Employee Giving Campaign: Librarian Corina Bustillos Supports the Student Excellence Fund

Each month, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso employee who contributes to the university’s Employee Giving Campaign will be featured. Participating in this campaign sends a powerful message to the community that employees not only work here, but also truly believe in our mission to serve all people through exemplary patient care, education and research. This month’s employee is Corina Bustillos, assistant director of the TTUHSC El Paso Libraries of the Health Sciences.

Corina Bustillos has seen big changes at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso libraries in her 27 years working here.

Corina Bustillos

Corina Bustillos

Gone are the days when the shelves were packed with books. Today, research is done primarily with computers. But to Bustillos, the libraries remain vital to the university. There are two library locations on campus: the Delia Montes-Gallo Library in the Academic Education Center, and the Doris F. Eisenberg Library in the Medical Education Building.

“The libraries are still needed because, to me, they are the heart of an institution; they bring students and faculty of different disciplines together under one roof,” said Bustillos, whose office is located in the Delia Montes-Gallo Library. “Technology offers them the opportunity to get information faster, but librarians are still needed to assist them in how to get it. That hasn’t changed, and I don’t think it will ever change. Everybody needs that human interaction for help.”

Bustillos offers help in another way — through the Employee Giving Campaign. Since 2017, Bustillos has contributed to the campaign. She chooses the “Power Hour” option, a way to make an automatic donation each month equivalent to one hour of her salary. She directs her donation to the Student Excellence Fund.

She admits that at first, she was drawn to the campaign because she had her eyes on a porcine promotional item that some employees received for their participation.

“I saw that one of my coworkers got a piggy bank for being a part of it,” Bustillos said with a chuckle. “And I thought, ‘I want a piggy bank.’”

But after some more thought, she realized the important thing was to give, rather than receive.

“I said to myself, ‘Sure, I’ll donate. Why not?’ Whatever I can do to help out — even if it’s small — it’s important to give when you can,” she recalled. “I think it’s important, because our students need our support. I’m a firm believer that I support what I believe in. And I believe in our institution.”

Bustillos added that giving has become even easier with the option to do so online.

“It only takes a few minutes of your time, but it has a lasting impact on our students,” Bustillos said.

 Giving back has never been so easy now that the Employee Giving Campaign form is online. Click here to join the Employee Giving Campaign.