December 11, 2020
In this issue:

UGA Pharmacy 60 at 60: Now accepting nominations!

In honor of the 60th anniversary of desegregation at the University of Georgia, the College of Pharmacy will spotlight 60 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends who have advocated for a more equitable and inclusive society. The “60 at 60” will honor CoP community members who have committed their personal and professional endeavors to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

Beginning January 11, the College will highlight the diversity contributions of 10 students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends each week, for six weeks. Culminating 60 at 60 will be the inaugural William Robie III Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lecture & Award on February 25. Robie, a 1970 alumnus, was the first African-American graduate of the College.

Submit a nomination here by January 15, 2021.

New BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Promotional Video

The Pharmaceutical Sciences program will welcome a dozen incoming transfer students for the spring, and high school recruitment for Fall 2021 is in full swing. Take a look at our newest promotional video below.

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.


Facilities Update on Windows and Odors

Faculty and staff received an update yesterday on facility issues on the Athens campus, specifically window repairs and odors periodically present in the R.C. Wilson Building. Penned by Dr. Michael Bartlett, the memo can be read in its entirety here.

In summary, Dr. Bartlett stated that the College is in the midst of a window replacement project for the east and south sides of the R.C. Wilson Building; the north and west sides are targeted for repair in FY22.  The 50+ year old windows have created a significant safety hazard because they are loose in their frames. Unfortunately, this project has resurrected a previously identified predicament -- the flow of air through the HVAC system, which is antiquated as well. In the past, chemical odors have appeared somewhat randomly on the first floor of R.C. Wilson due to this aging system. After an exhaustive study, an engineering firm reported this summer that the system needed to be modernized, allowing for independent systems and duct work on each floor of the Wilson Building.  This will eliminate the noxious and offending chemical odors.

Here’s how the two projects intersect:  As the windows on the third floor are removed, the flow of air seems to be bringing chemical odors to the CAP suite and hallways on the second floor via the elderly HVAC system.  The UGA Environmental Safety Division has determined that these odors are below levels known to cause any human health effects.  However, people have differing sensitivities to chemical odors.  If you believe these odors are impacting your ability to work effectively in these areas, please contact your supervisor to explore an alternative work approach.  In the meantime, if you detect any chemical odors in the Wilson Building, please alert your unit head, who will contact Brad Brown or Michael Bartlett. In turn, UGA Environmental Safety will be contacted to visit the building and identify any concerns. Replacement of the third-floor windows is expected to continue until January 4; therefore, these odors may continue until this time. After January 4th, the company will replace windows on the second floor until approximately February 6. There could be another change in odor when the crew switches to the second floor; however, it should be less chemical intensive.

Rest assured, the College is committed to providing a safe and productive work environment. If you have any questions, contact Brad Brown or Michael Bartlett.

UGA’s Chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha First-Generation National Honor Society

This April, the University of Georgia will be inducting its first members into the Beta Gamma chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha), a national honor society that recognizes the academic achievements of first-generation college students.  

Eligible faculty and staff are invited to be inducted into Tri-Alpha and thereby engage new opportunities to serve as mentors for the University’s current first-generation students. 

For faculty or staff to qualify for induction: 

  • You must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree  
  • Neither of your parents (nor step-parents nor legal guardians) completed a bachelor’s degree prior to your completing one
  • You must be serving in higher education at the time of your induction  

 If you are interested in joining Tri-Alpha, please complete this form by December 22, 2020.  

Regardless of whether you choose to join Tri-Alpha, we encourage all faculty and staff to visit — the University’s new site of resources for first-generation students and supporters. Please contact with any questions.

Fall 2020 Grade Rolls Now Open

Grade rolls for Fall 2020 are now open.  The deadline to submit all Fall 2020 grades is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, December 21, 2020. 

You may access your grade rolls in Athena under the Faculty Services option- Final Grades tab.  You may also choose to upload your grades via a .CSV file by accessing the Mass Grade Upload tab also under the Faculty Services option in Athena.  Detailed instructions on how to submit grades are available in Athena and on the Registrar’s Office website.

Please be aware that if grades are not submitted by the December 21 deadline, a grade of ‘NG’ will be assigned to the student.  Because “NG” is not an official grade, you will need to initiate a change of grade for each student needing a grade through the Change of Grade (Prior Term) option in Athena.  The grade change will require approval by the designated approver before it can post to the student’s academic history.

If you are a faculty member with graduate students who are completing research or dissertation hours, remember that those research and dissertation hours require you to enter a grade.

Please note that students will not be able to view their grades in Athena or DegreeWorks until Tuesday, December 22, the day after grade processing is completed. 

Any questions or concerns you may have regarding grade submission should be referred to the Office of the Registrar at 706-542-4040 or After-hours assistance is available from the EITS Helpdesk at 706-542-3106.

Mail & Receiving Services’ Holiday Delivery Schedule

Mail & Receiving Services will suspend regularly scheduled mail and delivery services during the University’s Holiday break, between Friday, December 25, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021. We will operate a normal pickup and delivery of mail and packages on December 23 and a modified, early delivery on December 24. We are sharing the following dates to help meet your delivery needs. 

DECEMBER 14 – SUBMIT MAIL: Please submit third class bulk mail or marketing mail that must process before the holidays to Mail Services by the close of business December 14, 2020.

HOLIDAY PICKUP: If you would like to pick up your department’s mail or packages during the holiday break, please submit this short form by Monday, December14, 2020.

DECEMBER 24 EARLY DELIVERIES OR CANCELLATION OF SERVICE: If your department requires mail or package delivery on December 24th  at a specific time or you wish to not receive any mail/package service this day, please call 706-425-3014 or email no later than Monday, December 14, 2020. 

DECEMBER 30-31 DELIVERIES:  Mail & Receiving Services will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 30 and Thursday, December 31. We will resume normal pickup/delivery of mail and packages on Monday, January 4, 2021. We are located in the Administrative Services Warehouse at 4435 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA 30606. Please access the facility from the East Dock. If you need additional directions or have special requests regarding Mail & Receiving Services not accommodated by the above schedule, please call the mailroom at 706-425-3014.

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!

And be sure not to forget the Deck Your Door Contest! Details below... and check out this first entry from Dr. William Huang, CAP Clinical Instructor!


Becky Glosson: "A Bedrock of Strength on the Augusta Campus"

“Becky is and has been a bedrock of strength on the Augusta campus for 24 years. She is quietly competent and completes all of her work with professionalism and good humor. Not one to call attention to herself, she finally received the recognition she deserved by being named 'Employee of the Year' several years ago. Becky will be missed by all on the Augusta campus.”

These words from Dr. Susan Fagan, Professor and Assistant Dean of the extended campus in Augusta, honor Becky Glosson, Administrative Specialist I on the Augusta campus, who retires January 1, 2021 after 24 years of service to the College of Pharmacy.

"Becky Glosson has been the MVP on the Augusta campus for a long time," said Dr. Rusty May, Clinical Professor and Associate Department Head in Augusta. "She is the glue that has held our group together through many changes including several moves for our students and faculty. The move to our new building went smoothly because of Becky’s great attention to detail. She is always there for anyone who needs assistance (and always with a smile). It has been a pleasure to have her as a co-worker and friend for all these years."

Becky's good nature and friendship will be truly missed around the Augusta campus. Perhaps no one can sum this up better than Kathi Hardwick, Administrative Associate in Augusta, who said, "From the day of my interview when I first met Becky I could see how important she was in the College of Pharmacy. She has been a wonderful mentor for me and I am lucky enough to call her my friend. Becky lights up the Augusta campus with her smile and she has such energy and spark about her. She has not only been essential for our UGA Augusta campus but she has been essential to keeping relations with Augusta University and the VA. The hardest thing about coming back after working remotely was coming to an empty office without her because I didn't have her there to make me laugh, hum a random tune, or ask for advice. I know I will feel the loss more once she has retired and is no longer on campus. The lives of so many people have been improved by the hard dedicated work Becky has given to her position and it will be a hard gap to fill in the years to come."

In her retirement, Becky will enjoy spending more time with three grown sons - Doug, Clay, and Sam - two of whom live with her along with her dog, Cleo (an American, Old English, Pit Bulldog mix), and cat, Callie. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and listening to music.

Read on for our Q&A with Becky!

When did you start at the College? Why were you interested in joining the college?
I started working for the College as an Administrative Assistant in October of 1990. At 21, I was a student at Augusta Tech and needed a job experience within my program of study in order to graduate. I interviewed with Sheila Sinks and Dr. David Hawkins in the FI Building where the department was located at that time (which was an old hotel, formerly the Thunderbird Inn).
What positions did you serve in at the College?  
When I first began working for the College, I was considered an MCG employee and served as an Administrative Assistant.  In 1997, our department had just moved to the CJ Building and I officially became a UGA employee and served as an Administrative Associate. A few years later, we moved again. This time, we settled into the HM Building where I was later promoted to my current title which is Administrative Specialist I.
Who was a mentor or special person for you at the College of Pharmacy?
I have learned from so many people in the department that I’m not sure any one person stands out above the rest. Each faculty and staff member I’ve dealt with provided a unique experience. Those collective experiences allowed me the opportunity to grow in work and as a person. I’m extremely grateful for that.
What was your most indelible memory of the College?
Overall, working here has been a very positive experience for me. My work family consists and has consisted of some very special people.  YOU ALL are unforgettable. That is the memory I will carry with me.

What was your favorite part of your job?
 My favorite part of my job wasn’t just how many people I got to meet, but the variety.  I’ve met people from all over the world in these past 30+ years. I’ve learned about some of our cultural differences, but also discovered some personal commonalities.  
What is your lasting legacy at the College/What is your greatest accomplishment/What do you want to be remembered for?
My lasting legacy? No clue. My greatest accomplishment? Good question, I wish I had a good answer. I’d like to be remembered as someone who was helpful.  I’d like to think I made a difference.
What will you miss the most?
I’ll miss the people. I’ve made many friends here.
What do you plan to do in retirement?  
I hope to be able to relax for a minute and then rejoin the workforce. I don’t know exactly what that will look like, but I trust that God will close the wrong doors and open the right ones. He hasn’t let me down yet.

PharmDawg Phriends is BACK - just in time for the holidays! We want to see and feature your phestive phurry phriends in the next couple issues of the Script before the break! Send photos and names to Lillian Ballance.

1. Tucker Wayne Pruitt-Joyner (Shane) the Shiba Inu experiences the magic of Christmas!
2. Meagan Watkins has a brand new phurry phriend! Meet Nikko Watkins, an English Bulldog rescued from Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Cochran. Follow him on Instagram at @nikkowatkins!
3. Humphrey Ballance (Lillian) is ready to holiday party... at home!
Next Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK -  Daily themes listed below.
Drop in daily from 3-4pm via Zoom. Share photos to Meagan Watkins.
MONDAY 12/14

Holiday Happy Half-Hour and Cookie Break at 2:30pm - BYO (non-alcoholic) Beverage, Prepackaged Cookies available in Wilson Lobby

Meditation Mondays with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2:30-3pm & 4:30-5pm

Silly Sock/Footwear Day

Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm

Ugly Sweater Day

Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm
Pharmacy Staff Representative Group | 2:30-3pm

Crazy Mask/Head Gear Day
Virtual Bingo at 3pm!

Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm
FRIDAY 12/18

Cozy Flannel and Jeans Day
Deck Your Door Contest Winner Announced!