Student News: September 2018


Dear Students,
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! 

To returning students: We are very happy to see you and hope you enjoyed a little time off to relax and unwind during the summer months. To first year students: I offer you a very warm welcome.

I am very proud to serve as your dean at one of the very best pharmacy schools in the nation. What makes our school so remarkable is its people - our exceptional students, faculty, staff and alumni. I hope you also take great pride in your College of Pharmacy.

Over the next couple of months we will wrap up our yearlong celebration of our college's 125th anniversary. I hope you are able to join in the celebrations at upcoming events, listed below.

I look forward to getting to know each of you as the year progresses. I wish you all success in this school year and beyond. 

Best wishes,
Lynda S. Welage, Pharm.D.


College Of Pharmacy, Duluth, 15 Year Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 15
The Historic Union Depot, Duluth
Social begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, a brief program and entertainment.
RSVP - Seating is limited, please respond by Sept. 7. There is no cost to attend. 

Big Bash - Celebrating 125 Years of Excellence
Friday, Oct. 5
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Social begins at 4:30 p.m. - Immediately following the MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event (attendance at the MPhA event is not required to attend the Big Bash) 
RSPV now 


All students are invited to join college faculty, staff, alumni and friends at free pre-game receptions on Sept. 8 and 15 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.


All are invited to the 3rd Annual Midwest Regional Conference hosted by the UMN AMCP Chapter on Sept. 28-29 at McNamara Alumni Center. The event features programming designed to improve attendees' knowledge of managed care pharmacy and patient care. Learn more and register.


Join us this Saturday, Sept. 8:
Join current students for a 5-ish-K run/walk event from Canal Park to the Rose Garden and back. The $5 entry fee will cover snacks and fundraising for future Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance events.

Check-in at 8 a.m. at Canal Park's Lakewalk Galley (formerly Crabby Ol' Bill's boat)
Race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Duluth Days
Join College Board and current students to celebrate the start of a new school year with appetizers, games and prizes!

7 p.m. to midnight, The Sports Garden
Check your email for RSVP information


This summer, the Delta Psi chapter was able to send a delegate to the 2nd Annual Leadership Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas - a national conference for brothers to enhance their leadership skills and apply them at both the chapter level, and more broadly at a professional level. We also recently hosted a social event that included exploring Enger Park and having a picnic together.

We are already kicking off the semester strong by planning recruitment events for potential new brothers. Commitment Day is Sept. 17 (check emails for the official form). We are currently having a fundraiser for interested pharmacy students to personalize/embroider their White Coats, and will be at the White Coat Ceremony to present at this year's Student Organization Showcase.

Mark your calendars
Sept. 5: Adopt-A-Highway, 5 pm (Meet in Pharmacy Commons)
Sept. 8: Dual Fraternity BBQ (KY and PDX), 11 a.m., Park Point
Sept. 10: Mario Kart/Game Night, 7 p.m., 165 LSci 
Sept. 11: PDX and KY Open Meetings, 12:15 p.m., 165 LSci 
Sept. 13: Laser Tag, 7 p.m., Adventure Zone Canal Park


MPSA members continued to give back to the community while further developing their professional growth throughout the summer. Operation Diabetes provided meaningful and progressive diabetes education, particularly to children with type 1 diabetes, by partnering with the American Diabetes Association at Camp Sioux and Camp Needlepoint in June and August. They impacted 725 patients by ensuring the health and safety of all campers. Operation Immunization has also been busy providing immunizations (over 250!) at various flu clinics throughout August, including clinics at rural high schools and at the National American Legion Convention in Minneapolis at which free immunizations were provided for veterans. Operation Heart volunteered at this event as well, providing blood pressure checks for 214 veterans.

Nearly 60 student leaders within MPSA met in July for the Annual MPSA RHR Leadership Retreat. At this event, student leaders of professional associations and patient care projects from both campuses came together to prepare for leadership in the coming year, plan new events and initiatives together, and promote unity among the alliance and two campuses.

MPSA Presidents Kelly Potz and Tuesday McAuliffe Staehler attended the APhA Student Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. in July. They met with U.S. Senate staff to advocate for Pharmacy Provider Status, planned for the coming year, and networked with pharmacists and student pharmacists across the nation.

In June, AMCP and ACCP partnered together to fundraise money for a walk at Lake Nokomis to help the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Operation Heart and Operation Diabetes also joined together in July to host a health fair for the community in the Bossen Terrace neighborhood by providing 30 patients with blood pressure and blood glucose checks, and advocating for pharmacist-provided services. MN State Senator Patricia Torres Ray stopped by to snap a picture with student pharmacists, which she shared on social media with a caption thanking the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy for providing healthcare and education to this community of immigrants. 

SCOA held a tobacco cessation counseling program in August in partnership with Indian Health Services. The event provided the opportunity for student pharmacists to become more confident in their ability to help patients quit smoking. Student pharmacists in MPSA continue to make a difference in the profession and the community, and have plenty more events planned for the coming year!


One of the biggest things that we have accomplished as a fraternity over the last year was that we were able to raise $7,644 dollars for St. Jude! We were 6th in the nation for fundraising as a fraternity! We are determined to make this year even bigger and better and have already started fundraising for the upcoming year. Our first event will be Sept. 22 when we will participate in the St. Jude Walk to End Childhood Cancer event at US Bank stadium. This is one of the most popular fundraising events of the year, and we're so excited to venture on to raise even more for St. Jude in this upcoming year.

We held our first recruitment event of the year, an ice cream social, where all students interested in PDX were invited to hang out in the courtyard of the school, meet some of our members and enjoy some tasty treats. It was wonderful to meet the incoming students, as well as welcome back the upperclassmen. It was a great way to start off the year and we are looking forward to continuing to bring the classes together for more great events.

Overall, it has been a great start to the semester and we are looking forward to the rest of the year!

Clothing Order Open Until Midnight, Sept. 14
We currently have open our largest clothing order event of the year. We are excited to offer new designs, including Patagonia sweatshirts, long/short sleeve T-shirt options, regular sweatshirts, windbreakers, mittens, polos, cardigans and more. Access the Google Form order document


In August 2018, Brothers Kelsey Melgaard and Dr. Karen Bastianelli attended the Phi Delta Chi Leader-Development Seminar, a national leadership conference that includes a series of workshops that offers our brothers a week dedicated to developing and strengthening their own leadership skills. The conference is rotated around the country, generally occurring on college campuses; this year it was held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

At the conclusion of the conference, our attendees were honored to accept awards for our chapter this year. We were recognized as 1 of 6 chapters nationwide to receive all required and bonus points for the national Achievement Awards Program. We also received 3rd place for our chapter submission of the Ralph L. Saroyan Brotherhood report, from which the chapter was recognized for exemplary achievement in our brotherhood activities and friendships. We were extremely honored to have our advisor, Dr. Bastianelli, receive this year's award for the Advisor of the Year due to her active involvement in our chapter and dedication to mentoring our collegiate brothers. We are looking forward to another great year with our advisor, brothers and events.

In September, we will participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Minneapolis. If you are interesting in helping us reach our donation goals for this year, you can donate to our team page.


Nick Boreen, PD4, was selected for the PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program. He is the second UMN student to participate in this program, and he and Dr. Caity Frail are one of 15 student-mentor pairs selected nationally. Throughout the year he will work on a quality improvement and performance measurement project with HealthPartners focused on asthma management in community pharmacy practice, and present the results at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance national meeting next May.

Kelsey Melgaard, a PharmD/MPH student, was named an ExpressScripts scholar. The program provides a $10,000 scholarship to enrolled dual-degree students, with the goal of providing supplemental funding that may be used for tuition, fees, books or cost of attendance.

Logan Pirkl, PD4, was appointed to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Student Network Advisory Committee.

Our student team Victoria Smith (team lead), Parker Johnson and Karla Marz won the 2018 ACCP Clinical Research Challenge. Their project was "Antibiotic Stewardship in a Small Hospital: Overcoming Barriers with Telemedicine." Drs. Caity Frail and Ann Philbrick served as faculty advisors.

Our NCPA chapter's Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition team - Austin Streiff, Aden Casey, Jake Goll and Kyler Anderson - was among the top 10 teams nationally this year. They will participate in a poster competition at the annual convention in October in Boston.


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

    • Dr. Mike Swanoski is quoted in theWashington Post story, "The Health 202: Here's why rural independent pharmacies are closing their doors." 
    • Dr. Sarah Westberg spoke about keeping medications out of the heat on the Weather Channel.


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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Sept. 6
AHC North Chainbreaker 5K Run & Walk, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Bagley Nature Area, UMD. 100% proceeds go to cancer research at the U of M. Register now

Sept. 7
Class of 2022 White Coat Ceremony: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Ceremony; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Reception & Student Org Showcase. Symphony Hall, DECC, Duluth

Sept. 13
SAPh-ISPOR Student Chapter Kickoff Seminar: "Seeing Through the Smoke: The Pharmacist's Perspective on Medical Cannabis," presented by Melani Bersten, PharmD, executive director, American Society of Cannabis Pharmacist, 3:30-5:00 p.m., 7-193 WDH / 160 LSci

Sept. 20
CV + Career & Internship Fair Prep Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos 

Sept. 25
Clinical Seminar Series: "Will 'APPE-Readiness' Require More IPPE Training for Students?" presented by Eric Gilliam, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor and assistant director of Experiential Programs, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 7-193 WDH / 160 LSci

Sept. 27
Dean's Seminar, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos 

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

Oct. 3
TC Career & Internship Fair, Memorial Hall, McNamara: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Employer Fair; 2-8 p.m. Interview Session. PD2-3 students are required to attend; PD1s are highly encouraged to attend.

Oct. 6
Homecoming All-Class Celebration / Pre-Game Reception vs Iowa, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Oct. 27
Discussion of Healthcare Ethics Conference, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., UMN Medical School, Duluth Campus - Atrium. Student registration is $25. Dr. Laura Palombi is one of the featured speakers and will present "Rural Opioid Abuse Crisis."Learn more and register