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President Floyd Recognizes Pharmacy Alumnus

Holly Whitcomb Henry of Seattle, class of 1978, received an “Alumni Achievement” award from WSU President Elson Floyd at the College’s annual scholarship night in October. The award is presented to alumni who have achieved much in their fields.

Henry is the immediate past president of the National Community Pharmacists Association and serves on the board of the Association of Northwest Pharmacies. She is a past president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association and of United Drugs, a cooperative of independent pharmacies.

In 1999, she was selected by American Druggist magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists.” She previously received the … » More …

PharmD class of 2014 profile

95 students in the class
82 students have bachelor’s degrees; one has master’s
Average age is 27 years
50 females; 45 males
66 students from Washington
18 students from of California
Other states represented are: Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, Hawaii and Wisconsin.

Dr. Sue Butkus Honored by Dietetic Association

The Washington State Dietetic Association has given its annual Community Practice Award for Excellence to Sue Butkus, a College of Pharmacy nutrition and dietetics professor based at WSU’s research and extension center in Puyallup. The award was established in 1990 to acknowledge the professional contributions of dietary practitioners in the state. Butkus has made major contributions in community dietetics programs, particularly for underserved populations. Specifically:

Food Stamp clients are receiving nutrition education; her work has contributed to development of this education, nationwide.
Butkus also developed WSU Extension’s Diabetes Awareness and Education Program, which has measurably improved the diets of more than 2,500 medically … » More …

Summer diabetes camp a good teacher

What better way to understand diabetes than to live with a person who has diabetes?

Or maybe live with 75 of them, but only for a week.

The “job” description for the pharmacy students who volunteer for this summer camp says they will have only two hours of free time per 24-hour-day, and the two hours will not necessarily be consecutive.

It also says, “MUST be able to tolerate children in large and frequent doses with continued patience and good humor.”

Each summer since 2004 a few WSU pharmacy students have been permitted to do one of their rotations at Camp Fun in the Sun … » More …

Grant helps with Parkinson’s medication research

SPOKANE – Assistant Professor Joshua J. Neumiller is spending the fall 2010 semester studying a select group of Parkinson’s Disease patients, thanks to a national fellowship award from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Neumiller is hoping to find out if intensive medication management will help the patients’ motor skills after they have gone through deep brain stimulation surgery. He is working with Spokane neurosurgeon Dr. Jonathan Carlson as well as the pharmacy and nursing departments at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and other WSU faculty. Neumiller received the only Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy that was awarded this year by the … » More …

PharmD students pick teachers

Pharmacy students selected Catherine A. Elstad, Beth A. Vorderstrasse, John R. White and Mark Garrison to be their teachers of the year for 2009-2010. Each of the four classes of students selected one teacher.

Elstad was chosen by the first-year students. She currently teaches pharmacology during fall semester to both first and second year students. She also teaches first years about autonomic nervous system pharmacology – which is about 40 percent of a 3-credit course – and the second years about endocrine pharmacology (hormonal disorders and hormonal drugs) – which is about 46 percent of a 4-credit course. Elstad is the associate dean of student … » More …

Knuth, White named Excellent Teachers

Judy Knuth, a clinical instructor in the Program in Nutrition in Exercise Physiology, and professor of pharmacotherapy John White were the joint winners of the 2010 WSU Spokane Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Knuth was nominated for inspiring students by her own example of hard work and evidence-based research and practice. White’s nominator cited his gift for teaching, his ability to inspire and connect with students on an individual level, and his efforts to link the classroom to his research by inviting students to participate.

Beary leads Washington Dietetics Assn.

Photo of janet bearyJanet Beary, a clinical assistant professor in the Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in the College of Pharmacy at WSU Spokane, assumed the office of president of the Washington State Dietetic Association in June 2010.

Beary has been a professor at WSU since January 2000. She has a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in public health. She is a registered dietitian and a certified health education specialist. She also is director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at WSU Spokane.

Doug Crafton is Preceptor of the Year

photo of k. douglas craftonK. Douglas Crafton of Spokane has been named the 2010 Preceptor of the Year by the College of Pharmacy.
Crafton is a 1978 graduate of the College of Pharmacy who has been a preceptor for the College’s experiential learning program for more than eight years. During that time, he precepted fourth-year pharmacy students while they were on rotating clerkships at Jones Pharmacy, Horizon Pharmacy, Eastern State Hospital and most recently, Medication Review Inc., an independent pharmacy consulting service owned by Crafton.
The Preceptor of the Year Award is given to … » More …

New Dean Arrives Aug. 1

Dr. Gary Pollack, who is currently the Executive Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become Dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy on Aug. 1, 2010.

Dr. Pollack has been at UNC since 1984. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and psychology from Knox College in Illinois, and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Pollack previously worked for many years with Dr. Bill Campbell, who has been serving this year as interim dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy.