Dr. Gregory Sawyer
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Since arriving at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, I have been very impressed by the enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism of the student body. I have also been impressed by the level of commitment that the student organizations have for participating in the community through service learning events. In addition to the wonderful student body, I have had the great pleasure of working with the dedicated and compassionate staff in the Office of Student Affairs. I have also had the pleasure of meeting many of the staff, faculty and administrators in the College and I look forward to meeting more of them as I continue in my new role.
My family and I are delighted to be here and we have been warmly welcomed into our community and at the College. We have enjoyed exploring the area, visiting the beach and eating delicious seafood. We are grateful to have this opportunity and I am excited to be working for the College and with the professional student pharmacists.
2012-2013 Pharmacy Student Council President
Welcome back, Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy!
I hope that all of you had a great summer and are ready for the next year of your education as a student pharmacist!
First of all to my fellow Class of 2014 members, I cannot believe we are already P4s. I feel like we were just where the Class of 2017 is now… excited and anxious about our next four years at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy.
Class of 2016, be confident. Best of luck on your IPPE rotations this year, I know you all will represent our school well out there! You may feel like you still have a while to go in your education, but I guarantee it will go by very quickly.
Class of 2015, try hard not to get “P3-itis.” I know how exciting it is to be almost done with the classroom and out on rotations, but P3 year is definitely not something to overlook. Enjoy the time with your class, you’ll miss everyone next year! Keep going strong and I hope you are enjoying the “big kids’ room!”
Finally, Class of 2017, I may not get to meet many of you, but some advice that I can offer is to take in all you can over the next four years. Our faculty and staff are amazing and full of knowledge, absorb as much as you can. Take it one week (sometimes one day) at a time. What I didn’t know as a P1 was that I would be making lifelong friends and colleagues. Help each other and enjoy your time in pharmacy school.
I hope everyone has a great year and you accomplish everything you set out to do!
Dr. Mike De Luna
Class of 2011, Alumni Association – Chair
Dear Alumni and Friends,
On Aug. 5, 2013, I became a P1 again. I picked up an orientation packet, sat down a few chairs away from my old spot in room 132, and I went through pre-orientation for half the day. The Class of 2017 was sitting down, getting to know each other and finding ways to battle the August humidity of South Texas. Of course, I was not there to re-enroll in the pharmacy program, but I was there to invest in our future as an association. More importantly, I was there to share with them the pride and honor that has grown within me as the years go by after pharmacy school. I have met several of our students as they proceed through the fourth-year rotations, and many as residents and co-workers. The students continue to be well-mannered, highly educated and represent the College well. This to me is a sure sign that the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy has kept its promise in delivering high quality pharmacists to the world. I hope to find you in good spirits as I greet you through this inaugural newsletter, and hope to share with you some information about the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.
As an Alumni Association, we are very young, and those who helped start it know this as much as I do. Some of you may not even know that you are already members of this Alumni Association or have forgotten this fact. Frankly, I don’t blame you. We are so young that at the moment we are fueled by goals, ideas and the hopes of what will one day come to fruition. The first step we are taking is trying to connect to all of our alumni, both through electronic mail and this newsletter. I hope you take time to read what is presented to you and to continue to follow up with our activities. As we connect and keep in touch, I hope the values of the Alumni Association will begin to spread. This is in part why I spoke to the P1’s so early on in their careers, and why I am writing this letter to you.
You are a member simply because you graduated, but I am asking that you take another step, if you so choose. Ask yourself: “Is there anything I could do to help give back to the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy?” This is a question I asked myself when deciding to take the position of Alumni Chair, and, to be honest, there was silence at first. I could not think of anything that didn’t involve donating money. I left it alone for a few days, but then a pharmacy student who I mentor asked me to review her curriculum vitae and had questions about rotations. An avalanche of ideas hit me on how I could help “give back” to my College without writing a check. We often forget that “time” is an extremely valuable currency. I took the position and since then have donated some of my time to the College by speaking to the graduates of 2013, the Class of 2017 and brainstorming with administrators to help set up activities. I know what I am asking for at the moment may be unreasonable for some, especially if your family has just begun to grow or your priorities lie elsewhere. I am simply looking to spark the idea in some of you that we can give back in other ways and all of it is appreciated. Once you make the decision to give back and get involved, we will step in and give that desire direction.
Involvement in our association will be sought out for board membership (executive and non-executive), community service activities (in Kingsville and surrounding areas), regional alumni gatherings to meet other alumni in your area, Professional Development seminars, editing the alumni newsletter, or any number of activities that will help make our association strong and active in the further development of our students and our College. If you have any questions about the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Alumni Association, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leslie Currie at email@example.com. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.