From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

ALS Challenge – For all those impacted by chronic debilitating diseases, like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Vice President for Health Affairs Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., Associate Dean for Finance and Administration Frank Stout, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Victoria Pineda, and I agreed to take on the ice bucket challenge offered by the Sierra Providence Health Network leadership team.  On Wednesday, September 3, our leadership team stood outside the Medical Science Building I, underneath the second floor landing.  Above us, adrenaline-filled students awaited the signal to douse us with icy water.  I don’t believe anything in recent history has made me feel quite as alive – and chilled – as this challenge did.  Click the Facebook icon to the upper right to see the video and photos. Fortunately, aside from the funds and awareness raise for ALS research, we were also able to pass on this great opportunity to others. So we challenged the University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio, Medical Center of the Americas President Emma Schwartz, University Medical Center of El Paso President Jim Valenti and their leadership teams.

Texas Tech vs. UTEP – Whether you’re a die-hard Red Raider or a faithful Miner – the two teams will come facemask to facemask at the much-anticipated UTEP home opener scheduled for Saturday, September 6 in the Sun Bowl – with kickoff slated for 9:05 pm/MST.  It’s still not too late to purchase tickets!  Go online to TicketMaster.com or call 915-747-5234. I’ll see y’all at the game!

Welcome Back – This week, TTUHSC El Paso students from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences attended the annual WELCOME BACK event, hosted by TTUHSC at Lubbock Assistant Vice President of Student Services Margret Duran.  Students were able to eat, meet and mingle with classmates and Lubbock student services staff before officially diving into their studies.  Thank you, Margret, for putting on such a delightful event.

Health Care Rising – The ‘State of the Health Care Industry’ forum took place yesterday at the Plaza Theatre and was attended by over 170 healthcare leaders and professionals from around the region.  The event, presented by the Medical Center of the America’s (MCA) Foundation and the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, shed light on the current state of the region’s healthcare industry.  Being new to the area, I was impressed by the long-term commitment my peers had made to expand and develop health care resources, while strengthening the economy of our region.  This event affirmed our community and business leaders’ commitment toward becoming the comprehensive, world-class medical hub we are destined to become.