January 7, 2021

Dear College of Pharmacy Family:

We condemn the lawless and violent desecration of our U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. yesterday by individuals who were spurred on by hate, untruths, and reckless disregard for the Constitution of the United States that defends against such egregious actions. Freedom of expression is a right and a privilege in this country; however, how we express dissent must be healthy, safe, respectful, and within the law. The difficulties of an unprecedented pandemic and social injustice have been challenging enough; to start a new year with this outrageous event is unimaginable. Your College of Pharmacy family remains steadfast in supporting you as we grapple with this disheartening event. Let us all pledge to transfer to a new semester, as well as new democratic power, with peace and unity.

Kelly M. Smith
Dean, UGA College of Pharmacy

In this issue:

Event: What Black America Needs to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

Join leading Black health, faith, and social organizations, along with the nation's top COVID-19 experts in a free virtual event tonight from 7-8:30pm. More information.

Welcome, Daniel Brooks Chastain Jr.!

Congratulations to Drs. Daniel and Joeanna Chastain '16 on their new buddle of joy! Daniel Brooks Chastain Jr. was born on December 17 at 2:12PM, and measured 7lbs 1oz, 19 ¾". 

Dr. Diane Hartle

We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. Diane Hartle, former faculty member in PBS as well as the original Pharmacology and Toxicology Department. Her obituary can be found here.


COVID-19 Testing and Return to Campus

We cannot emphasize enough that the ideal approach to returning from winter break is for faculty, staff, and students to test and self-quarantine at home before returning to campus. Capacity has been increased for UGA's voluntary surveillance testing at Legion Field, which is free for individuals with no symptoms and can be scheduled through this websiteMore information.

COVID-19 Vaccine at UGA

In an Archnews delivered to the UGA community on Tuesday, it was reported that the University Health Center has received its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations are underway in accordance with the phased approach established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health. More information.


OneSource Improvements and Feedback

The OneSource team has made recent improvements to OneSource, highlighted in a recent Admin Memo.

Call for Applications: Provost's Affordable Course Materials Grant

These grants provide one-time funding to support the adoption of open and/or affordable course materials. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2021. More information.


Academic Info Sessions

Beginning in January, the Recruitment Specialist will hold monthly, hour-long information sessions for each academic program. Every session will occur on Zoom on Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30pm EST with Pharmaceutical Sciences BS program tickets available on every 1st week, PharmD program tickets available on every 2nd week, and Graduate/Certificate program tickets available on every 3rd week.

PGY1 | Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia is excited to announce a PGY1 Residency Program in pre-candidate status beginning July 1, 2021! More information.


Best wishes to all our PharmDawg faculty and staff celebrating a birthday this month!

Amber Clemmons – January 1
Singh Rekhi – January 2
Gloria Strait – January 4
Seppe De Gelas – January 4
Ashley Hannings – January 5
Caitlin Baerne – January 7
Larry Aull – January 9
Deborah Elder – January 9
Andrew Wilson – January 22
Samuel Silva – January 22
Amanda Long – January 26
Cathy White – January 27
Mindi Miller – January 27
Diego Huet – January 30