Provost and VP Appointment – This week I announced the appointment of Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso. Dr. de la Rosa will oversee the accreditation components of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing through the newly formed Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness. Dr. de la Rosa will also oversee Student Services, Educational Affairs, the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Office of Global Health Affairs. He will assist with the development of future academic programs and special projects. Dr. de la Rosa’s 25-plus years of service at TTUHSC El Paso is a huge asset for us as we continue to grow as a university.
Giving Tuesday – This past Tuesday, December 2, our Office of Institutional Advancement took a leap into cyberspace with the #GivingTuesday campaign. This global campaign is dedicated to celebrating a tradition of generosity. This is the first year TTUHSC El Paso has participated in the Giving Tuesday campaign, which began with a proclamation from the City of El Paso. I’m happy to share that some generous individuals chose to give to our university’s mission of education, research and patient care. I would like to thank each individual for taking time to support our goals. In case you missed out on donating and are still interested in making a difference, the #GivingTuesday link will be live until December 31.
Recycling Story – The saying “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure” should be the slogan of the Alan Nasits Go Green Recycling Program at TTUHSC El Paso. For the last few years, staff, faculty and students have shared the responsibility of caring for our planet at an organizational level by recycling paper, plastic, aluminum cans and cardboard. During fiscal year 2013-2014 alone, over 71,000 pounds of materials were recycled. This program has become so successful that it is sustaining itself through the proceeds raised from the recycled materials – minus any recycling expenses. The program has now grown to collect all types of batteries for safe disposal and returns used ink cartridges to Staples. I never met Mr. Nasits, who has since passed away, but I believe he would be very proud of the legacy of teamwork and conservation he left behind.