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HSOP Awards More Than $300,000 in Scholarships

Thanks to the generous gifts made by Harrison School of Pharmacy alumni and friends, the School was able to give out more than $300,000 in scholarships Friday, September 25, 2015 at the annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony. A full listing of the scholarships and their recipients can be found HERE. Photos are available on the School’s Flickr page.


War Eagle Weekend is This Weekend

The weekend of Nov. 13-15 will be an HSOP-packed time with big events going on each day to bring students, alumni, faculty and staff together. The weekend kicks off Friday with the 19th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, followed that night with the 3rd Annual Apothecary Ball. Auburn and Georgia meet at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday with CVS sponsoring an HSOP tailgate before the game. The weekend winds down Sunday with a Continuing Education program: Prescription Drug Monitoring.


HSOP Students, Faculty, Staff Participate in All In, All Pink

Harrison School of Pharmacy students, faculty and staff came out October 21, 2015 for the All In, All Pink Breast Cancer Awareness event on Auburn’s campus. Several student groups set up information tents and speakers at the event included faculty member Dr. Nancy Merner and staff member Kathy Kyle. Check out the photos from the event on HSOP’s Flickr page.


What Does the White Coat Mean to You?

In recognition of Pharmacists Month in October, HSOP students, faculty and alums answer the question, “What does the White Coat mean to you?” Responses included: Honor, Understanding, Community, Responsibility, Integrity, Professionalism, Knowledge, Trust, Compassion and many others. All 31 videos can now be viewed on the HSOP website. Thank you to everyone that participated.


Apothecary Ball Tickets Are on Sale

Tickets for the Third Annual Apothecary Ball are currently on sale. The Apothecary Ball will be held Friday, Nov. 13 as part of War Eagle Weekend. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for faculty, staff and alumni. For the second time in a row, the Apothecary Ball will be held at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.


HSOP Committee of 19 Has Most Successful Food Drive Ever

As part of the Make Hunger Disappear Food Drive, HSOP students, faculty and staff raised a total of 3,542 pounds of food for local food banks. Of that, 876 pounds of food will go to the East Alabama Food Bank and 74 pounds (along with $15, which accounts for an additional 30 pounds) will go to the Bay Area Food Bank in Mobile. Additionally, $1,281 was raised in cash and online donations. That money adds 2,562 pounds of food to the total.


Alumni News


HSOP Alum to receive Best Practices Award

Congratulations to HSOP alum Thomas Achey for being a member of one of six teams to be awarded the ASHP Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy! Since 1999, the award program has recognized outstanding practitioners in health-system pharmacy who have successfully implemented innovative systems that demonstrate best practices in health-system. Learn more about the award HERE.


HSOP Passes the Reigns at EAMC

Congratulations to 1972 HSOP grad Buddy Young on his retirement from East Alabama Medical Center after 27 years! Another HSOP grad is ready to step into his shoes as 1997 grad Chuck Beams will take over as Pharmacy Director. Check out the story HERE.


HSOP Alum Has One of the Oldest Pharmacies in the Region

John Beasley, member of the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame and a 1955 alum of the Harrison School of Pharmacy celebrated 60 years at his pharmacy Saturday, October 7, 2015 in Columbia. Learn more about Beasley and his start as a soda jerk in the story and video HERE.


Helen-Anne English Alverson Appears on TLC Show

HSOP Class of 2013 member Helen-Anne English Alverson made her television debut Nov. 4 as the daughter-in-law of Bill Alverson on the new TLC show Coach Charming. The show airs Wednesdays on TLC at 9 p.m. CT. Check out the preview HERE.


Faculty News


Collaboration Drives Auburn’s Cancer Research

HSOP’s Dr. Rusty Arnold was featured in the Auburn Football Game Program on September 26, 2015. Learn more about his work and how collaboration with other faculty and students drives cancer research HERE.


HSOP Faculty Members Participate in This is Research Symposium

Auburn University launched its new “This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2015” Sept. 30 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center to recognize research excellence of Auburn and Auburn Montgomery faculty. HSOP faculty members who presented posters are Raj Amin, Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Rusty Arnold, Richard Hansen, Kimberly Braxton Lloyd, Kimberly Garza, David Riese and Jianzhong Shen. Additionally, students Justin Owensby and Elizabeth Wood are listed as co-authors on faculty posters. Richard Hansen also gave a presentation titled “Advancing the Science of Drug Safety.” The event is designed to showcase faculty research, provide a forum for collaboration, offer information about support offices on campus and increase the visibility of Auburn research to external constituencies, such as advisory board members, representatives from industry and foundations as well as community members. Learn more about it HERE.


HSOP Faculty Members Selected for Pilot Grants

Investigators from the Harrison School of Pharmacy have been selected to receive four pilot grants from the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer. The recipients are Drs. Raj Amin/Rusty Arnold, Dr. Nancy Merner, Dr. Angela Calderon, and Dr. Peter Panizzi. The pilot grants are $20,000 each.


Amin Has Article Selected for APSselect Journal

Dr. Raj Amin from the Department of Drug Discovery and Development recently had an article selected for publication in APSselect, the journal of The American Physiological Society. The article entitled “Cardioprotective HIF-1α-frataxin signaling against ischemia-reperfusion injury,” can be found HERE.


Kavookjian to Receives NCPA Award

Dr. Jan Kavookjian from Health Outcomes Research and Policy was awarded the 2015 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award, Oct. 10 -14 at the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Kavookjian Invited to Present at APhA Joint Federal Pharmacists Conference

Dr. Jan Kavookjian was invited to give a General Session for several hundred pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at the APhA Joint Federal Pharmacists Conference. The General Session is on Motivational Interviewing and Medication Adherence. This included pharmacists and technicians from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and Veteran's Administration. She was also asked to give a supplemental breakout session entitled “Improving Medication Adherence: Putting Motivational Interviewing Skills into Practice.”


Reed Lab Has Paper Published in Journal of Neurochemistry

Holly Hunsberger, a graduate student in Dr. Miranda Reed’s lab, was the first author on a paper recently published in the Journal of Neurochemistry. Reed, of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, is listed among the second authors. The paper, entitled “Riluzole rescues glutamate alterations, cognitive deficits, and tau pathology associated with P301L tau expression,” can be found HERE.


Merner and Chandler Published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience

Dr. Nancy Merner, faculty member in Drug Discovery and Development, and Madison Chandler, a graduate student in pharmacology, had a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. The paper is titled “Regulatory domain or CpG site variation in SLC12A5, encoding the chloride transporter KCC2, in human autism and schizophrenia.” To read the full copy, you can check it out online HERE.


Drug Information Center Presents to Auburn City Schools

Students and faculty from HSOP's Drug Information Center recently presented to nurses from Auburn City Schools on legal and illegal drug use among high school students. The presentation was chronicled by the Opelika-Auburn News. The Drug Information Center is a resource available to any pharmacist in the state. If you have a drug-related question, please visit their Web page or email to


Student News


Equal Access Auburn Offers Flu Shots To Underserved

Equal Access Auburn, a student-run clinic initiative, recently went to the Christian Care Ministries Soup Kitchen in Opelika to administer flu shots, blood glucose checks and blood pressure checks. Their work was featured in a story by the Opelika-Auburn News. You can read it HERE and view photos from the day HERE.


Wood and Chung Study Vitamin D in Children

Elizabeth Wood, a P4 from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, and Dr. Allison Chung have teamed up to study Vitamin D levels in children at the University of South Alabama Children's Hospital in Mobile. Their research project was recently featured as a story on the homepage. Read the full story HERE.


NCPA Collects 127 Pounds of Medication in Drug Takeback

HSOP's student chapter of NCPA teamed up with representatives from the DEA on Sept. 26 to collect expired or unused drugs. Altogether, they collected 127 pounds of medications. Medications dated as far back as 1978 and ranged from over-the-counter to controlled substances and came in all dosage forms including suppositories, patches, pills, nasal sprays, inhalers, and injections. See some photos from the event on the HSOP Facebook Page.


PAWS Student-Run Clinic Holds Ribbon Cutting

The PAWS Student-Run Clinic in Mobile, a collaborative student-run clinic between HSOP pharmacy students and several USA units, including medical student, nursing students and students from several departments in the College of Allied Health. The clinic is open each Saturday at the 15 Place Homeless Shelter. Learn more about the clinic and its Ribbon Cutting in this story. You can also view photos taken at the Open House. Also, learn more about the clinic from P2 Josh Francis in this Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.


Three HSOP Students Earn NCPA Foundation Scholarships

Three HSOP students were the recipients of NCPA Foundation Scholarships October 10-11 at the NCPA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. Receiving the scholarships were Tyler Dalton, Rebecca Mann and Katherine Fuller. The full listing if scholarship recipients can be seen HERE. Additionally, at the NCPA Annual Convention, the HSOP NCPA student chapter was recognized as one of two runners-up for NCPA Student Chapter of the Year.


Warren Smith Named Express Scripts Scholar

Warren Smith, a P2 from Tallassee, Alabama, was recently named an Express scripts Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The scholarship recognizes students who are in dual degree programs. Smith is currently in HSOP’s Pharm.D./Ph.D. program. He is one of just four recipients in the country of the $10,000 scholarship. Learn more about the program HERE.


Fuller and Baker Win Clinical Skills Competition

P4s Katherine Fuller and Courtney Baker teamed up to win the local Clinical Skills Competition on Oct. 27, 2015. The duo beat out seven other teams from both Auburn and Mobile. By virtue of winning the local competition, Fuller and Baker will move on to represent Auburn at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition at the Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in December. Read about them in this story from the Auburn Plainsman.


Graduate Students Make 3-Minute Thesis Finals

Three Minute Thesis, a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia, is an exercise that challenges Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. Now in its second year on the Auburn campus, the competition had two HSOP connections in the finals. Shravanthi Mouli, a graduate student under Dr. Raj Amin, and Holly Hunsberger, a visiting scholar in Dr. Miranda Reed’s lab, were two of just 10 finalists selected. Mouli’s presentation is titled “Targeting Glutamate to Treat Alzheimer's Disease,” while Hunsberger’s is “The Role of Frataxin in Doxorubicin Mediated Cardiotoxicity.” The finals are slated for 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 at the AU Hotel and Conference Center. Learn more about the 3 Minute Thesis at Auburn HERE.


HSOP in Thailand

Every semester, the School of Pharmacy sends students to Thailand to study abroad. Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Starr had a chance to visit our students, Hope Middleton and Tania Begum. They are pictured here with local pharmacists at a community pharmacy and are doing well.


AlSHP Hosts Residency Conference

The Harrison School of Pharmacy held its 2015 AlSHP Residency Conference on Oct. 27 with representatives from more than 20 residency programs in attendance. Last year, more than 40 HSOP graduates were placed into residency programs all over the country. Learn more about the conference and check out the photos HERE.


Employers Turn Out For HSOP Career Day

On Nov. 2, HSOP students had the opportunity to meet with more than 40 representatives from CVS, Fred's Pharmacy, Kmart Pharmacy, Kroger Pharmacy, Publix Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Target Pharmacy, Walgreens, Walmart Pharmacy and Winn Dixie Pharmacy at the annual HSOP Career Day. Check out some of the photos HERE.


Staff News


Barry McConatha Retires From HSOP

After nearly 35 years on staff with the HSOP, Barry McConatha, the school's long-time Manager of Information Technology, retired. He was honored with a ceremony on Oct. 13 at the Red Clay Brewing Company in Opelika. A couple hundred friends and co-workers came out to recognize Barry and listen to his band, "Sorry, No Refunds."


Julaine Fowlin Joins HSOP Staff

Julaine Fowlin joined the HSOP staff this fall in the newly-created role of Coordinator of Pharmacy Curriculum Development. She will play a vital role in helping develop HSOP's new curriculum. Fowlin, who recently completed her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology from Virginia Tech, brings more than 10 years of experience in the field of instructional design and technology.

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