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Celebrating Generosity and college excellence

The old adage says it takes a village to raise a child, it could also be said it takes a community to train a pharmacist. Every spring the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) takes time to recognize the students, faculty, staff and the many supporters who help make the success of the college possible.

“Because of the involvement of all these volunteers and donors, our students are gaining the knowledge, leadership skills and clinical skills that will have … » More …

Linda Garrelts MacLean named interim dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Original post by WSU Insider

SPOKANE, Wash. – Linda Garrelts MacLean, a leader in pharmacy education, policy and business, has been named interim dean of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Garrelts MacLean is currently the college’s vice dean for external relations and clinical professor. She will begin transitioning into her new role this month and will become interim dean in August when Dean Gary Pollack steps down. Pollack announced he will leave WSU to become dean of the pharmacy college at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Pollack for his many years … » More …

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates graduates’ success

On Thursday, May 2, the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) celebrated the accomplishments of five Ph.D. of pharmaceutical sciences, one master of pharmaceutical sciences and 146 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at its 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Family, faculty and friends gathered at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane to honor the new alumni of the college. Among those new alumni are the inaugural Yakima class.

WSU and the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) joined forces to offer the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in Yakima beginning in August 2015. This collaboration has allowed WSU student pharmacists and … » More …

Allen I. White lecture continues legacy of advancement through leadership

New HIV drug therapies developed by Gilead Sciences were the topic of discussion at the 2019 Allen I. White Lecture presented by Bill J. Smith, Ph.D. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Dr. Smith, executive director at Gilead Sciences and head of the Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) department presented, “Long acting therapeutics – pharmacologic, physicochemical, and nonclinical pharmacokinetic characterization of a novel HIV capsid inhibitor,” to more than 100 students and faculty members of the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS).

Smith is the most recent in a long line of speakers brought to the college as part of the … » More …

Pharmacy alumna to speak at commencement May 2

Merrie Kay Alzola, class of 1993, senior account executive, Novo Nordisk, will be the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony of the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) on Thursday, May 2.

“Merrie Kay’s devotion to the profession of pharmacy is phenomenal.  She is committed to identifying opportunities for student pharmacists to network and build relationships with alumni and other thought leaders.  A shining example of how Cougar pharmacists give back to the college, I am excited to have her speak at commencement.” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, vice dean for the college.

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Spokane: an international summer destination for pharmacy school

Penny Prime originally wanted to study medicine. Charlotte Hambly initially started in dentistry.

“I was interested in the health care/patient care aspect, so I did an experience (job shadow) in pharmacy and liked it,” Hambly said.

“I did a work experience in pharmacy and really liked it. Prior to that I had no idea about what the job was,” Prime said.

Having found the pharmacy profession, both girls are attending the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University in Wales, one of the top-rated pharmacy programs in the UK. The two student pharmacists came to Spokane this summer to participate in specialty … » More …

College of Pharmacy celebrates graduates success

Linda Evans Parlette

Thursday, May 3, the Washington State University College of Pharmacy celebrated the accomplishments of one Ph.D. and one master of pharmaceutical sciences, and 132 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at its 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Family, faculty and friends gathered at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane to honor the new alumni of the college.

Former Washington Senator Linda Evans Parlette gave the keynote address and shared insights as a pharmacist advocating for public health while serving in the state legislature.

“The pharmacist of today will be known as part of a patient management team, and not just in hospital or clinical settings,” Parlette said.

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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 …

Retired Washington legislator to speak at pharmacy commencement May 3

Linda Evans Parlette SPOKANE, Wash.—Linda Evans Parlette, a former Washington state senator and WSU pharmacy alumna, will be the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Martin Woldson Theater.

Parlette’s selection as the commencement speaker for pharmacy maintains the college’s practice to bring thought leaders to campus. Her record in state government is in alignment with the college’s position as a leader in advancing, promoting and protecting human health.

In 2015, legislation sponsored by Parlette was passed in Washington requiring insurance carriers … » More …

College of Pharmacy name change

In November 2017, the WSU Board of Regents voted to approve a change to the official name of our college from the College of Pharmacy to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Updating our name was important in order to better communicate our balanced mission to advance human health through excellence in collaborative research, scholarship and clinical education, and develop outstanding health care professionals and scientists.

The college communications office is coordinating a gradual roll-out of our new name to accommodate the logistics of redesign and reprinting of materials. We are already beginning to use the new name internally and with some external processes. … » More …