First Fridays in Pharmacy (F2Rx)

Beginning Fall Semester 2014, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will be offering complimentary transcript evaluations and opening houses on the first Friday of each month.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, February 6, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015

*Please note that there are no First Fridays in December 2014 or January 2015.

Students interested in attending the UC SOP are invited to meet with our Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Jamie Bero for complimentary transcript review anytime between 10am and 12noon on First Fridays. Students should bring transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) to the School of Pharmacy and they will be reviewed to determine any outstanding prerequisites. A recommendation will be made on how best to complete outstanding prerequisites in the most time efficient manner to be able to apply to pharmacy school.

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Also on First Fridays, UC SOP will host an Open House for prospective students staring at 12noon. The even includes lunch followed by a power point presentation highlighting the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy accomplishments; what sets us apart from other schools of pharmacy in the nation; and an overview of the admissions process. A tour of the school and of East Apartments will also be included.

To register for one of our First Friday Open House events visit: www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy.

For additional information, please contact:

Office of Professional & Student Affairs
304-357-4889
pharmacy@ucwv.edu

or –

Ms. Jamie Bero
Director of Student Affairs
304-720-6685
jamiebero@ucwv.edu

Want a more intensive Open House experience? Consider our ExRx (Experience Pharmacy) Open House experience. To learn more visit: http://www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy/ExRx/.

UCSOP Students Declare Their Favorite Activities in the Charleston Area (Part 1)

In the same unscientific survey where some UCSOP students reported their favorite Charleston area food options, they also listed some of their favorite activities.  So if you are thinking that Charleston is too small to offer any fun, think again, and check out this list of favorites.  Unlike the food, most of the time there were so many different answers, there was not a clear winners in the categories, so here is an overview of some of the favorites. And if you have a favorite that we have missed, leave us a comment.

Again, before checking out this list, there is something that you have to understand about Charleston, WV.  When talking about the city of Charleston, people often include surrounding areas in that conversation.  So when asked for favorites, students automatically included activities from surrounding areas.  So check out all the fun, and maybe rethink your impression of Charleston, WV!  As with the food post, we are also including some faculty and staff favorites here as well (yes, faculty and staff like to have a fun too!).  Part 2 of this post will cover favorite local events, weekend getaways, sports, and live music.

Favorite Outdoor Activity

This list included a variety

of year-round activities, including skiing, hiking, playing tennis, riding motorcycles and ATVs, zip-lining, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and participating in a variety of activities on Magic Island.  Live on the Levee is a series of free concerts in the summer on the river bank in downtown Charleston, and is also a faculty favorite.  All summer long there are a variety of musical acts every Friday night, with plenty of places to pull up a chair, food trucks for dinner or snacks, and just a short walk to some other Charleston favorites, such as Taylor Books and Ellen’s Ice Cream on Capital Street.  Many of these activities take place in the large variety of parks and wooded areas around Charleston, such as Kanawha State Forest, which is great for picnics, Frisbee, walking, studying, and has hiking and biking trails, as well as a pool.  And the students did not even mention white water rafting – a WV staple for summer and fall fun.  Try rafting the New River if you are a novice or the Gauley River if you are more experienced.   Playing golf is a faculty and staff favorite.  For those of you that have kids, I have included a like to a USA Today article about fun with kids in Charleston, but it highlights some of our student favorites also.  I guess when it comes to fun we are all just big kids!

http://liveontheleveecharleston.com/line-up/

http://adventuresonthegorge.com/

http://www.kcprc.com/coonskin_park.htm

http://winterplace.com/

http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/

3rd Floor Administrative Assistant Marea Dodd learning to golf.

3rd Floor Administrative Assistant Marea Dodd learning to golf.

A great shot of the crowd and the boats at Live on the Levee.

A great shot of the crowd and the boats at Live on the Levee.

Faculty member Ron Ramirez and his wife having fun at Live on the Levee.

Faculty member Ron Ramirez and his wife having fun at Live on the Levee.

Staff member Erika Riggs and her family are preparing to go zip-lining.

Staff member Erika Riggs and her family are preparing to go zip-lining.

Favorite Place to Shop

Student tending to gravitate toward shopping at area malls, including the Charleston Town Center Mall, the Huntington Mall (it is really in Barboursville), Beckley’s Crossroads Mall, as well as downtown and Corridor G shops.  Corridor G is a road that head south from Charleston into the coal fields of WV, but at the Charleston end has many shops and restaurants, including Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Lowes and Home Depot, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, Marquee Cinemas, Red Lobster, Long Horn, Olive Garden, O’Charley’s, and many others, all in different shopping plazas.  So you may hear people direct you to Corridor G, Southridge, Ashton Place, Dudley Farms, but it is all the same general area.  There are also hotels in that area if you are coming for a visit.  The Charleston Town Center is an excellent mall that has a variety of shops, including Macy’s, JCPenney, Sephora, Coach, White House Black Market, local cell phone providers, a bank, several restaurants and a food court, just to name a few.

http://www.charlestontowncenter.com/

http://www.huntingtonmall.com/

http://shopcrossroads.com/

Favorite Weekend Hangout

Once again the favorite hangouts included a variety of locations, including movies, coffee shops, the pool, and the mall.  Local independent bookstore Taylor Books is a student and faculty favorite.  They have coffee, beer and wine, desserts, quiche in Sundays, live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and an exhibit of local art.  Oh yeah, and some comfy seating for reading.  Below are links to Taylor Books’ Facebook page, Waves of Fun pool and water park, which at least one student specifically noted as a favorite weekend hangout (located in Hurricane, WV), and Moxxee Coffee.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taylor-Books/83841413592

http://wvwavesoffun.weebly.com/

http://moxxeecoffee.com/

Dr. Anne Teichman and her family enjoy spending time at the Kanawha City Pool, which is not far from the UC campus.

Dr. Anne Teichman and her family enjoy spending time at the Kanawha City Pool, which is not far from the UC campus.

 

UCSOP Students Declare Their Favorite Food in the Charleston Area

In a very unscientific survey this past semester, some UCSOP students sent in their favorite places to grab lunch, a burger and more.  So whether you are planning a visit to Charleston, moving to campus to start the fall semester, or even if you are one of our current students looking for a new place to try, check out this list of favorites.  And if you have a favorite that we have missed, add it in to the comment section below.

Before checking out this list, there is something that you have to understand about Charleston, WV.  When talking about the city of Charleston, people often include surrounding areas in that conversation because there are many smaller communities near the city that are definitely worth a visit.  So when asked for favorites, students automatically included restaurants from surrounding towns, including South Charleston, Teays Valley, Cross Lanes, and Sissonville.  So buckle up and start your food tour of the Charleston area!

Best Pizza

When it comes to pizza, Pies & Pints Pizzeria is an overwhelming favorite among students (faculty too!).  This local specialty pizza place started with a shop in Fayetteville, WV, where you can still visit the original, then opened in Charleston, and has now become a regional chain with locations in Morgantown, Columbus, Dayton, and opening more locations in the near future.  Check out their website and Facebook page for more information

http://piesandpints.net/

https://www.facebook.com/piesandpints

Other local favorites for pizza are Lola’s, Graziano’s, and Husson’s.

Best Burgers

Students do not mind hopping in the car and taking a ride to Teays Valley (about 20-25 minutes west) to chow down on the fat patties at Fat Patty’s.  This local chain has four locations, and serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.  You can order their beer-battered fries by the bucket!  So whether you are in the mood for the Lasso patty covered in BBQ sauce or the Luau Cow topped with ham and pineapple, or just a classic burger, Fat Patty’s has something for you.

http://www.fatpattysonline.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Fatpattys

Other popular places for burgers are Five Guys, Cold Spot, B&D Gastropub, FireSide Grill (Teays Valley), Bluegrass Kitchen, and Vandalia Grill.  And Carney’s is a new restaurant in Cross Lanes that is a faculty recommendation for great burgers!

Favorite Lunch Spot

For lunch students are all over the place in their favorites – Vietnamese, Chinese, crepes, or they may just grab a sandwich.  Two favorites are located about 10-15 minutes from campus in South Charleston – Pho Vinh Long and Yen’s Sandwich shop.

Sorry, no website for these locally owned restaurants, but check out the articles below about the great soups (BTW, even the small bowl is big!) at Pho Vinh Long, and the unique (and inexpensive) sandwiches at Yen’s.

http://whycharlestonwv.com/restaurants-in-charleston/happiness-in-a-bowl-at-pho-vin-long/

http://www.wvgazette.com/Life/201304160191

Other favorites lunch spots include Tricky Fish, Café Creperi, Taste of Asia (also in South Charleston), Pita Pit, The Wheelhouse, M&M Mart and Deli, Bellicino’s, and First Watch.  Las Trancas Mexican Restaurant is a faculty favorite.

Favorite Restaurant

This one got a lot of responses, with no clear winner.  Some of them also showed up in the lists above, and some are chains and some are local.

Popular choices were Soho’s (at the Capital Market), Adelphia Sports Bar, Pies and Pints Pizzeria, Bluegrass Kitchen, Fazio’s, Main Kwong, Su Tei, Cracker Barrel, Lone Star, Chop House, Tidewater, Top Spot Country Cookin’ (in Sissonville), Black Sheep Buritto & Brews, and the buffet at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes.  A faculty favorite is the South Hills Market and Café.  Check out the links below to see what’s on the menu.

http://www.bluegrasswv.com/

http://su-tei.com/

http://adelphiasportsbar.com/

http://www.fazios.net/

http://topspotcountrycookin.com/

http://www.blacksheepwv.com/

http://southhillsmarket.com/