Nov. 30, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 47


Of Note


Of Note

UTHSC to offer second emergency training course

The emergency evacuation training class scheduled for Dec. 4 in lecture room 2.024 near the Briscoe Library is full. The Health Science Center will offer the same course at a later date for anyone still interested in taking the class. Participants will learn how to operate the university's new emergency evacution chairs. The Health Science Center recently purchased five of the chairs to help evacuate mobility-limited individuals in an emergency.

Look for an announcement on the next class date in a future issue of The News. Contact Justine Skinner at ext. 7-2691 or by e-mail at for more information.

The Americans with Disabilities Act coordinating committee and the institutional safety office are sponsoring the program.

Employee holiday reception set for Dec. 18

The Health Science Center's holiday reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the auditorium foyer. All Health Science Center employees are invited to attend. The annual event gives employees the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with one another. Seasonal music and refreshments will be provided. During the celebration, employees will see their donations to the Gifts for Children program placed under the university's holiday tree.

Employees can donate to the Gifts for Children program by bringing a new unwrapped gift for a boy or a girl to the Gifts for Children representative in their offices. Cash donations also are accepted. The gifts collected are distributed to children who are treated in the University Health System, Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, the PREMIERre Program and community pediatrics' Children with AIDS Program. For more information, send an e-mail to Patti Lairsey at, Kim Johnson at or Anna Paccione at

Mail services not for personal use

The general services office reminds employees that the mail services staff is authorized to process business mail only. University staff and mail systems are not equipped to handle the extra load of holiday greeting cards. Please send greeting cards and holiday party invitations through the U.S. Postal Service.

Share your holidays

Health Science Center students sometimes face the holiday season alone. It can be a difficult time far from their families. If any faculty, staff or students wish to share their holiday celebrations with these individuals, they may call the office of student life, ext. 7-2654, or send e-mail to Dr. Sylvia Fernandez at