A note from Linda Garrelts MacLean
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It’s that time of the year again when we have a chance to pay it forward and support our students! #CougsGive will take a place on April 14 across the University, and it is our chance to help future pharmacists and scientists in pursuit of their degrees and lifelong learning. I feel even more compelled this year, than any other year, to make this ask as so many of our students have devoted countless volunteer hours to help with vaccination efforts across the country. They are juggling virtual learning, rotations, research responsibilities, and putting in extra hours to help vaccinate people in their communities. Not only have they shown their commitment to the profession but proven their resolve to become providers who protect the health of the communities they serve. Sabrina Fischer, class of 2022, shares how the experience has changed her perspective. It is just one of many similar comments that I hear from our students everyday:
“I feel extremely thankful to be a part of this moment in history. I am so proud that my profession has been able to be part of the vaccine effort and help our community get through this pandemic!”
I hope you will join me (virtually, of course!) to support our students on #CougsGive. And if you are unable to contribute, the small act of spreading the word will help us in many ways.
In celebrating our students, I am so proud to present our second-year student pharmacist Kennedy Erickson, who was elected APhA-ASP President by her peers across the nation. This is the first time that the college has had one of our students elected as president! She will attend every board of directors meeting, and as a former APhA trustee, I know how valuable this opportunity will prove to be as just a first step in a very promising future for Kennedy. Though the APhA annual meeting was virtual this year, it was great to see so many familiar faces. Our college had a banner year at the annual meeting with several faculty presenting on topics ranging from care of LGBTQ+ patients to immunizing during a pandemic, as well as students appointed to national leadership roles, and recognized for their work in immunizing local communities.
While it has been a difficult year of back-to-back Zoom meetings, one great aspect that this pandemic has helped catalyze is our ability to share the many innovative and inspiring career journeys of our alumni in the Career Seminar Series. Most recently, we had the great honor of hosting Majid Tanas (class of 2007), Stephanie Paugh (class of 2011), and Stacy Crow Bernard (class of 2010). Majid currently serves as Chief Pharmacy Officer and Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Legacy Health in Portland Oregon after a successful career at the National Institutes of Health. Stephanie in 2019 launched Pharmacist 360, her own consulting business to review medications for older adults living independently in Montana; and Stacy is a Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacist at Mayo Clinic. They have taken very different career paths, but their messages on entrepreneurship, networking, taking bold steps have truly resonated with our students. Thank you to all our alumni who continue to inspire the next generation of health care providers with your stories.
With best regards and much respect,
Linda Garrelts MacLean, Vice Dean of External Relations
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences