Albany's 'Campus Mom' is STAR Winner

Arica Barfield

“Arica was chosen because of her exemplary work at the Albany campus, where she is typically referred to as the campus ‘mom.’ She never loses motivation or sight of keeping faculty, students and the campus running smoothly.”

The above was a portion of the message announcing that Arica Barfield, administrative associate at the College of Pharmacy’s Albany campus, was the 2016 4th quarter STAR Staff Award winner. Associated with CoP in Albany since July, 2007, Arica was deemed “a true team player” by one of her nominators, who added, “Arica is always in great spirits.”

Among her many office management responsibilities in Albany, Arica plays an active role in coordinating campus events, including sponsored luncheons, faculty dinners, recognition activities and the ACPE visit. She recently assisted in the successful implementation of the Skills Lab for P3 students, and she stood alongside faculty and students in serving food at a homeless shelter.

Real-life mom to 12-year-old Christopher, a baseball player, and 4-year-old Lauren, an aspiring gymnast, Arica says that receiving the award “was a total surprise!” She added, “It is such a pleasure to work with my faculty and students.” Her family is active in Second Mount Olive Baptist Church. Congratulations, Arica! We are proud of you and your caring, nurturing spirit! [Above: Arica Barfield (c) is surrounded by her colleagues in Albany. (back) Anthony Hawkins. (l-r) Iqbal Khan, Stephanie Phan, Arica, Sharmon Osae and Daniel Chastain.]

Interested in recognizing a CoP staff member for outstanding “star-like” service? Every quarter, the college salutes a staff member who exemplifies Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Reliability. For details and a nomination form, see here.

Students Descend on State Capitol in Support of Pharmacy Patient Protection Act

More than 150 UGA College of Pharmacy students attended Day at the Dome, sponsored by the Georgia Pharmacy Association on January 31. During the visit to the state capitol, students met with various state senators and representatives, requesting their support of the Pharmacy Patient Protection Act, which will prevent the use of mandatory mail order and ensure pharmacists are able to counsel and educate patients on cheaper therapeutic alternatives. Following the visit by UGA students, the bill was read by the senate and referred to committee. A complete chronicle of pictures of the day’s event can be viewed on the college’s Facebook Page. [Below: Students stand on the capitol steps with Gov. Nathan Deal during Day at the Dome.]

Day at the Dome

Three CoP Alumni-Owned Businesses Honored in Class of 2017 Bulldog 100

Bulldog 100

The UGA Alumni Association recognized the 100 fastest-growing companies owned or operated by UGA alumni at the eighth annual Bulldog 100 Celebration February 4th in Atlanta. Three businesses owned by four College of Pharmacy alumni were honored as members of this prestigious group of entrepreneurs. These alumni and their respective rankings are:

Special congratulations to first time honorees Carey and Chris Vaughan, for having the highest ranking of any College of Pharmacy alumni. We thank these alumni for continuously representing the College of Pharmacy with pride. For more information on this year’s Bulldog 100, read here.
[Above: Bulldog 100 Recipients from the College of Pharmacy stand with Alumni Director Kim Hamby (1-r) Hamby, Michael Azzolin ’02, PharmD on Demand; Patrick Chancy ’17, Bert Chancy ’91 {BBA/Terry grad}, Chancy Drugs; Carey Vaughan ’05 and Chris Vaughan ’07, Lake Country Pharmacy & Compounding Center.]

Faculty Accolades & Honors

Dr. Alan Wolfgang

Dr. Alan Wolfgang and Dr. Wesley Kruilic have announced their retirements from the College of Pharmacy. After serving as assistant dean for Student Affairs for the past 10 years, Dr. Wolfgang will retire from the college and the university on July 1. Mentoring scores of students during his tenure, Dr. Wolfgang has worked tirelessly to promote his office as the “go to” place in the college for excellent student service. His impeccable attention to details has earned him great respect and admiration from faculty, staff and students. [Above: Dr. Alan Wolfgang]

Dr. Wesley Krulic

Dr. Krulic will retire from UGA on May 1, after serving as the Savannah and Southeast Georgia Regional Coordinator for eight years. Prior to this position, he served as a UGA preceptor in the OR Satellite at Candler Hospital in Savannah. He is an amazing and effective ambassador for CoP in Savannah. We congratulate Dr. Wolfgang and Dr. Krulic on their respective retirements, and thank them for their many contributions to the college and the students they served. [Above: Dr. Wesley Krulic]

Dr. Matt Perri

Dr. Matt Perri recently published “Impact of Animated Spokes-Characters in Print Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising: An Elaboration Likelihood Model Approach” in Health Communication. To read the entire paper, see here. [Right: Dr. Matt Perri]

Dr. Trisha Branan, CAP clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Anthony Hawkins, CAP clinical assistant professor in Albany, recently delivered Research Snapshot Presentations at the Society for Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Branan presented: Branan TN, Hawkins WA, Smith AK, Palmer R. Utilizing Virtual Interactive Critical Care Patient Cases Enhances Student Learning; Dr. Hawkins delivered: Hawkins WA, Sams JI, Jozefczyk HT, Kumar G. Fluid Stewardship: Identifying opportunities for targeted fluid minimization.

Dr. Michael Bartlett, director of the B.S. program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, interim assistant dean for Nontraditional Education and Outreach, and the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Pharmacy, published a research paper: X. Yang, Y. Ma, N. Li, H. Cai and M.G. Bartlett, “Development of a method for the determination of acyl-CoA compounds by liquid chromatography mass spectrometry to probe cell signaling activation.” Analytical Chemistry, 89, 813-821 (2017). This is a research paper carried out in collaboration with Dr. Houjian Cai’s lab, in which a new method was developed to look at a large class of important biomolecules that have not been previously well studied, because they are unstable. The researchers were able to develop a strategy to isolate them and keep them intact, which allowed them to analyze the biomolecules from several different types of cells and determine that these cells had unique profiles of the acyl-CoAs which appear to be both tissue specific (liver vs. prostate) and also disease state specific (cancerous vs. non-cancerous). It also allowed the group to observe how these different types of cells processed dietary fatty acids which should allow for future experiments that will explore links between high-fat diets and liver disease or cancer.

Speaking of Dr. Bartlett, he is the chair of the International Good Manufacturing Practices Conference, which will be held March 6-9 at UGA. This conference was established in conjunction with the U.S. FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to create an annual on-going dialogue between regulatory agencies and the pharmaceutical industry on important issues in drug compliance and quality. The conference is widely recognized as the top international GMP meeting in the world and offers attendees the unique opportunity to meet with U.S. FDA, other global regulators and industry experts. For further details and registration information, see GMP Conference or contact Dr. Bartlett.

Media Mania

Augusta Open House

Augusta New Renovations/Open House Receive Press Coverage
The recent open house for the newly renovated CoP in Augusta is receiving press coverage! As of Wednesday, stories had appeared in the Athens Banner-Herald, the Athens CEO, eGeorgia News and UGA Today. Read the story and view pictures here. Additional pictures are on the college’s Facebook Page. [Above: CoP faculty members at the open house included Stephanie Phan, clinical assistant professor and associate department head in Albany; Susan Fagan, assistant dean in Augusta; Chris Bland, associate professor in Savannah; Rusty May, clinical professor and associate department head in Augusta; and Dianne May, clinical professor in Augusta.]

Rx Radio

Phi Delta Chi is hosting a radio talk show called RadioRx, which will air every Thursday from 12:30-1pm. RadioRx is your weekly dose of pharmacy and health news, delivered straight to your ears. You can listen to WUOG 90.5 or online at If you are interested in doing a segment or being a guest on the show, contact Priyan Lad. [Above: Phi Delta Chi’s Priyan Lad hosts RadioRx.]

CoP Social Media NEEDS YOU! Calling all faculty, staff, students and alumni! Please submit photos that would be great to feature on the College of Pharmacy social media sites. We want to increase our presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share all the good things that are happening at our college! You can send pictures, names (I.D. the role of the subject and/or the year in school if applicable), and description of the picture to Mickey Montevideo, public relations director, or Danielle Vitale, director of recruitment. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram (@pharmdawgs) and Twitter (@UGAPharmacy).

Students: the Heart of CoP

National Wear Red Day

CoP’s SNPhA in Augusta participated in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3 in support of women with cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Good work, SNPhA in supporting a great cause! [Above right: SNPhA in Augusta goes red!]

The Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) organization recently held its Clinical Research Challenge among teams of first and second year students, which tested participants’ ability to evaluate clinical journal articles. The winning team was comprised of second-year students Caitlin Casper, Brian Croft and Nathan Allen, who will move on to represent UGA in the national competition. The team will compete against other colleges of pharmacy to develop a research proposal, which will be presented at the ACCP Annual Conference in Phoenix in the fall. Congrats, SCCP folks! We are proud of you!

The Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy (SOAP) organization will hold a percentage night on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5-9 pm at Chipotle on Alps Road. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to clinical trial research. Contact: Alia Reed

The American Association of College of Pharmacy Walmart Scholars Program provides $1,000 scholarships to student/faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend Pharmacy Education 2017 in Nashville, July 15-19. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 13 at 5 pm. Contact:

Check out the latest issue of Transitions, the 4th-year students quarterly newsletter!

Staff Stories

“Office Survival Kit” will be the topic of the next Pharmacy Staff Resource Group on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 am-12:30 pm in Wilson 337. Kiz Adams, UGA Work/Life Balance Coordinator, will be the featured speaker. An announcement also will be made about the college’s upcoming “Biggest Loser” contest! A light lunch will be provided. Contact: Donella Moore

PharmDawg Alum News

Kevin Bryant

Kevin L. Bryant (’89), president of Bryant Pharmacy and Supply in Anderson, S.C. and an alumnus of UGA College of Pharmacy, was named the 92nd lieutenant governor of South Carolina on Jan. 25, after serving in the South Carolina senate from 2005 to 2017. For the complete story, see here. [Right: Kevin Bryant]

FORE! 25th Annual Jowdy Golf Tourney Tees Off April 21. Save the date and start assembling your foursome for the silver anniversary of the Albert W. Jowdy Memorial Golf Classic, Friday, April 21, with a shotgun start at 9:30 am at the UGA Golf Course. With the G-Day game scheduled for the following day, it will be a fun weekend to be in Athens. Online registration and additional details will be available soon. Contact Kim Hamby, director of Alumni Affairs, (706) 542-4536, or follow the Facebook page

Calendar of Events

Susan Herda

SOAP hosted Donut Let Cancer Win on Feb. 2. The event featured a photo booth, info table and Krispy Kreme donuts, and donations went to support Camp Kesem, a summer program for children whose parents have had cancer. Way to go, SOAP members! [Above: Susan Herda, Student Affairs, participated in the Donut Let Cancer Win photo booth]

2/14: Pharmacy Staff Resource Group--11:30 am-12:30 pm, Wilson 337
Kiz Adams, UGA Work/Life Balance Coordinator, will discuss “Office Survival Kit” and announce the college’s upcoming “Biggest Loser” contest! A light lunch will be provided.
Contact: Donella Moore

2/15: SNPhA General Meeting--5 pm, PS 101
Chi Akoh, a UGA CoP and SNPhA alumna, will share information about her non-profit organization, the Nanka School Project, and offer details about the medical mission trip to Nigeria.
Contact: Marin Abousaud

Looking Ahead...

2/28: SNPhA Speaker--12:30-1:20 pm, PS 101
Representatives from the Minority Health Connection (MHC), including founder Dr. Crystal Beal, a UGA CoP and SNPhA alumna, will share their challenges, accomplishments, the road they took for their careers and how they give back to their community through their profession.
Contact: Marin Abousaud

*For a list of all PBS Seminars this semester, see here.

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