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Around Campus Spring 2014

April 24, 2014
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Photo by Bennett Scarborough

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A school record 3,220 fans packed Gore Arena on Feb. 1, for the Campbell University men’s basketball team’s nationally televised Saturday afternoon game against Coastal Carolina. The standing-room-only crowd witnessed a thriller, with Campbell ultimately falling 61-58 after missing a last-second three pointer that would have sent the game into overtime. The game was one of two featuring the Camels on ESPNU.

University Launches Online Degree Program

Fifteen years after offering its first online courses, Campbell University launched its first set of online degrees in January. In addition to a Master of Education degree, Campbell now offers associate and bachelor degrees in select areas of study (such as homeland security, criminal justice and information technology) with flexible course schedules designed to meet the needs of adult students.

More degrees — such as a Master of Science in clinical research and a Master of Business Administration — could be launched as early as the upcoming academic year, according to John Roberson, Campbell’s dean of extended programs. The program is designed for older non-traditional students or students currently serving in the military.

“The goal is to better serve our students,” Roberson said. “Prior to receiving authorization to offer online degrees, students could earn no more than 49 percent of their degree requirements online. Once active duty military students hit the 49 percent mark, they could no longer continue their studies with us. Furthermore, many other adults students will benefit from the flexibility of earning a Campbell University undergraduate or graduate degree online.”

Teachers group earns top honor

The Campbell chapter of the Student North Carolina Association of Educators received the Gold Ribbon, Outstanding Chapter Award for exceptional achievement for the 2013-14 academic year. The award was presented at the organization’s spring conference in Raleigh April 28-29.

“This was an amazing honor, and I am so glad that we can be recognized for our outstanding effort,” said Ashly Harbach, president of the Campbell SNCAE chapter. “SNCAE is an exceptional organization and makes a significant impact in the lives of future teachers.”




Nursing joins growing health sciences curriculum

The N.C. Board of Nursing granted Campbell University Initial Approval Status in January, allowing the school to start a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is scheduled to enroll its first class of 50 students this fall.


The program will be headed by founding director Nancy Duffy, former associate professor, director of undergraduate programs and associate director of simulation at the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing. As with the recently launched physician assistant program and Campbell’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine, the nursing program will help address a workforce shortage in Harnett and its surrounding counties, as well as the state, says Duffy.

“Campbell is about the rural and underserved, and we have focused our clinical experience in counties that are rural and in areas with underserved populations,” she says. “Also, we’re going to focus on interprofessional education, which is critical for health care today. Here at Campbell you have programs in physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, osteopathic medicine, and pharmacy all working together. Our students will be training alongside other health professional students.”

Campbell’s first nursing students will receive two years of general education followed by clinical rotations beginning in the fall of 2016. The N.C. Board of Nursing will re-survey Campbell’s nursing program in the spring of 2018, when the first nursing students are expected to graduate. At that time, the university is a candidate to receive full approval status.

Currently, there are more than 1,000 nursing jobs open in areas near Campbell, including Durham, Raleigh, Goldsboro and Smithfield, Duffy says. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics has estimated that the RN workforce needs to grow by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020. The Initiative on the Future of Nursing — an Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Foundation project — has called on schools to increase the proportion of nurses with bachelors degrees to 80 percent by 2020.

Duffy says Campbell is looking for nursing students who are not only motivated, but demonstrate success in the real world, too.

“You have to be able to have science as the foundation to make decisions about what kind of care you provide,” she says. “Demonstrating academic success is important, but we’ll look at individuals, too. What’s unique about them? What do they bring? Why are they here? What would make us take a chance on someone who barely meets the preferred GPA? The interview allows a different look. To get someone to tell you why nursing is important to them can be eye-opening.”

The nursing program is the fifth new academic program related to the health sciences that Campbell has begun in three years.


Photo by Billy Liggett


It had been a few years since significant snow blanketed Campbell University’s main campus, but the white stuff visited in abundance twice in Buies Creek this past winter. The second storm canceled classes for two and a half days. Pictured (left to right) are Krysta Bell, Jessica Beaver and Jordan Tripp enjoying the first few flakes that fell on Feb. 11, in the Academic Circle.


Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Physician assistant program graduates first class

Campbell University’s 34-member charter class of physician assistants earned their Master of Physician Assistant Practice degree in December, 28 months after the program launched in 2011.

The class set the bar high for those who will follow, creating the Wallace Student Society (a PA student organization dedicated to philanthropy and community service) and establishing an annual golf tournament that has raised more than $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina to date. As their final act as students, the class created the Physician Assistant Alumni Endowed Scholarship fund as their gift to the program and university.

Graduation activities began with a white coat ceremony in Butler Chapel, where each student received a long white coat to replace the short white coat they received upon entering the program. In the culture of medical education and practice, short white coats are worn by students training in the profession.

“As part of the duties in my career, I visit hospitals across the state on a regular basis,” Vice President for Health Programs and Dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Ron Maddox told the students during the ceremony. “During those visits, I am constantly complimented on the caliber of student we have at Campbell. I hear things like, ‘The level of professionalism in your students is remarkable’ and ‘we are blown away by how prepared your PA students are when they begin their rotations.’ Thank you for representing us well.”

Commencement was held in a packed Turner Auditorium the following day. Six students were inducted into the Pi Alpha Honor Society, the Physician Assistant Service Award was awarded to Ashley Nordan, and the Excellence in Professionalism Award was awarded to Andrita Stokes.

Britt Davis named assistant to the president


Vice president for institutional advancement Britt Davis has an addition to his title: assistant to the president.

In addition to his oversight of university advancement operations — which includes development and fundraising, alumni relations and communications, as well as undergraduate admissions — Davis also now represents the Campbell president’s office in different capacities, including serving as a liaison to various university constituencies such as faculty, students, staff, parents and select external organizations.

“Britt Davis has worked closely with me for several years,” said Campbell President Jerry Wallace. “In addition to his experience and knowledge of the Campbell community and higher education issues in North Carolina and nationally, Britt is known as a collaborative and highly-valued colleague by all who have worked with him.”



Victor Appau: “It has always been my desire to someday bring primary medical care to rural and underserved populations both locally and abroad. Hence, having never been on a medical mission trip, I went on this trip to serve and to learn what medical missions was all about.”

Shaina Paulrag: “Giving up a break in between block was difficult. There are a million things a medical student with one week of freedom wants to do. However, going to Honduras was probably the best decision I made. I learned so much, from conversational Spanish to doing a whole patient encounter solo.”

Erasmo Espino: “I learned that for all of the lack of resources, technology, financial stability, access to health care, and other basic privileges that many Americans take for granted, the underprivileged people of Honduras whom we treated make up [for it] in faith. . . . The overall experience was quite humbling and it was the consensus of the medical team who participated that we gained so much more from the exchange than we could have imagined.”

Liza Kessling: “The people were full of love. I almost cried when the second village used their gas generator to provide us with a light and fan when we were expecting nothing.”

Leslie George: “I was so touched by the joy and smile these children have every day. They are playing with dirty and broken toy pianos and accordions. But watching them scream at the top of their lungs to make music has left me speechless. They do not complain about the fact that their piano or accordions were broken, but instead they played as if they had the most expensive instruments in their hands. This was a huge selfless experience in which you learn to use the resources you have and accept the fact that you are limited in what you can do.”

Read more about the med school’s experience at

Med school’s first international
mission trip takes them to Honduras

By Cherry Crayton and Shelley Hobbs

The medical mission team from Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine was several days into running a health clinic in a remote village in Honduras when a girl, about 10 years old, came in with a fever. A very high fever. She was haggard and helpless. She had to be carried.

The medical team tried to give the girl an IV, but she was too dehydrated. Dengue fever, they suspected. But there were no advanced medical equipment, technologies or medications to diagnose and treat the possible dengue fever and its complications. The girl needed to be in a hospital. Now.

Dr. Brian Kessler, professor of family medicine at Campbell and the lead physician on the trip, scooped the girl up in his arms and carried her to the vehicle the group had been using. A translator working alongside Campbell’s team rushed the girl and her family to the nearest hospital.

Given the lack of resources in the village, the girl most likely would have died if not for the Campbell medical team, said Col. William Pickard, Campbell’s chair of clinical research who served as a clinician on the Honduras mission trip. “God’s providence had us there that day.”

“Us” was the first medical mission team from the School of Osteopathic Medicine to serve abroad. Specifically, eight students and seven faculty and staff members from the medical school spent the week of March 9 — their Spring Break — operating health clinics in two remote villages near Choluteca, Honduras. Over five days, they provided health care to at least 219 adults and children.

“There are so many different situations and circumstances I encountered on this trip that I hope will change me for the better in the way that I care for my future patients,” said Leslie George, one of the eight medical students who participated in the missions trip.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over five days, the eight medical students and seven clinicians and physicians who supervised them interviewed patients, performed physical exams, made possible diagnoses and offered possible treatments. Many of the patients the team saw rarely had seen a doctor in the past, if at all. Most came to the clinics experiencing aches and pains that could be traced to the demanding physical labor characteristic of their agricultural lifestyle. That included a woman who had been experiencing abdominal and back pain for two months. The pain was getting worse each day, she said. She could no longer do her daily household chores.

The medical team examined her and discovered one of her ribs was stuck posteriorly. Kessler, the lead physician, used a joint manipulation technique and popped her rib back in place. The woman’s pain subsided. She breathed a sigh of relief.

“It was incredible to see this pan out right in front of me,” George said. “It was amazing to be able to connect the skills we learned in school with the limited resources we had abroad to treat our patients.”


Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Convocation marks official launch of new Physical Therapy program

Wise words from Ben Massey Jr., executive director of the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy: “Physical therapy is no cakewalk.”

Massey spoke to the inaugural class of Campbell University’s new physical therapy program during their convocation ceremony to open the spring semester in January. He told the class about the importance of their role in the health care industry, especially in rural areas like Harnett County and other parts of the state where the population is underserved medically.

The curriculum, he said, will be a challenge.

“You will study more, read more and sleep less than ever,” Massey said. “But I assure you that you will get goose bumps the first time you help a patient take his first independent steps after a stroke.”

The convocation ceremony is a time honored tradition throughout Campbell’s academic programs and serves as a time of fellowship and celebration to mark the beginning of a new academic year. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program’s academic year runs from January through December unlike that of the other programs, which run from August through May.


Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Med school to team up with Harnett Health

Campbell announced a strategic partnership with Harnett Health System in January to transform health care in Harnett County. The partnership will include a residency program to train and keep physicians from the Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in the area during their third and fourth years of training. “We believe it will enable our students to put down roots and become the next generation of physicians who practice in this community,” Dean Dr. John Kauffman said. “These students will be your pediatricians, your family doctors, your internists, your surgeons, your OBGYNs and your emergency medical physicians.”

Law Climbs in Top Tier Ranking

Campbell Law School climbed five spots and remained in the top tier for law schools per the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings released in March. Standing 121st nationally, the ranking bests Campbell Law’s previous benchmark of 126 set a year ago.

The ranking is included as a part of the publication’s Best Graduate Schools 2015 guidebook, available on newsstands April 8.

“As legal education continues to change, we’ve sought ways to stand out while staying true to our roots and providing a strong, robust education that prepares our graduates for future success in practice and leadership,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “Our continued improvement in this ranking is a testament to the work being done on our campus.”

Campbell Law ranked high in several metrics comprising the overall rankings, including student/faculty ratio, graduates employed nine months after graduation with a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage, and bar passage. Of the seven law schools in North Carolina, Campbell Law stands as one of four institutions ranked inside the top tier.

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