I would like to welcome back our students, faculty, and staff as well as friends of Roseman who are sending children back to school, returning to work or getting started on the first goals of the New Year.
I hope that everyone had a peaceful holiday season and that the New Year brings good things to each and every one of you.
This time of year gives us the opportunity to reflect on our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Hopes and dreams, without goals and actionable steps to success, are harder to realize. It is said that by January 8th, over 25% of New Year’s Resolutions have fallen by the wayside. It takes many small steps to success to reach a bigger goal, a goal that without small steps to success, can feel unattainable. So, I send good wishes for everyone creating the opportunity for steps to success.
In many ways, this is analogous to how we envision educational success at Roseman University. One large goal must be supported by many small steps of success. In any one “block” of content there are multiple opportunities to not only learn but to check one’s knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. Unlike other schools, we don’t deliver four months of content with one culminating exam. Instead, we believe in delivering content in bite sized “blocks” during which there are multiple points to evaluate if the content is being understood–multiple opportunities to reach smaller, achievable goals. And these steps towards success have demonstrated that this approach works in the overall achievement of the larger goal. The multiple formative and summative evaluations leads to strong board passing rates and graduation rates, as well as post-graduation employment rates. This same approach works in life, in any large or difficult goal.
This issue of spectRUm highlights goodwill—goodwill to our community in the form of education and engagement. Learn about our drug take back event coming up, thanks to our incredible students on the DAAT team. This important event removes hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs in homes that could either get into the wrong hands or could be disposed of improperly. Join us on January 18th for the first Neighborhood Health Series of 2018 with Dr. David Rawlins. Learn more about how drugs are discovered, and how they get from discovery to pharmacy. Learn about our annual Give Kids a Smile® event which will be held Friday, February 2 from 9am to 4pm at the Dental Clinic at Roseman University (10894 S River Front Pkwy, South Jordan, UT 84095) located at our South Jordan Campus. Read about Emotional Intelligence and the principle of the Lifelong Colleague, and learn ways we define these life skills. I look forward to Dr. Munk’s follow up piece which will challenge us to practice some of these skills.
Thank you for all you do to be a part of our community.
May the start of your year be abundant with goodwill, and made your road be paved with success.
Renee Coffman, BS Pharm, PhD
Roseman University of Health Sciences