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Life at MBKU

Life outside of class on the Marshall B. Ketchum University campus can be as rich and fulfilling as you want it to be, thanks to our stimulating array of co-curricular clubs, associations and student activities. Each offers a unique environment for personal and professional growth.

On-Campus Student Achievement Center 

Dr. Lorraine Voorhees Student Achievement Center Resource Room

We founded the Student Achievement Center (SAC) to help our talented, high-achieving students maximize their learning potential. SAC events and services are advertised via campus flyers, social media pages, MBKU email and online MBKU student dashboard.

The SAC resource room is your one-stop-shop for a quiet place to study, meet with a tutor/Peer Advisor/study group, and/or grab some candy. The resource room has a variety of personal and professional reading material, a large whiteboard, device charging station, and a chair if you simply need a short power nap.

MBKU Student Government Association

Campus involvement is ingrained as part of the student culture at MBKU. Each class is represented by an annually-elected class cabinet along with Student Government Association officers (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and committees) to represent the student body. Elections occur each spring – not including first-year class cabinet elections that take place each fall.

Every student is a member of the Student Association and also a member of the national professional organization of the respective Program’s choice. Optometry students are members of AOSA, PA students are members of AAPA and Pharmacy students are members of APhA-ASP. The Student Government Association umbrella also includes all other student organizations and clubs (the list grows every year!):


  • Drug Research & Presentations Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Health Professionals
  • Indian Student Association
  • Lions Club
  • MBKJews
  • Muslim Student Association
  • American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
  • American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
  • Beta Sigma Kappa - International Optometric Honor Society
  • Contact Lens Special Interest Group
  • National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)
  • Omega Delta (OD)
  • Private Practice Club (PPC)
  • Spanish Optometric Society (SOS)
  • Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH)
  • Vision Development & Training Club
  • Vision Rehabilitation Club
  • Pre-PA Mentorship Club
  • Student Academy of AAPA (SAAAPA)
  • California/American Pharmacists Association (C/APhA)
  • California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP)
  • College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP)
  • Future Pharmacists of America-Mentorship Association (FPhA-MA)
  • Phi Delta Chi
Events for Students, By Students
Many events on campus (whether academic, co- or extracurricular) are developed and hosted by students! MBKU has large annual traditions and many smaller events which happen throughout the year and cater to a wide variety of interests. If you have an idea for an event, we’d love to help you get it off the ground. Contact your class board, your favorite student club or attend a Student Association meeting to pitch your idea.
Stress Recess Programs at the Student Achievement Center
The SAC provides a number of free activities to help ease anxiety and tension during high-stress time periods throughout the year. Traditional Stress Recess programs include visits from Puppies 2 Partners, Halloween Trick-or-Treat, Winter Cookies & Cocoa, Finals Dinner, Yoga classes and other surprises.
Navigating Your Way Through Professional School Seminars
The NYWTPS seminar series is comprised of programs on a variety of topics designed to help MBKU students thrive in their respective programs and as members of an interprofessional health care community. Seminars take place at least once per quarter and are open to all MBKU students at no cost – usually including free food!
Student Leadership Development Certificate Program
This program is designed to develop leadership and professional skills and serve as a foundation for involvement in campus life. Students who complete program requirements will be awarded with a Leadership Certificate at their program graduation awards/capstone event and also presented with a Leadership Medal to wear at commencement.
Career Development Services
MBKU sets up students for success through various career development services. These include online job boards, seminars and additional student dashboard resources. Learn more about them below.
MBKU Online Job Board
The MBKU Job Board posts open positions for students/graduates from all three programs. Private practices are also listed for sale. It is a free service for students and includes a resume review service, interviewing tips and tricks (and other content), and an Ask-The-Experts feature where you can submit questions to real career experts! Students can create a personalized profile and job alerts, upload resumes and cover letters and apply for jobs directly through the site. The student account dashboard includes any contact requests from potential employers, messages, job applications, saved jobs, and saved searches.
Career Development Seminars
University Student Affairs provides resume, CV and cover letter reviews. Career Development Seminars include Building Your Professional Brand, Resume/Cover Letter Workshops, Social Media as a Professional Tool, Job Search 101, The Art of Negotiation, Networking Made Easy. MBKU hosts a Career Symposium. The Symposium begins with a keynote speaker followed by field-specific professional panel Q&A breakouts and a full-service hors d’oeuvres reception. Alumni, faculty, and staff are all invited to the reception so students can network with their future colleagues.