College Welcomes Class of 2015
It's back to work for the College's approximately 600 Pharm.D. and graduate students with the first day of academic classes on Wednesday, Aug. 24. For the entering Class of 2015, the first class bell follows two days of official welcome at New Student Orientation (NSO) 2011.
Members of the class had an opportunity to acquaint themselves with one another and got to know the team of upperclassmen, faculty and staff who worked to make certain their welcome was a warm one. During the week, the new pharmacy scholars learned about the pharmacy curriculum, the history of the profession, and professional development opportunities through a myriad of activities scheduled throughout the week. Social breaks also afforded them the opportunity to bond as a class.
Student leaders Hayley Gray and Richard Sabel 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 joined upperclassmen, faculty and staff in a college-wide luncheon. The Family Orientation Program and the White Coat Ceremony highlighted Monday's activities and was attended by parents, spouses, family members and friends. The Family Orientation Program was under the direction of student co-chairs Monique Nguyen and Van Ho. Following the orientation program, participants moved to the Texas Union for the annual White Coat Ceremony in the Texas Union Ballroom. At the ceremony, members of the Class of 2015 took their first step toward becoming pharmacists by putting on, for the first time, the pharmacy white coat, one of the hallmarks of the pharmacy profession.
On Tuesday evening, NSO continued as the students join their counterparts from throughout the university to attend Gone to Texas, a traditional celebration that marks the beginning of a new academic year. Each August on the evening before fall classes begin, new students gather 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.