From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

Dr.Lange_BOR_05Board of Regents Meeting – I am in Lubbock this week attending the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Meeting providing updates on projects at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso, along with requests that will ensure the future growth of the system’s newest university.  I will have a full recap in next week’s Tech View.

Global Health Film Series –I encourage faculty, staff and students to attend the TTUHSC El Paso Office of Global Health Perspective Film Series, which will screen “The Other Side of Immigration” on August 12 from noon – 1 p.m. in the MEB, room 1110.  The topic of undocumented immigration is a familiar one to El Paso residents, yet recent national media attention and controversy surrounding it has created confusion and misperceptions.  “The Other Side of Immigration” has been hailed as a thought-provoking film that stimulates viewers to think about new and more creative ways for the U.S. and Mexican governments to work together to solve the undocumented immigration problem.  As health care professionals, being more informed about this issue helps us better understand our community, and ultimately our patients.

Groundbreaking Ceremony – Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN) and TTUHSC El Paso are building the future of healthcare in Northwest El Paso beginning with the groundbreaking of the SPHN Westside Hospital next week on Thursday, August 14 at 11 a.m. at North Resler Dr. and Transmountain Rd.  This multi-million dollar facility will serve as a teaching hospital for TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing students, resident physicians and faculty. Everyone is welcome to attend.BB2

Out at the Ballpark – This past Tuesday, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch (a strike!) at the El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Reno Aces baseball game at Southwest University Park.  It was part of Red Raider Night Out, which had a great turnout of faculty, staff, students and Texas Tech alumni.  We were honored to BB1share the evening with Mary Haskins, widow of famed UTEP basketball coach Don Haskins. I’d like to think the combination of Red Raiders and Miners in the crowd brought the Chihuahuas good luck as the team held on to their 4-2 lead to win the game.  Go team!