Ridings-Myhra Named to Leadership Award
Jennifer Ridings-Myhra, an assistant dean within the college, has been named to receive the 2014 KE/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award presented by Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
A 1978 UT pharmacy graduate, Riding-Myhra has served as assistant dean for experiential and professional affairs at the college since 1995. She began her professional service with the college in June 1986 as associate director of professional affairs. Currently at UT, she serves as director of the college's state wide experiential program, lectures in several pharmacy courses, and coordinates the professional development convocation for third year students She also serves as a career counselor and as an advisor to students on academic probation. Ridings-Myhra is the secretary to the Texas Pharmacy Congress and serves as the college's liaison to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy on internship and examination matters. She coordinates activities of the Texas Consortium on Experiential Programs. Before joining the university, she practiced community pharmacy in Austin.
The honoree was inducted in UT Austin's Xi Chapter of KE in 1978. She became the faculty advisor to the Xi Chapter in 1990, serving in this capacity until 2012. During this time, the chapter hosted the 1993 annual convention where she received both the national KE advisor of the year award and Unicorn Award.
In 2004 Jennifer received the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award from college's Alumni Association, the highest award bestowed to an alumnus. She participated in Leadership Texas 2009, a competitive program of the Foundation for Women's Resources that brings a select group of women together each year to identify and develop women leaders who will positively impact the state. In 2013, she received the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Leadership Award.
The KE/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award, established in 1989, recognizes members who make exemplary contributions in their area of practice, demonstrate leadership qualities of service beyond self, and participate in professional achievements that influence others serving as role models to young practitioners.