Reconstruction of a Survivor
The next meeting of the UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept.19 at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 2098 W. Main St. in League City. The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. A light meal and refreshments will be offered. Meetings are hosted the third Thursday of each month.

Recovery festival
The 8th annual Cruisin? 2 Recovery: Celebrate Prevention and Respect Recovery Festival will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Kempner Park and Garten Verein, 2704 Avenue O in Galveston. Cohosted by the Gulf Coast Center Recovery Program, the Alcohol/Drug Abuse Women’s Center, UTMB Center for Addiction Research and UTMB Family Medicine, this free festival for the family will feature live music, health screenings, food, door prizes and more in honor of National Recovery Awareness Month.

Stroke support group meeting
Beth Rogers, a music therapist, will discuss “Coping and stress management through music” at the next meeting of the UTMB stroke support group. The group, for persons who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 in the outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, Entrance B, Suite 123 of the Primary Care Pavilion at 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston. Free parking is available. For more information, call 409-772-1833 or go to

National recognition
Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, executive vice president and provost, dean of the UTMB School of Medicine, has received a presidential award from the National Medical Association. Jacobs is among seven deans of U.S. medical schools who received the awards in recognition of “their notable achievements and extraordinary commitment to academic excellence and medical education.” Founded in 1985, the National Medical Association is the nation’s oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of more than 35,000 black physicians and their patients.

National fellow
Debra Cooper, a postdoctoral fellow in the UTMB Center for Addiction Research, has been selected for the 2014 Washington Fellows Program of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The program provides young scientists with the skills and opportunity to be advocates for science, helping them understand how policy issues are shaped in Washington.

New faculty
The School of Nursing welcomes new faculty members Laura King, Jacquelyn Svoboda and Sandi McCarthy as assistant professors in the baccalaureate program and Kaci Woods-Chinn, as assistant professor and academic counselor.

The School of Health Professions welcomes new faculty Adrianna Laprea and Laurie Farroni in physical therapy; Claudia Hilton in occupational therapy; Barbara Slusher in physician assistant studies and Bruce Adcock in respiratory care.

Golf tournament
A fall favorite, the Salute to Nursing golf tournament is taking registrations for the annual tourney, set for Oct. 5 at the Galveston Country Club. The event and auction party has raised more than $1 million in scholarship funds for nursing students over more than two decades. For more information, contact Joan Farmer at or 409-772-1456.