The PT class of 2016 adopted an Omaha family (5 children and a mother) through the Salvation Army/Star 104.5 Adopt-a-Family radio-thon. They collected money, shopped for presents on the children’s wish lists, and bought them a gift certificate for groceries. They also wrapped and delivered the presents to the family.
This year, UNMC partnered with The Nebraska Medical Center to adopt families we serve at the hospital and UNMC who face challenges during the holidays. The School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) adopted a family from the NICU — a mom, dad, and son — and collected approximately $400 with which to shop for items on the family’s wishlist.
Nicki Simmons, events coordinator for the SAHP, did the shopping. “I LOVE to shop,” she said, “and this was a great reason. I used lots of coupons and Black Friday sales, and we got almost everything on their list!” Other faculty and staff helped wrap the gifts pictured below.
We wish the best for ALL families during the holiday season and beyond.
You don’t have to skate to play a part. You can volunteer, donate, or do it all! The annual Parkinson’s Skate-a-thon is set for Jan. 10-11 and will close out the UNMC rink season. Click that link to sign up, and your 10 bucks goes to Parkinson’s research and programs (and covers skate rental and ice access).
Skating starts at 12 p.m. on Jan. 10 and concludes at 12 p.m. on Jan. 11. Skate as long as you want! The event is open to the public — skaters and non-skaters alike. Skaters will be on the ice continually, but non-skaters are encouraged to come and enjoy the festivities and show their support. The rink is located on the east side of 42nd Street, between the College of Nursing Building and the Sorrell Center.
Proceeds go toward:
- Clinical and basic science Parkinson’s research at UNMC; and
- The PHD Program (Parkinson’s Health Development), a non-profit, local program that offers affordable exercises and activities to improve the quality of life for persons with Parkinson’s.
From 2011 to 2013, the skate-a-thons at UNMC netted more than $110,000 for Parkinson’s research and programming. Come out, play a part, and have some FUN!
The Radiation Science Technology Education (RSTE) students, faculty, family, and alumni all helped decorate the Ronald McDonald House for Christmas on Thursday evening, December 5th.
Associate Director of RSTE, James Temme, served chili to all the participants. Cookies and cupcakes were contributed by the RSTE Alumni.
Several Radiation Science Technology Education (RSTE) faculty made a recent trip to the annual RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) Meeting in Chicago. While there, Kim Michael, Tammy Jones, and Tanya Custer took part in the RSNA 5K fun run.
They also took time to visit with Laura Vasquez who is the Program Director, Imaging Sciences Education Program at Rush University. RSTE Faculty teach several courses via distance as part of the Imaging Sciences Education Program including Sectional Anatomy, Advanced Radiation Biology and Vascular-Interventional Technology.
- It’s open and right here on campus!
- It’s free for students AND employees AND family this year! (For all others, the fee is $7, which includes skates.)
- It’s fun!
- It’s good exercise so it’s good for you and you’ll be warm even though it’s cold. (They have heaters, too, if you need a little help.)
- You can burn off some holiday calories.
- Soak up a little sun and get some Vitamin D.
- Take a short break over lunch and you’ll be more productive when you get back to your desk. (They’re open from 11 AM-1 PM M-F)
- It’s family friendly (See other hours below).
- You can help a good cause. (This Saturday, Dec 7 – Freezin’ for a Reason.)
10. At least you can say you tried it, and did I mention that it’s fun?!
Operating hours until January 11th will be:
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.
- Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
- Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
At 14,497 ft (4418,69 m), Mt Whitney in California is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Piece of cake for Robert Mason, physical therapy class of 2015, who grew up mountaineering in Washington state.
Robert summited on August 2, 2013 as a youth leader for a Boy Scouts of America trip along with some family. His brother-in-law, Tyler Henderson, took the accompanying photo. When climbing, Robert always carries a “flag” to represent where he is at that time in his life, so his wife made this laminated UNMC icon for the occasion.
Besides, hiking and climbing, Robert spent time helping with blisters, sore feet, swollen knees, and tight backs. “It was fun,” he said. “Next summer I hope to be on Mt Rainer.”
“I think more people would enjoy the outdoors if they knew how to go out there without injuring themselves and being prepared. I am excited that I can help teach people that as a physical therapist in the future.”
We’re excited, too, Robert, and looking forward to your pics next summer!