UTMB Announcements for 9/19/2014

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
The Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
> > > VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY < < <
Second Annual FREE Thyroid Screening
Student Health and Counseling Center Dedication and Open House
TDCJ Scheduled Network Maintenance

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
UTMB & JOFFE MEDICENTER ANNOUNCE LASIK ALLIANCE9/18/2014
An Invitation to Join the 2014 UTMB Komen Race Team - Oct. 49/15/2014
Get your free flu shot today9/15/2014
Medication Take-back Event-Five Sites to Choose9/12/2014
Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds9/15/2014
SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS START OVER WITH THE BEGINNING OF NEW FISCAL YEAR9/17/2014
Attention Postdocs - You're invited9/15/2014
Volunteer Opportunity Galveston Island Shrimp Scamper and Festival9/17/2014
Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar9/15/2014
ETHICS PATHOLOGY GRAND ROUNDS9/18/2014
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study9/18/2014
“Software Changes Are Required” pop-up message.9/18/2014
Cruise on by for a Test Drive…9/18/2014
New Student Health and Counseling Center Dedication and Open House9/18/2014

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
First Published 9/19/2014

 

“How to Understand the Formation of Signaling

Molecules Profiles in Biological Development”

 

Presented by

 Anatoly B. Kolomeisky, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Rice University

Houston, Texas

 

2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

September 25, 2014

4:00 p.m.

 

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS WELCOME 

Contact:     Email: Julie Quiroga     For: BMB     Phone: 22742
 
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Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
First Published 9/19/2014

 

Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
First Published 8/18/2014

The Sealy Center on Aging and the Office of the Vice President for Research in collaboration with the R24 on Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly, will provide funding for up to $30,000 to support pilot projects in patient centered outcomes research.  The proposed pilot research should be designed to directly lead to an application for funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The proposed research does not have to involve aging. Any patient population (for example, children) will be considered appropriate.

 We encourage UTMB faculty from any of the four schools, as well as members of the UTMB Health System to consider applying.  Interested individuals should submit a one page or less summary of their proposal to Kelley Prevou (kaprevou@utmb.edu).  Those that are judged promising will be asked to provide a 3-5 page description.  Please note that the only goal of this program is increase the number of applications submitted by UTMB faculty to PCORI, which currently funds about $650,000,000 a year.  Thus, an understanding of PCORI interests and processes is fundamental before seeking pilot funding. Information regarding PCORI funding and opportunities is available at:  http://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/landing/

The deadline for submitting the initial summary is 10/1/14.

 Please direct any questions to Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD at kottenba@utmb.eduor James S. Goodwin, MD at jsgoodwi@utmb.edu

 

Contact:     Email: Kelley A. Prevou     For: Research Services     Phone: 409 747-1987     Fax: 409 772-9598
 
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The Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
First Published 9/19/2014

Presents
"
Generating CD8 effector T cells: it takes a village"

By

George S. Yap, PhD

Associate Professor,
Center for Immunity and Inflammation
Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School
 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Basic Science Auditorium 2.212

All are welcome to attend!!!!

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Contact:     Email: Jennifer Ellis     For: UTMB Center for Tropical Diseases     Phone: 71804
 
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> > > VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY < < <
First Published 9/19/2014

Our van has an immediate opening for Clear Lake and League City riders. Ideal for the Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm, work shift.  Pick up riders at Bay Area Park & Ride and Sportsplex parking lot in League City.  Stops at the circle at 9th St. and Market.

For more information, please contact Luz Cheng at (409) 682-1766 or email lcheng@utmb.edu.
 

Thanks! 

Contact:     Email: Luz Cheng     For: EHS - Radiation Safety Program     Phone: 21781
 
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Second Annual FREE Thyroid Screening
First Published 9/19/2014

UTMB Health's Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants will be offering FREE Thyroid Screenings in observance of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. The screenings will be offered on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants Clinic in League City, located in Brittany Plaza at 1600 West League City Parkway, Suite D. Screening hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The screening, which includes a limited ultrasound, is painless and only takes about 15 minutes.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.
For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact
Cheshe Langford at 409-772-2715 or c.langford@utmb.edu.  

Contact:     Email: Cheshe Langford     For: Otolaryngology     Phone: 409-772-2710
 
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Student Health and Counseling Center Dedication and Open House
First Published 9/19/2014

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, September 25, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lee Hage Jamail Student Center

Please join us as the Student Health and Counseling staff host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new student health and counseling center space located on the third floor of the Lee Hage Jamail Student Center. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm on the first floor of the Student Center. UTMB President Dr. David Callender and UTMB Provost and Dean of Medicine Dr. Danny Jacobs will speak at 4:15 with a ribbon cutting and tour of the new space to follow. Tours will take place until 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact:     Email: Jessika Davidsons     For: Student Life     Phone: 4097479056
 
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TDCJ Scheduled Network Maintenance
First Published 9/19/2014

On Tuesday night, September 23, 2014, from 10pm until midnight (2 Hours) the computer network will be intermittently unavailable due to network maintenance. This will impact all computer and network-conected devices in this building.

Contact:     Email: Brian Grimm     For: IS-Ops-Network     Phone: 409-772-5200
 
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UTMB & JOFFE MEDICENTER ANNOUNCE LASIK ALLIANCE
First Published 9/18/2014

Tired of the hassle of glasses and contacts? UTMB Health Eye Center and Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire have aligned to offer excellence, experience and value in LASIK eye care.

Now UTMB is able to offer state-of-the-art, custom wavefront LASIK eye surgery at a special pricing ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye per eye for UTMB employees and family members covered by UTMB health insurance.

UTMB faculty member and experienced LASIK specialist and ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley is medical director of Joffe MediCenter, where he performs custom LASIK eye surgery. A UTMB ophthalmologist with more than 17 years of LASIK experience, Dr. Merkley has performed more than 20,000 ophthalmic procedures, including corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and astigmatic corrections.

Wondering if LASIK is right for you? Call 1-866-685-6995 today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation at Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire. Be sure to tell them you’re with UTMB! Click here to friend UTMB Health Eye Center on Facebook to learn more about eye health and Eye Center news.

Contact:     Email: Joffe Center     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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An Invitation to Join the 2014 UTMB Komen Race Team - Oct. 4
First Published 9/15/2014

  UTMB Team Captains Eric Walser, MD and Angel Robinson, MD,

along with Community Co-Captains John Eckel, Ann Masel, and Fredell Rosen,

invite you to join the UTMB Team for the 2014 Komen Race

UTMB – Walking Wonders

Walk, Run, Sleep in, or Just Donate for the Cure

Saturday, October 4, 2014 (Downtown Houston)

The funds raised by the Annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure help power local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.  Additionally, these funds support breast cancer programs for underserved women and men.  

To date, UTMB has received over $4.5 million from Komen Race funds. You can have a real impact on breast cancer by being a part of the Race.

REGISTER HERE!       (Team Name:  UTMB – Walking Wonders)

Can’t participate in the Race but want to contribute and be a part of the UTMB Team effort:

CONTRIBUTE HERE!

For more race information, please go to:

http://www.komen-houston.org/race/komen-race-for-the-cure-houston/

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Contact:     Email: Susan Stephensen     For: Oncology, Translational & Related Research     Phone: (409) 747-1935
 
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Get your free flu shot today
First Published 9/15/2014

 

Free flu shots are now available for all UTMB employees, retirees, and volunteers.

The 2014–2015 Flu Free vaccination program is provided in partnership with UT SELECT, a PPO plan administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and vaccinations will be available in Galveston and mainland locations until the end of flu season. Click here for a complete list of vaccination locations.

As a condition of continued employment, all health care workers must get an annual flu shot or formally decline the vaccination by signing this statement. This institutional requirement applies to anyone who provides direct patient care, enters patient rooms, and/or comes within six feet of patients in the course of his or her duties. Health care workers who do not receive the flu vaccine may be reassigned to other duties or asked to wear a mask when providing patient care for the duration of the flu season.

All other members of UTMB’s community are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated each year, unless prohibited for medical reasons.

For more information about this year’s Flu Free vaccination program and the benefits of getting a flu shot, click here.

Contact:     Email: Employee Health Clinic     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 747-9172
 
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Medication Take-back Event-Five Sites to Choose
First Published 9/12/2014

Is your medicine cabinet overflowing? Dispose of your expired, unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications safely and anonymously. Keep them out of the wrong hands and the environment. Bring them to one of the sites for the Medication Take Back Event sponsored by the Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB Health and the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City, TX 77573

And

UTMB Health Eye Center, 700 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77550

Plus

Houston Police Dept.-Clear Lake Substation, 2855 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058

Also

Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood,TX 77546

Additionally

Webster Fire Station #1, 18300 Highway 3, Webster, TX 77598

 

DO bring unused or expired prescription medications as well as out-of-date or unwanted over-the-counter medications.

DO bring pills in their original container. Names may be marked out if preferred.

DO bring liquids in their original container.

DON’T bring needles or other ‘sharps’.

As a local citizen, you can participate by driving through either of the drop-off sites at UTMB, where controlled volunteers will take your medications for proper disposal. The collection program is anonymous. You will not even have to get out of your vehicle.

DEA coordinates a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from community medicine cabinets.

The national website is http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html where you can find a list of all collection sites.

Contact:     Email: Jon Thompson     For: Poison Center     Phone: 2-3306
 
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Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds
First Published 9/15/2014

 Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds
8:00 AM CST, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

   

The Twins Study: NASA’s First Foray into the 21st Century Omics Research”

 Craig Kundrot, PhD

NASA -Johnson Space Center

   

Objectives:

 Describe the types of knowledge provided by omics research.

 List the ten investigations that comprise the NASA Twins study.

Recognize ethical issues that arise when an astronaut is a research subject in an omics study.

  

 

Broadcast Live from Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 3600 Bay Area Blvd., (at Middlebrook Drive) in Clear Lake, TX

Simulcast to UTMB in the Televideo Conferencing Room, 5.521 Levin Hall

 Supported By: UTMB Aerospace Medicine Residency

University of Texas Medical Branch and USRA Division of Space Life Sciences

 Webcast: To view Grand Rounds using a PC, download the latest version of Apple Quick Time Player, reboot and enter URL – http://129.109.152.33/stream.sdp

Educational Method:  Lecture 

Target Audience:  Doctors, Residents, Students, Scientists and Alumni

  

Disclosure Statement: (Planning Committee Members): Dr. James M. Vanderploeg, Dr. Tarah Castleberry,   Yvette Schulz,Carmella Mongiardo, and Brenda Johnson Med, CCMEP have no relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 12AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  

 

 

  

 

  

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Contact:     Email: Melanie Medina     For: Preventive Medicine and Community Health     Phone: 409-747-6131
 
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SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS START OVER WITH THE BEGINNING OF NEW FISCAL YEAR
First Published 9/17/2014

SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS START OVER WITH THE BEGINNING OF NEW FISCAL YEAR

UTMB Optometrist Dr. Praveena Gupta would like to welcome employees into the Optical Center to use their Superior Vision Benefits.  It's the beginning of the new fiscal year an you and your eligible dependents are eligible again for exam and eyeglasses or contact lenses.  Remember it does not have to be a calendar year before you can use your beneftis again, a new fiscal year is all.

We offer discounts on what the insurance doesn't pay, which makes a big difference especially when your watching pennies.  If you don't have Superior Vision not to worry we have special eyeglass packages starting at $79.95 for single vision lenses to $149.95 for selected progressive lenses including selected frames.

Appointments:  409-747-5800

Questions:  409-747-5823 

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 409-747-5824
 
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Attention Postdocs - You're invited
First Published 9/15/2014

In observance of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, all UTMB postdoctoral scientists are invited to an Appreciation Reception with free appetizers and beverages, Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-7 pm, upstairs at The Farley Girls Cafe, 8th and Postoffice Streets.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Tammie Taylor, tamtaylo@utmb.edu, by Monday, Sept. 22.

Contact:     Email: Tammie Taylor     For: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs     Phone: 409 762-3661
 
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Volunteer Opportunity Galveston Island Shrimp Scamper and Festival
First Published 9/17/2014

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival and Shrimp Scamper 5k Fun Run/1K Kid Run

UTMB volunteers and runners are needed for the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival and the Scamper 5K Fun Run/1K Kid Run, to be held on September 26 - 28, 2014.  

UTMB Volunteer Schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Registration and route monitor for Shrimp Scamper 5k Fun Run and 1K Kid Run

7 a.m. - 10 a.m. First Aid Station - volunteers will manage the first aid station for the fun run

9 a.m. - Noon  Shrimp Fest information booths Saengerfest Park

Noon - 4 p.m. Shrimp Fest information booths Saengerfest Park

If you are interesed in volunteering, please contact Diana Davison at dldaviso@utmb.edu.

UTMB volunteer form: http://www.utmbhpla.org/doc/Page.asp?PageID=DOC000888

 Participate in the Run:

Registration is underway for the 2014 Shrimp Scamper, a family fun run along Seawall Boulevard, benefitting both UTMB and the Ronald McDonald House. The annual event is part of the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival that returns Sept. 26-28. The Scamper will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.

All fitness levels are invited to join this non-competitive event. Costumes and teams are encouraged. Skateboards, roller skates, strollers, and bikes are all welcome! Bring your dog along for the fun too!! Entry fees include an event T-shirt, gumbo cook-off tasting cup and a Shrimp Scamper surprise!

The Festival is again benefitting the Justin David Hughes Fund at UTMB. The fund was created by the Hughes Family following the suicide death of their son, Justin, who was a student in the UTMB School of Medicine. The monies help to educate students and faculty on the warnings signs, treatments for and dangers of depression.

Run information: http://www.yagaspresents.com/shrimpfestival/5k.html

Run online registration: http://www.active.com/galveston-tx/running/races/shrimp-scamper-2014

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Contact:     Email: Diana Davison     For: Health Policy & Legislative Affairs     Phone: 409-747-2739
 
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Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar
First Published 9/15/2014

The Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program Presents

"Persistent peripheral tissue-resident anti-HSV-2 adaptive immunity to the genital herpes in the guinea pig model" 

by

Jingya Xia

Research Interest : Immunology

Mentor: Dr. G. Milligan

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Levin Hall 3.324

 

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Contact:     Email: Aneth Zertuche     For: Microbiology and Immunology     Phone: 22322
 
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ETHICS PATHOLOGY GRAND ROUNDS
First Published 9/18/2014

Monday, September 22, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GNL 1.100


“Are Tumor Boards Defunct”

presented by

Timothy Craig Allen, MD, JD
Professor of Pathology

Director of Anatomic Pathology

UTMB – Galveston

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

·         Demonstrate how tumor board has evolved through the last half of the 20th century, and how it is evolving in the early 20th century

·         Critique the value of tumor board in its present, traditional form, and propose an efficient, technologically sophisticated alternative

·         Examine legal and ethical criticisms and concerns regarding the proposed alternative to traditional tumor board

 

Methodology:  Lecture followed by question and answer session

 

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):  Dr. Allen has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

 

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Drs. Anthony O. Okorodudu, Judith F. Aronson, Alexander J. Indrikovs, Mahmoud A. Eltorky, and Mrs. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.


Accreditation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation StatementThe University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 39
AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

ETHICS:  UTMB designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour in ethics/professional responsibility.

 

If you do not have access to the GNL, you must RSVP with your UTMB ID# to Paula Gabriles at plgabril@utmb.edu by Friday, September 19, 2014.  You may be denied entry if you do not RSVP.

Contact:     Email: Paula Gabriles, Grand Rounds Coordinator     For: Pathology     Phone: 22521
 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
First Published 9/18/2014

Subjects With Asthma Are Needed

 

You could qualify for one of our studies if you have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma AND are between the ages of 18 and 65 and are a non-smoker for at least one year. Eligible Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

William J. Calhoun, M.D.
Principal Investigator
Clinical Trials Office 

Contact:     Email: Afifa Khalil     For: Clinical Trials Office     Phone: 409-747-1887
 
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“Software Changes Are Required” pop-up message.
First Published 9/18/2014

This is a legitimate message and is not malicious software.

Concerns have been reported by users receiving a pop-up message on their computer saying “Software changes are required.  Your IT department requires changes to the software on your computer.  Click here for options.”  This is a legitimate message and is not malicious software.

Information Services is currently deploying Microsoft’s System Center 2012 Configuration Manager(SCCM) to laptops and desktops.  One of the core functions of SCCM is to distribute software updates to the clients using the same process and policy that has been in place for many years.  This was previously performed by WSUS and it is this process that causes the pop-up message.

SCCM's processes will usually be invisible to the end user, however, as mandatory updates are distributed (typically on the 3rd Wednesday of each month), users will be notified through the pop-up message in the system tray.  Users have a grace period of 7 days in which to apply updates and restart.  At the end of this grace period, a forced restart will occur with users being notified beforehand by a pop-up message allowing users to save/close files and applications.  For additional information, see our FAQ’s listed here:  SCCM FAQs or contact the IS Service desk at 409-772-5200 or ishelp@utmb.edu.

Contact:     Email: Andy Fisher     For: Information Services     Phone: 78896
 
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Cruise on by for a Test Drive…
First Published 9/18/2014

➠ Cruise on by for a Test Drive… ➠

Business Operations & Facilities (BOF) is offering UTMB staff the opportunity to evaluate task seating as part of our continued effort to bring the most comfortable and ergonomic desk chairs into our Standards Program.

We have an estimated of 15-20 {demo} task chairs located on our 2nd floor break room, in the Materials Management Bldg.{1302 Mechanic}room 2.210.

If you would like to participate in this evaluation process, please allow at least 30 minutes to complete the process.

Stop by our the reception desk located on the 3rd floor of Materials Mgt.  Leanna Green will provide you with the evaluation form, and take you to the room where the seating is located. This evaluation will continue weekdays from 8 a.m.to 1 p.m. daily until 10/15/14.

☼ Welcome All!!!☼

✔For questions, thoughts or concerns please Leanna at X-23500!

Contact:     Email: Melanie M. Zepeda     For: BOF~Design & Construction     Phone: 409-772-5319
 
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New Student Health and Counseling Center Dedication and Open House
First Published 9/18/2014

Please join us as the Student Health and Counseling staff host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new student health and counseling center space located on the third floor of the Lee Hage Jamail Student Center. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm on the first floor of the Student Center. UTMB President Dr. David Callender and UTMB Provost and Dean of Medicine Dr. Danny Jacobs will speak at 4:15 with a ribbon cutting and tour of the new space to follow. Tours will take place until 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact:     Email: Jessika Davidson     For: Student Life     Phone: 4097479056
 
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