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Now Seeking Nominations for 2017-2018 UAAD Officers

It is that time of the year to solicit nominations for next year's Executive Board! Any UAAD member may nominate either themselves or another member for one of the positions below (note that any nominee will have the opportunity to consent prior to being placed on the ballot).

  1. Vice-President/President Elect
  2. Secretary – one-year term
  3. Treasurer – one-year term

Nominations can be made on our Interested Inventory Form, where you can also indicate if you would like to participate as a UAAD Committee Chair or Representative. If you would like to know more about what participation on our various committees entails, you can review the information here.

Next Events

The Bay: Come Learn more about this Venue!

The Bay Lincoln, located at 2005 Y Street, is a local coffee bar, skate park, and resource center with a concert venue, that has an amazing story to share with you! Please join us at for a brown bag luncheon at their location on Friday, March 24 from 12 pm to 1 pm to learn more and take a tour. In order to know how many people to expect, we ask that you RSVP at Eventbrite; link below. We look forward to seeing members there!

For more information about The Bay Lincoln, visit their website.

Eventbrite - The Bay Lincoln

Professional Development Opportunity:
"Using Strengths to Manage Engagement" presented by Josh Erickson of Team Concepts
$20 for UAAD members | $40 for non-members | Coffee and Continental Breakfast Provided
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 8:30 - 11:30 am | NET, 1800 N. 33rd in Lincoln
Josh Erickson

This hands-on workshop will allow you to connect with peers around the topic of engagement. The take-aways from this experience will include:

  • Understand the engagement cycle all employees experience
  • Learn how to provide specific encouragement to your team
  • Develop the perfect culture for your team to thrive
  • Reinforce how strengths add value to everyone on your team

For the past 20 years, Josh Erickson has been utilizing his experience, intuition, and insatiable drive for success to help transform businesses and teams into champions. After being proven successful in his own ventures, his innovative methods have expanded in reach, helping institutions like FedEx, Catholic Health Initiatives, and the University of Nebraska take their employee engagement and team collaboration to new heights. His ability to navigate the cyclical patterns of human behavior, coupled with his dynamic and personable presentation style have established him as a pioneer in his field, paving the way for emotional and professional empowerment in collaborative environments, large, small, and everywhere in between.

Eventbrite - Using Strengths to Manage Engagement

donation opportunities

Library initiative

Lincoln City Libraries and UAAD are both missioned with providing learning initiatives. Together we can empower the creativity of the young in the community with in-kind donations supporting the Libraries’ new Makerspace adventure which starts January 7, 2017. To learn more about this, please read an article from the Lincoln Journal Star. Drop off donations at any member meeting or donation site (1901 Y, 314 Canfield, NIC Ste 2220, 103 Ag Hall and 151 Whittier). Donations accepted through March 31, 2017.

For more information on what items are needed, please visit the UAAD Community Outreach page.

Message from UAAD President Charlotte Frank

We are getting ready to turn the calendar to March and with that comes Daylight Savings Time, the beginning of spring, spring break and flowers bringing color to our winter landscape. Be watching for the change of seasons! UAAD committees have been busy planning programs and activities through the remainder of the academic year with several opportunities being offered in March.

Charlotte Frank

The Tobacco-Free Campus Taskforce has continued to work with ASUN Campus Life and Safety Committee with discussions culminating in a survey being sent to students, faculty and staff on March 8th. This is the time to gauge the pulse of UNL constituents and determine interest in creating a tobacco/smoke-free campus policy. There will be a 12-hour window of time (8 am until 8 pm) to respond. I encourage all of you to answer the questions in the survey as this is your opportunity to voice your opinion in developing a policy for UNL.

Our March 15th  monthly meeting will be at College of Journalism. Matt Waite, Professor of Practice, will give us a tour of the Drone Journalism Lab. We will hear how this new technology is being used at UNL and specifically within the College. Due to the lack of space in which to meet for a brown bag lunch or business meeting, we will meet and start our tour at noon. If the weather is nice and you want to bring your lunch, there are tables on the Mall, depending upon availability. I would ask that you plan to arrive at the west doors of the college at close to 11:50 where Matt will meet us and let us into the main entrance. The building is secured with card access and if you arrive after 12:00, there is no guarantee you will be able to get in.

UAAD Community Outreach has planned an event that will take us off campus March 24th. This is a wonderful opportunity to see an organization in our local community and experience firsthand the story of The Bay, located at 2005 Y Street. This is a local skate park and resource center dedicated to supporting the youth of Lincoln. We will meet from 12:00-1:00 for a brown bag luncheon and tour where we will learn about the programs and facility. For more information, visit https://www.thebay.org/lincolnl.

The spring UAAD professional development workshop is scheduled. For those of you who attended the fall Strengths Finder workshop, this will be an excellent opportunity for follow-up as we are fortunate to have Josh Erickson from Team Concepts facilitate “Using Strengths to Manager Engagement”. For those of you who were not able to attend in the fall, this is your opportunity to join us for a hands-on workshop that will allow you to connect with peers around the topic of engagement. This experience will allow you to understand the engagement cycles of employees; learn how to provide encouragement to your team; develop the perfect culture to thrive; and reinforce how strengths add to value to all members of your team. We will meet Wednesday, March 29th from 8:30-11:30 at NET, 1800 N. 33rd .  To register, go to: http://go.unl.edu/uaad-erickson-strengths. The cost is $20 for UAAD members and $40 for non-members. Coffee and continental breakfast will be provided. No shows will be billed if cancellations are not received within 72 hours of the event.

February was a busy month as we had Chancellor Green take time out of his schedule to meet with UAAD and UNOPA members on February 8th. This was an information-filled hour in which he updated us on the current and future budget issues facing UNL and the NU system. He also addressed questions from the group regarding the role of UAAD as a voice for managerial/professional staff at UNL and provided those in attendance “food for thought” on where we go from here.

On February 15th, we celebrated UAAD’s 55th anniversary at our annual Founder’s Day Awards. Mike Boehm, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Harlan) Vice Chancellor for IANR and University of Nebraska Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources was our guest speaker and again we were fortunate to have Mike attend this event and present the awards to our winners. We want to congratulate Jenny Schnase, the winner of the Carl A. Donaldson Award for Excellence in Management Award. Jenny is Assistant Director, Project Controls Manager, Facilities Planning & Construction. Our congratulations also go out to Robin Bowman, the winner of the Floyd S. Oldt Award. Robin is Assistant Director for Injury Prevention and Care at Campus Recreation. Thank you to all of the UAAD committee members who helped make this event a terrific success! I also want to thank all of those who attended.

Mark your calendars for some or all of the March events planned. As UAAD members, you have excellent professional development, outreach and learning experiences coming your way in the next 31 days!


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The Phoenix: Rising From the Ashes
Presented by Lisa Morehouse

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | East Campus Union | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


The myth of the Phoenix, a mythical Arabian bird that lived for centuries, is that it dies and rises from its own ashes. Is it possible for institutions, associations or even individuals to rise where they have fallen? In this session, we are going to use the fabulous think tank of the UNOPA and UAAD membership – each of you—and ask that question of ourselves and our associations. Are you asking, “What’s in it for me?” In this fast paced, interactive session, you will discover tools needed to strengthen your foundation as you develop an action plan of change and opportunity that will help you identify your strengths, as an office professional and as an individual.

Download the flyer to register for this event.