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Updated August 25, 2016

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HSOP Awards 143 Degrees at 2016 Commencement
The Harrison School of Pharmacy awarded 131 professional doctor of pharmacy degrees during the school’s commencement on Tuesday, May 10. In addition, six Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degrees were conferred and six candidates were awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences Read more about the Class of 2016 HERE. A photo gallery from Graduation Day can be found HERE.

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Ravis, Evans and Main Win APAA Annual Awards
The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors announced the group’s annual awards at the 2016 Alabama Pharmacy Association Convention. Retiring professor Dr. William Ravis and Dean R. Lee Evans, who also recently announced his retirement, were honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Jim Main, a justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, won the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Read more HERE.

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Four Auburn Pharmacy Alums Inducted into Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame
Harrison School of Pharmacy alums Jim Main of Montgomery, Roland Julian Nelson of Homewood, Charlie Thomas of Montgomery, and J. Miles Thomas of Opelika, were inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame at the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s (APA) 135th Annual Convention, held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida on June 13, 2016. Read more about these men and their accomplishments HERE.

Holli Anthony
Anthony Opens Pharmix Rx in Wteumpka
Holli Fuller Anthony, a member of the HSOP Class of 1997, recently opened PharMix Rx, a compounding pharmacy, in Wetumpka, Alabama. Learn more about her new pharmacy in this story from the Wetumpka Herald.

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NCPA Features HSOP Alum Danny Cottrell
Danny Cottrell, a member of the HSOP Class of 1979, was recently featured by the National Community Pharmacists Association in a video on independent community pharmacists. Cottrell owns Cottrell's Medical Center Pharamcy in Brewton, Alabama. To learn more, check out the video HERE.

David Serota
Serota Speaks at HSOP Graduation
Dr. David Serota, a member of the HSOP Class of 1969, returned to The Plains on May 10 to serve as the commencement speaker for the HSOP Class of 2016. Dr. Serota currently serves as the senior vice president, director of research, and senior principal study director at MPI Research in Mattawan, Michigan. Learn more about Dr. Serota and his genorosity over the years and passion for educating pharmacists.

Stacy Miles
Miles Takes Over at Atmore Walgreens
Dr. Stacy Miles, a member of the HSOP Class of 2013, was recently hired as the pharmacy manager at the Walgreens in Atmore. She had previously been with walgreens in Brewton. Read more about her in this story from the Atmore News.

Bubba's Medicine Shop Celebrates 40 Years
An Opelika staple, Bubba's Medicine Shop celebrates 40 years of service this year. The pharmacy is now under the ownership of Jeff Jerkins, a member of the HSOP Class of 1996. Read more about them in this story from the Opelika Observer.

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Sullivan and Stamm Named ASHP Fellows
Mark Sullivan, a member of the HSOP Class of 1985, and Dr. Pamela Stamm, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, were recognized in June as Fellows by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Sullivan is currently the Executive Director of Pharmacy Operations at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics. To learn more about ASHP Fellows, read HERE.

Arringtons Open Pharmacy in Decatur
Chase and Donna Arrington, both members of the HSOP Class of 2012, opened the River City Pharmacy this year in Decatur. Read more about the husband-wife duo and their new business HERE.

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Pharmacy Students Make Nationwide Impact Through Summer Programs
This summer several Harrison School of Pharmacy students have travelled around the country to serve in internship and fellowship positions in a variety of areas of pharmacy. Students Jasleen Bolina, Genesee Fernandez, Kiara Parker, Emily Tsiao and Kara White did everything from work on an Indian reservation in Arizona to work in one of the nation’s leading laboratories at Eli Lilly. Learn more about these students and their internships HERE.

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Our Own Olympian: Megan Fonteno
The Olympics are now over. For three weeks, the world watched its greatest athletes compete on the biggest stage. For one new HSOP student, she knows all too well what that is like. Learn more about Class of 2020 member Megan Fonteno, a competitor at the 2012 Olympics.

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Dobson and Pickering Earn NSF Fellowships
Undergraduate researchers Connor Dobson and Christy Pickering were two of seven Auburn University students that earned fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Each fellowship consists of three years of support accessible over a five-year period. The NSF provides an annual stipend of $34,000 to each fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the degree-granting institution. Dobson and Pickering are both 2016 Honors College graduates with degrees in chemical engineering. The duo conduct research in the lab of Dr. Rusty Arnold in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Read more about the fellowships HERE.

SCCP Winners
Wong, King and Cheikhali Win SCCP Challenge
The team of Ryan Wong, Madeleine King and Zain Cheikhali took top honors at the local SCCP Clinical Challenge competition. The team-based, “Quiz Bowl” competition took place in the Walker Building on April 21. Wong, King and Cheikhali will compete in a national online challenge in September with the top eight teams moving on to the live final rounds at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy - ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, Oct. 22-24 in Hollywood, Florida.

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Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Leborah Smith
Leborah Smith, a member of the HSOP Class of 2016, begins the next chapter of her life this summer as she begins a residency at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. She is one of a record 45 former HSOP students who were accepted to residencies for the 2016-17 year. For her passion in hospital pharmacy, Smith was recognized with the Excellence in Hospital Practice Award at HSOP’s annual Hargreaves Awards. Learn more about her HERE.

Haley Porter
Porter Wins for Podium Presentation
Haley Porter, a graduate student conducting research in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, recently took first place for her podium presentation entitled "Cyclodextrins in Ophthalmic Drug Delivery" at the Graduate Research Association of Students in Pharmacy (GRASP) Regional Conference. The conference took place July 22-24 at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Cyclodextrins are molecules that can improve water solubility of certain drugs, thereby improving drug delivery.

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5 in a Row: HSOP Wins APA Self-Care Challenge
For the fifth time in as many years, the HSOP team took the trophy in the Alabama Pharmacy Association Self-Care Challenge at the annual APA Convention in Sandestin, Florida. The competition consists of two rounds of Jeopardy-style questions about over-the-counter products. This year's victorious team consisted of (from left) Lindsay Guttuso, Rachel Collins, Emily Hailstone, Ali Stringberg, and Frederique Dunham.

Edi Umoren
Ready to Make a Difference
For Class of 2020 member Edidiong “Edi” Umoren, coming to pharmacy school was not just a professional goal, but a personal one. Having lost family members to sickle cell anemia, she is committed to finding a treatment for the disease. Learn more about one of our newest students in this Opelika-Auburn News story.

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Four New Faculty Members Join HSOP
Four new faculty members joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy to start the 2016-17 year. They are (from left) Edward Chou, Jeanna Sewell, Sean Smithgall, and Taylor Steuber. Chou comes to HSOP from the University of Chicago and is an associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Sewell, Smithgall, and Steuber are all assistant clinical professors in Pharmacy Practice. Sewell, a 2014 HSOP graduate, is based out of Auburn, Smithgall is based out of Mobile, and Steuber is based out of Huntsville.

Jan Kavvokjian
Kavookjian Selected for AACP Initiative
Dr. Jan Kavookjian, of the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has been selected to serve as the AACP representative for pharmacy education in an interdisciplinary initiative to develop health professions curricular content for teaching health professions students how to initiate conversations with patients about the prevention and treatment of obesity. Selected by AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda Maine, Kavookjian will be a part of a joint endeavor of the Obesity Solutions division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. The interdisciplinary panel she will be a part of is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and will bring experts in behavior sciences and in provider training and education together twice a year during the two-year appointment to develop a consensus on interprofessional competencies for obesity prevention and management.Learn more about the program HERE.

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Hansen Receives AU Faculty Award
Dr. Richard Hansen, department head in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was selected as the 2016-17 recipient of the Auburn University Creative Research and Scholarship Award in the Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Architecture and Design, Business, Social and Human Sciences category. The Creative Research and Scholarship Award is the premier award given by Auburn University in recognition of research, scholarly works, and creative contributions. Specifically, this award is given in recognition of Hansen’s achievements, including publications, technical reports, professional society memberships, and extramural funding, in the fields of pharmacoeconomics and health care policy. Hansen is the first winner off the Creative Research and Scholarship Award from the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Read more about the award winners here: HERE.

HSOP Researchers Implement Immunization Program
HSOP researchers are working with community pharmacies to enhance immunization services and increase immunization rates of Alabamians. Dr. Salisa Westrick in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, who has been researching pharmacy-based immunization services for more than a decade, said many vaccines are currently available in pharmacies, and since many patients may benefit from vaccinations, pharmacists are in an ideal position to provide recommendations and administer vaccines. Read more about her program HERE.

Chris Smith
Drug Discovery and Development Hires New Support Team
The research mission of the Harrison School of Pharmacy is growing more each day, evidenced by its footprint expanding across Auburn with the new Pharmaceutical Research Building. The Department of Drug Discovery and Development has a large role in shaping HSOP’s research mission with faculty and students soon occupying research space in both the Walker Building and the Pharmaceutical Research Building. Increasing research efforts likewise generates the need for enhanced support of the DDD programs. As a result, HSOP has recognized a strong support staff will be needed to help facilitate DDD’s research and graduate programs during this period of growth and change, as well as beyond.
To fill this need, DDD has created two new support positions: Lab Manager and Student Services Coordinator. Chris Smith has accepted the position of Lab Manager while Kaleia Williams will move into the new Student Services Coordinator position.
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Three New Staff Members Join HSOP
HSOP welcomed three new staff members over the summer. They are (from left) Justin Hayles, Shannon Jones, and Garrett Walden. Hayles, a 2011 Auburn graduate, is an accountant in HSOP's finance office. Jones, a 1995 Auburn graduate, is the coordinator of patient care programs in the Office of Experiential Learning, and Walden, a 2014 Auburn graduate, is the health and wellness specialist in Pharmacy Health Services.
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