April 6, 2021

News & Announcements

Augusta University/UGA College of Pharmacy Sign Articulation Agreement

Undergraduate chemistry students at Augusta University interested in a career in pharmacy now have a streamlined approach for admission into the University of Georgia’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. In a formal ceremony held Friday at the UGA College of Pharmacy campus at Augusta University, officials from the two University System of Georgia colleges signed an articulation agreement that provides AU undergraduate students majoring in chemistry with a guided pathway into UGA’s four-year pharmacy curriculum. Read more here.

UGA Posts ‘Exemplary’ NAPLEX Statistics

Class of 2020

The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) report for the Class of 2020 was just released last week, and the UGA College of Pharmacy 130-member Class of 2020 “showed up” and “showed out” comparatively across the state, in the SEC, and in the nation!

According to the report, which was analyzed by Dr. Mike Fulford, Director of Assessment and Interim Lead for Faculty Affairs:

1. CoP’s first attempt pass rate was 95.38% with 130 graduates.  The national pass rate was 88.43%.
2. CoP’s pas rate is the 23rd highest in the U.S., regardless of graduating class size
3. CoP’s pass rate is 9th highest in the country for programs with graduating class sizes of at least 100 students
4. CoP’s pass rate is the HIGHEST among all Southeastern Conference Schools!
5. CoP’s pass rate is 4th highest among schools in and bordering Georgia; the top three are UNC (130 graduates), Presbyterian (46 graduates), and Samford (90 graduates)
6. Our Pass Rate is the HIGHEST in the State of Georgia
a. Mercer (91.85%), South University (83.33%), PCOM (71.08%)

Congratulations to these graduates/now-alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters who made this incredible accomplishment possible!

2021 Chu Lectureship

The 2021 Chu Lectureship will be held virtually next 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.

Rho Chi Initiation Ceremony

On March 31, 29 second professional year students were initiated into the Alpha Kappa chapter of Rho Chi, the national pharmacy honor society.  Rho Chi invites the top 20% of students into the society.  Students are eligible for consideration after completing the first three semesters of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. In addition to initiating new members, the newly elected officers for 2021-2022 were inducted into office.  

President:  Kristin DiSalle
VP:  Natt Patimavirujh
Secretary:  Diana Dang
Treasurer:  Monica Acharya
Historian:  Kelly Gilbert

Kendall Huntt, P3 and 2020-2021 Rho Chi President, led the initiation ceremony and was joined by the other officers. Dean Kelly Smith offered opening remarks and Dr. Daniel Chastain was the invited speaker. Initiates, current Rho Chi members, and their families were invited to attend the virtual initiation ceremony.

220 Pounds of Food Collected for UGA Food Pantry

Typically, we do not like to talk about weight, but this was too good not to share! The CAP Department collected 220 pounds of food to donate to the UGA Food Pantry for their March service project!

It is important to continue to bring awareness to the growing impacts of food insecurity on college campuses:

  • Did you know that in 2011 UGA students recognized a need on campus and decided to address the troubling situation of student hunger by starting the UGA Student Food Pantry?
  • On average 100 students are served daily through the UGA student food pantry – no questions asked and no need to provide proof just stop in and take what you need. 
  • The food pantry also provides information about other resources offered on campus and in the community.
  • UGA Student Food Pantry is located in the Tate Student Center Room 146. For more information on the UGA Food Pantry, visit their website.

Reminder: Instructional Break Thursday, April 8 

Thursday, April 8 will be an instructional break for students. Based on recommendations from the Educational Affairs Committee, “No mandatory assignments shall be scheduled for completion during these instructional break days, either for course work or extra-curricular or co-curricular activities. It is strongly recommended that assignments and examinations not be scheduled for the day after the instructional break days.”

Research, Accolades, & Media

Kristine Nguyen Receives ASHP Student Leadership Award

Kristine Nguyen (P3) was one of twelve recipients across the nation to receive the 2020-2021 ASHP Student Leadership Award. This award recognizes and celebrates the contributions of students who represent the very best attributes and accomplishments of ASHP student members.

Kristine would like to thank GSHP's faculty advisors, Dr. Andrew Darley and Dr. Trisha Branan, as well as the 2020-2021 GSHP executive board for their support. Congratulations, Kristine! We are #PharmDawgProud.

Latest Research News

Check out the latest research news from the College:

Dr. Chris Rice served as a co-author on a manuscript titled, “Naegleria fowleri: Protein structures to facilitate drug discovery for the deadly pathogenic free-living amoeba” in PLoS One.

Dr. May Xiong, along with two of her Postdoctoral Fellows (Jing Qiao and Zh Liu), and a student (Shuolin Cui), published “Synthesis and evaluation of amphiphilic deferoxamine:gallium-conjugated cationic random copolymer against a murine wound healing infection model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa” in Acta Biomaterials.

Drs. Brian Cummings and Som Shenoy (CAP) received notice that their European Patent Application “IPA-3-Loaded Liposomes and Methods and Use Therof" - for treating breast and prostate cancer - has been approved. 

Join Upcoming Research Matters Live Events 

Don’t miss the upcoming edition of Research Matters Live on “Matchmaking and Community Needs,” to be held today, Tuesday, April 6, at 1 p.m. UGA experts will provide examples of how UGA researchers can recognize, address and meet the research community’s needs in their work. 

To see the full schedule of upcoming events or register to attend via Zoom, visit the Research Matters Live website.


Financial Planning 101

It's never too early to talk about financial planning! Wondering how to pay off student loans, or the best way to save for the future (buying a house, starting a family, retirement)? Today, Tuesday, April 6 at 12:30pm, join Financial Planning graduate assistant, Molly Frumka-Sutz, in a talk about financial planning basics. Join via Zoom here. (Passcode: 405160)

Next Week: CV Critique Week

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.

PharmD Scholarship Applications Open

The PharmD scholarship application (SurveyMonkey Apply) is available to apply online here. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59PM. Please contact Gloria Strait if you have any questions or issues.   

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.

Student Organization Fundraisers

Don't miss out on all of the great fundraisers happening now! View the latest fundraisers in DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.

Seniors: 100 Days Until Graduation Scavenger Hunt

Seniors! Want to end this semester down memory lane and end with a BANG?! The Student Alumni Council has been hosting the annual 100 Days ‘til Graduation event and wants you to join! Celebrate the last 100 days of school with a giveaway/scavenger hunt of our favorite UGA and Athens traditions and bucket list activities! Enter before April 13 for the chance to win a UGA graduation basket (worth a value of $400!) with grad essentials such as a diploma frame and UGA alumni accessories. More information here.

Faculty & Staff

Upcoming One USG Connect Timesheet & Absence Request Changes

On April 11, enhancements to OneUSG Connect will change the way faculty and staff submit time, approve time, request absences, and approve absences. Please note that this will not result in any changes to compensation or leave balances. The only changes will be to the way that time and absences are entered and approved in the system. These processes will change significantly for many users. This webpage has been developed to help faculty and staff navigate the changes.

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).

FACT Workshop Series: Is it Time for Gamification to Level Up?

Can games make learning more fun and engaging? Dr. Nicholas Holt explores that question by examining gamification from its roots to its modern incarnations and makes connections to some of the seminal scholarship on games, learning, and psychology. Holt presents his thoughts and experiences on the benefits, limitations, and spin-offs from the development and implementation of gamified learning in higher education contexts.

Thursday, April 15 at 12pm. Zoom link will be sent to registrants. Register here.

Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of the Center for Teaching and Learning newsletter for fellowship, grant, and professional development opportunities this month.

April Faculty/Staff Birthdays

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

April 1 - Brad Phillips
April 3 – Melody Sheffield
April 5 – Jayani Jayawardhana
April 6 – Scott Pegan
April 6 – Lilian Sattler
April 9 – Vivia Hill-Silcott
April 14 – Neil Grimsey
April 15 – Brad Brown
April 22 – Mike Fulford
April 22 – John Varghese
April 28 – Priya Narayanan
April 28 – Katie Smith
April 29 – Christopher Rice

* If your name was missed, we apologize! Happy Birthday!


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.

12:30pm | Financial Planning 101 with Molly Frumka-Sutz | Zoom (Passcode: 405160) (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)


9am | PBS Seminar Series: Student Final Year Presentation — George Bendzunas | Zoom (Passcode: PBSSEM2021)

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)

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

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