By: Meg Comito

On April 17 College of Pharmacy students Yaoyi (Peyton) Xiao, Thomas Maslo,  Kathryn Rand, and Shannon Kozlovich received 2018 Washington State University (WSU) Spokane Chancellor’s Awards.

This award is an honor bestowed annually to students for their demonstration of exceptional leadership and service to the university and community. Recipients are identified by the WSU Spokane Chancellor Daryll DeWald and supporting committee.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences student Shannon Kozlovich received the award for her advocacy and work as the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) Director of Legislative Affairs.

One nominator said, “Shannon is passionate about advocating for those that may not otherwise have a voice.  I have no doubt that she will continue to advocate for the underserved even after she leaves WSU Spokane and I am excited to see where she goes in life.”

Third year Doctor of Pharmacy student Thomas Maslo received the award for his work on access to mental health care on our campus and in the community.

“He has been a diligent partner in helping to develop a course that did not follow the standard template found in other College of Pharmacy courses.  This course incorporated non-pharmacological tools that could be utilized to support individuals who could be suffering from acute or chronic episodes of mental health disorders,” according to his nomination letter.

Fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy student Kathryn Rand was awarded for her leadership and participation as an executive member of the student ambassador group at the College of Pharmacy.

One nominator said, “Kathryn was tasked with organizing orientation and introducing the new cohort of student pharmacists to the culture and community of the college.  She modified the previous orientation schedule to provide more active engagement between student pharmacists.”

Lastly, second year Doctor of Pharmacy student Peyton Xiao received an award for her outreach activities to the Yakima area.

“Peyton has done extensive research on programs in the community to bring better understanding in areas including needle exchanges and drug rehab programs,” said her nomination letter.

Students received their awards from the chancellor and College of Pharmacy Dean Gary Pollack during a special reception in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building Lobby on the Spokane campus. Photos of the ceremony can be viewed online.