Well, it was another successful trip to Chicago with a full attendance list of every on-campus student. The Windy City shocked us all with temperatures in the teens and some fresh snowfall just as San Antonio was seeing bluebonnets and sunshine.
We added a new element to the trip this time: mock interviews. About 65% of the class took part in this offering, pairing current students with Alumni Board members for some pre-Preceptors' Conference preparation. There was a great response from both sides and the candid feedback appeared well-appreciated!
The Alumni Board hosted a happy hour at Fado Irish Pub on Monday night for any alumnus/a who was in town. and, for the second year in a row, we held our Dean Duce Award Dinner - honoring Jon M. Foster '86 - at the delicious Gibson's Steakhouse. A room full of about 100 attendees proved the support for Trinity even outside the Texas border is still strong!
We are incredibly grateful for the presence and support of Trinity University President Dennis Ahlburg and Vice President Mike Fischer and his wife, Kim, as well as other staff. Never before has the Health Care Administration Department and our illustrious graduates had a better backing from the University leadership.
In closing, I'd like to give everybody a heads up that we are approaching a huge milestone for our program. Please mark your calendars for October 2015 for the 50th anniversary of the Health Care Administration Department. A sizeable celebration is certainly in the works! We hope to see many of you there.
Ashley S. Hixon '00. FACHE
President, Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association
Division Operations Officer,
Methodist Healthcare System
San Antonio, Texas