March-April 2013

We're entering the home stretch of another academic year here at the College of Pharmacy. Here's what happened in recent weeks.

  • Erstad appointed to head Pharmacy Practice & Science
  • Klimecki promoted to associate head of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Nominate top performers for awards
  • Center for Toxicology and Pharmacology Education and Research formed
  • Tribute to Gandolfi held March 1
  • Alumni Potpourri March-April 2013
  • Wildcats on the road in May
  • Add these events to your calendar
  • Want to know more sooner?
  • In Memoriam


smiling man with dark hairBrian Erstad, who earned a PharmD from UA in 1987, is now head of the college's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. A member of the department since 1988, Erstad has served as interim head since February 2012. He was assistant department head from 1997 through 2011.

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balding man smilingWalter Klimecki, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy and a 1994 alumnus of the college's pharmacology and toxicology doctoral track, has been promoted to associate head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. In his new role, Klimecki manages and administers department faculty matters, participates in business management of the department, represents the department at college and university committees and meetings, manages departmental staff and participates in defining and refining the departmental mission and strategic plan.

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graphic of stars and confettiKnow a stellar pharmacist, scientist or other alumnus who deserves recognition? Now's the time to nominate him or her for an achievement award. Nominations are open until June 30 for a variety of awards. Most will be presented at Homecoming festivities planned for Nov. 8.

The criteria and instructions for the following College of Pharmacy awards are online:

  • Jack R. Cole, PhD, Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Findlay E. Russell, MD, PhD, Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Danny and Rae Jacob Award for Pharmacy Practice

The UA Alumni Association will present an Alumnus of the Year Award this fall to an alumnus of each college. The criteria and nomination instructions for Alumnus of the Year are listed at the association's website. The recipient of this award will be honored at an association-sponsored event and at the COP Homecoming reception.

The Alumni Association also invites nominations for any of its several other achievement awards. Find descriptions of all the possible awards online at the association site.

If you nominate someone for the Alumni Association's Alumnus of the Year Award or another association-sponsored award, please contact the College of Pharmacy Alumni Affairs Office, too, so that your nominee is included in our Homecoming festivities.


The two poison and drug information centers in Arizona have joined forces to form the Center for Toxicology and Pharmacology Education and Research. The center, located at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, provides the poison centers at UA College of Pharmacy and the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix a unique opportunity to work together like never before.

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man with white hair and big smileMore than 230 colleagues, friends and family members gathered March 1 to honor A. Jay Gandolfi, who retired as professor and associate dean in December, for his 34 years of service to the University of Arizona. We posted pictures from the happy event.

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This issue's miscelleanous updates about alumni includes activities by Stephen Joel Coons, John Seeger, Greg Daniel, Anne McCluskey, Mary Babico and William Foxx-Lupo.

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wilbur mascot The UA Alumni Association and Arizona Athletics will visit sports fans across the state during May. Head coaches Rich Rodriguez (football), Sean Miller (men's basketball) and Niya Butts (women's basketball) and Athlectic Director Greg Byrne will be at family-friendly events in Phoenix, Yuma, Sierra Vista and Pinetop. (Not all coaches will be able to attend each event.) There'll be prizes too! For details and to RSVP, follow the links below:


graphic of 2013 calendarAlumni are always welcome additions to the following College of Pharmacy events:

  • White Coat Ceremony, April 26, Centennial Hall, UA Campus, doors open at 1:30 p.m.This ceremony recognizes PharmD students' transition to their year of clinical experiences.

And, dear alumnus, don't forget HOMECOMING 2013. College activities will take place Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. Details to come -- plan now to be here!


From August through May, the College of Pharmacy publishes another e-newsletter, called the Bulletin, about every two weeks. It's filled with stories about employees, students and alumni. You can find past issues of the Bulletin online. To be added to the subscription list to receive email notices about new issues, just contact Ginny Geib, director of communications.


Sadly, we have learned of the deaths of more alumni and faculty from the College of Pharmacy.

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