March 23, 2021

News & Announcements

Pharm.D. Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony This Saturday

The Pharm.D. Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony will take place this Saturday, March 27th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. The event will feature an in-person coating ritual, with students socially distanced across three classrooms within the College. While only faculty and staff essential to facilitating the program may be physically present, all others are invited to celebrate these students by enjoying a professionally produced simulcast. More information can be found here.

2021 Chu Lectureship

The 2021 Chu Lectureship will be held virtually on 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.

Match Day 2021 Phase I Results

The first phase of the ASHP Residency Match Process took place this past Friday, and the Pharm.D. Class of 2021 rocked it! The current class had the highest Phase I match rate from within the last three graduating classes, at a rate of 76.92%.

After this first round of matches, the UGA College of Pharmacy currently has the highest PGY-1 match rate in the state of Georgia, and exceeds the national match rate of around 65%. In total, the UGA College of Pharmacy had 52 PGY-1 matches and 22 PGY-2 matches as of Phase I.

Joining the impressive line-up of matches is great news of job placements – a number of PharmDawgs have already shared news of their post-graduation employment.

Full match statistics to come after Phase II. Students who didn't match during this past phase are encouraged to reach out to their faculty mentors or to Dr. Danielle Vitale for guidance.

UGA Amazing Student: Rebecca Bruning

Rebecca Bruning is featured as one of UGA's Amazing Students! A fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy student from Watkinsville, Becca is committed to patient care. She’s also passionate about changing how people view pharmacists—as more than people who count pills. The latest exciting news for Becca? She was matched Friday with University of Kentucky's UK HealthCare for her PGY1 residency! Read Becca’s feature here.

PharmDawg Vaccinators

PharmDawg Vaccinators are at it again! CoP students administered COVID-19 vaccines this weekend at Lula Pharmacy in Lula, Georgia. Great work, PharmDawgs!

Participating students included Gabby BachnerMerrie BarnettAmelia Clary, Han Dang, Maddie Marsh, Victoria Nguyen, and Dani Warren. Students were accompanied by Dr. Andrew Darley.

Reminder: Use KACE for All Facilities Requests

As a reminder, please use the KACE System for all facility-related requests. In Brad Brown’s absence, please contact Ed Stanley or Michael Bartlett for any facility emergencies. 

2021 PharmD Lead Dawg Awards

Nominations are still being accepted for the PharmD Lead Dawg Awards. Lead Dawg Awards recognize PharmD students serving as leaders, in the broadest sense of the term. Many students are doing great things within the College of Pharmacy, our community, and/or our profession; these awards serve as one way to recognize their efforts. Nominations should be submitted here by this Friday, March 26. For questions, contact Dr. Duc Do.

UGA CVM Vaccine Q&A

The College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting a one-hour vaccine Q&A this Friday, March 26, at 1pm via Zoom, intended to demystify the vaccines and assuage some of the fear surrounding them. The event is hosted and paneled by faculty from across the CVM. More information here.

COLT - COVID-19 Updates

COLT – In-Person Events, Activities, and Gatherings (non-student organization events)

If your unit or department is considering holding an in-person event, activity, or gathering, you must have approval from COLT, the College of Pharmacy’s Covid-19 Operational Leadership Team, prior to making any plans including preparing an event and budget request form, promotional communications, etc.  Student organizations must continue to submit their requests to the College’s Student Affairs Office for review and approval. 

COLT has been designated by the Dean as the College’s authority to review the benefits and risks associated with holding an in-person event and to determine if the event warrants a risk analysis by the University’s Preventative Measures Advisory Board (PMAB).  For your planning purposes, please note that the University continues to strongly encourage the use of virtual technology in lieu of in-person gatherings.      

Please send an email request to Ashley Townsend, and include the following information:

  • Unit/department name
  • Event Lead/Coordinator
  • Date of the event
  • Brief description of the event
  • Location/venue
  • Number of expected attendees
  • If or how food and beverages may be offered
  • How will your event adhere to safety guidelines? (social distancing, face coverings required, etc.).

Please note, you may be contacted for additional information or be asked to meet with COLT to discuss your plans further before approval is granted.    

Update: New Vaccine Eligibility Authorized in Georgia

Beginning Monday, March 15, the following populations are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Georgia: adults aged 55 and older, individuals with disabilities, and individuals 16 and older with certain medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Please know that you will be contacted by the University Health Center when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Vaccines will only be given by appointment, and we are being very careful to ensure that no vaccine is wasted.  To learn more, visit this Campus Message issued on March 11. 

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Narayanan & Team Publish in PLOS ONE

Dr. Priya Narayanan's research team has published a new research article in PLOS ONE entitled "Deletion of arginase 2 attenuates neuroinflammation in an experimental model of optic neuritis."


PharmD Scholarship Applications Now 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.   

Graduate Careers Week

This week - March 22-26 - the UGA Graduate School’s Office of Experiential Professional Development is hosting a virtual Grad Careers Week. More information and the full lineup of events can be found 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.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Beth Phillips Nominated for ACCP Board of Regents; Elections Now Open

Dr. Beth Phillips, Rite Aid Professor and Director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program, was nominated for the 2021 American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Board of Regents. ACCP Members are eligible to participate in the College's annual election of Officers, Regents, and Foundation Trustees. To cast your ballot, simply log into the ACCP Web site and cast your ballot by 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time, on Friday, April 23, 2021.

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.

Virtual Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Join the UGA Georgia Center for a virtual Administrative Professionals Day Conference on April 23. Early bird pricing ends March 31. More information can be found here.

UGA Teaching Academy 2021 Academic Affairs Faculty Symposium Keynote Webinar

The UGA Teaching Academy invites you to join the 2021 Academic Affairs Faculty Symposium for the Keynote Webinar: "The Cost of Exclusion in Higher Education" given by Ebony Omotola McGee, Ph.D. of Vanderbilt University, Author of Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles InnovationFriday, March 26th, 9:00am-10:15am - more information and registration here.

Webinar: Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health. Survey Results & Panel

The Mary Christie Foundation, in collaboration with the Healthy Minds Network, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and faculty at the Boston University School of Public Health, is pleased to present a webinar on The Role of Faculty in Student Mental HealthThursday, April 8, from 1:00 -2:30pm EST. More information here.

Virtual Summer Institute In Evidence-Based Teaching and Course Design

Struggling to design or revise courses or programs? UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will host the 2021 Virtual Summer Institute in Evidence-based Teaching and Course Design, providing contemporary best practices relating to course/program design. The Institute will be held May 17-20, 2021, and registration is now open.


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.

9am | PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Allen Gao — UC Davis | 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)


1pm | White Coat Ceremony | Virtual & In-Person (more details)


12-2pm | Weekly Academic Support Drop in for Stress, Anxiety, and Schedule Management | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)

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