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October 27, 2020
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HEADLINES & ANNOUNCEMENTS


2020 Pharmtoberfest Week a Success

The first ever hybrid APhA-ASP Pharmtoberfest Week was a huge success! With the support of the CoP community and the hard work of student organizations, we were able to reach hundreds of people within and outside of the UGA community through virtual patient education, tri-fold displays, point of care testing, and flu shots. In honor of American Pharmacists Month, many more people now know what exactly their pharmacist can do for them!
 
A special thank you to our sponsor, Kroger, for continually supporting this event, various faculty/staff members for their ongoing help and guidance, and to Web Developer Principal, Dr. Jeanne Prine, for making the virtual component of our Pharmtoberfest Week a reality. This website and all its patient education materials will remain available here.


New PharmCast Episode: Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Have you checked out this month's UGA PharmCast episode? It's a 2-part series about the opioid epidemic in observance of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This month, we had the pleasure of speaking with a fellow classmate, Kendall Anderson Huntt (P3), a member of GenRx. Listen on Spotify!


Student Travel Award Winners

Congratulations to some of our students who have recently been awarded travel awards from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy to their annual meetings. These awards are highly competitive and are related to high level research performed with our faculty members and preceptors.  In lieu of travel funding due to COVID-19, many have received complimentary registration to these meetings which will help their development professionally as well as provide networking opportunities. Great job, PharmDawgs!

Peyton Moon - ACCP Critical Care Practice Research Network
Yancey Murray - Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists
Emily Plauche - Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists
Ashley Postell - ACCP Critical Care Practice Research Network
Rebecca Powell - ACCP Foundation
Logan Smith - ACCP Central Nervous System Practice Research Network


Dr. Pegan Publishes in Acta Crystallographica Section D

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Pegan, Interim Associate Head and Director of the Center for Drug Discover, who was recently published in Acta Crystallographica Section D with his article, "Flipping the substrate preference of Hazara virus ovarian tumour domain protease through structure-based mutagenesis."


Maddie Marsh Featured on GPhA Foundation Appeal
 
PharmDawg Maddie Marsh, a P2 from Statesboro, is featured in an appeal sent this morning from the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation!  A GPhA Foundation scholarship recipient, Maddie is President-Elect of APhA-ASP and an intern at the Athens Recovery Center. Her calling to fight addiction aligns with the Foundation’s mission to offer programs to help Georgia pharmacists stay mentally healthy. Way to go, Maddie!  For more details about the Foundation’s current campaign, “Be the Rx,” see here


PDC Hosts Alumni Michael Posey '79 and Dr. Ralph Saroyan

Phi Delta Chi (PDC) hosted a Zoom meeting this past Sunday with PDC alumni Michael Posey '79 and Dr. Ralph Saroyan. They shared advice, their positive outlooks, and some funny stories with UGA PDC members.


Dr. Ansley Booker '13 Moderates Women of UGA Panel

Dr. Ansley Booker ’13 was busy making the PharmDawg Nation proud yesterday as she served as moderator for the Women of UGA Mentorship Monday program. Leading a discussion focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Dr. Booker encouraged participants to pick up the great “bones” or words of wisdom provided by the panelists.


Early Voting on Athens Campus Starts Today!

Early voting will be taking place on the Athens campus at Stegeman Coliseum today, Tuesday, October 27th through Thursday, October 29th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Only individuals who are registered to vote in Athens-Clarke County are eligible to utilize this location. For more information, please visit ugavotes.com.


In a Time of Racial Injustice, We Are All in This Togehter

Thanks to all who attended last Thursday's town hall “In a Time of Racial Injustice, We Are All in This Together.” As a follow up to the town hall, Dr. Mike Fulford passed along this timely and relevant issue from Academic Pharmacy Now: Confronting Racial Injustice: Pharmacy schools are taking concrete steps to contend with the role that systemic racism plays in health disparities.


Freedom of Expression Town Hall

The next CoP-sponsored Virtual Town Hall will take place this 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

COLT - COVID-19 INFORMATION

Students: CAPS is Open and Available

CAPS (Counseling and Psychiatric Services at UGA's University Health Center) is open and available for student use! CAPS is all telehealth now, so getting in to see them has never been easier. Students can start by scheduling a screening appointment to help find the right path forward, whether to see someone at CAPS for brief therapy or connecting a student to a therapist in the community to see for a longer period of time. If a student is interested in finding a therapist or psychiatrist but for any reason would prefer not to schedule a screening, consider reviewing the options here or via the Psychology Today "Find a Therapist" tool.

Pharmacy Student Emergency Fund

The Pharmacy Student Emergency Fund is available to provide limited, one-time financial assistance to enrolled pharmacy students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation.

Contact: Gloria Strait, Scholarships & Special Events Professional, 706-542-8166, gstrait@uga.eduhttps://rx.uga.edu/students/

KEPRO Employee Assistance Plan

USG provides an employee assistance program to employees and family members with free, comprehensive support through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-844-243-4440.

FACULTY & STAFF INFORMATION

Benefits Open Enrollment Happening Now

This year’s benefits open enrollment is happening now through November 6. You can find open enrollment details on the USG Human Resources-Benefits website.

This is an ACTIVE enrollment year which means action will be required on your part to ensure your benefits and associated costs match your circumstances. These actions include: 

  • All employees enrolled or enrolling must certify/recertify their tobacco status.
  • Employees who are covering a spouse on their USG/UGA health plan, must also update the spouse certification (this does not apply to retirees over the age of 65).
  • Certifications must be completed in the health plan section of the enrollment/changes process in OneUSG Connect - Benefits.
  • Enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) if you would like one for 2021.  
  • Employees are encouraged to review their beneficiary information each year.
  • Review and enrollment of benefits for the 2021 plan year is through OneUSG Connect-Benefits.

If you do not complete the tobacco use and spousal certification, you will receive the $100 monthly tobacco surcharge for every person over the age of 18 that is covered on your USG/UGA health insurance plan, as well as the $100 spousal surcharge.


USG Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training due Friday

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 hrweb@uga.edu. All employees must complete the training module by October 30.

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.
STUDENT INFORMATION

Employer Spotlight TODAY: PharmD on Demand

The Employer Spotlight Series is a collaboration with local and national pharmacy employer partners.  Today's Employer Spotlight will feature PharmD on Demand, and will be held virtually on Zoom today, Tuesday, October 27 from 12:30-1:15pm. To join us for the event live, visit us on Zoom.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with representatives during a live Q&A session, as well. The Employer Spotlight Series is open to all PharmD students in College of Pharmacy, but it is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for P4 students to connect with potential employers. 


FINAL WEEK TO APPLY: 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.

Student Fundraisers

Check out the latest and greatest line-up of College of Pharmacy apparel and gifts, including sherpas, candles, decals, and tote bags! For details, check out the latest edition of DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.

EVENTS & CALENDAR
This Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
TUESDAY 10/27
Employer Spotlight with PharmD on Demand | 12:30-1:15pm, Zoom
WEDNESDAY 10/28
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
THURSDAY 10/29
Virtual Town Hall: Freedom of Expression  | 6:30-7:30pm
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