September 2011

We're pleased to present the second issue of our new e-newsletter. We have lots of stories to share this time. Let us know which one you like best.

In this issue

  • Alumni Events
  • Ken Coit funds college's 2nd faculty chair
  • Alumna finds satisfaction in Public Health Service
  • Like football but not driving?
  • Wear COP polo to game
  • Department head moving on up
  • Speaking of jobs
  • Alumni Potpourri - September 2011
  • Graduate Stephen Perona picked as VA Healthcare Resident of the Year
  • Mary Ryan receives UA achievement award
  • 2010 graduate Sheena Jolson enrolls in residency in 'paradise'
  • In Memoriam

Homecoming Nov. 4 & 5
The Big Alumni Reunion known as Homecoming is just a little more than a month away. All of us in the college hope you are planning to come back for at least one event during the weekend. The Friday evening reception here on the lawn next to Drachman Hall is our main college activity. We’ll have light refreshments, wine and beer, and a jazz ensemble made up of talented pharmacy students.  It’s all free to you and your guest.

A highlight of the evening will be a short ceremony to recognize alumni and friends of the college who have some amazing accomplishments to their credit.  Read all about the recipients (we have a Fink, a Wand, a Bailey, a Nice, and a Felix in the prestigious group) of college and Alumni Association awards here.

Saturday before the game with Utah, you’re invited to visit our tent on the UA Mall for scruptious BBQ sandwiches and tasty side dishes, provided to us by Mr. K’s Barbeque, a new restaurant named for Pharmacy alumnus Charles Kendrick. We’ve sampled the menu and it’s yummmmy.

Find out all the details about Friday and Saturday Pharmacy events and please REGISTER so we plan for the right number of party-goers. For information on UA events, start here.

Halloween Party Oct. 29
The Phoenix Biomedical Campus will host a Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 29 for UA staff, alumni and friends. The Family Fun Day begins at 10 a.m. in Building 2 and the outdoor area of the campus, and runs until 1 p.m. They plan hot dogs and burgers, face painting, music, a cake walk, and of course, trick or treating.  Bring canned food for a community food drive. The campus is at Van Buren Street between 5th and 7th Streets in downtown Phoenix.

Alumni & Friends Reception Dec. 4
If you are attending the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists midyear meeting in New Orleans, be sure to visit the UA COP Alumni and Friends Reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.  We’ll have room information on our online calendar a little later. 

Alumnus Ken Coit, BSPharm 1967, has established the second endowed chair for faculty at the UA College of Pharmacy with a gift of $1 million. Theodore Tong, associate dean, will be the first faculty member to hold the chair.

Chairs are gifts made to support the endeavors of specific faculty at an academic institution. Endowed chairs are permanent funds in which the principal is held in perpetuity and only the interest generated by the principal is expended annually.

Coit, who is a member of the college’s National Advisory Board, founded the R. Ken Coit Endowed Chair to reward an excellent teaching professional who is outstanding and dedicated in service to students and teaching. Tong, who has been at the college nearly 30 years, serves as professor and associate dean of academic and student affairs.

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When Phoenix resident Holly Van Lew went shopping one afternoon in 2000, she had no idea her excursion would result in a move to Tucson, a degree in pharmacy and a lifetime commitment to the military. She was just picking up some household supplies, after all. But the visit changed her life.

“I had a bachelor's degree in biology and I'd been working as a chemist for a couple of years at Revlon, among other things, but I was considering medical school,” she says. “I ran into an old friend in the parking lot. She was going to school in Tucson, in her second year for pharmacy. We started talking, and I eventually came down to visit. I spent some time at College of Pharmacy social outings, and I just loved it!”

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If you live in Phoenix, there’s a convenient way to attend a UA home football game without spending two hours behind the wheel. The Cat Cruiser delivers fans from Phoenix to the Arizona Stadium in time for tailgating and returns you home to Phoenix following the game. Check out the Cat Cruiser webpage for locations of pick-up/drop-off stops and to make reservations.

Be the best dressed PharmCat in the stadium -- wear your College of Pharmacy Alumni polo shirt. We just got a new order of red and blue shirts in a wide range of sizes (including women's), so it's a great time to place your order. Send it in now, and have new duds for Homecoming Weekend. See our Merchandise page for photos and how to order.

Marie Chisholm-Burns, who became head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science here five years ago, has accepted the deanship of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  Here’s more information about Chisholm-Burns and her new job.

Looking for a new situation? Have an opening you are trying fill?

Check out the College of Pharmacy Job Board.  We post pharmacy openings on our college website. The board’s not anywhere close to being, but the job of your dreams could show up there. If you are an employer, the COP Job Board postings are forwarded directly to the great pharmacists we know, so you reach a qualified workforce. Here’s the lowdown on how the Job Board works. 

This page is a miscellany of many kinds of information about people who are alumni of the UA College of Pharmacy.  Names in this issue include Charles Kendrick, Carl Petersen, Anna Bice, John Musil and Yvonne Anderson Windham. That's just about half of the folks whose news we brag about this time.

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steven peronaStephen Perona took time off after finishing his challenging residency at the Veterans Administration hospital in Tucson. He was in Alaska vacationing with his wife and some friends when he received a phone call informing him that he was named the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System Resident of the Year for 2010-2011. 

Perona, who is a native Tucsonan, was nominated for the award by Amy Copfer, clinical pharmacist specialist cardiology/critical care at the hospital. She says, "Stephen demonstrated many qualities that a successful resident must posses during his residency training program.  During this experience and his clinical rotations, Stephen proved to be reliable, hard working, intelligent and very easy going." 

Nevertheless, Perona says he found the program challenging. 

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She's a vice president of Medco Health Solutions and a longtime member of the College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board member. And now alumna Mary Ryan is also a recipient of the University of Arizona Alumni Association's Professional Achievement Award.

Ryan, who graduated with a BSPharm in 1974, was presented with the award during the annual National Advisory Board meeting held Sept. 15 and 16 in New York City.

The award is presented by the Alumni Association in recognition of UA graduates who have a record of achievement in their professions and noteworthy service to the university. Ryan has been with Medco since 1988, achieving increasingly responsible positions at the leading pharmacy benefit manager that now serves more than 65 million people and is the nation's largest mail order pharmacy operation.

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woman by Maui ClinicTo say that Sheena Jolson, PharmD 2010, has been to some interesting places in the name of pharmacy would be a discredit to her frequent flyer miles.

While a student, she went to the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation World Congress in Romania and participated in an international rotation in Australia. Now she is doing a yearlong residency at an independent pharmacy in Maui.

Jolson is taking part in a unique residency program at the Maui Clinic Pharmacy. There are no rotation blocks in the residency and creating relationships with patients is desired.

“We are learning the art of really taking care of patients by creating long-term and consistent relationships with them,” Jolson said.

Sadly, some of our college friends died recently.

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