USN South Jordan Students Partner with Healthy South Jordan for Drug Take-Back

The USN South Jordan Drug Abuse Awareness Team (DAAT) has partnered with Healthy South Jordan and the South Jordan Police Department to participate in a second prescription drug collection event in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) nationwide drug take-back efforts. Simply drive up and drop off your medications anonymously, with no questions asked.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Where: South Jordan City Hall
1600 Towne Center Blvd.
South Jordan, UT 84095

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This event is part of a national drug take-back initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in partnership with local communities. The South Jordan Police Department will be on hand to collect the medication and ensure its safe transportation to the disposal facilities.

The goal of the Drug Abuse Awareness Team and its partners is to keep medications out of the wrong hands. Those vulnerable to misuse and abuse–children, teens, and adults addicted to prescription medication–often get the drugs from the home medicine cabinets of friends and family.

For information on other collection sites participating in the national drug take-back event throughout Utah, visit the DEA’s website or the Proper Medication Disposal site for Utah. If you cannot make it to an event on April 30th, visit www.medicationdisposal.utah.gov for a list of permanent prescription and over-the-counter drug collection sites in Utah near you.

USN and Law Enforcement Announce Operation Medicine Cabinet Drug Collection Event

In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative, law enforcement from throughout Southern Nevada have joined University of Southern Nevada to present Operation Medicine Cabinet.

Unused and expired drugs may be dropped off anonymously and with no-questions-asked for safe disposal during the one-day, drive-through event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the following locations:

LVMPD Northwest Area Command – 9850 W Cheyenne Ave.
LVMPD Enterprise Area Command – 6975 W Windmill Ln.
LVMPD South Central Area Command – 4860 Las Vegas Blvd S.
LVMPD South East Area Command – 3675 E Harmon Ave.
Henderson PD – Galleria at Sunset (north parking lot) 1300 W. Sunset Road
Boulder City PD – Boulder Dam Credit Union, 530 Avenue G
Mesquite PD – 695 Mayan Cir.

Members of the USN College of Pharmacy’s Drug Abuse Awareness Team will be helping conduct the collection events at all Southern Nevada locations.

To help curb the misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, Southern Nevada residents are encouraged to participate.

University recognized by the Utah Legislature for contributions to higher education

With a new name announced, and a new College of Dental Medicine opening in the fall, the Utah state legislature recognized Roseman University of Health Sciences during Tuesday’s session for its contributions to higher education in the state. Currently named University of Southern Nevada, the school will officially be renamed Roseman University of Health Sciences effective July 1.

Dr. Rosenberg (left) accepts the Official Legislative Citation from Sen. Peter Knudson on the floor of the Utah Senate.

Senator Peter Knudson of Brigham City (one of two dentists in the Utah Senate) presented Roseman University and its founders, University President Dr. Harry Rosenberg and College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Renee Coffman, with a State Legislature Official Citation in the Senate. Rep. Merlynn Newbold of South Jordan announced it to the House of Representatives.

The Citation, which was read on the floor of the Senate and signed by Senate President Michael Waddoups and Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart, says, “The state of Utah has long been a leader in promoting innovation in education while encouraging Utah students to pursue higher education. In 2006 Dr. Harry Rosenberg established the University of Southern Nevada’s first campus outside the state of Nevada in the city of South Jordan, opening a college of Pharmacy and a College of Nursing. The first graduating class from the South Jordan campus of the College of Pharmacy enjoyed a 100 percent success rate in passing the National Pharmacy Licensing Exam, an outstanding achievement for both the students and the University.”

Governor Gary Herbert met with representatives from Roseman University (USN), South Jordan City, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and Utah legislators after the Citation was presented in the Senate and House.

It also recognized Roseman University as the fifth largest College of Pharmacy in the U.S. by enrollment, with over 900 total pharmacy students (250 at the Utah campus). The South Jordan campus has 39 additional students in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN), and will enroll approximately 60 students in Utah’s first and only Doctor of Dental Medicine program (DMD) in the fall.

The Citation highlighted Roseman University’s accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a non-profit organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the Northwest region that includes Utah.

In addition to bringing higher education opportunities to the state of Utah, Roseman University’s construction of a new building for the College of Dental Medicine in South Jordan’s RiverPark Corporate Center will expand the campus to over 240,000 square feet, and together with equipment and finished improvements will result in an investment of over $40 million in the Utah economy.

According to the Citation, “The Utah legislature hereby recognizes…the Roseman University of Health Sciences on their success in establishing solid educational programs that help provide the state of Utah with medical and dental professionals. We commend you for your commitment to higher education in the fields of dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing, and wish you continued success in the years to come.”

Pharmacy students, College of Pharmacy Campus Dean Dr. Larry Fannin (front row, third from left), College of Dental Medicine Dean Dr. Richard Buchanan (front row, center), College of Nursing Campus Dean Dr. Marlene Luna (front row, third from right), South Jordan City Council Member Leona Winger (front row, far right), Dr. Bruce Woolley (Roseman/USN Board Member, back row, second from right), George White (Roseman/USN President's Advisory Council, back row, far right) observe the proceedings from the Senate gallery.

The event was coordinated by South Jordan City representatives, including Council Member Leona Winger (who is a member of the Roseman University Board of Trustees), and Mayor Kent Money. Several South Jordan City Council Members, including Council Member Brian Butters and Council Member Aleta Taylor, attended the signing as well, and city officials came to speak on the importance and economic impact of the University in the state and local area.

Several Roseman University administrators and students joined Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Coffman, including Dr. Larry Fannin, Campus Dean for the South Jordan College of Pharmacy; Dr. Marlene Luna, Campus Dean for the College of Nursing; Dr. Richard Buchanan, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine; and eight pharmacy students.

Audio and video recordings of the presentations are available online (you must have RealPlayer installed to view video or listen to audio):

Senate
Select the Time Certain – Knudson – Roseman University of Health Science recordings

House
Select the Personal Privilege recordings

USN to be Renamed Roseman University of Health Sciences

USN today announced it will change its name to Roseman University of Health Sciences. The change will be effective July 1, 2011. The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the name change in December following a six-month name idea generation and evaluation process facilitated by an internal task force that solicited input from students, faculty, staff and alumni.

In a news release this morning, Board of Trustees Chair Diana Bond said, “The name Roseman University of Health Sciences was selected to honor our founding president, Dr. Harry Rosenberg, and College of Pharmacy Dean, Dr. Renee Coffman, two outstanding individuals who played pivotal roles in the founding of the university and its growth into a vibrant and innovative institution of higher learning. The change to a non-geographic name will also help the university as it continues its expansion in Utah and will ease confusion by differentiating it from similarly named schools in the Nevada higher education system. More importantly, it better reflects the university’s mission as a leader in transforming health care education.”

Dr. Rosenberg supports the change, saying the new name and its timing make sense as the university continues preparation to open the first pre-doctoral dental program in Utah in the Fall.

“With our tremendous growth in Utah, and particularly with the imminent launch of our Doctor of Dental Medicine program, the University of Southern Nevada name no longer accurately reflects who we are and who we serve,” said Dr. Rosenberg. “We are a health sciences university offering an unparalleled learning experience, while also delivering excellent, affordable, high-quality health care services in Nevada and Utah communities.”

The process of changing the university name is expected to take several months. A comprehensive re-branding campaign will be implemented in July when the official name change takes place.

“We look forward to developing the Roseman University of Health Sciences brand and reinforcing our mission and core values,” said Dr. Rosenberg. “We believe this is a great opportunity to showcase our innovative health sciences curriculum and our outstanding students, alumni, faculty and staff.”

Regularly updated information about the name change will be posted on USN’s website.

USN Pharmacy Students Triumph in National Skills Competition

Lynsee Harsfield and Kevin Maeda, third-year Doctor of Pharmacy students at University of Southern Nevada’s College of Pharmacy, placed in the Top 10 on Saturday in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists National Clinical Skills Competition in Anaheim, Calif.

More than 100 teams from pharmacy colleges across the country participated in the two-day competition that included an evaluation of student teams participating in clinical scenarios. The teams were judged on their problem-solving skills and knowledge in the areas of pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, clinical laboratory data interpretation, medical terminology and abbreviations, and basic pharmacokinetics principles.

“We’re very proud of Lynsee and Kevin for their outstanding performance in an extremely challenging competition,” said Dr. Mark Decerbo, associate professor of pharmacy practice at USN. “They should also be commended for being the first-ever USN team to place in the Top 10 in this important annual competition.”

USN South Jordan Student and NCPA Chapter Win National Awards

In this photo: Top, left to right: Anil Harkhani, Afton Yurkon (NCPA Student Affairs Director), Ayano Mizote, Dr. Diane Swaffar. Bottom, left to right: Ian Borovatz, Salvador Rivas (former South Jordan student, now at Henderson campus), Scott Mitchell. Missing: Carlos Mijares, Que-Chau Ngo

The pharmacy program at USN is not easy, and when students get involved in campus organizations and community service, it makes a demanding program even more so. One such student, Anil Harkhani, was recognized with an NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarship at the Annual Convention in Philadelphia for excelling academically in pharmacy school, and for getting involved in extracurricular activities and community service.

This prestigious scholarship is a highly competitive award, given to only 15 students out of hundreds of applicants from around the country. Applicants are judged on demonstrated excellence in leadership, superior academic performance, interest in independent community pharmacies, and vision for developing innovative pharmacy practices. Anil is a second-year pharmacy student, dually enrolled in the MBA program, a native of New Jersey, and currently serves as the Secretary of the USN-South Jordan NCPA Student Chapter.

Students Ayano Mizote (left) and Anil Harkhani (right) show their awards.

Anil, along with five other South Jordan chapter students (Ayano Mizote, Carlos Mijares, Ian Borovatz, Scott Mitchell and Que-Chau Ngo) and faculty advisor Dr. Diane Swaffar attended the Annual Convention to accept the NCPA Most Improved Chapter of the Year Dargavel Award. The NCPA South Jordan chapter was recognized for its community service projects, chapter programming, fundraising, national NCPA meeting attendance, and promoting pharmacy ownership during the 2009-2010 school year. Competition for these awards is high, since there are 90 active student chapters throughout the U.S.

Ayano Mizote was one of 31 students selected by her chapter to receive an award for being an outstanding member and exceptional leader.

NCPA South Jordan chapter convention attendees (from left to right): Carlos Mijares, Ian Borovatz, Ayano Mizote, Scott Mitchell, Que-Chau Ngo, Salvador Rivas (former South Jordan student, now at Henderson campus). Missing: Anil Harkhani

The NCPA was founded in 1898 and represents the nation’s community pharmacists, including more than 23,000 independent pharmacies in the U.S. The NCPA’s mission is to support the growth of community pharmacy in the U.S., and promote high-quality pharmacist care and the health and well being of the public.

USN South Jordan Professor’s Research Makes National Headlines

Jennifer Strohecker, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Southern Nevada’s South Jordan, Utah campus, has made national news with research she conducted, along with colleagues at the Intermountain Medical Center’s Heart Institute, on the dangers of mixing prescription medications with herbal supplements.

Strohecker presented the findings to the annual scientific meeting of the American Heart Association on Monday, and the story appeared in several local and national media outlets.

Watch the local news coverage here:

KSL Channel 5 News
ABC Channel 4 News

Read the stories here:

Utah Experts Warn Against Mixing Warfarin with Dietary Supplements (Deseret News)
Herbal Supplements May Pose Risk for People on Clotting Drugs (Bloomberg News)
Garlic, Gingko and Warfarin May be Risky Drug Combinations, Study Finds (Bloomberg News)
Some Supplement-Medication Combinations Make Dangerous Mix (ABC News)
Heart Drugs and Supplements a Risky Mix (CNN Health)
Using supplements with blood thinner may be risky, study finds (Boston Globe)

USN Pharmacy Grads Continue to Excel on Board Exams

According to data received from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), USN is proud to report that its pharmacy graduates continue to post above-average results on the NAPLEX exam, the board exam required to become a registered pharmacist.

During the reporting period of May to August 2010, 150 of 152 USN pharmacy graduates passed the exam on their first try, resulting in a first-time pass rate of 98.6 percent. This is above the national first-time passing rate of 95.3 percent and Nevada’s passing rate of 94.5 percent.

The average score of USN pharmacy graduates was 108.3, compared to the national average of 103.6. The high score among USN graduates was 135, with several scoring close at 133 and 131. Additionally, 29.6 percent scored in the upper 10th percentile nationally, 13.2 in the upper 5th percentile and 7.9 percent in the upper 1 percentile.

The university also received results data from the NABP for the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). USN students who took the exam had a passing rate of 99.25 percent, compared to the national average of 95.5 percent for first time takers. The MPJE tests knowledge of pharmacy law. It is required as a prerequisite for a pharmacy license by 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Congratulations to all of USN’s pharmacy graduates for their continued success. We wish them great success in their new and exciting pharmacy careers.

 

DAAT Team Recognized By Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics Division

Members of the USN Drug Abuse Awareness Team, along with Dr. Paul Oesterman, faculty advisory, and Jason Roth, USN’s director of marketing, we’re recognized by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics Division for their outstanding contributions to Operation Medicine Cabinet. The Team was presented with a plaque and each member was presented with a letter of recognition during an awards presentation on Monday.

Congratulations to DAAT!

USN DAAT Team Named Finalist for AACP Award

The USN Drug Abuse Awareness Team (DAAT) has been named a finalist for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Community Engagement Service Award, sponsored by Teva. The award recognizes student-led community engagement projects conducted either as a component of curriculum or was an extra-curricular program. The USN DAAT joins finalists from such universities as Rutgers, University of Colorado, University of Missouri- Kansas City, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, University of Southern California and University of the Pacific. Award winners will be announced in mid-November and presented during the AACP Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Congratulations to the members of DAAT for this great achievement and good luck in November.

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