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Shoot hoops for a local baseball charity

The American Pharmacists Association—Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is hosting the First Annual Faculty/Alumni/Staff versus Student Basketball Game on Friday February 7th at 6:30pm and needs interested participants.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and money for Miracle League of Northwest Ohio (http://www.mlnwo.org/). Miracle League of Northwest Ohio has a mission to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities. The hope is to create a fun environment that fosters faculty, staff, and student relationships and benefits an important local charity.  If you are interested and available to participate, please use the following link to sign up no later than January 26th.  You can play the game, attend, or make a donation to support the event.

For those interested in playing, please note that this is a fun, co-ed exhibition match. You need not be in top physical condition to play. There will be four ten-minute running clock quarters. Including announcements, game, and half-time, the event should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. T-shirts with numbers on them will most likely be provided to each team. Please provide your t-shirt size when you sign up. The rest of the outfit is up to you (shorts, shoes). The teams will warm up before the game.

Parking lot info/entrances: TBA

For those interested in attending or donating but not playing, the ticket price is $5, and each ticket purchased earns you a free raffle ticket. Children 5 years old and under get in free. If you buy four tickets, the fifth ticket is free.

Companies and individual donations are still needed for prize items to raffle. The goal is to raise $1500. If you would like to make a donation for the raffle, please email Kelly at  kelly.gaffney@rockets.utoledo.edu for more information.

Alumna Deb Saine, ’79, earns ISMP Cheers Award

Deb Saine photoThe Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has announced its 16th Annual Cheers Awards winners. The Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events; for more information, visit www.ismp.org/Cheers/.

Deb Saine, MS, RPh, FASHP, who earned her bachelor’s in pharmacy at The University of Toledo in 1979, is a recipient of the Cheers Award. Saine is the Medication Safety Manager at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA and was recognized in 2012 as the Distinguished Alumna of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Deb Saine is being honored as a nationally recognized patient safety expert who has created several invaluable safety tools. She co-authored the 2013 Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook, which is being used in more than 15 different countries and has led numerous national-level committees working to improve medication safety. She spearheaded the creation of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Medication Safety Section Advisory Group, and served as its first chair; that group’s efforts culminated in the first annual Medication Safety Collaborative held this year. Deb has mentored students, residents and peers, which has produced new safety leaders in the U.S. and abroad.


Science and the Sister Cities

The Toledo Sister Cities initiative is a project that began in 1931 as a way to promote cultural exchanges and bridge cultural divides. Toledo’s first international partnership was, quite naturally, with Toledo, Spain. The program has grown exponentially since 1931 and includes numerous municipal partnerships with cities around the world.

Photo of UT Main CampusOne unique benefit Toledo Sister Cities International has brought to the city of Toledo is the aspect of economic development through governmental partnerships. The program encourages tourism and educational exchanges with the sister cities. The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has successfully engaged international exchanges with sister cities, including a very productive relationship with the University of Szeged in our sister city of Szeged, Hungary.

Students from the University of Szeged have come to The University of Toledo to study in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for several years, and students from the college’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program have traveled to Szeged to complete summer research experiences. These students have enriching educational experiences that include not just the challenging scientific work in which they are engaged, but also the opportunity to become submerged in a foreign culture. While they engage in research, they become acquainted with the culture, food and hospitality of their host cities and hopefully gain a global perspective that they can carry into their professional careers in research and the sciences.

Students and faculty members from both institutions participate in mutually beneficial scientific endeavors for a meaningful internship experience. To date, multiple research publications have emanated from the partnership with University of Szeged, and the college’s newest undergraduate major, Cosmetic Science, recruited a faculty member who participated in the exchange from Hungary as a student.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has a long-term goal of initiating successful educational and research partnerships with institutions from all Toledo sister cities. These partnerships allow the college to recruit talented and well prepared students from partner institutions, while encouraging UT students to gain scientific knowledge in new settings.

Girl Scouts earn badges with pharmacy students

gs eventMembers of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS), the pharmacy sorority, hosted Junior and Cadet level Girl Scouts seeking to earn their First Aid badges.  The fourth through seventh grade girls rotated through six stations that were run by 23 LKS members, two medical school students, a nurse, and a firefighter.

At the pharmacy stations, Scouts learned about prescription medication safety. They participated in an activity that demonstrated how a pill dissolves in the stomach, and they learned about the use of Epi-pens, insulin pens and inhalers. The girls also learned to make a first aid kit and learned to wrap common injuries in addition to the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, elevation.

At the medicine station, the Girl Scouts learned about spreading germs and watched a video about how germs can be spread by sneezing. They were taught how to identify the signs of shock at the nursing station.

The firefighter taught the stop, drop, and roll method of extinguishing a fire and discussed the responsibilities of firefighters.

Sarah Breen, an LKS member in the college’s Cosmetic Science program, organized this event, which was held in the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center.