Friday, May 21, the Student Pharmacist Recruiting Team (SPiRiT) and student members of the Admissions Committee welcomed the incoming Class of 2014 to campus for a day of introductions and fun. Led by student pharmacist, Will Walker, orientation student coordinator and a member of the P-3 class, student volunteers hosted a day long orientation program appropriately themed “P-1 Survival Kit”.
Sixty-five of 75 incoming student pharmacists made the trip to campus for the optional program to connect with classmates, faculty and staff. To get the day rolling students were treated to a pancake breakfast complete with whipped topping and strawberry garnish cooked and served by members of the faculty and staff. The day’s activities included sessions featuring academics, professionalism, introductory pharmacy practice experiences, financial aid, registration for classes and bus tour of the Nashville area.
Perhaps the most anticipated event of day was the 2nd Annual Pharmacy Fashion Show. The “What Not to Wear” spinoff addressed the dress code, appropriate attire for class and professional dress. SPiRiT volunteers from the P-2 and P-3 classes strutted the “catwalk” in Collins Alumni Auditorium to popular music in some over-the-top outfits. From their “daisy dukes” to 80’s satin workout suits, the P-2 boys are sure to be talked about all year long. Kayleen Daly and Beth Kiper served as MC’s for the event.
“This year I was very impressed with the ownership that our current student pharmacists took in making this event one that would truly benefit the incoming class. They were unselfish in giving their time and very purposeful in drawing on their own past experiences to plan a day that would both welcome and ease the transition of the new student pharmacists to our program. Overall it was a huge success.” said Laura Ward, Director of Admissions and Recruitment.