FYI for COP: Sept. 23, 2010

College donates school supplies for Afghan kids
Nicki ScovisMore than 23 COP employees donated school supplies to kids in Afghanistan in July. Nicki Scovis, pharmacist in the Medication Management Center, organized the drive for her friend, U.S. Air Force Capt. Mary Danner-Jones, public affairs officer for a provincial reconstruction team, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Scovis and Danner-Jones met in the Air Force when both were stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Scovis collected and mailed nearly 40 pounds of donated supplies to Danner-Jones, who is featured on this CNN website.

After receiving the supplies, Danner-Jones sent an e-mail to Scovis: “Thank you, thank you for the school supplies. You have no idea what a difference you have made in the life of an Afghan child…. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and kindness! Please pass on my thanks to all those who donated.”

Whittington joins faculty
Lisa Whittington, PharmD, has joined the college as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. Whittington will teach the psychiatric portion of pharmacotherapeutics to students in the doctor of pharmacy program. Whittington received her PharmD from the UA College of Pharmacy in 2007.

College annual report available
Each year, at the request of the provost, college administrators write an annual report addressing how the college contributes to the University of Arizona’s strategic directions. The report for academic year 2009-2010 was completed earlier this month and is posted on the college website.

Lindsey to participate in health literacy webinar series
Marti Lindsey, director of the community outreach and education program for the Center for Toxicology, will participate in a free health literacy webinar series next month. She will present “Making Health Materials Simple and Easy To Read – A Step by Step Approach” Oct. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. For more information or to participate in the webinar, go to the Health Literacy website.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to speak
Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at a Southern Arizona Town Hall Meeting Friday, Oct. 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required by Sept. 29. For more information or to RSVP, go to the Mullen event website.

Dissertation fellowships announced
The Graduate College has announced the Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship designed to help graduate students who are Arizona residents complete their doctoral dissertations. The award is intended for graduate students who are in the completion stage of their dissertations and who have exhausted all other funding resources except for loans. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. For more information and to apply, go to the Marshall Foundation page of the Graduate College website.

Got news? Get communications!
If you have news to communicate, or if a media outlet such as a television station contacts you with a request for an interview, please alert the COP communications office right away. The university very much prefers that TV crews not be in campus buildings without a public relations escort, which the communications office can provide. In addition, the communications staff appreciates opportunities to have face-to-face contact with reporters of all media while they are on site, as it enhances our ability to build relationships for future stories. Please notify Ginny Geib, communications director, in advance of any interviews.

Phone-a-thon winding up
More than 100 PharmD students made calls to alumni the evenings of Sep. 20-23 as part of the annual phone-a-thon. The purposes of the event were to raise money and encourage participation in Homecoming (Oct. 22-23). The money raised will be used to support a variety of COP activities including scholarships and student organizations. To donate, contact Lynne Mascarella, alumni affairs director.

Pharmacy Day on the Mall set
PharmD students will present Pharmacy Day on the Mall Monday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This annual event will take place under a large tent on the UA Mall. Students will offer health information and screenings for many conditions, including asthma, hypertension and diabetes. The Prepharmacy Club will provide root beer floats. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Piya Debnath.