If it's autumn, it's Homecoming time

Metta Lou HendersonWe’re just about a month away from the huge university party called Homecoming, and again this year the college will pitch a big tent next to Drachman and invite alumni, staff and students to celebrate with a variety of activities.

Volunteers are still needed to staff events Friday afternoon, that evening and Saturday before the game. If you’re willing to help, contact Lynne Mascarella, director of alumni affairs.

Here’s what’s on the official COP agenda. Hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Fri., Oct. 22
The UA Alumni Association is sponsoring a daylong Collegiate and Campus Showcase. Lectures, presentations, tours and other gatherings will take place all across campus for visitors, the UA family and the Tucson community. All the events – looks like hundreds – are listed in an online magazine and in the Fall 2010 Arizona Alumnus publication.

1:30-3 p.m.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Pharmacy will join with the other health sciences colleges on the AHSC walkway and hold health screenings, displays and other activities. Students from COP will host booths about heartburn, tobacco awareness and heart health and will conduct hypertension screenings. Students will also display recent research and information on college centers will be available.

4-6 p.m.
Alumnus of the Year Ceremony

UA and the Alumni Association will honor an alumnus or alumna from each college as its Alumnus of the Year. The College of Pharmacy honoree is three-time graduate Metta Lou Henderson (pictured above).

In 2009, Henderson became the first COP alumna to establish a large gift to the college through her estate, setting up plans for an endowed scholarship.

“We’re delighted to recognize Metta Lou,” says Dean J. Lyle Bootman. “We enjoy
seeing her and her big smile every Homecoming. Over the years, she’s been a very loyal advocate of our profession and our college.”

Henderson’s career in pharmacy included serving as director of pharmacy and director of the poison control center at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich., assistant professor at Ferris State College’s School of Pharmacy and professor at Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy. Henderson retired in 1998 as Ohio Northern’s associate dean for pharmacy student affairs.

The Alumnus of the Year event is by invitation.

6-9 p.m.
Reception and Dinner

This is our main event for returning alumni. We’ll start the evening at an informal reception on the lawn south of Drachman Hall, and then gather in the big tent for dinner and alumni awards.

One new feature to our evening this year will be a dessert tasting. A group of sweet pharmacy students has volunteered to bake a variety of desserts that are not just delicious, but approved for people with diabetes. We'll all get to nibble on the goodies, and there will be copies of the recipes for attendees to take home or use as patient education materials.

Student musicians also are making plans to provide the background sounds for our reception, where we’ll serve wine, beer, soft drinks and appetizers. Other students will be on hand to greet returning alumni.

The evening also will feature a raffle to support COP scholarships. Top prize in the raffle is a quilt with a pharmaceutical theme, handcrafted by UA alumna and COP friend Betty Fink of Tucson. Other prizes include gift cards and college-related merchandise. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or five for $20, with proceeds going to the college scholarship fund. Ticket sales will begin soon.

Also on sale Friday night will be polo shirts embroidered with UA College of Pharmacy Alumni. To order a shirt before Homecoming (so you’ll have great game garb), follow this link.

We’ll also recognize the members of reunion classes attending (years ending in 0 or 5). Introducing them and welcoming all participants will be alumna emcee for the evening Kelly Boesen of the Class of 2000.

During the dinner hour, the Alumni Association will deliver its Young Professional Achievement Award to John Musil, a 1994 graduate of our PharmD program. The award is given to alumni under 40 who have attained prominence in their fields. Musil is founder and owner of The Apothecary Shops, a national specialty pharmacy group of 17 stores in Arizona and six other states. He began the business in 1996 after purchasing a
community pharmacy in Scottsdale, Ariz., that he had managed for slightly more than a year. He is a member of the College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board, a preceptor to pharmacy students, and a past president of the Arizona Pharmacy Association.

The Alumni Association has selected Kenneth Morris to receive the Professional Achievement Award, presented to alumni who achieve prominence in their chosen fields. Morris joined the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2008, after several years in faculty positions at Purdue University in Indiana. His career before academia included research positions with Bristol-Myers and E.R. Squibb. He completed master’s and doctoral degrees in pharmaceutical sciences at COP in 1986 and 1988, respectively, under the guidance of Samuel Yalkowsky. Although he is unable to attend Homecoming festivities this year, he frequently returns to Tucson to teach the annual solubility course for scientists.

Registration fees for the Homecoming dinner are waived for COP employees and preceptors. Their guests are asked to pay $40 before Oct. 15 or $55 after that date. All those planning to attend are asked to register online.

Sat., Oct. 23

1:30-3:30 p.m. (Time is subject to change.)
Friendship Tent
COP will host a tent on the UA Mall for alumni to meet up and renew friendships. We’ll serve free snacks and soft drinks. Check the map given out by the Alumni Association to locate our tent.

Other mall activities include presentations at the Alumni Association tent by authors J.A. Jance and Jay Dobyns and a Homecoming Food Court featuring offerings by local restaurants. The Homecoming Parade is slated for 2 p.m.

4 p.m.
(Time is subject to change as late as a few days before the weekend if the game is televised! Should the game time change, so will the parade time and tent activities.)
UA vs Washington
Cheer till you are hoarse for the Wildcats as they take on the Huskies! If you’d like to sit with other “PharmCats,” you can buy tickets from a block in East Side Section 203 that is reserved for the College of Pharmacy. Use the code PHARM to purchase online at www.arizonawildcats.com or call (520) 621-2287.

Sun., Oct. 24

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Philanthropic Leaders Brunch

Recent donors who support the college through scholarships and other gifts will be honored with a brunch at the Arizona Inn in Tucson. Scholarship recipients will be on hand to thank our generous philanthropists. This event is by invitation.