August 18, 2021

Happy first day of classes, PharmDawgs!

Dean Kelly Smith has a special video welcome for you.

News & Announcements

PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash
All students, faculty, and staff are invited to the PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash events in Athens, Savannah, Albany, and Augusta this week and next! Details below. See you there, PharmDawgs!

White Coat Was Picture Perfect!

This year’s White Coat Ceremony was celebrated this past Saturday, with 146 members of the Class of 2025 coated during the event.  Photos indicate that a good time was had by all.  See the full album here.

Gender Non-Restrictive Restrooms and Shared Spaces

The College of Pharmacy is inclusive and values the unique experiences and identities of each member of our community regardless of physical abilities or gender identity. The following communal spaces affirm the College of Pharmacy at UGA supports LGBTQ and people living with disabilities.

Gender Non-Restrictive Restrooms:

Wilson 306 and 307 are single occupancy, and Wilson 416 is a gender nonrestrictive restroom.

Identifying accessible spaces does not change restroom norms, but instead serves to recognize a welcoming and inclusive environment that values diversity. These non-restrictive restrooms help to increase access, promote a sense of belonging, and strongly support our diversity and inclusion goal.

Multipurpose Room:

RC Wilson room 152C is a multipurpose space. Students, faculty/ and staff may use the space for lactation, prayer, and/or activities that are no more than 30 minutes in duration and takes into account the potential needs of others. Please see Dr. Hill-Silcott (PS222f) or Mr. Evans (PS222c) for access.

Supply Lockers:

PS 105 (2nd floor) and Wilson 369 (1st floor women’s restroom) are designated hygiene supply lockers.

These spaces are available and accessible to all members of the College of Pharmacy

For any questions, contact Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott.

8th Annual UGA Medical Device Regulations Conference

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual UGA Medical Device Regulations Conference, held virtually by the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy on September 21-23, 2021.

Co-sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration and the University of Georgia’s International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences program, the conference will provide educational and networking opportunities to help shape and advance the future of medical device regulatory sciences.

More information and registration available here.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Updates for Fall Semester

The University of Georgia continues to work closely with the University Health Center, the University System of Georgia, and local and state public health officials to monitor COVID-19. The top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of our campus community. 

Please remember that everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a face covering inside campus facilities. The University strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated.  Vaccinations are available now at the UHC, and you can click here to make an appointment. Walk-ups will be available at the UHC’s Tate Center mobile clinic from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on August 19, 23-26, 30-31, and September 2.  All faculty, staff and students who get vaccinated also receive a limited-edition t-shirt and a $20 local gift card of choice.

FALL 2021 COVID-19 GUIDANCE: The College of Pharmacy Decision Trees have been updated with the current Fall 2021 COVID-19 Guidance and are located on the College website under UGA College of Pharmacy COVID-19 Updates and Resources

POSITIVE TESTS: Faculty, staff, or students who test positive for COVID-19 are still required to report their positive tests through the DawgCheck website and follow the guidance provided. Typically, a positive test will require a period of isolation.

EXPOSURE AND/OR SYMPTOMS: While the Daily Symptom Checker on DawgCheck has been discontinued, faculty, staff, and students are still able to use the DawgCheck online reporting tool to:

(i) report close contact exposure to someone who has tested positive, and/or
(ii) report if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Use of this online reporting tool enables individuals to determine whether they should isolate or quarantine, and it enables the University to provide assistance if needed.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Kennedy Named to UGA Women's Leadership Fellows Program

Congratulations to Dr. Eileen Kennedy on being named to the 2021‑2022 class of the UGA Women’s Leadership Fellows Program. Read more about this prestigious honor here.

CoP Students Featured in Merck Videos

Shoutout to students Ed Belocura, Sam Egas, and Ashlee Harvey, for their features in videos produced by Merck.

Ed Belocura and Sam Egas, B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Class of 2021, were featured in this video.

Ashlee Harvey, PharmD Class of 2025 and Regulatory Sciences Certificate Program Student, was featured in this video.

Dr. Brown Elected Director-at-Large of ASHP Section of Pharmacy Educators

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Brown on being elected Director-at-Large for the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Educators for the 2022-2024 term.

Dr. Smith Elected Secretary/Treasurer of ACCP Critical Care PRN

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Smith on being elected Secretary/Treasurer of the ACCP Critical Care PRN.

Pattie Holly Earns CDI

Kudos to Pattie Holly, Program Specialist II in Experience Programs, for earning her Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).

Recent Publications

Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent publications:


NHPA Publishes LatinRx Newsletter

The National Hispanic Pharmacists Association published their first issue of their LatinRx Newsletter - check it out here

Student Fundraising News

Each week, the Dean’s Student Advisory Council e-publishes a fundraising bulletin with items for sale.  Check it out and support the great causes of our student organizations!  This week’s bulletin highlights stethoscopes and t-shirts that can be yours!

Faculty & Staff

PBS Department Head Search Committee Assembled

The Search and Screening Committee for the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (PBS) Department Head has been assembled. The UGA Search Group will assist with the search and screening process.

Search and Screening Committee for the PBS Department Head:
Dr. Henry Young, Chair
Dr. Deborah Elder
Dr. Hitesh Handa (College of Engineering)
Dr. Eileen Kennedy
Dr. Fred Quinn (College of Veterinary Medicine)
Ms. Lynn Smith
Dr. Eva-Maria Strauch
Dr. Henry Young
Dr. Jason Zastre

Earn $100 Through the USG Well-being Rewards Program and Join the CoP Team for the National Parks Step Challenge!

The 2021 USG Well-being Rewards Program is offered to all benefits-eligible UGA faculty and staff. Those employees and their spouses who are enrolled in a USG health care plan can earn $100 in well-being credit by completing healthy activities by Sept. 30. Participants can complete a wide range of activities for credit such as getting a flu shot, volunteering within the community, tracking activity and more.
This program is voluntary and confidential. Strict precautions have been taken to ensure that participants’ health information will be kept completely confidential. For more information on the privacy policy of this program, visit

To get started, there are a few steps that must be followed:

Employees with UGA should follow these steps:
·         Log into OneUSG Connect
·         Click on “Manage My Benefits”
·         Click on the “USG Well-being” tile on the home page
Spouses of a UGA employee should follow these steps:
·         Register on
·         Enter your first name, last name and date of birth
·         Accept the terms and conditions
·         Follow the steps to obtain your login credentials
After creating an account, be sure to download the Virgin Pulse app for easier access to the program.

Already participating in the USG Well-being Rewards Program? Join the UGA College of Pharmacy Team for the National Parks Step Challenge! Log steps each week of the challenge and earn $20. Registration is open now until August 31. Join the UGA College of Pharmacy team and help us out-step the other USG teams!


For a full list of College events, visit our website.
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
First Day of Classes - Welcome Back, PharmDawgs!
PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash: Athens Campus
4:30-6:30pm | Rite Aid Courtyard (in front of Pharmacy South)
PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash: Savannah Campus Jamboree
5-8pm | Starland Yard, 2411 Desoto Ave, Savannah, GA 31401
Contact: Tricia Cordray
PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash: Albany Campus
4:30-6:30pm | Campus
PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash: Augusta Campus
4:30-6:30pm | Campus
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