May 4, 2021

News & Announcements

Pharm.D. Class of 2021 Commencement

Congratulations to the members of the Pharm.D. Class of 2021, who were officially hooded as Doctors of Pharmacy in an official Commencement ceremony held this past Saturday, May 1 at Stegeman Coliseum. The full ceremony can be viewed here; the program, which includes honors and awards, can be viewed here; and photos from the day can be viewed here.

We are PharmDawg Proud of our newest alumni!

Dr. Brian Seagraves Awarded Coveted Georgia Pharmacist Magazine Dedication

Is there a more perfect day than “May the Fourth Be With You” to share the news that Dr. Brian Seagraves, CAP Clinical Professor, has received the Dedication of the 2021 Georgia Pharmacist Magazine?  Well-known for his affinity for super heroes, including Star Wars, and a legendary fan-favorite among students, Dr. Seagraves was selected for this coveted title by the Pharm.D. Class of 2021.  In announcing the award, Dean Kelly Smith remarked, “Dr. Seagraves professes a passion for working directly with students in applying theory to practice in the pharmacy practice labs. It is in these settings that students frequently benefit from his vast knowledge of – and perhaps obsession with – the sci-fi genre, which he skillfully employs to help illustrate concepts and motivate students. What else would you expect from someone who attends Dragon Con in Atlanta every year? It’s not unusual to see him donning a signature lab coat accessorized with a super hero tie, socks, or other sci-fi paraphernalia. Is it any wonder he’s so well loved and respected in our College community?”  To read more of her announcement, see here.  And to get a flavor of the inspiring nature of this man, who has received this title two previous times, read the remarks he made to the Class of 2022 at their Pinning Ceremony a few weeks ago. Congratulations, Dr. Seagraves!  And May the Force ALWAYS Be With You!

Dr. Beth Phillips Elected to ACCP Board of Regents

Dr. Beth Phillips, Rite Aid Professor and Director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency, has been elected to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Board of Regents. It is a 3-year elected position and carries the primary responsibilities of shaping and reinforcing ACCP programs and initiatives, as well as advancing the profession. There are six Regents at any given time, and two new BOR members are elected each year.

Congratulations, Dr. Phillips! A well-deserved honor.

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Awards

Yesterday, the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences held the 2020-2021 Graduate Awards and Undergraduate Scholarships Ceremony. Congratulations to the below award winners!

B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards:

Richard A. Bryan Scholarship: Ed Belocura, Elizabeth Burgess, Ransom Jones, Carson Moriaty, and Jessie Vo
Danny and Elaine Shive Scholarship: Terry Nguyen

Awards of Excellence for PBS

Blue Key Society: Jessica Vo
Presidents Excellence Award: Livija D. Broxson
Valedictorian: Jaron Longo

Graduate Student Awards:

PBS Junior Graduate Student Award: Ian Durie
Stewart Endowment Graduate Student Award: Leah Helton
La Rocca Award: Winner - Menebre Wendimu; Runner-Ups - George Bendzunas and Brendan Frietas

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Convocation Next 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 next Friday, May 14!

The CoP has a New Digital Magazine: UGA Script

Introducing the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy's new digital magazine: UGA Script

In this Spring 2021 issue, you'll find highlights, features, updates, and all-around great news from the UGA College of Pharmacy. Please feel free to share this magazine with fellow PharmDawgs, colleagues, and friends. We hope you share our pride in this e-publication and the stories within. Check it out now!

Southwest Campus Gathering

This past week, the Albany campus gathered at Dr. Anthony Hawkins' house. They played cornhole, had a fire in the fire pit, ate catered/sponsored food from Chicken Salad Chick, and raised over $100 for Jethros, a local student center that offers free coffee, internet, study space, and resume building for students in the community. A good time was had by all!

COLT - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Thank you for your diligent efforts to keep our campus community safe and healthy throughout this academic year. As we near the end of the Spring Semester, we want to share a few COVID-related plans regarding the transition to summer.

The University Health Center is vaccinating any member of the UGA community who wants to be vaccinated, and that service will continue over the summer. If you will not be in the Athens area, there are many alternate vaccination sites located throughout the state where you will be able to obtain or complete the vaccine series. However, you will be able to be served by the University Health Center, even after the May commencement ceremonies, should a return to Athens be more convenient for you. All three current vaccines are offered at the UHC, and access to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will resume by May 3, if not sooner. Students and employees should not delay getting vaccinated! Make your appointment via our portal.

Surveillance testing will continue in the summer. Since we anticipate demand for testing to decline, testing will be relocated from Legion Field to the University Health Center on Monday, May 17For 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 will continue to be booked via the Vet View scheduling process, and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will continue to perform the tests.

As of Monday, May 17, we will discontinue the daily e-mail reminder to perform the DawgCheck symptom screener. However, we encourage you 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.

Research, Accolades, & Media

GSHP Student Poster Awards

Two abstracts written by students Ryan Bok (P3), Diana Dang (P3), and Rachel Rikard (P4) were recognized in the GSHP Top 5 Student Posters. The poster presented by Ryan Bok was awarded the top student poster award.

Ryan’s abstract title: Fluid stewardship and the four rights: pharmacy recommendations in the treatment of critically ill adults with COVID-19

The second poster title recognized (which was presented by Rachel): Fluid stewardship and the ROSE model: pharmacy recommendations in the treatment of critically ill adults with COVID-19

Special shoutout to faculty mentors Drs. Susan Smith, Anthony Hawkins, and the UGA Critical Care Collaborative (UGAC3).

The complete list of finalists can be found below.


  • Ryan Bok - Fluid stewardship and the four rights: pharmacy recommendations in the treatment of critically ill adults with COVID-19
  • Joseph Farrell - Assessing the impact of medication adherence packaging at an outpatient primary care provider clinic on hemoglobin A1c and low-density lipoproteins
  • Connor Lockridge - Dexmedetomidine medication use evaluation in a community hospital intensive care unit
  • Rachel Rikard - Fluid stewardship and the ROSE model: pharmacy recommendations in the treatment of critically ill adults with COVID-19
  • Emily Royal - Evaluating the appropriate use of parenteral iron therapy in iron deficiency anemia in a primary care setting


  • Sarah Kemerer - Evaluation of hypersensitivity reactions with the use of paclitaxel
  • Sarah Lopez - Evaluating different regular insulin doses for the treatment of hyperkalemia
  • Juliette Miller - Evaluation of chronic opioid prescribing by family medicine physicians
  • Mary Sheffield - Impact of probiotics on the development of Clostridioides difficile infection in patients receiving fluoroquinolones
  • Aubrey Slaughter - Evaluation of the key potentially inappropriate drugs in pediatrics list

Recent Publications

Congratulations to the following PharmDawgs for their recent publications:

Dr. Tim Brown Nominated for Director-at-Large of ASHP’s Section of Pharmacy Educators

Dr. Tim Brown,  Director of Interprofessional Education, has been slated to run for the executive committee of ASHP’s Section of Pharmacy Educators as Director-at-Large (2022-2024). More information to come soon!

Dr. Christy Norman '06 Honored as Healthcare Hero Finalist

Congratulations to Dr. Christy Norman '06, alumna and preceptor, who was recently honored as a Healthcare Hero Finalist in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dr. Norman is the Vice President of Emory Healthcare Pharmacy Services 


PharmD Fall Schedule Books

Schedule booklets for first-, second- and third-year PharmD students are now available on the CoP website. Contact Cicely Hemphill or Dr. Duc Do if you have any questions.

Faculty & Staff

UGA Faculty Affairs - Opportunities for Professional Development

For upcoming professional development opportunities, view the latest Faculty and Leadership Development Opportunities monthly email from the Office of Faculty Affairs, which includes information about the upcoming Faculty Search Committee Training and call for Aspire Fellows applications.

May Faculty/Staff Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the below PharmDawgs celebrating a birthday this month!

May 4 Rusty May
May 9 Arica Barfield
May 11Chris Duran
May 13 Yao Yao
May 14Lindsey Welch
May 15Leslie Standridge


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.

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


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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