UK College of Pharmacy Graduates the Class of 2015
May 10, 2015
The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy honored 139 students at the 2015 Graduation Recognition Ceremony May 8 at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts.
Of those completing requirements for degrees, 10 students have earned a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences and 129 students were awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.
Following the presentation of diplomas, PharmD graduates recited the Pharmacist's Oath led by Bob Oakley, President of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association Board of Directors.
Several PharmD students received awards during the ceremony for their excellence in the classroom, leadership in student organizations, and commitment to community. Student award winners included:
Allison Ratcliff Award
• Lucas Emerson Orth
American Pharmacy Services Corporation Independent Pharmacy Award
• Laurel Ann Taylor
APhA-ASP Professionalism Award
• Brooke Rachelle Herndon
Oscar C. Dilly Award for Excellence in Pharmacy Administration
• Ryan P. Hickson
• Brent Allen Simpkins
Excellence in Clinical Communication Award
• Elyse Joy Pennington
Jefferson County Academy of Pharmacy Award
• Teia Ashten Brandenburg
• David Joseph Roy
KPhA Excellence in Geriatric Practice Award
• Holly A. Long
• Brette Hogan Conliffe, Savannah Leigh Lindsey and Mary Alexandra Schickli
Mylan Excellence In Pharmacy Award
• Ann Rehm Cowden
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Recognition Award
• Cristina Ann Rotellar
Pharmacists Mutual Book Award
• Alexis Kjellsen
James Rhodes Award
• Matthew Thomas Scherrer
Alvin L. Schulte Award
• Jonathan Corwin Hughes
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Award
• Jason Edward Davis
KPhA Outstanding Graduating Man Award
• Christopher Terry
KPhA Outstanding Graduating Woman Award
• Abigail Moorman
Several faculty members were recognized for their excellence inside and outside of the classroom during the ceremony as well.
Holly Divine and Melanie Mabins, faculty members in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, received the Lach Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching Practices. The award is named in memory of Michael J. Lach, former manager of information technology at the UK College of Pharmacy, who lost his battle with cancer in 1998.
Trenika Mitchell was honored with the William T. Miles Award established by Miles' son, the late Curtis W. Miles, a 1918 graduate of the Louisville College of Pharmacy, who wished to encourage and recognize faculty members who share their expertise with community groups and volunteer agencies.
Faculty members David Feola and Jim Pauly were honored with Senior Class Awards for Teaching Excellence. Those awards are voted upon by the graduating PharmD class.
William “Russ” Judd, Antimicrobial Stewardship Coordinator at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, was honored as the 2015 Preceptor of the Year.