April 13, 2021

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I  am pleased to announce the appointment of Henry N. Young, PhD, Associate Professor, Kroger Professor, and Director of the Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes and Policy Graduate Program (PHSOP), as the College of Pharmacy’s Clinical and Administrative Department Head, effective May 1, 2021.   

Serving as the Interim Department Head since September 1, 2020, Dr. Young has ensured continuity in the research, teaching, and service missions of the Clinical and Administrative Department. He has worked diligently to position the department for future growth by expanding its leadership structure and hiring talented individuals who have joined our faculty ranks. During this major transitional period, he has led the department through a long-needed strategic planning process, and is overseeing the creation of an enhanced administrative staffing structure to improve efficiency and consistency across our Athens and extended campuses.  Throughout these and other endeavors, Dr. Young has consistently demonstrated his commitment to fostering relationships and willingness to accept additional responsibility for the greater good of the department, college, university, and ultimately the patients who are the focus of his research.

Dr. Young shares his enthusiasm for his role. “I am thrilled with the privilege of serving in this new leadership capacity for the Clinical and Administrative Department as well as the College of Pharmacy. The future of our CAP department is bright, which is a testament to the caliber of individuals who comprise the faculty and staff of this department. I am confident that by working collaboratively, we will be successful in our research, teaching, and service missions, which will be of critical importance in our trajectory for the future.”

I am deeply grateful for the work of the Search Committee, chaired by Dr. Brian Cummings, throughout this process. The dedicated faculty and staff members of that group include: Dr. Chris Bland, Dr. Tim Brown, Dr. Deborah Elder, Dr. Ashley Hannings, Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana, Ms. Deborah Martinez, Dr. Rusty May, Dr. Sharmon Osae, Dr. Somanath Shenoy, and Dr. Rebecca Stone.  Their work was ably facilitated by Michael Luthi and his team at the UGA Search Group. 

Please join me in offering congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Young on this new key leadership role at the College of Pharmacy.


Kelly M. Smith, Dean
UGA College of Pharmacy

View the full memo here.

News & Announcements

2021 Chu Lectureship

The 2021 Chu Lectureship will be held virtually tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14 at 11 am.  A part of the prestigious UGA Signature Lectures series at the University of Georgia, the Chu Lectureship will feature Dr. Emma Parmee, Global Head of Discovery Sciences at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson. Register for the lecture here.

Class of 2022 Pinning Ceremony This Thursday

The PharmD Class of 2022 Pinning Ceremony will take place Thursday, April 15, 2021. The event will feature an in-person pinning ritual with students socially distanced across the College’s four campuses. Since only faculty and staff essential to facilitating the program may be physically present, a broadcast of the entire program will take place on dedicated YouTube channels with each switching to a “live” format about 20 minutes after a pre-recorded video premiere. Each campus’s broadcast will include the following: [PRE-RECORDED VIDEO PREMIERE] 1) Dean's Remarks by Dean Kelly Smith, PharmD; 2) Faculty Keynote by Brian Seagraves, PharmD; 3) Class Representative Remarks by Savannah Rainey, Austin Dykes, Raymond Patterson, and Hannah Henderson; 4) Presentation of I.Z. Harris Award by Chris Bland, Pharm.D, BCPS, FIDSA, FCCP; [LIVE PORTION OF EVENT] 5) Presentation of Pins.

Streaming of the entire program will take place on the following YouTube channels with the video premiere beginning at the times listed:

Athens 1 @ 2:30pm (last names starting with A-Le)

Athens 2 @ 2:30pm (last names starting with Lee-Y)

Augusta @ 3:00pm

Albany @ 6:00pm

Savannah @ 6:00pm

A couple of days after the conclusion of the event, a supercut combining all campuses will be edited together and uploaded to the main College of Pharmacy YouTube channel.

COVID-19 Vaccine Panel – featuring Dr. Ashley Hannings

Four University of Georgia experts answered some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines in a recent virtual panel discussion held on campus. Moderated by Dr. Shelley Nuss, dean of the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, the panelists discussed a variety of topics related to vaccine safety and efficacy. And they shared their thoughts on why it is so important for everyone who is eligible and medically able to get vaccinated as part of the worldwide effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Watch the complete session to learn more about how the available COVID-19 vaccines can help keep you and your family safe.

U.S. Visa Processing for International Students

UGA's Office of Immigration Services received a briefing from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on April 7th, 2021, regarding a meeting they had with U.S. State Department representatives. They gave an update on visa processing at U.S. Consulates abroad. View the full email with detailed information here.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Guidance on Leave Time for COVID-19 Vaccinations

In response to the Governor’s Executive Order No., the University System of Georgia has provided guidance on procedures to record time and absences related to COVID-19 vaccinations. In an effort to encourage more USG employees to receive the vaccine, the USG will allow faculty and staff to use “Non-Closure Emergency Leave” as of March 31, 2021 for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals will be compensated for this time without deducting from vacation or sick leave balances up to the amounts noted in the following campus message sent to UGA faculty and staff on April 7, 2021.  

Finish Strong

Your commitment to health and safety protocols over the last academic year has allowed us to continue to teach, conduct research and serve the state of Georgia, and we thank you. But our work isn’t done.  As we get closer to crossing the pandemic finish line, remember that the following health and safety guidelines remain a priority, even as more members of our community become vaccinated. 

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Darley is UGA SOAR Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Darley, UGA GSHP Faculty Advisor, for receiving UGA’s Advisor of the Year Award! Dr. Darley, who is the Public Service Associate and Associate IPPE Director in Experience Programs, was presented the award last night at the 20th Annual H. Gordon & Francis S. Davis Student Organization and Recognition (SOAR) Awards.

The Advisor of the Year Award is presented to the student organization advisor who has gone above and beyond the basic expectations of an advisor, supported the work of the students, and added richness to the involvement experience.

Drs. Gowda and Hannings in the Media

PharmDawg Spotting! Drs. Grace Gowda and Ashley Hannings have both appeared as experts on 11Alive in the past few days! View their spots below.

Summer Research Funding Recipients

Congratulations to Morgan Ashcraft and Shuolin Cui for being selected to receive Summer Research Grant funding from the University of Georgia Graduate School! Funds will be used to further their doctoral research by providing supplies for relevant experiments.


Good luck to the P1s, the Class of 2024, on upcoming finals and IPPE rotations!  We are proud of you and your accomplishments this year.  Good luck and FINISH STRONG!

This Week: CV Critique Week

This Monday, April 12 through Friday April 16 is CV Critique Week for all College of Pharmacy students. This is your opportunity to sign up for a 20-minute appointment to receive feedback about your resume, CV, or cover letter. These appointments will be virtual on Zoom, and will take place each day between 4PM and 8PM to best accommodate class schedules. Sign up for your appointment now! You will receive your confirmation and Zoom connection information after you schedule your appointment. Questions? Contact Dr. Danielle Vitale.

Review of Pharmacy

Open to graduating 4th-year students, the UGA College of Pharmacy Review of Pharmacy is coming up April 27-30 - now virtual! Sign up here.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Invited to PharmD Commencement

Faculty are invited to attend the in-person Commencement Ceremony for the PharmD Class of 2021. The in-person ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2 pm, at the Stegeman Coliseum. Academic regalia is required for participation. For your information, the tentative order of events can be viewed here. Please consider attending the event to celebrate students’ accomplishments.

We are also seeking approximately 4 volunteers to serve as faculty marshals. If you would like to attend commencement and/or serve as a faculty marshal, please kindly let Gloria Strait or Dr. Duc Do know by Friday, April 16th.

DEADLINE for Research/Technology Survey This Thursday!

On April 1, you received a request to complete a brief survey regarding technology needs at the College as it relates to research. The deadline for completing this survey is this Thursday, April 15!  Please respond to this brief Qualtrics Survey by the deadline. Your participation in this project, sponsored by CoP’s Computer and Technology Committee, is greatly appreciated!  

2020 Employee of the Year Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020 Employee of the Year! Please see this memo from Dean Smith regarding nominations. Guidelines and nomination form can be found here. The deadline for submitting nominations is no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The University System of Georgia (USG) requires all employees to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October. The next module is due April 30, 2021. To complete the April training, log on to the Professional Education Portal (PEP).


View this week's student events in the latest issue of DSAC's Events Weekly. For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.

4pm-8pm | CV Critique Week - Appointment Required (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)


11am | The 2021 Chu Lectureship | Registration Required

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

4pm-8pm | CV Critique Week - Appointment Required (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)


Class of 2022 Pinning Ceremony (Information above)

4pm-8pm | CV Critique Week - Appointment Required (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)


2pm | Career Drop-In Hours | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)

4pm-8pm | CV Critique Week - Appointment Required (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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