At the start of 2018, UT Southwestern launched a year-long celebration to recognize the Medical Center’s 75 years of compassionate patient care, leading-edge discovery, and exceptional education and training. Several anniversary celebrations took place that honored both the institution’s pioneering spirit and milestone moments, while also looking ahead to a robust future.
“This year has been an extended opportunity for reflection on what has been accomplished going back these 75 years, but more importantly where we are now and what the future could look like,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern. “I’m very proud of the UT Southwestern community.”
In May, a celebratory event brought together thousands of staff, faculty, students, and friends – many clad in cheery, bright blue T-shirts commemorating the 75th anniversary. President Podolsky opened the formal part of the celebration, which was followed by a live performance by the Transactivators, a band that includes several UT Southwestern faculty members. During the event, a conga line of dancers merrily snaked its way through the South Campus plaza.
The year also saw the publication of a special commemorative history edition of Center Times and 75th anniversary banners displayed in prominent locations throughout campus and the city of Dallas. Graduation ceremonies also had a special anniversary twist for the 2018 graduates of UT Southwestern’s three schools.
During the fall, UT Southwestern hosted Science Saturday. Visitors of all ages attended, from those just beginning to show interest in science to some with a long history of work in research. More than 80 volunteer scientists from UT Southwestern operated 21 booths at the event, covering topics such as concussion and traumatic brain injury, immunology, imaging, clinical psychology, organic chemistry, lab safety, and more. Guests also enjoyed music from a DJ and were invited to sign a banner anniversary card.
As the 75th anniversary year comes to an end, the UT Southwestern community continues to champion the core values of innovation, excellence, teamwork, and compassionate care. And while UTSW’s history is rich with accomplishment, campus leadership remains focused on discoveries just beyond the horizon.
“It’s hard for me to see anything but accelerating momentum with each advance on this campus. It’s added more energy that accelerates our path forward with a perspective that now goes back 10 years,” said Dr. Podolsky, who became President of UT Southwestern in 2008. “I think there’s a lot for everybody who has been part of our growth to be very proud of,” he added. “I know I’m proud of it and I only see the pace of that continuing to build, along with the momentum that distinguishes UT Southwestern in a very profound way.”