Oct. 5, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 40


Of Note


Of Note

Travel Fair 2001 scheduled for Oct. 11

Business travelers and prospective vacationers are invited to the Travel Fair 2001 to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the auditorium foyer. The event, sponsored by UTHSC's travel services office and the Health Science Center's designated travel agency, Corporate Travel Planners Inc., will feature representatives from Corporate Travel and the university's travel services office, as well as the travel program administrator from the UT System. Travel Fair vendors include American Classic Voyages, Carnival and Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America, Funjet Vacations, Candlewood Suites, Marriott Courtyard, Omni Hotel and Westin Hotels, as well as the Advantage, Avis and Enterprise rental car agencies.

More than 700 faculty, staff and students attended last year's fair to learn about Health Science Center travel procedures and to find great travel deals. Door prizes include airline tickets, car rentals and hotel stays.

For more information, contact Deborah Cornwell at ext. 7-6038 or Tracy Silva at ext. 7-2037.

Auction of surplus, obsolete equipment is Oct. 13

Health Science Center employees are invited to the Auction of Surplus/Obsolete Property to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the general services warehouse. Items include medical equipment, shelving, desks, typewriters and calculators.

Employees can view items before the auction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Auction items may be transferred free of charge to any UTHSC department through Friday, Oct. 5. For more information, call ext. 7-6021.

5K Walk for Brain Cancer set for Oct. 13

The South Texas Brain Cancer Foundation's first 5K Walk for Brain Cancer will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the UTHSC running track. The goal of the walk is to raise funds for patient education, research and support groups and to assist patients with the financial burden of costly medications.

Dr. Pamela New, assistant professor of medicine, along with family members of brain cancer patients, created The South Texas Brain Cancer Foundation this year in an effort to raise awareness in San Antonio about the disease.

Registration for the walk is $20 and can be done until the day of the event. For more information or to register, call 670-0204.

Walk to 'D-Feet' ALS Oct. 13

The South Texas ALS Association Chapter will hold its 5K Walk to D-Feet ALS event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a disorder causing progressive loss of control of voluntary muscles due to a destruction of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS affects approximately one out of 100,000 people. It appears in some cases to run in families. The disorder affects men more often than women. Symptoms usually do not develop until adulthood, often not until after age 50.

Registration for the 5K walk is free and can be done on the day of the event. For more information, call 492-9469.

Department of orthopaedics cooks up Oct. 18 fund-raiser

The department of orthopaedics is sponsoring a traditional Cajun dinner from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. All proceeds will go to the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC).

For $10, students, faculty and staff can order a spicy Cajun meal created by the Acadiana Café. Each plate will be piled with chicken and sausage gumbo, jambalaya, green beans, a dinner roll and bread pudding. The meals will be pre-packaged and ready for pick-up at the Medical School courtyard.

All dinners must be pre-paid and pre-ordered. To place an order, call ext. 7-2023 or send an e-mail to kellerl@uthscsa.edu. The deadline to place an order is 4 p.m. Oct. 17.

OIS offers travel advice

The U.S. Department of State recently issued a worldwide public announcement urging U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to increase their security awareness while traveling outside of the country. International visitors are encouraged to carry immigration documents (passports, IAP-66s, I-20s and I-94s) and work authorization documents with them when traveling within the United States.

The UTHSC office of international services (OIS) encourages employees and students who will travel outside of the U.S. to visit the state department's Web site at www.travel.state.gov/wwc1.html for public announcements, travel warnings, consular information sheets and regional travel brochures. Information also can be obtained by calling (202) 647-5225 or via automated telefax at (202) 647-3000.