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Jimmie Lou DeBakeyLetter from the Director

Jimmie Lou DeBakey, Director of Constituent Relations

It should come as no surprise that one of my favorite things to do is engage with alumni. From Philadelphia to Denver to right here in Baltimore, that’s exactly what this last month has been about. I’ve been so fortunate to see so many familiar faces and hear of your work and latest adventures.

At our Dean’s Reception in Philadelphia, we had the privilege of hearing from Josh Sharfstein, the inaugural director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Josh gave a fabulous presentation to our alumni and friends in attendance. We had such a rousing question and answer session that we almost missed our opportunity to wander around the stunning galleries of the Barnes Foundation! If you ever have a moment free in Philadelphia, please stop by – we could not get enough of the architecture and the artwork. Check out our photos from the event, and please feel free to share yours if you were there!

Art and architecture seems to be a theme for our venues lately. More than 200 alumni and friends came out for a special Halloween reception at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver during APHA. From the School-branded M&Ms to the costume accessories and the candy bar, we brought the treats with very little trick! It was also a moment to spend some time with Dean Klag – one of the first opportunities to wish him well. Don’t worry – there will be plenty of chances between now and June. We’ll keep you posted!

Speaking of deans, we also had a special celebration to commemorate the extraordinary life and work of D.A. Henderson. If you were unable to join us in person or via the webcast, highlights can be found here.

With all of these events over the last few weeks, we’ve been noticing more and more that our alumni and friends cannot get enough time together. To that end, we are working hard to get more networks up and running so that you all can continue getting together. We know how important it is to you to continue learning, but also to share with one another. If you’re interested in starting a network, we’d love to help you get started.

I’m so thrilled to work on behalf of each and every one of you to make your alumni experience that much greater. You are part of what makes coming to work each day so very enjoyable and I am so thankful for that. Have a truly wonderful and special Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones.

Sending my very best!

Jimmie Lou DeBakey