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Pharmacy ribbon
                                          cuttingW. Stuart Smith, left, vice president for clinical operations and medical center executive director, gets the last cut on the ribbon opening of the newest outpatient pharmacy at Hollings Cancer Center Aug. 15. Helping with the ribbon cutting were Dr. Heather Kokko, from left, director of pharmacy services; Dr. Andrew Kraft, director of Hollings Cancer Center; James Brook, oncology service line administrator; and Kelly Crowley, Pharmacy Services. The pharmacy is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and located on the first floor of Hollings Cancer Center. For information on the pharmacy, call 792-6440. Watch the video at


Joseph DiPiro
Dr. DiPiroJoseph T. DiPiro, PharmD, executive dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, was elected chair of the Council of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). He was installed in July at the meeting of the AACP board of directors during its annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla. The Council of Deans identifies and addresses major issues related to the conduct of professional, post-professional and graduate education, research and service in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

Mia Taylor
Mia TaylorCollege of Medicine student, Mia Taylor, was granted membership to the Clinton Global Initiative University organization and attended its annual meeting at the George Washington University. The organization is a student-based institution launched by former President Bill Clinton to engage the next generation of young leaders in humanitarian efforts locally and around the world. As a requirement of attendance, a student must have developed a specific plan of action and officially called the Commitment to Action in order to address a challenge within one of five focus areas on his or her campus, or the local or global community. Taylor's Commitment to Action addressed the challenge of increasing health literacy and the quality of life for the local population of people diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, a very unpredictable, incurable autoimmune disease that can affect any organ system. "As a result of the shared words, tight spaces, meals, motivation and excitement with such an amazing group of diverse individuals, I left the meeting with a solid conviction for my Commitment to Action and to continue on the path of filling in the need-gaps wherever, however and with whomever I am able," Taylor said. She was the first student from MUSC to be selected to attend. For information MUSC's involvement in global projects and opportunities to participate, visit

Kenneth Vanek
Dr. VanekThe American Association of Physicists in Medicine presented the Edith H. Quimby Lifetime Achievement Award to Kenneth Vanek, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, on July 30 at its 54th Annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. The award recognizes members who have notable careers based on their achievements in education, professional activities, leadership in national or international organizations or significant scientific achievement. The association presents no more than three lifetime achievement awards in any one year. Vanek also serves as the director of medical physics and new technology and holds a dual appointment in the Department of Neurosciences. Vanek is a Fellow in The American College of Radiology, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American College of Medical Physics.


Magnet Pep Rally
A Magnet Pep Rally will begin at 7 a.m., Sept. 28 in the Ashley River Tower Mezzanine and in the crosswalk over Ashley Avenue. Another celebration will be held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Horseshoe. The rally will feature the unveiling of MUSC's Nursing Professional Practice Model.

New Skatepark
A public design workshop for a new skatepark will begin at 6 p.m., Sept. 12 at Edisto Hall, James Island County Park. For information, visit

Strides for Autism
The Strides for Autism event will be held Oct. 6 at the Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 9 a.m. Visit


Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

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