2012 Dean's Letters

December 2012

Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,

In 2012, we once again traveled further down the long road of success. Many times, the path was filled with challenges, but we overcame and succeeded. The long-planned College of Health Sciences (CHS) was established to oversee all current health-related programs (to include the College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and Physician Assistant Program) and develop future ones. The InterNational Center for Advanced Pharmacy Services, the Office of Lifelong Professional Development, and the Drug Information Center will serve all the programs within the CHS.

Several new faculty joined SUCOP in 2012: Dr. Abeer Al-Ghananeem as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Program; Dr. Sarah Raake (SUCOP Class of 2011 Graduate) and Dr. Kimberly Elder in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences; and new residents Dr. Melissa Crews, Dr. Lauren Grant, Dr. Michael Smithson, Dr. Tracy McWhirter (all 2012 SUCOP graduates), and Dr. Lynda Uzonwune,

The tradition of sharing our accomplishments with you began in 2007 and has continued through today. We are pleased to acknowledge and share with the community—both local and around the country—our experiences as well as our discoveries.

I am extremely proud to also celebrate with you some of the many successes which were experienced at SUCOP during 2012:

  • Graduation of 88 students of the Class of 2012
  • Bluegrass Gala for the Class of 2012
  • Admission of the Class of 2015 with 104 students
  • White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2014
  • Celebration of the Annual Honor’s Day
  • A very successful Annual Career Day
  • Fifth Annual Nanotechnology Symposium
  • Mortar and Pestle Ceremony for the Class of 2015
  • Fourth Annual “Louisville’s Prescription for Wellness” Health and Wellness Fair
  • Third Annual Preceptor Orientation (Held in collaboration with the UK College of Pharmacy)
  • Third Annual Residency Showcase
  • Ongoing Medication Therapy Management (MTM) in collaboration with the Kentucky Pharmacists Association
  • An MTM collaboration with Humana that is unique in the country
  • Ongoing Immunization program in collaboration with the Metro Louisville Health Department
  • Continued growth of the Office of Lifelong Professional Development (Continuing Education)
  • Expansion of our Pharmacy Technician program
  • New faculty offices built in place of the model pharmacy and the expansion of INCAPS
p>2013 will bring the graduation of our third class, the Class of 2013, which will be preceded by the Third Annual Bluegrass Gala, admission of 110 students in the Class of 2016, and continued growth of the programs within SUCOP and the College of Health Sciences. Thank you very much for being part of this journey!

I would like to send my warm wishes to you and your loved ones and look forward to sailing with you all into 2013!

Warm Regards,

Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.
Vice-President, College of Health Sciences


March 2012

Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,

It is an honor and privilege for me to share with you exciting news from the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP), as we have made the journey from establishment of the Doctor of Pharmacy program on October 10, 2006 to where we are today.

I would like to take a moment to share with you some of the activities and accomplishments which we have seen at the College of Pharmacy over the past few months.

Our Fourth Annual Nanotechnology Symposium was held September 23-24, 2011. This symposium also involved the Inaugural Speaker for the Dr. Lisa Short Lecture Series, an endowment which was given by her family to the University of Louisville to benefit the Clinical Pharmacy programs and Nutrition and Surgery. The speaker for the Lecture Series was Dr. Anthony Atala, leading pioneer in tissue regeneration, Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and W. H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. The Symposium brought together scientists and researchers from across the country to discuss Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine. The Fifth Annual Symposium will be held on September 21 and 22, 2012.

In October, SUCOP celebrated the Fourth Annual Mortar & Pestle Ceremony with our Class of 2014 students. This ceremony is sponsored by Kmart each year, and the students are presented with white lab coats and mortars & pestles, as the Fall Quarter is when they begin their Compounding Lab activities. In addition, at the end of the Quarter, a newly-inaugurated Pharmaceutics Compounding Lab Contest was held for the Class of 2014 students. Congratulations go to Anthony Ornduff, the Grand Prize winner of the competition, as well as 1st Runner Up Viktoriya Shekhovtsova and 2nd Runner Up Ashish Parekh. Well done!

In January, we once again celebrated with the Class of 2014 as we held the White Coat Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This event represented the student's initiation into the Practice of Pharmacy, as they received their white consultation coats and recited together the Oath of a Pharmacist. Our Keynote Speaker for this event was Leon Claywell, R.Ph., President and Owner of Medica Pharmacy in Bardstown, Kentucky. We were all appreciative of his inspirational thoughts!

As we have reached the end of the Winter Quarter 2012 and are preparing for the beginning of the Spring Quarter 2012, we have already begun planning for the Bluegrass Gala and Graduation for the Class of 2012—our Second Class of Doctor of Pharmacy students. The Bluegrass Gala will be held on Friday, June 1, and will be a wonderful time of togetherness for our students, faculty and staff before they graduate and go forward into their futures as Doctors of Pharmacy. The culmination of their three years here at SUCOP—their Graduation—will be held at the Block Auditorium at Southeast Christian Church on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM. We find it hard to believe that another year has passed since our Inaugural Class of 2011 graduated, and we are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Class of 2012 students since they began their education at SUCOP on July 6, 2009.

Another 3-year cycle will begin on Friday, June 29, 2012, as we welcome the 110 students of the Class of 2015 to Orientation and Registration. Their journey will begin with their first class on Monday, July 2, 2012, and culminate with their graduation in June 2015. As we see every year, the circle of life continues and we are grateful to be part of that circle.

Last, but not least, I am excited to share the Great News regarding plans for the future at Sullivan University. The Sullivan University College of Health Sciences (SUCHS) was established by the Board of Directors of the Sullivan University System in December 2011, and I am honored to have been promoted to Vice-President of SUCHS, while continuing in my position as Founding Dean and Professor of SUCOP. In this position, I will oversee all current health-related programs and develop future ones. The SUCHS was created to provide a common place for all health-related programs to collaborate in a synergistic and symbiotic fashion, and I am looking forward to this new responsibility. Programs currently in development include Physician Assistant, Master in Nursing, Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP), Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy.

I also plan to expand the university's current health science research efforts, as well as efforts in Nanotechnology and Drug Development. During the last year, I have been invited to be a keynote speaker at the 16th Scientific and Technology Conference hosted by the Haiphong Medical University in Vietnam. So far, our globalization efforts have expanded since 2009 to include Vietnam, India, Australia, and the Philippines with more to come, including China and Costa Rica.

I look forward to the growth and changes that are coming in the future for the College of Pharmacy and the College of Health Sciences as we forge ahead together toward an ever-changing horizon of unending possibilities and opportunities.

In summary, on behalf of the SUCHS/SUCOP family, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all friends, colleagues, students, and families for your support along our journey. I would also like to send our prayers and best wishes to all families who have suffered from natural disasters, namely the Tsunami in Japan and more recently the Tornadoes in the Commonwealth and neighboring states. May all our prayers be with them for a safe and quick recovery.

With Warm Regards,

Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.
Vice-President, College of Health Sciences
Founding Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy
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