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TTU System Honored For Charitable Giving In Statewide Campaign

September 5, 2018 | Texas Tech University System

At the Texas Tech University System Town Hall and State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Kickoff event on Sept. 4, Sammye Sharbutt, Greater West Texas campaign manager for the SECC, presented Interim Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell with plaques recognizing the TTU System’s exemplary participation in the campaign over the past few years.
 
In 2017, the TTU System administration and component institutions earned the honor of Largest Per Capita Gift – with an average of nearly $80 per person donated – for a higher education organization with more than 2,001 employees in Texas. This is a repeat honor after the TTU System earned the same recognition in 2016, along with the award for Highest Participation percentage.
 
This year, Texas Tech University’s goal is $463,000 and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center aims to raise $262,017, with an additional TTU System administration goal of $42,000.
 
Texas’ SECC is one of the largest state employee campaigns in the nation. Each fall, state employees are given the opportunity to learn about the charities in the SECC, choose which organizations to support, and then fill out pledge forms to indicate their donations. Since the campaign was established by the Texas Legislature in 1993, Texas agency and higher education employees have contributed more than $175 million through the SECC benefiting a variety of charities.

 

Facility Spotlight: TTUHSC Lubbock, Education, Research & Technology + West Expansion

August 6, 2018 | TTU Health Sciences Center

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s largest expansion project since the university was established is continuing to take shape.

After seeing 62 percent growth in its university population during the past seven years, TTUHSC has quickly out grown its space. The construction project will add nearly 200,000 gross square feet (GSF) to the Lubbock campus.

The West Expansion will supplement the existing TTUHSC building with an additional 125,000 GSF by connecting the west side of the existing TTUHSC building to the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences. The space will provide educational and research facilities for anatomical sciences and will include the state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory.

The north expansion will include two buildings with Spanish renaissance architecture to increase productivity in academic, professional and research affairs. The building will have 60,000 GSF to support institutional initiatives, program growth and academic changes. The building will house state-of-the-art research laboratories, translational research facilities classrooms, offices, new technology and equipment and other infrastructure upgrades.

The second building will be a free-standing 12,500 GSF conference center, which will provide daily, on-site conferencing and educational space for the adjacent University Center building and the existing Academic Classroom Building.

A Tuition Revenue Bond approved by the 84th Legislature covers the majority of construction costs.


 

Health Related Institutions Receive Accreditations

August 6, 2018 | TTU Health Sciences Center & TTUHSC El Paso

After five years as a standalone institution, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso has been granted accreditation with commendation, the highest-level designation possible, by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

As the accrediting body for institutions of higher education across the Southern U.S., SACSCOC affirms that its accredited institutions have “a purpose appropriate to higher education and… resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” In addition to setting high standards for programs of higher education—which determines eligibility for Title IV, or financial aid funds—the commission also works to influence legislation that impacts the work of its member institutions.

The TTUHSC Masters of Public Health (MPH) program in the Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health also received accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. Operating on the Lubbock and Abilene campuses, this marks the beginning of the department’s expansion to a comprehensive, graduate degree-issuing school, pending formal Board establishment.


 

TTU VPR Joseph Heppert Testifies in Washington, D.C.

August 6, 2018 | Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University’s Vice President for Research Joseph A. Heppert represented the Texas Tech University System testifying before a congressional subcommittee on energy on June 7. The U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the future of the United States’ electric grid.

Heppert discussed how Texas Tech is addressing the issues of making the U.S. energy grid more secure, reliable, robust and resilient when under threat.

“There is a growing consensus that future conflicts among major military and economic adversaries may involve preliminary skirmishes in cyberspace, with grid infrastructure as a prime target,” Heppert said during his testimony. “Indeed, some recent cases provide indications that both state and non-state actors have already targeted and demonstrated an ability to threaten the grid.”

During the hearing, subcommittee chairman Lamar Smith focused on Texas Tech’s strength in the wind energy arena.

“My home state of Texas offers a ready example of the impact battery storage could have on harnessing renewable power. Texas is the top wind producing state in the country. So it’s no surprise that Sandia National Laboratory chose to partner with Texas Tech University on a wind-energy field testing site in Lubbock, Texas,” Smith said.


 

Robert Duncan Celebrates Fourth Anniversary as TTU System Chancellor

August 6, 2018 | Texas Tech University System

Robert Duncan marked his fourth year as the chancellor of the Texas Tech University System on July 7. Under Duncan’s leadership, the system has experienced exciting, record-setting growth and has elevated the maturity of its operations to ensure long-term prosperity and sustainability while advancing the system’s key impactful initiatives.

Since Duncan assumed office, the TTU System has raised over $571 million in philanthropic funds, more than any previous chancellor has raised in the same time period.

In addition to the fiscal and operational health of the system and its institutions, Chancellor Duncan has a vision for impactful, need-based university expansions that serve West Texas communities and the overall prosperity of the state. At present, TTU is pursuing an innovative School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo while TTUHSC El Paso pursues the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine. When completed, these schools will be the first of their kind in the state in over 100 years and 50 years, respectively. Additionally, the TTU System is joining together the comprehensive mental health resources and services of TTU and TTUHSC to establish the Texas Tech Mental Health Institute in order to serve the mental health needs of rural West Texas and communities across the state.


 

Institutions Receive Support from Midland and Amarillo Development Corporations

 August 6, 2018 | Texas Tech University & TTU Health Sciences Center

The Texas Tech University System saw two of its impactful initiatives receive significant support during the first half of 2018. The Midland Development Corporation approved a partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to create a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program in Midland to improve mental health services for children and adults in West Texas. The Amarillo City Council approved an amendment to a 2016 agreement between the TTU System and the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation to fund up to $69 million for a TTU School of Veterinary Medicine.

The MDC will provide $8.4 million which will fund four fellowships and up to 16 medical residents. In return, TTUHSC will serve a minimum of 9,720 patients each year, approximately 40 patients per day.

AEDC’s amended agreement with the TTU System ensures funding for the construction of the TTU School of Veterinary Medicine. The TTU SVM will be the only veterinary school in the country co-located with a pharmacy and medical school on the same campus, thus expanding opportunities to combine research efforts impacting both human and animal health.

 

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