New Current Initiative: Food Fueling Success

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 fundwith 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.

Thank you to our alumni and faculty who purchased 67 Crock Pot Kits by January 2021, and helped us meet our first milestone goal! This will provide a Crock Pot Kit to every current P1 Pharmacy student. Our first Virtual Cooking Class is scheduled for Saturday, February 13th!   
Our second milestone goal: Purchase of an additional 80 Crock Pot Kits to prepare for the incoming P1 class Fall of 2021. 

A letter from our Alumni Advisory Board 

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.  


Food Fueling Success Components 

Pat's Crock Pots

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

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. 

Culinary Compounding Classes

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, 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. 

Sponsor a pharmacy student & purchase a Crock Pot Kit!

Student Crock Pot Kits: You can sponsor a student Crock Pot Kit online on our 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. 

Purchase Crock Pot Kit HERE

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  

Purchase Mask HERE

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.

OSU Women in Pharmacy Initiatives 

Rx for Success- "Dress for Success"

Projects which provide support to benefit current OSU College of Pharmacy Pharm.D students and alumni. 

Current Initiative: Dress for Success 

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.

"Many pharmacy students, including myself, struggle when it comes to choosing items of clothing that are both comfortable and appropriate for professional settings such as a job interview or workplace. Rx for Success and our community partnerships provide a great resource for those students to gain access to clothing experts who can help us learn what is appropriate professional attire and how to choose items that work best for us as individuals." Sami Vosika ('21)

A Look Back at OSU Women in Pharmacy

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.  

Susan Poole ('69), Women in Pharmacy Chair discussing the history of Women in Pharmacy with the 2019 Women in Pharmacy Luncheon attendees 

Learn more about Women in Pharmacy HERE