4 to receive awards during Homecoming

COP’s 2014 Homecoming celebration will include honoring four alumni or employees for their outstanding contributions to the college and profession. The awards will be presented Nov. 7.

Kevin Boesen, PharmD Class of 1996, will receive the Alumnus of the Year Award, which is given by UA Alumni Association to recognize the achievements and contributions of a Wildcat alumnus. Boesen is noted for his innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit. He is one of the founding members of the Medication Management Center, which put UA COP on the map for medication therapy management. He became CEO of the new company SinfoníaRx several months ago.


Renee Tyree, PharmD Class of 1993, has been selected for the Danny and Rae Jacob Award for Pharmacy Practice given by the college and Jacob family. This award honors pharmacy practitioners for their practice and service to the community and profession. Tyree has been described as someone who leads and teaches by example. She is currently the director of pharmacy at the HealthSouth East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Mesa and chair of its Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.


James Kloster, manager of longterm care services at the Medication Management Center, will be awarded the college’s Findlay E. Russell, MD, PhD, Distinguished Citizen Award. This honors an individual who is not a graduate of UA COP, but has helped further the mission of the college and provided leadership to the profession and the community. A Purdue University alumnus, Klosted is a founding member of the center who ”has helped shaped the program into what it is today.”



Richard Katz, BS Pharmacy 1970, will receive the Jack R. Cole, PhD, Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes an alumnus who has achieved success in a pharmaceutical capacity and helped to further the mission of the college. Katz co-founded ModernHEALTH, which provides specialty pharmacy products and services to healthcare providers and users. He is a longtime member of the College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board and its current chair.



The quartet will be recognized at the college during a short ceremony included in the Alumni and Friends Reception that starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in a tent south of Drachman. Boesen will have received his award earlier in the day at an Alumni of the Year event on main campus.

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