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May 2020

Dean David D. Allen

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.

Our 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

Stay well, and we will see you soon!

Two female students hold up their award certificatesSchool Recognizes Students during 2020 Awards Week

The School of Pharmacy recognized its students with a virtual Awards Week, as winners and honorees were announced via YouTube.

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The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery has successfully prepared numerous alumni for high-level careers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



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UM environmental toxicology graduate students visited several native oyster reefs in the Mississippi Sound to check the water quality and the health of the reefs.

Sharing the Positivity

A room is decorated with blue decor for a baby shower.After learning that a baby shower for one of her technicians was cancelled, Ann Elizabeth Miller Sutherland (PharmD 14) threw a surprise baby shower for her co-worker at work! As Sutherland said, “Even in these trying times, we can always find the silver lining and the good in people.”

Know someone or a pharmacy that has gone above and beyond during this difficult time? Please share your frontline stories with us here.

Social Media Moments

Cardboard boxes filled with PPE donations stacked on cartsProud of the way the #OleMissPharmacy team came together to provide PPE to those who need it. Thousands of gloves, hundreds of masks and protective clothing ready for health care workers. 

Group picture of pharmacists and techs in a hospital pharmacyBefore social distancing and working from home became part of our daily lives, @DavidDAllen and @portkaigler visited sites for the #1100PharmaciesProject. We hope everyone we met, as well as ALL pharmacists, are staying safe and healthy.

Group photo of people sitting at a table in a restaurant.Congrats to the #OleMissPharmacy chapter of @ISPORorg as our students placed 2nd for Outstanding Student Chapter!


The Division of Pharmacy Professional Development recently released its PharmacyForward podcast episode with Kristin Wiisanen from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, as it focuses on using genomics to guide therapeutic decisions.

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