Dr. Joe G.N. `Skip’ Garcia Keynote Speaker at UA Hispanic Alumni Club Celebration of Excellence Luncheon, Sept. 9

The UA Hispanic Alumni Club has awarded 2,500 scholarships for a total of more than $5.3 million. This year's Celebration of Excellence Luncheon keynote speaker is Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences.

Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, MDJoe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences, was the keynote speaker at the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Club (UAHA) Celebration of Excellence Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson. During the event, two distinguished UA 2014 graduates will be awarded $500 each for their academic success.

In a celebration of students, scholarship and community, the annual event draws supporters and club members who help the UAHA in its mission to provide financial support and mentoring to qualified and deserving students. Tickets to the luncheon are $40 each and it is open to the public.

This year's keynote speaker also is the Dr. Merlin K. DuVal Professor of Medicine and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. An internationally noted physician-scientist, health administrator, scholar and educator, Dr. Garcia is a passionate advocate for the training of physician-scientists and is an active supporter of minority health sciences students. 

To date, UAHA has awarded 2,500 scholarships to UA students for a total of more than $5.3 million. The multimillion-dollar accomplishment began humbly with the sale of green corn tamales made by club members and continues thanks to the help of its generous donors and their fundraising efforts.

Founded in 1982 to promote academic excellence among UA Hispanic students, UAHA is made up of accomplished Hispanic graduates and former UA students from throughout the world. UAHA provides financial support and mentoring to qualified and deserving students and develops links between alumni and supporters in the professional and business communities.

For more information, please visit arizonaalumni.com/COE2015