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Health Science Center Celebrates Convocation 2010



With a 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 state.

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 Research award. 

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 of Fame.

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 ceremony. Click here to watch a slideshow of festivities on campus.