From the Desk of the President

BHR Appointment – I would like to congratulate TTUHSC El Paso Assistant Vice President for Research Dr. Peter Rotwein, who was recently appointed as a member of the Expert Panel for the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Research (BHR) Work Group. Co-chairs of the BHR Work Group, Dr. Manuel de la Rosa (U.S. Section) and Dr. Dora Cortes Hernandez (Mexico Section), believe Dr. Rotwein’s commitment to border research will strengthen the mission of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, which is to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Service Awards – I am honored to attend my first Annual Employee Service Awards today at 3 p.m. at the AEC Auditorium, where I will also give a short campus address. At this special event we will recognize employees with five, ten, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. I would like to congratulate every person celebrating an anniversary with TTUHSC El Paso, especially those who have been with Texas Tech three decades or more.

Employees celebrating 30 years are Dr. Darius Boman of the Dept. of Pathology and Dr. Elmus G. Beale of the Dept. of Medical Education. Rebecca Moreno from MPIP Credentialing will be honored as the 35-year service employee. I encourage all who are celebrating a service anniversary to attend.
PLFSOM Highlight – I recently mentioned that reporters from national outlets touring the borderplex region with the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., visited our campus to learn more about TTUHSC El Paso. Esther Cepeda, a Washington Post reporter with the institute, wrote about her experience in the region and her article was picked up by numerous national media outlets. You can read her Washington Post June 19th article Where Diversity Comes Naturally here.