Alumni Potpourri April-July 2014

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Thanks to 10 generous alumni, 10 enthusiastic 2014 graduates now hold three-year memberships in the UA Alumni Association. Sponsoring alumni were Christine Aguilar (PharmD 2012), Nancy Alvarez (PharmD 1992), Matt Bertsch (PharmD 2012), Mark Culver (PharmD 2012), Jessica DiLeo (PharmD 2013), Ed Gatti (BS Pharmacy 1965), Ashlee Gerfen (PharmD 2012), Bill Jones (BS 1972, MS 1979), Erica Luiten (PharmD 2012) and Al Scorsatto (BS Pharmacy 1970). Congratulations to membership recipients Jacquelyn Adkins, Steven Boyles, Patrick Campbell, Mary Cradick, Patrick Hryshyko, Michael Klein, Ae Ri Lee, Danielle Nguyen, Clarissa Sema and Amy Smith.

Alumna Nancy Alvarez visited the college in April to present "Between a Rock and a Rock: The Pharmacist's Role in Patient-Centered Care for Patients Experiencing Pain" as part of the R. Ken Coit Seminar series. Alvarez also led leadership skills-building activities for Phi Lambda Sigma.

During his last semester, Patrick Campbell (PharmD 2014) was selected, along with his professor, Terri Warholak, as a recipient of a Walmart Scholar Program travel scholarship to attend the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting July 26-30 in Texas.

young couple with infant in armsRachael and Andrew Cook (both PharmD 2012) welcomed daughter Charlotte Rae on June 20. Rachael writes that Charlotte weighed seven pounds, seven ounces at birth and was 18 inches long. "We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful, healthy baby and can't wait to introduce her to all our friends."



Howard Eng (BS Pharmacy 1974), who is an assistant professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public, was named a Champion of Change in April for his work to educate Pacific Islanders about the Affordable Care Act.

Ashlee Gerfen (PharmD 2012) has completed a PGY2 residency in critical care pharmacy at University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus and become a clinical pharmacist there.

drawing of trophy with star on topJanet Cooley (PharmD 2006), director of experiential education at the college, and Jaime von Glahn (PharmD 2004), who works for Fry's pharmacies, were selected in May as UA COP Clinical Science Educator of the Year and UA COP Preceptor of the Year, respectively.

Other alumni copped similar recognition. Evan Williams (PharmD 2011) reports that "three graduates from my class who chose to pursue a career in academic pharmacy all received Teacher of the Year awards from their respective universities this academic year." Earning honors were Christina Mnatzaganian, University of Hawaii-Hilo; Velliyur Viswesh, California Northstate University; and Williams, Husson University.

" I just wanted to make the [UA] school aware well prepared we are for our careers," he says.

Ashley Sweaney (PharmD 2012) was hired earlier this year at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to set up a new medication therapy management program there. The OSU center works with the UA Medication Management Center to serve patients. Sweaney trained at the UA center while a student.

Rob Sulzbach (PharmD 2008) writes that he has been practicing at the Whiteriver (Arizona) Service Unit of the Indian Health Service since his graduation. "Pharmacy here is very pro-active; we are starting to participate in home visits and other community programs." Sulzbach also hosts UA and other pharmacy students on rural rotations.

kids crowded around pharmacistThe College of Pharmacy sponsored five PharmCamp sessions this summer, one each in Tucson, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Casa Grande and Phoenix. PharmCamps are four- or five-day events for middle-school students and include a variety of experiences related to pharmacy, science and health care. Several alumni pitched in to make the experiences meaningful to the 18 to 24 youngsters attending the different camps.

Participating in the Casa Grande camp were Lee Bartes (PharmD 2011) and Michael Campbell, Jr.  (PharmD 2013) of Walgreens, community pharmacist Matt Bertsch (PharmD 2012) and Charity Olson (PharmD 2010) of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.

Helping with the Yuma camp were Mark Jordan (PharmD 2001), Jacob Schwarz (PharmD 2010) and Robert Goodwillie (PharmD 1998) of Yuma Regional Medical Center. During the Sierra Vista camp, community pharmacist Mike Karr (BS Pharmacy 1972) and Walgreens manager Mobeen Moslem (PharmD 2013) talked about jobs in pharmacy; Moslem is pictured here. Karr's granddaughter Makala Mae was one of the campers listening.

Taking part in the PharmCamp tour of Maricopa Integrated Health Systems in Phoenix were Erica Domer (PharmD 2011), Zaira Balmaceda (PharmD 2010) and Debbie Laird (PharmD 2007). Lydia Ly (PharmD 2003) also visited the Phoenix camp.

Alumni David Lee (BS Pharmacy 1977) and Robert Squire (PharmD 2009) led compounding and other activities at several of the camps, Thanks also go out to the many other volunteers who made the camps successful.

Hamad Al-Dhewalia, MS in pharmaceutical sciences 1988, has been named chief executive officer of the King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The center is being transformed into a facility for the treatment of MERS-CoV. The virus has affected more than 500 people in the kingdom. Read the story of Al-Dhewalia's appointment in Arab News.

Originally posted: August 17, 2014
Last updated: December 17, 2014
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