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College Connections

An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

February 2013

 Message from the Dean 

Dear Alumni and Friends of the College of Pharmacy,


An exciting era for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy began on Friday, January 25, 2013. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents unanimously approved the construction of a $35 million new College of Pharmacy and Center for Drug Discovery building.


I first unveiled this concept in the fall of 2010, with enthusiastic support from UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer. In regional meetings across Nebraska in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk and Omaha, we received strong support and encouragement from you for this project. And now, with three lead gifts totaling more than $33 million, we can proceed to turn this vision into reality.


This new building represents a very special opportunity for Pharmacy in Nebraska - - it is the opportunity to imagine the future for pharmacy education, practice and research - - and now to build it! This new building will be a world-class facility, where the next generations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists will be educated, where drug discovery research to improve human health will be conducted, and where our 100 year history of leadership and preeminence in pharmacy education and research will be sustained.


Our fund raising is not quite complete. In particular, we need help for the pharmacy student education and practice components of this new building: for the audiovisual technology in the new classrooms, for patient care simulation and active learning instructional space, for the model pharmacy, the sterile compounding pharmacy, and for the patient assessment and point of care testing areas.


With the bricks and mortar funding needs for this new building largely complete, I hope we can count on your support - as a member of the Nebraska Pharmacy Family - to help us with the programming needs so that we can indeed provide our students and the future pharmacists of Nebraska, a state-of-the art, 21st century pharmacy education. There are numerous ways in which your gift would make a significant and meaningful contribution to this new building. Please feel free to contact me, or Patty Sherman with the University of Nebraska Foundation, at any time to discuss how you can help.


Today, the College of Pharmacy is recognized as a preeminent institution for pharmacy education and research. We have achieved this recognition because our graduates and you are influencing the quality of health care in communities across Nebraska and the U.S. Your success, and the connection that exists among our alumni and friends and our students, is one of the key strengths of this College of Pharmacy.


Thank you for your support. Welcome, to a new and transformative chapter for this College of Pharmacy.

Courtney V. Fletcher

 Dean and Professor

Building Rendering

The new rendering of the College of Pharmacy and Center for Drug Discovery shows its footprint on the property (see the site map below). The design shown in the rendering could change during the final design phase.

New COP rendering 

Press Release:  Regents approve new College of Pharmacy building

Regents approve construction of new College of Pharmacy building for UNMC

Center for Drug Discovery will be key part of project      


The University of Nebraska Board of Regents Friday, January 25, 2013 approved the program statement and budget for construction of a new College of Pharmacy and Center for Drug Discovery building at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.


The $35 million project is expected to begin construction in February 2014, with projected completion set for July 2015. It will be paid for by private donations with no state funds used. UNMC is working with the University of Nebraska Foundation to secure private support.


"Today the College of Pharmacy is recognized as one of the outstanding institutions for pharmacy education and research, and our graduates are influencing the quality of health care in communities across Nebraska and the U.S.," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "This state-of-the-art facility will allow our medical center to take yet another step toward achieving world-class status."


The planned College of Pharmacy and Center for Drug Discovery project will completely replace and expand the now outdated education space of the College of Pharmacy and increase its research capacity by constructing a new three- or four-level, 85,000-square-foot building on the UNMC campus in Omaha.


The project will:

  • Provide contemporary education space, equipped with the advanced technology needed to deliver pharmacy education and active learning in the 21st century;
  • Provide laboratory and research support space designed to accommodate the specific technical needs of pharmaceutical research in three areas: drug discovery and development, drug delivery, and clinical and translational research; and
  • Meet Nebraska's need for pharmacy graduates who are well prepared for an expanding and evolving role as health care providers into the foreseeable future.

Patient care simulation and instructional space will emphasize the increasing role of pharmacists in providing primary health care by incorporating a contemporary model pharmacy, a sterile compounding room and practice areas for patient assessment and point of care testing. Student interaction and study areas will be designed to optimize collaborative learning.


Research activities conducted in the integrated Center for Drug Discovery will be especially focused on infectious diseases. "No other academic medical center in the U.S. has a drug discovery program with a similar focus," Dr. Maurer said.


Said Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy: "This is a unique opportunity to imagine and improve the future of human health. This building will be a home for excellence in pharmacy education and innovation in drug discovery and development."


Dean Fletcher noted that the new building will open during the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the College of Pharmacy. "In this new world-class facility, we will educate the next generations of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and leaders," he said, "and the College of Pharmacy's 100-year history of leadership and preeminence in pharmacy education and research will continue."


The facility will be built east of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education at approximately 41st and Emile Street. The close proximity of the old and new College of Pharmacy buildings will facilitate the continuity of collaboration among pharmacy research faculty.


The building's location on the Ruth and Bill Scott Student Plaza near other UNMC college buildings will promote an inter-professional educational experience.


The building will be designed according to the University of Nebraska Sustainable Design Policy with the intent of achieving LEED-certified level.


Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at unmc.edu.

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March 2013
Architect Selection
June 2013
Funding Complete
January 2014
Design Complete
February 2014
Start Construction
July 2015
Complete Construction
August 2015
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