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Gamecock Pharmacist | Fall 2022
In this issue: We celebrate our 2021-22 Outstanding Alumnus. Veterinary medicine rotations
provide unique experiences for students. It's time for Carolina football and a balancing
act for student pharmacists in the Carolina band. Pharmacists strengthen the future
of the profession through advocacy. Prisma Health Richland and USC celebrate 50 years
of training pharmacy residents. Alumni pay it forward through mentoring.
In this issue: College of Pharmacy alumni help students build leadership skills. From
large retailers to community pharmacies and academia, social media is changing the
way pharmacists communicate. Pharmacy degrees lead to different paths for alumni couple
Diane and Andy McColl. Alumni work with a pediatric physician to battle bacterial
diseases. The College of Pharmacy continues its efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19
on our campus and in our communities.
In this issue: The 2020-21 Alumna of the Year Julia Mims shares what she has learned
over the course of her pharmacist career. College of Pharmacy leaders, students and
alumni play key roles in COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the country. Researchers
with the College of Pharmacy seek to provide greater access to health care in rural
areas of South Carolina. From granted patents to published papers, not many people
have accomplished as much as alumna Chloe Lebegue in such a short time.
In this issue: USC researchers come together to develop and implement a saliva-based
diagnostic test for COVID-19, as the pandemic brings the role of the pharmacist to
the forefront. Julie Ann Justo’s interest in infectious diseases grows into an impactful
career at USC on a national and statewide scale. Brandon Bookstaver’s team tracks
treatment of the coronavirus and the long-term impact of the disease. The Leon and
Betty George Endowed Scholarship Fund honors a faithful alumnus and a parents’ love
of family and Columbia.
In this issue: Lindsay Cobbs, 2019 Alumnus of the Year, positively impacts the college
through his outreach, volunteerism, and philanthropy. Assistant Professor Michaela
Almgren shares the value of successful industry partnerships. From Alaska to Argentina,
our Experiential Education program goes global. Professor Lorne Hofseth and Associate
Professor Ozgur Sahin forge innovative paths for future cancer treatment.
In this issue: Ken Long, 2018 Alumnus of the Year, continues to impact the community
through a legacy of family pharmacy. The Palmetto Poison Center receives its largest
contract in the center's history. Wayne Buff retires as senior associate dean after
many years of visionary service. The Walker Leadership Scholars program challenges
students to discover many paths to leadership. The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center
reinforces experience as a valuable teacher.
In this issue: The College of Pharmacy raises its own high bar of excellence as it
prepares graduates for rapid change in the industry. The college's community pharmacy
museum reopens with a more modern presentation of its antique artifacts of the early
days of pharmacy. The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center helps students and alumni
find their individual career paths across the pharmacy industry spectrum.
In this issue: A timeline of the University of South Carolina's long history of educating
pharmacists. Two Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholars reﬂect on their accomplishments
in the program as they graduate from Carolina. Pharmacy students from across the country
come to South Carolina for encouragement and solid advice on becoming their own bosses.