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Aug. 14 White Coat Ceremony, University Center Arena, Macon, 3 p.m. (School of Medicine) Aug. 16 White Coat Ceremony, Sheffield Center, Cecil B. Day Campus, Atlanta, 2 p.m. (Southern School of Pharmacy) Sept. 16 Dedication, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, 10 a.m. (Georgia Baptist College of Nursing) Oct. 8 Alumni Reception at Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Convention, Radisson Hotel, Augusta, Ga. (Southern School of Pharmacy) Class of 1965 40th Reunion, Vinocity Restaurant, Atlanta (Southern School of Pharmacy) Oct. 14 Alumni Day, Cecil B. Day Campus, Atlanta, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Georgia Baptist College of Nursing) Golden Anniversary Reunion Dinner for Class of 1955, Ansley Golf Club, Atlanta (Southern School of Pharmacy) Oct. 15 Continuing Education (3 hours) for preceptors and alumni, Cecil B. Day Campus, Atlanta, 8:30 a.m. - Noon (Southern School of Pharmacy) Half-Century Club Reunion Luncheon for Class of 1955 and Before, Trustees Dining Room, Cecil B. Day Campus, Atlanta (Southern School of Pharmacy) Oct. 26 Honors Day, Atlanta, Noon, (Southern School of Pharmacy)

1 Mercer, Piedmont Healthcare Establish a Partnership Getting to the Heart of Cardiovascular Disease 2-3 May Commencements Send Students Forth to Start Their Careers 4 Pharmacy School Has Banner Year Nettey First to Complete Mercer's Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program Pharmacy Faculty and Student News 5 Clinical Pharmacist Speaks at Inaugural Lecture Pharmacy School Honors Alumni with Awards Pharmacy School Hosts 15th Annual Golf Classic 6 Student Returns from Kuwait to Resume Pharmacy Studies Shipley Participates in National Patient Counseling Competition 7 Pharmacy Alumni Continue to Add Value Faculty College Leads Efforts to Welcome, Train New Professors Pharmacy Class Notes 8 Mercer Medical Students Begin Journey Mercer Medical Faculty Awarded NIH Grants Renowned Physician Speaks at Armour Lecture Series 9 Jones on a Mission to Help Educate Georgia's Doctors Medicine Faculty News 10 Match Day Lines Up Newest Graduates with Residencies Medicine Class Notes 11 Mercer Medical Alumni Are the Greatest Honoring Student Scholars Medicine Faculty News 12 Finding Your Voice Students Inducted Into Honor Society 13 Students Receive Statewide, National Scholarships Alumni Necessary for Tomorrow's Nurses Nursing College and Students in National Spotlight Nursing Class Notes 14 Georgia Baptist Medical Guild Lives on Through Scholarship Nursing Faculty News 15 Mother and Daughter Receive Kay Wilson Shurden Award Health Science Programs Recognized by U.S. News & World Report University News

Dec. 4-8 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Mid-Year Convention, Las Vegas, Nev. (Southern School of Pharmacy) Dec. 8 Pi Gamma Induction Ceremony, 4 p.m. (Georgia Baptist College of Nursing) Pinning Ceremony, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, 7 p.m. (Georgia Baptist College of Nursing) Jan. 12 Career Day, Cecil B. Day Campus, Atlanta (Southern School of Pharmacy)








Mercer, Piedmont Healthcare Establish a Partnership to Address Health Care Issues, Needs


wo of Georgia's oldest and finest institutions have come together to enhance the future of health care delivery and education. On June 3, Mercer and Piedmont Healthcare, one of the state's preeminent health care systems,

announced their new partnership to establish a Center for Health and Learning that will lead to a number of joint initiatives. The Center will address compelling issues in health education and health care delivery, including nursing, pharmacy, research and other medical and allied health education programs.

"Piedmont has been one of Mercer's educational partners for almost 20 years," said Mercer President and CEO R. Kirby Godsey. "Our pharmacy and nursing students have gained invaluable clinical experiences at its hospitals. The new Center now enables Mercer and Piedmont to broaden and enhance that strong foundational relationship through new initiatives and partnerships so the health care needs of Georgians can be better met for generations to come." Celebrating a century of health care service, Piedmont Healthcare is a notfor-profit organization comprising three acute-care hospitals, outpatient clinics with a 460-member physician network and a 72-member primary care physician group with 20 offices

exclusive, both institutions have identified potential areas of collaboration. Piedmont Healthcare aims to enhance its teaching environment and expand on-campus research that is focused on outcomes and improved patient care. Piedmont also seeks increased access to students and potential employees in nursing, pharmacy and other allied health fields. Long-term, Piedmont hopes to establish unique hospital/university integrated programs.

Mercer seeks to establish a more delivery of care as well as patient highly qualified students to enroll at vigorous research presence and to outcomes," said R. Timothy Stack, Mercer to study nursing and to receive deepen program offerings in nursing president and CEO of Piedmont clinical experience at Piedmont. and pharmacy. Mercer also expects to Healthcare. "We want to attract and Enrollment at the College of Nursing broaden its medical residency program. influence the number and quality of for 2004-2005 was 427 students, of In addition, Mercer aims to broaden individuals entering health care and which 83 percent were from the Atlanta its non-clinical education programs, bolster interest in the profession, which area, 12 percent from other parts of such as chaplaincy, health management is why the nursing initiative is an ideal Georgia and 5 percent from other parts and health law. first step." of the nation. One of the first initiatives under The nursing partnership will include In an interview with The Macon Telegraph regarding the the Center for Health and University's partnership Learning will be a "The new Center now enables Mercer and Piedmont with Piedmont Healthcare, collaborative nursing Godsey expressed that partnership between to broaden and enhance that strong foundational joint ventures are essential Georgia Baptist College relationship through new initiatives and partnerships in stemming the forecasted of Nursing and nursing shortage. Piedmont. This partnerso the health care needs of Georgians can be better "In years ahead, we ship will help recruit, met for generations to come." ­­ R. KIRBY GODSEY must create more educate and ultimately alliances," said Godsey. place more nurses at "The problems are too complex to be Piedmont and in the community at large. efforts to increase the number of nursing addressed by (one) institution." Georgia is expected to need 80,000 graduates, an enhanced nursing clinical Mercer also has partnership nurses by 2020 to meet the state's health practice at Piedmont and additional agreements with two other major care needs. Current projections estimate faculty opportunities. Piedmont and hospital systems: the Medical Center of there will be only 48,000 nurses, 40 Mercer will share resources and costs, Central Georgia in Macon and Memorial percent below what will be needed. hold community activities to promote Health University Medical Center in "We are pleased about the health care/nursing careers and Savannah. The two medical centers are opportunity to work with Mercer. Health establish an annual nursing research the teaching hospitals for the clinical care continues to change and requires conference. A Piedmont Scholars education of Mercer medical students. I us to find innovative solutions for the program is being established to attract

Getting to the Heart of Cardiovascular Disease

By Nancy R. Fullbright

"We are pleased about the opportunity to work with Mercer. Health care continues to change and requires us to find innovative solutions for the delivery of care as well as patient outcomes."


throughout metro Atlanta. Piedmont Hospital, a 500-bed acute tertiary care facility located in the north Atlanta community of Buckhead, and Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a 100-bed acute care community hospital in Fayetteville, are the only two Georgia hospitals on the 2005 list of Solucient 100 Top Hospitals®. The health care system also has the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, a 35-bed community hospital in Jasper. While the partnership is not


t's estimated that 70.1 million Americans have some form of

cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease, stroke, high-blood pressure, congestive heart failure, congenital cardiovascular defects, hardening of the arteries and other diseases of the circulatory system.

CVD ranks as America's No. 1 killer, claiming the lives of 38 percent of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year. CVD is also the leading cause of premature, permanent disability among working adults, affecting nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population. In addition, Americans will pay $393.5 billion this year in CVDrelated medical costs and disability. Can such an enormous health problem be controlled? Faculty members at Mercer University say yes. "Steps can be taken to prevent heart

disease and to modify risky behaviors. It even helps if people are aware of risk factors that cannot be modified," said Elaine Grier, an assistant professor of adult health at Mercer University's Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. "The four conventional risk factors ­ cigarette smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels ­ are largely preventable by a healthy lifestyle."

Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Heart Disease Include:

· · · · · Male sex Older age Family history of heart disease Post-Menopausal Race (African Americans and Mexican Americans are more likely to have heart disease than Caucasians).

certified cardiologist and faculty member in Mercer University School of Medicine and Mercer Health Systems, said it is important to clarify between "good" cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol. "High-density lipoproteins, or HDL, help remove cholesterol carried by low-density lipoproteins, or LDL, from the body by binding with it in the bloodstream and carrying it back to the liver for disposal," noted James. "In addition, a high triglyceride level along with a high LDL count may also increase risks for heart disease."

systolic blood pressure (the upper number) over 140, and/or diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) over 90. If needed, blood pressure medications are safe and effective. Get moving ­ People who don't exercise have higher rates of death and heart disease compared to those who exercise mildly or moderately. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight ­ Excess weight strains the heart and worsens other heart disease factors, such as diabetes.

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Experts at Mercer suggest several ways to reduce the risk of heart disease. These include:

Quit smoking ­ Smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack as nonsmokers, and are more likely to die if they do suffer a heart attack. Improve cholesterol levels ­ As total cholesterol increases, so does the risk for heart disease. A diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat is a good first step. Control high blood pressure ­ Hypertension is defined as having

Controllable Risk Factors for Heart Disease Include:

· Smoking · High LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, and low HDL, or "good" cholesterol · High blood pressure · Physical inactivity · Obesity · Uncontrolled diabetes · Uncontrolled stress and anger Dr. Erskine James, a board-

On the Cover: Failure to modify risk factors for coronary artery disease significantly increases the likelihood of having a myocardial infarction. Using a simulation mannequin, nursing professor Elaine Grier (second from left) shows students Kunhui Yi, Kimberly Whitlock and Hope Weed how to identify and treat a cardiac arrest victim.

Dr. Erskine James, a board-certified cardiologist and faculty member in the School of Medicine, says it is important to clarify between "good" cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol.


SUMMER 2005 VOL. 5, NO. 1 President R. Kirby Godsey Executive Vice President and Provost Horace W. Fleming Senior Vice President for University Advancement, University Admissions and External Affairs Emily P. Myers Senior Vice President for Finance Thomas G. Estes Jr. Senior Vice President for Administration Richard N. Goddard Senior Vice President ­ Atlanta Richard V. Swindle Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean, Southern School of Pharmacy H.W. "Ted" Matthews, '68, Ph.D., R.Ph. Dean, School of Medicine Ann Connor Jobe, M.D., M.S.N. Dean, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University Susan Sweat Gunby, '68, R.N., Ph.D. Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement (Medicine) Gloria O. Marshall, '86 Senior Associate Vice President for Development (Pharmacy) Allen M. Wallace Assistant Vice President for Advancement (Medicine) Rebecca R. Burgess, '01 Assistant Vice President for Advancement (Nursing) and Special Projects Shawna R. Dooley, '97 Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Services and University Special Events T. Raleigh Mann, '65 Assistant Vice President for Alumni Services, Pharmacy Sharon Lim Harle, '86, '90 Executive Director of Alumni Services, Medicine Jennifer C. Joyner, '95 Director of Alumni Services, Nursing Virginia McCurdy Editor Judith T. Lunsford Production Editor Richard L. Cameron Managing Editor Nancy R. Fullbright Design Editor Ginger C. Harper Photographers Jenny Butkus, Peggy Cozart, Nancy Fullbright, Leah Yetter


May Commencements Send Students Forth to Start Their Careers in Health Care

By Nancy R. Fullbright


total of 318 men and women marked the completion of their health care studies in pharmacy, nursing and medicine at Mercer through commencements in Atlanta and Macon on May 7.



SOUTHERN SCHOOL OF PHARMACY Timothy A. Poole, '86, President Pamala S. Marquess, '93, Vice President W. Carter Gorman, '77, Vice President Herbert W. Hatton, '67, Secretary SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Julian K. McLendon, '91, President Beulette Y. Hooks, '83, '85, President-Elect Alan D. Justice, '83, '88, Secretary GEORGIA BAPTIST COLLEGE OF NURSING Catherine H. Ivory, '96, President Jeanette Wimbish Gaston, '81, President-Elect Jo Ellen Hooker, '94, Secretary NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION G. Faye Dumke, '92, President Mercer Health is published twice a year for alumni and friends of Mercer University. Comments or questions should be addressed to: Mercer University ­ Macon Office of University Advancement 1400 Coleman Avenue Macon, Georgia 31207 (478)301-2715 or (800)837-2911 or Mercer University ­ Atlanta Office of University Advancement 3001 Mercer University Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30341 (678)547-6400 or (800)837-2905

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matter where you work or where your profession takes you." During the ceremony, Dr. Helling, who is the immediate past president of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Commencement was held for the Education, was presented with an School of Pharmacy at Sheffield Student honorary doctor of science degree by Center on the Atlanta campus. Dr. Dennis Mercer University President R. Kirby K. Helling, executive director of Godsey for his advocacy of pharmacists, pharmacy operations and therapeutics his commitment to quality health care for Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colo., through the profession of pharmacy and was the distinguished speaker. Dr. his leadership in pharmacy education. Helling's pharmacy department employs In addition to the recognition of more than 650 staff at its 24 pharmacies. Dr. Helling, four of the 138 students "Are you prepared to make a graduating in the doctor of pharmacy difference? Are you prepared to make a program were honored for having difference in the clinical outcomes of perfect grade point your patients "Are you prepared to make a averages. Each of and in advancing them received the the pharmacy difference? ... Are you prepared prestigious R.C. Hood profession? Are you to make a difference in your Award, the highest prepared to make a scholastic honor difference in your community and in the lives awarded by the community and in of those less fortunate?" School of Pharmacy. the lives of those The students less fortunate?" Dr. ­­ DR. DENNIS K. HELLING honored were: Jason Helling asked the Bradley Atwood of Ennice, N.C.; Jessica Class of 2005. RuthAnne Kilgore of Oaktown, Tenn.; "You have received a comprehensive Joshua Allen Rains of Cumming, Ga.; and and rigorous education from faculty Heather Kay Vonier of Thomasville, Ga. who are individually and collectively Dr. Atwood will be pursuing a career among the best in all of pharmacy," he in nuclear pharmacy; Dr. Kilgore will be continued. "You, like the rest of us in the in the comparative and experimental profession, are privileged to be called medicine Ph.D. program at the University `Pharmacists.' So as you enter our ranks of Tennessee College of Veterinary as fellow pharmacists, you also will have Medicine; Dr. Rains will begin a one-year a covenant with society, a covenant with pharmacy residency at DeKalb Medical your patients. This covenantal relationship Center; and Dr. Vonier will begin her is the basis for pharmaceutical care, no


career as a pharmacist at Walgreens. Three of the 138 participants in the pharmacy commencement ceremony were graduate-level students: Ayyappa Chaturvedula and Dipty Prabhakar Joshi, who both earned their doctor of philosophy degrees in pharmacy, and Henry Nettey, the first student in the history of the School of Pharmacy to earn dual doctor of pharmacy and doctor of philosophy degrees (see story, p. 4).

"In truth, graduation is not the destination, but a marker, a time to recognize achievement on the path, a milestone, and then we must pick up our bags and go onward."


returned to her alma mater to deliver the commencement address. "For many, this was the goal, life's ambition, to graduate, without stopping to think where next. For in truth, graduation is not the destination, but a marker, a time to recognize achievement on the path, a milestone, and then we must pick up our bags and go onward," noted Dr. Sherwood. "How does this graduation fit into your life's mission? That specific task you are sent to perform? Your calling, your destiny, the very thing that when you are doing it,


Following the Pharmacy commencement, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing held its commencement ceremony, honoring 80 students for receiving their bachelor of science in nursing degrees. Dr. Gwen Sherwood, '66, executive associate dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,

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you feel complete, whole, integrated, purposeful, and satisfied. You do it out of commitment, out of wanting, and if you don't do it, you are incomplete, miserable, dissatisfied." Several graduating students were honored at the pinning ceremony the day before commencement with special awards. Sharyon Bailey Williams of the July 2004 graduating class and Tonya La'Trice Brown and Margaret L. Hudock of the May 2005 graduating class each were recognized for receiving the Davison-McKie-Newton Award. Anneka Michelle Mussell (Class of 2005) and Richard Jerome Walker (Class of 2004) each received the Student Nurse of the Year Award.


The School of Medicine rounded out

the full day of pomp and respective behavior "Your choice to spend your working life as a health care circumstance with its in providing patient professional, and the tangible symbol of academic success you graduation ceremony care. Prior to will receive momentarily, have positioned you to contribute held in Macon at the City attending medical Auditorium. Exactly 100 school, she worked your talents to one of the most noble of human causes." students participated in as a registered ­­ DR. JORDAN J. COHEN the ceremony receiving nurse for 12 years master of family services in a variety of health health professional, or as a family degrees, master of family therapy care settings. Adams, who will be therapist, you will be positioned as few degrees, master of public health degrees entering a residency program in family others are to advance the cause of and doctor of medicine degrees. practice at Northeast Medical Center in human health." "Your choice to spend your working Concord, N.C., is looking forward to Humanism in Medicine Awards ­ life as a health care professional, and assisting her patients with their the highest honor the School of the tangible symbol of academic success preventative and rehabilitative health Medicine awards ­ were presented to you will receive momentarily, have care needs. doctor of medicine student Lydia Heyel positioned you to contribute your talents Young ­ the first non-physician to Adams and to faculty member Henry E. to one of the most noble of human ever receive the Faculty Humanism in Young, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and causes," Dr. Jordan J. Cohen, president Medicine Award in the School's adjunct professor of pediatrics. and CEO of the Association of American history ­ was selected by the Class of Adams was selected by the Mercer Medical Colleges, advised the graduates 2005. Since joining the faculty of the School of Medicine faculty for her in his commencement address. Medical School in 1988, he has held a embodiment of empathic, sensitive and "Whether as a doctor, or as a public variety of positions, and has taught

embryology, histology and gross anatomy. Young is an internationally recognized authority in the field of adult stem cells. While at Mercer, he discovered adult germ layer lineage mesodermal stem cells, adult epiblastlike stem cells and adult blastomere-like stem cells. He and his collaborators are currently exploring the use of these adult-derived stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, myocardial infarction, type-I diabetes and chemotherapy-induced infertility. In their nomination of him, Mercer medical students state that Young is extremely approachable and knowledgeable about not only embryology, but also anatomy and physiology. For full coverage of commencement activities, and for copies of speeches delivered at the ceremonies, please visit I

1. Stephen Powell, president of the School of Medicine's Class of 2005, leads the graduates into the City Auditorium. 2. Nearly 1,600 graduates across Mercer's ten colleges and schools wore tassels like this one last May. 3. Dr. Dennis K. Helling, executive director of pharmacy operations and therapeutics at Kaiser Permanente, addressed the audience at the Southern School of Pharmacy commencement. 4. President R. Kirby Godsey poses before the School of Medicine commencement with Georgia Rep. Penny Houston (R-Nashville). 5. Margaret Hudock, winner of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing's DavisonMcKie-Newton Award (RN-BSN), receives her diploma from Dean Susan Gunby. 6. Four Pharm.D. graduates completed their studies with 4.0 grade point averages and were honored with R.C. Hood Awards. Pictured from left to right are Jason Bradley Atwood, Jessica RuthAnne Kilgore, Heather Kay Vonier, and Joshua Allen Rains. 7. Dr. Godsey was a busy man in May, speaking at nine commencement ceremonies in Atlanta and Macon, including those for Southern School of Pharmacy, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and the School of Medicine. 8. Stacey McCoy can hardly contain her excitement as she wraps up her pharmacy studies at the May 7 commencement. 9. Dr. Jordan J. Cohen, president and CEO

of the Association of American Medical Colleges, was the featured speaker at the School of Medicine commencement. 10. Pharmacy students Muhammed Ahmed, and Jason Russell, celebrated their graduation from Southern School of Pharmacy on May 7. 11. The commencement at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing was led by several alumnae: Catherine Johansen Futch, '67, past president of the Alumni Association; Gwen Dorminey Sherwood, '66, who delivered the commencement address; and Dean Susan Gunby,'68. 12. Dr. Gwen Sherwood, executive associate dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, reflected on her days at Georgia Baptist and offered advice to the graduates. 13. Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, receives the Distinguished Educator Award from Southern School of Pharmacy Dean H.W. "Ted" Matthews. 14. Paul Young smiles upon the culmination of his doctor of medicine studies at the School of Medicine commencement. 15. New M.D.s Jonathan and Kendra Lynch are congratulated by Jonathan's brother Mike Lynch, M.D.'90, member of the School of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors, and brother-in-law Jay McLendon, M.D.'91, president of the Alumni Association. 13. 15. 12.






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By H.W. "Ted" Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph., Dean and Hood-Meyer Chair, Southern School of Pharmacy

Henry Nettey recently completed the requirements for the Pharm.D./Ph.D. Dual Degree Program and became the first graduate of this program. John Bauer, a Pharm.D/Ph.D. candidate, won first place for his scientific paper presentation on "Non-steroidal, antiinflammatory agents with potential use against diseases like cancer and arthritis" at the 25th Annual Southeastern Pharmacology Society meeting held at the University of Mississippi. Ann Giraud, a second-year professional student and current member-at-large for the student APhAASP Student Chapter, was elected as the regional member-at-large at the Midyear Regional Meeting held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our ASP chapter won the 20032004 Class A (large pharmacy schools) Student Achievement Award competition. Third-year professional student Janet McGuire was presented with Phi Lambda Sigma's third annual Founder's Award for her professionalism, leadership and service. Lt. Leah Phanco, Pharm.D. '04, won the annual APhA-ASP Mortar & Pestle Professionalism Essay Competition. Phanco competed for the $2,000 scholarship against recipients of the Mortar & Pestle Award from every pharmacy school in the nation. The Student Chapter of AMCP was among eight selected nationally to participate in the P&T Competition during the annual AMCP meeting in Denver, April 2005. Indeed, this has been a very good year for our pharmacy school, and I would like to thank everyone who helped make this a banner year. Finally, I would like to say that there are so many exciting endeavors that we will embark upon next year, and I enthusiastically look forward to working with our constituents in carrying out our commitment to excellence. I

Pharmacy School Has Banner Year


he 2004-2005 academic year was filled with exciting new achievements that have enhanced the quality of our program. Also, faculty and students continue to

enhance the reputation of our pharmacy school by means of their involvement in professional and academic organizations.

I would like to express sincere thanks to Drs. John Holbrook, Robert Anderson and William Kelly for their sustained and exemplary service to our pharmacy school. All of these individuals retired at the end of this academic year; however, they did not leave us completely. Dr. Holbrook will join us as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Drs. Anderson and Kelly will assist us with our experiential program as adjunct faculty. I am pleased that our students will continue to benefit from the expertise and experience that

these retired faculty will continue to provide to our academic program. One of the most exciting events this school year was the establishment of the G. Van Greene Distinguished Lectureship. This was made possible through the generosity of Dr. G. Van Greene, a longtime friend and supporter of the Pharmacy School, who provided funds to endow the lectureship. Daniel E. Buffington, Pharm.D. '87, MBA '95, was our first distinguished lecturer and spoke on April 27 on the Medicare Modernization Act to students, faculty, community

Dr. H.W. "Ted" Matthews Dean and Hood-Meyer Chair of the Southern School of Pharmacy

members and pharmacists. His message was well received, and he gave valuable insight on the potential role of the pharmacist in medication therapy management. I am so proud of our students. They continue to bring honor to our school.

Nettey First to Complete Mercer's Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program

By Andy Peters


enry Nettey, Pharm.D., Ph.D., blazed a new trail

at Mercer when he became the University's first graduate of its Pharm.D./Ph.D. dualdegree program.

The 43-year-old native of Accra, Ghana, received his two degrees at the Southern School of Pharmacy 2005 commencement exercise on May 7, waving the two diplomas in the air to a standing ovation from the audience. The Southern School of Pharmacy offers the dual degrees as a way to give students a chance to pursue careers in both the professional and research areas of pharmacy. It is the only one of its kind in the state.

"This makes students more marketable, because of the skills they acquire, both as a clinician and as a pharmaceutical scientist," said Dr. H.W. "Ted" Matthews, dean and professor of the Southern School of Pharmacy and vice president for the Health Sciences. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada, with a major in human biology and specialization in microbiology, Nettey works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he performs drug analysis on counterfeit drugs obtained from Third World nations. After attending Gainesville College in Gainesville, Ga., he enrolled in the Southern School of Pharmacy in 1998 and began work in the dual-degree program in the spring of 1999. "It's been very challenging, combining the two degrees," said Nettey, a member of the Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity.

The Pharm.D./Ph.D. dual-degree program is small, and applicants are required to have completed a B.S. degree and to have earned a very high score on the pharmacy school entrance exam, Matthews said. "The students selected for this program are among the brightest of the brightest of our program," Matthews said. The program is structured to allow most students to complete the requirements for both degrees in about six years. "This is a true dual-degree program," Matthews explained. "They are pursuing both degrees at the same time. It is the only dual-degree program at Mercer, where if you don't get one degree, you don't get the other." Nettey, who has been a pharmacy intern at Grady Health System and St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, was wellsuited to handle the challenges of

P H A R M A C Y &


Ajay K. Banga, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, co-authored with students Adina C. Hirsh and Rashmi S. Upsani "Factorial design approach to evaluate interactions between electrically assisted enhancement and skin stripping for delivery of tacrine" in Journal of Control Relations, 103(1)(2005) 113-121. Banga also co-authored "Response surface methodology to investigate the iontophoretic delivery of tacrine hydrochloride" in Pharmaceutical Research, 21(12)(2004) 2293-2299. Karla T. Foster, clinical assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, published "Common drugs used in assisted reproductive technologies" in U.S. Pharmacist, 2005; 1: HS27-36 and "Incivilities in the classroom: A journal club review" in Let's Think about It! Newsletter Fall 2004; 9(1):2-3. Vanthida Huang, assistant


patients with schizophrenia" in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2004; 44: 1385-1390. Julie C. Kissack, associate professor of clinical and administrative sciences, published "Nicotine Dependence," Chapter 70 in Schwinghammer T.L., ed., Pharmacotherapy Casebook, 6th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2005. Leisa L. Marshall, clinical associate professor in clinical and administrative sciences, published "Angioedema associated with aspirin and rofecoxib" in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2005; 39: 944-948. Susan W. Miller, professor of clinical and administrative sciences, published "Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in the Geriatric Patient," Chapter 23 in J. Murphy, ed., Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3rd edition, American Society of HealthSystems Pharmacists, November 2004. J. Hoyt Slade, clinical assistant professor in clinical and administrative sciences, published "Neurological


professor in clinical and administrative sciences, and M. J. Rybak published "Pharmacodynamic of cefepime alone and in combination with various antimicrobials against methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus in an in vitro pharmacodynamic infection model" in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2005 Jan.; 49(1): 302-308. Michael W. Jann, professor of clinical and administrative sciences, and G.W. Small published "Cholinesterase inhibitors and similarly acting compounds" in Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 8th edition, Chapter 31.15, 2808-2817. Jann also authored "Implications for atypical antipsychotics in the treatment of schizophrenia: neurocognition effects and a neuroprotective hypothesis" in Pharmacotherapy 2004; 24: 17591783 and was co-author of "Dosedependent alterations in the pharmacokinetics of olanzapine during coadministration of fluvoxamine in

obtaining two advanced-level degrees simultaneously, according to one of his professors. "Henry is highly motivated and very disciplined, which helps because this program is very intensive," said Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor and chair of the department of pharmaceutical sciences. While working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nettey had an article published in 2001 with some of his CDC colleagues, entitled "High-performance liquid chromatographic assay for the simultaneous determination of Henry Nettey became the first person in the sulfadoxine and pyrimethamine history of the Southern School of Pharmacy to graduate with doctor of pharmacy and doctor of from whole blood dried onto philosophy degrees. filter paper." Nettey, whose adviser in the program was Dr. Martin J. pharmaceutical researcher. D'Souza, director of the clinical The Southern School of Pharmacy laboratory and Ph.D. program and plans to enroll between one and three professor of pharmaceutical sciences, students per year in the dual-degree was a recipient of the University's Patrick program, said Dr. James W. Bartling, J. D'Souza Scholarship. associate dean for student affairs and After graduating, the Canadian admissions. Recruiting for these students citizen said he eventually plans to return is underway, and with Nettey's graduation to Ghana to work, but his current plans from the program, student interest in the are to remain in the United States and dual-degree program should be on the work as a nuclear pharmacist and rise, Bartling said. I

toxicities associated with cancer chemotherapeutic agents" in U.S. Pharmacist, 2005; 4(Onc suppl): 3-18.

Recognitions & Awards

Cynthia W. Coffey, clinical assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, was initiated into Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society on April 18, 2005. Karla T. Foster, clinical assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, achieved Certification in Physical Assessment in Patient Care Management from NOVA Southeastern University. Julie A. Hixson-Wallace, clinical associate professor in clinical and administrative sciences, was appointed to the AACP Joint COD-COF Task Force on ACPE Scholarship Metrics. Michael W. Jann, professor of clinical and administrative sciences, was appointed as holder

of the Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology, Mercer University. Julie C. Kissack, associate professor of clinical and administrative sciences, was appointed a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Program Committee for the 2006 Annual Meeting. Leisa L. Marshall, clinical associate professor in clinical and administrative sciences, was appointed to the Educational Advisory Committee for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Marshall was also appointed to the Educational Board for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists' Online Geriatric Pharmacy Review. Rhonda L. Martin, clinical assistant professor in clinical and administrative sciences, achieved certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Continued on Page 6 ...






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Clinical Pharmacist Speaks at Inaugural Lecture

By Nancy R. Fullbright

Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology committee helping to develop national billing codes to describe pharmacists' services. The lecture is named in honor of Dr. G. Van Greene, one of the Southern School of Pharmacy's most loyal and staunch supporters. Greene generously endowed the School of Pharmacy's distinguished lecture program in order to bring worldrenowned health care professionals to campus to discuss contemporary topics in pharmacy and the health sciences. Greene first became associated with Mercer University in the 1950s, when he and his wife, Minta, established a scholarship for undergraduate students in honor of her father, Mercer graduate A.W. Jackson, 1901. In addition to two undergraduate scholarships for Mercer students, the Greenes established the Dr. G. Van and Minta J. Greene Endowed Scholarship for pharmacy students. I

recognized clinician, clinical researcher and educator, delivered the inaugural G. Van Greene Lectureship to a packed house in April. His topic was the timely "Medicare Modernization Act: Focus on Improving Care."

The Medicare program, which serves more than 40 million Americans and is expected to spend $324 billion in 2005, will double its spending over the next 10 years due to the retirement of baby boomers. Buffington said patients will need pharmacists' help in


r. Daniel E. Buffington, a nationally-

firm, and Pharmacology Experts, Southern School of Pharmacy and the navigating the drug benefits. which provides expert testimony on master of business administration "This is the first time that the Center pharmacology issues including medical degree from the Stetson School of for Medicare and Medicaid Services malpractice, toxicology, and criminal Business and Economics. He completed has intimated the role of the pharmacist and product liability. A double graduate his clinical practice residency and as a clinical practitioner," Buffington clinical pharmacology research of Mercer University, he earned the noted. "The goal is to improve fellowship at Emory University Hospital doctor of pharmacy degree from the medication utilization in high-risk in Atlanta. Medicare patients. Buffington has There will be a rapid also been active learning curve, but with several national all pharmacists pharmacy should embrace organizations, medication therapy including the management services American Society to ensure its success of Health-Systems on a national stage." Pharmacists, President and American Pharmacists CEO of TampaAssociation and the based Clinical American College of Pharmacology Clinical Pharmacy. Services, Buffington He is serving on the has developed two national Pharmacists additional specialty Services Technical consulting groups: From left to right, Mercer President R. Kirby Godsey; Dr. Daniel E. Buffington, Advisory Coalition Conexus Health, a president and CEO of Clinical Pharmacology Services; Dean H.W. "Ted" Matthews; and Dr. G. Van Greene (seated) gather before the Inaugural G. Van Greene Lecture last April. and the American medical education

Pharmacy School Honors Alumni with Awards

ach year the Pharmacy School Alumni Association honors individuals for their support of the Pharmacy School and the profession of pharmacy. Nominations for these awards come from alumni, and the final winners are determined by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The winners were announced at the alumni dinner for the School of Pharmacy at the June meeting of the Georgia Pharmacy Association in Amelia Island.

By Nancy R. Fullbright


Pharmacy School within the last 10 years, and who has contributed in an outstanding manner to the School and/or the Alumni Association. The 2005 recipient is Dr. Shobhna

Butler. She earned her Pharm.D. from the School of Pharmacy in 1995 and has proven to be a successful entrepreneur as the president of B. Wellness Consulting, Inc. Active with her alma mater, she has served on the Admissions Interview Committee and as a preceptor for Mercer Pharmacy students. Butler has also held leadership positions with the Georgia Pharmacy Association.


Shobhna D. Butler, Pharm.D. '95

The Young Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus who has graduated from the

Shobhna D. Butler


Jannifer J. Johnson, Pharm.D.'94

The Alumni Meritorious Service Award is presented to an alumnus of the

Jannifer J. Johnson

Roy Wilson

Pharmacy School Hosts 15th Annual Golf Classic

Pharmacy School who has served the profession of pharmacy and the Alumni Association in a significant manner. This year's recipient, Dr. Jannifer Johnson, completed her Pharm.D. in 1994, and has been a faithful supporter of the Southern School of Pharmacy ever since. As class representative for the Pharmacy School's Centennial Celebration in 2003, she secured significant corporate financial support for that event. In addition, she served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Admissions Interview Committee. She has a successful career with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals as a senior medical information scientist.

recruited many students and alumni to careers in community pharmacy. As director of pharmacy at Harveys Supermarkets, he is a longtime respected leader in community pharmacy.


Jeffrey L. Lurey, R.Ph.

The Carlton Henderson Award recognizes an individual, not necessarily a pharmacist or a Mercer alumnus, who has contributed to the reputation and enhancement of the profession of pharmacy and/or the pharmaceutical and allied industries in the state of Georgia. This year's honor went to Jeff Lurey, a successful independent community pharmacy owner and chairman of the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation. An active member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, he has served in leadership positions with the Georgia Pharmacy Association and the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy. I


Roy Wilson, R.Ph.

The Meritorious Service Award recognizes a friend of the Pharmacy School and of the profession of pharmacy who has contributed in an outstanding way to the enhancement of the School of Pharmacy. The board selected to honor Roy Wilson. A resident of Nashville, Ga., Wilson has served as a member of the Pharmacy School's Board of Visitors and the University's Advancing the Vision endowment campaign. He is responsible for numerous expendable scholarships and for establishing an endowed scholarship at the School. He has personally


The Fifteenth Annual Mercer Pharmacy Golf Classic was held May 23 at Cherokee Run Golf Club in Conyers. A total of 33 teams and 128 players engaged in friendly competition. The Walgreens team, above, of, left to right, Robert Carter, Bill Crain, Scott Downs and Shad Sutherland won first place in flight A, and the CVS/pharmacy team, top right, of, left to right, Todd Davis, Rick Dunn, BSPHM '83, and Ron May won first place in flight B. At the awards dinner, right, Walt Rogers, right, presented Chip Atkins, Pharm.D.'88, left, a plaque in recognition of his work as chairman of the golf committee.

Jeffrey L. Lurey




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By Nancy R. Fullbright

conditions as "not horrible," she said the sandstorms and 140 degree weather did make matters "difficult." Perrino was able to gain early leave because she was planning to return to Mercer's School of Pharmacy to resume her studies. Had she waited until Jan. 28 ­ the return date of her unit ­ she would have had to wait another year before being able to enroll for coursework. "We are pleased that Stephanie returned to continue her pharmacy education, but even more pleased that she returned home safely," said Dr. James W. Bartling, associate dean for student affairs and admissions. "I know she will make a wonderful pharmacist one day soon." Perrino, the daughter of Leighann Perrino of Orlando, Fla., and Peter Perrino of Clayton, N.C., plans on going into the Air Force as a pharmacist after her graduation from the Southern School of Pharmacy. I

Along with some camels, first-year Pharmacy student Stephanie Perrino grins and bears the 140 degree heat in Kuwait.

Student Returns from Kuwait to Resume Pharmacy Studies

work part-time or backpack through Europe. Instead, Perrino traveled to Kuwait with the 1-171 Aviation Regiment of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta as a chemical operations specialist.

Perrino, who had completed her first semester toward a doctor of pharmacy degree, was activated for duty on Dec. 18, 2003. After completing six weeks of training at Ft. Knox, Ky., she and her regiment left for Kuwait on Valentine's Day 2004. "I was trained as a nuclear biological chemical specialist, which meant I made sure our company was prepared for any possible attacks," she said. "I was also trained in aviation supply and ordered parts for the Blackhawk helicopters." During her time in Kuwait, Perrino participated in and won the Top Gun competition, which assured her a slot as a door gunner on the Blackhawk helicopter. As a door gunner, she flew missions in Kuwait and into the southern part of Iraq. "We avoided the dangerous parts of Iraq, and Kuwait was a much safer place to be. I was fortunate," she recalled, "and I definitely learned not to take the little things for granted." Although she described the living


hen first-year pharmacy student Stephanie Perrino took a year off from Mercer University

Southern School of Pharmacy last year, it wasn't to

While in Kuwait, Perrino worked as a door gunner on the Blackhawk helicopter and flew missions in Kuwait and into the southern part of Iraq.

Shipley Participates in National Patient Counseling Competition for Students

prescriptions are dispensed yearly. While taking medicines is very common, it's not always easy to take In April, Marietta, Ga. them correctly," according to a resident Samantha Shipley statement on the NCPIE Web site. "As a medicine user, your best offense for continued a long University using your medicines safely and appropriately is to be well-informed tradition of pharmacy with good, reliable information, and to students participating in a be willing to ask questions of your health care professionals about your national competition on medicines." Mercer's patient counseling patient counseling. competition is open to all student hipley, a second-year student members of the Academy of Students in the Southern School of of Pharmacy, the student branch of the Pharmacy, was selected in American Pharmacists Association. December as Mercer's student Shipley's participation in the national representative in the national Patient competition marked the 18th Counseling Competition at the yearly consecutive year that Mercer has sent meeting of the American Pharmacists a student to the program. Association in Orlando, Fla. Students who enter the competition Patient counseling is an essential are required to provide counsel to two part of the curriculum of the School of "patients" ­ they are actually actors Pharmacy, said Dr. Candace W. Barnett, posing as patients. The student professor of clinical and administrative pharmacist is asked to advise on two sciences and senior associate dean. separate prescription medications, and "People aren't going to take their both counseling sessions are videotaped. medications correctly if we don't counsel In Shipley's presentation in the them," Barnett said. "We increase the Mercer competition, she provided chances of good compliance if we do." counsel on an anti-arrhythmic drug, "The first course and a combination the students take hydrocortisone"I think the best way to upon entry into acetic acid that is counsel is to find out what used for problems pharmacy school is communication the patient already knows in the ear canal. skills," Barnett said. For the national via open-ended questions "This course teaches competition, them how to interact and fill in the gaps. Being a Shipley was given with patients taking an additional 10 caring, sincere health care medications to medicines and is the keystone of good review, one of professional and a good pharmacist-patient which would be listener will go a long way." used in the interaction." The National competition. Council on Patient Information and Criteria used to judge students Education (NCPIE) agrees. A coalition include: getting the patient involved in of 125 organizations within the field of a dialogue; good listening skills; pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, the displaying empathy and assertiveness; NCPIE stresses safe medicine and requesting that patients consumption by the general public, communicate their understanding of through improved communication, medication instructions. which can lead to better health Mercer students participate in 45 outcomes and improved quality of life. hours of application activities spanning "Two out of every three visits to the "every crucial skill a pharmacist needs," doctor end with a prescription being Barnett said. These include active written. More than 3 billion listening, lay terminology, assertiveness

By Andy Peters

skills, specific skills for addressing compliance problems, techniques for communicating with the culturally diverse, how to conduct a medication history interview, how to counsel about medications and frameworks for making therapy recommendations to physicians. The Southern School of Pharmacy also recently added a patient caring component to its curriculum, which runs throughout the first three

professional years, Barnett said. Students are required to identify patients within the community with whom they will develop a caring relationship as a health professional. This practice in building and developing a professional rapport with patients will help them be effective pharmacists. These communications principles have been instilled in Shipley during her time at Mercer. "I think the best way to counsel is to

find out what the patient already knows via open-ended questions and fill in the gaps," Shipley said. "Being a caring, sincere health care professional and a good listener will go a long way. The 23-year-old Shipley, who earned a bachelor of science in management from Northwest Missouri State University, is working on both her Pharm.D. and MBA degrees. Her career plans include working in the pharmaceutical industry. I



... Continued from Page 4 Kalen B. Porter, clinical assistant professor in clinical and administrative sciences, achieved certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.





Ajay K. Banga, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received grants from the following sources: $199,200 from Solvay Pharmaceuticals for the "Screening of therapeutic chemical/ biological entities for transdermal and/or iontophoretic delivery"; $21,000 from Transport Pharmaceuticals to study the "Evaluation of acyclovir formulations in iontophoretic drug cartridges"; $64,800 for the "Evaluation of drug formulations for transdermal delivery"; and two grants from Altea Therapeutics: one for $183,600 for the study of "Transdermal delivery of small molecules by thermal microporation," and another for $112,800 for the "Transdermal delivery of proteins and peptides by thermal microporation." Michael W. Jann, professor of clinical and administrative sciences, and Vanthida Huang, assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, received an $84,288 grant from Lipocine, Inc. to study the "Bioavailability of Lipocine fenfibrate versus Tricor 140 mg." Julie C. Kissack, associate professor of clinical and administrative sciences, and first-year Pharmacy student Alexandria Fagan received a $4,100 grant for the Solvay Research Fellowship

to study the "Adverse event evaluation in severely, chronically mentally ill patients receiving atypical antipsychotics." Leisa L. Marshall, clinical associate professor in clinical and administrative sciences, received a $750 unrestricted educational grant sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. for "Arthritis ­ What the Consumer Needs to Know," a community education program at Presbyterian Village Center. Gina J. Ryan, clinical assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, Cynthia W. Coffey, clinical assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, and Karla T. Foster, clinical assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, received a $1,250 grant from the Mercer University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning for Diabetes Care Certificate Examination Assessment.

Student News

The ASP Student Chapter won the 2003-2004 Class A (large pharmacy schools) Student Achievement Award competition during the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Pharm.D./Ph.D. student John D. Bauer was awarded first place among the scientific papers presented by graduate students for his presentation "The Design and Synthesis of Novel Anti-inflammatory Agents" at the 25th Annual Southeastern Pharmacology Society meeting last fall. Graduate students John D. Bauer (Major Advisor ­ Dr. S. Cutler; CoAdvisor ­ Dr. S. Pollock) and Nima Akhavein (Major Advisor ­ Dr. M.

D'Souza) were each awarded an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellowship. Second-year student Mandi Herndon won third place in the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation's Pharmaceutical Care Essay Competition. Third-year students Adina C. Hirsch, R.S. Upasani and faculty member Ajay K. Banga published "Factorial design approach to evaluate interactions between electrically assisted enhancement and skin stripping for delivery of tacrine," J.Control.Rel., 103 (1)(2005) 113-121. Third-year doctor of pharmacy students Adina C. Hirsch, Chris M. Jones, Janet L. McGuire, and Justin Strickland represented the School of Pharmacy's student chapter of AMCP at the April annual meeting in Denver, Colo. Third-year student Janet L. McGuire was presented with Phi Lambda Sigma's Third Annual Founder's Award. McGuire was selected for her excellence in professionalism, leadership and service. Rising third-year student Bryan M. Rodgers was awarded one of 15 presidential scholarships for the coming year from the National Community Pharmacists Association. Kendra R. Roundtree, third-year Pharmacy student and president of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, won the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation's Pharmaceutical Care Essay Competition. Second-year student Kinjal Vakil won the Outstanding Student Award from the Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy on May 19.






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Pharmacy Alumni Continue to Add Value

By Timothy A. Poole, Pharm.D. '86

for Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, I am honored to say that we are continuing to move forward with our originally-stated objective: "providing value."

To quote Dean Matthews, "The alumni provide value!" We are


s president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors

continuously uncovering evidence to this truth as we realize that the alumni "value" is one of our greatest assets here at the School of Pharmacy. I am happy to report that we added 138 new alumni to our ranks as a result of the graduation on May 7. The vision held by the students and their families and friends culminated with a wonderful ceremony, greetings from Drs. Godsey and Matthews and a very applicable keynote address by Dr. Dennis Helling of Kaiser Permanente. This ceremony and address provided not only a feeling of "completion" but one of "beginning." What are the new "beginnings" for our recent graduates and our alumni as a whole? Today, we are seeing monumental changes in the health care delivery of our seniors and many others

Timothy A. Poole President, Alumni Association Southern School of Pharmacy

receiving medical care. Medicare modernization, as discussed by Dr. Dan Buffington at our inaugural Dr. Van

Greene Distinguished Lectureship, noted that this legislation and subsequent change in policy provides all pharmacists with tremendous opportunity for providing a host of consultative deliverables. In other words, again, we provide value and many patients will benefit from our intervention. New beginnings also provide an opportunity for leaders to step forward into this new frontier in health care. As a Mercer Pharmacy graduate, you are up to the task. As we continue through 2005 and look towards 2006, we will continue to support the "Networking" Vision established for our Alumni Board in late 2004. We will continue to engage the "pre-alumni," i.e. students as future leaders and managers of "change."

We will continue to identify and honor unique students like second-year pharmacy student Stephanie Perrino, who is back from serving our country in the Middle East, as another example of future leaders and examples of alumni bringing value. We are continuing to explore new ideas for our alumni gatherings while ensuring our Board member mix is commensurate with the many talents and diverse career identities that exist for our graduates. I have enjoyed this past year working with a fine group of Alumni Board members and all of the team at Mercer that continues to provide the day-to-day support in order for us to enjoy our work and see the bigger picture for the value we provide. I

Faculty College Leads Efforts to Welcome, Train New Professors By Nancy R. Fullbright


n an effort to enhance teaching effectiveness, the Southern School of Pharmacy recently initiated the Faculty College, an offshoot of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. The Faculty College exposes new faculty to a variety of instructional techniques and teaching resources at Mercer, encourages the use of active and cooperative learning in the classroom, and provides an opportunity for conversation about teaching and learning. "Being a newcomer can be difficult, as can teaching in a large classroom setting," said Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace, clinical associate professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences. "Most professional and graduate programs do not prepare their graduates to teach, so we thought the Faculty College would be a good way to address that issue." Faculty members who have been at the School of Pharmacy less than four years are eligible to participate in College activities, which are led by faculty who have received the Distinguished Educator

Award. Participants engage in bimonthly journal club discussions, quarterly colloquies, biannual seminars, a teaching and learning grant program and teaching consultations by request. According to Hixson-Wallace, the schedule of topics includes an introduction to teaching at Mercer University, pharmacy education, how to foster academic integrity, civility and tolerance, and the use of technology in the classroom, among others. "We are about halfway through the programming, and based on a recent survey, the feedback has been very positive," noted Hixson-Wallace. "One of the most beneficial aspects has been the development of a kinship between the participants, in addition to the formal mentoring." Dr. Rhonda L. Martin, clinical assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, said the Faculty College has helped her develop both personally and professionally. "The senior faculty share personal experiences with academia, and help us develop test writing and lecture

presentation skills," Martin said. "They also give me direction in achieving my short-term goals and setting my longterm goals for a successful career in academia." In fact, the Faculty College has

proven to be so successful that University officials are considering implementing it campus-wide. Dr. Horace Fleming, executive vice president and provost, said the benefits would be applicable to any new faculty members.

"The School of Pharmacy has been very innovative in their attention to methods of teaching and learning," he said. "This can serve as a model for other schools and colleges, and I hope that others will emulate it." I




Ronald Y. Wilson, BSPHM, recently celebrated 40 years in business in Forest Park, Ga.



Lisa McCrarey Woolard, Pharm.D., and her husband, Wes, announce the birth of their son, John Weston Jr., on Aug. 25, 2004.

in August 2000. In August 2001, she completed the Glaxo Wellcome Health Outcomes Research Fellowship.


Lt. Leah Phanco, Pharm.D., won McNeil's national Mortar & Pestle essay competition at the ASP Awards Ceremony during the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.


E. Anne Davis, Pharm.D., married Eric Mabee on Oct. 5, 2002. Denise Smith Shaw, Pharm.D., and her husband, Andy Shaw, Pharm.D., '00, announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey Michele, on July 27, 2004. Christine Maust Thorn, Pharm.D., and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Mackenzie, on Feb. 26, 2004. The family resides in York, Pa.


Charles W. Marsh III, BSPHM, announces his daughter, Margaret Marsh Sutton, is in her second year of pharmacy school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and his son, Wallace Marsh, is in his first year at Yale Divinity School.

Marriages & Births


Sheila Gardner Arn, Pharm.D., and her husband announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Mark, on Jan. 11. He joins his sister, Samantha.


Henry L. Simpson, BSPHM, and his wife, Mary, are proud to announce that their daughter, Lori Shae Simpson, is in her second year at the Southern School of Pharmacy.


Stephanie Wright Cole, Pharm.D., and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their son, Luke, on May 2, 2004.


Jennifer Murphy Daniel, Pharm.D., and her husband, Randy, announce the birth of their daughter, Jenna LeAnn, on May 7, 2004. She joins her sister, Rileigh.


Daniel E. Buffington, Pharm.D., MBA '95, recently received the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM). He also delivered the Southern School of Pharmacy's inaugural G. Van Greene Lecture in April.


Karyn Cater Johnson, Pharm.D., married Brian Johnson on April 27, 2002. The couple announce the birth of their son, Cater Andrew Johnson, on Dec. 30, 2003. Pam Tatum Leffert, Pharm.D., and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of their son, Robert Lewis IV, on July 4, 2004. The family resides in Athens. Leigh Stewart Noe, Pharm.D., and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Kurt Noe, on Sept. 22, 2004. The family resides in Decherd, Tenn.


Anna Edwards Coggins, Pharm.D., and her husband, Trent Lee Coggins, CLA '95, MBA '98, JD '01, announce the birth of their son, Hayden Lee, on July 21, 2004.


Vanessa Etheridge Smith, Pharm.D., married Ralph B. Smith, CLA '95, on Sept. 25, 2004. The couple resides in Alpharetta where Ralph is a senior technical sales specialist with IBM and Vanessa is a clinical pharmacy specialist at Kaiser Permanente.


E. Anne Davis, Pharm.D., health outcomes manager for GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, N.C., received her master's degree in pharmaceutical administration from Ohio State University

Students Win Three First-Place Awards at National Convention ­ Students and alumni in the Southern School of Pharmacy won

three first-place awards last April at the national convention of the American Pharmacists Association in Orlando, Fla. The Academy of Students chapter won the 2003-04 Student Award competition for large pharmacy schools; third-year pharmacy student Janet McGuire was presented with Phi Lambda Sigma's third annual Founder's Award, which recognizes pharmacy students for their professionalism, leadership and service; and Dr. Leah Phanco, a 2004 graduate of Mercer's Pharmacy School, won the national Mortar & Pestle essay competition. Pictured at the convention are (first row, left to right) Katie Sloope, Rebecca Wicker, Erin Wallace; (second row) Angela Cromer, Jennifer Ellis, Ann Giraud, Adina Hirsch, Laurie Kleckner, Sue Merritt; (third row) Joshua Kinsey, Michael Hindmon, Kathleen Peth, Stacey Overton, Jon Sweet and Kelly Howard.

Welcoming Future Pharmacists ­

Dean H.W. "Ted" Matthews congratulates third-year student Robert Scott Tomerlin of Louisville, Ky. at the School's annual pinning ceremony held last May. Tomerlin currently serves on the Student Regional Council for the National Community Pharmacists Association.

In Sympathy


John W. Rickman, BSPHM, of Atlanta, died March 22.


Mitchell H. Walker, BSPHM, of Rowland, N.C., died Feb. 8, 2004.


Marion Larkin Waller, BSPHM, of Decatur, died Jan. 10.





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By Ann C. Jobe, M.D., M.S.N., Dean, School of Medicine

For those of us who are at points farther down the journey in our professions and careers, this too can be a commencement ­ a beginning. It is not too late to be involved as a change agent. Turn the energy we waste in expressing complaints about a system as it is into energy to transform that system. Albert Einstein noted that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." So, turn from insanity and find a way to improve what you do ­ whether it is teaching, clinical care or scholarly activity. One last word to our graduates, applicable to all of us ­ enjoy your journey and don't forget to smell the flowers along the way! Congratulations, we are proud of all of you! I improved outcomes, decreased cost and better quality of life in this country. Please do not enter your residency or your job and stick your head in the sand. Please search out ways you can contribute to improving health care. Your journey is not one you have to take alone. There are efforts underway to improve the quality of health care. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has several important initiatives in progress. The "Saving 100,000 Lives Campaign" is one in which the Medical Center of Central Georgia and Memorial Health University Medical Center ­ our teaching hospitals ­ are participating. Find out how this initiative works and volunteer to get involved. Please stay involved in professional organizations at the local, state and national level.

Mercer Medical Students Begin Journey


his is the time of year for graduation and commencements. Commencement in MerriamWebster's Dictionary means not only the ceremonies

or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas, but also a time of commencing, which means to begin a course or journey.

How fitting that as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates we also launch them into their chosen professions at our commencements. The journey ahead for graduates entering the health professions is filled with opportunity but also uncertainty and challenges. The United States is in great need of professionals in health care who are willing to focus on the needs of patients and communities and to work

to improve the health of this nation. The vital signs of the health care system in America are deteriorating and our graduates are the ones who will run the code when the system crashes. As Don Berwick, president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement emphasizes, people all over the world deserve better health care, and they should get it. We are depending on you as new members of your professions ­

Dr. Ann Connor Jobe Dean of the School of Medicine

medicine, family therapy and public health ­ to lead the improvements in how we deliver care to people and communities so that we can realize

Mercer Medical Faculty Awarded NIH Grants

By Nancy R. Fullbright

principal investigator, Seale, coinvestigators include John Boltri, M.D. (Medical Center of Central Georgia), Sylvia Shellenberger, Ph.D. (Medical Center of Central Georgia), John Higgins-Biddle, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut), J. Aaron Johnson, Ph.D. (University of Georgia), and Mary Velasquez, Ph.D. (University of Texas Medical School at Houston). Seale earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his internship and residency at the Medical College of Central Georgia. In the late '80s, Seale served as a fellow in the Faculty Development Program in Substance Abuse, the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute for Drug Abuse and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. I


wo members of Mercer's School of Medicine faculty

are on the cutting edge of health care research, and

they have grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to prove it.

Dr. James L. Thomas, assistant professor of pharmacology in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, recently received a $928,000 grant from NIH to examine a new target protein for the treatment of breast and prostate cancer ­ research that could lead to the development of better treatments for the cancers. This most recent grant from NIH is a continuation of Thomas's previouslyfunded research on the design of inhibitors specific to the form of enzyme found in tumors. Since 1985, he has been funded by NIH to study this steroid-metabolizing enzyme and has received more than $3.5 million for this particular research. "I have been studying the structural

difference of the enzyme found in tumors and that found in other tissues," said Thomas. "As a pharmacologist, I am using that structure to develop a rational drug design that can inhibit tumor growth." Thomas developed a strong interest in biomedical research during the summers of his high school and college years. After completing his degree in chemistry at Emory University, he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he obtained a Ph.D. in pharmacology with a minor in biochemistry. His postdoctoral work at Washington University School of Medicine focused on the study of steroid-metabolizing enzymes, where he specialized in the design and characterization of enzyme inhibitors. Thomas left Washington University in St. Louis in 2000 to join the faculty at Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Paul Seale, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and a physician at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, was awarded an NIH grant to train primary care faculty and medical residents in alcohol screening and intervention. The project, which will train 430 physicians in Georgia and Texas over the next two years, will build

on the successful pilot program conducted at the Family Health Center, a Medical Center of Central Georgia facility that serves as the primary training site for Mercer's family medicine residency program. "Research shows that if physicians can identify people with risky or dangerous levels of alcohol consumption, they can significantly impact their drinking behavior," said Seale, who is also a family physician at Macon's Family Health Center. "If this project is successful, it has the opportunity to have a multiplier effect as physicians take what they have learned into their practices and communities." Seale's research is important since alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The $596,267 grant will allow Seale and his team of investigators to use a combination of clinician training

and systems intervention to train faculty and residents to perform screening and brief intervention (SBI) techniques at eight primary care residency programs. The project will also test the ability of team-based learning activities to reinforce continued use of SBI behaviors. The performance sites include: Morehouse Family Practice Clinic (Atlanta, Ga.), Emory University Family Practice Clinic (Atlanta, Ga.), Rome Family Practice Center (Rome, Ga.), Columbus Family Practice Center (Columbus, Ga.), University of Texas Medical School at Houston Family Practice Residency (Houston, Texas), Baylor College of Medicine Family Practice Residency (Houston, Texas), Christus St. Joseph's Family Practice Program (Houston, Texas), and Memorial Family Practice Residency (Houston, Texas). In addition to the

Renowned Physician Speaks at Armour Lecture Series

By Nancy R. Fullbright


MUSM Board of Governors Chairman Speaks to Rotary Club ­ Dr. William Rawlings, chairman of the School of Medicine's

Board of Governors, recently spoke to the Forsyth-Monroe County Rotary Club about his experiences in publishing fiction. Pictured with Dr. Rawlings (third from left) are Mercer alumni Greg Tapley, CLA '90, Cheryl Treadwell, CLA '81, and O.J. Booker, CLA '77, administrator of the Monroe County Hospital.

ave you ever wondered why two siblings raised in the same family and under the same conditions can turn out so very differently? Or how emotional issues can factor into physical illness? Renowned researcher and physician Michael E. Kerr, M.D., director of the Washington, D.C.-based Georgetown Family Center, spoke on these and other topics at the Sixth Annual Armour Family Therapy Lecture Series held last May. Kerr, the co-author of Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory, received an undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.D. degree from Georgetown University. In addition to his duties with the Georgetown Family Center, he maintains a private practice in Washington, D.C., specializing in family psychotherapy to treat a full range of clinical problems. Kerr succeeded Murray Bowen as the director of the Georgetown Family Center in 1990. The mission of the

Center is to lead the development of Bowen family systems theory into a science of human behavior and to assist individuals, families, communities and organizations in solving major life problems through understanding and improving human relationships. Kerr gave three public lectures titled "Shifting from Individual to Systems Drs. Rollin and Mary Ann Armour pose at the Sixth Thinking," "Why Do Annual Armour Family Therapy Lecture Series. Siblings Often Turn Armour. Dr. Mary Ann Armour retired Out Very Differently?" and "Role of from Mercer in 1998 as associate Emotional Factors in Physical Illness." professor and co-director of the He also made a continuing education master's program in family therapy, presentation to alumni of the marriage which she founded at Mercer in and family therapy program. 1983. Dr. Rollin Armour, former dean The Armour Family Therapy of the College of Liberal Arts, retired Lecture Series was made possible by a in 1998 as a professor in the gift from retired faculty members Dr. Department of Christianity. I Mary Ann Armour and Dr. Rollin






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Jones on a Mission to Help Educate Georgia's Doctors

Charlie Jones is not a doctor, an educator or a Mercer alumnus. Truth be told, he's not even a Baptist. But he has a rich history with the School of Medicine and said Mercer will "always be close to my heart." What exactly kindled this relationship?

ones's love of learning began long before he ever stepped foot into the centuries-old, traditionsteeped academic halls of his alma mater, the University of Georgia. It was in a one-room schoolhouse in Thunder, Ga. where Doris Lawrence, Jones's first grade teacher, awakened in him the reward of learning. In fact, Lawrence had such a profound influence on Jones that he established a scholarship at the Mercer University School of Medicine in her honor more than 60 years after first meeting her. "This is usually a side of my life I don't ever discuss, because the joy is in making the gift," said Jones, who went on to become a real estate developer and chairman of his own business, Ocmulgee Fields, Inc. "I did it because of the need of a medical school and the need for doctors in underserved areas of this state." Like education, medically underserved areas of Georgia rile Jones's passion. Growing up in rural Upson County, he understood that the presence of Dr. corner ­ faculty, the medical community Grubbs, the town doctor, made all the and politicians," Jones remembered. difference in the world for area citizens. "Every time we visited a small town, I "I'll never forget how much we would study the phone book. There appreciated that man," recalled Jones. might be five veterinarians, three "His commitment to that community druggists and seven lawyers, but no was absolute." family doctors. I decided if I came back In addition to the Doris Lawrence to Georgia after I died, I wanted to come Scholarship, Jones has established the back as a cat because we took better Marion S. Whitehead Scholarship, the care of them than we do each other." Judy Jones Scholarship and the Charles Eventually, the School of Medicine H. Jones Scholarship ­ all for the was established in 1982 with an Medical School. But like his beloved entering class of 24 students. Jones, who "Doc Grubbs," his commitment to the was the first chairman of the School's Mercer community is absolute and has Board of Governors, remembers the a rich history. importance of the first students admitted, It was in the late 1960s that Jones particularly one. became interested in Mercer through "She drove back and forth, 57 miles friendships with then Director of one way, and had two children on top of Admissions Johnny Mitchell and former that," Jones said. "One thing we took into President Rufus Harris. He eventually consideration was became the first "My grandmother was a where these young non-alumnus and medical graduates non-Baptist to Baptist missionary, and she would practice serve on the Board once they finished. of Trustees. In the had a great sensitivity to the I can tell you early '70s, Jones needs of other people. I think where Jean Sumner was serving as still practices ­ chairman of the it was something she passed Wrightsville." Macon-Bibb on to her grandchildren." Jones underCounty Hospital stands what a Authority and as a medical school means to a community. member of the Medical School task He is a former member of the Georgia force. At the time, 25 percent of Georgia's Board of Regents and has served as 159 counties were without a physician. chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Jones, once described by President R. Industrial Authority, president of the Kirby Godsey as somewhere between preGreater Macon Chamber of Commerce occupied and obsessed with establishing and co-founder of NewTown Macon. a medical school, embarked on a His reputation even earned him the statewide tour to raise awareness about moniker "Community Unity" Jones. Georgia's dire need of family doctors and "The Medical School at Mercer to persuade legislators to allocate money would not and could not have come into for a private medical school. existence without the confidence and "We faced skepticism from every

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approval of Kirby Godsey. Those Charlie Jones stresses the importance of establishing were very rewarding years," scholarships to the recalled Jones. "It was the last attendees of the Mercer medical school to be founded in School of Medicine the 20th century, and we were Scholarship Luncheon determined to see it succeed." last spring. And succeed it did. More than 20 years later, 112 Georgia communities and 87 counties have a Mercer-educated physician. Sixty-five percent of the doctor of medicine graduates are practicing in Georgia, and more than 83 percent of those are practicing in federally designated medically underserved areas. That includes physicians like Crystal Brown, a 1990 graduate of the Mercer School of Medicine. Brown, who singlehandedly operates a family practice in Fort Valley, was the recipient of the Whitehead Scholarship. "Scholarships meant I was able to requested that all of his gifts be made graduate with less debt," Brown said. "It anonymously. While not currently enabled me to establish a private practice involved in the selection process, he in a rural community, and I am still wants to know the identities of the practicing in the same rural community scholarship recipients so he can track 15 years after finishing medical school. I their success. According to Jones, his am living Mercer's mission statement." interest in others may be hereditary. Jones, a private man with plenty of "My grandmother was a Baptist spunk, said he made gifts to the School missionary, and she had a great sensitivity of Medicine in order to help it comply to the needs of other people," Jones with its mission. Until he established the remembered. "I think it was something Doris Lawrence Scholarship in 1997, he she passed on to her grandchildren." I


Dr. Dennis W. Ashley, associate professor and chief of the Division of Trauma Surgery, was elected a member of the Southern Surgical Association in December. Membership is limited to 250 surgeons nationwide. Jane Bridges, clinical campus librarian, has been approved for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the "Distinguished" level. The AHIP is the Medical Library Association's peer-reviewed development and career recognition credentialing program. The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in the field of healthcare information. Dr. Rachel Brown, professor and interim chair in the Department of Psychiatry, participated in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Work Group on Quality Issues in Tampa, Fla., March 18-20. Dr. Bill Bysinger, associate professor of medical informatics, published an article entitled "How to Pay for Healthcare Reform" in the Oct. 22 issue of HealthLeaders News. Dr. Martin L. Dalton Jr., chair of the Department of Surgery, was elected first vice president of the Southern Surgical Association. He will serve on the governing body of the Southern Surgical Association and will introduce the president at the 2005 meeting. He also has been elected the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus by the Board of Directors of the University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association. Dr. Monique Davis-Smith, assistant



Mercer M.D.s Return to Macon for Alumni Weekend ­ Ed Montana, M.D. '89, enjoys a reception hosted by Alan

Justice, M.D. '88, and his wife, Denise, at their home in Macon during Alumni Weekend last March. Other events that weekend included an informal meet and greet with Dean Ann C. Jobe and a dinner and dance held at the City Club.

professor of family medicine, and Dr. J. Paul Seale, professor of family medicine, presented "Lifestyle Risk Factors in a Bi-Ethnic Urban Southeastern Population: Prevalence and Clinical Implications" at the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) 17th World Conference of Family Doctors in Orlando, Fla., last October. At the same conference, Seale presented "Alcohol Problems in Alaska Natives: Searching for Solutions." Seale, with Dr. Sylvia Shellenberger, professor of family medicine, and Dr. John M. Boltri, professor of family medicine, presented "Office Modifications to Improve Alcohol Screening and Intervention in Primary Care: Lessons from a U.S. Family Medicine Residency Clinic" at the WONCA conference. Seale and Shellenberger presented "Alcohol Problems in the Americas: Implications for Primary Care" at the conference. Seale, Davis-Smith and Shellenberger were co-presenters in a workshop, titled "The Cultural Genogram: A Tool to Educate Culturally Competent Physicians," at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs conference in WinstonSalem, N.C., April 7-9. Dr. M. Marie Dent, associate professor of community medicine; Monita Outland, instructor; and Mary Mathis, instructor, presented a paper titled "Community-Based Chronic Disease Management: Teaching Medical Students to Incorporate Community Into Care," at the 2005 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual meeting in New Orleans,

La., Apr. 30-May 3. They presented a poster on the same work at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs conference in Winston-Salem, N.C., April 7-9. Dent was given the 2004 Promising Medical Educator Scholar Award by the Southern Group on Educational Affairs. Dr. G.E. Alan Dever, professor of community medicine and associate vice president for health policy, co-authored "Abdominal Adiposity in U.S. Adults: Prevalence and Trends, 1960-2000," in the July issue of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Fred Girton, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Curators for the American Academy of Family Physicians. Girton was nominated as a curator by the Georgia Association of Family Physicians for his "background and knowledge of the discipline of family medicine." Dr. Dona Harris, professor of family medicine and associate dean for faculty development, received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Recognition Award in May at the 38th annual STFM conference in New Orleans, La. Dr. Robert Hash, associate professor of family medicine and assistant dean of academic affairs, was inaugurated as the president of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Nov. 11. Dr. Alice House, assistant professor of family medicine, has been elected and resumed duties as the vice president of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. She presented a case discussion on urinary incontinence at the Annual Scientific

Assembly of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians in November. She was named Certified Medical Director (CMD) in Long Term Care by the board of the American Medical Directors Certification Program. House is one of 80 physicians who completed the CMD requirements and was certified at the Dec. 2004 meeting. Dr. Erskine James, assistant professor of internal medicine and cardiology, and Dr. Candi NoblesJames, assistant professor of medicine/ endocrinology, recently co-authored "Prevention of Cardiovascular Complications of Diabetes Mellitus by Aspirin" in Cardiovascular Drug Reviews, Vol. 22, Issue 3. James also co-authored "Intracoronary Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography in a Patient with Drug Refractory Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy Revealing Extensive Myocardium at Risk for Infarction with Alcohol Septal Ablation" in Invasive Cardiology, Vol. 16, Issue 9. Dr. Ann Jobe, dean; Cheryl Robinson, community health systems

developer; and Dr. Patrick Roche, associate professor and clerkship director for family medicine, recently presented "Mercer Engaging Community and Health" at the Civic Engagement Colloquium held at the Mercer Medical School Auditorium. Dr. Harold Katner, professor of internal medicine, received a congressional commendation for his efforts in fighting the AIDS epidemic in middle Georgia. The commendation was read into the Congressional Record on July 22, 2004, and a ceremony was held on Aug. 20. There was also a resolution from the Bibb County Board of Commissioners congratulating Katner and the mayor's office declared Aug. 20 as "Dr. Harold Katner Day." Katner; Dr. Don Robinson, assistant professor of internal medicine; and Mahi Ashwath, former internal medicine resident, published "A Presumptive Case of Toxocariasis Associated with Eosinophilic Pleural Effusion: Case Report and Literature Review" in the American Continued on Page 11 ...





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Board for Physician Workforce defined needs, which include primary care, general surgery, emergency medicine and psychiatry. Members of the Class of 2005 have residency positions in eight different states, with 84 percent staying in the Southeast. Forty-three percent are staying in Georgia for their training, and 24 percent are remaining at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and Memorial Health University Medical Center ­ Mercer's two teaching hospitals. Prior to entering a residency, students must complete four years of medical education. Following graduation, they enter residencies, lasting three to five years, depending on the area of practice. Between 65 and 70 percent of Mercer's graduates practice in Georgia after completing their residency program, with additional graduates returning after fulfilling military obligations. Health University Medical Center, Ga., Medicine Obstetrics-Gynecology Jonathan Lynch ­ Self Regional Jacob Feagans ­ Tulane University Healthcare, S.C., Family Practice School of Medicine, La., Internal Kendra Lynch ­ Self Regional Medicine Healthcare, S.C., Family Practice John Fennessy ­ Atlanta Medical Janelle Mahdi-Trammell ­ Center, Ga., Orthopaedic Surgery Medical Center of Central Georgia, Patricia Fennessy ­ Atlanta Medical Internal Medicine Center, Ga., Obstetrics-Gynecology Shaun McGuinn ­ Vanderbilt John Fortney ­ Baptist Health University Medical Center, Tenn., System, Ala., Transitional; Medical Obstetrics-Gynecology University of South Carolina, Radiation-Oncology "Match Day was more than just Thomas Gary ­ finding out where we would go for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare, S.C., Family residency. It was on this special day that Practice Robert Gatliff ­ our dreams ceased being just dreams Memorial Health University and actually became a reality." Medical Center, Ga., General Surgery Brandy Gheesling ­ Medical Jason Moore ­ University of College of Georgia, Pediatrics Tennessee COM, Surgery-Preliminary Kelly Godby ­ University of Alabama Drew Moorman ­ Baystate Medical Medical Center, Internal Medicine Center, Mass., Pediatrics Mary Goodwin ­ Abington Memorial Hugh Parker ­ Memorial Health Hospital, Penn., General Surgery University Medical Center, Ga., Internal Carliss Graham ­ University of Medicine Tennessee COM, Surgery-Preliminary George Petro ­ Greenville Hospital Rebecca Grau ­ Palmetto Health System, S.C., Medicine-Pediatrics Richland, S.C., Pediatrics Steven Powell ­ Dartmouth-HitchDonna Graves ­ St. Louis University cock Medical Center, N.H., Psychiatry School of Medicine, Mo., MedicineAllison Ranck ­ Greenville Hospital Preliminary/Neurology System, S.C., Pediatrics Miller Hamrick ­ Memorial Jacob Schwartz ­ Memorial Health Health University Medical Center, Ga., University Medical Center, Ga., Internal General Surgery Medicine William Hardy ­ Medical Center of Alice Smith ­ Atlanta Medical Central Georgia, Internal Medicine Center, Ga., Internal Medicine Benjamin Holland ­ University of Anna Smith ­ Baptist Health System, Virginia, Internal Medicine Ala., Radiology-Diagnostic Kevin Holloway ­ Medical Center Hugh Thompson ­ Medical of Central Georgia, Internal Medicine University of South Carolina, Internal Michael Kizziah ­ Medical Medicine University of South Carolina, MedicineJanica Walden ­ Memorial Health Preliminary; Medical University of South University Medical Center, Ga., MedicineCarolina, Radiology-Diagnostic Preliminary; Memorial Health University Medical Center, Ga., RadiologyByung Koo ­ Emory University School of Medicine, Ga., SurgeryDiagnostic Preliminary Jill Waters ­ Medical Center of Deepak Kumar ­ Mayo Graduate Central Georgia, Pediatrics School of Medicine, Fla., Internal Eveline Wu ­ Vanderbilt University Medicine Medicine, Tenn., Pediatrics Mark Lee ­ University of Florida Paul Young ­ Children's National HSC, Emergency Medicine Medical Center (CNMC), D.C., Amy Lucas ­ Emory University Pediatrics; Howard University, School of Medicine, Ga., Internal Community Health I

Match Day Lines Up Newest Graduates with Residencies


ercer School of Medicine students from Macon and Savannah participated in a tradition that more than 23,000 medical students across the nation

share. At noon on Thursday, March 17, the School began its annual Match Day, a program in which fourth-year students learn which residency programs they will enter following graduation.

Students from the School of Medicine's Savannah campus traveled to Macon to learn their match results. Dr. Crystal Bailey, who received her doctor of medicine degree in May, said Match Day was an exciting time for everyone involved. "We all worked very hard for the last four years at Mercer. On Match Day, we finally found out where we would begin

programs according to their stated preferences, processes information entered by both students and residency programs. While students enter their desired residency programs in order of preference, residency program directors also submit their preferences for students. The computer program uses an algorithm to automatically link students with the program they most want.


Lydia Adams ­ Northeast Medical Center, N.C., Family Practice Christopher Allen ­ Case Western/ University Hospital, Ohio, Internal Medicine Aman Amin ­ Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, N.C., Internal Medicine Crystal Bailey ­ Spartanburg Regional Healthcare, S.C., Family Practice Scott Batchelor ­ Emory University School of Medicine, Ga., Pediatrics Christine Berenguer ­ Memorial Health University Medical Center, Ga., General Surgery Angel Boev ­ University of Rochester/ Strong Memorial, N.Y., Surgery-Preliminary, Neurological Surgery Christopher Bowers ­ Memorial Health University Medical Center, Ga., Pediatrics Ryan Bozof ­ University of Alabama Medical Center, Internal Medicine Anna Bramwell ­ Emory University School of Medicine, Ga., Pediatrics Christopher Cawley ­ Medical Center of Central Georgia, Pediatrics Kathryn Crosby ­ Baptist Health System, Ala., Transitional; University of Alabama Medical Center, Anesthesiology Marie Easterlin ­ Memorial

Crystal Bailey, above, who received her doctor of medicine degree from Mercer in May, talks with local media about Match Day 2005. Jonathan Lynch, who received his doctor of medicine degree from Mercer in May, learns he will conduct his residency training in family practice at Self Regional Healthcare in South Carolina.

our careers as physicians," said Bailey, who hails from Young Harris, Ga., and plans to eventually return to north Georgia to practice medicine. "Match Day was more than just finding out where we would go for residency. It was on this special day that our dreams ceased being just dreams and actually became a reality." The National Resident Matching Program, a computerized process that matches students and residency

No student can be matched to a program he or she did not rank. Approximately 67 percent of Mercer University School of Medicine's Class of 2005 will focus their residency training on primary care, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. This represents a 29 percent increase over the Class of 2004. Out of the 53 students who learned their residency matches on March 17, 78 percent meet the Georgia




Linda I. Walden, M.D., was named the 2005 Practitioner of the Year by the National Medical Association, and also received the President's Award. The Griffin Jordan Medical Society of Southwest Georgia, of which she is president and founder, received the Local Medical Society of the Year Award from the National Medical Association. Walden also received the National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service in South Georgia and North Florida, and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Albany, Ga.




their brother, Evan. The family resides in Austell, where Tony is employed at Cobb Surgical Associates.

Julie Coffman Barnes, M.D., F.A.C.P., an internist practicing in Rome, Ga., has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the society of internists. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of adult medical care.


Matthew W. Norman, M.D., and his wife, English, announce the birth of their first child, Weldon Reese, on March 13. The family resides in Atlanta, where Matthew is employed by Atlanta Psychiatry.

Marriages & Births


William A. "Tony" Griffith, M.D., and his wife, Laurie, announce the birth of twins, Nicholas Albert and Alex Katherine, on Dec. 26, 2003. They join

Legislative Leaders Pay Visit to School of Medicine ­

State Representatives toured the School of Medicine last May as part of a statewide effort to focus on rural health care issues in the state of Georgia. From left to right, Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem), Rep. Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons), Rep. Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla), Rep. Allen Freeman (R-Macon), Mercer President R. Kirby Godsey, Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) and Rep. Jim Cole (R-Forsyth) posed for a photo in the Medical School auditorium.

In Sympathy


Mark W. Wiggins, M.D., of Douglas, died April 26.






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Mercer Medical Alumni Are the Greatest

By Jay McLendon, M.D. '91

Honoring Student Scholars ­

University School of Medicine, it has been my pleasure to meet and greet many young doctors from our school.

During the Cherry Blossom Festival, we had a very successful alumni weekend which included the Match Day golf tournament, a reception at Alan Justice's home and a dinner at Macon City Club. Many graduates were in attendance to celebrate 20 years of Mercer's Medical School. Our graduates can be proud of their

Jay McLendon, President, Alumni Association, School of Medicine


s president of the Alumni Association of Mercer

continued service to underserved areas of Georgia and many surrounding states. Under the leadership of Dr. Ann Jobe, our school has flourished. We now have a very active teaching site in Savannah as well as a new nurse anesthetist program. Through

community service rotations, hundreds of private doctors around the state are involved in training the next generation of providers. Active research at Mercer School of Medicine continues to make advances in medicine. Reflective of our progressive efforts at Mercer, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mercer School of Medicine 17th in family medicine among the nation's 126 accredited medical schools. As another class graduates and enters their internships and residencies, we welcome them into our ever-expanding group of providers. I hope and also charge all alumni to become more active in medicine, in life and in the Medical School. Your support is vital to our long term health and the future. I hope you become involved both personally and financially with your school. See you at our next alumni meeting. I

Medical students Nisha Patel of Martinez, Ga., and Trey Keadle of Gray, Ga., pose with Doris Williams at the School of Medicine's Scholarship Luncheon last spring. Patel and Keadle are both recipients of the Doris K. Williams Scholarship.


... Continued from Page 9 Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Dec. 2004. Ashwath and Katner also published "Pancreatic Abscess Secondary to Alcaligenes Faecalis" in American Journal of Medical Science. Jan LaBeause, director of the Medical Library and Peyton T. Anderson Learning Resources Center, presented a paper entitled "Upping the Ante: Promoting Faculty Appointment and Advancement for Academic Health Sciences Librarians" at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Biloxi, Miss. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Dona Harris, associate dean for faculty development, and Dr. Linda Adkison, professor of basic medical science. LaBeause also was elected chair of the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries, a professional organization composed of biomedical library directors from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. She was moderator and co-presenter of a panel discussion entitled "Open Access Publishing: Changing Scholarly Communication and Libraries" at the annual meeting of the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association, March 1719 at the University of Georgia. Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor of psychiatry, neurology and radiology, and Dr. Samuel D. Shillcutt, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, received a $99,500 investigatorinitiated grant entitled "Evaluation of Aripiprazole for Apathy and Other Frontal Behavioral Conditions" from Bristol-Myers Squibb to study aripiprazole for behavioral disorders in dementia. In addition, Lauterbach made the following presentations: "Treating Alzheimer's Disease"; "Posttraumatic Mania: Incidence, Prevalence, and Risk Factors" and "The Neuroanatomy and Neuropharmacology of Pseudobulbar Affect"; the research posters "NPI Behavioral Disorder Frequencies Are Similar in DSM-IV-TR and NINCDSADRDA Severe Alzheimer's Disease in a Dementia Facility Population" and "Assessment of Apathy and Depression Prevalence in DSM-IV-TR and NINCDSADRDA Alzheimer's Disease at a Dementia Nursing Facility" (in collaboration with Shillcutt and secondyear student Aderonke Oguntoye); "Neuropsychiatric Aspects of



Neurodegenerative Disease" at Mayo Clinic Neurology & Neurosurgery Grand Rounds; "Posttraumatic Mania: Incidence, Prevalence, and Risk Factors" and "The Neuroanatomy and Neuropharmacology of Pseudobulbar Affect"; "Caregiver Distress Behavioral Correlates in Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia" and "Depression Correlates with Left Nigrostriatopallidal Circuit Focal Lesions" at the 158th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (along with co-presenters Dr. Tom Hope, chief of the Division of Neurology, and Dr. William F. Bina, chair of community medicine); and "Mood Disorder Lesion Correlates After Cerebellar Stroke" at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry in Atlanta (along with copresenters Bina and Dr. Kerry Coburn, professor of psychiatry). In addition to meetings and conferences where he presented, Lauterbach also attended the Ninth International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders as a delegate in New Orleans, La., and the 16th Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA) in Miami. Lauterbach, the chair of the ANPA Committee on Research for since 1999, attended the meeting of the ANPA Advisory Committee and chaired the ANPA Committee on Research Annual Report "Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury." Lauterbach co-authored and published the following: "Correlates of Generalized Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Dystonia and Parkinson Disease" in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology; "Differential DSM-III Psychiatric Disorder Prevalence Profiles in Dystonia and Parkinson Disease" in Journal of Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neuroscience; a poster titled "Effects of confinement on in vitro immune reactions and its endocrine regulation" for the Mercer University Health Sciences Research Conference, and a review article entitled "The Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders" in the December 2004 issue of the journal Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Dr. Hal Muecke, assistant professor of internal medicine, was awarded Physician Assistant of the Year for 2004 by The Emory University Physician Assistant Program on Dec. 9. Dr. A. Aziz A. Salama, professor emeritus of psychiatry, attended the

annual meeting of the American Egyptian Scholars in Cairo, Egypt (Toshka 2005: Mental Health Issues in The New Community), Jan. 2-9. Salama also attended the annual meeting of the Islamic Medical Association of North America in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and presented the paper "Multiple Personality Disorder," Jan. 23-30. Dr. J. Paul Seale, professor of family medicine, Dr. Sylvia Shellenberger, professor of family medicine, and Dr. John M. Boltri, professor of family medicine, and Barbara Barton, research analyst I, presented a poster entitled "Effects of Screening and Brief Intervention Training on Clinician Alcohol Intervention Behaviors" at the 32nd Annual Meeting, North American Primary Care Research Group in Orlando, Fla. Seale also presented a poster entitled "Problems Associated with Native American Binge Drinking" at the 12th World Congress on Biomedical Alcohol Research, sponsored by the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism in Germany Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Dr. Mike Smith, professor of medical education and director of AIDS education and research, presented a paper entitled "Academic Faculty Competencies: A Tool for Identifying and Addressing Role-Specific Skills" at the annual meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges in Boston, Mass., last November. He coauthored "Knowing, Believing, and Understanding: What Goals for Science Education?" which was published in Vol. 13 of Science & Education. Smith and Dr. Randy S. Devereaux, clinical instructor, presented "Rural vs. Suburban Teen Understandings of Mixed Messages" at the Fourth National Conference of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Bloomington, Ind., April 7-9. Dr. Melton Strozier, director of behavioral science and associate professor of psychiatry, published an article titled "The Psychologist as the Parent of a Special Child: Things I've Continued to Learn," in the Spring 2005 issue of Georgia Psychologist. Strozier, Dr. Rachel Brown, professor; Martha Fennell, instructor; and Jane Hardee, instructor, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, along with Dr. Robert Vogel of Georgia Southern University, published an article titled

Joy Rankin, right, of Buena Vista, Ga., is the recipient of a scholarship established by Marion Hatcher, left. Both were recognized at the School's scholarship luncheon.

"Experiences of Mandated Reporting Among Family Therapists" in the June issue of Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal. The group also published an article titled "Experiences of Mandated Reporting Among Family Therapists: A Qualitative Analysis" in the same journal. Strozier was appointed director of behavioral science, and spearheaded a grant proposal to integrate the teaching of behavioral and social sciences within the Medical School curriculum. Dr. James Thomas, assistant professor of pharmacology, with second-year student Elizabeth Boswell, published an article titled "Identification of Key Amino Acids Responsible for the Substantially Higher Affinities of Human Type 1 3beta-hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase/ isomerase (3beta-HSD1) for Substrates, Coenzymes and Inhibitors Relative to Human 3beta-HSD2" in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The article establishes this enzyme as new target protein for the treatment of breast and prostate cancer and identifies how to selectively inhibit the enzyme activity to block estradiol and testosterone production in hormone-sensitive tumors. Dr. Tina L. Thompson, associate professor of basic medical sciences, and thirdyear student Matt E. Certain, published a paper titled "Estrogen mediated inhibition of dopamine transport in the striatum: Regulation by G alphai/o" in the European Journal of Pharmacology. Thompson and second-year Medical student Gilmore MacGregor had an abstract titled "Effects of sex and D2autoreceptor inhibition on dopamine uptake kinetics in periadolescent rats" accepted for presentation at the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual meeting, Austin, Tex., in June. Dr. Brian W. Tobin, professor and chair of the division of basic medical sciences and professor of nutrition, biochemistry and pediatrics, has been appointed vice president of the American College of Nutrition. He was appointed to the Steering Committee of the

Georgia Collaborative Task Force for the Prevention of Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases. Tobin; Dr. Ronald Garner, associate professor of microbiology; Dr. Peter Uchakin, assistant professor of internal medicine; and Corie Noble, a second-year student at the School of Medicine, co-authored a paper entitled "Effects of Microgravity on Insulin Gene Expression in Pancreatic Islets of Langerhans." Noble presented the research at the 2005 Bioastronautics Investigators Workshop of NASA and the USRA in Galveston, Tex., in January. Tobin also chaired the experimental biology 2005 workshop titled "An EvidenceBased Approach to Medical Nutrition Education." This interdisciplinary workshop was hosted by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, at their annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., April 2. The four-hour medical nutrition workshop was co-sponsored by National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Nutrition Academic Award Program and the Nutrition in Medicine Program and featured internationallyrecognized medical educators from 15 U.S. medical schools. Dr. Joseph M. Van De Water, professor of surgery and clinical research director, has been appointed as the program coordinator for the Nurse Anesthesia Program being developed by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in affiliation with Mercer University's School of Medicine. As program coordinator, he will help maintain academic and curriculum oversight for Mercer University, as well as teach in the didactic arena. Dr. Mojun Zhao, a postdoctoral fellow, and Frederick Flynt, a fourth-year Medical student working in the laboratory of Dr. Janet Piskurich in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, presented a poster entitled "Multiple myeloma cells up-regulate MHC Class II Transactivator (CIITA) expression in response to IFN-gamma," at the 2005 Georgia Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians, held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah on March 12. I





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I began to wonder how the voices of those of us who are nurses will be heard in the future. Will we help others find their voices in the manner that Miss Dana Hudson, former director of both the School of Nursing and the nursing staff of Georgia Baptist Hospital, did for so many students enrolled at Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s? Without fail, at every alumni day event several School of Nursing graduates comment about the influence of Miss Hudson upon their lives ­ some influences were negative ­ but, most graduates provide vivid narratives of the positive and farreaching impact of Miss Hudson. Patsy Kelley Nesbitt, a 1945 graduate of our School of Nursing, died recently. Upon her death, her granddaughter (who is a medical school student in Michigan) contacted us and shared how much the School of Nursing had influenced the life of her grandmother. Furthermore, she sent us a copy of the autobiography written by her grandmother. In this autobiography, the voice of Patsy Nesbitt speaks very honestly about her adventures as a nursing student in our diploma school. In the acknowledgements section, Patsy thanked Dana Hudson with this comment: "To Miss Hudson, who wouldn't let me quit while in training." I am not sure how Miss Hudson would feel about the description Patsy gave of in her autobiography. However, this is an example of how our voice extends through the decades and centuries. Patsy noted: The supervisor of nurses, Dana Hudson, met us and walked through the floors with us. Miss Hudson was at least 6 feet tall and looked for all the world as if she should be milking cows, not supervising nurses. She was an excellent supervisor and I grew to admire, if not adore Her. It bears noting that Patsy used a capital H to begin the word "her" in delineating the magnetism of Miss Hudson. Furthermore, Patsy stated Miss Hudson "scared the be-jeebers out of me once a week for three years. Once when I felt defeated or overwhelmed by life, I went to her to tell her I was leaving. She refused to let me quit." Most of us possess a deep-felt longing to live a life of greatness, a life of significance, a life of real contribution. We dream that our voice will be heard and venerated for many years after our death. Leaving a legacy can become a reality if we employ our voices to encourage both expert and novice nurses to remain in our profession, if we articulate a passion for our profession rather than disillusionment, if we project a voice of reason and caring, and, if we utilize our voice to empower others in their search for their own voices. Assuming that you will be described in the autobiography of one of your friends or classmates, what voice will you project into the next year, decade and century? I

Finding Your Voice

By Susan Sweat Gunby, R.N., Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing


f one of your friends or classmates wrote a book about their life and the persons with whom they had shared experiences, what would they write about you if they told the truth? Would

you be described as intelligent, competent, caring, compassionate, affirming of others, honest, civil in relations with others and trustworthy? Or would the comments be less than complimentary?

Recently, I received a copy of the through the use of narratives or autobiography of one of our 1945 storytelling. Another publication that graduates. In this book, Patsy Kelley stimulated my thinking about "finding Nesbitt described two of her our voices" was The Healing Art of Storytelling by Richard Stone. roommates in nursing school and According to Stone, "Telling a story, noted that one of them had "not too many brains ­ but a lot of chutzpah." especially about ourselves, may be one of the most personal and intimate things This made me wonder how I would be described by my classmates. I will we can do. Through storytelling we can come back to Patsy Nesbitt's story of come to know who we are in new and her life and her recollections of the unforeseen ways." Furthermore, Stone noted that the voices of her friends and teachers. But very act of sharing our voices with first allow me to clarify the concept of another human being contradicts the "finding our voice." extreme isolation that characterizes so Other books which stirred my many of our lives. Stone lamented that interest in how we can discover our voice included a 2004 there is so much in book authored by today's world that Leaving a legacy can Stephen Covey entitled mitigates against become a reality if we finding our voices The Eighth Habit. through the use of This inspiring employ our voices to storytelling. Consider publication encourage both expert and the fact we are complements his surrounded by extremely successful novice nurses to remain technology that book on the seven in our profession. promises to give us habits of highly more time to spend effective people. on other pieces of technology. Many According to Covey, the eighth habit is individuals have become addicted to the to "Find Your Voice and Inspire Others rapid pace of existence and would to Find Theirs." experience symptoms of withdrawal if The voice that we project does not subjected to too much quietness. The have to be verbalized so that others average person does not have the hear it in an audible manner ­ instead patience to listen to their own voice in our voice is often vividly portrayed the form of a narrative ­ much less to through our actions and reactions; listen to the stories of others. passions and joys; accomplishments; Richard Stone eloquently writes that professions, vocations and avocations; "We no longer gather near a central non-verbal relationships with others; fire. The bright lights we now assemble choice of friends; intuitions and instincts; and, our bodily states of being. around are different from the roaring blazes of another age." Our voice may be powerful enough to For me personally, this metaphor make us ill or our voice may lead us to health and wholeness. Additionally, our of not gathering near a central fire voice may affect the mind, body and evoked resounding memories of the spirit of others. large numbers of family and friends One way of finding our voice is who regularly gathered around the

Dr. Susan Sweat Gunby, Dean of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

fireplaces in both of my grandparents' homes. I recollect many days and evenings spent listening to the rich narratives told as we sat around those fires. It seemed we were deeply engaged with what others were truly saying both verbally and nonverbally. Some stories were told and retold numerous times and we sensed that these narratives had great significance in the lives of the story teller. Today, a television, CD/radio headset or computer screen for each family member allows, as Stone says, the ultimate freedom for each person to privately design and construct their own solitary world of entertainment. But what genre of voices are we constructing as we engage in these solitary pursuits? Will these voices be able to communicate with and function within the world-atlarge? Can the voices learned from a solitary world become caring, supportive, kind, civil, passionate and honest?

Students Inducted Into Honor Society

By Nancy R. Fullbright

Nearly three dozen students at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University were recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, the first and only honor society of nursing.

Celebrating the Pinnacle of Nursing Education

Nursing student Matilda Unger, a nominee for the prestigious Griffin B. Bell Award for Community Service, is pinned by Jill Ray at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing's annual pinning ceremony.


The pin awarded by Georgia Baptist College of Nursing recognizes nursing excellence and dedication, as well as successful completion of the nursing program.

embership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. "Georgia Baptist College of Nursing is pleased to be able to recognize these students for their outstanding scholastic achievements," said Dean Susan S. Gunby. At the induction ceremony, Georgia Baptist professors Helen Hodges, R.N., Ph.D.; Ann Keeley, R.N., M.N., A.P.R.N., B.C.; and Patricia Troyan, R.N., Ed.D., were also honored with the Pi Gamma Research Grant for their project "The Nature of Professional Resilience." The following nursing students and community leaders were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau:

Kelly Ainsley Beach, Cumming, Ga. Greta Lucinda Brinkley, Lithonia, Ga. Tonya La'Trice Brown, Atlanta, Ga.

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Heather Brooks Burson, Smyrna, Ga. Jackellyne Calderon, Lilburn, Ga. Linda Evangeline Clark, Fayetteville, Ga. Christine N. Clawson, Atlanta, Ga. Sarah Elizabeth Corbridge, Lilburn, Ga. Elizabeth Ann Gantt, Marietta, Ga. Leslie Marie Garrett, Decatur, Ga. Valerie Helene Garrett, Dallas, Ga. Courtney Nicole Gemmette, Columbus, Ga. Jacobie Ayundah Hollis, Stone Mountain, Ga. Mary Margaret Hudgins, Grayson, Ga. Margaret L. Hudock, Roswell, Ga. Sharon Taylor Johnson, Acworth, Ga. Erin Ann Johnston, Marietta, Ga. Elizabeth L. Kenney, Fayetteville, Ga. Laurie Barnes Kiernicki, Decatur, Ga. Bridget Chen Lau, Norcross, Ga. Heather Nicole Lehnherr, Jackson, Ga. Heidi LeeAnn McClure, Loganville, Ga. Kristin Rae McCravy, Douglasville, Ga. Verushcka G. Moya, Duluth, Ga. Anneka Michelle Mussell, Fairburn, Ga. Aja Ryan Reece, Evans, Ga. Rebecca Revelette, Atlanta, Ga. Morgan Olivia Snipes, Covington, Ga. Angela Lacher Thomas, McDonough, Ga. Chandilia Yvette Tutt,

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Jonesboro, Ga. Elizabeth Matilda Unger, Stone Mountain, Ga. Kristen Vandenberg, Atlanta, Ga. Dana Leigh Vann, Hiram, Ga. Sheri S. Webster, Duluth, Ga. Founded in 1922 by six students at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, the Sigma Theta Tau International organization seeks to create a global community of nurses who lead by scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of all people. Today, Sigma Theta Tau boasts an active membership of more than 120,000, with 406 chapters in more than 90 countries and territories. The founding of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University in 1902 was born out of a vision to establish a Baptist institution for the training of "Christian nurses" to "heal the needy sick." More than 100 years later, some 6,000 women and men have graduated from the College of Nursing, now part of one of the largest Baptist universities in the world since its 2001 merger with Mercer. The College requires students to undergo a unique three-year clinical sequence and offers clinical experiences in more than 40 of the Atlanta area's most recognized healthcare agencies. I






Students Receive Statewide, National Scholarships

clearly-defined nursing career goals. "The judges felt that Tonya's College of Nursing exceptional commitment to academic excellence, community service, culturallystudents were recently sensitive patient care, and increased opportunities for under-represented honored by state and minorities in the nursing profession national organizations with clearly stood out from the crowd," said Pam Chwedyk, senior editor and scholarships to continue their editorial manager for Minority Nurse, published by Career Recruitment Media. nursing education. Brown ­ a self-described "nontraditional student returning to college" Tonya L. Brown was selected from ­ is a single mother of five children who approximately 40 applicants to receive a managed to maintain a 3.5 grade point $1,000 scholarship from Minority Nurse average while at Georgia Baptist College magazine. Brown, who graduated in of Nursing. She has also held leadership spring 2005 with a bachelor's of science positions on campus, including student ambassador, junior "Part of being a contributing class representative to the member of society means working Honor Council, and Student actively to give back to organizations Grievance Committee alternate. She is active in the Culturally that support our communities." Diverse Student Nurse Organization and the Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students. degree in nursing, was one of four Brown is also a national leader for students selected by the editors of nursing students in her elected role as Minority Nurse and its editorial advisory director of Breakthrough to Nursing, a board for the scholarship based on program of the National Student Nurses' academic excellence, financial need, Association (NSNA) that was established participation in community service and

By Nancy R. Fullbright


everal Georgia Baptist

Alumni Necessary for Tomorrow's Nurses

Catherine H. Ivory, B.S.N. '96


reetings from the Alumni Board of Directors for the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University! I am honored to serve as your president this year and to be the first College of Nursing graduate to do so. Every year at Alumni Day, I am humbled by the stories told by our sister ­ they were all female then ­ graduates of the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing who worked together, lived together and went to school together (sometimes conspiring together) as they achieved the goal of a Georgia Baptist nursing diploma. They have such great stories to tell. For those of us who are College of Nursing graduates, the challenges were different: commuting, spouses, children, jobs and the most important challenge, meeting the increased cost

Catherine H. Ivory President, Alumni Association Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

of the excellent nursing education our College of Nursing provides. I am sure you have heard about the nursing shortage and the need for quality nursing faculty and education. As has been the case since Georgia Baptist was founded more than 100 years ago, the faculty and education at


Marriages & Births


Laura Marie Lowman Dyal, BSN, and her husband, John, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Marie Dyal, on Sept. 15, 2004. The family currently resides in Acworth.




Dorothy Olive Noble Slaughter, of Bushnell, Fla., died May 22, 2001. Robbie Foster, of Roswell, died Feb. 27.

to recruit more students from underrepresented minority populations into the nursing profession. She also serves on the national board of directors for the NSNA. "I believe that part of being a contributing member of society means working actively to give back to organizations that support our communities," said Brown, who also Olivia Kemp of Fairburn, Ga., and Stephanie Hodgson volunteers with Atlanta's of Duluth, Ga., received the Judy Wilson Memorial Hosea Feed the Hungry Scholarship, an award designed to assist a student pursuing and Homeless a nursing degree. organization and is a registered blood and proved to be so outstanding that they blood products donor with the American received scholarships from the National Red Cross. In the future, she plans to Kidney Foundation of Georgia, despite "give back to the profession" by the fact that the inaugural award was becoming a nurse educator. designed for only one student annually. To receive the scholarship, Brown Sophomore Olivia Kemp of Fairburn, had to be a member of a racial or ethnic Ga., and Junior Stephanie Hodgson of minority group, be completing an Duluth, Ga., received the Judy Wilson accredited BSN program, have at least a Memorial Scholarship, an award 3.0 grade point average, and be a U.S. designed to assist a student pursuing a citizen or permanent resident. nursing degree and named after a Two Georgia Baptist students both Georgia Baptist alumna. "This is the first time ever we've given this scholarship," said Tracy Jenny, director of patient services for the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia. this institution are excellent but the cost "Both students were so exceptional, we to obtain a degree has risen sharply. made a decision to extend the What does this mean for you? It means scholarship to both of them." that it is time to give back to Georgia To receive the scholarship, both Baptist so that scholarships will be Kemp and Hodgson had to be enrolled available for deserving students. The in a nursing degree program and College of Nursing has lost wellparticipate as a volunteer in Camp qualified potential students to other Independence, a week-long summer schools because those schools had camp experience for children and scholarship resources to offer which adolescents with kidney disease or Georgia Baptist could not match. As kidney, heart, liver and lung transplants. members of the alumni association, this Hodgson, who is seeking a bachelor's is something we can help to change. of science degree in nursing, has worked Please consider giving, or at the camp the past two summers. increasing your gift, to your institution. When you get that letter in the mail or that phone call, say yes. Let us all make sure that intelligent, caring women and men who desire what I consider to be the best nursing education will have the means to attend. Our profession deserves the best and that remains Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of I Thirty Georgia Baptist College of Mercer University. I Nursing students were among the 3,300 attendees at the 53rd National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) annual convention held in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 6-10, 2005. Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students faculty advisers, 1957 Dr. Dare Domico and Jill Ray, and Dot Blackwell, of Trussville, Ala., Culturally Diverse Student died Sept. 23, 2004. Organization faculty advisor, Grace C. Lewis, attended the convention 1963 with the students. Patricia O'Neal, of Tucker, died

Jan. 14.


Tonya Brown, of Atlanta, received a scholarship from Minority Nurse magazine in recognition of her scholastic and leadership abilities.

"Although I have a passion for geriatric nursing, I never realized that working with sick children was an option until I began volunteering at Camp Independence," she said. "The scholarship has made an amazing difference to me in terms of buying textbooks and my student loan." Kemp, an R.N. to B.S.N. student, agreed that the scholarship is making a difference to her education. She said she became particularly interested in the work of the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia after her brother was diagnosed with kidney disease. "I first started volunteering with the camp in high school when my brother had to have a kidney transplant," she recalled. "Working with the camp made me want to go into nursing. I am thankful for this scholarship ­ every bit helps when you're in nursing school." The National Kidney Foundation of Georgia is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and family members affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. I

Nursing College and Students in National Spotlight By Denise Cook


At the convention, four GBCN students accepted the national award for the "Most Creative Breakthrough to Nursing Recruitment Project" for the college: Chennel Key of Decatur, Ga., Alissa Nelson of Lawrenceville, Ga., Anna Nguyen of Marietta, Ga., and Shayla Campbell of Atlanta, Ga., officers and members of the 2005 Breakthrough to Nursing/ Culturally Diverse Student Organization Committee. In 2004-2005, three GBCN students have served or are serving as officers and national leaders within the NSNA: Tonya Brown, a resident of Atlanta, Ga., served the past year as Breakthrough to Nursing Director, Hilary Wright, a resident of Stone Mountain, Ga., is president of the Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students chapter of NSNA, and Mattie Unger, a resident of Stone Mountain, Ga., served on the 2005 Resolutions Committee during the NSNA convention.

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Atta Lee Hudson, of Grayson, died April 22.


Kimberly Rae Lambert Bowers, of Florida died March 19, 2003.

In Sympathy


Frances Walker, of Albany, died Feb. 3.


Barbara L. Simmons, of Lexington, Ky., died March 24.


Peggy Allen Kent, of Woodstock, died Oct. 25, 2004.


Vivian O'Brien, of Gulfport, Miss., died Oct. 1, 2004.


Betty L. Jackson, of Snellville, died July 24, 2001.


Cindy Butcher, of Lake Mary, Fla., died May 14.


Patricia Nesbitt, of Midland, Mich., died Jan. 26.


Nancy Curtis, of Acworth, died July 26, 2004.

Three GBCN juniors of 154 nursing students from across the nation received scholarships from The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA). Susan Garcia (secondyear recipient) of Marietta, Ga., Sharon Hall of Lithonia, Ga., and Jacqueline Janus (second-year recipient) of Atlanta, Ga., each received the Promise of Nursing Regional Scholarship at the NSNA Foundation Awards Ceremony during the convention.







By Jenny Butkus

The Georgia Baptist Medical Guild was created in 1980 by the wives of doctors at Georgia Baptist with the purpose of "rendering service to the Georgia Baptist Medical Center and its patients; assisting in promoting the health, welfare and education of the state and region; and promoting fellowship among staff families." Throughout its 20 years of existence, the Guild brought health and cheer to patients and doctors at the Medical Center through a variety of programs. Mary Ann Marks, another founding member of the Guild and past president, said the members were very devoted to nursing education. One of her favorite Guild programs was a summer program for high school students in which the Guild matched high school students interested in the medical field with hospital staff members. The teens shadowed medical professionals in each of the hospital's departments over a two-week period. This program was later expanded into a program that helped students fulfill their required volunteer hours during the school year. The Guild programs were possible much in part through the help of Sharon Shelton, director of volunteer services at Georgia Baptist. Following Shelton's death in 2003, an endowed scholarship for the College of Nursing was established in her name and memory. Many of the Guild members supported this scholarship as well through memorial gifts. Marks and Mason still hold memories of the Guild close to their hearts. "In one way or another, all of us in the Guild were connected to the nursing profession," Marks said. "All of us thought the scholarship was a worthy cause for us to put our energy toward." Georgia Baptist College of Nursing student Melanie Wilson will graduate in December. She said she's grateful to the Guild for helping her realize her dream of becoming a nurse so that she can provide medical care to people in Third World countries. I

Georgia Baptist Medical Guild Lives on Through Scholarship

Melanie Wilson decided she wanted to become a nurse.

Having graduated with a B.A. in communication and theatre arts from Mercer in 2000, it was a no-brainer where she would earn her nursing degree. She knew Mercer would provide her with a quality education once again. Financing that second degree was another story. "There are not a lot of scholarship opportunities for people going back to school for a second degree," the 27-yearold Georgia Baptist College of Nursing student said. "I was no longer eligible for federal funding." Then she learned about the Brenda Powell Smith Scholarship. The scholarship combined with working part-time as a patient care technician in the imaging unit at Gwinnett Medical Center have helped her finance her nursing education. The scholarship was created by the


fter spending two years in Kenya directing a drama and music ministry team and seeing how difficult it was for people to get the medical care they needed,

Georgia Baptist Medical Guild in 1981 in honor of one of the Guild's founding members, Brenda Powell Smith, a Georgia Baptist graduate who died of cancer shortly after the Guild was formed. "A lot of us in the Guild were graduates of Georgia Baptist, and when we created the scholarship, the cost of a nursing education was on the rise," said Joan Mason, '60, one of the founding members of the Guild and a past president of the group. "We wanted to promote nursing to those who may struggle trying to pay for their nursing education." From 1981 until the Georgia Baptist Medical Guild disbanded in 2000, funds from the group's annual gala benefited the scholarship.

Cardiovascular Disease

Manage stress ­ Poorly controlled stress and anger can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Avoid excess alcohol ­ Studies indicate that drinking more than three to four ounces of 80-proof alcohol per day will raise blood pressure. Decrease sodium intake ­ Most Americans eat far more salt than they need, and less sodium helps lower blood pressure in some people. Discuss the use of oral contraceptives with your doctor ­ Some women who have never had high blood pressure can develop it during pregnancy, as can overweight women taking oral contraceptives. For those who already have heart disease or high blood pressure, the faculty at the School of Pharmacy offered some helpful guidelines when dealing with medications. "It's important that you know the names, dosages and side effects of the medications and what they're used for. Medicines should be taken the same time every day and should not be changed or stopped without consulting your physician," said Dr. Julie HixsonWallace, clinical associate professor of clinical and administrative sciences. Hixson-Wallace also noted that no over-the-counter medications or herbal therapies should be taken by heart patients until they have consulted with their physician or pharmacist. "These drugs can make heart disease symptoms worse and can change the effect of prescribed medications," she said. "Even common drugs such as antacids, salt substitutes, cold and allergy medications like Sudafed and Dimetapp, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents like Advil, Motrin and Aleve, can worsen heart disease symptoms." But Mercer professors aren't just holding their medical knowledge within the ivory tower of academia, they're taking it to the streets. Drs. Dona Harris and Alice House, both in the Department of Family Medicine, will be the official coaches next year for "It Starts with the Heart," a program co-sponsored by Macon's 13 WMAZ Television and the Mercer School of Medicine. "Last June, 13 WMAZ selected 14 participants to work with over a year to see if they could make a difference in their lives, primarily through losing weight. As we got more involved, we began to focus more on health and wellness," Harris said. "We arranged for

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all participants to have their blood sugar, cholesterol, fitness, weight and body fat measured three times over the course of the year. Throughout the year, we also offered participants educational opportunities on diet, reading labels, diabetes and fitness. Other coaches were involved from the community." So far, the 14 participants in the program have lost a total of 168 pounds. After the first year, the overall health scores went from 54 percent poor and 46 percent average to 20 percent poor, 70 percent average and 10 percent excellent. According to Harris, one person went off Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace, a faculty member in insulin and others decreased the Southern School of Pharmacy, says that heart their heart medications. patients should consult with their physician or pharmacist before taking any medications. Even Mercer students are getting in on the action to administration, I was particularly encourage people to take charge of interested in working with 13 WMAZ, their overall health. Jamila Porter, a as I had the opportunity to see how recent graduate of the master of public integral mass communication is to health program, participated in a improving the health of both individuals, graduate internship with 13 WMAZ to and subsequently, communities," Porter evaluate the 2004-2005 "It Starts with said. "In public health, the application the Heart" program. Porter followed the of theory to practice is essential. The participants and prepared a summary program has the potential to not only report with recommendations on how positively impact the health of the men to improve the program for this next and women that directly participate in year, including recommendations on the program, but it may also inspire the participant selection process, and empower those within the viewing program structure and strategies to public to adopt healthier behaviors that engage viewers. will ultimately enhance the quality of "Having a background in their lives." I communication and health policy and


Dr. M. Kathleen Brewer, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. JoEllen Dattilo, associate dean for the undergraduate nursing program, presented "Factors that Promote and Dissuade Academic Integrity Among Senior Baccalaureate Nursing Students" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing conference in Sunny Isles, Fla., Nov. 12, 2005. Dr. JoEllen Dattilo, associate dean, recently presented at the Civic Engagement Colloquium: "Mercer Engaging Community and Health" at the Mercer Medical School Auditorium last October. Dr. Dare Domico, professor of adult health nursing; Jill Ray, assistant professor of adult health nursing; and Grace G. Lewis, assistant professor of adult health nursing and faculty advisor for the Culturally Diverse Student Organization, attended the 53rd National Student Nurses Association Annual Convention with 30 Georgia Baptist College of Nursing students in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 6-10. Dr. Elaine Grier, assistant professor of nursing, has been selected to serve on the Ethics Committee at Portsbridge Hospice. Dr Susan S. Gunby, dean, presented "Future Planning: The Context of Nursing Education, Practice and Leadership" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Executive Development Series program in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., last November. She also was featured on the cover of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society publication Reflections on Nursing Leadership and was the subject of the lead article. Dr. Helen Hodges, professor and RN-BSN coordinator, and Dr. Ann Massey, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the Southern School of Pharmacy, represented Mercer University on a plenary session panel entitled "A Culture of Cheating Meets Professional Education" at the 2004


Today's Scholars, Tomorrow's Nurses ­

James and LaMae Williams pose with nursing student Donya Olivier, the recipient of the scholarship they endowed at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing.

Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) International Conference in October at Kansas State University. Both the College of Nursing and School of Pharmacy have honor systems in place. Hodges also presented at the second annual training workshop "Foot Care for Seniors" for health care professionals. The workshops are presented by the Atlanta Foot Care Coalition, a multidisciplinary committee of the ProCare for Seniors Taskforce of the Atlanta Regional Commission. The mission of the Atlanta Foot Care Coalition is to promote care of the underserved elderly for maintaining mobility, early recognition of risk and prevention of limb loss. Hodges, Ann Keeley, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Patricia Troyan, associate professor of nursing, were awarded a research grant from the Pi Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The grant will partially fund a qualitative study to explore professional resilience in BSN staff nurses who elect to continue their clinical practice in acute care settings. The ongoing nursing shortage and safety concerns for patients, particularly in hospitals, has underscored the critical importance of baccalaureate nurses as health care providers at the bedside. Ann Keeley, assistant professor of nursing, presented a paper, titled "Overview of Psychopharmacology," for the Counseling Career Fair on Mercer's Atlanta campus, April 2. Dr. Sara Mitchell, associate assistant professor, gave a presentation about fever management in children at a meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Feb. 26. Deonna Storey, instructor, presented the poster "Perceptions of Peer Caring: RN-BSN vs. Generic Nursing Students" at the Georgia Association of Nurse Educators Annual Conference, Savannah, Feb. 9-12.






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By Jenny Butkus

the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, said Kirkland and Cole represent the best of the Master of Family Therapy Program. "Both are passionate about the field and allow the people with whom they work to benefit from that. They each put forth maximum effort and always seek ways to better themselves and the people around them, whether family, friend, fellow student, or client." The pair opted to keep their familial connection under wraps at first -- not sitting next to one another in class. But by the end of their first course together, they were project partners. They also did co-therapy in which they worked with the same family, and they completed a research proposal together. "When we worked with families, we decided to not tell them about our relationship right away because we wanted to keep ourselves out of their therapy, but it always came out," Kirkland said. "They never had a problem with it. I think they liked that we worked together." Cole said that a fellow student once asked her if she ever had a problem wanting to correct her daughter as they worked on projects or counseled together. She said that while their areas of expertise overlap in some respects, her daughter is more focused on helping children. "When I see her working with children, I have nothing but admiration and respect for her," Cole said. "Our adult motherdaughter relationship grew through the program." Kirkland said she has enjoyed working with her mother both in counseling and on their research

Mother and Daughter Receive Kay Wilson Shurden Award

Her mother, Cole, earned her undergraduate degree in English from the University of North Florida. Later, Kirkland decided to teach high school English. Her mother also taught high school English. Both taught for a period of two years.

Cole later earned a law degree from Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law. While working as an attorney in Macon, she entered Mercer University School of Medicine's Master of Family Therapy Program in spring of 2002. Her daughter began the program the following fall. This like-mother-likedaughter trend continued at graduation in May when both Kirkland and Cole were awarded the Kay Wilson Shurden Outstanding Student in Marriage and Family Therapy Award. "We have both always been interested in people and personalities and why people do what they do and say what they say," Cole said. During Cole's first semester into the program, she encouraged her daughter to join her at Mercer because she knew what Kirkland enjoyed most about teaching was the one-on-one counseling opportunities. Kirkland entered the program the following fall. She had one of her first classes with her mother. She also took the research course with her mother last spring. Dr. Matt Orr, assistant professor in


eanna Kirkland and Bonnie Cole are two of a kind. When Kirkland went to college at the University of Georgia, she opted to major in English and drama.

Daughter and mother team Bonnie Cole and Deanna Kirkland, recent graduates of the marriage and family therapy program, were both awarded the Kay Wilson Shurden Outstanding Student in Marriage and Family Therapy Award last May.

proposal. With their similar background, it was easy to negotiate the workload, and they knew each other's strengths and weaknesses. "It was always easy to get in touch with my partner, too!" she said with a smile. For the time being, Kirkland and Cole are going their separate ways. Cole is currently working on her 2,000 hours for national licensure at Mercer's Family Health Center under the guidance of Dr. Sylvia Shellenburger. Having graduated from Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law in 1987, Cole worked as an attorney in Macon until the end of her first year in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She is particularly interested in therapeutic jurisprudence -- a movement focusing on the law's impact on emotional life and psychological wellbeing, and she is currently an adjunct instructor at Mercer Law School. Kirkland has accepted a position as a

counselor at St. Joseph's Catholic School. She is also interested in becoming a registered play therapist. The two say while they are taking different paths right now, they definitely can see themselves working together in the future. For now, they say having received the Kay Shurden Outstanding Student in Marriage and Family Therapy Award together was a great way to complete their time at Mercer. Cole was particularly moved to have received an award carrying the name of Kay Shurden, who retired as an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Mercer in 2000, because Shurden was instrumental in her decision to earn a master's in family therapy. "She was very instrumental in my choices in this area, and I think this ended up having a domino effect with Deanna," Cole said. I

Keeping the Community Healthy ­

Second-year Medical student Patrice Chambliss checks a patient's blood pressure at Mercer's free Community Health Fair held Feb. 19 in Atlanta. Health screenings and education sessions were provided by the School of Medicine, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Southern School of Pharmacy, Public Health and Mercer Health Systems.


College of Liberal Arts

The Music Department will host the Robert McDuffie and Friends Fall Festival for Strings, Sept. 8-11. This intense musical festival is limited to 16 high school junior and senior string musicians who have demonstrated exceptional talent and skill. Only eight violinists, four cellists and four violists will be selected. Participants will be immersed in a threeday music learning extravaganza with five of the nation's foremost master teachers and two outstanding Mercer music faculty members. Students will have personal and group lessons that will advance them to a new level of music performance. display for millions of people to see at one of the world's busiest destinations, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The students, who graduated at the May 14 commencement, used their electrical engineering expertise to develop a sensor control system for one of the trains in the "Model Trains Through the Ages" exhibit that will go on display at the airport in Concourse T in August.


Educational Leadership Program, which is offered on the Macon and Atlanta campuses and at the Regional Academic Center in Henry County. The program, which is designed for in-service teachers looking to move into administrative roles, began in January. A new cohort will begin this fall.

Mercer Health Science Programs Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

By Jenny Butkus

Walter F. George School of Law

U.S. News & World Report ranked Mercer's Law School number one in the country among the nation's 179 accredited law schools for its legal writing program. At Mercer, required writing and research courses span the first three semesters and total the equivalent of nine credits ­ far more than most law schools. Research courses are taught by nationally-recruited legal research faculty. Core writing courses are taught by nationally-recruited tenured and tenure-track legal writing faculty. The program offers popular upper division electives and the nation's only Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting.

Stetson School of Business and Economics

In July 2005, Roger C. Tutterow, Ph.D., joins Mercer as dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics. Previously, Tutterow was chairman and professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Kennesaw State University. His analysis of economic, business and political environments have been used by a variety of national and regional media, including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, New York Times, CNN, CNBC, NPR, Bloomberg Television and CNN-Radio. In 1997, Tutterow was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the "forty under 40" rising stars in business, government and academia. In 2003, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him to the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, of which he serves as chair.


he School of Medicine and Southern School of Pharmacy were named among the top schools in the nation in the annual "Best Graduate Schools" rankings released April 1 by U.S. News & World Report. In the new category of Family Medicine in U.S. News & World Report's graduate rankings, Mercer School of Medicine ranked 17th among the nation's 126 accredited medical schools. The School of Medicine is the only medical school in Georgia to be recognized in this category. U.S. News & World Report considers several quality indicators, including reputation as determined by surveys of medical school deans and senior faculty; amount of research funding from the

National Institutes of Health; primary care rate; student selectivity; and faculty/student ratios. The Southern School of Pharmacy was one of only three private pharmacy schools ranked in the top 30 in U.S. News & World Report's pharmacy school rankings list. Southern School of Pharmacy consistently has one of the largest application pools among pharmacy schools in the nation. The School's graduate program continues to grow, with 32 students currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutic, pharmacology, molecular biology and natural products chemistry. U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools complete rankings for 2005 are in a special book, America's Best Graduate Schools. Additional information is available online at I

McAfee School of Theology

In November, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology received a grant of almost $2 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis to establish a new Pastoral Residency Program. McAfee graduates will spend two years at one of McAfee's founding and sustaining churches, either partnering closely with that church's senior minister, or working with a ministry coach at a smaller church. The program is designed to help McAfee's graduates become better senior ministers. The first group of residencies began in June.

Mercer University Press

The Sixteenth Annual Mercer University Authors Luncheon will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at The Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. Authors include Steve Berry, John R. Claypool, R. Kirby Godsey, Nancy Grace, William Rawlings and James Rollins, among others.

School of Engineering

School of Engineering students Mark Kwamusi, Mahran Mohebi and Nabil Salman's senior design project will be on

Tift College of Education

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