College of Pharmacy Convocations
In academia, convocations are assemblies or meetings of the members of a college or university. Often held at the beginning of an academic year, convocations typically are formal ceremonies highlighted by an address or speeches by high-ranking officials and/or extramural guests.
UH College of Pharmacy adopted the convocation concept in spring 2011, with Dean Lamar Pritchard presenting the inaugural address. Although many instiutions host a single annual convocation, the college has established a convocation model as a series of events throughout the academic year.
Convocation topics cover a diverse range of topics and issues, but each is intended to promote the professional development and scholastic enrichment of the student body.
Spring 2014 Convocations Schedule
Jan. 15 – "Ask the Dean Convocation" (P3 Class: 9 a.m.-10 a.m. in 218/219 TMC; P1 Class: noon to 1 p.m. in 130 SR2)
Jan. 16 – "Ask the Dean Convocation" (P2 Class: noon to 1 p.m. in 130 SR2)
Jan. 17 – TMC Research Convocation (P1 Class: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., TMC Campus only)
Feb. 12 – Wal-Mart Leadership Series, Part 1 (P1, SR2 room 130)
March 20 – Wal-Mart Leadership Series, Part 2 (P1, SR2 room 130)
March 28 – Independent Pharmacy Convocation (P1-P3: noon to 5 p.m., location TBA)
April 9 – Phi Lambda Sigma McCarty Lecture (P1-P3: 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., location TBA)
April 10 – Wal-Mart Leadership Series, Part 3 (P1, SR2 room 130)
Additional dates/topics pending; please check back soon.
Highlights of the past Convocations include:
"Impressing the Recruiter" – UHCOP alumni Amy Verret-Godfrey, R.Ph. ('00), and Christina Cattley, Pharm.D. ('10), offered a wealth of networking and communication tips to help students make positive and memorable career interactions.
"Gems for Management" – With career "gems" provided by members of UHCOP Dean's Advisory Council, alumni Sarah Lake-Wallace, Pharm.D. ('00), Christian Schwalm, Pharm.D. ('97), and Robert Taylor, R.Ph. ('74), offered their perspectives on subjects ranging from ethics to civility in the workplace.
"A Day in the Life of an Emergency Room Pharmacist" – UHCOP alumnus and Texas Children's Hospital pharmacist Les Pieniazek, R.Ph. ('90), provided a glimpse into the world of pediatric emegency care.
UHCOP Research Tour – Faculty researchers gave brief presentations and tours of their labs to raise student awareness of projects under way within the college and encourage pharmacy students to consider a career in research.
"StrengthFinders" – Part 1 of the WalMart Leadership Series offered interactive discussions and personal assessments based on the book "Now, Discover Your Strengths" and led by WalMart's Brandon Stucki.
"RxIMPACT: Effective Grassroots Involvement in the Policymaking Process" – National Association of Chain Drug Stores representative Heidi Ecker engaged students on ways to unite, influence and impact pro-pharmacy and pro-patient policies.
To volunteer for a future convocation or to learn more about convocation, please contact Assistant Dean Paige Pitman at 832-842-8376.