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May 18, 2007
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2007 Student Awards

And the winner is…

There’s no question that our graduates deserve high-fives all around. In recognition of their hard work and dedication, more than 150 outstanding grads, faculty and friends of the Health Science Center were honored in banquets earlier this month with awards for academic excellence, leadership, research, service and many other achievements. Some graduates even inspired the creation of new awards. Congratulations all!

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Congratulations, graduates!
All employees are invited to join the celebration as more than 300 students graduate at our 34th commencement ceremony tomorrow at 2 pm in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena. A Reception will follow in the Convention Center Ballroom. There will be two special speakers at the ceremony. Ana Luz Chiapa-Scifres, who will receive her Master of Public Health degree, will speak on behalf of all the graduates. She and her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico 12 years ago, and in September, she and her husband will leave the country to serve two years as volunteers with the Peace Corps in Peru. Dr. Maulik Joshi will deliver the commencement address. He is senior advisor at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a $300 million, 300-employee agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. View Commencement Program. UNT HSC Logo



New billboards promote our clinics
Two highway billboards were erected Wednesday as part of an extensive marketing campaign being implemented throughout Tarrant County by UNT Health, the physician group affiliated with the Health Science Center. The first postings for the boards are on Highway 121 at Beach Street, visible to westbound traffic. The second is on Loop 820, facing west, at the Saginaw Road exit. Every two months, one of the boards will rotate to a new location in the area, expanding the reach of our messages.

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Health disparities conference will focus on solutions
Women’s health, cardiovascular disease, cancer and access to healthcare by racial and ethnic minorities will be among the topics discussed at the Second Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities to be held on campus May 31-June 2. The keynote speaker during the opening session on Thursday, May 31, will be the first African-American woman to be appointed dean of a U.S. medical school, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee. Dr. Ross-Lee, a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is vice president of health sciences and medical affairs at the New York Institute of Technology and dean of the institute’s New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Hear latest regents’ actions and more at next week’s town hall meetings
President Scott Ransom’s quarterly town hall meetings will be held Monday, May 21, from noon to 1 pm, and Tuesday, May 22, from 7 to 8 am, in Beyer Hall (RES-114). On the agenda are several items approved by the UNT System Board of Regents at their May 11 quarterly meeting, including new names for several programs, a new community advisory group, the first building on the West Campus and a new position in academic affairs. Among other topics scheduled for the town hall meetings are updates on searches for the dean of the School of Public Health and the president of UNT Health.

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In Remembrance

Ray Stokes

Before we had a campus, faculty or students, Ray Stokes was here 
C. Ray Stokes, who was hired in April 1969 to raise money for Texas’ first and only osteopathic medical school – which existed only on paper at the time – died May 11 at the age of 93. When Stokes retired as college historian and curator of special collections for our library in 1990 (three years before we became the University of North Texas Health Science Center), he was known as “TCOM’s Man of Many Hats,” having served as the founding director of development, business manager, purchasing agent, public relations director and registrar. He was administrative secretary and newsletter editor for the TCOM Alumni Association from its founding in his home in 1974 until 1989. He logged more than 5,000 hours as a volunteer at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, which he made sure everybody knew was the “birthplace” of TCOM. Within a week after the hospital closed in October 2004, he began volunteering in our Patient Care Center… still assuring both young and old that they were in the best of hands. And in 2005, despite reluctant reliance on a wheelchair, he put on his black tie and tux to be a guest of honor at TCOM’s 35th Birthday Gala. He planned the ceremony for our first 18 TCOM graduates in 1974, and he was in the audience when our Health Science Center’s 3,644th graduate crossed the stage in 2006.

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“My classmates and I want to thank all faculty and staff for helping make it possible to get to this point in our careers. TCOM would not be in the “Top 50 Medical Schools for Primary Care” without your valuable guidance and instruction. From professors to administrative assistants, mail clerks to house staff, you have all made our success possible.”

Martin Moul
TCOM Class of 2007

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