May 11, 2021

News & Announcements

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Convocation Friday

Celebrate the UGA B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Class of 2021 by watching their Convocation Ceremony LIVE on the College’s YouTube channel. Subscribe today to be instantly notified when the livestream feed starts at 2:00pm EST this Friday, May 14!

Details about the University's Commencement Ceremonies can be found here.

Congratulations, PBS and IBRS Graduate Students!

The Spring Graduate Ceremony takes place this Friday, May 14, at 10am in Sanford Stadium. Graduating PharmDawgs are listed below. We are PharmDawg Proud!

PhD in Pharmacy – Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences:

George Bendzunas, Kennedy Lab
Brendan Freitas, Pegan Lab
Zhesi Zhu, Zheng Lab

MS in Pharmacy – Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences:

William Antoniades, Grimsey Lab
Benjamin Nguyen, Yao Lab
Morgan Roos, Grimsey Lab

Masters in Regulatory Sciences - International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program:

Standard MS degree graduates:
Cassie Alexander
Dawn Nguyen

Double Dawgs:
Lauren Hodge
Sean Vanduyse

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, UGA is hosting a virtual conversation with Provost S. Jack Hu and Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav on Tuesday, May 18 at 11am. All faculty, students and staff are invited to participate. Register for the event here. The event will include a Q&A session. Participants are asked to utilize the Qualtrics form found here to submit questions in advance of the event.

Welcome, Dr. Jordan Khail!

The CoP welcomes Dr. Jordan Khail as the newest faculty member and Clinical Instructor in CAP! Dr. Khail received his B.S. in Biology from UGA in 2007 and his Pharm.D. from Mercer in 2012. Originally from Marietta, GA, he fell in love with the pharmacy profession after working as a pharmacy technician for a neighbor and family friend. When asked what attracted him to the job at the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Khail remarked, “UGA's College of Pharmacy has a strong national reputation for academic excellence and resources that are hard to beat. I also completed my undergraduate degree here, so I was already fond of the University, the town, and the culture at UGA. After speaking with various members of the faculty, the passion and pride they felt for the school and the community was obvious and further confirmed that UGA was the perfect fit for me.” He added, “I am honored to be joining such a successful program! I look forward to sharing my professional experiences with future pharmacists.”
Dr. Khail and his wife Courtney, who met as undergraduates here at UGA, currently live in Decatur, GA, but look forward to relocating to Athens this summer. Courtney is a professional fine artist and operates her own business, Courtney Khail Watercolors. They have a rambunctious box-a-dor rescue named Bear, who is always ready to play. When they aren't working, they love to spend time outside, enjoying everything from hiking and camping to kayaking and mountain biking.
Dr. Khail’s office is located in R.C. Wilson Room 265A, and he can be reached at or 706-542-5371.
Welcome, Jamie Hailey!

The CoP welcomes Jamie Hailey as the new Administrative Specialist II in PBS! Originally from Dalton, GA. Jamie has a background in event planning at UGA. She and her husband, Tom, live in Watkinsville with their three teenagers, dog (Rosie), and cat (Cricket). Their children attend Oconee High School, where they are active in track and field, football, golf, and marching band. When not busy attending their events, the family enjoys watching sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends at their lake house.
Jamie’s office is located in Pharmacy South Room 436, and she can be reached at or 706-542-7385.
UGA Kickstart Fund

The UGA Kickstart Fund is a stud​ent-managed initiative that provides seed, privately-funded, capital grants to UGA students and faculty to support the launch or growth of a venture. The Fund offers grants typically ranging in size from $1,000 to $5,000. They are actively seeking driven and innovative applicants and encourage anyone interested to apply at the UGA Kickstart Fund website.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Expanding UHC’s Outreach for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Beginning Monday, May 10, the University Health Center (UHC) broadened eligibility for vaccinations at the UHC to include the following groups:

  • Dependents of UGA faculty, staff, and students who are of age to be eligible for the vaccines (currently 16 years and older, but the FDA is considering authorization for 12 and up soon) 
  • UGA retirees
  • Spouses and significant others of UGA retirees, faculty, staff, and students
  • Visitors to campus engaged in research, academic or non-academic summer engagement/transition opportunities
  • Those visiting campus as part of Orientation
  • Active employees and (primarily) students enrolled at other USG institutions who live in the Athens vicinity and who wish to receive vaccine at the UHC over the summer

UHC continues to schedule first dose appointments for students and employees through the UHC Vaccine Portal and have plenty of capacity.  For those members of the expanded eligibility groups listed above, please submit this survey at, and the UHC will reach out to you to schedule the appointment directly.  Please note that the UHC will provide second doses to any student, even if they have graduated before the date of their second dose of vaccine is due.

As we head into the summer, we urge you to remain diligent in following all CDC and DPH health and safety protocols. Remember that free surveillance testing is still being offered for our faculty, staff, and students, and that the sample collection site will move from Legion Field to the University Health Center on Monday, May 17.  For the safety of your family and friends, please consider getting tested prior to leaving campus for the summer if you are not fully vaccinated.  Appointments can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process.

Also on Monday, May 17, the daily e-mail reminder for the DawgCheck symptom screener will be discontinued. However, you are encouraged to stay at home if you become ill or until you have excluded COVID-19 as the cause of your symptoms.  UGA adheres to current CDC quarantine and isolation guidance and requires that it be followed.  If you receive a positive test for COVID-19, you must continue to report it through the DawgCheck Test Reporting Survey.

Read the entire campus message here.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Lead Dawg Award Recipients

The Lead Dawg Award recognizes students who are leaders in the College of Pharmacy, the community, and their profession. Congratulations to the Lead Dawg award recipients for the 2020-2021 year:

  • Noah Gurr
  • Maddie Marsh
  • Kristine Nguyen
  • Logan Smith

We are PharmDawg Proud of these student leaders!

Dr. Gowda on Channel 11

Dr. Grace Gowda, Director of the International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program, was featured on 11Alive Friday morning discussing the FDA clinical trial process for COVID-19 booster shots. Watch the clip here. Thanks for representing the CoP, Dr. Gowda!

Dr. Andrea Newsome, PharmD, MSCR, FCCM, BCCCP

Kudos to Dr. Andrea Newsome for earning some new initials behind her name! This year, Dr. Newsome earned her Fellow of Society of Critical Care Medicine and completed her Master of Science in Clinical Research from Emory University. Congratulations!


Southwest Georgia Campus Pinning Ceremony Photos

Photos from the 2021 Pinning Ceremony in Albany are available here. Congratulations again, PharmDawgs!

Faculty & Staff

Staff Appreciation Day Next Tuesday

The Office of the Dean, in partnership with PSRG, announces Staff Appreciation Day 2021 on Tuesday, May 18. Staff, please SIGN UP by 5pm today, Tuesday, May 11. 

PSRG Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for Pharmacy Staff Representative Group Chair and Secretary. If interested in serving in either capacity, or nominating a fellow staff member (with their permission), please contact Andrew Wilson, Parliamentarian.

PSRG Excel Workshop

PSRG will offer a Microsoft Excel workshop on May 19th (1-2:30pm) and a follow-up session May 26th (1 - 2pm). Please sign up here.

Early Payroll Deadline

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, the 16B1 Biweekly Payroll (5/16-5/29) will have an early Time & Absence Approval deadline of Friday, 5/28/2021 at 10am. All absences must be entered and approved by this time.

Timesheets will not be locked on Friday:

  • Pay From Schedule/Manual Time: Time should be estimated for Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29
  • Kaba Clock/Web Clock: Employees can continue to clock in/out when they report to work.


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

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


2pm | B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Convocation | Livestream on YouTube

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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