Message from the Dean
As we begin 2014, I think of the endless possibilities that a new year brings to us. The possibility of picking a new hobby or ending a bad habit; the possibility of learning a new skill or gaining proficiency; the possibility of traveling to new places or getting in better shape; the possibility of beginning new relationships or improving family and work relationships. Irrespective of these possibilities, a new year always presents an opportunity to define who we are and who we eventually aspire to become.
For the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, this new year presents exciting opportunities to establish a second campus in Bryan-College Station, enhance our student educational and learning experiences on our two campuses, and strengthen the college’s research enterprise through our strategic collaborative partnerships.
As you are aware, a substantive change (notification) request for the campus expansion was submitted to the ACPE. Our submission is currently under review by the ACPE and will be considered at its board meeting Jan. 15-19, 2014. Anticipating a successful outcome from the ACPE Board Review (i.e., authorization of an on-site visit), the college continues to make significant strides on many fronts. I plan to share the college updates and progress notes with you through a dedicated link on our website for this purpose.
We look forward to a new and exciting year of expanding our program, improving patient care, expressing compassion to those we serve, building competence in our students, strengthening our collaborations with education and health care providers, and striving to improve the quality of life to our community, South Texas and beyond. Our commitment to our core values (5Cs) is what makes our college so unique and special.
I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year. I hope that individually and collectively we capture some of the enormous possibilities that 2014 brings to us. I wish each of you and your families a very happy, healthy and productive new year. Cheers.
Cheri D. Shipman