Alumni Potpourri - August 2011

This page is a miscellany of many kinds of information about people who are alumni of the UA College of Pharmacy. To contribute your own tidbits, use our Stay in Touch form or e-mail your photo and information to the alumni affairs staff.

News from Spring and Summer

During the annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association in Seattle the end of March, attending UA alumni, students and faculty took time out to cheer for the Elite Eight Wildcats in the NCAA tournament. Were you there?

Group of people in sports bar

Kendra Olderog Karagozian (PharmD, 2007) is currently in Florida working as a clinical pharmacist for Healthesystems LLC (Healthesystems), a provider of pharmacy benefit management and ancillary benefit management programs for the workers’ compensation industry. She's been with the company since January 2009.

portrait of kendraKaragozian is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, and the Florida Pharmacy Association. She precepts drug information and PBM students on rotation at her company and does some part-time teaching for the University of Florida - St. Petersburg campus as well.  "I absolutely love working with the students," she says.
"I got married to my husband, Mike, in April of 2009 in the mountains north of Tucson and will always love and miss Arizona, the UofA, and the beauty of the desert," Karagozian writes. "My family and I love living about 20 minutes from beautiful Clearwater Beach.  My husband and I enjoy running with our friends, traveling to visit friends and family, spending time with our neighbors and cheering on the Buccaneers!  I also enjoy spending lots of time playing with my kids, Reid (age 1) and stepdaughter Emily (7). We look forward to welcoming another little boy in August 2011."

Karagozian is very happy with her career. "I learn new things every day I work as a pharmacist and am always thankful for my education from UofA.," she says. "Today, my career plan is to continually learn and improve my skills, stay involved in professional organizations, help to teach many students along the way, and see where I end up!"

Dad with newbornScott Mayersohn (PharmD, 2010) and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first child, Violet, on May 29, 2011. Mayersohn is employed in Tucson by Target. Did you notice that the brand new dad is wearing his College of Pharmacy polo shirt as he greets his newborn sweetheart? Way to go, loyal PharmCat!


Jackie Tate (PharmD 2006) and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their second son on July 26. Proud older brother, Landon, will turn 4 in December. The Tates live in Tucson.

Thanks to the 61 COP alumni who attended the 44th annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar in Tucson in early March. You can view photos of some of them online in our seminar album. There's a photo there too of Monica Clarke, (PharmD, 2010) who received a UA shirt donated by conference attendee and almna Imelda Gil (BS Pharmacy, 1969).

metta low portraitIt used to be that Metta Lou Henderson  (BS Pharm 1961, MS 1966, PhD 1978) came back to Tucson each Homecoming - during the mild fall weather - but lived in Michigan, land of winter snow and green spring grass. In May 2011, Henderson returned permanently to cactus country, She's moved back to the Old Pueblo and is readjusting to our famous dry heat.

Portrait of Ken MorrisKen Morris (PhD, 1987) visited Tucson to help teach the 10th Annual Solubility and Solubilization of Aqueous Media course held in early May 2011. Last fall, Morris was named recipient of the Alumni Association's Professional Achievement Award, but was unable to travel then to accept the award in person. The plaque finally made it to Morris this spring, when course faculty Samuel Yalkowsky (Morris's professor and mentor), Paul Myrdal (PhD, 1994) and Rodolfo Pinal (PhD, 1988) publicly congratulated Morris on the UA honor during a dinner for course participants.

Lara Frick (PharmD 2007) joined the Phoenix office of the College of Pharmacy in June 2011. She will work with students completing advanced rotations in the Phoenix area. Her duties include supporting outreach projects, recruiting new sites, precepting senior projects, and helping to solve any problems.

Ashli Rasmussen (PharmD 2010) reports that since graduation she has welcomed her second baby boy, Beckett, who was born in September 2010.  Her first son, Connor, is now 2.  She also completed her UA residency in general pharmacy at University Medical Center in Tucson and became a staff pharmacist there.

Of her residency, Rasmussen says, "I have had the opportunity to experience a variety of rotations from medicine, critical care, and my favorite, oncology. I've enjoyed developing relationships for other healthcare providers as well as my co-residents. I was able to present a poster of my research project (Incidence and Characterization of Bendamustine Infusion Reactions) at a national conference for the annual Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association meeting." 

portrait of young womanBrittany Traylor (PharmD 2010) recently finished a pharmacy residency at University Medical Center in Tucson and is beginning a specialty residency there in emergency department pharmacy. During the spring, as a member of Kappa Epsilon, she helped student KE members conduct a PharmCorp experience at Doolen Middle School in Tucson. Read all about that experience in this May story from our college newsletter for employees.

Nearly 90 new graduates joined the ranks of College of Pharmacy alumni upon their commencement in May. Read our stories about the Class of 2011 Graduation Convocation and student awards. If you are among the newest alumni, make a commitment now to staying In touch with the college and becoming a Wildcat for Life (see awards story for information about three new graduates who received free alumni memberships).

Ali McBride (PharmD 2007) is a clinical pharmacy specialist in hematologic malignancies and bone marrow transplants at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He recently was part of a discussion by the American Society of Clinical Oncologists about the shortage of cancer drugs, and the negative impact of such shortages on research held with more than 200 members of Congress and their staff members.

2 people at exhibit tableMembers of the UA College of Pharmacy family enjoyed taking part in the annual meeting of the Arizona Pharmacy Association held here in Tucson in July. We greeted more than 50 alumni and friends at the college reception, and had many of our alumni and students taking part in the proceedings. Find out who did what in the latter part of this story from our July employee newsletter.






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