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EPCC Veterans Resource Center renamed in honor of Kharisma James

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Veterans Resource Center (VRC) held a ceremony for the renaming of its office at the Valle Verde Campus located in the Student Services Building.

The center was renamed in honor of the late Kharisma James, an EPCC graduate and decorated two-time combat veteran who tragically lost her life walking her children to school in 2018.

“Kharisma was a phenomenal woman who not only served her country but also demonstrated her heroic actions in protecting three children from a deadly crash in the parking lot of a Westside elementary school, which took her life,” Arvis Jones, Director of EPCC Student Leadership and Campus Life.

“Ms. James was instrumental in the opening of the VRC at VV and we want to honor her heroic actions and keep her memory alive.”

A native of the Boston area, James joined the United States Army as a Private First Class after high school.

Kharisma served 8 years in the U.S. Army, including an assignment at Ft. Bliss with the 11th ADA Brigade and completed a tour in Iraq, she was proud to serve her country. She started attending El Paso Community College in pursuit of a Biology degree with plans to transfer to a university BSN Program. She served on the Student Government Association at EPCC and was involved in the creation of the EPCC Veterans Resource Center.

Kharisma graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Nursing and worked in the operating room at Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus.

Kharisma James Run to Honor Alumna, raise scholarship funds on Sunday

Kharisma James tragically lost her life walking her children to school in 2018, now the school that she gave so much to returns the favor.

To honor her life and contributions, El Paso Community College (EPCC) Veterans Resource Center organized this inaugural run and walk.

Money raised will go to a scholarship in her name.

James, a veteran and EPCC graduate, was also student government member who was involved in the creation of the EPCC Veterans Resource Center.

Tickets available online

WHAT:                       Kharisma James 5K Run and 1 Mile Adaptive and Fun Walk

WHEN:                      Sunday, August 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m.                  

WHERE:                    EPCC Valle Verde Campus Americana Village  | 919 Hunter

Desert Imaging presents $5k gift to help educate nurses, honor Kharisma James

A $5,000 gift from Desert Imaging will go to nursing scholarships at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, helping to educate the next generation of nurses and reduce the nursing shortage in West Texas.

In honor of nurses week, TTUHSC El Paso announced that it will match Desert Imaging’s gift to help establish the Kharisma James Legacy Scholarship Award.

The award has been created to honor James’ memory as a dedicated, confident woman and compassionate nurse and mother. The matching money will come from the many donors who contribute to TTUHSC El Paso’s President’s Excellence Fund.

Kharisma James was a graduate of the Hunt School of Nursing and an operating room/surgery nurse at The Hospitals of Providence when she passed away in 2018. Kharisma was struck and killed as she shielded three children from an oncoming car in an El Paso elementary school parking lot.

Desert Imaging is a locally-owned and operated diagnostic imaging company with four clinics in El Paso and two mobile mammography clinics; their gift was presented May 3 during an event for TTUHSC El Paso alumni and supporters at Park Tavern in Downtown El Paso.

El Pasoans are invited to take part in honoring Kharisma James by donating to her legacy scholarship award.

TTUHSC El Paso Students to Honor Kharisma James During Day of Service

About 200 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) medical students will participate in community service events Saturday, September  15, as part of the annual Corazón de Oro (Heart of Gold) community outreach event.

This year’s Corazón de Oro will honor Kharisma James, who graduated from the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing in May 2017. James passed away Aug. 13 after being struck by a car while picking up her children at Tippin Elementary School in El Paso.

Organized by TTUHSC El Paso’s Student Government Association (SGA), Corazón de Oro 2018 will include students from all three TTUHSC El Paso schools—the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS)—in an effort to give back to the community. The students will volunteer at 13 different sites.

SGA President Sajid Leelani said the event serves as a reminder to TTUHSC El Paso students of why they went into the medical field: to serve the community. He said students also asked to honor James, who often answered that call to service.

“Kharisma James was one of the founding officers of the SGA,” Leelani said. “It’s a day of service, and she was also very much about service. She served in the military. She was a nurse and she served in the SGA. So we are honored to remember her on this day.”

Sept. 15 will also mark the fourth anniversary of the RotaCare Clinic. The El Paso RotaCare clinic was opened by the Rotary Club of El Paso in September 2014 in the Lower Valley to provide free medical care for those in need. The clinic provides learning opportunities for TTUHSC El Paso’s medical students. As part of the anniversary celebration, students will host a health fair at the clinic Saturday morning.


List of sites – Students will volunteer at the following sites from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 15:

YWCA, 201 E. Main St.: Students will assist with transitional living center activities.

Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, 580 Giles Road: Students will provide landscaping and facility maintenance.

Compadres Therapy, 6631 Strahan Rd.: Students will provide maintenance around the barn.

GiGi’s Playhouse, 960 Chelsea St., Suite B: Students’ volunteer work to be determined.

Habitat for Humanity, 11221 Rojas Drive, Building B: Students will work on a restoration project.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, 9541 Plaza Circle: Students will help sort food.

Salvation Army, 4300 E. Paisano Drive: Students will reorganize thrift store donations.

Rescue Mission Center of El Paso, 130 N. Cotton St.: Students will sort donations and clean living areas.

Candlelighters of El Paso, 1900 N. Oregon St., Room 402: Students will sort donations and provide maintenance.

Opportunity Center for the Homeless, 1208 Myrtle Ave.: Students will distribute meals and organize donations.

Baptist Clinic, 2700 N. Piedras St.: Students will clean and organize at the clinic’s new location.

RotaCare Clinic, 301 S. Schutz Drive: Students will assist at the health fair.

Texas Special Olympics: On Sept. 8, students took vitals for athletes.

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