Students in action

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The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) provided blood pressure screenings and shared educational materials with Kleberg County residents Aug. 31 at the Centennial Kleberg County Celebration at J.K. Northway Center at Dick Kleberg Park.

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Grant to support county health fair

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy was one of 119 Coastal Bend nonprofit programs to receive part of more than $700,000 from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. “The $5,000 contribution will allow us to obtain cholesterol and blood glucose testing equipment to be used at a Kleberg County Health Fair,” said Indra K. Reddy, Ph.D., professor and founding dean. “This project will educate our community and provide a hands-on learning opportunity for our professional student pharmacists.” The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is planning a health fair for residents of Kleberg County to help with personal health metrics and offer guidance, counseling and strategies to help them live healthier and happier lives. The city of Kingsville is the largest municipality in Kleberg County and has a reported uninsured population of nearly 24 percent, with more than 26 percent of the community living below the poverty line.

siaNAACP Health Fair at Del Mar College

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy professional student pharmacists participated in the NAACP citywide Health Fair at Del Mar College on Sept. 28. The free event included 75 vendors who offered health information and a variety of free services such as cholesterol tests, diabetes check, bone density check and a body fat analysis.

siaStudents elect Pharmacy Student Council

The leaders for the Pharmacy Student Council were elected to serve the student body. Javier Saenz, third-year professional student pharmacist, was elected to serve as president of the Pharmacy Student Council. Amanda Kennedy, second-year professional student pharmacist, will serve as vice president. Bryan Donald, second-year professional pharmacy student, will serve as secretary and Mahmoud Sabawi, third-year professional pharmacy student, will serve as treasurer.

 

siaClass of 2011 grad shares about new practitioners

Mike De Luna, Pharm. D., pharmacist with Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, spoke with professional student pharmacists with Student Society of Health-system Pharmacy (SSHP) on behalf of the New Practitioner Executive Committee on Oct. 23 at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy.

siasiaClinical skills winners to advance to state

The top three finishing teams from the tightly contested 2013 ASHP Local Clinical Skills on Sept. 25-26 were: first place: Amber Bacak, Ashley Fox; second place: Regina Roy, Marium Kabir; third place: Rachel Musgrove, Kim Evans. Nineteen teams competed with students from all four classes being represented in the two-part case-based competition. As the winning team, Bacak and Fox will represent the college at the 2013 ASHP National Clinical Skills competition in Orlando, Fla., at the 2013 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December.

siaStudents take back drugs in community

Several of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy students helped to take back drugs at various locations in the Coastal Bend area Oct. 26. In the four previous Take-Back events, the DEA in conjunction with our state, local and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medication removing them from circulation. Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy students who participated in the Coastal Bend area were: Annie Lozano, Adaku Onwubuya, Jennifer Hicks, Daniel Benavides, Katie K. Taylor, Daniel Tapia, Gordon Ang, Lori Watkins, Chelsea Garcia, Kris Newman, Monica Partida, Adam Villarreal, Paul Trevino, Wingyee Sin, Matthew Untermeyer, Hoa Ngo, Samantha Perales, Jennifer Guerrero, Melinda Villarreal, Bryan Hildebrandt, Bryan Kerr, and Christine Kim.

siaStudents donate more than 700 cans of food

More than 700 cans of food were collected by the professional student pharmacists at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. They are competing with fellow pharmacy schools in Texas. Jessica Schneider, third-year professional student pharmacist, led the effort for the Texas Pharmacy Association Canned Food Drive. The students collected canned food donations for two weeks in hopes of donating as much food to those in need in Kingsville that they could. But the giving did not stop there. The faculty at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy matched the students’ donations. “I suggested we match the student donations because I feel like it is the least that we can do,” said Ayman Hamouda, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences. “Why tell the students that it is good to give back, but not do it ourselves. As a staff member, I feel like we do not need to be thanked for what we are doing, we do not deserve the recognition. The students are doing all of the work.” The students gave the donations to the First Baptist Church in Kingsville, Texas, for the annual holiday food distribution. Food boxes, including a turkey dinner, will be distributed to the community Nov. 25 for the holiday. “The first Saturday of each month we distribute food to the community,” Linda Koehler, financial secretary at the church. When the church first started in 2010, there was a small number of families who needed the donations. “Now we are serving more than 100 families each month. We are hoping that this Thanksgiving we can help out at least 200. We want to give to those that are really in need.”

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Students support diabetes awareness day

Rebekah Martinez, chair for the SNPhA Diabetes Committee, encouraged students to wear a shade of blue, a color that represents diabetes awareness, for Diabetes Awareness Day. The professional student pharmacists at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy wore blue clothing in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Day on Nov. 14.

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First-year students share health topics at fair

Seventh annual IPPE P1 Health Fair in the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy lobby. First-year professional student pharmacists have been working in groups this fall semester to create pamphlets and posters on the Healthy People Health Disparities 2020 topics to present the public. The project was a joint collaboration between four first-year classes: Clinical Communications, Intro to Patient Care, IPPE and Pharmacoepidemiology/Public Health. This event is every fall semester giving first-year students an opportunity to share information on health care related topics.