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An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

June 2013 - Special Edition


Groundbreaking Ceremony


Groundbreaking for the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery.  Dianne Lozier, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, University of Nebraska Board of Regents Chairman Tim Clare, University of Nebraska President J. B. Milliken, College of Pharmacy Dean Courtney V. Fletcher, and College of Pharmacy Alumni Society President Joshua Hite.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) marks a new era of pharmacy education and research at UNMC, with the groundbreaking for the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery.

"Very few academic medical centers across the country have this quality of cutting-edge infrastructure dedicated to pharmacy education and research," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "With the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery, UNMC once again puts itself in elite company."

It's the latest in a series of unprecedented projects at the Medical Center, coming on the heels of the groundbreaking of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the grand opening of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute.

And, Dr. Maurer said, the results will be profound: The new building gives UNMC's pharmacy students every advantage possible heading into today's changing health care landscape, and the faculty of the College of Pharmacy every tool available in order to uncover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

UNMC's College of Pharmacy is already recognized as one of the outstanding institutions for pharmacy education and research, with graduates that influence health care in communities across Nebraska and the U.S.

The Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education will emphasize the increasing role of pharmacists in providing primary health care by incorporating patient care simulation, a contemporary model pharmacy, a sterile compounding room and practice areas for patient assessment, counseling and point of care testing in its instructional spaces. Student interaction and study areas will be designed to optimize collaborative learning.

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."

Research activities conducted in the Center for Drug Discovery will be especially focused on drug discovery, drug delivery and clinical/translational research in infectious diseases, to make UNMC a national leader in the field. 

The $35 million 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 85,000-square foot facility on the UNMC campus. Construction is expected to begin in February 2014, with projected completion set for July 2015.


Major gifts from the Lozier Foundation, Ruth and Bill Scott and Joseph D. Williams were the driving force behind the project, which will:

Dianne Lozier
Dianne Lozier, J.B. Milliken and Courtney Fletcher


  • 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.


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


The facility will be built east of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education along 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 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.
The project will be paid for entirely by private donations with no state funds used.

New COP rendering
Artist Rendering of New College of Pharmacy Building



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