Amy Friedman Wilson, Pharm.D., associate professor of Pharmacy Practice and director of the Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice; Kelly Karl Ptacek, assistant vice president for Advancement Services and Development Programs, University Relations; and Morgan Pusek, second-year pharmacy student, received Creighton’s 2014 Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards. The honors were presented at the annual Founders Week Luncheon Feb. 6 by the All-University Committee on the Status of Women.
Award recipients must create an environment that supports the achievement of women; serve as role models of accomplishment for women; and encourage women faculty, administrators, staff or students in the development and use of their talents.
Wilson is a Creighton graduate who has been a member of the faculty since 2000. Her areas of interest include drug information practice, programmatic and curricular assessment, leadership development and using evidence to support cost-effective therapy decisions. In 2003, she co-founded Creighton’s first Pre-Pharmacy Club for undergraduate students interested in exploring career opportunities in the field.
“Dr. Wilson is an inspiration to other women who wish to be successful in academia and in the pharmacy profession,” said one colleague. Her natural focus is in helping women navigate the hurdles of career and life,” she added.
In 2009, Wilson was chosen for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program, one of 30 members from across the country selected for a year-long experience to prepare them for leadership positions in higher education. She has been involved in multiple committees and projects at Creighton, including chairing the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions’ Pharmacy Program Assessment and Rank and Tenure Committees.
Ptacek is known as an exemplary fundraiser, mentor and manager in Creighton’s University Relations division. She oversees the administrative functions of Advancement Services and several giving portfolios as well as donor relations. She is known for building effective development teams. “Kelly Ptacek is wholeheartedly committed to the achievement of women on campus and fosters growth and development opportunities, collaboration and good old-fashioned encouragement,” said one colleague.
Ptacek has an extensive background in development in nonprofit settings. In 2000 she was named one of 10 Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees. She volunteers on committees for Marianfest, Creighton Prep Bash and Circle of Dreams events at St. Augustine Indian Mission School. She has been involved in numerous Creighton committees and projects.
Pusek is a second-year pharmacy student and president-elect of the Creighton chapter of the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. She is an active member of Phi Delta Chi, the student liaison for the Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacy, and was inducted in to Phi Lambda Sigma, the leadership honor society for pharmacy. She founded the Student Parents group at Creighton and is a member the Parent Council of the Russell Child Development Center. Pusek volunteers with the Salvation Army Kettle Run, Prescription Drug Take Back, Heartland Hope Mission and Project Homeless Connect. She also volunteers as a mentor for first-year students at Creighton University through the Peer2Peer program under Student Support Services.
“Morgan illustrates strong leadership, balancing work, parental duties, extracurricular activities and the rigors of professional school,” said a nominator. “She takes on leadership positions and engages others – a true role model,” said another.