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September 18, 2020

Dear PharmDawg Nation:

Yesterday, you received an Archnews message from President Jere Morehead and key members of his cabinet commemorating the first month of a very unique and challenging fall semester at UGA. The essence of the letter was to express the University’s sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the efforts of faculty, staff and students at UGA. I want to echo their sentiments, and share with you how grateful I am for your willingness to meet, head-on, the obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

I realize none of this has been easy for anyone. Many of us have had to be flexible beyond our comfort zones, assume tasks beyond our normal job duties, and adjust to new systems and structures. Beyond the Arch, we are caring for family and loved ones who have needs and concerns, all while dealing with our own struggles of isolation, zoom fatigue, and an uncertain future. As the letter mentioned, we are stressed, anxious, and very tired.

Trust me, I recognize all of this. I sincerely believe that if we are to overcome the aforementioned obstacles and achieve sustained success, we must, as the letter stated, “…continue to support each other, to take care of one another, to be kind and compassionate colleagues, friends, and community members….”  I urge you to adopt this call for compassion.  In turn, I pledge to do what is in my power to address your concerns. I may not be able to always answer your questions or even give you the answers you’re looking for. But I do promise to do my best for the PharmDawg community.  

Whether faculty, staff or student, I am proud of you, and I appreciate your spirit of determination.  Working together, we will get through this crisis and emerge an even stronger and better PharmDawg Nation.

Stay safe, healthy and well,

Kelly M. Smith, Dean
UGA College of Pharmacy

In this issue:
GSHP Student Chapter Wins ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Award

The UGA Chapter of GSHP is a recipient of ASHP’s 2020 Outstanding Professional Development Award. ASHP receives over 100 applications each year for this national distinction, selecting only a few student chapters as honorees based on their innovative support of the organization’s mission. Our chapter is being recognized for professional service, outreach, and impact. A major priority of GSHP has been to expand student-driven services on all of our campuses, resulting in increased initiatives in patient education, professional advocacy, and practice-based volunteering. These multi-campus service opportunities have allowed students to positively impact communities across the state of Georgia and promote the profession.

Special thanks to faculty advisors, Drs. Andrew Darley and Trisha Branan, current chapter president Kristine Nguyen, and GSHP’s 2019-2020 Executive Board. Also, a huge shoutout to students Alfred Awuah, Brooke Cottle, Lily Zheng, Kayla Saxton, Savannah Eason, and Lauren Ellard Shelton for heading these initiatives. GSHP would not be as successful without its dedicated members and student leaders!
New PharmCast Out Today

Dr. Daniel Chastain, UGA College of Pharmacy Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases, joins PharmCast for the Community host Dr. Tim Brown to discuss flu, access to vaccines, and how influenza interacts with COVID-19. Dr. Chastain explains how we can avoid the possibility of a "twindemic" - a severe flu season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video below or listen on Spotify.
COLT - COVID-19 Information
Increased Capacity of COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

UGA is now conducting 450 tests per weekday—up from 360—on asymptomatic students, faculty and staff through its surveillance testing program. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each weekday and may be scheduled by contacting the University Health Center.

Surveillance testing is provided to those who are not reporting symptoms of the virus. Students who are symptomatic should contact the University Health Center for COVID-19 testing, while faculty and staff should contact their local health care provider, go to one of the many testing sites offered by the Georgia Department of Public Health, or seek a test at a commercial site (e.g., pharmacy, urgent care center, etc.). Any positive COVID-19 test must be reported to the university through the DawgCheck notification tool.

Weekly results of UGA’s testing programs, as well as positive tests reported through other sources, are reported to the campus community at the University Health Center website

UGAAlert Test September 24 at 11am

The UGAAlert test originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Prior to the test next week, it is important that students, faculty, and staff review their contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) in the UGAAlert system to ensure their specific preferences for being notified are accurate. Contact information may be checked in the UGAAlert system at

More information regarding the upcoming test may be found at

Inclusive Teaching Workshop October 8

Open to all faculty, staff, and students, a workshop will be held October 8 to explore the principles of inclusive teaching, helping to create a learning environment where all students feel valued and have equal access to learn. This workshop will feature presenters who have utilized inclusive teaching principles in the classroom. Participants will learn about specific examples of inclusive teaching, ask questions and discuss the nuances of inclusive teaching, and spend time working with facilitators on their own class materials and teaching strategies. 

Join via Zoom here. For more information, contact Dr. Mike Fulford.


Life Sciences Industry Day

The University of Georgia Graduate School will host the second annual Life Sciences Industry Day event for master’s and doctoral students in the life sciences, a career conference designed to help graduate students explore the diverse professional opportunities within their field. This year’s event will take place virtually and span three afternoons, from Sept. 23 – 25. The program will feature a diverse variety of speakers from professional areas such as industry research and development, regulatory affairs, licensing, and science communication, as well as specific sectors such as biotechnology, government and nonprofit administration, or public policy. Attendees will have opportunities to expand their network and receive career planning tips from experienced leaders in the field.

Dr. Grace Gowda will be giving a talk on regulatory affairs careers on Wednesday, September 23 from 2:30-3:30pm.

View the full agenda here. More information can be found here.

Ask Me Anything with Grace Gowda

On Tuesday, Dr. Grace Gowda, Director of the International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program and Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy, presented as part of UGA's Ask Me Anything series. Moderated by Dean Kelly Smith, Dr. Gowda shared her insights on COVID-19 vaccine development and delivery. View the full session below. Great job, Dr. Gowda!


Mental Health Town Hall Next Thursday

Next Thursday at 6pm, the College of Pharmacy will host a virtual town hall to discuss mental health awareness. This will be the kickoff for the 2020 College of Pharmacy Giving Day. All proceeds this year will benefit mental health initiatives at the College, such as – faculty, staff, and students completing the Mental Health First Aid Training; grief and bereavement sessions; Mindfulness Mondays meditation activities; individual stress/anxiety meetings; and anxiety and stress management closed group sessions.

The panel will feature the College of Pharmacy’s own Dr. Linda Logan '85, Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott '15, Dr. Daniel Chastain, Dr. Misha Thomason Watts, and Dr. Andrew Darley '12; P4 Justin Petway; P3 and President of the UGA Chapter of the College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Gabrielle Mendoza; and PharmDawg alumna Lindsay McCoy '13, of Village Drug Shop at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems. The town hall will be moderated by Dean Kelly Smith '92 & '93.

Register for the town hall here.
Join the Zoom conversation here.

Questions? Contact Lee Snelling.

Next Week
Meditation Mondays with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2:30-3pm & 4:30-5pm, Zoom
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm, Zoom
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Nevin Lambert, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University | 9-10am, Zoom Details TBA
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm, Zoom
Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm, Zoom
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm, Zoom
Mental Health Town Hall | 6pm, Register, Zoom
College of Pharmacy Giving Day - Mental Health First Aid | All Day