November 2018

NEW VIDEO ON PHARMACISTS' IMPACTNew Video on Pharmacists' Impact

The college has a new video that focuses on pharmacists’ impact on patient lives and their positive contributions to medical teams. The video features Dr. Sarah Westberg and others. View the video and please share on your social networks.



DR. LAURA PALOMBIDr. Laura Palombi Featured in U'S Driven to Discover Campaign

The U's Driven to Discover advertising campaign launched Oct. 1, and includes ads on TV, newspapers and magazines, online, billboards and more. The campaign features our own Dr. Laura Palombi and her work in the community to tackle the opioid addiction epidemic. Read Laura's story and watch her video.



 AMCP UMN ChapterKudos

The AMCP UMN Chapter was awarded 1st place for the 2018 Chapter of the Year, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in innovative managed care student pharmacist programming.

The college had a strong showing at the ACCP annual meeting:

  • The team of Dr. Jeannine Conway, Parker Johnson, Chris Conley and Christopher Olsen earned third place in the ACCP Foundation's Trivia Challenge.
  • Seenae Eum won the Best Resident/Fellow Poster Award and the CNS PRN Travel Award.
  • The student team of Victoria Smith, Parker Johnson and Karla Marz placed first in the ACCP Clinical Research Challenge. Dr. Caity Frail and Dr. Ann Philbrick served as faculty advisors.
  • The student team of Natalie Huckle, Kevin Reininger and Emma Larson competed in the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge quarterfinals. Dr. Ann Philbrick served as faculty advisor.


PREGAME Free Food and Fun at Pregame Receptions on Nov. 10 and 17

All students are invited to join college faculty, staff, alumni and friends at free pre-game receptions on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 (time TBD) at McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus. Food will be served until kick-off time. You don't need a ticket to the game to attend the reception, just come and have fun! More information.


KAPPA PSI - DULUTH (DELTA PSI)Kappa Psi - Duluth (Delta Psi)

This month, our chapter's main events were for our pledges: we had Big Bro/Little Bro week with a reveal breakfast and a trampoline park event. We also had a student forum on IPPE rotations at IPPES & CHIPPES, carved pumpkins together, and cleaned up the beach of Superior through Adopt-A-Beach despite some snowflakes in the air.

This month, we will be initiating our new brothers, attending our regional meeting in Omaha, and celebrating Brosgiving together. We are still holding our Reach out and Read book drive in the Duluth Pharmacy Commons until Nov. 8 if you'd like to donate books or funds.


KAPPA PSI - TWIN CITIESKappa Psi - Twin Cities

This month, our chapter has been busy with many activities. We continued volunteering at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s dispensing pharmacy, and we participated in the Light the Night Walk, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s walk to raise awareness of blood cancers and raise money for research. We donated books to the Reach Out and Read program, Kappa Psi’s national philanthropic endeavor to provide books and improve early childhood literacy. Additionally, we held Halloween candy gram and CARE for Haiti Chipotle fundraisers, and enjoyed time together at ValleyScare.

Next month, we look forward to volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Cooks for Kids and holding a Thanksgiving potluck together. We also look forward to the Northern Plains Province Assembly, which will be held in Omaha, Nebraska.



The month of October is a particularly special month for MPSA. It’s American Pharmacists Month! Coffee sleeves and table toppers highlighting American Pharmacists Month were available at two local coffee shops in Minneapolis, and a University of Minnesota APhM Facebook profile picture filter has been applied by over 100 students and alumni of the college! Students are working on filming a short video for APhA about embracing our calling to serve.

Several prominent figures in the field of pharmacy came to speak at our meetings throughout the month. This offered MPSA members with vital insight and information into the multi-faceted field of pharmacy; educating pharmacy students with regards to the myriad of options and open doors that our respective pharmacy program provides them.

Over 75 MPSA members attended the ACCP Global Conference Oct. 19-22 in Seattle. Several students presented research projects at this conference, and the University of Minnesota team won 2nd place in the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge!

The Annual AMCP Nexus Conference was held in Orlando Oct. 22-25. Several MPSA members, who are also AMCP members, were in attendance. Our AMCP chapter was awarded the National Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award for the 2017-2018 academic year!

MPSA also had a strong presence at the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA’s) annually hosted event: Midyear Regional Meetings (MRM) for student pharmacists across the nation! The University of Minnesota belongs to Region 5, and this year’s MRM took place in Fargo, ND Oct. 26-28. By attending MRM, student pharmacists were given the opportunity to vote on various policy resolutions, collaborate with other pharmacy schools, hone their personal leadership skills, and forge long-lasting relationships with other enthusiastic student pharmacists.

At this year’s MRM, APhA recognized MPSA for its innovation and service in Operation Diabetes and Operation OTC Medicine Safety with Regional Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year!

MPSA continues to serve the community through multiple events providing health screenings and education of diabetes, heart health, immunizations, safe medication use, children’s health, and outreach to our local homeless populations.


PHI DELTA CHI - THETA CHAPTERPhi Delta Chi - Theta Chapter

We have spent the beginning of the flu season volunteering at Flu Vaccine Clinics with Cub Pharmacy and providing vaccine education and outreach at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

Our Philanthropy Chairs Julia Wiemer and Caroline Patz (pictured) are organizing a No More Cancer Rally benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, our national philanthropy, for Nov. 12. The rally will consist of us writing letters and using social media to educate our friends and family about St. Jude and raise funds towards our annual fundraising goal. Follow along and contribute to our efforts here.


Accepting Nominations: 2019 U of M Outstanding Community Service Awards

The Office for Public Engagement is accepting nominations for the 2019 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards. Nominations are due Dec. 21. Established in 1999, the awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to the public good through research, teaching, and/or public service. See nomination details and more.


Know Someone Interested in Pharmacy School?

Help us spread the word on our upcoming Preview Day on the Duluth campus, Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m.; and on the Twin Cities campus, Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m. Preview Day includes a pharmacy careers activity, admissions overview, tour of the college and ITV demonstration. Learn more and register.


Did You Know Your Faculty Appear in the Media to Share Their Expertise?

Our faculty regularly share their expertise with news media on a variety of topics. Here are a couple recent news stories:

  • Dr. Jon Schommer was featured in the WCCO-TV story, "How Do Pharmaceutical Companies Price Prescription Drugs?"
  • Dr. Mike Swanoski was quoted in the U.S.News & World Report story, "Rural Pharmacies Are Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients?"

Save the Dates

Nov. 1
Dean’s Seminar: “Understanding Generational Lenses,” presented by Dr. Jean Moon, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos. Pizza available on a first come, first served basis.

Nov. 5
Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture: "Imagining Global Health with Justice," presented by Lawrence Gostin, University Professor, Georgetown University, 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The scope and complexity of global health can be overwhelming, making it difficult to form an inspiring and unified vision for the future. This lecture explores the challenges inherent in an aspiration toward global health with justice, and begins to imagine a more ideal future, with bold proposals on how to get there. Learn more and register.

Nov. 8
Elective Info Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos

Nov. 15
Dual MPH Info Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos

Nov. 22-23
Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 29
CV & Internship Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos

Dec. 6
Dual MBA Info (Carlson School), 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos