August 25, 2021

News & Announcements

Jessica Hart Featured in UGA Columns
Kudos to Jessica Hart, Business Affairs Manager, who was featured in the latest edition of UGA Columns. View the full profile here. We are PharmDawg Proud of you, Jessica!

Advice to New Students from Aliya Abdulla

Eight UGA Amazing Students shared their best advice for success on campus - featuring our very own Aliya Abdulla!

Aliya's advice to fellow students: "Success is defined by you; there are no set guidelines or timelines to achieving it. Be honest with yourself about what you are passionate about and what success means to you. Once you know that, seek out opportunities that help you get closer to your goals. If you reach your goal, set another! The only way to grow is to keep striving for better. Believe in yourself; you got this."

Thanks for your wise words, Aliya!

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

As part of the University System of Georgia’s Mental Health Initiative, faculty, staff, and students at all USG institutions are eligible to participate in QPR Suicide Prevention Training. As outlined on the USG website, “QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.”  The 1.5-hour training sessions will be held virtually (via Microsoft Teams) throughout the fall semester.  Find more information about the upcoming training dates/times and sign-up details here. Dates/times for future trainings will be added to the registration page monthly.

This past week, Lillian Ballance, Deborah Martinez, Mickey Montevideo, and Dean Kelly Smith completed the QPR Suicide Prevention Training.

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.

UGA Network and System Maintenance: October 23

EITS will conduct network maintenance that will result in complete outages of campus Internet access and campus information systems on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 6:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. 

Please make note that unlike previous planned network maintenances where there were intermittent outages, this maintenance will result in a complete outage of access to services.

If you are aware of activities on this day that you anticipate will be impacted by this maintenance and would like assistance with planning, please contact Chris Baines at

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings

Remember, face coverings are strongly encouraged when inside buildings on the UGA campus.

Vax Up! 

Without question, the vaccine offers the best defense against the pandemic, and we urge all faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated, if they are able, either on campus or with a local provider. As demand for vaccination increases, the University Health Center is increasing capacity to ensure that every member of the UGA community who wants a vaccine gets a vaccine.   Vaccinations are available now at the UHC, and you can click here to make an appointment. The University Health Center is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to administer COVID-19 vaccines at the Tate Center later this month. Walk-ups will be available from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on August 19, 23-26, 30-31, and September 2 in room 137.

Vaccine Incentives:

UGA is currently offering a $20 gift card and specially designed T-shirt to all who get vaccinated through the University Health Center and recently added an incentive to sign up for a chance to win one of 10 $100 gift cards being awarded on four successive Fridays.

Beginning next Wednesday, September 1, any current student, faculty, or staff member who has been fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one of Johnson & Johnson) — whether at the University Health Center or elsewhere — can submit their names to be in the running to win a cash prize of $1,000. A total of 100 prizes will be awarded.


The Daily Symptom Checker on DawgCheck has been discontinued. However, any faculty, staff or student who tests positive for COVID-19 is still REQUIRED to report their positive test through the online website and follow the guidance provided. 

COVID-19 Testing

UGA will continue to offer free 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. Appointments for testing can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process.

Research, Accolades, & Media

SNPhA National Positions

Congratulations to the following students on being elected to national positions for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). We are PharmDawg Proud!

Busola Fowowe (P4) - SNPhA National Recording Secretary.  

As the National Recording Secretary, Busola maintains the minutes of all executive meetings, and business sessions. At the business sessions (Regional and National), Busola serves as Madame Secretary in the House of Delegates and maintains a record of all resolutions passed and failed in the House. She is tasked with updating all SNPhA chapters with opportunities in the field of pharmacy and helping members fulfill SNPhA’s mission to serve the underserved.

Tierra Jackson (P3) - 2021-2022 National President-Elect

A current P3, Tierra will transition into her role as National President in her 4th year of pharmacy school. This year, Tierra will be presiding over the House of Delegates as Madam Chairwoman, and she will be responsible for overseeing proposed resolutions. Resolutions that support the professional development of future pharmacists and advocate for underserved communities will be incorporated with the SNPhA by-laws. In addition, she will be working closely with hosting chapters in coordinating the two regional conferences, and the national conference. Tierra looks forward to creating safe spaces for minority patients and professionals in healthcare. She will strengthen resources that will allow everyone to reach their full potential.

Amanda Sweat (P4) - National Mental Health Initiative Chair

As the National Mental Health Initiative Chair, Amanda looks forward to promoting the importance of mental health to SNPhA members and the communities which we serve. One in five adults will struggle with a mental health issue this year alone. Through this initiative, SNPhA can break down barriers and change the way people everywhere embrace mental health. Every group of individuals is impacted in some capacity, from minority communities and veterans to the elderly and youth. Therefore, it is important for us to feel equipped to talk to patients about their mental health and strengthen our own mental health so we can bring out the best in ourselves and others.

Dr. Tackett Featured on WMAZ

Kudos to Dr. Randy Tackett on his expert commentary featured on WMAZ news yesterday regarding the inappropriate use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19.


Career Development Office Hours

Have a quick question or need some career advice?  Need a quick look over your resume, CV, or cover letter?  Drop into virtual Career Development Office Hours every Friday from 2pm to 4pm with Dr. Vitale, our Director of Admissions and Career Development.  This is open to all COP students, and is a great option for students on extended campuses.  Click here to join!

CV Critique Week

The Office of Student Affairs is hosting CV Critique 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

Each week, the Dean’s Student Advisory Council e-publishes a fundraising bulletin with items for sale. Check it out and support the great causes of our student organizations!  This week’s bulletin highlights stethoscopes and t-shirts that can be yours!

Volunteer Soccer Coaches Needed

Get in the game and boost that resume – become a volunteer coach! The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department is currently recruiting volunteers for the upcoming fall soccer season. Impact lives and have fun as you coach children in this youth sports program. No experience necessary.

  • The time commitment for the season is two hours a week: one hour for practice and one hour for games. Practices are on Tuesday or Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Games are on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 
  • All games take place at Southeast Clarke Park located at 4440 Lexington Road in Athens
  • All coaches must pass a background check here (there is no charge)
  • All coaches who don’t already have a GivePulse account, must create one here.

Questions?  Email or call 706-613-3991.

Faculty & Staff

Position Postings

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

Grants Coordinator II
Posting #: S06691P
Department: Pharmacy-Finance & Admin
Position Type: Staff
Job Close Date: 09/06/2021

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

Department Assistant
Posting #: G/R13452P
Department: Pharmacy-Dean's Office
Position Type: Grad/Research/Student/Temp

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

Earn $100 Through the USG Well-being Rewards Program and Join the CoP Team for the National Parks Step Challenge!

The 2021 USG Well-being Rewards Program is offered to all benefits-eligible UGA faculty and staff. Those employees and their spouses who are enrolled in a USG health care plan can earn $100 in well-being credit by completing healthy activities by Sept. 30. Participants can complete a wide range of activities for credit such as getting a flu shot, volunteering within the community, tracking activity and more.
This program is voluntary and confidential. Strict precautions have been taken to ensure that participants’ health information will be kept completely confidential. For more information on the privacy policy of this program, visit

To get started, there are a few steps that must be followed:

Employees with UGA should follow these steps:
·         Log into OneUSG Connect
·         Click on “Manage My Benefits”
·         Click on the “USG Well-being” tile on the home page
Spouses of a UGA employee should follow these steps:
·         Register on
·         Enter your first name, last name and date of birth
·         Accept the terms and conditions
·         Follow the steps to obtain your login credentials
After creating an account, be sure to download the Virgin Pulse app for easier access to the program.

Already participating in the USG Well-being Rewards Program? Join the UGA College of Pharmacy Team for the National Parks Step Challenge! Log steps each week of the challenge and earn $20. Registration is open now until August 31. Join the UGA College of Pharmacy team and help us out-step the other USG teams!


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash: Albany Campus
4:30-6:30pm | Albany Campus | Contact: Arica Barfield
PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash: Augusta Campus
4:30-6:30pm | Augusta Campus | Contact: Kathi Hardwick
Career Development Office Hours
2-4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
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