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March 9, 2014

School News

Inaugural Apothecary Ball

Save the Date! The Auburn Harrison School of Pharmacy will hold the Inaugural Apothecary Ball on Friday, April 4 at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. Join us for a night of Vegas fun, filled with tasty food, live entertainment and music, a cash bar and good times spent with old friends and new acquaintances. For more information, contact Leanna Kennemur ( or Erin McCreary (, or visit:

The Harrison School of Pharmacy (HSOP) recently hosted Chance Corbett, Associate Director of Emergency Management, in Auburn’s Department of Public Safety & Security, for a Professional Seminar Series (PSS) on “Active Shooter Response”. Chance provided hands-on training for more than 600 students and faculty on how to protect themselves and others in the case of an emergency using ALICE – Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. He also demonstrated techniques for lockdown, barricading and countering an attack. Each week, student pharmacists attend PSS, which features diverse speakers and topics concerning practice and research issues of relevance to the profession. For more information on training opportunities, visit:

Spring CE

HSOP will host a continuing education session titled “Issues Related to Community Pharmacy” from 1 – 5:15 p.m., on Sunday, March 9. The session will take place in the Walker Building on Auburn’s campus with simulcast video conference available at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Participants will receive four CE hours (0.4 CEUs). For more information and registration information, visit:

What's Cooking?

Wonder what’s cooking at the HSOP? Send us your recipes for the 2014 Auburn Student College of Clinical Pharmacy Cookbook. We will be accepting recipes and book orders until midnight, March 14. The cost per book is $15 and they will be in before the end of the semester.

To order your copy of the cookbook, access the order form here:

To Submit Recipes Online, go to and click 'Login.'
Enter the User Name: HSOP Cookbook (Note: there is a space between words) and enter the password: spoon336.
Enter your name to continue to go to 'Add Recipes.'

Recipe Writing Tips: when adding recipes, review the "Tips" and use standard abbreviations, only enter one ingredient per ingredient line, list ingredients in order of use in the ingredients list and directions, include container sizes, e.g., (16-oz.) pkg., (24-oz.) can, write directions in paragraph form, not in steps, use names of ingredients in the directions, e.g., "Combine flour and sugar," instead of statements like, "Combine first three ingredients," and include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking, and/or freezing times.

Additional comments about the recipe (history, nutritional data, suggested uses, etc.) are not allowed unless a 'Recipe Note' field is visible. Enter extra recipe content in that field.

Please email Destin Gilchrist ( or Natalie Gist ( if you have any questions.

Faculty News

Dr. Anjana Fuangchan from Naresuan University in Phitsanulok, Thailand will be a visiting scholar at HSOP through June 30, 2013. Dr. Fuangchan will primarily be working with the Office of Teaching Learning and Assessment.

Angela Calderon (Drug Discovery and Development) was an invited speaker at the Second Annual Practical Applications of NMR in Industry Conference (PANIC) meeting in Charlotte, NC Feb, 3-5. Her talk was entitled “H NMR Quantification of Major Saccharides in Açaí Raw Materials: A Comparison of the Internal Standard Methodology with the Absolute Intensity qNMR Method.”

Health Outcomes Research and Policy (HORP) faculty Dr. Jan Kavookjian has been invited to give at least one, and potentially multiple sessions at a Cardinal Health CE program for their Retail Business Conference in Washington, D.C. in July, 2014.

HORP department head Dr. Richard Hansen has been appointed to Alabama Healthcare Quality Assurance Committee.

Staff News

Congratulations to Laurie Newton for being selected for Auburn’s Spirit of Excellence Award for November, 2013. Newton has been with the Harrison School of Pharmacy since November 1998 as head of the accounting office. The university-wide award is presented monthly to an employee who has gone “beyond the call of duty.” Each monthly winner of the Spirit of Excellence Award will be eligible to receive the Employee of the Year-Spirit of Excellence Award. The winner will be announced and recognized at the annual employee recognition award ceremony held in the spring of each year.

Kaleia Williams joined our Accounting Office in January. Born and raised in Tennessee, she completed her bachelor's degree in business administration from East Tennessee State and her MBA at Troy. She has been married for five years now and has a two year old son. Kaleia is also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.

Matt Crouch joined the HSOP staff in February as Manager of Communications and Marketing. Originally from Paris, Tenn., he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with his degree in communications and earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Southern Illinois. He is in his seventh year at Auburn overall after previously working in the Auburn Athletics Department as the Associate Director of Communications. He has been married a little more than a year now to Megan McGowen.

Amy Carbajal is HSOP’s first-ever Chief Operating Officer. She oversees several areas of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, including finance, information technology, facilities, events and human resources. Amy comes to Auburn after a 15-year career in local government administration. She worked extensively in redevelopment, federal grant administration, transportation, economic development and city planning. Originally from Florida, Amy obtained her Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Florida after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. She and her husband Michael have been married for 13 years and have two children, Gus (11) and Becca (9).

Student News

APA Legislative Day

Nearly 150 HSOP students traveled to Montgomery on Feb. 6 for the “Eggs and Issues” APA Legislative Day Breakfast. HSOP students, along with pharmacists from around the state, met with legislators over breakfast to discuss current issues.

HSOP Chili Cook-Off

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Williamson on winning the 2014 HSOP Chili Cook-Off. Keith Dasinger took second place while Dr. Murali Dhanasekaran finished third. We had an amazing turnout and everyone had a great time!

HSOP Talent Show

With a headline act that included a show from the band Sorry! No Refunds!, HSOP rocked the annual Talent Show. Jordan Vickers, a P1 from Gaylesville, Ala., took first place after playing the guitar and singing “3 a.m.” by Matchbox 20. The Kappa Psi chapter tied for second with a group dance performance while Katherine Fuller, a P2 from Brierfield, Ala., tied for second with her piano performance of Prelude in G minor Opus 23 Number 5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

A depression study headed up by HSOP doctoral student Saranrat Wittayanukorn, along with Dr. Jingjing Qian and Dr. Richard Hansen, was published in General Hospital Psychiatry. Among the study’s findings, it found that men, seniors and minorities are missing out on crucial treatment for depression. For more information on the study, go to:

Also, Sara's research abstract, titled as” Treatment Patterns among Breast Cancer Patients in the United States 2006-2010 Using Two National Surveys on Visits to Physicians' Offices and Hospital Outpatient Departments,” has been accepted as a contributed papers podium at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, March 28-31, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. This research project comes from Sara’s dissertation, which is advised by HORP faculty members Drs. Richard Hansen and Jingjing Qian.

P4 students Jessica Patanella and Zachary Hung recently completed an international rotation in Thailand. Read more about their time in Jessica’s blog at:

P3 student Sierra Schmidt won the local ASP Patient Counseling Competition. She will represent HSOP in the national competition against winners from other schools of pharmacy, held at the APhA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., March 28-31. Learn more about the competition here:

Alumni News

The Alabama Pharmacy Association invites all young professionals to attend the inaugural 2014 Southern Turn Conference April 11-13 in Savannah, Georgia. The event is tailored for those who have been practicing 10 years or less, and includes networking events, unique CE programming, and plenty of time to enjoy Georgia’s first city. More than five hours of CE will be offered and will include topics like Social Media in the Workplace, Cultural Diversity, mHealth, and Leadership. For registration and hotel information please click the following link:

2014 Southern Turn

Emily Arledge McPeake, HSOP Class of 2013, has taken a position as Pharmacy Manager at Walmart in Homewood, Ala.

Dr. Jay Colvin, a 1991 HSOP alum, and his family were recently featured in an article in the Anniston Star:

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