December 21, 2014

Naming rights announced for East Memorial Stadium room and student life complex

Naming rights were approved by UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and University of Nebraska System President James B. Milliken and reported to the Nebraska Board of Regents for three new areas in the research center located in the East Memorial Stadium as part of the East Stadium Expansion Project, including: 

· Janet and Gerard Keating Family Concourse

· Walter and Leila Morrison Psychology and Cognitive Learning Lab

· Thayer Athletic Research Lab 

In addition, the Student Life Complex that houses academic counselors and tutors, compliance staff and the training table for all student-athletes, has been approved by Chancellor Perlman and President Milliken to be named the: 

· Dick and Peg Herman Family Student Life Complex 

The Board of Regents will take formal action on the Herman naming in January.

 The Thayer and Herman families and gifts will be recognized at today’s football game vs. Michigan on Oct. 27, 2012. The Athletic department hopes to recognize the Baltzell and Keating families and gifts at one of the last two home games this season.

Janet and Gerard Keating Family Concourse

The naming of the Grand Concourse in the new East Stadium expansion area was approved to be named the Janet and Gerard Keating Family Concourse. The naming rights have been granted in honor of a generous gift from Janet and Gerard L. Keating. Gerard Keating is the owner of the Geneva, Illinois based Keating Resources, LLC and a graduate of UNL. 

Walter and Leila Morrison Psychology and Cognitive Learning Lab

The naming of a third floor lab in the new East Stadium Academic wing (south side) has been approved to be named the Walter and Leila Morrison Psychology and Cognitive Learning Lab. The naming rights have been granted in honor of a generous gift from Robert Baltzell in honor of his Uncle Walter and Aunt Leila. Baltzell is the President of Baltzell Agri Products, Inc., in Omaha, Neb. 

Thayer Athletic Research Lab

The naming of a third floor lab (north side) in the new East Stadium Athletic wing has been approved to be the “Thayer Athletic Research Lab.” The generous gift for the naming comes from Grand Island natives Ernie and Jan Thayer and their family, who are lifetime generous financial contributors to UNL and loyal supporters by gift and deed of Nebraska athletics. Jan Thayer, a University of Nebraska graduate, is a member of the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame and has been recognized for her many years of service and volunteer work for UNL. Her husband Ernie Thayer is the owner of The Agricultural Land Company. Sons Dan and D.J. played football for Nebraska with Dan lettering in 1985 and 1986.

Herman Family Student Life Complex

The naming of the Student Life Complex has been approved by Chancellor Perlman and President Milliken as the Dick and Peg Herman Family Student Life Complex. The Nebraska Board of Regents will take formal action to approve the naming in January. The gift was given by Dick in honor of his family, including his late wife Peg Martin, and children, Anne Jensen, Mike Herman, Rick Herman and wife Sherry, and Catherine McHugh and her husband Martin. The Student Life Complex was completed in 2010 and houses the following six centers: Hewit Academic Center; Abbott Life Skills Center; DJ Sokol Enrichment Center; Scott Technology Center; Papik Compliance Center; and the Lewis Training Table. 

Originally from Fremont, Neb., Dick and Peg lived in Omaha, California and South Dakota throughout their 60 years of marriage, but always called Nebraska their home. An active philanthropist, Dick is a former University of Nebraska Regent and played significant roles in successful business ventures like Herman Oil Company, D&D Distributing, and Herman Brothers Trucking. The Herman family has supported Nebraska athletics and academics for more than 20 years and with an endowment established in 1989, funded the first-ever Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet in 1991. This annual banquet honors all non-first-year Husker student-athletes who have posted 3.0 grade-point average or better. The Herman Team GPA Awards, which go to the Husker teams with the highest GPA, were first presented in 1995.

 “We are most appreciative of the generosity of the Herman, Thayer, Keating and Baltzell families,” said Osborne. “We believe the East Stadium Research Facility will have a lasting impact on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and athletics worldwide. It wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from private donors. 

“Our student-athletes have already benefitted from the generosity of the Herman family for many years. When Dick informed us that he wanted to make an additional gift, everyone was in full agreement that we should name the Student Life Complex in his honor.” 

The East Stadium Expansion will be completed in 2013 and will include a Research Facility in the interior space. UNL Academics and Huskers Athletics have collaborated to build a research facility that will include space for an athletic performance lab as well as a Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. This unprecedented research facility will allow UNL partners to study the human brain as it relates to athletic performance, and to conduct concussion research in order to keep our student-athletes safe. The UNL Research Center is headed by one of the nation’s top researchers in this emerging field, Dr. Dennis Molfese. By combining the expertise from these on-campus groups the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has formed a unique relationship producing an environment rich in data, ideas, and research projects.