Pharmacy Alumni Volunteers Handbook
The Pharmacy Alumni Volunteer Program is a great way for you to give back by promoting valued connections between ONU, current students and prospective students. Your status as alumni enables you to offer unparalleled insight to current and prospective students and the University. Volunteers can register as members of our program online. By serving as a volunteer representative of the University and college, you acknowledge the confidentiality of student information in all aspects of your encounters with students.
This handbook is intended to aid alumni in their volunteer activities and contains the necessary tools that volunteer leaders need to facilitate volunteerism activities for the College of Pharmacy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Ways to Volunteer
- How to Volunteer
- Calendar of Events for Alumni Volunteers
- ONU Brand Messaging
- College of Pharmacy Messaging
- Volunteer Support: Pharmacy Volunteer Contacts
WAYS TO VOLUNTEER
Prospective Student Opportunities:
Job Shadow a Prospective Student:
Guide students along their paths and pair your knowledge with their interests in a career as a pharmacist. The Raabe College of Pharmacy provides a job-shadowing program that gives prospective students the chance to observe pharmacists in a workplace setting. The goal is to help individuals learn about their career options as well as the education and skills required for different occupations in the field of pharmacy.
SCOPE OF VOLUNTEERISM
The job-shadowing experience is designed to be a one-time, observation-only experience, lasting one to four hours. Job shadowing is for individual participants only and is not available for groups of students. Job shadowing is available to students based on the location and participation of our pharmacy alumni.
ALUMNI JOB-SHADOWING GUIDLEINES
- Students should be aware of HIPPA and its meaning, and agree to abide by its tenets.
- The job-shadowing experience does not fulfill any clinical or internship requirements, nor does it provide any hands-on experience.
- Job-shadowing participants are not paid for their time.
- Alumni should highlight the future direction of the profession as well as describe their own "story" to the student.
- We would prefer that alumni also highlight what their ONU degree has provided to their career and life.
Recommend a Student:
Encourage young people to visit Ohio Northern University. As competition for students in all majors intensifies, ONU needs alumni to encourage top-notch students to learn more about the University and the College of Pharmacy. Every year, students visit and apply to ONU after receiving recommendations from alumni, parents, faculty and staff members, and current students. What if each of us recommended at least one high school junior or senior each year? You can help us make a big impact!
SCOPE OF VOLUNTEERISM
We ask that you think about those who might be impacted by your story and how you might connect with them to personally encourage them to consider ONU.
Interview Prospective Students:
Help determine who will become tomorrow's leaders in the pharmacy profession. Teams of alumni, current students and professors interview more than 400 prospective students seeking entrance into the college. This interview plays a critical role in determining who will be admitted as first-year students. Alumni participation elevates the importance of the interviews and provides you with ways to stay in contact or reconnect with Ohio Northern.
SCOPE OF VOLUNTEERISM
The dean's office asks that you choose to attend one or all of our scheduled interview days, based on your availability. In this role, you will work with faculty, deans and our students to select the next group of Polar Bear pharmacists to enter the college.
Lend Your Time to Current Students and the College:
Mentor a Student:
Guide students along their path. By pairing third-year pharmacy students with alumni mentors, the annual Professional Commitment Ceremony is your chance to learn about your student's career aspirations and share your journey with them. Many of the student-mentor relationships continue long after the dinner ends. The event takes place on campus in November.
SCOPE OF VOLUNTEERISM
As a mentor, you will play a crucial role in the development and guidance of our future pharmacists. We welcome all alumni pharmacists across the nation, regardless of location, to participate. You will be matched yearly with one third-year pharmacy student with an interest in your area of pharmacy practice. As a pharmacist mentor, commitment is flexible outside of the annual Professional Commitment Ceremony. We encourage our pharmacist mentors to offer pharmacy site visits to their student mentee(s), at their convenience, to provide a more enriching experience.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
HIT THE GREENS
Annually in August | Polish (or dust off) your clubs for the annual golf outing. Don't worry if you're not Arnold Palmer; amateur golfers are welcome. We also host non-golfers who wish to reconnect with friends, grab a bite to eat and earn continuing-education credits. Above all, having fun and helping students are the main goals. The golf outing nets thousands of dollars to support the students and programs in the college.
Annually in the fall | Experience ONU during Homecoming Weekend and reconnect with great friends and reminisce about fond times. Enjoy everything Northern has to offer during this fun-filled event.
ESTABLISH A SCHOLARSHIP
Anytime | Create an endowed scholarship and leave a lasting legacy. Scholarships enable you to honor a family member, express your passion for the field of pharmacy and provide financial assistance to pharmacy students for years to come.
MAKE A LASTING DONATION
Anytime | The Lehr Society is the premier recognition society for donors giving $1,000 or more during the fiscal year, and the Heritage Club recognizes donors who include ONU in their estate plans.
BE A PRECEPTOR
Anytime | Pass on your knowledge to pharmacy interns. Preceptors bridge the gap between textbook knowledge and practical application. They help students learn the professional skills they need to be successful. Each pharmacy student must complete close to 1,750 hours in the field during the six-year program.
SPEAK IN CLASS
Anytime | Tell students about your career path. Pharmacy professionals, representing a wide range of career options, are needed to share their experiences in pharmacy classes. You can open doors for students that they never knew existed.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
All alumni wishing to register as volunteers are required make their elections to support the college online.
Follow three easy steps to find this form on the web.
- Visit www.onu.edu/get_involved
- Choose the volunteer option(s) you wish to be a part of – you may select more than one.
- To Recommend a Student, please click "Click here to fill out the student's information." You will then be redirected to an admissions form where you will enter prospective student information.
For more information, contact Scott Wills, senior director of development for the College of Pharmacy, at 419-772-2705 or
Hayley Stratton, external relations commnications coordinator for the College of Pharmacy, at 419-772-1035
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Each volunteer is asked to confirm the areas in which they choose to participate – there is no limit. The availability of assignments for volunteer activities varies based on geographic location and/or the needs of the college. Each volunteer will have the resources and support of the College of Pharmacy to ensure they have positive volunteerism experience(s). At times, we may share selected information with you to aid your communication with students and their family members, or you may handle student-contact information when collecting student-inquiry cards while volunteering. This information is privileged, and we ask that you safeguard the privacy of our prospective students, current students and their families. ONU complies with federal law regarding the confidentiality of student-education records through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
HOW YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED
A representative from the college will contact you when the volunteer options you have selected are needed by the college.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS
*Homecoming may occur in either September or October annually. Stay tuned for details.
HOW TO POSITION OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY
Ohio Northern University is a United Methodist-related institution of higher learning focused on educating and graduating students accomplished in scholastic achievement, prepared for a useful life and meaningful career, and inspired with a desire to contribute to the good of humankind consistent with Judeo-Christian Ideals.
ONU QUICK FACTS
- 3,695 students enrolled
- ONU students are from 34 states and 25 countries
- 12:1 student/faculty ratio (University ratio)
- Average freshman class size: 19
- 31,092 alumni
- More than 9,000 pharmacists have graduated from ONU since 1884
- Average ACT composite: 26
- On average, 90 percent of ONU's undergraduate students receive financial help in the form of aid, grants and scholarship
HOW TO POSITION THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
College of Pharmacy Messaging
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS OF PHARMACY?
To students and families seeking a pharmacy doctorate program in a small, family-like atmosphere, the Raabe College of Pharmacy is like no other. We are a selective, private, direct-admit pharmacy college with a rich history of teaching excellence. From day one, students are instructed, mentored, supported and given hands-on opportunities to put their educations into practice and succeed in the field of pharmacy.
ONU PHARMACY PROMISE
The Raabe College of Pharmacy has one of the best 0-6 pharmacy doctorate programs in the country. No program in the country is better at providing students with the personal attention and direct, hands-on coaching from faculty and alumni mentors who actively participate in the practice of pharmacy through research, clinical practice or drug development. ONU pharmacy students succeed because of the innovative experiential-learning aspects that are built into the curriculum, an unprecedented level of alumni participating in mentoring programs, and the faculty and alumni who are invested in helping every pharmacy student reach their full potential. When they graduate, ONU pharmacy students not only are well-prepared as practitioners, but also stand out from their peers because of their abilities to relate to and care for patients and collaborate with other health care providers.
Use these talking points to promote the college to prospective students and their families:
- DIRECT ENTRY – We boast a direct entry (0-6) PharmD program, one of only nine in the nation. This means you're admitted to the pharmacy program on day one. No waiting, no hoops, no denials after you've invested several years of college coursework. You get to be a pharmacist-in-training from the moment you arrive on campus.
- SUPPORT – Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there's no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and non-competitive environment. Your professors, fellow pharmacy students and ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you.
- SMALL SCHOOL, HUGE IMPACT – Larger institutions just can't provide the individualized attention and opportunity you'll find here. From fielding calls in the Drug and Health Information Center to counseling patients at a community health fair, from helping a professor with grant-funded research to heading up a pharmacy student organization – the opportunities open to you are truly incredible!
- BECOME PART OF A POWERFUL NETWORK – When you come to ONU, you become part of a powerful and close-knit network of ONU pharmacists. During your third year of pharmacy school, for example, you will take center stage at the annual Professional Commitment Ceremony, where you'll be paired with an established pharmacist mentor and presented with your very own pharmacist's white coat. During the ceremony, you'll get the chance to share your journey and career aspirations with a successful pharmacist who truly cares. Many of these student-mentor relationships continue long after you graduate. And, wherever your career takes you, you're sure to encounter an ONU pharmacist who has your back.
ONU PHARMACY QUICK FACTS:
- Approximately 98 percent of our graduates pass the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NABPLEX) on their first attempt.
- One in every four pharmacists in Ohio are ONU graduates.
- 97 percent of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
- Our alumni network is close to 7,000 members strong; it's one of the largest in the country.
- You will receive an unparalleled educational experience from an institution ranked No. 2 among Midwest regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in Best Colleges 2016.
- The pharmacy program is ranked in the Top 15 private colleges of pharmacy in the nation, and Number 1 in the state of Ohio.
WHERE ONU PHARMACY STUDENTS END UP:
- WITH LOTS OF OPTIONS – Did you know that there are more than 60 pharmacy concentrations that you could go into after receiving your PharmD? Pharmacists have evolved into one of the most integral components of the health care team, as they provide patients a unique mix of medical knowledge and interpersonal skills to address their health-related concerns. Managing patients with life-threatening diseases, providing important immunizations to children and the elderly, identifying drug interaction problems, engaging in lab research, owning a community pharmacy – these are just a few of the many roles that pharmacists can play. Another great thing about the Raabe College of Pharmacy is that we expose you to a wide range of potential practice areas. You're sure to uncover a path that you feel passionate about.
- IN DEMAND – The expanding role of the pharmacist will create new jobs in the healthcare field.
- EARNING A TERRIFIC SALARY – The average annual salary for a pharmacist is $120,950. (2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Raabe College of Pharmacy
Ohio Northern University
525 S. Main St.
Ada, OH 45810