Sept. 14, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 37



In Memoriam

Of Note


Of Note

Employee Excellence in Service Awards committee seeks nominations

Nominate a co-worker for an Employee Excellence in Service Award. Nominees must be non-faculty and must have worked at the Health Science Center for at least two years performing above and beyond expectations. Winners will receive a plaque and $1,000 during a November recognition ceremony.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Sept. 28. To download a nomination form or for more information, go to the human resources Web site at or call employee development and training at ext. 7-2326.

Hispanic Heritage Week begins Monday

The UTHSC will spice up campus with a cultural celebration — the Sept. 17-21 Hispanic Heritage Week. The annual event celebrates the Hispanic culture and contributions by Hispanics to society.

Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Medical School breezeway. The event features mariachi music, a "Grito" contest and the United Latin American Medical Students' traditional $5 tamale plate. The Hispanic Center of Excellence will present Hispanic Excellence Awards to outstanding faculty, staff and students.

Other highlights include the Hispanic Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Medical School snack area, and a student/faculty scientific poster exhibition. The display will remain in the Briscoe Library throughout the weeklong celebration.

Hispanic Heritage Week is part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. UTHSC's Hispanic Center of Excellence organizes the annual campus event.

Domestic violence topic of Sept. 20-21 conference

The "Frontline Responders: Catalysts for Change in Domestic Violence" conference will take place Sept. 20-21 at the Alamodome. Topics to be covered include "Impact of Domestic Violence on Perinatal Women," "Navigating the Justice System," "Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence," "Intervening with Domestic Violence in Women with Disabilities," "Assisting Young Males to Make Change," "Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence" and many others.

The goal of the conference is to improve community awareness and capacity to respond to domestic violence. Continuing education credits are available to nurses, physicians, social workers and other health care workers.

Cost is $30 for one day and $50 for the two days. The deadline for early registration is Sept. 15. Those who register after Sept. 17 will pay $100.

Sponsors of the event are the SAFE Family Coalition, the SAPD Victims Advocacy Section and the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative. For more information or to register, call 358-4298.

Learn financial planning

Health Science Center employees are invited to the "Show Me the Money: Financial Planning for Your Future" workshops to be held Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 4 and 11 in the John P. Howe III, M.D., Conference Room on the fifth floor of the Briscoe Library. A box lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. and each session begins at noon.

Topics will include current benefits at the UTHSC, asset allocation, estate planning, financial planning and many more. Guest speakers from the UTHSC, Merrill Lynch and Jackson-Walker, LLP, as well as several independent financial planning experts, will remain after each session to answer individual questions.

Sessions are free but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, RSVP to Pat Henderson at ext. 7-6924, or send an e-mail to no later than noon on the Monday preceding each session. Spouses and other interested persons are welcome.

Blindness topic of seminars

The Health Science Center community is invited to participate in "Blindness Awareness: Community Mobility After Vision Loss or … Where's the Bus?!" These brown bag seminars will be offered Sept. 25 at the McDermott Building and Sept. 27 in the Medical School building, room 209L. A panel of visually impaired individuals and mobility experts will discuss public and community mobility issues and solutions for the visually impaired. For more information, call 617-5300, ext. 6854.

Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery begins Oct. 1

Foreign nationals are encouraged to consider participating in the Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery (DV-2003). The lottery makes available up to 55,000 permanent resident immigrant visas to foreign nationals each year via random selection of eligible entries. Entries should be sent to the Kentucky Consular Center during the submissions period from noon Oct. 1 through noon Oct. 31. Application and submission instructions can be found at Only individuals from selected countries are eligible to participate. Eligibility requirements can be found at

The UTHSC office of international services (OIS) will not be involved in the application process. However, if a foreign national is advised that he or she has been chosen through the lottery, OIS should be contacted immediately at ext. 7-6241.