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November 3, 2021

News & Announcements

PharmDawg Veterans: Survey Completion Requested

In recognitions of Veterans Day on November 11, the College of Pharmacy would like to highlight PharmDawg veterans from all across the globe in next week’s PharmDawg Weekly.  Regardless of your home country, if you have served in a branch of military service, please complete this very brief Qualtrics survey by Monday, November 8. Many thanks, and we salute you for your service!

Happy Diwali!

The Hunger Bowl is Back! 

The Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Student Organization (PBSO) is collecting non perishable food for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

The Hunger Bowl will begin on November 5th and end on November 19th. Barrels to drop food donations in will be provided in the lobbies of R.C. Wilson and Pharmacy South as well as on the third and fourth floors of Pharmacy South. 

Help us reach our goal of collecting 500,000 pounds of food!  

CPFI Accepting Donations for Operation Christmas Child

UGA’s Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) chapter is collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child until Friday, November 5th. Each year, Samaritan’s Purse sends shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items as gifts to children in need around the world. We have a donation box in the PS lobby where you can donate items or filled shoeboxes (see item suggestions here). You can also give financially via CPFI's Venmo (@UGA-CPFI) or PayPal (paypal.me/ugacopcpfi). $9 is suggested to cover shipping and processing for each box.

Everyone who donates will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Chick-Fil-A gift card! If you donate items or a shoebox, please scan the QR code on our donation box to be entered in the drawing. Those who give financially will automatically be entered. Please reach out to Madeline Ganter with any questions.

Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions This Saturday, November 6th
Join us for fun, food and family-friendly games as we celebrate the inaugural 2021 Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions at the UGA College of Pharmacy. Reunions for class years ending in 1 & 6 will be celebrated! The event begins at 9am - 3 hours prior to kickoff for the UGA vs Missouri game. Register here.
Celebrating First-Generation Student, Staff, & Faculty

The UGA First-Generation Committee and Campus Partners invite first-generation students, staff, and faculty, as well as first-generation supporters to participate in a week-long celebration in honor of National First-Generation College Celebration Day on Monday, November 8th. Please see the attached flier for more details. You can also follow along on social media with #CelebrateFirstGen, #FirstGenDawgs, and #FirstForward.
Drive-Through Vaccine Clinic Provides Over 90 Vaccinations

Nicholas Bland and the U-SAVE-It Pharmacy team partnered with the CoP to provide 60 COVID shots and 31 flu shots in Griffin this past week.

We are thankful to have provided this critical service to our UGA Griffin Campus family and the local community. Special thanks to all involved!

Residency Showcase
Over 170 final-year Pharm.D. candidates in Georgia, including over 70 of our own 4th year students, attended the virtual Mercer/PCOM/ South/UGA Residency Showcase on Friday, October 15th.

Seventy-one postgraduate programs from across the Southeast interacted with student attendees during virtual meetings which occurred over the course of the day. This event was coordinated by Dr. Lindsey Welch & Lori Duke, and Dr. Chris Klein from Mercer University. In total, over 60 hours of sessions took place during the day. Special acknowledgments to Katie Smith for the technical assistance she provided for the event. Pictured are a couple of PharmDawg selfies taken the day of the event. 

Converge International Rural Health Symposium

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy partnered with Augusta University, Robert Gordon University (Scotland), and University of Aberdeen (Scotland) on an inaugural international rural health symposium this past week, called the Converge International Rural Health Symposium. Learn more about this collaborative event here.

UGA CoP faculty that had a role in this symposium are:

Lindsey Welch: Presenter
Devin Lavender: Facilitator
Ewan Cobran: Facilitator
Henry Young: Curriculum Team and Facilitator
Rusty May: Core Development Team and Facilitator

Lindsey Welch presents at the inaugural Converge International Rural Health Symposium.

PharmDawg Monster Mash Bash and Boo Bash

The CoP celebrated the Dawgs, Braves, and spooky season at the Inaugural Monster Mash Bash this past week. More photos available here.

At Savannah's Boo Bash, winners of their costume contest were: 1st place: Loki (Tori Redshaw); 2nd place: Fairly Odd Parents (Alex Waldron and Christine Cho)  

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Notifications to Employees Affected by the Federal Vaccine Mandate Underway

The University of Georgia will begin notifying employees who are covered by the federal vaccine mandate via email.

Notifications will be made on a rolling basis as we identify covered individuals. As indicated in the October 26 Archnews“covered contractor employee” is a term that is broadly defined under the federal government’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Guidance (the “Federal Guidance”), and covered contractor employees are required to be vaccinated.  More information about the definition of a covered contractor employee can be found here https://coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ and in the FAQs.

Please monitor your email to see if you are affected.

If you know that you meet the definition of a covered contractor employee, you do not need to wait for notification from UGA. If you are not already vaccinated, you can go ahead and schedule your vaccine appointment or seek an exemption on the basis of disability or religious belief. The University continues to strongly encourage all employees to be vaccinated.

The University Health Center is administering the COVID-19 vaccine for free to any eligible member of the UGA community over the age of 16. You may schedule a vaccine appointment here.  Alternatively, you may choose to be vaccinated by your primary care physician or any COVID-19 vaccine provider, such as a local pharmacy.

Click here for more information on the federal requirements and FAQs. If you have further questions, please contact University Human Resources at (706) 542-2222 or hrweb@uga.edu

Research, Accolades, & Media

Tierra Jackson and Persia Tillman Receive BFSO Awards

Two College of Pharmacy students - Tierra Jackson and Persia Tillma - were honored at October 21's Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s 2021 Founders’ Award Scholarship Ceremony. The scholarship awards honor full-time UGA students who demonstrate impactful service and leadership in the African American community. Scholarship awards are presented in honor of the BFSO founders, who worked to advance the efforts of BFSO and improve the Black experience on campus.

Congratulations to Tierra Jackson on receiving the Professional Founders Award, and Persia Tillman on receiving the Melanie Burden Community Arts Award. We are proud!

CoP Student Spotlight: Logan Smith, Pharm.D. Candidate, 2023
Logan Smith recently received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Central Nervous System (CNS) Practice & Research Network (PRN) 2020-21 Student Member of the Year Award

Logan also received College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Foundation 2021 Defining the Future Research Grant. A requirement of the Defining the Future grant program is that the research project must mirror the mission and vision of the CPNP Foundation. View the press release here.

Congratulations, Logan, on all of your accomplishments! 
Recent Publications from Dr. Michael Bartlett
Dr. Michael Bartlett recently published the following two articles:

"The critical role of mobile phase pH in the performance of oligonucleotide ion-pair LC-MS methods."

"Impact of nonspecific adsorption to metal surfaces in ion-pair-RP LC-MS impurity analysis of oligonucleotides."
Dr. Brian Seagraves Recent Involvement

Dr. Brian Seagraves delivered a lecture on Hep C to Mercer University’s College of Nursing on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. This was an interactive lecture where the nursing students had time to work through cases and ask questions. 

Dr. Seagraves also participated as a panel presenter for a Partners in Health Promotion lab with first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Des Moines University on November 1, 2021. During this panel, health professionals presented about the education required and scope of practice for their professions. Panelists also facilitated case discussions on interprofessional collaboration to improve patient/client outcomes. 

Students

Spring 2022 PharmD Schedule Books

Spring 2022 schedule books are now available ONLINE. If you have any questions, please contact Duc Do.

Upcoming Employer Spotlight and Career Pathways Sessions

The Employer Spotlight Series continues this Thursday 11/4 during Org Hour with Innovation Compounding. During this Employer Spotlight session, they will share more information about their organization and their services, as well as highlight career opportunities. Join via Zoom.

On Tuesday 11/9 at 5pm, Steve Treff from ProCare RX will present Pharmacy Career Pathways (Pathways to PBM) in PS220.

CoP Student Speaking at National Symposium

Graduate student Guilherme Guimaraes is giving a presentation — “The critical role of pH in LC-MS of oligonucleotides” — at the Eastern Analytical Symposium in Plainsboro, NJ on November 15th

Office of Global Engagement Photo and Video Contest

The Photo and Video Contest is an Office of Global Engagement tradition that serves to recognize our students’ worldly adventures. The Photo and Video Contest is open to all UGA students, including international students, those currently studying away or who have recently studied, traveled, or worked abroad.  

The deadline for the Photo & Video contest has been extended to November 17th at 11:30 PM. 

Students are invited to submit ten photos total, and one video. Please submit photos and videos by filling out the ENTRY FORM. Winners for each category will be announced in mid-December. Awards include goodie bags containing surprises!  

To inquire about the contest please contact studyaway@uga.edu 

American Public Health Association Monthly Student Webinars

The American Public Health Association is hosting several webinars where amazing guest speakers share their insight and experiences.

November 18th — Oncology Care November, featuring Ramya Antony and LCDR Chan Mitchell. Register here!

December 2nd — Diabetes Care and Education, featuring LCDR Tabitha Dillinger and CAPT James Chapple. Register here!

Annual Spotlight on the Arts

The UGA Arts Council will celebrate its 10th annual Spotlight on the Arts festival throughout November with more than 60 events and exhibitions in the literary, performing and visual arts. Information about Spotlight on the Arts can be found here.

Student Fundraising News

Don't miss out on the latest student fundraisers! Check out all the newest UGA Pharmacy merchandise for sale in this week's DSAC Fundraising Weekly.

Faculty & Staff

Please welcome Dawn Burden to the College of Pharmacy! 

Dawn Burden is the new Administrative Specialist in the Office of the Dean. She will work closely with Dr. Michael Bartlett and Dr. Mike Fulford, as well as support the Dean’s Office events.  Dawn brings more than 25 years of experience providing administrative support and coordinating events on a large scale in the higher education sector.  Previously, she worked at Gwinnett Technical College, Georgia Gwinnett College, and UGA in the Facilities Management Division.  Dawn has held several executive assistant positions, most recently as the human resources training and communications coordinator at Gwinnett Technical College. 

Dawn’s office is located in room 101E in the R.C. Wilson building, and her office number is 706-542-9256 and email is dawnburden@uga.edu.  Please feel free to stop by and welcome Dawn to our PharmDawg family!

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Please take a moment to check out the upcoming events calendar and registration at the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Upcoming events include:

November 9th — GradTeach Workshop (open to all graduate students and postdocs): Meeting Students Where They (Actually) Are: Student Development & Learning

Let's Discuss Supportively Challenging Our Students

UGA Pharmacy faculty are welcome to take part in a candid conversation about the challenges PharmD students are facing and how to collaborate on addressing course/classroom management concerns while maintaining professional student expectations. The discussion will take place on December 2 from 3 to 4pm on Zoom (ID: 969 5142 2414, Passcode: PHARMTALK). This opportunity is for faculty only and will be hosted by Dr. Duc Do, Dr. Henry Young, and Dr. Elena Petrova of Augusta University. No prior registration is required.

HR Information & Reminders

Year-End Leave Balances Reminders

  • Don't forget that faculty and staff who accrue vacation leave, the 360- hour calendar year cap for your vacation balance is in effect.
  • Any vacation hours in excess of 360 hours will be removed if not used by December 31, 2021.

Benefits Open Enrollment — Open Enrollment Period: October 25- November 5.

  • Virtual Benefits Fair: October 25 – October 29.
  • Virtual Office Hours:
    • November 2 – 9:00-11:00am.
    • November 4 – 3:00-5:00.

Benefits – Spending Account Updates

  • Effective January 1, 2022, HSA Bank will replace OptumBank as the spending account provider for HSA, FSA, DCFSA, and LPFSA.
  • Employees with an HSA balance as of Dec. 31, 2021, will need to approve the transfer of funds to HSA Bank.
  • Contributions beginning Jan. 1 will be remitted to HSA Bank.
    • These are individual accounts and employees must approve liquidation of investments and transfer of funds.
    • Employees will receive a $50 credit once they approve the transfer, and the funds are moved to HSA Bank.

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
THURSDAY 11/4
Employer Spotlight Series
12:20pm (Org Hour) | featuring Innovation Compounding | Join via Zoom.
SATURDAY 11/6
Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions
Begins AT 9AM (three hours prior to kickoff of Missouri Game) | Athens Campus | Register Here
MONDAY 11/8 to FRIDAY 11/12
Celebrating First-Generation Students, Staff, & Faculty
Click here for more information. 
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