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.

If anyone is interested in the minutes of the IANR Staff Council, please email ianr.sc@unl.edu for an electronic copy.


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

Upcoming Events

Semi-annual IANR Staff Connections Event

Save the date for our semi-annual IANR Staff Connections Event! All are welcome on Thursday, June 9th from 10:00-11:00a (CST) for IANR Staff Trivia on Zoom. Invite your colleagues, freshen up on your general knowledge and get ready to connect.

UNL Connects: Powering Development & Innovation

The UNL All-Staff Conference is back with a new 2022 schedule!

May 24 – Morning Welcome and Keynote, Breakout Sessions, and Solutions Showcase
May 25 – Breakout Sessions
Event Details

In addition, volunteer your time to help provide a quality conference experience. Serve as a moderator, facilitator, or note-taker and take the opportunity to work closely with others who share your belief in the vital role staff play at the University of Nebraska. Please sign up for one or more spots as your schedule allows. Below find two separate links for each day to sign up. Once you have signed up, you will receive additional details. Contact Letty Garcia (leticia.garcia@unl.edu) with any questions.

Day 1 Volunteer Sign-up Day 2 Volunteer Sign-up

Supervisor Training – Setting Expectations, Having Accountable Conversations and Creating Good Documentation

Helpful for supervisors at any level and for HR staff.

Tuesday, May 17, 1:00-3:00 pm CT

Register for the live training offered via Zoom.


Professional Opportunities

The Bridge Learning Mangement System tile in Firefly is your portal to a variety of online, on-demand, and live training events including:

  • Search Process Seminars
  • Family Medical Leave
  • OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts
  • NU Fundamentals of FERPA

Staff Council Members

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

Stephanie Bonnema

Stephanie Bonnema

HR Specialist,
IANR Finance & Personnel Office
Renee Donner

Renee Donner

Admissions Recruitment Coordinator,
Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
Cardinal Farrington

Cardinal Farrington

Facilities Manager,
Panhandle Research & Extension Center
Pamela Joern

Pam Joern

Financial Associate,
Greater Nebraska Business Center
Hannah Kahler

Hannah Kahler

Business Center Manager II,
AEM Business Center
Sarah Plautz

Sarah Plautz

Research Lab Manager,
Biological Systems Engineering
Angela Rushman

Angela Rushman

Project and Instructional Technologist,
Nebraska Extension
Tracy Zimmerman

Tracy Zimmerman

Administrative Associate,
Biological Systems Engineering