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The Pulse APhA-ASP in the Community News from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences October 2011 Trip to Senegal Caps Study Abroad Course For six ACPHS students, last spring’s Culture and Customs of Senegal class did not end with a paper or a final exam. It ended with a 23 day trip to Senegal, the culmination of the College’s first ever study abroad course. While a number of students have traveled internationally for pharmacy rotations, there has never before been a course that integrated the study abroad experience into the curriculum. The unique class was taught by Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, Kevin Hickey, in conjunction with faculty members from Union College and UAlbany. In fact, the Senegal trip was attended by a total of 16 students from the three colleges. CAC Earns Top Honor As part of their grade for the course, students were required to document their experiences in a blog. Fifth year student Rebecca Cope interned at the Association de Femmes Juristes, an organization that offers free legal advice to those in need, particularly women. She wrote: “Islam plays a huge role in what is socially acceptable in this country. Since it is permissible for an Islamic man to take up to 4 wives, we have spent quite a bit of time discussing the marriage contract here.” Samantha Barnes, a fifth year Pharm.D. student, interned at three different schools: See Senegal continued on page 5 Each of the students stayed with host families, a fact that helped accelerate their immersions into the culture of this West African nation. Over the course of the three weeks, the students attended lectures at the West African Research Center in Dakar, enjoyed cultural activities such as concerts and sporting events, and performed internships throughout the region. The internship sites were dictated by each student’s personal interests. Internship locations included a community hospital, women’s rights organization, and various schools. 4 Students gather by an entrance to the Great Mosque, the largest mosque in Senegal. Due to the holiness of the area, it is expected that women cover their hair. The ACPHS chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) beat out nearly 500 chapters from across the country to capture “Outstanding Chapter of the Year” honors from the organization’s national office. The award is based on the chapter’s activities in each of the four strategic directions of CAC: Education, Advocacy, Survivorship, and Relay For Life. The College also received a Leader of Hope Award for the third time in four years. CAC’s signature event, Relay for Life, has raised approximately $80,000 for cancer awareness and research in just the past two years. College Adds B.S. in Chemistry; First Graduate Program Approved in Vermont ACPHS has received approval from the New York State Board of Education to offer a bachelor’s degree program in Chemistry. The B.S. in Chemistry is the College’s fourth bachelor’s program, following those in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Technology, and Health and Human Sciences. 2 New Faces, New Places The program will be housed in the School of Arts and Sciences and administered by the Department of Basic and Social Sciences. Associate Professor David Clarke, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, said, “ACPHS has always maintained a strong chemistry faculty as a result of its pharmacy program and the other science-based programs at the College. As a result, the expertise and many of the resources required to offer this program already exist at the College, making it a logical and complementary addition to our list of program offerings.” 3 The B.S. in Chemistry will be differentiated from most other chemistry programs by its focus on health. No other school in the region will be able to offer a chemistry program that can integrate coursework in subjects such as medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and biopharmaceutics. For those who choose not to pursue the health focus, there will be a second, more traditional, track within the program. Associate Professor Martha Hass will serve as the Director of the program. Four Schools, One College 3 In other academic news, the master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, the first graduate program ever offered by the College, will be the first graduate program on the Vermont Campus. The College recently received approval from the State of Vermont to offer the program. Applications for both the B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Vermont) are now being accepted. By the Numbers: Retention Rates

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