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Updated November 25, 2019

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New Items Available in the HSOP School Store

New items are available in the HSOP School Store, including an 8x10 picture frame that is ideal to display your state pharmacy license. Launched in partnership with the Auburn University Bookstore, the online store also includes apparel, drinkware, and other items. All proceeds from the HSOP store will be used to support student success through various programs. To learn more, click HERE or visit pharmacy.auburn.edu/store.


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Liverance Featured in ESPN Segment

As Auburn approaches Iron Bowl week, HSOP has its own story in the rivalry. Patty Liverance, HSOP administrative assistant, is featured in an ESPN segment featuring personal stories as part of the 150 years of college football. Liverance, who moved to Auburn from Michigan, recounts how the Kick 6 in the 2013 Iron Bowl played a role in her relocating to Alabama. Watch on the ESPN website.


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Faculty Recognized for Work Against Opioid Crisis

Faculty from HSOP were recently recognized for their work in battling the opioid crisis. Drs. Brent Fox, Karen Marlowe, and Haley Phillippe received on-field recognition prior to the Auburn football game vs. Samford for their work in creating the Opioid Training Institute. Developed with funding from the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the program furthered HSOP’s work in the area by educating and training community leaders and healthcare providers on how to combat the crisis. Learn more about the project.


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Sewell Earns President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award

Dr. Jeanna Sewell, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was named a recipient of the Auburn University President’s Outstanding Collaborative Unites Award. The award was created in 2011 to recognize existing faculty collaborations among two or more departments, divisions, offices or programs within the university. Since its inception, this marks the third time an HSOP unit or faculty member has received the award. The group was recognized for its efforts in fostering and developing interprofessional healthcare education at Auburn. Read more about the faculty awards recipients.


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Tim Moore Named Associate Dean for Research

Tim Moore, a longtime medical professional and researcher with more than 20 years in the field, has been named associate dean for research and W.W. Walker professor at the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Moore has served as the department head in Drug Discovery and Development since joining HSOP in 2016. Learn more about Dr. Moore.


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Stronger Than Average Flu Season Expected

According to HSOP associate clinical professor Dr. Spencer Durham, a stronger than average flu season is expected this year. After evaluating the flu season in the southern hemisphere this year, experts believe a similar season is in store for the United States. Read more about this year's flu season.


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Gosa Recognized at Black Alumni Weekend

Phyllis Washington Gosa, a member of the HSOP Class of 1976, was recognized in September as one of the Auburn Black Alumni Weekend Awards Recipients. Gosa was the first African-American female graduate of HSOP. During her career, she held positions at positions at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma, Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, and Walmart in Selma. Her son, Brian Gosa, is a member of the HSOP Class of 2006.


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Dean's Advisory Council Holds Annual Meeting

HSOP was honored to welcome alumni and friends into town in November for the annual Dean's Advisory Council Meeting. Along with hearing updates from various programs within the school, members were tasked with breaking out into committees to discuss key areas within HSOP, including teaching, research, and outreach. The school is thankful for the commitment to HSOP by the council and appreciate the input and guidance they will continue to provide.


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Pharmacy Family Reunion Set for March 27-28

Mark your calendars for a weekend on The Plains! Come back to Auburn and enjoy a reunion with the pharmacy family, March 27-28. The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association and the HSOP Office of Development & Alumni Affairs welcome graduates back for a weekend of fun. Come home and spend a weekend socializing with other alumni and participate in a free continuing education opportunity. See a full schedule for the weekend and RSVP for this great event.


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We Want to Hear from You

One of our favorite things around the Harrison School of Pharmacy is when we hear from our alumni and friends. We would love to hear from you with updates on your practice, career, or life in general. Please send any updates or news items you have to hsopcomm@auburn.edu.


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NCPA Chapter Wins National Awards

The HSOP chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association won two awards at the NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego. The chapter took first place in the Legislative Advocacy Challenge and first runner up for Chapter of the Year. It marks the third year in a row the chapter has ranked among the top three in the country.


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Sheffield Earns ACCP Student Travel Award

Maddie Sheffield, a member of the Class of 2021 from Birmingham, Alabama was recently awarded a student travel award to attend the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, scheduled for March 26-29 in New York, New York. To earn the award, Sheffield had to submit an application, resume or CV, two letters of recommendation and a personal essay. In her essay, Sheffield talked about her goals as president of the local chapter of SCCP, and her desire to pursue research and clinical pharmacy in her career.


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Partlow and Silar Win ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

Chance Partlow and Nate Silar, both members of the Class of 2021, teamed up to win the local American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition. The competition is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital and health-system pharmacists. Partlow and Silar will now represent HSOP at the national competition at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Dec. 8-12, in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Edwards, Patel, and Patterson Win Scholarships

Jared Edwards, Priya Patel, and Madissen Patterson, all members of the Class of 2021, received Presidential Scholarships at the annual National Community Pharmacists Association convention in San Diego. The organization selects presidential scholarship recipients based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and an interest in independent pharmacy.


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Two HSOP Students Advance to 3MT Final

Two HSOP graduate students advanced to the finals of the 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition. Advancing were Priyanka Pinky and Sharay Setti, both graduate students pursuing the pharmacology option. The title of Pinky’s presentation was “To do or not to do cannabis in Pregnancy!,” while Setti’s was “Investigating mechanisms underlying tau propagation.” 3MT is a skills development activity which challenges graduate students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by graduate students and develops their skills in communicating the importance of research to the broader community.


Six Students Selected as SEAHEC Mentors

Six HSOP students have been selected to be mentors in the Southeast Alabama Area Health Education Center (SEA-AHEC) program. Selected for the positions were Blake Elrod, Autumn Matthews, Mustabshira Nisar, Timara Stallworth, Alexandra Steege, and Dw’Nesia Williams. They will serve as mentors to 11th and 12th grade students in Bullock County who are interested in healthcare careers. Mentor activities include ACT prep, interviewing skills, how to write grammatically correct essays, and financial literacy. For more information, visit www.seaahec.org.


Eight HSOP Students Named AHEC Scholars

Eight HSOP students have been selected to the 2019-20 AHEC Scholars Program. The Alabama AHEC Scholars Program is designed to enhance the education and training of current health professions students committed to serving Alabama’s rural and underserved populations. Named AHEC Scholars are Carolyne Baker, Courtney Edmunds, Wyvolyn Kirkland, Sydney Meadows, James Miracle, Mustabshira Nisar, Timara Stallworth, and Taylor Tabb. AHEC Scholars are selected for a two-year commitment from among a variety of health professions programs, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, public health, social work and more. AHEC Scholars engage in team-based clinical experiences providing care to vulnerable and underserved patients in settings such as homeless shelters, free clinics, community health centers, health fairs, and more. They also learn together as interprofessional teams, completing both didactic and clinical training over and above their regular curricula with a focus on preparing them to care for Alabama’s medically needy populations.


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CPNP Raises Money for Alzheimer’s Association

The HSOP chapter of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) recently raised $2,225 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Funds raised go towards research in order to find a cure for the disease.


Myths Debunk’d: Diabetes Wins Video Challenge

The team of Landon Baker, Casey carter, and James Lott, all members of the Class of 2022, won the Exploring Diabetes elective video challenge with their video titled “Myths Debunk’d: Diabetes.” The team swept all four awards, including Best Concept, Most Entertaining, Most Informative, and Best All Around. Videos in the competition were voted on by HSOP students, faculty, and staff. Watch the winning video on YouTube.


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Megan Fonteno and Cynthia Smith, members of the HSOP Class of 2020, were on rotation in Thailand earlier this semester. While on rotation, the students had the opportunity to work in a variety of practice sites and learn how health care is administered in a different part of the world. Learn more about their journey on their rotation blog.


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Talking Tigers Podcast Features Dr. Lynn Stevenson

With basketball season starting, Dr. Lynn Stevenson, associate clinical professor and executive director of experiential programs, was the subject of the Auburn Athletics Talking Tigers Podcast. Dr. Stevenson played on the Auburn women’s basketball team from 1987-91. She and the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Championship Game in each of her first three years and to the Elite Eight in her final season. Listen to the full podcast as she talks with Voice of the Auburn Tigers Andy Burcham.


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Baker Earns Auburn Spirit of Excellence Award

Dr. Alison Baker, the coordinator of distributive services and pharmacist in charge of the AU employee pharmacy, was selected as one of the Auburn University Spirit of Excellence award winners for the month of September. Each month, AU human resources selects recipients who go beyond the call of duty to improve service, quality, and the department’s or unit’s image; exemplify professionalism and dedication to excellent service by putting forth extra effort; perform outstanding contributions of significance; achieve specific or sustained accomplishments that exceed normal expectations; or initiates or brings a job to a successful conclusion. Dr. Baker has been in the employee pharmacy since 2016. She is a 2010 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy.


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Slater Selected for ALI 2019-20 Class

Dr. Nicole Slater, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently selected for the Alabama Leadership Initiative (ALI) 2019-20 class. ALI is an initiative of Leadership Alabama, a statewide program of Alabama leaders engaged in creating a network for positive change. Just 52 people were selected statewide for the class and Dr. Slate is the only pharmacist in the group. ALI is a six-month program consisting of three two-day retreats. Presentations and group discussions will encourage members to make a critical examination of preconceptions about their state, their communities and, possibly, themselves. For more information on Leadership Alabama, visit leadershipal.org.


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Heard Joins Academic Programs Staff

Dr. Glady’s Tucker Heard, a member of the HSOP Class of 2019, joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy today as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Mobile Campus. As the Curriculum Coordinator, she will provide curriculum, classroom, assessment and administrative support in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. She will also work with faculty and administrators to implement a variety of learning experiences.


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Eiland Talks Generational Differences in Pharmacy Forward Podcast

Dr. Lea Eiland, clinical professor and associate department head in Pharmacy Practice, recently joined the Pharmacy Forward podcast for its segment titled “Social Determinants of Health and Healthcare Delivery.” On the podcast, Dr. Eiland discusses generational differences and why these differences influence patients’ communication preferences, beliefs, and expectations. Listen to the podcast online or using your favorite podcast app.


Last Updated: November 25, 2019