April 20, 2021

News & Announcements

Dr. Andrew Darley Appointed Director of Professional Education

Dr. Andrew Darley, Associate Director of Health System Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, has assumed an additional title: Director of Professional Education at the College of Pharmacy, effective May 1.

In this added capacity, Dr. Darley will serve as the official Academic Program Coordinator (defined by the UGA Academic Affairs policy 2.04) for the College’s Pharm.D. program. Specifically, he will focus on leading and managing the program’s curricular philosophy, pedagogy, and delivery. The Office of Student Affairs will continue to oversee operational elements, including admissions and matriculation, student advising, course and classroom scheduling, academic calendar planning, student progression monitoring, student success, and career development. 

A native of Toombs County and a 2012 alumnus of the College’s Pharm.D. program, Dr. Darley received his Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration in 2020 from Georgia Southern University.  He has been a faculty member of Experience Programs since 2014.  During his tenure at the College, Dr. Darley has served in several institutional service roles, including the Pharm.D. Curriculum Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Academic Operations Committee. He is serving in his second term as Chair of Faculty Council. Dr. Darley is active in professional organizations, having served as a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Experiential Education Section Strategic Planning Task Force, a member of the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium, Northeast Georgia District Director and UGA Faculty Representative of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), and faculty advisor to the UGA GSHP student chapter. Dr. Darley most recently received the 2021 UGA Student Organization Achievement and Recognition Advisor of the Year Award for UGA, which has more than 800 student groups on campus.  

Remarked Dean Kelly Smith, “Throughout his many academic and service roles, Dr. Darley consistently has demonstrated his commitment and willingness to accept additional responsibilities and endeavors for the greater good of the College and UGA. Please join me in congratulating him in his new leadership capacity.”

Dr. Darley’s contact information and office location will remain the same. 

Class of 2022 Pinning Ceremony

Last Thursday, the UGA College of Pharmacy celebrated the 2021 Pinning Ceremony, marking the PharmD Class of 2022’s transition from classroom studies to professional training. The annual event looked a bit different from previous years, with students socially distanced across the College’s four campuses for the in-person pinning ritual. The program included pre-recorded remarks from Dean Kelly Smith; Dr. Brian Seagraves; class representatives Austin Dykes, Hannah Henderson, Raymond Patterson, and Savannah Rainey; and the presentation of the I.Z. Harris Award by Dr. Chris Bland. Students from the Savannah campus also participated in the local tradition of “signing the G.”

The 2021 I.Z. Harris Award was awarded to Kendall Anderson Huntt. Established in 1957 by Alumnus Mr. I.Z. Harris, the award recognizes an outstanding junior chosen from nominations submitted by fellow 3rd year classmates. Congratulations, Kendall!

We are #PharmDawgProud of the Class of 2022! View photos from the day here.

Listening Session on Concerns for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff

PharmDawgs, you are urged to attend this important listening session on concerns for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, April 22, from 4-5:30 pm via Zoom. This event, sponsored by the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity and the Office of Faculty Affairs, provides faculty and staff with an opportunity to raise and discuss any areas of concern. Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, Director of the GAVEL Lab and Associate Professor in the Grady College, will moderate the session. Register here. For College of Pharmacy questions, contact Vivia Hill-Silcott, Director of Diversity Programs and Academic Support. 

Residency Match Day 2021 Yields Impressive Results

The final phase of the ASHP Residency Match Process was held recently, and the Pharm.D. Class of 2021 exceeded the national percentage. The current class had the highest Phase I match rate as compared to the last three graduating classes, at a rate of 80% of all who applied for a residency match.

After this final round of matches, the UGA College of Pharmacy currently has the highest PGY-1 match rate in the State of Georgia, and exceeds the national match rate of around 65%. In total, the UGA College of Pharmacy had 54 PGY-1 matches and 24 PGY-2 matches.

Joining the impressive line-up of matches is great news of job placements – a number of PharmDawgs have already shared news of their post-graduation employment.

New PharmCast: National Medication Take Back Day

A new episode of PharmCast for the Community is out just in time for National Medication Take Back Day, happening this Saturday, April 24 from 10 am – 2 pm in all communities. Listen in as Dr. Tim Brown, the College’s Director of Interprofessional Education, talks with Dr. Ashley London, the Pharmacy Manager at Barney’s Pharmacy in Augusta, on how you can get rid of outdated or no longer used medications safely. Dr. London discusses the need to do some medication spring cleaning to decrease the chances of old drugs falling into the wrong hands. A must-listen for anyone who is cleaning out a home after the loss of a loved one. Their program will tell you how to find a drop off spot in your area and what drugs you can put in the collection bins. Takes the pressure off of you to find a way to clean out and discard medications while keeping your community safe! Watch below or listen on Spotify.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As of Tuesday, April 13, the University Health Center (UHC) reached a milestone in its vaccine delivery efforts: extending invitations to all of our faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. That’s nearly 55,000 invitations! Going forward, the UHC will no longer issue invitations by email but will instead rely on individuals to schedule their vaccine appointments through the user-friendly UHC Vaccine Portal.

We remain committed to administering the vaccine as efficiently as possible until everyone who wants a vaccine gets a vaccine. This week, as an added incentive, we are offering special “Georgia Strong/Dawg Strong” T-shirts to all those inoculated at the UHC.  For more information, please read this campus message.

Resources for Student Wellbeing

We know this has been a tough year, but springtime is upon us, and we’re close to wrapping up another academic year. UGA has many resources to support students as we enter these last few weeks of the semester. In addition to accessing the resources below, we encourage you to try the following tips as you take care of your own wellbeing and those around you: 

  • Check in with friends. 
  • Get outside, enjoy the warmer weather and get some fresh air. 
  • Create boundaries for yourself on social media and limit its use. 
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep each day. You’ll experience better concentration, improved mood and have less anxiety. 
  • Engage! Get connected and get involved. (Check out the UGA Master Calendar, the UGA Involvement Network and search lists of things to do around Athens.)

If you need emotional or academic support, please contact Student Care and OutreachCounseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) or other support available on campus. UGA offers a couple of virtual mental health resources through Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) and a partnership with Christie Campus Health. You can reach CAPS by phone at 706-542-2273. If you would prefer to talk to a non-UGA counselor, Christie Campus Health offers a 24/7 support line at 833-910-3371

For a more comprehensive listing of resources, please visit UGA’s Student Resources for Wellbeing or the UGA Mental Health Initiative.  Also, please visit our website for a list of Pharmacy-specific resources.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Blue Key Inductees

Congratulations to CoP students Kristine P. Nguyen (P3) and Jessie M. Vo (B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences ’21), who were virtually inducted into the prestigious Blue Key National Honor Society at UGA on Thursday, April 8. Membership in the Blue Key Honor Society is considered one of the highest honors on campus. The organization recognizes students of outstanding character and ability who have achieved distinction for scholarship and recognition for service and leadership. We are #PharmDawgProud, Kristine and Jessie!
Why I Give: Dr. Brian Cummings

Dr. Brian Cummings was featured in the latest UGA Columns' "Why I Give" column. When asked why he gives to UGA, he states, “I’m a first-generation college student. I have been able to do so much more than I ever dreamed because of opportunities granted to me because of my education. This has inspired me to pay it forward.” View the full feature here.


PharmD Fall Schedule Books

Schedule booklets for first-, second- and third-year PharmD students are now available on the CoP website. Contact Cicely Hemphill or Dr. Duc Do if you have any questions.

New DSAC Officers

Congratulations to the newly-elected DSAC Officers for 2021-2022!

Chair: Parth Patel
Vice-Chair: Emily Park
Secretary: Omar Mouna

Review of Pharmacy

Open to graduating 4th-year students, the UGA College of Pharmacy Review of Pharmacy is coming up April 27-30 - now virtual! Sign up here.

Summer Job Opportunity

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department is now hiring for approximately 120 summer positions.  Applications are currently being accepted for camp counselors (weekdays), Grand Slam (Friday nights only), and lifeguards. Applicants may apply online here. For more information, please call 706-613-3090.

Faculty & Staff

 3rd Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program

In response to the success of the previous two offerings of this program, President Morehead has committed funds for a third competition of the Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program. Interdisciplinary faculty teams are invited to submit proposals that address a significant challenge at the local, national, or global level and support UGA’s 2025 Strategic Plan goal of growing research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. View more information here.

FY2022 funding opportunities for the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

The NIH Common Fund announced the FY2022 funding opportunity for the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. More information here.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The University System of Georgia (USG) requires all employees to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October. The next module is due April 30, 2021. To complete the April training, log on to the Professional Education Portal (PEP).

Become a Well-being Champion

Well-being Champions play a vital role in enhancing the health of the university community. They provide support, motivation and encouragement for individuals to participate in well-being programs, classes, events and resources offered to UGA employees. More information here.


View this week's student events in the latest issue of DSAC's Events Weekly. For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.

9am | PBS Seminar Series: Student Final Year Presentation — Pragati Jain | Zoom (Passcode: PBSSEM2021)

12-2pm | Weekly One-on-One Schedule Management (Appointment required - email Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)

12:30-1:30pm | Senior Legacy Campaign Launch | Zoom


2pm | Career Drop-In Hours | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)


12-2pm | Weekly Academic Support Drop in for Stress, Anxiety, and Schedule Management | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)

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