Winter Fun in Columbus

Hi Everyone,

The heart of winter is upon us, and if you are anything like me, you may find yourself lacking the motivation to get out and explore Columbus when it is so cold out. However, the winter months don’t have to mean sitting at home watching Netflix—Columbus still has plenty of fun things to do! I have compiled a short list of activities to inspire you this winter!

  1. Visit The Book Loft. Located in German Village, this cozy book store has 32 different rooms of books at bargain prices. Pick up a new book (or five) with a few friends, grab a coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy a relaxing weekend morning!
  2. Speaking of coffee, the Columbus Coffee Trail is a great option to get out and explore! Columbus has one of the best coffee scenes in the Midwest and the Coffee Trail offers tons of great ideas for new places to try. Find it here
  3. During December, there are all sorts of fun lights and holiday festivals. Wildlights takes place at the Columbus Zoo, Franklin Park Conservatory is decked out in seasonal foliage and twinkling lights, and the Short North and German Village are decorated for the Holidays and often have holiday treats and specials.
  4. Attend a Blue Jackets game. The Columbus Blue Jackets are our professional hockey team in town, and attending games is always a great time (even if you aren’t a hockey fanatic)! Located in the Arena District there are also fun restaurants to check out before and after the game.
  5. While better known for our football team, Ohio State Men’s Basketball team is also premiere and attending games is a great way to spend an evening (or afternoon). The Nut House is the student section for basketball and does a great job of getting students excited for the game. You can also get discounted student tickets and great seats with friends!
  6. If sports aren’t your thing, check out a show in the Theater District—The Palace, The Southern, The Lincoln and The Ohio offer everything from ballet to plays to music and theater performances. If that’s not enough, the Wexner Center for the Arts also puts on frequent shows to enjoy.
  7. Get creative at the Candle Lab, Clay Cafe or Studio 614. There are plenty of paint classes, make your own candle studios and many more creative endeavors all around Columbus.

I hope this has given you some inspiration this winter! Get out an enjoy Columbus and all it has to offer with friends.


Spicing Up the Mortar and Pestle



Since I’m a bit new here to the blog I want to introduce myself. My name is Chelsea Bargo and I am one of the new Ambassador Coordinators for the 2017-2018 school year. I am currently in my third year but my journey in Columbus started about 10 years ago. I graduated high school from a small country school about 30 miles east of Columbus. I then found myself attending Auburn University for my undergraduate studies before eventually making my way back to Columbus and Ohio State. I hope that I have the opportunity to meet you at an interview day and tell you more about my journey and why I chose to come to Ohio State for pharmacy school. But for now, I want to tell you a little bit more about one of the largest events at the college, the Chili Cook-off.


For the past 20 years the college has been adding a little more spice to the mortar and pestle by hosting a competitive event for a good cause. Each organization within the college is encouraged to make a team and show off their culinary creativity by crafting a batch of chili and theme. What’s even better is that there are teams outside the college who come together to support the Chili Cook-off. I even ran in to an old high school friend that I hadn’t seen in years while he was helping his girlfriend, a nurse practitioner student, man her booth. This year some of the standout teams and themes were Phi Delta Chi’s Stranger Beans, SNPhA’s Chili with a Chance of Meatballs, the College of Pharmacy Residents’ Spice Jam, Kappa Psi’s The Chilionaires, Kappa Psi Pledges’ Beano 911, and a friend of mine’s Chili Joel to name a few. As always, the chilis this year were fantastic and featured some out of the box ingredients like ale, bleu cheese, exotic latin spices, pork, meatballs, and coffee. I unfortunately was unable to make myself try the approximately 30 chilis at this year’s cook-off but each one of them I did get to was absolutely delicious.


A panel of judges made up of students, professors, deans, and faculty was miraculously able to make it around to each chili to help decide which chilis were better than the rest.  Plus, each year there is always a people’s choice award for the crowd’s favorite chili. Here’s a list of this year’s winners:

  • Healthiest Chili—CPNP
  • Charitable Pharmacy Award—Spice Jam
  • College of Pharmacy Dean’s Choice—P1 Class of 2021
  • Spicy Chili Award—P1 Class of 2021
  • Mild Chili Award—Devin’s Grand Slam Chili
  • Vegetarian Chili Award—CPNP
  • Students’ Choice Award—P1 Class of 2021
  • Rusty Bucket Award—Devin’s Grand Slam Chili
  • Alumni Award—Bean There, Done That!
  • Nursing Award—Spice Jam
  • Best Table Award—Brenny’s Best Chili
  • Most Philanthropic Award—Bean There, Done That!
  • People’s Choice Award—The Chilionaires

Congrats to all the winners!!


The most important thing about this event is not all of the fun and creativity that goes in to creating a chili but in how much money is raised for a charity here in Central Ohio. This year, the beneficiary of the event was The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, a cause that is very near and dear to many people within the college. The Charitable Pharmacy is a gem located on Livingston Avenue that serves the underserved here in Franklin County and linking them to life saving medications and pharmacy services. As a student, I have had the great pleasure to volunteer at Charitable and serve my community through filling prescriptions. While the final donation tally is still being totaled we do know that the silent auction brought in $1,000. What is even more impressive is that The Charitable Pharmacy is able to turn that in to over $7,000 worth of prescription medications!


Unfortunately, the Chili Cook-Off is only one night each year but it is always a memorable one. I love that our college and the community comes together for a night of fun and charity. If you’re ever in town during the fall semester look to see if it’s the same weekend of the Chili Cook-Off! I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Until next time,


Columbus in the Winter


If you are coming to Ohio from another city or state, you might be wondering what you may be able to do in Columbus during the Winter! As much as I would love to cuddle up with my puppy, I love getting out of my apartment and taking a break from studying. Columbus does offer so many different activities, but let me highlight some that I have done!

Columbus Winter Hike

One thing I love to do is hike! Being from Arizona, hiking was a mainstay activity in the winter. You can hike basically any time in the winter, and you will never worry about being too cold.

Ohio does a (long) series of winter hikes. I was very hesitant about hiking in Columbus in the winter. I love hiking during the summer, fall, and spring here, but really? The winter? Well, my boyfriend and I packed up our puppy, and went on a winter adventure. First of all, it was freezing cold (not surprising). Don’t make the same mistake that I did and wear tennis shoes — please be sure to wear warm boots with warm socks! To my surprise, there were so many people participating! It was great bringing my puppy, Cooper, because it allowed us to get to talk to so many people. At the end of the hike, we joined the celebration and drank some delicious hot cocoa. 🙂 It was definitely such a fun experience, but I will be definitely waiting for the hikes on warmer days! I would highly recommend to get your body moving after a long studying session, and a winter hike may be the perfect remedy. The cold definitely encouraged me to move faster 🙂

COSHP Wine Tasting

Each year, COSHP (Central Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists) puts together a wine tasting/networking event. Why is this event my favorite winter activity? You learn so much about different wines – this year the focus was on South American wines. You get to network and speak with many different health-system pharmacists around the Columbus area. You get to eat some delicious food where each course is paired with wine.

The main purpose of the wine tasting is to raise funds for PharmD scholarships! There are always a variety of baskets to bid on (and I always get outbid).

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture at the wine tasting this year, so I used the picture from last year!

COSHP Wine Tasting 2016

Yoga and Hockey

I recently attended a yoga class held at Nationwide Arena, and then the Columbus Blue Jackets game right after! Modo Yoga is a studio in Grandview area, and it is one of my favorite studios. It’s heated yoga, so going to a class in a cold environment was definitely something knew. So many people came out, and it was an amazing class. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets lost that night, but the experience was awesome! I would highly recommend attending this event if happens again, and checking out Modo Yoga! Say hi to Chad and Elizabeth (owners of Modo Yoga) for me if you go. 🙂

By the cannon after yoga with Chad and Elizabeth


I hope you find some fun things to do in Columbus in the winter!

Ohio State Traditions



Hey Future Buckeyes!

With one of our biggest rivalry games right around the corner, I figured I would give you a little insight to the most important traditions on campus!

1. Carmen Ohio

Throughout the entire year you will hear the song “Carmen Ohio”, which is our Alma Mater sang during various occasions. It is mostly sang before and after many sporting events. During the song, students lock arms and sway back and forth while singing it. The song ends with “How firm thy friendship, O-HI-O. Once you experience a stadium full of people singing it, you’ll never forget it.

  1. Brutus Buckeye

Brutus Buckeye is Ohio State’s well-known mascot. Until the 1960’s OSU did not have a mascot, but in 1965 an art student designed and introduced the first Brutus. Since then, Brutus has been stealing the hearts of the Ohio State community with his big smile and talented tricks.

brutus buckeye

  1. O-H?!

If you’re planning on coming to Ohio State, be sure to answer O-H with an I-O! This tradition started in 1942 when U.S. navy sailors began chanting O-H-I-O-S-T-A-T-E to the tune of “Row, row, row your boat”. One of those sailors then enrolled at OSU and became a cheerleader. This student tried to teach this long chant to the crowd after a hard loss, but the chant proved to be too difficult for the crowd to keep up with. Eventually they settled for O-H-I-O, which some may say was a turning point for Ohio State Football.



If you haven’t seen this before TBDBITL stands for “The best damn band in the land” Ohio State’s well-known marching band. Some even refer to the band as “The pride of the Buckeyes”. The band kicks off every game with Script Ohio followed by an unbelievable halftime show. Before each game, the band also plays at the “Skull Session” to get the crowd excited for the upcoming match. During this time coaches, players, the band and fans all get together to prepare for the game! The band is best known for their halftime show arrangements and formations such as Star-Trek, Michael Jackson, and Wizard of Oz.

 Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes

5.Script Ohio

Although it’s hard to believe, the first band to perform script Ohio was the University of Michigan during a halftime show at Ohio Stadium. The band spelled out “Ohio” in script diagonally across the field. Four years later, Ohio State’s band performed Script Ohio during a game and the rest is history! Today the band performs Script Ohio right before every football game. A senior sousaphone player tops it off with the dotting of the “I”.

script ohio

  1. Fight Songs

While most schools have one fight song, Ohio State has three. OSU has the “Buckeye Battle Cry”, “Across the Field”, and the crowd favorite “Hang on Sloopy”. These can be heard continuously throughout game days at Ohio State.

  1. Victory Bell

Previous graduating classes of Ohio State donated the Giant Victory Bell that sits in the Southeast tower of Ohio Stadium. The bell is rang by students for 15-20 minutes after a victory and can be heard up to 5 miles away!

  1. Mirror Lake

As you’ve probably heard, Ohio State’s biggest rivalry is the University of Michigan. In 1990, a group of 100 OSU students decided to jump into Mirror Lake (a manmade pond on campus) the Thursday before Ohio State played the team up North to show their support for their team. Now over 12,000 students take the cold plunge into the water during the week of Thanksgiving to show their support for the upcoming game against their biggest rivalry.

 mirror lake

  1. The “Long Walk”

In the heart of Ohio State’s campus sits the oval, where many students go to walk their dogs, play Frisbee, and even sunbathe. The oval is also known to be a bit romantic. Tradition says that if you take the “long walk” from one end to the other holding hands with your loved one, you’ll be together forever.

osu oval

Now you’re ready to be a buckeye! O-H!


PharmD Student Organizations 2016-2017

My best advice regarding student organizations is to explore them all at the annual Student Organization Fair on Monday, August 22nd from 9-11am on the 2nd floor of the Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Library! Over the first few weeks, capitalize on the free food and attend the meetings of the organizations you find most interesting.  Then pick 1-3 organizations that you connect most with to become an active member.  Dedicating yourself to an organization and is the best way to find a leadership position and make the most of the opportunities an organization has to offer!

  1. Pharmacy Council
    • Website: Carmen website, under “ongoing” – P1 students will be given access
    • Contact: Claire Mattison ( and Caitlin Yocum (
    • Purpose Statement: We are an umbrella organization for all student pharmacy organizations and classes. We serve as the liaison between student organizations and between students and faculty. We organize fundraising, oversee class events, provide social interactions, and assist in recruitment events.
    • Why Join: Every student is already a member of Pharmacy Council! Our general body meetings are every other Thursday in Parks 107 during professional hour (11:30-12:30, and are open to all members of the College of Pharmacy. Leadership opportunities are definitely available to P1s—each class elects a president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, two class representatives, PharmD representative, and IPC representative.  P1 elections will take place at the beginning of the school year.
  2. Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
    • Website:
    • Contact: Aakash Patel (
    • Purpose Statement: The purpose of AMCP is to provide students with an overview of managed care pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry as potential career paths. The OSU AMCP chapter shares the national organization’s mission of providing evidence-based and cost effective healthcare interventions for patients. It combines clinical aspects of pharmacy with sound business and economic models to make decisions that can improve the health of entire populations of patients.
    • Major activities: Pharmacy & Therapeutics Competition (2 elective credit hours), Managed Care & Industry Panel, Finding Your Future in 4 Minutes Networking Event (collaboration with APhA), Pharmacoeconomics Workshop, Managed Care Residency Roundtable, Field Trips to the Corporate Headquarters of Pharmaceutical Companies, Shadowing Opportunities at Health Plans, Accountable Care Organizations, and Government Agencies, Summer Internship Opportunities with Pharmaceutical Companies, Managed Care Organizations, Government Agencies, and Healthcare Consulting Firms, Mentorship Program with Managed Care/Industry Pharmacists, AMCP Midwest Regional Meeting, AMCP Nexus, AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting
    • Why Join: By being involved in AMCP, you will continuously be inspired by areas of pharmacy that are new, innovative, and have the potential to improve healthcare for all.  The ability to combine clinical knowledge with business rationale allow pharmacists to provide care to populations of patients and make an impact on a greater scale. As students, we are rarely exposed to managed care pharmacy in the curriculum so AMCP strives to fill this gap by hosting informative meetings and educational workshops that give students an opportunity to learn from pharmacists in executive positions that make managed care decisions every day. If you have an interest in business, entrepreneurship, healthcare consulting, public health, pharmacoeconomics, health outcomes research, or health policy, AMCP can provide you with the knowledge and connections to find the career path in pharmacy that is best suited for you!
  3. American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
    • Website:
    • Contact: Sarah Wheeler (
    • Purpose Statement: The mission of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy.
    • Major Activities: Career fair, American Pharmacists Month, Midyear Regional Meeting, Operation Immunization, Operation Heart, Operation Diabetes, Helping Hands Free Clinic, Finding Your Future in Four Minutes, APhA Annual Meeting and many more
    • Why Join: APhA-ASP offers numerous opportunities for student pharmacists to reach out into their community and practice what they have learned in the classroom through our 9 Patient Care Projects as well as many different professional development opportunities. These opportunities bring us into all different age groups and areas of the community ranging from elementary aged children to the elderly to the underprivileged. APhA-ASP is a home to all student pharmacists, regardless of their area of practice, and provides leadership opportunities for P1-P4s.
  4. The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
    • Website:
    • Contact:  Nettie Emmelhainz (, Student President;  Dr. Ruth Emptage (, Faculty Advisor
    • Purpose Statement: ASCP’s mission and vision is to serve seniors wherever they reside.  ASCP members manage and improve drug therapy and improve the quality of life of geriatric patients and other individuals residing in a variety of environments, including nursing facilities, subacute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, hospice programs, and home and community-based care.
    • Major activities: Fracture risk assessments for seniors, GenerationRx presentations on medication safety, ASCP social, and meetings on various topics of senior care and consultant pharmacy.
    • Why Join: As one of the smaller organizations in the college, we are a close-knit group of people passionate about senior care and consultant pharmacy. Come find out more about the issues facing older adults, the most complex patients in America, while enjoying good food during our meetings every other Tuesday!
  5. Buckeyes Without Borders (BWB)
    • Website: 
    • Contact: Joyce Zhang ( or
    • Advisors: Diane Gorgas and Kristi Schumacher
    • Purpose Statement: Buckeyes Without Borders strives to foster global health awareness and teach OSU healthcare students the benefits of an interdisciplinary healthcare team on positive patient outcomes through outreach and education in underserved communities abroad, where we identify and treat the medical needs of their populations.
    • Major Activities: Nicaragua Medical Brigade over Spring Break, Fundraising events to support the medical brigade such as the Lucky’s Beer Pong Tournament, Harry Potter Trivia, and Photo Mini Sessions Fundraiser
      Why Join:
      Not only does Buckeyes Without Borders give pharmacy students the opportunity to travel abroad and volunteer, but students also are making an impact on international patient lives, developing clinical skills and cultural awareness, and learning to work on an interdisciplinary healthcare team alongside medical, nursing, and social work students and faculty.  As a reestablished and growing organization, BWB has ample opportunities for leadership.
  6. The College of Pharmacy Chili Cook-Off at The Ohio State University
    • Website:
    • Contact: Garrett Lambert (
    • Purpose Statement: The purpose of the Chili Cook-Off is to bring together students, staff and faculty at The Ohio State University in order to organize and produce an annual event that benefits the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. Through bringing people together in the Ohio State Community for a common cause, the Chili Cook-Off unifies its members with a focus on their common purpose.
    • Major activities: Annual chili cook-off (November 18th, 5p-9p), 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Cupcake walk fundraiser
    • Why Join: The Chili Cook-off allows students to organize an event that brings together students, staff, and faculty at The Ohio State University as well as the Columbus community. This is a great way to give back to the community and support a local charity. As a member, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with other students, staff/faculty, alumni, local business people, and other important community members. Multiple leadership positions will be available each year.
  7. College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP-OSU)
    • Website:
    • Contact:
    • Purpose: The purpose of the OSU collegiate chapter of the College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) is to (1) advocate for the role of neuropsychiatric pharmacists as integral members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, providing care for patients suffering from neurological/psychiatric conditions and (2) to serve our fellow students through programming that supports whole-body wellness, with an emphasis on mental health.
    • Major Activities: NAMIWalks Columbus, CPNP Journal Club, Harding Hospital Tour, and many more to come!
    • Why Join: Mental illness touches all of us, whether that means we personally struggle with a mental illness or know someone close to us that does. As a member of CPNP-OSU, you’ll have the opportunity to engage and network with pharmacists that work with these patients every day, providing compassionate, patient-centered care for those that struggle with mental illness. Our chapter is just now getting off the ground, and the sky’s the limit. We need members that are excited by the prospect of starting something new, that want to explore uncharted territory with us, and pursue their passions. Let us help you translate your ideas into action. Come be a part of a campus-wide movement, a growing culture of compassion, and represent the College of Pharmacy as founding members of CPNP-OSU.
  8. Generation Rx Collaborative
    • Website:
    • Co-Advisors: Ken Hale ( and Nicole Kwiek (
    • Contact: Marie Latsa, Co-President (, Emily Spencer, Co-President (, and Lindsey Stalnaker, Treasurer/Secretary (
    • Purpose Statement: The Generation Rx Collaborative will function as a collaboration of Generation Rx initiatives within existing student organizations at The Ohio State University, and serve as a conduit through which interested students can get involved in Generation Rx activities. The mission of our organization is to enhance medication safety amongst various populations and to fight the increasing misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs through educational prevention, both locally and globally.
    • Why Join: The Generation Rx Collaborative is a great way for students to create their own project ideas (or participate in our numerous existing projects) to combat prescription drug abuse and spread awareness across OSU, Columbus, and potentially statewide/nationwide. Our organization will only be able to thrive and make a difference with the help of a group of passionate students that want to make an impact. If you share this passion, please join The Generation Rx Collaborative! We would love to hear your ideas and help execute your vision on how we can help spread awareness to help educate the public on the growing prescription drug abuse/misuse epidemic.
  9. Kappa Psi
    • Website:
    • Contact: Kevin Wenceslao (
    • Purpose Statement: Our fraternity strives to advance the profession of Pharmacy educationally, fraternally, and socially. Our objective is to conduct a fraternal organization for the mutual benefit of the brothers and our profession. We instill the ideals of our fraternity, industry, sobriety, fellowship, and high ideals throughout our daily lives. We help serve the Columbus metro area through community projects and events. We learn from our past, ourselves, and our peers, while passing on the great tradition of Kappa Psi to future brothers.
    • Major activities: Helping Hands Clinic, Fall/Spring Province Assembly, Color Run, Rush events
    • Why Join: Kappa Psi is an organization that is built on brotherhood. We gather to build lifelong relationships that flourish inside and out of the classroom/workplace. Kappa Psi is also the organization of organizations. We gather students from all facets of the pharmacy profession and unite to promote each other and the projects we work on. This is a group that you’ll belong to beyond professional school. Kappa Psi for life.
  10. LGBTQ + Health Professions
    • Website:
    • Contact:
    • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Anna Haas-Gehres (College of Pharmacy) and Professor Lauren Haas-Gehres (College of Social Work)
    • Purpose Statement: This organization consists of interdisciplinary health professionals focused on carrying out three main objectives. 1) To act as a voice within the LGBTQ+ community and advocate for curriculum development at The Ohio State University. 2) Enhance and enrich members with professional development opportunities 3) Provide community outreach that focuses on bettering the needs of the LGBTQ+ community at large by working to address specific needs through service-related outreach.
    • Major activities: Monthly member meetings; LGBTQ health professionals workshop day; semesterly health professional development opportunities such as guest speakers and safe zone or open doors training; speaking on various diversity panels; collaborating with other student organizations committed to raising awareness of patient diversity and inclusivity. Ongoing plans and activities dedicated to opening a free clinic in Columbus for the LGBTQ patient population.
    • Why Join: As a brand new organization, we are a small group of dedicated and passionate health professionals looking to make a difference in lives of LGBTQ+ patients and health professionals alike. This unique organization provides an atmosphere enriched by interdisciplinary health professionals. Immense opportunities for both leadership and professional development exist. Please contact us to get involved. We are eager to grow our organization and start making a difference.
  11. Phi Delta Chi
    • Website:
    • Contact: Alyssa Rinaldi (
    • Purpose statement: Phi Delta Chi (PDC) is a co-ed pharmacy fraternity that recently returned to Ohio State’s Campus. PDC strives to promote brotherhood through social events as well as acts of leadership, professionalism and community based service. Phi Delta Chi is partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and provides the institution with proceeds each year.
    • Major activities: Brotherhood socials, Health screenings, Leadership-Development Seminar & Grand Council
    • Why join: As a newly re-chartered chapter we have the unique opportunity to impact the way the fraternity conducts itself. Becoming a brother of Phi Delta Chi allows you to develop yourself socially and professionally as a future pharmacist while having fun doing so. PDC provides many service opportunities to become more involved in the community. Experiences, such as annual regional and national conferences, will help to expand your network and leadership skills.  The motto of the fraternity is “Each needs the help of the other” which means that your brothers will always be there to support you both during pharmacy school and beyond.
  12. Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS) – Alpha Sigma chapter
    • Website: National –
    • Contact: Rutvik Joshi (
    • Faculty Advisor: Bella H. Mehta, PharmD, FAPhA (
    • Purpose statement: Phi Lambda Sigma is the national pharmacy leadership society. It supports pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development.
    • Goals: To ensure the continuing availability of student and practitioner leaders for the profession of pharmacy, to acknowledge leadership achievement and award membership to leaders recommended by the Society, to enhance the talent, skill, and effectiveness of leaders for the profession of pharmacy, and to support and encourage sustained leadership commitment.
    • Major activities: Phi Lambda Sigma: organizes the Etiquette lunch for first-year pharmacy students in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy; provides the leadership symposium as an opportunity for student development of core leadership skills; hosts a book club for discussion of self-improvement techniques; coordinates the PharmD pageant as an entertaining way to fundraise, among others.
    • Why Join: The mission of Phi Lambda Sigma, Alpha Sigma chapter, is to recognize students who are leaders. Student pharmacists are selected by their peers because they demonstrate leadership and/or leadership potential. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one’s peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role, and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy. Leadership has become one of the most important attributes to success in both your professional and personal lives. PLS provides an environment for you to explore different leadership styles, develop your skills, and network with the other future leaders of pharmacy.
    • Website:
    • Purpose Statement: PODEMOS is an inter-professional organization focused on providing medical care to rural villages in Honduras by sending medical, pharmacy, and dental students on medical brigades twice a year. Throughout the year PODEMOS holds a variety of events to raise money to support our trips.
    • Major activities: International medical brigades, Fundraising Events and Socials
    • Why Join: PODEMOS provides a unique opportunity for students to utilize their knowledge of pharmacy to help provide care to underserved populations in Honduras. Students get the chance to work alongside medical students and medical providers to enrich their own knowledge and make professional connections. PODEMOS also provides a range of leadership opportunities for members to get more involved in the organization.
  14. Rho Chi Society – Upsilon Chapter
    • Website:
    • Contact: Rutvik Joshi (
    • Faculty advisor: Milap Nahata, MS, PharmD (
    • Purpose statement: Rho Chi society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement, and fosters fellowship among its members. Further, the society encourages high standards of conduct and character, while advocating critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy and as a community of scholars. Additionally, Rho Chi strives to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.
    • Major activities: Make and distribute survival guides for P1-P3 classes, compile and sell Pocket guides and Drug cards by bringing all the important guidelines, tables, charts and counseling points together in a booklet, recruit P2/P3 mentors for the incoming P1’s in collaboration with the college of pharmacy to make transition to graduate professional school easy for P1’s, to organize lecture series in collaboration with SSHP throughout the year to expand every ones knowledge and much more
    • Why Join: Rho Chi is the pharmacy academic honor society. Rho Chi is built upon academic and experiential achievement. Students are selected amongst their peers to be invited into the society. It is a great honor to receive recognition and should be strived for throughout the P1 and P2 year. Members of the society work together to help other classmates, develop leadership skills, and provide a means for fundraising and developing different ideas.
  15. National Community Pharmacists Association – OSU
    • Website:
    • Contact: Mackenzie Harrell (
    • Mission: We are dedicated to the continuing growth and prosperity of community pharmacy in the United States.  We are committed to high-quality pharmacist care and to restoring, maintaining, and promoting the health and well-being of the public we serve through being leaders in care.  We value the right to petition the appropriate legislative and regulatory bodies to serve the needs of those we represent. We will utilize our resources to advocate for pharmacy and achieve these ends in an ethical and socially responsible manner.
    • Major Activities: Cardinal Leadership Series, Student Legislative Day, Annual Conference
    • Why Join: NCPA at OSU will expose you to the many opportunities in community pharmacy. As the most accessible health care professional, there are many innovative pharmacists who help patients every day in their communities. Through community outreach, leadership development and advocating for the pharmacy profession, NCPA at OSU is engaging students pharmacists. Through intimate general body meetings, there are amazing opportunities to interact with and network with pharmacists as well as other students. There are many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. NCPA will help you stay up to date on current pharmacy legislation as we work together to advocate for our profession.
  16. OSU-SSHP Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy
    • Website:
    • Contact: Andrea Haugtvedt (
    • Purpose: To make students aware of the areas in pharmacy practice in health care settings, encourage proper use of medicines in the general public, encourage members to participate in the activities of the local (COSHP), state (OSHP), and national organizations (ASHP) of health-system pharmacy, promote participation in service activities throughout the community and encourage student participation in professional development activities
    • Major activities: Clinical Skills Competition, Mock Residency Interviews, Midyear to Match Series, Pie-A-Professor, Residency 101, First-Year Success Series Presentations (in collaboration with Generation Rx)
    • Why Join: Joining SSHP while in pharmacy school will benefit your pharmacy career by providing a variety of networking-based programming as well as professional development opportunities. For example, we hold monthly CE dinners with our local affiliate chapter, COSHP. With an SSHP membership, your meal is free and the chance to meet local pharmacists is priceless. In addition, if you are considering pursuing a residency after graduation, this is definitely the group for you. SSHP aims to give its members the tools and skills needed to achieve their post-graduate residency goals. Not sure about residency or even what area of pharmacy you would like to practice? Attend our general body meetings to hear about exciting prospects in this field from hospital specialty pharmacists, residents, and many more! Our members are more than happy to answer questions – do not hesitate to find out more about what SSHP can do for you!
  17. Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
    • Website:
    • Contact: Alyssa Sonchaiwanich (
    • Purpose Statement: SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy, health care-related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy.  The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the college
    • Partners/Collaborators: US Together Inc., Southeast Inc., CODA, First Year Success Series, REACH suicide prevention training, National Kidney Foundation, Kroger Nutrition Tours, Charity Miles Shot@Life, Asian Free Clinic, local schools in the Columbus area for the flu clinics
    • Why Join: With 8 core health initiatives, SNPhA truly is all encompassing to every realm of pharmacy. Just in this last year, SNPhA participated in over 50 events, serving over 2000 patients. From heart health, to diabetes, to immunization, to community outreach, SNPhA provides every opportunity to get involved and become a leader, including creating a health initiative of your own.  SNPhA also provides numerous scholarship opportunities for all students. Not only will you grow to love our passion to serve, but you will also find in SNPhA, we are family.
  18. Student Pharmacist Association for Diversity & Equity (SPADE)
    • Website:
    • Contact: Emmanuel K. Osei ( or
    • Purpose Statement: SPADE is a student run organization that is committed to promoting an academically enriching and supportive environment, allowing all students of the College of Pharmacy to feel welcomed and appreciated regardless of their background. We aim to recognize, respect, and value people’s differences in hope that all members are able to achieve their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all students. We are committed to helping non-native and native English speakers practice and improve their professional conversation skills in English through health and academic topics essential for the pharmacy profession.
    • Major Activities: Diversity & Inclusion training programs, Social events, Mentoring Programs, Pharmacy Informational Sessions, Service Learning Trips.
    • Why Join: Pharmacy education has shown that students who learn as part of a diverse student body are more inclined to care for patients from diverse backgrounds than are those graduating from less diverse institutions. Joining this organization will help prepare you for the demands of our diverse health care system. We believe diversity at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy will create culturally sensitive pharmacist, well informed leaders and optimize their ability to provide healthcare for all.
  19. Talent Show Association (TSA)
    • Contact: Ed Yoo (
    • Purpose Statement: To promote growth and relationships between faculty, staff, and students through the production of an annual talent show.
    • Major activities: Annual Talent Show
    • Why Join: You should consider joining because we are a small organization that you can easily get involved with and have your voice heard. We are a fun group of people who work hard to showcase the talented people of our college. Every year, the funds raised from the talent show are donated to a local pharmacy related charity of our choice. By joining TSA, you can help provide healthcare to those who cannot afford it.
  20. Veterinary Pharmacy Alliance (VPA)
    • Website:
    • Contact:
    • Why Join: We are a brand new inter professional organization between the Colleges of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. We strive to educate each other on each professions’ abilities as it pertains to veterinary pharmaceutical care as well as increase interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best healthcare to both our human and animal patients.


Joyce Zhang is currently a third-year PharmD student at The Ohio State University. She enjoys volunteering at local free clinics, providing healthcare to underserved populations on medical brigades to Nicaragua and Honduras, photography, running and hiking, and drinking tea. She is currently president of Buckeyes Without Borders, president of the PharmD Class of 2018, a Student Ambassador Coordinator, and a member of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) leadership society, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), PODEMOS, and Kappa Psi.

Top Summer Festivals in July, August, and September 2016

  1. Celebrate Independence Day at Red White & Boom or BoomFest on July 1, 2016!
  2. The Moonlight Market on Gay Street always has plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment on July 9, August 13, September 10, and Oct 8, 2016 from 6-11pm.  There is also the Sunlight Market on Gay Street every third Sunday from April through October from 10am – 3pm.
  3. Try some hot ribs and listen to some cool jazz at the Jazz and Rib Fest (free admission!) on July 22, 23, 24.
  4. The Ohio State Fair simply can’t be missed on July 27 – August 7, 2016!  There are concerts, rides and attractions, shopping, free live music, and all of your favorite fair foods.
  5. Try the best local craft beer at the Columbus Summer Beerfest on August 5-6.
  6. Join in on the best of Irish art and culture at the Dublin Irish Festival on August 5, 6, 7.
  7. Eat your heart out at the Columbus Food Truck Fest on August 12 – 13.
  8. Experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture at the Festival Latino on  August 13 –  14.
  9. Enjoy amazing Greek food and culture at the Greek Festival on September 2 – 5.
  10. The Independents’ Day Festival is truly for the most hip and artsy!  This festival is located in the vibrant East Franklinton neighborhood on September 17 – 18.
  11. Oktoberfest is a Columbus tradition with food, dancing, and fall fun on September 23, 24, 25!

For an extended list of Columbus festivals this year, visit Columbus Underground!  See ya there! 🙂

Joyce Zhang is currently a third-year PharmD student at The Ohio State University. She enjoys volunteering at local free clinics, providing healthcare to underserved populations on medical brigades to Nicaragua and Honduras, photography, running and hiking, and drinking tea. She is currently president of Buckeyes Without Borders, president of the PharmD Class of 2018, a Student Ambassador Coordinator, and a member of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) leadership society, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), and Kappa Psi.

Welcome Day 2016

Hello all!

Saturday, May 21st is Welcome Day for all incoming P1s! We are so excited to see you! This day is a great day to meet your fellow classmates, some faculty and staff, and hear from some peers. If you are looking for what you can expect for the day, continue reading!

You will be able to meet some amazing people! One is Dr. James McAuley who is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and he will teach you all about anti-epileptic drugs in P&T! You will also meet Dr. Donald Sullivan who is Director of Professional Experiential Programs and he will be your law professor. For Welcome Day, Dr. Sullivan will be giving you a sample class and talk about the health requirements. Joe Orozco, Director of Student Affairs, will be there as well to go over the curriculum! He can help answer all your questions towards this. You will also get another chance to talk with some students, so come prepared with any questions you may have!

We won’t just be in Parks Hall all day, so bring some shoes you can walk in. 🙂 You will be going to The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Center where you will get a hospital tour. You will also head to the Ohio Union, where you will hear from an Alumni Spotlight!

It will be a long day, but it will be a great start to your PharmD education as well as a time to learn what the next four years will be like! So please come! Be there at 8:30am, and be ready to eat breakfast with Brutus!!

Last year was our first Welcome Day, and we had an awesome turnout. I can tell you that many others and myself are so excited to meet and get to know all of you! If you have any questions at all, please email me at!

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Pharmathon 5K 2016

Last Sunday on April 3, 2016, the Ohio State Pharmacy Alumni Society worked with the Class of 2018 and Generation Rx to put on the second annual Pharmathon 5K!  The Pharmathon 5k event is a 3.1 or 1.0 mile run/walk on the Ohio State campus to promote health, wellness and provide education on prescription drug abuse and prevention. This event was established in 2015 through a collaborative effort amongst the Pharmacy Alumni Society Governing Board and the College of Pharmacy students. The event is put on with assistance from the Columbus Running Company, a locally owned running specialty retailer. Funds raised are used to promote awareness and education regarding prescription drug misuse via the Pharmacy Alumni Society Governing Board and the College of Pharmacy Generation Rx Initiative.

We had almost 250 runners this year, and we also had a Kid’s Fun Run of 150 meters! There were several Generation Rx booths set up at the RPAC for participants, volunteers, and bystanders to play games and learn about medication safety.  After the event, runners refueled on snacks provided by our sponsors.











Next year, bring your family and friends and join us for this day of fun and learning!

My Favorite Things in Columbus When It’s Cold Outside

  1. Head over to German Village, grab a cup of coffee at Stauf’s, and then head next door to get lost in one of The Book Loft‘s thirty-two rooms and curl up with a good book!
  2. Try something artsy with Studio 614!  They offer a variety of canvas and glassware painting classes.  Food and beverages are definitely a plus. 🙂
  3. Be productive at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse!  Their lattes and iced coffees are the bomb, and the best part is that they support organizations that fight for clean water and against hunger and human trafficking.
  4. Check out the art studios and events at 400 West Rich Street in Franklinton.  After wandering through the old warehouse, try the amazing lamb burger at Strongwater Food and Spirits or grab a drink at the Land-Grant Brewing Company next door.
  5. If you’re obsessed with greenery like me, check out the Franklin Park Conservatory.  Inside their huge greenhouses, plants are flourishing no matter the time of the year!
  6. Go ice-skating!  There are several skating rinks and one of the most popular is the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks.
  7. Pour your own candle at The Candle Lab! You can create your own perfect scent.
  8. Take advantage of all the happy hour deals in Short North!  One of my favorite Columbus bloggers, Kasual Life, lists some of my go-to restaurants with the best happy hours!
  9. Go skiing, snowboarding, or tubing at Mad River Mountain! It’s only an hour away, and on Fridays, they have 3-hour Tubing Tickets for just $20 with a College ID!
  10. And last but not least, Gallery Hop of course!  Gallery Hop is the first Saturday of every month in the Short North from 4pm-10pm.  Check out all the galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars!

Remember to take some time for yourselves this winter to have fun!

Fall Fun in Columbus

There are lots of fun things to do in Columbus in the fall!  Here are just of few of the things going on in and around the city:

  • Highball – Oct 23-24, 2015
    • “HighBall is the nation’s fiercest costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. Be a part of the HighBall street spectacle and model yourself on High Street. At HighBall, you are what you wear.”
  • Circleville Pumpkin Show – Oct 21-24, 2015
    • Circleville is just 30 minutes south of Columbus!  The famous Pumpkin Show offers “Amusement Rides, Games, Two Parades Daily (except Saturday), Exhibits, Arts & Crafts, Food, Food & More Food!”
  • North Market Flea Market Sundays – Last one Oct 25, 2015
    • “North Market and Columbus Flea present Market Flea on Sundays starting June 7th, running through October. Market Flea is located at North Market’s outdoor pavilion and will showcase the best-in-class artisans, vintage sellers, jewelry designers, crafters, artists and furniture makers.”
  • Leeds Farm – Sept 19 – Oct 31, 2015
    • “We feature fall family fun on the farm. Spend the day getting plenty of fresh air and having fun as a family in our many barnyard and outdoor activities for the young and young at heart. Select the perfect pumpkin from the thousands we grow right here on our farm. Marvel over blue pumpkins, fairytale pumpkins, exotic shapes of gourds and more.
    • Don’t miss feeding the goats and visiting the pigs. Listen for donkeys to bray or feed the fish from our pond dock. We’ve got enough farm and fun activities to keep your family moving all day, including our Back 40 barnyard activities, hayrides, farm animals, and farm pond.
    • Educational school tours and private parties are available. Leeds Farm is located in Ostrander, Ohio, between Marysville and Delaware on State Rt. 36.”
  • Pigeon Roost Farm
    • “This year we celebrate our 35th year of Farm Family Fun in Hebron, Ohio!  PumpkinFest is open every day, from September 12 through November 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Lots of great fun for the whole family, with giant slides, challenging mazes, a new fort, and some of the most fantastic displays of pumpkins you’ll ever see.”
  • Ohio Renaissance Festival – Sept 5 – Oct 25, 2015
    • “Thrill…Feast…Watch…Shop…Explore…Enjoy!  Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.”
  • Cedar Point Haunt
    • Fridays: 6pm – Midnight
    • Saturdays: 11am – Midnight
    • Sundays: 11am – 8pm
    • Open 11am-10pm on October 11th
  • Columbus International Festival – Nov 7-8, 2015
    • “The 2015 Columbus International Festival will continue a 60 year tradition of bringing together the diverse cultural community in Central Ohio. We are proud to present many new and exciting features such as:
      • Live cultural entertainment and fashion show
      • Ethnic foods and cooking demonstrations
      • Free festival “Passport” and global activities for kids
      • Parade of Nations, Sat & Sun, 3 p.m.
      • Free flu shots, eye, dental and other medical screening free of cost
      • Children’s activities and arts & crafts, free of cost
      • Naturalized Citizenship Oath Ceremony by a federal judge at our CIF stage”