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April 2010

A monthly publication for pharmacy students

Dean’s Corner:

Members of the Raabe College of Pharmacy family – students, faculty, alumni and friends – are extremely proud and excited that our college was showcased on the Discovery Channel’s “Profile Series.” This award-winning program is dedicated to the most important topics of the day. ONU’s series focuses on the rigor of pharmacy training and the ever-expanding role of pharmacists as members of the health care team. It addresses some of the same critical issues we face teaching our current students and interacting with pharmacists nationwide. Throughout this academic year, pharmacy student organizations have been encouraged to expand upon and create programs that promote health/wellness, proper medication use, and disease state education to the public. Program goals are to 1) provide an opportunity for students to apply pharmacy practice skills learned in the didactic curriculum, 2) collaborate with other healthcare professionals, and 3) screen patients as well as educate them on their health conditions. Regardless of the outreach program type, the purpose is the same: provide excellent healthcare in the best interest of the patient. ONU pharmacy students with the help of the faculty have put on numerous programs that have had an impact on literally thousands of patients throughout the state of Ohio. Thanks for all your efforts! This spring, several students and organizations within our college have earned some prestigious honors and participated in very important work. I’m sharing just a small sample of these achievements: • Ashley Overy, a fourth-year pharmacy major, has been appointed as the national student representative to serve on the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists’ Council on Pharmacy Management. The council focuses on professional policies related to the process of leading and directing the pharmacy department in hospitals and health systems. Greetings College of Pharmacy! With the quarter • The APhA-ASP chapter has received the 2010 Project CHANCE Award to quickly getting busier by the second, there are so help fund the “Remember Your MEDS: Medication Education Delivers Suc many excellent things in store for the College of cess” program. Only ten APhA-ASP chapters in the country were awarded Pharmacy. Several organizations are going into $2,000 for outstanding work. The ONU chapter is focused on improving nearby communities and conducing outreach promedication adherence at Allen County Health Partners in Lima. Kelsey grams focusing on heartburn, stroke, diabetes, and Marvin, a fourth-year pharmacy student, served as the Project CHANCE chair. other diseases. A great start to these outreach proDrs. David Bright and Kristen Finley share the advisor duties. grams happened on Saturday, March 20, when several • Patrick Acheampong, a fifth-year pharmacy student, BJ Gaddis, a fifth-year organizations attended the Ray’s Pharmacy Health pharmacy student, Todd Sega, a fifth-year pharmacy student, and Chris We Screening Day. It was a huge success with students strick, fifth-year pharmacy student, took part in the NACDS (National Asso performing blood pressure checks and cholesterol ciation of Chain Drug Stores) RxImpact Day in Washington, D.C. The event screenings and providing information on how to saw more than 200 advocates, pharmacy industry administrators, pharmacy maintain a healthy lifestyle. A large outreach that will operators, pharmacists and pharmacy college deans from across the country be happening this month is ¡Azúcar! where ASP, talk with members of Congress about pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policy and SNPhA, and other organizations will be going to issues related to health care reform. Columbus to reach out to the Hispanic population. • ONU’s AMCP chapter has made it to the “Elite Eight” and will be competing Promoting pharmacy is not only a key to our future for the National Title in the P&T completion in mid-April. success, but also the key to helping our patients. • The APhA-ASP has earned top regional honors in the Heartburn Awareness More excellent and exiting things include our Challenge, helping reach more than 1.3 million patients through public rela pharmacy week, the new picnic area (which is coming tions efforts and screening more than 13,000 individuals across the country. together nicely) and the annual pharmacy ball. We As the academic year winds down and the weather turns warmer, I encourage you hope that you find the closing of this academic year to keep working hard in the classroom and productive in your student organizations and not only successful, but a great deal of fun with all of activities. the exciting things happening here at the College of Contact us at: Pharmacy. Once again, we are always willing to help Facebook: Raabe College of Pharmacy–ONU and remember, IT’S YOUR SENATE!


Joshua Blackwell, Jennifer Cornelius and Jordan Strieter

Student Senate Joshua Blackwell: Office hours: Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Jennifer Cornelius: Office hours: Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Jordan Strieter: Office hours: Wednesdays from Noon to 1 p.m.

ORGANIZATIONS The Heartburn Awareness Challenge had another very successful year winning the APhA-ASP Region 4 Award for 2009. Congratulations to all those who were involved! A special thanks to the faculty who help us with these events and to Dr. Finley for all her hard work. We look forward to a successful 2010!

SSHP will hold their next meeting on Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in HPPEC 151. Rob Mains will be speaking about pharmacy leadership and food will be provided. BONUS Capstone credit will also be offered to P5 students who attend. SSHP officer elections will be held online from April 16-21. Also, SSHP will continue community outreach efforts through poison prevention and brown bag events in April. Please contact Ashley Overy ( with any questions.

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) will be attending the national annual meeting April 7-10 in San Diego. While there the team of Patrick Symmonds, Chad Rounds, Kelly Rovesti, and Danny Krall will be competing in the P&T Competition. They were selected from our local competition in January and then chosen from 21 schools to be one of the 8 teams to compete at the national competition. Look for emails about upcoming speakers and meetings! All pharmacy students are welcome to attend and learn more about managed care pharmacy.

The Soles4Souls 5K Walk/Run that occurred on March 27 was a huge success! All proceeds were donated to Soles4Souls and Friends of TOMS charities. The Panera Breakfast for Relay for Life will be held on April 13 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the student lounge. Look for further information on the television screens within the college as to the location to purchase tickets for the breakfast.

Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International is striving to become a more active pharmacy group at Ohio Northern this spring and next year, along with our ever present goal of unifying our Christian faith with our profession of pharmacy. Some of our major projects are continuing working with Vitamins for the World with our vitamin/OTC drives to support our P6’s going to Kenya and El Salvador. Hopefully we will see you at our biweekly meetings on even week Tuesdays at 6 in RE 122!

Contact Rita Oti ( for more information on our spring quarter outreach opportunities. Our focus is on stroke awareness, and it is a part of the national headquarters’ initiatives. We are so excited that our first initiative, at Ray’s Pharmacy in Lima, Ohio, was a huge success and that we informed more than 80 patients on stroke prevention.

Pharmacy Phun Drug Question of the Month Pharmacologic Category: analgesic/ miscellaneous Routes of Administration: orally or rectally Pregnancy Risk Factor: B Interactions: barbiturates, anticonvulsants Doses: Adult: no more than 4g/day Child: no more than 2.6g/day Cautions: may cause severe hepatic toxicity on acute overdose Cite: LexiComp **The first student to post their answer to what drug is described above on the Facebook group “Raabe College of Pharmacy-ONU Student Senate” will be contacted and will receive a prize!**

A doctor is to give a speech at the local AMA dinner. He jots down notes for his speech. Unfortunately, when he stands in front of his colleagues later that night, he finds that he can’t read his notes. So he asks, “Is there a pharmacist in the house?”


We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize students in each class that show leadership, service and commitment throughout not only their studies, but also their organizations. This month, the faculty have chosen these five students based upon their performance within the college. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS! ERIN RHODES, Fifth–year pharmacy student

Erin is from Swanton, Md., and wanted to become a health care professional because her dad is a pharmacist who shares his passion for taking care of people. “I chose Ohio Northern because I felt it was like home since my town isn’t much bigger than Ada and I could really do something in the community.” Currently, she is the Heartburn Awareness Challenge chair. She is also a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, APhA-ASP, Kappa Epsilon, Order of Omega, and she is an Alpha Xi Delta alumni. To Erin, pharmacy means, “an opportunity to help people in a real and practical way. We can improve quality of life in people who are in pain, depressed, or have a life altering illness. Our knowledge gives us the opportunity to give others a chance to live their own way. There is really nothing better than to help other people maximize their lives.”

GEOFFREY MOSPAN, Fourth-year pharmacy student Geoffrey came to Ohio Northern from Brunswick, Ohio, and decided to become a pharmacist in order to have the ability to use the knowledge to prevent errors, optimize therapies and improve patient's quality of life. “I chose Ohio Northern University because it offers superior education in an environment that allows students to grow as leaders.” Geoffrey is involved in a number of organizations such as Phi Delta Chi-Past President, Past Worthy Prelate Interfraternity Council in which he is the current president, Mortar Board, Phi Lambda Sigma, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. According to Geoffrey, the profession of pharmacy means, “a profession that I can take an active role in the health of patients to improve outcomes and their quality of life. When you make decisions in pharmacy, it is not a chart you are caring for, it is someone's mother, father, family member, or neighbor.”

CORTNEY PHILLIPS, Third-year pharmacy student Cortney, from Akron, Ohio, decided to become a pharmacist when she spent time with so many alums, such as her A.P. chemistry teacher and her preceptors at the community pharmacy she worked at. They all suggested Ohio Northern to her and she knew that this is where she needed to go because she absolutely “loved ONU on my visit day.” Cortney is a member of ASP as co-chair on Operation Immunization promotions, a resident assistant in Stambaugh Hall, Mortar Board, Phi Lambda Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Northern Christian Fellowship, The Unit Bible study , and was the former president of CPFI. Pharmacy, according to Cortney is “the way that I can serve the community or ‘Pay it forward’ so to speak. I love the patient contact that pharmacy offers, and as a pharmacists, we can see the difference that drug therapy can make within a person's life. Pharmacy is me using my talents to best serve the community around me.”

CRYSTAL BOYKIN, Second-year pharmacy student Crystal’s hometown is Brunswick, Ohio, and she decided to pursue a career in pharmacy while attending a medical program where she shadowed in a pharmacy. Ever since her experience, she possessed a strong passion for the profession and chose Ohio Northern because “it offered a beautiful campus along with a friendly community, a passion for success, and most importantly, an excellent pharmacy program for me.” Crystal is involved in a number of organizations on campus such as being the secretary for the Black Student Union, presiding as the Secretary of Housing in Student Senate, secretary of Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Kappa Epsilon, and is also a resident assistant in Five University Parkway. Pharmacy means a great deal to her and she believes that the meaning of pharmacy “is more than just an art and science in preparing and dispensing medication. It is a profession that involves individuals who have a passion to always learn more about all aspects in health care and with that knowledge help others not only because it is their job, but it is also a desire within them.”

CHARLES HAY, First-year pharmacy student Charles, who prefers to be referred to as Cody, is a native of Celina, Ohio, which has a population of about 10,000; however, he lives in the country. He chose to pursue the profession of pharmacy because he always had an interest since he was a kid and his passion grew each time he visited the pharmacy his father owned. “I chose ONU because I was looking for a 0-6 school with a great reputation and I found both here at ONU.” He is currently a part of Kappa Psi and holds the position of chaplain, a member of Habitat for Humanity and a member of Risen Soldiers Bible study. When he was asked what pharmacy meant to him, he stated that “pharmacy means being able to do what I enjoy. I like being able to help people and like science; I have found the perfect blend of both in pharmacy. There is just something about pharmacy that I truly enjoy but I honestly can’t explain it.”

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