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FSOP students enjoy UIW’s annual Light the Way Ceremony at Benson Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

The Dean’s Corner Dear Alumni, In this second edition of the alumni newsletter you will find interesting stories and information about happenings at the FSOP. We are happy to use this medium to keep you abreast of what we are doing and how we continue to progress. What’s missing from this issue is Y O U ! We want to hear about your lives, your progress, your successes, your adventures. I know you have Facebook and other social media to keep you connected to each other. But the Cardinal Script newsletter is a special place --- just for us to share and archive the special things occurring in our world. Please take the time to send us a note and a photo about you! Is there a wedding on the calendar, a baby on the way, a promotion, a job change, a trip to the moon, an appointment to a non-profit board, another degree? If it is significant to you, it is important to us. As we move toward the end of another calendar year and take time to celebrate our wonderful bounty, remember that the foundation acquired at the FSOP can never be taken away from you. I invite you to participate in our activities, share your stories, and give back with your time, talent, and resources. Enjoy this edition of the Alumni Newsletter. As ever, Dr. J FOUNDING DEAN AND PROFESSOR

Please send us your news and stories!! They may be submitted to Ms. Linda Etter, FSOP Publicist, at

Student Affairs Invitation to Alumni It’s that time of year again, “INTERVIEWS” for the incoming class of 2017. Last year we had over 600 applicants competing for the coveted 100 slots at the Feik School of Pharmacy, and we expect similar numbers again this year. The “word” about our school is out, and now it is our responsibility to ensure each incoming class possesses the same academic prowess and leadership skills that make each of our graduates special. That is why we are asking for your help. The first of our interview sessions this year will be on Friday, December 14th, and we hope to interview as many as 100 prospective students. The day consists of two sessions, the first beginning at 9:00 am and ending at noon and the second beginning at 1:30 pm and ending at 4:30 pm. In addition to the interviews, there will be tours of our building and small group discussion sessions that allow the applicants to ask questions of us in an informal setting. We want to give the applicants the opportunity to interact with our greatest assets, our students and graduates --- so help us identify those lucky 100 students of the class of 2017. If you are interested and able to participate in either of the sessions, we would be excited to hear from you. Please contact Ms. Kristen Dicianna at 210-883-1063, or by email at Dr. Kevin Lord ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

Alumni Network Announcements Dear Alumni  Happy Holidays! There are a few announcements that I’d like to share with our Alumni. I would like to congratulate Dr. Amyn Madhani for being selected to the UIW Alumni Board of Directors. Also, the Bexar County Pharmacy Association elected new officers and we have three alumni who were elected. I have been elected as President, Dr. Staci Kurmel was elected as Treasurer, and Dr. Ramon Cereceres has been appointed to the Board of Directors. If you have any announcements that you’d like to share with our FSOP Alumni Network, please contact me at I would like to wish you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday season. I pray for health and happiness for you and your loved ones in 2013! Enjoy the holidays with your family, Dr. Chris Alvarado FSOP ALUMNI NETWORK CHAIR

Continuing Ed Goes Paperless: No More Certificates after Dec. 31st As a reminder, CPE Monitor is a national collaborative effort by ACPE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. It will also offer boards of pharmacy the opportunity to electronically authenticate the CPE units completed by their licensees. Beginning January 1, 2013, CPE credit awarded to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians by an ACPE-accredited provider must be uploaded into the CPE Monitor service. Paper certificates will no longer be issued for any CE program. You must bring your CE number to all programs to get credit. If you do not have a CE number, go to and click on the CPE Monitor to register.


ecent Happenings:

PHARMACY REVIEW – SECOND ISSUE PUBLISHED The Feik School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce publication of the second edition of its electronic and print, open-sourced, peer reviewed and student-operated journal, the UIW Pharmacy Review. The Pharmacy Review provides FSOP students with the opportunity to learn the intricate processes of editing and publishing a professional journal. This year’s Editorial Board is comprised of the following students: Editor in Chief Sara Elizondo (2013), Executive Editor Andrea Roldan (2013), and Editors Edita Bernardo (2013), Tia Krause (2013), Anna Griffith (2014), and Jennifer Ma (2015). Four Class of 2014 students serve as editorial staff: Theiry Chea, Kate Goodspeed, Erin Moore and Emilie Quach. Journal creators and faculty advisors for the Pharmacy Review are Dr. William Linn and Dr. Eli Phillips. Dr. Tina Lopez is Webmaster for the journal. It is anticipated that the journal will be released in three editions per calendar year, with various themes that encompass the changing landscape of the pedagogy and practice of pharmacy. The Pharmacy Review is currently welcoming peer reviewers, as well as original article submissions for future editions. The Pharmacy Review seeks articles that are germane to healthcare policy, humanistic experiences, and decision-making processes from healthcare professionals, students, or other interested parties. All submissions can be completed using our online submission process. For more information, please visit:

FSOP WHITE COAT CEREMONY The Feik School of Pharmacy held the White Coat Ceremony for the incoming Class of 2016 on Friday, September 28, 2012. The ceremony was held in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the McCombs Center on the UIW campus. The class of 103 students donned their white coats for the first time, then recited the oath of professionalism to confirm their commitment to the profession of pharmacy and to patient care. Approximately 400 guests, including FSOP faculty, administrators and staff, witnessed the ceremony.

Dr. Louis Agnese, Jr. President, UIW

Dr. Louis Agnese, UIW President, spoke to the students about their momentous undertaking. Dr. Donna S. Wall, Vice President of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s (ACPE) Board of Directors, served as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, Founding Dean, explained that “We want our students to understand that their journey through the pharmacy profession began the moment they walked through our doors. Their commitment to the care and safety of our health begins now. The white coat ceremony makes public this promise.”

Dr. Donna Wall, VP ACPE Board of Directors

DEAN DELIVERS PCP KEYNOTE ADDRESS Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin delivered the keynote address for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony held on October 20, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. Pictured here with her are Dr. Laura Mandos, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Dr. Cathy Poon, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

PENNIES FOR PURE WATER In the spring 2012 semester, Dr. Johnson-Fannin invited FSOP students, faculty and staff to participate in a community service project that would have both immediately tangible and far-reaching effects to improve many lives. The Dean serves on the board of a charitable organization named Small Beginnings Big Results (SBBR), which raises funds and builds water wells in villages in Ghana, Africa. She invited all of FSOP to donate their pennies regularly throughout the semester, and if the school could raise at least $1500, she would donate the rest of the cost for a well to be built in honor of the Feik School of Pharmacy.

Dedication plaque for FSOP well.

The student government officers and the Dean’s Student Council enthusiastically embraced the project, as did the presidents of each class. Faculty and staff were supportive as well. Cardboard collection wells were constructed and placed in each of the three classrooms. By semester’s end, the entire $2000 needed to construct a well had been donated, and was presented to Ms. Mattie Kinard, the founder of SBBR. Construction of the FSOP well was completed this summer, with a dedication ceremony held on August 31, 2012. The well was drilled in the village of Awuku Gua. The 2500 residents of this village had formerly depended on a muddy stream in a valley over a mile away from their homes for all of their water needs. As was evident at the dedication, the people were overjoyed and grateful to have a clean, safe source of water right in their village. This community service project will now be repeated every even-year spring at the Feik School of Pharmacy. For an average donation of just $5 per person, each individual’s pennies can collectively buy blessings to benefit many, and provide a legacy of continued giving for the foreseeable future.




The Feik School of Pharmacy sponsored 13 faculty members’ participation in an 11-week online program entitled H.E.L.P. – Helping Educators Learn Pedagogy, which was put on by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The focus of the program was to increase student engagement and enhanced understanding in the classroom, as well as to integrate technology and assessment strategies into teaching. Attending from the Pharmacy Practice department were Drs. Jason Cota, Bradi Frei, Cheryl Horlen, Tina Lopez, Vanessa Phillips, and John Tovar. Pharmaceutical Sciences department participants included Drs. Adeola Grillo, Lila LaGrange, Anita Mosley, Sushma Ramsinghani, Amanda Sharpe, Donald Sikazwe and Helen Smith.

FSOP SHINES IN UIW EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN Lead by FSOP faculty team captains Drs. Rebecca Brady, Lila LaGrange and Donald Sikazwe, FSOP faculty, staff and administrators achieved 100% participation in the fall 2012 UIW Employee Campaign. Contributions from UIW employees go to support student scholarships and endowment fund, faculty development, and various capital projects to improve facilities and technology for all UIW student populations. FSOP staff and work study students created a collection point for spare change to augment individual donations throughout the month of October.


aculty Highlights:

Dr. Rebecca Attridge  Presented Intravenous sodium bicarbonate therapy in severely acidotic diabetic ketoacidosis at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, October 24. Co-authors: Attridge R, Duhon BM, FrancoMartinez AC, Attridge RL, Maxwell PR, Hughes DW.  Presented Evaluation of clinical skills with an objective structured clinical examination at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, October 24. Co-authors: Attridge R, Urteaga E, Attridge RL, Tovar J, Witte A.  Presented Evaluation of clinical skills with an objective structured clinical examination at the International Pharmaceutical Federation Centennial Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences meeting, October 4. Co-authors: Attridge R, Urteaga E, Attridge RL, Tovar J, Witte A.  Presented Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in the ICU, Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension, and Acid-Base Disorders at Clinical Pharmacy Week, Vienna, Austria, September 10-12.  Attended the American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting, Hollywood, FL, October 21-24. Dr. Russell Attridge  Presented Impact of guideline-concordant antibiotic therapy in critically-ill healthcare-associated pneumonia patients at the 2012 IDWeek meeting in San Diego, CA, October 19. Co-authors: Attridge RT, Frei CR, Restrepo MI, Pugh MJ, Anzueto A, Mortensen EM.  Presented Comparison of bacterial pneumonia etiology in dialysis and non-dialysis patients at the 2012 IDWeek meeting, San Diego, CA, October 19. Co-authors: Farrell NC, Cota JM, Horlen CK, Attridge, RT.  Presented Comparison of bacterial pneumonia etiology in dialysis and non-dialysis patients [encore] at the 2012 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting in Hollywood, CA, October 22. Coauthors: Farrell NC, Cota JM, Horlen CK, Attridge RT.

Dr. Renee Bellanger  Published Managing Hormone-related Migraine. US Pharmacist, volume 37(9): 29 – 32, September.  Proctored the SSHP Clinical Skills competition workshop, FSOP, San Antonio, TX, September 18.  Attended the Pfizer Antibiotic Stewardship conference, San Antonio, TX, September 26.  Met with Communication Arts High School student mentee establishing schedule/project for the year, Oct. 3.  Volunteer/proctor for the San Fernando Health fair, blood pressure monitoring & glucose/cholesterol screening, San Antonio, TX, October 6.  Gave talks on drug abuse prevention at Smithson Valley High school, Girl Scout Gold Award, October 16.  Volunteer/proctor for a Kappa Epsilon service project, Food Bank kitchen, Haven for Hope, October 27. Dr. Kimberly Cauthon  Attended the APhA Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Program and Faculty Training Program, Lisle, IL, September 23-24.  Attended and precepted students for the San Antonio Christian Medical & Dental Association Medical Mission Trip, Del Rio, TX, October 12-13. Dr. Jason Cota  Published Serum vancomycin levels resulting from continuous or intermittent infusion in critically ill burn patients with or without continuous renal replacement therapy. Co-authors: Akers KS, Cota JM, Chung KK, Renz EM, Mende K, Murray CK. Journal of Burn Care and Research, August 8. [Epub ahead of print]  Presented Comparison of bacterial pneumonia etiology in dialysis versus non-dialysis patients at IDWeek: Joint Meeting of IDSA, SHEA, HIVMA and PIDS, San Diego, CA, Oct. 20. Co-authors: Farrell NC, Cota JM, Horlen CK, Attridge RT. Dr. Bradi Frei  Presented Update on Metastatic Breast Cancer at Texas Women in Pharmacy Retreat, Galveston, TX, Oct. 6.  Presented Cancer Prevention: Focus on Drug Therapy, Vaccines, and Lifestyle Choices at the Central Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Seminar, San Antonio, TX, October 20.  Presented poster Analysis of Online Patient Information Resources for Complementary and Alternative Medicines at the ACCP Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL, October 21 - 24. Dr. Hien Ha  Selected as Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program 2011-2012 , San Antonio, TX, August 1.  Received a $2000 Target Campus Grant for student scholarship for the Target Case Competition, San Antonio, TX, October 1.  Faculty advisor for the SNPhA student team that won the Target Case Competition. Congratulations to Linda Dang, Portia Thompson, Briana Elliot, and Linda Paul, who will share the winning $2000 scholarship. San Antonio, TX, October 17. Dr. Tiffany-Jade Kreys  Participated in the American Federation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walk. FSOP students raised the most money of any participating group in the city. San Antonio, TX, September 29.  Attended Bexar County Mental Health Task Force meeting, San Antonio, TX. October 22.  Organized ASHP's Clinical Skills Competition for FSOP students, October 24-25. Dr. Lila LaGrange  Attended the American Physiological Society meeting as a member of the Education Committee, Bethesda, MD, October 26-28.

Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani  Selected as a Fellow in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), July 2012 to June 2013. Ms. Christina Seeger  Attended the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting, Lubbock, TX, October 13-17.  Moderated a roundtable as a member of the Credentialing Committee, South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting, October 14.  Attended the continuing education course "Developing Effective Research Skills for Medical Librarians" at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting, October 14. Dr. Amanda Sharpe  Presented a talk to Southwest Research Institute staff, entitled Central Circuitry Mediating Post-ingestion Metabolism, regarding the American Heart Association in Texas, San Antonio, TX, August 7.  Volunteered at the 2012 SAISD Summer Food Fair with the San Antonio Food Bank, August 7.  Gave talks on acetaminophen toxicity and overdosing at Smithson Valley High school, Girl Scout Gold Award, October 16. Dr. Donald Sikazwe  Textbook reviewer for Medicinal Chemistry for Pharmacy Students, fall 2012.  Served as UIW Employee Campaign co-captain for FSOP, San Antonio, TX, September 13 – October 17.  Member of the UIW ALPHA Task Force, mentoring first generation college students, currently mentoring two UIW undergraduate students, fall 2012.  Established a research collaboration with Dr. Julian Davis of the UIW Chemistry department, October 26.  Mentoring a FSOP P2 pharmacy student in neurodegenerative drug discovery research, August – December. Dr. John Tovar  Presented Immunization Update at the Central Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fall Seminar, San Antonio, TX, October 20.  Presented Vaccinations in the Immunosupressed Patient, Depression, and Metabolic Syndrome during Clinical Pharmacy Week, Vienna, Austria, September 9-11. Dr. Elizabeth Montfort Urteaga  Published Treatment of Paget’s Disease of the Bone. US Pharmacist. 2012;37(10):29-34. October 19.  Poster presentation Evaluation of clinical skills with an objective structured clinical examination at the FIP Centennial Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Co-authors: Montfort E, Attridge R, Tovar J, Witte A.  Poster presentation Evaluation of clinical skills with an objective structured clinical examination at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting, Hollywood, FL, October 24. Co-authors: Montfort E, Attridge R, Tovar J, Witte A.  Attended the APhA Immunization Delivery Train the Trainer program, Chicago, IL, September 24.  Attended the Central Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fall Seminar, San Antonio, TX, October 20.


tudent News:

SAN FERNANDO HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIR As part of a UIW Interprofessional Collaboration (IPE), 43 pharmacy students, ranging from P1s to P4s, volunteered for the 22nd Annual San Fernando Health and Safety Fair on October 6th. They were joined by volunteers from the UIW Student Nurses’ Association, as well as student nurses from San Antonio College. FSOP had the largest contingent of students present. FSOP students helped the citizens of San Antonio by providing services such as glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure readings, monofilament foot exams, and administration of almost 500 flu vaccinations. Dr. Renee Bellanger, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Dr. Blair Sarbacker, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, served as preceptors for the event.

FSOP CHOSEN FOR TARGET CAMPUS GRANT PROGRAM This fall the Feik School of Pharmacy SNPhA chapter was chosen to participate in the Target Campus Grant Program. Target offered this opportunity to only two schools in the Houston/Austin/San Antonio/Rio Grande Valley market. The Case Competition was entered by four groups of FSOP SNPhA students, with the winning team to receive a $2000 academic scholarship. The research project question posed was how Target Pharmacy would be able to continue to differentiate itself from competitors and increase market share. The students were charged with developing a strategic differentiation plan that would help Target drive a sustainable competitive advantage in pharmacy. Required in the PowerPoint presentation proposal was an assessment of the internal strengths/weaknesses and external opportunities/threats of the current situation Target faces in the pharmaceutical market, as well as a second analysis based upon implementation of the proposal. For the presentation on October 17th, each group had 10 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes of questions by three Target personnel who served as judges. The winning team for the FSOP competition are pictured at right with the Target judges and their $2000 scholarship check (left to right): Mashonda Reynolds (Target Campus Recruiter), Thomas Gage (Target Executive Team Lead-Pharmacist), Portia Thompson (P3), Briana Elliott (P3), Thanh (Linda) Dang (P2), Parag Choksi (Target Pharmacy Business Partner) and Linda Paul (P3). Dr. Hien Ha, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, served as the team’s faculty advisor.

KAPPA PSI SERVICE TO LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER The Brothers of Kappa Psi volunteered at the San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) facility on November 6, 2012. Upon their arrival, they received a tour of the facility. Completely funded by the city, the facility’s budget and manpower are tested with about 800 animals a week brought in from various circumstances. The Brothers learned about ways that they can help control the pet population and prevent the euthanasia of these innocent animals. After the tour and learning how the facility operates, the Brothers were divided into three groups: dog-washing, assembling dog collars, or putting together syringes for use during surgery. The ACS performs approximately 80 surgeries per day, and with the help from the Brothers they will be able to perform 5 to 10 additional surgeries per day. The shelter sprays or neuters every animal that is brought in. Brothers assembling surgical supplies. Many of the Brothers stayed longer than their committed two hours to voluntarily spend more time with the animals. Overall, the volunteering collaboration with ACS was a mutually beneficial even. The Brothers left with a heavy heart about all the animals they couldn’t save, but a full heart knowing that they increased the chances of adoption for some of the animals.

SNPHA SHINES AT DIABETES WALK SNPhA members volunteered at the local Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes event, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, on November 3rd. After helping set up the patient counseling area, students participated in blood glucose monitoring, blood pressure and BMI screenings, and helping patients understand their values. They also counseled patients on lifestyle changes to promote wellness.


pecial Deliveries!

We are pleased to announce two very recent new arrivals to our ever-expanding FSOP family: Dr. Raghunandan Yendapally, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and his wife Harshini are happy to announce the birth of their son, Ganesh Ram Yendapally. He was born on Friday, November 16 at 12:39 p.m.. Both mom and baby are doing well.

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Cota, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, his wife Holly and big brother Carson, who are proud to announce the arrival of Liam Mason Cota. He was born Saturday, November 24th at 4:33 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.


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