June 16, 2022

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News & Announcements

Happy Pride Month!

This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the U.S. and around the world. Yesterday, Athens held its inaugural Pride Parade in the streets of downtown with thousands lining the parade route. The UGA CoP celebrates our LGBTQIA+ community members!


This Sunday, June 19th is Juneteenth, a celebration to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrated annually on June 19, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom - two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

UGA announced this year that Juneteenth National Independence Day is being added to the University’s annual holiday calendar as an additional paid holiday for faculty and staff. Because June 19 falls on Sunday in 2022, UGA will observe Juneteenth this Monday, June 20 - all UGA campuses will be closed and classes will be cancelled that day.

Dr. Melody Sheffield Leaves Lasting Legacy in Southwest Georgia

After more than 19 years of dedicated service to the UGA College of Pharmacy, Dr. Melody Sheffield, the Campus Director for Pharmacy Practice Experiences at the Southwest Georgia (SWGA) Clinical Campus in Albany, will retire at the end of this month. Exceptional, resilient, consistent, contributor, team player, valuable, and knowledgeable were words used by fellow colleagues to describe Melody, who was the inaugural faculty member in SWGA. 

Melody reflected on her time at the College and the role she played in Southwest Georgia. Read the full story here.

2022 GPhA Convention

The CoP was well represented throughout the Georgia Pharmacy Association Summer Convention held recently in Amelia Island, FL. Huge congratulations go to Jonathan Sinyard '09 on becoming GPhA President and receiving the McKesson Leadership, NCPA Leadership, and Smith Drug Visionary Awards. He was in good company as the gavel was passed by Outgoing President, Mahlon Davidson '82, and will be followed by President-Elect, Joe Ed Holt '92.

Several other PharmDawgs also received awards:
Flynn Warren '70, Larry L. Braden Meritorious Service Award
Ben Ross '08, Excellence in Innovation Award
Andi McKeever '99, Faculty Member of the Year Award
Patrick Chancy '17, Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award

Two alumni were elected to the Board of Directors:
Robert Murry '09, At-Large Seat
Kevin Florence '09, AIP Chairman

Two PharmDawgs were appointed as Region Presidents:
Mark Niday '08, Region 2
Michelle Pasqualetti '05, Region 10

Lastly, a great time was had by all on Thursday evening at the UGA College of Pharmacy Alumni & Friends Reception. Over 160 guests showed up for a fun evening reconnecting with PharmDawg classmates and colleagues. Congratulations to all! We are PharmDawg Proud.

Photos below include the UGA Reception and presentations by faculty and alumni.

PharmDawgs at ASHP

Spotted at the ASHP Summer Meeting in Phoenix: Dean Kelly Smith with Christy Norman '06, Susan Jackson '06, and Tony Scott '10. 

Notable news from the meeting: Dean Smith was elected chair of the ASHP Foundation Board of Directors and Dr. Norman was just inducted as an ASHP Fellow.

Also to note, Dr. Devin Lavender presented at the same meeting and Dr. Tim Brown served in the House of Delegates as a member of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Educators.

We are PharmDawg Proud of the great UGA representation at ASHP! #HBTRxD

Dean Smith also got a quick snap with Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns '92, '93 who completed her term as Chair of the Section of Pharmacy Educators.

Dr. Andrew Darley Selected for AACP Leadership Program

Dr. Andrew Darley, the College’s Director of Professional Education and Associate IPPE Director for Health Systems, has been selected to participate in the 2022-23 Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

We are PharmDawg Proud of you, Dr. Darley! Read the full story here.

PharmCast: Men's Health with Dr. Henry Young 

Are you committed to self care? On the latest episode of PharmCast for the General Community, Dr. Henry Young, Chair of the Clinical and Pharmacy Department at UGA and an expert on health outcomes, talks with Dr. Tim Brown about the three reasons men on average die five years younger than women. Dr. Young also goes in depth about why that gap is widening, and it appears the answer may lie with men owning their healthcare. Watch below or tune in here.

Accolades, Media, & Publications

PBS Faculty Grant News

Congratulations to Dr. Neil Grimsey, PBS Assistant Professor, on receiving a new NIH grant, and to Dr. George Zheng, PBS Professor, on receiving a new NSF grant!

Drs. Dianne & Rusty May Featured by ACCP Drug Information PRN

Dianne and Rusty May were highlighted back to back by the ACCP Drug information PRN - see the write-ups below!

Lynn Smith Awarded Engage & Learn Grant

Congratulations to Lynn Smith, PBS Business Manager II, on receiving a UGA Engage & Learn Grant! The Engage & Learn Grant Program awards a minimum of 10 internal grants each year for staff professional development.

Lynn Smith Awarded Engage & Learn Grant

Congratulations to Lynn Smith, PBS Business Manager II, on receiving a UGA Engage & Learn Grant! The Engage & Learn Grant Program awards a minimum of 10 internal grants each year for staff professional development.


Students Volunteer at Healthy Athens Day

Shoutout to PharmD students Melanie Datt and Alexandria Rakestraw for participating in Athens-Clarke County's Healthy Athens Day! Held for students in the local school system, our students volunteered with Cancer Pathways to provide education about the HPV vaccine and check students' immunization status in the state registry so they would know if they had already received it or are missing doses.

Faculty & Staff

New Employees on the Savannah Campus

This month, two new employees join us on the Savannah Campus: Dr. Chelsea Keedy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, and Diana Kingery, Administrative Associate II.

Dr. Chelsea Keedy (pictured below, left) joins the CoP as an adjunct faculty member from St. Jospeh's/Candler, where she has served as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist since 2019. Dr. Keedy is a graduate of UGA CoP's/St. Joseph's/Candler Health System's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency in Savannah, as well as St. Joseph's/Candler's PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Keedy can be reached via email at chelsea.keedy@uga.eduView her full CV here. 

Diana Kingery (pictured below, right), Administrative Associate II, joins us from Publix Markets, where she handled store accounting and bookkeeping. Diana, a native of Athens, GA, "I am proud to officially be a Georgia Bulldog and look forward to becoming more proficient in my role." She and her husband, along with their two teenagers, enjoy camping, fishing, and especially Saturdays Between the Hedges. Diana can be reached at 912-819-7719 or

Welcome, Chelsea and Diana! 

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Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information.

Administrative Specialist I
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Huet Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
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