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96 UT System faculty getting $25,000 awards

Ninety-six faculty members at the University of Texas System’s 15 academic and health campuses will each receive $25,000 teaching awards, the system announced Thursday.

The award program, totaling $2.4 million, is among the most generous in higher education.

Recipients of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award will be honored at a ceremony Aug. 20 at the Texas Union on the University of Texas campus in Austin, according to a news release. Faculty members were evaluated by peers, students and campus presidents before advancing to competition at the system level.

“We are proud that these awards support and promote a culture of teaching excellence, especially in undergraduate programs, at all our campuses systemwide,” said Regent Steve Hicks, chairman of the Board of Regents’ Academic Affairs Committee.

— Ralph K.M. Haurwitz, Austin American-Statesman


Central Health to promote coverage

The Central Health board agreed Wednesday night to buy $360,000 worth of additional health care services from three partner organizations and set aside $150,000 to launch a public information campaign about health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.

Central Health will seek firms to assist with the campaign, for which it ultimately expects to spend $350,000, said Monica Crowley, a spokeswoman for Central Health, Travis County’s public hospital district. The campaign is tied to the next enrollment period for the federal health insurance marketplace, which re-opens Nov. 15. The additional $200,000 will come from the 2015 budget, which takes effect Oct. 1.

In addition, medical providers who contract with Central Health to serve needy patients will receive additional money this fiscal year because services have exceeded original contract amounts, Crowley said.

Planned Parenthood will get an additional $110,000 for women’s health services, bringing its total contract to $510,000; El Buen Samaritano’s medical clinic will get $150,000 more, for a total of $1.95 million; and the Front Steps Recuperative Care Program, which helps homeless people who are too sick to be discharged to a shelter or the streets, will receive $100,000 more, bringing its total to $400,000.

— Mary Ann Roser, American-Statesman


Doggett receives national award

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, received the 2014 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award Thursday for his efforts on behalf of clinics helping the needy. The award is given annually to various members of Congress by the National Association of Community Health Centers, a spokeswoman said.

It was presented to Doggett by Regina Rogoff, CEO of People’s Community Clinic, at People’s headquarters, 2909 Interstate 35. People’s is one of the nation’s oldest clinics for the uninsured and under-served. Sunday marks the start of National Health Center Week.

— Mary Ann Roser, American-Statesman


LBJ hosts family friendly event

The public is invited to attend “Flashback Family ’60s Night at the LBJ” on Saturday.

From 5 to 7 p.m., admission to the LBJ Presidential Library is free, and visitors will be able to see the exhibit “Sixty from the ’60s.” Live music by Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes follows from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the lawn near the LBJ fountain.

At 9 p.m. there will be a screening of the film “Bye Bye Birdie.” While no pets or alcohol are permitted, visitors may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the music and movie.

Free parking will be available at the LBJ Library’s Visitor Parking Lot, 2313 Red River St., lot No. 38, as well as in the adjacent lots, No. 37 and 39.

For information visit www.lbjlibrary.org or call 512-721-0200.

— Veronica Serrano, Austin American-Statesman



Sign up now for child safety and booster seat inspections

Taylor ISD Family Support Services and the Williamson County Emergency Medical Services are conducting car safety seat and booster seat inspections for Taylor residents, by appointment only.

The inspections will be done from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Williamson County EMS, 1427 N. Main St. Call 512-352-3910 before noon Monday to make an appointment.

Children will need to be with a parent or other adult caregiver during the inspection, and items blocking access to child safety seats should be removed in advance.

For information on other inspection events, contact Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare at 512-336-3423 or visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/saferiders/checkups.shtm.

— Veronica Serrano, Austin American-Statesman



Administrative offices’ hours to change

All City of Kyle Administrative Offices will return to traditional business hours starting Aug. 18.

The current hours of operation — 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday — were adopted in hope of saving money on utilities and allow residents to have access to services earlier in the day.

However, a survey conducted by city staff found that more people were visiting City Hall on Friday afternoon.

Kyle City Hall, the Kyle Police Administration Building, the Kyle Parks Administration Building, and the Public Works Administration Building will adopt the new hours of operation, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Veronica Serrano, Austin American-Statesman


Medical Plaza holds grand opening

An Aug. 14 ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the grand opening of the Wimberley Medical Plaza.

The public is invited to attend the event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It will include live music, refreshments, remarks from various officials, as well as a tour of the facility at 201 FM 3237.

The facility is home to the Live Oak Health Partners, CTMC Lab and X-Ray Express.

For information, visit http://bit.ly/1AXVc0w.

— Veronica Serrano, Austin American-Statesman



Residents encouraged to help “Fill the Boot”

Members of the Elgin Fire Department will collect donations Friday and Saturday at various intersections as part of the “Fill the Boot” campaign benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The MDA says this year marks the 60th anniversary of their partnership with the fire department.

Money raised will support the MDA’s programs, including research, health care services and day-to-day support.

To make a donation online, visit www.mda.org.

— Veronica Serrano, Austin American-Statesman

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