Alumni Potpourri - December 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 email your photo and information to the alumni affairs staff.

News from October, November & December

Alumni Ed Armstrong (BS Pharmacy 1980), J. Lyle Bootman (BS Pharmacy 1974), Brian Erstad (PharmD 1994), Eleanor Olvey PharmD 2006), and Bridget Olson (MS 2002) were among the presenters and workshop facilitators at the Training Program in Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research held Sept. 26-30.  Seventy-two participants attended this four-day training, setting an enrollment record in this the program's 12th year.

couple dressed as zombiesKeith Boesen (PharmD 2002) and Kelly Green-Boesen (PharmD 2000) of Tucson attained royal status Oct. 8 when they were voted King and Queen of the Zombie Prom held in Bisbee, Ariz. As far as we know, neither pharmacist reveals undead qualities during work hours.



portrait of young womanJanet Cooley (PharmD 2006) is the new director of experiential education for the UA College of Pharmacy. In her new role, Cooley oversees, manages and coordinates nearly 700 preceptors at approximately 400 practice sites, supervises a staff dedicated to introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiential programs and participates directly in the programs as necessary. Cooley’s appointment began Nov. 28. Prior to coming to work for the college, Cooley was a staff pharmacist at the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus.

face of young womanLisa Rimsza (BS Pharmacy 1985) professor of pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has been awarded $2.96 million by the NIH National Cancer Institute to study molecular diagnosis and prognosis in aggressive lymphoma.


womand and man looking at cameraMarcus Sredzinski (PharmD 1991) of Tucson has been named to the college’s National Advisory Board. Sredzinksi is senior vice president, pharmacy services and business development, for ScriptSave. In his new role with the board, he helps advance the college’s programs, faculty and students. Sredzinski is also a clinical faculty member at the college. He and his wife, Lisa, were among the alumni, donors and friends of the college who attended the Nov. 6 Philanthropic Leaders' Brunch that closed out our Homecoming weekend events. ScriptSave underwrote this event that brought together pharmacy donors and scholarship recipients.

We were so pleased to welcome more than 250 people to our Homecoming events held Nov. 4, 5 and 6. Here are a few of the alumni who helped make our reception a really happy time. Be sure to also see our Homecoming story.

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Al Scorsatto (BS Pharmacy) and his wife, Molly, (left photo) came from Upland, Calif. Tucsonans Metta Lou Henderson (BS 1961, MS 1966, PhD 1978) and Bill Jones (BS 1972, MS 1979) the college's representative to the Alumni Association board, took part in campus events all weekend.

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John Bailey (BS Pharmacy 1954), left photo center, came from California to accept the Jack Cole Distinguished Alumni Award. Cole (BS 1953), professor and emeritus dean (right) and Associate Dean Ted Tong offered their congratulations.

Looks as if Tucsonans Bob Lipsy (BS 1976, PharmD 1985) and Kevin Boesen (PharmD 1996) enjoyed the snacks and company

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A cheer went up when the reunion Class of 1961 was recognized. Class members Albert Hernandez, Herb Meshel and Metta Lou Henderson (all standing) seemed happy to be here!

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Johanna Stryker-Smit (PharmD 1991) of Tucson and her husband, Frank (left photo), were happy to see faculty member Sam Yalkowsky.

Frank Nice (MS 1981) traveled from Maryland to receive the Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award given by the UA Alumni Association. He's seen here with his student escort for the evening, Mark Canet, a graduate student in the pharmacology and toxicology track.

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Alumni from some of our earliest classes attended the reception, including Marty Ronstadt (BS Pharmacy 1950) and his wife, Babs, Charles Kendrick (BS Pharmacy 1955) and Joe Mendez (BS Pharmacy 1950) and his wife, Aida.

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Tom Reed (BS Pharmacy 1969) and his wife, Ellen, of Tucson (left photo), and Alberto Ranjel (BS Pharmacy 1976) and his wife, Patricia, wore the Wildcat colors.

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Class of 1992 alumnus Nancy Alvarez of Pennsylvania (left) is director of Medical Information for Endo Pharmaceuticals and serves on the COP alumni council. She and her sister came to this year's reception. "It was a dry run for my 20th reunion next year!"

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Members of Kappa Epsilon celebrated a 60th anniversary during the Homecoming reception.

Class of 1986 graduate Denise Holzman, now a certified poison information specialist at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, attended the reception with her husband, Larry Hudecek.

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Marilyn (BS Pharmacy, 1974) and Hal Wand (BS Pharmacy, 1979) are true Wildcats, attending every Homecoming. This year, Hal also received the Alumni Association Public Service Award in recognition of his work with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

The friends and family of Tucson pharmacist Bill Fink (center back row, with mustache) enjoyed being there to share in the presentation of his award from the college, the Findlay E. Russell Distinguished Citizen Award. (See our September story for more information on all alumni and non-alumni who received awards at Homecoming.)



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