The University Association for Administrative Development (UAAD) presented Robin Bowman with the Floyd S. Oldt Award at its Founders’ Day luncheon on Feb. 15. The award recognizes employees who demonstrate exceptional service and dedication to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Bowman has been the assistant director for Injury Prevention and Care at Campus Recreation since 2004. Bowman also is an activist for the LGBT community. She is a member of the Committee on GLBT Concerns and OutSpeaking, an LGBTQA+ Resource Center program that strives to increase public awareness and understanding of LGBTQA+ issues. In 2011, Bowman co-directed Plus One Nebraska, a campaign that led to the Nebraska Board of Regents extending employee plus one benefits to university employees. In the community, Bowman helped found Outlinc, Lincoln’s LGBT community organization, and served as the programming chair of Nebraska’s first statewide LGBT advocacy conference.
"It was a real honor to find out I had been nominated for the Oldt Award. I didn't expect to win it," said Bowman. "My family and I are in the process of relocating to Massachusetts, so this award made me feel like maybe I had made a difference during my time at UNL. I don't seek external validation for the work I do, but it is always nice to feel like your efforts have been recognized."
Nicki Bailey, Kimberly Barrett, Christina Fielder, Reshell Rey and Jenny Schnase also were nominated for the award.
The Floyd S. Oldt Award was established in 1992 from a trust fund Oldt established. Oldt, a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Class of 1920, was a humanitarian and a generous contributor to humanitarian and civic organizations.