2009 Dean's Letters

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July 2009

Greetings Classes of 2011 and 2012, Colleagues, and Friends,

I want to offer my congratulations to the new Class of 2012, who had their Orientation July 1-2, 2009 and began their first quarter on July 6, 2009.

We are very pleased to learn that we received the news that we have received our Candidate accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (see Accreditation Tab) as well as Accreditation for Membership at Level V from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges which allows Sullivan University to offer Doctoral-level programs; the Doctor of Pharmacy is the first.

I would also like to share with you some of the events that the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP) has initiated or advanced since my last letter.

We celebrated the Inaugural Honors Day on June 5 where several students received scholarships that had been donated by PharMerica, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, The Jefferson County Academy of Pharmacists, and Pharmacists Mutual.

The Orientation for the Class of 2012 was held at The Crowne Plaza Louisville and on the campus of SUCOP with approximately 350 students, invited guests, faculty and staff in attendance. Former State Senator Richard Roeding, R.Ph., provided the Keynote Address for this event. For this year, a cookout was held at our new SUCOP campus on the second day of the Orientation, with representatives from Wal-Mart, Kroger, Jefferson County Academy of Pharmacists, and CVS as well as the student organizations from SUCOP (Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, Association of Managed Care Pharmacists, and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) in attendance. I would like to thank CVS and Wal-Mart for their generous and steady sponsorship for this event. In addition, the SUCOP Student Government Affairs presented a bowling event for faculty and new students to get acquainted which was sponsored by Walgreens.

On July 15 and 16, SUCOP, in conjunction with Kentucky BioProcessing, LLC (KBP) hosted a Plant-Based Therapeutics Symposium on campus and at the KBP facility in Owensboro, Kentucky. This Symposium was a first for the State of Kentucky as well as the first in America, and there were approximately 85 attendees from around the country and the world. We are looking forward to partnering with colleagues in Europe to hold this event on an annual basis alternating between the United States and Europe.

Some of the events scheduled in the near future include the 2nd Annual Nanotechnology Symposium, the American Heart Association Cardiovascular and Stroke Regional Conference, Mortar and Pestle Ceremony, and the Health Fair in October, and the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2012 in January 2010.

Thank you again for all of your support throughout this long journey. I am looking forward to continued collaboration with all our colleagues and friends, both locally and nationwide.

I'm also happy to report that our Inaugural Class of 2011 has passed their first professional year and are currently enrolled in their Intermediate Pharmacy Practices leading to their second professional year. I also wish success to our new Class of 2012 who joined us on July 6, 2009. I am looking forward to seeing you all at graduation in June 2012!

Best Wishes,

Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.
Founding Dean and Professor

March 26, 2009

Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,

A few additional months have again passed. Our Charter Class of 2011 just completed the 3rd Quarter of their Professional Year 1 (P1 Q3) and we can see that the first professional year is almost finished. Time flies, as we used to say.

On January 9, 2009, in the company of close to 400 friends, family members, and preceptors, the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy celebrated its first White Coat Ceremony for the Charter Class of 2011. Dr. William Fleming, Vice-President of Pharmacy and Clinical Integration at Humana, delivered an inspirational speech to the class. Following Dr. Fleming's speech, Dean Tran led the students in reciting the Pharmacy Profession Pledge of Professionalism under a new tradition for the College of Pharmacy—recitation by candlelight to represent the light that will be guiding them through their lifelong journey of caring for their future patients.

On February 4-6, 2009, the College of Pharmacy received an accreditation visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to accredit Sullivan University for a level change from Level III to Level V—offering Doctoral programs; and on March 17-19, 2009, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) site visit team was here for our Candidate accreditation evaluation visit. The outcome will be reviewed at both Board meetings in June 2009, respectively. We will let you know the results as soon as we receive them.

During last year, our students, faculty and staff have engaged in numerous professional activities that I would like to invite you to browse through on our web page (www.sullivan.edu/pharmacy). Believe it or not, we are going to welcome soon to our College the second class, beginning July 6, 2009 (the Class of 2012). We are very proud of our Charter Class of 2011 who will be joining us in welcoming the new Class of 2012.

Thank you very much to our students, faculty, staff, friends, and colleagues for all their dedicated efforts which have made the College of Pharmacy a good place to learn, a place to grow, and also a place to proudly remember in the future.

Best Wishes,

Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.
Founding Dean and Professor

January 7, 2009

Dear Students of the Class of 2011, Family and Friends,

Happy New Year! I would like to take a moment to celebrate the coming of 2009 with a look back over recent events that have happened in the College of Pharmacy within the past few months of which we are very proud and excited.

We have moved into our beautiful new College of Pharmacy building, and the students began their Fall Quarter here on October 6, 2008. The month of October began with the 1st Annual Nanotechnology Symposium quickly followed by the start of the Fall Quarter, the Mortar and Pestle Ceremony, and the Building Dedication. We had a very busy month, and continue to have an event-filled winter.

I would like to send a special thank you to all those who attended our College of Pharmacy events and who have contributed to the success of our Inaugural Class of 2011 and the Pharm.D. program!

Orientation & Registration
The Orientation and Registration for the Inaugural Class of 2011 and their family members was held on July 2 and 3, 2008. Several guest speakers were in attendance for the Orientation event. The Keynote Speaker was Mr. Mike Burleson, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy. Representatives from local area pharmacy organizations were also present.

Mortar & Pestle Ceremony
The Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Kmart Corporation, initiated a new tradition for the College by hosting a Mortar and Pestle Ceremony for its students on October 17, 2008. During the ceremony, the students were given glass mortar and pestles and white lab coats. This ceremony was made possible by the Kmart Corporation's generosity and support.. This ceremony initiated the students beginning their pharmacy training in pharmaceutical compounding and sterile techniques as a first step toward the patient care aspect of the profession, which will be capitalized with the White Coat Ceremony to be held in January 2009 before the students begin their IPPE experiential training.

Building Dedication
With an investment in acquisition, building, and rebuilding completed and with a total University and Sullivan family investment of over $11,000,000, the new Sullivan University College of Pharmacy building complex was officially dedicated on October 24, 2008. Dignitaries from education, government, business, and the pharmacy field attended this wonderful event as Sullivan University reached a new level of recognition and service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation. Some of the dignitaries included Metro Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Kentucky 3rd District Congressman John Yarmuth, and Mr. Richard Roeding, Kentucky State Senator. Dr. George Downs, Dean Emeritus of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, served as guest speaker for the event during the Dedication day. Mehul Khakhkhar, President of the Student Government Affairs of the SUCOP, had the honor and privilege to cut the ribbon officially opening the new College of Pharmacy building.

White Coat Ceremony
We are currently planning for the White Coat Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, January 9, 2009. Please see further information about this ceremony in the "News and Events" section.

We look forward to another fruitful year for the College of Pharmacy, to welcoming the Class of 2012 in July, and watching the Inaugural Class of 2011 progress to their second Professional year.

Cordially Yours,

Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.
Founding Dean and Professor

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