Commemorative Issue
Sept. 28, 2001

UTHSC pulls together to prepare for investiture

Photo of worker moving lectern
Victor Aldaco moves the lectern to center stage.

On Sept. 7, the Health Science Center shined — literally. The auditorium was transformed into a meeting place of stature where leaders from across the country and Mexico came together to celebrate the investiture of Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Health Science Center president.

Every detail seemed perfect. Every chair was in place. The carpet was immaculate. The stage sparkled. Employees in the facilities management department were responsible for the university looking its very best. What they achieved for this event is what they do every day at the Health Science Center. But their hard work, long hours and dedication to making the Health Science Center a beautiful place to work and learn was especially apparent on this day.

Victor Aldaco, moving crew leader, said the investiture demonstrated the wonderful team effort put forward by employees throughout the entire university.

"Working together with the carpenters, electricians, painters, groundskeepers and movers in facilities management and employees in other departments to make the UTHSC shine is why I love coming to work every morning," Aldaco said. "It makes me proud to be a part of this university."

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Judy Wolf (center), senior vice president for external affairs, prepares members of the presidential party for the processional. More than 300 participated in the processional, including faculty from the five schools, delegates from universities throughout the United States and Mexico, the UT System component institutions and the UT System, representatives from the UTHSC alumni associations and the faculty senate, and faculty emeriti and student leaders.

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Diane Cole (right), ob-gyn, assists Dr. Karin Barnes, associate professor of occupational therapy, in putting on her academic regalia. More than 50 employees from departments throughout the university volunteered their time to help make the investiture a success.

Stephanie Castor (left), special events coordinator, and Alison Edwards, development associate, both of external affairs, review plans with Bernard Reta, housekeeping supervisor, while facilities management employees set up the stage.

Photo of employees planning

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Jesse Solorzano (left) and William Menchaca put a fresh coat of paint on the walls of the auditorium in preparation for the investiture.