MEDIA ADVISORY: Dell Medical School to Host Launch Ceremony

EVENT: Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin, invites the community to the Dell Medical School launch to be held at the school's future site.

WHEN: 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 21.

WHERE: Lot 108 the parking lot south of the Frank Erwin Center and Denton A. Cooley Pavilion at 15th and Red River streets; parking map. Arrive early to find media parking.

BACKGROUND: In May 2013, the UT System Board of Regents approved a $334 million plan for the construction of the Dell Medical School. The school will include research, educational and administrative facilities, as well as a medical office building and parking garage totaling 515,000 square feet.

UT Austin is the first tier-one university in decades to establish a new medical school. The Dell Medical School is the culmination of efforts by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the UT System Board of Regents, the Seton Healthcare Family, Central Health, state Sen. Kirk Watson, UT Austin, donors and Travis County voters.

Speakers at the event will include Bill Powers; Kirk Watson; Clay Johnston, dean of the Dell Medical School; Brenda Coleman-Beattie, chair of Central Health; and Jesús Garza, president and CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family.

Community and university leaders will be available for interviews after the ceremony. The program will feature a digital mosaic rendering of the new facility and community activities. Media are welcome to photograph and broadcast the event.