Faculty and Staff Highlight: Tommie Morelos

Faculty and Staff Highlight: Tommie Morelos

The Office of Institutional Advancement regularly features a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty or staff member who exemplifies the vision and mission of our institution. Their journeys to becoming TTUHSC El Paso employees are unique and work experiences vary, but all have a passion to improve the lives of the people in our community. They are dedicated to excellence and committed to care.

This month’s employee is Tommie Morelos, senior photographer with the Office of Institutional Advancement.

The smile behind the lens, Tommie Morelos, senior photographer with the Office of Institutional Advancement, is a familiar face on campus.  Morelos has met most employees and students as she’s tasked with taking headshots at new employee orientation and new student orientation.

“I originally wanted to be a writer,” said Morelos. “Then I took a photography course in high school. I was instantly hooked. I learned to shoot traditional film and then ran with digital.”

Morelos graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in photography.  She was working as a freelance photographer in the Borderland when she heard about a photographer position opening at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.  

“Growing up, I saw my mother advocate for affordable health care. I saw her at protests, court hearings, town meetings and out in the community raising awareness about free health care services. Community advocacy and health is something I’ve always been passionate about. When I found out about the position at TTUHSC El Paso, I thought it would be a perfect way to use my skills and help my community.”

Along with professional portraits, Morelos photographs campus and community activities and marketing initiatives. The work doesn’t stop there, as part of the process includes selecting and editing the best shots. Her favorite photo opportunities are often those that show the impact of the institution in the community.

“I enjoy covering the community events and commencements. I love preserving a moment in time,” said Morelos. “A great photograph with emotion is my idea of perfection. A favorite event of mine is the Casa Nissan car lease donations. Providing assistance to students in need helps them achieve their health profession and higher education goals.”

Morelos photography has not gone unnoticed. Her work has recently garnered awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement. The photography series, “Aug. 3, 2019 Walmart Shooting Memorial” and “Foster School of Medicine 10-Year Anniversary,” are finalists for the CASE District IV Platinum Awards, to be announced in June 2021. Her photography series “TTUHSC El Paso Students in the Community” earned a Bronze at the 2021 CASE District IV Accolades Awards.

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Aug. 3, 2019, Walmart Shooting Memorial
This collection of photos by Tommie Morelos is a finalist for the globally recognized Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Platinum Awards, to be announced in June 2021.

Foster School of Medicine 10-Year Anniversary
This collection of photos by Tommie Morelos is a finalist for the globally recognized Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Platinum Awards, to be announced in June 2021.

TTUHSC El Paso Students in the Community
This collection of photos by Tommie Morelos earned a Bronze at the 2021 CASE District IV Accolades Awards.