April-July 2014

  • Reserve Nov 7-8 for Homecoming
  • Homecoming highlight: Boesen to receive Alumnus of the Year
  • Educator-clinician-leader Charles Daniels loves life
  • Dates to note
  • Alumna Rose Martin: Karate trainer, MMC director
  • Alumni Potpourri
  • COP grad completes residency, plans wedding
  • Wildcats love Wildcat love
  • Hip, hip, hurray for newest alumni!
  • Callers send big welcome
  • In Memoriam
  • More news for you

As an alumnus, you should have received a postcard from us this month announcing the dates of Homecoming 2014. That card is your only "snail mail" message about the big alumni party set for the second weekend in November. Please start making your plans to attend now!

On the docket for the College of Pharmacy are a just-for-fun compounding lab Friday afternoon led by alumna David Lee (make your own hand sanitizer!), the traditional Friday evening reception and a friendship tent on the UA Mall Saturday before the big football game with against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Follow the read more link below for more information of events as they now stand and keep checking the site for updates throughout the coming months. Register online for our events anytime.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first UA Homecoming. To celebrate, many interesting and entertaining events are planned by the Alumni Association and others. Find out what's going on campuswide from the association webpages.

Note: If you did not receive a Homecoming postcard, we do not have your correct mailing address. Please update us with an email.

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During Homecoming activities, former College of Pharmacy student and employee Kevin Boesen will accept one of the Alumni Association's 2014 Alumni of the Year awards. The college nominated Boesen for his accomplishments as a faculty member during his nine years with the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and for his entrepreneurial leadership in establishing, expanding and managing the award-winning Medication Management Center at the college. Boesen left the college as a full-time faculty member early this year to become CEO of SinfoniaRx, a new division of Sinfonia, a Tucson healthcare company.

The Alumni of the Year awards will be presented during a campus ceremony the afternoon of Nov. 7. The College of Pharmacy will honor Boesen and the recipients of COP recognitions during a short presentation at our Nov. 7 evening reception. Watch for announcements of other award recipients this fall!

For Charles Daniels, the period of time between ending his stint as a pharmacy student at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 1975 and working at University of California-San Diego has been filled with good memories. Find out what Daniels has been doing as a leader and teacher, and what he enjoys doing on his days off!

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Here are some college-sponsored events for you to consider:

Aug. 12-14
College of Pharmacy
Training Program in Meta-Analysis for personnel in healthcare decision-making, industry and academic research,or graduate training programs wanting to evaluate results across multiple studies.

Sept. 4     12-1 p.m.
College of Pharmacy plaza
Welcome Back Picnic for students, employees and alumni. Burgers, dogs, music and fun are on tap.

Sept. 22-25
College of Pharmacy
Training Program in Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research.for personnel in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare delivery systems and other healthcare organizations

You don’t have to be a second-degree black belt in karate to become the director of the Medication Management Center, but then, Rose Martin is a bit of an overachiever. Learn more this 2007 graduate's accomplishments,

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This feature lists the accomplishments and personal milestones of alumni who share their news with us. This time we have an update on those who support memberships in the Alumni Association for new graduates, notes about alumnae Ashley Sweaney and Ashlee Gerfen, who have new jobs, and reports of several alumni who have won teaching awards recently or helped us make PharmCamp successful!

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Since graduating from the College of Pharmacy in 2012, Libby Giesler has continued her education by going into residency programs. After two years of advanced learning, she is now ready to launch her career and make big changes in her personal life. Find out about her accomplishments and plans in this story.

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Are you a Wildcat who recently wed another Wildcat?  Submit a nuptial photo to the Arizona Alumni magazine, just as Mark Culver (PharmD 2012) and Briana Leuck Culver (PharmD 2009) did recently, and you too may end up in the Wildcat wedding gallery. (Are you paying attention, Libby Giesler? We'd like to see you in the next issue!)



The College of Pharmacy minted 12 new doctors of philosophy and 94 new doctors of pharmacy May 16. Watch our video about this big day by following the Read more link. If you want more news about students and faculty who earned awards during graduation week, go to this additional story.

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Alumni volunteers have been dialing up members of  the PharmD Class of 2014 to welcome the beginning pharmacists to the profession, Thank you to the following for reaching out to their new colleagues.

Bernadette Aragon (2012), Alan Barreuther (1973), Matt Bertsch (2012), Mark Culver (2012), Crane Davis (1995), Jessica DiLeo (2013), Janice Friedman (1980), Bill Fritz (1970), Ashlee Gerfen (2012), Amy Grizzle (1990), Denise Holzman (1986), Bill Jones (1972), Cathy Kelley (1989), Roni McGowan (2012), Christina Mnatzaganian (2011), Ryan Pett (2013), John Pilgrim (1971), Al Scorsatto (1970) and Lee Stringer (2011). Thanks too to preceptor Kim Birmingham, who enthusiastically joined in the calling.

Though there is joy as new graduates join our alumni numbers, we at the College of Pharmacy experience deep sadness at the loss of alumni friends. We learned most recently that Joe Mendez of Tucson died following surgery July 25 and Andy Stout of California died in April.

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This Staying In Touch newsletter to alumni publishes four to six 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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