The Pushup Challenge: One Class to Win It All

Pharmacy students are competitive.

I think we are just wired that way with the competitive nature of getting into pharmacy school, and the ever-declining market for jobs once graduation comes around. We all strive to be the best, to stand out, and to push ourselves ahead of our peers. Because of this reason, the January PharmD Fitness pushup challenge got pretty competitive…and a little crazy.

PharmD Fitness is a unique subset of APhA-ASP at Campbell, and it promotes being healthy and working out while in pharmacy school. There is a challenge posted every month for students to participate in, to try to keep us active amongst the constant studying. Usually, there is a small group of students who participate in these challenges. However, the month of January was very different. I don’t know if we were all just looking for something to keep us busy since it was our first month back to school, or if we really just did not want to lose that badly.

The challenge was simple – do pushups every day and post how many you do on the PharmD Fitness Facebook page. We are doctorate students, and trust is implied, so we use the honor system. The competition was between the four pharmacy class to see which class could do the most in the one month.

The P2 class was winning for a good portion of the month, but then it started getting really competitive to the fact that some students were doing 1,000 pushups daily. Students were constantly complaining of being “too sore” to type notes, or constantly needing icy hot.


The main competition was between the P2 and P3 classes; the P1’s and P4’s did not get as involved. In the end, the P3 class won. They got clever, and half of the class would do pushups together at the front of the classroom on the 10-minute breaks between every class. In the month, P4 class did 1,377 pushups, the P3 class did 48,235 pushups, the P2 class did 45,638 pushups and the P1 class 4,454 pushups.

Even though I hated not being part of the winning class, I really love how active all 4 pharmacy school classes were doing that month and how competitive the challenge got. It was also great to see the entire class come together towards one goal. Pharmacy school itself is a challenge and having other things to do helps keep you distracted and sane throughout all the studying. In the end, even if we all got competitive and perhaps even a little hostile, we are all one family working towards the same goal – to make it to graduation.

-Jenna Grago (P2)


The PharmD fitness push-up challenge was a friendly challenge between each class (P1-P4) that took place during the month of January to see who could do the most push-ups in a month. As the month progressed, more students began to participate and multiple students began to push themselves daily and try to do more push-ups than they did the day before. The competitive aspect of this challenge really began to set in with about 2 weeks left in the month with the lead shifting between the P2 and P3 class frequently. Some of my fellow classmates began doing push-ups in between our classes, and others would bring candy and other goodies and offer them to anyone who helped add to our total number. It got to the point where I would receive a text or snapchat almost daily telling me to do push-ups if most of the day had gone by and I hadn’t posted any on our Facebook fitness page.

As the month of January came to a close, and everyone was rushing to get those last minute push-ups in to help aid their class in winning, you couldn’t help but to check your Facebook every 30 seconds looking for the results, and the class who was going to be awarded with the bragging rights of doing the most push-ups. We know that it was going to be a close call between the P2 and P3 class, and when the results came back I think we all were a little shocked. The P1’s ended up doing 4,454 push-ups, P2’s did 45,638 push-ups, P3’s did 48,235 push-ups, and the P4’s did 1,377 push-ups. As a P3, I was thrilled that we were victorious, but I was shocked at the sheer number of push-ups we all completed during that month. The fact that we as a whole did 99,704 push-ups in a month was amazing to me. I was proud of all the people who started off doing 20 push-ups a day to doing 200 and 300+ a day. We were motivating and pushing each other to do more and more each day, and although I was happy my class won, I think I was more proud of the total number of push-ups we did as a whole.

-Matt Harding (P3)






If you’re looking for a healthy recipe….keep scrolling

Whether you’re wanting to make something sweet for a pot luck, for brunch, or for a late night snack while studying this is the recipe for you. It’s perfect for the spring or summer when blueberries are cheap but you can also use frozen if you can’t find fresh ones. I tried to take pictures during the process of making it like people do on Pinterest but they didn’t come out very well so you’ll have to settle for my final product picture (plus I trust that as aspiring pharmacy students you know what “wisk ingredients” means without a picture). These are a lot like a Boberry biscuit from Bojangles—hence my initial attraction to the recipe, but with a little bit of lemon added to give it a fresh taste.

Lemon Blueberry Biscuits:


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (8 ounces) lemon yogurt

1 large egg

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar is the same thing as confectioner’s—things you don’t learn in pharmacy school)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk yogurt, egg, melted butter and lemon peel until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
  2. Drop by 1/3 cup 1 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. I use a soup ladle to make this part easier. Bake 15-18 minutes or until light brown.
  3. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients; stir until smooth. Drizzle over warm biscuits.


The recipe is supposed to yield a dozen but I tend to make all baked goods a little large and in charge so I doubled the recipe and only made about 20. Happy baking!

-Tess Wells (P2)

Why Consider a Dual Degree?

When deciding on where to pursue your professional education, Campbell University’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is incomparable to other universities for many reasons. The welcoming atmosphere, approachable professors, brilliant professional organizations and other factors make this particular university exceptional. However, one opportunity that Campbell provides to students that captivated me as a student was the opportunity to pursue multiple dual degrees. Campbell offers various degrees student can obtain while earning their PharmD: for example, an additional Masters of Clinical Research, Public Health, Business Administration and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

I was accepted into the PharmD program in the spring of 2015. However, after talking to several students, professors and my academic advisor I decided to pursue my Masters in Public Health. Therefore, I had to defer my entrance into the pharmacy program one year to complete the masters’ curriculum. I was eager to complete the masters program because I wanted to develop a foundation for essential health care and how to better serve communities across the nation. I believe the additional education will make me a better pharmacist in the future, since I will be more aware of population needs and how to become more effective as a proficient leader in health care.

The opportunity to pursue an additional masters of business administration was extended to the public health dual students last year. I contemplated for a while over the idea of completing two dual degrees along with my PharmD and eventually decided to take on the additional degree. The MBA can be completed along with PharmD coursework. Whether you want to or not all pharmacists take on a responsibility of leadership or management. The MBA curriculum is designed to help students prepare for leadership roles as well as owning an independent pharmacy. I believe the MBA degree will not transform me into a more influential leader but provide me with the knowledge to manage my personal finances with professional intelligence.

Although pharmacy is a promising career with many opportunities, more and more schools are graduating professionals competing for jobs. Also, more pharmacy schools are opening across the United States increasing the number of pharmacists competing for jobs in years to come. I believe it is important to differentiate yourself in the job market and that is exactly what a dual degree will do.

Many people ask me why I decided to do one dual degree and more interesting two dual degrees. My answer is quite simple. With two masters degrees and a doctoral degree I will have unlimited choices of career opportunities. During my time in the public health program I became very interested in infectious diseases and my first year of pharmacy school has furthered that interest. I have considered pursuing a career with the Centers for Disease Control as an infectious disease pharmacist. My background in public health will make me a competitive candidate for the job and my masters in business administration will give me an opportunity to hold an administrative position within the governmental agency if I desire.

I would strongly encourage anyone who is obtaining a PharmD to consider a dual degree thoroughly and consider what career in pharmacy he or she would be interested in pursuing. Obtaining a dual degree is quite a time commitment and workload; however, I personally believe it will be worth it. It will provide you as a pharmacist with unlimited career opportunities!

-Katherine Adams (P1)

Wonderful Wilmington: A Weekend Getaway

Whether it’s your first or your fifty first year in North Carolina, our state has a lot to offer! As a native North Carolinian, I thought it would be fun to discuss some great weekend getaways in the state which are not too far away from the creek, but still showcase all our state has to offer! This time, we’ll explore the offerings of North Carolina’s Port City: Wilmington. Wilmington has lots of things to do and see for every type of person.


Those fascinated with history and the past will find all you need to explore in downtown Wilmington. Explore an authentic WWII-era battleship while checking out the Battleship North Carolina. From stem to stern, this ship is full of interesting facts and lots of information. If historic homes are more your thing, you’ll want to visit the Bellamy Mansion or the Burgwin-Wright House, both which are full of history. Finally, no visit to Wilmington is complete without a trip to the Cape Fear Museum, the oldest history museum in the state with a collection of over 52,000 artifacts.

Film aficionados will find much to keep them happy in Wilmington. The cape fear region is host to EUE Screen Gems Studios, which has filmed over 400 productions across the area including “One Tree Hill,” “Under the Dome,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and “Iron Man 3,” just to name a few. Studio tours are offered sporadically, but you can also take the Hollywood Location Walk tour for a more guided look at filmmaking locations in the area. Take a look at this link for a self-guided option.


If you are coming to Wilmington for the water, there are many beaches to explore. Arguably the most well-known, Wrightsville Beach has the feel of a classic beach town and boasts miles of beaches to enjoy. If you’re willing to drive a little farther and like the feel of a boardwalk under your sandals, then check out Carolina Beach. While on the boardwalk, be sure to stop by Britt’s Donuts for a one-of-a-kind sweet treat! Finally, if you love the ocean minus the sand, be sure to check out the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which houses many different species of fish and aquatic wildlife. Ask to see Luna, the resident albino alligator, for a unique experience.

No matter your reason for visiting, Wilmington has much to offer for a weekend escape from school. Paired with annual events like the Azalea Festival in the spring and Riverfest in the fall, your calendar can be as busy or relaxed as you’d like from a weekend trip to the Port City. Hope you enjoy exploring our state as much as I do, and have fun out there!


-Evan Lucas (P1)


Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) held its first Interprofessional Event (IPE) ever on January 20, 2014. IPEs bring students from all disciplines of health sciences to discuss specific healthcare related issues in hopes to inspire collaboration between students and faculty across all respective programs that Campbell offers. One of the critical components of Campbell’s program is to teach its students the importance of working together as a team in health care to best care for patients by taking into account all aspects of patient health.

IPEs are required of all students enrolled in CPHS and usually take place once or twice per semester. Students are split up into small groups that consist of about two students from each of the professional programs with a member of the CPHS faculty to facilitate the discussion.

The IPE event this past fall, “What about Ben?”, was focused on watching an interaction between five members of a health care team to access their strengths and weaknesses. The problem was focused on a patient’s situation and how each healthcare provider responded to the situation. The faculty members lead the CPHS students in conversation to evaluate successful ways that this team communicated and areas that needed improvement. Each healthcare provider brought a different viewpoint to the scenario mirroring the different viewpoints represented in the discussion by the students.

These IPE events are a great way to meet with CPHS students in other disciplines. These events will help to foster a culture of an interprofessional communication and teamwork when we matriculate into the workforce.

Also, there is an actual CPHS course (IPE 501) for those who wants to learn more about interprofessional healthcare team collaboration. It is a seminar based course that provides CPHS students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of professional roles and functions important for providing quality care to patients. This seminar’s content is based on core competency domains outlined by the Expert Panel on Interprofessional Collaborative practice in their report Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, 2011, with a focus on Competency Domain #2, “Roles, Responsibilities, and Behavioral Expectations.”  Students will develop knowledge and skills to enable them to more effectively use the knowledge of their own roles and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of the patients and populations served. This course counts as an elective in the Social Work, Public Health and Pharmacy programs. Each seminar session will last 5 weeks and be held on a specified weekday evening from 6:00-9:00. To ensure an interprofessional mix, the seminar sections are capped at 4 students from each program.

Please feel free to contact or your program’s director if you have any questions.

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

Snap, Crackle, Pop: Bake Sales!

Almost every Tuesday and Wednesday in Maddox lobby is a bake sale hosted by a CPHS organization. These are some of my favorite days because anyone who knows me knows I am all about my snacks. Each organization uses these days as a fundraiser to either support the club or donate to a charity. For example, I am a member of the pharmaceutical fraternity Kappa Epsilon and our proceeds from bake sales go towards our philanthropy which is the Young Survivor’s Coalition, an organization focusing on young women diagnosed with breast cancer. No matter what organization is hosting the bake sale, there is sure to be a tasty treat. I always look forward to coming down from the lecture hall during a break and seeing all the great desserts fellow classmates have made. On Tuesdays, it is 50 cents and on Wednesday, it is only 25 cents! I sometimes go overboard on Wednesday and buy a lot of desserts because who can beat that price. Baking or cooking can also be a great way to de-stress and take a break from studying. For our most recent bake sale I made chocolate rice krispy squares and included the simple recipe below! Enjoy!

Chocolate Rice Krispy Squares


1 package of marshmallows

1 box of Cocoa Krispies

3 TBS of butter

Rice krispy pic.jpg


1) Melt butter in large pan and slowly melt marshmallows stirring constantly until smooth

2) Add box of Cocoa Krispies and mix until uniform

3) Pour into pan and let set for at least 30 minutes


-Holly Jordan (P2)

Spring Rush

Kappa Epsilon

In the spring semester each fraternity has two rush events, as typically more individuals choose to rush a fraternity in the fall semester rather than in the spring.  The first rush event of the semester is typically hosted by all three fraternities as a whole.  This not only allows for rushes to connect with the individual fraternities, but allows the three fraternities time to mingle with each other.  This semester the first event was a progressive-dinner style potluck.  The group of individuals wishing to rush a fraternity visited 3 rooms (appetizers, entrees, and desserts) where they were able to mingle with members of each fraternity.  Kappa Epsilon was stationed in the appetizer room, Kappa Psi in the entrees room, and Phi Delta Chi in the desserts room. The rushes progressed from appetizers, to entrees, to desserts.  Once they finished in each room, members from other fraternities came to dip their plate and mingle with the “host fraternity” of the room.  This setup worked pretty well, as it allowed the rush members adequate time to meet with each fraternity all at one event. It also allowed the individual fraternities to mingle together, without one location being too crowded.  Rush events are always fun because there is a large member turn out, so everyone is there with their bright smiling face (as exams haven’t really started yet).  Being able to have some social time with one another is always nice.

For the second rush event of the semester each fraternity typically hosts their own event on separate days.  Kappa Epsilon’s second rush even was a new one for us.  Our Recruitment Chair, Christina Powell came up with the fun idea of having a Candy Land tournament!  We had pizza, desserts, and drinks while playing Candy Land.  Winners from each board advanced to the next round, and played against the winners of other boards.  We had some super sweet treats for those placing in first, second and third so the competition got a little heated at times.

Kappa Psi

Spring Rush is always a great time! With a smaller rush class the second semester, the brothers are really able to interact with each rushee and learn more about them.

Our first rush event was a joint venture with the other two fraternities of the IFC. Each fraternity was designated a room that had a different course: Kappa Epsilon had the appetizer room, Kappa Psi had the entrée room, and Phi Delta Chi had the dessert room. The group of rushees rotated as a group from one course to the next so that they had equal time to mingle with the brothers of each organization. What we all enjoyed so much, was that each fraternity contributed to the dishes in each of the three rooms. It was a collaborative effort between the three organizations that helped relay to the rushees that while we are three separate organizations, we are very much united in our passions of pharmacy and service to others.

Service is near and dear to Kappa Psi, so for our second rush event, we incorporated a Roadside Cleanup. This event offered rushees a chance to earn a service hour with our brothers while cleaning Kappa Psi’s adopted sections of Leslie Campbell Ave.  After we finished cleaning, the brothers welcomed the rushees back to our house for a bonfire, hot chocolate, and yummy refreshments! Overall, the rush events were a great success, as they allowed us to get to know the rushees and share our love for service and Kappa Psi!

Phi Delta Chi

During the Phi Delta Chi rush events we always try and have social events for a chance to have pledges meet the Brothers and learn more about our fraternity, while still involving service and our philanthropy. Rush is always a fun time for people interested in joining a fraternity and learning more about how to get involved. After the big rush event with Kappa Psi and Kappa Epsilon which has been discussed above, Phi Delta Chi held our second rush event which is a service rush event. At our rush event this semester, we decided to play Family Feud and make Valentine’s Day cards for the children at St. Jude. Our local chapter works closely with St. Jude and our St. Jude representatives from the hospital told us that the children love receiving cards from us and that it always puts a smile on their face. This year we wanted to share that with people interested in joining our Brotherhood since a large portion of our time and efforts go to benefit St. Jude. We had a great time getting to know rushees better and helping to serve others!

-Taylor Scott (P2), Devan Mitchell (P2), and Amanda Hiester (P2)