Third annual Battle for the Capital

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The clock is ticking for the third annual Battle for the Capital!

Last year, your alma mater stomped the Spiders on the court AND in our alumni giving challenge. Help us do it again!

Make a gift (minimum: $5) online or through the Gold Line student calling program any time before midnight on game day, Feb. 25.

Visit battleforthecapital.org to make your gift, learn more and follow the Battle live.

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It’s time to ride again!

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DSC_1043Join us for the 2015 VCU Alumni and VCU Division of Student Affairs Community Bike Ride.

The 29-mile route begins at the Student Commons, travels through Varina on Osborne Turnpike (Route 5) and returns to campus. The ride will consist of a rest stop at Osborne Boat Landing (snacks provided), SAG vehicle and cue sheets.

When: Saturday, May 2; 8-9 a.m. meet and greet, ride begins shortly afterward
Where: University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA

If you have questions about the event, contact Larry Powell (B.S.’85/H&S), assistant director, outreach and engagement, at (804) 828-8194.

Check VCU Alumni’s Facebook page or the VCU Alumni calendar for updates.

Pharmacy: Dean’s call to action published

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Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

A column by VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph T. DiPiro appeared in the Feb. 8 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In the column, DiPiro used a recent paper issued by the National Governors Association as a springboard to discuss pharmacists as health care providers and the potential – and roadblocks — for pharmacists in the health care system.

Pharmacy: Pharm.D. program reaccredited through 2023

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VCU School of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program has been reaccredited for a full eight-year cycle by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. A fall 2014 site visit by the ACPE Evaluation Team produced “an excelled report that noted many positive findings,” said Dean Joseph T. DiPiro.

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Pharmacy: Faculty selected as Blick Scholars

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Two VCU School of Pharmacy faculty – Leticia “Tish” Moczygemba and Benjamin Van Tassell – have been named Blick Scholars by the university. The Blick program recognizes outstanding achievement and provides research funding for faculty at the level of assistant professor. Among the qualifications considered are growth toward national or international recognition, previous external research funding and collaborative scholarship.

Leticia Moczygemba

Benjamin Van Tassell

Pharmacy: Alumnus greets legislative day students

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Alumnus and Virginia Del. Keith Hodges (second from left) met with pharmacy students, including Emma Stafford, Ashley Street and Dan Nichols.

Virginia Del. Keith Hodges (B.S.’89/P), R-Middlesex, was on hand to greet pharmacy students taking part in VPhA’s and VSHP’s legislative days. Virginia Pharmacists Association’s Virginia Pharmacy Day at the General Assembly allowed students to take part in a Legislative Fair and a Health Fair on Jan. 28. The Virginia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists sponsored Pharmacy Day at the Capitol on Feb. 3. Both events offered the opportunity for students not only to talk with legislators but to provide services such as blood pressure and glucose screenings.

Students will have the chance to learn more about advocacy during VPhA’s second Student Pharmacist Policy and Advocacy Forum Colloquium Feb. 21 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. It’s in conjunction with VPhA’s 2015 Midyear Conference. Student colloquium speakers will include SOP alumni Becky Snead (B.S.’85/P), executive vice president and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and Cindy Warriner (B.S.’86/P), a clinical pharmacist with Walgreens who serves as chairwoman of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy Regulations Committee and the National Boards of Pharmacy’s District II.

Pharmacy: Alumnus offers Distinguished Alumni Seminar

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Snidows, Tom Leonard and wife, Byron

Jordan White Boyd Snidow (from left), Conley “Trig” Snidow III, Tom Leonard and Carolyn Leonard pictured with Peter Byron, professor of pharmaceutics.

School of Pharmacy alumnus Thomas W. Leonard (Ph.D.’83/P) presented a Distinguished Alumni Seminar in January on “Oral Delivery of Peptides Using GIPET Technology.” Leonard, who earned his B.S. in pharmacy at the University of South Carolina, is managing partner at Leonard Consulting in Wilmington, N.C., and vice president and chief scientific officer for the Ireland-based Merrion Pharmaceuticals. His wife Carolyn, brother-in-law Conley “Trig” Snidow III (D.D.S.’67/D) and sister-in-law Jordan White Boyd Snidow (B.S.’65/N) attended the seminar, which was sponsored by the Department of Pharmaceutics and the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.

Pharmacy: Faculty alumna named APhA fellow

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Sharon Gatewood

Sharon Gatewood

School of Pharmacy associate professor Sharon Gatewood (B.S.’97/H&S; Pharm.D.’02/P) has been selected a fellow by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management. She is one of 10 pharmacists nationwide to be chosen.

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Pharmacy: New scholarship endowed

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Victor A. Yanchick

Victor A. Yanchick

Patrick Fuchs of Angleton, Texas, has established a permanent endowment at the VCU School of Pharmacy to create the Victor A. Yanchick Kappa Psi Scholarship. Fuchs credits his success to his former mentor Yanchick, who was dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy at the time. Both Yanchick and Fuchs, who is a Kroger pharmacy manager, are members of Kappa Psi.​

Pharmacy: Faculty news

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Krista Donohoe

Krista Donohoe

Umesh Desai, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, has been named director of VCU’s Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery. He served as interim director for five years.

Krista Donohoe (Pharm.D.’10/P), Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, was keynote speaker for the Senior Center of Greater Richmond’s Healthy YOU program, “Seniors & Their Medicine,” Jan. 28 at Imperial Plaza. Patty Slattum (B.S.’85/P; Cert.’92/AHP; Ph.D.’93/P) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience students from Bremo Pharmacy and Imperial Plaza were on hand to discuss medication questions with attendees.

Tom Karnes, who will retire Feb. 28, has been appointed professor emeritus of pharmaceutics by VCU President Michael Rao.

Tom Reinders, associate dean for admissions and student services, has been named the U.S. Pharmacopeia representative to the United States Adopted Names Council, headquartered at the American Medical Association. The USAN Council is responsible for developing names for all marketed drugs nationwide. In June, he will complete 10 years as chairman of the USP’s Expert Committee on Nomenclature, Safety and Labeling.

Evan Sisson (B.S.’92/P; Pharm.D.’94/P; M.S.H.A./96/AHP), was interviewed by the Huffington Post and The Clinical Advisor about a new hypoglycemia patient management survey published by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Susanna Wu-Pong, director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Programs, has been named to the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Board of Grants.