Summer greetings from Memphis and your UTHSC Alumni and Annual Giving Team!

You should have recently received a membership packet in the mail announcing our great alumni benefits. The best news is you earned the membership by being a graduate of the UT Health Science Center. There is no charge for your membership, just the hope that you will take a minute to go online and tell us your UTHSC story. Each day, I hear from students and alumni about the special times they had on our campus. Let us hear your story... you could be the next feature story in our alumni magazine!
If you didn't receive a membership packet and benefits card, please email us so that we can let you know about your alumni benefits.

Chancellor Steve Schwab continues to attract some of the best talent to lead our colleges. Since our last issue, Dr. Schwab announced Donald Thomason, Ph.D., as the new dean of Graduate Health Sciences. In addition, we have broken ground on another state-of-the-art building, the Translational Science Research Building.

And speaking of campus, UTHSC legend Dr. Hershel P. Wall, who currently is sharing his talent by helping us in Development and Alumni Affairs, has been recognized as Chancellor Emeritus by UT System. Ken Brown, JD, MPA, Ph.D., who serves as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, has been named a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE). This is one of the highest credentials a health care management professional can receive. Well deserved and congratulations, Drs. Wall and Brown!

Since our debut issue of Vital Signs, we have heard from many of you about how much you enjoyed the inaugural issue. Our goal is to continue sending you quarterly news from your alma mater. If you have comments, please let me know.

As we prepare for a great fall, please enjoy the remainder of your summer! We look forward to seeing you at an alumni event soon!

Kris Phillips
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving


College of Graduate
Health Sciences News

Donald Thomason Named Dean
Chancellor Steve Schwab has announced the appointment of Donald B. Thomason, PhD, as the next dean for the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences.

2012 Outstanding Research Advisor
Each year, students select a faculty member who has demonstrated a special ability to help develop graduate students as scholars and individuals as an Outstanding Research Advisor.

Research Awards Presented
The 2012 Graduate Research Day was again a very successful event, due to the hard work of the Graduate Student Executive Committee and the enthusiasm of the students and faculty.

GHS Responsible for Post-Doc Office
The college is now responsible for the operation of the Post-Doc Office. There are about 100 post-doctoral fellows on campus, and many of the training aspects of this program have parallels with the graduate programs, making the merger a natural fit.

Campus News

UTHSC Alumni Reception in Knoxville
The UTHSC Office of Alumni and Annual Giving invites you to join UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, UT System President Joe DiPietro and fellow UTHSC alumni for an evening of networking and celebration on Friday, November 9. Click here to RSVP.

Summer 2012 Health Career Programs
The Department of Health Career Programs at UTHSC is committed to contributing to a diverse workforce by nurturing and supporting secondary and postsecondary students' interests in the health professions.

UT Breaks Ground on $49M Building
On June 8, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab and UT President Joe DiPietro led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Translational Science Research Building, the newest building to begin construction on the UTHSC main campus in Memphis


College News

  Jim Eoff Student Affairs Administration Suite campaign update
The campaign to name the student affairs administration suite in the new Pharmacy building in honor of Dr. James C. Eoff III continues this fall.

Golf for American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists
The 18th annual Emmett Manley "Parscription" Golf Tournament will be Wednesday, September 19, at Mirmichi Golf Course.


MSN-CNL Class of 2011 gives gift to UTHSC
The MSN-CNL Class of 2011 raised funds to plant a Gem-Magnolia tree in front of the Student Alumni Center.

Top 50 must-read books for nurses
Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends and Management, 5th edition has been nominated for inclusion on the Top 50 Must-Read Books for Nurses list of acclaimed and notable books for nurses and nursing students in 2012.

  Students provide services at state clinic for uninsured
Students from the College of Dentistry have been designated by the state to provide services at the West Tennessee Regional Office Dental Clinic in Jackson, Tenn

High school students complete Determined to be a Doctor Program
Created by UTHSC alumna Christina Rosenthal (DDS '05), the Determined to Be a Doctor Someday program encourages minority and underrepresented students' interests in pursuing careers in professional health care.


2012 College of Medicine Alumni Weekend set for October
College of Medicine Alumni Weekend is bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars for October 11-13. It is a reunion year for graduates of the classes of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992 and 2002. Register now >>

Heart, Lung, Vascular Update: Early registration ends August 24

The annual Heart, Lung, Vascular Update for Primary Care Providers will be September 7-8 at the University of Tennessee Conference Center, Knoxville, Tenn., and is approved for AMA, AAPA and ACPE credits. Register now >>

  New physician assistant program
UTHSC has launched the first physician assistant training program available at a public university in Tennessee. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies at College of Allied Health Sciences will begin enrollment in January 2014.

Physical therapy graduate wins award
Brian Smith, owner of The Sideline physical therapy and fitness center in Martin, recently received the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award at the West Tennessee Regional Entrepreneur Conference held in Jackson.

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