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  • How a UK alumna is helping humanitarian relief operations in Syria

    Since 2011, Dr. Khaula Sawah has dedicated her pharmacy career and personal life to aiding those affected by the Syrian war and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria and Turkey. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) and currently serves as president of the organization in the U.S.

  • 'Honest pride and belief in self' is essential for students says UKCOP's first Black PharmD

    Long ago, while reflecting on his life’s accomplishments, Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis said, “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” This statement perfectly describes the education and career of pharmacy pioneer Dr. Welton O’Neal. O’Neal (PharmD 1981, R126) was the first Black student at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy to graduate with a PharmD. He was also the first Black man to complete the post-PharmD pharmacy residency training at UK HealthCare under the program director, Paul Parker, PharmD, and his direct mentor, John Piecoro, PharmD. Having paved the way for Black pharmacy students and achieved tremendous personal success, O’Neal currently works at Supernus Pharmaceuticals, leading the organization as Vice President of Medical Affairs.

  • UK College of Pharmacy to help address inequities with new scholarship

    The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has created a scholarship in an effort to address inequity within the pharmacy profession. The scholarship, put in place at the request of UKCOP’s students, was created after students help identify the need for more substantial scholarship support to enable attendance of a more diverse student body.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.