April 2019

Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week


Join us in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, April 1-7. Sponsored by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, it’s designed to raise awareness of the role of graduate and professional students within America’s colleges and universities.



Team members Brooke Carlson, Tam Nguyen and Lusi Zhang have made it to the final round of ACCP's Clinical Research Challenge. The final round consists of developing a research proposal based on their letter of intent for “Integrating medication therapy management and cognitive behavioral therapy: pharmacist-psychotherapist collaborative practice for outpatient type 2 diabetes mellitus.” Finalists will be announced June 10 and the top three schools will present at the ACCP Annual Meeting this fall in New York City. Drs. Caity Frail and Ann Philbrick serve as advisors.

Eva Carlson and Rowan Mahon were featured in the KARE 11 story, "U of M students create bill to recycle unused medication."

Brianna Ferrell was featured in the Fox21 story, "UMD Pharmacy Students Take Part in Annual Research Symposium."

Ethan Heidorn, Rachael Pearson, Lindsey Samera and Bridget Williams were one of the top eight teams to compete in the national AMCP Foundation's 19th Annual P&T Competition.

Patty Maglalang, Carolyn O'Donnell and Andreea Temelie received 2019 CPNP Foundation Student Registration Grants.

Jordan Mendkoff received the Outstanding Student Award from the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Thu Ha Nguyen and her teammates won first place in the local CLARION case competition. She and her team will represent Minnesota in the national competition on April 12.

Victoria Smith was elected to the position of National Operating Committee Research & Publications Chair for the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics.

2019 Melendy Lecture: April 3 & 4

Jacquelyn Bainbridge

This year's Melendy lecture is "A Cannabis Primer - Medicinal Use" presented by Jacquelyn Bainbridge, PharmD, FCCP, professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Department of Neurology School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus.

Twin Cities: Wednesday, April 3, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 1-451 Moos Tower
Duluth: Thursday, April 4, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 163/165 LSci

Global Health Day


global health day

Global Health Day on April 13, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Coffman Memorial Union, is an opportunity for those engaged in global health to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. The detailed schedule of the day is now available, including Student & Scholar Oral Presenters and Global Health Faculty Showcase Speakers.



two people in masquerade outfits

Since our last update, our brothers have been up to quite a bit. We have had many events, large and small, from a Valentine's bake sale to White Coat Ball, our largest philanthropic event, both to raise funds for Reach Out and Read. The theme of the ball was "Masquerade" and featured plenty of masks and snacks, along with the DJ dance. This event was interprofessional with the Medical School, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing programs' students at St. Scholastica.

For the remainder of the semester, we are looking forward to our Executive Board elections, Murder Mystery Night (a collaboration with Phi Delta Chi Beta Psi), and our graduation celebration for PD4 brothers. We are also looking forward to our regional conference assembly in Fargo, ND the first weekend in April, where the theme for the weekend is "Nights in the '90s." We are also finishing up the PharmaCOPA - order yours soon!

KAPPA PSI - Twin Cities

group in aprons

We hope that everyone is enjoying the start of spring! Kappa Psi has continued volunteering at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s dispensing pharmacy. In March we had a drone racing fundraiser for CARE for Haiti. We volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House with Cooks for Kids. For social events, we held a fun social night of swing lessons taught by one of our brothers and played our version of Family Feud at one of our meetings. We also had a Krispy Kreme Fundraiser for Reach Out and Read, Kappa Psi’s national philanthropic endeavor to provide books and improve early childhood literacy.

This month, we have National Plains Province Assembly in Fargo, ND, and our annual retreat with our chapter’s brothers at Breezy Point.


MPSA group photo

MPSA kicked off the month of March with some great events. Hundreds of community members were educated by MPSA members at various health fairs including Duluth Women’s Expo and Vietnamese Buddhist Temple. Each had its own uniqueness but all impacted community members through medication counseling, offering point of care testing, and empowering community members to advocate for their health. Additionally, Operation Diabetes partnered with Operation Heart at the Mill City Farmers Market where they offered blood glucose and blood pressure checks. Operation Diabetes also partnered with Cub pharmacists to offer “Diabetes Alert Days” to promote diabetes awareness and education.
In the last week both APhA and AMCP had their annual meetings where students learned about innovative and cutting-edge approaches professionals are taking to tackle current issues in healthcare and presented posters on various research and student initiatives. These conferences proved to be invaluable learning and networking experiences for student members. Four of MPSA's members - Rachael Pearson, Bridget Williams, Lindsey Samera, and Ethan Heidorn - presented at AMCP’s national P&T competition as one of eight teams from the nation!
Next we are looking forward to our annual MPSA Banquet and Auction on Friday, May 3 at TCF Bank Stadium with doors opening at 5 p.m. Please join us in your best 1920s attire as we celebrate the 2018-19 MPSA year and raise funds for next year’s initiatives!


Murder Mystery Dinner flyer

The Duluth chapters of Phi Delta Chi and Kappa Psi would like to invite you to our annual Murder Mystery Dinner! The event will be held in the evening on Saturday, April 13, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Both campuses are encouraged to attend, and the proceeds will be donated to philanthropic charities.

During the month of March, the Beta Psi chapter held our elections for next year’s Executive Board Positions. We had many brave leaders, moving speakers and strong candidates run for each position and we are looking forward to a successful 2019-20 year! Please help us in welcoming our new Executive Board: WCC - Katie Sheetz, WVC - Stacey McKenzie, WKRS - Megan Traxler, WMA - Erin Host, WIG - Danica Grover, WKF - Evan Odean, WC - Bobbi Jo Schuttemeier, WAL - Mitchell Nelson, WP - Hannah Stoffel, Social Chair - Delvin Wu, Philanthropy Chair - Caitlin Schanz, Service Chair - Salena Ejuwa, Fundraising Chair - Laura Baysinger, Health Fair Coordinators - Hayley Kytta and Larissa Ostfeld and our Webmaster - Emily Tran.


Phi Delta Chi Theta is proud to congratulate nine of our PDII Brothers on their initiation to the Rho Chi Honor Society this month recognizing their academic achievements. We are holding elections for next year's officers in the month of April and look forward to transitioning in a new group of Leaders in Pharmacy!

Upcoming event: PDX Alumni Happy Hour. Friday, April 5, 6-8 p.m., BlackStack Brewing in St. Paul. This is an opportunity for current and alumni Brothers to connect professionally and develop connections.


RHO CHI group photo

The Rho Chi Initiation Banquet was held March 30 in the University Hall of McNamara Alumni Center. Congratulations to the new initiates: Jordan Baur, Hannah Berg, Jillian Berkan, Brenden Berry, Ying Cai, Jun Ho Choi, Amber Day, Lea Edwards, Hailey Haugen, Cassie Johnson, Jake Klockers, Brett Lehman, Chen Wei Lin, Melisa Lu, Megan McCormick, Su Myat, Mitchell Nelson, Tam Nguyen, Evan Odean, Paul Prenevost, Christine Sage, Cole Scheel, Yuting Shan, Kathryn Sheetz, Caitlin Spring, Jane Storey, Erik Swanson, Yeng Thao, Melissa Vanbenthuysen, Patrick Wadzinski, Austin Wang, Cameron Wing, Lindsey Wolter, Lusi Zhang.

Thank you to our Rho Chi Mu Chapter Executive Board who also attended: Jenna Boudreau (Duluth Treasurer), Becca Flynn (Duluth Vice President), Sara Leonhart (Duluth Historian), Rachel Lukas (Mu Chapter President), Ashley Strenke (Duluth Fundraising Chair), Emily Ming (Twin Cities Treasurer), Kaylee Clark (Twin Cities Vice President).



You're Invited: Weaver Medal Celebration April 9

Marsha Millonig

All are invited to the Weaver Medal Reception honoring Marsha Millonig, alumna and interim executive director of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association, on Tuesday, April 9, 4-6 p.m. in University Hall of McNamara Alumni Center. Program starts at 5 p.m.



Phillips Neighborhood Clinic Boat Gala April 26

Phillips Neighborhood Clinic Gala Flyer

The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic invites you to attend our annual boat gala! This is a night on the Mississippi River where we celebrate the past year of accomplishments with music, a taco bar, a cash bar, and a raffle for various items including a Surly Swag pack (valued at $120), VIP tickets to Smaaash (valued at $100 per pair), an Aveda gift pack (valued at $60) and more! Raffle tickets will cost $3 for 1 and $10 for 4. Dress code is cocktail attire. Please join us for a night of appreciation as we close out another year of providing free healthcare to the Phillips Neighborhood. Tickets are $15 for students and are available through April 25 at 3 p.m.


Know Someone Interested In Pharmacy School?

Help us spread the word on our upcoming Preview Day on the Duluth campus, Saturday, April 13; and on the Twin Cities campus, Saturday, April 27. Preview Day attendees learn about pharmacy careers, our PharmD program and admissions process. Learn more and register.

Save the Dates


April 5
Duluth Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony, Clyde Iron Works (PD3s only)
April 15

PD2 Awards & Elections Meeting, 9-10 a.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos. Baked goods and coffee provided.
April 18
PD1 Awards & Elections Meeting, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 163 LSci / 1-451 Moos. Pizza provided.
April 25

Twin Cities Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony, Mill City Museum (PD3s only)
May 3
Pharmacy Day - no classes, join events in TC

May 11
Commencement Ceremony, 2-4 p.m., Northrop Auditorium