Student News: October 2017

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." Pharmacy students are encouraged to take this opportunity to promote their role as strong patient advocates.

To promote American Pharmacists Month, the college is sponsoring ads on Minnesota Public Radio over the next several weeks to highlight the important role of pharmacists on the health care team. Also, look for a custom frame on the college's Facebook page to use with your social media profile photo this month (see example on the right).

Additionally, the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) invites students to have a cupcake/treat to celebrate American Pharmacists Month - look for an email with more information. In Duluth, students will participate in the UMD Health Check Health Fair on Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom; and in the Duluth Flu Clinic on Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kirby Rafters. Duluth PD3s will host a potluck on Oct. 13 over lunch with weekly trivia quizzes and prizes.

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The APhA-ASP patient competition encourages student pharmacists in their efforts to become better patient educators. The competition begins at the local level (Duluth and TC), and a winner will be chosen between Duluth and TC to send to the national competition in Nashville in March over spring break. There will be two rounds: First round on Nov. 10 (tentative), and second round on Dec. 8 (tentative). Sign up for the patient counseling competition. Questions? contact Jenny Nguyen at

The Epsilon chapter has had a busy month of organizing rush events for pledging and starting up committee activities - we have over 30 new pledges that we're excited to have join Kappa Psi! We have a team participating in the Light the Night walk on Oct. 15, as well as a Cooks for Kids event on Nov. 20. C.A.R.E. for Haiti, a trip that members of our chapter take during spring break to provide care and medications at a free clinic, has started their fundraising efforts with a Cub grocery bagging event on Nov. 19. We also have fun social events to look forward to like our annual visit to ValleyScare and pumpkin carving.

We are proud to announce the pinning of 10 candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year: Laura Baysinger, Jennie Dwyer, Salena Ejuwa, Sklyer Hubbard, Hayley Kytta, Stacey McKenzie, Mitchell Nelson, Evan Odean, Bobbi Jo Schuttemeier, and Katie Sheetz.PDS Duluth

We had a successful health fair on Sept. 11 at the Grand Itasca YMCA in Grand Rapids. Thanks to our wonderful preceptors, student pharmacists, and Grand Itasca volunteers, we provided care to 66 patients. Community members were able to review their cholesterol screening, glucose levels, A1C, blood pressure, and bone density with student pharmacists.

Also, a big thank you to the Theta chapter and all those who supported our efforts in the St. Jude Walk to end childhood cancer on Sept. 23. Between Theta and Beta Psi, we were able to donate $2,505 to St. Jude Children's Hospital!

Football Mania Card Fundraiser: Purchase a NFL football sweepstakes card from any brother of the Beta Psi chapter of Phi Delta Chi to help support our philanthropic efforts for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Card holders will have access to a great collection of digital music and are entered in a sweepstakes with cash prizes based on the results of the NFL teams printed on their card. For more information, ask a brother or email

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Oct. 4: Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser, 5-9 p.m., 1307 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth. Tell your server you are supporting Phi Delta Chi. Can't make it on Oct. 4? Support PDX all semester long by telling your server you support Phi Delta Chi - Beta Psi or "Team A" to donate 10% of your total sales to our fraternity.

September was a busy month for the Theta Chapter of PDX. Through our free immunization service through the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, we were able to immunize 18 patients, and this service will continue through the end of January. We also participated in the annual St. Jude PDX Twin Cities
Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer, and we were able to raise over $2,500 for this cause, which is over $1,000 more than we raised last year. Additionally, we pinned 23 new candidates for brotherhood and they have began their training and education in order to become brothers of the Theta Chapter.

Coming up in October, we are teaming up with Chipotle to help raise funds to buy medications to donate for a medical service trip to Guatemala that some of our brothers will be going on in January. Additionally, we are teaming up with Kappa Psi and Kappa Epsilon to raise funds for hurricane relief. Watch out for updates on this fundraiser.

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​Oct.​ ​4: Chipotle fundraiser, Washington Ave., ​4-8 p.m. Mention PDX and Chipotle will donate 50% of the proceeds to support our medical service trip to Guatemala.

Steven Just, PD2, was elected the Junior National Student Representative for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

All students are invited to free pre-game receptions on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 (Homecoming) 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

Your faculty regularly share their expertise with news media on a variety of topics. Here are a couple of the recent news stories that have featured our faculty:

  • Dr. Gunda Georg and her research on developing a male birth control pill are featured in the CNN series, "This is Sex with Lisa Ling."
  • Dr. Laura Palombi appeared on Almanac to discuss the opioid crisis in the United States. She is also featured in the Duluth News Tribune story, "Duluth opioid detox unit to address treatment gap."

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more, is available at no charge to U of M students. 365 can be downloaded on up to 15 devices. Learn more and get it today.

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Oct. 2
CV Session (PD1s), 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos

Oct. 4
APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) informational meeting. Contact Jenny Nguyen ( for more information. The MRM is Oct. 27-29 in Des Moines. Early registration ends Oct. 6, cost is $125. More information

Oct. 9
Class of 2021 Town Hall, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos

Oct. 12
Breast Cancer Benefit for PD2 Amber Porter, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth. Event includes a silent auction, Italian buffet-style dinner, cash bar, and a guest speaker. RSVP by Oct. 4. Cost for students is $10, all others $15.

Oct. 16
Class of 2019 Town Hall, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos

Oct. 19-20
Fall Break - no PharmD courses

Oct. 23
Class of 2020 Town Hall, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci/ 1-450 Moos

Oct. 30
Elective Information, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos

Oct. 31
PharmD/MPH Info Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 163 LSci / 1-450 Moos

Nov. 6
Labovitz PharmD/MBA Info Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci

Nov. 9
"To Really See" art exhibit opening reception in Duluth, 5-7:30 p.m., St Luke's, 915 E 1st St. Meet the organizers of the exhibit (including Dr. Paul Ranelli) and get a special look into this compelling project. Learn more


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