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SIUE Safe Zone Participates in St. Louis PrideFest

27 June 2016, 11:05 AM

SafeZone PrideFest 2016Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Safe Zone participated in the 37th annual St. Louis PrideFest parade Sunday, June 26. For the fourth consecutive year, a large group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends marched along with 170 floats, bands and other parade entries in the 10-block route on Market St.

“The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has supported the participation of this event, because at SIUE we live our values of inclusion and citizenship,...

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Dunn Names Alum Randy Pembrook as SIUE Chancellor

6 June 2016, 9:45 AM

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn has named Randall G. Pembrook, PhD, as the ninth chancellor in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s history. The selection is pending formal SIU Board of Trustees approval, and Pembrook will officially assume his duties in early August. An official introduction and reception will be scheduled for the beginning of the academic year.

Randall Pembrook, PhD

“I am excited about the selection of Dr. Pembrook to serve as the next chancellor for Souther...

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SIUE Mourns Loss of Pharmacy Student Brad Brown

18 May 2016, 9:55 AM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community is mourning the loss of School of Pharmacy student Brad Brown, who passed away unexpectedly during the weekend.

Brown was a member of the Class of 2017, and he was scheduled to begin his senior clinical rotations this week. 

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. A funeral service will follow at Gent Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21.

Counseling services are available to students by ca...

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SIUE Revitalizes Honors Program

10 May 2016, 1:00 PM

ruckh-ericSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is redesigning its Honors Program starting with new freshmen, who are attending in fall 2016, and students who are transfers or continuing students in spring 2017.

“Our goal is to provide the best of liberal arts education at a vibrant University that has dynamic professional schools,” said Eric Ruckh, associate professor of historical studies and director of the SIUE Honors Program. “The honors program accelerates the transition of&#1...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2016

7 May 2016, 7:35 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 2016 Spring Commencement exercises Friday and Saturday as 1,850 students received their diplomas in the Vadalabene Center on campus.

After bestowing degrees Friday night upon Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students, Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen continued Saturday with the Graduate School, and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior in the morning, with the College of Arts and Sciences in the afternoo...

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SIUE Undergraduate Research Experiences Fuel Student Success

29 April 2016, 10:45 AM

Hayley Day, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, demonstrates her research team’s Blind-Aid Glasses.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Undergraduate Scholars Showcase, held Thursday, April 28, featured the depth and variety of learning experiences offered by the University’s Senior Assignment and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) programs.

More than 100 students, representing nearly 40 different departments and programs showcased their outstanding research and creative activities.

“We know that students who conduct undergraduate research, especially...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Graduates Attain Near Perfect Residency Match Rate

28 April 2016, 9:04 AM

SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Dr. Jingyang Fan, Dr. Lisa Lubsch and student Sara Mohiuddin.For Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) graduates seeking to advance their educations and health care careers, pharmacy residency programs provide one such avenue.

Residencies provide postgraduate training, allowing the resident to practice direct patient care and practice management under the supervision of an experienced preceptor. Residents gain a competitive advantage in the job market, more clearly defined career goals, and a better perspective on which area ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Holds Symbolic Pinning Ceremony

21 April 2016, 4:56 PM

SIUE School of Pharmacy year three students at their Pinning Ceremony.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) year three students marked the next step toward becoming pharmacists at the School’s Pinning Ceremony, held Thursday, April 21 in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom.

Pins were presented to 73 students, with approximately 40 faculty, staff and other guests looking on. The receipt of their pin signifies the completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum and serves as a symbol of accomplishment as the students embark on the...

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SIUE SOP Students and Metro East Humane Society to Host Unique Health Event

20 April 2016, 9:30 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy Class of 2018 students are collaborating with the Metro East Humane Society to ensure the health of both pets and their owners.

A Pet Vaccination Clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 23 at the Metro East Humane Society. Low-cost vaccinations will be provided for pets, and free blood pressure screenings will be offered for their owners. Funding for the activity is provided by the Meridian Society.

“This collabora...

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Fire Safety Video Honors SIUE Students

18 April 2016, 1:05 PM

Four years after the tragic loss of two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students in an off-campus apartment fire, the victims’ families and attorneys are releasing a fire safety video to more than 200 universities nationwide. Lauren Petersen and Lacy Siddall lost their lives in an off-campus apartment fire on April 22, 2012.

The Petersen and Siddall families and their attorneys, Ted Gianaris, of Simmons Hanly Conroy, and Thomas Long, of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C., set o...

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SIUE Pharmacists Assisting in Reducing Negative Outcomes of Opioid Overdose

7 April 2016, 3:00 PM

kerr-jessicaSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy faculty members Drs. Kelly Gable, Chris Herndon and Jessica Kerr have worked with the Illinois Pharmacists Association to develop and administer online training for pharmacists to help prevent opioid overdose.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of opioid overdoses in the state of Illinois is increasing. Prescription pain relievers and heroin are the primary cause for these increasing rates.

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Henry Named SIUE Teaching Excellence Award Winner

28 March 2016, 2:47 PM

Dayna Henry, PhD, assistant professor in the community health education program in the Department of Applied Health in SIUE’s School of Education, Health and Human Behavior.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of the Provost has presented Dayna Henry, PhD, with the Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious teaching award that a tenure-line faculty member can receive at the University. Three additional faculty members were commended for their exceptional teaching skills and accomplishments.

Henry is an assistant professor in the community health education program in the Department of Applied Health in SIUE’s School of Education, Health a...

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SIUE’s Hansen Provides Congress Update to Campus

14 March 2016, 11:05 AM

Congress Update Slideshow PDF

In the wake of the on-going state of Illinois budget crisis, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen addressed the campus community Monday in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. He discussed the progress made by the SIUE congress that was established last fall to successfully plan for an SIUE that will thrive in the future.

Hansen believes that the University is at an important juncture where resources, growth an...

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Online Options Abound During SIUE’s Summer Session, Register Now!

14 March 2016, 8:52 AM

summer session 2016Southern Illinois University Edwardsville summer session 2016 offers a quality education that features flexibility and convenience. More than 1,000 courses are available, with more online options than ever before.

Register now and enjoy summer at SIUE!

A variety of introductory general education and required upper-division classes are offered during summer session. Most courses meet for five weeks or less, and classes begin Monday, May 9.

“Summer session provides students an important o...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Representatives Among Founding Officers of Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists

11 March 2016, 8:40 AM

Chris Herndon, PharmD, associate professor in the SIUE School of PharmacyThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Chris Herndon, PharmD, associate professor, and third-year (P3) student Scott Sexton, of Waterloo, are among the founding officers of the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPCP). Herndon will serve as treasurer, and Sexton as student trustee for the newly formed national pharmacy organization.

The mission of the SPCP is to “promote exceptional patient care by advancing palliative pharmacists through education, ...

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

9 March 2016, 9:01 AM

School of Pharmacy Class of 2015Graduates of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy class of 2015 have exceeded both state and national averages, boasting a first-attempt board pass rate of 97.26% 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.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates’ remarkable accomplishment,” said Gireesh Gupchup, PhD, dean of the SIUE School...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Serves Community with Diabetes Education Program

8 March 2016, 10:45 AM

hartman-cindySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SIUE SOP) continued its commitment to community service by holding a Diabetes Education Program Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Morris University Center. The event drew more than 100 interested individuals seeking more insight into diabetes.  

The program included speaker sessions, a vendor fair, diabetes screenings and one-on-one counseling with healthcare professionals.

Chris Lynch, PharmD, professor of pharmacy practice and direct...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Teach Area Children about Poison Prevention

1 March 2016, 1:00 PM

School of Pharmacy Service LearningSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) first-year (P1) students are teaching more than 5,000 Pre-K through third grade students from Madison and St. Clair counties how to stay safe from potentially harmful items. Forty teams of SOP students are involved in the School’s annual service learning experience, presenting age-appropriate lessons on poison prevention Feb. 22-March 11.

“The health and well-being of the community is improved by information and prev...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Adds Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences

2 February 2016, 9:50 AM

crider-mikeThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) is introducing a master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences to begin fall 2016. The SOP is the only school in Illinois and the metro St. Louis area to offer this degree.

“We have developed a strong Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) program because of our internationally recognized faculty with their many years of academic and pharmaceutical industry experience, ensuring the overall quality of our department,” s...

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SIUE Faculty Author Text on Patient Communication

15 January 2016, 3:20 PM

liu-min-newSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville faculty members Min Liu and Lakesha Butler have co-authored the textbook “Patient Communication for Pharmacy: A Case-Study Approach on Theory and Practice.” The book was officially published Friday, Dec.18, 2015 by Jones and Bartlett Learning (www.jblearning.com). 

Liu, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies within SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences. Butler, PharmD, is a clinical as...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Receives Grant to Assist Seniors

18 October 2015, 2:10 PM

Mark RuscinThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy has received a two-year grant valued at $329,862 for “Community-based VTE Care Transitions Coordinated through a Senior Services Organization.”

The grant is a collaboration between Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) and Bristol-Meyers Squibb Independent Medical Education, who are providing all project funding, and The Joint Commission, who will provide administrative oversight for the program. ...

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Pain Awareness Month: SIUE Fights to Reduce Pain and Opioid Drug Abuse

23 September 2015, 1:20 PM

Chris HerndonThe month of September serves as an annual reminder of a growing issue in America: chronic pain.

According to a recent analysis by the National Institute of Health (NIH), an estimated 23.4 million adults (approximately 10 percent of the population) experience severe pain, and 126 million Americans (approximately 55 percent of the population) have reported some degree of pain in the last three months. This has led to estimated medical expenditures of nearly $635 billion. 

“While we h...

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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 Awarded $1.08 Million Federal Grant for East St. Louis Clinic

13 July 2015, 7:50 AM

Kim WhiteThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has been awarded a three-year grant worth $1,085,903 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This interdisciplinary grant provides funding for the School of Nursing, along with the SIUE Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine, and the SIUE Department of Social Work, to greatly expand the scope of services provided at the WeCare Clinic on the School’s East St. Louis campus.

“The population we serve ...

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SIUE Pharmacy Professor Participates in Systematic Review for Renowned Cochrane Collection

23 June 2015, 9:40 AM

Dr. Mckenzie Ferguson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the SIUE School of PharmacySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dr. McKenzie Ferguson has co-authored an update to a technical review on the topic of patient-controlled analgesia versus other methods of pain control after surgery. The review is part of the Cochrane Collaboration and will guide evidence-based decisions among clinicians.

“I had the pleasure of working with some of the best collaborators in the area of evidence-based medicine,” said Ferguson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Awarded $2.65 Million Grant for Alzheimer’s Research

17 June 2015, 12:14 PM

Dr. Ken Witt, principal investigator and associate professor in the SIUE School of PharmacySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2.65 million grant from the National Institute of Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen their efforts in combating Alzheimer’s disease.

An estimated 5.3 million Americans are battling Alzheimer’s disease, identified as the nation’s sixth leading cause of death with no cure and limited means of treatment. The enormous impact of this devas...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Research Addresses Effective Communication with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients

28 April 2015, 8:15 AM

A study conducted by researchers in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy addresses effective communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) patients.

The study, published in the “Journal of the American Pharmacists Association,” indicates pharmacists’ ability to communicate with the deaf and HOH population will impact medication adherence and errors.

An article written by Rachel Lutz on PharmacyTimes.com further highlights the research.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Bergman Partners on IDPH Campaign

21 April 2015, 4:55 PM

Scott BergmanDr. Scott Bergman, associate professor in the Southern Illinois University School of Pharmacy, is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health on a new statewide initiative to promote appropriate use of antibiotics in outpatient health care settings.

Antibiotics are often misused in outpatient and other health care settings, contributing to reduced effectiveness of these important drugs and making even common infections more difficult to treat.

The Precious Drugs & Scary Bu...

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School of Pharmacy’s Kerr Has Diabetes Research Featured on healio.com

13 February 2015, 11:03 AM

SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Jessica Kerr, PharmD, led a survey of American Association of Diabetes Educators members to determine their knowledge of regulations concerning insulin use in commercial driver’s license holders. Writing for healio.com, author Amber Cox posted the story Thursday, Feb. 12.  Kerr is assistant chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and an associate professor.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Featured in Illinois Business Journal

6 January 2015, 12:27 PM

The SIUE School of Pharmacy and Dean Gireesh Gupchup are featured prominently in the Illinois Business Journal’s January 2015 issue. Read writer Dennis Grubaugh’s story here.

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SIUE Professor Granted Patent for Bacterial Contamination Prevention

29 May 2014, 10:50 AM

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a second patent within months to Ronald E. Worthington, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy.

The more recent patent, issued in March, represents the second of two related inventions aimed at preventing contamination by bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Entitled “Bacteriophage Derived Methods to Control Lactic Acid ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Named ASHP Foundation’s 2014 Pain and Palliative Care Training Site

23 May 2014, 10:32 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy was one of four training sites selected by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation for the 2014 Pain and Palliative Care Traineeship program. Dr. Chris Herndon, associate professor of pharmacy practice, is the faculty lead for the SIUE campus training site.

The Pain and Palliative Care Traineeship Program is a tiered educational initiative, designed for pharmacists to gain specific kn...

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SIUE Pharmacy Professor Awarded US Patent

15 January 2014, 12:00 AM

For his invention to protect against bacterial contamination, specifically in industrial processes, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Ronald Worthington was awarded a U.S. patent.

Worthington is a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy. His invention relates to compositions and methods. His work obtained United States Patent No. 8,563,293.

“Our goal was to address the inappropriate use of antibiotics in industrial processes,&#8...

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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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