercollegiate athletics.  Phipps and Wilson will assist with all components of Nebraska's nationally recognized life skills program.


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