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Sit with Senate is a multimedia initiative curated by members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Student Senate. Our mission is to showcase student accomplishments, school organizations, research endeavors, faculty achievements and much more, through the perspective of current students. We hope to document the best of the student pharmacist experience through an inside look into our Eshelman School of Pharmacy (ESOP) community.




Senate Spotlight: Libby Powell

Libby Powell is a current PY2 (Class of 2023) on our Chapel Hill campus. She is from Gaithersburg, MD and completed her B.S. in Immunology and Infectious Disease at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). She has served as the … Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dean Angela Kashuba

 Dean Angela Kashuba, B.Sc.Phm., Pharm.D., DABCP, FCP, is the first female dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dean Kashuba first joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1997, went on to be named the John and Deborah McNeill, Jr. … Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Robert Shrewsbury

Dr. Robert Shrewsbury (RS), Ph.D., provided us some of his time to be interviewed by Sit with Senate’s committee member Megan Tran. Dr. Shrewsbury is an associate professor in the Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) department. He is one … Read more

Senate Spotlight: Jenna Caldwell

Jenna Caldwell is a current PY3 (c/o 2021) on our Asheville campus. She attended UNC-Charlotte for her undergraduate studies and earned her BA in chemistry with two minors in Biology and Psychology. Interestingly enough, she knew Peter Thao ( before … Read more

Senate Spotlight: Rachel Gilmore

Rachel Gilmore is a current PY3 (c/o 2021) on our Chapel Hill campus. From Princeton, NJ she completed her undergraduate studies at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and earned her BS in Chemistry. If you have ever wondered about … Read more

Student Spotlight: Megan Tran

Megan Tran is a current PY3 on our Chapel Hill Campus. She is currently living at home in Greensboro, NC for her 3rd-year immersion experience. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016 and earned her BA in Biology. She took a … Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Greene Shepherd

Dr. Greene Shepherd Pharm. D. is a Clinical Professor here at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (ESOP) and is based on the Asheville Campus. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology and a fellow of … Read more

Student Spotlight: Audrey Wong

Audrey Wong is a current PY2 (c/o 2022) on our Chapel Hill campus. From Saint Cloud, MN she completed her undergraduate studies in 2018 at College of Saint Benedict and earned her BA in Biochemistry. She enjoys traveling to different … Read more

Meet Our Alumni: Dr. Corey Cicci

Dr. Corey Cicci is a current PGY-2 pharmacy resident in Emergency Medicine at Froedtert Health in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (try to say that five times fast!!). He graduated from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (ESOP) in 2018 and completed his … Read more

Student Spotlight: Lee Arphai

Lee Arphai is a current PY3 (c/o 2021) from our Asheville campus. Lee completed her undergraduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill where she received her B.S. in biology. Prior to pharmacy school, Lee worked with child psychiatry for 8 years at … Read more

Student Spotlight: Nicolas Palacios

Nicolas Palacios completed his second year of pharmacy school at our Chapel Hill campus and is now going to take classes at the business school for a whole year as part of his MBA. From Thousand Oaks, CA, he completed … Read more

Meet Our Alumni: Dr. Evan Colmenares

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pursue a Ph.D. program upon graduating pharmacy school? For this week’s Sit with Senate Alumni Feature, Jessie Kim interviewed Dr. Evan Colmenares, the pharmacist analyst and doctoral student currently working … Read more

Student Spotlight: Michelle Ton

Meet Michelle Ton, Class of 2020, from Nokesville, VA! Michelle is easily described by her peers as one of the most positive, cheerful, and warm classmates who always knows how to have fun – give her a date and location, … Read more

Student Spotlight: Akshara Kumar

Akshara Kumar is a current PY2 (Class of 2021) on our Chapel Hill campus. From Reading, PA, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh in PA where she earned her BS in Molecular Biology. She was co-captain … Read more

Student Spotlight: Anna Brown

Anna Brown (Class of 2021) from a small town called China Grove, North Carolina. Anna makes sure she takes care of herself and spend time outside of pharmacy school. Anna loves to run outside, take exercise classes, and meal-prep during … Read more

Organization Spotlight: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

At UNC-ESOP, AMCP has become the pre-eminent student organization for pharmacy students interested in careers in managed care pharmacy, the biopharmaceutical industry, and system-level healthcare decision making. Interest in this area of pharmacy practice in the student body has grown … Read more

Event Highlight: St. Thomas More Latino Health Fair

Last October, two CAPS committees, Spanish Rx and Operation Diabetes, volunteered at St. Thomas More Latino Health Fair. At the health fair, all students measured the blood pressure and blood glucose of attendees; in addition, Spanish-speaking students educated them on … Read more

Student Spotlight: Vincent Harris

Vincent Harris is a current PY2 (c/o 2021) on from our Chapel Hill campus. From Vero Beach, FL, he completed his undergraduate studies at Erskine College in SC where he earned his BS in Biochemistry. Vince was also a collegiate … Read more

Event Highlight: Scholarship Luncheon

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy attracts top students from all across the nation every year. However, the cost of education is a concern for many, and of the students who decline admission, 47% cite better aid packages from other schools … Read more

Meet Our Alumni: Dr. Hijrah El-Sabae

Meet Dr. El-Sabae (aka super woman), a current Medical Affairs Associate at Chiesi USA, Inc, who was not only able to manage having her first daughter while attending ESOP but also able to manage having a job, internship and being … Read more

Student Spotlight: Shuyan Huang

Shuyan Huang is a current PY2 (Class of 2021) on the Chapel Hill campus, from Jiangsu Province, China. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2017. For today’s student feature, Sit with Senate’s Jisun Ban sat … Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ben Urick

  Finding time between research and personal projects, Dr. Ben Urick, PharmD, PhD, was interviewed by the Sit with Senate Committee, Emily Meggs. Dr. Urick is research assistant professor at the Center for Medication Optimization in the Division of Practice … Read more

Student Spotlight: Kelsey Fletcher Dobbins

Autumn is a favorite season for many of us , bringing fall decorations, football games, and pumpkin spice candles. These are actually favorite parts of fall for Kelsey Fletcher Dobbins, a current PY4 (Class of 2019) completing her APPE immersions … Read more

Student Spotlight: Peter Thao

Peter Thao is a current PY2 (c/o 2021) from our Asheville Campus. From Albemarle, NC, he completed his undergraduate studies at UNC-Charlotte. Peter enjoys fishing, learning to play sports, ALL things Taylor Swift, and Disney World (which he visited for … Read more

Meet Our Alumni: Dr. David Singer

Dr. David Singer is a HEOR value demonstration manager at Boehringer Ingelheim who graduated from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2016. Before continuing his postgraduate education through a fellowship from Thomas Jefferson University and Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, … Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dean Carla White

Carla White is the Associate Dean of the Organizational Diversity and Inclusion  at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Beyond her title and position, Dean White is a driven leader in various programs at ESOP, pioneering the Recruitment Ambassadors program … Read more

Student Spotlight: Yimo Wang

Meet Yimo Wang, the PY3 (Class of 2020) Class President on  the Chapel Hill campus. She grew up in Zhengzhou, China – a town known for the Shaolin Temple, where monks do martial arts. Outside of school, she hosts dinner … Read more

Student Spotlight: Jeffery Seals

  Jeffery Seals is a current PY2 (Class of 2021) and a class president for 2018-2019 year attending the Chapel Hill Campus. Jeffery is from Bedford, VA, and he completed his undergraduate in Microbiology and Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. … Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jo Ellen Rodgers

On a cold day in February, the Sit with Senate Committee, Jessie Kim, had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jo Ellen Rodgers, Pharm.D. Dr. Rodgers is not only known as a clinical professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental … Read more

Student Spotlight: Diana Lee

She is a full-time PharmD Student, co-owner of a coffee shop located in Durham, Head of Operations at a consulting firm and a former English teacher. For today’s student spotlight, Sit with Senate’s Jessie Kim interviewed Diana Lee (Class of … Read more

Organization Spotlight: Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

  SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about the profession of pharmacy, healthcare issues, and the poor minority representation in these areas. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs … Read more

Student Spotlight: Aliyah Cruz

Aliyah Patricia Cruz (c/o 2022) started her journey at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy a month ago. Born at a military base in Japan, she grew up in the small military town of Havelock-Cherry Point, NC. She used to play … Read more

Student Spotlight: David Taska

David Taska is a current PY2 (Class of 2021) attending Asheville Campus, from Phoenix, AZ. After going through several career changes from wanting to become a dinosaur, marine biologist, to physician, David found his calling in pharmacy, specifically clinical toxicology. … Read more

Organization Spotlight: Global Engagement Organization

  Global Engagement Organization (GEO) is the newest student organization at Eshelman School of Pharmacy. GEO was created by students who are passionate about personal and professional development of students as globally minded health professionals to equip them with the … Read more

Student Spotlight: Liza Schimmelfing

How many hats do Eshelman School of Pharmacy students wear? For Liza Schimmelfing, it’s four. Outside of school, Liza works at an independent pharmacy in Carrboro, works part-time at Loft as a sales associate, and coaches volleyball to middle-school girls. … Read more

Meet our Alumni: Dr. Jenny Dezubay

Dr. Jenny Dezubay is a clinical pharmacist who graduated from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2016. Upon graduating, she  completed a PGY1 ambulatory care residency at Campbell University/Wilson Community Health Center and Benson Area Medical Center. She is currently … Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dean Pamela Joyner

“I was the first pharmacist making rounds at Wake Med. I was always there for morning work rounds and attending rounds. I was dedicated in responding to questions from physicians and other health professionals. If I didn’t have an answer, … Read more