Giving to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Pulse, Winter 2016
Every time Cyndi Mendez, PT, laces up her running shoes, she has a goal in mind: to
finish the race. Not to just physically cross the finish line, but also to, and perhaps
more importantly, keep alive the memory of her late finacé, Jorge Fernandez, RN, (SON
’10) and honor two things he valued most in life: higher education and living a healthy
Pulse, Summer 2015
Logan Price, Au.D., (SOAHS '13, '09) has always believed in giving back. He received
a $5,000 scholarship from James Avery Craftsman Inc. and was so grateful that his
first order of business after securing a paid internship was buying a necklace from
the jewelry store. And he hasn't stopped there. His appreciate for his education from
TTUHSC has inspired him to help other students achieve their dreams.
Pulse, Winter 2015
Alan McCarty, MD, (SOM ’00) believes in giving credit where credit is due. And because
the School of Medicine took a chance on him in 1996 McCarty, in return, has made a
lifetime pledge to help further its mission. Although he has been a loyal donor since
2004, last March McCarty set up a perpetual gift of $100 per month through an automatic
draft after realizing his initial one-year pledge to the School of Medicine Fund for
Excellence had expired. When he noticed the payments had stopped, McCarty contacted
the development officer at TTUHSC at Amarillo to make sure his gift continued.
Pulse, Summer 2014
Race and Shawna Ritchie are beyond thankful they still have two perfectly healthy
children. However, just more than a year ago, the fate of their then 3-year-old son,
Rynden, remained uncertain. Jan. 31, 2013, was a typical weekday at the Ritchie's
home as Shawna juggled take-out dinner and children's schedules. That's when she noticed
Rynden missing from the kitchen where she had left him about 10 minutes earlier. After
a frantic search, Shawna found him floating face down in their backyard pool. Because
of the care given their son by a TTUHSC physician, the Ritchies wanted to give back.
Their contributions to an endowment are opening doors for pediatric brain injury research.
Pulse, Winter 2014
Within days after Tammy McNeeley (SOAHS '97) received her diploma, she lost a yearlong
battle to melanoma. Her 11 classmates immediately pooled their money and worked with
the local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association to establish
an endowed scholarship in her honor. Each year Tammy's parents, Larry and Elaine McNeeley,
add to this scholarship, and they get to know the recipients, a special group of students,
who, through pursuit of their own dreams are also making Tammy's come true.
April 22, 2013
During his first year of medical school, Andy Shakespeare experienced one of the most
difficult times of his life. His 26-year-old sister, Casey, was diagnosed with cervical
April 4, 2013
The School of Nursing recently received a generous gift from The CH Foundation to establish The CH Foundation Endowed Professorship in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Studies. The
professorship will be held by Emily Merrill, Ph.D., R.N., FNP, professor and department
chair for nurse practitioner and nurse midwifery studies.
February 28, 2013
The School of Nursing recently hosted its annual luncheon to recognize donors who
have given to student scholarships, research, educational programs and faculty development.
Scholarships in particular enable the school to address the state’s nursing shortage
by giving students the opportunity to pursue a nursing education.
January 28, 2013
The School of Medicine will honor Fiona Prabhu, M.D., professor in the Department
of Family and Community Medicine, and announce the Lubbock Banker's Association Professorship.
January 25, 2013
Verizon presented the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health a gift
to help fund a children's diabetes monitoring program for residents in rural West
December 4, 2012
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine announced the Don
and Sybil Harrington Foundation and Mary E. Bevins Foundation Endowed Chair of Excellence
in Geriatric Oncology. Suhasini Nadesan, M.D., was awarded this endowed chair, as
she will partner with the School of Medicine’s existing geriatrics division to strengthen
the care and research of elderly Texas Panhandle patients with cancer.
June 27, 2012
Kenneth Scott grew up on a livestock farm in the Texas Hill Country just outside of
Lampasas. The rural, agrarian life often reflected Thomas Edison’s familiar phrase
“early to bed, early to rise” in that you put in a full day’s work just to get the
job done. When high school graduation came, Scott thought he’d discover a more suitable
direction for his career. Today, he gently laughs at his prodigal choice of schools
and college major – the University of Texas and engineering.
May 1, 2012
Faculty, administrators, staff and students recently joined together to thank School
of Medicine supporters for their continued generosity. The annual School of Medicine
Donor Appreciation Luncheon honors those who have supported scholarships, research,
programs and faculty development for the School of Medicine. Community physicians
were also recognized during the event.
February 24, 2012
School of Nursing donors were honored during an annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon.
The annual event honors donors who have supported student scholarships, research,
programs and faculty development for the School of Nursing. Scholarships in particular
enable the school to address the nursing shortage by giving students the opportunities
to pursue a nursing education. School of Nursing scholarship recipients Rebecca and
Amanda Padilla began their quests to become nurses while growing up in Levelland.
December 21, 2011
Seventeen-year-old Dahlton Wagner shoots straight from the heart. He needed an Eagle
Scout project, and the TTUHSC pediatric oncology clinic at Amarillo needed some sprucing
up. On his first visit to the TTUHSC pediatric oncology clinic, Dahlton said he immediately
knew this was his Eagle Scout project.
December 14, 2011
United Supermarkets announced a $3 million donation to the Texas Tech University System
creating two new student scholarship programs at Texas Tech University and supporting
a growing nursing program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Of
this gift, $300,000 will provide operating funds for the new Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center School of Nursing building in Abilene, Texas. System officials
broke ground on the $9 million facility last month, and, according to a news release,
administrators estimate that the new building will allow the school to grow from its
current enrollment of 77 students to as many as 200 by the year 2015.
For more information about how you can become a part of our tradition of excellence
in health care, contact GivingInfo@ttuhsc.edu