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Founders' Day
Show your love for UAAD by attending Founders’ Day 2017!
Celebrating 55 Years of UAAD

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 UNL community.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • 11:45 am - 1 pm
  • Colonial Room, Nebraska Union
  • Keynote Speaker: Michael Boehm, Vice Chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; and Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska

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. Pease RSVP by February 7, 2017. Questions? Contact Kate Engel.


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. We look forward to seeing members there!

For more information about The Bay Lincoln, visit their website. RSVP information soon to follow.

Professional Development Opportunity:
"Using Strengths to Balance 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

Here we are, in 2017 and January is almost over! UAAD committees are busy planning events, meetings and workshops for the spring semester. Some are in the planning stages and others have been finalized. February will be a busy month with Chancellor Green presenting to UAAD, with UNOPA members invited to attend, on February 8 from 12:30-1:30 in the Unity Room in the Gaughan Center. This will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Chancellor, being mindful that we have one hour with him to discuss what may be several topics. No registration is required.

Charlotte Frank

We will be celebrating the 55th anniversary of UAAD at Founder’s Day on Feb 15, 11:45-1:00 in Colonial Room in the City Union. Our Keynote Speaker will be Michael Boehm, Vice Chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; and Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska. We will be presenting the Carl A. Donaldson and Floyd S. Oldt Awards, which recognize two employees for outstanding management skills and exceptional service at the university. Please RSVP by February 7, 2017 by registering above. Please contact Kate Engel if you have questions.

In addition to the professional development opportunities UAAD offers each semester, there are other workshops offered across campus at various times and open to faculty and staff at UNL. The Spring Power Lunch series offered by CBA Executive Education will have a series of four lunches/presentations this spring. These include Leveraging Your Strengths for Leading (Feb 1) in Omaha, which will be an excellent follow-up to our UAAD fall professional development workshop in which the focus was Gallup Strengths Finder. This will be led by Mark Pogue, Executive Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute. The remaining 3 lunches will include Strategies for Growing Into New Markets (Feb 15) in Omaha, Understanding the Psychology of Change (Feb 22) in Lincoln and Business is War: Management Lessons from the Military (Mar 1) in Lincoln. More information and registration can be found at: http://cba.unl.edu/execeducation.

As you are all aware by now, the State of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska is facing fiscal uncertainty the remainder of this fiscal year and going into the next biennium. With that comes challenges in how we continue to meet the mission of the University with reduced funding. We are fortunate to have President Bounds and Chancellor Green, both accessible to faculty and staff, and communicating via email, on a regular basis, regarding where we are in the budget discussions with the State Legislature.  Chancellor Green had his Town Hall Meeting Jan 26th at which time the Strategic Planning Chairs reported on progress of their committees. These include Achieving Distinction, Budget Model, Smart Enrollment Growth and Student Matriculation. The Chancellor provided updates on the budget and meetings the last several days with the Appropriations Committee and the Governor. He also addressed the current hiring freeze and fielded questions from the leadership in attendance. President Bounds will have two one-hour long sessions on January 31 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. The staff session will begin at 8 am and the faculty session will start at 9:15. Please plan to attend the staff session as this will provide an excellent opportunity for you, as UAAD members, to ask questions and have a voice in your concerns.

The results of the survey sent to UAAD members in December and January has been compiled by the survey committee and I want to thank those of you who took the time to respond. This information will be helpful going forward in discussions among Board members this year and in the future.

I look forward to seeing you at Chancellor Green’s presentation and Founder’s Day award luncheon in the next few weeks. We have exciting monthly programs planned and our spring professional development workshop is in the planning stage so there is something for everyone to round out the remainder of the spring semester!


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other Events of interest

Workshop: In Memory of Colin Hays - The Benefit Death Plan

Workshop FormJulie Masters is professor and chair in the department of gerontology. She also holds the Terry Haney Chair of Gerontology. Julie teaches courses on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses. For this workshop, she will be providing a light-hearted and meaningful presentation on the components of a death plan. The title of her program: In Memory of Colin Hays – The benefit of a death plan is in honor of a student who took the course in 2013.

UNOPA has provided two ways to register for this event: hard copy by downloading the form, or entering your information electronically. Please send $5.00 (to cover costs of refreshments) to Lorraine Moon, 230 Whittier, East Campus 0857. The deadline is February 9, 2017.

Volunteer at the People's City Mission

Campus’ Young Professionals Network and UAAD are joining forces for an upcoming volunteer opportunity to serve meals at the People City Mission. The activity is held Tuesday, February 7th from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm. A total of 8-10 volunteers are being sought. Members interested should sign up online. If you have questions, please contact Tony Lazarowicz.