What To Do Around “The Creek”

When I announced to my friends and family that I was packing up my life in Raleigh and moving to Buies Creek to start pharmacy school at Campbell the first thing they said was, “where in the world is that?!” Not many people are familiar with the part of Harnett County I’ve grown to call home but to me it is perfect in so many ways and the fact that it is situated in a rural area is one of the reasons I chose to attend Campbell. I am a current P1 student and I spent last year getting my Masters of Public Health as part of one of the many dual degree options that Campbell offers its pharmacy students. That being said, I’ve had a whole year and a half to explore Harnett County and discover its hidden gems.

As a pharmacy student the “work-life balance” can be really hard. As one of our professors told us earlier this semester, “Remember to slice a piece of your life for yourself!” It is so easy to get caught up studying night after night and it is crucial for your mental health to spend time doing things that you enjoy to relieve stress. For me, this can be boiled down to two things: being outside and eating. In this post I hope to give you some insight into a few places that Harnett County has to offer its budding, stressed, sleep-deprived, pharmacy students.

Eating Experience #1: Sunni Skies. For anyone at all familiar with Harnett County or Campbell you have probably been here at least once this week and you probably knew this was going to be one of the places mentioned. But, I had to say it for all the people reading not familiar with the area. Sunni Skies is an ice cream place in Angier (about a 10 minute drive from campus) that has over 90 flavors of ice cream. They were even featured on Food Network for the making of their “Cold Sweat” ice cream which has ghost peppers and habaneros in it. I steer clear of that one since I can’t even handle medium salsa. My personal favorite is oatmeal cookie but I’ve never had a flavor I didn’t like and there are so many to choose from I will probably graduate from pharmacy school before I can try them all! Ask any Campbell student or resident of Harnett County and they can point you in the direction of Sunni Skies! It’s the perfect place for an impromptu study break!

Here is a link to a youtube video of the Food Network episode featuring Sunni Skies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8oy_zYRTZ0

Eating Experience #2: Tacos Oaxaca. Located in Lillington (about 10 minutes from campus) this restaurant, affectionately called the “taco trailer” in casual conversation, has authentic Mexican food and a great outside eating area. They only take cash unless your order is over $10 so make sure to come hungry or bring cash with you! They have a variety of different dishes that are easily grabbed to go on your way home from class for dinner or, as I mentioned, they have a nice patio area where you can sit and eat with friends. Taking the time to eat with friends is a great way to relax because, hey, you have to eat anyway you might as well relieve stress at the same time!



Outside Activity #1: Raven Rock State Park. Located in Lillington about 20 minutes from campus is a beautiful state park with many different hiking trails and picnic areas. There are many different routes of varying lengths to choose from so whether you’re in for a 5 mile hike or want to stick to around 1 there is a trail for you! I have a dog so our favorite one is the Little Creek trail where she can get in the water and cool off (round trip around 3 miles). Raven Rock is an awesome place that I use to just get away from life for a while and reconnect with myself. It is also a great place for group outings or to take walks with friends. It’s also useful for walking off the ice cream and tacos you may have eaten earlier in the day.



Outside Activity #2: Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail. Located, as you might’ve guessed, between Dunn and Erwin (~15 minutes from campus) the Rail Trail is exactly what it sounds like. The path that takes you from Dunn to Erwin or Erwin to Dunn (depending on where you start) was the site of an old railroad. It’s flat all the way making it great for all types of activities including biking, walking, or running. The entire trail is about 5 miles long one way so I usually walk a certain number of miles and then walk back. It is nicely labeled with mile markers as you go along telling you where you are along the trail. This is one of my favorite places to walk my dog because it takes you by a lot of farmland out in the country and is another way to escape from the studying life!


Well, there you have it. These are a few places I have found that help me relax when school gets to be too much. Even though we don’t have a greenway park system that you can find in suburban areas or big chain restaurants of the city you can still find plenty of things to do as a student in Buies Creek and the surrounding area to relieve stress! I hope on your next visit to campus you take the time to visit one of these places and “slice a piece of your life for yourself!”

-Tess Wells (P1)


Global Health Missions Conference

The increasingly unique thing about Campbell University is the amount of opportunities students have to explore their career path. The amount of space that I have as a student to expand my mind and think about what I want to do once I leave this beautiful campus and become a licensed pharmacist is probably my favorite thing about this university. If there is something that you decide you want to do as a student in order to prepare for your career, chances are we have a like-minded faculty that wants to help you do so.

Last semester over Spring Break, while all my friends were off on beach vacations enjoying some relaxing sunshine, I journeyed down to Honduras with several other professional students and faculty on a Medical Mission trip to set up a medical clinic in a village that had not seen medical attention in over five years. My faith, serving, and going into the world to meet people and share Christ’s love for them has always been a huge desire on my heart. Getting to go down to Honduras last semester drastically changed my career path. I have always loved missions, but I never realized how realistic it was for me to be a pharmacist and still me a missionary for Christ until this trip. After coming home from this trip, several students and one of our faculty decided to look into other opportunities to better equip us for our return trip this spring (yes, the trip was so amazing that for me going back was never a question). It didn’t take long for us to decide that we were going to make our way up to Kentucky and attend the Global Health Missions Conference.

This year was the first time that CU has sent pharmacy students and staff to this conference, and as amazing as it was I can’t wait to encourage students to attend from now on. Colonel Pickard (our faculty member) and two fellow students started our road trip to Kentucky on Thursday morning and arrived just before things got going for the evening. The conference is hosted at Southeast Christian church which is by all definition, a mega church. It is easiest to say that arriving at this church was an overwhelming experience just because of the size. And then the immediate realization that you’re about to be surrounded by thousands of other Christian medical professionals all present to learn more about how to use their medical training to serve Christ in other countries.

Between the four of us that attended the conference from CPHS we attended several different seminars including how to prepare yourself for medical missions overseas to how to get funding and supplies for your trip. Whether you want to attend this conference to be spiritually fed and learn more about how to prepare for missions, or you need to know how to make your trip more fruitful, this conference is for you. There are also three exhibit halls full of representatives from missionary insurance companies, medical and pharmacy residencies, medical supply companies, and missionary organizations themselves. Basically, if there is something you’re interested in getting involved in, or learning about, this is the place for you!

The members of Southeast Christian host and volunteer running the conference, and even host guests in their homes. This means two things: you don’t have to get a hotel room (which is excellent news for students), and you get a loving family to come home to and show you around Kentucky (which is also excellent news). Lucky for us, Colonel Pickard’s Aunt and Uncle live in Kentucky and are members of this church. They were our host family, and took us out to eat at their favorite restaurant in town. To our delight, it was an authentic German restaurant owned by a close friend of theirs. If you’ve never had German food and you’re ever in Louisville, you should definitely go to this restaurant. Judging the pictures of the desert alone, you can’t argue that it looks like a delightful experience (and it definitely was).

The main question that was posed to each of us was “Where is God calling you?” Each day, many times of the day, I walked past this banner and thought about this question. Lucky for me before I left, I think I found this answer. If you’re not sure what God wants you to do with your career and how you can serve Him as a pharmacist in your career, I highly recommend you attend this conference. If you’re not sure that you can be a health care provider and practice to the fullest extent of your license, I highly recommend you attend this conference. I think the answer may surprise you.


If you’re interested in learning more about this conference, explore the site! There is a wide variety of topics offered, and as I’m sure you can tell, it is a life changing experience.


-Taylor Griffies (P3)

CPHS Scholarship Ceremony

Whatever college you go to, there is always the possible financial burden of paying for college. Thankfully, Campbell College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences really tries to help alleviate this burden for its students. The Scholarship Ceremony is a great time for students to give their thanks to scholarship donors and for the donors to see what their gift is funding. Students are always grateful for the help in paying for college. Taking some time out of their Saturday to meet a person who is contributing to their future, is always exciting and is never enough thank you. The donors also enjoy seeing the bright future that the recipients have and see what their goals are for their career. The Scholarship Ceremony is a time to give thanks to those who given contributions, but also celebrate the achievements of the students who received the scholarship. Students work hard yearly to continually learn how to become a better pharmacist and this is a time to acknowledge how hard they have worked. For students, this is just a small way to show their appreciation for their donors and all the opportunities the school gives to them to achieve their goals.

Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Alumni Spotlight: Heather Massengill

Name: Heather Massengill

Year graduated: 2000

Current position: Director, External Engagement, GlaxoSmithKline

Favorite CPHS memory:

It’s not one specific event it’s the overall experience…meeting my husband, friendships and the small things like study groups and fraternity events.

Advice for those wishing to follow your footsteps:

  • Grades are important but LEADERSHIP and involvement is more important. Get involved and keep good notes on all those experiences to use later during interviews.
  • Pharmacy is a small world so a) don’t burn bridges and b) more importantly use that to your advantage and network.



Campbell Homecoming 2015

Homecoming is always an exciting time in the Creek! Buies Creek is crowded with camel fans enjoying all the great events throughout the day including tailgating and the football game. One of my favorite parts about Homecoming is the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) Homecoming tailgate. Every year CPHS hosts a huge tailgate behind Barker Lane Stadium full of great food and time for fellowship. Dr. Foushee, CPHS’s director for alumni affairs, did a fantastic job coordinating and planning the tailgate event for this year. This event is special because it brings students, alumni, faculty, and their families all together to celebrate homecoming and our love for Campbell. This year Cooper’s Barbeque provided a delicious lunch which included barbeque, chicken, vegetables, and refreshing sweet tea. During lunch, Dr. Cisneros and Dean Adams were both recognized by the Alumni Association for their hard work and willingness to give back to Campbell. Both were deserving the special recognition are a beloved by Campbell students and faculty alike. Dr. Cisneros even showed off making his balloon animals for students and their families! As people were socializing, they could also visit the tables set up to display and sell different items from various CPHS organizations. This year, the three fraternities, Phi Delta Chi, Kappa Psi, and Kappa Epsilon, were all present as well as tables for the Clinical Research department and the Pharmacy Student Alumni Association. My favorite part of the tailgate was getting to talk to Dean Adams. He is always so supportive of the pharmacy students and willing to talk to everyone. I also enjoyed meeting several new people and getting to know my peers better.

After the tailgate, the Fighting Camels faced off against Morehead State University. The stadium was packed and even set a new attendance record for Barker Lane Stadium of 6580 people. With Mike Minter coaching and the fan support, the fighting camels were able to keep the game close keeping the fans on the edge of their seat. Unfortunately, the camels fell short in the last quarter losing 31-27. Despite the loss, Homecoming was a success and a fantastic time for all this year.


Matt Fowler (P1) and Sydney Brodeur (P1) posing with Dean Adams

-Sydney Brodeur (P1)


“An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away,” but a Little Soup Never Hurt Either

Happy Fall Y’all! As the seasons change and the semester drags on, it can be hard to maintain healthy exercise and diet habits, especially when the pizza or ramen noodles are so accessible. One of my favorite things to make as the weather gets colder, is vegetable soup. I love to use my crockpot because it’s a huge time saver, but it also allows me to eat healthy. Vegetable soup is great because you can customize it and make it your own by adding different vegetables and spices, or by making it with or without meat. The recipe I use for vegetable soup is pretty standard, but it was given to me by my Mom, so it also reminds me of home. As the vegetables and broth begin to meld together, you also can’t beat the smell that will fill your home, or the warmth that will fill your insides and chase away the cold weather chills when you eat it. Even though you can buy canned soup, making it homemade is so much better for you, because you have more control over the ingredients you put into it, as well as the sodium content, which is often through the roof for canned soup. This is also a great time of year to make vegetable soup because you can get a lot of your vegetables fresh, but using frozen or canned works too! This recipe takes about 35 minutes of prep time so it makes a great study break.

I would also be lying if I said dessert wasn’t my favorite meal of the day, so I like to pair my healthy meal, with an equally healthy and delicious dessert option. Apples provide you with antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber, but beyond these benefits, apples are also a very versatile fruit. They can be used to make apple pie, apple crisp, apple fritters, and an endless list of other not so healthy options, however apples can also be used to make healthy desserts like Fruitful Baked Apples. One of the best parts about this is that besides being a quick and easy treat, it is low in processed sugars. Over the summer I watched a documentary called “Fed Up,” that discussed many of the reasons Americans as a whole struggle with being overweight. One of the main points that it brought up was even when we believe we are eating healthy foods, we are still often consuming extremely high amounts of processed sugar, and by high I mean about 128 grams more than we should be. After watching this, I definitely became more conscious of my sugar intake, especially when I eat desserts. I am a sucker for virtually anything sweet, so to help me curve those cravings, Fruitful Baked Apples are my go to. All you need is an apple, your choice of berries, a drizzle of honey and a handful of nuts.

In addition to eating healthy, exercise is always important, even if it’s walking few miles a day. Since starting school at Campbell, one of the best fitness decisions I’ve made was trying Crossfit. It’s a great way to combine cardio and weightlifting for a full body workout, and all of the workouts are adaptable to fit everyone’s individual fitness level. Regardless of how you exercise or eat, changing to a healthier lifestyle can be beneficial to everyone and even small steps towards becoming healthier and more active can make more of a difference than you first realize.

Vegetable Soup

(6-8 servings, serving size ~2 cups)

352 calories per serving


1/2 medium onion

1lb Rib Eye Steak (you can also use ground round or roast beef)

3 potatoes

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

2 cups tomato juice

2 cups corn

2 cups lima beans

2 cups peas

2 cups green beans

1 ½ cups water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: Cook meat to desired tenderness, and cut into cubes. Dice carrots, celery, potatoes, and onion, and add this along with all of the other ingredients into your crockpot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

*Alternatively if you don’t have a crockpot, you can cook your meat, then place onion, potatoes, carrots, celery, tomato juice, and water into a 5 to 6 quart pot and bring this to a boil. Then you can add the corn, lima beans, green beans, and peas. After doing so, let soup simmer for about an hour.


Fruitful Baked Apples

(4 servings)

127 calories per serving


4 apples

1/4 cup chopped nuts

Options: raisins, cranberries, blueberries

Directions: Wash and core apples. Fill with nuts and add your choice of fruit. Drizzle with honey. Bake at 375 degrees until tender, about 15 minutes.


-Carrie Baker (P1)


PharmD with Kids

If you’re wondering if you should attempt a PharmD program when you have kids at home and all the stuff that comes with having kids at home….take heart…..the good news is that it is doable, but it is a balancing act. I have two middle school aged sons who are very active in extracurricular activities, and who have increasingly difficult homework with which they often need help. My husband and I are self-employed, and we are active in our church. Even though you will have to develop strategies that work for your particular family dynamic, let me share what has helped me during my journey at Campbell.

You will have to make sacrifices. Make sure you know what you are willing to sacrifice and what you are not. Time management is key. You must identify the highest priority task continually. I ask myself several times a day, “What is the best use of my time…..right now?” Sometimes the answer to this question is, “Playing with my kids”.  Asking myself this question has helped me decide when to study, work with my children on their activities, manage home duties, work with my husband on his business, sleep, etc.   Usually, I make the decision based upon what will give me the highest return on investment. Sorry, housework, you will usually lose out to studying or family responsibilities. Just enjoy the thought that you’ll have a clean home and beautiful yard someday after school is over…or when you retire. Your kids are only with you for a short while so don’t miss it, even while you’re in school. Other sacrifices I am willing to make are not watching TV, not reading books or magazines that take away from study time and not going out to every event that comes my way.

I treat school just like I would any other job. I have set hours to work, do schoolwork, manage the household, and have family time, but still try to remain flexible in case things don’t work according to schedule. The calendar is your friend. I use my Google calendar and update it regularly, but it is not set in stone.

Recognize that TV and social media can become time wasters. I’m not saying don’t watch TV or get on social media.   In fact, Facebook has been essential for sharing information with my classmates. Just realize that five minutes catching up on what everyone is doing can turn into an hour or more. You have to be ruthless about setting limits on what you allow to eat up your time.

Be able to say “No” graciously. You will get requests from friends, family, work, and other organizations that perhaps you could say “Yes” to before starting school. You may not be able to lead that Sunday School class, work as many hours, chaperone field trips, or be the Room or Team Parent anymore. That’s okay! Allow someone else to grow in that area. You will also need to be selective about how many student organizations you join at school. Pick the ones that best align with your career goals, or hold the most interest for you and get involved with those.

Depending on the ages and abilities of your kids, get some child labor going! It’s so good for them. I have delegated age-appropriate responsibilities to my sons. Let go of perfection! They will not do the chore the way you would, or as well as you would do it. Since my boys are a little older now, (ages 11 and 13), they do dishes, laundry, trash, make their own breakfast, and they are, of course, responsible for their room. I’m trying to get to the point where they do it automatically without my having to remind them….but we’re getting there. They also know that making good grades is their job and they are responsible for getting help from me or their teachers as needed. I expect them to make good grades so I have to “walk the talk” and get help from classmates, tutors, and professors when needed as well.

You will need support and encouragement from friends and/or family. Also, if you need peace and quiet to study (as I do), you must find some kid-free time. That might mean having to stay up late after they go to bed, or getting up earlier before they wake up. You may need to get away to a local library to concentrate, if you can arrange that. Ask friends and/or family to occupy your kids occasionally or get them involved in an organization or activity, so you can have some uninterrupted study time.

Know how you study best! This involves knowing yourself very well. For instance, I am easily distracted, and can be talkative, so I have learned that I do not study best in a group because I’ll want to talk and get off subject. I need a quiet environment free from distractions to really digest the material from class. Therefore, I use every kid-free moment to study. I record lectures on my phone and listen to them during my commute. I have a 35 minute commute one way so that’s over an hour a day (kid-free) that I just can’t lose. Before my kids get home from school, I study so that when they come home, I’m available to help them with their homework.  Lastly, use your crockpot. It’s a lifesaver!

I believe you will find that it is beneficial for your kids to experience this educational journey with you! They will see you work hard, prioritize, and reap the results of your hard work. You will have opportunities to discuss what they would like to do when they grow up. If your kids are older, you might discuss what colleges they might like to attend and what it will take to get there. It is important for us as parents to model setting a goal, putting forth a good effort, and obtaining that goal. They will learn more from your example than from any parental lecture you could throw at them. Bring your kids to Campbell occasionally to roam. My boys love coming to Campbell with me on what I call “field trips”, which usually includes a stop at the bookstore, and Chic-Fil-A or Starbucks. Who knows? They may be future Campbell Camels. I hope you found this useful and good luck on your Campbell journey!

12083886_10208041873270581_535612755_n-Vanessa Compton (P2)