October U2 Meeting: Networking

We are excited for our members to get to know one another. UAAD believes that our connections make us better at what we do and make our professional lives more fulfilling. Please join us October 21, 2020 from Noon to 1 p.m. The networking event will take place via Zoom. Our goal is to provide enough structure to generate conversation, while allowing time for folks to get to know one another.

Please register to receive the Zoom link at

U2 meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month from 12-1 p.m.


Lincoln Literacy presents to UAAD Leadership

Clayton Naff from Lincoln Literacy joined the October 7 UAAD Leadership Meeting to share updates about the organization. To learn more about Lincoln Literacy and how to volunteer, visit


Mark Your Calendar: Grow Your Power and Impact

Join us in a sneak peek of a session to be featured at the May 2021 All-Staff Empowerment conference.
In this virtual session, “Empowerment at all Levels: Engaging Staff through Connection and Opportunities,” learn how College of Engineering staff leveraged their power for greater growth and development. The CoE Staff Development Council formed in fall 2018 with a primary goal of personal improvement and engagement. Three task forces emerged: onboarding, professional development, and wellness. These task forces focused on initiatives for building new employee engagement and community, creating and funding professional development opportunities, and improving overall staff wellness. Take part in this session to learn and build on their experience in your own sphere of influence.

Presented by Melissa Hoffman, Associate Director of Operations, Assessment and Continuous Improvement; Patricia Lena, Administrative Technician, Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Markeya Peteranetz Learning Assessment Coordinator, College of Engineering.
Hosted by UNOPA and UAAD

Registration: Free to UNOPA and UAAD members; registration link to come, or check the UNOPA or UAAD web site.
Register by October 30 to hold your space!

Watch for another Conference “sneak peek” in December, with Connie Boehm and “Enhancing a Culture of Well-being.”


UAAD seeks nominees for Donaldson, Oldt awards

The University Association for Administrative Development (UAAD) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Carl A. Donaldson Award for Excellence in Management and the 2021 Floyd S. Oldt Award for Exceptional Service to the University. Nominations for both awards are due Thursday, December 31, 2020.

The Carl A. Donaldson Award for Excellence in Management recognizes campus managers in non-faculty positions. The award has been presented since 1972 and honors Donaldson, a University of Nebraska graduate who worked for the university for 43 years. Donaldson founded UAAD in 1961.

The Floyd S. Oldt Award for Exceptional Service to the University honors a UNL employee in a managerial/professional position. The award was created in 1992 from a bequest by Oldt, a 1920 University of Nebraska graduate. Oldt was a superintendent of Abel Construction Company in Lincoln before moving to Dallas. Oldt was a contributor to many humanitarian and civic organizations.
For more information, please visit or e-mail

Please spread the word with coworkers at departmental meetings, socially distant luncheons, etc. to get the word out and nominate your colleagues!

Originally published October 14, 2020 - Submit an Item