Giving Thanks and Giving Back

We are about a week away from Thanksgiving, a time where we take a moment to give thanks for many things in our lives. As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to say a special thanks to all of you who have made UAAD part of your professional development and networking enrichment activities this year. UAAD provides an opportunity for us as members to learn something, connect with someone, and grow in many ways. Our organization is only sustainable because of members such as yourselves. I hope you have found a way to attend and engage in some of our events this fall. Whether it has been our monthly membership meetings hearing, professional development, UAAD Connect, or community outreach events, we’ve had a number of opportunities to come together this fall. We still have opportunities for people to get involved within the variety of committees that UAAD has. If you are interested in participating in any way, please contact me directly at I’d love to see how we can connect you more within UAAD.

I want to extend a special thanks to Stephanie Vendetti and Kelsey Buck for arranging this month’s community outreach event, which helped serve meals to participants at the Mourning Hope Grief Center at the beginning of the month. It is still not too late to donate to help offset the costs of this donation. If you do want to donate, please write a check to UAAD or bring cash to our upcoming general membership meeting.

I also want to extend a special thanks to Becky Carter for helping us arrange a joint happy hour with the UNL Young Professional Network, the UNL Multicultural Young Professional Network and The UNL Academic Advising Association. This event was well attended and gave us an opportunity to share more about UAAD with people who were not familiar with our group. We’d love to have more members, so I encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues to join you at an upcoming meeting or event.

Upcoming Membership Meetings
Upcoming Membership Meetings

Upcoming Meeting Date Changes

In reviewing the calendar this year, we’ve made adjustments to the new few months general membership meetings. We’ll be sending out calendar invites as well, but want you to be aware of these changes:

- November’s meeting will take place on the 4th Wednesday (Nov 28th) in the Nebraska Champions Club, directly west of Memorial Stadium. Bill Moos (Nebraska Athletic Director) and Shelley Zaborowski (Executive Director of the Nebraska Alumni Association) will be speaking with us.

- In December, we have our annual Graze and Mingle event. This year, we have moved the event up one week to Wednesday, December 12th from 11:45am-1:00pm. Cost is $5 cash or check (payable to UAAD), which is due on the day of the event.

Mourning Hope spread
Mourning Hope spread

Community Outreach Update

On Nov. 1, UAAD supplied about $150 worth of sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies to the Mourning Hope Grief Center for its evening support group. A group of 44 people, including counselors, and children ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old. Any UAAD members wishing to contribute to this cause may bring a check made out to UAAD or cash to the Nov. 28 general meeting.

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.

Call for Nominations: Carl A. Donaldson and Floyd S. Oldt Awards

UAAD is currently accepting nominations for the Carl A. Donaldson and Floyd S. Oldt Awards.

The Carl A. Donaldson Award was designed to promote the purposes of UAAD and to recognize University of Nebraska–Lincoln employees who demonstrate outstanding skills in management.

The Floyd S. Oldt Award recognizes employees who demonstrate exceptional service and dedication to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nominations are due Friday, December 14th.

For more information on the awards and nomination forms, please visit

Originally published November 14, 2018 - Submit an Item