December 4, 2020
In this issue:

ASHP Midyear Goes Virtual

ASHP Midyear starts tomorrow! Join from December 6-10 and experience everything you love about Midyear in a safe and convenient online platform. Participate in 175+ hrs of live and recorded continuing education, the Residency Showcase, PPS, special COVID-19 and Innovation sessions, posters, exhibits, and more. The conference is FREE for ASHP Student Members, ASHP Resident Members, Research/Academic/Industry Fellow Members, and ASHP Technician Members. Click here to learn more and register.

The following events are also open to ASHP students and trainees at no cost:

PharmD Poster Session:
More than 50 PharmDawgs will display their research posters at the ASHP student poster session. Almost all of the CoP poster sessions will be held Tuesday, December 8, from 5-6:00 pm; posters are numbered from 364-414. For a list of the students who are participating, their posters titles, the faculty member who supported them, and other details, see the spreadsheet here

Residency Showcase:
Monday, December 7 - 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, December 8 - 10:00 – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, December 8 - 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Personnel Placement Service (PPS):
Sunday, December 6 – Thursday, December 10 - 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

UGA Alumnus and Preceptor Tapped for Georgia Board of Pharmacy

Cecil Cordle, a pharmacist for CVS Health and a preceptor for PharmD students, and Chuck Page, Director of Pharmacy for The Kroger Company in Atlanta and a 1986 CoP alumnus, have been appointed to serve on the Georgia Board of Pharmacy by Governor Brian Kemp.  

The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy is an eight-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board is responsible for the regulation of pharmacists and pharmacies in Georgia and reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants, and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state. 

Cordle has held various management positions in both retail chain and independent pharmacies - as well as in hospital settings - during more than 35 years of working in Georgia's pharmacy industry. Cordle is a preceptor for CoP, and is a member of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, serving on the 2016 Opioid Abuse Senate Committee. 

Page has worked with The Kroger Company in pharmacy since 1986 and currently serves as the Director of Pharmacy for The Kroger Company in Atlanta.

Congratulations to these two PharmDawg partners!

Left Photo: Cecil Cordle; Right Photo: Chuck Page (l) with Lee Snelling (r)

Home Game Building Security

The Dawgs play Vanderbilt tomorrow, with kickoff scheduled for 4:00pm. As usual on Saturdays, both buildings will be closed and locked. There will be no security or custodial personnel in the buildings. 

Please observe the following building security precautions

  • Please be certain that all doors for which you are responsible are locked before you leave this evening.
  • Unless you have an essential, work-related need to be in our buildings prior to kickoff tomorrow, please do not enter the buildings. Football fans may attempt to enter the building as you enter or exit. Some may be very aggressive in attempting to do so.
  • If you feel you must come in Saturday, it is your responsibility to see that the door is locked behind you and that unauthorized persons have not been given an opportunity to enter.  Likewise, when leaving, be certain that the door locks before you walk away.  If you observe unauthorized persons in either building, or find an exterior door that cannot be secured, please call the UGA Police non-emergency line: 706-542-2200.

Faculty, please discuss this information with any students who work in your labs.

UGArden Holiday Market This Saturday

Our neighbors - the UGA Trial Gardens - are participating in the UGArden Holiday Market this Saturday, December 5, from 10 am to 2 pm at the UGArden. This  special outdoor market will feature herbal, bath, and body products locally produced, along with many other seasonal offerings. Their houseplants and succulent gardens are hand-picked and perfect for sharing this holiday season (everybody wants more plants!. This market is socially distanced, and masks are required.  Cash or credit will be accepted. Contact Sandy, the new Trial Garden manager, for questions regarding the sale. 


COLT Gives a Hand to Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Creators

On behalf of the CoP faculty, staff, and students, the COVID-19 Operational Leadership Team (COLT) extends their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Deborah Elder, PBS Clinical Professor; Dr. Wided Missaoui, PBS Lecturer; and Dr. Cathy White, PBS Associate Professor; who spearheaded efforts to produce 1,260 ounces, or almost 10 gallons of hand sanitizer, along with disinfectant spray and wipes for the PharmDawg Nation!  Not only did they meet a big need in the College for the safe return to campus this semester; this terrific threesome turned it into a learning experience for students!

Producing 60-6 ounce containers of hand sanitizer and disinfectant and more than 900-1 ounce containers of personal hand sanitizers, the PBS professors also engaged P1 students as well. “First-year PharmDs prepared their own personal hand sanitizer during their first compounding lab,” said Dr. Elder.  In addition, BPBS students Sarah Ahmed and Jesse Vo, along with two UGA undergraduates, Lily Ozulumba and Sterlane Bazile, provided support for the project.  “Of course, the PBS staff, came through by producing and affixing the labels to the bottles,” said Dr. Elder.  “We are very grateful to them.”

Dr. Elder added, “It is paramount to create a safe environment for faculty, staff, and students to interact in a safe manner. CDC and public heath guidelines stress the importance of  hand and surface sanitation as key to their guidelines in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. However, these items remain in short supply, and if available, they can be costly. USP and federal guidelines allow for the compounding of such products under such conditions, so we were happy to provide this service.”

When asked why they took on this project, Dr. Missaoui replied, “Because we could, so we did. It’s just that simple. We love our College, and we love serving the PharmDawg community.  It was our pleasure to meet this important need.”


One USG Connect To Be Down Friday – Tuesday

The OneUSG Connect system currently is being upgraded and will be unavailable from Friday, December 4, at 6:00 p.m. until Tuesday, December 8, at 7:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly!


  • Kaba Clock: Employees can still clock in/out as normal. The punches will be stored in the clock and will flow into OneUSG Connect as soon as the system is available. The Kaba Clock may show “offline,” but employees still will be able to record their hours.
  • Web Clock: Employees will need to record hours on a paper timesheet. Supervisors will need to enter the hours for their employees once the system is back online.
  • Pay from Schedule/Manual Time Entry: Employees can enter their own time once the system is available.
  • Leave: Will need to be entered outside of these times.
  • Employee Self-Service: Updates to direct deposit, tax information, addresses, view paystubs, download W-2's, etc. will need to occur around upgrade times. 

For the latest information and details regarding the upcoming OneUSG Connect system downtimes and upgrades, access the OneSource website and follow OneUSG Connect Release News

If you have any questions, please reach out to  

MediaSite to Shut Down

MediaSite and associated servers will be shut down and added to UGA surplus on December 17th at 5 pm. For the past two years, MediaSite has been in a standby state where recordings were recoverable.  After the shutdown, MediaSite recordings will no longer be recoverable. This is your last chance to request recordings!  If you realize you need a recording, we are now in the last window to retrieve it.  Please contact Chris Duran, IIT Professional Principal, to request these recordings.

UGA Promotion and Tenure Workshop

The Promotion and Tenure Procedures Workshop provides tips for navigating the Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion & Tenure, and will include an overview of important time-points prior to and during the application process. Academic (tenure-track/tenured) and clinical rank faculty, promotion and tenure unit heads, and support staff who would like to better understand promotion and tenure procedures for these faculty ranks are encouraged to attend. The next wokshop will take place Monday, December 7, 1:00-3:00 pm - register via PEP.

Immediately following the workshop, Dr. Mike Fulford will host open an open office hour from 4-5pm for questions about P&T. Join via Zoom here. (Passcode: !4*iV+)

Staff Position Posting: Director of Finance and Administration 

The Director of Finance and Administration is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the College of Pharmacy’s financial and administrative operations across multiple campuses including financial planning and oversight, strategic business planning, resource allocation, internal controls, quality improvement, and human resource related matters.  The Director is a highly responsible administrative position that involves advanced fiscal management skills, exceptional project coordination and the ability to work in concert with the Dean, Department/Unit Heads, and the College-wide Business Affairs Manager to oversee all fiscal and administrative operations of the College.  For more information, visit the job posting.

Staff Position Posting: Human Resource Manager 

The Human Resource Manager coordinates the administration of the College of Pharmacy’s human resources needs, and is responsible for providing a range of human resource support.  This position serves as a subject matter expert and consultant to the Business Affairs Manager, Director of Finance and Administration, Dean and College leadership on policy, procedures, and regulations and various human resource-related matters including employee benefits, faculty and staff compensation, recruiting, hiring, employee relations, and/or training.  In addition, this position is responsible for assessing and anticipating human resource-related needs and developing integrated solutions.  For more information, visit the job posting.

Door Decking Competition

The Dean's Office invites all faculty and staff to join in some December fun and decorate your door for the holidays! No office door? No problem! Deck your front door, garage door... any door of your choosing, any way you want to decorate! Submit your photos to Meagan Watkins by December 14.


Dr. Keith Herist Values Relationships At College of Pharmacy
From the Oxford Dictionary….
adjective: unassuming

  1. not pretentious or arrogant; modest.
    "He was an unassuming and kindly man."

When the Oxford dictionary wrote the definition of the word “unassuming,” surely, they had Dr. Keith Herist in mind. This quiet, unassuming friend and colleague has left his indelible impression on the College of Pharmacy. He will be remembered for his devotion to his students, loyalty to his colleagues and friends, and generosity to all.

A native of the beach area of South Florida, Keith, who is a is a Clinical Associate Professor in CAP and a 1996 and 1997 CoP alumnus, will retire January 1 after 18.5 years.  However, if you thought pharmacy was his first and only career, you would be mistaken!  Keith actually is a Certified Public Accountant, with an accounting degree from Florida State University! His accounting skills have contributed to his scholarship and service work – as examples, he and Dr. Matt Perri, CAP Clinical Professor, wrote a book titled “Financial Analysis in Pharmacy Practice,” and he has volunteered his accounting skills with such organizations as The Atlanta Opera.
Reflected Dr. Perri, “I can tell you a lot about my friend, Keith. He and I have a longstanding relationship that started when he was a student, and then I later hired him to teach at the College. We are more like brothers than friends. He has a deep sense of compassion and respect for others. Spending time with friends and enjoying their company, along with some good food is Keith’s idea of a good day. Simply put, Keith gets it when it comes to life.”
Added Dr. Trisha Branan, CAP Clinical Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Department Head for Professional Education, “Keith is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. He carries high expectations for his students and colleagues, driven by his passion for the pharmacy profession. His door is always open to anyone to stop by when you just want to chat, need someone to listen, or hear many of his pearls of wisdom. The number of student lives he has impacted while at the College are hard to measure as he has been a fixture in so many classrooms through the years.”
Dr. Henry Young, the CAP Interim Department Head and Kroger Professor, summed up Dr. Herist’s contributions to the College and the profession. “Keith has unselfishly and undeniably made a difference in the lives of students and colleagues alike. His commitment to excellence in the profession is something I will always admire, and his spirit and kind soul will be missed.”

Post retirement, you will find Keith on a beach in south Florida; enjoying his secret passion for vintage cars (he is a past and present owner of Jaguars); spending time with his four-legged feline friends, Neiman and Marcus; and planning his dream vacation in a stateroom on a yacht in the Caribbean!
Enjoy reading Keith’s reflections. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Matt Perri, who greatly contributed to this story. 
When did you start at the College? Why were you interested in joining the College?
I came to the CoP rather serendipitously in 2002.  I had just interviewed for a position as the Director of the UGA Health Center (which was ill-fated) and stopped by the CoP to talk with former Associate Dean George Francisco.  I was currently working in Atlanta in community practice with a national chain and, at 46 years of age, desperately desired a position in which I could sit down.  He informed me that the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy was currently looking to hire.  I immediately went upstairs to see Dr. Matt Perri, and the rest is history.
What positions did you serve within the CoP?
Because of my prior background as a CPA, I became the official “Bean Counter” for the department as well as a “Pill Counter” due to my retail pharmacy experience.
Who was a mentor or special person for you at the CoP?
Dr. Henry H. Cobb, Professor Emeritus.  We worked extensively in the Skills Labs as well as several didactic courses.  He always encouraged students and me with a “thumbs up” and a very sincere and energetic “doing a fine job!”
What was your most indelible memory of the CoP?
The sense of “family” that existed in those early years with close faculty members and our interactions with the students - a simpler and more innocent time. 
What was your favorite part of the job?
Participating in ground-breaking pharmacy initiatives developed with Dr. Perri as Associate Department Head.  Creating the Wellness Clinic with the CoP which provided the campus community with various student-provided health screenings. Eventually, this effort grew into several CAP faculty practicing together at Athens Primary Care within a local physician’s practice.  Each of us had our own expertise in caring for patients, and we cross-trained each other as well as P4s.  It was the early beginning of what eventually became IPPEs and APPEs.
What is your lasting legacy to the CoP? What is your greatest accomplishment?  What do you want to be remembered for?
Serving as the inaugural Treasurer of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for two terms.  I was honored to represent CoP and the profession in service to a national pharmacy organization by combining my two fields of study in such a complementary way.
What will you miss the most?
Close relationships, still intact after many years, which I will always treasure.
What do you plan to do in retirement?
As the saying goes, “Old accountants never die, they just lose their balance.”

Next Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Meditation Mondays with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2:30-3pm & 4:30-5pm
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm
Grand Rounds - PGY2 Ambulatory Care: Mackenzi Meier | 12-1pm
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm
Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm