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Lincoln 55+ and OLLI in 2007

Hello from the Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper,

OLLI – Osher Life Long Learning – has been just a great success. In the last months of a 3 year grant, OLLI had 304 members with a long term goal of reaching 500 members. Meeting this goal would earn a $1 Million endowment to help educate Seniors in Lincoln NE..On March 1st, 2007, with publication of a 4 page, color ad in the spring issue of the Lincoln 55+ Senior Paper, our membership jumped in just 6 weeks to 447. After the next 4-page ad in the summer issue, we reached 537 – well beyond the “long-term goal.”  After the membership year ended, we dropped back to 440 members but surged forward again after the Fall 2007 ads – to 650 members. So – in 10 months, OLLI membership rose from 304 to 650. Wow. And yes! We did get that 1st $Million endowment.

OLLI board members carried 1200-1500 papers (of 12,000 total) to their friends and neighbors and doctors offices for each issue. Offering the 55+ Paper became a method for starting a conversation about OLLI.  The Lincoln 55+ is proud of the the 12 years relationship with OLLI. in 2018, we are over 1400 members and now have a second endowment in hand. A million here and an million there adds up.

OLLI Rocks.  https://olli.unl.edu/

http://lincoln55plus.com/

UNL Game Day Rules – 2018

Here it is Game Day Rules. Look for these:

  • clear-bag policy
  • Go Green for Big Red recycling program
  • gates open 
  • A free bike valet service
  • No Smoking at all of any kind – No vapors

MEMORIAL STADIUM POLICIES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018

Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug. 27, 2018 – A new, energy-efficient lighting system and upgraded window systems in the skybox suites will be the most noticeable changes for Cornhusker football fans as they enter Memorial Stadium Sept. 1 for the season opener vs. Akron.

Fans are reminded to arrive early and plan ahead to find an appropriate parking location, entrance gate, restroom, concession stand and postgame meeting place. Fans are urged to stay hydrated and to follow the instructions of security and safety officials.

Nebraska has implemented a clear-bag policy for all ticketed sporting events. Each attendee will be allowed to enter with one clear bag: either a plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar). Small clutches – approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap – can be taken into the stadium along with one of the clear bags. The clutch cannot be larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Exceptions will be made for approved medical needs. Medical bags or equipment can be inspected and tagged at Gates 11, 15 and 16A and at premium-level lobbies. For questions about medical equipment or other needs, contact the Nebraska Athletic Event Management Office at 402-472-1003.

All other purses and bags are prohibited. Guests carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be asked to return them to their vehicles, hotel rooms or homes. Fans also may transfer their personal items into a provided, clear, Ziploc-style bag and discard the bag that does not meet the new guidelines.

Guests can carry personal items in their pockets or jackets. These include keys, makeup, feminine products, combs, phones, wallets and credit cards. Attendees also may bring blankets into the stadium by carrying them over a shoulder or arm. Guests who don’t have a bag can use the express entry lanes at Gates 2, 4, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20.

For more information on the clear-bag policy, visit http://huskers.com/bagpolicy.

GAME DAY INFORMATION:

> Gates 1, 6, 8, 18, 19 and 21 will close shortly after kickoff. If a gate is closed, fans can use the next open gate to gain access into the stadium. Fans will be required to open outer garments for visual inspection upon entry.

> Tickets at all gates will be scanned with an optical reader for entry and re-entry. No entry is allowed after the start of the fourth quarter.

> Fans will again have the ability to utilize Memorial Stadium’s text-messaging service. For fan assistance, text to 69050 and start messages with UNLPD. Standard text-message rates will apply.

> Fans who are hearing-impaired can receive play calls, player information, referee announcements, promotions and emergency messages by following @HuskerCaption on Twitter. Those without Twitter-enabled devices can check out iPads at East and West Stadium Guest Services booths to take advantage of the program.

> University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will be seated in Sections 9 through 13B in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium. All student seating is general admission. Students with tickets for East Stadium seating (Sections 9, 10 and 11) must pick up a required wristband at the tent east of Gate 23 beginning four hours prior to kickoff each game. When stadium gates open, students will enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 23. Wristbands are not required for students with tickets for South Stadium seating (Sections 12, 13A and 13B, entering through Gate 24). Student tickets are linked to students’ valid NCard, which will be scanned at the gate for admission. They must be scanned in and out like a regular ticket. Student ticket transfers may be done to other students enrolled at the university. All transfers are done electronically from ticket accounts at http://www.huskers.com. Student-to-student transfers go directly onto the transferee’s NCard at no charge. Tickets may be transferred one time to one person, so it is important that the original ticket holder send the invitation to the intended recipient, as it is not possible to transfer to a third party. Students may not transfer tickets to non-students.

> Fans are asked to help the Go Green for Big Red recycling program by depositing plastic bottles and cups in marked recycling bins near trash receptacles.

> Memorial Stadium gates open 90 minutes before kickoff, and ticket holders are encouraged to enter the gate number printed on tickets. Fans are encouraged to travel light when trying to gain entry to Memorial Stadium, as all fans and their belongings are subject to inspection at stadium entrances. Fans are encouraged to review the list of prohibited items at http://www.huskers.com/gameday. All prohibited items must be discarded at the gate or returned to a vehicle, hotel room or home.

> The Husker Nation Pavilion will be back for its 15th year, with most activities taking place on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice field northeast of Memorial Stadium. It will open three hours prior to kickoff and provide free, family-friendly activities, games, music, autograph signings and appearances by current and former athletes across many sports.

> Stadium Drive on the west side of the stadium will also have food vendors and some game-related activities.

MEMORIAL STADIUM POLICIES:

> The Athletic Ticket Office will open four hours before kickoff except for 11 a.m. games, when it will open at 8 a.m.

> The Huskers Shop will open three to five hours before kickoff, depending on start time.

> Mobile tickets will be accepted; tickets can be stored on mobile devices and scanned at the gates. The mobile 2D barcode cannot be printed and scanned.

> Outside chairbacks are not allowed in Memorial Stadium. About 20,000 chairback seats will be available for rental at $5 each.

> Escalator and elevator access will be restricted to fans holding tickets to their respective areas in the premium level and the 600 East Stadium level.

> A free bike valet service will be provided at Cook Pavilion by Campus Recreation. For details, go to http://bike.unl.edu/bikevalet.

> The University of Nebraska–Lincoln prohibits the use of all smoking, tobacco and vaping products on its properties. For more information, visit https://www.unl.edu/tobacco-free-2018.

> The following items are prohibited in Memorial Stadium: guns, knives, bags that do not meet the clear-bag policy above, glass, cans, coolers, beverage containers, video cameras, open umbrellas and pets. At the discretion of game management, other items are subject to being prohibited. People will be asked to return prohibited items to their vehicles, hotel rooms or homes. Empty plastic water bottles are permitted but may be inspected. The use of selfie sticks inside Memorial Stadium is prohibited and may result in confiscation of the device if seen used. Camera use is permitted. For specific information, visit http://huskers.com/gameday.

> Food and beverages from approved game-day vendors selling on university grounds are allowed inside the stadium. All other outside food and beverages are prohibited. Certain situations may arise (e.g., extreme heat) that initiate exceptions to this policy. The university and the athletic department will communicate to the public if exceptions will be made.

> Alcoholic beverages of any type are not allowed in the stadium. In addition, consumption of alcohol is prohibited in city and university parking lots and property.

> The university does not permit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on or over the campus on football game days.

> Throwing of any object in the stadium is prohibited. Any person throwing any object is subject to immediate removal from the stadium. Rules allow game officials to penalize the home team if objects are thrown onto the playing field.

> Nebraska event staff or security personnel can help with any problems fans may encounter. If fans become separated from friends, they should report to any First Aid station or Guest Services booth for assistance.

> Lost-and-found areas are located in the Guest Relations and Security offices in both the East and West stadiums.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:

> Most parking lots on City Campus are reserved for those who have paid reservations on game days. Most lots surrounding the stadium have been converted to reserved stalls, with patrons assigned to specific numbered stalls. Paid public parking on City Campus is available at $25 per stall.

> Parking for people with disabilities is available for $25 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis in Booster Lots 5 and 9 on the south side of Salt Creek Roadway between Stadium Drive and 14th Street northeast of Memorial Stadium. Lots 5 and 9 have free cart-shuttle service to the stadium for mobility-impaired guests. This shuttle is radio-equipped and will run to and from the stadium before the game and beginning at the start of the fourth quarter. Contact the athletics ticket office at 402-472-3111 for pre-purchase opportunities. Charter and shuttle-bus parking is available on W Street between 14th and 16th streets.

> Parking lots will open at 6 a.m. for games with kickoff scheduled before 6 p.m.; for games that start at 6 p.m. or later, lots will open at 11 a.m. Lots at Haymarket Park will open at 6 a.m. for games with kickoff scheduled at 11 a.m; for all other kickoff times, these lots will open at 8 a.m.

> Stadium Drive, the street on the west side of the stadium, will be closed on game days.

> StarTran will offer the Big Red Express shuttle service to and from the stadium from sites around Lincoln. The cost is $5 each way or $10 round trip. Season passes are available for $60. For additional information, go to http://startran.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-476-1234.

> Fan drop-off attempts around the stadium are prohibited. The recommended drop-off location is 12th and R streets. Uber, Lyft and taxi drop-offs and pickups will be at 14th and Vine streets. The 10th Street bridge is now open.

> Up-to-date statewide road information can be found at http://nebraskatransportation.org. Highway conditions and a brief weather report can be obtained by calling 511 on a landline or cell phone.

> Stadium Drive is closed from T to V streets beginning at 6 a.m. on game days. Access to Lots 1, 3, 4 and 6 are via T Street. No vehicles will have access to the southbound Ninth Street roundabout pre- and postgame.

Sept 6-8 – COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS

 

 

WHEN: Sept. 6-8, 2018

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a weekend of festivities Sept. 6-8.

The three-day celebration will include a number of events for alumni, industry partners, faculty, students, staff and stakeholders to enjoy. Most events are open to the public, and select ticketed events are open to those who register online by Aug. 20. Attendees may register for the entire weekend or select specific events to attend.

The celebration will kick off at noon Sept. 6 at Nebraska Innovation Campus with a luncheon and panel discussion among previous department chairs, an industry open house, tours of the Schorr Center, a barbecue on the department’s original Ferguson Hall grounds and a seminar with featured speaker Eric Brown, director of foundational innovation at IBM Watson Health.

Events will continue on Friday with lectures from alumni and a formal dinner reception. The reception will honor new Hall of Computing inductees Tom and Rhonda Peed, founders of Sandhills Publishing. The evening will also include a keynote speech from Lee Redden, chief technology officer and co-founder of Blue River Technology.

Festivities will conclude Saturday in the Haymarket with a tailgate party before the Nebraska vs. Colorado football game on the Nebraska Global building rooftop.

For more information and to register, visit https://cse.unl.edu/anniversary-staging.

from:

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Office of University Communication

1217 Q St.

Lincoln, NE 68588-0218

Telephone: 402-472-2211

Fax: 402-472-7825

10 tips for travel in Norway and Sweden

     For the Week of: July 16th, 2018
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Hello from Stockholm, Sweden –

I am writing to you today as I am flying home from a 12 Day trip to Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This is a delightful time to be in Scandinavia as there is almost 24-hour sunlight and usually mild summer temperatures. This year saw record-setting heat in Sweden and Norway as the temps rose into the high 80’s many days.

Here are my 10 tips when traveling to Norway and Sweden (I provided my Iceland comments last week)

#1 – You can travel without cash in Scandinavia –Credit cards are the preferred payment for everything from taxi cabs to coffee houses. Some places will only accept credit cards for payment. Be sure to bring two credit cards as sometimes you might have trouble with one credit card being accepted but the other one works. Many stores do not accept American Express cards for payment. I used to always recommend to bring some local currency but the mass movement to credit card payment makes using local currency more pain than it is worth.

#2 – Hotels in Norway and Sweden are not up to American standards –Many national and regional hotels in Norway and Sweden do not meet Americans standards. A four-star hotel in Norway would be 3 stars in the U.S. Rooms are small, bathrooms even smaller, and showers even smaller. They are hotel chains like Hilton and Sheraton that offer options American are used to.

#3 – Hotels have no air conditioning –Many hotels do not have air conditioning and you will bake when the weather gets in the 80’s. Many of the hotels in Scandinavia were built when the summers never reached 80 degrees so they don’t have air conditioning. Your only way to cool your room is to open your window which also brings you street music throughout the night and makes it very difficult to rest. Be sure to ask the front desk for a fan for your room.

#4 – Shampoo is in a wall dispenser –Many of us have gotten used to having small bottles of shampoo and hair conditioner at the hotel. Many hotels in Scandinavia have wall dispensers that are filled with bulk shampoo. My mamma always told me to never bathe with anything poured from a 55-gallon drum.

#5 – Don’t forget to put out a door sign to clean your room –If the housekeeper does not see the sign on your door they will often just not make up your room that day.

#6 – No washcloths in the bathrooms –Americans often bring their own washcloths when traveling to Europe and Scandinavia as not many hotels offer washcloths in their bathrooms.

#7 – Your dinner could last for 4 hours unless you ask for the check –Unless you ask for the check they will not bring it. Unlike the U.S. it is considered rude to bring a check until you ask for it.

#8 – You need your room key to turn on the room lights –Scandinavians take their energy efficiency very seriously and almost all hotels require you to put your room key in a slot inside the door to turn on the lights. When you leave the room and take your key all the room lights shut off. Many hotels around the world use this method to control energy cost today.

#9 – Great cell service even when driving through tunnels –I could not believe it when I was riding a bus through a 5-mile long tunnel and never lost my cell phone connection for a conference call I was on.

#10 – The U.S. dollar is still the gold standard for tipping –Almost everyone has a big smile when you tip them with USD. The dollar is still the best currency to have in your wallet around the world.

Bonus tip #11 -New European security rules limit access to websites using wi-fi- I was surprised to find that I could not access several websites using wi-fi but was able to access using my cell service. Apparently, this is related to the new personal data security rules of the EU. I usually like to read my local newspapers from back home and my Wallstreet Journal when I am traveling along with Facebook.

Need information on any of the above?
Call our friendly travel advisors…
Lincoln – 402-435-8888 Toll-free 800-737-0582

Health Tips for the Summer Season

By Dr. Tony Sun, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of Nebraska

Summer is here, providing an ideal time for people in Nebraska to get active. While some people may talk about getting a “beach body,” fitness is more than just a matter of aesthetics – it can mean the difference between a long life and premature death.

Studies show 80 percent or more of premature chronic conditions, such as heart attack, stroke or diabetes, are caused by modifiable lifestyle choices, as opposed to being caused by genetic factors. Yet, many Americans lack an understanding of the connection between lifestyle choices and chronic health conditions. A recent UnitedHealthcare survey found that just 16 percent of Americans correctly recognized that 80 percent or more of premature chronic conditions are caused by modifiable lifestyle choices, such as risk factors like smoking or obesity, not genetics.

To help make fitness a priority this summer, here are tips to consider:

Walk This Way: Studies have shown walking more and sitting less may help people maintain a healthier weight, ward off depression and prevent serious health issues like heart disease. And a recent report concluded that walking can help curb sweet cravings, boost the immune system and ease joint pain. To make walking more effective, think FIT, which stands for frequency (500 steps within seven minutes six times per day), intensity (3,000 steps within 30 minutes each day) and tenacity (at least 10,000 total steps per day).

Get Outside (Safely): The popularity of smartphones and streaming TV has made it easy – and entertaining – to stay inside. In fact, recent research has found that some people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, limiting exposure to daylight and fresh air. This can have negative consequences, including for children and their eye health. Studies have found that exposure to outdoor light may help reduce the risk of nearsightedness, the inability to see far off objects clearly. To gain the potential benefits of being outdoors while helping stay safe, children and adults should wear sunglasses that block both UV rays and blue light, as well as apply sunscreen to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

 Maintain Your Hearing Health: Summer is a popular time for sporting events and music concerts, which can lead to exposure to loud sounds. Crowd noise at sporting events can exceed 90 decibels, while music concerts can reach 110 decibels. Prolonged exposure to sounds above 85 decibels can contribute to gradual hearing loss, so it is a good idea to use ear protection when seeing your favorite team or band. Likewise, extended listening to music or digital content through headphones or earbuds may damage hearing overtime. To help prevent that, turn the volume on your electronic device to 60 percent and listen for no longer than 60 minutes at a time, and never listen to earbuds while using power tools or a lawn mower.

 Stay Safe Overseas: With people heading out on summer vacations, it is important to recognize that up to 20 percent of travelers suffer an illness or injury while on vacation. Before traveling out of your home state, review your health plan and understand what it covers, including if you have access to a national or local network of hospitals and health care providers. For people traveling overseas, contact your primary care doctor or travel medicine clinic to determine what pre-screenings or immunizations might be recommended or required, based on your health history and countries on the itinerary.

Following these tips may help you focus on fun, friends and family during the summer, while helping maintain or improve your health now and in the future.

 

 

How to Find Accessible Vacation Rentals By : Kristen Hicks

 

Many families face the challenge of wanting to enjoy vacations together but have a hard time finding accommodations that provide the accessibility options required for senior family members.How to Find Accessible Vacation Rentals
Read more about how to find accessible vacation rentals for your family this summer.

An Accessible Vacation – See link.

How to Find Accessible Rentals on AirBnb – Earlier this year, AirBnb added 21 new accessibility filters to the website to make it easier for travelers to find rentals suitable for different accessibility needs.

The filters they now offer cover most of the needs your loved one is likely to have. You can narrow your results based on whether the rental has:

  • A bathtub with shower chair
  • A disabled parking spot
  • A flat path to the entrance
  • A handheld showerhead
  • A roll-in shower with a chair
  • A well-lit path to the home’s entrance
  • Accessible-height beds
  • Accessible-height toilet
  • An elevator (for homes with multiple stories)
  • Grab bars for the shower and toilets
  • Step-free access to the bathroom, bedroom and common areas
  • Wide clearance for the shower and toilet
  • Wide clearance to the bed
  • Wide doorways
  • Wide hallways

https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/how-to-find-accessible-vacation-rentals/

 

Activities sponsored by Wachiska Audubon in July.

  1. Thursday, July 12 – FREE Summer potluck picnic at Spring Creek Prairie at 6:00 p.m. Bring friends, a dish to share, and your own table service. Beverages provided. Short program by staff and prairie tour to follow. Check SCP website for directions, www.springcreekprairie.org or call 402-797-2301.
  2. Saturday, July 14 – FREE Wildflower Walk, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Nine-Mile Prairie, a 230 acre native tallgrass prairie in northwest Lincoln.  Call Carole at 402-475-9219 for directions and questions.

Check website at www.WachiskaAudubon.org, call the Wachiska office at 402-486-4846, or email office@WachiskaAudubon.org for details.

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