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Posts Tagged ‘Pharmacy and Me’

Noteworthy Nuggets from My Little Corner of the World

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Greetings from Orlando.

I know, don’t hate me. But it’s sunny and 70-something-ish as I type this.

I’m at ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference, along with 800+ other new people.  I’m enjoying this meeting, because it’s full of people who I don’t normally get the opportunity to interact with on a daily basis.  On top of that, I’ve been working online a lot today in plotting ahead to 2015-16.

So, here’s the noteworthy nuggets I’ve been trying to glue in my brain for the past couple of days.

1. Butler University student published books – When I look at the table below in planning ahead for the next academic year on book 7, all I can think is–wow.  Has this project really grown into this many projects and books?  Here’s a cool video interview on one of the two books being published as I type this.


Butler University Student-Written & Published Book Projects

2. 5 Things I’ve learned at ASAE Great Ideas – Well, I’m certain I’ve learned a lot more than 5 things at this conference, but here are the stickiest things thus far (and there’s still 1 more day to go for this conference):

  • a. Associations don’t want to be awesome.  This is the biggest Debbie downer realization, but the more I think about it, it’s true.  One speaker said that awesome ideas scare the sh*t out of boards, and even if they say they want innovative ideas, they really don’t want them at the end of the day.  I think she’s right.  This kind of bums me out, because I think trade associations should be moving and pressing forward in a profession, not holding it back.  If you are driving an association, I hope you don’t have this mindset, but I’m afraid many do.
  • b. Instagram/Yik Yak and Snapchat are the trifecta for college kids and young professionals via social media.  If you’re not using them in a non profit or an association, you’re doomed.
  • c. The top 10 big trends that are coming – how are you adapting to them? If you want to see what they are, look at my personal twitter feed for today – (@ErinLAlbert) – there’s a slide buried in it on these trends.  The ASAE Foundation paid for this trend study, so I won’t publish their data on my own blog.
  • d. Everything is like Netflix now – There’s even a subscription women’s clothing company now.  The first thing I’m going to do when I get home is try this out.  Netflix for clothes…? SIGN ME UP!
  • e. Books are everywhere here – I like that a lot of speakers at this event have actually published books on their areas of expertise. I even ran into some peeps in the audience who have written and published books but were just attending this event, like me.  Here are the books that speakers presented and attendees/speakers wrote.  (One was at the ASAE bookstore by an author I know, so I’m putting her latest book on the list too.)  Sorry, I’m just turning into a book snob – in that, if your ideas are that awesome, you should have a book on them, rather than just talking about them.  So, here’s a list of people walking the talk!

SPIKE Your Brand ROI – by Adele Cehrs
The Necessity of Strangers – Alan Gregerman
Overcoming an Imperfect Boss – Karin Hurt
Knowing Y – Sarah Sladek
42 Rules for Engaging Members Through Gamification – by Alcorn & Turner

3. I’m missing SX – One of these decades, I’m going to get to SXSW.  But, while I’m at this meeting, I’m enjoying the tweets from Austin too.  Maybe one day I’ll get there–and then and only then, will I be cool.

4. The future of pharmacy is here! I prattled on recently about where I think pharmacy is heading – the good, the bad and the ugly. Todd Eury allowed this to happen over at Pharmacy Podcast.  The audio is here, and the show notes are here.  If you’re a pharmacist, feel free to tweet me and let me know if I’m full of hot air, or if you agree with me.  Regardless of whether or not you agree, part of being a professional in my mind is discussing the future and owning it, rather than letting it own you. I also heard from Adele Cehrs today that associations need to “own” the whispered stuff about them, rather than ignoring it.  I agree with her.  And thus, I look forward to mixing it up with my colleagues.

5. Why? So, I attended a career development session at ASAE today too.  One of the speakers said we have to get Simon Sinek and ask ourselves the deep, philosophical “why” we are here, what gets us out of bed in the morning, etc.  When we paired and shared, my why is the same as it has been–to litter the universe with knowledge.  That’s my why I’m here thing.  What’s yours?  Think about it – because it will drive a lot of other decisions you have and make in your life.


World Book Day…

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

…apparently is today, my friends!  YAY!

There’s nothing more I love than curling up with a great story.

Ironically, just found out today too that the children’s book published by 9 BU students this past year, Pharmacy and Me – is NOW AVAILABLE online from the Butler University Bookstore (hardcopy version – they’ll snail mail it to you)! WOOT! Check it out here.

And celebrate this amazing day of books! : )

I Wanna Be…In Pharmacy

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I rarely post about pharmacy here…I like to keep it more as an outlet for writing, reading, and my other shenanigans.  However, props must be paid from an article that recently came out from one of the pharmacy organizations I am part of – the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

In their quarterly publication about academic pharmacy–Academic Pharmacy Now–you’ll see a fascinating story on the cover about engaging the NEXT generation into the profession of pharmacy.  I was THRILLED to have Butler part of that story as well, because Butler’s student senior children’s book project from 2012, Pharmacy and Me, was part of that article.  But as I read, what I found more interesting overall, two items:

1. Pharmacy is high on interest right now as a profession – Yay! But…

2. I’m frightened to think about how much pressure the next generation of students have on themselves to quickly ascertain what they want to do for the rest. Of. Their. Lives!  (That sounds so…definite.)

I’m here to advocate for pharmacy, because I think it not only is a cool profession, yes, but more important, I think (now more than ever), there are a LOT of different things one can do with a pharmacy degree.  Like–write books.  Like–be an entrepreneur.  Like–help shape healthcare reform and policy.   Like–help people live longer, healthier lives.  Like–improve public health. But, choosing a college degree and a program that is time consuming and expensive is a LOT to decide so early in your life.  It’s a daunting task, and with colleges increasing costs so much, an expensive choice to make.

Look, if you’re a kid reading this post on some fluke, if you’re thinking of pharmacy as what you want to study in college–I say, go for it.  Just keep in mind that nothing is forever, and everything is how you make it.  WHATEVER degree you pursue, it’s still all up to you what you do with it.

So choose your own adventure, and keep an open mind. (And thanks in advance for your consideration of pharmacy.  It’s a good choice to consider.)

And thanks to AACP for giving Butler the shout out!



Kicking It Up A Notch

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

So, I think I’ve sufficiently bragged enough at this blog about the 9 students who worked on compiling a student book project last year at Butler University called Pharmacy and Me.  No doubt about it – it was stellar!  The ladies working on it learned a lot, including how to work across 3 different colleges on a project where they were interdependent.

However, we thought we’d try and kick up the book project a notch this year.  We’re trying a student book project on asthma across 4 colleges this year at Butler (The College of Education, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, College of Business and Jordan College of the Arts).  While I was definitely impressed with last year’s bunch, this year’s is stepping up and representing as well, by launching a kickstarter campaign just today to get their book published.  You can watch their video at their pledge page here.

While they just launched this morning, they’re already nearly 1/2 way to their goal!  SO PROUD of all the ladies who have worked on both projects, and they never cease to amaze me.