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Finding love through serving others

By Kelly Sylvester, director of advancement & alumni relations

There’s something in the air at pharmacy school. Every year we learn about students who have met while in college and end up getting married, starting families, and living the dream. One such couple is Cassandra (Cassie) Song, who graduated in 2015, and Eric Wilson, who was a year behind her in pharmacy school. Here’s their story, in Cassie’s words, and it’s pretty sweet!

“Eric and I met during Eric’s orientation of his first year in pharmacy school. I was in my second year and was one of the orientation leaders at that time. We had … » More …

Healthy competition turns to marital bliss

By Kelly Sylvester, director of advancement & alumni relations

Although Grant MacLean (’73) and Linda Garrelts MacLean (’78) both graduated from the Washington State University (WSU) pharmacy program, they never met in college. It wasn’t until they were working as competing pharmacists that they initially became acquainted. Grant was working for a Rosauers location on the South Hill in Spokane, Washington, while Linda was working for Jones Pharmacy just two blocks away. They had their first date just after Linda graduated from the WSU College of Pharmacy in 1978, and as they say, the rest is history. Their professional rivalry saw an end shortly thereafter … » More …

Student Spotlight: APhA-ASP regional member at large Tajana Vujic

Second-year pharmacy student Tajana Vujic was recently appointed in the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacist (APhA-ASP) as regional member at large, a national position, where she will be able to advocate for her peers. Vujic shares how she hopes to help the profession and why she encourages future pharmacy students to get involved with student organizations.

What does the regional member at large do? 

The regional member at large position makes sure that we are … » More …

February 2022 Updates



J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Regents Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Director of the Drug Information Center Danial Baker with five co-authors published, Impact of educational intervention in evidence-based drug information in interprofessional practice at a tertiary-level care hospital,” in the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice online in January, 2022.

Danial Baker and Pharmacotherapy Clinical Professor and Director of Quality Assurance Improvement & Accreditation Preparation Terri Levien published, “Drug evaluation – avacopan (Tavneos): updated evaluation,” in Wolters Kluwer Health’s The Formulary Monograph Service (FMS) in January 2022. Wolters Kluwer Health is a drug and health information publisher, the FMS is … » More …

From Doctor of Pharmacy to Doctor of Love

As the associate dean of external relations, Julie Akers has helped to connect people in more ways than one. When she is not advocating for the pharmacy profession or teaching a class on pharmacy law and management, she officiates weddings. Most of the weddings have been of student pharmacists who meet their life partners while in the WSU doctor of pharmacy program.

“In pharmacy school, you get to meet people more intensely than you would in undergrad. Our students spend three didactic years together where they have every class together, meet with the same people, every day, every year, for three years. It pushes you … » More …

WSU and Mobius educate community on healthy lifestyle habits in February

Mobius Discovery Center in Spokane will be teaming up with Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dr. Universe to educate children and the public about health and wellness each Saturday in February. Along with sharing the basics of healthy lifestyle habits and understanding the human body, the event aims to inspire children in STEAM-related subjects. Families can also sign up for the Dr. Universe club, which hosts regular podcasts, videos, and … » More …

Researcher on the Rise: Q&A with Chris Szlenk

Looking for a change after completing his undergraduate degree in chemistry, Chris Szlenk left his home state of Alabama in 2017 to pursue a PhD at Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. A rotation in the lab of assistant professor Senthil Natesan got him interested in the field of computer-aided drug design. » More ...

Student pharmacists work across disciplines to solve complex patient cases

Working with future physicians, nurses, and health care providers across disciplines is a vital part of the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program. It prepares student pharmacists for a real world setting where they may be collaborating with providers on the best plan of action for unique patient situations. For example, how does one treat a 72-year-old patient who is recovering from prostate cancer and living with type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis? » More ...