How is your resolution list for 2013 going? My hope is that it includes becoming more involved with your alma mater! Simply go online, bookmark our alumni website, and view the many opportunities available to you to engage with fellow alumni in the coming months. In addition to engagement opportunities, enjoy the benefits of being a UT graduate with discounts ranging from car rentals to the exclusive Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.
If that's not enough, it has never been easier to become a UT Advocate! To learn more about the current legislative efforts regarding higher education on the state and federal levels, subscribe to alerts at advocacy.tennessee.edu/.
One of our resolutions to you is to continue making Vital Signs a valued source of information about your alma mater. To ensure we continue to meet your expectations, I would ask that you participate in a quick survey. Vital Signs continues to be one of the most effective communications tools we have for reaching alumni, and the readership for this e-newsletter is outstanding. Please share your thoughts with us and help us continue serving you better!
You will enjoy this issue. It is full of great information about the success stories that continue to be written on our campuses every day. We have a few examples of great research and how our campus continues to participate in groundbreaking discoveries. In addition, you will read about a new alumni event we are planning for fall 2013 when all current and past Golden Graduates will come together for the first homecoming of all colleges. It's going to be special!
Continue to let me know what you need. Don't forget to complete your survey.
See you soon!
Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs
College of Graduate
Health Sciences News
Friedman Family Scholarship Awarded
"No one can get anywhere without an education," says Morton Friedman (PhD '69). That's why Mort and his wife Myra set up a scholarship for graduate study at three schools, including UTHSC. Mitzi Dunagan, the first recipient of their family scholarship, graduated from the the university in 2012. Read more about the scholarship »
From Cancer Survivor to Cancer Researcher
There was nothing terribly suspicious about Jo Meagan Garner's symptoms. But after a biopsy of her lymph nodes, doctors diagnosed her condition as Hodgkin lymphoma. "It [my cancer diagnosis] changed my academic and career path for sure," she says. Learn more about Garner's journey »
Inaugural Golden Graduate Homecoming
Join us October 2-4, 2013 in Memphis as we honor graduates of 1963 from all six colleges. Previous Golden Graduate honorees are invited as well. Visit our website or call (901) 448-5516 for more information.
Professor selected for Human Brain Project
Professor Robert F. Williams, PhD, has been tapped to join the European Commission's Human Brain Project. "UTHSC's role is to assemble massive genetic data sets and to build computer systems for the analysis of brain function and disease," Williams said. Three other U.S. institutions are part of this multinational effort. Learn more about the Human Brain Project »
$1.6M Grant to Aid Youth in Foster Care
Foster children often are traumatized before they are placed with a family. A four-year, $1.6 million grant will help UTHSC provide these children with the specialized services they need. More about the $1.6 million grant »