September-December 2013

  • Thanks to Bill Jones, welcome to Ashlee Gerfen
  • College celebrates Homecoming 2013
  • Medication Management Center’s software & business model licensed to SinfoníaRx
  • Dates to remember
  • A sad anniversary nears
  • Alumni Potpourri September - December 2013
  • Building scholarship funds
  • More news for you

2 men holding a framed photoEarlier this year, alumnus Bill Jones completed six years as a representative of the College of Pharmacy to the University of Arizona Alumni Association. During Homecoming 2013, Dean J. Lyle Bootman publicly presented Jones with a "huge thanks" for his service and a token expression of that thanks on behalf of all alumni and the college. 

Saying that Jones "bleeds red and blue," Bootman praised him for his dedication and enthusiasm. Bootman also thanked alumni Ed Gatti (BS Pharmacy 1970) and Al Scorsatto (BS Pharmacy 1965), who were in Tucson for Homecoming, for their efforts in serving the college and university in California alumni groups.

The new College of Pharmacy representative to the Alumni Association is 2012 graduate Ashlee Gerfen. Gerfen, now a resident in critical care pharmacy at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, brings the same energy and enthusiasm she demonstrated as a UA cheerleader to her alumni role. "My love for this university started well before pharmacy school," Gerfen says. Get to know Gerfen through her letter to alumni in this issue.

Read Gerfen's letter to alumni


The UA football team may have lost the Homecoming gridiron contest to UCLA, but PharmCats found many reasons to smile at college Homecoming activities Nov. 8 and 9. The weather was perfect (a nice change from recent past years) and nearly 100 alumni came to visit with former classmates and friends. Follow the Read more link below to:

  • Read more about the events
  • See pictures of the Nov. 8 reception and the Nov. 9 parade and fellowship tent
  • See the video presented at the Nov. 8 awards ceremony about this year's superstars: Jack Cole, Theodore Tong, Allen Lew and Michael and Kathryn Kalsman
  • Find the link to our Flickr account, where hundreds of Homecoming photos reside. Below are just a few images to whet your curiosity.

crowd of fans waiing for parade

2 young women with baby       2 men and woman at party table

Everybody loves a parade, and we had a big crowd watching at our tailgate tent. Among those turning out for the parade were Patty Ritz (left) and Danielle Skroback Russell, both Class of 2009, and Caitlin Russell, a 2013 edition of a Wildcat. The night before at the college's reception, Jeff Lander and Joe Chen from the Class of 1983 waxed nostalgic. Lander had not been to Tucson for 30 years, so the pair enjoyed exploring  the much-changed campus.

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The medication therapy management software and business model developed and used by the college’s Medication Management Center have been licensed to SinfoníaRx, a new division of Tucson-based home healthcare company Sinfonía. This development also means that 15 Medication Management Center employees will leave the college to join SinfoníaRx in December.

smiling man with bald head and goateeAmong those who will leave the center is Kevin Boesen (PharmD 1996, photo left), who founded the center in 2006 and has been its director since then. Rose Martin (PharmD 2007), currently a medication management specialist at the center, will become its new director as Boesen becomes CEO of SinfoníaRx.

Also moving to SinfoníaRx will be medication management specialists Shepin Werner (PharmD 2011) and Ann Kerschen Wild (PharmD 2006). (Follow this link to see all current COP employees who are moving to SinfoníaRx.) 

The Medication Management Center provides medication therapy management services to clients across the United States. At the center, pharmacists work with patients, their providers, and community pharmacists to ensure optimal health outcomes for individuals. The center identifies the patients it counsels through its contracts with health insurance and benefit management companies. It will continue to do this work as an exclusive provider of medication management services to SinfoníaRx.

Read more about the college's relationship with SinfoníaRx


Dec. 24-Jan.1
The University of Arizona will be closed for winter break. Most offices will be closed; some labs and other units will operate. The only classes are for those enrolled in Winter Session.

Jan. 8 and 9
The Advanced Course in Pharmacoeconomic Modeling takes place at the College of Pharmacy. This CE course is for those with a basic understanding of pharmacoeconomics who are interested in taking it to the next level; persons responsible for creating and delivering cost-effectiveness messages to decision makers; and graduate students, fellows, or trainees interested in increasing their modeling expertise.

March 8 and 9
The 47th Annual  Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar is set for the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson. The conference is presented this year in partnership by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, the Arizona Pharmacy Association and the AzPA Health-System Academy, the Arizona affiliate of ASHP.


foundation logoAs the first anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School nears, the College of Pharmacy recalls that Jeremy Richman, a 1998 PhD graduate in pharmacology and toxicology, and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, also a graduate of the University of Arizona, lost their daughter, Avielle, in the tragedy. The foundation that they founded in Avielle’s honor after the shooting is dedicated to funding brain health research and education programs to support communities and prevent violence. Funds donated to the Avielle Foundation are used to support work bridging the biochemical and behavioral sciences as well as to support community-based initiatives. The purpose is to decrease the shame and secrecy associated with mental illnesses and to bring hope to those it affects.


man smilingWhat's up with your friends from your college days? This issue includes updates about Kert Shuster (pictured), Yvonne Windham, Tom Brady, Nancy Alvarez, Renee Tyree, Keith Boesen, Janet Cooley, Lisa Whittington Goldstone, and several others who are earning new credentials and completing residencies. Send us your news anytime!

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Thanks to the many of you who have contributed to the College of Pharmacy this fall during our annual campaign, which focused on building student scholarships and fellowships. If you have not had an opportunity to give, please know that donations of any amount make a positive difference to our students. You can donate securely and quickly online or call our development office at 520-626-2651.

This Staying In Touch newsletter to alumni publishes four to six times a year. If you would like to hear about what's going on at the college more frequently and in more detail, add yourself to the distribution list for the College of Pharmacy Bulletin, another e-newsletter which publishes every two to three weeks during fall and spring semesters and includes more stories about faculty and students. Simply let the Bulletin editor know you'd like to be on that list. She'll need your name and email.


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The students, faculty and staff
of the UA College of Pharmacy
wish you and yours
a healthy and happy holiday season!





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