"Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end." -Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert comic strip
Time and time again, the alumni and friends of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have proven this ripple effect to be true - even the smallest act of generosity can make a big difference in the lives of students and the future of our programs. When one student is given an opportunity, he or she can encourage future students to do the same.
Our School provides students an unparalledled advantage: connections to a powerful and influential network of alumni across the nation. We realize this network is busy making waves in the profession and it may seem difficult to find the time or resources to engage. But there are many different ways for alumni to be involved and provde opportunities for current students. Read about them here.
Our experiential learning programs highlight this idea. Without the investment of so many of our alumni in health fairs, clinical experiences, professional practice experiences and internships, our students would not get the valuable real-world exposure they need to become practice-ready graduates. Programs like the Mobile Medicare Clinics that started out as drug information and immunization outreach clinics have grown into a major community outreach program serving thousands of patients each year. Our speech-language pathology clinics allow students to develop treatment plans for clients in the community who could not otherwise access these types of services. Our physical therapy students are working in the local community to educate underserved, school-aged children and their families about healthy living.
These programs and others like them are much more effective with the contributions of time, talent and financial resources of our PaHS Family. We appreciate anything and everything the PaHS Family can do to help make the student experience as fulfilling and valuable as possible. There is no such thing as an insignificant investment when it comes to giving back to the School.
Another proud tradition among the PaHS Family is their dedication to "paying it forward." Many of our alumni were recipients of scholarships themselves, so they understand the critical need for students to receive financial assistance. In 2014, more than 65 students were awarded schoalrships. Read more about a few of these impressive recipients here.
This year brings many opportunities to reconnect with the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Be sure to review events going on at the School and within the profession. We hope to see you soon!
Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD