A difficult day for our greater community

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dr. David L. Callender, President

I am sure you are aware of the shooting at Santa Fe High School this morning. On behalf of the entire UTMB community, I want to extend our sympathies to everyone affected by this tragedy.

This school shooting has greatly affected so many members of our university family—parents of Santa Fe ISD students, residents of the surrounding area, caregivers at our campuses, and many others of us for whom this incident simply has hit too close to home. 

Please know that the University of Texas Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees and their dependents, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling toll-free (844) 872-5986.

In addition, our Human Resources Department is arranging on-site EAP services on the Galveston and League City campuses in response to this incident. Counselors will provide group and individual counseling on a drop-in basis from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the days listed below; the rest of the time will be devoted to walking rounds so that counselors can reach as many employees as possible. Dates, times and room numbers for drop-in sessions are as follows:

Saturday, May 19—6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Galveston Campus: Jennie Sealy 2.410E (drop-in hours)
  • League City Campus: LCC Hospital 3.402 (drop-in hours) 

Sunday, May 20—8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Galveston Campus: Jennie Sealy 2.410E (drop-in hours)
  • League City Campus: LCC Hospital 3.402 (drop-in hours)

Monday, May 21—8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Galveston Campus: Jennie Sealy 2.410E and 2.410F (drop-in hours)
  • League City Campus: LCC Hospital 2.700 and 3.416 (drop-in hours)

We also are working with MD Anderson Cancer Center on blood drives to help replenish the region’s supply. Check iUTMB or the UTMB Health and I Am UTMB Facebook pages for the latest schedule and locations.

I want to close by thanking the UTMB community for its response on this difficult day. From those who are directly caring for victims or working with the families of victims to those who are stepping up to give blood or provide other assistance, you have once again demonstrated how to serve a community in need.

In the days and weeks ahead, please continue to take care of our communities and each other.

Thank you.