Changes Around Campus

As with any campus, Campbell University campus has been continuously changing the past couple of years. It seems that every time a person walks on campus a new project has started or a project is finishing up. Personally, it is great to see how progressive Campbell is in taking suggestions from students to better the experience at Campbell. One of the many changes around campus that is sure to make a difference is the addition of a Starbucks. While there have been other options on campus, having a real coffee shop will be a great advantage. The location of the new coffee shop is also very convenient, since it is in the library! Students will be able to get their coffee fix right where they are studying or on their way to class. While coffee is important, being able to drive on smooth roads is also important to students. Campbell has recently chosen to repave many of the roads around campus. While some of this may be due to the DOT redoing Main Street, it is definitely a plus! The roads on the edge of campus use to be bumpy and did not have lines. It was a pleasant surprise to see the roads had been repaved and lines had been drawn upon arrival this semester. While it may seem small, it is the small details that make a difference. For example, the Campbell seal was put in the center of campus over the summer. The seal adds to the Campbell feel and experience. Also, it just makes everyone Campbell proud. Whether it is paving roads or providing better coffee options, Campbell looks at the small details to make a student’s experience the best possible. I personally look forward in being able to see what changes continue to happen to better the campus and provide a better experience.

Annual Talent Show

CPHS students participated in the Annual PSEB Talent Show on Monday, October 20th in Scott Hall. All proceeds from the event went to Beacon Rescue Mission, a nonprofit ministry that helps provide emergency shelters for families in the community. The Emcee for the evening was Dr. Bob Cisneros, known for his love of teaching and his skills in crafting the perfect balloon animal.

The panel of judges consisted of Dr. Julianne Hall, Dr. Mark Moore, Dr. Kim Lewis, Christy McCormick and Stephanie Olson. The judges all have an important role at CPHS and are beloved members of the Campbell Faculty!

There were seven acts ranging from skits to songs and the hard work from all the participants did not go unnoticed. The first act was the Kappa Psi pledges, who performed the “Mario Game.” Their enactment of the popular video game kept the crowd laughing! The next contestant was Suzanne Shearin, a P2 student. Suzanne performed “Dance like no one is watching” to John Ledgend’s “All of Me.” Suzanne’s love of dancing was apparent as she captured the crowd. Richard Bowden, a P1 student sang “You” by Chris Young. Richard’s country tone and confidence made him a crowd favorite from the start. The next act was a skit entitled “A day in the life of a pharmacy student,” performed by the Phi Delta Chi Pledges. The groups’ hilarious enactment of pharmacy school demands and student struggles was related to by the entire audience! Melissa Katz, a P1 student performed next. She sang “Let It Go,” from the movie Frozen and captured the audience with this popular tune. Next up was Alex Flowers, a P1 student who performed “Don’t Neglect Academics.” Alex did an excellent job of incorporating pharmacy school life in an upbeat performance. The last act was performed by Olivia Morton, a P3 student, and her sister Ivy. The duo sang “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. Olivia has participated in the talent show for the past two years and continues to be a crowd favorite.

As the scores were being tallied, Dr. Cisneros kept the audience occupied by making several balloon animals for members of the crowd. When it was time to announce the winners, the crowd waited in anticipation! Third place went to Olivia and Ivy Morton, second place was taken by the Phi Delta Chi Pledges, with Kappa Psi pledges took home first place. All of the recipients put their winnings toward the Beacon Rescue Mission. Another CPHS Talent Show was enjoyed by students and staff, giving everyone a chance to take a break from their studies! Thank you to everyone who participated in and coordinated the event.

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Olivia and Ivy Morton performing “Ring of Fire”

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Phi Delta Chi Pledges following the show

What to do in “The Creek”

With Buies Creek being such a small town, many think that there aren’t that many things to do. However, if you give it a chance, you’ll see that there are all kinds of great activities. For example, on many Saturday afternoons in the fall, you can always find your Fighting Camels in action at Barker-Lane stadium. Campbell football, so far, is 4-0 in conference play for the 2014 season! Also, the other teams that comprise our athletic program are fun to watch whether it be soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, wrestling, etc… Our Campus Activities Board also puts on many events for students such as movie nights in Turner Auditorium, campus-wide scavenger hunts, homecoming dances, and block parties in Academic Circle. I know what you’re thinking—all of these things require you to stay on campus. But you’re wrong! There are many things to do surrounding Campbell. Within a 15 mile radius, you can find a Pelican’s snow cones, a bowling alley (with midnight bowling!), and the best ice cream around at Sunni Skies. So whether you want to stay on campus or get out in the hustle and bustle of Harnett County, Campbell University is a great place to be!

-Curt Koone (P1)

Interview Tips 101: Be Yourself

Here are some tips you should think about when going into your interview:
1. Smile and be happy to greet them with a firm handshake, try not to show them you are nervous. (Remember, you should be happy and excited because not many students made it as far as you already have!) Confidence will take you a long way when it comes to a first impression.
2. Be sure to answer the questions without reciting your resume. They have all of your information that goes on paper written in front of them. What they really want to know is the type of person you are. This will give them a hint of how you will work with others in a professional setting and with patients. Show your personality!
3. When you are telling them about yourself, make sure to relate it to how you will succeed as a pharmacist, not as a pharmacy student. Becoming a pharmacist is the ultimate goal.
Hope these tips help!
-Katie Andrews (P1)

Tips to Make Your Application Stellar

Filling out the application for pharmacy school through PharmCAS can be overwhelming at times. However, the process can be so much easier if you stay organized, use all of your available resources, and do not procrastinate! The PharmCAS application wants you to fill out all of your coursework, all of your work experience, and all of your extracurricular activities and volunteer work, among other things. When I first opened the application, I started to feel a sense of panic because I was not sure I could remember all of that information! Luckily, I had kept a log on my computer of all of the events I had volunteered for and my hours of pharmacy work experience. I found this made the application process much simpler than I had anticipated. Instead of wasting time trying to remember everything I had done to put on my application, I had it all in one place. My recommendation is to start keeping a record of everything you do. It can be as easy as saving a document to your computer, and it makes applying to pharmacy school that much easier! Additionally, one of the most daunting tasks of the PharmCAS application can be the personal statement. The key to having a great personal statement is having numerous people read it for you. There are a whole host of resources available for you to have a great personal statement. Once I had my personal statement written, I took it to my advisor, the writing center in the library, and I had a few friends look over the paper. If you utilize all of these resources, you can have a great personal statement! All of that being said, the most crucial factor in having a great application is not procrastinating. The application is long, and it is easy to put off filling in all of the information. However, I promise you that is not a good idea!! Waiting until the last second can make a person forget to put something on their application that will make them stand out or accidentally put the wrong information in. You do not want to leave any room for error on your application, so get started as soon as possible!! You are capable of having a stand-out application!

-Angela Hazelwood (P1)

NCAP Student Leadership Conference

On September 20th, 2014, I had the opportunity to attend the NCAP Student Leadership Conference in Pinehurst, NC.  This was a wonderful networking event held for all three (and soon to be four) pharmacy schools in the state.  At the conference, I had the opportunity to listen to several lectures on leadership.  Although Campbell hosts many leadership speakers, this opportunity was unlike any other that I have experienced.  We always hear about the importance of networking, and that it is not always what you know, but who you know.  This student leadership conference offered the perfect balance between experiential lectures and networking opportunities.

After the lectures, students from each school discussed the various organizations on their campuses and how they function.  This presented an excellent opportunity to share ideas and gain a better understanding of our state’s pharmacy schools.  A town-hall style meeting was held, giving students the opportunity to discuss ideas and clear up any confusion about the talks we had heard.

The NCAP Student Leadership Conference provided an excellent means of networking with pharmacy students in North Carolina.  It was so much fun to hear about what was done at Wingate and UNC with the hopes of bettering Campbell.  I cannot wait to collaborate with the students I met in September and plan a joint event with the three schools.  I am already looking forward to attending the conference again next year, and hope that you are too!

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White Coat Ceremony

On August 22nd, the families and friends of the PharmD Class of 2018 watched the Class receive the honor of obtaining their white coats. This was a very special day for CPHS for many reasons. Dr. Maddox, dean of CPHS, delivered his last White Coat Ceremony. This was also the largest class to date to receive their white coats. To each of the 118 of us, the white coat has a special significance. The White Coat Ceremony highlighted that the white coat symbolizes professionalism and the ability and need to receive the respect of the community. In addition to these, I feel that the white coat also symbolizes hard work in the past and in the future. We have had to work hard to get to this point in our lives and schooling, but more hard work lies ahead. Without hard work, anyone could do it! As tough as it is, always remember to embrace it and be thankful for it.

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