September 22, 2021

News & Announcements

CoP Launches New Double Dawgs Program

Students interested in a career in pharmacy with a foundation in pharmaceutical sciences can register for the University of Georgia’s newest Double Dawgs program, which combines a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). The Pharmaceutical Sciences BS/PharmD program will allow students to complete the program in seven years and is one of the first Double Dawgs pathways to provide a professional, terminal degree at UGA. Read more here.

College of Pharmacy Recruitment Specialist Shane Pruitt advises prospective Double Dawgs student Niyah Brown. 

Get Your Flu Shot!

Get your flu shot! Don't miss out on the upcoming flu shot clinics at UGA, including at the #BeWellUGAFest at Tate next Wednesday, September 29. 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.

LiveSafe - Mobile Safety App

LiveSafe is a personal safety mobile app that provides a quick, convenient, and discreet way to communicate directly with University of Georgia safety officials, enhancing your overall safety and allowing University of Georgia Police to better protect you. Free download available in the App Store and Google Play. Learn more here.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Young Featured by UGA Research

Dr. Henry Young, CAP Department Head and Kroger Associate Professor, has made it his life’s work to identify and help people — including the vulnerable and underserved — overcome barriers so that everyone in the U.S. can benefit from the country’s immense medical resources. Read more in this UGA Research profile.

Dr. Smith Awarded ACCP Critical Care PRN Member Grant

Dr. Susan E. Smith was awarded the ACCP Critical Care PRN Member Grant for her research project titled "Pharmacokinetic analysis of IV push cefepime in critically ill patients with sepsis." Trisha Branan, Chris Bland, and Micheal Bartlett are also part of this project. Congratulations on this accomplishment! 

Dr. Cobran Selected to Participate in National Course

Dr. Ewan K. Cobran was selected to participate in the National Cancer Institute Awardee Skills Development Consortium Course - Academic Career Skills: Leadership, Collaboration, and Resilience at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This course will run from Wednesday, September 22nd, through Friday, September 24th. Thank you, Dr. Cobran, for representing the College of Pharmacy!

Martinez Completed her Global Certificate

Deborah Martinez successfully completed all components of instruction related to Cultural Competency and Global Issues and has earned the Global Certificate from the Office of Global Engagement. We are PharmDawg proud!


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.

September 23rd — A Pharmacist's perspective on HIV Care and Prevention, featuring Dr. Alftan Dyson and LCDR Neelam Gazarian. Register here!

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!

Become an Education Abroad Ambassador

If you are interested in studying away or loved your study abroad program(s) and want a medium to share your experiences, join the Education Abroad Ambassadors!

This organization joins students of diverse backgrounds and provides the opportunity to learn about the several study away programs UGA offers. As an ambassador, you will host educational workshops for prospective study away students, where you share your personal experiences, the lessons you learned, and how to best prepare for the program to give insight and help other potential study abroad students. 

If you are seeking to obtain the Global Education and Leadership Certificate, Education Abroad Ambassadors easily offers volunteer hours and aids potential students throughout the process!

If you are interested, please fill out the member registration form!

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

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.
Hygiene Items Available

In case of an emergency or an immediate need, lockers 370 (Wilson, 1st floor women's room) and 105 ( PS, 2nd floor) are stocked with hygiene and personal care items and available for our community to access. Staff should contact the Office of Student Affairs for locker combination.
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: Mary Frances Early, First Black graduate of UGA and pioneering music educator

Upcoming Events from the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching & Learning is hosting these upcoming events: 

September 23rd — Trying, Failing and Trying Again: Building Sustainable Resiliency Practices in the Classroom. 

September 28th — Practices the Promote Academic Integrity in the Classroom.

Register for these events here

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.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
7pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
A Pharmacist's Perspective on HIV Care and Prevention
8pm | ft. Dr. Alftan Dyson and LCDR Neelam Gazarian | Register here!
Career Development Office Hours
2-4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
Book Launch: "The Quiet Trailblazer: My Journey as the First Black Graduate of the University of Georgia"
2:00pm | Livestream | Presenter: Mary Frances Early
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