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Dean’s Message

Posted on: March 31st, 2020 by wltarpy

May 18, 2020

To the Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily:

Throughout our school and research centers, we are fortunate to have tremendous faculty, staff and scientists. These past weeks have been extremely challenging for many reasons, but what we have accomplished has been nothing short of inspiring.

Two male and one female faculty member sit and discuss an activity.With the semester now complete, I wanted everyone within the school to know how incredibly proud I am of their efforts. Everyone’s commitment to continuing to advance our mission and vision shows that we strive for excellence in everything we do.

I want to say thank you for your perseverance in these trying times. I’m also not the only one thankful for your dedication. Many of our graduates sent notes of gratitude to faculty, staff and preceptors who inspired them throughout their academic journey.

We continue to move forward, entering a planning phase for the fall with some degree of uncertainty. I am grateful to all involved in these efforts. Chancellor Boyce has indicated that plans for the fall semester will be determined by June 30, 2020. 

We are considering a spectrum of potential scenarios and approaches that may need to take place. We want to be ready for anything and to put forth the standard of excellence that we’re accustomed to at Ole Miss Pharmacy. Everything will depend on where public health stands, as we ensure the safety and well-being of everyone. That is our main priority.

Trying to navigate these unprecedented times from a professional and personal standpoint is not easy, but I want everyone to know that I appreciate their stellar contributions to our great school. We can face any challenge head on, and this team finds a way to produce amazing results. I’m proud to be a part of the Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily.

Stay safe, well and positive!
David


May 1, 2020

To the Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily:

As we prepare for our return (date to be determined) to the Ole Miss campus, we are working diligently to facilitate a smooth transition. Although many aspects have continued online, being together in the classroom, on fall Saturdays, throughout our research spaces and at our favorite local places is what the Ole Miss community is about.

Thad Cochran Research Center at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyOur Executive Council is actively developing various courses of action, using different scenarios as guidelines consistent with university guidance. We don’t have all the answers yet, but we will do what is needed to ensure the safety of everyone on our campuses.

To date, fall 2020 plans are unchanged with classes starting as scheduled, though everything depends on the public health situation over the coming months. If any changes occur, you will be notified by university and School of Pharmacy leadership through your university-issued email accounts.

Before any final decisions are made, the most important factor to consider is the health of everyone. Please continue to follow all the guidelines and know what to do if you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, or have been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19.

  • Stay home and call your primary health care provider. At this time, your health care provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19 based on Mississippi Department of Health guidelines. 
  • Faculty and staff in Oxford should contact Employee Health for additional evaluation and information. 
  • You can also contact Baptist Memorial Hospital’s 24-hour hotline for additional information at 866-941-4785.
  • For those in Jackson, call the UMMC employee/student hotline at 601-496-6284.

There are still many uncertainties in our path. However, with forward thinking and innovative, detailed planning, we will emerge “stronger together.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or sopcentral@olemiss.edu. 

Stay well, and we will see you soon!
David


April 8, 2020

To the Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily:

It is evident that this public health crisis has challenged the way we learn, work and live. While we continue to advise everyone to practice social distancing, wash their hands and follow the safer-at-home guidelines, please monitor your mental, physical and emotional health.

Cardboard boxes stacked on top of carts.

Items ready to be donated to Baptist Memorial Hospital.

We are fortunate to have resources available for students, faculty and staff on both campuses (see our COVID-19 Wellness Resources). Ole Miss has also recently published a news article about how to manage mental health during this time. 

We are proud of how our phamily is providing positive support. Thanks to the coordinating efforts of Courtney Roper, Assistant Professor of Environmental Toxicology, Ole Miss Pharmacy donated personal protective equipment to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Over 22,000 gloves, 600 masks and 600 pieces of protective clothing and eye masks were collected and donated to help keep our local health care workers safe.

Alumni at Keystone Pharmacy in Madison bottled hand sanitizer for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to distribute to first responders. Former resident Austin Crocker and current resident Joseph Nosser spoke about the importance of community pharmacy during this time.

There are MANY examples of our alumni and pharmacists across the state of Mississippi that are lending a hand in this crisis. We are proud of each and every one of them! 

We would like to recognize additional collaborative efforts from the pharmacy community. If you have more positive stories to share, please provide this information at the following link: https://forms.gle/L68etdYKwQ8CUW8F6. 

As always, I welcome any questions sent to me or to sopcentral@olemiss.edu as we navigate these challenges together.

Stay well!
David


March 31, 2020

To the Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily:

David Allen at Patch CeremonyWe are hitting our stride. 

Despite these difficult circumstances, the School of Pharmacy is doing very well through our virtual work and learning platforms.

We are fortunate to have amazing people working at our school. The School of Pharmacy administration, faculty, research scientists and staff, as well as our preceptors, are moving forward at a very high level.

Administrative meetings at the school level have moved from three days a week to two, while the university deans’ meetings that were every day are now twice a week.

Plus, our students continue to be stellar! The way they are learning may have changed, but I’m proud of their commitment to academic excellence.

While we’re ready to return to what we know and reunite with those we care about, I can’t say enough positive things with how the school has adjusted. We will continue to deal with things in real time and respond to the challenges.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or sopcentral@olemiss.edu. 

Stay well!
David


March 25, 2020

Dean David D. Allen

To the Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily:  

We are committed to serving our students, faculty, research scientists, staff, preceptors, alumni and all stakeholders as we rapidly respond to the changing situation surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Every effort is being made to deploy all tools and resources to ensure minimal disruption to the teaching, research and service missions of the School of Pharmacy. 

We are in constant contact with university leadership and are working daily with central administration on the continuous transition to our new virtual learning and working environment. We are currently operating under Mission Critical Status, moving as much work as possible to telecommuting and establishing social distance guidelines for the essential faculty, staff and researchers who need to be on campus.

We have moved all our classes online for the rest of the semester. Just as hard as they worked to make a new curriculum a few years ago, our faculty did a great job to transition it to the digital space. Our students have adapted and shown flexibility as we all navigate this uncertain time.

We seamlessly moved our Preceptor Conference online as well, with more than 250 participants joining the Zoom meeting. Though we were able to move that to a virtual platform, we had to make the tough decision to postpone or cancel many of our events, including the school’s annual Patch Ceremony, Alumni Weekend and Commencement ceremonies.

I know not everyone can work from home, and that many of our stakeholders are practitioners serving on the front lines of health care. We can’t thank you enough for your hard work during this public health crisis. It doesn’t go unnoticed, as you play a critical role in keeping our communities safe and healthy.

Please continue following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect you and your loved ones. I also encourage you to visit olemiss.edu/coronavirus as it provides messages and resources from the university.

Please know that things are evolving rapidly. We will strive to give you the most updated information possible and in a timely manner. As we navigate this fluid climate, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions to me or sopcentral@olemiss.edu.

Stay well! 
Dean David D. Allen


Links to University Resources

University of Mississippi COVID-19 Homepage: coronavirus.olemiss.edu

Resources for Student Learning: olemiss.edu/keeplearning/

Resource for Faculty: elearning.olemiss.edu/faculty/academic-continuity/

How you can help with Rebel Relief: ignite.olemiss.edu/project/20389