Welcome, PharmCats Class of 2023!

(August 23, 2019)

The College of Pharmacy welcomed the PharmD Class of 2023 this week to campus. Students from the Phoenix cohort traveled to Tucson one day, and for the first time, Tucson students traveled to Phoenix for one day as part of onboarding. The four-day orientation was packed with information, tours, ice breakers and networking. A faculty mentor luncheon was held in Tucson where the students met and were welcomed into the program by our exceptional faculty. An alumni luncheon was hosted in Phoenix, and we were fortunate to have a broad range of PharmCats represented, including:

Theresa Taylor, '92, Walgreens
Chris Hogan, '82, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
and National Advisory Board member
Michelle Wilhardt, '98, Department of Veterans Affairs
Matt Roberts, '08, CVS Health
Cameron Haun, '11, SinfoniaRx MMC
Patrick Hryshko, '14, SinfoniaRx
Kaitlyn Skulkan, '16, Fry's
Newsha Sarmadnia, '13, Safeway Pharmacy
Sue Moravec, '90, HonorHealth
Kendra Karagozian, '07, OptumRx
Kristin Calabro, '10, SinfoniaRx MMC
Caitlin Cameron, '07, UA College of Pharmacy - Phoenix
Tyler Gallo, '16, UA College of Pharmacy - Phoenix
Sandi Thoi, '10, UA College of Pharmacy - Phoenix
Laura Zagnoni, '89, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Tom Trinidad, '92   

"The newest PharmCats were energized and inspired by the dean, faculty, alumni, and staff who worked together to welcome them into the PharmCat Family," said Jeannie Lee, PharmD, Assistant Dean, Student Services. "They erupted in loud applause at the end of the orientation, and are eager to embark on their coursework and practice in pharmacy."

Nancy Alvarez, PharmD, Associate Dean of Academic and Professional Affairs in Phoenix, also agreed. This is her first year at the College in her new role to welcome a new PharmD cohort. 

“In a closure circle exercise designed for student expression and reflection, students remarked about how they appreciated the planning and effort that went into the week.  They were amazed by how four short days resulted in an authentic connection amongst them which lessened their anxiety and inspired a strong start to their pharmacy education.”

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