Student Ambassadors

2015-2016 Student Ambassadors

The goal of the Student Ambassador program is to represent the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences programs in a professional and friendly manner to prospective students. Student Ambassadors assist our admissions team with open house events, visitation days, interview days and campus visits. They communicate with prospective students, mentor newly accepted students and travel to recruitment fairs and club information sessions with Admissions Counselors when their schedules permit.

This academic year, we have 58 Student Ambassadors serving our admissions office. We invite you to read more about them in the biographies found below. We will be featuring a new group of ambassadors each month. 

Carrie Baker, P1

“I am a first year student pharmacist from Bedford, Pennsylvania. I completed my undergraduate studies at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and one of the reasons I chose to attend Campbell was because I attended a much larger school for my undergraduate education. I wanted to have a more personal education that I could tailor to better fit my needs. The close-knit community type environment that Campbell creates is another thing that drew me to the school, and something that my previous school did not have. Campbell is also providing me the opportunity to do a dual degree and obtain my Master of Business Administration while working towards my Doctorate of Pharmacy. I am a member of Pharmacy Alumni Student Association (PASA) and APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-SCP). After completing pharmacy school I would like to do a residency, but I am unsure of what kind of job I would like to eventually have.”

Dan Botzenhart, P3

“I am currently a third year student pharmacist at Campbell. Before coming to Campbell, I lived in New York. I grew up in a very small town outside of Binghamton, New York, called Owego. I am the fourth child of five and have three sisters and a brother. When I graduated high school, I decided to go to the University at Buffalo to major in Pre-Pharmacy. I spent three years doing prerequisite courses there, but fell in love with Campbell when I visited and decided to come here for pharmacy school. Aside from school, I really like playing any of the intramural sports on campus. I also enjoy the fact that because of all of the clubs here it is so easy to be involved and spend your time volunteering to help out the community. I am involved in Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. and attend various events that are held by the PASA club here a Campbell.

Jennifer Collins, P2

“I am from the local small town of Dunn, NC.  I completed three years of undergraduate work here at Campbell to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in General Science with a concentration in Clinical Research this past May.  I remember the first time I visited Campbell, I knew instantly that it was where I belonged.  There were many attributes of Campbell that really stood out to me on that visit.  I was overwhelmed with the family atmosphere and how close one can become with classmates as well as professors.  I love the small class sizes and that the faculty and staff here really want to help you succeed. The professor’s open-door policy is a true testament to that.  I am currently involved with a few organizations; National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), American Pharmacists Association’ (APhA), and Pharmacy Alumni Student Association (PASA).  After graduation I hope to work in an independent pharmacy and focus on getting certified in certain specialties; such as becoming a Certified Asthma Educator.”

Shannon Eidsness, P3

“I am a third year student pharmacist from Sykesville, MD. I came to Campbell because I had gotten my undergrad degree from the University of Maryland, College Park (a humongous school), and I was really looking for a school with a smaller community feel. Campbell University is certainly that school, and when people tell you that you will become a part of the Campbell family, they aren’t kidding! Campbell has made me feel right at home even though I’m hundreds of miles from home, and I love knowing that I am a name here, not just a number. I am not enrolled in a dual degree program, but I have still been afforded many great opportunities to be involved and become a leader while honing my pharmacy-related skills. In addition to being a student ambassador, I am a tutor for the college of pharmacy, Finance Vice President of APhA, bylaws chair of Phi Delta Chi, and a member of SSHP. After I graduate, I hope to pursue a residency in oncology pharmacy.”

Matthew Fowler, P1

“I am a first year student pharmacist from Asheboro, North Carolina, which I often identify it as the home of the North Carolina Zoological Park. I chose Campbell University because of the family oriented atmosphere as well as the small class sizes. All of my professors have had an open door policy throughout my time here at Campbell and that has made all the difference in the world. I came to Campbell my freshman year of college and completed three years of undergraduate studies and will receive my Bachelors of General Science with a concentration in Clinical Research in May of 2016. Campbell quickly became home to me my freshman year and still is to this day. I have met some of my best friends on this campus and especially in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. I thoroughly enjoy the community pharmacy atmosphere and I have also considered opening my own pharmacy one day. A random fact about me is that I have a twin sister that attends Appalachian State University who is also pursuing a degree in the health sciences field.”

Taylor Griffies, P3

“I am currently a third year student pharmacist, but this is my 5th year here at Campbell. I completed two years of undergraduate studies at CU, and was accepted to begin pharmacy school after the completion of those two years. My hometown is Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, which is a relatively small community. Coming from that background really helped me feel at home when I visited campus in my senior year of high school. Because of the small town, community and family-like atmosphere I felt immediately that this was my new home. Upon starting pharmacy school I got involved in many organizations through CPHS. I pledged a professional fraternity and became a Brother of Phi Delta Chi. I also joined APhA, SSHP, ASCP, and Student Ambassadors. After one year of being a part of the CPHS Ambassador program I became one of the Co-Presidents! I love this leadership role, and look forward to meeting prospective students when they visit our beautiful campus! After graduation I plan to apply for both a PGY1 and PGY2 so that I can one day specialize in geriatric pharmacy.”

Caroline Horner, P1

“I am a first year student pharmacist enrolled in the dual PharmD/ MBA program. I am from Spartanburg, South Carolina. I went to Campbell for undergraduate and chose to continue with pharmacy school here. The friendly and helpful professors drew me to Campbell, along with the atmosphere on campus. The faculty’s open-door policy is beneficial to getting to know the professors and getting help from them. I am keeping my options open for opportunities after pharmacy school.”

Brooke Kopelakis, P2

“I am a current second year student pharmacist and hail from Canton, North Carolina. I have been at Campbell since 2011 when I came here as an undergraduate student. I chose Campbell originally for undergrad because it had a pharmacy program and because I fell in love with campus, but I stayed here for pharmacy school because of the faculty and staff. The support system here at Campbell is amazing and one I never take for granted; all of the professors are truly here to see us succeed and are always willing to talk and assist us as we learn to become leaders in our profession. I completed my BS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, which involved doing a three month internship at Novartis Vaccines where I did research on ELISA assay parameters. In addition to being a student ambassador I am also a brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. I have recently become very interested in the prospect of doing a residency upon graduation and hope to one day work in an area of pharmacy that allows me to work very closely with patients.”

Erin McMichael, P1

“I am a P1 from Summerfield, North Carolina. I was drawn to Campbell University primarily for its family- like community. My first experience with Campbell was with HPREP and I just felt like this was the school for me. I loved the faith based atmosphere, the professors are all willing to help you however they can and the small town feeling is perfect for me. Currently, I hope to become a retail pharmacist when I graduate, but I’m keeping my mind open since I’m only a P1.”

Heather Peele, P2

“I am a P2 originally from Spruce Pine, NC.  I was so excited to enroll at Campbell because of the caring attitude of the faculty and staff that I noticed when I first started the interview process.  My husband is active duty Army, and I commute every day from Ft. Bragg.  After I graduate, I would love to one day be a hospital pharmacist in a rural area of western North Carolina.  A random fact about me is that I love animals and I did a lot of volunteer work with the local humane society when we were stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.  My furbabies are like my children!”

Katelynne Poole, P1/2

“I am a PharmD/MSPH candidate and I am currently in my Masters year.  I am from Salisbury, North Carolina. I attended Brevard College, where I was a member of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Team.  I chose Campbell because of the great reputation the pharmacy school has and the availability to explore the different avenues I can take as a future pharmacist.  After starting at Campbell, I learned very quickly that Campbell emphasizes community service, to make a difference in the health of the community we are serving. Campbell is the place to be if you really want to make an immediate impact on the lives of other individuals.”

Mary Hannah Ross, P3

“My name is Mary Hannah Ross and I’m a P3 PharmD student from Henderson, North Carolina. I graduated from NC State University with a degree in Human Biology and a Spanish minor. After attending a big undergraduate school, I decided that I needed a smaller environment to continue my pharmacy studies and Campbell seemed like the perfect fit. I really enjoy the family atmosphere at Campbell and feel that every person at CPHS has helped me grow as a leader. In addition to Student Ambassadors, I am also a member of Phi Lamda Sigma, APhA-ASP, NCPA and Phi Delta Chi. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a career as a community pharmacist. When I’m not studying I enjoy traveling, running, attending NC State sporting events and visiting friends and family.”

Sierra Timmons, P1/2

“I am from Pittsboro, North Carolina and I am a P1 dual student in the Masters in Clinical Research and Doctor of Pharmacy joint program. I transferred to Campbell after my freshman year of undergraduate because it not only offered the major I chose, but it also felt like home. I began working on my research project for MSCR this semester. I am currently a member of GCRO, formally SAB, and I work at the pharmacy on campus. Upon graduation, I would like to take over the independent pharmacy back home and conduct small clinical trials out of it.”

Haley Webster, P2

“I am a second year student pharmacist. I am from the small town of Randleman, North Carolina, which is right by the zoo. I completed three years of undergraduate work at Campbell University before entering pharmacy school. I chose Campbell University because of the size and just the feeling of being at home. I felt comfortable in the small town atmosphere and loved that professors knew me by name. I am President-Elect for the Pharmacy Legislative Interest Group and a member of the professional fraternity Phi Delta Chi. When I graduate, I want to work in an underserved community either in a hospital or in a community pharmacy.”

Molly Winston, P2

“I am from Wake Forest, NC and am a P2 in the pharmacy program. I completed the 3+1 program here in pharmaceutical sciences. I chose Campbell because I loved the small, hometown feel. All of the professors are extremely kind and helpful. I immediately felt at home when I first came to visit. I am a brother of Phi Delta Chi and hold a position of vice- fundraising chair. I am also a member of PLIG. I would like to work in an independent pharmacy setting as I feel you get to really know your patients and create a lasting relationship with them.”