Staci Kurmel's commitment to faith and service has resulted in the success of the new Pharmacy Alumni Network.
Recently, UIW's Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) alumni had their first alumni mixer at the Crowne Plaza Airport where Kurmel played an important role. As each graduate walked into the mixer they picked up a class notes sheet filled with marriage, children and employment updates. Kurmel was responsible for much of the hard work that made this event such a great success.
Kurmel is the lead pharmacist at Oakdell Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy that specializes in compounding medications for specific patient needs. Most recently, she has been serving the needs of her customers by meeting with legislators and pushing for strong support of independent pharmacies who rely on Medicaid support to fill certain prescriptions. Kurmel is active in the National Community Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association and the Texas Pharmacy Association.
As Founding President of the FSOP's Pre-Pharmacy Association, a student organization and as current Treasurer of the Pharmacy Alumni Network Kurmel has kept alumni connected through class notes and has helped to establish a working framework with the alumni office. Her work on the Pharmacy Alumni Network along with fellow pharmacy alum Chris Alvarado began shortly after graduation. Kurmel speaks fondly of her time at UIW where she learned the importance of balancing work and life and where she developed close friendships and a strong support network.
Her advice for current students is to never give up. "There are going to be many rough patches where you may feel like giving up, but you need to find strength within yourself and pull through those rough patches!" One of Kurmel's rough patches was in the spring semester of her second year, when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. During Spring Break while other students were relaxing, Kurmel was having a total thyroidectomy. It was during this difficult time that her family, professors, classmates and friends pulled together to help support her. She has overcome many obstacles on her path towards service and it is her faith that has given her the strength to serve and advocate for her patients.