The Record Summer 2022

From the Dean

Lynda WelageBy now, summer is well underway for all of us. It’s hard to believe half of 2022 has already passed and what a six months it has been! This issue of The Record captures some of the high points of our spring 2022 semester. It was filled with strategic planning for our future and celebrating the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff, preceptors and alumni. 

Celebrating Our 2022 Graduates

The College of Pharmacy held its Fourth-Year (P4) PharmD Celebration and Awards Ceremony May 13, 2022, in a hybrid format. The event recognized the accomplishments of our talented graduating students, faculty and preceptors. For those interested but unable to attend, you can watch it here. Please mark your calendars for next year’s event which will be held on May, 12, 2023.

Record Year for PharmD Graduates Pursuing Residencies

Graph depicting percentage of students matching to residency program based on the number students participated in the match programUMN College of Pharmacy 2022 graduates were highly successful in pursuing post-graduate residency positions. The college ranked third in terms of the total number of students matching to residency programs.

Dean’s Scholarship & Fellowship Celebration and Pharmacy Awards

zoom screen shot of the eventA big thank you to everyone who attended our virtual Dean’s Scholarship and Fellowship Celebration and/or Pharmacy Awards recognition events this spring. Both events demonstrated the commitment our friends and alumni have to supporting our students and our community’s commitment to excellence.

A Changing Leadership Team

Georg, Seifert, and StrattonIt is with tremendous gratitude that the college acknowledges several transitions in our leadership team. Dr. Gunda Georg, department head for medicinal chemistry; Dr. Randy Seifert, associate dean for student and professional affairs; and Dr.Tim Stratton, interim senior associate dean for Duluth, have all demonstrated leadership, dedication and service in these roles over the years. As they step down from these leadership positions but continue other pursuits in or with the college, we acknowledge the tremendous impact they have all had on our community.

Mark your calendars for the UMN Biennial Pharmacogenomics Conference this Fall

colorful illustration of two pharmacists, dna strands, and a variety pharmaceuticalsRegistration for the 2022 UMN Pharmacogenomics (PGx) Conference is open! The event is designed for healthcare professionals such as pharmacists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, mental health providers, program managers, or genetic counselors who are interested in implementing PGx tools to provide higher-value care to their clients. Mark your calendar for September 21-23, 2022 and visit to register and learn more.

The Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education Network (GPEN) Headed to the University of Minnesota This Fall

GPEN logoGPEN, Inc. is the premier international leader in providing biannual conferences to bring together pharmaceutical scientists of all levels for educational and professional exchange. The University of Minnesota is thrilled to be the host institution for the 2022 meeting this Fall (delayed from 2020) after a four year gap due to the global pandemic. Our Pharmaceutics Dept student leaders have worked tirelessly for years to produce this conference with the support of University leadership. We greatly look forward to receiving our pharmaceutical colleagues from around the world as our guests once again in October 2022. Learn more about GPEN.

Bringing Awareness to Rare Diseases through Theater

The University's Center for Orphan Drug Research and Theater Arts and Dance Department—in collaboration with community members diagnosed with rare diseases—are producing a play that examines the challenges of those living with rare disorders. Over 7,000 diseases are considered rare, affecting one in ten Americans and their families who face few available effective treatments. The project's goal is to help a state-wide audience gain greater awareness and deeper understanding of the medical, economic, and social challenges facing people with rare diseases. The play will involve UMN students, staff, and faculty; individuals and family members affected by rare diseases; and community organizations. Well-known author and playwright, Kevin Kling, is the playwright. The production will be directed by Luverne Seifert, head of BA Theatre Performance, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Seifert has hired actors and will begin rehearsals in August. Pending confirmation of venue rentals, the play is expected to have eight performances in cities across Minnesota.Visit the website to learn more about the production and view a trailer. 

We are grateful to the generous individuals and organizations who have helped make this production possible. If you'd like to make a philanthropic gift to support this important work, you can do so here.

Giving in Support of the College of Pharmacy

Judi and Jim Prescription for the Future

Alumni Judi Jacobi, ‘81, and Jim Mowry, ‘79, want to encourage innovation and enhance career development beyond traditional practice for pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists. Read about how the recently established Jacobi and Mowry Pharmacy Practice Transformation Fund allows them to give back and help pave the way for the future.

Alumni News

Follow the link to read news and achievements from within the college.


pharmacist doing research in medicinal chemistry labThe University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy continues to excel in research spanning the entire healthcare research continuum, from basic science drug and formulation discovery, to clinical/population health and policy development.


Reimagining the Future Experience

The experience of the pandemic and the broad array of factors influencing health care delivery have converged to create a sense of urgency for change within the college’s PharmD program. The pandemic has required instructors and learners to adopt new instructional modalities, which is influencing expectations of both students and faculty.

Pharmacy Practice

Beyond the Slice: Multi-stakeholder Event Builds Payer-Community Provider Relationships

On June 24, the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, in collaboration with the MN Dept. of Health and HealthPartners, hosted a multi-stakeholder event to build payer-community provider relationships for provision of comprehensive medication management services.

Department & Center News

Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology - ECP Gazette - Spring 2022

College News

Follow the link to read news and achievements from within the college.

Student News

Follow the link to read the student news.

Faculty & Staff News

Follow the link to read faculty & staff news.

Upcoming Events

  • Duluth Area Alumni and Friends Reception

  • MNovationRx

    • “Catalyzing Application of Pharmacogenomics in a Precision-Directed World”

    • Aug. 15, 2022 | Virtual event

  • Rochester Area Alumni and Friends Reception

    • Wednesday, August 17,  2022 | All are Welcome

  • Weaver Medal Reception

    • Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 | By invitation

  • College of Pharmacy at the MN State Fair, U of M Building

    • Sunday, August 28, 2022 | All are welcome

  • P1/P2 White Coat Ceremony

    • Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 | By invitation  

  • Pharmacy Alumni Society Outing to Hawk's Ridge, Duluth 

    • Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 | All are welcome 

  • PGX Conference

    • Pharmacogenomics and the Path to Higher Value Healthcare”

    • Sept. 21-23, 2022 | Virtual event

  • Class of 1972 Homecoming

    • Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 | By invitation

  • Twin Cities Homecoming Parade

    • Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 | All are welcome

  • CoP Homecoming Tailgate

    • Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 | All are welcome

  • Homecoming Football Game: UMN vs Purdue

    • Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 | All are welcome

  • Outstanding Achievement Award Reception

    • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 | By invitation


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