Penny Wars

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The battle lines were drawn on Nov. 18 as the college prepared for war – penny war. The winning class won an hour of free time Jan. 16.

The collective effort of the Class of 2015, Class of 2016, Class of 2017 and the faculty and staff raised a total of $1,533.27 for the Dr. James Robertson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Although the faculty and staff jug contained the most pennies and the most total money, the sum of positive points and negative points of the jugs fell into the Class of 2015’s favor.

The contribution to the scholarship fund was accomplished by working together toward a common goal. In other words, “Team Work Makes the Dream Work.”

In memory of James Robertson Jr., Ph.D., and his legacy at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, professional student pharmacists are organizing the Ties and Tennis Shoes Memorial 5K Walk/Run on Feb. 21, 2014. Through the event, penny wars and a T-shirt contest, students aim to raise enough funds for the Dr. James Robertson Jr. Memorial Fund to provide an endowed scholarship in honor of Robertson.

Several students submitted T-shirt designs. The winner of the design contest was Angela Nguyen, third-year professional student pharmacist. The Class of 2015 received 2,000 pennies for the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Penny Wars. The T-shirt will be worn by patrons at the event. The student-driven competitions were intended to increase awareness and excitement about the upcoming 5K and raise additional funds to support the memorial scholarship.

The Penny Wars were Nov. 18 to Nov. 26 between the three classes, faculty and staff currently at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. Each of the three classes, faculty and staff had jars in the Dean’s Office and place pennies it their respective jars counting as positive points.

The Class of 2015 will have one free pass on the Dean’s Forum on Jan. 16.

The competitive part was that other classes and faculty will be able to place nickels, dimes, quarters, bills and checks into the other jars counting as negative points. After tallying the positive and negative points, the winner of the penny wars was revealed and all funds went toward the Dr. James Robertson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Robertson was a cornerstone at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. He died after complications from pneumonia on Nov. 21, 2012, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“A student oriented event would make Dr. Robertson smile,” said Kelsi Gulick, third-year professional student pharmacist. “After all, Dr. Robertson loved his students and this school.”

To register for the 5K Walk/Run, please go to Ties & Tennis Shoes Memorial 5K Walk/Run at http://www.active.com/kingsville-tx/running/ties-and-tennis-shoes-memorial-5k-run-walk-2014