At The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, alumni are the pride of the institution. Since opening its doors in 1968, nearly 27,000 physicians, nurses, researchers and other health care providers have graduated from the university’s five schools School of Medicine, Dental School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Health Professions.
Now more than ever, each school is engaging alumni, whose outstanding accomplishments help advance the mission of the Health Science Center.
School of Medicine launches Educational Fund
This year the alumni of the School of Medicine have embraced a new challenge focused on a singular objective transforming the educational experience for students. Over the next five years, they have pledged to raise $1.2 million that will support:
- Creation of a new 1,500-square-foot lounge dedicated for student and alumni activities such as group-study sessions, club meetings, recreation and student-alumni receptions.
- Increased opportunities for students to participate in summer research projects, structured community service programs and medical outreach trips throughout Texas and abroad.
- Academic programs and capital projects that directly impact students’ education, such as expanded tutoring services and enhancements to the H-E-B Clinical Skills Center.
Glenn A. Halff, M.D., interim dean of the School of Medicine, believes the institution and its alumni can enjoy unlimited benefits through close, continuous collaboration.
“With approximately 9,000 alumni of our M.D., residency and fellowship programs practicing medicine throughout the world, it makes sense for the School of Medicine to partner with the people who truly make lives better in health care the alumni whose work, day in and day out, determines our worth as an institution of higher learning,” Dr. Halff said.
The School of Medicine Alumni Association Board has committed more than $33,000 from its alumni endowment to help fund the student lounge. Thirty-two alumni and friends have already made pledges totaling more than $112,000. James L. Holly, M.D., a 1973 alumnus of the School of Medicine and president of the Alumni Association, has set the pace with a $25,000 gift. To make a gift online to the School of Medicine Alumni Educational Fund, visit http://som.uthscsa.edu/Alumni/giving.asp.
For more information, contact David Perryman, director of School of Medicine Alumni Relations, at (210) 567-4400 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org