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For the majority of Americans, “the most wonderful time of the year” is also the most stressful season. In a recent survey, 90 percent of respondents said they stressed over at least one aspect of the holidays. For older adults in particular, this may be the year to slow down, take stock of the holidays, and sidestep the stressors. Doing so can pay off in immediate benefits for physical and mental health.
Sing-A-Long Spectacular (Dec. 11th)
The Festival & Events Assocation of Tucson & Southern Arizona presents its third a annual Arizona conference, presented with pre-conference professional Certified Festival & Events Executive (CFEE) training, at Tucson Marriott University Park in Main Gate Square on the Tucson Streetcar line.
A celebration of all things deliciously prickly pear. There will be exhibitors/vendors with prickly pear items to sample and to purchase. The manmy varied iems using prickly pear cactus range from mixes for margaritas, lemonade and even beer, to recipe books, medicines, and art.
Ever dream about becoming an author? Love to write poetry? Want some guidance and encouragement from a professional writer?
Tucson celebrates books and literacy at the fourth-largest book festival in the country. This two-day event (the 6th annual in 2014) features more than 300 presentations, 200 exhibitors, and countless opportunities to meet authors, poets, screenwriters, and journalists. There are book signings, panel discussions, staged entertainment, food vendors, children's and Science City programming, and dozens of free activities for all ages on the University of Arizona Mall.
Meet author Gloria McMillan and “live Martian tour guides” at the March 15 launch of McMillan’s book, “Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific, and Other Perspectives.”
Here is a handy guide to all things crafty in the Old Pueblo during Arizona Beer Week.
“With my paintbrush and the boldest colors, I pull ideas together in the best way that makes my heart sing. Always bright, always colorful, always pure of heart,” artist Regina Lord stated.
Pima Community College adjunct instructor Gloria McMillan has organized an exhibit honoring famous science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.
The Children’s Museum Tucson is celebrating literacy during the month entire of September. The Museum will be featuring specialized programming with hands-on educational activities that focus on the importance of literacy.
"For me, each painting is like a book - a beginning, a middle and an end," stated artist Atlanta Knatchhall. "Sometimes the work pours out and I complete it, almost forgetting to breathe, and some are filled with angst, taking months to complete."
Whether it's a bicycle collision or difficulty breathing, the UA community can count on quick help from students trained and certified as EMTs.
The University of Arizona Student Emergency Medical Services, or UASEMS, group has been operational for three semesters and provides assistance in medical emergencies. Its leaders emphasize thorough training and certification.
"We're students at the UA who happen to be EMTs. We're not student EMTs," says Derek Smith, manager of UA Student Emergency Medical Services and a non-degree-seeking graduate student.
When Brandon Murphy arrived at the UA three years ago, he didn't find any options for students to work in EMS on campus. He met up with two other students – who've since graduated – to begin brainstorming a program that students could run. They looked at other universities that have student EMS programs and modeled a club after the best practices they found around the country. It took two years to work through the administration and risk management officials, but they were able to start as a club with ASUA funding and began responding in spring 2012.
UASEMS switched to funding from the student service fee and began expanding hours in fall 2012. As the fall progressed, the group did too, taking on additional days until they were operating from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week.
UASEMS this year was the sole EMS provider at the Tucson Festival of Books, saving the festival $4,000 by not using the Tucson Fire Department. UASEMS also works stand-by at Spring Fling, football games and tailgating and when requested for special events, like the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.
"Anything that occurs on campus, we can be there," Murphy says. "Our members do get put into emergencies where they're the only person there, so we make sure they're held to the same certification. We weren't going to settle for a CPR certification or anything else. We make sure everyone has state certification."
UASEMS finished the semester with 32 student members, most of whom are certified Emergency Medical Technicians, with the same Arizona training and certification as a Southwest Basic Life Support Ambulance. Two EMTs staff each 12-hour shift, sometimes along with an additional Certified First Responder, and typically respond to at least two calls for service. On its busiest day, UASEMS responded to 12 calls in a 24-hour period.
Common calls for service deal with fall victims, injuries from pedestrian, bicycle or vehicle collisions and respiratory distress.
"It's part of our emergency mission to provide a quick, rapid response and be the first to provide care until further medical care arrives," Murphy says.
By checking vital signs and reporting to paramedics, the student EMTs can eliminate a step and save valuable time if a patient needs to be taken to a hospital.
"There are calls where we take the blood pressure while waiting for TFD and give the information right to them so they can load and go. They appreciate it," Murphy says.
Many students join out of an interest in a future medical career, some have even gone on to medical school already, while others are considering EMT as a career. Interest is growing; the group has received 80 applications since the fall that they haven't been able to accept. They're hoping to take on as many as 10 in the fall and hope to expand to providing EMS service around the clock, seven days as week.
UASEMS has a golf cart and two bicycles, all equipped with emergency gear. UAPD ride-alongs are a mandatory part of the orientation, which includes 20 hours of vigorous bike training and instruction on bloodborne pathogens and health privacy laws. The members participate in monthly continuing education courses and perform mock drills during the week.
"It's real-life, in-the-field experience they can't get shadowing somebody in a hospital," says Murphy, a junior in communications from New Jersey. "Here, you're set to a standard and you have a responsibility. That is your patient until further medical attention arrives."