Hazel Seaba, BSPh, ’71 MS, clinical professor emerita, will be honored during Homecoming festivities with a Humanitarian Award. She is being recognized for her work in advancing health care in underserved areas.
Seaba was instrumental in founding and coordinating the course “International Perspectives: Xicotepec,” designed to introduce multidisciplinary students how to provide services to a community in a less developed country. In collaboration with Rotary International, students developed discipline-specific projects aimed at improving community life. The course prepared students culturally and professionally for teamwork in an international environment. Seaba led the Xicotepec course and trip for ten consecutive years.
In 2005, she was named the associate dean for assessment, curriculum and compliance, and a clinical professor in pharmacy and international programs. For 30 years prior, Seaba was the director of the College’s Division of Drug Information Service (DDIS) and was the publisher of the Iowa Drug Information Service—a drug information retrieval database with national and international subscribers. While at DDIS, she developed the Iowa Drug Information Network and implemented a customized drug information training program for international pharmacists. As an educator, she created, initiated, and taught the required drug information coursework. She has authored several book chapters on drug information and literature evaluation.
In 1967, Seaba obtained a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Ferris State University and was honored with the Ferris State University Distinguished Alumna Award in 2012. She received a Master of Science in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1971 and later obtained an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited hospital pharmacy residency certificate from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.