Pre-Pharmacy Association Bone Marrow Drive, Sept 17 & 18

There are currently 11 million people on the registry, but an average of 60% of people who get called when they’re identified as a match decline to donate bone marrow. Minority groups are in dire need of more registered donors.

The UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA) will host a second Bone Marrow Drive for registry of new donors on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days inside Marian Hall Student Center.

The process takes about 10 minutes. Please help PPA exceed the number achieved at last year’s bone marrow drive of 404 registered. For more information, please visit or contact Candace Graham at (210) 269-5238 or

APhA-ASP Spaghetti Feed

Organized by the UIW American Pharmacist Association – Student organization, the UIW community is invited to attend Spaghetti Feed on Friday, Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. in the ICC conference room. Admission to the dinner is $10 and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will benefit the student organization’s costs associated with activities including student conferences, free health fairs, local counseling competitions and patient care projects for the community. For more information, please contact Priya Sureja at

FSOP Named CPFI Chapter of the Year

The UIW-FSOP chapter of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International was presented with the CPFI Chapter of the Year Award in recognition of the outstanding national and regional CPFI Student Retreats they have hosted over the last several years, in addition to participating in numerous chapter activities, fundraisers, and service projects. The award was presented at the CPFI Annual Conference & National Student Retreat, held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dr. Jeff Copeland accepted the award on behalf of the chapter, and also presented a lecture on medical missions.


Study Abroad: Ecuador

Galapagos Tortoise croppedA South American Adventure: Strengthening Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Cultural Sensitivity through a Study Abroad Experience in Ecuador

A group of 24 pharmacy and nursing students and faculty recently returned from a nearly two-week study abroad experience in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during May-June 2014. Fourteen students and three faculty (Dr. Rebecca Attridge, Dr. Russell Attridge, and Dr. Rebecca Brady) were from the Feik School of Pharmacy. It was a trip to remember, as we experienced the rich culture of Ecuador through educational sightseeing, healthcare visits, trekking and tubing through the Amazon, and exploring the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Students took an elective course in the spring semester to prepare for the trip. Presentations and discussion boards focused on cultural traditions, educational systems, political/social happenings, and healthcare practices provided a background and frame of reference for everyone.  

Our elective course and travels in South America accomplished two important objectives. First, pharmacy and nursing students developed interdisciplinary friendships and understandings that can be used throughout their schooling and careers. Second, we gained a better understanding of the Ecuadorian culture that may help us improve care, communication, and understanding with a more diverse group of patients. Study abroad opportunities are invaluable chances to experience the diverse and exciting world in which we live. Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands proved to be a land of wonders with rich history, culture, food, and experiences. We are thankful for a safe trip and the memories to serve a lifetime.

Trang Recognized for Work with Scholars Program

trang27psThe American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has selected Walmart the 2014 recipient of its prestigious Distinguished Service Award, for its decade of support for faculty recruitment through the AACP Walmart Scholars Program.

The scholars program provides $1,000 scholarships to student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the Annual Meeting, with the goal of strengthening the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy.

The AACP Board of Directors specifically recognized David D. Trang, Pharm.D., MBA, now on faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word, for his contributions in starting this program while in management at Walmart. The award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held July 26-30, in Grapevine, Texas.

“It is remarkable that Walmart saw the connection between having adequate numbers of well-prepared faculty in pharmacy schools and their own core priorities as a healthcare company,” said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., Executive Vice President and CEO of AACP. “When David Trang approached AACP indicating that he felt the company should support efforts to make academic careers compelling to our top students, we could never imagine that this program could touch so many lives. It is a privilege to be in partnership with Walmart for more than a decade.”

Cardinal Script, May 2014 Edition

Cardinal Script, the FSOP Alumni Newsletter

The May edition of the FSOP Alumni newsletter, The Cardinal Script, is now available. Please send news and items of interest to the FSOP community to Ms. Linda Etter, FSOP Publicist, at

UIW Celebrates the Class of 2014: Live Coverage

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will confer degrees to graduates at two spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 9 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11.  The Friday ceremony will be held in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center on the UIW campus.  The Sunday commencement ceremony will be held in the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum located at 3201 E Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78219.

Commencement will also be broadcast online.  Live coverage of the events will begin 15 minutes prior to the event at

A Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m., Sat., May 10 in UIW’s Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.   Processional and recessional music will be performed by the San Antonio Pipes and Drums.

Parking will be available on the UIW campus with overflow parking at AT&T located between Allensworth & Groveland. Handicapped parking will be available in the area directly adjacent to the convocation center between the UIW Solar House and the softball field.

Commencement ceremonies are open to ticketed guests only.

For more information see the UIW page at:

Rites of Passage & Awards Banquet


The Class of 2015, Rites of Passage

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, we honored the Class of 2015 as they passed from the didactic to experiential phase of their education, and presented over $61,000 in  awards and scholarships at the annual Rites of Passage and Awards Banquet. In addition, we recognized student achievement in a number of skills competitions, as well as the Faculty, Teacher and Staff of the Year, pictured with Dr. Johnson-Fannin, below.


Teacher of the Year, Dr. Raghunandan Yendapally


Staff of the Year, Mr. Rafael Gonzalez



Dr. Rebecca Attridge, Faculty of the Year

Sarbacker Named Outstanding Educator

Dr. G. Blair Sarbacker, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was chosen by the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice Management to receive their Medication Management SIG Outstanding Educator Award, at the APhA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL March 28-31.

Dr. Sarbacker serves as the Team Clinical Pharmacist on the CHRISTUS Santa  Rosa Acute Care for the Elderly Unit I, where she conducts daily interprofessional team rounds.  She is also a clinical pharmacist at UT Senior Health Clinic, with primary responsibilities of medication management & transitions of care.

Holding to the philosophy that educating is how she can best give back to the profession, Dr. Sarbacker focuses on preparing pharmacy students to best provide quality comprehensive services to patients in a clinical setting.  To that end, she presents a strong emphasis on interprofessional education, believing that integrating pharmacists as part of a health professions care team is crucial to the advancement of the profession and delivering best patient care.  Dr. Sarbacker enjoys working with students in multiple facets of their education, including didactic and clinical teaching, and clinical research.

Van Liew Receives Prestigious Internship

VanLiewFSOP student Jeffrey Van Liew (’16) was awarded the Paul G. Cano Legislative Internship for Pharmacy Students. This American Society of Consultant Pharmacists honor is awarded to only 2 students each year, and is an 8-week opportunity in Washington DC to attend congressional hearings, research and analyzing issues that affect pharmacists nationwide, meeting with federal regulatory agencies and national coalitions, monitor changes in legislation and regulations and draft communications relating to pharmacy practice policy. This internship offers pharmacy students experience and training in legislative and regulatory advocacy on a federal level, and a chance to see first-hand how politics shape pharmacists’ practice across the nation.