Union University

School of Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy

The mission of the Union University School of Pharmacy is to develop compassionate, comprehensively trained practitioners who are equipped to meet the immediate and future demands of pharmaceutical science and patient care in an ever changing health care environment.

The vision of the Union University School of Pharmacy is to:

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Union University's Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

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Paul Lyons ('15) Paul Lyons ('15), Lebanon, Indiana

Favorite Quote: “There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.” Dead Poets Society, Keating.

Who has been most influential in your life? My parents have been so influential. They are the ones that instilled in me the morals, values, and patience I have today.

Why did you choose Union’s pharmacy program? I was really impressed by the program and the personalities of the faculty and students who interviewed me.

What advice do you have for prospective students? You’ll love it here – it is not easy but it is worth it.

Why do you like best about the pharmacy program? The faculty are all incredibly friendly.

What is your favorite book? Any of the Harry Potter series.

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  • Emily Crum ('15) Emily Crum ('15), Dyersburg, Tennessee
  • Notable fact: I have a twin sister.

    Favorite Quote: “When you choose the paradigm of service, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift.” Oprah Winfrey

    What do you like best about the pharmacy? The faculty, staff and upperclassmen have been so welcoming and willing to help ensure that we, as first year students, are successful.

    What is your favorite book? Any Chicken Soup for the Soul.

    In what kind of setting do you want to practice? Compounding or nuclear pharmacy.

  • Tucker Phillips ('15) Tucker Phillips ('15), Humboldt, Tennessee
  • Favorite Quote: “Unless a man takes on more that he can possible do, he will never do all that he possibly can.” Henry Drummond

    Favorite Scripture: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

    Who or What inspires you? Potential inspires me. What you can become should inspire you. There is always room to get better, be it physically, mentally or spiritually.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? The core values of Union University (Excellence-Drive, Christ-Centered, People-Focused, Future-Directed) definitely spill over into the UUSOP. What the faculty do and stand for, and the effort they put forth helps so much and is motivating.

    What is your favorite book? The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemminway

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Work hard and get pharmacy experience.

  • Jennie Allen ('15) Jennie Allen ('15), Knoxville, TN
  • Notable Fact: I am not a big fan of being outside in nature, but I do love to snowboard and go to the beach.

    Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? The most influential person in my life would have to be my dad. He and my mom came to America with only $100. He worked very hard to support us. Even though language can still be a barrier at times, he is now a successful business owner.

    Who or what inspires you? My inspiration right now would have to be my classmates. We have all struggled with the same classes, but no matter the circumstances, we always support and encourage each other to do better.

  • Kevin Arrison ('16) Kevin Arrison ('16), Memphis, Tennessee
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I met my fiancée when I was 5 at the church we grew up in together. We have been together since the 10th grade.

    Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Study hard in your undergraduate classes and get ready to study even harder when you come to pharmacy school!

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My father. He is a nursing home administrator and I see how kind and helpful he is to all the residents there. I grew up watching him work and learning from my father the importance of helping others no matter what their circumstances may be.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I love how the professors truly care about all of their students and go the extra mile to make sure the students understand the material being covered.

    In what type of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I would like to be in a community pharmacy practice where I can talk with patients and help them every day.

  • Melissa Bien-Aime ('16) Melissa Bien-Aime ('16), Spring Valley, New York
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I am first generation American born to Haitian parents.

    Favorite Quote: “When life hands you a hundred reasons to cry show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.” Unknown

    Favorite book: Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? My involvement in Youth Town. Being a mentor and role model for troubled youths is an amazing experience. I love making a difference in someone’s life.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I love the student to teacher ratio (~10:1). It is not hard to get help from a professor when needed.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Keep your heart and mind open. Come with a great attitude, get involved and be a good steward of your time while in school. Make the very most of your pharmacy school experience.

  • Brittany Gooch ('16) Brittany Gooch ('16), Nashville, Tennessee
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I played college softball at the University of Memphis

    Favorite Quote: “I can do nothing incredible, but as I follow God into impossible situations He can work miracles in and through me.” Katie Davis

    Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Volunteering. I am involved in some of the pharmacy student organizations and we do a lot to give back to the community.

    In what type of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I want to practice in a hospital setting and be a clinical pharmacist.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Research every pharmacy program that interests you. Schedule visits to those programs and make sure that it is good fit for you. Also, pray, work hard and be dedicated to your studies.

  • Shawn Kinsey ('16) Shawn Kinsey ('16), Murray, Kentucky
  • Favorite Bible verse: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

    Who has been the most influential in your life and why? My father and my grandfathers have equally influenced my life by showing me and helping me learn what it takes to become successful and the importance of taking the road that presents as the most trying one.

    Why did you choose the UUSOP? I chose Union because of the emphasis put on what truly matters in the pharmacy profession, the patient. Union’s Christ-centered environment sets a foundation to what makes a great pharmacist.

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Ride motorcycles, play golf and spend time with family and friends.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Work hard. Let your passion for pharmacy drive the efforts that direct your future. What you dream of may be found right here at Union and it is attainable. Pharmacy school isn’t easy, but if you want it badly enough for both you and the patient’s whose lives you want to change, then grab hold and don’t let go. If you can do that and believe in yourself you will find success.

  • Dariona Middleton ('15) Dariona Middleton ('15), Millington, Tennessee
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I am a first generation college graduate in my family and will be the first in my family to receive a doctoral degree.

    Favorite quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My dad has been the most influential in my life. He has rooted me in the word of God and has shown me that with hard work, determination, and faith, anything is possible. He is the reason why I decided to pursue pharmacy as a career.

    If you could go back and give your P1-self advice what would it be? Study hard but still find time to have fun along the way by getting involved in extracurricular activities.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? If pharmacy is your passion don’t take no for an answer. Prove yourself worthy of the opportunity by staying focused, working hard and remember why you want to become a pharmacist. If you can, try to get experience in a pharmacy to ensure that it is something you truly want to pursue.

  • Sam Shah ('15) Sam Shah ('15), Clifton, New Jersey
  • Favorite quote: “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi

    Favorite Bible verse: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…” Matthew 7:12

    Who has been the most influential in your life and why? My father. He always pushes me and demands excellence from me.

    What do you like best about the UUSOP? The way that the faculty and staff know every student by name and are always available to help students when they need something.

    Why did you choose Union? The faculty, staff and students I met on interview day really made me feel at home.

    Favorite book: The Great Gatsby

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Be ready to learn and have a positive attitude about school and the profession of pharmacy.

  • Shelbie Ralph ('16) Shelbie Ralph ('16), Ballard County, Kentucky
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I play the guitar

    Favorite quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough.” Unknown\

    Favorite scripture: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

    What has been your most rewarding extracurricular activity? I have two favorites: serving as the women’s intramural chair for my class and serving on the UUSOP Admissions Committee. I enjoy sports and love that I can continue to play them while in pharmacy school. It’s also a great stress reliever and has brought me closer to my classmates who also play intramurals. I have really enjoyed serving on the Admissions Committee because I get to meet amazing prospective students and help show them all the great things that make the UUSOP so special.

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Play my guitar, spend time with family and friends, catch up on my favorite TV shows as well as catch up on my sleep.

  • Jenna Ramage ('16) Jenna Ramage ('16), Hernando, Mississippi
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I was Miss Tennessee High School Rodeo Queen 2007.

    Favorite quote: “Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” Unknown

    Favorite Bible verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My Memaw. She has been through many hardships and she still has such joy in her life. She loves the Lord with all her heart and has influenced me in my faith and values.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I have really enjoyed serving as my class secretary and planning events for our class to do together.

    Why did you choose the UUSOP? The friendly and loving staff and faculty. I can see how much they truly care for each student in the program.

    When you have free time what do you like to do? I enjoy competing in rodeos and barrel races.

  • Makita Reed ('15) Makita Reed ('15), Memphis, Tennessee
  • Favorite quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

    Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? My mother. She was taught by my grandmother how to be strong, hard-working, graceful and above all else a good Christian woman. As I’ve gotten older I now appreciate her instilling those same values in me. My mother is my biggest fan, cheerleader, supporter, life coach and best friend. She sees the good in every situation and is always positive and encouraging.

    Who or what inspires you? Ordinary people who have overcome great obstacles in life. God using them to do extraordinary things truly inspires me. They give me a sense of hope in knowing that I too, with God’s help, can succeed.

    Why did you choose the UUSOP? I chose Union because of the smaller class size, unique curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities. When I toured the campus and met the faculty and staff I fell in love with everything about the program.

  • Brittany Reeves ('16) Brittany Reeves ('16), Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I have been playing percussion from the age of 5 years old. I marched snare drum on my high school drum line and I also played timpani in my church orchestra.

    Favorite quote: “We can complain because the rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorns bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln.

    Favorite Bible verse: “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

    Who or what inspires you? My parents have always been the most supportive people in my life. They are constantly lifting me up, making me laugh, and inspiring me to do my best.

    What do you like best about the UUSOP? I am most thankful that our professors want each student to succeed and become exceptional pharmacists. They truly want everyone to excel and are always willing to do what they can to help make that happen.

    When you have free time what do you like to do? I love to draw, paint, and spend time with my family.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Remember to support one another during stressful times. Words of encouragement can make a big difference in someone’s day.

  • Erin Simpson ('16) Erin Simpson ('16), Nashville, Tennessee
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I was born on Valentine ’s Day.

    Favorite Bible verse: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

    Who or what inspires you? Anyone who comes through trouble circumstances as a stronger and better person.

    Why did you choose the UUSOP? When I visited and interviewed I felt like they really cared about me as a person and not just another paycheck or number in a classroom chair.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Don’t get behind on your studies!

  • Robin Williams ('16) Robin Williams ('16), LaVergne, Tennessee
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I am one number 5 of 10 children.

    Favorite quote: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the staircase.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Who is has been most influential in your life and why? My mother. She is a single mother who raised me and my siblings while attending school and working full-time. She taught me to work hard in life and you can accomplish anything you set forth to do.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Working as a volunteer with Room at the Inn. Taking time to visit with individuals who have so little has been very encouraging.

    What do you like best about the UUSOP? The faculty prays for the students before our lectures and exams. Also, UUSOP faculty members are very passionate and knowledgeable about the profession of pharmacy. They are willing to go the extra mile to make sure students learn and understand what is being taught.

    Why did you choose the UUSOP? I loved the fact that being Christ-Centered is part of the mission statement. I knew that this was the best place for me to be. Without Christ I am nothing and with him I have everything that I need. So, having Christ in the curriculum and the environment allows me to be successful not only in the program but in the profession.

  • Jacob Andrew Shelton ('17) Jacob Andrew Shelton ('17), Five Points, Tenn.
  • Favorite Quote: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 1: 20-21

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? Mahlon Fisher. He has helped to mentor me throughout high school and college.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Assisting in Generation Rx and helping educate people on drug safety.

    Who or what inspires you? Helping others to succeed.

    What do you like most about UUSOP? Small class size

    Why did you choose UUSOP? Christian values, small class sizes

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? Hospital or independent

    What is your favorite book? "Harris and Me" and "Where the Red Fern Grows"

    When you have free time, what do you like to do? Hang out with friends, play golf

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Be yourself and get pharmacy experience.

  • Allison Lambert ('17) Allison Lambert ('17), Pollard, Ark.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I am a praise and worship leader at my home church!

    Favorite quote (give attribution): “The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to make the turn.”—Author Unknown

    Favorite bible verse: Romans 8:28—“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? I would consider my mom the most influential person in my life. She has been an incredible prayer warrior and role model of what a true Christian woman/mother should strive to be.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I have enjoyed being the Class of 2017’s secretary. I love to organize!

    Who or What inspires you? My mother and her relationship with the Lord! She overcame breast cancer and never for a moment questioned God’s will!

    What do you like best about UUSOP? The dedication of the professors and staff to make UUSOP a place of encouragement and learning.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I truly felt the call of God to come here. I immediately felt a sense of home when I walked through the doors of Providence Hall.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I would love to own my own community pharmacy.

    What is your favorite book? The Harry Potter series (it’s my guilty pleasure)!

    When you have free time what do you like to do?I love to cook! It is my second passion!

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Strive to maintain your relationship with the Lord as you are thrust into a heavy work load. He will lead you through this amazing process, if you allow Him to!

  • Kaitlyn Sudol ('17) Kaitlyn Sudol ('17), Franklin, N.J.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: My favorite undergrad course was my special topics course on NMR spectroscopy

    Favorite quote (give attribution): “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” –Albert Einstein

    Favorite bible verse: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My grandfather because even after all that he went through in his childhood, he still put his family and friends above himself.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? So far it’s been APhA because of all the activities that they do within the surrounding community

    Who or What inspires you? My parents inspire me because of all of the sacrifices they made in order to be able to give my two brothers and I a college education.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? The faculty and staff because of their dedication to the students and to the pharmacy profession.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I chose Union because on my admission day, the faculty and staff were so welcoming that I was able to picture myself being a member of their school and community.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I’ve always wanted to work in a hospital setting.

    What is your favorite book? Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Watch movies, catch up on sleep, read a good book

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Don’t wait to study for an exam! Read ahead and listen to the tips that your professors give you for studying for their exams!

  • Alex Blanton ('17) Alex Blanton ('17), Humboldt, Tenn.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I started working in a pharmacy at 13 for my grandfather.

    Favorite quote (give attribution): Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard it. – Clinton Anderson

    Favorite bible verse: Psalm 4:8

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My Grandmommy has been the most influential person in my life, because she always encouraged me to be my best and to follow my heart. She never gave up on me.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I really enjoyed helping with NCPA’s toy drive at Christmas. I was overwhelmed by the amount of extra toys we were able to give to the needy children in our area. Others went to the Dollar Tree and bought lots of balls and books. Even though we all are on fixed budgets, our class remembered the true meaning of Christmas…GIVING to others! I was so inspired by our class’s generosity!

    Who or What inspires you? My parents inspire me everyday to get up and do my best at everything I try. They both work extremely hard running separate small businesses. I can only hope that one day I will have as much passion and dedication for my profession as they do.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I love the small class sizes, and the professors. All of the professors I have met so far have been extraordinarily caring and helpful.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I worked with Dr. Watkins the summer before applying to pharmacy school and was blown away by how helpful he was. As I started to meet other professors over the summer, I started to realize that all of the professors were extremely nice and helpful. That next year I would be graduating from a small liberal arts university, and I was looking for a pharmacy school that would be similar. That one summer in the research lab showed me that Union University School of Pharmacy was a great fit for me.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? Independent Community pharmacy

    What is your favorite book? The Outlander Series

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Anything crafty or cooking

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Go and tour any school you are thinking about attending and talk to the students

  • Blake Butler ('17) Blake Butler ('17), Jackson, Tenn.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I’m a pretty boring person. I was voted most dependable in high school though, if that still counts.

    Favorite quote: “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”—Beverly Sills

    Favorite bible verse: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My parents have equally influenced me. I’m in pharmacy school today thanks to their encouragement and guidance. My mom’s strength and my dad’s selflessness are unmatched and inspire me to be a better person.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Volunteering at RIFA, a local non-profit organization that feeds, clothes, and trains people in need.

    Who or What inspires you? Smiles! I strive to be a positive person so that others can hopefully enjoy life and stress a little less. Being nice really does go a long way.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? The atmosphere! The small class size allows students, professors, and staff to encourage each other and make stressful times a little less stressful.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? It was close to home and the facilities are top notch; however, now that I am here I’m sure I would have moved miles away because it is a great program!

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? Retail pharmacy because I enjoy the customer interaction it allows. I may change my mind at any time though, especially as I continue to learn about different areas of pharmacy.

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Spend time with families and friend. Naps are always good too!

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Don’t procrastinate! You may be the world’s best procrastinator in undergrad; however, pharmacy school will not allow it. Study a little every day and your life will be much easier.

  • Erika Contasti ('16) Erika Contasti ('16), Henderson, Ky.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: - I used to play the piano.

    Favorite quote (give attribution): - "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison

    Favorite bible verse: - "And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." Galatians 6:9

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My parents.. I can't just pick one. They have raised and molded me into the person I am today.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? The blood pressure readings UUSOP does throughout the community. They're good practice while helping someone out.

    Who or What inspires you? My curiosity.

    If you could go back and give your P1-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Don't procrastinate!

    What do you like best about UUSOP? The excellent professors. They're patient and always willing to help.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? When I toured the campus, I instantly felt welcome and comfortable. The small class size is a plus.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? Hospital or pharmaceutical industry.

    What is your favorite book? White Oleander by Janet Fitch

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Read, travel to new places, and go to concerts.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Work hard, don't give up, and always keep your goals in mind!

  • Kaliope Tsirogiannis ('16) Kaliope Tsirogiannis ('16), Tarpon Springs, Fla.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I always give 150% into everything I do and never give up

    Favorite quote (give attribution): “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West

    Favorite bible verse: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My uncle, because he fought his entire life to make his dreams come true and never gave up.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? APhA

    Who or What inspires you? My Mother

    If you could go back and give your P1-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Make sure to never give up and always use your time wisely.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? The faculty makes you feel welcomed and is always there when you need them.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? The core values of UUSOP and the welcoming from the Dean and the other faculty members on Interview Day.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? Retail

    What is your favorite book? The Great Gatsby

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Read, watch movies, go to the beach

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Give Union the opportunity to show you what the School of Pharmacy has to offer and I’m certain you will not be disappointed.

  • Katie Drummond ('17) Katie Drummond ('17), Paris, Tenn.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I am the first in my family to attend college, and since starting my siblings have decided to follow suit.

    Favorite quote (give attribution): “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

    Favorite bible verse: Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB) 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My mother has been a great influence in my life. She is honest, trustworthy, a hard worker and one of the strongest women I know. She is always there for her family and friends, and she is a great Christian role model for anyone.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I think representing my class as President has been the most rewarding; I am honored and humbled to be elected, and have learned so much about so many of my classmates.

    Who or What inspires you? My parents have always inspired me to do better and be better. But, I am also inspired by a lot of characteristics in people; honesty, determination, success, great Christian values and the desire to learn more.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I love that the professors pray before exams, I love the atmosphere and I love the people that I am surrounded by and the friends I have gained.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I chose UUSOP because of the Christian values that the school and the professors have. Also when I went in for my interview, I immediately felt as if I was at home, and I belonged there.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I am hoping to practice in a retail setting, where I have the chance to communicate with patients every day.

    What is your favorite book? Anything by John Grisham or Nicholas Sparks.

    When you have free time what do you like to do? In the rare occasion that I have free time, I usually spend it with my little boy and my husband.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Pray about everything, and it will work out according to the Lord’s plan. If you decide to come to Union; relax, enjoy your time here, don’t be shy, get as involved as possible and most importantly; STUDY HARD!

  • Katie Frieling ('16) Katie Frieling ('16), Jackson, Tenn.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I went parasailing last summer and loved it!

    Favorite quote (give attribution): “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    Favorite bible verse: 1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My mom has been the most influential person in my life because not only has she taught me the most important things in life, but she has also taught me how to enjoy life in all of its challenges and joys.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Participating in various health fairs is definitely one of my most rewarding extracurricular activities. It is great to see people in our community making their health a priority, and even more exciting when we can help them achieve their goals.

    Who or What inspires you? The faculty here at UUSOP inspire me. Not only are they excellent scientists and pharmacists, but more importantly, they are honorable people who set good examples on how to live. They inspire me to do my best in the classroom and in life.

    If you could go back and give your P1-self one piece of advice, what would it be? If I could go back and give my P1-self advice, I would tell myself to enjoy pharmacy school. It goes without saying to take school seriously, but be sure not to overlook the fun parts. Get involved, make new friends, and make the most of new opportunities. Pharmacy school is what you make it. Make it great!

    What do you like best about UUSOP? What I like best about UUSOP is the warm family environment. Life can feel stressful at times. Having such a great environment to learn, study, and live in provides some of the support we need during those demanding times.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I choose UUSOP because it is close to home and it felt like home.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I would love to have the opportunity to practice clinical pharmacy.

    What is your favorite book? My favorite book is God is Able by Priscilla Shirer.

    When you have free time what do you like to do? When I have free time, I love to spend it outside with my dog.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? My advice to prospective students is to start pharmacy school with confidence and an open mind. You never know where you might end up, but have confidence in yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to.

  • Lindsay Constant ('17) Lindsay Constant ('17), Marked Tree, Ark.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I’m very picky. I don’t like potatoes, except for thin French fries. I also don’t like tomatoes, except when it’s ketchup to eat with my fries. Totally not a southern trait, but it’s me.

    Favorite quote (give attribution): I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. -Audrey Hepburn

    Favorite bible verse: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My mom has always been my rock, even when we disagree. She is a wonderful mom, a strong woman, a caring soul, and she always puts her children before herself. She pushes me to be my best and always reminds me that happiness is the most important thing in life.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I have really enjoyed being a part of several of the Faculty-Student Committees. I enjoy Admissions Committee the most. It’s great to meet the amazing people who are interested in making Union their new home, just like I did a year ago.

    Who or What inspires you? I’m inspired by my new Pharmacy school friends. I have met so many wonderful people here already. We are all diverse and unique in our own way. They make me want to be here and try my best, but they also give me that “home away from home” feeling. We laugh, cry, study, and stress together. It’s great!

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I love UUSOP because of the people I’m surrounded by every day. The professors are involved in our lives outside of the classroom with Bible Studies, events, and fundraisers. They care about more than just your schoolwork. They’re the first to notice if you’re having a bad day and offer their assistance. They want you to succeed in life, as well as your studies.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I chose UUSOP because of the small-town feel it gave me. I love the smaller class sizes and availability of the professors. There’s more time for one-on-one meetings, study groups, and review times. You’re more than just a number at UUSOP. You’re an individual.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I am unsure of what my future holds for me. I am looking forward to my third and fourth year rotations to really open my eyes to the opportunities the pharmacy world offers.

    What is your favorite book? Call me a big kid, but my all-time favorite books are still the Harry Potter series. I could watch the movies and read the books over and over and never tire of them!

    When you have free time what do you like to do? When I have free time I like go home to see my family and my boyfriend, or have them visit me. Long distance relationships, with your family, friends, or significant other, are hard. It’s important that I see them as much as I can!

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Union is an amazing place. When you find where you belong, you’ll know. It is your life, your experience. If you want it bad enough you can make it happen. Obstacles are only truly obstacles if you let them stop you from your goals. Push hard for what you want and it will happen. Make sure you are happy, wherever you end up.

  • Sonia Pernia ('16) Sonia Pernia ('16), Jackson, Tenn.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I speak three languages.

    Favorite quote (give attribution): “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein

    Favorite bible verse: Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? Through my life, my parents have guided, encouraged, and supported me. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Serving on the Admissions Committee. It’s such a rewarding experience to share my love of Pharmacy and of Union with prospective students!

    Who or What inspires you? My parents are my biggest inspiration in life. They have made countless sacrifices in order to give my brother and me the opportunity for bright futures.

    If you could go back and give your P1-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Know that everything you are learning is important to your career as a pharmacist. Be committed to truly learn the material presented because it will have a real impact on patient care.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? My favorite quality about UUSOP is the people. From the administration to faculty and staff to fellow students, everyone works together to create a truly wonderful environment.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I grew up in Jackson and had always known of Union’s reputation for solid academics and Christ-centered values! My conversations with faculty and students on interview day helped solidify my decision, as I immediately felt welcomed and at home at UUSOP.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I’m still undecided! Most of my experience is in community pharmacy, and I have very much enjoyed my time there.

    What is your favorite book? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    When you have free time what do you like to do? Spend time with family and friends, play with my dogs, watch movies, read.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Be dedicated to your studies and also take advantage of the wonderful opportunities to serve your community through student organizations.

  • Chris Buckley ('17) Chris Buckley ('17), Bartlett, Tenn.
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I have a Master’s Degree. It was very mentally grueling.

    Favorite quote (give attribution): “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

    Favorite bible verse: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? I don’t have just one. I would say both of my parents. They taught me the fundamentals of life and introduced me to God.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Admissions Committee. It’s nice to see new faces and potential students.

    Who or What inspires you? The future inspires me. I’m excited for things to come, knowing my hard work will point me in the direction of success.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I like how everyone is so friendly all the time and how the faculty will always try to help you succeed.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? The state of the art facilities, Christ-centered education, and small class sizes.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? Independent pharmacy.

    What is your favorite book? The Great Gatsby

    When you have free time what do you like to do? I like to travel. I love a good road trip.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Anything you want to do in life, you need to pursue it. Your potential only goes as high as you let it.

  • Lacey Dunkley ('17) Lacey Dunkley ('17), Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Favorite quote (give attribution): “Only a life lived for others is a life worth living.” – Albert Einstein

    Favorite bible verse: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My mom has been the most influential person in my life. I am so grateful for the blessing of having such a strong, intelligent, Christian woman as my mother. She always encourages me to follow the plan the Lord has for my life, and to live it fully!

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I love being involved with the APhA-ASP organization. There are so many opportunities to contribute to our community and grow professionally.

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I love the relationships we have with our professors. Each professor sincerely strives to help us achieve academic success, but they also care for us as individuals and earnestly pray for our well-being.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? I chose UUSOP because of the smaller program size and the commitment to a solid pharmaceutical grounded in a Christian foundation. I love the sense of community and the interactions I have with my peers and professors.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? At this point, I can see myself practicing in a community pharmacy setting. I love interacting with patients!

    When you have free time what do you like to do? I love to read and travel – one of the items on my bucket list is to visit every continent.

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Persevere in all your efforts! I sincerely believe that Pharmacy is a wonderful profession and a true calling. If you work hard and stay committed now, you will be blessed for it in the long run.

  • John E. Puryear ('15) John E. Puryear ('15), Carthage,Texas
  • Notable or unique fact about you: I am the son of a Southern Baptist pastor.

    Favorite quote (give attribution): Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Lord Alfred Tennyson - Ulysses

    Favorite bible verse: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” – John 15:13

    Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? I would have to say my grandfather and father had the greatest influences on my life.

    What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Without a doubt the medical mission trip to Honduras has been my most rewarding experience while attending UUSOP. It allows you as a student to see firsthand the impact you can have on lives as a health care professional, but most importantly the experience will transform you in a way that cannot be described.

    Who or What inspires you? Every day my fiancé, family, and friends inspire me to push myself harder and become the best practitioner I can possibly be. It is with this motivation and confidence that I am able to press on through the difficulties of life and school

    What do you like best about UUSOP? I like the fact that hear you are not a number. Our professors know you by name and some of them really care about their students enough to take time from their busy schedules to address any concerns both academically and personally. There are faculty members that I strive to one day be like professionally, but more importantly they hold values and standards that I hope to hold myself to.

    Why did you choose UUSOP? The small class size was the most influential factor. Along with the family environment that is portrayed during the interview process.

    In what kind of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I wish to pursue a clinical pharmacy practice in pediatric oncology or pediatric intensive care.

    What is your favorite book? Gifted Hands by Ben Carson When you have free time what do you like to do? I like to hike with my fiancé and puppy. Secondly I like to spend time with the friends I have made here at UUSOP

    What advice do you have for prospective students? Anything in life is obtainable, but you must be willing to put forth the work.

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