Students, faculty, community leaders to thank Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long, $25 million donors

WHAT: Official UT System Board of Regents naming ceremony for the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus (formerly called Central Campus) of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8 (interviews with Longs 10:15-10:45 a.m.)

WHERE: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The naming ceremony will take place at a tent and monument in front of the buildings on the entry drive from Floyd Curl. (The concluding visual will be the platform party pulling strings of several colors to unveil the inscribed monument.)

WHO: Expected speakers:
–Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
–Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long, donors visiting from Austin
–Judith Zaffirini, Ph.D., state senator, chair of the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and member of the Senate Education, Health and Human Services, Medicaid Reform Legislative Oversight, and Administration committees
–John T. Montford, senior vice president, external affairs, Western Region, with AT&T and president, UT Health Science Center Development Board
–James R. Huffines, member and immediate past chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents
–Jessica Flores and Joel Torres, medical students/Long Presidential Scholars

NOTES: The Longs’ $25 million gift to the UT Health Science Center at the end of 2007 is their largest to any institution and, added to their previous gifts, makes them the largest donors in Health Science Center history. The $25 million gift created the Joe R. and Teresa L. Long Scholarship, Research and Teaching Fund for student scholarships, medical research, and faculty recruitment and retention.

The pre-event interviews will occur in the Academic and Administration Building.

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