FYI for COP: Aug. 23, 2016

Portrait photo of Cheryl HouseLead development officer for COP named

Cheryl House, senior director of development for the University of Arizona Health Sciences, has been appointed lead development officer for the College of Pharmacy. All of the UAHS development directors raise money across the health sciences. House’s roles are to be the main point of contact for the COP dean, coordinate the work of the other fundraisers and ensure that they are raising money for the college’s top priorities.

House joins the COP team for a second time; she was director of development for the college from 1996 to 2003. She joined UAHS as senior director of development in 2015.

Faculty and staff who have fundraising needs and ideas may contact House at or 520-626-6022.

UITS looking to improve network for researchers

UA’s University Information and Technology Services is exploring opportunities to improve data network and optimizations for researchers on campus. UITS wishes to meet researchers’ needs for high-speed network and advanced services without competing with the rest of the campus users for resources. To create the best design and most efficient data service, UITS is asking research faculty to take a short, anonymous survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, Sept. 16.

For more information, see the Research Network Presentation.

Don’t forget celebration Thursday!

The college will soon celebrate two of our faculty members who are serving in top leadership positions in national organizations. Help us laud Georg Wondrak and Dan Malone at a picnic on Thursday, Aug. 25, on the Drachman Hall Walkway of Wellness from noon – 1 p.m. Free burgers and hot dogs for students, faculty and staff!


Picture of construction site in Tucson

Many construction projects going on

A number of construction projects are happening on the UA Health Sciences campus in Tucson and on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

On the Tucson campus near the College of Pharmacy, the Bioscience Research Lab Building is going up just west of the Keating Bioresearch (BIO5) Building. The Health Sciences Innovation Building is being erected adjacent to the Medical Research Building. (Read here about the firm selected to build this new structure.) Two new Banner projects are also in the works: a tower at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and an outpatient Banner Health Center adjacent to the University of Arizona Cancer Center - North at Campbell Avenue and Allen Road. For more information, including alerts, webcams and the Tucson construction site plan, see the UAHS Campus Construction Updates website.

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus is also expanding. Arizona State University has been approved by the city of Phoenix to build a health solutions campus nearby. The city has also entered an agreement that allows the UA to have three acres of building pads in the area. The construction of the UA Biomedical Sciences Partnership building has begun; that facility is expected to open in January 2017.

College prepares for reaccreditation

A team from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) will visit the college Oct. 11 – 14. The purpose of the visit is to assess how well UA COP complies with 25 standards that U.S. colleges of pharmacy must meet to retain accreditation.

The ACPE team will visit both the Phoenix and Tucson campuses of the college. Members of the team will be:

  • Joseph A. Barone, PharmD, FCCP, dean and professor, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • Tricia Berry, PharmD, chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Ian S. Haworth, PhD, associate professor, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
  • Bill McIntyre, associate dean for clinical programs, University of Texas at Austin
  • Mary E. Kiersma, PharmD, PhD, assistant director, professional degree program accreditation, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Observer: LuGina Mendez-Harper, PharmD, member, ACPE Board of Directors
  • State Board of Pharmacy Observer: To be determined

During a retreat held Aug. 19, faculty and others from the college reviewed much of the self-study documentation written for ACPE. The completed self-study document will be delivered to ACPE for review in a few days.


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