Pharmaceutical Fraternity R-U-S-H

R- Round Robin

Rush is kicked off by the first event of the fall semester, Round Robin. Each Rushee is given the opportunity to meet all three fraternities at this event after being broken into small groups. Round Robin gives the P1s who are interested in rushing and are not acquainted with any of the fraternities the opportunity to see all of them at one time. During this time each group spends 45 minutes with each fraternity participating in various activities planned by each organization. This event is often the most important because first impressions leave lasting impacts



Each fraternity is unique in that they have different philanthropies, histories, and founding principles. Rush allows the fraternities to showcase their uniqueness and their pride to rushees, while rushees get to meet the brothers and see how each chapter keeps the traditions and beliefs of their fraternity alive. By engaging in discussions with the brothers, asking questions about their fraternal experiences and why they chose the organization they did, rushees are able to learn which fraternity would best suit their personality and desires for developing themselves professionally as student pharmacists.

S- Service

Aside from getting the opportunity to meet with members from each fraternity at rush events, there is often the opportunity to serve. Typically, one of the two rush events sponsored by each fraternity includes some aspect of service, such as adopt-a-highway or making craft kits for sick children. This is a great way to get involved with service early in the semester, and get a head start on the service hours required for graduation.  Service is a large focus at Campbell University, and a major aspect of all three pharmacy fraternities on campus.

H- Hospitality

At every rush event, fraternity members try their best to make others feel welcome not only to their fraternity, but to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as a whole!  Even if you aren’t planning on rushing a fraternity, going to rush events for multiple fraternities is a great way to meet other pharmacy students and hear what they have to say about how to survive challenging courses.  Going to rush events serves as a great networking tool to meet other future pharmacists.  You can make great friends with people in all three fraternities, even if you decide that rushing a fraternity is not for you.


Kappa Psi hosted three rush events this year: a luau-themed Round-Robin, a service-based Roadside Cleanup, and a Casino Night. We knew that the rushees were stressed out about beginning pharmacy school, so we decided to take them on a short vacation to Hawaii! Their tour included meeting the beautiful Kappa Psi inhabitants of the island, and munching on fruit kabobs while sipping Hawaiian Punch. ALOHA! Our second rush event, the Roadside Cleanup, offered rushees a chance to earn a service hour with our brothers while cleaning Kappa Psi’s adopted sections of Leslie Campbell Ave.  We showed them how Kappa Psi isn’t afraid to get down and dirty when it comes to giving back to our community. After we all finished cleaning, the brothers welcomed the rushees back to our house for cool and refreshing popsicles! We all know pharmacy school is expensive…oh those loans, so for our third and final rush event, we decided to whisk the rushees off to yet another destination: Vegas, baby! Our dealers led the rushees in fun casino games, such as poker, roulette, and craps; the rushees raked in chips that they were able to “cash in” at the end of the night during the basket auction. Our brothers donated fun themed baskets for the rushees to win, such as sweets and treats, movie night, and study fun. Overall, we had a blast hosting the rushees! We enjoyed getting to know them, sharing our love for Kappa Psi, and showing how we’re able to give back to the community, while also advancing our skills and knowledge as student pharmacists!



For Round Robin, PDC kicked off our first rush event by holding Apothecary Olympics for the Rushees. During this time, the Rushees were split up into teams and competed with Brothers in a series of pharmacy related events. The winning team was rewarded with a prize. After the Olympics concluded, Brothers spent the remaining time getting to know the Rushees. Our next event was our service event, where the event began with an introduction to our philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Brothers and Rushees assembled craft kits for kids who are awaiting treatment at the hospital. After we finished with the service portion, Rushees were given the opportunity to tie dye their own t-shirts. Our final Rush event was a Microbiology review session for the Rushees, to show them them the importance of putting school first before any extracurricular organizations. We wanted them to know that we are here to help them not only become greater leaders in pharmacy,but also better students on their journey to becoming pharmacists. After the review we provided them with pizza and answered any reaming questions they had about our organization.



This year, Kappa Epsilon’s rush events included a casino night, adopt-a-highway, and a tailgate event.  Casino night at round robin included card games and the opportunity for those who are rushing to ask questions and get a feel for our fraternity.  We also sponsored an adopt-a-highway roadside cleanup and ice cream social.  This event helps to give potential new members an idea of one of the service projects that Kappa Epsilon is involved with on a regular basis, and the ice cream social after allowed for people to ask questions about Kappa Epsilon, and pharmacy school in general.  My favorite Kappa Epsilon rush event, however is our tailgate at Saylor Park.  We all meet up at Saylor Park (located behind the pharmacy school) for a hotdog cookout, corn hole and volleyball.  This is my favorite event because it is the most relaxed setting, which makes it easier to talk to potential new members and get to know them better.




-Devan Mitchell (P2), Matt Harding (P3), and Taylor Scott (P2)


Finding True Greatness At Campbell

When I was asked to describe what makes Campbell great, I had to really give thought as to what defines greatness. Is it the number of graduate programs a school offers, or the amount of money that is spent on their buildings? Perhaps greatness is defined in how well students perform in classes and coursework. At Campbell, however, I believe the definition is markedly different. Our definition comes from our heritage, and from an interesting story concerning the University.


JA Campbell, Campbell University’s Founder


The story goes that JA Campbell, our founder, was writing up promotional materials for what was then Campbell College, and he wanted folks to know two things: that Campbell was within 20 miles of any drinking establishment, and more memorably, that Campbell was: “as good as any, but better than most.” Now if you think of it, that’s a pretty humble attitude for the founder of our school to take. However, I believe this humility is at the center of what makes Campbell great. Sure, the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) excels in many outcomes and opportunities, but so do a lot of other places. What sets us apart is the humble, compassionate nature of the students, faculty, and staff of CPHS.


I have experienced thisin many different ways, whether it is through interactions with Dean Michael Adams and members of administration at various events across campus, or in meetings with faculty and staff. You really feel that you are part of something bigger than yourself and that there is someone else out there who wants you to succeed. Professors are concerned about your success in the program and are always encouraging students to ask questions and be involved in their education. Most have open-door policies where you can get help just about any time you may need it.

Overall, it’s not the number of programs, the fancy buildings, or the passing rate on an exam that defines Campbell: it’s the people. They make the difference. I can say as a student that I will not forget the compassion that has been shown to me by faculty, staff, and administration. Their kindness leads me to continue to reach for the stars with humility.

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-Evan Lucas (P1)

My First Month of Pharmacy School

One month down… 40-something to go… but who’s counting? I am a dual degree student, so I have been around campus for a year already, but I just finished my first month of full-time pharmacy coursework, and it has absolutely flown by.classof2020

If I had to describe the last four weeks in one word, it would definitely be “whirlwind.” In just these few short weeks our class has participated in our White Coat Ceremony, learned how to take blood pressure and counsel patients with hypertension in Skills Lab, finished our first group project for Introduction to Healthcare, taken 4 exams (with 2 next week!), as well as numerous quizzes and case studies. We have attended the first meetings of the many of the student organizations that we’re interested in joining, and some of us have even pledged pharmaceutical fraternities.

We’ve gone to multiple back to school events, such as the Back to School BBQ – which not only has awesome BBQ, but also everyone’s favorite ice cream… Sunni Sky’s! Our class has also attended our first Convocation Ceremony where this school year’s graduates were recognized, and all of the other students of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences were welcomed back to campus. And how could I forget that, for those of us who did not complete our undergraduate classes at Campbell, we’ve experienced our first Fighting Camel’s football game – a HUGE win over Bluefield College 59-7! Go Camels!

The P1 class has already learned so much and has participated in so many events here at Campbell. The cliché saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun” has never been more applicable than right now. I am truly so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by amazing faculty, staff, and classmates as a part of the Campbell University PharmD Class of 2020. Here’s to the next four years!classof20202

-Diana Charles (P1, Clinical Research Dual Degree)

The Bowman Bowl


The Fighting Camels football team opened the 2016 season at home against the Bluefield College Rams. This game was unofficially termed the “Bowman Bowl” in honor of Campbell University Professor Dr. Andy Bowman’s brother Dan. Dan Bowman, a graduate and former Dean of Students at Bluefield College, passed away in 2014 after a heroic battle against a very rare cancer called myoepithelial carcinoma of the soft tissues.

“We talked about how neat it would be one day if there was a chance that Campbell and Bluefield would end up head to head in a matchup,” said Dr. Andy Bowman in a Bowman Bowl promotional video. “Unfortunately my brother passed away…and isn’t here to see it, but it is still a dream of ours as a family to have the two schools play each other.”14212590_10208875450540806_7796385558010507576_n

The purpose behind the game was to honor Andy Bowman’s name by raising scholarship money for students. Money was raised in a variety of ways, including the selling of a limited edition Bowman Bowl t-shirt and a ticket to a pregame tailgate barbeque. The tailgate barbeque featured food, silent auctions, cornhole, a whole slew of Campbell University Pharmacy students, and the Bowman family and friends. 14242422_10208899593544366_2994627323800816006_o

The barbeque was followed by the football game, which was canceled after an hour long rain and lightning delay. The game would be rescheduled to the next Saturday, September 3, 2016. Even with the delay, most of the Bowman family was in attendance. Dr. Andy Bowman introduced himself to the captains of both teams before the game and had the honors of performing the coin toss. At halftime, Dr. Andy Bowman and his family represented Campbell University and the Bluefield athletic director represented Bluefield as the two parties met on the football field. Both schools were presented with a $25,000 check to be used for student scholarships in honor of Dan Bowman. “We know that Dan served others and we want him to be remembered, and this is a great way to remember my brother.”bb

-Austin Watkins (P1)

A Weekend at Pharmacy School-Compounding Edition

As part of our current curriculum, students are required to take 6 credit hours of electives during their P3 year. There are plenty of opportunities to get your credits throughout both fall and spring semester, but what better way to knock one of those hours out than in two days…over the weekend? I guess some people could think of a better way to spend their weekend after our first Therapeutics exam, but I really enjoyed knocking out a credit hour learning more about non-sterile compounding. This is one credit that I don’t have to think about anymore. Plus, how cool is it that we had a pharmacist (who graduated from Campbell in 1997) and her technician sit in the class with us to brush up on their compounding skills?

IMG_1505Saturday we spent our day in the classroom learning different guidelines and best practices for compounding. While it may not have been the most exciting, it was very informative for what was to come on Sunday. Lunch and coffee breaks were provided to help us get over the blues of being in school on a Saturday. When we arrived on Sunday morning it was time to put everything we had learned the day before and throughout Pharmaceutics I and II (P2 course requirements) into practice. We broke into groups of 2-4 people to write formulation and compounding records. Until lunch time on Sunday morning we worked on finding recipes for gels, lip balms, troches/lollipops, solutions, suspensions, creams, and capsules to fill out our formulation records.  After a catered lunch we hit the lab. Each group was required to make a batch of “medicated” lollipops, a gel, 100 capsules, and a lip balm. We had to compound a total of six recipes, so my group found a recipe for a solution to treat nail fungus, and a cream to treat acne. While some of the recipes turned out really well, I don’t advise anyone to hire me (or my group members) to make lollipops for them anytime soon.


Proof of the failed lollipop compound

Don’t worry, for those of my fellow classmates who missed out on this fun weekend of compounding, Dr. Al-Achi has another weekend scheduled in October and will offer two more weekends in the spring. Dr. Al-Achi also holds two weekends of sterile compounding electives for students interested in learning more about compounding IVs and are interested in working in the hospital. These electives are super informative and will be beneficial when we finally have that PharmD behind our name!


Weekend classes also mean a break from business dress.  We’re really loving the white coat and shorts fashion statement.

-Peyton Bingham (P3)

Applying Early Decision at Campbell


Applying to pharmacy school can be stressful, but take a deep breath and relax as you read about applying Early Decision. We are going to break things down for you and make it simple to address any questions you may have.


If Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is your top choice for pharmacy school, then you should consider applying Early Decision. This process is done through PharmCAS and allows you to apply to your top choice school early and get early acceptance determination. It is a great opportunity to secure your spot before all the seats potentially get taken.


So what exactly is the Early Decision program and how does it work? Essentially, applying Early Decision gives you preference to the pharmacy school of your choice and in return you give the school “dibs” on you if they deem you as a candidate that fits their program. This means that if you apply Early Decision then you must be fully committed to that school. If they accept you in the Early Decision cycle, then you are locked in with that school and are not allowed to apply to any other pharmacy schools. However, if they choose to put you on their wait list or deny your acceptance then you are free to apply to any other pharmacy schools that you may desire. It basically just gives you an early chance to secure a spot at your number one choice school while still giving you the option to apply elsewhere if necessary.


  • The Early Decision application deadline is September 6, 2016.
  • The Early Decision deadline to take the PCAT is September 30, 2016.

*In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must also submit Campbell’s supplemental application and ensure that your transcripts, PCAT scores, and references have been received by PharmCAS prior to the September deadline.


Why would you want to apply for Early Decision? Many schools offer great benefits that should be considered. Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers the following benefits:

  • Deposit reduced from $2,000 to $250
  • Supplemental application fee ($50) waived
  • Individual meeting with PharmD advisor (virtual or in-person) with insights on how Campbell prepares clinicians for the future and residencies/fellowships. Additional insights into dual degrees, interprofessional education, and scholarships
  • Virtual workshop opportunities
  • Priority for PharmDays which you can sign up for with the link
  • Early Decision Dean’s Scholarship for early decision applications with a 3.2 GPA and PCAT composite 60th percentile or greater
  • Early Decision applicants are interviewed in August, September, and October
  • A headstart on the housing search for your first semester


Only the best…..THE CREEK!

More Information

If you are an Early Decision applicant or want more information regarding the Early Decision process, please contact the admissions coordinator for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program, Briana Vargas-Gonzalez at

-Chris Walston (P1) and Grace Boyce (P1)

My Summer: Cancer, BBQ, and Glass Pyramids

This summer I had the fantastic opportunity to be a summer student at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Pediatric Oncology Program (POE) in Memphis, TN. There were approximately 70 students from universities all over the country that included undergraduate students, medical students, and a few pharmacy students. I worked in a lab within the pharmaceutical sciences department working on a translational research project focused on drug resistance in acute myeloid leukemia.

Things beyond the obvious

1) St. Jude is a research hospital

You may be thinking, yeah, I already know that based on the name: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I didn’t realize the extent of research that went on at this institution. The labs take up more space than the patient care area. They also have a wide range of disciplines of research ranging from clinical, epidemiology, pharmaceutical sciences, and even more basic science like structural biology, but all of these have the goal in mind of improving cancer therapy to achieve better outcomes. Some types of pediatric cancer like acute lymphoblastic leukemia have dramatically increased survival rates (from a dismal ~4% to 90%). Although they are still trying to achieve a 100% cure, research is also focusing on finding the balance between efficacy in treating the cancer but minimizing long term side effects of chemotherapy.
Me with st jude statue

2) Pharmacists do more than count pills

We all know the common misconception that pharmacists only count by fives. In the classroom, we hear about all amazing opportunities that you can pursue with a PharmD, but sometimes this can seem intangible. When I went to St. Jude, I was inspired by all the different roles that pharmacists fulfilled. Dr. Bill Evans, the former CEO of St. Jude, is a PharmD! In the department where I worked, there were many pharmacists that were primary investigators (meaning they run their own research labs) in more basic research like pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics and also clinical research. One of the highlights of my time there was seeing how impactful pharmacists can be in advancing research and patient care.

Bill Evans ST Jude

Holly with a portrait of the former CEO, Dr. Bill Evans, PharmD

3) Memphis has more than Elvis & BBQ

Most people think of Elvis and BBQ when you say
Memphis, TN and although I didn’t make it over to Graceland, I had a great time trying famous BBQ from places like Central BBQ and Rendezvous. One thing I really liked about Memphis was all of the restaurants—I got to try sushi for the first time and ate a lot of brunch food (Cinnabon flavored waffles? Yes, please). Memphis also has many local coffee shops and I tried to go to a different one every week. The other students and I were busy with the

summer program, but in our off time we liked to hang out and try to see the sights. One of my proudest moments was going to the top of the Memphis pyramid. It used to be a basketball arena but now houses a giant Bass Pro Shop (since you know when you think of pyramids, fishing and outdoor equipment comes to mind), but at the top is a lookout deck. It is about 322 feet high and the lookout deck is glass. I am terrified of heights. It took me awhile to get out to the edge to take this picture, but it was a beautiful scene at sunset.
me at pyramid

Not only did I get to learn a lot about the field of oncology and research from a pharmaceutical perspective, but I also got to explore a new city. I would recommend exploring internships in areas that you are interested in whether it be research, community pharmacy, managed care, or hospital. Learning through practical experience offered by an internship is a great way to find out if you want to pursue that field!

-Holly Jordan (P2)