Alumni AssociationThe University of Texas Medical School Alumni Association is branching out to city-based chapters in an attempt to increase alumni participation and fellowship.

A Dallas chapter of the Alumni Association was officially established in May 2012. Dr. Lowell Ku, ’97, and Dr. Shelby Melton, ’04, are the Dallas chapter co-chairs.

“This arrangement will provide an opportunity for UTHealth Medical School alumni in the Dallas area to meet, get reacquainted with one another, and to develop projects as a group of UTHealth Medical School alumni,” said Derrick Miller, director of alumni relations, adding that there are 857 alumni in the Dallas area.

The Dallas chapter is open to all alumni of the Dallas area. In the first three organizational meetings, approximately 50 alumni have participated. The Dallas chapter’s next event is a Family Fun Day at the Perot Museum Saturday, Oct. 5.

Miller added that city-based chapters have been embraced by other medical schools as valuable tools to foster engagement.

“We hope the chapters will encourage alumni to take on leadership roles in their area and become active in the Alumni Association and Medical School projects,” Miller said. “There are many alumni who don’t have the luxury to take off time for Medical School or Alumni Association events held in Houston, but the chapters give them an option to attend alumni events and participate in activities in their area.”

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School