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Save the Date!
Annual Health Fair at the Syrup Sopping Festival in Loachapoka
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Faculty News

Cherry Jackson (Pharmacy Practice) was recently appointed to a two-year position on the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Board of Directors as Past President Advisor (PPA).

Emily McCoy Armstrong (Pharmacy Practice) has been elected Secretary of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network.

Peter Panizzi (Pharmacal Sciences) and his research on non-invasive methods to detect Staphylococcus aureus infection was featured in a recent issue of International Innovation magazine; view the article here:


Post-doctorate fellow Karim Abdel-Hay (Pharmacal Sciences), Jack DeRuiter (PS), Randall Clark (PS) recently published an article in the Forensic Science Journal, “GC–MS and GC-IRD studies on the six ring regioisomeric dimethoxybenzoylpiperazines (DMBzPs).”

Brent Fox (Pharmacy Care Systems) had his article, “Health Information Technology: Are We Aware and Engaged?” published in a recent issue of American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.


William Ravis (PS) is the lead author in the article “Pharmacokinetics and Absorption of Paromomycin and Gentamicin from Topical Creams Used to Treat Cutaneous Leishmaniasis” recently published in the high-impact journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs David Riese is one of several co-authors on a recently published article in the same issue of American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, titled “Team-Based Learning in US Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy.”


Student News

Wittayanukorn receives Master’s Thesis Award from Auburn’s Graduate School

Ph.D. student Saranrat Wittayanukorn (Pharmacy Care Systems) is one of six recipients of the 2013 Auburn University Graduate School Master’s Thesis Award. Her thesis, entitled “The Evaluation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease,” was selected based on its significant contribution to the discipline and its methodological and substantive quality. Committee members include: Salisa Westrick (chair; PCS); Brent Fox (PCS); Kimberly Garza (PCS), Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd (Pharmacy Health Services); Nedret Billor (Mathematics and Statistics); and Richard Hansen (PHS).

Sivaraman receives prestigious NCPA Presidential Scholarship

Boopathy Sivaraman (P4) received the Presidential Scholarship from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation. Boo will be recognized at the NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony Oct. 13 at the NCPA Annual Convention in Orlando.

Kappa Psi chapter named 8th best in nation

HSOP’s Delta Gamma chapter of Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity was named the 8th best collegiate chapter out of 92 in the nation. Auburn’s chapter also received an award at Kappa Psi’s 56th Grand Council Convention for being the Top Chapter in the Gulf Coast Province, which includes all chapters in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

McGuffey receives prestigious Kappa Psi award, elected to national position

Grant McGuffey (P4) received the Frank H. Eby award, which is given to one member of Kappa Psi every two years in recognition of dedication and hard work on behalf of the pharmaceutical fraternity. It is the greatest honor that Kappa Psi awards to its members. Grant has also been elected as an executive member of Kappa Psi and will be serving the next two years in the position of Collegiate Member-at-Large. This position is the highest position that a collegiate member holds in Kappa Psi. Grant is the first member in the history of the Delta Gamma Chapter to hold an executive position at the national fraternity.

Five students named to national ASHP advisory groups

Five Harrison School of Pharmacy students were appointed to serve on the advisory groups of the American Society of Health Systems (ASHP) Pharmacy Student Forum; the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum has six advisory groups that provide advice and guidance to the Forum regarding the unique needs of student members and how these needs might be addressed by ASHP. Congratulations to the newly appointed 2013-14 members representing Auburn University:


Matthew Song (P3), Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group
Natalie Gist (P3), Career Development and Education Advisory Group
Elizabeth Snipes (P3), Leadership Development Advisory Group
Matthew Savoie (P3), Policy and Legislative Advocacy Advisory Group
Sara Milberger (P2), Student Society Development Advisory Group

Mobile students raise more than $2K to benefit Ozanam and American Heart Association

Mobile pharmacy students recently presented Shearie Archer, executive director for Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, the proceeds from the Pharma-Fit “Set Your Pace 5K” race held in April. Students raised more than $2,000 to benefit Ozanam and the American Heart Association.

150 P1s take ‘Oath of a Pharmacist’ during White Coat Ceremony

One hundred fifty members of the Class of 2017 were inducted into the Harrison School of Pharmacy during the White Coat Ceremony Aug. 17. The ceremony marks the transition into the professional program with each student being formally dressed in their white coat – a symbolic gesture of the patient care responsibilities each student pharmacist accepts upon entering the program. Once all students don the coats, they are administered the Oath of a Pharmacist. About 1,000 family members, friends, and Harrison School of Pharmacy faculty and staff attended the 15th annual ceremony, held at Auburn High School.

Scholarship Recognition Program and Rho Chi Induction Ceremony Slideshow

17th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Slideshow

School News

Harrison School of Pharmacy becomes member of US-Thai Consortium

The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy has become an official member of the U.S. – Thai Consortium for the Development of Pharmacy Education in Thailand. The Consortium currently consists of 16 U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical faculties of 18 Thai universities. Consortium membership facilitates opportunities for educational and research exchanges for U.S. and Thai faculty members, graduate students, practitioners, and student pharmacists. Participation in the Consortium has allowed Auburn to sign memoranda of understanding with four Thai Universities: Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), Naresuan University (Phitsanulok), Prince of Songkla University (Hat Yai), and Mahasarakham University (Maha Sarakham). As a result, during November and December 2012, five Auburn student pharmacists completed five-week clinical experiences in Thailand. An additional 12 students are scheduled for these experiences during the 2013-14 academic year. Auburn’s work with the Consortium has been led by Dr. Salisa Westrick, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Care Systems, and by Dr. Paul Jungnickel, associate dean for academic and student affairs.

Aubie’s visit to AUPCC featured in new video

The “This is Auburn Sustainability” video - featuring Aubie's visit to the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Clinic (AUPCC) - debuted during the Auburn v. Arkansas State game Sept. 7. Watch the video here:

Staff News

Amanda Fowler recently joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy as administrative manager for the Office of Post Graduate Education. Amanda was born in the Dothan, Ala., area, but has called Auburn home for almost 15 years. She completed her bachelor's degree from Auburn in 2004 and a Master’s in Health Promotion in 2006. She and her husband Michael live in Auburn and have a son, Fletcher. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, cooking, and supporting Auburn football.

Alumni News

Fields, Class of ‘07, receives Auburn’s Young Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Ken Fields, ’07, received the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award from the Auburn Alumni Association; the annual award recognizes extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. Dr. Fields earned his PharmD from the Harrison School of Pharmacy in 2007. After graduation, he purchased a 25-year-old independent Waynesville, Ohio family pharmacy and began launching innovative health care programs such as founding a national pharmacy benefit management company (ApproRX), establishing a Suboxone clinic for opiate addiction, and establishing Fields Mini-Medical Clinic with his wife, Katie Vaughan Fields, ’07, who is part of the mini-medical staff. Dr. Fields was named United States Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011 by Pharmacy Times Magazine, Parata, and Next Generation Pharmacist, and was also named a 2010 Outstanding Independent Pharmacist by Drug Topics. In 2010, Waynesville Pharmacy was named the Most Innovative Pharmacy in America by Drug Topics magazine.

Brown, Class of ’76, named ASHP Fellow

Deborah A. Brown, ’76, was named a 2013 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fellow under ASHP's Practitioner Recognition Program. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program is intended to recognize excellence in pharmacy practice and promote public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in practice. Dr. Brown was recognized at 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis. Dr. Brown received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Harrison School of Pharmacy in 1976, a M.S. in Management from Troy State University in 1995, and her PharmD from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. She currently serves as market director of pharmacy (Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas) for Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions. She serves on the ASHP Council on Pharmacy Management, ASHP PAC Advisory Council, ASHP delegate, and actively participates in the support of the ASHP Foundation.

Student Organizations Fundraisers

CPFI Fundraiser: T-shirts for sale

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) is selling t-shirts for $23 (includes cost of mailing). Shirts are Comfort Colors brand and come in sizes adult S, M, and L. To order a t-shirt, contact Brett Sullivan at Please email her when you place your check in the mail and include your mailing address and size requests in the email. Checks should be made payable to “CPFI” (Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International) and mailed to: Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Attn: CPFI, 2316 Walker Building, Auburn, AL 36849. Orders will be taken until Sept. 27; t-shirts will be mailed by Oct. 4.

Kappa Psi Fundraiser: T-shirts and koozies for sale

Kappa Psi is selling t-shirts for $20 as well as koozies for $3 (2 for $5).  Shirts are Comfort Colors brand and come in sizes S-2XL. T-shirts and koozies can be picked up at the Homecoming tailgate on Oct. 12 or can be shipped for a fee of $5.  Interested in ordering a t-shirt or koozie? E-mail Julianne Willis at Checks should be made out to “Kappa Psi” and can be mailed to 700 W. Magnolia, Apt L3, Auburn, AL 36832.

APhA-ASP Fundraiser: Vests and Padfolios for sale

American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is selling Harrison School of Pharmacy vests and padfolios for $20 each. Vests are available in grey or navy blue; shipping cost is $5 per item. Interested in ordering? Contact Brett Sullivan at Checks can be made out to APhA-ASP and can be mailed to: APhA-ASP, 2316 Walker Building, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849.

Continuing Education

2013 Fall Program
Medication Safety and Quality Measures
4 Hours CE Credit
Sunday, October 20, 2013


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