November & December 2012

Fall Semester 2012 is nearly at an end, with finals beginning Dec. 7. We hope you enjoy this latest installment of College of Pharmacy news, and wish you healthy and happy during the winter holidays.

  • PharmCats come home for many events
  • Alumnus deploys to help Hurricane Sandy victims
  • Alumni Potpourri
  • CE programs coming early in 2013
  • Arizona poison centers save residents $45.5 million annually
  • College a finalist for Weaver community service award
  • Consider a gift before 2012 ends
  • Poison specialist looks up to the skies
  • In Memoriam


Neither wind, nor cold, nor the Colorado Buffaloes slowed the pace and celebrations of the College of Pharmacy’s Homecoming events Nov. 9 through 11. Our summary of the weekend includes many photos of the fun.

Joe Mendez (seated) from our inaugural Class of 1950, came to the Friday night reception with his wife, Aida, and son, Robin.

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Ken Rogers is a graduate from the Class of 1995 and a 12-year member of a disaster medical assistance team. This fall, he spent two weeks helping East Coast residents displaced by Sandy the superstorm. The team faced extra challenges when a snowstorm slammed New York, too.

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Several alumni sent updates to us before Homecoming. This page shares status reports from 16 PharmCats who span seven decades of graduating classes. One who wrote was Marty Ronstadt, left, from the Class of 1950.

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The new year is just around the corner, and with it come more opportunities for continuing pharmacy education. On Jan. 7 and 8, the Advanced Course in Pharmacoeconomic Modeling takes place at the college. This course is aimed at people who want to build on their basic understanding of pharmacoeconomics and those who are responsible for creating and delivering
cost-effectiveness messages to decision-makers.

The 46th iteration of our annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar is slated for Feb. 16 and 17 in Tucson at the Marriott University Park. We're still working on some details for that, but it's not too early to save the date on your personal calendar. The brochure will be posted online and mailed soon.


The two poison centers in our state report that they save Arizonans nearly $45.5 million every year by keeping people out of the hospital and reducing the length of stays for those who are admitted.

Two of our alumna, Lorri Reilly (left) from the Class of 1989 and Liz Petersen from the Class of 1976, are among the certfied specialists in poison information who make the savings happen.

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The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy is a finalist for the Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. This honor is awarded annually to one college or school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research.

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As the year draws to its close, Shannon LeJeune, director of development for the college, sends the following note:

"In this season of giving, please remember the College of Pharmacy. We invite you to give online, quickly and securely. From the link, under Designation, click on the drop-down menu that begins with College of Pharmacy Fund to choose the area that matches your interests, such as the Poison and Drug Information Center, Pharmacy Student Scholarships or Graduate Student Fellowships.

"Thank you to all alumni who support us this month and throughout the year."


Paul Delligatti (BS Pharmacy 1978) is a certified specialist in poison information at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. By day, Delligatti serves the public and healthcare providers by answering phone calls at the information center, but by night he turns to a pursuit that speaks to him in a different way. There's a video featuring Delligatti's heavenly photos included in this story.

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We sadly share the news that Joe Ivey, BS Pharmacy 1950, of Prescott, Ariz., died Nov. 7, 2012. 

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