President Tony Lazarowicz
President Tony Lazarowicz

A Message from President Tony Lazarowicz

As 2018 draws to a close, it provides a great time to reflect on the progress made as well as say thanks. I am grateful to the members who have stepped into leadership roles with UAAD. I recognize that often we are overtaxed with responsibilities and it is challenging to step away to volunteer, even if we want to. I sincerely thank all of the members of the executive team and committee leaders for dedicating time to help make UAD a successful organization. I am also grateful to those continue to take time to join us for events as well. Without your loyalty and support, our association would not be successful.

Here are some highlights of accomplishments so far this year:
• Community Outreach has led a tour of the People’s City Mission Help Center, educated members about HearU Nebraska, purchased meals for the Mourning Hope Grief Center and collected items for the Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry.
• UAAD connect held a joint social with members of the Young Professionals Network, the Multicultural Young Professionals Network, and the Academic Advising Association.
• Professional Development hosted a workshop entitled “LinkedIn: Top Ten Tips for Online Networking.”
• Our association was invited to participate in a Listening session with the N150 Commission and over 30 people attended.
• Our general membership meetings have been widely attended and we have heard from faculty and administrators across campus including Associate to the Chancellor (Mike Zeleny), Founder of HearU Nebraska (Stacie Ray), Husker Athletic Director (Bill Moos), and Nebraska Alumni Association Executive Director (Shelley Zaborowski).
• We hosted a successful Graze and Mingle event with 39 people attending.
• Executive members staffed a table at the supplier showcase to raise awareness of UAAD to the university community.
• We’ve printed off postcards that are being provided to all new employees of the university.
• We continue to serve as a voice for staff on many committees and commissions across the university

There is always more that we can do and more that we want to do. I hope as you enter the new year that you can re-energize yourselves and feel empowered to find some ways to grow professionally. I challenge each of us to make it a goal to find one way each month to grow professionally. Maybe this will be attending a workshop across campus or watching a webinar. Could you find a new employee to serve as a mentor to? Can you strive to make one aspect of your job more efficient? Will you make the University of Nebraska-Lincoln a better place to work?

We are a vital organ of the university structure and I hope each of you feel that way. I wish you all a wonderful break and a joyous and prosperous start to 2019!

Graze and Mingle
Graze and Mingle

Community Outreach Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our donations for the Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+ at the Graze & Mingle. With your generosity, we were able to provide 26 food items, 16 hygiene items and $26 cash to help our Husker students in need.

Save the Date: UNOPA + UAAD Meeting
Save the Date: UNOPA + UAAD Meeting

Save the Date: UNOPA + UAAD Meeting

January 22, 2019
East Campus Union Arbor Suite

UNOPA will be hosting the 2019 UNOPA/UAAD joint meeting. Please mark your calendars. This will be a brown bag luncheon where we will collaborate on a community outreach project, and VC Plowman will be our speaker. Eventbriteregistration will be sent out when we return from the holiday shutdown.

Souper Bowl Lunch
Souper Bowl Lunch

Souper Bowl Lunch, February 1st

UAAD Connect committee (in partnership with UAAD Service and Outreach) is planning for a Souper Bowl Lunch on Friday, February 1, 11:30-1:30, at NET. There are two ways to participate!

A. Bring a soup! (admission free, but you don’t get to vote unless you pay $5.00)
1. Choose your team of chefs.
2. Decide on a winning soup recipe.
3. Declare a favorite charity to donate the winning cash prize to.

B. Come to eat and vote (admission $5.00, of which 100% will be donated to the top three charities of the top soup vote getters.)

There will be a sign up closer to the event for soup teams and participants to register. If you choose to cook and eat or just eat…plan to come for lunch and know your lunch money is going to help others.

UAAD will provide the table ware, drinks and prizes (both to the best chefs and their charities)!

Questions? Contact UAAD Connect Souper Bowl committee members: Van Gardiner,, LaRita Lang, or Becky Carter,


Founder's Day 2019 - February 20

Show your love for UAAD by attending Founders’ Day 2019! We’ll be celebrating 57 years of UAAD on Feb. 20 from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Colonial Room at the Nebraska Union. Please RSVP by Feb. 12.

Register at

Additional details:
• Keynote speaker: Bill Nunez, Interim Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance
• Buffet lunch ($10) or bring your own lunch
Eventbrite text: During the event, we will present the Carl A. Donaldson and Floyd S. Oldt Awards. These awards recognize two employees for outstanding management skills and exceptional service at the university. We look forward each year to the Founders’ Day luncheon, as it is a time when we recognize several deserving employees and celebrate the significant contributions we all make as part of the university community. Attendees may purchase a buffet meal for $10 or bring their own lunch. The buffet meal includes cheesy potato soup with assorted sandwiches including ham, roast beef, turkey, and garden veggie plus individual bags of chips, a drink, and dessert.

Originally published December 19, 2018 - Submit an Item