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Graduation of the Class of 2014
May 6, 2014
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School News

“Making Medications Work Through Innovative Research, Education and Patient Care”

A simple statement, but one that will become a big part of the future of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Dean Lee Evans introduced HSOP’s new slogan on April 18. With a focus on improving the way treat patients, Evans charged a group of students, faculty and advisors to come up with a new school slogan that embraces the future vision of the school and profession. To learn more about the new slogan, check out the release here:

While HSOP’s annual Hargreaves Day was cancelled because of inclement weather, students, faculty and staff still gathered in the Walker Building for lunch and a visit from a special guest: Auburn mascot Aubie. Even though things did not go as planned, we still want to take the opportunity to thank everyone that was involved in the planning of the event, particularly our great sponsors: McKesson, CVS, Rite Aid, the HSOP Student Council, the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association, Walgreen’s Pharmacy and Sam’s Club.

Hargreaves Awards Ceremony

HSOP held the 54th Annual Hargreaves Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 3, handing out more than 80 awards to students, faculty and staff. Check out the photos and see who some of the big winners were in the photo gallery:

Spirit of Sustainability Award

Congratulations to the AUPCC and its Healthy Tigers program as it was recognized with the Spirit of Sustainability Award by the Auburn University Office of Sustainability. The program was recognized for having a positive impact on the wellbeing of the Auburn community. The award was presented on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, on the Cater Hall lawn.

The Auburn University Employee Pharmacy underwent a major renovation last summer. To show off the work, an Open House was held on Tuesday, March 4. To learn more about the renovation, check out this story:

Faculty News

We would like to recognize and congratulate three faculty members for their recent promotions. Dr. Brad Wright (Department of Pharmacy Practice will be promoted to Associate Clinical Professor while Drs. Angela Calderon and Jianzhong Shen (Department of Drug Discovery and Development) will be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations!

Dr. David Riese, associate dean for research and graduate programs for HSOP and a member of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, received a High Throughput Screening Grant. Done in collaboration with the Southern Research Institute, he is developing high-throughput-screening methodologies to identify molecules that block the activity of a specific receptor protein found in the cells of different types of cancers. Currently, the most promising potential use for these molecules is the treatment of melanoma. SRI and Auburn are developing strategies to identify molecules that could ultimately be used to treat melanoma.

Led by HSOP’s Dr. Jan Kavookjian, Auburn and Tuskegee Universities teamed with East Alabama Medical Center to help Tuskegee residents fight diabetes. Shown with Dr. Kavookjian is Amie Hardin, manager of EAMC's Diabetes and Nutrition Center.  Read more about it here:

Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Dr. Murali Dhanasekaran and Subhrajit Bhattacharya, along with Dr. Kodeeswaran Parameshwaran (pathobiology), Manal Ali Buabeid and others were recently published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. The article is titled “Long term alterations in synaptic physiology, expression of β2 nicotinic receptors and ERK1/2 signaling in the hippocampus with prenatal nicotine exposure” (Neurobiol Learn Mem.106:102-111).

Dr. Jan Kavookjian’s marketing class held the 6th Annual Rite Aid Marketing Plan Competition on April 7. More than 20 teams were tasked with coming up with an idea and then an effective marketing plan to implement their program. The teams gave a six-minute presentation on their plan and were judged by Dr. Kavookjian, along with Rite Aid executives J.T. Leatherwood and Earl Pace. To see all the winning teams, check out the photos at:

HSOP’s Dr. Allison Chung, Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice on the Mobile campus, is running for American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute Trustee and needs your vote. Voting runs through midnight on April 25.

You can cast your ballot here:

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer recently awarded grants and fellowships to five Auburn faculty members and 11 students with the Harrison School of Pharmacy claiming six of the recipients. Dr. David Riese, associate dean for research and graduate programs and a member of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development was awarded a $100,000 High Throughput Screening Grant. HSOP students AURIC Graduate Research Fellowships are Li Chen (Department of Drug Discovery and Development), Matthew Eggert (Department of Drug Discovery and Development), Jiansheng Huang (Department of Drug Discovery and Development), Shravanthi Mouli (Department of Drug Discovery and Development) and Saranrat Wittayanukorn (Health Outcomes Research and Policy).

On Feb. 27, a Pharmacy Practice Education Retreat was held at HSOP with pharmacy administrators from inpatient institutions in Alabama and Columbus, Ga., that serve as primary training sites for Auburn’s P4 students. Participants exchanged ideas about how HSOP students can be educated but provide added value to their respective institutions.

Dr. Erika Kleppinger presented at the American Education Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting on April 7 in Philadelphia. She presented a paper titles “Outcomes of Individualized Formative Assessments in a Pharmacy Skills Laboratory,” that she wrote alongside Tyler Gums, a PHS resident last year. The paper was presented as part of a Paper Session titled “Longitudinal Assessment Issues in Health Professions” sponsored by Division I (Education in the Professions). It was one of just 51 papers chosen to present at the meeting.

Dr. Lea Eiland has been selected to present a poster entitled "Accuracy of medication formularies in a pediatric clinic electronic health record and Epocrates mobile application" at the Annual Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Meeting, April 30 – May 4 in Nashville, Tenn. She was assisted by Dr. Miranda Andrus and PharmD students Kenda Germain and Jeanne Forrester on the poster. Also at the annual meeting, Dr. Eiland will provide a CE presentation titled “Immunization Update for Immunocompromised Patients.”


Staff News

April Staton will present a special session at the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas entitled How Professional Staff can Enhance Faculty Efficiency in Experiential Education Offices. She will present from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29. Staton organized the session and will speak alongside Kathryn Schott (Drake), Elizabeth McCullough (Samford) and Lori Duke (Georgia). The session focuses on how to manage experiential program workloads efficiently and cost effectively by discussing professional staff job functions and their involvement in AACP. The panel will discuss various staffing models and how they have utilized professional staff in workload distribution that historically were handled by faculty, allowing faculty more time to take on other roles within their institution.

Congratulations go to Dr. Paul Jungnickel (seen here with HSOP's Rho Chi Chapter President Leanna Kennemur) on being named the National President of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. He was installed into his position on March 30 at the Rho Chi Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. In the coming months, Dr. Jungnickel will have the opportunity to install new Rho Chi chapters at Notre Dame of Maryland University (Delta Sigma), Northeast Ohio Medical University (Delta phi) and California Northstate University (Delta Upsilon).

Dr. Paul Jungnickel will present during three sessions at the AACP Annual Meeting, July 26-30 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The sessions are:

  • PCAT Update (Panel presentation regarding current and proposed changes to the Pharmacy College Admissions Test)

  • Strengthening Recruitment Efforts through Early Decision and Deadline Management (A panel of pharmacy school admissions officers will address issues of using deadlines to help in the recruitment of student pharmacists, particular focus will be on the benefits of using the PharmCAS early decision option)

  • Enhancing Professional Identity Formation (This work is part of the AACP Council of Deans Task Force on Professional Identity Formation, a panel of faculty members from various pharmacy schools will present approaches used at their schools to enhance the development of professional identity in student pharmacists. The session will be presented by the AACP’s Student Services Special Interest Group)

Student News

Elizabeth Wood, a P2 from Vestavia Hills, Ala., will spend her summer as an intern at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Read more about Elizabeth and the great opportunity she has here:

On March 18, AUSSHP held a poison prevention program educating the children of the Opelika Boys and Girls Club about common poisons in honor of national Poison Prevention Week. The group provided coloring activities, games, and a lecture with video that discussed the importance of avoiding common poisons.

HSOP students regular collaborate with UAB medical students as part of Equal Access Birmingham, a student-run free clinic. P3 Natalie Gist attended UAB’s “The Best Medicine Show,” a fundraiser for Equal Access Birmingham, to present a donation check of $570 on behalf of HSOP students. Pictured receiving the check is Auburn graduate Davis Bradford, a second-year medical student at UAB.

HSOP doctoral student Saranrat Wittayanukorn received the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) Graduate Fellowship to support her dissertation research, titled as “Prevention of Trastuzumab and Anthracycline-Induced Cardiotoxicity Using Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors or Beta-Blockers in Breast Cancer Patients.” Sara is advised by HORP faculty members Drs. Richard Hansen and Jingjing Qian. Sara has also worked as GRA with Dr. Qian for her AACP and AU IGP funded projects. She coauthored two abstracts based on these projects, which have been accepted for presentations in summer 2014 (AACP annual meeting and AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting).

HSOP doctoral student Gladys Ekong was awarded Third Place for Best Oral Presentation at the Auburn University Boshell Diabetes Research Conference. The topic of her presentation was: "The Reaching Out Project: Preliminary Results from a Pilot Study of Diabetes Education in Rural Alabama" and the project was advised by HORP faculty member Dr. Jan Kavookjian.

HSOP doctoral student Benjamin S. Teeter (advisor: HORP faculty Dr. Salisa Westrick) presented a poster at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, March 28-31, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. The topic of his presentation was: "Factors Associated with Vaccination Status and Likelihood to Accept Vaccine Recommendation on Zoster Vaccine in Community Pharmacies". His co-authors are Drs. Salisa C. Westrick (HORP), Kimberly B. Garza (HORP), T. Lynn Stevenson (PP), and Margaret A. Williamson (PP).

The Rho Chi/Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Seminar was held on Saturday, March 22. Former Auburn and NFL great offensive lineman Kendall Simmons gave a presentation on leadership development and managing diabetes. He was followed by Auburn graduate Rachel Fournier, currently an instructor at Troy University, as she gave an insightful Spanish language workshop for pharmacy professionals.

Several HSOP students and Dr. Jan Kavookjian traveled to the Alabama State House in Montgomery to participate in a discussion on the importance of medication adherence as part of the Script Your Future campaign. Throughout the month of February, HSOP students documented more than 300 patients that pledged to take their medications as prescribed as part of the Script Your Future campaign. As part of the event at the State House, March 18 was designated Medication Adherence Day in Alabama.  Read the resolution here:

For more information on the program, go to:

P2 Jenna Bloemer recently picked up her first author publication in Progress Molecular Biology and Translational Science. Working alongside Subhrajit Bhattacharya, Dr. Rajesh Amin and Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, she wrote the article “Impaired insulin signaling and mechanisms of memory loss” (Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 121:413-49).


March 28-31, eighteen student pharmacists from the Harrison School of Pharmacy attended the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Fla. Over the course of APhA2014, chapter members attended sessions focusing on chapter leadership and patient care initiatives, including Generation Rx, Operation Heart, Operation Diabetes, and Operation Immunization. Chapter members also attended sessions about ways to advocate for our profession with the goal of attaining provider status and increasing patient access to pharmacist-provided services. A few students even ran the Women in Pharmacy 5k Sunday morning. Jessica Thomas, the HSOP chapter's Policy Vice President, represented Auburn in the APhA-ASP House of Delegates. Additionally, Sierra Schmidt transitioned into membership on the APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee for this upcoming year.

In conjunction with APhA2014, the annual meetings for Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma were also held. Leanna Kennemur represented HSOP’s Rho Chi Chapter as President and Chapter Delegate. Katie Henricks attended the Phi Lambda Sigma meeting as Auburn’s Phi Lambda Sigma Chapter Delegate.

P4 student Ee Vonn Yong will present her paper "12-Month Impact of Countryside Diabetes, a Social Media Diabetes Educational Tool, by Quantifying Membership Response Rates to Post Type and Topic for Enhancing Future Care of Disease Management” as part of the 2014 ACCP Virtual Poster Symposium, May 20-21. Countryside Diabetes is an online alliance providing encouragement and a platform to exchange information among those living with and caring about diabetes.


You can also read more about the project here (PDF).

HORP doctoral student Joshua C. Hollingsworth received AACP Walmart Scholarship (Faculty Mentor: HORP faculty member Dr. Brent I. Fox). The program provides $1,000 travel scholarships to 85 student/faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Grapevine, Texas from July 26-30, 2014.

Dr. Hollingsworth also recently had his fellowship renewed for another year by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

HSOP stepped up in a big way during Auburn’s Hunger Week, donating more than two tons of canned food to the East Alabama Food Bank. Organized through the Committee of 19, HSOP collected 4,325 pounds of food. The P2s were the top class with 1,048 cans, followed by the P1s with 671. The P3s donated 617 cans while the P4s came in with 444.

For more information on the War on Hunger, visit:

Congratulations to the group of Leanna Kennemur, Matthew Savoie, Matthew Song and Megan Zeek (advised by Dr. Paul Jungnickel, Dr. Jingjing Qian and Dr. Salisa Westrick) for their award-winning poster at the Alabama Public Health Association Annual Educational Conference April 10 in Birmingham! The poster was titled Optimal Sleep Pattern for Academic Success Among Pharmacy Students.

The HSOP Student Council held its inaugural Apothecary Ball on Friday, April 4 at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center with more than 300 students, faculty, staff and alumni in attendance. Thank you to everyone involved in putting on the event and we look forward to continuing this new tradition in the future!

Phi Delta Chi Southeastern Regional Conference

Over the weekend of March 22-23, the Chi chapter of Phi Delta Chi at Auburn University hosted the Southeastern Regional Conference at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. More than 50 people were in attendance representing 10 different Phi Delta Chi Colligate and Alumni chapters from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. The three-day event was focused around chapter development and brotherhood bonding. The weekend concluded with a formal meeting presided by national officers and the election of the newest Southeastern Regional Correspondent.

ACCP Student Chapter

In an effort led by P3 Natalie Gist, the Harrison School of Pharmacy was granted a student chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy on March 18. As an ACCP student chapter, it is charged with familiarizing students with the field of clinical pharmacy by providing information about careers and opportunities within the field of clinical pharmacy; promoting dedication to excellence in patient care, research, and education; and encouraging the professional development necessary to function within an interdisciplinary team. Also, it is to advocate for the role of clinical pharmacists in providing direct patient care, including evaluation of the patient and his or her pharmacotherapeutic needs; initiation, modification, or discontinuation of patient-specific pharmacotherapy; and ongoing pharmacotherapeutic monitoring and follow-up.

For more information on student chapters, go to

Alumni News

HSOP has announced its continuing education programs for the summer and fall. A Summer Consultant Program will be offered July 18 and 19 (ACPE and ALBOP approved credit hours), including a new consultant certification option. A Preceptor Program will be offered on Sept. 14 (3 ACPE approved credit hours). The Fall CE will be “Therapeutic Issues in Ambulatory Patients” on Oct. 26 (4 ACPE approved credit hours). Programs are conveniently offered in Auburn, Mobile and Birmingham.

For more information, visit

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