The banquet, which is a result of the generous contribution made by Dick and Dale Herman, is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Serese Cole, news anchor at KOLN/KGIN, was the emcee for the evening's event. Dr. Jim McClurg, Chairman of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson each shared brief remarks, and those in attendance also enjoyed an academic excellence video.
The student-athlete-of-the-year awards were presented by Pederson, with senior Ashley Selig (track and field) earning the women's honor, while senior Aaron Plas (track and field) picked up the men's award. Plas is the first men's track and field athlete to win the Male Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award, while Selig is the fifth member of the women's track program to win the award in the 16-year history of the banquet.
Selig is a nutrition, health and exercise science major,
who carries a 3.63 cumulative grade-point average. A native of
Selig is a five-time All-American as
a multi-event standout for Coach Gary Pepin's track program. Selig won the 2005
indoor pentathlon national championship, and has also earned All-America honors
in the event in 2004 and 2006. On the outdoor side, Selig earned All-America
honors in the heptathlon in both 2004 and 2005.
A native of
Plas has also built an impressive athletic resume. He is a three-time All-American in the high jump, earning the status at both the 2005 and 2006 indoor NCAA Championships, as well as the 2005 outdoor meet. He also won the 2005 Big 12 Outdoor High Jump title.
Also presented Sunday were the 12th annual Herman Awards, named after the Dick and Dale Herman families, for the highest team grade-point average. The awards went to the men's cross country team and the women's tennis team.
The NU men's cross country squad posted a 3.115 team GPA while the women's tennis team earned an impressive 3.607 team GPA. It is the fifth time the men's cross country team has won the Herman Award and its fourth straight title, while the women's tennis team picked up its second consecutive Herman Award.
Sunday also marked the third annual
presentation of the Life Skills Award, which honors the team that demonstrated
the strongest commitment to all phases of the life skills program over the past
year, including outreach, education and leadership. The
The women's basketball and football
teams each earned more than 6,000 points in the Life Skills competition, with
four other programs reaching the Gold Level, signifying more than 3,000
Also at Sunday's banquet, Athletic
Director Steve Pederson announced the inception of the Clifford Hardin-Bob
Devaney Academic Excellence Fund in Athletics. Spearheaded by Dick Herman, the
fund will go toward the enhancement of academic support programs for
Additional awards were given to 193 student-athletes including: 104 honors medallions (bronze) for student-athletes with 3.0 to 3.49 GPAs; 35 high honors medallions (silver) for those with 3.5 to 3.749 GPAs; and 54 highest honors medallions (gold) to those with a 3.75 to 4.0 GPA.
Approximately 650 people were in attendance, including student-athletes, parents, athletic staff and coaches and UNL instructors.