IANR Staff Council


IANR employs about 1200 staff members, many of whom are forward deployed throughout the state. While there is a great diversity in staff member roles and responsibilities, all are engaged in advancing the teaching, research, and extension missions of the Institute, and in contributing to the impact that we are having on the state, nation, and world. After talking with representatives from other staff councils on campus and obtaining feedback from staff, institutional leadership supported a proposal to create a staff council in IANR.

We are committed to helping it be a useful resource for staff members throughout the Institute.



The mission of our staff council will be to enhance the work environment for current and future staff members. The council will do this by:

  • Providing opportunities to staff members which allow them to grow professionally
  • Bringing ideas and concerns that affect the culture and climate of IANR to the attention of IANR leadership
  • Facilitating communication and meaningful connections among IANR staff
staff members in IANR

Inaugural Staff Council members

IANR is excited to announce that the inaugural IANR Staff Council will be composed of the following IANR staff members:

Becky Carter

Becky Carter

HR Specialist,
IANR Business and Finance
Christina Franklin

Christina Franklin

Office Associate, Agricultural Leadership,
Education and Communication
Pamela Joern

Pam Joern

Financial Associate,
Greater Nebraska Business Center
Marissa Kemp

Marissa Kemp

Financial Associate,
AEM Business Center
Casey Lundberg

Casey Lundberg

Office Supervisor,
Agronomy and Horticulture
Sarah Plautz

Sarah Plautz

Research Lab Manager,
Biological Systems Engineering
Tai Pleasant

Tai Pleasant

Undergraduate Recruiter,
Agronomy and Horticulture
Angela Rushman

Angela Rushman

Project and Instructional Technologist,
Nebraska Extension
Tracy Zimmerman

Tracy Zimmerman

Administrative Associate,
Biological Systems Engineering


  • Supervisor Training – Setting Expectations, Holding Employees Accountable, and Documentation
    To register: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cNop7C8apcr3iT3 {Must register to get Zoom Link}
    • Thursday, May 6, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CT
    • Monday, May 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m. CT
    • Thursday, May 20, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CT
    • Wednesday, May 26, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CT
    • Thursday, May 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. CT
    • Monday, June 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m. CT
    • Thursday, June 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CT
    • Wednesday, June 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CT
    IANR Human Resources is offering a two-hour training on one of the many aspects of supervision. You can expect to learn:
    • tips on setting expectations
    • how to have accountability conversations
    • how to document the discussion and
    • when to reach out to Human Resources for help.

Other Events/Opportunities Available

  • EAP Chat – Coffee and Resiliency
    The Employee Assistance Program is offering a series of Friday morning chats for all faculty and staff feeling socially isolated. Bring your coffee to a relaxing Zoom session to interact with other employees at UNL. Join a conversation to gain insights from others and learn new strategies for staying engaged in activities. The chat will be from 8:30-9:30 AM on the first Friday of the month; May 7th. To register and receive a Zoom link, contact the EAP at 402-472-3107 or eap@unl.edu.
  • Bridge Learning App
    The University-wide system has a new learning content system. There are several trainings available already. Go to https://nebraska.bridgeapp.com/learner/calendar and log in with your UNL credentials. Here are some workshop’s that are already available to you.
    • The Healing Power of Women 3/10
  • Resources for Migration As we prepare for the migration from Box to SharePoint/OneDrive, this information can help prepare your files prior to our migration time. Right now everyone should be reviewing your files/folders, making sure they are located in the right location (anything owned by you will be placed in OneDrive, if it is Owned by Department/College/Office than it is migrated to SharePoint).
  • Americans with Disabilities Act/ Section 504 for Supervisors
    To register: https://www.unl.edu/equity/americans-disabilities-actsection-504-supervisors {Must register to get Zoom Link.}
    Overview: Institutional Equity and Compliance (IEC) is offering a professional development opportunity for supervisors on campus on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws and policies related to creating an accessible work environment for current employees and job applicants.
    Upcoming Sessions:
    • May 12, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT
    • July 22, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT
  • UNL All-Staff Virtual Conference May 13, 2021, SAVE THE DATEs
    The main portion of the conference will be May 13, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so please mark your calendar and watch for a conference registration link in your email!

    Breakout sessions will be May 13 from 1-2 p.m. and May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Solutions Showcase will be held from 4-5 p.m. on the 14th and the day ends with a happy hour networking session from 5-6 p.m.
  • Tech Time with Angie presented by Angie Rushman, Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30 CT via Zoom
    To sign up to receive notices of the next Tech Time with Angie email arushman2@unl.edu. You can also join the zoom https://unl.zoom.us/j/771231507 Meeting ID:771 231 507 Password: 721894
    Archives available on past topics including: Mural Collaboration Platform; Google Drive; Google Analytics; Google Voice Communications Toolbox and Brand Requirements; Canvas; Web Audit and HTML Work; Video Editing Tools and much more. Tech Time with Angie is about demonstrating, sharing and sleuthing solutions to build your tech savvy skills. https://myextension.unl.edu/tech-time-angie

    Connection details:
    • Join from PC, MAC, LINUX, iOS or Android: https://go.unl.edu/jtechtime
    • Or by phone: Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
      • Meeting ID: 771 231 507
    • Password: 721894
  • DocuSign Basics archived on Tech Time with Angie, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wynNdWzbcyU&feature=youtu.be&list=PLXY9v4dwQmNmbPq1Ur22IU7kwDlBc6Prw
  • The University of Nebraska Office Professional Association (UNOPA) has waived all membership fees for the 2020-2021 Membership year.
    We realize that budgets are tight during this time so wanted to do our part to relieve any stress associated with those fees. We encourage you to come check out our organization this year. We are here to help you and would love to have your voice heard as we move forward with our organization. Check out our website at UNOPA.unl.edu.
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training
    QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training is an online program that teaches warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. The three steps include: question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide; persuade the person to seek and accept help; and refer the person to appropriate resources. This is a 60 minute online training. Participants earn a certificate designating them as a suicide prevention gatekeeper. If interested in registering for this training, please visit https://preventsuicide.unl.edu/qpr-training
  • OASIS (Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services) Presentations and Workshops. Request a Presentation at: https://www.unl.edu/oasis/request-presentation
    • Dish It Up!
      This workshop is an interactive and engaging group discussion where participants address topics related to politics, current events, and diversity and inclusion. This workshop is ideal for faculty, staff, and students. (45-60 minutes)
    • All are Welcome: Diversity & Inclusion Basics
      This workshop is an introductory presentation where participants explore their own identity, address various diversity and social justice topics, and participants engage in meaningful dialogue. This workshop is ideal for faculty, staff, and students.(30-45 minutes)
    • Navigating the DACA/Undocumented Student Experience
      This presentation will share practices faculty/staff can use at the University of Nebraska -Lincoln to assist our DACA and undocumented students navigate areas like financial aid, advising, health care services (including mental health), internships, and post-graduation plans.This presentation is ideal for faculty and staff.(45-60 minutes)
    • A Presentation on Civil Discourse
      During this presentation, participants will discuss and share skills necessary for civil discourse. This presentation is ideal for faculty and staff.(45-60 minutes)
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Presentation & Workshops
    See a list and request a presentation at: https://hr.unl.edu/eap/
  • Now Available On-Demand: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for Higher Ed Leaders

    In July 2020, over 2,500 people participated in CUPA-HR's 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge to better understand the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, oppression and equity. We are pleased to now offer this challenge free for CUPA-HR members (all UNL employees are members) to use for self-paced and/or small-group learning and engagement.

    It is critically important that we continue our efforts to move from talk to action on college and university campuses across the country. Creating effective social justice habits is one way that we can work together to learn and address these issues. The concept of the 21-day challenge was introduced several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr.

    How Will the Challenge Work?
    The on-demand 21-day challenge is ideally suited to individuals and small groups. Every week, you will be prompted to access five articles, videos or other resources based on the week's theme and 3-4 discussion prompts for the week. You will also have access to recorded town hall discussions from the August challenge.

    The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challengeis open to CUPA-HR members only. Participation is free, but you must register to participate. We look forward to being part of this journey with you!

    Registration is a two-step process. First, you must create a free account at CUPA-HR.
    1. Create a New Account
    2. Under the "Sign In" button, click "Create a new account"
    3. Enter your information, use your UNL.EDU email address and click "Save"
    Wait 24 hours, then follow these instructions to register for the 21-Day Challenge and access the materials.
    1. Register for 21-Day Challenge
    2. Scroll down and click "Register Now"
    3. Login with your newly created Username and Password
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