Stacie Ray, Associate Professor of Practice and founder of HearU Nebraska
Stacie Ray, Associate Professor of Practice and founder of HearU Nebraska

Another Great General Membership Meeting Complete, More Events Coming Up

Thank you to all who came to Massengale Residential Center to take part in our October general membership meeting. Stacie Ray, Associate Professor of Practice and founder of HearU Nebraska provided a historical overview of the development of some of the local programs that have been created to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Stacie was also named a finalist this year for the 2018 Inspire Award for Excellence in Education. We are grateful for her willingness to share her story with us. Please consider contributing to the HearU Nebraska fund through the NU Foundation page. HearU Nebraska is UAAD’s community outreach for October, which happens to be Audiology Awareness Month. Thanks to Kelcey Buck for helping arrange Stacie to present and to Kelcey and Stephanie Vendetti for helping arrange our outreach efforts this month.

I’m excited for the next month as a number of events will be happening. Tomorrow, we’ll have a social hour, which is being cohosted by multiple groups. Please join us at The Mill on Innovation Campus from 4:00pm-6:30pm on Thursday as the networking committees from UAAD, Young Professionals Network, the Multicultural Young Professionals Network and the Academic Advising Association join together for socializing. This will be a great way to meet additional colleagues across campus and encourage more interaction amongst staff from many departments. Community Outreach will be preparing and delivering a meal for Mourning Hope Grief Center in November. The Professional Development Committee will be hosting their 2nd event on November 7th, which will be a deeper exploration and in-depth training on strategies and best practices for LinkedIn utilization. Click here for more details. Finally, we’ll be having our monthly general meeting a bit later next month due to Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars for November 28th, as we’ll be meeting in the Champions Club near Memorial Stadium to hear Athletic Director Bill Moos and Alumni Association Executive Director Shelley Zaborowski talk about university athletics, academics and the partnerships that take place with all entities across campus in serving the student athletes, alumni and the state of Nebraska.

Lastly, as you will see multiple times in the upcoming months ahead, the Oldt and Donaldson Award nominations are open. Please do consider nominating a deserving colleague for these awards! By recognizing the hard work happening by staff across our campus, we can continue to show the campus community the important role staff have in making this university a great place to be a part of. Thanks again for being a member of UAAD and thanks for all you do to make our institution great!

Please Provide Feedback to N |150 Working Group

Thank you to those of you who participated in the UAAD listening session last week to provide feedback on the N|150 working report. We had great attendance and fruitful discussion. We still have the opportunity to provide additional feedback in two ways: a) visit the website and take the survey or e-mail the Senior Partner (Mike Diamond, or Managing Partner (Mark Robison, of Academic Leadership Associates, LLC (ALA) who have been hired to help facilitate the process. The survey is set to close by the end of the month.

Mourning Hope
Mourning Hope

Community Outreach Activities for November

UAAD’s Community Outreach activity for November is providing a meal for a support group of about 45 people at the Mourning Hope Grief Center the evening of Thursday, Nov. 1. Mourning Hope provides support groups, community education, grief resources and referrals for grieving children, teens, young adults and their families when someone significant has a serious illness or has died. UAAD will provide a meal of sandwiches, veggie tray, chips and cookies/brownies. Any members interested in contributing a veggie tray, chips, cookies/brownies or money to help with the purchases of the meal may contact Community Outreach Committee co-chairs Kelcey Buck ( and Stephanie Vendetti ( before Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The Academic Advising Association Social Justice and Inclusion Committee is hosting the “Social Justice and Inclusion Community Organization Fair” Thursday, Nov. 1. UAAD members are invited to attend the event, which will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Regency Suite at the Nebraska Union. The goal of the fair is to connect individuals on campus with local organizations that focus on social justice and inclusion. During the event, organizations will talk about various volunteer opportunities and/or special campaigns/programs people can join.

Doug Pellatz
Doug Pellatz

Monthly Member Feature: Doug Pellatz

Doug Pellatz is our featured member for October!

Doug is an advisor in the Mathematics department. He has been with the university for 7 years, and spent 5 as a member of UAAD. Doug appreciates hearing from our influential outside speakers, like Chancellor Green, at our meetings.

He describes himself as a trained weatherman of sorts, holding a Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Sciences. Doug is currently on the search advisory committee for the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Outside of the office, Doug is a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast, and is currently the organizer of the Lincoln RPG Group on

Originally published October 24, 2018 - Submit an Item