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.
Researchers, Dawn Venema, PT, PhD, and Joseph Siu, PhD, are studying the link between walking and talking simultaneously and how it can help battle dementia.
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.
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!”
Likewise, Melissa! Welcome aboard.
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.