4 posts categorized "Leadership"


More Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni Achievements

Karin Richards, chair of the department of kinesiology, presented at the Regional Conference on Aging on the topic Calm Minds, Active Bodies.

She will also be presenting at on “Applying Behavior Change Techniques” at a workshop in Richmond Virginia.

Richards was also selected as a master trainer by the American Council on Exercise for applying behavior change techniques

 Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, director of the post-professional doctor of occupational therapy program, has been invited to give the keynote address for the New York State Occupational Therapy Association conference on November 5.

 Dorela Priftanji PharmD’17 was awarded the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists Student of the Year Award at the annual assembly.

 Several faculty members and former colleagues were published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 80, Issue 7. “Variables Affecting Pharmacy Students’ Patient Care Interventions during Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences” was a collaborative effort of Laura Bio PharmD, Brandon Patterson PharmD, PhD, Shanta Sen PharmD, Angela Bingham PharmD, Jane Bowen PharmD, Ben Ereshefsky PharmD, and Laura Siemianowski PharmD.

Jim Holaska PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, recently published two articles listed below. One of the articles was a comprehensive review of diseases associated with mutations in nuclear envelope proteins and the proposed disease mechanisms. The second review focused on the cellular function of one of these proteins named emerin and how mutations in this protein cause muscle disease.

  1. Holaska, J. M. 2016. Diseases of the Nucleoskeleton. Comprehensive Physiology. 6:1655–1674.
  2. Collins, C. M., Nee, K. A. and Holaska, J. M. 2016. The Nuclear Envelope Protein Emerin and Its Interacting Proteins. eLS. 1–9.

Jessica Adams PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, attended the 6th Clinical Pharmacy Summit in Manila, Philippines Sept 16-18th as faculty for ACCP. She presented on HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, opportunistic and fungal infections, and intra-abdominal infections to a group of pharmacists from the Philippine Pharmacists Association who are preparing to take the BCPS exam.

Amy Jessop PhD, MPH, associate professor of health policy and public health, and a recent grad, Muhamed Gashat MPH ’16 penned a paper entitled "Barriers to HCV Treatment in Methadone Users" was highlighted on the National Aids Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP.ORG).

 Evana Patel PhB'16 won best paper in her session at the Academy of Business Research Fall 2016 Conference in Atlantic City


Kappa Phi Gamma Sisters Raise Hundreds for Cancer Research

Care weekThe sisters of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. at University of the Sciences hosted their third annual C.A.R.E. (Cancer Awareness: A Real Effort) Week on March 16-19—raising nearly $1,000 for cancer research. As part of a nationwide tradition that occurs at every chapter of Kappa Phi Gamma, C.A.R.E Week at USciences commemorated the sorority’s national philanthropy, cancer awareness. All proceeds collectively raised across the United States benefited the Bite Me Cancer Foundation.

“We thank everyone who came and supported us during our C.A.R.E. Week,” said Rebecca Vayalumkal PharmD’18, a sister of Kappa Phi Gamma. “Through the campus community’s cooperation, we will be making a significant difference in teens who have cancer.”

The Virginia-based nonprofit, Bite Me Cancer Foundation, was established in September 2010 by Nikki Ferraro after she was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer at the young age of 17. Within the two weeks following her diagnosis in April 2010, Ferraro led a Relay for Life team called “Bite Me Cancer” and experienced immediate success with the team's name. When Ferraro decided to create a foundation, she chose to continue the legacy of her team's name to raise awareness and research funds for thyroid cancer.

C.A.R.E. Week at USciences started off with a kick off rally on Monday, March 16. The sisters of Kappa Phi Gamma shared Ferraro’s story and discussed the purpose of C.A.R.E week with guests, as well as hosted games at six different stations. Participants had opportunities to win raffle tickets at each station, and prizes included gift cards to City Tap House, Olive Garden, Honest Toms and Royals. Guests also enjoyed a nacho bar provided by Qdoba. (The photo booth was a big hit at this event!)

A candlelight vigil united several members of sororities and fraternities across campus on March 17. Members of the audience also shared their personal stories of how cancer has affected them and their families.

“We shared what our philanthropy is with the rest of the audience and why it is so near and dear to our hearts,” said Vayalumkal. “After we informed everyone about cancer awareness, we had a moment of silence to honor all those people that either had cancer or are currently battling it.”

Members of other sororities and fraternities also joined Kappa Phi Gamma in making cards for children battling cancer during a service event on March 18. Participants were able to use their creativity to make cards that will hopefully put smiles on the faces of children with cancer.

C.A.R.E Week wrapped up on March 19 with a Big/Little Competition, featuring duos from different Greek organizations at USciences. Members put together lists of questions to ask both the big and little duos representing their respective sororities or fraternities. Depending on how many of their answers matched up, participants would get points. The first-place winners received two $25 gift cards to MadMex restaurant. In addition to proceeds raised throughout the week from selling buttons across campus, the sorority also hosted fundraising opportunities with Insomnia cookies and Copabanana.

Taste of India

3by Maitri Patel PharmD'18 is the Public Relations chair for Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority Inc.

On April 9, 2015, Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority Inc. at USciences held a cultural event called “Taste of India.” Sisters of the sorority made a popular dishes from various states of India that exemplified the different spices and crops famous to that region.

Following a short presentation on India’s culture and food, attendees were encouraged to walk around the room and “taste” a part of India. Each station had a poster board of the state, which included the state’s population, an interesting fact, and the food they are most known for. The poster also included information on what the main dish was made from. Several of the attendees enjoyed experiencing different foods and were very interested in their origin. Over 50 people attended the event, and the sorority hopes to make this an annual event.

Kappa Phi Gamma held this event in order to promote cultural awareness, as it is one of their eight principles which are: Character, Leadership, Scholarship, Sisterhood, Service, Culture, Womanhood, and Self. This event highlighted an important fact that although India is one nation, each state has a different dialect, food, and culture, that makes each of them unique. Although India is a very diverse country, its uniqueness is forged together by common bond, and similar passions by its people. In the same way, Kappa Phi Gamma hopes to promote an understanding of cultural diversity on campus, as well as unity between different people of different backgrounds.

The sorority also recently hosted its annual C.A.R.E. Week, where we were able to raise over $800 for Bite Me Cancer.



USciences Student Leadership Opportunities

By Mehreen Dharsee PharmD’16, PCP Student Council member

As a fifth-year pharmacy student, I can say my experience at University of the Sciences has equipped me well in pursuing my goals.  The pharmacy field appealed to me because it combined my interests of science and helping others. During high school and early college years, I was hesitant to hold leadership positions; however, in my third year, I decided to run for presidency of Circle K, the community service organization on campus. A majority of students at USciences will enter careers where they will be helping patients every day.  I believed providing students with opportunities to help and interact with those in the Philadelphia community would serve as a jumpstart to their careers.

As Circle K president, I delegated tasks to the various executive board (e-board) members and followed up to completion. Establishing timelines and assigning tasks based off members’ strengths was essential. Additionally, constant communication and considering input from all members attributed to the success of the various events.

Circle K was involved volunteering at fundraisers and walks, canned food drives, and creating decorations for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  We also volunteered with the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy during holidays. A personal favorite of many students and mine was the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Approximately 20 students attended the walk and interacted with breast cancer survivors and their families.  Our group participated in volunteering with registration, handing out drinks and snacks to runners, and preparing gift bags for survivors. Several students stated that this was one of their favorite experiences at USciences thus far, and I was happy that Circle K was able to coordinate this event.

I gained skills such as time management, problem solving, communication, and delegation as Circle K President.  This leadership position was the foundation for my involvement in other organizations on campus such as PCP Student Council, American Pharmacist’s Association, as well as off-campus experiences. The skills and experiences as president of an organization are invaluable and will be utilized throughout my remaining years at USciences, as well as my career. A suggestion to all, do not hesitate to get involved on campus. A leadership position is not only educational, but also enjoyable and rewarding. It will help you reach your full potential no matter what career path you choose.

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