I'd first like to say that our thoughts are with our alumni and friends affected by Hurricane Sandy. It is at times like this that we reflect on how thankful we are as individuals, a family and a community. More than that, I realize how grateful we at UTHSC are for our alumni.

As we rapidly approach the end of another year, there continue to be opportunities to engage with alumni and friends. We are looking forward to our alumni reception on November 9 in Knoxville. Please consider joining us and the nearly 100 UTHSC alumni who have already registered for the "Where Would You Be Without UTHSC?" reception.

When autumn ends, we will have celebrated successful reunions and alumni board/council meetings in Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. To get involved with these leadership activities or other alumni events, please complete a volunteer form. Giving of your time is one of the best things you can do for UTHSC.

Students continue to be an emphasis for our office. We hosted our first alumni/student networking reception this fall with 40 College of Medicine students attending and learning from current doctors. Several students also went to dinner as guests of College of Medicine Council members. This was a great mentoring opportunity for all.

As 2012 draws to a close, please remember your alma mater as you make your year-end charitable contributions. The need is real, and it is you, as a distinguished alumnus, who can invest in your degree and our future as state educational support dollars continue to decline. Giving is easy and occurs in many ways (see the story on Paul Penczner's art collection at right!).

Enjoy your holidays, and do not hesitate to contact me, if I can do anything for you.

Kris Phillips
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving

College of Graduate
Health Sciences News

Save the Date -
November 15, 2012

The UTHSC Office of Alumni and Annual Giving and Dr. Don Thomason invite you to attend a networking reception for UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences students and alumni 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15. RSVP today››

Post-Doc Fellow Gets $150,000 Grant
James Fells Sr., PhD, has received funding from the American Cancer Society through a postdoctoral fellowship. The $150,000 award will help further his study of breast cancer treatments, which is being conducted in the Department of Physiology.

$60,000 Grant for Research Trainee
Representatives of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation have awarded Qiuhua Zhang, PhD, a postdoctoral research trainee in the Department of Ophthalmology, a $60,000 grant to support her research efforts in treating retinoblastoma.

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 to this free event by Thursday, November 1.

Penczner Art Sale to Benefit UTHSC
Late Memphis artist Paul Penczner's widow Jolanda Penczner donated a collection of more than 400 pieces of her husband's work, as well as his fine art studio in Midtown Memphis, to UTHSC. Proceeds from the sale of the collection will support an endowment named for Penczner in the Department of Physiology. A public reception will be Thursday, November 8, at the Memphis Botanic Garden.Works are available for viewing and purchase at

College News

Darryl Quarles, chair of Nephrology, receives $1.8 million grant
Bones serve a greater purpose in the body than providing structural support. Darryl Quarles, MD, has learned that bones communicate with the kidneys, and a division of the National Health Institute has given Dr. Quarles $1.8 million to continue his studies.

New Cancer Institute opens at UT Medical Center in Knoxville

On October 16, the new 108,000-square-foot Cancer Institute officially opened its doors. The facility will be a hub for cancer research for physicians and researchers at UT Medical Center and UT Graduate School of Medicine.

Dr. Becky Barton named 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award winner
The College of Dentistry Alumni Association has selected Dr. Becky Barton (DDS '84) as the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award winner. Dr. Barton retired in 2011after 27 years in private practice in Germantown, Tenn.

J. Kendall Dillehay to represent Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
J. Kendall Dillehay (DDS '79, MSD '82), an orthodontist in Wichita, Kan., was elected to represent the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists on the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Orthodontists at the group's recent 112th Annual Session in Hawaii.

Alumni donate $50,000 to Pharmacy building fund
Pharmacy alumni David Shepard (BS '74, PharmD '75) and Martha Shepard (DPh '73) of Dickson, Tenn., who met on the Memphis campus, have donated $50,000 toward the College of Pharmacy's new building and will have an enclosed bridge named in their honor.

UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association Awards winners
Pam Phillips (DPH '82), recepient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Distinguished Service to Pharmacy Award winner Dr. Barbara Wells (PharmD '77) will be honored at a celebration on Thursday, November 8, in Knoxville.

Alumna and associate professor Dr. Patricia Cowan receives $110,000 grant
Patricia A. Cowan (PhD '99) has received a grant totaling $110,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that will fund 11 scholarships for students training in UTHSC's Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Program.

Margaret T. Hartig, PhD, FNP-BC, APN, named new assistant vice chancellor
In her new role, Dr. Margaret Hartig will serve as the primary program coordinator and facilitator for interprofessional education occurring in community settings involving students from across UTHSC.

UTHSC, Baptist launch PT residency program
In July, UTHSC and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation announced a new Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency, the first of its kind in the state. UTHSC alumna Maura Bailey (DPT '12) was named the first resident of the program.

Associate professor Deborah von Hapsburg receives NIH funding
Deborah von Hapsburg, PhD, in Audiology and Speech Pathology at UTHSC, received a $437,137 grant from the National Institutes of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. She will study the effect of hearing loss during the babbling stage of speech development.

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