Summer 2019


Letter From the President

2019 Convention Recap

Educational Opportunities


Histo Fun


Happy Summer Everyone!

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of Summer.  With all the fun that summer brings, it’s a time that many of us plan vacations and time with family.  The balance between work and family is critical.  To be truly happy, each of us need to strike that perfect balance between putting enough time and effort into work to be successful while still leaving enough time to be loving and nurturing with our families.  This can be a monumental task for many.

Some ideas to help keep a good balance in your life are:

  1. We all know we need to take time out each day to appreciate your coworkers, but we also need to take time out to appreciate your loved ones.  Never miss an opportunity to show them how much they mean to you.

  2. Don’t forget to use your vacation days!  So many get wrapped up in the game of banking their vacation days to the point of losing hours at the end of the year.  Don’t be that person.  Vacation time is provided so that you can maintain a good work/life balance.  Employers realize that time away from work is good for everyone.

  3. Go to lunch with a friend you don’t work with.  Lunch time is a great time to reconnect with old friends, new friends and colleagues.  It can give you a short respite from the workday, allowing you to return to work refreshed for the afternoon.

  4. Enjoy your weekends!  Don’t spend your weekends locked away at home.  Go out and experience the world.  Being outdoors for even 15 or 20 minutes allows the brain to reset itself, making it easier to focus on tasks.

I encourage each of you to work hard and put 100% into everything you do!  This includes your family life.  You and your family deserve the same dedication that you have for your employer.


Have a great Summer and be sure to do something fun often!


Michelle Coker

President, Texas Society for Histotechnology

Houston, we had a great convention!  On April 26-28, the 41st Annual Texas Society for Histotechnology Convention & Symposium was held in Houston at the Omni Hotel.  It was a wonderful convention full of great workshops, information exchange, and networking.  A big thank you to all who worked on and made the 2019 convention a huge success and a lot of fun!  If any of you have any photos or any special stories or memories you would like to share, please send them to me at

Educational opportunities

With social media, our educational opportunites are endless.  From Facebook groups, websites, podcasts, and good old fashioned books, we have endless possibilities for learning.  In each newsletter, I'd like to spotlight one of these learning opportunites.    


Do you have a long commute to work?  Need a little something extra to do at lunchtime?  Listening to podcasts is a great way to fill those moments while expanding or refreshing your knowledge.  Did you know there are actually Histology podcasts?  Search for and check these podcasts out!  

If there are any educational opportunities or websites/social media groups/podcasts that you would like to share and see featured in this newsletter, please just let me know!

Histo Fun

Let's have some fun in our newsletter!  If you have any pictures of slides that you cut that turned out to be a work of art, send them to me!  I'd love to share them in the newsletter in the Histo Fun corner!  Each newsletter, I'll have some type of "fun" thing to share relating to our great profession!  Here are a few fun slides to make you smile...

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