Student News: March 2018


The Century Mortar Club encourages students to apply for individual grants to assist with the costs of travel to professional meetings. Upcoming meetings include MSHP in St. Cloud on April 19, NACDS in Florida April 21-24, and AMCP in Boston April 23-26. Applications must be received at least 30 days in advance of travel. More information and application 


First year student Sim Net Youk is featured in the story, "Beat the Odds: Pharmacy Student Pushes Past Hefty Education Bill." Read the story


Our chapter has been busy this past month with a variety of fundraising and professional events. We had a pre-Valentine's Day Bingo Event for the first time, complete with prizes and candy for participants. A big thank you to all the supporters and all the time and effort put into helping raise funds!

On Feb. 24 and 25, we had brothers present posters and workshops on their work at PNC at the Society of Student Run Free Clinics Conference in Omaha, NE, and on the same day, our spring charity walk was at the JDRF OneWalk for type 1 diabetes at the Mall of America. Other things we're looking forward to this semester are the NPP spring province assembly in Duluth, and our pre-finals annual retreat to Breezy Point Resort for some rest, relaxation, and brother bonding!


MPSA kept up the momentum in February. On Feb. 8, current elected Professional Organization Liaisons and appointed Patient Care Coordinators hosted the first-ever MPSA Leadership Roundtables to encourage leadership development within our general membership. IPSF educated members about the upcoming World Congress in Argentina with a meeting on Feb. 7. The MSHP chapter held their monthly meeting with a topic focusing on superbugs and infectious disease on Feb. 15. The Pre-Pharmacy Mentor-Mentee Social was held on Feb. 28. Students also attended the monthly Duluth Area Pharmacists Meeting on Feb. 22 to learn more about the updates to the diabetes guidelines.

mar18_mpsaAdvocacy was also a large part of February for MPSA. MPSA appeared at the Duluth City Council vote for the ban of selling menthol cigarette products at convenience stores in the Duluth area. On Feb. 22, the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force, MPhA, and MSHP educated students during a Pre-Legislative Day Informational Meeting. Four students were selected for free registration to Legislative Day- congratulations! We held our first-ever Pre-Legislative Day Health Fair at the Capitol Rotunda on Feb. 24, and educated the public and legislators about what pharmacists can do. Pharmacy Legislative Day was held on Feb. 27, and three of our members - David Vermeulen (PD4), Kyler Anderson (PD3), and Kelsey Melgaard (PD3) - were recognized with Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation scholarships for their outstanding achievements in the community and at the College of Pharmacy.

Community outreach also stayed strong in February. Generation Rx presented about safe prescription drug use at Champlin Park High School. MPSA members provided blood pressure screenings and supported type 1 diabetes research at the JDRF One Walk on Feb. 24. Generation Rx, OTC Med Safety, and CHIP teamed up to help provide games and education on medication safety while their parents attended treatment court. CHIP also held their annual health fair at the South Ridge Elementary school. Feb. 26 was the start of National Eating Disorder Awareness week, and Operation Mental Health held a screening and provided resources to the general UMD campus. 


Phi Delta Chi - Beta Psi had a busy February! This year we held our first Spring Thaw, a week of fun activities for Brothers to celebrate the upcoming spring season. The week included mug decorating, ice skating, a trampoline park, and a luau. 

On Feb. 17, eight Brothers participated in the Polar Plunge and jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Superior to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Minnesota. As a team, we were proud to raise $733. Thanks for all the support. 

We would like to invite you to the annual Murder Mystery Dinner hosted by Phi Delta Chi and Kappa Psi in Duluth. This year's theme is The Grand Gatsby. Both campuses are invited to attend. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital and Circle of Hope, a local breast cancer charity. 

When: Friday, March 23, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Duluth Heights Recreation Center
Tickets: $15 if pre-ordered, $20 at the door
Pre-order tickets here (Duluth campus students and faculty do not need to use the form and can purchase tickets in person)


mar18_plsPhi Lambda Sigma (PLS) is the national leadership society for the College of Pharmacy. PLS inducted 23 new outstanding pharmacy leaders during our spring banquet on Feb. 24 in 

Duluth! We are very excited to welcome these new members into our leadership society and cannot wait to see how they continue to develop their own personal leadership styles.

PLS will host our second annual Leadership and Networking Symposium on Saturday, April 14 in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the LEA program. We invite PLS alumni members and other pharmacist leaders to come and share their stories. This event is an excellent opportunity for student pharmacists to share their passion for pharmacy leadership and continue to build their professional network. Students who attended the symposium last year had a great time fostering their existing mentorship with current pharmacist leaders. We are looking forward to the symposium this year with its focus on relational leadership and mentorship.


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


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.


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

  • Dr. Dave Ferguson talked with Yahoo! Sports for the story, "Experts: Allonzo Trier's explanation for latest failed drug test 'highly unlikely'." 
  • Drs. Gunda Georg, Jon Hawkinson and Shameem Syeda are featured in the Smithsonian Magazine for their research to develop a birth control pill for men that has its origin in an arrow poison. 


The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is accepting student abstracts and requests for table space at Global Health Day. This April 14 University-wide event includes student presentations, a UMN Global Health Showcase, and a Global Health Resource Corner. Learn more at


Help us spread the word on our upcoming Preview Days:

Twin Cities campus - Saturday, March 24, 1-4 p.m. 
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 


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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March 12-16
Spring break

March 16-19
APhA Annual Conference, Nashville

April 14
College of Pharmacy 125th Anniversary Gala, Campus Club, 4th floor Coffman Memorial Union (Twin Cities campus). More details available soon.

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