September 2015 - May 2016

Here's a round-up of what has happened at the dear old alma mater in the last several months, and some of what's planned for the future.

  • Welcome, new alumni!
  • Cats to come home Oct. 27-29
  • Nominate yourself or others for alumni awards
  • Thanks to alumni sponsors
  • College tapped for Weaver award for community service
  • Alumna plays central role in HIV clinic
  • Graduates accept residencies
  • Alumni, friends increase scholarship opportunities
  • Murphy serves as interim dean
  • Alumni Potpourri
  • In Memoriam
  • More News for You


Welcome, new alumni!

Nearly 100 new doctors of pharmacy and a dozen new doctors of philosophy (in pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacology and toxicology) joined the ranks of College of Pharmacy alumni May 13. The ceremony in Centennial Hall generated smiles, jokes, heartfelt thanks and even tears of pride among the graduates and their families. Enjoy the happy moments by watching a short video (Read more link) or browsing the big album of pictures on our Flickr account.

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hooding grad

Cats to come home Oct. 27-29

We had a great time last October with longtime friends and new buddies at UA and College of Pharmacy Homecoming events. That's all the reason you need to plan now to attend the 2016 festivities that will take place this coming October. Keep Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th open on your social calendar and watch for updates in coming months about what special events the college will host. One thing already set for the big weekend: the Wildcats will face off against Stanford that Saturday.

If you missed Homecoming 2015, click Read more below to view our slide show of class reunion and reception activities.

Read more and watch show

alumni reunion

Nominate yourself or others for alumni awards

Nominations are now open for the College of Pharmacy's Distinguished Alumnus, Distinguished Citizen and Pharmacy Practice awards. We will wait until June 30 for you to nominate a colleague, friend or even yourself! The photo at right shows the recipient of the 2015 Findlay Russell Distinguished Citizen award, Shaun Kirkpatrick.

The University of Arizona Alumni Association also sponsors a variety of awards that may fit as perfect recognition for someone you respect. If you wish to participate in Alumni Association nominations, please contact our alumni office first to discuss your ideas.


Read more about how to nominate
Read about last year's award recipients


award winner

Thanks to alumni sponsors

Eight new PharmD students appreciate the generosity of eight COP alumni who underwrote the graduates' new memberships in the UA Alumni Association during May. This is the sixth year alumni have sponsored memberships.

Three-year paid memberships were donated by alumni Nancy Alvarez, Class of 1992; Steven Boyles, Class of 2014; Amanda Condon, Class of 2015; Bernadette Cornelison, Class of 2012; Jessica DiLeo, Class of 2013; Bill Jones, Class of 1972, 1979; Danielle Rhine, Class of 2014; and Al Scorsatto, Class of 1970. The new “Wildcats for Life” (three of them are in the photo) are Brieanna Flores-Keown, Raina Lad, Meghan Menke, Mel Nelson, Zack Riddle, Rick Robertson, Tatiana Sawyer and Rona Zhou.

Read more to learn what some of the recipients wrote in their applications for the Alumni Association memberships.


smiling trio

College tapped for Weaver award for community service

We're so excited! The UA College of Pharmacy has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Presented annually to a single college or school of pharmacy, the award serves to recognize programs that demonstrate a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research.

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poison center outreach

Alumna plays central role at HIV clinic

Alumna Connie Chan, PharmD 2012, serves a central role at the nationally recognized HIV clinic at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. The medical center was ranked number three in the nation for the care of HIV patients, according to a survey by the University Health System Consortium for the year 2014.

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pharmacist with chart

Graduates accept residencies

Congratulations to the 37 graduating UA COP students who matched with postgraduate year 1 residency programs and postgraduate fellowships, and to the 10 previous graduates who will enter PGY2 residency programs. COP students who applied for residencies and fellowships had an overall acceptance rate above 70 percent.

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professionals at bedside

Alumni, friends increase scholarship opportunities

Thanks to alumni and friends, including Rick and Nancy Katz (shown right), the College of Pharmacy has seen significant growth in scholarships for PharmD students in recent years, with donor-sponsored scholarship funds increasing from 23 to 37.

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Murphy serves as interim dean

For much of the past academic year, John E. Murphy, longtime associate dean of the UA College of Pharmacy, also served as interim dean, guiding the college and representing it within the University of Arizona Health Sciences organization. In December, an advisory committee began work to recruit a new permanent dean. The first of three finalists for the dean's position visited the college May 17 and 18, and other candidates are expected to visit soon.

Read Dr. Murphy's remarks on taking on the role of dean
Read about the search committee

Dean Murphy

Alumni Potpourri

Patrick Campbell, Kevin Boesen, Dan Massey, Amanda Condon, Ryan Pett and several others are featured in this edition of odds and ends about alumni. Walt Klimecki, right, took on a temporary role at the college this year.

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scientist at computer

In Memoriam

We've received notice of the passing of an alumnus.

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In Memoriam

More news for you

This Staying In Touch newsletter to alumni publishes a few 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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