May 2019

Message from the Dean

Dean Welage


As the end of spring semester nears, I'd like to thank you for all your hard work this year. 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.

I'd like to wish everyone good luck on your upcoming finals and rotations. To the Class of 2019, congratulations and best wishes for future success!

Lynda S. Welage, PharmD, FCCP

Pharmacy Day ANS MPSA Annual Auction this Friday

Pharmacy Day is this Friday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Park Lexington East in Roseville at the Jaycee's Shelter. The event includes a 5K walk/run, volleyball and kickball tournaments, yard games, a dog competition, and a free catered barbecue lunch. Sign up for the activities.

The day continues with the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance End of the Year Banquet at 5:30 p.m. followed by the 1920s speakeasy-themed annual live and silent auction event at the Indoor Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium. The silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. RSVP


Grant Anderson and Tara Haakonson were selected as PharmD Student Speakers for this year's commencement ceremony.

Rowan Mahon received the President's Student Leadership and Service Award, and the Mary A. McEvoy Public Engagement and Leadership Award. Read more

Kelly Potz presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy meeting on our student work around Health Plan Literacy.

Cole Scheel presented a poster on managing substance use disorders at the Northern Tier Leadership Conference for the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Congratulations to the PD1-3 award winners:

  • Beaty (Carol A.) Memorial Award: Rowan Mahon
  • Century Mortar Club Award: Kayla Mills
  • College Board Pharm.D. III Award: Brittney Mikell
  • Dean's Award: Victoria Smith
  • Dean's Research Award: Carolyn O'Donnell
  • John Y. Breckenridge Memorial Award: Mitchell Nelson, Erik Swanson, Hannah Berg, Paul Trisko
  • Kappa Psi Activity Award: Brandon Anderson, Melissa VanBenthuysen, Chris Hong, Jun Ho Choi
  • Kasper (Deborah A.) Memorial Award: Matt Pratt (Dul), Hyeong Joo (Bryan) Cho and Kailey Meyer (TC)
  • Metropolitan Professional Pharmacists Society Award: Zach Otto
  • MPhA/ASP President's Award: Kelly Potz (TC) and Tuesday McAuliffe Staehler (Dul)
  • Pharmacy Alumni Society Student Award: Melanie Mahoney
  • PLS Non-Positional Leadership Award: Ann Nagle
  • Student Integrity Award: Becky Thelen, Courtney Keefe, Ann Nagle
  • Student Society of Health System Pharmacists Recognition Award: Carl Anderson
  • Wulling (F.J.) Pharm.D. I Student Award: Jessica Barry, Danica Maile, Abby Hauser, Jacob Anderson, Linh Nguyen, Sara Bugliosi, Hyeong Joo (Bryan) Cho, Madelyn Woolums
  • Wulling (F.J.) Pharm.D. II Student Award: Erik Swanson, Austin Wang
  • Wulling (F.J.) Pharm.D. III Student Award: Rebecca Flynn

Join Us: Event Honoring DRS. Ron Hadsall and Don Uden May 2

Ron and Don Event

All are invited to the Celebration of Service "Advancing the Profession of Pharmacy & Inspiring Leadership" honoring Drs. Ron Hadsall and Don Uden on Thursday, May 2, 4-6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.
The event celebrates their 75 years of collective service to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. RSVP now

Thank a Teacher

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Since our last update, our brothers have been busy getting ready for the end of another great year! We held a fundraiser for PD3 White Coat Embroidery, and the same weekend had eight chapter representatives at our regional conference in Fargo, ND. We co-hosted our annual Murder Mystery dinner with Phi Delta Chi. We also held our annual Graduation Celebration for PD4 brothers, wishing them luck as they move forward in their pharmacy journeys.

We held our Executive Board elections this past month; below is our 2019-2020 E-Board:

Regent: Melissa Vanbenthuysen
Vice Regent: Kat Orr
Secretary: Hannah Walsh
Treasurer: Ben Paolucci
Historian/Webmaster: Derek Anderson
Chaplain/Fundraising Chair: Austin Schumacher
Sergeant-at-Arms/Pledge Educator: Cameron Pate
Social Chair/Pledge Educator: Brandon Anderson
Community Chair: Jesse Skogstad

KAPPA PSI - Twin Cities

group photo

Kappa Psi has continued to stay busy this Spring! This month we went to the National Plains Province Assembly in Fargo, ND. At the end of the month, we went up to Breezy for our annual cabin retreat and had a blast! 

We have continued volunteering at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s dispensing pharmacy and to give STI talks at local high schools. We sold water bottles and embroidered white coats as fundraisers and will have one more walking taco fundraiser this semester. Our chapter also voted in our new executive board, and we all look forward to the rest of our activities during the end of the semester.


MPSA group photo

April was an active and productive month for MPSA. For the first time ever, students provided health outreach at a WILD hockey game, providing direct health education to over 1,000 Minnesotans, and reaching over 10,000 game-goers with pharmacy advocacy messaging on the big screens! Members also provided blood pressure screenings and immunization education at the Richfield Health Expo. 

MPSA with children

Generation Rx and Operation Mental Health tackled some pertinent issues by hosting a panel on addiction and an educational session on “Emotional Labor in Healthcare and Suicide Risk Factors.” Additionally, MPSA teamed up with Walgreens to educate members about Red Nose Day and childhood poverty. Lastly, IPSF and MPSO held a joint meeting that focused on highlighting global pharmacy experiences available to students including conferences, elective courses, APPE rotations, and exchange programs.

Some student pharmacists attended the CPNP Annual Conference in early April in Salt Lake City, Utah, while other members braved a blizzard to attend the MSHP Annual Conference in Duluth. Posters were presented by MPSA members at both conferences. Following these conferences, over 75 student leaders have been elected and appointed to professional association, patient care coordinator, and operational leadership positions in MPSA for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization

MPSO group picture

MPSO hosted its annual Phestival of Nations on April 24 at the Mayo Auditorium. The Phestival of Nations is MPSO's biggest event of the year, and included foods from different cultures, a cultural fashion show, many amazing performances, and most importantly, a night of celebrating cultural diversity. View videos of the performances on MPSO’s Facebook page.

Congratulations to the Cultural-Competency Case Competition winners: First place: Tyler Tran, Bile Ali and Rebecca Thelen (Dul); Bashir Mallim, Lily Pham and Linda Xiong (TC). Second place: Ted Park, Austin Anonich and Michelle Ann Wasan (Dul); Kim Bui, Katarina Ziegler and Milan Tamang (TC). Third place: Jenne Puttkamer, Wen Qu and Emily Tran (Dul); Ka Xiong, Ying Cai and Julian Ikeri (TC).


During the month of April, Phi Delta Chi Theta chapter held our elections for the upcoming year’s Executive Board and Committee Chair positions. We have an excellent team moving forward and are excited for the coming year! We also participated in multiple events benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, including the St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope and a Corepower Yoga fundraising event. Additionally, we closed out the month with our scholarship banquet to honor the academic achievements of our Brothers.

Coming up, we are hosting a Pharmacy Day Social on May 2 at the Phi Delta Chi house where everyone from the College of Pharmacy is welcome to come and celebrate the end of the school year! Another upcoming event some of our Brothers will be attending over the summer is Grand Council in Anaheim, Calif. This is Phi Delta Chi’s national meeting where Brothers can participate in leadership training, meet Brothers from across the country, and vote on national policies.



On Saturday, April 13, Phi Lambda Sigma hosted the Second Annual Leadership Symposium "It Starts With Us" at Clyde Ironworks in Duluth. The purpose of the Leadership Symposium is to inspire students, faculty and alumni to ignite change and innovation in pharmacy, as well as connect students and alumni together. Students and faculty from both campuses heard from keynote speaker, Alan Spies RPh, JD, MBA, PhD, a professor at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He presented on The 5 Gears and Change of Pace and Change of Place: The Lightbulb Experience.

Leadership Emphasis Area students showcased their leadership projects and pharmacists from both the Duluth and Twin Cities area presented at the symposium during LEAD Rx, a TED Talk style hour on how they have sparked change in pharmacy.

Save the Dates


May 10
Last day of instruction

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

May 13-17
Final Exams