April-August 2015

A new academic year is underway and Homecoming is just around the corner. Catch up on what's happening at the UA College of Pharmacy.

  • Make plans to attend Homecoming 2015
  • College welcomes large new class
  • Thanks to 'The Congratulators'
  • PharmD program to expand to Phoenix
  • Wildcats Forever contest gifts 15
  • Alumni Potpourri
  • In Memoriam
  • More news for you

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2015

Details are shaping up for another great Homecoming celebration. Mark your calendar to be part of the fun at the College of Pharmacy on Oct. 23 and on the main campus Oct. 24.

We're making some changes to our events this year, partly to reduce costs during a very tight budget cycle. The Pharmacy festivities kick off Friday afternoon with guided tours of the college's award-winning Medication Management Center, which is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and of the always interesting History of Pharmacy Musuem, which boasts some new exhibits, including pieces once displayed at Disneyland.

For Friday evening, we'll welcome college alumni, students and employees to an al fresco reception outside Drachman Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m. During the reception, while we are sipping wine and crunching munchies, we'll also tip our hats to those PharmCats receiving UA and college awards, and to the Medication Management Center. The program will be brief, as renewing acquaintances is the primary goal of this event.

Saturday is game day against Washington State. Event times for Saturday all will be determined in relation to the time set in October for the football clash. This year PharmCats will congregate in the UA Alumni Association tent on UA Mall to watch the parade and socialize. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in and near the Alumni Association tent.

We're looking forward to good weather, good times and good company -- be sure to register soon!

Read more here about tours, the reception, pregame events and REGISTRATION.

alumna with small boy and girl

College welcomes large new class

August signals the arrival of new students to the college, and this year we went big, accepting 120 newcomers into the PharmD program. Thirteen aspiring research students also joined our master's and PhD programs. Read about the backgrounds of our new PharmCats and watch a video about what brought them to pharmacy and UA.

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Students in class waving to camera

Thanks to 'The Congratulators'

Three cheers to the 13 alumni volunteers who issued warm Wildcat welcomes to the college's most recent graduates over the summer. We graduated 97 new PharmDs in May, and the following folks contacted nearly all by phone, text or email, congratulating them on being new Pharmacy alumni! "The Congratulators" were Ed Gatti (1965), Ashlee Dauenhauer and Matt Bertsch (2012), Denise Holzman (1986), Bill Jones (1972), Dawn Sullivan (1995), Michelle Bonnarens (1997), Tom Reed (1969), Bill Fritz (1970), Amy Grizzle (1990), Lindsey Kelley (2005) and Steven Boyles and Patrick Hryshko (2014).

Read more about May graduation and Class of 2015 awards


Graduates celebrating outside

PharmD program to expand to Phoenix

Next fall, the College of Pharmacy expects to launch a full PharmD program on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. A cadre of first-year pharmacy students will start the ball rolling in August 2016. The Phoenix group will be a component of the current PharmD program, with 20 to 25 percent of total students enrolled completing their three years of classroom work in Phoenix.

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Graphic - PharmD coming to Phoenix

Wildcats Forever contest gifts 15

Now in its fifth year, the college's Wildcats Forever program presented 15 three-year paid memberships to 2015 graduates this May. Recipients who wrote persuasive essays about Wildcat pride were Amanda Condon, Michelle Dorame, Steven Dudley, Alex German, Sean Guidmond, Alina Kurita, Amy Nguyen, Stephanie Nguyen, Pritesh Patel, Bryan Sears, Megan Shell, Anne Simacek, Elaine Truong, Angela Walsh and Brittney Witmer.

Making the gift memberships possible were alumni donors Jessica DiLeo (2013); Matt Bertsch, Bernadette Cornelison and Ashlee Dauenhauer (2012); Monica Adams and Lindsey Mullen (2011); Crane Davis (1995); Bill Jones (1972); Al Scorsatto (1970); Ed Gatti (1965); and Jack Cole (1953). Also participating were faculty members Todd Camenisch and Ted Tong. Dauenhauer, a former student recipient, recruited the sponsors and DiLeo, also a past recipient, presented the memberships.


Students holdaing certificates

Alumni Potpourri

Many, many alumni have news to report, including starting new companies, winning awards, becoming CEO, and heading professional organizations. One of them is Jessica DiLeo, shown here.

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Jessice DiLeo with award

In Memoriam

We've received notice of the passing of an alumnus and a former employee who helped many students.

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In Memoriam

More news for you

This Staying In Touch newsletter to alumni publishes about four times a year. If you would like to hear about what's going on at the college more frequently and in more detail, add yourself to the distribution list for the College of Pharmacy Bulletin, another e-newsletter which publishes every two to three weeks during fall and spring semesters and includes more stories about faculty and students. Simply let the Bulletin editor know you'd like to be on that list. She'll need your name and email.

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