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An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

June 2017
Spring Honors Convocation
The Holland Performing Arts Center was the venue for the 2017 Scholastic Honors Convocation on May 5.  Fifty-six seniors were vested with their doctoral hoods and took the Pharmacist's Oath.  Senior recognition awards and the 2017 Preceptor, Faculty Preceptor and Site of the Year Awards were also presented at the Convocation.  Spring Commencement was held at the Baxter Arena May 6.
Class of 2017
Weeda Ayubi, Afghanistan
Sarah C. Bailey, Sioux Falls, SD
  with distinction
Subash Baniya, Arlington, MA
Nicole M. Beiermann, St. Charles, MO
  with distinction
Nicole L. Bendon, Eden Prairie, MN
  with distinction
Jason L. Blaser, Columbus
Shelby R. Boschult, Walthill
Bailey M. Brown, Omaha
Erin M. Buse, Kearney, MO
Janlyn M. Calimlim, Omaha
Michael J. Crowe, Omaha
Sarah M. Davis, Bellevue
Elizabeth C. Dudley, Omaha
  with distinction
Alexandra E. Dugan, Omaha
Beau W. Ehlers, Norfolk
  with distinction
Logan M. Franck, Seward
  with distinction
Kailey B. Frenzel, Auburn
  with high distinction
Kelsey L. Gray, Louisville
Abby M. Grieser, Lincoln
Christine M. Hayes, North Platte
Renae C. Heuermann, Grand Island
  with high distinction
Van-anh Hoang, Lakewood, CA
Kyle R. Hoelting, Omaha
Kodjovi A. Hoenou, Omaha
John T. Houlton, Omaha
Stephen P. Jones, North Platte
Ross D. Kastrup, Laurel
Matthew J. Klinginsmith, Kearney
Christianne M. Kroeker, Henderson
Adam D. Lee, Sutherland
Amanda J. Leider, Sidney
Lisa M. Levander, Albion
Marina M. Lotfy, Omaha
Josh R. Maline, Omaha
Maria Mendoza, Mexico
John E. Musil, DuBois
Derek J. Neihardt, Lincoln
Andrew T. Nguyen, Lincoln
Katie L. Niss, Grand Island
Candice M. Novak, Oakdale
Broderick W. Olson, Omaha
Desireé A. Schmid, Comstock
  with distinction
Abigail M. Schweitzer, Omaha
  with highest distinction
Kayla R. Specht, Fairbury
Paige J. Swanson, Holdrege
Kathryn J. Tice, Arnot, PA
Jocelyn N. Toben, Hastings
Jarred J. Vogel, Battle Creek
Lucas S. Waggoner, Grand Island
Bryce C. Walker, Grand Island
Megan A. Wetzel, Waverly
Katheryn E. Wolfe, Palmer
Lexa L. Wright, Lincoln
Luyu Xie, Chongqing, China 
Christopher A. Zaleski, Lake Charles, LA
Kai Zheng, Beijing, China
  with distinction

Preceptors of the Year
Left to right - Beau Ehlers, Stephen Williams and Dean Fletcher
Stephen Williams, Pharm.D., '81, was awarded the Preceptor of the Year.  A new award, Faculty Preceptor of the Year, was awarded to Gregory Petiz, Pharm.D., Clinical Associate Professor.  Read more.
Class of 2017 Award Recipients
Abby Schweitzer
Abigail Schweitzer is the eighth person in the College's history to graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  She was awarded the Highest Distinction medal at the Spring Honors convocation and also received the Phyllis Rhodes Award.

Below is a list of graduates who also received awards at this year's convocation.
Rho Chi Achievement Award
Abigail Schweitzer

Phi Lambda Sigma Award
Broderick Olson

Merck Index Award
Nicole Bendon

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Award
Luyu Xie

Barbara Osborne Manchester Award
Desireé Schmid

Stephen A. Scholtz Memorial Award
Elizabeth Dudley

Teva Pharmaceuticals Outstanding Student Award
Kai Zheng

Bradley G. Wulf Memorial Award
Jason Blaser

Eli Lilly Achievement Award
Logan Franck

Varro and Virginia Tyler Award

Kailey Frenzel
Kappa Psi Key
Abigail Schweitzer
Joseph B. Burt Memorial Award
Beau Ehlers

Phyllis Rhodes Award
Abigail Schweitzer

Academy of Students of Pharmacy
Certificate of Recognition Award
Desireé Schmid

Cunningham Memorial Award 
in Pharmacodynamics
Derek Neihardt

US Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award
Broderick Olson

Excellence in Advanced Practice Experience Recognition
Nicole Bendon
Elizabeth Dudley
Abigail Schweitzer

Patient Care Champion Award
Renae Heuermann
Logan Franck

Facts and Comparisons Award of
Excellence in Clinical Communication
Renae Heuermann
Promotion and Tenure
Effective July 1, three faculty members will be receiving promotion and/or tenure. An academic promotion is not a given, but rather a well-earned recognition of academic accomplishments. Tenure, is the most significant commitment the University can make to a faculty member.

Dr. Allison Dering-Anderson will be promoted from clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor;
Dr. Kimberly Scarsi, associate professor, will be awarded tenure (Dr. Scarsi is the second woman in the history of the College of Pharmacy to be awarded tenure); and Dr. Joseph Vetro will be promoted from assistant professor to associate professor and will be awarded tenure.
Pharmacy symposium to explore personalized medicines
An international lineup of speakers from academia and pharmaceutical industries is set for the College of Pharmacy's fourth annual Biopharmaceutical Research and Development Symposium on Sept. 7-8. Its theme is "Research and Development of Personalized Medicines."

The symposium will take place at the UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education.   Read more.
Save the Date
8th Annual Preceptor Development Retreat 
"Bridging the Gap"
Friday, August 11, 2017
7:30am - 3:00pm
UNMC Center for Drug Discovery
Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education

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