College set to welcome Class of 2014
College of Pharmacy welcomes the entering class of 2014 on Monday, August 23 for the first day of New Student Orientation (NSO).
Members of the class will have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with one another and get to know the team of upperclassmen, faculty and staff who have worked to make certain their welcome is a warm one. During the week, the new pharmacy scholars learn about the pharmacy curriculum, the history of the profession, and professional development opportunities through a myriad of activities scheduled throughout the week. Social breaks afford them the opportunity to bond as a class.
Student leaders Morgan McCormick and Matt Fulton serve as co-chairs of the NSO committee that planned the week's activities. Diane Ginsburg, assistant dean for student affairs, works with the student group in planning the orientation events.
At noon on Monday, members of the entering class will join upperclassmen, faculty and staff in a college-wide luncheon.
Highlight of the orientation program includes two programs scheduled for Monday afternoon - the Family Orientation Program and the White Coat Ceremony. Parents, spouses, family members and friends are invited to Monday afternoon's programs.
The Family Orientation Program is a new addition to the orientation week. The program was previously held as a separate event. The program begins at 2 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Patrick Davis, senior associate dean. His presentation includes an overview of the pharmacy curriculum. The Family Orientation Program is under the direction of student co-chairs Lucy Gong and Sofya Mnjoyan.
Following the orientation program, participants will move to the Texas Union for the annual White Coat Ceremony that begins at 4 p.m. in the Texas Union Ballroom. At the ceremony, members of the Class of 2013 take their first step toward becoming pharmacists by putting on, for the first time, the pharmacy white coat, one of the hallmarks of pharmacy professionalism.
On Tuesday evening, NSO continues as the students join their counterparts from throughout university in attending Gone to Texas, the traditional celebration that marks the beginning of a new academic year. Each August on the evening before fall classes begin, new students are invited to celebrate their fresh start at the UT Tower with live music and a broad spectrum of presentations from across campus.
The celebration draws its name from the actions of pioneer families more than 100 years ago who pulled up stakes seeking a fresh start. On their old homestead doors, they revealed their destination by etching three letters "GTT" Gone to Texas.