From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

970609_997800216913596_8827733247072352744_nChancellor’s Visit – Texas Tech System Chancellor Robert Duncan visited Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso this week to receive updates on current projects, recruiting, future growth and the impact our university is having on the region.  It was also an opportunity for key individuals to begin planning for the 2015 legislative session this spring.  Chancellor Duncan’s background as a State Senator and his history as an ally of our medical school for 10-plus years, make him an outstanding advocate for the needs of El Paso’s newest university.

Faculty Recognition Banquet – The annual TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Faculty Recognition Banquet took place last week. It was a pleasure seeing many of our faculty sans scrub and white coats, ready for a night of mingling, dining and recollecting their achievements over the past 12 months. It was an elegant event that honored our community and university faculty.  Go to “Charting a Course in Excellence” in this week’s Tech View blog for all of this year’s honorees, plus photos.

Keynote Speaker – TTUHSC El Paso Vice President for Health Affairs Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., was recently the keynote speaker at the BIT’s Second Annual World Congress of Pediatrics in Taiyuan, China.  This year’s theme was “Kids’ Health Today, Human’s Hope Tomorrow”.  Dr. de la Rosa’s lecture focused on the impact of the social determinants of health on childhood outcomes and was shared with pediatric specialists from around the world.

SECC Campaign – I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s TTUHSC El Paso State Employee Capital Campaign.  Your generosity helped us surpass our goal of $50,000.  We are now at $55,000 and still counting.  This was no small feat.  Departments that stood out with 100 percent participation include the Office of Business Affairs, Office of Diversity, General Counsel, General Services, Office of Institutional Advancement, the Office of the President, Safety Services and Faculty Affairs.  I would also like to recognize the Department of Radiology for contributing the most funds. Thanks to all who contributed! In many ways, TTUHSC staff and faculty make a difference in our community and beyond.

7Contest Winners – After last week, I will never look at a pumpkin in quite the same way again!  Our students and employees shocked me with their extraordinary carving skills as they competed in the annual TTUHSC El Paso Pumpkin Carving Contest. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ display “GSBS Nightmare Before Finals” was the winner. Take a look at all the entries in this week’s Tech View blog.  Thank you all for your participation and for sharing your ingenuity with us all.