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Drake Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day promotes professional development

February 24, 2012
Drake University students will focus on professional development at the 25th annual Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day on Friday, March 2. The event, organized by students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Olmsted Center and is free and open to the public.

Most of the morning's events will take place in Olmsted, while the afternoon keynote speaker and awards presentation will be held in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

Dr. Kevin McCauley, a former U.S. Navy flight surgeon, will deliver the keynote address about drug and alcohol addiction. Dr. McCauley became interested in the topic after witnessing the Navy's successful treatment of pilots with alcohol problems.

The keynote speech will be preceded by a variety of professional development mini-discussions and activities. The morning features sessions on topics including resume building, social media and research. Local health care providers and pharmacies will also be on hand to discuss career opportunities with participants.

Following the keynote address in Sheslow, Raylene Rospond, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will give the "State of the College Address." The College will also announce winners for the following awards: Preceptor, Mentor and Teacher of the Year, Hartig Faculty Development Award, Hartig Distinguished Professor Award, Granberg Faculty Award and Alumni Achievement Awards. Student awards and scholarships will also be announced.

In addition, students in Drake's Rx (Pharmacy) Unified Group of Students (DRxUGS) organization will hold a silent auction in the morning and a live auction following the awards presentation.

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