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A recently completed survey highlighted the growing food insecurities among our pharmacy students. Our Alumni Advisory Board is tackling this issue and is developing a support strategy that includes building a “toolbox” for all pharmacy students that contains budgeting information, healthy inexpensive meal planning, and that also creates an emergency discretionary Dean’s fund, with alumni board oversight, to support student success in the face of financial challenge impacting their well-being. The need for student support has accelerated as a result of the pandemic. Loss of full and part-time jobs and other challenges have highlighted the growing need for resources to keep our students and their families healthy and successful.
Special thank you to the Food Fueling Success initiative Ad Hoc Committee chairs, Nancy Louie Lee ('79), Katie LaRue ('18), and Entrepreneurial Academy Alumni Advisor, Adam Gattis ('20), for spearheading this initiative. Please follow the link below to read their letter to OSU College of Pharmacy Alumni & Friends of the College, on being involved regarding food insecurity and our pharmacy students.
We named this initiative “Pat’s Crock Pots” after faculty member Pat Chase made the inaugural donation for our slow cooker fund. Alumni will have the opportunity to fund a student with a slow cooker and ingredients for three days of healthy meals. Students will learn to cook these meals in our Culinary Compounding Classes.
Benny's Beans includes a food pantry in both Corvallis and Portland for our students housed in our Advisors' offices. Students are able to discreetly go into the offices to get a small meal or snack items in between classes. The Alumni Advisory Board in collaboration with our Women in Pharmacy group is creating an OSU College of Pharmacy Cookbook. The recipes featured will all come from our alumni and past or current faculty! All proceeds will help stock the food pantries and purchase more Crock Pot Kits.
Alumni and Ad Hoc committee chairs Nancy Louie Lee ('79) and Katie LaRue ('19) have offered to host “Culinary Compounding Classes” each term to tackle teaching our students inexpensive slow cooker meal planning! The Student Crock Pot Kits, available for purchase online at our BeaveRxStore.com, will supply students with all the materials needed to participate in the class. During this time of social distancing, we are offering Virtual Culinary Compounding Classes to students.
Student Crock Pot Kits: You can sponsor a student Crock Pot Kit online on our BeaveRxStore.com. For $50 one student will receive a crock pot, food adequate to prepare three healthy meals that produce 4-8 servings each, participation in one of our Virtual Culinary Compounding Classes, and information about local assistance resources.
OSU College of Pharmacy logoed mask: The Entrepreneurial Academy with the help of Alumni Advisory Board member Adam Gattis (’20), hosted a student mask design contest this fall. The winning mask design sells for $8.40 with $2.33 from the sale of each mask going toward the purchase of additional Student Crock Pot Kits. The masks can be purchased on the BeaveRxStore.com.
Coming Soon- The OSU College of Pharmacy Cookbook: The Alumni Advisory Board in collaboration with our Women in Pharmacy group is creating an OSU College of Pharmacy Cookbook. The recipes featured will all come from our alumni and past or current faculty! All proceeds will help stock the food pantries and purchase more Crock Pot Kits.
Projects which provide support to benefit current OSU College of Pharmacy Pharm.D students and alumni.
Provides opportunities to assist OSU College of Pharmacy students in building their professional wardrobe by offering resources that will allow them to obtain clothing items that can be worn during job interviews and in a professional workplace.
This inspiring group of women pharmacy leaders and OSU College of Pharmacy alumni have been meeting annually since 2014. Our Women in Pharmacy strive to engage with the College's extensive alumni network in order to bring together women pharmacists, students, and friends on important initiatives that will add value to student and alumni success.