Fall is in the air. The leaves are turning, Creighton soccer is in full swing and we even have had our first dusting of snow on campus. It is great to have another academic year well underway, with students fully engaged in the semester. Meanwhile, your school is busy continuing to develop the next generation of competent, compassionate health care practitioners. In this edition of the newsletter, you will learn more about exciting happenings at the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.
It was great seeing many of you, in person or on Facebook Live, during Reunion Weekend. It is always wonderful to re-connect. If you weren’t able to make it, I encourage you to consider coming back in May for the next University alumni event. We are also trying to travel to more alumni events throughout the country, so keep an eye out for us throughout the year in your area. Meanwhile, in this month’s newsletter, catch up with alums Christina (PharmD ’03) and Mark (PharmD ’05) Patefield, who are using their Creighton education to provide pharmacy services in rural Nebraska.
The search for the school’s permanent dean is underway. A national search is being coordinated through a committee comprised of school faculty, students and alumni, as well as members of the broader University community. Joan Lappe, PhD, associate dean of research in the College of Nursing, is chairing the effort to identify a visionary, collaborative leader to continue to move the school forward. We will keep you updated throughout the process.
As you may have heard, the University announced in September that the University is developing a health sciences campus in Phoenix. The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions will have a significant presence in Arizona, with academic programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy all represented. The opportunities this venture brings to our school are exciting, and we look forward to becoming part of the health care landscape in the Southwest. Read more about this strategic initiative of the University.
We have fantastic people in our school. We couldn’t do what we do every day without the efforts of our staff and faculty. This month you will read about some of these special people, and the leadership and excellence they bring each day.
In my time as interim dean, I have had the good fortune to represent our school across the country. As I interact with occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy programs from other schools and universities, I am always so glad to come home. We should be proud of what we have at Creighton – we are truly a remarkable school, with remarkable students and alumni.
Amy Friedman Wilson, PharmD’95