April 2022 Recap
Save the Date: Preceptor Development
The UCSOP Class of 2022 Hooding & Oath Ceremony and Commencement took place on April 29th and 30th. Congratulations to our newest Doctors of Pharmacy! Click on the program below to learn more about the Hooding & Oath Ceremony.
This was the first year students were permitted to choose the individual that placed their doctoral hood. This year's hooders included Ms. Jane Condee, Dr. Michaela Huddleston, Dr. Jessica Robinson, Dr. Michelle Knight, Dr. Alice Gahbauer, Dr. Karrie Murphy, Dr. Leah Hall, Dr. Sarah Embrey, Dr. Tamer Fandy, Dr. Mohamed Rashrash, Mr. Dave Bowyer and several other special guests pictured below.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Matt Rafa (UCSOP Class of 2010)
Dr. Joy Zhang (UCSOP Class of 2022 President) & Ms. Stacy Taylor (Preceptor of the Year)
Dr. Joyce Fajuroki was hooded by her sister, Dr. Janet Fajuroki.
Dr. Lindsay Ore Matuszkiewicz and Dr. Stephen Cook hooded and mentored Dr. Sarah Goff.
Dr. Sarah Embrey hooded and mentored Dr. Lauren Shelton.
Dr. Katie Brown hooded and mentored several students, including Drs. Clayton Snow, Rajveer Kaur, and Stanley Ogwotu.
Many family and friends were in attendance to support their graduates, including Dr. Mena Kualleny's family pictured here!
UCSOP faculty awaiting commencement.
Dr. Ashley Matalon receiving her diploma from the UC President, Dr. Marty Roth.
Dr. Jennifer Wine is the UCSOP's first graduate to complete the Scholar in Geriatric Pharmacy track. She is pictured here with the program coordinators, Drs. Hall, Murphy, and Testman.
This was Dr. Scott Weston's first official spring commencement as Dean of the UCSOP. He is pictured here with other members of the Executive Committee.
A special thank you to UCSOP Director of Student & Alumni Affairs, Ms. Jamie Bero, for coordinating another successful event.
Residency & Fellowship Update
Good luck to our recent graduates that will be starting a PGY-1 Residency this summer (pictured above from top left to bottom right):

  • Michaela Davis- Charleston Area Medical Center
  • Lauren Shelton- McLeod Regional Medical Center 
  • Matthew Richardson- Charleston Area Medical Center 
  • Casey LaBelle- University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy 
  • Kaylee Davis- Hershel 'Woody' Williams VA Medical Center
  • Zachary Harris- Charleston Area Medical Center 
  • Rajveer Kaur- Fruth Pharmacy/University of Charleston SOP
  • Abigail Birikorang- West Penn Hospital 
  • Keren Hernandez- Carilion New River Valley Medical Center 
  • Jennifer Wine- King's Daughters Medical Center
  • Ashley Lam- Beckley VA Medical Center 

Dharinee Kuvadia has accepted a Clinical Pharmacology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Emeritus Faculty
Dr. Sandra Bowles and Mr. David Bowyer were honored with Emeritus Faculty status during spring commencement for their many years of dedication and service to the institution.
Honors & Awards
The 16th Annual Honors & Award Ceremony was held on April 1st.
Congratulations to the winners!
Click the photo below to view the full list of recipients.
Here are a couple photos from the night's festivities.
Wrapping Up the Academic Year
The UCSOP Classes of 2025, 2024, & 2023 completed finals and progression testing this month. UCSOP students also recently received their Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) results. The PCOA is a tool used by pharmacy schools across the country to evaluate their curriculum, and it allows students to become familiar with the examination process prior to sitting for the licensure exams after graduation. This data is used internally within the UCSOP annual progression exams to ensure students are retaining knowledge from year to year and provide individualized attention to any students that need help in specific content areas. We are especially proud of the Classes of 2024 & 2023 for performing above the national average in basic biomedical sciences and clinical sciences, respectively.
Operation De-Stress
The UCSOP chapters of IPhO and SCCP partnered with the Kanawha-Charleston Human Association to bring puppies to campus on the first day of finals week.

UC EagleFest took place on April 25th. It's a fun night for undergraduate and graduate students to celebrate the end of the year and relax before gearing up for finals. Rising P2 students Botao Peng and Minh-Hanh Nguyen enjoyed stand up paddle boards on the Kanawha River.

The UCSOP LKS Beta Gamma Chapter hosted a sip n' paint event on the riverbank April 15th.
Pharmacy Student Athletes

Rising P3 AlexiAnn Drouin and the UC Women's Tennis Team won the Mountain East Conference Tournament and have advanced to the regional competition. AlexiAnn has excelled on and off the court this year, playing #2 singles and doubles for the team and being inducted into the Rho Chi Honor Society.
Rising P2 Meghan Smith and UC pre-pharmacy student/incoming P1 Sophia Conzone have been setting records on the UC Women's Lacrosse team this season! Both are midfielders for the team, and Meghan is serving as Sophia's mentor in the pharmacy program. We have several student athletes and musicians in the incoming P1 Class of 2026! Their sports and activities include lacrosse, volleyball, track and field, basketball, football, and band.
Alumni Achievements
UCSOP Class of 2010 alumna Dr. Amy Bryan has been honored as Pharmacy Manager of the Year for Weis Pharmacy in Pennsylvania! Dr. Bryan continues to sponsor scholarships for UCSOP students committed to a post-graduate residency.
Dr. Taylor Schliesser (UCSOP Class of 2021) presented at Charleston Area Medical Center's (CAMC) Research Day. Dr. Schliesser is currently completing a PGY-1 residency at CAMC and will be starting a PGY-2 residency in critical Care at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center this summer. Her research focused on the incidence of hyperglycemia after antipsychotic use for management of acute agitation in the emergency department.
Dr. Danielle Hoff (UCSOP Class of 2020) also presented at CAMC's Research Day. Dr. Hoff is currently finishing a PGY-2 geriatrics residency at CAMC. Her research, "The Paradox of Insulin Regimen Complexity and A1c Control in Older Primary Care Patients," was awarded second place and helped lay the foundation for a future quality improvement project. She'll be presenting this research again at the American Geriatrics Society conference this month. 
Earth Day Celebration
UCSOP was one of just 3 schools across the nation to participate in the Planetary Health Report Card Pharmacy Pilot, which was unveiled on Earth Day, April 22nd. This is a student-driven, metric-based initiative to inspire planetary health in health profession schools. Recent Class of 2022 graduate, Ashely Lam, is serving as the US Regional Lead for this international initiative, and has worked closely with her faculty research mentor, Dr. Alice Gahbauer, and rising P4 Students Maryheather Walsh and George Chalil. Dr. Gahbauer and Dr. Lam were also published in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy earlier this year with the article, "Active hope: The Personal and Professional Roles of Pharmacists in Climate Action.”
Concord University Connections
UCSOP faculty member Dr. Stephen Cook and rising P2 students Bryn Calhoun and Matthew Ballard (pictured right) attended Concord University's Graduate & Professional School Fair on April 22nd. Dr. Cook, Bryn, and Matthew completed their undergraduate education at Concord University before joining the UCSOP.
Faculty Promotions
Congratulations to the SOP faculty members who recently received promotions!

Dr. Tamer Fandy- Professor
Dr. Alice Gahbauer- Associate Professor
Dr. Leah Hall- Associate Professor
Dr. Mohamed Rashrash- Associate Professor
Dr. Julie Testman- Professor
Honduras Mission Trip
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) in collaboration with UC’s Physician Assistant program embarked on a medical mission trip to Honduras April 30 through May 7. SNPhA faculty advisor Jane Condee, P3 President Carmelita Brown, P3 Historian Duclos (Arnold) Yotat, and P2 My'kimbri Middleton represented the UCSOP. The group provided clinical assistance to a local hospital and the village.
Govender Selected as
National IPhO Officer
Sarah Govender has been selected as a national student officer for region three of the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO). Only 16 students nationwide were selected for these positions.

Govender's primary responsibilities will be training the executive boards at each school in this region, serving as their liaison to the national organization, and ensuring that they maintain the mission and expectations of the organization.
CVS Internship
Ariadna Rigol Prat was selected for the CVS Spanish Immersion Internship. This program places students in pharmacies in hispanic communities to sharpen their communication skills within this culture.
2nd Place in UC Innovation Competition
Logan Bossert, UCSOP Class of 2026, received second place in the Grand Champion Round of UC i3 Innovation Competition with her project “Analysis of the Charge Transfer from Aromatic Compounds to Uranyl (VI) Using UV-Vis and Fluorescence Spectroscopies."
Out of the Darkness Walk
The UCSOP Class of 2025 sponsored the Out of the Darkness Walk on April 9. This event was held in conjunction with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention to raise awareness on depression and resources for suicide prevention. If you or a loved one needs help, visit afsp.org/get-help for resources. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Walgreens Donation
Walgreens donated $12,000 to fund scholarships for student pharmacists! Tim DeRose, Walgreens Healthcare Supervisor, and Dean Weston are pictured above.
Geriatrics Presentation

UCSOP P3 Scholars in Geriatrics Pharmacy track students Kristyn Rooke, Stephany Vazquez Rios, & Alejandra Albino Ramirez visited Hansford Senior Center on April 14th to provide education on medication safety and proper medication disposal.

Medical Marijuana Presentation
Rebecca Linger presented about Medical Marijuana and the Healing Power of Nature on April 7th and 8th at the West Virginia Association of Family Physicians Continuing Education Conference in Charleston. 
Publication from the Dean's Office
UCSOP Dean Dr. Scott Weston has been published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning Pulses with the article "Putting the Why First in Your Teaching."
Publication in Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research Journal
UCSOP faculty member Dr. Aymen Shatnawi published an article titled “Estrogen-Related Receptors Gene Expression and Copy Number Alteration Association with the Clinicopathologic Characteristics of Breast Cancer” in Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research Journal.
A Walk on the Wild Side
UCSOP faculty member Dr. Rebecca Linger and rising P4s Maryheather Walsh and George Chalil attended the Take a Walk on the Wild Side Nature Hike in St. Albans City Park on April 9th. They provided blood pressure screenings and recruitment materials for the school.
Drs. Michelle Knight and Alice Gahbauer led a UCSOP hike at Kanawha State Forest on April 3rd. Kanawha State Forest is only 20 minutes away from campus and features 25+ miles of trails!
Community Outreach

UCSOP rising P2 student Jacob Ryan and other members of the UC fraternity Kappa Delta Rho recently spent time serving the community by delivering blankets, food, and water to individuals and families in need around Charleston.
UCSOP Babies
The UCSOP Class of 2024 celebrated Baby Blakely Jo (Johnna Ball, pictured above) and Baby Arya (Ronaldo Ramirez, pictured right). We can't wait to meet them both!

UCSOP faculty member, Dr. Chelsey Llayton, and her wife, Dr. Trena Llayton, welcomed their beautiful daughter Ivy Mae on March 24th. We're in love!
UCSOP Launches Career Exploration Center

The UCSOP has partnered with CORE Higher Education Group to launch an online Career Exploration Center where prospective and current student pharmacists can learn about the many diverse opportunities a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree can provide! 

Job Outlook
Did you know there was an 18% growth in job postings for pharmacists in 2021? The Pharmacy Workforce Center's Pharmacy Demand Report (PDR) aims to provide an enhanced measurement of pharmacist demand in the U.S., released at the end of every quarter. The yearly summary for 2021, including data on pharmacy demand across region, pharmacy practice settings and more, is now available.