The philosophy embodied by the SIUE School of Pharmacy Office of Professional and Student Affairs (OPSA) can best be captured by the following quote:
“The essence of our effort to see that every (pharmacy student) has a chance, must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.”
--John Fischer, Dean, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1973
The SIUE School of Pharmacy Office of Professional and Student Affairs (OPSA) operates on the principle of the “Student Affairs Pyramid” which includes student recruitment, admissions, progression, enrichment, graduation and lifelong affiliation. Student recruitment activities focus on creating a presence for the college both locally and nationally as a venue for students to pursue pharmacy as a career.
The OPSA works with the SIUE Registrar’s Office and the Office of Admissions to facilitate the student admissions process. The OPSA performs professional student advising and helps students work with the SIUE Office of Student Financial Aid. An early monitoring program to facilitate student progression through the professional pharmacy program is coordinated by the OPSA.
The student enrichment activities are coordinated in collaboration with several offices at SIUE and include student professional and leadership organization endeavors, career counseling, job placement (e.g., career fairs), and community-based service learning. Other student enrichment programs include a faculty-student mentoring program and a student-student “buddy” program.
Also, professionalization activities such as the white coat ceremony and the pinning ceremony are organized by the OPSA. In collaboration with the Office of External Affairs and Development, lifelong affiliation with alumni will be effected by creating a network of alumni who remain involved with the student enrichment activities of the SIUE School of Pharmacy thereby also creating role models for students in the professional pharmacy program.
Student Affairs Pyramid:
A Lifelong Affiliation