Ranelle Maltas
Ranelle Maltas

President's Letter

Have you watched a TED talk? They are incredibly well put together presentations. The trouble with the videos, is I have to stop working to look at visuals to get the entire message. I’ve started listening to the TED Podcasts where I don’t have to stop and watch a visual. Most are short and I can listen as I work.

The last one I listened to was one of the TED Business podcasts, “Why the strongest leaders ask for help” by Lorna Davis. I was introduced to the concept of Hero Leaders vs. Interdependent Leaders. When confronting huge challenges, sometimes the greatest strength a leader can show is to admit uncertainty. Former Danone North America CEO Lorna Davis learned that the hard way, then discovered the power of publicly committing to big, bold goals—and then inviting others to help her meet them. Host Modupe Akinola shares the benefit of being a collaborative leader—no matter where you are in your career.

Please take some time to find a topic you are interested in and give it a listen. We all need to learn and grow and have the time to fit it into our day.


Nominations open for Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Services to the LGBTQA+ Community - Due March 1, 2021.

At Nebraska, diversity and inclusion are central to our mission and pursuit of excellence. Those who dedicate their time and energy to these efforts make our campus a better place.

The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities is seeking nominations of individuals or campus organizations that have made a significant impact on the LGBTQA+ community at Nebraska. The Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBTQA+ Community recognizes outstanding efforts to create an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate for the queer and trans community on campus. Students, faculty, staff, organizations, and departments at Nebraska may all be nominated for their contributions.

The award was first presented in 2000. “The creation of this award and support from the Chancellor helped recognize our community and the importance of the contributions being made to help make UNL a welcoming and inclusive community for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities,” says Pat Tetreault, director of the LGBTQA+ Center and Women’s Center. “The recognition this award provides is an acknowledgement of the commitment and caring of the recipients to rectify the historical exclusion and marginalization of our community.”


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


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!


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

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


Save the Dates - Upcoming Meetings and Events

-U2 Meetings: March 17, April 21

Originally published February 24, 2021 - Submit an Item