November 10, 2021

New Submission Process for the Weekly!

Moving forward, please email all of your PharmDawg Weekly submissions to with the following:

• 2-3 sentence write-up.
• Any photos or graphics.
• Contact person.

Thanks for your collaboration and cooperation!

News & Announcements

PharmDawg Veterans

In recognition of Veterans Day, November 11, the College of Pharmacy proudly salutes faculty, staff, and students who served in their homeland’s armed forces. 
Veterans Day is a observed annually and honors those who have served in the United States Armed Services. This recognition coincides with similar holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other countries. These recognitions mark the anniversary of the end of World War I and salute those who have unselfishly served their respective countries.
Eight PharmDawgs responded to our request for military information; we are grateful for their willingness to highlight this important recognition. Many thanks, PharmDawgs, for your valiant service!

Mark Arthen – PharmD, Class of 2025

Branch & Years: Coast Guard; 2011 to 2017

Occupation/MOS: Boarding Team Member (enforcement of laws and treaties at sea); Health Services Technician and Pharmacy Technician

Stationed: Los Angeles & Petaluma CA
Honolulu, HI

Dave Evans  Senior Academic Advisor

Branch & Years:  U.S. Air Force; 1989 to 1992

Occupation/MOS: Senior Airman

Stationed: Italy; Holloman AFB, NM

Edith Ford – PharmD, Class of 2023

Branch & Years: U.S. Army National Guard; 8 years

Occupation/MOS: E4 Pharmacy Specialist

Stationed: Macon, GA

Ronald Jones – IT Professional (Augusta)

Branch & Years:  U.S. Navy; 1986 to 1990

Occupation/MOS: E-4 Radio Man

Stationed: USS America CV-66 Norfolk, VA

Dr. Svein Øie – PBS Professor (Ret.), Former Dean

Branch & Years: Army of Norway; 1963 to 1976 

Occupation/MOS: Private 1963; Corporal – Officer School, 1965; Lieutenant – Army Medical Core, 1967; Lieutenant – Army Medical Core Reserves, 1968-1976. 

Stationed: Norway

Dr. Christopher Rice – Assistant Research Scientist, PBS

Branch & Years: Army Reservist; 2007 to 2017
Occupation/MOS: Reservist – Royal Logistic Corps Transporter; Physical Training Instructor 

Stationed: Scotland 

Jonathan Schnider – PharmD, Class of 2022

Branch & Years: Navy; 2011 to 2018

Occupation/MOS: Hospital Corpsman/ Pharmacy Technician

Stationed: San Antonio, TX; Pensacola, FL;
San Diego, CA

Received 2 Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals

Persia S. Tillman – PharmD, Class of 2024

Branch & Years: Army; 2015 to present

Occupation/MOS: Reservist, Engineer Soldier in 718 Engineer Company; Platoon Leader, 231 Inland Cargo Transportation Company (current)

Stationed: Ft. Benning, GA; Athens, GA (current)

Southwest Georgia AHEC Scholars Program

Southwest Georgia AHEC announces the acceptance of three UGA Southwest Campus PharmD students into the Southwest Georgia AHEC Scholars Program Cohort #4.  Congratulations to UGA PharmD students: Alaina Lewis (Dawson, GA), Persia Tillman (Cuthbert, GA), & Dani Warren (Abbeville, GA).

The multidisciplinary AHEC Scholars Program provides health professions students a unique opportunity to practice hands-on training, experience providing care in a rural/underserved environment, work with other health professions students in their region, while learning how to function as an interdisciplinary team.  Cohort #4 includes students from Albany State University, Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia Southwest Campus, Georgia Southwestern State University, PCOM South Georgia & University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Southwest Clinical Campus.

The program consists of 80 hours of classroom or online instruction and 40 hours of hands-on community-based experiential training over two years. Core Competency topics include:  Interprofessional Education (IPE), Behavioral Health Integration, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Cultural Competency, Practice Transformation, & Current/Emerging Health Issues. Students receive specialized training in Adult Mental Health First Aid and as a Certified Telemedicine Clinical Presenter.

For more information visit Southwest Georgia AHEC Scholars Program.

BSPO Vaccine Clinic

The Black Student Pharmacist Organization held a vaccine clinic last Thursday at Comer Health & Rehab in Comer, GA, where they administered 3rd doses and booster vaccines to eligible patients and staff in collaboration with Nightingale Home Care. Pictured below in the group photo from left to right are Alyssa Elmore, Adesuwa Utomwen, Kyra Leonard, Kyana Morris, Araven Thompson, and Chelsey Stowbridge. Great work, PharmDawg Vaccinators!

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!  

First-Generation Student Week

Scholarship Opportunities 

All UGA College of Pharmacy students (undergraduate, graduate, and PharmD) are invited to submit a scholarship application NOW for Fall 2021 funding opportunities.

Click here to apply. 
  • "Log In" to the site with existing account information or "Register" a new account. 
  • Complete or update the eligibility form to view available scholarships (programs).
  • After you have completed the eligibility form, select scholarships/programs to create submission(s). Complete all required tasks before you submit your application.
  • Deadline to apply is November 15, 2021, 11:59pm.

With any questions or issues, contact:

  • Graduate Students, PharmD, Ph.D: Contact Ms. Gloria Strait, Scholarships and Special Events Professional.
  • BS Students: Contact Dr. Singh Rekhi, Director of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Program.

New PharmCast Episodes

PharmCast for the Pharmacy Community: Interested in a Residency or Fellowship? We have exciting news! UGA PharmCast is bringing you a Residency and Fellowship series, your one stop shop for application procedure, poster presentations, and interview questions. Tune in to our very first Residency episode featuring UGA CoP alumnus Dr. Alfred Awuah ’21. Listen here - also available on Spotify!

PharmCast for the General Community: “Advocating for the Pharmacy Profession to Keep You Safe” is the topic of discussion this month as Dr. Tim Brown welcomes Dean Kelly Smith to PharmCast for the Community. Tune in to discover how pharmacists are adapting to the ever changing healthcare world and what University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy is doing to prepare the next generation of pharmacy providers to care for our communities. Watch or listen.

#TakeoverTuesdays on Instagram

A special shoutout to the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy - specifically SCCP P1 Liaison Roswell Adams Cole, President Logan Smith, & Social Chair Alexandria Rakestraw - for doing a fabulous job taking over the CoP Instagram account yesterday! Their stories are saved under a highlight on the @ugapharmacy profile. 

Students, if you or your organization is interested in signing up for an Instagram Takeover, please contact Lillian Ballance.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Notifications to Employees Affected by the Federal Vaccine Mandate Underway

Notifications are being 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 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.

For further information on the definition of a covered contractor employee and the applicability of the vaccination requirement, please visit


Vaccination Requirement and Timing – Vaccination deadline has been extended to January 4, 2022

If you are an unvaccinated covered contractor employee, you will need to begin the vaccination process promptly, choosing one of the following options:

  • The Moderna vaccine consists of two shots administered four weeks apart. For that reason, you should have your first dose by December 7, 2021 and your second by January 4, 2022 in order to meet the Federal deadline.
  • The Pfizer vaccine also consists of two shots administered three weeks apart. For that reason, you should have your first dose by December 14, 2021 and your second dose by January 4, 2022 in order to meet the Federal deadline.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine consists of a single dose. Therefore, you have until January 4, 2022 to receive your vaccine dose in order to meet the Federal deadline.

To comply with the Federal deadline, you must get your vaccine on or before the deadlines listed above, and, regardless of which vaccine you choose, the final dose must be administered by January 4, 2022.

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. Click here to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, you may choose to be vaccinated by your primary care physician or any COVID-19 vaccine provider, as long as you meet the deadlines listed above.

Proof of Vaccination Required

All covered contractor employees will need to document that they have been vaccinated, as required by the Federal Guidance. Whether you have already been vaccinated or will get your vaccination in the coming weeks, you will be required to submit proof of your vaccination through this DawgCheck COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Response Survey. The survey allows you to submit one of five accepted forms of proof as verification of your COVID-19 vaccination status. 

Religious and Disability Exemptions and Accommodations

Covered contractor employees may request exemptions from this requirement because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. You may submit your request for a disability, medical, or religious exemption or accommodation through the DawgCheck COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Response Survey.

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

Non-Closure Emergency Leave

Employees may take up to eight (8) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave for the purpose of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Employees may also take up to a total of sixteen (16) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave if they receive a COVID-19 vaccine and experience negative side effects that prohibit the performance of their duties of employment. If receiving multiple doses of a vaccine, this is a total of up to 8 hours and 16 hours respectively across all doses. 

The availability of Non-Closure Emergency Leave has been extended until 11/27/2021 as a result of Georgia executive order For additional information, please visit the UGA Coronavirus website.

Research, Accolades, & Media

CoP Faculty Featured in ASHP Publication

Kristine Nguyen and Dr. Andrea Sikora were featured in ASHP Foundation Impact Report. Thanks for the leading roles both of you play in the pharmacy profession, now and in the future. Glad to have you apart of the CoP family!

The CURO Research Award

Effective Spring 2022 semester, the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Research Assistantship will become the CURO Research Award. Now, the Jere W. Morehead Honors College, which administers CURO, will process these awards as scholarships rather than assistantships. This change will help to ensure that students receive the stipend in a more timely manner and also reduce the administrative burden on schools and colleges.

There will be no change with regard to support amounts or the number of students who will be supported. The CURO Research Award will continue to provide 500 stipends annually of $1,000 per student recipient. Please also note that CURO/Honors will be flexible with regard to need-based financial aid and will be working closely with the Office of Student Financial Aid in this respect.

For questions regarding the CURO Research Award application, please email For questions regarding how the CURO Research Awards will be processed or any further questions, please email Amanda Pruitt at call her at 706-542-0532. Please note that the Morehead Honors College/CURO will be making website updates and application changes as needed.


Employer Spotlight Series

The College of Pharmacy welcomes Northside Hospital Cancer Institute for the next Employer Spotlight session at 5pm on Tuesday, November 16th in Pharmacy South 220.  You can also attend virtually via Zoom.

Student Well-Being
The Office of Student Affairs is committed to providing all College of Pharmacy current and prospective students with advising and support services that help to ensure their success in completing their academic programs. Our office hosts a number of College-specific resources in concert with broader UGA offerings.

Visit the Office’s updated webpage to view new Well-Being Resource Sheets for UndergraduateProfessional, and Graduate Students.

The Office of Student Affairs is hosting 2 student well-being events early next month:
  • The Student Study Break (Athens Campus, Pharmacy South and RC Wilson Lobbies) is Dec. 6 from 8 to 11am.
  • The Mindfulness Moment (Athens Campus, RC Wilson 2nd Floor Corridor; Extended Campuses, Locations TBD) is Dec. 7 from 12:30 to 1:30pm.
All PharmDawgs are invited to participate!

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

Save the Date: Flannel & Frost Celebration December 8

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 @ 3pm on Zoom (ID: 969 5142 2414, Passcode: PHARMTALK). Hosted by Dr. Duc Do, Dr. Henry Young, and Dr. Elena Petrova of Augusta University, this is a faculty only opportunity. No prior registration is required.


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
MONDAY 11/8 to FRIDAY 11/12
Celebrating First-Generation Students, Staff, & Faculty
Click here for more information. 
Employer Spotlight: Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
5pm | Pharmacy South 220 | Zoom
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