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TTUHSC Hosted Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of New University Center

University Center Ribbon Cutting

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new University Center on May 24, 2019. 

Texas Tech University System Chancellor and TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said the University Center will create a more seamless campus experience for students and visitors.

“This expansion presents unprecedented opportunities to extend our traditional strengths,” Mitchell said. “The new and expanded spaces will bind our campus together in ways that encourage interaction and promote collaboration. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, I look forward to all that we will accomplish together an institution in the next 50 years.”

The University Center building will have 60,000 GSF and will house the Office of the President; Office of External Relations; the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health; Office of Student Relations; the Office of Admissions for the School of Medicine,

University Center Ribbon Cutting

Nursing, Health Professions and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Alumni Relations; Office of Global Health; the F. Marie Hall Sim Life Center; the Writing Center; administrative offices and a spirit shop. The $26,302,250 million project is located behind the new creation of a TTUHSC seal boulevard entrance to campus.

The University Center is home to the two new public art installations, “Complete Fragment” by James Surls, and “PULSE,” created by artist Adam Frank.

“Complete Fragment” consists of three bronze and stainless-steel sculptures ranging in size from eight to 12 feet and are located outside the north entrance of the new TTUHSC University Center building.

“PULSE” is an 11-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide LED screen which features an accurate simulation of the human circulatory system in the visual style of an MRI in the lobby of the TTUHSC University Center. As people enter the building, the heartbeat quickens. As the number of occupants increases, the faster the beats and the blood flow. As people leave, the heart begins to slow and eventually settles to an average sleeping rate overnight.

University Center Ribbon Cutting

“I would like to thank our legislators for their support, as this important project was made possible with tuition revenue bonds,” Mitchell said. “This investment in educational space allows us to provide valuable opportunities to our students.”

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Facilities Committee approved the project Oct. 13. Tuition Revenue Bond approved by the 84th Legislature funds cover all construction costs, which will provide an opportunity to leverage donor gifts for a presidential scholarship endowment, one of three funding priorities for the Campaign for Your Life, Our Purpose.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

TTUHSC

Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

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.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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