On Tuesday, April 27, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will hold its first UTHSC Giving Day, a 24-hour campaign to encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to support the university and its current and future health care heroes with gifts of any size.
The goal for the inaugural UTHSC Giving Day, led by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, is 500 gifts in 24 hours. Donations can be made to support a specific college—Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy—or an initiative or program at UTHSC. Additionally, some donations may be matched, doubling their impact.
As Tennessee’s public, academic health care institution, UTHSC is proud to have stood as a leader over the past year in the battle against the coronavirus, with testing, clinical treatment, support for the development of therapeutics, and vaccine research and delivery. In addition, the university has served as a trusted source of information and guidance to the public.
Our faculty and students rushed into the battle early on, setting up and staffing one of the first and largest public coronavirus testing sites in Memphis. Across all colleges and campuses, they have provided care to those with the virus, worked tirelessly researching COVID-19 therapeutics and supporting vaccine development, and have been available to offer accurate and honest information and guidance to the public about the virus.
At the same time, UTHSC successfully retooled academic programs to cope with the virus. Pre-clinical education quickly moved to distance learning, while clinical training continued to be hands-on with strict COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, masking, and PPE. Still, the university graduated all students, residents, and fellows on schedule, and expanded its academic, clinical, research, and community engagement missions.
UTHSC Giving Day is an opportunity to honor these successes and help the university grow and thrive in the future. To participate in UTHSC Giving Day or get more information, go to givingday.uthsc.edu.
The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs is part of the University of Tennessee Foundation. The UT Foundation is the preferred channel for all private contributions benefiting faculty and students in the University of Tennessee System. Learn more at utfi.org.