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Robert Cummings and Rachel CummingsDoctor of PharmacyClass of Spring 2011Savannah Campus
“If I didn’t understand something, she did; and if she didn’t understand it, I did.”
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
When South University celebrated its graduates at commencement this year, the School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2011 included a first for the School: a brother-sister pair who both earned their doctoral degrees on the same day.
Being students together was nothing new for Robert and Rachel Cummings, who were in some of the same science classes at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. But in pharmacy school, they had almost every class together — and shared an apartment.
“It was nice to have someone to live with and study with who I knew so well,” says Robert, who is a year older than Rachel. “And it always seemed to work out that if I didn’t understand something, she did; and if she didn’t understand it, I did.”
But the Cummings siblings, who were both born in Atlanta and grew up in a series of towns across southern Georgia, did much more at South University than just study.
There was a Cummings involved in almost every student organization. Robert was class president one year, president of Rho Chi (pharmacy’s academic honor society), secretary of both the Pharmacy Student Leadership Council and Phi Lambda Sigma (the national pharmacy leadership society), and active in the American Pharmacists Association (AphA).
Not to be outdone by her older brother, Rachel was class secretary for two years, and president of Pharmacy Student Leadership Council. She was also a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Rho Chi, the Christian Pharmacy Fellowship International, and Kappa Epsilon (the professional pharmacy fraternity).
It might seem logical to assume the Cummings would go into pharmacy, considering their mother is a pharmacist. But the influence was not always that straightforward.
“When I was young, I’m not even sure I knew that my mom had a job,” admits Rachel, who now works at a Wal-Mart pharmacy in Valdosta. But with a pharmacist mother and a father who was a music director, and later a minister, helping others was definitely in the blood.
“I knew early on that pharmacy was for me,” says Robert, who works at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta. “My mother was a big influence, and I always enjoyed science.”
Rachel liked science too, and knew early on that she wanted to be in the medical field, but nearly broke the family mold – by flirting with dental school. In the end, she chose compounding over cavities, and the siblings applied to pharmacy schools at the same time.
Rachel and Robert both interviewed at South University on the same day. They knew immediately that South University was for the Cummings.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business recently installed the Nu Theta chapter at South University, Savannah, during a recent ceremony at the campus
SAVANNAH, Ga. – August 5, 2014 – Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business recently installed the Nu Theta chapter at South University, Savannah, during a recent ceremony at the campus.
Chapters can be installed and members can be initiated only in programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) South University earned its ACBSP initial accreditation earlier this year.
“Being granted a Delta Mu Delta chapter marks an important milestone for the university and provides important opportunities for our students,” said South University College of Business Dean Cheryl Noll, M.B.A., Ph.D. “Delta Mu Delta membership recognizes academic excellence among our students, and provides them with a network of peers who are also high-achieving, goal-oriented scholars. Membership continues after graduation, so for some students, this can be the first building-block of solid, professional relationships that are important in any career.”
Delta Mu Delta Southeast Regional Representative Sara Adams, Ph.D., presented the Nu Theta chapter with its charter during the ceremony. Seven students and two alumni were inducted as South University, Savannah, Delta Mu Delta charter members:
Dusty J Courtland, Bachelor of Business AdministrationCourtney Schapp, Bachelor of Business AdministrationTeresita Singleton, Bachelor of Business Administration Debbie S. Baldwin, Master of Business Administration Kwabena Sarfo-Ababio, Master of Business Administration Alice Koffah, Master of Business Administration Misty D. Blackston, Master of Business AdministrationThomas Andrew, Master of Business Administration, 2014 George Roberts, Master of Business Administration, 2014
Honorary Members inducted:
Cheryl Noll, M.B.A., Ph.D., Dean, South University College of Business Todd Cellini, Ed.D, President, South University, SavannahSonny Massey, Assistant Program Director, South University, Savannah Doretha Walker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, South University, Savannah Dr. Walker will also serve as faculty advisor for the Savannah campus chapter.
South University, Savannah, is the first of the institution’s campuses to be granted a Delta Mu Delta chapter. The university plans to add co-chapters for its other campuses and online students.
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