Discover your network. Develop yourself.

Leadership, networking, professional development and growth for the university’s managerial / professional employees.

Meetings are held September through May and generally include a speaker. We also offer professional development seminars and workshops.


Founder’s Day celebration is February 20

Donaldson and Oldt awards to be presented

The nominations are in for the 2015 Carl A. Donaldson Award for Excellence in Management and the Floyd S. Oldt Award for Exceptional Service to the University. Awards will be presented this year by Dr. Ronnie Green, NU Vice President and Harlan Vice Chancellor of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Volunteering Opportunities

People’s City Mission

On Thursday, February 12th and Thursday, March 12th we will be serving dinners at the People’s City Mission. We will be serving from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Feel free to sign up with a friend or family member too.

Please complete both, putting UAAD in the comments section of the second form:

Sign up   Volunteer application form

OpeN Shelf Pantry Drive

At our March 18th meeting, join UAAD in a campus pantry drive to help support OpeN Shelf, a campus pantry that supports UNL students in need. Items needed include: shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, laundry detergent, and non-perishable food items. Cash and check donations (payable to UAAD: Memo: OpeN Shelf) will also be accepted.

The Big Event

Coming up on Saturday April 18th, we will again participate in the Big Event. This event is geared to give back to the local Lincoln community through a 1-day service campaign. We have had great participation with this event and it is a great opportunity to give back. Typically the event runs from 8:30am-1:00pm. More details will be coming up, but make sure to get this event on your calendar.

Thanks again for your participation! We are excited to have so many great opportunities to volunteer this year. If you have any questions or suggestions on additional future outreach opportunities, please contact either Stephanie (Stephanie.vendetti@unl.edu) or Tony (Tlazarowicz2@unl.edu).

In Memory of...

Deaton, Walker, & Miller
UAAD has experienced the loss of three of our members this year, all long-time employees of UNL. From left to right: Michele Deaton, Gretchen Walker, Karen Miller.

Michele Deaton

The most recent of these is Michele Deaton. Michele passed away in November. She was 53 years old. She was an active UAAD member for many years and for those of us who served on the UAAD Board with her, we came to know and appreciate her tireless and consistent dedication to “making everything perfect”.

This was evidenced in her work during her 26 years at the School of Music where she was the Business Manager and in her various roles on the Board. Anyone in this room who attended the Graze & Mingle 2 years ago, when Michele was the program chair, will remember how in awe we all were when we walked into Kimball Hall and saw the food and decorations. And to know that it was a labor of love with her family and staff from the School, for UAAD members, made it all that much more special.

It is because of her efforts and our memories of that day that we have decided to honor Michele at today’s Graze & Mingle. As a side, she almost topped herself when again she and her family and staff hosted the annual picnic that same year outside The Lied.

Whatever she did, she did with a smile and a big heart. Those are the things we will miss most about our colleague and friend.

Gretchen Walker

We lost Gretchen Walker in May at the age of 50. Gretchen was an associate member of UAAD and was a regular attendee at our monthly meetings over the years. She worked at the Center for Great Plains Studies for 20 years.

Gretchen was my first connection to UAAD when I joined, shortly after coming to UNL. She was then serving on the program committee with her dear friend Linda Ratcliff. The two not only sold me on the organization, but convinced me to help with programming efforts that year.

Gretchen was like Michele in that she was dedicated to her job and was always a pleasure to work with when our paths crossed in HR functions. Her appreciativeness for everything and willingness to be there for others are the footprints she has left on all of us who knew her. She was an active UNOPA member and served in various capacities, including President.

Karen Miller

We also lost Karen Miller, who passed away in March. She was 56 years old. Karen worked at Campus Recreation at the time of her passing. She was a dietician for 21 years; 3 years as a clinical dietician at Lincoln General Hospital (now Bryan Health West). Karen was in a split position with University Health Center and Campus Rec for 17 years before coming to Campus Rec full-time in 2011.

Karen presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally about eating disorders and weight management. Her passion was eating disorder prevention. She taught people to be happy with who they are and to find joy and pleasure in food.