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December 2014

Greetings to all Trinity HCAD Alumni! 

Christmas decorations are up, the leaves are turning, and the temperature is finally less than 80 degrees in San Antonio (most days). As you may recall, Trinity University is in the process of selecting a new President of the school with President Dennis Ahlburg's announcement that he is stepping down at the end of 2014. We so appreciate the backing that Ahlburg provided us, reiterating the importance our program and its graduates have upon the University as a whole. We are fortunate that our very own Amer Kaissi sits on the selection board to find his replacement so we are confident that the needs and interests of the HCAD program will be addressed in the process. Also of note is that one of our own illustrious graduates of the HCAD program, Doug Hawthorne B.A. '69, M.S. - HCAD '72, is the new Chair of the Trinity University Board of Trustees. With these combined influences at the highest level of the school, our voice has never been represented more strongly. 

Alumni Weekend ended with great success. We kicked it off with a casual networking and open forum discussion lunch in the Skyline Room with several members of the board and the members of the Class of 2016. The dialogue was great and a lot of experiences and advice were offered for consideration. That evening, we held a happy hour with all current students and any local alumni at StoneWerks near the Alamo Quarry. A few HCAD faculty were also in attendance which was a bonus. 

The annual golf tournament was fabulous as always. We lucked out on the beautiful weather. I want to thank Don Murray '15 for securing many of the tournament sponsorships early on. Kevin Greene '15 did an amazing job by stepping in at the last minute to take over responsibility for a combined tournament with the Chi Delta Tau fraternity as it celebrated its 50th year anniversary. We also appreciate the photographic talents of HCAD alumna Sherri Shaw Hurley '06. The tournament was open to all alumni and had a total of 77 participants. Thank you to all who made the day a success - check out the names of our sponsors, tournament details and photos in this issue. 

At our board meeting, we discussed at great length how the board can truly better serve the current students. As HCAD alumni, it is all of our responsibility to ensure the sustainability of the program and the success of the next class. Funding for scholarships and for attendance at the ACHE Congress each year is dependent upon alumni association dues and donations. Unfortunately, our bucket appears to have a hole and is emptying faster than it is filling. On the flip side, we do not wish to lessen the financial support we currently provide. To address this discrepancy, discussion stressed potential fundraising events by the students to help supplement the growing cost of Congress, as well as the potential of eliminating dues in exchange for more of an annual fund drive. While the need for dollars will not change, the focus would be on efficiency and maximization of efforts to earn them. As such, keep a look out for possible adjustments in the near future. 

Our dedication and commitment to all of you remain strong. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our next big event - the annual Duce Award Dinner on Tuesday, March 17 in Chicago as we honor the 2014 Duce Award recipient, John R. Heer '85! 

Ashley S. Hixon, FACHE, '00
President, Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association 
Division Operations Officer
Methodist Healthcare System
San Antonio, Texas