June 20, 2016
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
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Two administrators who represented the University of Nebraska and NU’s Athletics Department for a combined 57 years were honored Monday at a reception at the Ticket Office across the street from Memorial Stadium. Helen Ruth Wagner and Gary Fouraker each became Honorary N-Club members following their long and distinguished careers.
Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst (far left, above) presented honorary letters to both Wagner and Fouraker and said both Husker athletics employees were “legends”, based on conversations he’s had with many people. “It’s a privilege and an honor to celebrate the service they’ve provided to this great department,” Eichorst said.
“Our tradition is enormous because of the people who served before us and those who are still with us today,” Eichorst said. “The honorary letters we’ve given are very important and very well deserved. They’re the highest honor that we give.”
Wagner was recognized for 24 years of extraordinary service to the University of Nebraska, including 12 years of dedicated service to Nebraska Athletics as ticket manager. Fouraker was recognized for 33 years of extraordinary service to UNL, including 21 years of dedicated service to Nebraska Athletics while serving as associate athletic director for business and finance.
Sharing Memories of Serving Ticketholders and Devaney’s High Expectations
A medical setback this past weekend prevented Wagner from attending the special event, so three daughters, Cindy, Sally and Susie, accepted the award on her behalf. All three shared memories of growing up with a mother who had an important, demanding and coveted job.
Joe Selig (above right) succeeded Wagner as Nebraska athletics ticket manager. Selig shared memories of the intense interest in his job before joining the University of Nebraska Foundation to help lead, organize and direct UNL campus fundraising efforts.
Fouraker (third from left, both above and below) quipped that Bob Devaney, Nebraska’s legendary football coach, wasn’t always easy to please. When the department finished in the red financially in Fouraker’s first two years, Devaney was not happy. Nor was the Hall-of-Fame coach pleased when the financials finished in the black the next two years. “How am I supposed to raise money when we’re in the black?” Devaney asked Fouraker.
Legends Created Nebraska’s Tradition; Osborne, Papik, Sullivan Attend Event
Former Nebraska Football Coach and Director of Athletics Tom Osborne attended the reception, along with Al Papik, NU’s former associate athletic director for compliance. George Sullivan (above), Nebraska’s longtime athletic trainer, attended Monday’s event with his wife Genie.
Others at the ceremony included former Husker football assistant George Darlington and Bill Bryant, the son of the late Don “Fox” Bryant, Nebraska’s longtime assistant athletic director and iconic sports information director.
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