Ranelle Maltas
Ranelle Maltas

President's Letter

Apologies for the delay of our newsletter, but like the rest of you, we were enjoying the two snow days. It added and extra level of crazy to the start of an already crazy start to the semester. I know that many of you are dealing with the start of the semester and it’s hard to think too far into the future right now, but I want to mention that we are beginning to plan for the next year of UAAD Leadership. Being a member of the board is an additional way to grow your network and develop yourself in new ways.

Once again, Jeff Sherrill is chair of our Nominations Committee. We are in need of volunteers who would like a chance to grow their leadership experience in the 60th year of UAAD. There have been a lot of changes in our work recently and here is your chance to make a difference in our organization and the university. Our current board had done an amazing job adjusting to our new work life and accommodating everyone’s needs. If you would like to learn more before making a commitment, please reach out to any current or former board member.


Professional Development Workshop: Communication with Zoom and Teams - February 11

The UAAD and UNOPA Professional Development Committee is pleased to invite you to another presentation in its Technology Workshop series which will be held on Thursday, February 11 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. The presentation will cover communicating with Zoom and Teams. Teams will soon be the new way of virtually communicating. Come learn the differences between these two technologies. Sara Weixelman and Ranelle Maltas will be our presenters.

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


January U2 meeting speaker rescheduled for February 17

Our guest speaker for the January U2 meeting will now present at our February U2 meeting. Please join us February 17, 2021 from Noon to 1 p.m. Mismiki (Miki) Montgomery will speak about the Malone Center’s programming and what individuals could do to make their own work areas/offices more welcoming to people of color.

Miki Montgomery, is the Malone Center’s newest team member and Director of Youth Programs. Miki 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. Miki’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.

Additionally, the Council on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Staff Evaluation Working Group will be sharing information about the proposal to incorporate staff members’ achievements in inclusive excellence and diversity into evaluations of staff performance. The Working Group wants to solicit UNOPA and UAAD members’ feedback on the proposal.

Originally published January 28, 2021 - Submit an Item