McGoogan News

From the archives: Run to 101, COM Centennial

Submitted by John Schleicher

On Tuesday, September 30, 1980, 20 University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine students gathered at Henry, Nebraska, on the Wyoming border, at 6:40 a.m. to begin the 480 mile, “Run to 101.”

The students, almost all of whom are native Nebraskans and in their second year of medical school, relayed an official Olympic torch across the state, from Henry to Omaha, to symbolize the statewide importance of the College of Medicine’s first 100 years. The students covered approximately 80 miles per day.

Other students drove to a number of towns along the runners’ route to talk to high school students on health career opportunities available at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dinners were planned along the “Run to 101″ route in Scottsbluff, Ogallala, North Platte, Kearney, Grand Island, and Columbus in honor of the College of Medicine.

The students arrived at the medical center campus on October 5, at 4:15 p.m. At this time the eternal flame of the centennial sculpture was lit.

Centennial run

Front Row (left to right): John Lortz, Brad Rodgers, Kevin O’Dell, Dennis Bozarth, Garth Asay, Doug Treptow, Doug Ebers, Norma Jean Fuelberth

Back Row (left to right): Mike Murphy, Ed Fobben, Jeff David, John Skoumal, Doug Long, Jay Matzke, Richard McChane, Jerry Wolford, Scott Haswell, Scott Howe, Evan Blanchard.

Friends of the Library newsletter and information

The latest issue of Focus on Friends, the newsletter of the Friends of the UNMC McGoogan Library of Medicine, is now available. This issue includes a message from the library director, stories on the library’s involvement in digital archiving and publishing, collaboration with the School of Allied Health Professions, and news from around the library.

What are the Friends?

“The Friends of the McGoogan Library are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the level of services for all of our users, understanding that, without supplemental funds, even the basics are difficult to sustain.” —–Leon S. McGoogan, M.D. (1900-1993)

Friends of the McGoogan Library of Medicine share a belief that the library is the heart of the educational, research and clinical accomplishments at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Started as an informal group in 1979 by Dr. Leon S. McGoogan, whose generous spirit was matched only by his commitment to excellence, the Friends group provides the extra support required to keep up with the complex demands on the library.

For more information about the Friends and to learn how to become a Friend of the Library, visit http://www.unmc.edu/library/about/friends.html.

In the library with a study dragon

Submitted by Dawn Wilson

Need a little motivation to get you through all these tests?

Feeling a little lonely and think a study buddy could help?

Don’t trust yourself to study as long and as hard as you need?

These problems are all easily solved! All you need is to adopt a study dragon. Study dragons are extremely supportive; all you have to do is try your hardest. But. (Dun-dStudy Dragonsun-dun, says the scary music cue.) But, if you do not try your hardest, if you slack off even though you know deep down you should be studying instead of playing that video game, your dragon will know. And because they are carnivorous and breathe fire, the dragon will light you on fire and eat you.

Now, if that’s not motivation, we don’t know what is.

The History of the Study Dragon

Study dragons love being part of the medical sciences field because that’s where they were originally created. Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Kara who had osteosarcoma. (It’s okay, she’s healthy now!) A McGoogan Library staff member named Steven traveled halfway across the globe several times to sit with her in the hospital. Steven was best friends with Kara’s dad, so he went to remain calm and supportive during treatments, and to sit up with Kara all night long so her parents could sleep. When they got bored, they did crafts—and poof! Suddenly they were surrounded by Guardian Dragons.

Kara and Steven made Guardian Dragons during her treatments and gave them away to the other children in the hospital to watch over them.

Steven brought the dragons back to the library. The dragons realized that the health sciences students needed their support, too. Going through school can be difficult, lonely, frustrating, and a plethora of other negative emotions—but it’s all going to be worth it. The study dragons invaded the library to remind you that it’ll all be okay, because there are people who are going to need your help; just keep trying your hardest!

Adopt your dragon (or a sheep) at the Ask Us desk—and do try not to spill condiments on yourself over lunch.

**DISCLAIMER: Library Staff cannot be held responsible for the actions of a study dragon.

Study Sheep

Resource spotlight: Proofreading help with Grammarly

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Health sciences book sale and fundraiser

Between September 15 and October 24, the library is holding its annual Fall book “sale” to benefit the library at Omaha’s Fontenelle Elementary School. Carts of available books will be located in the library on the 6th floor. Books, dated within the last ten years, cover a variety of health sciences-related subjects, from anatomy to physiology.

Every year we raise money to purchase new books for the school library. Stop by and browse our selection, buff up your book collection, and help the library at Fontenelle Elementary School at the same time.

Books are available for a donation only.