50 years 1968 to 2018 UTMB School of Health Professions Education Research Healthcare and Service

School of Health Professions
Celebrating 50 Years


Working together to work wonders by educating tomorrow’s healers through groundbreaking research and excellent patient care.


Celebration Events

Make plans to join us as the School of Health Professions (SHP) celebrates our 50th Anniversary. We will host a variety of events for SHP students, faculty, staff, alumni and the UTMB campus community. Plans for the momentous celebration are underway and we invite you to participate in the celebration. Bookmark this page and stay tuned for more updates!

Relive the Kick Off Celebration

SHP 50th Anniversary Kick Off Celebration
November 7, 2017
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
William C. Levin Hall

View: SHP 50th Photo Album

SHP 50th Anniversary Celebration

Open House & Campus Walking Tour

Whether you graduated in 1968 or 2008, the UTMB campus has changed. Do not miss out on this opportunity to reacquaint yourself with your alma mater. Visit the department open houses and take a guided walking tour led by our student ambassadors; revisit your past, learn about changes on campus, and get a first-hand look at the University’s progress.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
2:30 - 4:30 pm
UTMB Campus–School of Health Professions
1100 Mechanic Street, Galveston, TX

Transportation/Shuttle

Shuttle Bus transportation is provided for tour Homecoming registrants and will depart from The San Luis Resort & Conference Center, 1st floor North entrance at 2:15 pm. Shuttles will drop guests off on UTMB Campus at the Levin Hall Circle Drive located at 12th and Market Streets.

UTMB Campus Parking

Parking will be available in the UTMB D-Annex surface parking lot located on Mechanic Street between 12th and 13th Streets. After parking, please proceed to and enter the four-story, tan colored building “School of Health Professions and Nursing” (Building 57 on the map).

Download and Print: Open House Itinerary (pdf)

Celebration Dinner & Program

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:30 pm - Reception
7:15 pm - Dinner & Program
Celebration continues until 11:00 pm

Galveston Island Convention Center
at The San Luis Resort
Grand Ballroom
5600 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX

Tickets: $75 per person
Attire: Cocktail

Download: Anniversary Invitation (pdf)

Download: Event Reply Card (pdf)

Hotel Room Reservation Information

A group room block is being held at the Galveston Island Hilton Resort. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be received by September 18, 2018. After that date, hotel rooms and/or the special UTMB Homecoming contracted rates cannot be guaranteed. Call the hotel telephone number listed below and identify yourself as being with the “UTMB Homecoming 2018 Group” to receive the special room rate shown (taxes not included).

The Galveston Island Hilton Resort - $184 per night (single to quad)
5400 Seawall Boulevard | 877-425-4753 or 409-744-5000

UTMB Homecoming Weekend
Note: Homecoming events are by invitation only and registration is required.
Honoring the Class of 1968 and celebrating graduates of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, & 2008
October 19-21, 2018
Galveston, TX

Website: UTMB Alumni Relations

Lecture Series

Event Dates

  • June 12, 2018 - Physical Therapy
  • June 29, 2018 - Physician Assistant Studies
  • July 19, 2018 - Occupational Therapy
  • July 25, 2018 - Nutrition & Metabolism
  • August 9, 2018 - Clinical Laboratory Science
  • September 10, 2018 - Respiratory Care

Event Descriptions

Physical Therapy

Transformational Moments in the Disability Movement

Download: Event Information (pdf)

Guest speaker Lex Frieden is one of the architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anyone who works in healthcare can benefit from the history of the ADA and the challenges that lie ahead. This learning event is sponsored by the Sealy Center on Aging, the Ability Resource Group and the Office of the Dean.


Event Details

June 12, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 pm

William C. Levin Hall
1006 Market St.
Galveston, TX, 77550

Physician Assistant Studies

Pay It Forward, the Last 40 Years

Download: Event Information (pdf)

Guest speaker Frank Ambriz, PA-C, MPAS returns to his alma mater as the Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His presentation touches on topics such as the overall Physician Assistant profession, education over the past 40 years, and the development of the UTMB Satellite training program in Edinburg, Texas.


Event Details

June 29, 2018
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Schools of Health Professions/Nursing Building, Quad 1.304
1100 Mechanic St.
Galveston, TX, 77550

Space is limited. Please RSVP by June 25th to shpevents@utmb.edu.

Occupational Therapy

Unlock Your Brain’s Potential

Download: Event Information (pdf)

Guest speaker Marco Rodriguez, OTR, is recognized for being a pioneer and key figure in the region for shifting the general perception for children diagnosed as neurologically a-typical and developing outpatient rehabilitation services for corrective, therapeutic treatment. Through his lecture, Mr. Rodriguez will emphasize the use of Neurofeedback, Nutrigenomics and the art of Edification to improve and enhance cognitive brain function.


Event Details

July 19, 2018
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Schools of Health Professions/Nursing Building, Quad 1.102
1100 Mechanic St.
Galveston, TX, 77550

Space is limited. Please RSVP by July 16th to shpevents@utmb.edu.

Nutrition & Metabolism

Exercise Guidance After a Cancer Diagnosis: Evidence and Logistics

Download: Event Information (pdf)

Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM, is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Associate Director of Population Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. She is an exercise interventionist who has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers (scopus h-index of 54) and has had continuous NIH funding for her research since 2001.


Event Details

July 25, 2018
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Schools of Health Professions/Nursing Building, Quad 1.102
1100 Mechanic St.
Galveston, TX, 77550

Space is limited and lunch available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Clinical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Practitioners Choose Wisely

Download: Event Information (pdf)

Guest speaker George Fritsma, MS, MLS will review ABIM-supported projects that promote the Choosing Wisely campaign as it impacts community-based laboratory service consumers. Mr. Fritsma manages www.fritsmafactor.com , "The Fritsma Factor, Your Interactive Hemostasis Resource," an educational blog and is the education director for BioMedica Diagnosis, Inc. in Nova Scotia.


Event Details

August 9, 2018
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Schools of Health Professions/Nursing Building, Quad 1.104
1100 Mechanic St.
Galveston, TX, 77550

Space is limited. This is a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture.

Respiratory Care

The Role of the Respiratory Therapist in Translational Research, Education, and Clinical Practice

Download: Event Information (pdf)

Guest speaker Brian Walsh, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, RPFT, FAARC, will discuss the role of the respiratory therapist in relation to translational research, education, and clinical practice. Mr. Walsh is the current President of the American Association for Respiratory Care, a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care. Brian is also the Director of Respiratory Therapy Program at Liberty University and Professor of Health Sciences.


Event Details

September 10, 2018
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Schools of Health Professions/Nursing Building, Quad 1.202
1100 Mechanic St.
Galveston, TX, 77550

Space is limited. This is a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture.

This lecture is approved by the Texas Society for Respiratory Care (TSRC) for 1 hour of Continuing Education for Respiratory Therapist (CERT).

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