The College of Pharmacy joined the rest of The University of Texas at Austin community on Saturday, March 5 as it opened its doors to welcome visitors for Explore UT 2011, the biggest open house in Texas.
More than 400 activities were planned across the campus allowing visitors an opportunity to experience firsthand the world of discovery that is a part of daily life at the university. All events were free and open to the public. An estimated crowd of 50,000 people visited the campus.
Many of the campus guests visited the College of Pharmacy with free health screenings drawing crowds all day long. Student pharmacists provided screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Student organizations provided information on asthma, heartburn and blood pressure while another sponsored a vial of life booth.
Hundreds of children, youth and their parents and teachers gained a unique understanding of compounding by attending the Hogwarts Potions sessions. Students actors and workers in the compounding lab added an extra session to their day to accommodate children and teachers from a Laredo elementary school. Other children learned about health and pharmacy concerns by participating in fun activities at the Bevo Safari Adventure.
Sessions were also offered for prospective students to learn about the application process and to talk with academic advisors. Special guests for the day were students from the Cooperative Pharmacy Programs in El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.
Last Reviewed: March 8, 2011