Oct. 12, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 41


Of Note


Of Note

Orthopaedics cooks up Oct. 18 fund-raiser

No need to cook — dinner is ready! 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.

Hispanic Health Initiative Summit opens funding opportunities

Faculty, staff, administrators, researchers and health care professionals are invited to attend The Hispanic Health Initiative Summit scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, through Wednesday, Oct. 24. The forum will convene in the Health Science Center auditorium.

This is the first time a health science center has instituted a Hispanic Health Initiative Summit in the United States. The two-day forum gives basic and clinical investigators the chance to discuss available research funds with representatives from the Health Science Center and various federal and non-profit agencies. Funding opportunities are only available to institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as Hispanic-Serving or Minority-Serving Institutions. The UTHSC's School of Nursing and its School of Allied Health Sciences are recognized as two of 203 Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the United States.

For more information or to register, send an e-mail to HHI-summit@uthscsa.edu.

Free respiratory tests provided Oct. 24

The department of respiratory care will provide free pulmonary screenings, pulse oximetry and a smoking cessation test as part of National Respiratory Care Week. The screenings are open to the public, and are particularly recommended for anyone who smokes or has a lung disease.

The screenings will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Medical School student lounge. The department of respiratory care also will offer free education and information to patients with lung disease.

Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery ends Oct. 31

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 are being accepted at the Kentucky Consular Center until noon Oct. 31. Application and submission instructions can be found at http://travel.state.gov/visainstructions.html. Only individuals from selected countries are eligible to participate. Eligibility requirements can be found at http://travel.state.gov/visa_lottery.html.

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.

Volunteers needed for Science Expo 2001

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to help with this year's Science Expo. Hundreds of high school students, parents, teachers and counselors from San Antonio and the surrounding area will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, to learn about opportunities and programs at the Health Science Center.

Assistance is needed with presentations, display tables and general "crowd control." The goal of the expo is to promote the importance of science education and the UTHSC as a resource for the community.

For information or to volunteer, call Dr. Irene Chapa at ext. 7-3941.