October 2018


American Pharmacists Month recognizes and celebrates the role pharmacists play in every practice setting - from community and hospital pharmacy, to industry, academia and beyond. The annual theme for American Pharmacists Month is "Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacist." To promote American Pharmacists Month, the college is sponsoring ads on Minnesota Public Radio over the next couple of weeks to highlight the important role of pharmacists on the health care team. 

Other American Pharmacists Month activities include:

  • Cupcakes with Lucy Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be engaging the public in Moos tower with fun pharmacy questions and participants will receive choice of a cupcake or apple and a picture with Lucy.
  • "Get to know your pharmacist" coffee sleeves provided on all hot beverages at Minneapolis' T-Rex Cookie & Cafe on University Ave.
  • A personalized Facebook profile frame to use to raise awareness.
  • Weekly trivia quizzes sent to students to test pharmacy knowledge; winners will receive prizes.
  • UofM Pharmacy Student of the week. Students from all grades and both campuses who have been recognized and nominated by peers will be promoted on MPSA social media pages to congratulate them on their hard work.
  • APhA will partner with Operation Immunization throughout October to provide shots at flu clinics while providing education to the public about the role pharmacists play in their health care.


All students are invited to join college faculty, staff, alumni and friends at free pre-game receptions on Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Homecoming All Class Celebration), and Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m. 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


Kelsey Melgaard, PDIV PharmD/MPH, along with Dr. Laura Palombi, presented "The Opioid Crisis in Rural Minnesota" to the University of Minnesota Regents on Sept. 13.

Tam Nguyen, PD2, received a travel award from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute for her project, "Creating a 21st Century Precision Medicine Intensive Care Unit." Dr. Deb Skaar served as her mentor.

Andreea Temelie, PD4, was appointed communications director of the Society of Student Run Free Clinics for the school year.


Second year students enrolled in the Foundations of Leadership electives recently had a mini-retreat on both campuses. 

On the Duluth campus, the retreat was focused on building a community of leaders. Activities were led by PD4 students Deann Tims, Sarah Patton and Louie Wimmer on Leadership Rotations and Leadership Emphasis Area (LEA) students Jessica Raines, Melanie Breuer, and Kyle Wamsley.

On the TC campus, the retreat was focused on helping students understand the relationship between leadership and how we choose to prioritize time, focusing on a time management matrix that supports self-management. Anjoli Punjabi and Kaity Kuske, 2nd year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership residents, gave presentations describing their personal leadership journey and engaged students in a Q&A about those experiences. 

All students on both campuses engaged in a series of team-building games, debriefing after each one about the lessons learned from the experience. Finally, students were divided into six groups and participated in a "Shark Tank" event where they pitched ideas focused on improving student life at the college. The pitches were judged by residents - the winning team proposed a plan to install "sit/stand desks" in some of the lecture halls in the AHC to promote wellness and class engagement.

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This month, our chapter finished with the rushing process, and we are looking forward to Big Bro/Little Bro week with current brothers and pledges in mid-October. This month, we are planning to go to the Haunted Shack and carve pumpkins to spend time together this fall. Last month, we cleaned up our stretch of highway. This month, we'll head down to Lake Superior and clean up the beach. We will also be gearing up for our regional meeting in Nebraska and our initiation of new brothers in early November. 


The end of September marks a productive and impactful month for MPSA. In this month alone, MPSA introduced quality healthcare to its surrounding communities through 11 continuing events and eight new events. This equals over 85 hours spent serving the surrounding communities, over 160 hours planning healthcare events, and over 1,500 patients attending these events! A few of the events that MPSA hosted include educating on antibiotic stewardship at the MN State Fair, volunteering at several flu clinics and health fairs across Minnesota, and participating in the Nami Walk, as well as Walk to End Alzheimer's.

September ended with over 150 students and professionals attending the AMCP 3rd Annual Midwest Regional Conference, an event developed and hosted by MPSA's very own AMCP chapter. MPSA is looking forward to kicking off October with a visit from APhA-ASP's national president, Nimit Jindal, and partnering with PLS on a professional development event to share tips and tricks on how to conference effectively. 



Applications for student grants are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Only U of M College of Pharmacy students and student organizations are eligible to apply. Please be advised that individual grants for travel to professional meetings are awarded to students who have been invited to participate in a national program, or who have been chosen to represent the college at a meeting by students and/or an organization. More information


The U of M Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from multiple schools and disciplines to come together to develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues. The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is hosting its annual competition in January 2019. Join the Information Session on Oct. 22 at noon in 2-690 Moos Tower to learn about the goals, logistics, and application process.Learn more and RSVP.


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

  • Dr. Steve Schondelmeyer is featured in the ABC News story, "Drug prices going up despite Trump promise." 
  • Dr. Jason Varin is quoted in the Duluth News Tribune story "EpiPen shortage persists for some." 


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


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Oct. 2
Duluth Career & Internship Fair, Kirby Ballroom. Employer Expo: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.; Interview Session: 2-5 p.m. PD2-3 students are required to attend the Expo; PD1s are highly encouraged to attend.

Oct. 3
TC Career & Internship Fair, Memorial Hall, McNamara. Employer Expo: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.; Interview Session: 2-8 p.m. PD2-3 students are required to attend the Expo; PD1s are highly encouraged to attend.
Oct. 9 
Class of 2021 Town Hall meeting, 1:25 p.m., 163 LSci / 1-450 Moos
Oct. 11 
Class of 2022 Town Hall meeting, 12:15 p.m., 163 LSci / 1-450 Moos
Oct. 25 
Class of 2020 Town Hall meeting, 12:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos
Nov. 1 
Dean's Seminar. New, open meetings for students, staff, and faculty in the College to hear about current topics from various speakers. Email Dean Welage (lwelage@umn.edu) if you have speaker ideas!
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. 29 
CV & Internship Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos
Dec. 13
Dean's Seminar. New, open meetings for students, staff, and faculty in the College to hear about current topics from various speakers. Email Dean Welage(lwelage@umn.edu) if you have speaker ideas!