To our school community,
As we look forward to beginning a new academic year at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we are faced with the many challenges associated with COVID-19. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, while maintaining our commitment to providing our students with an outstanding pharmacy education, cutting-edge research experiences and exceptional faculty.
With the start of the semester, we will all need to do our part to help keep our school safe and healthy. Everyone will be expected to help stop the spread of COVID-19 with diligence in washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing while in our building. When you arrive at the school, you will see that our faculty and staff have been busy rearranging the furniture so that it is as safe as possible for everyone. All classrooms, the reading room, the atrium, study/conference rooms and student organization rooms have been arranged for social distancing and signage has been placed throughout the building to help us prevent people from congregating in common areas.
Our school has also developed a plan to modify pharmacy classes to provide as much safe, face-to-face class time as possible. Our plan includes a few classes held entirely virtually while others will be totally in person or a hybrid of in-person activities, including exams, and virtual classes. Labs, both educational and research, will be modified to decrease the number of students to enable safe, in-person, hands-on learning or research experiences.
Academic life will be different for us and we will face some challenges as we go forward in the “new normal,” but with every challenge comes opportunity! As you prepare for a career in pharmacy where you’ll contribute to the nation’s healthcare, you can learn and grow from this situation. You have the opportunity to give back to your school and community and taking care of those around you by being informed and practicing healthy habits and behaviors. As a healthcare professional, you can exhibit leadership by sharing your knowledge and demonstrating healthy behaviors to others at home, in school and in your greater community.
Our mission is to develop outstanding leaders in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences and we look to prepare you as the pharmacists of the future, who will employ quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care and be practice-ready and team-ready when you graduate. Although we may approach learning experiences somewhat differently during the pandemic, our mission remains the same. We believe that with the collaborative effort, flexibility and professionalism of our pharmacy community, you can and will successfully navigate this chapter in your academic life, which will provide you with experience and knowledge that will help you for many years to come.
This is an ever-changing time for us as we continue to provide exceptional educational experiences to Binghamton University pharmacy students. Thank you for putting your trust in us and joining us at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Gloria E. Meredith, PhD