SGA Hosts First-ever Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards

SGA Hosts First-ever Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards

On May 3, the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its first annual Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards Ceremony. The student-run event was created to recognize the people who help make Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) one of the nation’s leading institutions for health education.

“The purpose of this event was to recognize students, faculty, and staff across all three programs,” said Eric Vest, president of the SGA. “Each school brings something special to this campus and as a student government, it is our duty to promote and cultivate the interprofessionalism that unifies the health sciences center. The SGA wanted to put together something special: an award show that would acknowledge the achievements, outstanding commitment, and accomplishments of all the award winners.”

The event was run entirely by students; SGA officers and senators were responsible for budgeting, organizing catering services, marketing, designing the programs, and running the election process for award recipients. The event opened with the national anthem, performed by the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s student choir, followed a presentation of the colors by the Jefferson High Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). Speakers included Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of TTUHSC El Paso, and Diana Andrade, assistant director of Student Services.

About the Student Government Association

The SGA is the governing body representing all three of TTUHSC El Paso’s schools: the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM), the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON), and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). In addition to representing student interests, the organization is responsible for various events and programs, including:

  • Corazón de Oro (Heart of Gold), a community service day where students volunteer at multiple sites throughout the city of El Paso
  • Two campuswide luncheons
  • A veterans appreciation week
  • “Pink Out,” a weeklong breast cancer awareness campaign
  • A student safety walk-out, supported by the Texas Tech Police Department
  • A student discount program, in collaboration with the El Paso Chamber of Commerce
  • The Staff, Faculty, and Student Awards

For more information or to get involved, email

Photos by Tommie Morelos, Office of Institutional Advancement.