Record Online - Jan/Feb 2010
Health Science Center Celebrates Convocation 2010
theme of "Leading a Community of Excellence," the Texas A&M Health
Science Center celebrated its 10-year anniversary during an academic
convocation Jan. 20.
The event was held at the Leonore and Walter Annenberg
Presidential Conference Center in the George Bush Library Complex at
Texas A&M University in College Station. Health Science Center
campuses around the state including HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry in
Dallas participated via satellite broadcast.
HSC President Dr. Nancy Dickey was the keynote speaker for the
convocation, which celebrated the HSC's renewed vision and reaffirmed
commitment to providing quality programs and services throughout the
During the program, HSC-BCD faculty members received two of the
six Presidential Awards for Excellence presented to individuals or
groups who personified servant leadership in several distinct areas. Dr.
Ernestine Lacy, director of student development, received the
Excellence in Education and Mentorship award, and Dr. Rena D'Souza,
professor and chair of biomedical sciences, received the Excellence in
At the pre-convocation luncheon Dr. N. Sue Seale, Regents
professor in the department of pediatric dentistry, and Mr. Robert J.
Bigham Jr., president and treasurer of the Baylor Oral Health
Foundation, received awards recognizing their induction to the BCD Hall
During her keynote speech, Dickey stated that the Health Science
Center is more than the sum of its parts. She commented that some see
the HSC as a "scrappy underdog" but that its unshakeable desire to serve
others and its strong moral compass are a testament to its members. She
challenged those in attendance and watching via satellite to go beyond
what has been accomplished in the past 10 years and to reach further; to
dream and to become a community of leaders.
In addition to the convocation activities available via satellite
broadcast to the dental school campus, the college hosted a student
luncheon and later a coffee bar and reception for the more than 500
students, faculty and staff who filled two lecture halls to view the
here to watch a slideshow of festivities on campus.