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Feik School of Pharmacy Report to the



ecent Happenings:

C OMMISS IONING OF THE N EW FSOP D EAN Sr. Walter Maher, UIW Vice President of Mission and Ministry, presided over the commissioning service for the new Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. David Maize. The service was held on January 6, 2017 in the presence of FSOP faculty, administrators and staff in a classroom at the school. Sr. Walter asked for God’s blessing on Dr. Maize and his leadership in the school going forward. Attendees participated in a responsive reading, followed by Dr. Maize verbally avowing to four tenets of service to the school and the university. Attendees then stood and affirmed their commitment to and support of Dr. Maize, confirming the foundation of community and support within the school. All joined together in corporate prayer, asking “may our work together reflect our core values of Dignity, Service, Faith, Truth, Education and Innovation.” Then followed the Blessing of the Hands. In the Catholic tradition, the anointing of hands with oil symbolizes strength, coming to symbolize that we are strengthened by God to do the work that God has called us to do. Dr. Renée Bellanger, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, anointed Dr. Maize’s hands with oil. Dr. Johnson-Fannin, Founding Dean of the FSOP, now retired, was in attendance. She bid attendees a fond farewell, and expressed her best wishes to Dr. Maize. She presented him with a gift she purchased on a trip to China last fall, before it was known whom the new dean would be – a fierce golden dragon. Dr. J indicated that she was pleased to be presenting her gift to Dr. Maize.

N EW C OLLABORATION A GREEMENT IN U ZBEKISTAN Dr. Mathew Garber, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was invited by the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health to speak at their annual pharmacy education conference in Uzbekistan on November 16-17. The conference was hosted by Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute in Tashkent, the capitol of Uzbekistan. Dr. Garber and Dr. Yong-Moon Lee, from Chungbuk National University in South Korea, were the conference guest speakers. Uzbekistan

Seen here in the traditional chapan, Dr. Garber presented a variety of topics including the pharmacy education, healthcare system, and drug approval processes in the United States. This was the first visit in what will likely be a continuing relationship between FSOP and the Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute. UIW has now formalized a sister school relationship with Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute, with a memorandum of agreement signed in January. Collaboration between the schools may include opportunities for student exchanges between the two universities’ pharmacy programs.

FSOP T EAM W INS F ITNESS C HALLENGE  A GAIN ! As the Reindeer Pharmers, the FSOP team once again swept past a bevy of UIW challengers to win the campus-wide holiday-themed Aetna wellness challenge, Fit & Festive. This is the FSOP’s 3rd win out of the last 4 quarters. While hitting each milestone, the team learned tips for staying physically, mentally and emotionally healthy over the holidays – from colder weather exercise and adding steps at work, to time and moneysaving tips and even healthy recipes and mindfulness tips. With only 8 members for this challenge, the team managed to beat out larger teams and finished over 200,000 steps ahead of the second place team, the Eyecicles, from the Rosenberg School of Optometry. The FSOP team: Dr. Amy Diepenbrock, Ms. Kristen Dicianna, Dr. Anita Mosley, Mrs. Christina Seeger (holding trophy), Dr. Amanda Sharp, Dr. Renee Bellanger, and Dr. Lila LaGrange. Not pictured, Dr. Jeff Copeland. Sign-up is occurring now for next challenge, and we hope we’ll be keeping the trophy here again for the next quarter, too!


enure & Promotion:

The Feik School of Pharmacy is richly endowed to have such a talented and dedicated group of faculty members who have been granted tenure and promotion, as noted, for the coming 2017-2018 academic year.

D R . R E N É E B E L L A N GE R , P H ARM .D. Dr. Bellanger’s application for promotion to Professor of Pharmacy Practice has been approved. Dr. Renée Bellanger received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency in hospital pharmacy at Harris Hospital-Methodist in Fort Worth, TX and a residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at the University of Oklahoma. She has maintained board certification in Nutrition Support Pharmacy since 1992, and is licensed in Texas and Louisiana. Dr. Bellanger was the first faculty member hired by the FSOP, on October 1, 2004. Dr. Bellanger has extensive experience in hospital pharmacy administration, clinical pharmacy management and directing pharmacy residency experiences for domestic and international pharmacists. Her practice interests are pediatrics, nutrition and complementary medicine. Dr. Bellanger teaches in a variety of courses at the Feik School of

Pharmacy, including pharmacotherapeutics of the skin and GI tract and elective studies in nutrition, herbal supplements, pediatrics and women’s health. She precepts introductory and advanced clinical experience rotations for pharmacy students in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Dr. Bellanger was installed into the Alpha Epsilon chapter of the Kappa Epsilon fraternity. She is also a member of AACP, ACCP, APhA, ASPEN, Phi Lambda Sigma, Rho Chi, Kappa Epsilon, TSHP and CTSHP.

D R . L I L A L A G R A N G E , P H .D. Dr. LaGrange’s application for promotion to Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences has been approved. Dr. Dr. Lila LaGrange earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science (1994) from Texas A&M University at College Station and a Ph.D. in Physiology (2002) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the UTHSCSA, where she was supported by a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (2002-2004) and an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2004-2006). Dr. LaGrange joined the faculty of the Feik School of Pharmacy in 2006. Dr. LaGrange’s most recent research focuses on assessing factors that influence smooth muscle contractility and is working on a pilot project titled “Role of the Beta-4 BK Sub-unit on Urinary Bladder Smooth Muscle Contractility.” Her ultimate research goal is to further our understanding of the mechanisms by which estrogen influences vascular smooth muscle contractility, thus ultimately influencing blood pressure regulation. In keeping with her research interests and background in physiology, Dr. LaGrange teaches a two-semester anatomy and physiology course to first year pharmacy students. A significant focus of her teaching is integrating tools such as concept mapping and case studies into the course, in order to foster the transition of students from simply knowing concepts to critically analyzing them. In addition to her teaching and scholarly activities, Dr. LaGrange is an active member of several professional organizations that include the American Physiological Society and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

D R . K A T HL E E N L US K , P H A RM .D. Dr. Lusk’s application for promotion to Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice has been approved. Dr. Kathleen Lusk attended the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2010. She also completed two years of clinical pharmacy residency training at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, specializing in Internal Medicine. Dr. Lusk joined the faculty of the Feik School of Pharmacy in 2012. Dr. Lusk was heavily involved in the development of the recently-established Master of Arts in Administration dual degree program. In collaboration with the UIW main campus, Dr. Lusk serves as Program Coordinator for this degree that runs concurrent with the Pharm.D. program, and opens up leadership and management opportunities for graduating pharmacists. Dr. Lusk is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP), the Central Texas Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists (CTSHP), the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, and the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. She is also a member of the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy Residency Advisory Committee. Her research interests include cardiology and infectious disease.

D R . A M A N D A S H AR P E , P H .D. Dr. Sharpe’s application for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences have been approved. Dr. Amanda Sharpe joined the faculty at the Feik School of Pharmacy in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department. She joined us from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she previously held a Research Assistant Professor position in Physiology. Dr. Sharpe graduated from Ohio Northern University with a B.S. in pharmacy. She received her Ph.D. in pharmacology from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, for her work on the neurobehavioral analysis of alcohol and nicotine self-administration. Dr. Sharpe completed post-doctoral fellowships in behavioral neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. During that time her research focused on neuropeptidergic circuitry regulating food and alcohol consumption, as well as the interactions between stress and alcohol-related behaviors. This work was supported by an individual post-doctoral National Research Service Award from NIH. Dr. Sharpe was awarded a National Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association in 2010 for her work examining the role of the paraventricular hypothalamus in feeding and metabolic drive. She has active research collaborations with faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at San Antonio examining neurocircuitry regulating drug abuse, and food intake and metabolic drive in obesity. Dr. Sharpe is a member of the American Physiological Society and the Society for Neuroscience.

D R . A M Y W I T T E , P H .D. Dr. Witte’s application for promotion to Professor of Pharmacy Practice has been approved. Dr. Witte received her Pharm.D. degree from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in May 2004. Dr. Witte completed an ASHP-accredited residency in Pharmacy Practice at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, TX in June 2005, and an ASHP-accredited residency in Primary Care at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in July 2006. Dr. Witte joined the faculty of the Feik School of Pharmacy in the summer of 2006. Dr. Witte has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, served as a pharmacy law consultant and expert witness, and received several UIW intramural grants funding OSCE research. She has taught immunizations, therapeutics of diabetes and thyroid disorders, and therapeutics for graduate nursing students enrolled in an advanced practice nursing program. In addition, Dr. Witte has precepted students for ambulatory care advanced practice experiences. She is also immunization certified. Dr. Witte is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists (TSHP), and Central Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists (CTSHP). Her specialty practice and research interests are in primary care, particularly diabetes.


aculty Highlights:

Dr. Russell Attridge  Presented Suspected Case of Rivaroxaban-induced renal tubular acidosis at the 2016 American Society of Healthsystem Pharmacists (ASHP) Mid-Year Clinical Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 5. Co-authors: Dzuik B., Attridge RT, Lusk KA. Dr. Renée Bellanger  Attended pediatric grand rounds at Baylor Medicine/Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in staphylococcal infections in pediatrics and hypertension in pediatrics, January 6 and 13.  Presented pharmacy careers at Forrester Elementary Career Day, November 18. Dr. Kimberly Cauthon  Elected Vice President for the Friends of San Antonio Public Library, 2-year term, January 22. Dr. Bradi Frei  Published invited electronic editorial Is More Always Better? Olanzapine Added to Standard Antiemetics for Highly Emetogenic Chemotherapy for Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, Dec. 19. Co-authors: Snoga J, Frei BL.  

Presented poster Assessing Social Media Use by U.S. Pharmacy Schools at the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 5. Co-authors: Diepenbrock A, Frei BL, Horlen C, Van Boskerck S. Volunteered at Texas 10 running race hosted in seven Texas cities. Supervised student volunteers and provided refreshments to runners, San Antonio, TX, January 29.

Dr. Bethany Kalich  Attended the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 12-16.  Organized cardiac nursing in-service: Nicardipine Use for Hypertension in the Transplant Population, University Health System hospital, San Antonio, TX, December 16. Dr. Kathleen Lusk  Published Role of Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors in U.S. Pharmacist, 2016;41(11):26-29, November. Co-authors: Lusk KA, Barnes NE.  Presented Managing Dyslipidemia: Evolving Roles of Nonstatins and Newer Drugs at the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar, National Harbor, MD, November 1.  Presented Candida glabrata peritonitis: Questions about fluconazole dosing and duration of treatment at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 51st Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 5. Dr. G. Lucy Wilkening  Published Second generation antipsychotic utilization and metabolic parameter monitoring in an inpatient pediatric population in Pediatric Drugs, January 10. Co-authors: Nolt VD, Warble AV, Wilkening GL (corresponding author), Fabian TJ.  Peer reviewer, The Mental Health Clinician, November 1.  Peer reviewer, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, January 1.


tudent Highlights:




It is a new year with great expectations. As a growing organization, reflection from the previous year is always beneficial for success and advancement. With that said, APhA-ASP had a fantastic end to the fall semester. The Operation Immunizations committee collaborated with multiple companies including Walgreens, Walmart and H-E-B this fall to administer flu vaccines to our community. The International Committee spread APhA members immunize patients at Walmart. the word about smoking cessation and the benefits to stopping smoking. The Operation Diabetes committee assisted in several health fairs. Committee members also worked in partnership with the American Diabetes Association at the San Antonio Step Out Walk, providing glucose screenings and diabetic foot exams. The OTC Medication Safety committee had a successful semester delivering essential information to our community members at the Ingram Park Mall Health Fair. In addition, they helped the youth with Boy Scouts of America gain another merit badge. The Generation Rx committee hosted an effective Drug Free Week, and partnered with SAMMinistries homeless shelter to set up spring mentorship to inform teenage guests about prescription and OTC drug abuse. Last, but certainly not least, the Operation Heart committee supported our community at the 2016 San Antonio Heart and Stroke Walk, as well as delivered blood pressure screenings in collaboration with Walmart. APhA members pose with one of the Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge, Andrew Frei, son of FSOP faculty member Dr. Bradi Frei, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

K A P P A E P S I L ON C O M M U N I T Y I N V OL V E M E NT Kappa Epsilon Beta Theta Chapter has been busy the last couple of months. Chapter members are making an effort to get involved in community health awareness. One of the main campaigns took place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. During the month, brothers performed various activities to bring awareness to this cause including passing out pink ribbons, candy, and breast cancer education materials. A special guest speaker, a breast cancer survivor, spoke at the second general meeting. Donations were collected for the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa mobile mammography unit. Several community service events were held, including the 5th Annual Paint the Parkway Pink, where brothers partnered with Girls on the Run of Bexar County. Girls on the Run is an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using an experience-based curriculum that incorporates running. This event was held at North Central Baptist Hospital, and brothers helped out with various tasks such as manning the information table and assisting with the Kids’ Run. The aim of this event was to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

KE held a Fall Break Dinner at Dave & Buster’s to celebrate the beginning of Fall Break. Halloween was celebrated by gathering at the home of fellow brother, Cassandra Garcia. Brothers celebrated Christmas at the annual KE Christmas Party by decorating cookies and ornaments, and building gingerbread houses. Chapter members are looking forward to what the new semester will bring, and to welcoming new pledges in the Kappa Epsilon Beta Theta family.

K A P P A P S I S E R V I N G V U L N E R A B L E P O P UL AT I ON S Kappa Psi brothers volunteered a second time at the San Antonio Food Bank in the fall. This time, brothers sorted over 26,000 pounds of potatoes to help make packaged meal supplies for families in need. On January 19th, brothers served at an immunization clinic at Haven for Hope, the city’s homeless shelter, preparing and administering vaccines to the guests. It was a rewarding experiencing to help improve the health of those who may need it the most. Havel for Hope volunteers. San Antonio Food Bank volunteers.

At the beginning of the semester, Kappa Psi welcomed a robust group of 36 new pledge brothers to the fraternity. On January 27th, brothers enjoyed a fun evening at a movie night and potluck dinner hosted by the pledge brothers. Brothers were able to dress up and have tons of fun in Hawaiian-themed decorations and props as they got acquainted.

NCPA H O S T S S PE C I A L G U E S T S PE A K E RS NCPA members had the great honor to have three impactful guest speakers at the November 16 th meeting. Dr. Diana Courtney, the NCPA national Director of Student and Professional Affairs and Committees, visited because the chapter surpassed its membership goal and maintained the student chapter for the past six consecutive years. Dr. Courtney discussed the differences between independent pharmacies and chain pharmacies, as well as how pharmacists can positively impact patients in more ways than imaginable while working for an independent pharmacy. Dr. Bindu Batra, elective instructor and PCCA Director of Academic Affairs, enlightened students on the many benefits the PCCA Institute’s Boot Camp training has to offer. She also spoke of how compounding can be an essential element for independent pharmacies and businesses.

Damian Kaiser, Scott Frishman, Dr. Bindu Batra Dr. Diana Courtney, and Dr. Yankton Wyatt

Dr. Yankton Wyatt, Class of 2015 UIW alum and previous NCPA chapter president, shared his experiences working at a locally-owned pharmacy in a small town near Midland, Texas. He also emphasized the business aspect of an independent pharmacy, as well as ways to improve the quality of care for patients. All three speakers inspired members to consider and discover the possibilities that a small business pharmacy can offer.

NCPA chapter members pose with the three guest speakers.

Chapter members are looking forward to the upcoming pharmacy tours this spring semester. The first tour will be at Talon Pharmacy, a local compounding pharmacy owned by a fellow UIW graduate, Dr. Ronda Wenzel.




Over the past couple of months, Rho Chi Society members have participated in community service as well as preparing for the spring semester. The chapter’s Community Service Chair, Krystal Rayas, made arrangements for FSOP to volunteer at the Elf Louise toy drive in December. Volunteers collect and wrap toys to help insure that families in need have a Christmas. Preparations are underway for the upcoming Induction Ceremony for the new members in March, spearheaded by Induction Ceremony Chair Michellea Russell. Rho Chi members are looking forward to welcoming new students into the organization next month, to expand participation in activities such as providing tutoring for FSOP classmates throughout the semester.




SSHP’s fundraising committee has come up with creative ideas for raising money for the organization. In the spirit of Christmas, the committee made and sold candy cane grams, called Santa Mail, and delivered them to faculty and students. At the beginning of December, several FSOP chapter members were able to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this conference, our president Sarah Bittner represented UIW by accepting the first place professional development project award at the Student Society Showcase, and presented the poster outlining those mental health events. The SSHP chapter hosted a UIW reception at Midyear for FSOP students, professors and alumni to get together. The chapter plans to expand on this event at future meetings.

Midyear is a great opportunity for future pharmacists, providing excellent networking opportunities, as well as workshops that will help future health care providers become more successful in caring for their patients. The organ transplant committee organized a tour of University Health System Medical Center with Dr. Rebecca Brady, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Members were able to learn first-hand about the field of organ transplants and the crucial role medications play in successful transplants. The SSHP chapter has been busy planning future events for the upcoming year. The Antibiotic Awareness committee is planning a health fair at Sutton Oaks, which will also include help from the medication safety, mental health, and pulmonary committees. This health fair will provide multiple services for the families that live there. The antibiotic committee will be educating residents about their antibiotic use and what might cause antibiotic resistance. Medication safety will provide a medication disposal opportunity for the residents, as well as educate them on other safe ways to dispose of their expired or unused medication. Pulmonary will be educating about the cessation of smoking along with the proper use of a nebulizer. Not only will this health fair include multiple committees from SSHP, but it will also include SNPhA’s diabetes committee, along with APhA’s immunization committee and inter-disciplinary students from other health professions programs. This year will be the chapter’s first year holding Disease State Management workshops in preparation for the TSHP competition. It will be similar to OSCE simulations, which will be helpful for students. The workshops are an individual competition where students are given 10 minutes to review a patient's information and refill history. The student then has 10 minutes to consult with a patient and provide education. The final portion is to complete a SOAP note of the encounter. The first two workshops were held on January 30th and February 1st.


ust one more: S CUB A C L UB T RAV E L S



The UIW Scuba Club spent a week in Grand Cayman for its annual December diving trip. The UIW Scuba Club is an organization that provides the opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty to dive in and experience the world 100 feet below the water’s surface. Three UIW faculty, including Dr. Becky Brady and Dr. Lila LaGrange from the Feik School of Pharmacy, and four UIW alumni explored the underwater beauty of Grand Cayman during the week of December 11-17, 2016. Drs. LaGrange & Brady at bottom left and under UIW flag respectively.

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FSOP Newsletter.Feb 2017  
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