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Events - 2004

Special Field Trip

Date: Nov 26, 2004

Time: 10:00 am

Place: Physical Science Building

PPSA will be visiting the California Science Center to view the once in lifetime BodyWorlds art exhibit.  Body Worlds is a travelling exhibition of conserved human bodies and body parts, prepared with a technique called plastination  to reveal inner organs or structures. The exhibition has been shown in many cities in Europe and Asia; its web site claims that more than 12 million people have seen Body Worlds between 1996 to 2003.

Please RSVP ASAP by emailing PPSA at

Two of PPSA’s very own members have been accepted to local pharmacy schools after all the hard work at CalState LA.  Congratulations to Bella and Dwight for making it in. Good luck to you. 

Bella Patel

Western University, School of Pharmacy

Dwight Song

University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy

On June 11th, the Pre-Pharmacy Students Association was given a volunteer recognition award by the American Red Cross. PPSA coordinated two blood drives to help collect over 130 units of blood. This ongoing PPSA volunteer work with the American Red Cross will help add to the current blood shortage in the United States. To learn about how you can be a volunteer, go to the American Red Cross.


The School of Pharmacy at UC, San Francisco is ranked as the #1 School of Pharmacy in the country. They held an info session at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital on Saturday, April 17th. Perspective students had the opportunity to hear from UCSF alumni who became successful pharmacists. Ranging from professional careers in a children’s hospital critiquing drug therapy to an administrative position providing therapeutic solutions to physicians, students learned more about the various areas in the pharmacy field. Dr. Gary Cartolano, a clinical pharmacist at the Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, closely monitors the dosing of antibiotics and conducts laboratory tests to follow the progress of patients. Among other career options, Dr. Cartolano applies his expertise in an area different from that of retail pharmacy, in which most people are familiar. The attendees also benefited from a panel of third and fourth year UCSF pharmacy students as they spoke about their experiences. The entire day consisted of important information regarding UCSF, the admissions process, the necessary steps in becoming a successful pharmacy student, and various career options in pharmacy.

For more information, visit the UCSF website at

Rock Climbing Event

Saturday, May 15th 11am - 3pm

Beach City Rocks has 10,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing fun! Whether you enjoy the challenge or the social atmosphere, you will definitely have fun pulling your way to the top of walls as high as 30 feet or making your way by climbing through caves.

General admission is $15 per nonmember and $14 per PPSA member. PPSA will cover the costs for the brief training session, transportation, and food! All are welcomed. Sign up by emailing us at by 12:00on Friday, May 7th. Payments also must be made by May 7th Chemistry and Biochemistry Department on the 6th floor of Physical Sciences Building.


Spring Fundraiser

Tuesday, May 11th and Wednesday, May 12th from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th from 10:00am – 2:00pm

Main Campus Walkway, in front of the CSULA Career Center

Be a volunteer! Sign up to for our Spring fundraiser as we sell delicious candied/caramel apples. Send us an email at and provide your name, contact number, and the time that you would like to volunteer. The deadline to signup will be at 6:00pm on Friday, April 30th.


This Friday, May 7th, 1:00pm Physical Sciences Building, Room 607

PPSA will be hearing from an associate professor from USC, School of Pharmacy. Dr. Stan Louie, Pharm. D. has conducted research work that contributed to finding an effective treatment for human T-lymphotropic virus I (HLTV-I) link acute T-cell leukemia (ATL). Join us as we learn about his current work on intracellular concentrations of various pharmacological agents and their impact on clinical outcome. Also, feel free to take this opportunity to learn more about a career in pharmacy conducting research.


Tuesday & Wednesday, May 4th & 5thth from 10:00am – 4:00pm

You can make a difference! The Pre-pharmacy Students Association is officially affiliated with the American Red Cross. A blood drive will be held in Parking Lot D (north of the Biological Sciences Building). Show that CSULA college students care can help save the lives of others.


Friday, April 30th at 1:30pm in PS 607 – Application Process

Become familiar with the new Pharmacy College Application Process (PharmCAS) and the steps you need to take in making yourself a successful applicant.  You will also be introduced to some of the possible questions during that crucial interview.


March 5, 2004

PPSA recently hosted a Q&A Session with students from USC, School of Pharmacy.  The school of pharmacy experienced a dramatic increase in the number applicants when PharmCAS (college application process) was introduced for the first time early last year.  Cal State LA students had plenty of questions regarding USC’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program, which combines both study and work experiences.  The program prepares students for careers in community pharmacy practice, in addition to hospital pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical industry.  The enthusiastic USC students also expressed their pride in the undeniable Trojan spirit.  This is one of the reasons why the school of pharmacy received over 1200 applicants the previous year with room for only about 200 seats.