Party Planning: Event Management Student Presentations

GCA 306 Event Mangement students, from L-R:

GCA 306 Event Management students take questions after their presentations. From L-R: Avi Manoucheri, Dane Medlock, Jayan Shrestha, Eugene Dorfman, Teresa Cadiz, Kimberly Fernandez, Sara Amador, Irina Dovbnya

On Tuesday May 19th, the students from Professor Gena Bardwell’s GCA 306 “Event Management” course gave their final presentations at a meeting of the Speech & Communication Department’s Communications Club. All semester, students have worked on developing and planning a large fundraising event, including everything from donors and guest speakers to the venue and menus. They were also responsible for the less glamorous details, like budgeting, to-the-minute scheduling, floor plans, and evacuation procedures. Continue reading

Guest Post: My plate is full, but I will take 4 more courses

(CC0 image via Pixabay)

(CC0 image via Pixabay)

During this finals period, take a break to read the wise words of Touro Pharmacy student Sylvia Park on managing school, stress, and life:

I love to drink coffee. I just like it, or maybe I am addicted to it? I believe that coffee helps keep my daily life running. Why do I need coffee to run my life? As a mother, a full-time student, a daughter, and a wife, my day is always occupied with so many jobs and to-dos. It is not easy to balance all my tasks and roles, and I struggle every day. I have seen a few women who can handle all kinds of jobs in their lives, but they were few, and I see them as a superhuman. 

When I decided to go into the pharmacy program at Touro, I was just married and had no kids. I had plenty of time to manage my schoolwork and housework. I was an A+ student and OK housewife. However, by the time I was accepted to the program, I had a four-month-old daughter, Agnes. I love her, and she is my joy. 

Everything was new to me. I became a mother, and a pharmacy student. The amount of work at home and school was not comparable with my past. I was a horrible student who couldn’t get good grades or even understand the material well, and also the worst mother in the world who could not give full attention to her child. I felt miserable and weak. I was depressed and tired. I felt no happiness in doing anything. After a while, I decided I needed to change my mindset.

I decided to accept myself. To accept all the things that were happening to me from the beginning of the school. I accepted that it is okay to get only a passing grade. It is okay to eat simple food. It is okay to sleep less. It is okay to not be part of a leadership group or a society. It is okay to be a busy daughter who cannot call her elderly parent as often as she should. It is okay to gain weight from all those chocolates and coffees for late studying. It is okay to lose a daddy who loved his daughter as she was his everything. It is okay to not be perfect, but to just be sincere in everything I do and try my best. 

Relax MGD©The Touro College of Pharmacy designed its program as two years of didactic courses, plus two years of outside rotations. All my P2 friends and I am almost there with finishing the first two years. Yes, during those first two years, while we were fighting to get good grades, we got engaged, got married, lost family members, had babies, got pregnant, got divorced, got a job, lost a job, gained weight, lost weight, and more, but we survived. 

We still have another set of two years in rotations to be completed. I do not know what is waiting for us, but I know that we have the ability to endure and accept whatever it might be. And at the end of the next two years, we will be so ready not only in our knowledge and skills as pharmacists, but also as strong-minded professionals who are ready to accept the challenges in our fields and our lives.

So if you, like me, have struggled with the stress of school and daily life, please remember this quote from Srikumar Rao
Once you accept, truly accept, that stuff will happen to you and there is nothing you can do about it, stress miraculously leaves your life.

Contributed by: Sylvia Park, Touro College of Pharmacy Student

For additional help, check out some of the library resources on managing stress, like:

50 Activities for Managing Stress

Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress

Or, speak with an adviser or counselor from your program to discuss managing your course load and additional support services available.

Touro students show off their oratorical skills in the Annual Speech Competition

The winners of the contest – first place went to Tsipporah Youseflaleh (second from left)

The winners of the contest – first place went to Tsipporah Youseflaleh (second from left)

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015, I had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the 19th annual Speech and Communications Department Speech Contest, held at the Midtown campus, and organized by professors George Backinoff, Gena Bardwell, and Deputy Chair Hal Wicke.  Ten students from different speech and communications classes prepared speeches, both informational and persuasive, on a variety of topics.  Sitting with me as judges were Dean Timothy Taylor and Professor Mike Walters.  We scored the speeches using a number of criteria, including organization, delivery, and content, and entries were also timed. Continue reading

Mother’s Day

HappyMother's Day

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, so don’t forget to let your mom, grandma, or other important women in your life know that you appreciate them! This tradition dates back to the late 19th century. After efforts to establish the holiday by Anna Jarvis and others, the celebration of Mother’s Day was made official in 1914 by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson. It is celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year. What are your Mother’s Day traditions?

National Nurse’s Week

Nursing school of yesteryear (Navy nurses attending class - 1940s)

Nursing school of yesteryear (Navy nurses attending class – 1940s)

Today marks the beginning of National Nurses’ Week, which runs May 6 through May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This week honors the nurses who make up a substantial and essential part of our health care service system.

As the daughter of a nurse, I remember the late nights when my mom would come home after a 12- or 14-hour shift… Continue reading

Research Day 2015

Research DayOn Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, Touro College held its Fourth Annual Research Day at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine/Touro College of Pharmacy campus in Harlem.  This was a great opportunity for faculty and students to showcase their recent research and share it with the Touro community.  Many people came to take part in this special event, including deans from graduate and undergraduate divisions and members of senior administration. Continue reading

The Poetic Art of Weeding Books

No, not that kind of weeding! (CC image by Barbara Carr)

No, not that kind of weeding! (CC image by Barbara Carr)

At the Lander College for Women’s library, an ongoing weeding project is in effect to withdraw books. This reevaluation accomplishes a number of goals. It allows the library to make room on the shelves for new materials and to recycle books to where they will do the most good, either by reassigning them to a new location or donating them to Better World Books. Continue reading

Earth Day: Celebrating Conservation and Nature

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(CC image by D Debraj)

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. The purpose of Earth Day is to bring awareness to environmental issues, lobby for environmental policies, and promote changes in human behaviors in order to maintain the ecosystem. Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Today, it is observed in more than 192 countries with more than 1 billion people participating. It is largest civil observance in the world. Continue reading

Family heirloom: In Memory of the Holocaust

Kos Eliyahu

April 15, 2015 is Yom Ha’Shoah or Holocaust Remembrance day.

This Kos Eliyahu belonged to my father’s uncle, Robert Ludwig Adler. He was imprisoned during WWII in Camp de Gurs, in southwest France, before being deported to Auschwitz, where he perished.  Continue reading

Guest Post: OTA Students Participate in NYSOTA Advocacy Day

Visiting Legislative offices to educate about OT issues

Visiting Legislative offices to educate about OT issues

On March 3rd, 2015 Touro College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students again participated with enthusiasm in the New York State Occupational Therapy Association’s (NYSOTA) annual Advocacy Day, focusing on the issue of COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) licensure. Continue reading

Calling all students on rotations! Evidence is at your Fingertips.

Touro College now has access to an exciting new resource specifically formulated for point of care use!

courtesy of EBSCOhost

courtesy of EBSCOhost

What is DynaMed?

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and health care professionals for clinical/point of care use.  DynaMed provides current evidence-based information that is accessible anytime, anywhere.

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