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September 21 , 2007
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2007 UNTHSC Foundation Annual Employee Fund Drive and State Employee Charitable Campaign: Oct. 1-31

Can this year’s campaign beat last year’s record-breaking achievements? Campaign planners are optimistic that the Health Science Center Family will once again prove that charity really does begin at home, and they have set three goals…

Goal 1 – More than 70 percent of all employees choosing to contribute – in any amount – to one or more of the campaign funds: The UNTHSC Fund for Excellence, UNTHSC student scholarships or the United Way charities of the SECC.

Goal 2 – More than $160,000 in campaign contributions.

Goal 3 – Lots of fun!

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Inaugural Countdown: Note these new details
The inauguration of Dr. Scott B. Ransom is less than a month away. Along with the Inaugural Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19, other events include a Campus Celebration with live music and a pasta dinner, and the annual DO Dash 5k and Community Health Fair. You can find details on all inaugural events on the Inauguration Web site.

For an update on class and clinic schedules and transportation to the ceremony, click here.



Dr. Jones

Alumnus Jones will give Outstanding Graduate Faculty Seminar Sept. 27
Dr. Harlan Jones, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named 2007 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student body. Dr. Jones, who earned his doctorate in microbiology at the Health Science Center in 2001 and joined the faculty in 2003, will present “Back to the Future: The Rare Experience of a New Investigator” on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 pm in Luibel Hall. He will discuss his research into the effects of stress on the immune system’s defense against disease and talk about his transition from graduate student to faculty member and mentor. Dr. Jones says that being an alumnus helps him relate to his students, and that he strives to create the same positive educational experiences that he had as a student. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Graduate Student Association present the annual Outstanding Graduate Faculty Seminar Series to recognize the long-term research efforts of award recipients, who are selected for their commitment to the ideals of higher education, involvement in graduate education and dedication to students. UNT HSC Logo



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Why can’t I have Windows Vista?
One of the most frequent “hallway questions” that ITS employees are being asked these days is “Why can’t I have Windows Vista on my Health Science Center business desktop or laptop computer?” There are several reasons, ranging from testing issues to computer and software compatibility.

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Dr. Peska

New TMA patient safety course features work of TCOM experts
Did you know that medical errors are the eighth leading cause of death in hospitals? A new Texas Medical Association program developed in part by Dr. Don Peska, associate dean for educational programs and associate professor of surgery, aims to change that.  The web-based continuing medical education course, “Patient Safety and Medical Errors,” covers key aspects of patient safety, including communicating with patients with limited English skills, provider fatigue and avoiding confusing prescription abbreviations. The course was developed by a subcommittee comprising members from every Texas medical school. Dr. Peska oversaw the work of the subcommittee along with Dr. Lisa Nash, a 2001 TCOM graduate and director of the family medicine residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Jan Jowett, administrative director in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, was a contributing author. The course is free, but there is a $30 charge for administering CME credit. UNT HSC Logo



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Coming soon:
new electronic payroll procedures

Shortly after the first of the new year, paper paychecks will be practically obsolete here at the Health Science Center. With few exceptions, all employees will be required to either have their wages direct deposited to the financial institutions of their choice or participate in a Visa payday debit card program. The new electronic procedures are part of an ongoing effort to cut costs and increase efficiencies at the Health Science Center by adopting a “paperless payroll payday.”

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Live music, free food, free drinks and special giveaways… Join us for all this, and more, at the “World of Pastabilities” Campus Celebration on Friday, Oct 19, 4:30-7pm, after President Scott Ransom’s Inaugural Ceremony. Click here for details.

See you there!

Your “World of Pastabilities” Planners,

Dana Benton Russell
Director of Public Relations

Pam McFadden
Associate Vice President
of Professional and Continuing Education


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