Senior Associate Dean Kyle Meyer, PhD, and his wife Deb Meyer.
By all accounts, it was a great time. The School of Allied Health Professions hosted a holiday party for faculty and staff at 1316 Jones Street on Friday, January 17, 2014, and despite the cold weather we had a good turnout. The venue was nice, the food was super, and the attendees looked smashing! See for yourself…
This slideshow highlights most of the folks who made it. If you’re in one of the photos and would like a high res copy, just ask Fran.
I’ve had a few requests for the slideshow I made for the SAHP holiday party, so here you go. These are photos I’d taken of our faculty and staff throughout 2013 at various events. If you’re in the school, you’re bound to be in there. The music isn’t included, as I used a playlist I made on Spotify, but you could always look me up Spotify (Fran Higgins) and listen to the HolidayParty playlist while you watch. Enjoy!
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.
Sarah Payich buying the gifts and sporting a UNMC tote bag, too!
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.
Adopt-a-Family gifts purchased from donations.
After the wrapping.
We wish the best for ALL families during the holiday season and beyond.
Melissa Dorr, BA, is our newest staff member in the School. She has assumed the role from which Sue Eulberg retired in Physician Assistant Education, working on affiliation agreements and finance. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and spent 7 1/2 years working in the field of medical staffing, the last 4 1/2 years in an administrative role at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
“My husband, Tony, and I have a 13-year-old daughter, Natalie, and 14-month-old son, Anthony,” Melissa said. “I love music, movies, and sports, especially running — anything from a weekend 5K to training for an upcoming half marathon. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with all of you!”
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!