The following story appeared in the most recent issue of the UNO Magazine, which highlighted how professors are serious about play, studying how it aids learning and development, using it to teach math or to aid recovery from a stroke, or just to have fun. Read the magazine online as a Flipbook or download a PDF.
For 13 years, UNO’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has made it easy for those in the Omaha community to make sure Spot, Rover and Fido are given as much attention as Rudolph, Donner and Blitzen.
That’s done through the annual Santa Paws event at which pets can pose for a holiday card with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and elves from UNO. The cards are printed on site and emailed to each pet owner for a fee. Pet owners who also donate an item from a list of needed supplies, like litter, toys and treats, receive a discount.
This past December, PRSSA students and Omaha pet lovers took over The Bookworm, in Omaha’s Loveland Shopping Center.
All proceeds from Santa Paws are donated to local animal shelters or rescue groups.
Last February, UNO PRSSA received the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nebraska Anvil Award of Excellence in the Outstanding Community or Nonprofit Event category for their work on the Santa Paws Donation Drive Event.
UNO PRSSA plans to continue Santa Paws in 2020. Check the UNO website for more information.
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