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SIUE Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp Empowers High School Students to Pursue Careers in the Health Sciences

26 June 2017, 9:30 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s 8th annual Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp, held June 19-23, opened high school students’ eyes to the many career paths within pharmacy, nursing and dental medicine.

The camp is a collaborative effort, organized by the Schools of Pharmacy (SOP) and Nursing (SON) and the SIU School of Dental Medicine (SDM). It focuses on exposure, experience and enrichment as students gain an understanding of the ample opportunities that exist within each ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Named to National Advisory Group

15 June 2017, 1:45 PM

Kaylee Poole-James ReimerSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SIUE SOP) students Kaylee Poole and James Reimer have been appointed to serve on the Pharmacy Student Advisory Groups with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

“Serving on these Student Advisory Groups provides our students the opportunities to voice their opinions and guide the ASHP student forum to better serve the next generation of pharmacists,” said Jingyang Fan, PharmD, clinical associate profes...

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SIUE Golden Graduates Honored During Special Commencement Ceremony

12 May 2017, 3:00 PM

Donning gold regalia, members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Class of 1967 were invited to campus to participate in a special Golden Graduate reunion. The distinguished guests received a commemorative medallion Saturday, May 6 as they walked across the stage during the final spring 2017 commencement ceremony.

“It was an honor to shake hands with this distinguished group of alumni, and present them with a commemorative medallion,” said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. &#8...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Establishes Public Health Experiential Rotation in Haiti

8 May 2017, 1:35 PM

Misty Gonzalez, PharmD, clinical associate professor in the SIUE School of Pharmacy smiles with a group of girls from Haiti while participating in a medical mission trip.Submerging one’s self into another culture and providing medical and pharmacy care in an environment with few resources is a life changing opportunity for student learners, and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) is adding another such opportunity to its international learning experiences. The SOP has established a public health experiential rotation in Haiti that will begin Spring 2018.

Kelly Gable, PharmD, associate professor in the Department of Pharm...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2017

6 May 2017, 5:50 PM

Frankie Muse Freeman 2017 Spring Commencement

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 2017 Spring Commencement exercises for 1,957 graduates Friday and Saturday in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies are available on siue.edu/tv.

After Chancellor Randy Pembrook addressed the Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students Friday night, he bestowed degrees upon the Graduate School and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior graduates Saturday morning, the College of Arts and Scien...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Spotlights 1,957 Graduates

5 May 2017, 2:15 PM

pembrook-commencementSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook will oversee the 2017 Spring Commencement exercises tonight and tomorrow for 1,957 eligible graduates. The first of four exercises will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies will be streamed live on siue.edu/tv.

Frankie Muse Freeman will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Freeman has spent her lengthy career advocating for civil rights issues that have had a lasting impa...

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Team Led by SIUE’s Poirier Receives AACP Award for Excellence in Assessment

4 May 2017, 1:20 PM

Terri PoirierSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Terri Poirier, PharmD, senior scholar and professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy (SOP), is the lead author on a proposal that has received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Award for Excellence in PharmD Program-Level Assessment.

The award recognizes outstanding doctor of pharmacy assessment programs for their progress in developing and applying evidence of outcomes as part of the on-going evaluation and i...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Hosts Compelling Drug Education Event

28 April 2017, 3:35 PM

Jennifer MudgeThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) hosted more than 70 students and their parents in 'Locked In to Stay Out" at the Vadalabene Center Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. The event engaged 6th and 7th grade students in discussions about prescription drug abuse and the associated dangers.

"It was truly an amazing experience for all of us that were involved," said Dr. Jessica Kerr, assistant chair of the SIUE Department of Pharmacy Practice and associate professor...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Pinning Ceremony Marks Symbolic Transition

25 April 2017, 2:50 PM

SIUE School of Pharmacy year three students at their Pinning Ceremony.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) year three students marked their transition toward becoming pharmacists at the School’s Pinning Ceremony, held Thursday, April 20 in the Meridian Ballroom.

Pins were presented to 76 students, signifying their transition to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

“Today’s ceremony recognizes you will no longer be learning about patients, but will be caring for patients,” said Kate Newman, SOP clinical ass...

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SIUE Selected as Peace Corps Site

25 April 2017, 9:55 AM

peacecorpspreplogoSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is now a Peace Corps Prep site. This partnership agreement, signed by Chancellor Randy Pembrook on behalf of SIUE and the U.S. Peace Corps, is available only to students at participating partner schools.

 “This program provides an opportunity for students at SIUE to contribute to international peace, social justice and the development of full human potential,” said Mary Weishaar, executive director of International Affairs. “It su...

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SIUE Celebrates Springfest 2017: “Cougars in the Outfield”

19 April 2017, 4:30 PM

Senior Joshua Herrera, participates in a relay race with the Hispanic Student Union during Springfest.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus community is demonstrating its school spirit this week by participating in Springfest 2017, under the theme “Cougars in the Outfield,” through Sunday, April 23. The annual event is the longest running tradition on campus and promotes student engagement.

“Springfest is meant to celebrate SIUE students, faculty and staff accomplishments during this past academic year with one last hurrah before finals,” said Casey Vaclav...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Win National Video Award

19 April 2017, 11:15 AM

sexton-scott-lee-austinSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SIUE SOP) students won a most humorous video award for the second straight year at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition held late March in San Francisco. 

Scott Sexton, a fourth year from Waterloo, and Austin Lee, a third year from Festus, Mo., created a video, Batman the Pharmacist Part 2, for the annual national Pharmflix contest conducted by the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacist...

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SIU Trustees Approve Denise Cobb as SIUE Provost

6 April 2017, 1:30 PM

Denise Cobb, PhD, SIUE provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Denise Cobb, PhD, as SIUE provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, during its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus.

Cobb served as interim provost since October 2015. Prior to that appointment, she was assistant provost for academic innovation and effectiveness, and then associate provost for academic affairs since June 2012.  

In the Office of the Provost, Cobb’s respo...

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Ferguson Named SIUE Teaching Excellence Award Winner

30 March 2017, 1:40 PM

McKenzie FergusonThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of the Provost announced that McKenzie Ferguson, PharmD, is the recipient of the annual Teaching Excellence Award for tenure-track faculty. It is the most prestigious teaching award for an SIUE faculty member. Two additional faculty members were saluted for their teaching skills and accomplishments with Teaching Distinction Awards, and five more received Teaching Recognition Awards.

Ferguson is an associate professor of pharmacy practice in t...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Gupchup Named APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean

30 March 2017, 10:55 AM

Gireesh GupchupThe American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) presented Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Gireesh Gupchup, BPharm, PhD, FAPhA, and dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP), with its Outstanding Dean Award on Sunday, March 26. Gupchup was honored at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The award recognizes school or college of pharmacy deans who have made significant contributions to APhA-ASP chapters and who have...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Hosts Drug Education Event: Locked In to Stay Out

16 March 2017, 9:00 AM

Locked in to Stay Out LogoThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy hosts "Locked in to Stay Out" at the Vadalabene Center from 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22 until 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23. The event engages 6th and 7th grade students in discussions about prescription drug abuse and the associated dangers.

Registration is available through Friday, April 7 at siue.edu/pharmacy/events.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP) American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists Organizati...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Educate Thousands of Local Children

6 March 2017, 3:45 PM

Megan Stafford and Veebha Gowda, first-year students in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, interact with students in East St. Louis during their hand washing presentation.

First-year (P1) students in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) are traveling the area, educating children from pre-kindergarten through third grade about the importance of good hand washing and other hygienic practices.

From Feb. 20-March 10, 40 teams of P1 students are participating in the SOP’s annual service learning experience. They are visiting 378 classrooms in nearly 50 area schools and using education to prevent the spread of common childhood ...

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SIUE Sports Medicine Student-Researchers Earn National Recognition

28 February 2017, 8:15 AM

(L-R) SIUE students Matthew Harris, Megan Schaller, Dakota Kamm and Claire Maciejewski presented their research at the 2017 annual meeting of the Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM).Southern Illinois University Edwardsville undergraduate and graduate students represented the Schools of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB), and Pharmacy (SOP) on a national stage, earning top prizes for their research activities. Five students were invited to present their scholarly work during the annual meeting of the Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) held Feb. 16-17 at Baylor University in Waco.

Three of the students are participating in the Universi...

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SIUE Adds Veterans National Honor Society

27 February 2017, 8:45 AM

SALUTESouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is adding SALUTE, the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing and honoring military and veteran students for their service and outstanding academic performance: Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute – Excellence.

The program is made possible by a grant from the American Council on Education/Walmart Foundation. 

Students inducted into SALUTE represent every slice of American military and veter...

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SIUE's Kerr is IPhA President-Elect

20 February 2017, 3:00 PM

kerr-jessicaSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Jessica Kerr, PharmD, assistant chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and associate professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy, is president-elect of the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA).  

“The membership of the Illinois Pharmacists Association has entrusted an excellent faculty member and pharmacist to lead them at this dynamic time for healthcare,” said Gireesh Gupchup, PhD, dean of the SIUE School...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Graduates Board Pass Rate Tops Illinois and Missouri

20 February 2017, 3:00 PM

SOP-Class of 2017Graduates of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy class of 2016 have exceeded both state and national averages, boasting a first-attempt board pass rate of 91.9 percent on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX). The graduates’ combined score was the highest board pass rate of any program in Illinois or Missouri, and exceeded the 2016 state and national averages of 82.6 percent and 85.9 percent, respectively.

“Our graduates’ NAPLEX...

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SIUE 11th Annual Free Diabetes Education Program Screens More than 100

16 February 2017, 4:00 PM

Sims-JamalThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP), in collaboration with Alton Memorial Hospital, BJC HealthCare and the American Diabetes Association, screened 105 participants at the 11th annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE’s Morris University Center Saturday, Feb. 11.

The annual free program provided information and featured topics related to both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes. Participants had the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, a vendor fair, rece...

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SIUE’s Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp Nominated for Arcus Award

1 February 2017, 2:42 PM

Lakesha Butler, PharmD, camp coordinator and School of Pharmacy clinical associate professorThe St. Louis Regional Chamber has yet again honored Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in its Arcus Awards program.  This year, the University’s Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp is a finalist in the Inclusion and Talent Attraction category.

The fourth annual Arcus Awards, presented by RubinBrown LLP, will honor companies, organizations and institutions that are operating to make the St. Louis region a better place to live, work and invest. Winners will be announced live ...

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SIUE Spring Enrollment is Second-Highest All-Time

1 February 2017, 11:20 AM

Class of 2020Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,276 students is the second-largest spring enrollment in the University’s history. Traditional undergraduate enrollment has reached an all-time spring semester high of 11,022 students. Overall university enrollment declined by only 70 students (0.52 percent) from last spring’s record total of 13,346.

 “The spring 2017 enrollment success is a reflection of the dedication, work ethic and creativity by ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Awarded $398,000 to Study Dietary Effects on the Brain

27 August 2015, 1:44 PM

Ken Witt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the SIUE School of PharmacySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) researchers have been awarded a $398,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assess the effects of various dietary fats on the brain vasculature in association with inflammation. 

The receipt of the R21 grant marks the second concurrent grant presented by the NIH to Ken Witt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy. Witt is also currently working with...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s McPherson has Textbook Positively Reviewed

9 January 2014, 12:00 AM

Pharmacy Faculty Tim McPherson 7-19-13Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy Professor Timothy B. McPherson published the textbook “PharmDceutics: Applied Biopharmaceutics for Clinical Pharmacists” in 2012. The text was positively reviewed in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 77, Issue 8.

Reviewer Dr. Venkata K. Yellepeddi says that while ‘the target audience is students in the professional pharmacy program (PharmD), this book can be a useful primer for practicing clinica...

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