BULLSEYE YOUR GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT LIFE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA
Eight dimensions of wellness Do you know the eight dimensions of wellness? The Wellness Dimensions go beyond the mind-body connection to encompass the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a person’s life and it is felt that each of these dimensions can affect overall quality and longevity of life. The eight dimensions are described below: Emotional—coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships Environmental—good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
Financial—satisfaction with current and future financial situations Intellectual—recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills Occupational—personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work Physical—recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep Social—developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system
SPRING 2013 | STUDENT SUCCESS
IN THIS ISSUE Note from Dr. Dan Shipp 2 Featured student stories 2 Student involvement 4 Volunteer opportunities 4 Calendar of events 6 Wellness 8 Career Success 9
Spiritual—expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life Your wellness matters. Make it a goal this year! See other Wellness articles on page 8.
NOTE FROM DR. DAN SHIPP, ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR
Get your “thrive” on... Learning to live well and thriving is an important part of your college education. Think about all that you are learning inside and outside of the classroom. You’re trying to find a balance between academic, work and personal time commitments, all while attempting to develop and maintain personal and professional relationships; get enough sleep; explore new cultures and faiths; manage your emotions; make safe choices and help others do the same; engage in campus and community programs and projects; eat healthy (or at least a little more healthy); learn to live a more sustainable life; find time to exercise; read a newspaper, blog, or book to stay connected; limit time spent on Facebook and Twitter (this one might need a little more attention); and find time for friends and family. As you think about what it means to live well and thrive over the next few months, remember that UNO has developed a wide variety of programs and services to help you reach your goals and support your success. As you decide how to go about “getting your thrive on” this semester, consider utilizing these important campus services and programs:
Academic Advising Have you met with your academic advisor lately to discuss your plan of study? Writing, Math, and Speech Labs Need a little extra support and practice? Health Services Did you get your flu shot? Counseling Services Need someone to talk to about a difficult personal issue? Library Could you use a good latte and some help locating a research article? Career Services Need help with your job search? Campus Recreation/HPER Need to relieve some stress and develop a workout routine? Multicultural Center Interested in learning about other cultures? MaV USO Need help navigating through college while in the military? Or help returning to college after serving in the military? Athletics Need time away from studying and work? Support our athletic teams by attending an event this spring with a friend!
The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) building, located on Dodge Street campus.
FEATURE STUDENT STORIES
Phil Foster is a senior sociology major at UNO. He has been a Matador since the Spring of 2012, an Orientation Leader since the summer of 2012 and an Ambassador since the fall of 2012. He is also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity!
“Since I will be graduating in December, I will need to secure a job or enter into a graduate program. I chose to visit the Career Center to take a few personality and skills assessment tests to better understand where I am and where I want to be. Keeping in mind, I have never been the type of person to plan but I have realized that I needed to grow up. The Career Center is the conduit for my growth. It is allowing me to understand how to apply my skills to a possible career choice. That’s only the first step. It’s safe to say that the Career Center is helping me become a self-sustaining individual in society!”
Campus involvement at the University of Nebraska at Omaha was monumental in shaping the person I am today. I attribute my success to the foundation I received as a student leader at UNO.
Megan Schmitz graduated from UNO in 2011. Throughout her college career, Megan was involved in a variety of organizations that helped her make connections and find her passion. Megan now works at UNO as a Dual Enrollment Recruitment Counselor. “From the New Student Orientation memories I’ll never forget, to proudly representing UNO during my undergraduate career. I’m proud to say I am again sporting the UNO Recruitment polo. Now as a full-time employee, I have the privilege of representing UNO in a professional manner while creating memorable, personal connections as the Dual Enrollment Recruitment Counselor on campus. I love connecting with students and parents and find great joy in welcoming campus visitors to UNO.
One of the most meaningful experiences I had was as the Executive Public Relations Officer for Student Government. I coordinated and managed student elections, setting record-high levels of voter turnout through my carefully designed marketing plan. Serving as the Vice President of the Chi Omega Sorority was also a large responsibility I was overjoyed to fulfill. Through these leadership opportunities and others, I gained the skills and resources needed to score a job after graduation. Without these crucial collegiate experiences, not to mention the invaluable connections and friendships made along the way, I would not have the pleasure of representing the University of Nebraska at Omaha today.”
James Reitmeier is a junior in Civil Engineering and has been involved in Student Government over the past year. By getting involved in Student Government and other organizations, James was able to gain skills that he wouldn’t of been able to gain in the classroom otherwise. “I joined Student Government after I had the urge to get more involved on campus, and to give back to the university that has opened many doors for me. Student Government has fine-tuned my professional set of skills. Besides learning Robert’s Rules of Order, I have developed a better sense of understanding people. I have always wanted to have a career in a management position and being able to read and interpret people is crucial to being an effective leader. Student Government also has brought about a new meaning to the term selfaccountability. As a senator, you have many obligations and duties that you must fulfill. When I meet these expectations and reach my goals, I not only better myself but I proudly represent my constituents and university.”
Did you know that at UNO, there are more than 1,700 international students that represent 131 countries? Click here to check out UNO’s Study Abroad Program.
Stand Out Among the Rest— Get Involved! Student involvement is vital in helping students meet their peers, develop leadership skills, and build a resume that catches the eyes of potential employers. If you are looking to get more involved at UNO, stop by the Student Organization and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office in the student center and find what fits your passion.”
IMAGE: Martin Luther King Day of Service January 21, 2013
Engage, serve and transform when volunteering Looking for a way to meet new people, learn new things, and help to build and strengthen our community? Join us at the following events: Volunteer Fair Thursday, February 21 10 a.m.–1 p.m., MBSC Nebraska Room Visit with over 40 nonprofits and see where you might want to share your time and talents.
Seed Projects Have an idea? Want to address a special need of a local nonprofit? Bring your ideas, thoughts and let’s create a plan. Stop by today to learn how you can make your idea a reality. Come lead the way!
Seven Days of Service Saturday, March 16 Monday, March 18 Saturday, March 23 Come join us any or all days over Spring Break to work with area nonprofits on a variety of projects in the community. You can select from conservation projects, to rehabbing homes, to community gardening, to working in the food pantry, and so much more. Sign up at www.unomaha.edu/serve. Have fun, get a t-shirt and lunch, make a difference!
Volunteer Opportunities Check out our website at www.unomaha.edu/serve and see if there is a nonprofit where you would like to volunteer and/or sign up to receive information regarding “hot” service needs. We send out local nonprofit requests for volunteers on a regular basis to UNO’s database of volunteers providing them information on service needs within the community.
Be the Change on UNO’s Campus— Apply for Student Government Student Government applications are now available! Want to make a difference on campus and learn the skills to be a leader? Apply to be a Student Government senator! Applications and information are available at sguno.unomaha.edu/elections.php. Applications will close on Wednesday, February 13 at 11:59 p.m. Also, don’t forget to vote! Take the time to see who is campaigning for your class and college. Mark your calendar to cast your ballot March 5. We will have polling places on campus and ballots sent via email, so make sure to watch for those!
Become a certified Nonprofit Leader Would you like to make nonprofit work your career? Thousands of undergraduates are doing just that, each year, in a wide-open job market. One of the best job opportunities is through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) national certification program. Stop by the UNO Office of Student-Community Leadership & Services for more information in the College of Public Affairs and Community Services (CPACS) building room 112. For more information about the NLA program check out www.unomaha.edu/serve or www.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org.
Did you know? Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism. Help raise money and awareness at the Dance Nebraska Marathon on February 15th.
Campus highlights... through the lens.
Women’s Pink Out Basketball Game 7 p.m. Ralston Arena
UNO Hockey Bus 5:15 p.m. Scott Village and bell tower
Zeta Tau Alpha and UNO Athletics
Student Government and UNO Athletics
A Very Beary Valentine’s Day 11 a.m.–2 p.m. MBSC Fireplace Lounge
Dance Nebraska: Omaha 7:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Ralston Arena
Or by Liz Duffy Adams 7:30 p.m., February 12–16 and February 27 UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building UNO Theatre
Student Organizations Maverick Productions & Leadership Programs
19 Safe Sex Exposé 11 a.m.–1 p.m. MBSC Ballroom Gender & Sexual Orientation, Nebraska Aids Project, Intimate Expressions, Planned Parenthood, UNO Health Services, and American Multicultural Students
The Archaeology of Dreams by Caridad Svish 7:30 p.m., February 19-23 and February 28 UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building UNO Theatre Ruth Marimo: “Freedom of an Illegal Immigrant” 12–2 p.m. Nebraska Room
Disney Channel Original Movie Series: The Color of Friendship 8 p.m., location TBA Maverick Productions
Maverick Diversity Coalition
Or by Liz Duffy Adams 7:30 p.m. UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building
The Archaeology of Dreams by Caridad Svish 7:30 p.m. UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building
International Cultural Fair 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Ballroom
Basketball Halftime Show ft. ABDC’s I AM ME 7 p.m., Ralston Arena
Maverick Diversity Coalition
MARCH 2013 SUN
UNO Hockey Bus 6 p.m., February 1–2 Scott Village and Bell tower Student Government & UNO Athletics Or by Liz Duffy Adams 7:30 p.m. UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building UNO Theatre
Student Government Election Day On-campus polling booths and online
UNO Basketball Bus 1:45 p.m. Scott Village & Bell tower Student Government & UNO Athletics
Annual International Banquet 6 p.m. Ballroom Maverick Diversity Coalition
MARCH MADNESS FREE Cupcakes! 12–1 p.m. PKI, Mammal Hall, MBSC
Create Your Own Bumber Sticker 10 a.m.–2 p.m. MBSC Fireplace Maverick Productions Lounge Maverick Productions
Mavericks at the Movies 5:30–8 p.m. Aksarben Cinema
The Archaeology of Dreams by Caridad Svish 7:30 p.m. UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building
UNO Theatre Comedian Adam Hunter 8 p.m., location TBA Maverick Productions
Hula-Hoop-A-Thon 9 a.m.–12 p.m., March 27–28 MBSC Plaza Chi Omega
Easter Egg Hunt and 5k/10k Run: Step It Up 9 a.m. Lake Zorinsky, Shelter #5 Alpha Xi Delta
New Year—New You at Campus Recreation Campus Recreation provides you with programs that will help reach your goals or enjoy new activities. Don’t miss out on Yoga, Zumba, Indoor Cycling and other activities to get your heart pumping. Click here for our Group Exercise Schedule. Let Campus Recreation help you keep your New Year’s resolution. Campus Recreation offers personal training sessions that help you get fit. Contact David Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Don’t let the cold weather get you down, check out the Spring 2013 Outdoor Venture Center Schedule for upcoming training sessions and trips.
Stay Healthy This Semester UNO Health Services provides you with the health care you deserve during the flu season. Health Services is located in the HPER Building, room 102, near the atrium. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 402-554-2374 to schedule an appointment.
Tips to Prevent Influenza • Clean your hands, frequently. • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. • Stay home when you are sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. • Avoid close contact with others that are sick. • Practice other good health habits; get plenty of sleep, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious food and be physically active.
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Helping you succeed The UNO Career Center is here to help you succeed when you’re looking for an internship or job. From career planning, to resumes to interviews we will help prepare you for success. Make an appointment by calling 402-554-3672 or by visiting our website, www.unomaha.edu/ceo. It’s never too early to begin searching for your career; here are some tips on using information interviews and job shadowing.
Using Information Interviews and Job Shadowing to Find Your Career The best way to explore a potential career choice is by speaking with and/or following someone who works in that career. • Do an information interview. Learn first-hand about your chosen profession by asking questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background. • Shadow a professional. Follow someone in your career choice as they go through a typical day or week on the job. Ask questions and observe the work.
Finding a Profession(al) Finding someone to interview or shadow is not difficult. Ask your parents and your friends’ parents if they know someone you can interview. Ask your professors for recommendations of professionals in the field. Go to your career center: Many maintain lists of alumni and employers who are willing to help in your career exploration. Next, call or write a letter requesting an information interview or job shadowing. People who like their jobs tend to enjoy talking about them. You compliment the professional by expressing an interest in the career. In your phone call or letter, explain how you found the person you want to interview and request time for an appointment. Emphasize that you want to find out more about the career—you’re not looking for a job. If you’re lucky, the professional you contact may have other colleagues you can interview also.
Asking Questions Takes notes during your time with the professional. Here are some questions you might ask: 1. What is your typical workday like? 2. What do you like most (and least) about your job? 3. What skills/abilities are most important to succeed in this job? 4. What is your educational background? 5. How did you get started in this field? 6. What courses were most helpful to you and which would you recommend? 7. What is the best way to get started in this field? 8. Do you have any additional advice to help me prepare?
Following Up Your Interview Review your notes. What was your impression? Did you leave the interview feeling as if you can envision a future in this occupation or were you discouraged— you don’t feel you learned enough about the occupation or the job description doesn’t sound appealing any longer? Take your thoughts and concerns to the career center staff and get feedback on the next step to take in your career exploration. You may want to do additional information interviews in this career path or you may want to reexamine your goals and find a different path for your interests.
No matter what you decide, send a thank you note to anyone you interview or shadow. Whether you decide to forge ahead on that career path or find another one, this professional may be a good person to network with when you begin your job search.
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