Spring 2024 Edition Available for Viewing

April 8, 2024 0 comments admin

The Spring 2024 Edition of The SIG Newsletter is available for viewing on SWOSU Digital Commons. (More)

Posted: April 8, 2024




Faculty and Staff News from The SIG Newsletter – Fall 2023 Edition

March 11, 2024 0 comments admin

Faculty and Staff News
from The SIG Newsletter – Fall 2023 Edition

Tenure and Promotion
New Faculty and Staff
  • Dr. Heidi Macha joined the COP faculty in August as a Rural Health Clinical Pharmacist and Assistant Professor. Dr. Macha works with the Rural Health Center team to provide diabetes and heart health education as part of a CDC/OSDH 1815 Grant. She completed a PGY1 residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She is a Weatherford native and a 2007 graduate of the SWOSU COP. (More at
  • Dr. Reem Atawia joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty in August as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Atawia teaches in the pharmacology, pathophysiology, and toxicology sequence. She received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University in 2019 and recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Vascular Biology, also at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. (More at

Dr. Edna Patatanian retired after serving 22 years with the SWOSU College of Pharmacy. Dr. Patatanian graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and in 2000 with a Doctor of Pharmacy. Prior to her career in academia, she worked at OU Medical Center. One of Dr. Patatanian’s major areas of interest and passion is geriatric medicine. Dr. Patatanian began her career with the COP in July 2001 teaching in team-taught courses, Pharmacotherapy II and Pharmaceutical Care Lab V. Dr. Patatanian also served as a faculty preceptor and mentor to students on APPE rotations, primarily APPE-General Medicine at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Patatanian is an Armenian born and raised in Iran. She speaks fluent Armenian, Farsi, and English. She did not speak a word of English when she first arrived in the U.S. Dr. Patatanian will be greatly missed, especially her warm smile, kindness, and enthusiasm. We know she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and friends. She is also looking forward to serving her local community.

Dr. Scott F. Graham Long, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, retired after 25 years of service to the SWOSU College of Pharmacy. Dr. Long earned his Associate of Science degree from East Central Junior College in Decatur, Mississippi, in 1981, followed by his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) School of Pharmacy in 1984. Following graduation and licensure, he worked as a staff pharmacist for the Choctaw Health Center in Philadelphia, Mississippi, as well as a relief pharmacist for hospital and community pharmacies in the area. Dr. Long eventually returned to the University of Mississippi, earning his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1994. Prior to coming to SWOSU, he taught at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To be closer to his southern roots, Dr. Long joined the SWOSU College of Pharmacy in 1998.

Dr. Long is renowned for his enthusiastic teaching style. He has taught a myriad of courses over his career, most notably Pharmacology II, Toxicology, Pharmacognosy (contained in Health Issues II), and Veterinary Pharmacology. For the past two years, he has also taught all three Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics courses for the Physician’s Assistant Program at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Long is an infamous storyteller, often lecturing without notes or the use of technology. He also prefers British spellings, terminology, and pronunciations – most notably “aluminium,” “oestrogen,” “paracetamol,” and “cocaine” (pronounced “coca-een”, a 3-syllable word). Dr. Long is a master of trivia, regularly stumping his students with a general knowledge quiz encompassing musical artists, quotes, history, and geography.

Dr. Long has a commendable record of service to the College and University. He has served as a Faculty Senator for 18 years and was President of the Faculty Senate from 2009 to 2010. He was Chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department from 2010 to 2012, and he has also served on multiple College and University Committees. He has contributed to, written, and presented numerous posters, papers, and continuing education activities, especially in his area of expertise over the use and abuse of cocaine, anabolic steroids, and, most recently, medical marijuana and CBD products. He has been the faculty advisor for Kappa Psi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Delta Beta chapter, for 25 years and served as the Executive Director for the Kappa Psi National Office from 2000 to 2008. He is a current member of the American Pharmacists Association, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Society of Toxicology, American College of Clinical Pharmacology, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship, and National Association of Compounding Pharmacists. Dr. Long has been honored with many awards including, the Bernhardt Academic Excellence Award in 2010, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Award six times.

Dr. Long is very proud of his Scottish heritage – often wearing a tartan tie and occasionally sporting a kilt on Scottish holidays or Robert Burns’ birthday. He has regularly participated in many Scottish events including the Highland Games in Oklahoma and Texas. He is an active member of the United Scottish Clans of Oklahoma, serving as parliamentarian and liaison for the Clan Graham Society of North America. He was also named as a Fellow for the Society of Antiquaries for Scotland in 2016. Furthermore, he is an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and has served on various committees there. He is known for his tenor singing voice and has been active in several church and community choral groups and choirs. Dr. Long enjoys serenading fellow faculty members with his music and musical talents from his office chair.

Retirement will give Dr. Long more time to pursue his many passions and diverse interests, including travel to Scotland and the Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi, online gaming, and, of course, all things Lord of the Rings. He will be greatly missed by his friends, students, and colleagues at SWOSU, but they look forward to hearing of his fantastic new adventures. Hotty Toddy, Dr. Long!

Posted: March 11, 2024




Video Series – Discover the SWOSU College of Pharmacy

January 1, 2024 0 comments admin

Exciting News! SWOSU College of Pharmacy has launched a new video series highlighting a thrilling journey into the world of pharmacy education at SWOSU College of Pharmacy!

Enjoy the exclusive look at our thriving pharmacy community, captivating stories, and inspiring student spotlights. Whether you’re a current student, a proud alumnus, or a prospective PharmD candidate, there’s something here for everyone.

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Posted: January 1, 2024



SWOSU College of Pharmacy Honors 1973 Graduates

November 16, 2023 0 comments admin

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s College of Pharmacy honored its 50-year pharmacy graduates at the 2023 Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony held on the Weatherford campus in conjunction with SWOSU’s Homecoming (October 7).

Honorees from the Class of 1973 attending the recognition ceremony were: Roger Alan Clark, Broken Arrow (OK); Ronnie Logan Davis, Eucha (OK); James Aubry Fields, Fort Smith (AR); Dana Sue Bland Gibson, El Reno (OK); Steven Howard Miller, Hobart (OK); Letha Virginia Cearley Ray, Bristow (OK).

Dr. Les Ramos, SWOSU College of Pharmacy Dean, welcomed all the alumni and friends to the program. SWOSU President Dr. Diana Lovell and Dean Les Ramos spoke to the group. Gifts from the SWOSU College of Pharmacy were presented to each honoree.

Following the event, the College of Pharmacy held an Open House on the Third Floor of the Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy Building. Visitors were also shown the rendering of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy’s new home – Jerry & Margaret Hodge Center for Pharmacy & Rural Health, which will be located at the northwest corner of Davis and Caddo streets.


SWOSU’s pharmacy program was established in 1939 and has over 6,000 graduates. It has positioned itself as one of the best educational values for pharmacy in the nation. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. SWOSU offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree as well as a PharmD/MBA dual degree. SWOSU College of Pharmacy graduates are reputable and successful leaders in all areas of pharmacy practice. More information can be found at

Photo Caption: The Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy honored its 50-year pharmacy graduates with a recognition ceremony held on the Weatherford campus. SWOSU President Lovell and Pharmacy Dean Ramos stand with Honorees (left to right): President Diana Lovell, Steven Howard Miller, James Aubry Fields, Ronnie Logan Davis, Letha Virginia Cearley Ray, Dana Sue Bland Gibson, Roger Alan Clark, Pharmacy Dean Les Ramos. More Photos

Posted: November 16, 2023