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Student Services Office Encourages Student Success and Development
The UW School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) Student Services Office is dedicated to providing prepharmacy and pharmacy students with resources and programs that encourage their academic and personal success and their career development. Programs and services range from admissions, student data management, recruitment, student policy, scholarships, university resources and student organizations. The Student Services team includes Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs Tonja Woods, Manager of Pharmacy Student Services Maria Bennett, and Office Assistant, Senior Jackie Robinson.
The Office of Student Services is busy with recruiting activities and managing programs that support current students. Student Services has recently started two new recruitment initiatives to recruit the best and the brightest undergraduate students into the program.
College of Health Sciences ASPIRE! Program
The school is participating in the second year of the college-wide Aspire Program. The purpose of the UWSOP Aspire Program is to recruit and retain high-achieving UW freshman into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program, maximizing their academic success and potential as future leaders and professionals. The program will provide opportunities for personal and professional growth in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and professionalism.
ALSAM Diversity Scholars Program
The UWSOP is proud to announce that it has partnered with the ALSAM Foundation to develop the ALSAM Diversity Scholars Program. The mission of the program is the recruitment and retention of high-achieving, underrepresented freshman students in high schools and community colleges. The objective is to help students develop the skills necessary to excel academically, facilitate their integration into the university community and facilitate their development of leadership skills. This fall, the first two students were admitted through the diversity program.
Walgreens Diversity Fund
Walgreens has given the UWSOP a generous donation to increase diversity among pharmacy students through programs, scholarships and seminars. The school in partnership with the Walgreens Diversity Fund is proud to sponsor the Kaiser Diversity and Health Series. The series is designed to raise the cultural awareness of health care providers and staff for the purpose of achieving:
Enhanced patient interactions and health outcomes
Respectful and productive relationships in the workplace
Collaborative relationships with the communities we serve to find solutions that help to eliminate health care disparities.
Pharmacy students have received academic scholarships for their active participation in diversity initiatives across campus. Pharmacy students have also benefitted from funding for accent reduction to improve their patient skills.
AHEC Summer Pipeline Program
The school has partnered with the Wyoming Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to pay for diverse high school students from around Wyoming to participate in the AHEC Summer Pipeline Program. The purpose of the program is to expose high school students to the different health care careers available in Wyoming. A large number of the thirty-nine students who participated in the first session were diverse ethnically and socioeconomically. Clinical faculty members Jennifer Petrie and Lanae Fox conducted activities about pharmacy school and education for the students.
UW Pride Fridays
The Student Services Office sponsors UW Pride Fridays to encourage pharmacy students to show pride in UW and the pharmacy program. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to "Show your UW Pride " every Friday by wearing UW Brown and Gold.
Student Services holds Town Halls every semester to welcome new faculty and keep students updated on what is happening in the UWSOP. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.
Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador Program was just initiated where students will represent the school, give tours, and attend UW Discovery Days where they will speak with other students and encourage them to attend the UWSOP. There will be eight students initially who will be chosen from applicants who volunteer for the program. The students will receive training and the group of ambassadors will grow as more are added each year.
Student Services recently hosted its first open house where UW students from different majors were welcome to come and learn about the UWSOP as a postgraduate opportunity. Open houses will be held every semester.
(top) New Aspire students (front) Victoria Milano and Drew McMilan are welcomed by (L to R) Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Lanae Fox, Dean Linda Gore Martin, CHS Dean Joseph Steiner, Associate Dean for Academics and Student Affairs Tonja Woods, and Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Michelle Hilaire.
(bottom) In honor of UW Pride Fridays, pharmacy students gather for a group photo showing off their UW brown and gold.