Things are feeling a little surreal at the moment. As I write this, it’s 4:00, which means I have one hour left here at UNMC. Period. Today is my last day at UNMC, and tomorrow I start my new job of stay-at-home mom. From brand manager to baby (manager?).
It’s hard to put into words all of the things that I’d like to say about my time at UNMC. I am so incredibly proud of all of the work that has been accomplished here. And I am so incredibly honored to have worked with all of you. When I think back on my six years here, I feel overwhelmed at trying to capture it all into one last blog post. So I’m not even going to try. One, it would be a really long post; and two, I’d probably get choked up thinking back on all of it. (I’m a bit of a cry baby).
Instead, I’ll just say thank you. Never have I worked with such a fun, creative and hard working group of people. Never have I been so proud of the place I’ve worked. And never have I been more excited to hear about what’s next. While my official employment may be ending, know that my enthusiasm for UNMC is not, and I will always be cheering you on!
Did you see the article in UNMC Today about some of new services the Print Shop offers? Check it out and read about the new equipment they have that can offer on-demand printing. Which basically means that items like magazines and reports can be printed in very small quantities in a very short amount of time. In some cases, minutes! It used to be that items like these took longer to print because they had to be printed in large quantities and on a press.
I had the chance to get a sneak peak of some of the equipment’s capabilities, and it’s pretty darn cool. Not to mention cheaper to print. The best of both worlds – gotta love that.
They also have a new material on which they can print posters. It’s a vinyl material but feels almost like cotton. This means that things like scientific posters can easily be stored in a suitcase rather than a bulky poster tube that you have to carry on the plane.
We’re planning to have the print shop give a presentation at an upcoming campus communicator meeting to elaborate on these things, as well as other services that they can provide to the campus. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Last year, we had a pink glove dance, a human pyramid, and Village People. This year, it’s ugly sweaters, stick-it to win-it and a scavenger hunt. Are you wondering what I’m talking about? The annual UNMC Spirit Week. It’s a week of fun activities designed to recognize you, our employees and students, for your vital contributions to UNMC. This year, we’ve planned some new activities, like the ones mentioned above, along with some traditional events, like the student broomball tournament and campus lunch on Friday. I encourage you to try and participate in at least one event this week. Even if you only have five minutes – I promise you won’t regret it. And if you just can’t pull yourself away from your office, take one minute to hop on our Facebook page. We’re giving out random prizes throughout the week – no skits (like last year) required!
For a list of all the Spirit Week activities, click here, or look below this video of skits from last year.
2011 Spirit Week Activities Tuesday — Wake up/wind down with UNMC
Free coffee & rolls at in the Durham Research Center and Sorrell Center from 7 to 9 a.m.
Free window clings will be on hand for employees to pick up for Thursday’s event (see below).
UNMC apparel available for sale at Sorrell and DRC.
Science Cafe at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
Wednesday — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Ugly sweater, ice skating and hot cocoa
Free admission to the UNMC ice rink for students and employees ($3 skate rental fee not included).
Don ugly sweaters while you skate. Five ugly sweater skaters will be randomly selected at noon for the chance to win a prize.
Qdoba will be on site to sell lunch near the rink.
Free hot cocoa.
UNMC apparel for sale.
Thursday — Stick-it to win-it
Campus parking will be on the lookout for cars with the UNMC window cling on display. Check your car for a “ticket” and win a prize.
Friday — Campus lunch and scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunt across campus (teams of three or four meet at the Sorrell Center, Truhlsen Events Center at 11:15 a.m.) Prizes awarded to the top three finishing teams. Please register your team at firstname.lastname@example.org 5 p.m. on Dec. 8.
Campus lunch (free pizza) in the Sorrell Center, Truhlsen Events Center — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UNMC Musical Society Holiday Concert – 12:15 p.m. Sorrell Center, Truhlsen Events Center.
With Thanksgiving upon us, here’s just a little note to say THANK YOU for another wonderful year here at UNMC. When I look back at where we were (brand-wise) just a few years ago, I am amazed at how far we’ve come. And our progress has been made possible because of people like our campus communicators, our printing services team, web team and developers, preferred vendors and countless others.
So THANK YOU to all of you that have had a part in this. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with time with friends, family and of course, fabulous food!
Just a friendly reminder that our monthly communicator meeting is tomorrow, November 9, from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m in MSC 2018. Come learn from PR’s Nicole Lindquist about social media. We will primarily be discussing Facebook. I bet you’ll “like” it!