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An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

December 2015
Dean's Greeting
Dear Friends,

2015 was an outstanding year for the College of Pharmacy, and as the year comes to a close, I want to send some Thank You notes.

Thank You - to the faculty of the COP. You are world class. I am continually impressed by your dedication to providing our students the best pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education anywhere, and your commitment to the discovery and application of new knowledge to advance our profession.

Thank You - to the staff of the COP. You are vital to everything we do at the COP. You make sure the students get admitted and registered for courses, the syllabi and handouts are prepared, the rooms are scheduled, the students select sites for rotations, the grants get submitted and the supplies get ordered.

Thank You - to the students of the COP. You inspire and amaze me. There is a legacy of academic excellence established by our alumni, and you always rise to meet those expectations. You achieve this while finding time to think of others, provide service outreach across Nebraska, and often working part time. You are fine individuals, and the pharmacy profession will be in good hands.

Thank You - to our alumni and Friends. The COP would be a much lesser institution without your support. We value all that you give, whether that is your time by serving as a voluntary preceptor for our students or serving on a committee for the COP, or your financial gifts that allow to achieve our mission in ways we could not otherwise.

May the warmth and joy of this holiday season stay with you throughout 2016.


Courtney V. Fletcher
Dean and Professor


Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Dr. Dobesh and P4 class president Jared Matya (right)
The 2015 Annual College of Pharmacy Fall Honors Convocation was held on October 22.  Over $600,000 in scholarships and other leadership awards and prizes were presented.  Dr. Ally Dering-Anderson, Chair of the Scholarship, Honors and Financial Aid Committee, presided at the Convocation. 

The Distinguished Teacher of the Year was also presented by Class of 2016 President, Jared Matya, to Dr. Paul Dobesh, Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.  Dr. Dobesh was named the distinguished teacher of the year because of his passion for teaching, his ability to challenge the students to take responsibility for their own learning, emphasizing the importance of keeping up to date on current information, and making sure students succeed. One student stated, "Dr. Dobesh's unique approach to teaching drives up the standard of education for the college of pharmacy." This is Dr. Dobesh fourth time receiving the award.

The Distinguished Teaching Award has been presented annually since 1994 to a College of Pharmacy faculty member to recognize his or her excellence in teaching and dedication to student learning. Each spring, the Student Advisory Committee, a committee consisting of student leaders from the College of Pharmacy, requests nominations from the student body.  The nominators must include an explanation as to why they believe the nominee should be a candidate to receive the Award.  Once all nominations have been received, the Student Advisory Committee meets to consider all nominations.

Congratulations to the scholarship/award recipients and to Dr. Dobesh!
Farewell Dr. Olsen
Keith Olsen, Pharm.D., '80, Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, has accepted the Dean position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Olsen is a 1980 graduate of the College of Pharmacy, and has been faculty since 1993.  In 2007, Dr. Olsen became chair of the department of Pharmacy Practice.
Congratulations, Dr. Olsen!

Dr. Charles Krobot assumed the role of Interim Chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice effective November 1. 
Pharmacy dean receives prestigious Fellow designation
Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., one of the select few deans of a school or college of pharmacy to maintain an active, NIH-funded research program, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Read more.

Dr. Lyuchenko's Good Year
Lyubchenko Yuri Lyubchenko, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, said this quietly, almost with wonder: "It has been a really good year."  Read more.

Researchers present at military health symposium
Dr. Wang
Seven UNMC researchers joined more than 1,700 military medical clinicians and scientists, academic and industry leaders at the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium in August in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  Full Article

Welcome Drs. Xiaofang Wang and Mary Vacha
Name: Xiaofang Wang, Ph.D.
Hometown: Shanxi, China.
Title and department at UNMC: Research Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

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Name:  Mary E. Vacha
Hometown:  Omaha, Nebraska
New title and department at UNMC: Adult Liver Transplant Pharmacist Coordinator at Nebraska Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice at the College of Pharmacy

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Progress continues
South side of pharmacy building, December 2015

Nebraska Pharmacy Technician Certification

Did you know...effective Jan 1, 2017 all pharmacy technicians in Nebraska must be certified by a state or national certifying body (LB37).  The College of Pharmacy is launching a Nebraska Pharmacy Technician Certification program.  Read more.

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