Phi Delta Chi Spotlight

During the first couple weeks of my P1 year, I knew I wanted to rush a fraternity and was very excited about the chance to join Phi Delta Chi. Throughout the pledging process I was able to become incredibly close with 16 of my classmates and the other 50 members of the Brotherhood. After my first official week as a Brother, we had officer elections and I decided, what better way to get involved than to run for office. I am now the Worthy Alumni Liaison and my job entails contacting the fraternity Alumni, asking them to come back for events and get updates about their lives. I send out monthly newsletters updating them on what happens in our chapter and what events they should come back for.


PDC 2016 Officer Board

I feel like being a Brother in a fraternity really gives you the opportunity to meet other people outside of your friend group and talk to upperclassmen and Alumni who have come before you. Upperclassmen and Alumni always have the best advice and encouragement because they have already gone through everything you are going through. Your Brothers become your school family and the people you rely on when you need anything from food to encouragement.

-Amanda Hiester (P2)

UCB Academic Engagement Night

All around the world, pharmacy is changing. Well, maybe not the world but in the pharmacy world it sure seems that way. New areas of practice are developing and the ever-expanding role of the pharmacist provides extended opportunities for patient contact. All in all, healthcare is changing to become more patient focused. People are no longer looked at as disease states, but as whole persons, replete with all kinds of different disease states and quirks.


Patient Centered Care Diagram

I recently had an opportunity to interact with a company that is on the forefront of embracing this change. UCB is a multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. They conduct clinical research in unique areas, such as Parkinson’s disease, seizures, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease, just to name a few. I, along with other dual degree PharmD/MSCR students, had the opportunity to attend UCB’s Academic Engagement Night, where students from many local universities got to learn about the company and do some networking with executives.


UCB’s Cristof Jensen speaks at the event 

After hearing presentations from various individuals within the company, from medical affairs specialists to biostatisticians, it was clear that the pharmaceutical industry offers many career opportunities for those in both clinical research and PharmD programs. Having the unique privilege to meet with a company who embraces the individualized approach to health care that we are educated on so often in class was very refreshing. It allowed for the connection of what we learn as students to what is actually done in practice.


Campbell students and faculty at UCB’s Academic Engagement Night

Personally, it opened my eyes to the numerous career paths that exist in the pharmaceutical industry, and how your career path can take many twists and turns along the way! Each speaker had numerous examples of turning points in their careers or times where they were thrown “off course” by some outside obstacle or challenge. However, almost everyone acknowledged that these unique circumstances and turning points provided crucial moments of growth in their personal lives and were instrumental in their current success. It’s an important lesson for us to learn as students, that while we like to have a plan (and it’s definitely okay to do so), sometimes we get pulled off the path and have to simply continue utilizing all our resources and moving ahead in whatever direction life (or pharmacy school) takes us.

-Evan Lucas (P1)

APhA-ASP Patient Care Spotlight

“Purposeful lives and meaningful service” are words that Campbell students of all disciplines are familiar with. By the time they graduate, Campbell students have been trained to embody those words. As pharmacy students, we have innumerable opportunities throughout the year to build our own awareness of issues in our community and seek community-driven solutions to those problems. Campbell’s student chapter of the American Pharmacist Association (APhA-ASP) plays a significant role in the connection between CPHS and our community here in Harnett County planning and executing numerous patient care activities throughout the year.


This month, three of APhA’s patient care projects, Operation Diabetes, Operation OTC, and Operation Heart, came together to educate a small segment of our community—a local Girl Scout troop. We did various activities pertaining to our patient care projects to help the girls (with a grade range K-8) better understand their control over their health. Operation Diabetes spoke about how the foods that you eat as kids can impact your health as adults and did an activity that had the girls guess the sugar content in various foods. They were surprised at how much sugar was in one 20oz bottle of Dr. Pepper (16.5 teaspoons!). As a constantly caffeinated pharmacy student this was bad news even for me. Operation OTC talked to the girls about the differences between OTC and prescription medications and medication safety. They did a fun game where they had to try to guess which bag was candy and which bag was medications. The girls enjoyed this and were surprised at how hard it was to tell the difference. Operation Heart emphasized the importance of exercising your heart because it is also muscle and is just as important as exercising your other muscles. They had the girls check their resting pulse and their pulse after a couple minutes of jumping jacks. They loved counting all the beats and seeing how much higher it was after exercise and thinking about how much harder their heats were working.

Not only was this a successful cooperation between various patient care projects of APhA but I think the girls learned a lot and had fun. An added bonus was that there were a lot of women representing the patient care projects which I hope encouraged the girls to pursue fields in science. One of the reasons I chose pharmacy as a career was due to the opportunities for direct patient care and education and community outreach like this through APhA helps remind me that “purposeful lives and meaningful service” is the ultimate goal.image1

-Tess Wells (P2)

Interprofessional Education

Is Interprofessional Education on your mind as you start this new school year? Campbell University IPE hopes so!


CUIPE has been around for a little over four years. CUIPE started as a directive from former CPHS Dean Ronald Maddox in late 2011. That original first meeting, chaired by the current CPHS Dean Michael Adams, included a charge as follows: “To identify areas for interdepartmental collaboration and potential for resource sharing within the health programs.”

CUIPE has grown to be much more than just collaboration between health programs. Students studying Athletic Training, Clinical Research, Healthcare Management, Nursing, Medicine, PA, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy, Public Health and Social Work will have opportunities to learn about, from and with each other multiple times in the coming year.

Watch for information about opportunities such as Simulations, the Health Professions COMBINE, CUIPE Activity Days, I4 Activities, IPE 501 and more through your email, the weekly announcements, paper postings, tweets, Facebook, the CUIPE university calendar, the IPE webpage and on NING, our unique online community for health sciences students at Campbell.

Upcoming social, outreach and educational activities from CPHS, CUSOM and beyond can be viewed easily here: If you have an activity you want us to advertise for you, there is a Google form for sharing on this same page.

Find out about clubs and organizations, the national IPE site the NEXUS, CUIPE’s strategic plan and more under the resources tab on NING. Share resources that you have found with us! See photos from past CUIPE events; find links to health sciences program blogs and short films about what IPE has meant to other Campbell students on the front page of NING. This website is a growing and changing place for more than 500 current members of faculty, staff and students to learn about interprofessional education. If you would like to become a member you will need to click here to get to the membership request link. The page you go to should look similar to this. You will type in your Campbell Email address, create a password and retype that same password. You will then need to type in what you see in the CAPTCHA box and click Sign Up.


All students are busy, but IPE should not be viewed as just an add-on to your schedule; it is a chance to make a connection during your time at Campbell with those you will be working with after you leave Campbell. I encourage you to take the chance to make yourself a better job prospect, learn more about the skills that will help you be a better team member and make a real difference to patient care when you leave Buies Creek.


Emily Bloom, Guest Blogger

Director of Interprofessional Education

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Beth Mills

There is not enough time nor are there enough words to describe what Dr. Mills means to Campbell University, the community, and her students. Her charismatic personality, work ethic, servant leadership, and determination are just a few of the things that make Dr. Mills unique. As an active faculty member of Campbell University, she teaches a many courses to a diverse group of soon-to-be healthcare professionals.  In the PharmD curriculum, she teaches a pharmaceutical skills lab, an obesity and weight management course in Clinical Biochemistry P1 year, an OTC lecture on dietary supplements and natural remedies P2 year, and obesity and headache lectures in Therapeutics P3 year. While encouraging and educating future pharmacists, Dr. Mills still finds time to lecture in the Physician’s Assistant program. When asked about how she deals with stress, Dr. Mills wittily replied, “It will come to an end…. It may kill you or it will be over soon!” She says she is a master of stress and time management.  Her advice is to take a deep breath and prioritize.  She also finds going for a run and spending time with her daughter as a way to reduce stress.


Dr. Mills was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but didn’t stay there long.  She has moved a lot! Dr. Mills lived in the Mid-West, Puerto Rico, Illinois, and Florida, just to name a few places. She started her college career at Wingate University, but transferred to Campbell University after her freshman year. She completed 2 additional years of undergraduate work at Campbell before starting her four-year journey to her PharmD (which she also completed at Campbell!). She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1998. Since then, she jokes that she has worked “everything except long term.” Dr. Mills hasn’t always been interested in academia, but she has always loved working with students. She was an adjunct professor before she was a full faculty member. She admits that as cliché as it sounds, her favorite part of teaching is making relationships with the students. It warms her heart to watch students grow up and develop into world-class clinicians.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Mills is very active outside of school. She has many hobbies such as working out, running, scrapbooking, and riding “Harleys” with her husband.  When she has time, she watches Grimm and The Big Bang Theory on TV; however, she “hates the Bachelor!” Although most people probably wouldn’t guess it, Dr. Mills’ favorite food is a pacific veggie thin crust pizza from Dominos. When she isn’t ordering pizza from Dominos, she enjoys a Mediterranean diet.

Dr. Mills redefines the meaning of an exceptional teacher while still finding time for her friends and family. It was an honor to get to know Dr. Mills and I encourage you to do the same.

-Curt Koone (P3)


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)