College of Pharmacy welcomes the entering class of 2013 on Monday, August 24 for the first day of New Student Orientation (NSO).
Members of the entering 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.
Second-year students Christine Wostarek and Thomas Barber serve as student 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.
One of the highlights of the week is the annual White Coat Ceremony. Parents, family members, and friends are invited to the program that begins at 4 p.m. Monday 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, the students will join their counterparts from throughout The University of Texas at Austin 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.