#UMMC2017: Sollis Goes From Cheerleader To Leader In School Of Pharmacy

Stephanie Sollis looks forward to a residency at University of Kentucky Healthcare after graduation from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

When Stephanie Sollis leaves for residency after graduation, she will bring with her the leadership skills she honed in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as well as the discipline developed by participating in competitive cheerleading.

Sollis, a Corning, Arkansas, native, was voted class secretary/treasurer during her first year of pharmacy school before being elected to a two-year term as Pharmacy student body president.

“My first year was spent in Oxford, and then I moved to Jackson and became School of Pharmacy student body president,” she said. “As student body president for the SOP, I was also one of our ASB representatives. Through this role, I was able to connect our students to happenings on the UMMC campus so that more students became informed and involved. At the same time, I could organize events within our school, so I think I had the best of both worlds. I’m also glad to see that the SOP is becoming more involved on the UMMC campus as more and more students pursue leadership roles!”

Dr. Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs in the School of Pharmacy, has watched Sollis’ leadership abilities grow during her time at UMMC.

Ross

“Stephanie is an extraordinary student leader in the School of Pharmacy and represents our School in interprofessional forums such as the UMMC ASB. She organizes and coordinates many important functions in her role of SOP Student Body President, but more importantly, she generates enthusiasm and excitement among her peers for pharmacy’s role in patient care.”

After Sollis participated in an elective Leadership and Advocacy class during her second professional year, “it was immediately evident that she had innate leadership skills,” Ross said. “It has been a delight to watch her leadership…

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