September 29, 2021

News & Announcements

Get Your Flu Shot!

Get your flu shot TODAY, Wednesday, September 29 at the Tate Student Center. This is a GREAT opportunity to get vaccinated by a member of our PharmDawg community!

View more information and a schedule of upcoming clinics here.

Grand Rounds: Review of Targeted Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest

Aaron Chase will be presenting during Grand Rounds on October 6th from 12:10-1:10 via Zoom. The presentation will:

  • Discuss the standard of care in post-cardiac arrest patient.
  • Define the proposed mechanism of targeted temperature management (TTM).
  • Identify the place in therapy for TTM after the return on spontaneous circulation.

New PharmCast: Managing Your Cholesterol

What should you know about your cholesterol? Dr. Alix Schnibben, an ambulatory care pharmacist at the Northeast Georgia Physician Group, is this month’s guest on UGA’s PharmCast for the Community. Drs. Brown and Schnibben discuss how to stay healthy by lowering your cholesterol to help prevent future heart attacks and strokes.

Watch below or tune in on Spotify.

Walk and Talk to Promote Antiracism this Saturday

Rabbit Box is partnering with the Athens-Clarke County library and other groups to hold a special event in Athens designed to encourage one-on-one conversations about race. Join them October 3rd, a Sunday, from 4- 5pm outdoors around a soccer field behind the main public library for a Walk and Talk to Promote Antiracism. Members of several local teen groups will be paired with other attendees to walk a lap or two and will provide conversational prompts to foster conversations.

This is part of a series of events around a community-wide read of the teen book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, but attendees don’t have to have read the book to participate. No preregistration is required, and the event is free. Teens and adults are encouraged to drop in to walk and talk! 

The book is available at Avid Bookshop, and a free audiobook version is available through This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please visit for more information.

Nominations Open for The President's "Fulfilling the Dream" Award

Nominations are now open for the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, which recognizes individuals in the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County communities who are working to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality and justice a reality. 

Award winners demonstrate commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement in addressing critical community issues; utilize King’s philosophy to reduce tensions, resolve conflict and foster goodwill; and apply King’s teachings to build bridges of understanding and unity. 

Click here to nominate someone. Nominations are due Oct. 15.

Athena Update

A major update to Athena will occur Saturday, October 9, 2021.  Athena will be unavailable during the update. 

This update will provide a new, user-friendly look and feel for students, faculty, and advisors to several modules in Athena, including the Personal Information, Student, Registration, Student Account, and Faculty and Advisor modules, as well as updates to the modules’ functionality. These updated modules will be easier to navigate and will be mobile-friendly.

This update will include:

  • New functionality for students related to Registration and Enrollment Verification.
  • Student photos will be available on class rosters for faculty.
  • A new feature called the Advising Student Profile that provides an individualized view of a student’s academic information.
  • Consolidation of multiple pages to a single page for easy access.

For more details on these updates, please visit the ConnectUGA website.

ETIS Network and System Maintenance

COLT - COVID-19 Information

University Health Center to Provide COVID-19 Booster Shot

On September 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to include a single booster dose at least six months after completion of the full vaccine series.  Boosters are recommended to prolong protective immunity against the COVID-19 virus because experts are beginning to see in certain individuals, reduced protection against mild and moderate COVID-19 disease.

Beginning Monday, September 27, 2021, UGA faculty, staff, students, retirees, and dependents (18 and over) who have received the Pfizer vaccine series (2 doses completed more than six months ago) and who meet eligibility requirements outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, may schedule appointments to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot.

Appointments may be scheduled at Individuals should bring their original vaccine card to the appointment. Those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines are not eligible to receive a Pfizer booster dose at this time, per CDC guidance. Vaccination status will be verified on-site.

Based on the FDA’s authorization and CDC recommendations, the following groups are eligible to schedule appointments for the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose if it has been at least 6 months since the completion of the primary Pfizer series:

  • People 65 years and older;
  • People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions;
  • People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks; and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Research, Accolades, & Media

GSHP Receives Official ASHP-SSHP Recognition

UGA CoP's Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Chapter is among this year’s student societies who have earned this official ASHP recognition!

Each year, ASHP recognizes individual Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHPs) nationwide for hard work, creativity, service, and leadership in their chapter. 

Criteria for recognition encourage SSHP activities that:

  • Promote interest in membership and collaboration with local, state, and national health-system organizations.
  • Cultivate career exploration, residency preparation, and professional development.
  • Encourage students to engage with ASHP’s key initiatives, partners, and priorities.
Congratulations to the UGA CoP's GSHP Chapter! We are PharmDawg proud!
CoP Faculty Dr. Timothy Brown discussed ways that faculty and preceptors can incorporate LGBTQ+ health education in the podcast episode of Educator Essentials.

"Every population has something specific. As a provider, if you’re scared to learn, then why are you a provider? I think we learn all of our careers — this is just one more gap. I certainly didn’t understand transgender hormone therapy at all. I had to read, understand, and then I had to teach it. If I had been afraid, then we would never have opened our practice to patients who needed our help.”

Dr. Brown is the Director of Interprofessional Education for the University of Georgia’s (UGA) College of Pharmacy and a Professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology for Augusta University Medical College of Georgia and UGA Partnership, participating in the education of student pharmacists and student physicians. Brown is the host of UGA’s “PharmCast for the Community” and moderator of several community panels to expand medical and pharmacy curricula to integrate the care of the LGBTQ+ patients.

Listen to the full episode with Dr. Brown here!
Recent Publication News

Kudos to Dr. Lindsey Sellers '17, Dr. Kathryn Fitton '20, Dr. Maggie Segovia '20, Dr. Christy Forehand '10, and Dr. Andrea Sikora Newsome for their recent publication in SAGE Open Medicine: "Time to blood, respiratory and urine culture positivity in the intensive care unit: Implications for de-escalation."


Graduate Student Development Fair

Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Virtual
Informational Session

Employer Spotlight Series

The office of Student Affairs is hosting a Employer Spotlight Series. During these Employer Spotlight sessions, companies will share more information about their organization and their services, as well as highlight career opportunities.

  • October 5th @ 7pm featuring Integrity Compounding
  • October 7th @ 6pm featuring Walmart

These are great opportunities for students to connect with future employers! They will take place in Pharmacy South 220 (and will also be available via Zoom for students on extended campuses). 

Financial Planning Appointments Available!

Questions or concerns about financial planning? Schedule a consultation with our Financial Literacy Graduate Assistant to discuss your financial health, including developing financial goals, managing your personal budget, paying off debt and student loans, and building credit. Sign up for an appointment here!

American Public Health Association Monthly 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!

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

Best Wishes to Sam!

Sam Cook,
 an integral member of our Informational and Instructional Technology Office for more than 20 years, is leaving the College of Pharmacy family for an amazing professional opportunity.  Sam will be the new IT Manager at the UGA School of Social Work, managing a staff and overseeing all technology operations.  While he won’t be far away, this quiet, unassuming, talented individual will be missed! Sam’s last day will be this Friday, Oct 1st.  Please stop by his office in the Millikan Educational Resources suite (110G in the KLC) and wish Sam well in his new endeavor!

UGA Well-being Offering Free Biometric Screenings

UGA Well-being, in partnership with USG and LabCorp, is offering free biometric screenings on our campus on October 21, 2021.This screening is available to all University employees and their spouses who are members of a USG healthcare plan.  The screening is quick, easy and offers valuable information on your well-being.  But hurry!  Appointment slots are limited and the registration deadline is September 30!  

See the attached flyer with details specific to our location and how to register.  Employees and spouses who participate in the biometric screening will earn $50 in well-being credits for the 2022 Well-being Rewards program.

For questions, please feel free to contact Jason Jones, at or  (706) 542-5877, or Kiz Adams, UGA Well-being Coordinator, at or 706-542-7319.

Dr. Young presenting in a breakout session at the 2021 State of the Public’s Health (SOPH) Conference.

The SOPH Conference at the University of Georgia is an annual gathering focused on fostering meaningful, constructive dialogue and practical solutions for Georgia’s public health challenges. This event is organized and hosted by the UGA College of Public Health’s Office of Outreach, Engagement, and Equity.

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders on COVID-19 and Getting Vaccinated: Results from a National Survey — presented by Juliet Choi, Executive Director of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

Facing Three Salient Challenges in Rural Georgia: Aging, Mental Health, and Management of Chronic Conditions — presented by Lisa Renzi-Hammond, Associate Professor at the UGA College of Public Health, Andrea Scarrow, Southwest District Directo & Henry Young, Associate Professor at the UGA College of Pharmacy.

Public Health Law — presented by Fazal Khan, UGA School of Law.

This year, the conference is on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 9am to 12pm. It is free and being held virtually. Register here!

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: Mason Public Leadership Lecture with Raphael W. Bostic, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dialogues in Diversity

The Office of Institutional Diversity is excited to host their biannual Dialogues in Diversity event on Thursday, October 7, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dialogues in Diversity is a lunchtime series that provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss, share, and offer recommendations for enhancing diversity and inclusion across the University of Georgia campuses. 

It is an honor to have Booker T. Mattison, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, serve as the speaker for this semester. He will show and discuss his short film entitled Ungubani, which tells the story of a young Black man who puts himself at risk to save a young white woman in distress. The film is a tale of identity, perception, and race with a literary leitmotif.   

Please register for this event via the Professional Education Portal (PEP) by Monday, October 4.  Select “Go to Calendar” on the PEP’s homepage banner to locate the correct sessinn. Lunch will be provided. Dialogues in Diversity is not a part of the Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion program. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Paris Lawrence (   

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.
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.


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Be Well UGA Fest - Well-Being Extravaganza 
10am-4pm | Tate Student Center
Graduate Student Development Fair
5-8pm | ft. Dr. Alftan Dyson and LCDR Neelam Gazarian | Register here!
Managing Stress and Anxiety
7pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Virtual Informational Session
7-8pm | Via Zoom | Contact: Nick Rozelle
Mason Public Leadership Lecture
11:30am | Chapel | Presenter: Raphael W. Bostic, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Employer Spotlight Series
7pm | Pharmacy South 220 | ft. Integrity Compounding
Mason Public Leadership Lecture
11:30am | Chapel | Presenter: Raphael W. Bostic, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Grand Rounds: Review of Targeted Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest
12:10-1:10pm | Via Zoom | Presenter: Aaron Chase
Dialogues in Diversity
12pm-1:30pm | Train & Development Center, Room AB | Contact: Dr. Paris Lawrence
Employer Spotlight Series
6pm | Pharmacy South 220 | ft. Walmart
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