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October 20, 2021

News & Announcements

Don't Forget — Pharmtoberfest 2021 is TOMORROW!

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) will host the 19th annual Pharmtoberfest Health Fair on TOMORROW, October 21, 2021.

The event will take place from 11am to 2pm on the D.W. Brooks Mall, in front of the College of Pharmacy and adjacent to the Science Learning Center. Sponsored by Kroger, this event is open to all UGA faculty, staff, and students as well as the local community.

For a list of participating organization & event details, click here!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1st through October 31st is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University of Georgia’s CoP wants to contribute to increasing awareness of breast cancer and the effects of it. 
 
Breast cancer is a disease where malignant tumors form in the tissue of the breast. Next to skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer. In 2021, an estimated 330,000 women and 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While there are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, an estimated 43,600 and 530 men will die from breast cancer this year alone.

During this month, organizations within the CoP are hosting several events:

October 20th — The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) UGA chapter is co-sponsoring a district meeting on October 20th at 6:30 pm where Dr. Mandi Murph, an Associate Professor at the CoP, will converse about breast cancer and PharmDawg breast cancer survivors will join to discuss their individual history and experience with breast cancer.

October 28th — The Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy (SOAP) and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) UGA chapters will host a breast cancer survivor's panel from 12:30pm to 1:20pm.

To read the full article and to find more details about these events,
click here!
Trail Garden Plant Sale

The Trial Garden at UGA will be hosting a Fall Sale and Jack-O-Lantern light-up. For sale, there will be houseplants, including tropicals, succulents, cacti, and other rarities from the garden. Locally grown pumpkins will be sold while supplies last!

ETIS Network and System Maintenance THIS SATURDAY

Grand Rounds: Throw it in Reverse: Weight-based versus Fixed-dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate for Reversal of Warfarin 

Hanna A. Azimi, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Augusta University Medical Center, will be presenting Grand Rounds on October 27th from 12:10-1:10pm. The presentation will:

  • Review the process of hemostasis and define major bleeding.
  • Describe the current standard of care for warfarin reversal and the rationale behind fixed-dosing of 4F-PCC.
  • Evaluate the literature to recommend fixed-dosing strategies of 4F-PCC for reversal of warfarin. 
Grand Rounds take place in the following rooms:
  • Albany — ES Conference room
  • Athens — RC 362
  • Augusta — 135
  • Savannah — HL2101

Or join virtually here! (Meeting ID: 953 4712 0449/ Passcode: 754824)

Embracing Diversity

The Office of the President and the Office of Institutional Diversity are proud to invite you to this year’s Embracing Diversity virtual event. Embracing Diversity is a celebration of our collective strides toward inclusive excellence at the University of Georgia. During the event, we will recognize this year’s faculty and staff graduates of the Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion, and the student recipients of the Diversity and Black Alumni Scholarships. This year we will also be awarding the inaugural Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Inclusive Community Award, which acknowledges a faculty member who has made a considerable contribution to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within and beyond the classroom at the University of Georgia.

All UGA faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited. To RSVP and receive the link to the webinar, click here.

For any questions related to the event, please call the Office of Institutional Diversity at (706) 583-8195 or email diverse@uga.edu .

A Message from President Morehead

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I am excited to share with you the 2021 President’s Annual Report, which highlights the University’s milestones from the previous academic year.

I encourage you to read about our community’s remarkable resolve during the pandemic and our many outstanding achievements during an unprecedented time in UGA’s history.  What we do here matters, and this report illustrates our impact when our state, nation, and world have needed us most.

I am proud of all that we are accomplishing together despite persistent challenges related to the pandemic, and I remain grateful for everything you continue to do to fulfill the University of Georgia’s vital mission.

With warmest regards,

Jere W. Morehead
President
Save the Date — Saturday, November 6th!
Join us for fun, food and family-friendly games as we celebrate the inaugural 2021 Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions at the UGA College of Pharmacy. Reunions for class years ending in 1 & 6 will be celebrated! The event begins 3 hours prior to kickoff for the UGA vs Missouri game.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Testing

The University Health Center (UHC) continues to offer free surveillance testing for all faculty, staff and students—just as we did last year. We are open for appointments Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Stone, Dr. Johnson Highlighted by Mercy Health Center
Dr. Rebecca Stone and Dr. Blake Johnson, CAP faculty members, were recently featured in Mercy Health Center’s newsletter, “The Mercy Minute.”  The spotlight reads, “Blake Johnson and Rebecca Stone are faculty at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. They provide patient care, as well as precept pharmacy students and residents, in the Pharmacotherapy Clinic here at Mercy. In this clinic, Blake and Becca work in collaboration with providers to manage chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and menopausal symptoms. Their role is to help patients achieve therapeutic goals set by providers and improve the overall care of Mercy patients. We are so thankful for their partnership with Mercy!”

The College of Pharmacy, along with other UGA units, partners with Mercy on the provision of care for patients in need of medical services. Dr. Linda Logan in the Experience Program also volunteers at Mercy Health Center. Congratulations, Dr. Stone and Dr. Johnson, on this well-deserved recognition!
CoP Tweet Goes Viral!
Dr. Trisha Branan and Dr. Susan Stone, along with P4 students Kendall Huntt and Aliya Abdulla recently were featured in “Academic Pharmacy NOW,” the news magazine of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  In a section titled VirtualPharmEd Connections, the magazine highlighted social media activities of members who were involved in this year’s virtual conference.  Dr. Branan tweeted a message and screen capture of she and Dr. Stone debriefing with Kendall and Aliya, CoP Walmart Scholar recipients, on their impressions and takeaways from the Teachers Seminar.  The tweet was picked up by AACP and featured.  Kudos!
Dr. Rebecca Stone's Recent Publications
  • Stone RH, Cieri-Hutcherson NE, Vernon V, Arellano R, Mospan C, Harris JB, Barnes KN, Griffin BL, Lodise NM, Patel J, Rafie S, Vest K. An Integrative Review of Curricular Considerations for Preparing Student Pharmacists to Prescribe Hormonal Contraception. Am J Pharm Educ. 2021 Aug 12:8667. https://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe866
  • Rikard R, Elliott J, Dalton E, Stone RHPharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraception: Does Didactic Hormonal Contraception Education Affect Student Pharmacist Perceptions of This Professional Activity? Pharmacy. 2021; 9(3):145. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9030145
  • Osae S, Stone RH, Misher A, Abusawwa R, Phillips B, Brown T. Team feedback: a missing piece of the Interprofessional Education puzzle. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2021 Dec. XX. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2021.09.024.

  • Beal JL, Reed JB, Stone RH, Satterfield KG, Meredith AH. Pharmacist-prescribed hormonal contraception services: A systematic review of implementation studiesJ Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2021; 1- 14. https://doi.org/10.1002/jac5.1539

  • Stone RH, Gross S, Reardon B, Young HN. Emergency Contraception Access and Counseling in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Pharmacies in Georgia. J Pharm Pract. Accepted, 10/2021.

Dr. Stone has been hard at work, researching and writing, and has had several of her articles published recently. Congratulations Dr. Stone! We are PharmDawg Proud!

Students

American Public Health Association Student Webinars

The American Public Health Association is hosting several webinars where amazing guest speakers share their insight and experiences.

October 21st — LBGTQ + Health and Education, featuring Brayden Misiolek. Register here!

November 18th — Oncology Care November, featuring Ramya Antony and LCDR Chan Mitchell. Register here!

December 2nd — Diabetes Care and Education, featuring LCDR Tabitha Dillinger and CAPT James Chapple. Register here!
 

Students are also invited to the APHA Special Pharmacy Section Meeting, Empowering Student Pharmacists in the Public Arena. -  part of the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo.

October 24th— 10:30am-1pm - Join via Zoom! (Meeting ID: 992 8933 2463; Passcode: 999255)

GSHP's Annual Residency Roundtable
GSHP is hosting their annual Residency Roundtable on November 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm on Zoom. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to speak with residency programs from all around Georgia. This event is FREE to all GSHP members and $10 for all non-members.

Click here to RSVP to this event — please RSVP by October 25th. Contact Kaitlin Blotske with any questions. 

Join UGA Impact

If you are looking for a way to get involved on campus and within the Athens community, IMPACT UGA has many opportunities. The mission of IMPACT is to engage University of Georgia students in an affordable, substance-free, service-learning experience that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in an effort to promote active citizenship within one’s community.

IMPACT UGA is coordinating several different winter trips. These week-long service-learning trips are a great way to learn about social justice issues and how to advocate and spread awareness for a community. There are six different trips, each with their own focus: 

  • Immigration Awareness: Refugee Resettlement
  • Community Health and Wellbeing
  • Shelter and Resource Access
  • Ageism
  • Affordable Housing
  • LGBTQ+ Awareness and Advocacy

Signing up for one winter break trip will gain you experiential learning credit. Winter break trips are $155 but we trip waivers are available! You can register for a trip here. Follow us on Instagram @impact_uga to stay updated about future trips. Contact Anmol Patel with any questions. 

Join the PharmCast Team!

Our PharmCast podcasts and videos feature interviews with students, UGA faculty, and pharmaceutical experts in our community. We discuss a wide variety of current events, including medication management, vaccine discoveries, drug regulations, breakthroughs in our field, and much more.

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with faculty and peers, network, and it is also an amazing CV opportunity. We have THREE open positions to become a vital part of UGA COP's first and only podcast. Apply here!

Have any questions? Email us: Lillian Zulu, Bhavi Patel, Antoinette MorkehEresi Ojebe!

Applications are due at 11:59pm on October 31st.

World Mental Health Day Was October 10th

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, 70 students received a bulldog buddy. These buddies are a good way to relieve stress. 

Student Fundraising News

Don't miss out on the latest student fundraisers! Check out all the newest UGA Pharmacy merchandise for sale in this week's DSAC Fundraising Weekly.

Faculty & Staff

Condolences 

Sympathy is extended to Andrew Wilson, IIT Client Services Technician, and his family on the loss of his father, Tom Wilson of Fayetteville, Georgia, following a brief illness with lymphoma. Services will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Georgia Masters Gardeners Association
She’s Back! Joy Wilson Returns to CoP 

Joy Wilson, former PBS Administrative Manager who retired this past November, has returned to CoP as a part-time administrative support professional for the Office of International and Biomedical Regulatory Sciences. In her new role, she is responsible for student Information database reports and other queries, eLC-related activities, and day-to-day administrative  activities. 

Following her graduation from Athens Technical College in 1990, Joy joined the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacology as a word processing secretary and later supported the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program. Through the years, she moved up the ranks, managing PBS’s graduate program, and in 2008, she was promoted to Departmental Manager, the position she held upon her retirement. A story published at her retirement can be read here.   A native of Danielsville, she and her wife, Sonya, are the “parents” of two fur babies, Nala, a pitbull, and Leda, a cat, and the entire family enjoys traveling in their new camper! In addition, she is a yoga enthusiast. Said Joy, “I’ve loved that my entire career has been with the College of Pharmacy, and I look forward to this new chapter with International Regulatory Sciences.”

The University’s Signature Lectures Series Continues

The University’s Signature Lectures Series continues this fall with talks from renowned scholars and leaders in the arts, agriculture, business, civil rights, government, the sciences and several other fields. Information on the Fall 2021 Signature Lectures can be found here.

Up Next: "Vaccine Biotech: A Journey from South Georgia to Virology to Silicon Valley" with Martin Moore, CEO of Meissa Vaccines
Resources for Teaching and Learning eLC Course

Katie Smith and Russ Palmer from CoP’s IT Department are developing an eLC course to provide quick access to resources and support documents related to instructional design and SoTL as well as the main teaching and learning tools used by faculty at the College. This course will be developed into a rich repository of relevant resources to provide faculty with an additional layer of assistance and support. All current faculty have been enrolled in the course – click here to access it (and consider bookmarking it for convenience). Please contact Katie or Russ with any questions.

Upcoming events include:

October 25th — SoTL Colloquium: Knowledge of Learning Makes A Difference

November 9th — GradTeach Workshop: Meeting Students Where They (Actually) Are: Student Development & Learning

USG Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The University System of Georgia requires all of its employees to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October.

To complete the mandatory October training, log on to the KnowBe4 Portal at https://training.knowbe4.com/auth/saml/8840131a04b53  with your UGA MyID and password.

Once on the training homepage, you should see the UGA logo near the upper left portion of the training window, and a course named Security Awareness Fundamentals will be available to you. Click the red “Start” button to begin. To advance through the training, click the “Next” button at the conclusion of each slide. At the end of the training, you will be prompted to take a short quiz. Once your training is complete, you can download a certificate of achievement if desired.

The Security Awareness Fundamentals course should require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for all faculty, staff, and student employees to complete the training module is October 29, 2021.

Faculty, staff, and student employees who have questions about the training should contact the EITS Help Desk at 542-3106 or e-mail helpdesk@uga.edu.

UGA Employees Required to Complete Updated Motor Vehicle Training by end of 2021.

In an effort to promote a safe work environment, reduce the number of on-the-job motor vehicle accidents, and ensure compliance with Board of Regents and State of Georgia policies, the University of Georgia updated its Motor Vehicle Policy that provides:
  1. driving qualification standards for UGA drivers.
  2. a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check for anyone who operates a vehicle as part of their official duties.
  3. required training and appropriate action for anyone who falls outside those standards.

The UGA Motor Vehicle Use Policy became effective on July 1, 2020 and applies to all UGA faculty, staff, volunteers, and independent contractors. Whether you are driving a personal vehicle, government issued (state or federal), or rental vehicle while conducting university business, you are required to:

  1. participate in annual training.
  2. complete a Driver Acknowledgement Form.
  3. complete an annual Motor Vehicle Record history check (if the employee or volunteer’s driving frequency is three or more days per week).

The policy in its entirety may be viewed here.  The training and associated forms are included in the Professional Education Portal system through UGA Human Resources.

All employees are required to complete the training by the end of December 2021.

Contact the UGA Insurance and Claims Office or call 706-425-3083 with any questions.

Kepro, UGA's Employee Assistance Program

USG and UGA have partnered with KEPRO to provide employees and their family members with a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Full-time and Part-time employees, family, and household members have access to the program. Services and information for wide variety of life areas including Family, Aging, Depression, Grief, Relationships, Anxiety, Parenting are free and confidential. 

To start, go to MyLifeExpert and enter the company code: USGCares. From there, create your unique login and password. The site is accessible at your convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  
Manage Your Money & Feel Great!

How do you feel—financially? Money concerns can cause stress and affect both your physical and emotional health. USG Well-being and CAPTRUST offer events and consulting to help you learn strategies to set short-term money-management goals and focus on your long-term financial picture.

Schedule a no-cost 30-minute virtual appointment! Click here to sign up online or call 800-967-9948. Employees enrolled in a USG healthcare plan can earn a $20 USG Well-being credit for participating.

Save the Dates:

HR Information & Reminders

Year-End Leave Balances Reminders

  • Don't forget that faculty and staff who accrue vacation leave, the 360- hour calendar year cap for your vacation balance is in effect.
  • Any vacation hours in excess of 360 hours will be removed if not used by December 31, 2021.

Benefits Open Enrollment — Open Enrollment Period: October 25- November 5.

  • Virtual Benefits Fair: October 25 – October 29.
  • Virtual Office Hours:
    • October 27 – 3:00-5:00pm.
    • November 2 – 9:00-11:00am.
    • November 4 – 3:00-5:00.

Benefits – Spending Account Updates

  • Effective January 1, 2022, HSA Bank will replace OptumBank as the spending account provider for HSA, FSA, DCFSA, and LPFSA.
  • Employees with an HSA balance as of Dec. 31, 2021, will need to approve the transfer of funds to HSA Bank.
  • Contributions beginning Jan. 1 will be remitted to HSA Bank.
    • These are individual accounts and employees must approve liquidation of investments and transfer of funds.
    • Employees will receive a $50 credit once they approve the transfer, and the funds are moved to HSA Bank.

Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information.

Client Support Services Professional II 
S06958P
Pharmacy-Inst Design & Tech
Staff

Data Management Specialist II
S07069P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff

Post-Doctoral Associate
G/R15123P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Standardized Patient
G/R14499P
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Public Service Assistant
F0963P
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Faculty

Research Technician
S05461P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Staff

Postdoctoral Research Associate
G/R12664P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
WEDNESDAY 10/20
Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar presented by UGA SNPhA Chapter
6:30pm | featuring Xavier & UTHSC COP | Presenter: Dr. Mandi Murph
THURSDAY 10/21
Pharmtoberfest
11am-2pm | D.W. Brooks Mall | Contact: Maddie Marsh
Managing Stress and Anxiety
7pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
APHA Student Webinar: LGBTQ+ Health and Education
Featuring Brayden Misiolek
FRIDAY 10/22
Trail Garden Plant Sale
10am-6pm | 1030 W. Green St, Athens, GA 30602
Vaccine Biotech: A Journey from South Georgia to Virology to Silicon Valley
11am | Innovation Hub, Room 100 | Presenter: Martin Moore
WEDNESDAY 10/27
Grand Rounds: Throw it in Reverse: Weight-based versus Fixed-dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate for Reversal of Warfarin
12:10pm-1:10pm | Presenter: Hanna A. Azimi | Augusta 135, Savannah HL2101, Albany ES Conference Room, Athens RC 362 | Zoom Link
Embracing Diversity 
3:30pm | Keynote Speaker: Dawn D Bennett-Alexander | via Zoom
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