Newsletter: March 6, 2020
February Recap
From the Dean's Desk
Good evening UCSOP community! 

February was a very eventful month for the School of Pharmacy. The Script Your Future events were kicked off and students were highly engaged in community service and leadership opportunities. I am very pleased to see the overwhelming support from students and faculty on Pharmacists’ Day at the Legislature. Not only did students provide health screening services, they were also very active in meeting with our legislators. The powerful presence of students and faculty was instrumental in the support of Senate Bill 787 to recognize pharmacists as healthcare providers. The bill has passed the Senate and was successfully passed out through the House Finance Committee. This is great news for pharmacy as a profession.

In the month of February, we also experienced the very heartbreaking loss of Nneoma Imo. While it was an unbearable loss for all of us, I am encouraged by the level of support we have seen from all the students, faculty, staff and administrators. As I mentioned before, Nneoma will be remembered as a member of the UCSOP family, and she will receive an honorary doctoral degree by the University of Charleston. The SOP is grateful to President Roth and Dr. Spiezio for their leadership and exemplary support in making this happen.

Congratulations to all of the students who were inducted by the Rho Chi Honor Society. I wholeheartedly commend each of these new members for taking the first step in a journey to enrich their mind and character by serving the community as a scholarly leader.

As you all know, Ryan Jenkins has been employed at the UCSOP in the Office of Experiential Education for the last seven years and has proven himself as a vital member for the success of the department and the school. Thus, it was an honor to promote him to Experiential Education Coordinator. Congratulations Ryan and all the best with your continued success!

I would like to commend Dr. Fandy on becoming a co-investigator on the grant titled “Impact of Nigella Sativa (black seed) Compounds on Anti-Tumor Immune Response” from the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute. The institute awarded $41,000 for this project. Dr. Aymen Shatnawi has been appointed as the Director of Graduate Study and will be responsible for overseeing the development of the new Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) program here at the SOP. Congratulations Dr. Shatnawi and we appreciate your dedication to the progression of our school. Congratulations to Mrs. Barbara Doak on her work for the UCSOP Diabetes Prevention Program. Thanks to her leadership, the CDC has awarded our program with full recognition! 

Lastly, I would like to thank all the faculty for their involvement with the faculty development events and curricular review processes this week. Their thoughtful deliberations of curricular revisions were commendable. We are looking forward to the outcome and the new revised contemporary curriculum to meet the need of the future pharmacists and our evolving profession.

All the best, 

Md Omar Faruk Khan , BPharm, MPharm, MBA, PhD
Interim Dean
Rho Chi Induction Ceremony
On Tuesday, February 4, Rho Chi inducted nine new members into their organization. Rho Chi is an academic honor society that encourages and acknowledges intellectual achievement and ethical standards. This organization provides tutoring to our pharmacy students at no cost. Congratulations to the new members!

Pictured L to R Front Row: Abigail Birikorang, Emily Chattin, Michaela Beron, Jennifer Wine, Keren Hernandez, and Stanley Ogwotu. Back Row: Matthew Richardson, Dharinee Kuvadia
In Loving Memory
Nneoma Cynthia Imo
12/16/92- 2/12/20

It is with great sorrow that we announce that Nneoma C. Imo has lost her battle with cancer. Nneoma passed away on February 12, 2020 at CAMC Memorial.  She was a third-year pharmacy student at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and a native of Houston, Texas. 

Nneoma was a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society (PLS), Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (SSHP), Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI), American Pharmacists Association (APhA-ASP), and the WV Rural Health Association.  She also served in leadership roles with Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, (PDC) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA).  She served as president, (2017-18) delegate, treasurer, (2017) and parliamentarian (2016-17) for PDC and as vice-president (2019-20) and Diabetes Initiative Chair (2016-17) for SNPhA. Nneoma was also a UCSOP Pharmacy Ambassador and a student member of the UCSOP Assessment Committee. She also participated in the development of the new School of Pharmacy goals, an important component of the Strategic Plan for the School of Pharmacy.  In honor of her exceptional involvement in student organizations, Nneoma was awarded the “Most Involved Student Award” at the For the Love of UC Gala.

Nneoma was an excellent student, most recently achieving the Dean’s List in the Spring 2019.  Last summer she was selected for Pharmacy VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. 

When Nneoma was involved in an organization she was 100% committed.  She attended multiple regional meetings and was involved in many professional activities.  Her community service hours were extraordinary.

Nneoma was instrumental in hosting and planning the 2018 PDC Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference which brought over 100 student pharmacists and pharmacists to Charleston for three days. The conference was an outstanding success thanks to her leadership and enthusiasm.

Nneoma was a bright light at the UCSOP with her friendly manner and radiant smile. She was always ready to volunteer to help whether it was to mentor another student or assist in a student organization activity. Nneoma’s demonstration of perseverance in the face of adversity is one we can all strive to and admire. She will be missed, but not forgotten by all those she touched.

Written by Mrs. Jane Condee with contributions from Dr. Sandy Bowles,
Dr. Alice Gahbauer, and Mrs. Carly Williams
UCSOP Diabetes Prevention Program Receives Full Recognition from CDC
The UCSOP recently received full recognition from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) for its diabetes prevention program. With leadership from Mrs. Barbara Doak, the SOP held the first year-long program from July 2018- July 2019. The CDC has three levels of recognition in regards to the program: level 1- pending, level 2- preliminary, and level 3- full. The SOP was required to hold the program for one year before the review for pending recognition could take place. Instructors were required to submit data from the program every six months throughout this process. Upon review of the data, our program surpassed requirements for level 2 recognition and the CDC granted the SOP full recognition. Congratulations to Mrs. Barbara Doak and all the instructors on this achievement! Instructors include: Jane Condee, Julie Testman, Jennifer Dettra, Karrie Murphy, Susan Sims, and Natalie Tapp
Shatnawi Appointed to 
Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Aymen Shatnawi has been appointed as the Director of Graduate Study and will be responsible for overseeing the development of the new Master's of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) program here at the SOP. The MSPS program is anticipated to begin this upcoming fall with both thesis and non-thesis tracks. 

The program has been designed to provide a strong, foundational knowledge set enabling the graduate to obtain employment in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector at multiple levels. Students will gain an understanding of techniques and procedures valuable for discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutic drugs and biologicals. Students will also obtain a strong understanding of the regulatory processes involved in clinical studies research and the industrial processing of chemical and biological drug products.  Student coursework will consist of two years of graduate courses consistent with the current UC pharmacy curriculum. (36 credits) Congratulations Dr. Shatnawi!
Fandy to Collaborate on Cancer Research
Dr. Wei Du (Principal investigator) in collaboration with Dr. Tamer Fandy (Co-investigator) have been awarded a grant titled “Impact of Nigella Sativa (black seed) Compounds on Anti-Tumor Immune Response” from the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute. The award amount is $41,000. 

The awarded project is about the medical use of the oil of Nigella sativa seeds, also known as black seed oil. The oil has been used world-wide for culinary and medical purposes for over 2000 years. It has demonstrated protective effects in many diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases and cancer. In this proposal, Fandy and Wei Du are trying to understand how the oil stimulates the immune system to fight cancer and identify the range of doses that have an anti-tumor effect using in vitro tumor models.
Script Your Future
On February 8, the UCSOP conducted a Script Your Future event at the Marshall University Merit Badge College. Our students educated both boy scouts and girls scouts on what medications are, safe medication usage, how to read a medication label, the importance of using medications the way they are prescribed, or how they are directed on the label for over the counter medications. We impacted about 350-400 scouts overall.

Student pharmacist participants: Alejandra Albino-Ramirez, Darius Berry, Evrosina Bolok, Anthony Carfagna, George Chalil, Sarah-Leigh Govender, Abraham Samba, Kristen Stavenik, Maryheather Walsh (P1) Ashley Lam, (P2) Zachary Long, Josh McIntyre (P3)
UCSOP students presented of Medication Safety Part 1: Medication Adherence at the Nitro Senior Center on Thursday February 6th. The presentation was provided by P4 students Cristen Creedon, Rawlings Ebot Enow, and P2 student Jennifer Wine. Pictured below.
Pictured above L to R: Dr. Karrie Murphy, Cristen Creedon, Hanan Elsibai, Shania Bradford, Ms. Jamie Bero

SOP students, faculty, and staff prepared a heart healthy Valentine's Day lunch in the Teaching Kitchen at WV Health Right Clinic on February 13 in conjunction with educating the attendees about medication adherence. Check out their recipe below.
Bachelorette Chicken
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce or wing-style sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Combine the panko with the parmesan cheese in a shallow dish.
  3. Toss the chicken cubes with the hot sauce, then dredge in the panko and parmesan mixture until fully coated.
  4. Spray baking sheet and bake the chicken cubes in a single layer for 25 minutes or until the checking reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
LKS conducted an informational presentation on asthma on February 12 during a basketball game at UC. Students participants: Abraham Samba, Sara Govender, Stephany Vazquez Rios, Mary Heather Walsh, (P1) Ashley Adams, Ashley Lam, (P2) Aaron Wilson, and Shania Bradford (P3) Pictured above.
Pictured above L to R: Alli Coles, Tara Evans, Ms. Jamie Bero, and Ashley Adams (P2)

UCSOP participated in Rural Health Day at the Legislature and educated attendees on the importance of taking their medication as prescribed.
Jenkins Named Experiential Education Coordinator
Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Jenkins on his promotion to Experiential Education Coordinator.

"Mr. Jenkins’s role has evolved significantly since starting with the University of Charleston nearly seven years ago, primarily as a result of changes in ACPE Standards and documentation/on-boarding requirements for experiential education assignments. He has been successful in developing relationships with students and preceptors who consistently reach out to him proactively and have confidence in his ability to address their questions. Mr. Jenkins is an integral and valued member of the Office of Experiential Education team and we are thrilled that he has the opportunity." -Dr. Julie Testman, Executive Director of Experiential Education
Alumni Save the Date
The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy invites all alumni to attend the 2020 Alumni Reception on June 26 and June 27.

June 26, 4:30-7:30 P.M. 
Recovery Sports Grill
600 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301 

After the reception, alumni have the option to take a short walk to Haddad Riverfront Park to enjoy live music as part of Charleston’s Live on the Levee series. 

June 27, 2-5 P.M
Wine & Jazz Festival 
Reception in the School of Pharmacy building 
Class photos will be taken. Five and ten-year reunion lapel pins will be provided to members of the Class of 2015 and 2010.
Carly Stover
Communications Coordinator
Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (304) 357-4728
Fax: (304) 357-4868