Teamwork, Shared Values Highlighted in 2018 State of the University and Faculty Awards

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Texas Tech University System Chancellor and TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., emphasized the importance of shared values and recognized faculty members for their achievements at the 2018 State of the University Address and Faculty Convocation Nov. 27.

Those values—one team, kindhearted, integrity, visionary and beyond service—make TTUHSC strong, secure and robust, Mitchell told the assembly.

“Everything evolves, especially in health care,” Mitchell said. “So we have to be thinking about training the students of tomorrow, training the researchers of tomorrow, answering the questions of tomorrow and constantly thinking towards the future. Students are coming here to learn to engage with colleagues in research and with patients at a time when patients are not doing well. It is an honor and huge responsibility.”

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He added that it’s easy to get calcified in an environment with 5,000 people in a university setting and with 5,000 students, but noted that students are watching our behavior. “Our day-to-day behavior impacts our fellow TTUHSC family members. We are also training young folks about the things related to professional lives in medicine that they’re not going to learn in textbooks. Our students need our guidance.”

Mitchell concluded his speech by stressing teamwork.

“We’re all far better together than when we’re apart from one another. Together, we’ve been able to achieve a great deal of wonderful things and I look forward to achieving more as time goes forward,” he said.

After Mitchell closed message, he presented the 2018 Presidential Award Recipients.

President’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Alan Peiris, M.D., Ph.D. 

President’s Team Teaching Award

Brian Irons, Pharm. D.

Lisa Chastain, Pharm. D.

Krystal Edwards, Pharm. D.

Molly Minze, Pharm. D.

Robin Black, Pharm. D.

Courtney Duval, Pharm. D.

Ashley Higbea, Pharm. D.

Rebecca Schoen, Pharm. D.

President’s Excellence in Research Award

Vadivel Ganapathy, Ph.D.

President’s Early Career Investigator Award

Andrey Karamyshev, Ph.D.

President’s Outstanding Clinician Award

John Griswold, M.D.

  • Alan Peiris, M.D., Ph.D. (President’s Excellence in Teaching Award)
  • Brian Irons, Pharm. D. (President's Team Teaching Award)
  • Lisa Chastain, Pharm. D. (President's Team Teaching Award)
  • Vadivel Ganapathy, Ph.D. (President’s Excellence in Research Award)
  • Andrey Karamyshev, Ph.D. (President’s Early Career Investigator Award)
  • John Griswold, M.D. (President’s Outstanding Clinician Award)

President’s Excellence in Community Engagement Award

Teresa Baker, M.D.

President’s Award for Interprofessional Teamwork

Donna Paris, MSN, R.N.

Heather Guest, MSN, R.N.

Debra Winckler, MSN, R.N.

Aaron Duebner, MSN, R.N.

Gayle Stegall, MSN, R.N.

Stacie Alvarez, MSN, R.N.

Nancy Ochs, MSN, R.N.

Kayley Simmons, Pharm. D.

Becky Fox, Pharm. D.

Terran Keidl, BSN, R.N.

Chephra McKee, Pharm. D.

Bethany Ibach, Pharm. D.

Mary Klein, Pharm. D.

University Distinguished Faculty Awards

Thomas Hale, Ph.D.

Sharmila Dissanaike, M.D.

Dale Dunn, M.D., MBA

Terry McMahon, M.D.

Kendra Rumbaugh, Ph.D.

Kevin Pruitt, Ph.D.

  • Kendra Rumbaugh, Ph.D.
  • Thomas Hale, Ph.D.
  • Sharmila Dissanaike, M.D.
  • Kevin Pruitt, Ph.D.
  • Terry McMahon, M.D.
  • Dale Dunn, M.D., MBA

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TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

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