by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
Four third-year (PY3) PharmD students have taken on leadership roles in the Loma Linda University Student Association (LLUSA). A major goal of the organization is to plan events and activities that involve students across the campus, regardless of their professional programs or school affiliations.
“The LLU Student Association is about the interdisciplinary approach infused into each event,” says LLUASA president and PharmD student Bishoy Tannious, “and continues well into the future with friendships and networking opportunities that last a lifetime.”
LLUSA secretary and PharmD student Mayrim Torres sees a busy schedule ahead for the student association. “We are continuing to expand events with the goal of getting students excited about meeting fellow students from the many professional career paths across the university.” She continues, “The student association is all about getting students together.”
Public relations officer and PharmD student Vanessa Ardon appreciates the outreach aspect of LLUSA. “The LLU Student Association also reaches into the community with social, spiritual, and career activities, states Ardon.”
PharmD student Shari McClendon is LLUSA co-social vice president. “Serving with LLUSA is a great opportunity for students to experience leadership and volunteer service opportunities,” she points out.
The LLU School of Pharmacy currently has four students in LLUSA leadership roles out of a total eleven. During the coming school year, PharmD students will serve in six LLUSA positions.
Photo: School of Pharmacy LLUSA officers Shari McClendon, Bishoy Tannious, Mayrim Torres, and Vanessa Ardon.