Ranelle Maltas
Ranelle Maltas

President's Letter

In a normal year, we’d all be back on campus and busy with the start of a new academic term with the campus full of students. This, however, is not a normal year and many of us are still working from home and the students have yet to return for the spring term. If you are coming back to campus, please be aware of the new saliva-based testing for COVID-19 and the new Safer Community app. There are also COVID-19 screening, tracing, and communication resources for leaders and supervisors available online. There are three resources on this webpage to help you navigate screening, testing, contact tracing, frequently asked questions, and communications about COVID-19 in your area.

With that, we are also looking forward to many professional development programs this term, including the All-Staff conference. More on that will come later. We’ll be continuing to meet monthly for our meetings, including our joint meeting with UNOPA this year. You’ll find details below. I’m looking forward to seeing you all virtually at our next event.


U2 Meeting: Miki Montgomery speaks about the Malone Center, January 20

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 January 20, 2021 from Noon to 1 p.m. Miki Montgomery will speak about about the programming that Malone Center is involved in and what individuals could do to make their own work areas/offices more welcoming to people of color.

Malone Center’s newest team member, Mismiki (Miki) Montgomery, is Director of Youth Programs. Mismiki has been working in the field of education for 27 years and has a broad range of experience teaching children from infancy through elementary school. Her most recent experience was coaching pre-service teachers as the Lecturer/Lead Teacher for Ruth Staples CDL in the Child, Youth and Family Studies Dept. at the University of NE-Lincoln. She is married to Vern Montgomery, and both are proud and busy parents of 4 boys. Mismiki’s passions have included writing and implementing curriculum on how to teach early nutrition intervention for families of young children, a focus on how to teach and implement mindfulness at a very early age, and (most recently) activist work for the Black Lives Matter movement by educating and empowering the community, public school teachers and youth of color on the importance of equity in the classroom.

Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 934 2008 2417
Passcode: 081849


UAAD Article Club, January 22

The next UAAD Article Club will be on Friday, January 22 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Please send an email to Marnie Nelson at if you are interested.


Updated Award Nomination Deadline, March 15

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 January 13, 2021 - Submit an Item