January & February 2012

The Alumni Affairs office at UA College of Pharmacy shares the following updates for the new year.

  • Student pharmacists reach out in big way
  • Alumni Potpourri: Notes from friends
  • Homecoming invitation from your alumni rep
  • Register now for 45th Southwestern Clinical
  • More CE opportunities set this spring
  • Cheer for Derrick in Phoenix
  • Alumnus studying effects of environmentally hazardous sites
  • UA Cat Cafe set for March 25
  • Let's go to the Capitol
  • Great shirt for spring days
  • In Memoriam

2 male students doing diabetes screeningEvery semester, UA student pharmacists participate in many hours of community service and charitable events. They conduct free health screenings, give volunteer service to local charities, go on international medical missions and make philanthropic gifts. Few colleges do more to make a positive difference in their towns and the world.

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We were delighted to receive notes from alumni Grace Hunt Milota and Greg Matsuura following our last edition of Staying In Touch, and are reporting updates on the activities of these others: Eleanor Olvey, Scott Hall, Erica Domer, Ana Gamboa, Scott Strassels, Carol Rollins, Kelly Green-Boesen and Dick Wiedhopf.

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Bill Jones (BS Pharmacy 1972, MS 1979), the College of Pharmacy's representative to the UA Alumni Association Governing Board, reminds all COP alumni to plan now for Homecoming 2012.

older woman and man smiling"Homecoming 2012 is set for the Nov. 10 weekend -- that's the Veterans Day weekend. It is not too early to start thinking about attending. The College of Pharmacy will have an event on Friday evening  and all alumni can also join with faculty, staff and friends at the tent on the Mall before the game. This year will be exciting with a new football coach, Rich Rodriguez. The team meets Colorado that day.

"The Class of 1962 will be honored with a 50-year reunion! Other classes to be recognized are those from 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. As someone from the Class of 1972, it's hard to imagine that all these years have gone by!

"I'm sure many classes will want to have events just for their class. There are numerous options on and around campus to consider. Please contact us to get some ideas."

Photo (right) of Jones and his wife, Anita, at Homecoming 2011.


graphic of mexican tileEvery year, the college's Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar offers not just great educational programming, but also a chance to see old friends and former classmates. Once again, many alumni and current and former college faculty are presenting lectures and leading discussions. Topics for the March 2-4 conference include mental health updates, therapeutics problems in geriatric populations, new drug updates and pharmacogenomics.  Find a complete list of events and presenters in the seminar brochure. Register online and plan to have a great, educational time with us.


We'll offer a new course in comparative effectiveness research for the first time March 12-14 here in Tucson. The two and one-half day program was developed by the Comparative Effectiveness Research Group headed by faculty member Daniel Malone, in conjunction with the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research. Find full information within the course brochure and register online.

Coming up April 29-May 4 is the longstanding course Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics for the Industrial Scientist. Developed by faculty member Michael Mayersohn (who became an honorary alumnus at Homecoming last fall), the course will be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort. Alumnus Hank Pieniaszek (PhD 1983) will come back to help teach the course. The course brochure and registration are online.


The UA American Indian Alumni Club, Honors College Alumni Club and the CactusCats Tucson Alumni Chapter are holding a fundraiser around the Thursday, March 1 basketball game in Phoenix between the Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. It will be a return to cactus country for former Wildcat star player Derrick Williams, now a Timberwolf.

Ten dollars of every $50 ticket sold for the event will go to support a sponsoring club's scholarship program. The ticket includes a mixer at the Verve Energy Lounge, the game and on-court free shooting after the game. For an extra $50 fee, 20 people will get to "high five" the players as they enter the arena.

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balding manWalt Klimecki, PhD, a 1994 alumnus and now assistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology here at COP, is one of the investigators in a study that will examine potential exposure of residents in the town of Dewey-Humboldt, Ariz., near Prescott, to harmful metals from the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter.

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The College of Pharmacy hopes to have a contingent in the Cat Cafe event planned in Tucson for Sunday, March 25. This event gives UA students an opportunity to meet up for informal conversations with alumni who are now practicing in professions of interest to the students. The March event will be held in 10 coffee shops near UA, with small groups meeting to talk about a variety of careers. Alumni serve as facilitators, but always learn a lot from the students, too. If you are interested in meeting students and sharing your experiences in the pharmacy profession, send us an email. We would be happy to discuss the program, even if you are not available for March 25.

Meet Arizona's legislators and show your support for the University of Arizona on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Arizona Capitol Complex in Phoenix. The event is organized by the UA State Relations Office and the AdvoCATS group. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The day includes observing a meeting of the House Higher Education Committee, lunch with legislators and an interactive session about higher education.

To participate, before Feb. 17 email with your name, email address, phone number, home address and if you need bus transportation from Tucson.

Despite what that groundhog in Pennsylvania predicted, we know "shirt-sleeve weather" will be here soon. Welcome warmer days  in a fashionable College of Pharmacy alumni polo shirt.  It's simple to order a shirt through our online  form. The polos are just $35, and part of each purchase goes to our student scholarship fund.

We learned recently of the death of Edward Celaya, BS Pharmacy 1966.

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Staying In Touch is an electronic newsletter developed to keep alumni of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy aware of people, programs and activities related to the college. Send your comments to the Alumni Affairs office.


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