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Faculty, Staff receive service awards 

The Texas A&M Health Science Center honored faculty and staff for five years of service with the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. Brett Giroir, M.D., executive vice president and CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, presented the service awards with Indra K. Reddy, Ph.D., professor and founding dean of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. Giroir presented each person a coin that represents being part of the Texas A&M family and a framed certificate of service. The recipients, who have been with the college since 2008, were Eva Bennett, lead office associate for the office of the dean; Joan Everett-Houser, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Michael Horseman, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice; Maria Jaramillo, executive assistant to the dean; Narendra Kumar, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences; Carolyn Lacy, administrative assistant for the office of experiential education; Jayshree Mishra, Ph.D., research scientist for pharmaceutical sciences; Srinath Palakurthi, Ph.D., director of graduate studies and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences; and Barbara Rice, administrative purchasing coordinator for the office of finance and administration.

Anna Brozick, Pharm.D., Michael Horseman, Pharm.D., Delaney Ivy, Pharm.D., Cathy Koo, Pharm.D., and Mary Chavez, Pharm.D., faculty with the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, offered spring training to pharmacy professionals in assessing, mentoring and collaborating with millennial generation of professional pharmacy students in “Hot Topics in Preceptor Development: Assessing, mentoring and collaborating with millennial generation professional pharmacy students.” In addition, more than 20 pharmacy professionals received training from faculty for their national certification at the American Pharmacists Association Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in a live course on March 8 at the college in Kingsville, Texas.

Andrea Luce, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was inducted into The Rho Chi Society and Phi Lambda Sigma in spring 2014.

Robert Hutchison, Pharm.D., BCACP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been appointed to the Texas Pain Advocacy and Information Network’s (TxPAIN) multidisciplinary committee. Pain is the most common reason that Texans access the health care system. The mission of TxPAIN is to ensure high quality pain and palliative care for people of all communities & cultures in Texas through public policy, public awareness, & provider education.

Victoria Pho, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was selected as chair-elect to the AACP Geriatric Special Interest Group for July 2013- July 2014.

Alkhateeb named editor-in-chief of Journal of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systemsalk

Fadi Alkhateeb, Ph.D., was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems. The journal focuses on pharmacotherapy and outcome research, clinical pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, clinical use of medicines, medical devices and laboratory tests, pharmacy services research, medication management, and other clinical aspects of pharmacy. The journal welcomes papers in the following categories: review articles, research articles, case reports, short research reports, commentaries and letters to the editor.

Alkhateeb was invited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to serve as a member of the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Committee.

Alkhateeb was slated to the ballot for the secretary position for the AACP Assessment Special Interest Group. The elections will take place in May.

Alkhateeb was also named the 2014-2016 secretary of the Assessment Special Interest Group for the Association of American Colleges of Pharmacy. Alkhateeb was appointed as a member of the 15th Annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference Assessment Committee, College Station, Texas.

Alkhateeb was appointed as a member of the 2015 AACP Interim Annual Meeting Program Organizing Committee Member in Austin, Texas. Alkhateeb was appointed as a member of NABP /FPGEE / PCOA Curricula Survey Project for 2014-2015.

palMahua Choudhury, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, received the Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship to mentor a Polish scientist.

Srinath Palakurthi, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and director of graduate studies, was selected to the Association of American College of Pharmacy (AACP) Academic Research Fellows Program. According to AACP, this program is a 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.

Palakurthi served as the co-chair of the scientific session, Experimental Chemotherapy at the Ninth International Conference of Anticancer Research Conference, Oct. 6-11, 2014, in Greece.

Bremick receives college teaching award for contributions to student pharmacists

A faculty member who exemplifies the pharmacy profession’s high expectations for professionalism, concern for others and dedication to service received one of the highest Texas A&M University honors that can be bestowed upon a faculty or staff member. The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for college teaching was announced this past week at the Faculty and Staff Meeting.

Mark Bremick, B.S. Pharm., instructor of pharmacy practice at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, was selected to receive the College-Level Teaching Award for his contributions to educating professional student pharmacists through a variety of roles.

“Professor Bremick is consummate teacher who has a great passion for teaching and a very caring attitude for students,” said Indra K. Reddy, Ph.D., professor and founding dean of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. “He is most deserving of this prestigious honor.”

As an active participant of the Curricular Affairs Committee, Bremick contributed significantly to improving the organization of the curriculum and has championed the adaptation of team-based learning techniques at the college. As a course coordinator, he reorganized a course critical to student success; this new structure improved students’ knowledge base, and it gave students the tools necessary to be successful in introductory practice experiences.

“Mark Bremick sets an example for students and instructors alike,” said Steve Peterson, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy.

As a teacher, Bremick is known to be dedicated to developing thoughtful, informative and challenging course materials and encourages students to challenge themselves to produce their best work and not just to settle for good enough.

mark“In more than 30 years of academics, I have never seen anyone as dedicated to instruction,” said Peterson, who received the award in 1988 and 1993 while he was a faculty member with the Texas A&M College of Medicine. “His commitment continues to inspire me.”

Bremick is a recognized student advocate who actively reaches out to and works with students who are struggling academically to provide tutoring, mentoring and advising.

“I am sincerely honored and humbled to receive such an honor,” Bremick said. “Thank you to The Association of Former Students, Dean Reddy, and my colleagues, both faculty and staff, who are such supporters of my efforts.”

Components of the Texas A&M Health Science Center were invited to participate in the Distinguished Achievement Awards administered by The Association of Former Students. Each award consists of a $2,000 gift and a framed certificate. This award recognizes, encourages and rewards superior classroom teachers and is designed to distinguish those teachers who maintain high expectations for their students and ensure academic rigor in their courses.

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Dean from Saudi Arabia shares experiences with faculty

Yousif Abdu Asiri, M.S., Ph.D., dean and professor of clinical pharmacy, with the College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, presented an overview of the education of pharmacy at King Saud University at the Journal & Data Club at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. 

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Dean Reddy delivers speech in Illinois

Dean Reddy served as the keynote speaker for the white coat ceremony at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy in Edwardsville, Ill. He addressed the first-year pharmacy students and audience with an inspirational speech, highlighting the importance of dreaming big, setting goals, staying focused, striving for excellence, humility, and positivity.