WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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April 2024

Message From the Dean

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to spring! One more month and the term will be over for everyone. Graduation ceremonies will be here before we know it! With the end of the spring semester fast approaching, it’s a time for us to come together, celebrate our achievements, and look forward to the warmer months ahead.

CougsGive – Wednesday, April 17

First and foremost, mark your calendars for CougsGive on Wednesday, April 17! This annual fundraising event is a testament to the incredible generosity of our community. Last year, we surpassed expectations by raising over $18,000, ranking in the top 5 out of 11 colleges in the university for the most donations. Let’s aim even higher this year as all proceeds will directly support student scholarships and provide essential funding for travel to conferences and rural rotation sites.

Celebrating Excellence and Generosity

We have our annual Celebrating Excellence and Generosity events taking place in Spokane and Yakima on April 17 and April 19 respectively. There’s still time to RSVP and join us for these events where we not only honor our outstanding students, staff, and faculty but also celebrate the profound impact our donors have on shaping the future of pharmacy education. All college alumni are warmly invited to attend and share in the festivities.

Alumni of the Year

Speaking of alumni, we’re thrilled to announce that we are seeking nominations for our Alumni of the Year awards! This year, we will be recognizing three exceptional individuals: a graduate from the BPharm/PharmD program, an alum from the graduate program, and a third alum who has graduated within the past decade from either the BPharm/PharmD or graduate program. If you know someone deserving of this prestigious honor, please submit your nominations. The awards will be presented at the Crimson Gala on Friday, September 6, so save the date for what promises to be an unforgettable evening to celebrate your impact on students.

Bell-Schleif Conference Room

The Bell-Schleif Conference Room stands as a testament to the unwavering support and commitment of our esteemed alumni, David Bell (’76), Ron Schleif (’76), and Carol Nightingale Schleif (’79). We had the great honor of commemorating their legacy and generosity in March. You can read more about their humorous story behind the naming of the conference room on our website. Thank you Dave, Ron and Carol for supporting the college and your sense of humor. I’m grateful for your continued support and dedication to our college.

As we embrace the end of the term, I wish you all happiness and success in your endeavors. Until next time, happy spring!


Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Help transform student dreams into realities

Every year for #CougsGive, Cougs across the world come together to celebrate the impact of donor support at WSU and give to the scholarships, programs, and experiences that set WSU apart. This year we want to give more student pharmacists the opportunity to present at professional conferences, work at underserved rotation sites, or simply attend their classes without having to worry about their next bill.

You can support #CougsGive by signing up as a Cougar Ambassador, sharing your own WSU story, encouraging your peers and fellow Cougs to join in, and then giving to the areas that mean the most to you on April 17! Go Cougs!

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