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Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight

Periodically, the Harrison School of Pharmacy will highlight one of its students, faculty members, staff members or alums. For February, we will get to know Harris Adler, an assistant coach with the Auburn men's basketball team. Coach Adler earned his pharmacy degree at the Philadelphia College of Sciences. Now he is an assistant coach at Auburn and the honorary chairman for HSOP’s Script Your Future Campaign. Learn more HERE.


HSOP Gala - Ticket deadline Feb. 21

You are invited to the HSOP Gala on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Carnival Museum in Mobile, Alabama. It will be a great first-year event, meeting and greeting HSOP students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for couples. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 21. Click HERE to buy your ticket today. CLICK HERE


Washington Gosa Speaks to HSOP

Phyllis Washington Gosa, the first African-American female graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, returned to campus on Feb. 18 to speak as part of Black History Month. The HSOP chapter of Phi Delta Chi sponsored the program. Gosa graduated from Auburn’s School of Pharmacy in 1976 and went on to hold positions at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma and the Jackson Hospital in Montgomery. She is currently a pharmacist at the Walmart in Selma. We appreciate her taking time to come back and share her experience.


Two Upcoming CE Programs

The Harrison School of Pharmacy has two Continuing Education Programs coming up in March. On March 8, Dr. Jan Kavookjian will give the program, “Managing your Staff: Fostering a Collaborative Team Environment to Increase Productivity and Manage Conflict,” in Auburn. On March 15, Drs. Lea Eiland, Kristi Kelley and Heather Whitley will come together to give the program “Women’s Health and Pediatrics Presented by Southeast Alabama Area Health Education Center.” It will be offered in Auburn, Mobile and Birmingham. For more information on these and other HSOP CE programs, check out the website.


Chili Cookoff Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the annual HSOP Chili Cook-Off, held on Feb. 4. Margaret Williamson took first place for the second year in a row while Murali Dhanasekaran took second. Madison Chandler and Keith Dasinger tied for third.


Harrison School of Pharmacy Paver

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the APhA building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., Harrison School of Pharmacy faculty, staff and alumni came together to purchase a paver on the east terrace, overlooking the National Mall. Thank you to those who donated for this project and next time you are in Washington, D.C., keep an eye out for that HSOP presence underneath your feet.


Black Wins Auburn Award

Lisa Black, Office Manager at HSOP’s Mobile campus, has been selected as a recipient of Auburn’s Spirit of Excellence Award. This Auburn University Award is given to staff members who exhibit performance that is consistently beyond what is expected, exemplifies professionalism and routinely puts forth extra effort to achieve the objectives of the University. Congratulations Lisa!


Faculty News


Calderon Lab Publications

Dr. Angela Calderon’s lab has seen three new publications recently. Dr. Calderon was recently published in Analytical Chemistry in an article entitled Development of an ESI-LC-MS-Based Assay for Kinetic Evaluation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Shikimate Kinase Activity and Inhibition. Additionally, Ahmed Zaher, a visiting scholar from Assiut University in Egypt who is working in Dr. Calderon’s lab, has two recent publications. In the Journal of Antibiotics, he is first author on A new enniatin antibiotic from the endophyte Fusarium tricinctum Corda. In the Journal of Chromatography, he has an article entitled LC–MS metabolite fingerprinting and MtSK-based screening of an endophyte Bartalinia pondoensis Marinc of Citrus aurantum L.


Pharmacy Faculty, Engineering Student Collaborate

HSOP’s Dr. Rusty Arnold believes in collaboration, including bringing chemical engineering students into his lab. Read more about their cancer-fighting work HERE.


Kavookjian Invited to Present

Dr. Jan Kavookjian from the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has been invited to give presentations at two national meetings. She is invited back to deliver three programs at the Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference in July. One is an invitation to repeat a very positively evaluated program given last year, "Motivational Interviewing to Help Your Patients and Your Business Achieve Improved Outcomes,” another is "Competitive Intelligence," and the last is "Target Marketing for Your Services" to four specific customer segments. Kavookjian is also invited to present at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting in August to give an education session on Group Teaching Strategies.


Williamson Wins Award

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Williamson on being a co-recipient of a 2015 Auburn 2015 Auburn University Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grant. This grant for $21,250 will support a project entitled “CHIP: Community Health Investment Program.” She earns the award alongside Prof. E. Jean Dubois of the School of Nursing.


Lindsey Receives APA Award

Wesley Lindsey of the Department of Pharmacy Practice recently received an award from the Alabama Pharmacy Association. Dr. Lindsey’s contract to create continuing pharmacy education (CPE) journal articles for the Alabama Pharmacy Association Research and Education Foundation has been extended through December 31, 2016. On behalf of the HSOP Drug Information Center, Dr. Lindsey will submit articles in accordance with the clinical rotation block calendar. Compensation for the CPE articles is used to fund materials and supplies for the DIC.


Westrick Wins Pair of Awards

Dr. Salisa Westrick of the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy is the recipient of a pair of recent awards. She was selected for a 2015 Auburn University Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grant. This grant for $21,219 will support a project entitled “Reach Out to Assist Medicare Beneficiaries.” Dr. Westrick will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Feb. 25 held in conjunction with the 2015 Auburn University Outreach Scholarship Symposium. She also received of a contract from the Alabama Department of Senior Services. The project supported by this award will assist the state by providing enhanced outreach to eligible beneficiaries regarding benefits mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). The project will be supported through September 30, 2015, with an option for an additional year of support and total value of $145,793. Prof. Westrick will serve as the Pharmacist Public Outreach Manager; she and her team will develop an education portal for MIPPA beneficiaries and will design resources for pharmacists and other health care professionals to disseminate information regarding the MIPPA program.


Andrus and Stevenson Published

Miranda Andrus and Lynn Stevenson were recently published in the March-April issue of Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning. Their study is entitled, “Three-year review of pharmacy students’ interventions and activities in an outpatient teaching family medicine center.” To learn more and read the full text, check it out HERE.


Student News


Students Educate Patients Through Script Your Future

In January and February, HSOP students have been out educating patients on the importance of taking their medications through the Script Your Future Campaign. Check out this story and video on what they have been up to.


HSOP Students Elect New Officers

The Harrison School of Pharmacy elected its new officers for the 2015-16 school year last week. Congratulations to Ebony Craig Jackson (President) of Thomaston, Alabama; Jonathan Gray (Vice President-Auburn) of Gardendale, Alabama; Elizabeth Ezell (Vice President-Mobile) of Mobile, Alabama; Paul Paratore (Senator) of Newburgh, N.Y.; Jacob Parker (Secretary) of Auburn; and Lauren Sellers (Treasurer) of Enterprise, Alabama, on their new positions. Also, thank you to Elise Aucoin, Tyler Dalton, Sheena Hayes, Ashleigh Lancaster, Leborah Smith and Joe Cotton for their service this past year. The new officers will begin transitioning and will take over at the March 3 meeting.


Back From Thailand

P4s Erin McCreary and Megan Zeek are back from Thailand. Check out their journey in their blog at


Liu and Huang Take Top Poster Honors

A pair of pharmaceutical science graduate students took the top awards in the Boshell Research Day poster competition. The winner of the first place prize for poster presentations was Yiwei Liu, graduate student in the laboratory of Prof. Jianzhong Shen in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Liu’s presentation was entitled "P2Y2 receptor control of tissue factor transcription in human coronary artery endothelial cells: new AP-1 site and negative regulator.” Taking runner-up honors was Jiansheng “Jason” Huang, graduate student in the laboratory of Prof. Peter Panizzi in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development.  Jason’s presentation was entitled "Myeloperoxidase inactivation and heavy chain labeling by cyanine 5-hydrazide." The Boshell meeting included diabetes researchers from academic institutions throughout the Southeastern United States, including Vanderbilt, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. They were two of six HSOP graduate students presenting posters as part of the research day. Others were Gladys Ekong, Yasser Alatawi, Abdullah Alasmari and Shravanthi Mouli.


King accepted to Oncology Education Program

Madeleine King, a first-year student at HSOP from Enterprise, Alabama, has been accepted into the Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The program will run from May 26 until Aug. 7. While there, she will be doing research in the lab of Dr. Clinton Stewart, a 1976 graduate of Auburn’s pharmacy program. To learn more about the program, check out this website:


Get To Know Tyler Dalton

In January, we highlighted P3 Tyler Dalton in the Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight. Tyler is the outgoing vice president of the HSOP Student Council and a legacy Auburn pharmacy student. Learn more about Tyler HERE.


Bedsole Wins Local APhA-ASP Counseling Competition

Congratulations to P3 Molly Bedsole on winning the local APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition. Molly will represent HSOP as she competes against winners from other pharmacy schools at the national competition at the APhA Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 27-30, 2015.


Rho Chi Honored

The Harrison School of Pharmacy would like to congratulate the Rho Chi chapter on being recognized as a finalist for the Most Improved Chapter by the Society’s Award Committee. The Auburn chapter has been a finalist in two of the last three years! Keep up the great work and War Eagle!


HSOP Mobile Student Featured in Video

Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy made to promote themselves and it features an HSOP students who is a P4 that did a rotation with them. Several HSOP P4s have put in a lot of rotation hours and volunteer hours with Ozanam. Check out the video HERE. Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy provides medication at no cost to qualified patients in Southern Alabama. Ozanam’s patients are those who have hit hard times and need a helping hand to get back on the path to health.


HSOP Students Attend Free Clinic Meeting in Atlanta

Students from the Harrison School of Pharmacy attended the Society of Student Run Free Clinics meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Students from both the Auburn and Mobile campuses collaborated on implementing care free clinics in both respective communities. HSOP students currently work with UAB medical students in the Equal Access Birmingham Clinic. The students are looking at options to operate similar clinics in Auburn and Mobile.


HSOP Exec Attends Phi Lambda Sigma Conference

HSOP’s Student Council Executive Committee made the trip to Charleston, S.C. for the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Conference, Feb. 7-8, which also included the celebration of the organization’s 50th Anniversary. Phi Lambda Sigma was organized on Auburn’s campus in 1965 by Charlie Thomas.


Vickers and Keeton Take Honors at HSOP’s Got Talent

Congratulations to P2 Jordan Vickers P1 Amber Keeton for their performances at HSOP’s Got Talent. Vickers won the competition after playing the guitar and singing “Bright Lights.” Keeton took runner up after singing “Blessed!”


Kappa Psi Celebrates Founders Day, Gives Awards

On Feb. 7, HSOP’s Kappa Psi chapter celebrated its Second Annual Founders Day and recognized several of its members for their work over the past year. Earning awards were: Kathryn Chappell (Pillar’s Award), Ross Woods (Recognition Award), Keith Dasinger (Legacy Award), Dr. Daniel Parsons (Faculty Award), Dr. Garrett Aikens (Graduate Brother of the Year), Leborah Smith (Sixth Man Award), Chris Piszczatoski (Auburn Pledge of the Year), Lauren Edwards (Mobile Pledge of the Year), Adam Harnden (Auburn Brother of the Year), Katie Weigartz (Mobile Brother of the Year), and Jeremy Osborn (Leadership Award).


Phi Delta Chi Volunteers at Girls Ranch

On Feb. 7, members of Phi Delta Chi volunteered at the Alabama Sheriff’s Girls Ranch in Camp Hill, Alabama. The Girls Ranch is a safe haven for girls who have been abused or neglected and who are in need of refugee. Here, the girls are able to participate in extracurricular activities, attend classes and church, and even learn to ride horses. The Girls Ranch provides a loving and caring environment that many of the girls had not experienced before. The members of Phi Delta Chi helped to repaint the barn that houses some of the farm animals they have on the ranch such as horses and cows.


Mobile Students Participate in Homeless Connect

Several HSOP students in Mobile participated in the Homeless Connect project, alongside Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy on Jan. 30. Homeless Connect is designed to provide medical services, legal assistance, dental and vision screenings, along with access to housing assistance and main stream resources (food stamps, state ID's, Social Security Cards, etc.). This community event brought government agencies, academia, health care facilities, faith-based organizations, transportation, law enforcement/court, United Way, and businesses, work force development and other nonprofit agencies together to provide needed services at no cost to the homeless in the Mobile community. Learn more HERE.


NCPA Update

The HSOP chapter of NCPA would like to thank Dr. Johnathan Marquess, Vice President of Professional and Clinical Affairs at APCI, for speaking on Jan. 29. Marquess presented a message about the opportunities for innovation in community pharmacy and an update health care provider status.


Swift Speaks to Committee of 19

Ward Swift, Chief Marketing Officer for Auburn University’s Athletic Department, spoke at the Committee of 19 meeting on Jan. 29. Prior to becoming Chief Marketing Officer, Swift spent much of his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a pharmaceutical representative. Since joining Auburn and getting involved with the Committee of 19, he has been instrumental in bringing hunger awareness to the Athletic Department. He was able to work with Dr. Giles, Auburn’s Committee of 19 advisor, to make the war on a hunger a primary concern for Athletics. He has also implemented several initiatives and programs involving Auburn athletes.


Kappa Psi Gets Three On Province Executive Committee

At the Kappa Psi Province Meeting in January, the Auburn chapter was represented by three members, two current and one graduated, elected to the province executive committee. Graduate brother Grant McGuffey was elected Satrap while current brothers Ross Woods and Jeremy Osborn were elected to Vice Satrap and Parliamentarian, respectively.


Alumni News


Caroline Lipscomb LaTour Hassanpour, HSOP Class of 1979

We are saddened to report on the passing of HSOP alum and former employee Caroline Lipscomb LaTour Hassanpour on Jan. 8. A 1979 graduate of Auburn’s School of Pharmacy, she had been recently living in Maryland. Read her obituary HERE.


Larry Thomason, Last Pharmacist at Toomer’s, Passes Away

Long-time HSOP faculty member and the last practicing pharmacist at Toomer’s Drugs, Larry Thomason, passed away on Christmas Eve. You can read his obituary HERE.


Boyd Expands Chick Salad Chick Operation

Cassie Boyd, a 2011 HSOP graduate, opened a new Chicken Salad Chick location in Prattville, Alabama in December. She and her husband, Justin, own two franchises of the restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama. Boyd is currently a pharmacist at the SEIB Pharmacy in Montgomery and is on staff with HSOP as the PHS residency coordinator. Learn more about the Boyds and their business in this Montgomery Advertiser story.


Osborne Featured on Dr. Oz

HSOP alumna Candice Osborne is a Walmart pharmacist by day, but you can also find her on this segment from Dr. Oz on the pills every woman needs in her medicine cabinet.


Dr. Sorrell: Get Ahead of the Flu While You Can

HSOP alum and APA President Rebecca Jones Sorrell recommends getting ahead of the flu while you can. Learn more in this Fox 6 WRBC story.


Catching Up With Johnny Brooklere, Class of 1985

The Alabaster Reporter recently featured 1985 HSOP alum Johnny Brooklere, owner of Brooklere Pharmacy. Nearly 50 years after his father opened the pharmacy in Alabaster, he keeping the family business going. Check out the story HERE.

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