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May 18, 2021

News & Announcements

New PharmCast: Allergy Medication with Dr. Andrew Blake

A new episode of PharmCast is out now! Allergy season is here in full force and many of us are suffering from runny noses, itchy eyes, and stuffy heads. Join Dr. Tim Brown as he talks with Dr. Andrew Blake from Gwinnett Drugs on how to choose over-the-counter medications to manage these pesky symptoms. Dr. Blake goes into detail about which type of medication you need based on your symptoms, and gives great tips for kids, women who are pregnant, and even those looking to save a little cash as they tackle all the choices in the allergy aisle at their local pharmacies.

Watch below or listen on Spotify.

American Red Cross - Sickle Cell Forum

Dr. Henry Young is serving as a guest speaker on the following panel, taking place Thursday, May 20:

Please join the American Red Cross of Georgia and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia for a virtual forum in support of the more than 10,000 Georgians living with Sickle Cell Disease who depend on the Red Cross to meet their lifelong need for blood transfusions from genetically similar blood donors. This forum is created to increase awareness and provide information that can be shared with your constituents to communicate the urgent need for blood donations.

When: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Where: Zoom Meeting Link
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET

Additional Regulatory Sciences Program Graduate

Since last week's Script, the Regulatory Sciences Program added an additional MS graduate! Congratulations to Kathryn (Katie) Ammirato Lyday on completing her Master of Sciences in Pharmacy with an emphasis in Regulatory Sciences.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Return to Campus Guidelines

COLT would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our faculty, staff and students who have worked hard this year to keep us Dawg Strong/Georgia Strong under these challenging circumstances.  We look towards planning for a full return to normal operations this Fall Semester 2021.  Please read the Arch News message issued on May 14, 2021.  This message contains vital information from UGA and includes instructions from the University System of Georgia’s new guidelines for campuses

RESUMING NORMAL OPERATIONS

It is our goal to have everyone back in the workplace in their pre-pandemic work arrangements on June 14, 2021. However, we also understand that some staff members will face difficult circumstances related to childcare and other concerns in this transition period. Therefore, we urge all supervisors to be as flexible as possible with those returning from teleworking or rotational schedules through June 30, 2021, the date the University System of Georgia (USG) has set for all COVID-19-based work arrangements to expire. 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

The USG has determined that Alternate Work Arrangements or accommodations granted to faculty and staff for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19 will end no later than June 30, 2021. Current summer teaching assignments are excluded from this transition deadline.  Alternate Educational Arrangements granted to students for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to COVID-19 also will end no later than June 30, 2021. All students are expected to return to their traditional educational arrangement beginning Fall Semester.  

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As we prepare to return to our pre-pandemic workforce in a few weeks and to full campus activity in August, we urge you to remain diligent in following the latest CDC and DPH health and safety protocols. Most importantly, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated.

Vaccines

The University Health Center is scheduling appointments for students and employees through the UHC Vaccine Portal. For those members of the expanded eligibility groups (eligible dependents of UGA faculty, staff, and students; UGA retirees; spouses/partners of retirees, faculty, staff, and students; visitors to campus engaged in research, academic or non-academic summer engagement/transition opportunities; those visiting campus as part of Orientation; and active employees and (primarily) students enrolled at other USG institutions who live in the Athens vicinity), please submit this survey at https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDI3Y9XrWdltlEW, and the UHC will reach out to you to schedule the appointment directly.  Please note that the UHC will provide second doses to any student, even if they have graduated before the date of their second dose is due.

Testing

Free surveillance testing will continue to be offered to our faculty, staff and students throughout the summer. Note that the location of the sample collection site will move from Legion Field to the University Health Center as of Monday, May 17.  For the safety of your family and friends, please consider getting tested if you are not fully vaccinated.  Appointments can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process. 

Social Distancing and Face Coverings

Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals can resume campus classes and other activities without physically distancing or wearing a mask. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue socially distancing from others when possible and wearing a face covering while inside campus facilities.  UGA will continue to follow social distancing this summer.

DawgCheck

The daily email reminder for the DawgCheck symptom screener will be discontinued as of Monday, May 17. However, if you test positive for COVID-19 at any time, you are still required to report it through the DawgCheck Test Reporting Survey. We encourage you to stay at home if you become ill or until you have excluded COVID-19 as the cause of your symptoms.  UGA adheres to current CDC quarantine and isolation guidance and requires that it be followed. Note that students, faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Please note that the guidance referenced in this message is subject to change based on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, Governor’s Office or University System of Georgia. UGA will be monitoring conditions associated with the COVID-19 virus throughout the summer months, and we must all continue to remain flexible and be prepared to change course, if necessary.  UGA will provide additional updates to the campus community on an as-needed basis over the summer.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Susan Smith Appointed to GSHP Board of Directors

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Smith on her recent appointment to the GSHP Board of Directors! More information can be found here.

Class of 2022 Exemplary PHRM 5920 Clinical Seminar Presentations

The course coordinators for PHRM 5920 Clinical Seminar would like to recognize the following P3 students who exceeded expectations by delivering a clinical seminar presentation that was deemed “Satisfactory with Distinction” by a minimum of 2 faculty members: 

Athens Fall

Brianna Beldon
Aliya Abdulla
Alexa Miller
Dustin Bivins
Ryan Bok
Austin Burnette
Mitchell Thelen


Savannah Fall

Chloe Baskowitz
Hannah Henderson
Selma Kajtazovic
Morgan White


Athens Spring

Bayleigh Carver
Becca Pino
Adam Soloway


Augusta Spring

Yasmin Causby
Regina Ferraro
Savannah Rainey

Faculty & Staff

PSRG Excel Workshop

PSRG will offer a Microsoft Excel workshop tomorrow, May 19th (1-2:30pm) and a follow-up session May 26th (1-2pm). Please sign up here.

UGA Staff Appreciation Breakfast Thursday

In honor of Staff Appreciation Week, all UGA staff members are invited to visit the Intramural Fields this Thursday, May 20, from 7:30-9 a.m. to pick up a breakfast item. View more information on the UGA Master Calendar.

Early Payroll Deadline

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, the 16B1 Biweekly Payroll (5/16-5/29) will have an early Time & Absence Approval deadline of Friday, 5/28/2021 at 10am. All absences must be entered and approved by this time.

Timesheets will not be locked on Friday:

  • Pay From Schedule/Manual Time: Time should be estimated for Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29
  • Kaba Clock/Web Clock: Employees can continue to clock in/out when they report to work.

Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Inclusive Community Award 

Nominations are being accepted through May 31 for the Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Inclusive Community Award.  This award serves to recognize a UGA faculty member who has made considerable contributions to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within and beyond the classroom at the University of Georgia. If you know of any faculty who should be recognized for these efforts, please click here to learn about the nomination process.

June Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all PharmDawg faculty and staff celebrating a birthday in June!

June 1 Devin Lavender
June 1Wided Missaoui
June 2May Xiong
June 3Robert Geiger
June 12 Andrea Newsome
June 15 Sharmon Osae
June 20 Trisha Branan
June 21Jamie Hailey
June 27 Brian Seagraves
June 28 Lori Duke

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
THURSDAY 5/20
7:30-9am | UGA Staff Appreciation Breakfast | Intramural Fields
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