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December 2014
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Kerr's Three-Pointer Leads Devils to Upset Win Over Division I Dragons: Nationally-recognized hoops star Garret Kerr DPT’17 scored 27 points – including the game winning three-pointer in the final seconds – during the Devils, 54-52, win against Drexel University on Thursday, Dec. 4. The win was the first by an NCAA Division II school against a Division I program on the D-I school's home floor in a regular season game this season, and made local and national headlines on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and many more. | Video

Not to be outdone, less than two weeks later on Dec. 15, the women's hoops team scored on a four-point play to lift the Devils to an upset win over nationally-ranked University of Tampa. | Video

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Thursday, December 18
dotPA White Coat Ceremony
December 23 to January 2
dotWinter Break, University closed
Saturday, January 10
dotAthletics Hall of Fame Induction
Monday, January 12
dotSpring semester begins
Monday, January 19
dotMLK Day of Service, no classes
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USciences in the News

dotWGAL-8: Antibiotics often improperly prescribed: Alumnus Scott Hershey PharmD'14, a pharmacist at Darrenkamp's Pharmacy in Elizabethtown, Pa., says antibiotics are one of the most prescribed non-maintenance meds seen in pharmacies.

dotKYW Newsradio: Study: The Dirtiest Thing You Touch Each Day Is Probably Not The Toilet Seat: Biology prof Dr. Melissa Marko says she isn't surprised that your handbag, smartphone, cutting board, carpet & pet food bowl are just a few items that may be dirtier than a toilet seat. Listen to audio here.

dotPhilly.com: Einstein was not the tweeting sort: Physics professor Dr. Paul Halpern published an op-ed about Einstein.

dotPharmacy Times: Eun Jeong Choi PharmD'15 recounts her most memorable moment from pharmacy school. See what other PCP students had to say here.

dotPittsburgh Tribune: Work with disabled earns Shaler grad honor: Alumna Judy Morrison MPT’93 always had a passion for helping people overcome challenges and physical limitations.

dotPhilly Inquirer: People in the News: Sarah E. Robertson has been named director of the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research at USciences.

Devils Athletics
dotAthletics Hall of Fame to Induct Two on Jan. 10: Leah Shumoski PharmD’07 (women's basketball 2001-06) and Chris Welsh PharmD'03 (baseball 1998-2001).

dotBrianne Traub PharmD'17 Named CACC Co-Player of the Week

dotDevils Moved Up in D2SIDA Regional Poll

dotKerr Earned Second Consecutive CACC Player of the Week Honors

dotGet schedules, scores, and recaps for Devils athletics at devilsathletics.com

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USciences Positions Students for Rewarding Careers … and the Ability to Repay Their Student Loans: What USciences students pay for their education is comparable to attend similarly structured private institutions; and their return on the investment is rewarding personally and professionally.

New Year’s Fitness Goals Should Start with a Trip to the Doc: USciences professors Karin Richards (kinesiology) and Joan Ward (physician assistant studies) encourage people to stay accountable to their fitness goals by scheduling a physical exam before Jan. 1.

Philly Issues First 'Code Blue' of Season: Health policy professor Dr. Stephen Metraux explains what this measure means to the homeless population across Philly.

Appeal for a Meal: Thanksgiving Donation Drive at USciences: For the third year in a row, USciences worked with the office of City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to provide 162 Thanksgiving meals to deserving families across West Philly. Video | Photos

Medical Technology Alumna Honored by NIH for Ebola Care Efforts: In the midst of the recent Ebola scare in the United States, Elizabeth Elliott MT’09 volunteered to run samples from Ebola patients in a biosafety laboratory at National Institutes of Health.

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dotUSciences Celebrates Faculty Accomplishments | Photos
dotDr. Issa Elected Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philly
dot5 Key Reasons to Consider Being a Physician Assistant
dotUs and Them: Exploring Imaginary Borders with Dr. Bing
dotPHOTO GALLERY: Devils Spirit Rally
dotPharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Training on Jan. 28
dotBLOG: Medication Adherence and Hospital Readmissions
dotNovember Research Activities
dotMore Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements
Alumni Association

Alumni Volunteers - We Want You!

The next generation will benefit from your expertise and direction. There are numerous opportunities to make certain that our future leaders do not make their journey alone. More info here.

Contact the Alumni Relations Office at alumnirelations@usciences.edu or 888.857.6264 to learn more. Watch your inbox for details about volunteer opportunities or visit usciences.edu/alumni/getinvolved.

Joseph F. Scott
P'78, president and chief executive officer of Liberty Health/Jersey City Medical Center, has been appointed to the New Jersey City University's Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth Elliott
MT'09 was honored by National Institute of Health for her Ebola care efforts. Read more here.

Mayank Amin
PharmD'09, founder and CEO at PlatinumDreamEvents, was recently featured on Forbes.com.

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Alumni Reunited for Big Game Against Drexel

Dozens of alumni, faculty, and friends of USciences mingled over drinks and appetizers at Slainte Pub & Grill before the start of the USciences/Drexel men's basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 4. Attendees had the opportunity to watch the Devils' exciting victory over the Dragons.

PCP Alumni Gathered in Cali During ASHP Conference

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy alumni and faculty reunited for a special reception held during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) 2014 Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Orange County, California on Dec. 8. Pharmacy prof Dr. Daniel Hussar discussed campus news and updates with the guests.

Alumnus, Longtime Supporter of USciences Passed Away

Alumnus William R. Jones P'42 passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 23. After a 34-year career, he retired from McNeil Laboratories Inc. in 1981 as vice president of the control division and a member of the firm's management board. In retirement, he served as a trustee of USciences, and was devoted to the University and supported it with donations. Click here to read his full story in the Philly Inquirer.

USciences Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony & Reception

Join us in honoring alumni student-athletes Leah Shumoski PharmD'07 (women's basketball) and Chris Welsh PharmD'03 (baseball) as they are inducted into the USciences Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 10, following the men and women's basketball games against Philadelphia University. The ceremony and reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Athletic/Recreation Center. Click here to register.