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School of Pharmacy Faculty & Student Published in US Pharmacist Journal

by South University
May 31, 2018
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When becoming a pharmacist, you promise to devote yourself to a "lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy."

As part of this oath, pharmacists dedicate themselves to improving patient care through continuous lifelong learning and unwavering professional advocacy. They also commit to doing all they can to prepare the next generation of pharmacists to follow in their footsteps.

Three of our School of Pharmacy faculty and one student have recently exemplified this oath and their commitment to knowledge development and sharing with their May 2018 publication, "Treacher Collins Syndrome," in the monthly US Pharmacist journal. The authors, all affiliated with the Doctor of Pharmacy program at South University, Columbia, include:

  • Dr. Natasha Colvin, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, South University, Columbia
  • Dr. Harskin Hayes, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, South University, Columbia
  • Dr. Alyson Shirer, Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacy Practice, South University, Columbia
  • Ms. Arnethia Wills, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate Class of 2018, South University, Columbia

Photos of Dr. Natasha Colvin,Dr. Harskin Hayes,Dr. Alyson Shirer,Ms. Arnethia Wills

According to their article, Treacher Collins syndrome, or TCS, is a rare genetic disease that occurs in approximately 1 in 50,000 live births and affects craniofacial development. The physical anomalies resulting from this disease can lead to hearing, eating, vision, and breathing problems.

Written to inform and support fellow pharmacy professionals, the article reviews the following:

  • TCS features
  • Risk factors
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Investigate treatment (or treatments currently in the research phase)
  • TCS in the media

"Although pharmacotherapy is not a major component of TCS treatment, familiarity with the disease, its management, and available resources may help pharmacists serve affected patients, their families, and the public,” the authors explain.

To read the full piece, visit the US Pharmacist website. Congratulations to all involved for developing this informative article and contributing to the education of pharmacists everywhere!

Learn more about South University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program today.

Source: The Oath of a Pharmacist

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South University, Tampa Recognized for Work with Local High Schools

by South University
May 22, 2018
An image of Dr. Nicole Cross.

On May 3, 2018, South University, Tampa and faculty member Dr. Joseph Heinzman, Jr. were honored with a Certificate of Recognition from Hillsborough County Public Schools for their work with the Hillsborough County Public Schools Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Committee.

"I want to thank South University, Tampa President James McCoy for his support of this activity that has benefitted high school students seeking a career in hospitality and tourism management or in general business management," said Dr. Heinzman, the Business and Healthcare Management Program Director at our Tampa campus, who has been serving as the Hillsborough County Public Schools Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Committee secretary.

Chef Clyde Tanner of The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design; Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay; and South University’s own Dr. Heinzman were the only business partners in Florida to complete an extensive survey of the State of Florida High School Hospitality and Tourism Curriculum for the Florida Hospitality and Tourism Annual Conference in Miami. Their input was reviewed broadly and changes made to the Florida State curriculum based on their recommendations.

Today, the Hillsborough County Public Schools students have a broad curriculum covering many aspects of business with a focus on hotel management, hospitality management, and tourism management.

In 2018, South University’s support also included judging the annual DECA competition in January. DECA is a not-for-profit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. For their help with the competition, the university was recognized at the awards banquet in front of 575 students, administrators, and teachers representing 15 high schools in Hillsborough County at the TPepin Conference Center.

Learn more about South University, Tampa and our College of Business today.

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Meet Nicole Cross: Austin Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director

by South University
May 14, 2018
An image of several South University nursing students.  The image has the National Nurses Week 2018 logo in the right corner.  It reads nurses inspire, innovate, influence.

Dr. Nicole Cross is the type of person whose positivity, excitement, and passion for her work is immediately apparent and contagious from the minute you meet her.

"I love any opportunity that allows me to communicate with and educate others, whether it is public or motivational speaking, counseling, consulting, coaching, teaching, or journalism," she says. "When I can talk with other people, when I can help someone and support them in making important life decisions, that is when I'm the happiest."

Establishing a Successful Career & Expertise in Counseling

Today an accomplished journalist, educator, and mental health professional, Dr. Cross initially began her career focused on counseling. After earning a bachelor's in psychology and speech communications, a master’s in behavioral sciences, and a PhD in counselor education, Dr. Cross practiced in both private clinics and various public health agencies. Her career highlights include serving as the Texas Southern University Director of the Office of University Counseling, Career, and Disability Services and later as the Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health for The Potter's House of Dallas (a 30,000 member megachurch led by Pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes).

On the side, Dr. Cross served as a relationship expert for a Houston radio show and, in time, became an in-demand speaker at conferences, seminars, and events on effective communication practices, self-improvement, and relationships. She even found time to teach college courses online and in person.

Bridging Psychology, Health, & Journalism

By 30, Dr. Cross was happy with her success, yet was unsure of her next move up in counseling. Instead, she decided to recommit to her interest in journalism—something she first remembers exploring as part of her middle school newspaper. "You've got Dr. Oz and you've got Dr. Phil," she says. "Why not Dr. Cross?"

After studying broadcast journalism at the New York Film Academy, which later named her a distinguished alumni, Dr. Cross began working as a news anchor and health reporter. She started a “Healthy Living with Dr. Nicole” show and later hosted a personal health program featuring local health professionals. Most recently, in Austin, she led the popular Wellness Wednesday segment, educating viewers on how to talk to children about topics like friendships, relationships, and cyberbullying.

Since becoming a journalist in 2013, Dr. Cross has earned awards that include four Associated Press awards and an Emmy nomination for Breaking News Coverage. “I took a major risk trying something new, not knowing if I would sink or swim,” she says. “Those awards bring to life my philosophy that all things are possible. I use it as a testimonial to anyone willing to risk trying something new. The same rules apply: if you work hard, it will pay off.”

Returning to the Classroom

While anchoring in Austin, Dr. Cross began teaching at South University and soon found herself wanting to get more involved in the program; education is something Dr. Cross has always felt strongly about.

"The moments in my life that helped me and motivated me, as much as it was my family, it was also those educators who went the extra mile to keep me on the right path," she says. "I want to be that for someone. I want to be the reason someone works that much harder. Gets that extra degree or challenges themselves to go further than they expected or further than they've been exposed to in their personal lives."

In 2018, Dr. Cross became the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director at South University, Austin and is enjoying educating a new generation of counselors. "I'm at this stage in life when it's about significance and meaningfulness and purpose," she says. "It's about me being a change agent for others, and as Program Director I can do that."

Discover Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) Program

Interested in a career in Clinical Mental Health Counseling? This Master of Arts degree program can help you prepare, allowing you to explore the theories, principles, and dynamic applications in the field, get training in effective assessment and treatment practices, study the significance of research in the field, and gain competence in ethical, legal, and professional standards. Request information or learn more today.

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