Students in Action



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Hundreds enjoy diversity, health education at Extravaganza

The Kingsville community sampled the tastes, heard the sounds and experienced the cultures of the world at the 2014 International Extravaganza on April 26 at Santa Gertrudis School. Many regions were represented – Europe, Asia, India, the Islands, Mexico and South America. The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy students exchanged ethnic foods, shared an understanding of the health benefits of these ethnic foods, shared multilingual lyrics and music, and played multicultural games that originated in different parts of the world. The event, sponsored by a diversity grant from Walgreens, was coordinated through the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy student cultural diversity committee.

Students, faculty rewarded at TSHP seminar

Students, faculty and staff of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy shined at the 2014 Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Seminar Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13, at The Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. Katie Kidd of Menard, Texas, third-year professional student pharmacist, won first place in the disease state management competition. Mike De Luna, Pharm.D., Class of 2011, received the 2014 Pharmacy Mentor Award. De Luna is the Alumni Chair for the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy and an oncology pharmacist at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in the Vasicek Cancer Center in Temple, Texas. Jesse Castillo, Pharm.D., Class of 2014, of Fort Worth, Texas, received the 2013 TSHP Research and Education Foundation Eustacio Galvan Memorial Scholarship for the second time. Purvi Patel, Pharm.D., Class of 2014, of Gatesville, Texas, received the TSHP Research and Education Foundation Phyllis B. Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship. Madeline King, Pharm.D., Class of 2014, of La Porte, Texas, received the TSHP Research and Education Foundation Jon Peyton Hudlow Memorial Scholarship. Justin Shanks of Houston and Bryan Donald of Corpus Christi, Texas, each received an honorable mention in the second-year professional student pharmacist section of the Clinical Skills Competition. More than 60 people attended the Alumni & Friends Social and Dean’s Town Hall reception on April 11.

Dau, Douglas receive Walmart scholar award

Nhu Quyen Dau of Sugar Land, Texas, third-year professional student pharmacist with the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, and Charles Douglas, Ph.D., MBA, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, were one of 85 student and faculty mentor pairs chosen from applicants across the nation for the Walmart Scholars Program. Dau and Douglas received $1,000 in travel scholarships to attend the 2014 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in July in Grapevine, Texas.

sTPA offers students leadership symposium

Several Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy students discussed the expanding roles of pharmacists and how to effectively lobby state legislature for bills supportive of pharmacists at the 2014 Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) Leadership Symposium in Austin. TPA sponsored free memberships. Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy won second place in the TPA canned food drive contest, due largely to the efforts of Jessica Schneider, TPA’s student board director.

Students share health care information at NASK air show

More than 30 Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy students participated in the 2014 Wings Over South Texas air show at the Naval Air Station Kingsville. Students provided blood pressure screenings and health education materials. In addition, the college joined the Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a photo booth.

Nkwocha receives Dallas area scholarship

Elizabeth Nkwocha, second-year professional student pharmacist, was awarded a Dallas Area Pharmacy Association 2014 Scholarship for $500. Nkwocha’s application demonstrated her achievements and involvement in pharmacy school, the student chapter of the Texas Pharmacy Association and community activities.

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Students reach community at Kleberg County Health Fair

The Kleberg County Health Fair, sponsored by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, took place at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg in Kingsville. About 50 students performed blood pressure and glucose checks and various health educational activities for the community. Melissa Hinojosa, fourth-year professional student pharmacist, was featured in the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) newsletter. She wrote an article during her Compounding Pharmacy Management Services rotation at PCCA in Houston. This newsletter was sent to pharmacies in the U.S. and Canada that use PCCA’s Management Services. Pictured below, Jessica Schneider, fourth-year professional student pharmacist, received the Texas Pharmacy Foundation scholarship at the Texas Pharmacy Association Conference & Expo Awards Luncheon in San Marcos, Texas. Sasha Cruz, second-year professional student pharmacist, received the TSHP Research & Education Foundation Celso and Matiana M. Cuéllar Sr. Scholarship. Jacob George, fourth-year professional student pharmacist, received the TSHP Research & Education Foundation Glenda Lawson McRee Scholarship.

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20 teams compete in pharmacy challenge

A record 20 teams of three students each – 60 professional student pharmacists – competed in the quiz-bowl style competition format in the 2014 ACCP Local Clinical Pharmacy Challenge was at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. The first place team, Brittany Bateman, Lauren DeLoach, Reid Grobe, advanced to represent the college as they compete in the virtual ACCP National Clinical Pharmacy Challenge.

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Texas A&M Health Science Center CEO receives flu vaccine at student event

Pictured at right, Brett Giroir, M.D., Texas A&M Health Science Center executive vice president and CEO, received his flu vaccine in College Station from Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy fourth-year student Ryan Pinkston.

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Students take back pounds of old, unwanted drugs

Pictured at right, professional student pharmacists volunteered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a TAKE BACK drive at eight locations in the Corpus Christi area. Community members brought in old or unwanted prescription medications. The DEA collected a total of 1,152.5 pounds of prescription medications. Nina Brinkley-Abraham successfully defended her Master of Science thesis on “Lindane Exposure Impairs Ca2+-Mediated Vascular Reactivity” at Texas Southern University on research she completed in the laboratory of Bret Bessac, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Sarai Salinas obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) in biological and health sciences. Sarai completed her thesis on “Electrophysiological Characterization of the Drosophila ERG K+ Channel” as part of the collaboration between TAMUK and the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. TAMUK professors, Rudolf Bohm, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Enrique Massa, Ph.D., associate professor, teamed up with Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy’s Bret Bessac, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, for the project after receiving a grant in 2012 to complete the research.