All Things Buies Creek: Part Three – Just For Fun

Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is situated in a very quaint little town called Buies Creek. However, This small-town vibe definitely helps me to put my academic work first, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also have a lot of fun here. To be honest, Buies Creek is located within driving distance to anything you could ever want. The following is a short guide to some of my favorite things to do around Campbell University.

For the Outdoorsman:

I was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains. For this reason, I love to spend as much of my time outside as possible. Though Buies Creek does not have the mountains I am accustomed to from home, it does have its own outdoor adventures. Some of my favorite locations to visit are Raven Rock State park and Shearon Harris Reservoir Park. Both are state parks within driving distance to Campbell University that offer hiking, parks, and water features. If you’re more of a beach bum (no judgement here), Wrightsville Beach is just a short drive away!

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Raven Rock State Park



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Wrightsville Beach, NC


For the Bookworm:

I debated whether or not to include this section, but we are in pharmacy school… We all can admit to enjoying a good read! I love to visit the Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art, and Museum of History located in downtown Raleigh.   For those of you looking for a place to study or maybe write your memoir, there are coffee shops galore around Campbell University that are perfect for studying, brainstorming, and…well drinking coffee. Some of my favorites are Creek Coffee, The Mill, and Cornerstone.

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North Carolina Museum of Natural History (How cool is this dinosaur?)




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The Mill – Fuquay-Varina, NC



For simply FUN:

Buies Creek can seem like a sleepy little town, but there is always fun to be had if you know how to find it. If you love to shop, there are great malls and shopping outlets surrounding Buies Creek in Smithfield, Raleigh, and Holly Springs. There’s also a cool boutique right here in the Creek (see Taylor’s previous blog post)! If you love nightlife, Raleigh has an endless supply of restaurants and clubs where you can meet friends and enjoy some time away from school. In the fall, the State Fair in Raleigh is a favorite for locals and students. If you love to watch the newest movies, Ovation Dine-in Theatre in Holly Springs is a brand new and always a blast.


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Crabtree Valley Mall- Raleigh, NC



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Carolina Premium Outlets- Smithfield, NC



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Raleigh Beer Garden- Raleigh, NC



This is not a comprehensive list of everything to do in or around Buies Creek and all of these locations are within a few miles or a few miles away.  I always say that the most fun you can have is when you discover something yourself! I hope this short list helped and I look forward to hearing some of the fun things you may discover during your time at CPHS. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me by email ( or by phone (336 529-2010).

CU soon,

— Austin Price, P1


All Things Buies Creek: Part Two – Shopping

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Last semester I had the opportunity to work at a small shop near campus called Creek & Company.  This shop has trendy clothing and accessories for both men and women.  My favorite section of the store is the “camel corner” which features lots of cute camel apparel and accessories.

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One of the unique things about Creek & Co. is that it offers merchandise for men as well.  Lots of other small boutique-type stores in the area only cater to women.  From dress shirts to t-shirts it is easy to find gifts for any guy in your life.  Creek & Co. carries local brands such as Live Oak Brand out of Raleigh, NC.  There are even some nice orange and black items if you are looking for Campbell fan gifts!

Creek & Co. is located within walking distance to campus, and is a convenient place to pick up birthday gifts for friends, or even gifts for fraternity/sorority big & littles.  I have stopped by on multiple occasions to pick up a Piko shirt or some Lily & Laura bracelets as a birthday gift.  Buies Creek may be in the middle of nowhere… but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of things to do and places to visit!  I encourage you to stop by Creek & Co. on your next visit to the Creek and check out the Camel Corner!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Learn more about Creek & Co. at:

— Taylor Scott, P3

All Things Buies Creek: Part One – Dining

For all the Foodies:

Buies Creek is located in the heart of… pretty much no where. It is a great location for people like me, who love to venture out because it requires planning to do anything and you can’t just walk down a busy street like Hillsborough or Franklin St. (for all those former Wolfpackers and Tarheels). While it keeps me free from a lot of distractions, there are a lot of great places to go when you’re in the mood to TREAT YO-SELF.

I’m going to give some insight of places the best places (in my opinion) to eat as a near-expert Foodie that are local or within a close distance to Campbell!

First, there are nights that are filled with studying, and leave little time to prepare dinner. While I try to food-prep and cook most nights, sometimes a good pizza is the best option for dinner!

  1. Noah’s Pizza—located in both Coats and Dunn, NC are in close distance and they deliver!

I love their pizza so much- my go-to is always sausage, mushroom and green peppers and it always is so much to eat. They also have amazing philly cheesesteaks and are reasonably priced.

So, for all those that go out to dinner because we’re looking most forward to dessert…

  1. Mason Jar Tavern – a favorite of mine and some of my closest pharm school friends

There are two locations—one in downtown Fuquay, which is also very cute and has lots of other fun shops, and one in Holly Springs—which I love to go to so I can hit up Target while I’m out there or go to a movie after.

They have lots of good brisket items on the menu, with the brisket cheese fries being one of my favorites, but when it comes to the dessert (starting to drool just thinking about it), the smore in a jar is the best.  From the graham cracker crust, to the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and the torched, gooey marshmallow topping, you could really just go to Mason Jar and have this as your main course (no judgement).

The prices on the menu are pretty reasonable and the restaurant is always busy, so going earlier is always a good move.

  1. Taco Oaxaca – found in the heart of Lillington. Previously was a taco trailer (that still exists in Lillington) but also now a restaurant as well.

Taco Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-ha-ca) is a tex-mex restaurant in Lillington that is nothing less than delicious! They have updated their menu a few times since I’ve been in school since they are a newer restaurant, but nothing I’ve had has been a disappointment.

I really love their fajita quesadilla and Arroz Con Pollo, which is always a go-to for me when eating Mexican food.

They also have other great entrees and they are surprisingly never too busy!

I’ll give you one last suggestion for a date night or night out when you’re parents come to visit:

  1. GArIbaldi—a quaint Italian restaurant found in Fuquay Varina

I’ve only been to Garibaldi once but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Girabaldi has a really fun atmosphere with decorations and walls that make you feel like you’re in Italy. Our server was also Italian and I believe the restaurant is run by Italians, making it feel and taste more authentic. I split the spaghetti and meatballs with my mom, which was way more than enough food. They also had really delicious homemade balsamic dressing and we went on a Friday night when they had a pianist playing music that really just made the experience so much more fun. With appetizers, drinks, and the entrees our bill was a little pricey, but like I said it was a great place for a special night out!

I hope this helps you narrow down where you want to get dinner next time its up for debate. All these places are within 20-30 minutes from Campbell and there of course tons more when you get to Raleigh, but hopefully you’ll find that close to the heart of Buies Creek you can find many great places!

— Shannon Hart, P3 student


Back to Reality

The onset of the spring semester brings a whirlwind of emotions caused by a month of relaxation, family time, and eating. There’s exhaustion, because your body is used to sleeping 9 hours a night plus the 2:00 in the afternoon post-leftovers nap. There’s anxiety, because you’re not sure if your business casual pants are going to fit anymore. There’s despair, because it’s 11 degrees outside. There’s hope, because it’s only 4 months until summer. These same feelings could be said for most adults headed back to the normal work flow but for pharmacy students I think it can be even harder. Many of us are in our twenties. We went home and met up with friends from college or high school who are seemingly living more adult lives than we are: they have careers, 401ks, a normal work week, permanent homes, and evenings/weekends free from the worry of exams. Not to mention they ask if you’re “STILL in school?!” Like, why? Why ask that? Have you seen a picture of me in my cap and gown on Instagram? No? Then YES, I am still in school (sheesh). I don’t know about everyone else but these meetups with friends sometimes leave me feeling even more anxious about where I’m at in life. It can be hard to remember why the late nights and anxiety attacks are worth it.

So, if you’re feeling this way just know you’re not alone. I think at times like this when you’re fighting your own anxieties about getting back in the normal school routine, it’s important to remember why you’re here. Christmas break involves lots of time spent with family and friends. Elderly people, especially elderly people in the south, love to talk about their health problems or the health problems of their friends. “Well, did you hear that so and so had a stroke and is now finally back at home.” “I’m not sure if he’ll be home for Christmas because he came down with pneumonia and is still in the hospital, bless his heart.” At one point my grandma turned to me with a plate full of potato salad and told me her doctor was changing her to a higher intensity statin. Sometimes all you can do is smile and pretend to be surprised. BUT, these are the people who will benefit from your long nights and anxieties. You being here in school has a greater purpose, probably even one you haven’t yet realized. All that being said, be cognizant of how you’re doing psychologically. Campbell CPHS has excellent counseling services (link below) free to students. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to seek help from a friend, you can’t help patients if you can’t help yourself.

Because physical health is also important: Campbell has fitness facilities and classes available to students. Maybe I’ll start going to the gym after class…starting next week.


— Tess Wells, P3

Aunt Mary’s Sugar Cookies

Aunt Mary’s Sugar Cookies

One of the great things about the holidays is having time to take a break from school and enjoy time with family and friends.  This year I am blessed to gain a second family, as I recently got engaged.  My fiancé’s mother has been making sugar cookies at Christmas for 26 years, following in the footsteps of her Aunt Mary.  This year I got to join in on the tradition, and I thought I would share her recipe!

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1 cup butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

4 cups plain flour

1 tbsp vanilla


  • Cream margarine and sugar together
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Sift flour, soda and salt together
  • Add about 3 ½ cups of flour or all of flour, if needed, to make dough thick enough
  • Roll ¼ inch thick and cut cookies
  • Bake on 350⁰ or 375⁰ for 10-12 mins

Gaylord Santa

After baking cookies, we attended the Campbell Men’s Basketball game and got a chance to meet “Santa” Gaylord!

Men’s Basketball Tickets:

— Taylor Scott, P3


What are you waiting for? Start Packing for Operation Christmas Child!

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This year CPHS students came together to pack 123 boxes for Operation Christmas Child,  a project of Samaritan’s Purse.  Each year, Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to underprivileged children. Since 2014, CPHS pharmacy, public health, and physician assistant students have impacted 235 children through this project. Additionally, the PharmD Class of 2020 has adopted Operation Christmas Child as their charity.

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As we pack each box, we are reminded of some of our favorite childhood memories, toys and blessings. We hope that our hand written cards and the small gifts bring joy to these children as they open the boxes we packed with love.

Impact a life, get involved with Operation Christmas Child:

— Grace Boyce, P2

PharmD/MSCR Students Gain Insight Into Where Healthcare and Technology Meet

In 2016, I wrote a post on the annual UCB Academic Engagement Night. After attending the event again this year at the UCB office in Research Triangle Park (RTP), I wanted to share the exciting new developments and provide a glimpse into where Campbell’s Dual PharmD/MSCR degree can take you.


The event started with a showcase of various technologies followed by a brief presentation by UCB’s executive team. Next, various breakout sessions in different aspects of research were available for conference attendees. The Campbell group attended sessions on technology and the cost of research.

The technology session explored topics from security and encryption to de-centralization of technology and demonstrated the fascinating ways in which UCB is advancing technology. For instance, an IBM partnership with the supercomputer Watson is using artificial intelligence to do preliminary reads on bone scans and x-rays. Essentially, the radiologist and computer work hand in hand: the computer finds what it thinks is a fracture, and sends it to the radiologist, who then confirms or rejects it. This is a monumental development in osteoporosis, where initial fractures sometimes go undetected.

During the costs of research session, we participated in a true/false game. While most questions were predictable, I was surprised to learn that each day a drug is delayed from release on the market post-approval it can cost a company up to 15 million dollars per day! Additionally, we learned how biopharm companies are trimming the costs of development of new drugs by shortening the timeline in which products are brought to market or by increasing synchronicity between stages of drug development to speed things along. It was fascinating and reassuring to see how companies are trying to combat costs.

22791857_1747639515249299_7809953787798035156_oThe sessions were followed by a wrap-up summary, a lovely dinner and networking. This event provided an opportunity to see what is being done in the research field first-hand and helped me to realize the opportunities that lie ahead in research. Whether it’s through advancing new technological standards or impacting the costs of drugs and their development, clinical research provides so many opportunities to make an impact in the world of healthcare. The Campbell PharmD/MSCR dual degree has opened many doors for me, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. For more information on the PharmD/MSCR dual degree, please contact Dr. Melissa Holland at

— Evan Lucas, P2