Student News: November 2017


Throughout October, we helped kickstart a brand new medical service trip: Peru Service Trip - KY. In addition, we provided a fund to bailout MPSA in Duluth that had financial issues come up. Lastly, we supported the annual PharmD - White Coat Boat.

 KAPPA PSI UPDATE  nov17_kappapsi

We had a busy month with our pledging process still going on, as well as more professional and social events. We partnered with PDX and KE to have a disaster relief fundraiser earlier this month to donate funds to hurricane victims, and a group of brothers also represented Kappa Psi at the Light the Night Walk by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We have continued to staff the dispensary at Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (with the new addition of our pledges as shadows). Our social events included a fun night at ValleyScare and Taco Tuesday at Bar Luchador. 

MPSA UPDATE nov17_mpsa

Throughout October, MPSA featured a variety of events geared towards professional development and community outreach in recognition of American Pharmacists Month. First, MPSA hosted general meetings featuring FDA pharmacist Lieutenant Commander Ladner on Oct. 12, and an APhA-MPhA Conversation with Drs. Michelle Aytay and Anjoli Punjabi on Oct. 26. IPhO held a Q&A with Dr. Mandt, a medical science liaison with Bristol-Myers Squibb on Oct. 16. Also that day, ACCP facilitated a journal club led by PD3 Ryan Chaffee. On Oct. 26, ACCP hosted an oncology case discussion led by Dr. Michael Bly of the Masonic Cancer Clinic at Stub and Herbs near campus.

MPSA provided services at the UMD Health Check health fair on Oct. 4, and cholesterol screenings for seniors at the Korean Service Center on Oct. 12. The Bi-National Latino Health Fair provided us an opportunity to provide blood cholesterol and glucose testing to the Latino community on Oct. 15. On Oct. 19, over 50 patients received blood pressure checks and over 100 patients were reached at the Onamia Health Fair. GenerationRx educated high school students about prescription drug abuse and misuse on Halloween. Throughout the month, MPSA collaborated with community partners, including Phalen Pharmacy, Walgreens, and Cub to deliver influenza immunizations. A breast cancer benefit was also held in Duluth for pharmacy student Amber Porter on Oct, 12. Proceeds went to her family for health-related costs, as well as a local cancer organization of Amber's choosing. 

Twelve MPSA members went to Chicago through AMCP over fall break. The group attended company tours of Walgreens corporate, CVS Caremark, CVS mail order facility, and Astellas pharmaceutical company. 

MPSA had 36 student representatives at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Phoenix on Oct. 7-10. Six students from the U of MN attended AMCP Nexus in Dallas, where our chapter was recognized with the 2nd place award for Chapter of the Year. From Oct. 27-29, nearly 30 student pharmacists from Twin Cities and Duluth participated in the APhA-ASP Region 5 Midyear Regional Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. MPSA was recognized with Patient Care Project Awards for Operation Heart, Generation Rx, and Operation Immunization.


MPSO has been heavily involved in community outreach these past couple months. We've provided blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol checks, along with flu shots for patients from underserved communities in the Twin Cities. We recently volunteered at Kang Le Community Center, which serves primarily elderly Chinese patients. At this site, MPSO partnered with Walgreens to serve over 53 patients to help them take greater control of their health.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 3: Student Perspective: Becky Merkey Service in Nicaragua, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci
  • Nov. 10: A Multi-perspective Autism Panel, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci
  • Nov. 12: MPSO-Duluth Health fair at St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1-4 p.m., 530 N 5th Ave E, Duluth


Thank you to those who attended our Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser on Oct. 4, it was very successful! As a reminder, Buffalo Wild Wings (Hermantown, MN) is supporting Phi Delta Chi - Beta Psi all semester long! Let your server know you support Phi Delta Chi or "Team A" to have 10% of your bill donated to our fraternity. Funds raised support our continued philanthropic effort for St. Jude Children's Hospital. 

Phi Delta Chi brothers and alumni brothers are invited to join us as we initiate 10 candidates on Nov. 1 at the River Church. Please RSVP via email to


In October, we were able to run five flu clinics through our partnership with Cub Pharmacy, and we vaccinated 23 patients through our partnership with the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. We also elected our 1st year College Board Voting Representative.

November will be a busy month for the Theta Chapter. We will continue to hold flu clinics with Cub Pharmacy and provide immunizations at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. We will also have a letter writing campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital, host a Study Night to foster academic achievement among our Brothers, and we have our Formal Initiation.


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. 17, and second round on Dec. 8. Deadline for signing up is this Friday. Questions?  Contact Jenny Nguyen at

KUDOS nov17_kudos_amcp

Our AMCP student chapter was awarded 2nd place for the 2017 Chapter of the Year Award. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of the chapters on a year-to-year basis, and inspires chapters to strive for new, innovative managed care student pharmacist programming ventures. 

Patrick Prendergast and Hilary Teaford each received a President's Student Leadership and Service Award at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Annual Awards event on Oct. 19.

Max Thompson and David Vermeulen received NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarship Awards.

Amy Tran is featured in the Health Talk story, "Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility's Uganda hub exposes students to global health research." 

Elizabeth Swanson, Elizabeth Scott and Meredith Thompson published"Smoking and its effects on postpartum depression" in Advances on Pharmacy: Journal of Student Solutions to Pharmacy Challenges.  


All students are invited to free pre-game receptions on Nov. 11 and 25 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


Micro-grants support projects to advance Twin Cities campus climate. The theme is "fostering understanding, building solidarity and community." Open to students, faculty and staff. Awards will be between $500-$1,000. Applications due Dec. 1. Learn more 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS myths_facts_birth_control

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

  • Dr. Jean Moon was featured in the Awesomeness TV story, "Myths And Facts About The Birth Control Pill." 
  • Drs. Heather Blue and Laura Palombi were featured onWDIO-TV and in the Duluth News Tribune for the work they're doing to train medical professionals on the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. 

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Nov. 1
Dean Welage meeting with Twin Cities PD1s, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 1-451 Moos

Nov. 2
Make Time to PAWS, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union. This free event features PAWS animals and fun, simple activities you can do to stay healthy and manage stress. Learn more 

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

Nov. 7
Duluth Area Pharmacists/MPhA Town Hall, 5 p.m., Pickwick Pub, Duluth. Learn more and register

Nov. 8
CLARION case competition info session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 163 LSci

Nov. 9
Dean Welage meeting with Duluth PD2s, 1:25-2:25 p.m., 410 Lib 

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

Nov. 9
Grand Rapids Area Pharmacists Association (GRAPh)/MPhA Town Hall Event: Learn about USP Chapter, 5:30 p.m., Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids, Minn. Learn more and register

Nov. 13
Meeting for students interested in Wellbeing Org, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos 

Nov. 14 
College of Pharmacy Mariner Seminar Series: "Pharming in a Dental World: Growing Collaboration via Shared Faculty Appointment" presented by Kimberly Sanders, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, noon to 1 p.m., 7-193 WDH / 160 LSci. Dr. Sanders is visiting the College of Pharmacy as part of an early career faculty visitation program for pharmacy practice faculty coordinated across 19 peer institutions.

Nov. 23-24
Campus closed, Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 27
Carlson PharmD/MBA Info Session, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos  



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