IPSF Wows the Crowd and Themselves
By: Van Duong ‘13
Pacific's International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) took their organization to another level by pioneering international events following President Eibeck's "Beyond Our Gates" initiative. On Friday, July 15, 2011, the IPSF co-chairs and their fundraising committee organized the inaugural international night called "Pacific Without Borders." Over 100 students, faculty members, friends, and family were in attendance including Vice President Chris Johnston, Associate Vice President Janet Dial '89, '10, Dean Phillip Oppenheimer, Dr. Donald Floriddia ‘71, and Dr. Nancy DeGuire ‘89.
The purpose of this event was to help raise funds to support the 19 students and one faculty member who will be attending IPSF's 57th Annual World Congress in Hat Yai, Thailand this August. Three of our very own students had their poster accepted for poster presentations at the event. Van Duong '13 will be presenting her poster on "Alzheimer's Disease and Vitamin B12." Allison Lai '13 will be discussing about vitamin D and it's health benefits, and Marlyn Nicolas '13 will be presenting how to "Reduce the Risk and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease."
More than ten local ethnic restaurants donated food for the evening to promote their business to Pacific students and support IPSF's mission. Emcees Ainsley Thegah, IPSF's first student exchange member from Great Britain, and Antoinette Dinh ‘13 took control of the stage and made sure the evening went smoothly. The evening incorporated a wide variety of entertainment including a silent auction, fraternity cook-off competition, and cultural fashion show.
For the fraternity cook-off competition, the fraternities were asked to create a main dish incorporating noodles and a dessert with chocolate. Rho Pi Phi took home the chef trophy with their "Summer Soba Salad" with shrimp and avocado and "Chocolate Chiffon Cake" with white chocolate and green tea Mousse for their dessert. The four faculty judges said they were impressed Rho Pi Phi's presentation and the food was delicious. Phi Delta Chi was the runner-up.
During the event, farewells were said to Ainsley since it was his last night in the United States. He presented a slideshow to share his one-month long experience at University of the Pacific, and he was officially pinned by the IPSF Co-Chairs as an honorary member.
Entertainment for the evening included the winner of Pacific's Apollo Night Ryan Valenzuela, who has been said to melt hearts when he sang a beautiful Filipino song and an original piece he composed. Local performers took the stage including Nehal Patel ‘13 who graced the audience with her voice singing an Indian song, Rashda Riaz ‘13 and her daughter Summer Riaz who performed a traditional Pakistani dance, and Fong Tran who provided a glimpse of the Vietnamese culture in the nontraditional form of spoken word bringing tears to the eyes of many audience members.
"I really enjoyed the performances because it's not every day that you get to hear Nehal's beautiful voice or see Rashda and her daughter dance in a beautiful costume. It's amazing to see everyone's hidden talents," commented Clara Chia ‘13.
The evening was concluded with Rho Chi talent show winners, Elbert Mock ‘13 and Daniel Lieu ‘13, performing a song that delivered an internationally uniting message titled "Let's Give Love."
The event was initially thought to be impossible to pull off, but with much attention to detail and the hard work of the fundraising committee, the entire evening went rather smoothly. "It was a magical night! I had wonderful time and was very proud of IPSF for putting on such a successful event," said Dean Oppenheimer.
IPSF would like to thank the generous community restaurants, faculty and staff, volunteers, and attendees for all of their support that made this special evening possible.
Celebrating a Successful Event
Right to left: Dr. Rajul Patel '01, '06, Van Duong '13, Dean Oppenheimer, Dr. Nancy DeGuire '89, Marlyn Nicolas '13