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Aug. 14, 2006
Contact: Ken Audus, School of Pharmacy, (785) 864-3591 .

Pharmacy student from Osborne named 2006 Matchett scholarship recipient

LAWRENCE — Kaylene Mick, a senior in pharmacy at the University of Kansas who plans to return to her hometown to practice following her graduation in 2007, has received the Dr. Jeremy A. Matchett Excellence in Pharmacy Scholarship for fifth-year pharmacy students.

Ken Audus, dean of the School of Pharmacy at KU, presented the scholarship to Mick during the school’s spring White Coat Ceremony, where students receive a white coat and Caduceus pin to designate their transition from the classroom to the clinical setting in their final year. KU pharmacy students earn a doctor of pharmacy, a professional degree requiring six years of study.

“This special award is unique and showcases characteristics and qualities that we would like to see transcend through each and everyone one of our students,” said Audus. “This award goes to a student who embraces Dr. Matchett’s ideals — to someone who has shown an admirable level of passion and enthusiasm for pharmacy, along with a strong commitment and involvement in the service to the profession.”

Mick has been an honor roll student since entering pharmacy school and was president of the Academy of Students of Pharmacy. She is a member of Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity and the student chapter of the National Community of Pharmacists Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2003, graduating with cum laude distinction. She is the daughter of Gregory and Sherridene Mick of Osborne.

In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, Mick received a paperweight, and her name has been engraved on the Matchett scholarship plaque listing the recipients, located in the School of Pharmacy dean’s office.

“One of the lasting impressions Dr. Matchett made on faculty and students who knew him was his strong passion for pharmacy and, in particular, his great support of service and involvement in the profession,” Audus said. “To honor his memory and his dedication to pharmacy, Dr. Matchett’s family chose two projects: one is investing in the future by providing a scholarship for a deserving fifth-year senior in pharmacy, and the second is keeping the history of those who practice pharmacy safe and accessible.”

Since its beginning in 1885, KU’s School of Pharmacy has been a leader in pharmaceutical education and has offered the doctor of pharmacy degree as the entry-level practice degree since 1996. KU’s pharmacy school is ranked third in the nation in NIH funding, and the doctor/pharmacy program is ranked 17th among all schools of pharmacy.

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