January & February 2013

  • Event set to honor recently retired associate dean
  • Alumni Potpourri January - February 2013
  • You're invited to Cats @ the Capital March 4
  • MMC exceeds new quality expectations
  • Memorial Fund established for Newtown victim
  • In Memoriam
  • College honored for Dispose-A-Med program
  • Pharmacy lands high on gender-equality scale
  • Southwest seminar continues to attract alumni


smiling older white manA tribute and dinner will be held for A. Jay Gandolfi, who retired as professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies in December, at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson on Friday, March 1. The event honors of Gandolfi’s 34 years of work at the University of Arizona and will include an afternoon retrospective of his academic accomplishments, followed by a reception and dinner. See the Gandolfi Tribute webpage for a list of speakers and the schedule for the event. For information about attending, contact Liz Mellor. Follow the link below to learn more about Gandolfi's contributions to the College of Pharmacy.

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This issue's page of miscellany includes updates from alumni Ed Armstrong, Janet Cooley, Norman Algert, Jaymie Arnold, Mark Pulido and several others. One of them is now a vintner.

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UA alumni are cordially invited by the university's State Relations staff to meet and mingle with Arizona legislators at the Cats @ the Capital 5 to 7 p.m. reception set for Monday, March 4 in the new Health Sciences Education Building in downtown Phoenix. RSVP online at this event website. Tucsonans may reserve a seat on a charter bus to and from the event. To learn more about UA's State Relations program, check out this interview with Tim Bee, UA associate vice president.


center logoNew quality standards announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that the College of Pharmacy’s Medication Management Center is doing excellent work with patients. The center provided services to more than 300,000 medication therapy management members in 2011.

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Our hearts ache as we report that one of our own lost a beloved daughter in the Newtown, Conn., shooting Dec. 14. Information about the memorial fund that honors her is posted in this story.

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Several other members of the College of Pharmacy family also left this world recently.

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one man giving award to another manThe college received a Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Dec. 13 for its role in the Dispose-a-Med program. The award celebrates collaboration between the private and public sectors, neighborhood and special interest groups, and other stakeholders. Students from the college and staff from the poison center participate in the Dispose-a-Med Program, which collects and incinerates unused medications and educates consumers about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

In the photo at left, Jeff Prevatt of Pima County (left) presents the Common Ground Award to Dean J. Lyle Bootman.



A recent report says that pharmacy is a female-friendly profession, with higher earnings and a smaller gender gap than many other fields.

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2 women at table for meetingCollege alumni ranging from the Class of 1961 to the Class of 2010 attended the college's 46th annual Southwestern Clinical Seminar, making up about a quarter of the 175 pharmacists and technicians who participated.The seminar was held in Tucson Feb. 16 and 17, with a variety of sessions and workshops. Thanks to the faithful PharmCats who attended.

Alumni presenters were Martie Fankhauser (MS Pharmacy 1982), speaking on preventive health strategies; Bob Lipsy, (BS Pharmacy 1976), giving the annual new drug review; and Kevin Boesen (PharmD 1996), who developed a communications workshop. The photo below shows Boesen (left, in dark suit) using some of the skills he learned with the Second City Conservatory (they trained John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radnor) to teach listening and counseling. In the photo left, Metta Lou Henderson (BS Pharmacy 1961, MS 1966, PhD 1978) and Fankhauser meet for the first time. Henderson is the woman in blue.

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