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Looking Ahead: Support the 65th Annual Fall Formal

Erica A. Sheridan, PharmD/MBA Candidate, 2018

The 63rd annual College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) Fall Formal was held in the University of Toledo’s student union auditorium, on November 21st of 2015. The event is a long-standing tradition within the college, planned collaboratively by Lambda Kappa Sigma pharmaceutical sorority, Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity, and the local student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association. It aims to highlight the successes of both students and faculty over the course of the preceding year.  Traditionally, Fall Formal invites any member of the College of Pharmacy to enjoy catered dinner and dessert, and a chosen keynote speaker.

Last fall’s event, planned and executed by P2 Erica Sheridan, P1 Morgan Krause, and P1 Kevin Kovachick, consisted of a catered Olive Garden Italian restaurant dinner and featured a gourmet doughnut dessert by local Toledo bakery, Holey Toledough. Dr. Aaron Lengel continued the evening as the chosen keynote speaker, with student and faculty awards making up the latter part of the event. The awards presented were:

  • Faculty of the Year: Dr.Kimberly Schmude
  • Kappa Psi Brother of the Year: Kyle Sarahman (P3)
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma Sister of the Year: Jessica Durigon (P3)
  • APhA-ASP Honorary Member of the Year: Erica Sheridan (P2)
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma Sweetheart: William Golnick (P2)
  • Kappa Psi Sweetheart: Sienna Gerdemen (P1)

The Fall Formal planning committee was pleased to have hosted over 300 attendees to this year’s event. We are eager to continue this CPPS tradition and inspire the 2016 committee to go above and beyond in making the 64th annual event even more successful!

Alumni and friends who are interested in supporting the 65th Annual Fall Formal in fall of 2016 are encouraged to contact the vice president of the UT chapter of APhA-ASP, Samantha Campbell, at samantha.campbell@rockets.utoledo.edu.

March 2015 Refill e-newsletter

The March 2015 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this Women’s History Month issue:

  • Dr. Sharrel Pinto leads national medication adherence study
  • Bess G. Emch, the college’s first female dean, paved the way for women
  • Dr. McInerney’s type 1 diabetes research
  • Dr. Sawsan Abuhamdah’s Fulbright research
  • Tips for Women in Science, Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich
  • A warm welcome: Audra Wilson
  • Special thanks to pharmacy donors
  • Grandmother’s tea: Dr. Early’s introduction to pharmacy
  • Equipment funds support research and learning
  • Cosmetic science symposium review (part II), Hillary Phillis
  • Calendar of events: Law CE, Preceptor Forum, Golf Outing


Jing Meyer, coordinator of advising and student services, helps professional division students gain confidence and set career goals.

The Office of Student Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has received university and national attention for its service to students. Each member of the team contributes to the personalized care our students receive.

As coordinator of advising and student services, Jing Meyer is heavily involved in making sure our students are successful. Her role allows her to support the students academically throughout the college journey, helping them to make informed decisions.

Meyer?s role also includes academic advising, a cornerstone of retention and educational success. Our college uses group and individual advising sessions to collaboratively guide students through academic policy and procedure and to encourage early planning, problem solving and decision making. Academic advisors offer advice and listen and refer students to support services when necessary.

With more students selecting multiple minors and participating in college and departmental Honors programs, encouragement and guidance about career options help students to plan for the future.

Meyer’s career history demonstrates her strengths in connecting with others and strategizing for success. Before coming to UT, she was an adviser in the College of Education & Human Development at Bowling Green State University and an adviser at Owens Community College. She was also an associate professor and chair of psychology department in the College of Education at Hunan Normal University in China.

Over the past 11 years, Meyer has learned to wear many hats while working with students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“Sometimes I am a teacher, sometimes a counselor, sometimes a service provider, sometimes a records manager, sometimes a stern advocate,” Meyer said. “Occasionally, I need to intervene in a student’s personal arena to obtain personal assistance for the student. I love the diversity of my job.”
Meyer enjoys working with students and providing information that relieves their stress and supports their goals. She is pleased when students leave her office feeling relaxed, refreshed, focused, and inspired.

“It is amazing to witness students overcoming hurdles and successfully completing their degree programs,” said Meyer. “It is tremendously rewarding to help students open their eyes to the various curricular and career options offered by our college.”

The college’s Office of Student Affairs has nine staff members and offices on both the Main and Health Science Campuses. Students schedule advising meetings online and even meet with advisors via Skype. Weekly Student Affairs e-newsletters inform students of deadlines, events, and activities.

The mission of the Office of Student Affairs is to provide students with advising and support services that help to ensure their success in completing their degree programs. The staff is dedicated to supplying the highest quality of “pharmacy student care” possible.

Staff development retreat promotes teambuilding

In June, members of the college’s staff participated in a half-day staff development retreat, the first event of its type, designed to promote a team atmosphere and provide staff members with new skills. The retreat engaged other units at The University of Toledo, including the Counseling Center and Rocket Wellness Center, as well as a workshop by an external consulting agency. Topics included coping with stress in the workplace, developing personal wellness, and teambuilding, and staff members received information on improving their communication skills and health habits. The college’s Staff Development Committee planned the event, which will recur annually.

“This event reflects the college’s long-term commitment to improving the satisfaction, skill and service of the college’s staff, which ultimately benefits students, faculty and the UT community,” said Dr. Richard Montgomery, chair of the Staff Development Committee.

From the Director of Development

Dear Alumni and friends,

The college’s current fundraising campaign, chaired by Dr. Robert Schlembach, is progressing well. Doc has been in contact with many alumni to request their engagement in the process of raising funds to support the college and its students.

Many of you will soon receive letters from members of your graduate classes to support Dr. Schlembach’s alumni scholarship. Over the years, Doc has been extremely committed to supporting student scholarships. The alumni scholarships in his name helps to ease the financial burden experienced by students so they can complete their pharmacy education and improve the human condition.

If you received a scholarship from the college while you were a student, you will soon receive a letter from the university requesting your support for scholarships. This offers an excellent opportunity to give back to the university and pay it forward to students who benefit from scholarship support.

Your continued support of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is appreciated and felt by the students, faculty and staff of the college. Many of your names are present in halls of the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center, and your gifts support ongoing research projects that impact public health and disease management. Each gift makes a difference, and I thank you for your generosity and your involvement.


Jeff Barton, BBA ‘98

November /December 2013 Refill e-newsletter

The November/December 2013 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • A shift toward e-Prescribing
  • Stars, stripes and Rocket Pride
  • From intern to analyst: Trevor Eaton
  • Advising award for Deb Sobczak
  • Science and the Sister Cities
  • Fast-tracking science students to CPPS
  • Global warming’s impact on the pharmaceutical industry
  • Meet Dr. Isaac Schiefer
  • Upcoming Events

Advising Award for Deb Sobczak

Deb Sobczak, director of student services for the college’s pre-professional division, was presented with the Academic Advisor Excellence Award. The award, presented by the Ohio Academic Advising Association, recognizes service to students, to the college and to the public as well as innovation in advising services.


Deb Sobczak’s Shining Star Award

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Wrq4mVgn4 As The University of Toledo renews its focus on student satisfaction as a factor in student retention, the role of academic advisers is being recognized more broadly. Recently, The University of Toledo recognized Deborah Sobczak, the college’s director of Student Services for the pre-professional division, for excellence in her role as an adviser.

Pharmacy students Emily Kramp, Dan Gilloon, Sean Hackett and Andrew Schneider, who nominated Sobczak for the Shining Star advising award, are featured with Deb in a YouTube video discussing the importance of sound advising, among other topics.