A note from Linda Garrelts MacLean
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
October has been an exceptional month with many wins for the college. As many of you know, Bill Gaskins (class of ’69) received the R. Keith Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Crimson Gala. From starting off as a football and track star for the Cougars to becoming a beloved mentor and leader as the Director of Pharmacy for the Pullman Regional Hospital, Bill won the hearts and minds of everyone around him. We have made great progress in honoring Bill and are pleased to announce that third year student pharmacist, former Army combat veteran, and full-time mother, Monica Sines, received the first ever William and Felicia Gaskins Scholarship. This is a momentous step in honoring Bill and his legacy. Should you also want to make an investment in advancing the ongoing education of future pharmacists at WSU, we have kept the link open so that you can contribute.
Equipping students with the right combination of hard and soft skills will prepare our future pharmacists for the ever-evolving workplace. Measuring progress and ensuring that students leave CPPS as lifelong learners is a paramount goal for us. That is why I’m pleased to announce that this month, we will launch the Situational Judgment Test (SJT), a pilot program to assess our students on a variety of skills needed in health care and to ensure their success as pharmacists. Self-awareness, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and professionalism are qualities that we want to instill in our students. Implementing this assessment will be a significant step forward for us as a college and our students as they adapt to a fast-changing workplace.
We want our students to learn from the best. This means not only having expert faculty, but also an enriching student environment. Recruiting the best students with promising futures will right-size our classes and improve the peer-to-peer learning experience. I am proud to say that our incoming cohort for 2019 is 132 strong, with 27 based in Yakima.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, and students, faculty and alumni take a moment to cherish the people most important to them, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you. The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and everything that we do would not be possible without your support that you give day-in and day-out. From conducting exit interviews, to your generous contributions, the Drive to 25 to become one of the top research universities and pharmacy schools would not be possible without your support. Thank you all for moving forward our mission at CPPS and WSU.
With much respect,
Linda Garrelts MacLean, Interim Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences