Each year, second-year medical school students roll out the welcome mat at Camp Allen for the incoming medical school students in the form of an entertaining and informative student retreat.

A place where friendships are formed and skits are showcased, the tradition was first organized in 1977 by Dr. Henry Strobel, retired associate dean of alumni relations and faculty affairs and professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology.

This year, in honor of its 40th anniversary, each graduating class is being challenged by the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of Development, and the Alumni Association to raise $25,000 to fully endow the retreat fund. The fund will support students by keeping registration fees affordable and ensuring the sustainability of the beloved retreat for years to come.

Currently students pay $75 to attend the retreat. If the fundraising goal is reached, retreat will be at no cost to future students.

Dr. Matt Harting, ’03, Alumni Association board member, is chairing the efforts on the Alumni Association side. A total of $84,040 has been raised. Pledges may be made over 5 years.

This year’s retreat, hosted once again by the second-year class, features the theme “Superheroes” and will take place at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas, on Aug. 12-13.

Donations to the retreat fund can be made here. To register for this year’s retreat, click here.

For more information, please contact Derrick J. Miller, director of alumni relations, at 713.500.5181.