Budget Response Initiative


What We Do

Travel is an integral part of the University in its mission of education, research and outreach. Connecting with the University’s many constituencies, whether it be within our 500 mile state-wide campus or executing on our national and global initiatives, is vital to our success – as is investigating, learning and sharing worldwide. At the same time, we must be cognizant of the need to wisely use resources and have a system that is easy for our people to use, helps monitor traveler safety, and achieves accountability objectives.

What’s Happening Now

U-Wide Travel Policy - Approved

The Travel BRT has released a proposed university-wide travel policy that standardizes travel protocol across the campuses, ensuring that the same requirements for booking, expenses and other travel-related areas apply to all employees.

The Travel BRT now invites faculty and staff feedback on the proposed policy. Following this feedback period, the policy is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2018.

Travel BRT members will visit each campus to share details of the proposed policy, answer questions and solicit input. All members of the university community are welcome. Dates, times and location of campus presentations are:

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 4-5 p.m., Nebraska Union Colonial A&B
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 4-5 p.m., Mammel Hall Auditorium
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center: Thursday, Jan. 18, 4-5 p.m., Durham Research Center I, Room 1002. (Livestream will be available here.)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney: Friday, Jan. 19, 3-4 p.m., Copeland Hall Room 142

Faculty and staff are also invited to submit feedback electronically to travel@nebraska.edu, to Travel BRT Chair Laura Gonnerman at lgonnerman@nebraska.edu, or Marjorie Kostelnik, senior associate to the president who is leading implementation of the BRT strategies, at mkostelnik@nebraska.edu.

Cost Savings and Strategies

We anticipate approximately $630 thousand in cost savings through the following strategies developed by the Travel BRT team. These strategies have been approved by the President and Chancellors. For more detailed information, see the document below.

Implementation Team Members

Travel Implementation Team Chair:

  • Laura Gonnerman, UNCA

Travel Implementation Team Members:

  • Jim Vogel, UNL
  • Kim Phelps, UNL
  • KT Nelson, UNMC
  • Melody Stark, UNMC
  • Michael Christen, UNK
  • Teresa Carlson, UNO
  • Kevin Harford, UNCA
  • Jami Hagedorn, UNL
  • Kelly Bartling, UNK
  • Melissa Lee, UNCA
  • Julie Davids, UNCA
  • Sheryl Sailors, UNCA

U-Wide Faculty Travel Advisory Committee Members:

  • Ann Anderson-Berry, UNMC
  • William Aviles, UNK 
  • Jack Beard, UNL
  • Jason Coleman, UNO
  • Scott Darveau, UNK 
  • Mathias Schubert, UNL
  • Timothy Gay, UNL
  • Jay Jenkins, UNL
  • Lucy Morrison, UNO
  • Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, UNMC

Travel Contact Info

Laura Gonnerman
Associate General Counsel, University of Nebraska