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Class of 2013 – Oath & Hooding Ceremony, May 9, 2013


raduation Celebrations:

G RADUATE L UNCHEON The Class of 2013 graduation activities began with the Graduation Luncheon on May 8th in the Rosenberg Sky Room in the McCombs Center on the UIW main campus. Each graduate received a glass award marking the receiving of their degree from FSOP, a membership certificate for the Feik School of Pharmacy Alumni Network, and a desk nameplate from FSOP & the alumni network.

Dr. Johnson-Fannin poses with award recipients Onyebuchi Amaechi, Cesar Trevino, Andrew Prado and David Wilson.

Dr. Vanessa Phillips receives Preceptor of the Year award.

Dr. Christopher Alvarado, Class of 2010, inducted graduates into the Pharmacy Alumni Network.

Dr. Amyn Madhani, Class of 2012, delivered remarks to the graduates.

The graduate awards and their recipients are listed as follows: CVS/Caremark 2013 Outstanding Community Pharmacy Intern H-E-B Set Sail Award Target Award Walgreen’s Honor Graduate Award Wal-Mart Guiding Principles Award APhA Outstanding Graduate Award Facts & Comparisons Award of Excellence in Clinical Communications Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award 2013 Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Graduation Award Los Quijotes Awards Excellence in Clinical Pharmacy Practice Award Pharmaceutical Sciences Department Outstanding Graduate Award Student Affairs Hard Labor Award Student Affairs Super Star Award Student Affairs Diamond Award NCPA Awards Faculty Preceptor of the Year Award Staff of the Year (chosen by FSOP personnel) Faculty of the Year (chosen by FSOP personnel) Teacher of the Year (chosen by FSOP students) Dean’s Academic Achievement Award (4.0 GPA) Dean’s Shining Spirit Award Dean’s Pinnacle Award

Meredith Runion-Chavez Brian Hettler Kendall Whitaker Milliken Rishma Patel Alejandro Morales Brian Hettler Sara Elizondo Jackie Trevino Andrea Barrera Onyebuchi Amaechi, Tram Ngo, Martienne Vernon, Carlos Garcia Stephanie Folts Jacqueline Trevino Esqueda Khadijah Owens Brian Hettler Aaron Chavarria Onyebuchi Amaechi, David Wilson, Andrew Prado, Cesar Trevino Dr. Vanessa Phillips Ms. Alejandra Zertuche Dr. Tina Lopez Dr. Eli Phillips David Wilson Onyebuchi Amaechi Cesar Trevino

O ATH & H OODING C EREMONY The celebration honoring our graduating class continued the following evening, Thursday May 9 th, with the 4th annual FSOP Oath and Hooding Ceremony, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Of all our ceremonies, this is the most elegant, elaborate and prestigious. It allows us to showcase each student and celebrate their marvelous accomplishments with their loved ones. The ceremony is comprised of the hooding of each student and administration of the Pharmacy Oath to the class. Our speaker for this occasion was Mr. Doug Hoey, Executive Director of the National Community Pharmacists Association, who was introduced by Dr. Felix Nguyen, Class of 2011 alumni. The Pharmacy Oath was administered by Mr. Kim Roberson, Senior Director of Professional Affairs, Texas Pharmacy Association.

A BOUT THE C LASS OF 2013 99 students started class on August 17, 2009 at the John & Rita Feik School of Pharmacy at UIW. 73% of the class is female, and 48% are first generation college graduates. 37% call San Antonio home. 54% of the class have a bachelor’s degree, 4% a Master’s degree and 1% a Ph.D. The students’ ages range from 24 to 56 years old. 94 students received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree on Friday, May 10, 2013. 100% of the graduates are 100% committed to the profession of pharmacy, and to the healthcare of each individual whom they will serve. Class diversity: 34% Hispanic, 28% Asian, 19% Caucasian, 18% African America, 1% Native American, 1% other. Where students came from: 84 students are from Texas, 4 from California, 2 from Washington, 2 from abroad, 1 from Connecticut and 1 from Florida.

M E A S U RI N G U P In spring 2013, U.S. News and World Report released another in it series of articles that rank various programs at institutions of higher education. Raking of Pharmacy schools was one. Of the then-existing 113 colleges and schools, approximately 80 were ranked. If one referenced this report as the only yardstick, it would appear that the Feik School of Pharmacy is a “low-performing entity.” Such a conclusion is not only inaccurate, it is removed from the context of all that makes a school wonderful. The chosen criteria by which schools were measured as high-ranking (as enumerated in a recent article) were: being heavily funded by NIH ($20 million and up); 100+ years old; reside in an academic health science center; or have the brand recognition that comes with a winning sports team. This is what it takes to 'win' in the esteemed U.S. News and World Report popularity contest. The Feik School of Pharmacy is fully-accredited, and fully compliant with all local, state, and national credentialing bodies. And we are so much more! We are innovative. We are forward-thinking in curriculum and practice. We are scientifically productive. We are student-centered, community-centered, and globally conscious. We are a strong, well-rounded academic unit. There is no need to play a game that cannot be won. We will continue to do all we can to be the best pharmacy program possible, for our students and those whom they serve. With your support, we are doing great things for Texas and the nation. Together, let’s make the good work better! Best regards, Dr. J


ecent events:



2017 O R I E N T A T I O N W E E K FSOP welcomed the incoming Class of 2017 students with 4 days of orientation activities beginning on Monday, August 5th. The new class of 105 is comprised of 64 female and 41 male students. 100 Walmart-sponsored lunch. students are from Texas, three come to us from California, and one each from Louisiana and Nebraska. The class population reflects the diversity of UIW as a whole, with 34% of the class being Hispanic, 26 % Caucasian, 25% Asian, 5% African American, and 10% other.

Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr., UIW President, met with the P1 students.

P1 orientation session in the Nursing building on main campus. Mentor groups introduced during orientation.




Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin (seated center), Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, shares a photo with the 2013 FSOP Advisory Board during their third meeting, which was held at the pharmacy school on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The Advisory Board is comprised of local and state Pharmacy professionals. The focus of the meeting was strategic planning.

INDIA: STUDY ABROAD BRINGS INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION AND CULTURAL SENSITIVITY A group of 24 Pharmacy, Nursing, and undergraduate students and faculty recently returned from a two-week study abroad experience in India. Fourteen students and three faculty members, Dr. Rebecca Attridge, Dr. Russell Attridge and Dr. David Maize, were from the Feik School of Pharmacy. The trip focus was on healthcare themes, with visits to pharmacy/nursing schools, hospitals, a rural medical clinic, and alternative medical treatment centers (naturopathy, Ayurveda). Students took an elective course in the spring semester to prepare for the trip: presentations and discussion boards focused on cultural traditions, educational systems, political/social happenings, and healthcare practices. This preparation provided a background and frame of reference for everyone (all first-timers to India!). The elective course and travels in India accomplished two important objectives. First, Pharmacy, Nursing, and healthcare-interested undergraduate students developed interdisciplinary friendships and understandings that can be used throughout their schooling and careers. Second, we gained a better understanding of Indian culture and healthcare so we are able to improve care, communication, and understanding with a more diverse group of patients.




A large contingent of 17 FSOP faculty and administrators attended the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, in Chicago, IL from July 13th – 17th. Along with the Dean, Dr. Johnson-Fannin, also in attendance were Dr. Rebecca Brady, Dr. Kimberly Cauthon, Dr. Jeffrey Copeland, Dr. Bradi Frei, Dr. Adeola Coker, Dr. Lila LaGrange, Dr. William Linn, Dr. David Maize, Dr. Anita Mosley, Dr. Marcos Oliveira, Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani, Ms. Christina Seeger, Dr. Amanda Sharpe, Dr. Elizabeth Urteaga, Dr. Amy Witte, and Ms. Alejandra Zertuche. Dr. Jeffrey Copeland presented Experiential Consortia: The Benefits to Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy and Faculty Preceptors (Co-authors: Brozick, Copeland, Myhra, Pitman), as well as having an entry in the poster session: Pharmacy services on a domestic medical mission trip interprofessional education IPPE (Co-authors Copeland, Farrell, Cauthon).

Dr. David Maize presented a poster Building Cultural Sensitivity Through a Study Abroad Experience (Coauthors Attridge RT, Attridge RL, Gilliland I). Dr. Bradi Frei presented a poster Click, Capture, Test. Innovative Technology in the Classroom (Co-authors Horlen C, Lopez T, Maize D, Zertuche A, JohnsonFannin A). Dr. Rebecca Brady presented a poster Validation of a Case-Based Annual Student Assessment and Progression Exam (Co-authors Copeland J, Gottlieb H, Grillo, Horlen, Smith, Urteaga E, Maize D). Dr. Lila LaGrange was an invited presentation speaker in the Biological Sciences Section. Her July 14th presentation title was Integration of Physiology in the Pharmacy Curriculum. Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani made a podium presentation entitled Pharmacy Student Perceptions to Student Organization Opportunities and Student Services at Colleges/ Schools of Pharmacy with Satellite Campuses on July 16th. Ms. Christina Seeger, FSOP Librarian, participated in a poster presentation as part of the AACP Preceptor Development Task Force (Co-chairs Skrabal and Stelter, with members Cardello, Colbert, Hix, Kieser, Seeger, Talbert, Weitzel, statistical support Turner). The poster was entitled The Current State and Needs of Preceptor Development Training: Results of a National Preceptor Development Survey. Dr. Elizabeth Urteaga, Dr. Russell Attridge, Dr. John Tovar and Dr. Amy Witte made a presentation Evaluation of Clinical Skills with an Objective Structured Clinical Examination on July 15th.

FS O P’ S N E W E S T L E A D E R S H I P F E L L O W Each year, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) names 30 Academic Leadership Fellows and five dean facilitators from a nationwide pool of applicants. For 20122013, AACP named Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani, Assistant Dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a fellow. The program is designed to develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy faculty for leadership roles in academic pharmacy and higher education.

Lucinda L. Maine, AACP Executive Vice President and CEO and Dean Johnson-Fannin present the program certificate to Dr. Ramsinghani (center).


Dr. Ramsinghani received a certificate for program completion at the AACP Annual Meeting in July. (Photo by Dr. Johnnie Early) She was additionally recognized with a commemorative globe at the fall FSOP all-school meeting on August 1st.

ews from Main Campus:

UIW RECEIVES HEALTHY WORKPLACE AWARD (Pictured L-R): San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro; Dr. Peter Wald, Chair, San Antonio Business Group on Health; Mary Ullmann Japhet, Chair, Mayor's Fitness Council, and Senior Vice President, San Antonio Sports; present the Healthy Workplace Recognition 2013 award to Dr. David Jurenovich (far right), Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, on May 21. UIW was honored with Silver Level Recognition by the Mayor’s Fitness Council for outstanding achievement in the area of employee health and wellness promotion through workplace wellness initiatives. (Photo courtesy of the City of San Antonio.)

BENSON STADIUM ADDITION There has been a recent addition near Benson Stadium – a bronze sculpture created by UIW parent Larry Stevens of Stevens Art Foundry in Bulverde. Stevens has created sculptures for schools throughout the country including Notre Dame and Texas A&M. The statue was installed on July 1 to coincide with UIW’s NCAA D-I Southland Conference Day One Celebration. GO CARDINALS!




The department has now reached its full complement of faculty as a result of two new professors. Dr. Christine Whong, a critical care specialist from Memorial Hermann in Houston, and Dr. Bethany Kalich (Class of 2011), critical care/cardiology specialist from the University of North Carolina, joined us this summer. Dr. Cheryl Horlen, residency program director, has recruited two new pharmacotherapy residents for 2013-2015, Drs. Braden Adamson and Hansita Patel. Current residents, Drs. Tina Lee and Merlyn Joseph, will be completing their 2-year residency in 2014. In an effort to provide educational support to our alumni, the Drug Information Center will be sending you Cardinal Tweets. This electronic publication is modeled after the ACP Journal Club. It will provide abstracts of key articles of interest for the practice of pharmacy. Importantly, it will also include a short commentary on the significance of the results. Current news can be found on Twitter @FSOPTweets. Dr. William Linn Assistant Dean, Chair of Pharmacy Practice




I am happy to report to you that the faculty and staff in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are doing well. Once again, we are starting the new academic year with vigor and optimism. We did not have any new additions to the faculty in the department as we are fully staffed. However, we did add a new staff position of research associate-Ms. Cynthia Franklin. Cyndi will assist faculty in their research efforts. She is well-trained in animal research and is keen to learn new skills in other areas of pharmaceutical research. The summer of 2013 was consumed by reconstruction and repair work in the FSOP building. This prevented us from getting into the labs and conducting hands-on research. Nevertheless, faculty members were busy with other scholarly pursuits such as writing grants, book chapters and delivering poster and podium presentations. Our department is offering a new elective – Research Methods in Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a collective effort on behalf of our department faculty. A P3 student who elects to take this course will learn a variety of

research methods such as PCR, immunohistochemistry, chemical synthesis of drugs, HPLC-based characterization of drugs and metabolites, to name a few. The course will be coordinated by Drs. Elizabeth Yablonski and Amanda Sharpe. I hope that your career is progressing well and that you are also adding some new skills in your professional domain. Please visit with us in person or virtually when you can. I look forward to seeing you! Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani Assistant Dean, Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences




Dear FSOP Alumni, A new school year is historically a time for nostalgia, change and transition. Nostalgia, in that we reminisce on the good, bad, and sometimes the ugly (which is when, as students, we promised ourselves to redouble our study efforts). The new year is also a time of change and opportunity for faculty, students, and alumni. In keeping with the spirit of transition, it is fitting to highlight the transition of one of UIW’s own, Dr. Bethany Kalich née Archer, who rejoins FSOP as part of the faculty team. Dr. Kalich, a 2011 graduate, started her pursuit of a pharmacy career with a vision for a future in clinical pharmacy. As a student, she strove for excellence whether completing coursework, leading a CPFI retreat, or representing FSOP as the SSHP chapter president. After pharmacy school, Dr. Kalich continued her pursuit of excellence with the completion of a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 critical care specialty residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Per Dr. Kalich, teaching was a highpoint of her residency. Given her passion for teaching, research and learning, academia made for a logical career choice, and where better to teach than her very own Alma Mater in her hometown. As we welcome Dr. Kalich to her new pharmacy home, it is with pride and gratitude – pride in all that she has accomplished and has yet to accomplish in her career, and gratitude for the brilliant spotlight she has placed on our school and the talents she plans to use for the future of pharmacy. I am always eagerly looking for past alumni to help serve as preceptors. The process is very straightforward, so please do not hesitate to contact me by email ( and I will be happy to assist you in any way. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your story with fellow alumni. Best wishes,


Dr. Nicole Farrell IPPE Coordinator

Dr. Lila LaGrange & “Pharm Phit Phamily” P1 mentees.

Dr. Bradi Frei & her “Hot Fries” P1 mentee group.


ecent Hires:

N E W F UL L -T I M E F A C U L T Y Two new faculty members have joined the Pharmacy Practice Department during the summer, and have begun their teaching responsibilities this fall. Dr. Bethany Kalich, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice  Post-graduate education: Critical Care Specialty Residence, University of North Carolina Health Care, July 2012; Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of North Carolina Health Care, June 2012  Pharmacy education: Doctor of Pharmacy – Summa Cum Laude, University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy, May 2011.  Professional memberships: Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Christine Whong, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice  Post-graduate education: Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty, University of Virginia Health System, June 2006; Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Virginia Health System, June 2005.  Pharmacy education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Magna Cum Laude, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, May 2004.  Professional memberships: Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Clinical Pharmacy

FSOP R E S I DE N C Y P R O G R A M The Feik School of Pharmacy welcomed two new Pharmacotherapy Residents in July. Dr. Braden Adamson is a recent graduate of Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Hansita Patel completed her pharmacy degree at Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville, Texas. Both will spend the next 24 months completing a variety of rotations throughout San Antonio, under the direction of Residency Director Dr. Cheryl Horlen.


aculty Highlights:

Dr. Rebecca Attridge  

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Awarded UIW Intramural Award Competition grant of $10,000 for Evaluation of Clinical Skills Utilizing an Objective Structured Clinical Examination with PI Urteaga E. 2013-2014. Published Intravenous sodium bicarbonate therapy in severely acidotic diabetic ketoacidosis in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2013;47:970-5, July 1st. Co-authors Duhon B, Attridge RL, Franco-Martinez AC, Maxwell PR, Hughes DW. Presented A Simple Approach to Acid-Base Disorders at the Texas Pharmacy Association Conference and Expo, Frisco, TX, July 25. Organize the AACP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge yearly, in which FSOP students compete for 3 positions to represent UIW in national competition.

Dr. Renee Bellanger     

Awarded UIW Intramural Award Competition grant of $8,929 for Polymorphisms Associated with the Risk of Neonatal PNAC with co-investigators Smith HE and Yablonski E, 2013-2014. Participant in the TPA Self Care Student-Faculty Challenge at FSOP, San Antonio, TX, June 14. Attended Communication Arts High School Mentorship Day presentation, San Antonio, TX, May 22. Volunteered with FSOP students at Armando Leal Middle School Career Fair, San Antonio, TX, May 15. Reviewed a chapter, Introduction to Dietary Supplements, for the APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, June 1-20.

Dr. Kimberly Cauthon  

Published Evaluation of peer-graded assignments in a skills-based course sequence in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2013 Jul-Aug; 5(4): 283-287. Storjohann T, Raney E, Pogge E, Cauthon KAB. Published Immunization update: recommendations for adults with chronic disease in Osteopathic Family Physician, 2013 Jul-Aug; 5: 169-174. Co-authors Cauthon KAB, Raney ED, Scott SC.

Dr. Jeffrey Copeland   

Presented Ethics in Pharmacy Education and Issues with Student Professionalism on Experiential Rotations at the TPA Conference and Expo 2013, July 27. Co-authors Copeland and Pitman. Presented Finding Hope in a Changing Health Care System at the CPFI Annual Conference and National Student Retreat, Flat Rock, NC, June 7. Presented A Prescription for Joy at the CPFI Southwest Regional Retreat, San Antonio, TX, August 2.

Dr. Cheryl Horlen 

Presented Emergency Contraception: What are the options? at TPA Conference & Expo, Frisco, TX, July 26.

Dr. Tiffany-Jade Kreys  

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Awarded UIW Intramural Award Competition grant of $9,000 for Second Generation Antidepressants and Fracture Risk in the Elderly, 2013-2014. Co-investigators Lusk KA, Kreys TJ, Parker N, Sarbacker B. Published An evaluation of inpatient treatment continuation and hospital readmission rates in patients with bipolar disorder treated with aripiprazole or quetiapine in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2013;19(4): 288295. Co-authors Kreys TJ, Fabian T, Saul M, Haskett R, Coley K. Authored an editorial A Bump in the Road – Overcoming Fear Associated with Psychotropic Treatment During Pregnancy in The Mental Health Clinical, August 1. Published A Bump in the Road – Overcoming Fear Associated with Psychotropic Treatment During Pregnancy in the online publication The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Mental Health Clinical, August. Served as Pharmacy editor of the August issue – Psychotropics and Treatment of the Child-bearing Woman – of the online journal Mental Health Clinician, August 1.

Dr. Lila LaGrange  

Served as a Special Awards Judge representing the American Physiological Society at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, May 14-17. Instructor for an American Physiological Society online course Interviewing for Academia, May 9-19.

Dr. Kathleen Lusk 

Published Role of aldosterone blockade for resistant hypertension in Cardiology Today, May 1.

Dr. David Maize  

Received Grand Council Deputy Certificate of Excellence, for serving as GCD for the FSOP Beta Epsilon Chapter, the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity 56th Grand Council Convention, St. Petersburg, FL, August 3. Attended ACPE Self-Study Chair Workshop, Chicago, IL, August 6-7.

Dr. Anita Mosley  

Awarded UIW Intramural Award Competition grant of $10,000 for Evaluation of the Release Properties of Delayed Release Enteric-Coated Omeprazole, 2013-2014. Published Pharmacy Students’ Perception of a Modified Supplemental Instruction Program in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 5(3): 175-179, 2013. Co-authors Mosley, A, LaGrange LP, Maize DF.

Dr. Vanessa Phillips  

Attended the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, May 18-21. Received the FSOP 2013 APPE Preceptor of the Year Award for 2012-2013, May 8.

Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani 

Completed AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program, July 13.

Dr. Blair Sarbacker  

Awarded UIW CLARION Intramural Grant Interprofessional Education Initiative for $7,130, 2013-2014. Coinvestigators Crocker AF, Garcia C, Vales M, Ramirez M, Sarbacker B. Presented poster Total Anticholinergic Burden and Ten Year Survival within a Cohort of Elderly Mexican Americans: Pattern of ACh Burden Or Polypharmacy? at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, Grapevine, TX, May 3. Co-authors Sarbacker GB, Oakes L, Wood R, Anand D, Espino D. Presented poster Anticholinergic Burden and Ten Year Survival within a Cohort of Elderly Mexican Americans at the 20th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, Korea, July 25. Co-authors Sarbacker GB, Oakes LS, Wood RD, Anand D, Espino DV.

Ms. Christina Seeger  

Installed as Chair-elect, Library and Information Science Section, at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 14. Volunteer at the Krueger Middle School Book Fair, May 6-10.

Dr. Amanda Sharpe 

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Published Rats Selectively Bred for Differences in Aerobic Capacity Have Similar Hypertensive Responses to Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia in the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 305:H403-409, August 1. Co-authors Sharpe AL, Andrade MA, Herrera-Rosales M, Britton SL, Koch LG, Toney GM. Published Food restriction increases glutamate receptor-mediated burst firing of dopamine neurons in the Journal of Neuroscience, e-published ahead of print, August 2. Co-authors Brach SY, Goertz RB, Sharpe AL, Pierce J, Roy S, Ko D, Paladini CA, Beckstead MJ. Attended 2013 AACP Teachers Seminar, Chicago, IL, July 13. Volunteered as a Summer Reading Buddy with San Antonio Youth Literacy, San Antonio, TX, June-August.

Dr. Donald Sikazwe   

Awarded UIW Intramural Award Competition grant of $6,500 for Dithiazines as counter-agents for free radical loads in Alzheimer’s, 2013-2014. Attended Cultural Competency Training at the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, July 27. Submitted a 2014-2016 NIH R15 research grant application for Multi-mechanistic molecules towards slowing neuronal and cognitive losses in Alzheimer’s for $300,000, June 25.

Dr. Elizabeth Urteaga   

Awarded UIW Intramural Award Competition grant of $10,000 for Evaluation of Clinical Skills Utilizing an Objective Structured Clinical Examination, 2013-2014. Co-authors Urteaga E and Witte A. Continuing Education presentation Patient Assessment Skills in Practice to the Central Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, San Antonio, TX, May 22. Served as FSOP delegate at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 13-17.

Dr. Raghunandan Yendapally 

Awarded UIW Intramural Award Competition grant of $7,000 for Synthesis of novel fluoroquinolone analogs as potential antibacterial agents, 2013-2014.

Alumni & Preceptor Conferences: These CE conferences are offered to pharmacists interested in serving as preceptors for FSOP students. There is no cost for attendance, and participation is limited to the first 100 registrants each day. Pre-registration is required, by September 12th, by calling (210) 883-1020, faxing (210) 8221516 or email with your name, phone number and email address.

M ON DA Y , S E PT E M B E R 16 T H – A L U M NI P R E CE P T OR E DU CAT I O N C O NFE RE NCE Following dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m., these three 1-hour CE topics will be presented at FSOP:  Constructing a Quality Pharmacy Practice Experience 0445-0000-13-008-L04-P

 The Building Blocks of an Exceptional Rotation 0445-0000-13-009-L04-P

 Foundations for Success: Expert Advice on Creating an Exceptional Experiential Experience 0445-0000-13-010-L04-P

T HU RS DA Y , S E PT E M B E R 19 T H – P R E CE PT OR E D UC AT I ON C ON FE RE N CE Following dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m., these three 1-hour CE topics will be presented at FSOP:  Evaluating Quality Pharmacy Practice Experiences 0445-0000-13-011-L04-P

 Precepting Blueprints for Success 0445-0000-13-012-L04-P

 Managing and Providing an Excellent Rotation Experience 0445-0000-13-013-L04-P

Each participant must complete and submit an evaluation form before leaving the conference, and pass a postassessment with a minimum score of 70% in order to receive continuing education credit. It will take 4-6 weeks to be registered with NABP. A continuing education certificate will not be mailed to you.

F I RS T FSOP T A I L GA T E P A R T Y ! – S AT UR D AY , S E PT E M B E R 14 T H Calling all FSOP Alumni! YOU ARE INVITED! The UIW Cardinals will be facing off against the Langston University Lions on Saturday September 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the Gayle & Tom Benson Stadium. Come join your fellow alumni, current FSOP students, faculty, staff and administrators for our first official tailgate party at 2:30 p.m. in the Natatorium parking lot – sponsored by Dr. J & the FSOP. We hope to see everyone there in their RED AND BLACK!!!



You must RSVP if you plan to come, so we can have enough food& beverages on hand! Please RSVP to this link by September 1st:




FSOP will participate in a free interprofessional health fair for the whole family on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m.-noon at St. Philip’s College - Center for Health Professions (400 block of South Walters St. @ MLK Drive). At the event guests can take part in cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, vision and glaucoma screenings as well as diabetic foot exams, medication education & counseling and nutrition counseling. There will also be various demonstrations and screenings specifically for children. For details, call (210) 883-1000. This event is held in partnership with UIW and St. Philip's College health professions programs and Walmart.



please sign up with Dr. Tina Lopez at or (210) 883-1100.

S PA G HE T T I F E E D F U N D R A I S E R The American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the Feik school of Pharmacy is hosting the first annual Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser. The event is on Friday, Sept. 13th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom on the UIW campus. There will be a raffle, live DJ, and spaghetti dinner. Spaghetti tickets are $5.00, raffle tickets range from $1-$10, and golden tickets for the iPad mini grand prize are $100. Tickets to the public will be sold at the door. Come join us for an exciting night to help raise funds to support APhA-ASP student pharmacist leadership activities such as health fairs, local counseling competitions, and patient care projects for our community. Please contact Amanda Zessin for additional information at

tudent News: FSOP S TUDENTS S HINING S TARS AT TPA M EETING ! FSOP was well-represented on many fronts at the Texas Pharmacy Association 2013 Conference and Expo, July 24-27, 2013 in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Christopher Alvarado, FSOP alumnus 2010, received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year award. The award was presented to him (photo at right) by Senator Leticia Van De Putte, who remarked that she expected to see Dr. Alvarado in the Texas legislature in the near future. At the TPA Annual Meeting Dinner, FSOP students pose (left) with Dean Johnson-Fannin and alumnus Dr. Chris Alvarado. Student Jeffrey Van Liew (‘16) was elected Chair-Elect of the TPA Student Executive Committee. Three students represented FSOP in the Texas Patient Counseling Competition: Mr. Roderick Sanchez (‘14), Ms. Amanda Zessin (‘15) and Ms. Kim-Ly Nguyen (‘14). Ms. Zessin brought home first place out of all 6 pharmacy school teams in the state. This is the second consecutive year UIW has won this honor.




The members of the Delta Eta Chapter of the Rho Chi Society conducted an ASAP exam topics review throughout the day on August 1st and 2nd. The highest attendance at a session was 92 students, with an average turnout of 75 students per session. There was a cost of admittance to the ASAP review sessions – donations of needed toiletries and clothing items for the residents of Haven for Hope, the homeless shelter in downtown San Antonio. Rho Chi members felt they provided a great overview of targeted study areas for students about to take the ASAP exam – while also providing needed supplies and encouragement to San Antonio’s less fortunate.

FSOP C HAPTE R H OST S R E GI ON AL CPFI R ET RE AT The FSOP chapter of CPFI hosted the first annual Southwest Regional Retreat on August 2-4, 2013. The retreat topics were The Prescription for Joy, Joy is a Choice, and Traffic: Leadership on the Highways of Life. Students from CPFI chapters at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Texas Tech University Health Science Center – Amarillo joined members of the FSOP chapter in attending. Retreat attendees participated in a community service event of reading inspirational stories to residents of The Village assisted living facility, which is run by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

H -E -B S U M M E R I N T E R N A W A R D S Mr. Brent Thacker, H-E-B Pharmacy Regional Director, announced that both of the San Antonio/West Region Intern of the Summer awards went to FSOP students – to Mr. Adam Cabasos (’16) and Mr. David Gonzales (’16). H-E-B interns are nominated by their preceptors for this award in recognition of their leadership, work ethic, and outstanding customer service. Nominations are then reviewed and two winners selected for the region by H-E-B administrators.

K AP P A P S I C H A P T E R B R I N G S H OM E A W A RDS The Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity’s 56th Grand Council Convention was held July 30th – August 2nd in St. Pete Beach, Florida, at the Tradewinds Island Resort. It was the largest convention in Kappa Psi history, with a total turnout of about 750 Brothers from all over the U.S. and Canada. There were a record number of our own Epsilon Beta Brothers attending, with five Collegiate Brothers and seven Graduate Brothers representing our Chapter, many of whom were first-time attendees. th

Epsilon Beta proudly accepted awards for being the 6 Best Collegiate Chapter in the nation and the Best Chapter in the Southwest Province.

Epsilon Beta Brothers (L-R): Chi Pham, Liz Kallarackal, Marcus Martinez, Chuong Le, Nancy Luu, Jennifer Ma, Stephanie De La Cruz, Jonathan Jean, and Amyn Madhani

D E A N ’ S P I NN A C L E A W A R D During the Graduate Luncheon honoring the Class of 2013 on May 8, 2013, Dr. Johnson-Fannin awarded the Dean’s Pinnacle Award to Cesar Trevino. Dr. Trevino graduated magna cum laude with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UIW at the May 10th commencement ceremony. During his attendance at FSOP, he served as the Chair of the Dean’s Student Council, as well as being a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society and Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, where he served as inaugural president. The Dean’s Pinnacle Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an FSOP graduate, and Dr. Trevino is one of just three students to have received the award to date. The award is given in recognition of a student’s dedication to the UIW mission through service, academic excellent and leadership. Cesar Trevino receiving the Pinnacle Award from Dean Johnson-Fannin

Dr. Trevino serves as a community pharmacist at a San Antonio Walgreens.




FSOP student Ms. Brittny Wolda (P3) competed in a Tang Soo Do tournament this summer. She took first place in her sparring division and second place in the allaround female Master sparring division. She has been training in martial arts since she was 5 years old. She is currently a 1st degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and a 4th degree blackbelt and Master Instructor in Tang Soo Do. From her training in martial arts, Ms. Wolda has learned dedication, determination and discipline – all traits that have contributed to her success at the Feik School of Pharmacy. She is the current Vice President of APhA, treasurer of the Rho Chi Society, and an active member of the Epsilon Beta Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.


lumni News:

Dear Alumni, Another school year has begun and the class of 2017 will soon be donning their white coats. We are looking for volunteers from the FSOP alumni to assist with the White Coat Ceremony to be held on October 4th at 1:30 p.m. Some future alumni events to look forward to are a student/faculty/alumni tailgate scheduled for September 14 th on the main campus, and we hope to see many of you there. There is a lot of excitement on the main campus with UIW Football in full swing. The alumni are in the planning stages with the FSOP faculty for a CE opportunity this fall. A preceptor conference has already been scheduled for September 16 th and 19th. I hope to see most of you there to discuss ideas of what you want to see from your alumni network, since we have just fewer than 400 alumni members. We are also planning to have a nice gathering of the alumni at the 2014 TPA annual conference in San Marcos at the end of July. You will not have to attend the conference, but there is always a lot of information and networking taking place at this conference. The alumni network will be searching for new leaders in the near future. I have enjoyed the term as President of the FSOP alumni network for the past three years, and will continue to be an active member for as long as God allows me to be. I really enjoy sharing information about job opportunities and information concerning pharmacy advocacy. Pharmacy will be at the forefront of all the new health care changes coming out in the very near future. We need to continue to show the community and our state and national Representatives the importance of pharmacist involvement in the health care team. Hope to see you on campus at one or all of the above-mentioned events! Take care, Chris Alvarado, Pharm.D. UIW-FSOP Alumni Chair

FSOP W E B S I T E R E D E S I GN E D The redesigned FSOP website debuted this summer on July 1st. A more graphics-oriented site, visitors will now find slideshows of recent activities, pictures of our students and donors, a calendar of upcoming events, and video tour of the school narrated by Dr. Johnson-Fannin. The new web address is Some of the new features include a “Quick Facts” page, statistics on FSOP graduates’ NAPLEX passing rates, and a suggestion box – found on the Alumni and Friends page We welcome your feedback and invite you to visit!

H O NO RI N G O U R O W N Dr. Johnson-Fannin poses with Dr. Christopher Alvarado, Class of 2010, at the Texas Pharmacy Association 2013 Conference and Expo in Frisco, TX. Dr. Alvarado was selected to receive the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year award, which is a very great honor. The award was presented by Senator Leticia Van De Putte, who remarked that she expected to see Dr. Alvarado in the Texas legislature in the near future. Dr. Alvarado is a great advocate for the profession of pharmacy, on both a local and state level.

W HAT I T ’ S A LL A B OUT … Dr. Erika Hernandez, FSOP 2012 alumnus, was recently recognized in The H-E-B Community employee newsletter. She recognized the symptoms of a serious condition in one of her customers and was instrumental in saving her life.

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