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Running for the love of her life

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 lifestyle.



Alumnus helps students achieve their dreams

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.


Investing in the future of medicine

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.


Ritchie Family Supports Pediatric Brain Injury Research

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.


Tammy McNeeley's Dreams Live on Through Scholarship in Her Honor

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.


Donors Help Students Triumph Over Difficulties

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 cancer.


Endowment to Advance Nursing Studies and Practice

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.


School of Nursing Honors Donors at Annual Luncheon

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.


Physician to be Honored for Work With Student-Run Free Clinic

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.


Verizon Gift Supports Diabetes Project in Rural West Texas Counties

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 Texas counties.


New Geriatric Oncology Chair Honored

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.


Endowments Are Forever; Hopefully Cancer Won't Be

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.


School of Medicine Honors Donors

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.


Sister Act: Scholarships Propel Sisters' Nursing Careers

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.


Teen’s Service Project Helps Children Battling Cancer

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.


United Supermarkets Gives $3M to Endow Scholarships, Support Nursing

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.


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