May 2021 Newsletter







Celebrate Our Graduates

Another class persevered through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they were able to celebrate together at the Liacouras Center on Friday, May 7. The school welcomed special guests for the ceremony, including Keynote Speaker Kalonji Johnson, FOX BBA ’99, commissioner for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs with the Pennsylvania Department of State, and Alumni Association President Richard Pacitti, MBA, FASHP, BSPharm ’82, PharmD ’95. Pacitti serves as director of pharmacy services at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

Completing their degree programs this spring were 134 Doctors of Pharmacy; six Doctors of Philosophy and Masters of Science in pharmaceutical sciences; and 74 Masters of Science in regulatory affairs and quality assurance. Check out these tributes to the Class of 2021.

You can watch the ceremony here and read the Graduation Ceremony Program Book here. Also, be sure to explore Temple University’s Digital Tribute to the School of Pharmacy Class of 2021.


The Global Health Rotation Pivoted for COVID-19

For the second year, the Global Health Rotation was unable to carry out the traditional mission to Guatemala due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they worked with the Woodland Public Charity to coordinate providing aid to families of Patanatic, Guatemala. Led by Nicole Sifontis, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, clinical professor of Pharmacy Practice, the students raised more than $2,600 to help deliver food assistance, medications and support for the basic operations of the local clinic. They also made an impact in our local community through COVID-19 vaccination efforts led by Idayat Adewunmi, PharmD ’05, owner of Pelham Pharmacy in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Watch the video about their experiences.


Dean Panyam and Professor Prabha Donated to Establish the Student Emergency Fund

Jayanth Panyam, PhD, dean and professor, and Swayam Prabha, PhD, professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, have made a joint donation to the school in honor of their parents, Kumar and Saroja Panyam and Jainarain and Reena Aggrawal, to establish the School of Pharmacy Student Emergency Fund. The endowed fund will exist in perpetuity to support students who are experiencing unforeseen financial emergencies.

The minimum donation for establishing an endowed gift fund at Temple University is $50,000. Currently, all donations to endowed funds at the School of Pharmacy are being matched dollar for dollar by the Richard J. Bryan Matching Gift Challenge Fund. Now through 2026, it’s possible to establish an endowed fund at the School of Pharmacy with a minimum donation of $25,000. The match also applies to gifts of $25,000 or more to an existing endowed fund.


Andrea Giachino, MS Joins Students Services from the Student Faculty Center

As of May 10, 2021, Andrea Giachino, MS, has joined the school as a student services coordinator. Since June 2018, Giachino has served as an event operations coordinator at the Student Faculty Center (SFC). During her time at the SFC, she’s played key roles in the planning and implementation of events for all the Health Sciences Center campus entities. For the School of Pharmacy, she’s helped to carry out successful White Coat ceremonies, Mentor Nights, student organization meetings and more. Read more.


Dr. Whitman Named Associate Chair of Pharmacy Practice

Craig Whitman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, has been named associate chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice effective May 6, 2021. Whitman will continue as a clinical professor of pharmacy practice and maintain his practice and experiential site in the Medical/Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at Temple University Hospital. He recently served as interim chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice from September 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021, and previously served as president of the School of Pharmacy Collegial Assembly. Read more.

Community Pharmacy Going Forward

Join Us for "Community Pharmacy Going Forward," the virtual 2021 Sprowls Lecture by awardee Mel Brodsky, BSPharm '66, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Association of Retail Druggists.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 12 p.m.

Register now to receive the Zoom link.