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CHSU Ignite the Future Scholarship Gala 2017

CHSU Ignite the Future Scholarship Gala 2017


Hi I’m Wendy Duncan. One of the greatest
privileges I’ve had is to serve CHSU as its Provost in Interim Dean of
pharmacy. CHSU was founded specifically to recruit students locally, educate them as
top of the shelf practitioners and then retain them here in the Central Valley
to serve their communities and to serve the underserved. I know of no university
that has such a profound mission and I know of no university that lives its
mission every day as we do. I think it’s that mission that’s allowed us to
recruit two amazing new Dean. Dan Brown will be starting as our next Dean of
Pharmacy this year. He’s an incredible practitioner and is well known all over
the country. As a matter of fact I’ve even received emails from a local deans
telling me what a catch we had.One of the things that Dan told us is that it
was our mission that is bringing him here. Doug Wood will be our founding Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Doug has served as being at three
different institutions and was the founding dean at Mesa in Arizona. Mesa
was really interesting because it was specifically founded to serve the
underserved and had a very innovative curriculum. Doug will be bringing some
really interesting ideas and we’re going to have some wonderful interprofessional
education as a result of that. Our mission has really motivated our
students as well. They have served in so many capacities in the community and I’m very proud of them. My name is Madison Festerman. I’m a P1 here at CHSU and I
grew up right here in the Central Valley. I am the inaugural secretary for SNPhA,
which is student national pharmaceutical association. They basically focus on
serving the underserved in the community. I am also a part of SNPhA we did a
prescription for service project and we actually won region five finalists. So
we’re going to Nationals in June. In undergraduate school I feel I did very
well academically. I graduated Cum Laude and I graduated two quarters early
from Cal Poly, which was an accomplishment for me. I worked really
hard I worked a lot of hours at the same time because I put myself through school
financially. I received the Honor Scholarship for a continuing scholarship
for all four years while I’m here. To me scholarships are them saying I’ve seen what you’ve done and I’m putting my faith into you to continue to do that and it
really really means a lot to me. I’ve worked with kids with autism for the
past three years and it’s what put me through undergrad, so my interest right
now is to kind of stay in that area and combine my two passions of pharmacy and working with kids with autism. A special message to the donors would be thank you. They have no idea of the difference they make in our lives by putting their faith
in us and supporting us and helping us. Every little bit helps every little bit makes a difference and it’s truly appreciated. Hi my name is Harneet Kaur and I’m currently a second year pharmacy student at California Health
Sciences University College of Pharmacy. I was born and raised in Punjab, India. I
originally came to United States to pursue my bachelor’s in cell and
molecular biology and a minor in chemistry. My mother always dreamed of
giving her children the best education because she believed that education is
the best resource one can have in life. If you want to make a change or be the
change. She didn’t want her children to go through the same hardships that
she went through she sent me and my brother to one of the best schools
ranked number one in Punjab, India. The school tuition was far beyond what my family could afford, but my mother she worked two jobs, worked very hard just to
make sure that she sent her children to the best school. I have been working very
hard to make it to where I am today and become the very first one in my family
to have a doctorate degree. I’m glad to be part of CHSU because it feels like
we’re one big family working together as one team to support each other to become better healthcare professionals so we can support and serve our community here in Central Valley. We the pharmacy students face many challenges. My husband, he’s also a P2 with me which is a challenge itself. We are trying to study,
together finance our education just based off of our little
loan money and trying to work together as intern pharmacists for Rite Aid. My
message to the donors is that I will forever be grateful for this opportunity
of a lifetime to have received a scholarship of award for my education. I
want to leave on a quote that I have loved since childhood by Lewis Carroll. “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what
we do for others.” Thank you. My name is Amanda Key I am a first-year pharmacy student here at California Health Science University. I was born and raised
here in Fresno. I went to Clovis West High School and then went to Fresno City
junior college and then actually went to California State University Fresno. I am
usually very involved in anything that I do whether it be church or school so in
undergrad I did join quite a few clubs. I was actually vice president of the
Pre-Pharmacy club. I have a younger sister we are only 20 months apart and
our parents raised us to always be motivated. Pursue your goals obviously
like any good parents, but my dad actually didn’t get his degree until we
were- when I was in eighth grade, my sister was in sixth grade. He kind of
went back, not necessarily just for job opportunity, but to prove to us that you
know you need to stay motivated. When you start something finish it and he hadn’t.
It’s just been amazing having a parent go through that even with a family. I did
receive the Honor Scholarship. It is a four-year scholarship that was actually
for my undergraduate grades. It came at God’s timing. In 2015 actually right
before I started applying for pharmacy schools my dad passed away very suddenly of a car accident and receiving that scholarship was I felt like God’s way of
saying stay here, be here for your sister, be here for your mom, because it made me decide to go to California Health Science University. I have a very special
message for the donors. There is- obviously no thank you- not enough
thank yous in the world that I could give them, but this just has showed me that when I’m put in that same situation that they are,
that I am able to be generous and be able to give back to my community, I’m
going to take that. My name is Catherine Asiah-Baeza. I am part of the inaugural class here at CHSU so I graduate here at 2018. I was born here in Fresno,
California, also raised, never wanted to leave. My mom and dad came from the
Philippines. My mom is the registered nurse and my father he never made it to
high school or college so my parents were very proud of me when I got into
pharmacy school. Here at CHSU I received a Dean’s Award as well as the
President’s Award. I was actually a teen mom. I had my son when I was 18, three
days before my 19th birthday, and he was a huge motivating factor in my life. Not
only was it him, but said the struggles and experiences I had as the mom, pushed me to do pharmacy school and to focus on providing a great life for him and
focusing on helping others just like me. When other people thought I couldn’t
make it, just because I was a teen mom, it didn’t even matter. I had the support
from the school, I had support from the donors and I absolutely do want to pay
it forward. I have my son’s father who is now my husband who is helping me get
through school. He put his own education aside to support me and my son and it
means everything. The scholarship helps us so much just for the fact that we
didn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck anymore. It wasn’t worrying next month if
we could afford our bills, afford you know taking care of our son. It’s given
me the opportunity to spend more time with my son. He’s 11 years old and just
hearing him say mom I need help on homework and being available for that,
means everything. I would like you saw the donors thank you not only
for me but for my family. This scholarship meant so much to us. It made a huge difference in our lives. I can focus on being a student, a mother, a
wife and it’s all because of them. On behalf of all of us at CHSU, I’d like to thank you, the members of our community, for supporting our
students faculty and staff in achieving our mission and helping us move to the
forefront of healthcare education in the country.

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