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Faculty Scholarship Presentation Addresses Student-Athlete Grief

Lisa Borchardt, Faculty Scholarship Presentation Award Recipient
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Lisa Borchardt, professor of social work, will present her research of student-athletes' loss and grief, at the Faculty Scholarship Presentation on January 31.

The court, the field, the track, the mat, the pool — these are the places where student-athletes often feel the most alive. When dealing with the death of someone dear to them, student-athletes often turn to these same places for a sense of normalcy.

Lisa Borchardt, professor of social work at Nebraska Wesleyan University, spent the 2017-2018 academic year conducting research of student athletes to explore how tangible and intangible losses experienced in sports carrier over into the classroom, and what support faculty and staff can offer to student-athletes in their dual role.

Borchardt’s research was selected for the 2018 Faculty Scholarship Presentation Award. She will present her research at the Faculty Scholarship Presentation on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in Callen Conference Center.

Borchardt, who played basketball for NWU in 1989, will share visual images and participant narratives to support the student-athlete in telling their story of how loss in their chosen sport carries over into the classroom, potentially impeding their success. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.