Ranelle Maltas
Ranelle Maltas

President's Letter

As you know, this is a year like no other. For the first time since 1987, we will not be celebrating Founders Day this month. Instead, I want to share with you a bit of our organization’s history.

60 years ago, a dozen or so men began to meet at a table at the Nebraska Union to map out a way to be heard at Central Administration. They met over coffee every week to talk about problems in common, Saturday football games, and how middle management had no voice in campus politics or avenue for concerns. They wanted that to change.

The University Association for Administrative Development (UAAD) was hatched from those coffee klatches. On January 31, 1962, the first UAAD meeting took place. In February, the bylaws of UAAD were established. UAAD's purpose was to stimulate the improvement of operations in administrative and managerial areas of the university and to promote professional development among participating members through the exchange of ideas and techniques.

We still work to provide a voice for staff with university administration and provide professional development for our members. We also have not forgotten the original coffee klatches that promote networking and socializing. If you would like to get more involved and make a difference for yourself and peers while networking and making new friends, please consider volunteering your time with a position on the Board next year.


Professional Development Workshop: Communication with Zoom and Teams, February 11, noon - 1 p.m.

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.

Register online at


U2 Meeting, February 17, noon - 1 p.m.

Zoom Link:

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.


UAAD Article Club, February 19, noon - 1 p.m.

The next UAAD Article Club will be on Friday, February 19 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Please send an email to Marnie Nelson at if you are interested.


The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Nominations for the Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Women Award

The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for outstanding faculty, staff, and students who have worked to create a climate that encourages women to succeed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These efforts may be by an individual, organization, or department within the institution.

To qualify for an Outstanding Contribution to Women Award, recipients must demonstrate a sustained and tangible impact on the campus community. Two awards, one for faculty or staff members and another for students or student organizations, will be presented.

Nominations are due Feb. 26. Nomination forms, lists of past recipients, and additional directions are available on the commission

For more information, contact Commission Chair Joann Ross @

More details at:

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!


Professional Development Workshop: Collaborating with Teams and SharePoint, March 11, noon - 1 p.m.

The Professional Development Committee will hold a workshop on March 11 from 12:00 – 1:00. The topic will cover Collaborating with Teams and SharePoint. If you would like to register for this virtual workshop, please visit

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lorraine Moon at

Originally published February 10, 2021 - Submit an Item