It is easy to forget that students sometimes have needs beyond finding time to study and participate in clinical experience. , you must appear professional when working in a skill lab, working with your academic advisor, or conducting job, residency, or fellowship interviews.
Enter the Professional Clothing Closet of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) in Room 121 in the Student Services Area. This helps SOPPS and Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences students meet their needs.
Open throughout the Health Sciences campus, this closet is for all students in need of clothing. “We also have some Decker students who have donated a lot of clothing to us,” Padwa said. “He donated 75 items to the Q Center closet because we received so many donations.
“Most donations come from faculty and staff,” she added. “I have winter coats, scarves, and shoes. A student studying my job, Allie Small, checks each item for dirt and tears and arranges them in order of size, so when students come over, they call it charity. It’s more like a shopping experience. Students often come in small groups and the potential for stigma has already been removed after a short period of time.”
The Closet first began accepting donations in Spring 2022, but was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall of 2022, requests for clothing spiked again, and now he has three full racks of clothing. The closet is open every other Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but some people just stop by, Padwa said.
Most of the costumes are for women, but there are also costumes for men. “We keep track of the number of items in each size,” he says Padwa. If we don’t have a certain size, we may go to a thrift shop and buy something with the budget of the student division, but we don’t have to do it yet.
“We have a nice selection of clothes. I’m looking forward to the reaction!” said Padois.
Fully equipped food pantry
In addition to the clothing closet, Padwa oversees the health science campus’s food pantry, which is in the same room as the closet. “Mainly he works with the campus food he pantry and uses the same order book,” he says. “Students simply check off Johnson City as the pickup location on the form.”
The SOPPS location has less inventory and less variety, but most essentials and sanitary products are on hand.
“Dignity is important, so every order is served in a nondescript bag,” Padois said. “I get an email as soon as someone places an order. I write the last name and pick-up time on the bag so that the student employee can hand it in during the meeting.”
Padwa says students are asked what they would like to have in their pantries as well. For example, various spices, baking mixes, salad dressings, and other things that are not normally stocked.
“If needed, we have a small budget available from the main campus pantry,” she said. “We also partner with the Southern Tier food bank to make sure we handle everything properly. but I know how!”
Our normal pickup times are 10:30-11:30 am on Wednesdays and 11:00 am-noon on Fridays, as this is a common block time for students, so no one is in class. “Students just show their ID and pick up their bags. Hopefully it’s quick and smooth for them.
“At the end of the semester, it recovers,” she added. “If a student needs food, clothing, tutoring, student travel, records, we are basically a one-stop shop.”