Spotlight: Annie Lozano

annieAnnie Lozano of Premont, Texas

Unselfishness can go a long way.

Annie Lozano of Premont, Texas, joined several of her colleagues prior to Thanksgiving in 2013 at the Kingsville food pantry to assist the community. A mother who waited hours in the parking lot for food particularly touched her heart.

“As I was carrying the turkey and canned goods to her car, she told me she had been in line since 7:30 in the morning,” Lozano said. “With the cold, rainy weather, I couldn’t help but get a little teary eyed because she spent about eight hours sitting outside to provide a turkey dinner for her family.

“There are so many things we take for granted in life, and this particular event helped me see that,” she said. “Some of us are fortunate enough to drive to the store and wait in line for a short while, but there are others who have to wait hours, sometimes in bad weather, to provide for their family. Therefore, it is our duty to make sure that we help others in time of need.”

For her unselfish community service for this and similar events, the faculty at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy awarded Lozano with the Kleberg Bank Community Service Award. Joe Henkel, president and CEO of Kleberg Bank, presented Lozano the award on May 20 at the College Awards for her outstanding and unselfish civic, community and church volunteer service, outside the scope of regular pharmacy practice.

“This rewarding experience made me realize that a simple act of kindness can really change someone’s life,” Lozano said. “In this case, we were able to make sure families celebrated the Thanksgiving.”

Throughout her pharmacy education, Lozano had several leadership positions including Operation Diabetes co-chair for American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). As diabetes co-chair, she reinforced her patient-counseling skills, raised diabetes awareness and promoted healthy lifestyles. Lozano said her preceptors encouraged and challenged her to come out of her comfort zone. “They provided me with the skills and processes to analyze and dispense safe and effective therapy for patients,” she said.

She won first place in the APhA-ASP and Texas Pharmacy Association Patient Counseling Competitions in January and April 2014 at the college.

At the College Awards on May 20, the faculty also presented Lozano with the Award of Excellence in Clinical Communication, recognizing high academic achievement and superior verbal and written clinical communication skills.

Lozano provided health care to the underserved population in Laredo, Texas, at Happy Hands and Feet, a mission of the Baptist Student Ministries at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Students performed patient screenings, physical exams and provided immunizations and medications at no charge to patients. In addition, each person who attended was provided donations that included a bag of groceries and clothing items.

“This was a humbling experience, which allowed me to give to others and provide compassionate care to those in need,” she said.

Serving as the president of Phi Lambda Sigma strengthened her leadership skills. She organized multiple events throughout the year including an etiquette dinner, student organization retreat and induction ceremony. Lozano’s fellow colleagues awarded her with the Phi Lambda Sigma Graduate Leadership Award for her characteristics of a leader along with a record of outstanding accomplishments in promoting and advancing pharmacy.

Lozano said the experience at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has fueled her passion for unselfishly caring for others in the role of a community pharmacist. “I hope to one day inspire my fellow colleagues to practice with passion, so that we as professionals can inspire our patients to lead long, healthy lives,” she said.