March-May 2012

A lot has happened since we last sent an alumni newsletter!

  • Burnett honored with UA Alumni Association award
  • Happy, happy day for Class of 2012
  • 6 new Wildcats join the club
  • Alumni Potpourri - March through May 2012
  • See you in Tucson Nov. 9 & 10
  • Still time to nominate a 'superstar'
  • Poison center at COP recertified
  • 31 new alumni match with residencies
  • Class of 2012 presents senior projects
  • Alumna acts quickly to save customer
  • Students, faculty receive awards at luncheon
  • Visiting D.C.? Take in UA events too!
  • 'Reunions' take place at Southwestern Clinical


smiling older man in graduation robeCharles Burnett, a 1959 alumnus of the College of Pharmacy, received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association at the UA Graduate Commencement May 11. This is the highest recognition presented by the association. Burnett was the only UA alumnus to receive the award this spring.

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2 happy women graduates The big day finally arrived for the Class of 2012 on May 11: the president of the university said those long-awaited words, "By the power vested in me by the Arizona Board of Regents, I hereby confer...."

Six new PhDs in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology and toxicology heard the official declaration first, standing as a group following individual hooding by their faculty advisers.

And then, after each of the 95 PharmD graduates had had a brief moment in the stage spotlight, receiving the official academic hood while Associate Dean John Murphy read their final thank you statements, UA President Eugene Sander addressed the coveted words to the jubilant class.

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Six enthusiastic new Wildcat graduates received three-year UA Alumni Association memberships in May from five equally enthusiastic veteran UA alumni.

For the second year, loyal members of the college's alumni council sponsored a contest for graduating PharmD students. The prizes were to be Alumni Association memberships to three essayists.  But--six students submitted great testaments about their dedication to UA and no one wanted to choose just three winners. Instead, additional alumni supporters were recruited so all six could win! Many thanks to alumni supporters Nancy Alvarez (1992), Bill Jones (1972, 1979), Crane Davis (1995), Ed Gatti (1965) and Al Scorsatto (1970) for making this year's prizes possible.

The new Alumni Association members, pictured above with Bill Jones (standing), are (left to right) Matt Bertsch, Ashlee Gerfen, Emily Lundeen, Erica Luiten, Mark Culver and Bernadette Aragon.  All were active during their pharmacy school years and we look forward to their continued dedication and support.


woman with big smileThis page includes brief updates about alumni who have been in the news, visited or written us. This issue includes items about JoLaine Draugalis (left), Kevin Stahl, Katie Steffel, John Seeger, Frank Nice, Laura Krogh, Howard Eng, Henry Pieniaszek, Bill Jones, Janice Friedman, Kristina De Los Santos, Lyle Bootman and Whitney Shields.


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happy female fan with face paintingCheck your U.S. mail: You should have recently received a Save the Date postcard about Homecoming 2012. Plans are coming together for a free reception for College of Pharmacy alumni and friends the evening of Friday, Nov. 9, and the parade and UA Mall activities before a football faceoff with Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 10. Before the Friday reception, colleagues, friends and family of Albert Picchioni, longtime COP faculty member and founder of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, will honor the life of this extraordinary man at a memorial tribute here on campus. Check the college's Homecoming page over the summer for more registration, hotel and game ticket details.

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Thanks to all those who sent great nominations for the achievement awards for alumni and non-alumni sponsored by the College of Pharmacy. The nomination period for the Jack Cole Distinguished Alumni Award, the Findlay Russell Distinguished Citizen Award and the Danny and Rae Jacob Pharmacy Practice Award is closed. The good news is: There is still time to nominate high achievers for awards presented by the UA Alumni Association if you like! Go to the Alumni Association web pages to see the many possible awards. These may be presented at Homecoming or other events. If you would like to nominate a College of Pharmacy alumnus or employee for one of these honors, please drop us a note.


poison center logoThis spring the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center was recertified for the next five years by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Certification is designed to ensure that every center in the country adheres to the same standards. For example, it determines if the center is reaching the community it is supposed to serve, who is answering the phones and if those people are qualified, if the center is open 24 hours per day, if it is maintaining continuing education, whether the medical direction of the center is appropriate and if the center’s outreach is effective. The center has undergone severe budget cuts in recent years; to help sustain the center's important work, you may contribute online.

Thirty-one students in the 2012 PharmD class learned on March 21 that they were matched with a residency program. This was exciting news for them because there were more students interested in doing residencies this year than ever before and more who applied than there were positions.

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The PharmD Class of 2012 presented the results of their senior projects in a display of 53 posters May 8.

Many of the projects had received recognition even before the presentation: Prior to May 8, seven of them had been selected for publication in a variety of professional journals and 30 of them (58 percent) had been chosen for presentation at national meetings around the country.

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dark-haired woman with glassesPadma Sundareshan, PharmD 2009, is credited with saving a man’s life by quickly assessing a serious situation and administering CPR until paramedics arrived.

Sundareshan was at work one evening at a Walgreens pharmacy in Oro Valley, Ariz. A couple was in the waiting area, waiting to receive flu shots. Suddenly the wife cried out that her husband had stopped breathing (apparently from cardiac arrest).

Sundareshan ran out of the pharmacy and, with help, laid the gentleman on the floor and then began performing CPR.

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The annual College of Pharmacy Senior Awards Luncheon took place in Tucson May 9. At the celebration, a number of Class of 2012 students and faculty members were recognized for outstanding performance.

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Alumni, colleagues and friends who are in Washington, D.C. on June 7 are invited to attend one or both of two UA events being held in the nation's capital that day. The James E. Rogers College of Law plans a luncheon at noon at The Monocle restaurant; register online by June 1. At 6 p.m. June 7, the UA President's Distinguished Speaker Series hosts Mary Poulton from the UA College of Engineering addressing the university's contributions to solving global mineral resources challenges. This takes place at CASE Headquarters on the intersection of New York Avenue and H. Reserve your seat at this free event by June 5.


Of the 200 pharmacists who attended the 45th annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar held in March in Tucson, 73  were College of Pharmacy alumni.

Alumni presenters included Keith Boesen (PharmD 2002), Bill Jones (BS Pharmacy 1972, MS 1979), Lisa Whittington Goldstone (PharmD 2007), Bob Lipsy (PharmD 1985, BS Pharmacy 1976), and Walt Klimecki (PhD 1994). Also giving short updates this year were Janet Cooley (PharmD 2006), Scott Hall (PharmD 2011), Sharzad Green (PharmD 1990) and Eleanor Olvey (PharmD 2006, PhD 2011).

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Photos: (Top left) While speaking at the conference, Lisa Whittington Goldstone (right) reconnected with classmate Jasmine (Moffett) Henley.  (Top right) Jackie Tate and Janet Cooley both came to the conference for the first time since graduating in 2007. The seminar often provides a meeting place for pharmacy families. (Middle left) Cynthia Dorr (BS Pharmacy 1975), Robert Dorr (BS Pharmacy 1974, MS 1978, PhD 1984), and William Dorr (BS Pharmacy 1975) are regular attendees. (Middle right) Julie Grizzle (center) (PharmD 1996) came with sister-in-law, Amy Grizzle (PharmD 1990) and Amy’s dad, Gary Jones, who had the weekend off from the UAMC outpatient pharmacy.

(Bottom) The Class of 1990 had a 'mini reunion' at the conference. Pictured from left to right are Janice Justus, Robin Woodward, Amy Grizzle, Sharzad Green and Micki Martin. Justus, Woodward and Martin all practice within the VA system, Green has a community practice in Mesa, Ariz., and Grizzle serves in an administrative and research role with the college's health outcomes group.


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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