From the Desk of the President

From the Desk of the President

Aspen Institute – There is much interest nationally in TTUHSC El Paso, the El Paso community and the border region. The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington D.C., was in El Paso and on our campus this week with journalists from national media outlets to learn about and gain a better understanding of the borderplex region. The Aspen Institute provides a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.  It recently launched a new initiative–Latinos and Society Program–dedicated to increasing the awareness of the growing Latino community and its important contribution to all aspects of American society.  Woody Hunt and the Hunt Family Foundation have generously provided support for this initiative.  The Borderplex Alliance helped tour the group and navigated key areas they were interested in including healthcare, manufacturing, arts and culture, immigration, security and the regional economy. Because of the significant impact of the medical school in our region, they featured the medical school on Thursday, June 10.

NAHN Visits GGHSON – Staff from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) were at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) this Friday. The GGHSON was chosen for inclusion in their national collaborative project ‘Hispanic Role Models in Healthcare Careers’.  GGHSON alumni and nursing students were videotaped as Hispanic role models discussing the range of health careers open to them through proper education. Interviews with these role models will be posted on NAHN’s website. Of the 3,000,000 registered nurses in the U.S., Hispanics represent only 3.6% even though Hispanics make up 17% of the U.S. population. NAHN’s goal is to increase the number of Hispanic nurses.

Campus Carry- Last week, the Texas Legislature passed ‘campus carry’ legislation and has sent the bill to the Governor for his signature.  Below is a message I would like to share from Chancellor Robert Duncan on the bill. “The Texas Tech University System appreciates the Legislature’s willingness to listen to the viewpoints of various stakeholders interested in this important issue.  The final negotiated language reflects the unique safety considerations of each institution of higher education in this state.  Additionally, the legislation recognizes the critical role of the Boards of Regents and Presidents, students, faculty and staff in creating policy for implementing this new law.  The Texas Tech System will work in the next 15 months to develop appropriate rules and internal procedures to make sure that our implementation to campus carry proceeds as smoothly as possible.  Our priority remains to ensure that the campus environment is safe for all students, faculty and staff.”