HPU Pharmacy Students Join Campus and Community

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During a day of service, pharmacy students organized books at D-UP, a nonprofit organization on Washington Street dedicated to keeping kids active. Pictured from left to right are students Kimberly Varner of Raleigh, Baily Coble of Kernersville and Cathy Le of Jamestown, all sorting books at D-UP.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 21, 2018 – High Point University welcomed its third cohort of pharmacy students in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, the Triad’s only pharmacy school.

The 59 students and their families joined faculty as they were officially welcomed into the profession at the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 19, held inside the Callicutt Auditorium in Congdon Hall. The white coat, worn by medical professionals, is often seen as a symbol of authority, purity, professionalism, caring and trust.

“I am pleased to welcome our third cohort of future pharmacists to the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Ronald Ragan, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “This class will contribute thousands of hours of compassionate care in the community of High Point and the surrounding region. Their impact will leave a lasting mark on many people and will inspire those around them.”

Students also dedicated Aug. 20 as a day of service to the High Point community and completed different service projects around the city at the Washington Street Enrichment Program, the Triad Food Pantry at High Point Seventh Day Adventist Church, West End Ministries and Habitat for Humanity.

“We get to give back to the community that’s right down the street,” said Kimberly Varner, a student from Raleigh, as she sorted books at D-UP, a nonprofit organization on Washington Street dedicated to keeping kids active. “We’ll be able to see these kids as we drive to school. We’ll be able to come by after school and interact with them. It gives me a chance to be a part of a child’s life as they grow up.”

“Our campus is really different from others,” said Sela Smith, a student from Dixfield, Maine, as she applied a fresh coat of paint on the front porch of the Habitat for Humanity house. “I wanted to come to HPU because of all the new technology and labs the pharmacy school has to offer. By doing work outside of the labs, it feels great because we’re giving back to the community.”

These students are the third class to enter HPU’s pharmacy school. The first class entered campus in fall 2016 and established the tradition of committing a day of service in the city where they’ll live and learn.

“HPU is obviously a big fixture in High Point, and we love the fact that students are out here all the time,” said Jonathan Manning, the construction manager for Habitat for Humanity. “Volunteers drive what we do, so this is a great day. Every day that we get an HPU group, everybody has great attitudes and they get things done.”

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