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October 23, 2020
In this issue:

Best Wishes to Melissa Hunter!

With mixed emotions, the College of Pharmacy announces the resignation of Melissa Hunter, who has served as the Senior Director of Finance and Administration since January 2017. Melissa is leaving CoP in late November to become the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration for the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. A plan to recruit a new leader in the Business Affairs Office is underway.

During her tenure, Melissa has been instrumental in modernizing and elevating a variety of fiscal and administrative operations at the College. Additionally, she was instrumental in the implementation of OneSource, UGA’s new financial management system; restructured and managed several key services, including the Business Affairs Office, Information and Instructional Technology, and Facilities Support; and updated several Human Resource processes. She is a friend and donor to the College, establishing the Ernie Hunter Memorial Scholarship Fund for pharmacy students in need.

Melissa’s accomplishments were many, despite dealing with major personal challenges. Since arriving at CoP, she heroically battled breast cancer, cared for her husband, Ernie, following a significant brain injury, and coped with Ernie’s passing earlier this year.  “While we are saddened for ourselves that Melissa is leaving, we celebrate that she is returning to a place she calls home,” said Dean Smith.  “Our loss is certainly MUSC’s gain.  We wish her well in her new position and in this next chapter of her life’s journey.”

Melissa penned a departure letter to the PharmDawg Nation.  Read her message here

Yancy Murray (P4) Publishes Article with Research Team

Congratulations to P4 student Yancey Murray, based on our Savannah Campus, who this week successfully published with her research team an article titled “Financial Analysis of Dalbavancin for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections for Self-Pay Patients.” This research evaluated the feasibility of dalbavancin in patients with no insurance, using direct medication vial replacement to decrease direct and indirect costs per patient for treatment of patients with skin infections in Savannah. The research team also consisted of recently graduated UGA PGY-1 resident Adam Pizzuti, UGA adjunct faculty and St. Joseph’s/Candler clinical specialists Derek Gaul and Bruce Jones, University of Mississippi Clinical Assistant Professor Jamie Wagner, and UGA Clinical Associate Professor Chris Bland. Congratulations to all!

Dr. Fulford Leads Workshop for Pharmacy Schools in Egypt

Dr. Mike Fulford, Director of Assessment and Interim Lead for Faculty Affairs, led a two-day workshop sponsored by ACPE and the Egyptian Government. Coordinated by KnowledgeE, the workshop is part of a comprehensive, capacity-building training program aimed to advance teaching excellence practices within pharmacy education in Egypt. The program aids in the skill development and capacity building of key participants that will be vital to the execution of the national goals to shift all existing programs to PharmD curriculums and achieve a long-term objective of acquiring international accreditation for Egyptian pharmacy programs. Moreover, resulting in the design and execution of competency-based, integrated curriculums that implement best practice in pharmacy education. Dr. Fulford worked with 40 participants selected from the 5 major pharmacy schools in Egypt.   

Dr. Cobran Selected to Howard University Graduate School Dean Search Committee
Dr. Ewan Cobran, CAP Assistant Professor, was selected to serve on the Howard University Graduate School Dean Search Committee. More information can be found here. Congratulations, Dr. Cobran!

Dr. Osae Interviewed by Eraced Magazine

Dr. Sharmon Osae
, Clinical Assistant Professor, was recently interviewed by Eraced Magazine as a result of the perspective she co authored in the New England Journal of Medicine. View the full articled on Eraced here.

Dr. Crich Named to Vice President for Research Search Committee

Dr. David Crich, Georgia Research Alliance and David Chu Eminent Scholar in Drug Design, has been named to the search committee for the University of Georgia’s next Vice President for Research. The 17-member committee is chaired by Donald Leo, Dean of the College of Engineering. More information about the search can be found here.

Drs. Ewan Cobran and Brad Phillips Named OIBR Fellows

The College of Pharmacy is excited to announce about the OIBR Fellowship designations of two of our faculty members: Dr. Ewan Cobran, CAP Assistant Professor, and Dr. Brad Phillips, Milliken-Reeve Professor.   

The Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR) works to provide services, information, and support that can enhance the quality, comprehensiveness, and relevance of social and behavioral research at the University of Georgia. Fellows are nominated by one or more current Fellow of OIBR, based on being a national and/or international leader in their area of academic expertise, with current or past successful grant projects administered through the Institute. Nominated Fellows go through a vetting and voting process by the OIBR Executive Committee.

Drug Takeback Day

Saturday is National Drug Takeback Day. APhA's Generation Rx, working to enhance medication safety among the community, developed the below flyer with Athens-specific advice on how to properly dispose of unused medications.

Every year, millions of Americans abuse prescription drugs and often, these drugs come from the medicine cabinets of those close to them. You can help decrease this number by disposing of medications that you no longer need.

Freedom of Expression Town Hall

The next CoP-sponsored Virtual Town Hall will take place next Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-7:30pm. Open to all faculty, staff and students, the Freedom of Expression Town Hall will inform participants of their rights to protest at UGA in a safe and peaceful manner. In addition, students will learn of the impact that protesting and arrest records have on residencies and pharmacy careers. Details about the panelists can be found in the below flyer. A Zoom link will be emailed to the CoP community prior to the event. For questions, contact Dr. Hill-Silcott.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Get into the spirit of the season and join us for a virtual pumpkin decorating contest! Open to our entire PharmDawg community, we invite you to share with us your spookiest, silliest, and craziest pumpkins - there are no limits to your creativity here!

To enter:
1. Decorate a pumpkin. Carve it, paint it... use your imagination!
2. Send a photo of your pumpkin to Kim Hamby by Wednesday, October 28.

Photos of pumpkins will be shared on our social media channels on Thursday, October 29. The winner, selected by Dean Kelly Smith, will receive a special College of Pharmacy goodie package. Share your pumpkins via social media using the hashtag #PharmDawgPumpkin

A Message from Dr. Michael Bartlett
If you would have told me on March 17 that, seven months later, we would still be living in this COVID-19 environment, I would have said that you were PharmDawg Phrazzled.  But here we are.  Still wearing masks (now a major fashion statement and accessory item). Staying socially distant.  Working remotely in order to dedensify our working, teaching and learning quarters. And always, always Zoom fatigued.
Yet, I am proud to share this latest glimmer of good news that I hope you will take to heart.  As a college, we are doing amazingly well with a concept we all learned when we were young…we are following the rules. 

As Chair of the CoP COVID-19 Operational Leadership Team (COLT), we have taken great efforts to reinforce the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, handwashing, surveillance testing, and daily health monitoring through DawgCheck.  I am proud to say that you’ve listened. You’ve followed the rules. You practiced all of these precautions. And as a result, the College of Pharmacy has one of the lowest positive COVID case rates on the UGA campus.  Simply put, you’ve allowed the College to be a leader in “flattening UGA’s curve.”

Overall, UGA had great numbers to report last week.  According to officials, UGA set a record high for participation in its COVID-19 surveillance program, with 2,029 individuals tested on campus.  Of those tested, 25 individuals were positive, for a positivity rate of only 1.23%. This marks the second straight week of strong participation in testing and low positivity rates. Of the 84 total positive cases reported through the University’s DawgCheck system for the same period, 74 were students, eight were staff and two were faculty.
I truly believe that one of the contributing factors to our success is that we focus on human health at CoP.  However, I truly believe that your commitment to following the rules has been paramount.  On behalf of COLT and Dean Smith, I am grateful for your support and commitment to flatten our curve.
Dr. Michael Bartlett
Associate Dean for Science Education, Research and Technology
Chair of COLT

UGA Network Maintenance to Take Place Tomorrow
EITS will conduct routine network maintenance that will result in periodic, intermittent outages of campus Internet access and campus information systems on Saturday, October 24, beginning at 6:00am and ending at 11:59pm. The outages associated with the maintenance will be unpredictable, so the UGA community should assume that network services will be unavailable during the entire day. 
Details and progress reports will be posted at and on the EITS Twitter feed at @uga_eits.   

USG Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training due October 30, 2020

All University System of Georgia (USG) employees are required to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October. To complete the October training, log on to the Professional Education Portal with your UGA MyID and password. Once on the PEP homepage, scroll down to the section “Training Due” and select "USG Cybersecurity Awareness Training Fall 2020." For questions about the training, contact the Human Resources Service Desk at 542-2222 or All employees must complete the training module by October 30.

Departmental MyID Verification and Clean-Up
Please be aware of the upcoming Departmental MyID verification and clean-up process happening October 27-November 24.  If you own a Departmental MyID account, you will receive an email notice from EITS Access Services on Tuesday, October 27 with instructions on how to verify and claim the account for another year. 
This notice will be sent to the Departmental MyID owner’s UGAMail address, if one is on file. You will receive these notices weekly until you verify ownership of the account. 
If you own a Departmental MyID account, but do not receive an email notice, please contact Access Services at or 706-542-4000 ext. 3. Access Services can also provide a complete list of Departmental MyID accounts. If you would like a copy of the list sent via SendFiles, please send an email to

Please verify and claim your Departmental MyID account(s) by Tuesday, November 24. If an account is not claimed, it will be deactivated. More information can be found on the Departmental MyID page.

Midpoint Reminder: UGA Campaign for Charities

The University of Georgia’s Campaign for Charities is now at the midway point. Contributions can be made through November 16. The 2020 – 2021 UGA Campaign for Charities provides an opportunity for the campus community to demonstrate its compassion during difficult times by supporting one or more of the 1100+ participating organizations. A short video detailing this year’s campaign can be viewed here. To participate, log on to OneUSG Connect and select the “Make SCCP Contribution” option. For more information, visit the Campaign for Charities Website.

Participants who submit a pledge are entered into weekly drawings for fabulous prizes. And one of the recent winners was our own Dean Kelly Smith! Here’s she is pictured with her winnings, which was a SWAG bag from UGA Dining Services.

Simpler Systems to be Decommissioned May 2021

Simpler Systems data navigation and query tool will be decommissioned on May 28, 2021. After this date, the UGA Data Warehouse/Tableau reports will replace the functionality provided by Simpler. Many Simpler data apps have already been replaced by other reporting tools. However, a number of discussions will occur with Simpler users to identify reports which haven’t been replaced and ensure solutions are in place before Simpler is decommissioned. Discussions will be held on this topic to ensure that all reporting needs are met during this transition. Those willing to participate can share contact information here. Those who are unable to participate but would still like an opportunity to share specific scenarios for Simpler are welcome to submit a service desk ticket

Major Window Replacement Project in Wilson To Get Underway

Exterior windows on the second and third floors on the east and south sides of the R.C. Wilson Pharmacy Building will be replaced late this semester.  This is the next step in the College’s efforts to improve and enhance the safety of existing facilities. If your office and/or work area is affected by this installation project, you should have received notification late last week.  
In summary, working with UGA’s Facilities and Maintenance Division, along with multiple vendors, CoP will implement this project in several phases.  
  • Phase I – Already underway and involves a pilot installation on the 2nd floor of the RC Wilson Building (in the common area entry way adjacent to the side entrance to CAP). This project should be completed by 10/16.  
  • Phase II – Scheduled for 10/28 – 11/3. Interior prep work to include asbestos abatement for window caulking, along with movement of furniture and IT equipment. All locations affected will be sanitized after prep work.   
  • Phase III – Scheduled to start 11/23.  Window installation is tentatively scheduled to begin 11/23 and will include both interior and exterior work. A more detailed plan related to Phase III will be provided soon.  
For information regarding specific facility-related needs, contact Brad Brown.

Trauma-Informed Teaching Resources

Traumatic experiences come in many forms, affect many students and can significantly interfere with their ability to learn. A trauma-informed approach to teaching is about intentionally creating an environment conducive to learning, despite the impact of traumatic experiences on our students and their brains. This resource provides guidance on how trauma-informed teaching practices can be used to increase your instructional effectiveness while positively impacting the minds and lives of your students.

Webinar - Connecting in the Time of Corona: Techniques to Listen and be Heard

October 27, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 pm via Zoom | Register via PEP

Wendi Jenkins, USG Leadership and Institutional Development Manager
Mary Carney, UGA Director of Programming, Faculty Affairs

Faculty provide leadership in formal and informal roles, and new demands are being made on their communication skills. This interactive webinar is designed to boost leadership communication skills, both remote and face-to-face. The session will address employing active listening skills for reciprocal communication, establishing clear work parameters, and creating a work space to serve well in an online environment. 


Emergency Funding Available for Students

The Molly and Max Blank Scholarship Application Cycle is now open for submissions.

Eligibility and Instructions:

  • This scholarship will serve to help alleviate the financial burdens that may impede students from entering or completing their studies at the UGA College of Pharmacy.
  • All UGA College of Pharmacy students (undergraduate, graduate and PharmD) with financial need are eligible to apply.
  • Incoming PharmD students (entering in fall 2021) who have submitted their seat deposits are also eligible to apply.
  • The College of Pharmacy intends to award approximately twelve (12) scholarships (amount ranging from $2,000-$5,000), totaling $30,000.
  • Previous recipients are eligible to reapply. If returning and application and tasks are marked “complete” when you sign in, please edit all tasks and provide updated information before you submit for review.
  • Please apply here. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30th.

ISL Circles: A Series for International Students

ISL Circles is a new initiative from ISL to support international students through a series of sharing and discussion sessions with faculty, student support departments, and alumni on various topics relevant to international student life. Upcoming sessions, including language labs, can be found below.

October 2020 Session
Topic: "The U.S. Presidential Election: An Overview and the Significance for International Students"
Speaker: Dr. Audrey A. Haynes (Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, SPIA)
Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 at 3:30-4:30 PM
Registration: Click here or

Language Labs:

A comfortable and recurring space for international students to practice their English and develop an understanding of American culture. 

October 2020 Session
Topic: "Halloween in the U.S."
Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct 27; Thursday, Oct 29 | all at 4:30-6:00 PM
Registration (see upcoming events): Click here or

November 2020 Session
Topic: "Finger Licking Good": Popular Dishes in the U.S."
Date/Time: Monday, Nov 2; Thursday, Nov 5 | all at 4:30-6:00 PM
Registration (see upcoming events): Click here or

Topic: "Bon appétit!” All Things You Should Know When Eating Out."
Date/Time: Monday, Nov 9; Wednesday, Nov 11 | all at 4:30-6:00 PM
Registration (see upcoming events): Click here or

Topic: "Happy Thanksgiving!"
Date/Time: Monday, Nov 16; Thursday, Nov 19 | all at 4:30-6:00 PM
Registration (see upcoming events): Click here or

Questions? Contact

TODAY: Andrea Carson Coley Lecture in LGBT Studies

The 26th annual Andrea Carson Coley Lecture in LGBT Studies is TODAY, October 23 at 12:30pm via Zoom! 

"How Dare You": Rage and Resistance in an Age of Catastrophe will be presented by Dr. Ann Pellegrini, Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. This lecture will return to the still-timely Audre Lorde essay, "The Uses of Anger" and other recent work in queer of color critique to explore contemporary issues.

This lecture is FREE and open to all, but you must register in advance for the Zoom link. This program is endowed by the Coley family and co-sponsored by the UGA LGBT Resource Center and the Georgia Museum of Art.

Next Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
MONDAY 10/26
Meditation Mondays with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2:30-3pm & 4:30-5pm
Tutoring for: P1 PHRM 3310 & 3600 | 5:30-6:30pm
Tutoring for: P2 PHRM 4200 & 4430 | 7-8pm
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm, Zoom
Tutoring for: P2 PHRM 4200 & 4430 | 6-7pm
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Richard Milner, The Scripps Research Institute | 9-10am, Zoom
Grand Rounds: PGY1: Aaron Chase | 12:10-1:10pm
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm, Zoom
Virtual Town Hall: Freedom of Expression  | 6-7:30pm