Student Spotlight: Sunny Nagra ’16

Sunny Nagra_resizedSunny Nagra ‘16 comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has successfully integrated his pharmacy knowledge and entrepreneurial prowess with the development of a mobile application (app) called ‘Immunizations – Find, record, and learn about your next vaccine.’ “The goal of the app is to help give Pacific’s Operation Immunization Committee the potential to impact more patients,” said Nagra. Thanks to Nagra, patients can search for the School’s immunization clinics, educational events and local immunizing pharmacies. Patients can even record their vaccination records electronically through the app.

Nagra is an integral member of the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) and serves as co-chair of its Operation Immunization Committee. “I love working on this committee because the other co-chairs and project managers all work together in order to make sure that we always have successful events that positively impact patients’ lives,” said Nagra. He joins committee members, who provide services and education, at community clinics and health fairs. The joy and thankfulness of the patients is always very rewarding for him.

At the 2014 APhA-ASP midyear meeting, Nagra was honored with the APhA-ASP member recognition for the Pacific chapter. He received the award because of his steadfast involvement in the organization. He plans to continue in his dedication to the betterment of the pharmacy profession and patients’ lives. Since March Nagra has served on the APhA-ASP National Communications Standing Committee, which contributes to the association’s publication and various other electronic communications.

Nagra foresees rapid advancement in pharmacy practice and hopes to be a part of that progress. “The pharmacist can play a larger role in patient care with the introduction of [mobile] health, consumer wearable biometrics and other new technologies,” said Nagra.

Recently, Nagra created his second app, Provider Status, which allows users to find out if they live in a Medically Underserved Community, learn more about Provider Status and how pharmacist can help bridge the health care gap and find representatives in Washington, DC to advocate for pharmacists and Provider Status.

In addition to developing apps for iPhones, Nagra enjoys photography. In high school, he won the local Congressional Art Competition which earned him an exhibition spot in the U.S. Capitol for a year.


VN CARES Offers Free Health Screenings to Sacramento Community

vn cares group photo_resizedVietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research & Education Society (VN CARES) is delighted and honored to announce that the 7th Annual Sacramento Pacific Outreach Health Fair held on November 16, 2014 at the Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Sacramento was an overwhelming success. It was an incredible turnout where roughly 300 members of the local community and underserved population came out to partake in free health focused activities. Because of the collaborative and superb efforts from the sponsors, vendors, preceptors and volunteers, VN CARES was able to provide a total of 634 health screenings and services including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C), bone mineral density, memory decline, anemia, body mass index, immunizations and smoking cessation counseling. Consistently trying to improve the fair each year, VN CARES added a new screening to the list—Hepatitis B. The service was kindly provided by the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART) housed within the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Striving to give back to the community, VN CARES was able to touch the lives of various ethnicities including Vietnamese, Chinese, Caucasian, Hispanic and African American. Furthermore, due to the diverse team of pharmacy and undergraduate student volunteers from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, California Northstate University, Sacramento State University and University of California, Davis, the health fair provided translators to better assist patients of different ethnic backgrounds.

When asked to provide overall feedback on the health fair, many patients were emotional as they expressed their sincere gratitude. One patient, communicating through a translator said, “I am so grateful that [VN CARES] hosted this health fair and invited Vietnamese doctors and pharmacists to provide consultations and answer health-related questions for patients with limited English proficiency like me.” Another patient proclaimed, “I have not visited the doctor’s office for a long time because I don’t have health insurance and can’t afford it. That is why I came to this health fair today. I am so impressed and thankful for everyone’s efforts in setting up this health fair and offering our community so many health screenings and services. I will definitely come again next year.”cholestrol testing_resized

Many volunteers voiced positive responses as well. Quynh Nhu Nguyen ’16, a second-time VN CARES Sacramento Pacific Outreach Health Fair volunteer expressed, “I thought VN CARES did a better job with the screening line this time around and it was a great turn out.” In an interview with KCRA Sacramento News station, Dr. Tuan Tran, event organizer and sponsor, stated, “This [health fair] is a unique opportunity where we can work toward a new mentality of preventative health services.” Naomi Le ’17, first year VN CARES co-chair, commented, “This is my first health fair with VN CARES and it’s been rewarding to work with such compassionate students who share my hopes to improve health care access to the local community.”

Continuing their community involvement next semester, VN CARES will host a speaker event on January 8, 2015 to promote cervical cancer awareness. They will also hold the Pacific Family Health Fair in March 2015 in Stockton, Calif. It marks their second health fair of the academic school year and is expected to be one of the largest health fairs organized by student pharmacists. As the year comes to a close, VN CARES is excited to ring in the New Year with new events that will carry on the committee’s objective to make a positive impact on the health of the community.


Student Pharmacists Provide Immunizations to City Hall Staff

On October 21, 2014, Pacific’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) collaborated with the Operation Immunization Committee (OIC) to celebrate American Pharmacists Month by hosting an immunization clinic at Stockton City Hall. This initiative was one of the many events organized during Legislative Week where student pharmacists promoted the profession of pharmacy to local lawmakers.proclamation

At this event student pharmacists advocated and communicated with members of City Hall including Mayor Anthony Silva and Councilmember Moses Zapien where they discussed pharmacy and its impact on the Stockton community. The coordinator of the event, April Nguyen ’16, APhA-ASP Vice President of Legislative Affairs, continued the initiative by collecting patient testimonials regarding the pharmacists’ role in the healthcare team and why legislation regarding pharmacy is important. She emphasized that “we are excited as future pharmacists to continue to serve the community in Stockton through our annual, free flu clinic to celebrate the first Legislative Week at Pacific! We are honored to receive a City Proclamation, issued by the Office of the Mayor, recognizing October as American Pharmacists’ Month and look forward to working with our community as student pharmacists.” During the event, 21 members of the Mayor’s staff were immunized against the flu and learned more about immunizations, vaccine preventable diseases, pharmacy and the role of pharmacists as health care providers.


Student Pharmacists Give Back with Canned Goods and Holiday Cards

In the spirit of the holiday season, student pharmacists dedicated their time to help the homeless by collecting canned food and hand-writing Christmas cards. During the week of November 17 to 21, card stock was made available in the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics and boxes were placed around campus for canned food donations. The students are part of an organization known as the Gleason project which volunteers at the Gospel Center Rescue Mission and Gleason House Medical Center. In the past, the Gleason Project has presented educational materials on health topics such as smoking, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and diabetes. They’ve also hosted a health fair.Gleason House Holiday Card resized

Despite their busy schedules and upcoming finals, the students wanted to give back to the community. Heidi Chung ’17, event organizer, said, “As students, it’s easy to get lost in the frenzy of studying for finals and distance ourselves from the Stockton community. By hosting an outreach event for a local shelter, we hoped to provide an opportunity for students to take a break from studying and make a difference in the community.”

Opportunities to give back do not end with this effort. You can join the students in making a difference by volunteering your time at the center or making a donation. They are always in need of support.

The Gospel Center Rescue Mission aims to provide recovery programs, shelter and other resources to homeless individuals and families in Stockton. The Gleason House Medical Center provides health services to people in the programs, as well as homeless individuals in Stockton. Learn more by visiting


Alumni Spotlight: Camille Camargo ‘13

Camille Camargo ’13 recently returned from a trip to the Philippines. She was a Practicum Facilitator for the School and completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The residency included researching falls prevention in collaboration with Dr. William Kehoe ’95, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Psychology and Director for the Office of Academic Success and Instructional Support. Camargo is currently working at St. Joseph’s Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist. Her trip abroad was an exciting experience as it was her first time traveling alone in a foreign country. Fortunately Camargo speaks Tagalog and was able to communicate with the locals. She was graced with a warm welcome from her hosts.

Dr. Camargo at the University of Phillipines.
Dr. Camargo at the University of Phillipines.

During her residency Camargo talked with Dr. Kehoe about her dream to experience pharmacy education abroad. Thanks to Dr. Kehoe’s contacts with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Camargo planned her trip in addition to talking about it. Dr. Kehoe’s resources proved invaluable. He put Camargo in contact with Dr. Yolanda Robles, former chair of the Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy and former president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in Asia. Dr. Robles planned the itinerary for Camargo’s trip. This included visiting pharmacy schools in Manila and meetings with pharmacists in a variety of hospitals. She is grateful to have received funding from the School thanks to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Program and Dr. Kate O’Dell, Associate Professor and Regional Coordinator for the Stockton Area. The funds covered airfare expenses to and from the Philippines.

“Dr. Robles and I wanted to share my experiences as a past pharmacy resident to the clinical pharmacists in different hospitals,” Camargo said.

In addition Camargo shared her experiences as a pharmacy doctoral student at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with Centro Escolar University (CEU). She hoped to make an impact on pharmacy education in a country where most programs only provide bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy. CEU is the only institution that offers a doctor of pharmacy in the Philippines. She met with University of the Philippines students and discussed creating a Rho Pi Phi International Pharmaceutical Fraternity chapter. Camargo also visited many hospitals including Makati Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Medical City Hospital and Philippine General Hospital. Her presentations to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at the hospitals included “Skills required for a Clinical Pharmacist,” “Attitudes and Skills Required for a Clinical Preceptor: Improving Student Preceptorship” and “Evaluation of Fall Risk Factors and Predictive Ability of Falls in Patients at a Behavioral Health Center.”

“One of the most important things I learned from this trip is that sharing information is very important. I was able to share with them the clinical practices of St. Joseph’s Medical Center and they talked about adopting the same policies. In the same way, they shared information with me about ideas and practices that I think we can benefit from as well.”

Since the beginning of her pharmacy studies Camargo has been fascinated by international pharmacy. She used her experience in the Philippines to learn about the role pharmacists play in developing countries. Camargo hopes to take this newfound knowledge into a career with the Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization. She hopes to eventually work with an international organization to improve the lives of poverty stricken individuals. She is thankful for the School’s support in her endeavors to research international pharmacy practices.


Student Spotlight: Michelle Pham ’15

Michelle Pham_resizedPharmacy student Michelle Pham ’15 recently received the 2014 California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) Student Leadership Award along with seven students at various schools. The award recognizes pharmacy students’ involvement and contribution to the California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the pharmacy profession. Pham said, “It is an honor to receive this award because I admire how the organization advocates for the profession of pharmacy. They played a great role in the movement of Senate Bill 493 which was a monumental moment for pharmacists because it gave us provider status.” She has had the opportunity to contribute to Senate Bill 493 by working with CSHP Headquarters and other CSHP chapters as the President of CSHP-Pacific. The organization helps students to learn about health-system and hospital/clinical pharmacy early in their careers. The organization hosts events such as: the residency panel, residency showcase, and speaker symposiums.

The residency panel allows third-year students, who are currently on rotation and those that have matched with a residency program to share their experience during the residency application and interview process. Programs discussed included: Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Rutgers, Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, and Scripps Memorial Hospital. For residency Showcase, CSHP-Pacific invited residency program directors to present their programs. This year 15 programs participated including: Kaiser Permanente, VA Medical Centers, Children’s Hospital Central California, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Hill Physicians, San Joaquin General Hospital, Santa Clara Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and UC Davis Medical Center. CSHP-Pacific hopes to continue to provide students with opportunities to better prepare themselves for the process of applying to post-graduate training programs in the future.



Faculty Spotlight: Cynthia Valle-Oseguera ’12

Cynthia Valle-Osegura resizedDr. Cynthia Valle-Oseguera ’12 is originally from Mexico but has lived in the Bay Area for over a decade. She obtained her bachelor of science in biotechnology from University of California, Davis and finished her doctor of pharmacy degree with University of the Pacific. She completed her two general post-graduate years at an ambulatory care residency at the Boise VA Medical Center.

Dr. Valle-Oseguera’s inspiration for teaching began during her residency training as she was able to work with the faculty at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. She found the experience to be rewarding because teaching the students improved her clinical skills. She looks forward to giving back to the Stockton community through coordinating Health Care Outreach Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience activities. Dr. Valle-Oseguera will also be assisting in other courses including: geriatrics, Medicare Part D, practicum and a Spanish elective. She has returned as an Assistant Professor because of countless memories that were shared with the School’s outstanding faculty:

“One of my fondest memories was being part of Medicare Part D. There I was able to actively practice the material I was learning while making a big impact in our surrounding communities. I enjoyed the direct patient care and the family feel within our class.”

She attended the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute in October along with Dr. Eric Boyce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Paul Subar (Dentistry) and Dr. Darren Cox (Dentistry).
She attended the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute in October along with Dr. Eric Boyce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Paul Subar (Dentistry) and Dr. Darren Cox (Dentistry).

Dr. Valle-Oseguera’s professional interests include: inter-professional education, team-based patient-centered care, chronic disease state management, pharmacy leadership, and the provision of accessible health care to underserved populations. Her personal interests include exploring the cultural diversity of the bay area, tango dancing, crafts, and live music.



Student Pharmacists Kick Off American Pharmacists Month with Health Fair

Midtown Health Fair_resizedThe Pacific American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) kicked off American Pharmacists Month with a health fair at Midtown Farmers Market in Sacramento. Student pharmacists from University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences collaborated with students from California Northstate University College of Pharmacy to host the event which served over 120 patients and provided over 90 influenza vaccinations. Overall, the health fair reached approximately 500 people in the community.

In addition to providing screenings and vaccinations, the students promoted the profession of pharmacy by initiating the new patient testimonial program which surveyed patients’ perspectives on whether or not pharmacists served as a integral players on the health care team. The survey produced many positive results. One patient stated, “The only time I ever interact (with a pharmacist) is when I pick up my meds. Now that I’ve been able to talk to some, they are very educated, lovely, helpful people.” The students hope to continue this program to further promote the profession and use the information to improve their services.Midtown Health Fair - educational_resized

Event coordinator and current Vice President of Legislative Affairs, April Nguyen ’16, encouraged other students to implement projects they are passionate about, stating “I am excited to pursue my passion for pharmacy with our first APhA-ASP health fair in collaboration with two schools of pharmacy! I am proud to be a part of this profession, where every pharmacist can make a difference in the community with our dedication to improving patient care.” Overall, it was a very successful and educational health fair, and the students are excited to channel this momentum to host future events. Pacific APhA-ASP also held the Legislative Week at Pacific which included speaker events and immunizing the mayor and legislative members.


Rho Pi Phi Brothers Make an Impact in Honduras

Imagine a completely isolated place where crime levels are at an all-time high, where clean running water and basic utilities are a luxury to a select few, where the nearest medical clinic is located a day away by foot. This is the type of territory that few of us would voluntarily set foot in, especially if we were asked to do so during summer vacation. But this kind of place was exactly where several of our own student pharmacists journeyed to this past summer. While the rest of us were lazing around and enjoying our summer vacations, six brothers (Sam Abid ’16, Amanda Chan ’16, Lawrence Chang ’16, George Do ’16, Tina Kwan ’16, and Vickie Nguyen ’16) of the Rho Pi Phi professional pharmaceutical fraternity journeyed to Santa Cruz, Honduras for an annual Global Brigades mission trip. During the week of August 6-13, these six student pharmacists, along with 36 other volunteers, traveled to a remote, rural Honduras community in order to provide basic services to the residents there.

Honduras_group_resizedThe overall purpose of Global Brigades, the organization that facilitated the trip, is to holistically improve a rural community by providing them with support in all aspects, such as medical (dental, pharmaceutical, and gynecological services), architectural, and financial. Basic utilities such as easy access to clean drinking water were also arranged. Santa Cruz, the Honduras community that the volunteers were stationed at, had only a single clinic that was located a day’s walk away. Global Brigades is the community’s only source of healthcare, but the residents only receive a visit from them every three to six months so the services that the students provided to them were greatly needed and appreciated. Abid said that it was an eye opener to see “how much we take things for granted when there are people around the world who don’t have access to basic necessities such as healthcare or water. These people were in desperate need of help and were so grateful that we were trying to help them.”

But even before heading out to Honduras, the road leading up to the trip itself was one that was paved full of obstacles. The initial preparation stage posed its own set of challenges—plenty of fundraising had to be done in order to raise the necessary funds for the trip. Many of the medical supplies that were brought to Honduras were contributions from generous donors, but anything that could not be obtained through donations had to be purchased. Since Rho Pi Phi was not able to hold enough fundraisers to raise the funds needed, a lot of the money that was used to buy the supplies had to come out of the students’ own pockets. This financial burden made it difficult for the students to get everything that they needed for the trip. “That was one of my biggest regrets for the trip,” Kwan said. “We saw how little the residents of Honduras had so I wish we were able to bring more supplies to them, especially since we ran out of a lot of the medications.”

Fast-forward to the date of Wednesday, August 6, 2014—the week of the trip had finally arrived. After spending the first day settling in and getting to know the other volunteers, the students were then immediately thrust into a busy second day of preparing medication for the rest of the week. Supplies were organized, pills were counted, and medicines were sorted into individual packages. As student pharmacists, the knowledge and skills that were gained during their time in pharmacy school greatly helped them in their situation. According to Chan, her familiarity with drug names and functions was able to help her “quickly identify where the drugs are located and what the drugs were used for.” She said that the work she did was also a learning experience in itself since “the medications were in Spanish, so some of the medications varied from the ones we saw here in the states.”Honduras_creek_resized

The next three days of the trip were medical clinic days that allowed student volunteers to directly interact with the patients. Clinic days included triage, where patients would see a board of students and translators and tell them about any symptoms or ailments they had before they were referred to either a doctor or dentist. Students also asked the patients a series of questions (height, weight, blood pressure, family medical history, etc.) in order to obtain and record general background information. Children’s charla—where volunteers taught children the importance of maintaining oral hygiene by providing free toothbrushes and toothpaste and by teaching them a song to more easily help them remember how to brush, as well as adult charla, where patients were taught basic hygiene habits, were also a part of clinic days. Numerous patients walked for miles and lined up for hours just for these medical services and Chang said that when he found out that “in just three days of clinic, we managed to serve 1,046 patients with just 42 students, it was actually quite humbling to know that a small group like us could make such a great impact on a huge community.”

Having accessible, clean water on a daily basis is one thing that none of us had ever had to worry about before. However, to the people of Honduras, this is a luxury that few could afford. Due to the natural rough terrain of Honduras and its lack of paved roads, approximately 40 percent of Hondurans live without having access to clean drinking water. This is why the fifth and last day of service was dedicated to Water Brigades. During this day, the volunteers traveled to a different rural community to help build a water filtration system for the residents there. The lack of clean water throughout the year meant that the community residents had to resort to drinking from unsafe or infested water sources—patients that came in during the clinic days had to be prescribed precautionary parasite medicine in order to combat this. Nguyen said that when she learned that people had to walk for 30 minutes just to reach water and that they had to carry the large jugs home, “it broke my heart because these people had so little and they had to work so hard for something that I sometimes took for granted.” She said that this experience made her “really appreciate the simple things in life” and realized that “as a future pharmacist, I will have the ability to help so many people, not only in my immediate community, but all over the world as well.”

Like most others, Abid said that he originally went on this trip in order to travel somewhere and to try something new, but when he saw how kind and grateful the people acted toward the volunteers for their services, it helped “reaffirm that I chose the right field of study and that the patients should always be the first in my mind.” He recounted that one of his most memorable experiences during the trip was one that occurred when the student volunteers were playing with the children in the orphanage during one of the non-clinic days. According to Abid, one of the volunteers had a camera and was taking pictures of the children to give to them as a gift. After a little boy had his picture taken, he immediately gave the picture to Abid, calling him, “mi amigo” or ‘my friend’ in Spanish. When Abid asked him if he wanted to keep it, the boy replied in Spanish, “I want you to keep it to remember me.” Abid said that “this small act of kindness really stood out to me and showed me that even from someone who doesn’t have much, they are willing to give something away to a complete stranger.”

Kwan agreed with her fellow volunteers when she described the entire trip as a “truly humbling experience.” During the course of the trip, she had the opportunity to look inside the house of one of the community’s residents. Kwan described the house as “a bare, extremely small place with dirt floor and a sheet-metal roof blackened from poor air circulation” and that the “single bedroom where six people were living together only contained two small twin beds.” Kwan felt as though it was a whole other world out there. “People there were living on nothing,” she said. “For a whole week after I came back, it was hard for me to adjust back because it felt like I was living in excess. It made me realize just how much we had compared to them and I wondered what I did to deserve such a luxurious life.”

We often hear people say that we take things for granted, but we don’t come to the actual realization until we are able to witness it firsthand and see the jarring contrast for ourselves. “Seeing the area where some people live and how little they had made me a lot more appreciative of what I had,” Do said. “It really gave me perspective of how much we have and how little they have,” Chan said. “When I am a pharmacist, I want to volunteer myself to missions like these and provide medical care to the under-served. I want to be able to use my knowledge and passion for pharmacy to help those in need.”

Rho Pi Phi participates in the Honduras Global Brigades trip annually. If you wish to partake in an eye-opening experience that will change your worldviews, consider volunteering next year. Or, if you wish, you can choose to start out small with things like donations to fund this trip. It might not seem like much now, but it’s important to remember that it’s the little things we do that help make the biggest difference.











Pacific Student Pharmacists to Receive National Community Service Award

Pacific’s Medicare Part D program will be honored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for its effectiveness in expanding access to affordable healthcare and in improving public health.

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Medicare Part D program was one of only four student-led community engagement programs to receive the 2013-14 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Community Engaged Service Award, a national award sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The award will be presented on July 29 at the closing banquet of the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting. Winning programs were selected because they deliver important information about medication use to consumers and have been proven to expand access to affordable healthcare and improve public health.

RS42516_Kaiser Health Fair 2014 1Each year during the Medicare Part D open enrollment period (October 15–December 7), student pharmacists participate in an ongoing and multidimensional series of Mobile Medicare Health Clinics that enrich the lives and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries in northern/central California. Held in 15 different cities over the past six years, these clinics are targeted to Medicare beneficiaries, the majority of whom are seniors, during the period when they can enroll into or switch their Part D prescription drug plan.

Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06 is the faculty advisor for the program. The student team leader for this grant was Keira Domer ’14 and other student team members included Marise Awad ’14, Shu Lu ’14, Natalie Hajian ’14, Zohal Fazel ’14, Aaron Tran ’14, Janine Lastimosa ’14, Vittoria Ledesma ’14, and Kimberly Kwok ’14. Taking place concurrently with student education and training, faculty work with community partners, such as HUD-subsidized housing complexes, retirement communities and senior centers, to identify host sites for the mobile clinics. They are deployed in a variety of settings to help ensure that students and faculty are able to effectively reach underserved and under-represented populations.

Students provide core clinic services, such as helping patients effectively navigate the healthcare system, better understand their Part D prescription drug benefit, minimize out-of-pocket costs, optimize medication use and avoid vaccine-preventable diseases. In addition, students understand the role that pharmacists, prescribers, the federal government, insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies play in society’s healthcare.RTA_3292

In addition to receiving a commemorative prize, the winning pharmacy schools will each receive $10,000 to be used exclusively to support the expansion of the recognized program or new community engaged service projects at the school. Each team receives a $5,000 financial stipend for enhancing or sustaining the recognized program or for travel support to attend and present their projects at professional meetings. The award also includes a $1,000 stipend for the faculty advisor and up to $2,500 to cover travel, lodging, and registration expenses for one designated student and one faculty advisor to attend the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting.

Learn how students impact the community here.

About AACP
Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, including more than 6,500 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study. Learn more:

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Commencement Engagement Photo Goes Viral

The proposal photo that went viral.
The proposal photo that went viral.

“Hey, 186!” That was the line Michael Tennant ’13 used when he met Janine Latimosa ’14 at a party a few nights after helping her into her room (room 186) because she had locked herself out. Tennant, a resident assistant at that time, and Latimosa first met as undergraduate students at Pacific. Tennant recalled that “she hated me” but couldn’t help being attracted to her smile. Latimosa remembered that Tennant made her laugh throughout the night. “We must’ve talked for hours that night as if we’d been friends forever. Everything just clicked that night. It’s so hard to describe, but since then I looked forward to bumping into him around campus.”

Tennant proposed to Latimosa during the reception after the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in front of family and friends. The proposal was caught on camera and went viral on Facebook with 759 likes, 3 shares, 13 comments, and the numbers are still growing.

“It still blows our minds today! I don’t think he thought about how many people would post pictures and videos or even how popular the picture would be. I’ve always told him that whatever he did to propose, to make sure that there was a picture and I’m so happy I got my picture,” said Latimosa

“I had told my dad that I had this image of me on one knee and her in her cap and gown. I told him I was going to make sure that the picture got captured. Sure enough we nailed it,” added Tennant.Tennant and Latimosa 4 resized

Tennant attended the Doctor of Pharmacy Graduation Banquet Dinner the night before with Latimosa to accept an award in honor of his recognition as Preceptor of the Year. Latimosa was celebrating her graduation from the program. When asked if he was nervous about the proposal,Tennant said “All of our friends and family had known beforehand. It was a bit funny because I think everyone who knew was more nervous than I was.” Tennant also met with Latimosa’s parents to ask for her hand in marriage prior to the proposal.

They have not set a specific wedding date but the couple is planning for their nuptials in summer of 2015 and have considered returning to campus to be married at Morris Chapel. “The biggest hurdle to this was I made Janine promise me to not do any wedding planning or research until after taking the pharmacy board exams,” said Tennant. They are planning a Tahitian honeymoon.




Pacific Without Borders: an International Night

On June 19, 2014, the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) at University of the Pacific welcomed attendees to the Fourth Annual Pacific Without Borders International Night. Sponsored by the Flowers Heritage Foundation and attended by Pacific luminaries, the event was educational and entertaining.

ipsf country exhibit resizedDinner and the showcase of countries, which allowed guests the chance to explore the cultural exhibits, were first on the agenda. Walking the floor of the event allowed attendees an opportunity to sample cuisine and learn about countries ranging from the African, Asian, and European to the American continents. Posters and attendants dressed in the appropriate cultural outfits were on hand to discuss the fine points of each country represented.

A night of multi-cultural appreciation and outreach, the event continued with a rousing introduction on culture and understanding by keynote speaker and Pacific Vice President of Student Life, Patrick Day, who was introduced by the Director of the Multicultural Center, Sergio Acevedo. A lively fashion show followed, and it was a treat not just to the inquisitive mind but to the eye. Colorful ensembles including robes, skirts, gowns, and headdresses were shown. The full list of country exhibits included Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Ghana, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Guam, Caribbean, China, Italy, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The wide range of styles and cultures were beautifully showcased.

Following the crowd-pleasing fashion showcase were the cultural dance performances which certainly is a favorite at such events. Music and dance performances from groups representing China, Mexico, and everywhere in between took the stage to turn up the volume and show their pride. It was hard for attendees not to nod their heads and tap their feet to the beat of each act. Performers displayed choreographed steps in groups, duos and solos, dancing their unique dances in traditional outfits to traditional beats.ipsf fashion show resized

The Fraternity Cook-off Competition followed, and a hot culinary competition commenced. Judges for this event included Dr. Katerina Venderova, Dr. Ed Rogan, Dr. Myo-Kyoung Kim and Dr. Mamoun Alhamadsheh. A twist on the competition was that each fraternity had to incorporate the secret ingredients, mango and sweet potatoes, into their main dish. When the dust had settled and all dishes had been sampled, the Rho Pi Phi fraternity came out on top, though it was a close contest with a good showing for the field. The night concluded with raffles, and once prizes were awarded it was time for all to depart.

The Pacific Without Borders Planning Committee worked diligently to put this cultural event together. All the proceeds went to support a local charity, Gleason Clinic. The evening had the fine showing the event is known for and the committee looks forward to the fifth annual event as they continue this fine tradition into 2015 and beyond!