Bruce Kowiatek ’02 attributes his success during his time as a student at Shenandoah University to the “faculty members [who] went above and beyond their roles as academic instructors to assume that of mentors and colleagues” as he was pursuing his doctoral degree in pharmacy and his Master of Business Administration degree.
“Shenandoah not only has great academic programs, but it also has faculty and staff who genuinely care about the well-being and success of their students,” Kowiatek said.
Kowiatek, who is an allied health sciences lecturer at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, West Virginia, was impressed with how advanced Shenandoah’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy’s practices were in the late ’90s and early 2000s, which have now become industry standards. Specifically, he suggests that using the modular learning model, having the opportunity to start conducting research for future publications, and even having a doctoral pharmacy program at all was ahead of other higher education institutions.
Since earning his two post-graduate degrees from Shenandoah, Kowiatek has “authored and co-authored several published research papers and presentations, in addition to the book anthologizing these, as well as an Organic and Biochemistry Lab Manual.” He instructs all lectures and labs at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in the following subjects: general, organic, and biochemistry; anatomy and physiology; introduction to pharmacology; and general physical science.
Kowiatek has fond memories of his time studying at Shenandoah, including “graduation, the hooding ceremony, the great clinical rotation sites, the MBA program in addition to the pharmacy program, and the beginning and continued support by the faculty and staff of my research, to name just a few of many.” And as someone who took an unconventional route after working as a pharmacist, Kowiatek says that “if you become disheartened with the particular aspect of pharmacy in which you are working, there are many other avenues which you can pursue that you may find more fulfilling.”
Written by Colleen Large
Development Writer for Office of Donor & Alumni Affairs