Welcoming Students to Campus for a New Year

Posted by: Nancy Fjortoft, Ph.D., Dean and Professor

September 9, 2016

The past few week have been an exciting time here on campus.  Our first-year students started classes on August 22, 2016.  Our second- and third-year students returned to campus on September 6, 2016, refreshed and re-energized after a summer break, where many of them explored pharmacy internships, research experiences, and employment.  All of these experiences enrich our students and make them more competitive in the job market, but more importantly, help them grow and develop professionally and personally. 

First-year students are currently enrolled in a new four-course sequence called Professional Development.  The courses develop students’ knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and attitudes necessary to demonstrate self-awareness, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, and professionalism throughout their life-long career. 

That journey to professionalism begins on day one, and is symbolized in our annual White Coat Ceremony, which is scheduled for September 30, 2016.  We present white coats to first-year students in all of the health professions programs on campus; from pharmacy to osteopathic medicine to physical therapy.  It is a proud moment for students, faculty, friends and families.