August Employee of the Month: Lynn Conner
photo by Tim Fitzgerald
A love of sports and a recommendation from a friend attracted Lynn Conner, administrative technician with Athletics, to UNO more than 24 years ago. During her time on campus - all spent in Athletics - she has assisted many student athletes and witnessed numerous championship wins.
Before joining UNO, Conner honed her administrative skills while working at a telemarketing company. She said she enjoyed that job but finds UNO much more fun.
For Conner, work often becomes like play, as she enjoys assisting student athletes and her co-workers. Her position also gives her a chance to work at a variety of events and with booster clubs.
"It is never the same two days in a row," she said. "It is always hectic, as we never really have a slow time. I am an administrative assistant for five administrators and eight coaches, so there is always something to do - from doing scholarships and rosters to working on the many, many events we do."
Although her office atmosphere can become challenging at times, Conner said she appreciates the opportunities that result. Co-workers admire the ease at which Conner transitions from task to task and her dependability during chaotic times.
"What is so impressive about Lynn is the number of things she has going on at one time," an individual wrote. "With all these balls in the air at one time, she still has a welcoming smile on her face and asks how your day is going. Lynn is a pleasure to work with and someone I count on to make us a successful team."
Another colleague commented on how Conner's enthusiasm and determination is vital to the success of the department.
"Coaches, administrators, support staff and student athletes all come to her for answers to questions, with problems that need to be solved and just for a morale boost," another co-worker wrote. "She is willing to drop what she is doing to assist anyone who needs help with literally anything at any time."
Receiving the Employee of the Month Award is a memorable moment for Conner for numerous reasons. She is especially thankful for those who submitted comments.
"Being nominated by my peers means a lot to me, but the reserved parking is very nice, too," she said. "I really appreciate it."
Some of her favorite memories at UNO include traveling by bus with the women's basketball and volleyball teams for national championships. She also fondly recalls watching the softball team win the 2001 national championship in Salem, Va.
When she isn't keeping tabs on the Mavericks, Conner can be found golfing, boating or water skiing. She also tries to spend as much time as possible with her four grandchildren.
(Pictured above: Conner and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)