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November & December 2011

We have lots to talk about once again. Here are the stories to close out 2011.

  • Homecoming 2011 was a hoot!
  • Class of 1961 gathers for 50th reunion
  • Alumni Potpourri - December 2011
  • Then & now: going to pharmacy school
  • College philanthropist recognized
  • Scholarship established to honor Jason Gilray
  • Plan now for Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar in March
  • Got your alumni shirt yet?
  • Global Brigade recruits new volunteers at Homecoming
  • Enthusiastic about pharmacy? So is PharmTalk!
  • Fundraising campaign under way
  • Alumnus with 'pharmacy in his blood' now dean of Idaho State COP
  • In Memoriam

students in wildcat gear hanging out of bus windowThe college received rave reviews for its Homecoming events (Nov. 4-5) this year: Friday evening's reception for all in the big tent, followed by an intimate dinner for those who received awards, and a big blow-out on the UA Mall on Saturday, complete with food provided by Mr. K's and our students' entry into the Homecoming parade: a loaned (but decorated and highly energetic) school bus. Unfortunately, the Wildcats lost the football game to the upstart Utes, but that didn't dampen the mood much.

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Six members of the College of Pharmacy Class of 1961 reunited Nov. 4 over lunch at the Arizona Inn to recall old times and catch up on their current lives.

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This page includes lots more pictures and tidbits from the Homecoming events, plus other updates about assorted alumni. Featured names include Cooley, Scorsatto, Bailey, Ronstadt, Stryker-Smit, Reed, Lipsy and Wand. You don't want to miss this article.

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face of older womanHow has student life changed at the UA College of Pharmacy over the years? Four alumni, two who graduated in the 1950s and two who graduated in the 2000s, share their stories. Read the group interview about how things were when the four were students, and then the individual profiles of Yvonne Windham, Charles Kendrick, Whitney Shields and Daniel Massey.

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face of older manStanley M. Reinhaus of Tucson received the first Mortar & Pestle Award from the College of Pharmacy during a recognition brunch for donors held Nov. 6. The award was established by the college recently to recognize extraordinary and sustained philanthropy to the college. A 1958 alumnus of the college, Reinhaus has been a generous donor to COP since the 1980s.

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face of young manThe family, friends and classmates of Jason Gilray, PharmD 2002, have established the Jason J. Gilray Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund to honor the memory of a beloved husband, father, son, friend and professional. Gilray died from melanoma Dec. 7, 2007 at the age of 31. Find out how to support this new scholarship.

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Mark your calendars: The 45th offering of the college's trademark Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar is set for March 2-4, 2012. Plan now to join us at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson. We'll have more information about presentations in our next newsletter.

 

We saw plenty of folks looking very sharp in their College of Pharmacy alumni polo shirts during Homecoming weekend.  You can join the fashion parade by ordering a shirt of your own through our online order form. The shirts are just $35, and part of each purchase goes to our student scholarship fund.

 

young woman taking blood pressue of older womanThe pharmacy students who are members of the Global Medical Brigades at the university found several like-thinkers at the college's Homecoming Reception Nov. 4, and ended up recruiting new volunteers for their spring visit to Honduras. Alumnus Frank Nice, who received the Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award at Homecoming in recognition of his extraordinary service to the people of Haiti, met with brigade members and promised assistance in their efforts to provide needed healthcare services in other countries. And alumnae Aimee Keller and Lisa Hiller (both PharmD 2001) signed up to serve in the Honduras visit.

The group also plans a service visit to Ghana during 2012. Members are raising funds to use for supplies and medications for both trips. They are selling Honduran coffee; if you'd like to support the group, use the online order form. There's also a link from the form to a video about last year's visit to Honduras.

To learn more about the Global Medical Brigade members, see their web page.

 

two young men smiling broadly and huggingKeith and Kevin Boesen are brothers, pharmacists, alumni and employees of the UA College of Pharmacy. They are also hosts of the PharmTalk video series, which explores various careers in pharmacy. You’ll see many other UA employees and graduates in the PharmTalk series too, including Lisa Whittington of the Class of 2007 in the recent episode on psychiatric pharmacy. Check out all nine episodes to see how many other familiar faces you recognize.

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Maybe you've received a phone call from a University of Arizona student recently asking you to support the College of Pharmacy with a financial gift. Or perhaps your mail has included a letter with the same intent.  This year the College of Pharmacy is participating with other colleges across campus in fundraising campaigns conducted by the University of Arizona Foundation's Office of Annual Giving.  UA students trained by foundation experts are making phone calls, and the office is sending the request letters to alumni and past donors. 

We hope you will show your support for the college by making a gift, be it large or small. You can give to a general account, or designate scholarships, faculty or a unit of the college such as the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. The campaign will wind down in the spring, when College of Pharmacy students will conduct a "thank-a-thon" to all donors.

 

face of man with white beardWhen Paul Cady goes to work as the dean of Idaho State University's College of Pharmacy, he never forgets to glance up at the piece of paper posted on his office wall: “I am Paul Cady. I am six years old,” it reads. “When I get big, I want to be a druggist.”

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This page reports the loss of members of the College of Pharmacy family.

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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.

Updated: Thursday, 09 February 2012