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Updated July 26, 2019

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Catch the Spirit in the HSOP School Store

The Harrison School of Pharmacy has launched a school store in partnership with the Auburn University Bookstore. Apparel, drinkware, and other items are available for purchase online. All proceeds from the HSOP store will be used to support student success through various programs. To learn more, click HERE or visit

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Kim Garza Named AFPE Mentor of the Year

A passion for education and student mentoring brought Dr. Kimberly Garza out of the hospital and into academia. After impacting so many lives in the classroom, she was recently recognized with the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award. Learn more about Dr. Garza.

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2019 Tailgates Announced

The Harrison School of Pharmacy Office of Development and Alumni Affairs would like to invite HSOP alumni and friends to join us for tailgating during the 2019 Auburn Football season. We are located on the front lawn of the Walker Building, just off the Thach Concourse. Each tailgate will start three hours prior to kickoff. Tailgates are scheduled for each home Southeastern Conference game. Learn more about tailgates.

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Opioid Training Institute Sessions Available in December

More than 1,000 people have registered for Opioid Training Institute workshops around the state this summer. The program wraps up in September with four sessions targeted toward healthcare professionals. CE credit is available at the free training programs. Remaining dates for healthcare professionals are Sept. 11 (Troy), Sept. 12 (Auburn), Sept. 18 (Tuscaloosa), and Sept. 19 (Birmingham). Read more about the OTI on the HSOP website and visit to register.

DIC Completes OTC Cough and Cold Product Review

The HSOP Drug Information Center recently received a $20,000 award and completed an over-the-counter cough and cold product review. The project was a join program with Bayer and the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE). The team, consisting of Drs. Wesley Lindsey, Bernie Olin, Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd, Caitlin Prather, Kristen Williamson, Walter Minger, and James Heath completed a comprehensive systematic review on Coricidin product formulations.

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Anthony Todd Graduates From Fellowship

Dr. Anthony Todd, a member of the HSOP Class of 2018, graduated June 29 from his Ambulatory Care/Academic/Population Health Pharmacy Fellow at the USA Family Medicine Clinic. The first-ever person to hold this fellowship, it was developed by HSOP faculty members Dr. Nicole Slater and Dr. Sean Smithgall through grant funding provided by Dr. Allen Perkins and the Department of Family Medicine at USA. Originally from Montgomery, Todd was instrumental developing services for the USA Student-Run Free Clinic throughout his time as a student and won several awards for his dedication to the school and community. Being the first pharmacy fellow at USA Family Medicine, he worked tirelessly to accomplish many goals during the past year, including several research projects, a variety of presentations that have won awards, and positively influencing the pharmacy team presence throughout the clinic and beyond. He also completed the teaching certificate program through Auburn University as well and will be joining the William Carey School of Pharmacy as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

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Martens Named Interim CEO

Dr. Cynthia Martens-Lamont, a member of the HSOP Class of 1987, was recently named interim CEO of Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville, Alabama. Previously, she held the position of pharmacy manager and diabetes education program director with the hospital. While at Auburn, she earned the President's Award as the outstanding pharmacy graduate and was a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society and Kappa Psi.

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Achey Returns to Alabama

Dr. Tom Achey, a member of the HSOP Class of 2014, recently returned to Alabama to take a position with Princeton Baptist Medical Center. A native of Helena, Alabama, Achey completed a PGY-1 residency at Froedtert Hospital in Wisconsin and a PGY-2 health-system residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He went on to work as the Manager of Inpatient Pharmacy Services with the Duke University Health System before taking his current position at Princeton Baptist as Assistant Director of Pharmacy.

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Two HSOP Alumni Join APA Hall of Fame

HSOP alums Mahlon Turner and Oscar Chunn were inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame at the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s (APA) 138th Annual Convention in June. Read more about HSOP's newest Hall of Famers.

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Nine From HSOP Receive APA Recognition

The Harrison School of Pharmacy was well-represented with nine major award winners at the 2019 Alabama Pharmacy Association 138th Annual Convention, held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

Anne Daniels (Class of 1980) won the Bowl of Hygeia, while Dan McConaghy (’79) won the Mitchel C. Rothholz President’s Award. Rebecca Sorrell (’83) won the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award with HSOP faculty member Dave Brackett taking the NCPA Pharmacy Leadership Award.

Garrett Aikens (’11) received the Excellence in Innovation Award while Class of 2020 member Sarah Vines won the R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award. Bobby Giles (’92) was named the APA Legislative Champion while Gary Mount (’90) was one of three recipients of the newly-created APA Advocate Award. Outgoing APA President Jim Davis (’78) received the President’s Pin, Jacket and Goblet. Read more about the award winners.

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Craven and Harmon Receive APAA Awards

Darrell Craven and Harold Harmon were honored with awards from the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association during the APAA annual breakfast in Sandestin, Florida. Craven (left), a member of the Class of 1982, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Harmon (right), a member of the Class of 1969, received the Distinguished Service Award.

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Faculty and Students Volunteer at Camp Seale Harris

Drs. Miranda Andrus and Heather Whitley led a group of HSOP students for a week at Camp Seale Harris, an overnight diabetes camp. Students completed a diabetes simulation experience to prepare for camp (tested blood sugars and counted carbs and calculated insulin doses). At camp they learned what it is like to live with type 1 diabetes, calculated insulin doses and assisted with administration at 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, assisted with night rounds checking BG on campers and treating them, simulated what it is like to be on an insulin pump by inserting a site on their bodies, and lots more fun experiences. The interprofessional experience had the students working with physicians, nurses, dieticians, and students from those professions. Learn more about the camp at

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Jeminiwa Receives APAREF Award

Ruth Jeminiwa, a graduate student in the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, recently received a grant from the Alabama Pharmacy Association Research & Education Foundation. Jeminiwa was selected for the award for her project titled, “Effect of Message Framing on Beliefs, Intentions, Adherence, and Asthma Control Among College Students.” She will present the results from her study at the 2020 APA Annual Convention in Point Clear, Alabama.

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Hohmann and Hastings Earn Poster Awards

HSOP graduate students Tessa Hastings and Lindsey Hohmann recently earned poster awards at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Chicago. Hohmann took home an Excellent Trainee Poster Award from the Substance Abuse Disorder Special Interest Group for her poster titled “Empowering Community Pharmacists: A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Impact of a Community Pharmacy-Based Naloxone Education Program.” Hastings won the overall Best Poster by a Graduate Student Award for her poster titled “Development and Evaluation of an Immunization Information System Training Program Using a Participatory Design Approach.”

Faculty and Students Published in JAPhA

Tessa Hastings and Lindsey Hohmann, graduate students in the Health Outcomes Research and Policy (HORP) option, as well as Dr. Salisa Westrick, Sterling Professor and department head in HORP, were recently published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. The title of the article was “A pharmacy-based referral program to assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries.” Read the full text on the JAPhA website.

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Eiland Selected as ASHP Presidential Candidate

Dr. Lea S. Eiland, Clinical Professor and Associate Department Head of Pharmacy Practice, was recently selected as a candidate for president-elect of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The full slate and online voting are available on the ASHP website. Voting runs July 1 through July 30. ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s nearly 50,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. Additionally, HSOP alum and 2019 commencement speaker Dr. Stephen Davis has been nominated to run for chair of the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners. He is currently the Director of Health System Strategy with Shields Health Solutions in Houston, Texas.

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Ngorsuraches Receives PhRMA Foundation Award

Dr. Surachat Ngorsuraches, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, recently took third place in the PhRMA Foundation Value Assessment Challenge Awards. The Challenge Awards annually seek proposals from researchers that respond to a specific value-related question in health care. The 2019 Challenge Awards pose the following question: What are innovative, patient-centered approaches to contribute to health care value assessment that move beyond the inherent limitations of analyses based on the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) metric? Dr. Ngorsuraches’ submission titled “Using Patient Experience Data and Discrete Choice Experiment to Assess Values of Drugs,” took third place among all submissions and earned a $5,000 award.

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Jungnickel Receives James Robertson, Jr. Award

Dr. Paul Jungnickel, associate dean for academic programs, was recently recognized with the James Robertson, Jr. Leadership Excellence in Student Services Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Services Special Interest Group. Jungnickel was selected for the award based on his record of programming related to student affairs issues that has made an impact locally, regionally, or nationally; record of contributions to the Student Affairs SIG, evidence of outstanding commitment to the profession of pharmacy; and evidence supporting fulfillment of "Standard 14: Student Services" of the ACPE Accreditation Standards. He formally received his award during the Student Services SIG business meeting as part of the AACP Annual Meeting on in Chicago.

Last Updated: July 24, 2019