SHP 50th Anniversary

School of Health Professions
Celebrating 50 Years

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Relive the SHP 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Message from the Interim Dean

Vicki Freeman

Dear SHP Community,

It has been a pleasure to serve as Interim Dean this year during The School of Health Professions 50th Anniversary. Many activities took place including the Kickoff Celebration back in November 2017 with current students, faculty and students in Levin Hall. This summer, our SHP departments hosted a lecture series pertaining to their fields of study in partnership with the Sealy Center on Aging and the SHP Dean's Office.

The Office of Alumni Relations helped us organize the Dean’s reception. It was great to be able to connect with alumni and reminisce about the changes that have taken place in the school in the last 50 years. Our distinguished alumnus, Marco Rodriguez, gave an inspirational presentation on how we should pursue our passion.

We celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at both the UTMB Campus and at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort. During the Open House, our departments' faculty and students welcomed approximately 75 guests into their laboratories, giving them an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the University’s progress. I know that the alums appreciated being able to see how we are teaching now and to reconnect with their program.

In the evening, special guests, University President, Dr. Callender, and Past Dean, Dr. Christiansen, spoke about SHP, its history and current activities with Kevin Haslam serving as our Emcee. We are grateful to the Mayor Pro Tem and District 2 Councilman, Dr. Craig Brown, for issuing a Proclamation designating October 20, 2018 as The UTMB School of Health Professions Day (thanks to Hank Thierry for organizing it). Wasn't it nice that we were able to celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary in such a spectacular way? When I walked in to our celebration, the room felt "magical". From the decorations to the dinner and then on to the dancing, it was a great event.

A BIG Thanks goes out to everyone who worked to make this a fantastic event, in particular to Michelle Conley who organized it all and to the staff in the departments and the Dean's Office who assisted her. As we all know, it takes a team to pull off these occasions.


Vicki Freeman, PhD, MASCP, MLS (ASCP)cm SCcm, FACB
Interim Dean, School of Health Professions
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Professor (tenured), Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
University of Texas Distinguished Professor

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