Alumni

News from the Alumni Office

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Greetings, MedCats!

I am pleased to share many exciting COM alumni developments:

White Coat, Stethoscope and Scholarship Drive

Thanks to the generous support of so many of you, every student in the Class of 2019 will receive the gift of a white coat and stethoscope!  In addition, COM alumni and faculty have given more than $20,000 for student scholarships. Your support will provide a very visible and warm welcome for our students as they begin their medical education. There is still time to participate, and any additional dollars will be used to provide scholarships to deserving students in the incoming class.

You can learn more about giving here: Give Now

Our goal for the future is to provide a white coat, stethoscope, and $1,000 scholarship to every incoming student, every year. We’ll keep you updated on our drive for the Class of 2020!

Francisco Garcia, Class of 1992, is our 2015 Alumnus of the Year

Every year during Homecoming Weekend, The UA Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni from each college with the prestigious Alumni of the Year Award. Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, Class of 1992, is being honored by the College of Medicine for his outstanding work in reducing health disparities and preventing gynecological cancer. He is in his third year as director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Health Department.                           

Congratulations, Francisco!

Reunion and Homecoming Weekend

We are busy planning this year’s Reunion and Homecoming Weekend - Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 – and continuing our tradition of exciting and meaningful activities for College of Medicine alumni. Activities will include our traditional programs for reunion year alumni (1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010), including our annual reunion reception and dinner, and Med School 2.0, an afternoon program with tours of some of the College of Medicine's outstanding programs.

We’re offering our third annual Continuing Medical Education program, “Innovative Medicine: New Approaches to Old Challenges,” at no cost and open to all alumni, featuring some world-class speakers, including Dr. Leigh Neumayer, UA Professor of Surgery and Head, Department of Surgery; Dr. Peter Rhee, UA Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burns & Emergency Surgery; and Dr. Francisco Garcia, Director and Chief Medical Officer Pima County Health Department

In addition, all alumni and their families are invited to meet up with classmates at the UA Alumni Association's Wildcat for Life Tailgate Party, on Saturday, October 24, prior to the UA vs. Washington State game. The time of the game will be announced by mid-October.

For more details, and to register go to the 2015 Reunion Web Page . The alumni office will also be in touch with you by email and through our Facebook Page.

AHSC Development and Alumni Reorganization

The UA and UA Foundation have been working for several years on a plan to centralize Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) development efforts. The changes are aligned to dramatically increase support for AHSC funding priorities and our academic programs.  

As part of the centralization process, alumni programs will be under the umbrella of AHSC Development. I’m pleased to inform you of my new role as Director of Alumni Development and Annual Giving for AHSC. My goal is to help each college enhance communications and participation among alumni, and develop a strategic, comprehensive, and robust annual giving program to increase fund-raising results.

Best wishes for a wonderful rest of summer, and I will look forward to seeing you during Homecoming Weekend!

Holly Altman

Director of Alumni Development and Annual Giving

Arizona Health Sciences Center