Ranelle Maltas
Ranelle Maltas

President's Letter

As we enter the Winterim, there are a few more opportunities for us to meet and you will see those in this newsletter. Please join us online for our regular meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. This month would normally be our Graze & Mingle event; however, since we are not meeting in person, Ryan has some fun planned for us to still meet online. Also look for the professional development activities scheduled throughout the year. This year we are offering these all at no cost to you. We have had some wonderful learning opportunities so far and more are planned for the coming year.

Please take this time to show appreciation for your employees and coworkers. Since we cannot meet in person for sharing holiday cookies or a departmental lunch, you may need to find more creative ways to show appreciation. This may be the year for a personal hand-written note or card. When showing your appreciation, be sure to be specific about what you are appreciating them for. This may be related to a specific action or goal they reached. Include how that action affected the department or a project in a good way. By tying appreciation to something tangible, it means so much more than just, “atta boy!”

I would like to thank the UAAD Board for all they have done to accommodate a very odd year in planning and presenting. We had several new people join the board this year and I commend them for stepping up and embracing their roles remotely. We cannot do any of this without a strong and enthusiastic team that wants to bring the best to you. Thank you, Andrea, Karen, Lori, Tony, Deb, Ryan, Melanie, Keith, Marnie and Jenny!

Ranelle Maltas
2020-21 UAAD President


U2 Meeting, December 16, noon - 1:00 p.m.

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 December 16, 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 at

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


Article Club - December 18

The next article club will be on Friday, December 18th beginning at 12:00 noon.

Please send an email to Marnie Nelson ( by Friday, December 11 if you would like to join.


Updated Award Nomination Deadline

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. The nomination deadline for both awards has been updated to Monday, March 15, 2021.

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 December 9, 2020 - Submit an Item