On Tuesday, March 9, Texas First Lady Mrs. Anita Perry was hosted by the College of Medicine and the Texas A&M System Chancellor’s wife, Mrs. Lou Ann McKinney, for the college’s sixth Magnolia Tea luncheon benefiting women’s health research at the college.

More than 100 guests showed up at the Chancellor’s home, the Reed House in College Station, to celebrate healthy lifestyles and health related research at the College of Medicine. Guests were escorted through a saber arch by some of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Ross Volunteers, and many of the attendees sported brightly colored hats, a Magnolia Tea tradition.

Health Science Center Presidbent Dr. Nancy W. Dickey welcomed everyone and highlighted examples of current research. Mrs. Perry then spoke on the importance of healthy lifestyles for women citing the annual Texas Round-Up, a statewide fitness initiative helping Texans become active and more physically fit, and the renowned Texas Conference for Women, an educational and networking event for women that she and Governor Perry founded.

“I am proud of the research being done at the Health Science Center and the College of Medicine,” Mrs. Perry said. “You have gathered the brightest minds focused on finding real solutions for the health care of women and the health care of Texans.”

For the second year, Mrs. McKinney, Chancellor’s Circle members and friends have raised money for a Magnolia Tea scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding female student in the College of Medicine. This year’s recipient was Lisa Chapa, an M2 from McAllen, Texas.

Mary Mike Hatcher of Bryan Broadcasting was guest emcee.

— Dhwani Chauhan