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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.
Friday, October 10, 2014
South University has been named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by G.I. Jobs Magazine
SAVANNAH, Ga. – October 7, 2014 -- South University has been named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by G.I. Jobs Magazine, marking the fourth year in a row that the University has been awarded the designation.
The G.I. Jobs 2015 Military Friendly® School designation recognizes colleges, universities, and technical schools’ dedication to the success of military students in the classroom and after graduation.
“We are very proud to be recognized as an institution that strives to serve our members of the armed forces as they advance their education,” said South University Chancellor John T. South, III. “We provide dedicated teams to meet the unique needs of the military and veteran affiliated students to ensure they have a smooth transition from military to South University. We also extend this commitment to spouses because we understand that the spouse serves alongside the military member.”
South University provides assistance that includes waiving admission fees for military and veteran affiliated students, and the transfer of relevant course credits. South University also evaluates the Joint Service Transcript and awards credit for military training and work experience when appropriate. These measures are part of the pledge the University made when it signed to support the Principles of Excellence program established by President Obama in 2012.
South University also offers an Active Duty Scholarship for eligible service members who serve on active duty or in one of the Reserve components or the National Guard. The University is also proud to be a signatory of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding and also recently signed on as participants in the Department of Education’s 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success program. South University is approved for benefits offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs and offers Yellow Ribbon program benefits to all eligible veterans.
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