Student News: April 2018



All students are invited to the Weaver Medal Reception honoring Dr. Don Uden on Friday, April 13, 4-6 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center. The Weaver Medal is given annually to someone who supports the college and its students through service to education, the profession, research and the community. RSVP 



Please join us in celebrating Pharmacy Day on Friday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jaycee's Shelter at Central Park-Lexington East in Roseville, at 2540 Lexington Ave. N. Many fun activities are planned, including a 5K walk/run, volleyball and kickball tournaments, a dog competition, yard games and more. A free BBQ lunch will also be available. Check your email for additional announcements and activity sign-ups.

That night, join us at MPSA's Annual Auction, 6:30-9 p.m., Campus Club, fourth floor of Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus. This year's auction theme is "A Night at the Races," so wear your finest derby attire. Entrance to the Auction is $15, entrance to the Banquet is $25 and must be paid and RSVP'd for by April 14 at noon. If you RSVP and PAY by April 14 at noon you may purchase both Banquet and Auction entrance for $30. Entrance to the Auction only can be purchased at the door. RSVP now 



Our APhA-ASP Chapter received the 2016-2017 Chapter Operational Leadership Award.

Grace Baek was elected Speaker of the House for APhA-ASP.

Abdi Bile served on the Nomination Committee representing Region 5, along with other student leaders across the nation, at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville.

The CARE for Haiti - Clinics And Relief Efforts team saw 487 patients and filled 2,136 prescriptions during their time in Chabin, Haiti over spring break.

Rowan Mahon will receive the United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award, which recognizes pharmacy students who make significant contributions to public health.


College Board and PLS are creating a Mentor Program for the incoming Class of 2022. This is a new initiative that we are bringing to the college, and partnering with PLS to better accomplish our goals of improving the student experience here at the college. There has been a lot of interest in having such a program, and many have expressed it as something they wish they had as a new student to the college. We are looking for current 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students who would be interested in being paired with a 1st year student to act as a mentor for the fall 2018 semester and potentially the entirety of the academic year. We are aware that all students at the college live very busy lives, and the time commitment for this program will be based on the level of involvement desired by both mentor and mentee; this level of involvement will be taken into account during the pairing process. Currently we are looking at having mentor-mentee gatherings once per month, starting fall 2018.

Additionally, College Board has helped promote and fund the MPSO cultural competency competition "Purpose: The Cultural Competency Competition" aimed at bringing cultural awareness to the college's professional students. An annual event since the spring of 2015, the competition provides a unique cultural and personal perspective into the case of a seemingly non-compliant patient. The teamwork approach helps initiate collaboration and networking among students from different professional years. It is the goal of this competition to instill mindfulness of diversity into our future pharmacy practitioners.


In the month of March, Kappa Psi collegiate brothers had the opportunity to learn from graduate brothers about Camp Superkids, an annual summer camp for kids with asthma that our chapter has volunteered with for many years. Our MN graduate chapter is also giving us some Adulting 2.0 tips about loan management and wage negotiation. We recently had our Cooks for Kids event for this semester, where brothers prepared and served dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House next to campus. Our PNC participation has been continuing like always, and we are in the process of training our next batch of CORE volunteers in the dispensary. During spring break, we had a social event where brothers met up and played board games. We're looking forward to attending our Northern Plains spring province assembly in Duluth the first weekend of April.


Duluth executive board and liaisons: Joining Tuesday McAuliffe Staehler as our Duluth president for 2018-2019 is Hayley Kytta (President-elect), Leslie Siegel (VP of Membership), Angelyn Leipold (VP of Communications), Tuyen Nguyen (VP of Community Outreach), Ryan Albrecht (VP of Finance), Kyle Wamsley (ACCP), Austin Schumacher (AMCP), Renee Berg (APhA-ASP), Karla Marz (ASCP), Meghan Wicklund (ASHP), Mitchell Nelson (IPhO), Lea Edwards (IPSF), Jorgen Kvaal (MPhA), Madelynn Hintsala (MSHP), Aden Casey (NCPA), Megan Olander (PAL), Laura Baysinger (Pre-Pharm), and Ariel Field (SCOA).

Twin Cities executive board and liaisons: Joining Kelly Potz as our Twin Cities president for 2018-2019 is Megan Olhausen (President-elect), Brent Savino (VP of Membership), Courtney Keefe (VP of Communications), Cedrik Krouch (VP of Community Outreach), Parker Tangen (VP of Finance), Luke Brinkman (ACCP), Kayla Mills (AMCP), Madeline Pulver (APhA-ASP), Emily Evan (ASCP), Courtney Pahl (ASHP), Melanie Mahoney (IPhO), Joe Corbino (IPSF), Michaela Wermers (MPhA), Sarah Rose (MSHP), Ann Nagle (NCPA), Kristina Nemitz (PAL), Jake Klockers (Pre-Pharm), and Sean Byrne (SCOA).



This month, MPSO established a new community outreach site with Phat An Vietnamese Temple in Roseville and provided patients with blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, and counseling on lifestyle modifications in order to stay happy and healthy. In addition, MPSO had dedicated members create patient education handouts that included both English and Vietnamese text for those not fluent in English. MPSO is very proud to have provided culturally competent patient-centered care at Phat An, and they plan to continue the relationship with the Vietnamese community in order to serve them in the future! MPSO strives to promote cultural awareness and inclusivity within the College of Pharmacy and in the community, and MPSO has been fulfilling this mission through community outreach events that serve minority and underrepresented communities. 


On Friday, March 23, Phi Delta Chi- Beta Psi along with Kappa Psi-Delta Psi put on the annual Murder Mystery Dinner. This year's theme was Dinner at the Grand Gatsby. Our 1920s event was quite successful with attendance of about 80 people. Over $600 was raised for each fraternity's philanthropic efforts. Our portion of the money raised will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Our chapter was honored to be represented at the Phi Delta Chi 2018 Midwest Regional Conference by five Brothers: Kelsey Melgaard (PD3), Meghan Wicklund (PD2), Stacey McKenzie (PD1), Mitchell Nelson (PD1), and Katie Sheetz (PD1). The regional conference was held over March 16-18 in St. Louis, Missouri. Our Brothers brought back great information, excitement for the fraternity, and the Derek LaBar Travel Trophy for the most travel between chapters in the Midwest Region.



The Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Chi had a busy month in March! In the community, we helped build a home in St. Paul with Habitat for Humanity, provided free blood glucose checks on eight occasions at various Cub Pharmacy locations, and packaged over 17,000 meals for impoverished children with Feed My Starving Children. We also took steps to improve our Chapter. We sent five brothers to our PDX Midwest Regional Conference in St. Louis to network with other chapters in our region, learn what they do to make their chapters successful, and develop their leadership skills. We also hosted what we call "Theta Study Night" on campus, where we got together to do group studying/tutoring. We also began to prepare for next year by electing a new Executive Board for the 2018/19 school year!

In April we plan to continue with this momentum and finish the year off strong. We will participate in an Adopt-A-Highway clean-up that we sponsor, host a Scholarship Banquet to celebrate the academic achievements of our members, and elect new committee chairs. There will also be a Pharmacy Day Social held at the PDX House open to the whole college, and the theme is "Red Carpet" - so dress as your favorite athlete, actor/actress, celebrity, or yourself (because we are all stars!) and celebrate the end of the 2017/18 school year with us! 


Mark your calendar for our last leadership lunch series of the school year on April 24, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 1-451 Moos and 163 and 165 LSci. Dr. George Tadros, an interventional cardiologist at North Memorial, will speak about his experiences with international mission trips and pharmacists' roles in global health.


The college is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Leadership Emphasis Area (LEA), as part of its overall 125th celebration. This will be an opportunity to create a network amongst the LEA graduates and current students. Please join us at the 10 Year LEA Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 14, on the Twin Cities campus. An alumni reception begins at 11 a.m., and programming begins with lunch at noon and ends at 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.



Global Health Day provides an opportunity for those engaged in global health to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. Assistant Professor Melanie Nicol will present "Fostering Global Pharmacy Research through International Collaborations" as part of the Global Health Showcase. Event is Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union. Learn more


The traveling exhibition "To Really See: Exploring the Medication-Taking Experience" on display at the Bio-Medical Library, 2nd floor, has been extended through the end of August. If you haven't already visited, come by and view over 30 creative medication use stories that users, artists, and participants wanted to express and share. The exhibition is co-organized by Professor Paul Ranelli. Read more about the creation of the exhibit and other ways Dr. Ranelli has managed to meld his love for art with science. 


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

  • Dr. William Oetting was featured in the KARE 11 story, "Space travel changes DNA, NASA confirms."
  • Dr. Mike Swanoski is quoted in the Next Avenue story, "Bitter Pill: Rural Towns Struggle to Keep Drugstores."


Help us spread the word on our upcoming Preview Day on the Duluth campus, Saturday, April 14, 12:30-4:00 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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Established to fund life-saving cancer research at the University of Minnesota, Chainbreaker is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. This year's event will be Aug. 10-12. Four route options are available, including 25, 50, 100 and 180 miles. There is a minimum fundraising commitment for each ride. Sign up and join the College of Pharmacy's team now


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April 5
Twin Cities PD3 White Coat Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Mill City Museum

April 6
Duluth PD3 White Coat Ceremony, 5:00 p.m., Greysolon Ballroom

April 16
PD2 Awards/Elections Meeting, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos (more details about open positions to follow)

April 23
PD1 Awards/Elections Meeting, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos (more details about open positions to follow)

April 27
Pharmacy Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jaycee's Shelter at Central Park-Lexington East in Roseville
MPSA Auction, 6:30pm, Campus Club

May 5
Commencement Ceremony, 2-4 p.m., Northrop Auditorium

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