December 8, 2020
In this issue:

ASHP Midyear Goes Virtual

ASHP Midyear is underway until Thursday, December 10!  You’ll experience everything you love about Midyear in a safe and convenient online platform – complete with 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 to register.

PharmDawgs will be present at the following events and times:   

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:
Tuesday, December 8 - 10:00 – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, December 8 - 3:00 – 6:00 PM

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

SHHHH!  Athens PharmDawgs To Raise Funds for Custodial Staff  

One of the greatest joys we can experience during the holiday season and even in this COVID environment is the act of giving, especially to those who deserve special recognition. This holiday season, the CoP family in Athens has the opportunity to celebrate our custodial staff, a six-member group who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our environment clean, safe, and pleasant. Certainly, COVID has made this more challenging; yet, our custodians have risen to the occasion on our behalf.  Won’t you help us help them this holiday season by providing a financial contribution or gift that will be given to them in a gift bag before we leave for the year?

Sponsored by the Pharmacy Staff Resource Group (PSRG) and the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Organization (PBSO  the PBS graduate student organization), this outreach effort is easy! You can drop by cash, check, or gifts (please remember there are six custodians) to Meagan Watkins, President of PSRG, in the Dean’s Suite, Room 101E, or Mickey Montevideo, PSRG Hospitality and Service Co-Chair, Wilson Room 215A.  OR you can Venmo them at @M-Watkins524 or @Mickey-Montevideo.  PLEASE clearly mark your Venmo donation with “CoP Custodial Gift 20.”  The deadline for contributions is Wednesday, December 16!   Feel free to contact Meagan, Mickey or Guilherme Guimaraes, PBSO president, with any questions or concerns.

Extended campuses:  Please check with your staff/campus leadership to learn of holiday outreach projects your campus is considering.


Free Access to Daily Mental Wellness Support

As a member of the UGA community, you have free access to mental wellness support whenever and wherever you are, whether you are home for the holidays, or staying on campus until the end of the semester. The goal of TAO, Therapy Assistance Online, is to provide online and mobile tools to help you conquer the day-to-day struggles of general stressors like anxiety and depression, or specific troubles like relationships and addiction. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals. Click here for more information and how to access this free resource tool.

De-Stress During Finals with Free Fitness Classes

Recreational Sports is offering FREE access to virtual fitness classes through Dec. 18. Go from distressed to de-stressed with this limited-time, free fitness resource. Fitness on-demand classes are open to the entire UGA community by following these easy steps:

  • Download the Advagym app.
  • Use this link for access to the Rec Sports fitness on-demand library.
  • Free access open through Dec. 18.

*Access to fitness on-demand classes will be available next semester to pass holders only. For more information, visit


Dr. Osae in the News!

Dr. Sharmon Osae, Assistant Professor at CoP’s Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus in Albany, was interviewed by WSB-TV Reporter Audrey Washington about the expected surge of individuals who will get the COVID-19 vaccine – and what pharmacists should expect.  “We should be prepared for an influx of work,” said Dr. Osae. “I definitely do think pharmacists should be prepared for the amount of individuals coming into their pharmacies.”  To watch Dr. Osae’s entire interview, see here

Dr. Shenoy Reviews Grants/Collaborates on COVID Article

Dr. Somanath Shenoy, Professor at CoP’s extended campus in Augusta and Interim Assistant Department Head for Research, was invited to serve as a grant reviewer on the Augusta University and Clarke Atlanta University Cancer Collaborative Awards. In addition, he recently collaborated with Dr. Andrea Newsome and Rana Kadry, graduate student, to publish a commentary article on COVID-19 in the journal Infectious Disorders-Drug Targets titled, Pharmacological inhibition of MMP3 as a potential therapeutic option for COVID-19 associated acute respiratory distress syndrome.”  Congratulations on these accomplishments!


Search Announcement: Department Head of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy

The University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Head of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy. The University seeks candidates who are innovative and accomplished leaders in their field, forward-thinking professionals with a demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all forms, dedicated to furthering an accessible and inclusive campus environment, and have a strong commitment to excellence.  For more information about this job posting, please visit:

All applicants must apply online at  To request a descriptive Opportunity Profile for this position, provide a nomination, or seek additional information, please contact Sean Ryder, Primary Consultant with the UGA Search Group, at 706-542-6240 or Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

University Council Seat

With Keith Herist’s upcoming retirement, a seat on University Council is open.  The representative will occupy this seat until June 30, 2022, which is the remainder of the term.  Please submit your nominations to by December 9.  A vote will follow.

If you are nominating someone, please speak with them prior to submitting their name to ensure they agree to serve if elected. We also welcome self-nominations.

Additional information about University Council can be found here. For questions, please contact Mike Fulford or Andrew Darley.     

Holiday Spirit Week

The CoP Staff Representative Group invites all faculty and staff to join Holiday Spirit Week next week, December 14-18. Join in for daily fun and merriment! See the below flyers for more details. Submit your photos to Meagan Watkins daily!


Fundraising Weekly

Interested in some CoP ornaments from AMCP? Check out the latest edition of DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.


Former Dean Svein Øie Finds Joy in Watching Others Thrive

His list of successes at the College of Pharmacy is too lengthy to capture in the lead of this story. You’ll have to scroll to the end of this profile to discover them. Yet, Dr. Svein Øie, who claimed the title of “Dean” at CoP for more than 18 years (2000-2018), quickly will tell you that “…my greatest joy was to watch our faculty, students and staff thrive, develop, and mature, often as they assumed new roles away from the College."

The native of Norway is passionate about his scholarship and research, which includes “Strategies for Increased Oral Absorption and Drug Targeting” and “Biochemical and Clinical Factors Influencing Disposition and Pharmacologic Activity of Drugs.” So much so, that he opted to return to the classroom when he stepped down as Dean two years ago.  But after more than 45-years in academia, the sounds of the waves on a sandy beach in North Florida and the clickety-clack of a miniature railroad are beckoning his retirement. “My plans are to get people interested in garden railroading and being a part-time beach bum!” he said with his signature mischievous grin.

“Svein’s contributions to the College of Pharmacy speak for themselves, including almost 20 years of leadership that represented possibly the greatest growth in history of the College,” said Dr. Brian Cummings, PBS Department Head and Professor. “Despite these accomplishments, what has always resonated with me is Svein’s reserve and contemplating nature, combined with an ability to consider multiple factors and how they influence our mission. I will always be grateful for his advice and input when he transitioned back to PBS in 2018.  He has been an outstanding faculty citizen, taking on additional classes, spurring new programs, such as the Double Dawg degree with Engineering, and serving as a respected voice in the Department. To have someone of his experience has been invaluable, and he will be greatly missed.”

Added Dean Kelly Smith, who succeeded Svein at the helm in 2018, “I have the greatest admiration and respect for Dr. Øie’s achievements, accomplishments and longstanding leadership of the College. I quickly learned that behind his quiet, unassuming nature are a sharp wit, strategic mindset, and fierce passion for the success of the College of Pharmacy and each one of us within it. He has left an indelible mark on this College, and his legacy will be enduring. I wish he and Barbara much joy and happiness in their new chapter. Retirement will be an adventure that is richly deserved.”

No doubt, his signature award-winning brisk walks, frequently spotted (in a blur!) in Five Points, will be among his retirement activities. Who can ever forget the Summer of 2017, when the College participated in HealthTrails, the University System of Georgia’s walking program?  Under his leadership, support, and encouragement, CoP came in 5th place out of 162 teams across the state; our College was dubbed the “healthiest” on the UGA campus; and HE, Svein Øie, tied for FIRST PLACE among more than 1,000 participants in the entire contest!  Read more about CoP’s memorable HealthTrails experience.  

Enjoy his profile and learn how Dr. Øie’s influences will be felt for years to come.
When did you start at the College? Why were you interested in joining the College?

I can recall vividly as if it were yesterday my excitement about becoming the sixth Dean of the UGA College of Pharmacy on January 1, 2000. I must admit that becoming a Dean was never on my Bucket List. As I reflect back on my years at the University of California at San Francisco, it was clear that I continued to assume more and more administrative responsibilitiesNot only did I enjoy the challenges but I was credited with being able to bridge faculty concerns while working with the upper administration on difficult administrative issues. As Chair of the Academic Senate in San Francisco, I was part of the University's site visit for its Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation. Dr. Karen Holbrook, Provost at UGA at time, was one of the members of the review team, and during the course of a week, we had many conversations, in which she shared her enthusiasm for UGA and its future possibilities. Soon after the accreditation visit, the position of Dean became available and I applied.
Who was a mentor or special person for you at the College of Pharmacy?

From College and Department administrators to faculty, staff, students, and not to forget our Custodial Night Crew, it is impossible to mention every special person. There are, however, four who stand out: Sue Foley, my first assistant for seven years; Dr. George Francisco, who you all know; Dr. Phil Greenspan, who I still consider to be the most intellectual faculty member in the College; and Dana Strickland, who, in addition to his Development responsibilities, bridged the important gap to our alumni, which made our Pharmacy family so much stronger. Additionally, there are three people who contributed uniquely to the College during my tenure. First, Ken Schroeder knew the ins and outs of our buildings, made them function to the maximum, and helped with the increased upkeep we faced as we continued to grow. Dr. Susan Fagan helped us see and develop our extended campuses, not as outposts but as integral and valuable components of the College. Dr. Lori Duke singlehandedly developed our Experience Programs and was a critical advocate for the basic training of our students.
What was your most indelible memory of the College?

During my first Commencement Ceremony in 2000, a student hugged me, lifted me up, and swung me around. Seeing our students brimming with enthusiasm about the future – what could be greater?

What is your greatest accomplishment/What do you want to be remembered for?

I wish I could take full credit for any number of things, but the truth is that we did it together. Things that stand out include developing a state-wide footprint, completing a 30-year dream of a building addition, updating the Wilson building, increasing our endowments ten-fold to help students and faculty alike, establishing residency programs, creating new education programs in the pharmaceutical sciences, the BS and MS programs in pharmaceutical sciences, the MS and Certificate Programs in Regulatory Affairs, developing an educational support program, and expanding the role of faculty in our operations. However, my greatest joy was to watch our faculty, students and staff thrive, develop and mature, often as they assumed new roles away from the College.
What will you miss the most?

As I think of UGA and the College of Pharmacy in the years ahead, I believe I will always remember the sense of service and public good embedded in the profession, along with all the interactions that I have had with the dedicated people in the College and our alumni. I hope I have contributed to its success. I know that I have felt privileged to serve.

What do you plan to do in retirement?

Besides railroading and being a beach bum, I will continue to look for new ways of contributing on a personal, professional, and/or societal level.

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