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Join the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association

As an honored member of the Auburn Pharmacy Family, we invite you to join the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association. Your annual membership will provide resources to continue activities within the Association and take advantage of its benefits. We ask that you also consider making an additional contribution to the Association in order to provide support to the great students of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Find more information in the membership letter HERE. For more information, please contact Leslie Beech at 334-844-8352 or at


HSOP Well-Represented in APA Awards

The Harrison School of Pharmacy had a strong presence in the awards given out by the Alabama Pharmacy Association at its 134th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Sandestin, Florida. Dan McConaghy received the Bowl of Hygeia, the association’s highest award. He is a 1979 Auburn graduate. Ronda Lacey, an HSOP graduate and current faculty member at Samford, received the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award. Dave Brackett, who has been a faculty or staff member with HSOP since 1998, received the Faculty Member of the Year Award. Class of 2015 member Erin McCreary, who is currently doing a PGY-1 residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, received the Joseph O. Dean, Jr. Student Professionalism Award. HSOP graduate Valerie Oakley, who is currently the Supervising Pharmacist at Hibbet Patient Care in Florence, Alabama, is the Distinguished Young Pharmacist. Rounding out the award recipients was Johnny Brooklere, a 1985 HSOP graduate, who received the NCPA Leadership Award. Read more about each award winner HERE.


Class of 2019 Begins August 10

The Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2019 will hit campus on Monday, Aug. 10 to begin the Foundations of Pharmacy Course. The week will end with the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 15. The Class of 2019 is made up of 151 students with 127 on the Auburn campus and 24 on the Mobile campus. The class includes students from 13 different states, including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and 35 different colleges and universities. The Class of 2019 has an average cumulative GPA of 3.4 and an average science GPA of 3.2. The class also has a cumulative average in the 68th percentile on the PCAT. Of the 127 in the class, 95 enter HSOP with a bachelor's degree and five students are HSOP legacies.


Alumni News


Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association Gives Annual Awards

The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association handed out its annual awards at the APA Convention and Trade Show in Sandestin, Florida in June. Elaine Beech was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year while former development director Hunter Peak was given the Distinguished Service Award. Read about the winners HERE.


Inaugural Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame Class Named

Inaugural Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame Class Named
Auburn had a strong presence in the inaugural Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame class with connections to seven of the members. The class was announced June 22 at the Alabama Pharmacy Association Annual Convention and Trade Show in Destin, Florida. Auburn graduates named to the Hall of Fame were John P. Beasley (Class of 1955) of Columbia; Anthony J. Brooklere (Class of 1958) of Adamsville; Charles E. Prickett (Class of 1961) of Hoover; and James O. Walker (Class of 1957) of Gardendale. Inducted posthumously was James R. Kuykendall (Class of 1949) of Dekalb. Additionally, two pharmacists with strong ties to Auburn’s pharmacy program were inducted. Honored in person was James, I. Harrison, Jr. of Tuscaloosa, the namesake of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Inducted posthumously was William W. Walker, Jr., the father of James O. Walker and the namesake of the Walker Building. Read the full release HERE.


Stapleton Remembered For Service

After retirement, Auburn alum Lamar Stapleton continued to serve the public in Central and South America. Learn more in this feature on the Auburn Pharmacy alum.


Marble City Pharmacy Honored

Marble City Pharmacy in Sylacauga, Alabama was recognized the 2015 Pharmacy of the Year by McKesson at the McKesson ideaShare Conference in San Diego on June 25. HSOP alums Danny Johnson, Jared Johnson and Jacob Johnson were on hand to accept the award and are pictured. Read about the award HERE.


Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Charlie Thomas

Class of 1965 member and recent Golden Eagle Charlie Thomas was the subject of our June Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight. Learn more about Charlie HERE.


McCreary Named to ACCP Committee

Erin McCreary, a member of HSOP’s Class of 2015, was recently named to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy National Resident Advisory Committee. McCreary was selected as at at-large member of the committee. She is currently doing a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Wisconsin with a focus on infectious diseases, oncology, and solid organ transplant.


Faculty News


Ravis Puts Two New Drugs Into Market

Longtime Harrison School of Pharmacy professor Bill Ravis was recently involved in bringing two new drugs to market. Read more about his work HERE.


Arnold Selected For AACP Leadership Fellows Program

Dr. Rusty Arnold, faculty member in Drug Discovery and Development, has been chosen to participate in the 2015-16 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. The program is designed to develop the nation's most promising individuals at AACP member institutions to become future leaders in pharmacy and in higher education. The program consists of four educations sessions conducted throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Learn more about the program HERE.


Eiland Named to Board of Directors

Lea Eiland, Associate Department Head and Clinical Professor in Pharmacy Practice, was sworn in as a member of the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists Board of Directors at the association’s annual meeting on June 9.


Westrick Selected as APhA Section Chair

Salisa Westrick, Associate Professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was selected as the 2016-17 APhA-APRS Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS) Section Chair-elect. She will be installed in her new position at the 163rd APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland, March 4-7, 2016. Read the full announcement HERE.

Westrick Receives $10,000 to Further Medicare Program

Dr. Salisa Westrick, faculty member in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has received a $10,000 award sponsored by the Alabama Department of Senior Services to fund her Medicare Outreach Program. As part of the program, students will go out to various community settings in various counties in Alabama to provide one-on-one counseling with Medicare beneficiaries to help them make informed decisions regarding their prescription drug plans.


Clark To Give Keynote at Forensic Science Conference

Dr. Randall Clark, faculty member in Drug Discovery and Development, has been invited to give a keynote lecture at the 7th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic in September. Clark’s abstract entitled, “GC-MS and GC-IR Studies on Regioisomeric Substituted Indoles,” was selected from nearly 400 entries for a keynote lecture. He will present during the session titled “S09 Forensic organic chemistry, pharmacology, drug analysis” on Sept. 9. Learn more about the conference HERE.


Calderon Selected for USP Expert Committee

Dr. Angela Calderon, associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, has been named a member of the Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) for a term from 2015-2020. The Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee is responsible for the development of new and revision of existing monographs and their associated reference materials for botanical dietary supplements and herbal medicine ingredients. The Expert Committee will address U.S. as well as global standards. To learn more about this committee and USP, go HERE.

Calderon Speaks in Nicaragua

Dr. Angela I. Calderon was invited to give a talk on quality control of botanical dietary supplements at the symposium “Search for natural products as sources of new drugs” organized by the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua-Leon on May 22, 2015 and assist on natural products research to Basic Science faculty of the School of Pharmacy.

Calderon Publishes Paper in Molecules Journal

Dr. Angela Calderon has published a review paper entitled “Plasmodium falciparum Thioredoxin Reductase (PfTrxR) and Its Role as a Target for New Antimalarial Discovery” in Molecules in collaboration with two undergraduate students Sara E. McCarty and Amanda Schellenberger from the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Agriculture, respectively. You can read the paper HERE.


Jackson Selected for Academic Research Fellows Program

Dr. Cherry Jackson, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has been selected for the AACP Academic Research Fellows Program. The ARFP is a year-long program designed to expand the leadership capabilities of established faculty research scientists and administrators to cultivate collaborative team research and graduate education across institutions. Specifically, participants will gain experience in research-focused leadership development; team building; development of innovative research strategies to secure funding from federal and other public and private sources. Participants will also gain insight into the dynamics, management, institutional structures and policies that affect research teams; and have the opportunity to network with successful research leaders and advocacy groups. In addition to sessions in residence, fellows will participate in team-based program project development.


Faculty Members Present Posters at AACP

Several HSOP faculty members gave poster presentations recently at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. See who presented and check out their posters HERE.


Olin Selected for AJPE Editorial Board

Bernie Olin, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has been invited to join the editorial board of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Olin was recommended for the position for his "excellent service and contributions" to the journal and will accept a three-year appointment to the editorial board. Along with serving as a faculty member, Olin is also the director of the Drug Information Center in the Harrison School of Pharmacy. For more information on the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, go to HERE.


Kavookjian Wins 2015 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award

Dr. Jan Kavookjian, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was recognized with the 2015 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award. Given by the NCPA’s Adherence Team, the award recognizes a pharmacy educator who has made a significant contribution to the education of pharmacy students in the area of medication adherence. As part of the award, $1,000 will be donated to the Harrison School of Pharmacy in her honor. Kavookjian will be recognized at the NCPA Annual Convention, Oct. 10-14 in National Harbor, Maryland.


Student News


King Interns With HSOP Alum at St. Jude

Rising P2 Madeleine King is spending her summer working under HSOP alum Dr. Clinton Stewart in the Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn more about her internship and the work she is doing this summer at St. Jude HERE.


Wood Earns AFPE Gateway Research Scholarship

Elizabeth Wood, a rising P4 from Birmingham, Alabama, was selected as a recipient of a American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Gateway to Research Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship was given to 10 Pharm.D. students around the country. Wood was selected for the scholarship based on her research titled,” Vitamin D supplementation in critically ill children: a prospective trial and dose evaluation.” The scholarship will help fund a clinical trial she is designing with Dr. Allison Chung in Mobile, studying vitamin D supplementation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.

Wood Named to AACP Committee

Elizabeth Wood was recently named to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy National Student Network advisory Committee. It marks the second year in a row for an Auburn student to be on the committee as Erin McCreary served as its secretary last year. Approximately 10 students are selected each year by the ACCP President-Elect to serve a one year appointment. Elizabeth will be attending the 2015 ACCP Global Conference this fall in San Francisco, California to work with other student members of this committee on the development of new programs and services for student ACCP members.


Student Research Published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Research conducted by recent graduates Megan Zeek, Matthew Savoie, Matthew Song and Leanna Kennemur entitled “Sleep Duration and Academic Performance Among Students” was recently published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. The study was conducted as part of the Research Methods course and shows that sleep is, indeed, associated with academic success. Also listed as co-authors are faculty members Jingjing Qian, Paul Jungnickel and Salisa Westrick. You can read the article HERE.


Auburn Wins Self Care Challenge For Fourth Year

For the fourth year in a row, Auburn took top honors in the Alabama Pharmacy Association Self Care Challenge. This year it was team Victorious Secret who won the local competition for the right to represent the Harrison School of Pharmacy at the APA Convention. Pictured with Dean R. Lee Evans are Liz Steadman, Kelly Hedman, Namita Vashi, Sarah Sanders and Jenna Bloemer.


HSOP Students Intern With FDA

Three Harrison School of Pharmacy students spent their summer in Washington, D.C., interning with the Food and Drug Administration. Pictured are Emily Tsiao, Tyler Dalton, and Jasleen Bolina.


Chandler and Bhattacharya Receive Fellowships

Graduate Students Madison Chandler and Subhrajit Bhattacharya recently received Graduate Student Thesis/Dissertation Fellowships from the Auburn University Graduate School. Bhattacharya is advised by Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam while Chandler is advised by Dr. Nancy Merner. Chandler’s project is entitled "Discovering breast cancer genetic risk factors and determining their impact on disparities- insights from an Alabama cohort."


Staff News


Beech Joins HSOP Staff

Leslie Beech, an Auburn alumna and Harrison School of Pharmacy legacy, joined the School’s staff in June as Development Coordinator. She replaced Olivia Tintea, who previously held that position. Leslie is the daughter of Elaine (Class of 1983) and the late Wayne Beech (Class of 1976). Prior to taking her current position, Leslie served as a Development Coordinator with the Auburn Fund. Learn more about Leslie HERE.

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