August 2015

Highlights for August 2015

Rho Chi donationRho Chi Society donates school supplies to Harrel Elementary

The Rho Chi Society donated on Aug. 26 over 2,000 donations to Harrel Elementary school children in Kingsville. The donations in this year’s Back-to-School Supply Drive – quadrupling last year’s amount – were collected on the Kingsville and College Station campuses. Monica Pham, third-year professional student pharmacist and Rho Chi Society chapter president, was overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of students, faculty and staff of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy.

Pictured at left, from left to right, are Andy HuynhBryan KerrMonica Pham, Ode Moreno, assistant principal of Harrel Elementary, Josue Guerra, and Hannah Hearron-Hodges who presented the more than 2,000 school supplies to students in Kingsville.

Pharmacy staff member establishes endowed scholarship

Students at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy are poised to reap the rewards of a generous scholarship from a staff member at the college.

(Pictured at right) Debra L. Wood, R.Ph., experiential education coordinator for the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy on the College Station Campus, established an estate gift for an endowed scholarship for the future and donated to give student scholarships today

This fall, the first Texas A&M professional student pharmacist will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship in Wood’s name. Debra Wood donates scholarship

Wood appreciated the financial help she was given when she needed it.  

While in her second year of pharmacy school, she unfortunately encountered an error which kept her from receiving financial aid. She was $200 short of making tuition payments and could not enroll. She went to the dean of students to request an emergency loan; instead, he reached in his pocket, handed her $200 and told her to pay him back when she could.

“I always remember that grateful feeling,” she said. She wanted to give something back to help students who may find themselves in a similar situation. She and her husband, Raymond, established the Debra Lanell Wood ’01 and Raymond Wood Endowed Scholarship this summer with the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy through the Texas A&M Foundation. The gift of an endowed scholarship is considered a forever gift – it will never disappear.

 “I am thrilled that the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy will be able to begin this scholarship with the fall semester,” Wood said. “I have already written the check for 2016, because I want to stay a year ahead.”

She said although she isn’t a millionaire, with planned giving, she has set up a way to continuously give to Texas A&M pharmacy students with the amount she does have.

“I think of this as my legacy,” she said. “I want to encourage and support Texas A&M pharmacy students throughout my career and beyond.”

The Foundation presented her with options that not only set up planned giving, they also helped her reduce taxes. She pledged to give $1,000 a year for 15 years so students today can receive a scholarship. She set up an estate gift that will be given after she and her husband pass – it will establish an endowed scholarship in their memory. 

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Faculty, students attend AACP

Faculty members attend AACP 2015Several members of the faculty and students from the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy participated July 11-14 in the 2015 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Md.

Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy third-year professional student pharmacist Jason Chau of Pflugerville, Texas, and Bree Watzak, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and third-year professional student pharmacist Chelsea Krueger of Plano, Texas, and Charles Douglas, Ph.D., MBA, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, were two of the 85 student and faculty mentor pairs chosen from applicants across the nation for the Walmart Scholars Program. Each student and professor team received $1,000 travel scholarships to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar.

In addition, Watzak facilitated the round table discussion topic of “Interprofessional Education (IPE) in advance pharmacy practice experiences for the Experiential Education.” Douglas facilitated the round table discussion topic of “Preparing the Student Pharmacist to Provide Care to Underserved Populations” for the public health special interest group Caring for the Underserved Committee.

Srinath Palakurthi, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and director of graduate studies, completes the AACP Academic Research Fellows Program. Palakurthi participated in the year-long program designed to expand the leadership capabilities of established faculty research scientists and administrators to cultivate collaborative team research and graduate education across institutions.

Fadi Alkhateeb, Ph.D., associate professor and director of assessment, began his AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program at the annual meeting; he was also invited to serve on the 2015-2016 AACP Institutional Research and Assessment Committee. Alkhateeb co-authored a poster “Assessment of pharmacists’ attitude, behaviors and preferences related to continuing pharmacy education” with Rabaa Al-Rousan, Ph.D, R.Ph., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, who presented at the conference.

Victoria B. Pho, Pharm.D., CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist II for Harris County Hospital District, served on the 2015-2016 AACP Program Committee.

SNPhA receives national award for park project, scholarships

Texas A&M SNPhA chapter (L-R): Ferrall, Richard Ramirez, Jennifer Guerrero, Cynthia Zavala, Jennifer Tran, Bensy Benny, Christine Hong, Susan Chen, Lan Ly, Bryan Donald, My-Ly Le, Juan Carlos Salazar, Heaven Carrejo.The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter received the Overall National Walmart/Sam’s Club Prescription for Service Award for Project PATH, which stands for Pharmacy Actively Transforming Health. The team members were Bryan DonaldKevin FerrallJennifer Tran and Heaven Carrejo who each received $2,500 scholarships. The SNPhA chapter was also recognized for their participation and outstanding efforts in four national initiatives: “Remember the Ribbon” HIV/AIDS, Fighting Diabetes, Power to end Stroke and legislative initiatives. Pictured are members of the Texas A&M SNPhA chapter (L-R): FerrallRichard RamirezJennifer GuerreroCynthia ZavalaJennifer TranBensy BennyChristine HongSusan ChenLan LyBryan DonaldMy-Ly Le, Juan Carlos Salazar and Heaven Carrejo.

SNPhA elects Texas A&M P4 as national recording secretary

Fourth-year professional student pharmacist Bryan Donald is the newly elected national recording secretary of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association for the 2015-2016 term. Pictured is Donald, immediate past SNPhA chapter president, and April Henson, Pharm.D., who served as the SNPhA national recording secretary for 2014-2015.

Students, faculty member serve in medical mission to Ecuador

A team from the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy served on the Health Science Center medical mission to Ecuador this summer. The team included Bree Watzak, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, fourth-year professional student pharmacists Jason Chau and Adam Villarreal, third-year professional student pharmacist Illiana Rangel and second-year professional student pharmacist Valerie Guerra.

AACP honors Pho’s contributions as geriatric SIG chair

Victoria B. Pho, Pharm.D., CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist II for Harris County Hospital District, was recognized for her contributions as chair for AACP Geriatric Special Interest Group (SIG) at the 2015 AACP & AFPC Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, and was installed as the intermediate past chair. Her leadership has increased the engagement among the SIG members and foster great leadership within the committees. During her term, the Geriatric Pharmacy SIG standing rules of procedure were adopted with a clear vision and mission to make a difference in both geriatric education and care. With great motivation, she also spearheaded and achieved the goals to increase the visibilities of her SIG task force and to provide a platform to share teaching ideas, best practices and valuable resources among faculty through the Geriatric SIG webinars available online at the SIG's AACP webpage.

Professor selected as AACP Academic Leadership Fellow

Fadi Alkhateeb, Ph.D., director of assessment and associate professor of pharmacy practice, was one of 30 pharmacy educators nationwide selected for the next cohort of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Now in its 12th year, the program is designed to develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy faculty for roles as future leaders in pharmacy education and beyond. The program is a year-long experience with four intensive sessions in residence spread throughout the year, along with an ongoing mentoring program and introduction to leadership roles at the home institution by the dean. The four-session program includes in-depth leadership development; team building; exploration of legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmacy and higher education; practical management responsibilities; and advocacy for the profession. In addition, the fellows participate in collaborative group projects and present their findings at the AACP interim meeting in Tampa. The program ends with a graduation ceremony at the AACP annual meeting in Anaheim, California.

Alkhateeb appointed to AACP assessment committee

Fadi Alkhateeb, Ph.D., director of assessment and associate professor of pharmacy practice, was appointed into the 2015-2016 AACP Institutional Research and Assessment Committee: Committee members is appointed for a term of one year. The committee’s work is increasingly central to AACP’s priority of assisting members build strong programs of assessment. Specifically, the main duties for this year’s committee to: Discuss the development of an Institutional Effectiveness model for colleges/schools and develop key performance indicators& Discuss recommendations to additions to surveys and/or additional surveys to be added to AACP Institutional Research.

Elaine B. Chow, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was appointed to the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners' Educational Steering Committee for 2015-2016.

Charles Douglas, Ph.D., M.B.A., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is a member of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Academic Affairs Committee. PQA develops performance metrics related to medication use and safety, and establishes the standard of quality across the nation. PQA is a nonprofit alliance of academic institutions, government agencies and health care organizations.

Jayshree Mishra, Ph.D., research assistant professor, serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Drug Research and Development and as the lead guest editor for the Cancer Research Journal.

Victoria B. Pho, Pharm.D., CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was invited to serve on the 2015-2016 AACP Program Committee. The Program Committee is responsible for assisting the Board of Directors and staffing the planning of the 2016 AACP Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Md.

Pho was nominated and elected to serve on the iForumRx Advisory Board a two-year appointment (July 2015 to June 2017). As part of the advisory board member, Pho is charge with the following tasks (1) exerting a positive influence on patient drug therapy outcomes, (2) disseminating evidence-based drug therapy knowledge, and (3) producing an interactive web-based resource for ambulatory care pharmacy practitioners of the highest quality.

Pho, V.B. (2015). Chair of the AACP Geriatric Special Interest Group.

Lin Zhu, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science, serves as the member of editorial board of the journal “OpenNano: Cutting Edge Research in Nanopharmaceutics and Nanopharmacology” (Elsevier).

Zhu also serves as the editor of the book “Stimuli-Responsive Nanomedicine” (2017) (Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd.).

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