Pharmacy in the Frontier


Regarding the Site:

The Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy’s first class of 2006 graduated in the Spring of 2010.  Being a relatively new, some have yet to hear of the Rangel College of Pharmacy.  I started this blog in the hopes that I can convey the experiences of a student here to those that may be interested in entering the field of pharmacy or wish to know more about the Rangel College of Pharmacy.

The College’s website can be found at:

About the Site’s (Current) Name:

The Rangel College of Pharmacy is situated in Kingsville, Texas: a city with about 25,000 people (according to the 2000 U.S. Census).  Compared to my residence in Houston, Kingsville is a very small town.  Additionally, the Rangel College of Pharmacy is the first professional school south of San Antonio.  This – in my eyes -  makes Kingsville a “frontier.”

The tagline has more of a humourous start to it.  Prior to entering the Rangel College of Pharmacy, I used to attend the University of Houston Main Campus as a Pre-Pharmacy major.  The mascot at UH is the Cougar.  Upon being accepted at Rangel College of Pharmacy, there were questions as to whether we had a mascot.  This is due to the fact that the college is located on the Texas A&M University – Kingsville campus but is in fact part of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, which is scattered throughout the state (the main administrative offices are in Bryan, Texas. It moved from College Station in the Summer of 2010).  As I understand it from this writing (5 August 2010), TAMUK’s mascot is the Javelina, while the nickname given to students at TAMU are Aggies (the Mascot, instead, is Reveille).  Upon this revelation, I asked a few friends:

“So… if I’m at Rangel College of Pharmacy, which is under TAMHSC but is on the TAMUK campus, does that make me an Aggie, a Javelina, Both, or Neither?”

One unfortunate friend answered: “A Javelin Wielding Cougar?”

Hilarity ensued.Javelina Wielding Cougar

Image courtesy of Christine C. Nguyen (c. 2010)

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