I’d like to open this month’s report by wishing everyone Happy Holidays. It’s a joyous time of year that centers around family and friends. It makes us appreciate all of the people who touch our lives. While our festivities aren’t quite what we’re used to, they still offer the opportunity to express both in-person and at a distance our love and appreciation for all those who support, encourage and inspire us.
As we approach the end of 2020, I’m proud to acknowledge all of our students, faculty and staff for their work to improve the health and wellness of our community throughout the year. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted many of their planned events, but our student organizations were still able to serve those in need in other ways.
Students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy spent the past several weeks making sure that as many people as possible received their flu shots. Under the supervision of Dr. Christina Madison, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District, they safely administered free flu shots to adult patients at clinics throughout the Las Vegas Valley, including Roseman University’s Henderson campus, among others. With the CDC warning the public that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will simultaneously be spreading this fall and winter, this was an essential service to our community.
Throughout November, the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association of Nevada – Roseman University Student Nurses Association (AAPINA of Nevada – RUSNA), along with faculty advisor Dr. Marife Aczon-Armstrong, participated in several drive-up, free flu clinic and food distribution events in partnership with Asian Community Development Council (ACDC). At one of the events, Senator Jacky Rosen and Congresswoman Susie Lee participated in food distribution alongside our students. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many families, these events are especially remarkable.
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, hope for a vaccine is on the horizon. Recently, Healthcare Quarterly magazine published a vaccine-focused issue. Dr. Manas Mandal, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy and a Fulbright Specialist, contributed a column offering readers information on how vaccines are developed and work in the body. I want to thank Dr. Mandal and all of our many faculty who frequently share their knowledge and expertise to help educate the public, whether through published research, speaking events, or news media.
Last week, Dr. Mandal, along with the College of Pharmacy’s Dr. Christina Madison, offered knowledge and expertise to educate the public about the forthcoming Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Their appearance on KSNV-TV (NBC Las Vegas) not only aired in Las Vegas, but was picked up by news stations across the country. You can view more recent Roseman University faculty appearances in the media in this issue of spectRUm.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate our Nursing class of 2020 who completed their degree program and had their virtual pinning ceremony last month. We wish them well and success as they join our nation’s health care heroes in saving lives.
While the past year posed many challenges, the Roseman family worked hard to find ways to succeed. With 2021 fast approaching, I’m hopeful that our individual and collective determination and optimism will offer even more opportunities to demonstrate our strength and desire to achieve.
Thank you, and Happy New Year!
Eucharia Nnadi, BS, MSc, JD, PhD
Chancellor, Henderson Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences