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Annual Crimson Gala Celebrates William Gaskins, College Mentor and Community Leader

Year-round, alumni, faculty and friends of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) work tirelessly to innovate and advance the student pharmacist experience. Through regular meetings, generous contributions, and thoughtful preparation and guidance, CPPS has managed to advance its program with many wins this year. The annual Crimson Gala is one of the ways the college thanks their up-front and behind-the-scenes supporters.

This year’s gala honored William (Bill) Gaskins (class of ’69) with the first-ever R. Keith Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill’s ongoing commitment to advising and mentoring student pharmacists has made a significant impact on the outcomes of many … » More …

WSU football hero to be honored by College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

William (Bill) Gaskins is a 1969 College of Pharmacy graduate, clinical pharmacy instructor, Washington State University (WSU) Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and was director of pharmacy at Pullman Regional Hospital for 43 years. This fall he will also be the first-ever recipient of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences R. Keith Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. » More ...

ASPET award named for former WSU faculty member

Former Washington State University (WSU) faculty member Richard Okita, Ph.D., was recently honored in the naming of the Richard Okita Early Career Award in Drug Metabolism and Disposition. The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) celebrated the naming of its early career award on Tuesday April 9, 2019. The event took place as part of the 2019 ASPET Annual Meeting at the Experimental Biology conference in Orlando, Florida.

The newly named award was established by the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism and Disposition to recognize excellent original research conducted by early career investigators in the field of drug metabolism and disposition. It … » More …

Letter from the Editor | March 2019

Dear friends,

It has been seven years now that I have had the honor of serving as your CougaRx News editor in chief.

This month marks the 97th newsletter I have published for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The CougaRx Alumni Newsletter started in 2013, with the addition of the Dean’s Newsletter in 2014. As our Cougar pharmacy family grew with the college’s move to Spokane, the success of our newsletters took off. The alumni newsletter received a SPARK award for excellence in communication from the Spokane Regional MarCom Association, and a marketing and communication award from the Council for Advancement and Support … » More …

WSU pharmacy program welcomes back alumna as professor

SPOKANE, Wash.—Clinical Pharmacist Megan Undeberg rejoined the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences this August as a clinical associate professor.

Undeberg’s position is co-located on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane within the Department of Pharmacotherapy and at the Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital also in Spokane, Washington.

At WSU she will teach in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and work to expand rural health research, looking at transitions of care (especially to rural … » More …

A night to honor excellence in pharmacy education

Living up to expectations, the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) hosted its annual Crimson Gala event in Spokane on September 28. The event was part of the college’s Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend activities, which brought Cougar pharmacists back to WSU for celebration, recognition, reconnection, comradery, and to share some good old Cougar pride and spirit.

The college vision is to be a leader in advancing, promoting and protecting human health.  We do this through developing practice-ready graduates who will lead tomorrow’s health care solutions, and by contributing to the advancement of knowledge and discovery within pharmaceutical, clinical and applied sciences.

The … » More …

WSU honors two local pharmacists as outstanding preceptors

Monica Graybeal and Chris Greer, both of Spokane, were named Preceptors of the Year by the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences last Friday. Preceptors are an important part of the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program. They supervise, teach and mentor student pharmacists at the practice sites where they complete the final year of pharmacy school.

The Preceptor of the Year Award is given annually to a WSU pharmacy preceptor for outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists through demonstrating high standards of professionalism, ethics and clinical practice. Preceptors are nominated by the student pharmacists who participate in rotations at … » More …

Robbers recognized for contributions to pharmaceutical sciences, teaching

During pharmacy school James Robbers worked as an assistant in the research lab of Professor Melvin R. Gibson at WSU. “I will always be grateful for Dr. Gibson’s generosity in mentoring me because it started me on a pathway toward a career in research and academics,” Robbers said.

Robbers, of Mukilteo, Washington, was named the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) on Friday, September 28. He was selected for his continued contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences at WSU that provide graduate students travel awards, fellowships, and research grants, as well as summer research internships for … » More …

College names new members of advisory council

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Washington State University College of Pharmacy recently named Sunil Wadhwani and Leon Alzola to the advisory council for Dean Gary M. Pollack.

It is important the college stay connected to key thought-leaders and experts within the professional and scientific community in order to stay apprised of the ever-evolving health care landscape. The Dean’s Advisory Council convenes twice a year to provide external perspective and insight on the strategic direction of the college and its initiatives. The council was established by the dean in order to ensure the college’s educational and research focus remain aligned to develop practice-ready graduates who are well-equipped to tackle … » More …