Peggy Piascik, the 2013-14 president of the American Association of Colleges and Pharmacy (AACP) and current professor of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Kentucky, was the guest speaker for the sixth annual Sebok Pharmacy Lecture established by the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. Piascik delivered her lecture, “Pharmacy Education: Preparing Pharmacists for a Lifetime of Patient Care,” in the ONU Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.
Piascik highlighted the changes in pharmacy education over the past 40 years and looked into the crystal ball to predict where pharmacy practice and pharmacy education are headed over the lifetimes of current students.
Piascik, a 1974 ONU pharmacy graduate, is a two-time recipient of the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award, completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows program in 2006, and was named the AACP Donald Brodie Scholar-in-Residence for 2009-10. Her sabbatical project was an investigation of “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the Promotion and Tenure Documents of Schools of Pharmacy.”
At the University of Kentucky, Piascik collaboratively developed the Nontraditional PharmD Option, one of the first distance-education PharmD programs offered to practitioners. Piascik has received the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Great Teacher Award, College of Pharmacy Senior Class Teaching Award four times, and the Michael J. Lach Innovations in Teaching Award.
The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture was established by alumni and friends to honor Dr. Albert A. Sebok, a 1953 graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy and one of its most distinguished alumni. A Cleveland native, Sebok joined Standard Drug as a store manager after graduation. In 1961, Revco acquired Standard, and Sebok began his rise in store operations, culminating in his appointment in 1971 as senior vice president for store operations of Revco DrugStores Inc. Under his leadership, Revco became the largest discount drug chain in America with more than 2,000 stores. He was an original member of ONU’s Pharmacy Advisory Board and the founder and instructor of the college’s contemporary pharmacy practice class. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Ohio Northern in 1988.