September & October 2012

Fall is upon us. Can our Homecoming celebrations be far behind?

  • Time is flying-RSVP for Homecoming now
  • COP, Alumni Association to present awards at Homecoming reception
  • College throws a ‘welcome back’ bash
  • Contingent of COP alumni staffs St. Mary's
  • Dean resigns role as UA senior vice president
  • Alumni instruct attendees of training program
  • Faculty participate in Skaggs Symposium 2012
  • Alumni Potpourri: September - October 2012

mascots on fire truckNovember 9 and 10 are just around the corner, and we sure hope you are making plans to be here for at least one Homecoming event. There's the free reception Friday evening (with wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres AND an awards presentation). Then it's off to the fun tailgating tent on the UA Mall Saturday before the game, with barbeque favorites from Mr. K's restaurant and the pre-game parade featuring bands, classic cars with UA celebrities and a float made by pharmacy students. And of course, the big event for sports fans will be the gridiron match between Rich Rodriguez's Wildcats and the Colorado Buffaloes.

For others, Friday afternoon's tribute to the memory of Albert Picchioni may be the meaningful event of the weekend. Four current and former COP leaders who knew him well will lead us in reflections and recollections about Picchioni's many contributions to education, pharmacology and toxicology and our college.

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Four luminaries will receive awards at a brief presentation during the college’s Homecoming reception Friday evening, Nov. 9. The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn south of Drachman Hall. Receiving awards will be alumni Kristina De Los Santos, Nancy Alvarez (photo right) and Carol Rollins and disaster team commander Fred Paavola.

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outdoor table full of peopleDo we know how to party, or what? On Sept. 18, the College of Pharmacy threw a “welcome back” picnic for all students, faculty and staff to celebrate the new academic year. More than 300 people attended the shindig, which was held near Drachman Hall.

“We are here to celebrate the return of YOU, the students. It gets lonely in the summer without you," said emcee Kevin Boesen. "And we’re celebrating the college’s 65th birthday. Happy birthday, COP! And we’re recognizing student Jenn Poist, who just returned from the London Paralympics, and her predecessor at the games, Renee Tyree, Class of 1993.”

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Martha Cisneros Schuman, Class of 2006, (photo right) wanted all of us to know a little bit more about the cohort of UA College of Pharmacy alumni who keep the pharmacy department at Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson humming. She wrote about how she and several others came to work there.

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After serving as senior vice president for health sciences for the past year, J. Lyle Bootman stepped down from this interim role Sept. 12 to leave open the possibility of becoming a candidate for the permanent position.UA President Ann Weaver Hart this summer initiated a nationwide search for a permanent senior vice president for health sciences.

man at desk “A year ago, I was extremely honored to have been asked to direct the Arizona health sciences and its health professions colleges," Bootman wrote.  "Under the guidance of our deans and many dedicated partners, our academic health center is progressing toward worthy goals that have the potential to significantly improve health care and health professions education on many fronts.  I resign from my current interim position as head of these efforts with every intent of staying deeply committed to the future success of the Arizona Health Sciences Center.”

Bootman (BS Pharmacy 1972) has returned full-time to the position of dean of the UA College of Pharmacy, which he has held since 1987. Also president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Bootman has had an address he delivered to the 2012 AACP House of Delegates in July published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. In the address, Bootman discusses many subjects, including the changes coming to the pharmacy profession in relation to the Affordable Care Act. Go to the AJPE website to read the entire address.

Several alumni instructors helped make the college's annual Training Program in Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research, held Sept. 24-27 in Tucson, a success for the 40 professionals from industry, academia and managed care who practiced using the tools of pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes assessment.

smiling blonde womanCOP faculty members who taught the sessions included alumni Brian Erstad (PharmD 1994) and Amy Grizzle (PharmD 1990) (photo right). Presenting “real world” case studies on the application of pharmacoeconomic data were guest instructors Jacob Abarca (PharmD 1997, MS 2001), Denise Erickson (PharmD 1998) and Bruce Schrader (BS Pharmacy 1979). Abarca is a clinical analysis manager with Wellpoint, Erickson is clinical pharmacy program director for Banner Health and Schrader is a consultant. 

Also returning to teach the patient-reported outcomes session was Stephen Joel Coons (PhD 1986). Coons was a professor at the College of Pharmacy for many years before joining the Critical Path Institute in Tucson, where he is executive director of the Patient-Reported Outcome Consortium.


building letteringUA College of Pharmacy faculty, including alumni Kevin Boesen (PharmD 1996) and Marion Slack (PhD 1989), recently participated in the Third Biennial L.S. Skaggs Biomedical Research Symposium hosted by the University of Colorado. This is the first time UA has been part of the invitation-only symposium.

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This collection of news briefs puts the spotlight on Lorri Reilly and Ifat Krase of the poison center here, James Poullard, Bob Kass, Christina Mnatzaganian, Bill Jones, Jacob Abarca, Benjamin Bishop, and Metta Lou Henderson. Learn what they've been up to!

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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.


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