September 15, 2021

News & Announcements

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics

Get your flu shot! Don't miss out on the upcoming flu shot clinics at UGA, including this next Tuesday, September 21 from 2:30-4:30pm in the lobby of R.C. Wilson. Don't miss your opportunity to get vaccinated by a member of our PharmDawg community!

View more information and a schedule of upcoming clinics here.

Remembering Dr. Jeffrey Anthony Kotzan

The CoP is sad to share the passing of a beloved member of the CoP family, Dr. Jeffrey Anthony KotzanDr. Kotzan (February 5, 1942 - September 7, 2021) passed away at his home in Sky Valley, Georgia, with his family and loved ones at his side.

"Jeff obtained a PhD in Pharmacy at Purdue University, where he met his wife, Lois, who was also in the Pharmacy program. Jeff taught as a professor of pharmacy at the University of Georgia from 1969 - 2005. Jeff loved to laugh, always had a twinkle in his eye, and never took himself too seriously. He was a gentle, loving man who was slow to anger and quick to forgive. He was patient and kind. He will be missed."

Click here to view Dr. Jeffrey Kotzan's full obituary.

Dr. Kotzan was a longtime supporter of the Albert W. Jowdy Pharmacy Scholarship. Those who like to make a donation to this area that was close to his heart and work, click here.

New PharmCast Episode: P1 Declassified

PharmCast for the Pharmacy Community is back! For the first episode of this school year, Allison Dean (P2), Parth Patel (P3), and Savannah Rainey (P4) share their first year experiences and provide some help tips on how to be successful in pharmacy school. Click here to listen on Spotify.

Arica Barfield, once again, exemplifies what it means to be a PharmDawg!

One of our Albany students was having a birthday, but in true fashion, Arica Barfield wanted to celebrate everyone’s birthday. So, she personally brought every Albany PharmDawg their very own homemade cookie and happy birthday balloon, including the two guest students.

It’s small gestures like this that make all the difference, especially during this stressful times – thank you, Arica, for always going above and beyond.  You make us PharmDawg Proud!

UGA Named in Top 20 of America's Public Universities

The University of Georgia has once again earned a top 20 ranking in US News & World Report’s list of America’s best public universities. This is UGA’s sixth consecutive year in the top 20 of this national ranking. Please see this link to the press release on this exciting news.

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

Help Us Keep UGA Healthy!

Watch for Symptoms of COVID-19.  People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  If you feel sick stay home.  Contact your supervisor or instructors to discuss arrangements. 

Remember, please reference the College of Pharmacy Decision Trees for guidance if you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms or have been exposed – there is a Decision tree for each of the following:


Remember, if you test positive, you are REQUIRED to report the positive test in DawgCheck.  Additionally, DawgCheck has a symptom checking tool to help individuals check their symptoms and provide guidance to support their health.  Use of this online reporting tool is still highly encouraged as it enables individuals to determine whether they should isolate or quarantine. 

COVID-19 Testing

UGA will continue to offer free asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 to all members of the UGA community at the University Health Center. Based on CDC and DPH guidance, any individual, vaccinated or not, should get tested if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within 3 to 5 days of that contact. Appointments for asymptomatic testing in Athens can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your provider.  Visit the following sites for more information on finding a testing location in your area.

Stay Safe!

In addition to getting vaccinated, we encourage everyone—whether vaccinated or not—to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities.  Wearing your mask and following safe hygiene practices will help protect our fellow PharmDawgs in the spread of COVID-19. 

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Gowda Elected as President of the AGRE Board

Dr. Grace Gowda was recently elected at the President of the Association of Graduate Regulatory Educators (AGRE) board for the coming year. Prior to this, Dr. Gowda served as the Vice President for the board. Congratulations, Dr. Gowda! 

Dr. Kennedy Publishes in Two Journals

Kudos to Dr. Eileen Kennedy on her two new publications:


This Week: CV Critique Week

The Office of Student Affairs is hosting CV Critique Week this week - September 13 to 17 - from 5pm to 8pm each day.  Schedule your 15-minute appointment during CV Critique Week so you can get ready to apply for fellowships, jobs, or other opportunities.  Make sure your resume, CV, and cover letter are ready to go.  Click here to schedule your appointment today!

Student Fundraising News

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

Faculty & Staff

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: Annette Gordon-Reed from Harvard University
Resources for Teaching and Learning eLC Course

Katie Smith and Russ Palmer from CoP’s IIT 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.
Position Postings

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

Public Service Assistant
Posting #: F0963P
Department: Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Position Type: Faculty

Standardized Patient
Posting #: G/R14499P
Department: Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Position Type: Grad/Research/Student/Temp
Job Close Date: 04/01/2022

Student Worker
Posting #: G/R14594P
Department: Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Research Technician
Posting #: S05461P
Department: Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Position Type: Staff

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Posting #: G/R12664P
Department: Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Position Type: Grad/Research/Student/Temp


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
CV Critique Week
5-8pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
Managing Stress and Anxiety
7pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
CV Critique Week
5-8pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
"On Juneteenth: History, Memory, the Present and the Future"
11:30am | Zoom Webinar | Presenter: Annette Gordon-Reed
Career Development Office Hours
2-4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
CV Critique Week
5-8pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
Flu Shot Clinic
2:30-4:30pm | R.C. Wilson Lobby | More information here.
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