PharmCats come home for many events

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, 2012. The photos below tell most of the story.

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older man at podiumBefore the reception, about 175 folks gathered in a Drachman Hall classroom to honor the memory of Albert Picchioni, longtime COP faculty member and founder of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, who died this past April. Many members of the Picchioni family and personal and professional friends of the late teacher and mentor listened to memories by four speakers about what Picchioni meant to the college. View a recording of the entire tribute here.







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Geno, Joe and Mary Picchioni were recognized by the UA Foundation for establishing the Albert L. and Teresa M. Picchioni Pharmacology and Toxicology Research and Teaching Endowment.

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Many members of the Picchioni family came to the tribute.


Our main event, the Nov. 9 evening reception and awards under the big top on the Drachman lawn, drew about 200 people for food, talk and music.

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At left, Jeanelle Sidwell poses with her son, Shawn. At right, Paul Olson hugs his niece, Elana Jacob.

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Class of 1950 alumnus Marty Ronstadt and his wife, Babs, attend nearly every Homecoming.

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At left, Stephanie Davis, Class of 1991, congratulates Nancy Alvarez on receiving the Jack R. Cole Distinguished Alumnus Award. At right, Kristina De Los Santos, recipient of the Outstanding Young Professional Achievement Award from the Alumni Association, arrives with her husband.

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Alumna Carol Rollins, (center, in front of J. Lyle Bootman) met many members of the Jacob family before the awards presentation. Rollins received the Danny and Rae Jacob Pharmacy Practice Award.

Fred Paavola received the Findlay Russell Distinguished Citizen Award for his work in disaster preparedness. Review the earlier awards story to learn more about this year's recipients.

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Members of the Class of 1967 were having a great reunion.

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A jazz ensemble led by 2012 alumnus Matt Bertsch (pink shirt) and made up of pharmacy and other students provided music for the evening.

Homecoming Saturday started out early, with the traditional Homecoming Parade beginning its tour of the UA Mall at 8 a.m. on a cold, cloudy day. But that didn’t stop our students from the Class of 2016 from mounting a fun float featuring a pugilistic pharmacist taking on a brawny buffalo-ish contender. (The float theme proved prophetic – UA went on to win the big game a whopping 56 to 31.) Because of the early start time, our tailgate menu featured hot coffee and cinnamon rolls instead of the barbeque we’d first planned.  At least 80 Wildcat fans in jackets, sweaters and scarves stopped by for a bite.

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Students and friends assembled the College of Pharmacy parade float.

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Student Cassia Griswold and her dad were filled with Wildcat spirit while working on the float.

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COP teacher David Lee and his wife, Judy, blazed the parade trail for the float.

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PharmCats from three generations stopped by our tent: Elizabeth Cano Jaeger, Class of 1982; Alina Jaeger, Class of 2016, and Erlinda Cano from Class of 1972.

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Several students stopped by on their way to the big game. Some received their football tickets courtesy of 1987 alumni Kevin and Dee Wright, who had to cancel their plans to attend Homecoming at the last minute.The students send a big thank-you shoutout to the Wrights!

The College of Pharmacy wrapped up its Homecoming calendar on Sunday, Nov. 11, with a second brunch of a different flavor: a recognition event at the Arizona Inn honoring students who earn merit scholarships and fellowships and those who generously support these vital programs.  Alumnus and preceptor  Bill Jones received the Mortar and Pestle Award established to recognize sustained giving. In brief remarks, PharmD student Michelle Hines and PhD student Owen Kinsky explained to the 160 brunch attendees the positive difference that financial awards make in their lives and thanked all the donors for their commitment to helping students.

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Donors Donna and Ken Coit (second from left, standing and sitting) with Coit scholars Kristina Gerboth and Kellie Goodlet, seated left and right of Ken, respectively, and Dawne O’Brien, standing right of Donna.

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At left, Rhonda Clark of Cardinal Health with Amelia Smith, recipient of the Cardinal scholarship. At right, alumna Metta Lou Henderson with the recipient of her scholarship, Tina Vallabh.

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Dean J. Lyle Bootman (left) and Bill Jones, recipient of the 2012 Mortar and Pestle Award for sustained philanthropy, with Shannon De Grote, recipient of the Bill Jones Scholarship.

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Randy Jacob following presentation of the Danny & Rae Jacob Scholarship in Pharmacy to Maria Tedesco and Brittney Witmer.





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