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Laceye A. ParkerClass of 2010Master of Business Administration, Healthcare Administration Current Student: Doctor of Pharmacy (Inaugural class in Columbia) Columbia, SC Campus Hometown: Lake City, South Carolina/Lugoff, South CarolinaEmployment: Pharmacy Intern at Target Pharmacy/McLeod Regional Medical Center
“I had always been interested in healthcare..."
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Laceye A. ParkerClass of 2010 Master of Business Administration, Healthcare Administration Current Student: Doctor of Pharmacy (Inaugural class in Columbia) Columbia, SC Campus Hometown: Lake City, South Carolina/Lugoff, South Carolina Employment: Pharmacy Intern at Target Pharmacy/McLeod Regional Medical Center MBA degree and beyondSoon after she graduated from college with a major in biology and minor in chemistry, Laceye Parker, 24, landed a job as an Environmental Health Manager with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). “I wanted to start graduate studies right away, and South University’s Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration was just right for me, with convenient year-round classes and friendly, helpful faculty and staff." “I had always been interested in healthcare, though,” says Laceye, “and as a child thought about becoming a physician. But when both my grandfathers became seriously ill, I came to a new appreciation of the vital role that pharmacists play in achieving positive outcomes for patients. As soon as I completed my master’s degree, I decided to enter South University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.“The classes have been great,” says Laceye. “My favorite professor is Dr. Steven Pressley. He was always available to provide one-on-one help with concepts that seemed beyond our grasp. He made classes interesting and could always get a laugh out of us, even at 9:00 at night.” It is the practical experience, though, that has fueled Laceye’s passion for being a pharmacist. “Every second is a new opportunity to help someone,” she says about being a pharmacy intern at Target Pharmacy and McLeod Regional Medical Center. “Recently I helped an elderly gentleman whose wife had just passed away. He said that she always made sure he took his medications on time. So I set up a box with 31 pockets to get him through an entire month--a simple thing for me to do, but the tears in his eyes told me it meant everything to him.“I had similar experiences at South Carolina Oncology Associates, one of my Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Experience sites. Each time I walked out that door, I felt like I really touched someone's life. That’s the best feeling in the world.” Laceye expects to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy studies and take board exams in 2013. “Pharmacists will face many challenges in the future,” she says, “with healthcare reform and changes in Medicaid and Medicare.” A projected shortage of physicians in the U. S. will also mean increasing responsibilities for pharmacists, and Laceye is eager to take that on.“Everything I’ve learned through my work at SCDHEC, and in my MBA program and Pharmacy School at South University, is laying a firm foundation for my career as a pharmacist. In addition to management experience and graduate studies, I have had the privilege of becoming friends with many people from different backgrounds and different parts of the U. S. and other countries. At South University, I was part of a diverse community of faculty and students. While I always respected other cultures, I hadn’t realized how important it was for me to understand them. This will be invaluable in my relationships with patients." “My husband and my entire family have been behind me every step of the way, during my master’s studies and during pharmacy school. In many ways, I’m doing this for them. I want to do everything I can to ensure that they and everyone else receive effective, affordable medication and treatment that will help them enjoy a healthier life.”
Sunday, October 13, 2013
SAVANNAH, Ga. (October 14, 2013) – South University announced today the release of a new brand logo to reflect the evolution of the university as an institution of higher education, the expansion of its locations and online programs and the development of its degree offerings at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level to support business, creative arts, health professions, legal, nursing, technology, and theology programs.
“The new design was built to represent South University’s values and character,” said Chancellor John T. South III. “We wanted to achieve this in a way that’s reminiscent of our heritage, but moves the university forward.”
Today’s announcement culminates more than a year of work between the university and The Richards Group from Dallas, Texas, a leader in brand development and one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies in the nation.
“Our objective was to maintain the equity of the existing logo, but in a bolder, more modern design,” said Brian Boyd, the lead designer working on the South University assignment. “The new visual hierarchy prioritizes ‘South’ and strengthens the impact and power of the mark.”
Boyd said it was an interesting assignment and represented a challenge since they were charged with leveraging the university’s existing brand name equity, reinforcing its 114-year legacy.
“I’m not a designer, but I can tell you one thing about identity design; it’s not easy,” said Chancellor South. “I have the greatest respect for the work The Richards Group did on our behalf.”
"The new typography reflects an intentional transition and not a break with the previous logo," said Boyd. "Our goal was to take a recognized mark and make it better."
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