Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/13/06 The first of 1,000 layoffs at the University of Texas Medical Branch were made official Monday. The Human Resources Department is notifying 17 of its own employees they will no longer have jobs. The manner in which the layoffs were undertaken is likely to typify how most of the cuts in the coming months will occur. Department heads will recommend cuts to the Strategic Executive Committee. If the committee approves them, it will submit them to the university’s human resources, legal and affirmative action offices for review. Then they’ll come back to the Strategic Executive Committee and university President John Stobo for final approval. “Plans are coming in one at a time,” Chris Comer, UTMB’s assistant vice president for public affairs, said. Rumors have been circulating on the UTMB campus that on Friday, 600 to 800 workers would be identified for layoffs and notified shortly thereafter. But Comer said the cuts would not be announced en masse. “These are going to come incrementally,” she said.