January-March 2014

  • April 11: Big day on UA campus
  • COP looks to establish new endowed chair
  • Thanks to 3 alumni, there’s an app for NAPLEX!
  • Coming Up: Events to consider
  • Alumni once again make Southwest Clinical Pharmacy Seminar a success
  • Alumnus Bill Jones: 'Retirement' brings new role in patient care
  • Alumni Potpourri January-March 2014
  • COP graduate returns 'home' to Tucson
  • In Memoriam
  • More news for you

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If you are anywhere near Tucson April 11, we have three reasons for you to come back to campus!

First: It's the opening day of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona's Spring Fling - and the 40th anniversary of this big fundraiser-funraiser!  It's also the first time in 15 years that the Fling comes back to the UA Mall (east of Cherry Street). The largest student-run carnival in the nation attracted more than 25,000 people last year.  The eight student directors planning more than 35 rides and games and 20-plus different food booths (from corn dogs to crab puffs) hope even more Wildcats and friends will come back to campus to be part of the fun.

Just as important: April 11 is also the grand kickoff celebration for the University of Arizona's biggest-ever fundraising campaign. The day will include faculty and researchers talking about ways UA is addressing global challenges. Take tours of laboratories and creative spaces, and experience discovery and innovation live and up close. The campaign kickoff takes place on the Mall near Old Main. We've heard there will be short speeches and fireworks too! 

More fun for fans: April 11 is also part of Super Wildcat Weekend, a three-day schedule of UA sports, shootouts and even a movie in the stadium. Super Wildcat Weekend starts April 10.

Here's an overview of the major goings-on planned for Friday, April 11.

  • 2-4:30 p.m.: Lectures, panels and tours hosted by colleges and UA units
  • 4 p.m.: Spring Fling opening and ribbon cutting
  • 4:30-6:45 p.m.:  Interactive Expo: UA colleges showcase innovation
  • 7:30 p.m.: Pop/rock band American Authors perfoms at Spring Fling; sponsored by University of Arizona Foundation

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Top 5 Reasons To Attend Spring Fling
  1. It's on campus this year.
  2. It's the primary fundraiser for UA student clubs and organizations: $60,000 was raised in 2013.
  3. There are activities for all ages, including an alumni reunion, cocktail events, and, for the kids, Curious George, science demonstrations, and, of course, rides.
  4. It supports Tucson charities - you can help by donating canned food for the Community Food Bank or a book for Reading Seed.
  5. It's on campus this year!


The UA College of Pharmacy is well on its way to establishing its third endowed faculty chair, one that will support the current dean and future deans of the college. A minimum of one million dollars is needed to establish an endowed chair at the University of Arizona. In 2013, the college received a lead gift of $750,000 for the dean’s chair, and further commitments of an additional $100,000. Given the generosity of the first donors, the chair is expected to be fully funded at one million dollars by December 2014.

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By day, three recent UA College of Pharmacy graduates work in retail pharmacy stores across Arizona. By night, they perfect and market a new smartphone app designed to help PharmD students, especially those preparing to take the NAPLEX exam.

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Here are events taking place at the College of Pharmacy that you may want to attend.

Tuesday, April 8  noon-1 p.m.
Join us for a box lunch outside Drachman Hall as we celebrate college leaders (including alumna Metta Lou Henderson) who have been recognized for achievement this year. RSVP online.

Thursday, April 17 3:30-5 p.m.
Alumnus Bill Fritz (BS Pharmacy 1970) retires this spring as director of pharmacy residency programs and associate director of clinical services at University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus. We'll toast Fritz at a reception in the third-floor foyer and conference rooms of Drachman Hall.

Tuesday-Thursday, June 3-5
The Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research hosts the Training Program in Meta-Analysis in Drachman Hall.

Monday-Thursday, Sept. 22-25
Professionals whose job responsibilities include the application or interpretation of pharmacoeconomic information are invited to attend this four-day workshop in Tucson.

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 7-9
It's Homecoming Weekend at the University of Arizona. Start planning your class reunion now!

Thanks to all College of Pharmacy alumni who participated in the 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar in Tucson March 7-9. This year the conference was sponsored in partnership with the Arizona Pharmacy Association. As always, UA alumni made up a majority of attendees and good part of the conference faculty as well. Helping make the seminar a success were alumni presenters and panelists Martie Fankhauser (MS 1982), Lisa Whittington (PharmD 2007), Carol Rollins (PharmD 1987), David Lee (BS Pharmacy 1977), Robert Squire (PharmD 2009), Brian Erstad (PharmD 1994), Kevin Boesen (PharmD 1996) and  Robert Lipsy (PharmD 1985).

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Pharmacists, including alumni Kevin Boesen far left, and Brian Erstad (center) discuss the future of the profession; Dan Dalton (left) and David Stith enjoy making hand sanitiizer in David Lee's session

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Is it possible to be busier after retirement than before? Can you still be involved in cutting-edge innovations in your chosen field? If you’re Bill Jones, then the answer is yes. Jones has been anything but stagnant since his retirement from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in 2009.

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Learn what Patrick O'Brien, Rob Sulzbach, Mark Murphy, Nancy Mellor, Joe Mendez and a host of others have been up to lately!

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Ali McBride has been a busy man since he earned his PharmD degree at the UA College of Pharmacy in 2007. He spent the year following his graduation as a pharmacy resident at the VA Medical Center in Tucson. He then spent a year as an oncology resident at Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida. He has worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis as a clinical pharmacy specialist, and was a specialty practice pharmacist at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. Now he is back in Tucson, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

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We are saddened to learn of the loss of members of our alumni family.

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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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