After a 38-year career at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Judy Anderson is retiring.
Anderson will be celebrated with a retirement party from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Lied Commons, 301 N. 12th St. Remarks will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Now an editorial associate in University Communication, Anderson started her career at Nebraska in September 1983 as a clerical assistant in the travel office of the Purchasing Department, where she processed all university travel authorizations and their accompanying costs without the aid of computers. The university’s move into the technological age also meant a career pivot for Anderson. As travel accommodations were shifted to another department, Anderson moved to a position in the brand-new computer shop.
Anderson was in the computer shop for a year, and then found a position as a secretary specialist in the Publications Office in 1989, which she said was much more her speed and probably why she’s stayed for 32 more years.
“Publications kept evolving into University Communication, which is how I ended up here,” Anderson said.
Her responsibilities have changed with technology. Anderson spent many years producing the university’s Undergraduate Catalog, the Student Directory, new faculty brochures, and promotion and tenure programs when they were still in print.
Now, Anderson works with entities all over the university, and graphic designers in UCOMM, to produce a variety of products from magazines and postcards to digital signage. Much of what is seen in print across campus — and the globe — crosses her desk before it’s produced. She also prepares the three printed university commencement programs each year.
Anderson became active in the University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association as well, marking nearly 38 years of membership. During that time, she’s held many different offices with both the local and state organization, the Nebraska Education Office Professionals Organization.
Anderson said she’ll miss the people she works with the most, and being with her co-workers on a daily basis, but she will stay connected to the university as she’ll continue to help produce commencement programs, and she’ll be in the Nebraska cheering section in Dublin, Ireland, during the 2022 football game against Northwestern there.
She’s looking forward to spending more time with friends and family, especially the newest addition to her family, a great-grandson born Aug. 28.
She’ll also continue to stay busy in local theater and music productions, and her cabaret show at James Arthur Vineyards, where she is well-known for her musical talents.