Tony Lazarowicz
Tony Lazarowicz

Message from the President

I recently witnessed the largest graduating class in UNL history and the students donned new academic regalia for the ceremony in celebration of our 150th anniversary. While graduation officially marks the end of the academic year for many students, much work continues to happen at the university. While I was at the ceremony, I had the opportunity to visit with the UNL Emeriti and Retirees Association president, Jeff Keown. He noted that this past year the association made a shift in becoming more inclusive of all faculty and staff who were retirees of the university. As such, for anyone who is retired or retiring soon, I would encourage you to look into joining the Association and continue to stay connected with both UAAD and the Emeriti and Retirees Association. You can find more information on their association at

As the president of UAAD I have the opportunity to sit in on a few different meetings throughout the year. I want to pass along a few notes from some of these meetings and groups:
• I have heard both the president and the chancellor indicate optimism for the anticipated budget being passed by the unicameral for the biennual budget.
• The university is continuing to increase the number of in-network providers with the transition of the management of our health care services through UMR. If you are experiencing any concerns regarding the administration of your healthcare services, please communicate directly with our HR team here at the university and they will work to address those issues.
• The university is devoting resources (staff and service opportunities) for helping the staff with flood recovery efforts. Multiple e-mails have been sent and I would encourage you to assist in whatever ways you are able. See for more information.
• The university will be utilizing a new budget model moving forward. We have the joint meeting coming up in a few weeks with Dr. Bill Nunez, VC of Business and Finance. Please plan to attend and hear more details. Additional information on the process can be found at
• The university is currently working on a new service delivery initiative to develop consistent and efficient processes. More details can be found at
• Lastly, I have been participating in the Strategy Planning group for the N150 Commission and we have finished our 5th meeting. The chairs are working on assembling the draft of the top priorities with benchmarking data that we can use as we look to implement initaitives for the first 5-years of the plan. The N|2025 Strategy Blueprint is anticipated to completed in early August with a series of open forums to be held throughout the fall where the university community can provide input, feedback and dialogue to further refine the final product. Pay attention to future e-mails with dates for those sessions.

While my time is winding down at president, I continue to enjoy serving and representing UAAD. If there is anything I can do to make UAAD more meaningful to you, please let me know!


Donations for Food Bank of Lincoln

May 9th is the last day to drop off your donations!

School Food Market and Pantries donation opportunity.

Did you know?
- 46% of LPS students qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch program
- 2,345 students served monthly by School Food Markets & School Pantries
- This part of the Food Bank of Lincoln Child Hunger Program gives families the opportunity to select food based on needs

You can help fight childhood hunger in Lincoln.

UAAD Members, please donate from these items:
- Canned foods (vegetables, fruits, soups, stews, tuna)
- Boxed non-perishable foods (mac & cheese, low-sugar whole grain cereal)
- Healthy snacks (granola bars, peanut butter, dried fruit)

Drop-off Donations: Kelcey Buck (304B Barkley Memorial Center, east campus) or Stephanie Vendetti (251 Avery Hall, city campus).


Plan to attend our annual UAAD Picnic on Wednesday, May 15th

This year we’ll be hosting our annual picnic at the Paul and Florence Schorr President's Suite in the Center for Great Plains Studies. This Suite is located on the 6th Floor of the Center for Great Plains Studies, which is located at 1155 Q Street (across the street (south) from the Lied Center for Performing Arts). We’ll be serving hot dogs, salad, chips, potato salad, beans, cookies and brownie bites along with beverages. Along with food and beverages, we’ll also announce next year’s executive team members. We hope you can join us from 11:45am-1:00pm.


REMINDER- UNOPA/UAAD Joint Event to Discuss Budget Redesign – May 21st at 12:00pm

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 21st from 12:00pm-1:00pm in 138 Howard Hawks Hall (Or by Zoom at The Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance, Bill Nunez, will join our organizations in providing an overview and updates with the university budget redesign process. The task force that has been charged with working on the budget redesign shared at the Chancellor’s Town Hall on April 22nd the importance of being transparent and also providing updates and feedback to multiple campus groups and leaders including UAAD and UNOPA. We are appreciative of the opportunity to be included in the conversation and hope you can join us for this discussion. You can read more about the Task Force and their reports at Please RSVP to attend at

Originally published May 8, 2019 - Submit an Item