This is a special day. And a happy one.
Less than 18 months ago, Travis County voters passed Proposition 1. We voted to invest in and partner with — in a meaningful, personal way — a medical school that promised to transform our region’s healthcare and economy.
And as of today, the construction of this transformative project is officially underway. Hundreds of folks from across our community came out to a ceremony that will launch the construction of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas.
I’ve been in Austin for a long time, so I’ve seen more than my share of happy, special days.
But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a moment quite like this one.
Send in your hopes!
Normally, ceremonies like this are called “ground-breakings.” A bunch of swells will stand around in suits, wearing hardhats, carrying ceremonial shovels, and stick those shovels into the ground to symbolically start construction.
That was a little, well, boring for our brand new, cutting-edge med school.
So, instead, all of us — you, me, everybody — have been invited to offer hopes and aspirations for the medical school and what it will mean for our community. Submissions of hopes and aspirations will be incorporated into the med school’s design and decoration. It’s a phenomenal way to be a part of this tremendous project.
What word or phrase summarizes your hopes? Shout it from the rooftops — virtually! — in any of these three ways:
- Post them on the med school’s Facebook page
- Tweet them out, using the hashtag “#IHopeDellMed”; or
- Email them directly to the school at SocialDellMed@utexas.edu.
Seriously, let us hear it. Like, right now. #IHopeDellMed. The tweets don’t tweet themselves, people.
There were some signing boards at the ceremony this morning. Here’s some of what folks wrote: