Student News: May 2018


deans columnAs the end of spring semester nears, I'd like to thank you for all your hard work this year. I'd also like to thank you for your time and feedback - both of which greatly helped me throughout my first year as Dean of this college. I look forward to getting to know all of you better in the years to come. 

I am very proud of our students and all of your wonderful accomplishments. In addition to your challenging didactic and experiential learning, many of you participated in numerous professional development and community outreach activities throughout the year. Additionally, many of you were honored with prestigious awards and recognitions, including elections to national positions. All of us at the college are proud of our students' leadership and drive to make a difference in pharmacy and in health care. 

A highlight of this year has been celebrating our college's milestone 125th anniversary. Events will be held throughout 2018. I hope you are able to join us and help us celebrate our 125 years of innovation, tradition and excellence.

I'd like to wish everyone good luck on your upcoming finals and rotations. To the Class of 2018, congratulations and best wishes for future success!

Lynda S. Welage, PharmD, FCCP


Have you had a teacher who has made a difference in your education? Take a moment to let them know why! Click the link, leave a note and they will receive a printed letter with your comments. You may choose to remain anonymous if you prefer.


may18_kudosA large number of students attended the 2018 College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual meeting in Indianapolis April 22-25, including Ryan Chaffee, Malia Hain, Tim Ishdal, Alyssa Isola, Ally Kingsbury, Karla Marz, Stephanie Mohan, Jessica Namie, Mandy Reinert Nash, Jenny Nguyen, Christopher Olson, Marissa Sanow, Andreea Temelie and Teagen Warrick. They were joined by Drs. Mark Schneiderhan and Shu Yning Ng. 

Jordan Mendkoff was selected as a 2017-2018 recipient of the ASHP Student Leadership Award. He also was appointed to the ASHP Commission on Affiliate Relations for the 2018-2019 year.

Kayla Mills received the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's (AMCP) Chapter Member of the Year award. As AMCP's Director of Managed Care this past year, Kayla had gone above and beyond her role by taking initiatives and setting up new events such as the Sanofi lunch lecturer series, Chapter Happy Hour Events, and multiple company tours outside of Minnesota.

Congratulations to the PD1-3 award winners:
Century Mortar Club Award: Kelsey Melgaard
College Board Pharm.D. III Award: Callahan Clark
Dean's Research Award : Jordan Baur
John Y. Breckenridge Memorial Award: Mikhail Karpich, Lauren Lemke, Rowan Mahon, Carolyn O'Donnell
Kappa Epsilon Award: Aileen Scheibner
Kappa Psi Activity Award: Melanie Breuer, Jacob Bush, Meredith Grunig, Melanie Mahoney
Kappa Psi Pharmacopa Award: Melanie Breuer, Lindsay Park and Melissa Vanbenthuysen
Kasper (Deborah A.) Memorial Award: Cole Scheel (Dul), Makoto Hang and Lauren Ostlund (TC)
Metropolitan Professional Pharmacists Society Award: Michael Rankin
MPhA/ASP President's Award: Grace Baek (TC) and Julia Sybrant (Dul)
Pharmacy Alumni Society Student Award: Ann Nagle
Phi Delta Chi-Theta Alumni Award: Natalie Haddad, Karyl Kanada
PLS Non-Positional Leadership Award: Tammy Ho
Student Integrity Award: Ashley Dahly, Emily Gerjets, Sherry Le, Christopher Olson
Student Society of Health System Pharmacists Recognition Award: Monika Tawfik
U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy: Rowan Mahon
Windisch (Carol) Memorial Award: Justine Olson
Wulling (F.J.) Pharm.D. I Student Award: Jordan Baur, Brenden Berry, Erik Swanson, Patrick Wadzinski, Austin Wang
Wulling (F.J.) Pharm.D. II Student Award: Rebecca Flynn, Caroline Patz, Victoria Smith
Wulling (F.J.) Pharm.D. III Student Award: Aileen Scheibner


may18_KEOn April 26, Kappa Epsilon celebrated Founders' Day. This event is put on yearly to celebrate the founding of KE, which occurred in 1921. Current and past members listened to Dr. Julie Johnson give an inspiring speech, and a silent auction was held to raise money for the Bright Pink foundation. Awards to members were given at the Founder's Day dinner as well. 

Also in April, our new e-board was elected for the 2018-2019 school year. The new e-board consists of Katlyn Humrichouse (president), Cassie Ritsche (vice president), Laurie Grund (treasurer), and Taylor Gill (secretary). We look forward to another great year and we wish our PD3s all of the best on their upcoming rotations!


Our Kappa Psi brothers had a busy month. A group of brothers traveled to Duluth for the Northern Plains Province Assembly for a fun weekend of business meetings. We got to meet students from other chapters and raised money for Kappa Psi's new philanthropy partner, Reach Out and Read. Our chapter brothers had their spring social event at Breezy Point Resort, where we played games and had a BBQ. 

This month, we also elected our new executive board for the 2018-2019 school year - congratulations to our new e-board! We have continued to staff the PNC dispensary and host STI talks at local high schools for our professional events.


MPSO hosted the annual Phestival of Nations on April 18 at the Mayo Auditorium. The Phestival of Nations is MPSO's biggest event of the year, where everyone is invited for a night filled with great food, a cultural fashion show, many amazing performances, and most importantly, a night of celebrating cultural diversity! 



We are excited to announce the formal installation of our 2018-2019 officers! We would like to thank the 2017-2018 E Board for all your hard work this past year!

2017-2018 Executive Board Members: WCC - Emily Gerjets, WVC - Steve Huynh, WKF - Tuesday Mcauliffe Stahler, WMA- Miranda Stroschein, WIG- Jessica Raines, WAL- Deann Timms, WP- Megan McMullen, WKRS - Haley Noeldner, WC- Kelsey Melgaard, Social Chair - Marissah Osmundson, Service Chair -  Megan Olander, Webmaster - Raymond Kindva, Health Fair Coordinators - Maria Sturtz and Carolyn O'Donnell, and Fundraising Chair- Meghan Wicklund. 

2018-2019 Executive Board Members: WCC- Meghan Wicklund, WVC - Megan McMullen, WKF- Evan Odean, WMA - Stacey Mckenzie, WIG - Bobbi Jo Schuttemeier, WAL - Marissah Osmundson, WP - Laura Baysinger, WKRS - Haley Noeldner, WC - Katie Sheetz, Social Chair - Steve Huynh, Service Chair - Megan Olander, Webmaster - Raymond Kindva, Health Fair Coordinators - Carolyn O'Donnell and Hayley Kytta and Fundraising Chair - Mitch Nelson. 

Spring Clothing Order: As a fundraiser for our philanthropic events throughout the year to benefit the St. Jude Children's Hospital, we are offering items showcasing our Minnesota pharmacy pride. You will find apparel items here . The store will close on Sunday, May 6 at midnight.  

How it works: Place your order on our online store website . At checkout, you will be asked to select your option for shipping. "Shipping" will have an additional charge and will be delivered directly to your place of residence. The "Pickup (flat rate)" option is free, however these items will only be available for pickup in the University of Minnesota Duluth Pharmacy Commons. Items are expected to be processed and delivered around 3 weeks from the closing date of the order. Therefore, if you will not be able to pick up your clothing items from the University of Minnesota Duluth at the end of May/beginning of June, you must select shipping at checkout. Order updates, backorders, etc., will be sent to you from Superior Goods, the company that has set up the online store for us. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Beta Psi chapter at


This past April, the Theta Brothers of Phi Delta Chi did various things to engage the community. Our Brothers volunteered at a Black Tie Gala fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity so that they can continue to do the good work that they do. We also had 16 Brothers volunteer at Feed My Starving Children where they prepared thousands of meals to be sent to children in need throughout the world. We also took time to celebrate the academic successes of our Brothers at our annual Scholarship Banquet, where we gave out both fun and serious awards, and awarded two scholarships courtesy of our Alumni Chapter. Additionally, we celebrated the end of the year by hosting a Pharmacy Day party at our house that was attended by students of all classes and both campuses. Lastly, we ended the month by installing our new Executive Board and Committee Chairs for the 2018/19 academic year!

Coming up in May, we will host a graduation ceremony for our 4th year (soon to be freshly PharmD) Brothers where we will give them their cords. We will also clean a portion of Highway 169 that we have adopted through Adopt-a-Highway. Lastly, many of our Brothers will go on an annual retreat to Cragun's Resort in Brainerd to celebrate the end of another year and another round of finals!


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

  • Dr. Dave Ferguson is quoted in the City Pages story, "Synthetic weed is turning Minneapolis users into violent zombies." 
  • Dr. Steve Schondelmeyer is quoted in the Chicago Tribune story, "When Chicago's 'pharma bros' show up, drug prices can go through the roof." 


chainbreaker with textEstablished 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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May 5
2018 Commencement Ceremony, 2-4 p.m., Northrop Auditorium

May 7-11 
Final Exams

June 22
Pharmacogenomics Conference: Genomic Testing to Individualize Drug Therapy, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Learn more and register