Building on Tradition

The State University of Iowa began to educate pharmacists through its newly established Department of Pharmacy in 1885. The 1885 Society was created in tribute to that significant chapter from our past.

The 1885 Society helps continue a long and rich history of high quality education and training by creating a link to students that provides unique and personal opportunities for mentoring and professional development. We invite you to join the 1885 Society, a recognition club for our most loyal and engaged alumni and friends.

Alumni who join the organization will have many exciting opportunities, including witnessing the college's efforts to be the first in the nation to have all of its students become active members of the State professional organization, participating in the "White Coat Ceremony" where new students are welcomed to the profession, assisting the creation of practitioner-student mentoring "teams" to facilitate lasting personal bonds, and helping plan special social events that generate opportunities to maintain or build new friendships and be reunited with former classmates.