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“One person can make a difference” U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin 2010 Commencement Speaker

Calendar of Events August

Monday, August 30

Freshman Convocation Albany & Vermont


Wednesday, September 1

Friends of Noah Sorensen & Mario Zeolla Kickoff Game ACPHS vs. SUNY-Delhi at Union College 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 12 Cardiology/Geriatrics Symposium Continuing Education Program

Sunday, September 26 Alumni Soccer Games

Thursday, September 30 White Coat – VT Campus


Friday, October 1 White Coat – Albany Campus

Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 3

The Barbara M. DiLascia Lecture Series Annual Oncology/Pain Management Symposium Continuing Education Program


Thursday, November 4

Alumni Council Career Forum

Friday, November 5 Career Fair

Saturday, November 6 Interview Day


Saturday, December 4 – Wednesday, December 8


Friday, March 25- Monday, March 28 APHA Conference Seattle, WA

Sunday, March 27

ACPHS Reception @ APHA Conference Seattle, WA


Friday, April 22 Health Sciences White Coat Ceremony

Thursday, April 28 National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week Dinner


ASHP 2010 Midyear Clinical Meeting Anaheim, CA

Friday, May 13 Pharm.D. Hooding & Awards Ceremony

Sunday, December 5

Saturday, May 14

ACPHS Reception at the ASHP 2010 Midyear Clinical Meeting Anaheim, CA

Family Weekend


Saturday, October 2

Thursday, January 14

Institutional Advancement Reception at Family Weekend

Annual Respiratory Disease Update Continuing Education Program

Tuesday, October 12

Sunday, February 7

Health Fair-Albany Campus


Sunday, October 24, 2010


Annual Infectious Disease Update Continuing Education Program



Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5 Reunion Weekend

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In This Issue Student News


Faculty News


Focus on Sports






Alumni Affairs


Relay for Life Springfest Commencement

Panther’s Den Father of ACPHS Soccer In Sports As She Is In Life

Fender Fever Professor DeNuzzo On Not Saying Goodbye Learning in Paradise


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Dedications Reunion Weekend Meet the Cornerstones of Four Corners Pharmacy Phonathon Class Notes In Memoriam

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PostScript Summer 10 Vol. 21 No. 1

PostScript provides an on-going review of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, featuring news of the faculty, students, alumni, programs and activities of ACPHS. Published for alumni and friends of the College by the Office of Instituational Advancement, the magazine welcomes letter and story ideas from all members of the ACPHS community.

Contact: PostScript Editor Office of Instutional Advancement Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 106 New Scotland Ave. Albany, NY 12208 2

Kris Qua Design D|2 Design Defined Office of Institutional Advancement Vicki A. DiLorenzo

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

David Zdunczyk

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Editor Donna Reichel

Michael J. Buckley Major Gifts Officer

Contributing Writers Gil Chorbajian James J. Gozzo, Ph. D. President Patrick Rathbun Donna Reichel Nicholas Schwind ‘13

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Contribting Photogrpahers Don Elliot Gene Gissin

Bill Jabour

executive director of marketing and communications

Deanna Ennello-Butler

Director of advancement research Director of annual giving and alumni relations

Candace Madden

Systems administrator

Patrick Rathbun

Assistant director of marketing and communications

Donna Reichel

Assistant director of marketing and communications

Debbie Lussier

Coordinator of institutional Advancement

Christina Sanvidge

Coordinator of DOnor Relations, Stewardship and ACPHS Academy

Patty Tompkins

Events Manager

Send story ideas, comments, letters and suggestions to: PostScript Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 106 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 1.888.203.8010 / ©2010 ACPHS


Relay For Life The College’s third annual Relay for Life raised more than $40,000 for the American Cancer Society and had more than 400 registered participants. Despite some inclement weather that forced it indoors, the event surpassed last year’s fundraising and participation totals.

large classrooms, two of which are equipped with movable partitions that provide the option of dividing the space into smaller work areas. The project also adds two smaller classrooms, two large study rooms, eight private study rooms and a faculty lounge.

This summer, in order to address a number of requests put forth by both students and faculty, we are actively engaged in a series of building and renovation projects. Of primary importance is the need for additional study space to provide an area where students can interact and work collaboratively. This fall we expect to unveil a new learning complex which will be featured prominently in the next issue of PostScript. Occurring in multiple stages, this $11 million project will offer student academic services and resources in one convenient location. Located at the site of the former Christian Brothers Academy, a building that has been known as the Classroom Building since its acquisition by ACPHS, the renovated structure will include both the George and Leona Lewis Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning Effectiveness which will offer assistance in writing, tutoring, professional advising and counseling services. The complex will also provide distance learning technology, small group spaces for collective work, ample individual spaces for quiet study, and a dedicated space devoted to important discoveries in science and medicine. Further supporting the need for additional instructional and study space, construction on the “Princeton Classrooms” at the 84 Holland Avenue Building is nearly finished. An important feature of this renovation is the addition of 10


After months of gathering feedback from our students, faculty and staff, a complete redesign of the Robison Family Dining Hall is being completed. The new dining facility will offer an improved eating area, expanded hours of operation, and more food choices including national brands such as Tim Horton’s, Cold Stone Creamery and soups by Au Bon Pain. Being led by initiatives in the College’s Strategic Plan that are focused on further campus growth and the development of new programs, the College continues its advancement of the Vermont campus. Returning Vermont students will find an additional floor that contains a new library, labs, office space and classrooms. In order to accommodate our growing bachelor degree programs on the Albany campus, a multipurpose Health Sciences Lab will be built on the ground floor of the O’Brien Building in a space that formerly housed the physics lab.

Springfest Special thanks to Kinney Drugs for sponsoring this year’s Springfest! New attractions and rides were a hit with students, faculty and staff.

Your College continues to evolve as we strive for excellence in our academic offerings. We thank you for your continued support which is vital to our success.

James J. Gozzo Ph.D.

President Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Commencement 2010 Recap ACPHS graduated its 130th class on May 8 when 224 students received their diplomas at the Empire State Convention Center. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin delivered the keynote address. To view Dr. Benjamin’s remarks, watch news coverage of the event or see more photos from the ceremony, visit the commencement page of the ACPHS web site at

“ACPHS is one of the most impressive colleges of pharmacy and health professions in the country.” U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin 2010 Commencement Speaker



Faculty In The News Assistant Pharmacy Practice Professor Shannon Miller recently appeared on WAMC’s (Northeast Public Radio) program Vox Pop, where she discussed topics that included diabetes, immunizations and the practice of pharmacy.

New Pharmacy Practice Chair Named Following an extensive search, Robert DiCenzo, Pharm.D., has been hired as professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. DiCenzo comes to the College from the Wegman’s School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and his Pharm.D. degree from ACPHS in1999. He served as Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Associate Professor at St. John Fisher where he held the position of Director of Experiential Education. Dr. DiCenzo also holds a joint faculty appointment at the University of Rochester Medical Center and is a scientific and clinical contributor to the NIH funded Translational Research program at the Medical Center. He has received research grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and private agencies.

In an editorial that appeared in the American Journal of Physiology, the author cited the noteworthy research being conducted by pharmaceutical sciences faculty members Alex Steiner and Carlos Feleder. In the editorial, the author wrote, “There is also an A in this story: it goes to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for establishing the young, vibrant, and highly promising program in the physiology and pharmacology of systemic inflammation.” Pharmacy Practice Assistant Professor Jeanine Abrons was quoted in the Daily Gazette newspaper in an article that focused on disposing of unused or expired medications.

Lisa Vines Stages Month Long Art Exhibit Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Lisa Vines had her paintings and photographs recently displayed at the Bethlehem Public Library. The work came from two series – G.I. Joe and Barbie (paintings) and Window Treatment (photographs). In the G.I. Joe and Barbie series, Vines explored scenes created by children for the aforementioned toys and concentrated on gender roles. Vines’ Window Treatment series had roots in a college photo class where she photographed scenes looking in and out from windows. According to her artist statement: “The multiple layers of reality, parallel to the picture plane, present a visual puzzle; at the same time, the aspect of looking into an interior space provides a vague sense of voyeurism.”

Professor Receives Two Grants to Study Dosing for Obese Patients


The following faculty received tenure and/or promotions at the end of the 2009-10 academic year:

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Manjunath (Amit) Pai recently received a grant to study dosing of the influenza medication known as Tamiflu in patients with obesity.

• Brian Cowles was promoted to Associate Professor, non-tenure track, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Vermont Campus.

Hoffman-La Roche will award Pai more than $230,000 to research whether the current recommended dosage of Tamiflu is optimal for obese patients. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report noting that ten patients had died after acquiring influenza subsequent to contracting the H1N1 virus. Seven of the ten H1N1 associated deaths occurred in patients with obesity. This report led clinicians to arbitrarily double the recommended dose of Tamiflu in obese patients. Given that one out of every three Americans is obese, this dosing approach may not only impact the health of many patients, but it could have significant implications to the U.S. stockpile of Tamiflu. Dr. Pai also received a $30,000 grant from the National Kidney Foundation for his research proposal titled, “Reducing the Risk of Drug-Related Nephrotoxicity in Obese Patients.”

Pharmacists Recognized for Volunteering Efforts at ACPHS-Vermont Campus The Vermont Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (VtSHP) usually selects an individual as “Pharmacist of the Year,” but in 2010, the VtSHP Board of Directors chose a group of pharmacists that volunteered their time and services to help Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences establish its new campus in Colchester. Pharmacists Rupesh Asher, Craigg Barr, Kristin DeBellis, Corey Duteau, Owen Foley, King Milne, Renee Mosier, Carl Possidante and Rick Weingarten will collectively share this year’s honor.

Professor Arnold Johnson Receives NIH Grant

Scarpace Elected to Onclogy Pharmacy Board Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice Sarah Scarpace was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the 1,500-member Hematology/Oncology Pharmacists’ Association (HOPA). She was among 30 candidates vying for a position on the Board. In her new role, she will serve as board liaison to the recertification and membership committees, assist in the transition to the association’s new management company and address other issues of interest in correlation to HOPA’s mission. Scarpace states, “As a member of the HOPA Board of Directors, I will have the opportunity to continue to advance the profession of pharmacy in my specialty area, serve as a role model to current ACPHS students, and further enhance the reputation of ACPHS.” Scarpace is one of the founding members of this organization, which started six years ago. She had previously served as Chair of the Education Committee, Vice Chair of the Education and Standards Committee, and a member of the Program and Education Committee.

Tenure and Promotion

Arnold Johnson, professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, recently received a four-year, $1.4M National Institutes of Health grant to study lung inflammation associated with septic shock. Septic shock is a dangerous bodily response to infection that has a 40 percent mortality rate, affects five to ten percent of intensive care unit (ICU) patients and causes more than 200,000 deaths each year.

• Margaret Lasch Carroll was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in the Department of Arts and Sciences, Albany Campus. • Richard Dearborn was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany Campus. • Christopher Miller was promoted to Associate Professor, non-tenure track, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus • John Polimeni was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus. • Sarah Scarpace was promoted to Associate Professor, non-tenure track, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus.

Lodise Reappointed to Pharmacy Board Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Nicole Lodise was named Director of Pharmacy Practice at New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists at the organization’s 49th Annual Assembly in May. This is Lodise’s second two-year term in this role, which seeks to develop and expand NYSCHP’s network and services.


Panther’s Den After an extremely successful 2009-10 campaign, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences athletic teams are gearing up for another season filled with achievements, both on the playing fields and in the classroom. The beginning of the 2009-10 year brought the return of the ACPHS cross country teams to Panther athletics as a committed and talented group of runners who competed with incredible success. After three solid events, the ACPHS cross country teams reached another level, starting with the Green Mountain College Invitational. The women’s team claimed the championship (by one point), while the men’s team finished in second place. One week later at the conference championship meet, the women again won in dramatic fashion for the Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference championship. Rebecca Nashett was the top finisher, completing the 5K course in 24:08, while Nicole Izzo (a three-time HVWAC Runner of the Week recipient), finished in 24:53. On the men’s side, the Panthers finished in second place in the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference championship meet, just behind Cooper Union. However, Zach Yates, a freshman runner for ACPHS, was the individual champion at the conference meet, as he crossed the finish line of the 8K (4.97 mile) course in a time of 28:48. Head Coach Craig Tynan was named HVMAC Coach of the Year, as voted on by his coaching peers. In the 2010 season, both the men’s and women’s teams open up the year at the SUNY Cobleskill Invitational on September 11. “It was a tremendous first year for both cross country teams,” Director of Athletics and Assistant Cross Country Coach Ryan Venter said. “Our top runners on both the men’s and women’s teams are returning and with a year under our belts, I am very optimistic as the season approaches.”


On the soccer field, 2009 turned out to be a banner year for the men’s soccer team, while the women’s team came within five minutes of claiming back-to-back conference championships. Head Coach Rich Komulainen led the men’s team to an 11-3 record, including a 4-1 HVMAC conference championship victory over Berkeley College. Ryan Michonski was named the tournament Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year, and he also joined Mike Sautter and Alex Scoglio on the all-conference team. The men’s soccer team claimed its fourth conference championship in five years. After an up-and-down season (5-9 overall) the women’s soccer team found its way to the HVWAC conference championship game, and eventually dropped a 2-1 decision to Medgar Evers College. Samantha Noland, Alexis Thayer and Sarah Wurz were named to the all-conference team. A strong incoming class is expected to add to a solid core of returners as Christine Kanawada, named Head Coach after two seasons as Assistant Coach, seeks to improve in the 2010 season. “We are fortunate to have a lot of key returners in 2010, coupled with a strong class of incoming student-athletes,” said Kanawada. “I am excited to step into the position of head coach this year, and I am looking forward to working with the team and creating a positive, competitive environment.” The ACPHS women’s basketball team finished the 2009-10 season at 8-13, but it didn’t lack for exciting moments. In December, fourth-year student-athlete Kelly VanValkenburgh scored her 1,000th career point, becoming just the fourth member of the 1,000-point club (joining Randi Maurer, Rita Leighton and Pam Leonardi). In the HVWAC tournament, the Panthers defeated Yeshiva 77-61 in the semifinals as VanValkenburgh scored a career-high 33 points. In the championship, ACPHS was down at one point to St. Joseph’s (NY) by 14 points, fought back to claim the lead with one minute remaining, but eventually lost by a score of 56-53. Richa Mehta joined VanValkenburgh on the all-conference team, while first-year coach Kristen Dart was named Coach of the Year. In December 2010, the women’s basketball team will be heading to a tournament at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Coach Dart will welcome in an outstanding incoming class with three all-New York State team

high school athletes. “In 2010-11 we will be looking to start the season on a stronger note,” said Dart. “We had a great run at the end of the season, culminating in a trip to the conference championship game, and hopefully we can bring home the title this year.” Despite a rough start to the 2009-10 season, the men’s basketball team had a thrilling conclusion. With the season on the line in the final regular-season game, the Panthers defeated Culinary Institute in overtime to earn a spot in the HVMAC tournament. Only two days earlier, Ben Sheppard put himself in “Panther lore,” hitting a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to give ACPHS a three-point victory over SUNY-Morrisville (http:// The Panthers finished the season at 10-11, after falling to Vaughn College in the HVMAC semifinals. Throughout the season, the team’s exciting play attracted many large crowds, with a couple filling the Albert M. White Gymnasium to near capacity. As the 2010-11 season approaches, Head Coach Craig Tynan has many reasons for optimism, as he will welcome back all three of his all-conference recipients (Sheppard, Peter Aiken and Zach Bratek). Even more impressive than all of the athletic achievements were the successes in the classroom. For the fall semester, the approximately 75 ACPHS student-athletes earned an average G.P.A. of 3.32, while the spring semester was a 3.25. “Despite the conference championships, the all-conference awards, and everything else our student-athletes have accomplished, the ability to succeed in the classroom at such a high level is what sets our student-athletes apart from others,” said Venter. “It’s a credit to all of our student-athletes and coaches and something the Department of Athletics puts a huge emphasis on throughout the year.” At the annual banquet in April, Krista Pahler and Heather Holland were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, while team award winners were announced. Rebecca Nashett became the first recipient of the ACPHS Athletics Academics Achievement Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative G.P.A. All in all, it was an extremely successful season for ACPHS athletics in 2009-10, and with a strong group of returning student-athletes coupled with a talented influx of new students, the future is bright as the Panthers roar into the 2010-11 year!


Father of ACPHS Soccer

Director of Athletics Ryan Venter calls Rich Komulainen “the father of ACPHS soccer” for good reason. In his 25 years as head men’s soccer coach, Komulainen has won more than 150 games and amassed many conference championships. These statistics are secondary to him, though. His sense of accomplishment comes from the establishment and continuation of the soccer program here as well as the relationships he’s formed with his players. “Rich is totally committed to the success of his team, both on the soccer field and in the classroom,” Venter said. “It’s amazing to see the connection Rich maintains with his former players and Rich has had an impact on as many ACPHS students as anyone in recent memory.” As a physical education major and soccer player at Castleton State College in Vermont, Komulainen’s career goal was to play professional soccer or coach full time. He played semi-pro soccer in Canada and frequently coached for youth and adult leagues before taking the head coaching job at the College. On his first away game, some athletes were unable to attend because they had to study, and Komulainen quickly realized he would have to adjust his expectations and approach. He now allows a lot of flexibility in regular season practice attendance. He understands his obligation as coach is as much academic as it is athletic. “[The first away game] was an awakening,” Komulainen said. “Even since then, I’ve learned different techniques and strategies and create a lesson plan for the season.” His coaching approach and focus on academics aren’t the only changes since the program began. Komulainen and former Dean Al White had to recruit students to see if they wanted to try soccer for the first time. In the last few years, however, potential players have contacted him because they want him to come and watch their high school games. The growth of the school has made it possible to field a larger and more skillful team, he said. This has shifted his focus from teaching skills to working on coordination and teamwork. Aside from team building, Komulainen also said joining the team helps students interact with and receive advice from upperclassmen. Leadership, discipline and time management are also valuable lessons that can stem from extracurricular activities, he said, and many students find this, along with Komulainen’s role in their lives, to be ingredients for success at the College. “Coach [Komulainen] was one of the first people I met on campus, and he continues to be one of the main people I communicate with at the College,” Jim Holmes ‘92 said. “He was truly one of the stabilizing forces of my college career.” Holmes and former player Lee Barcomb ’96 both consider Komulainen a close friend of his family, and both have made many trips for alumni soccer games since graduating because of Komulainen’s dedication. “Coach is truly an institution at the College,” Barcomb said. “I can truly say that he enriched my experience there.” Komulainen said that without the support of the College, his assistant coach (who had been Mike Vanderwerken for the last two years), his wife and his full-time job, building and maintaining the soccer program at the College would not have been possible. He said he’s thought of retiring in the past, but he also enjoys how coaching helps him to feel young. “I love the game and love to teach the game.” he said. The men’s soccer season begins September 1 against SUNY Delhi at Union College.

In Sports as She is in Life Excellent and accomplished are some of the first traits that come to others’ minds when they talk about Richa Mehta. Mehta is a fourth-year pharmacy student who has a 3.8 overall GPA and has played sports consistently during her time at ACPHS. “Richa is a talented athlete and a tremendous leader,” Director of Athletics Ryan Venter said. “She has incredible commitment and what astonishes me is that she maintains her excellent GPA without missing any practices, games or other team functions.” Mehta is also described as hard working and dedicated by Head Wom-

Each needs the help of the other

The Alpha Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Professional Pharmacy Fraternity Award Several years ago Huebeler suggested that the fraternity establish a scholarship fund for students in need.

Why did you start this scholarship fund?

John C. Huebeler ‘70 12

en’s Basketball Coach Kristen Dart and Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Mike Raley. “She is an excellent student,” Raley said. “Richa clearly demonstrated the ability to be a role model and leader for other students. She regularly spoke up with her opinions and debated the merits of the studies we were discussing in class.” Mehta has served as team captain for basketball and cross country and was named to the Hudson Valley Women’s basketball all-conference team this past season. For Mehta, athletics provides more than energy release.

Mehta plans to participate in soccer next year because it will provide another dose of competition and round out her fitness. She will gain foot work and body control skills, which were not prevalent benefits from the other sports she engaged in. She said basketball provided hand-eye coordination and cross country helped with endurance, but the most important self-improvement comes in life skills. “Through participation in sports, I am learning the foundations for success. I have faced individual and team failure, but have learned to become resilient and learn from my mistakes,” she said. “Sports have taught me the core values of responsibility, respect and the importance of working alongside others. “Academics will always be my number one priority because it sets the foundation for my future, but sports have taught me fundamental skills to succeed in life,” Mehta added.

“Our chapter has a long history of helping those in need. We have always looked out for each other. In the past, chapter members have been involved in Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers and Adopt a Highway. It’s so important to give back. Alums need to stay connected to the College and help the students who are going through what we already went through.” “Our motto has always been, each needs the help of the other. We truly believe that.” All donations to The Alpha Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Chi go directly to the students and are awarded as scholarships. For more information on making a donation to this fund, or setting up a scholarship fund of your own, contact the Institutional Advancement Office at (518) 694-7125. 13

When most students inherit the family car, they become the proud owners of whatever model the family happened to own and wanted to pass along so that they could purchase the newest trend. Whatever the shape, year or condition, the autos are rarely anything to write home about. But for alum John Cote ‘70, his hand-me-down family car was something he had been dreaming about for years. As originally published in Antique Automobile, John tells the story of his prized 1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible Coupe in his own words. While it is not the only vintage car he owns, it certainly is the one closest to his heart. Our Desert Rose and Cloud White 1956 Chrysler New Yorker convertible was ordered for New York radio and television personality Robert Q. Lewis. The sale price on the bill of sale was $5454. My father purchased the car for $1000 in March 1961 after seeing it advertised in the New York Times. It became our family car. In 1963, I obtained my driver’s license and routinely drove a ’53 Studebaker, but I always enjoyed the occasions I was allowed “to take” the Chrysler. Hitting passing gear at 60 miles per hour, hearing the rear wheels “chirp some number,” what a thrill for me and my friends. In my third year of school, a ’62 Chrysler became the family car, and the ’56 convertible was finally assigned to me. I met my future wife, Lynne ‘69, that same year. We would pile into the convertible with other alums and we have great memories of various road trips through our years together.

Chrysler Adventures In June of 1968, at age 20, I drove the Chrysler alone from Clinton, New York, to Thousand Oaks, California, to find a summer job and a little Southern California adventure, arriving the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. The car and I even ventured twice to Tijuana, Mexico, returning unharmed. After all, the Chrysler was just a 12-year-old car, not worth the effort to steal or disassemble. I tried surfing – it’s harder than it looks – and bought a used 9-foot surfboard. On the trip home to Clinton at the end of August, the rear plastic window of the Chrysler remained unzipped to accommodate the protruding surfboard, and I slept in the car to protect it (the board, not the car).


What stares I got cruising through Death Valley. In 1970 Lynne and I were married in Albany. With a “Just Wed” sign made from a gift box propped up in the back window, we drove the Chrysler to our honeymoon spot, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I started graduate school the next day. As a gift for our new life, my father had sold me the car for one dollar. But as newlyweds, then new parents, then saving for that first home, smaller cheaper-on-the-gas cars soon relegated the Chrysler to an occasional summertime drive for the next 25 years.

The Restoration In 1995, major renovations of our house necessitated the Chrysler to be moved offsite. What a perfect opportunity to take it into the body shop for a “cosmetic restoration.” With a renewed interest in what had been taking up so much garage space all those years, I did some research and was surprised to find that only 921 ‘56 New Yorker convertibles were produced. My thoughts shifted to doing a little more than a cosmetic restoration. Then, when the initial disassembly was underway, I found my mother’s grocery list and some forgotten S&H Green Stamps under the seat. Now I was truly involved. This car had been part of my family for over 34 years. Attending, as a spectator, my very first Hershey Meet in the fall of ’95 defined the goals of my restoration – quality and originality. The research continued, the time was found, and the money…well, we won’t talk about that. After the 4 1/2 year restoration, our Chrysler made its AACA [Antique Automobile Club of America] debut in 1999 in New Bern, North Carolina, winning a First Junior Award. That same year it received the Senior Award at the Hershey Meet. By end of 2001, it had received a First Grand National, and two National Awards – the 1999 Walter P. Chrysler Award and the 2000 Annual Grand National Award. These AACA National awards were beyond my wildest dreams and expectations. It was a roller coaster ride during the restoration but all the efforts and hours of work were worth the results. Our Chrysler is preserved for future generations to enjoy; and each time I take “her out,” I think of both the old and new memories.


Of the 921 Chrysler New Yorker convertibles produced in 1956, it is thought that fewer than 25 can be accounted for today. Most were junked when their maintenance became greater than their attraction or usefulness. Often, their powerful HEMI engines were removed for other uses. Therefore, they are rarer than many of the Chrysler 300 “Letter Car” convertibles that were produced in far fewer numbers.

Chrysler “Highway HiFi” 16 2/3 R.P.M. record player still in working order.

Listing of John Cote’s Cars

1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

1961 Chrysler New Yorker Wagon

1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible

1961 Chrysler Newport Wagon

John Cote is not the only alum with a passion for vintage automobiles. John Tagliaferri ‘69 and his son Jason make car collecting and restoration a “family affair.” John has always loved vintage cars and has been lovingly restoring them for years. He has passed his hobby down to his son who now makes restoration his full-time career. John states, “Jason has been around cars since he was a little boy. He would spend a great deal of time with me while I was working on them. As it turned out, he is extremely talented with restoration. He can completely re-build an automobile.” Jason now owns his own custom auto and boat upholstery business. Both father and son love the thrill of finding a classic that needs a complete overhaul and bringing it back to its original condition.


1956 Desoto Indianapolis Pace Car Convertible

Jason says, “My Dad was a huge influence in what I do now. I watched what he was doing over the years and how much he loved it. Now we get to work together on something we both love.”

Professor DeNuzzo On Not Saying Goodbye “I look on my years at ACPHS with a lot of pride.” For more than 50 years, Rinaldo DeNuzzo ’52 has been a member of the ACPHS faculty. His tenure as a faculty member ended with his retirement this past spring, but he will remain part of the college community as a member of the Office of Institutional Advancement. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, DeNuzzo has served in many capacities at the College over the past six decades – director of public relations, placement director, coordinator of alumni affairs, editor of Alumni News, to name a few – so he will no doubt transition easily to his new role. Outside of ACPHS, DeNuzzo also served in many roles, including as a soldier during World War II, consultant for the New York State Department of Health, coordinator of pharmaceutical services for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, member of the U.S. Congressional Review Panel on Prescription Drug Payments, and president of the East Greenbush School Board for almost 20 years. “I am pleasantly surprised at all the accolades being afforded me,” said DeNuzzo, who joined the faculty of the College following his graduation from the school. “I look on my years at ACPHS with a lot of pride.”

DeNuzzo was twice named “Man of the Year” by former ACPHS Dean Francis J. O’Brien, and he has been listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World” for many years. DeNuzzo will join the Office of Institutional Advancement and participate in a series of alumni events. “I have no doubt that our alumni will be thrilled to see ‘Prof ’ and his wife Lucy at our events,” says Vicki DiLorenzo, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “He has impacted the lives of so many students, it will be a great opportunity for both the alums and Prof to reconnect and share memories of their time on campus.” ACPHS President James J. Gozzo, Ph.D. said he is excited about DeNuzzo’s continuing role with ACPHS. “We know that the College will benefit greatly from Dr. DeNuzzo’s continued association, and we look forward to seeing him on campus and to working together with him in the years ahead,” Gozzo said.

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El Anjoli Punjabi and

aine Liu

Learning in Paradise Recently 4th year bachelor of pharmaceutical sciences students Elaine Liu and Anjoli Punjabi travelled to the island of Hawaii to experience a hands-on class like no other.


Offered by The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, both students were part of an intense 12-day course titled, “Plants in Human Affairs.” Developed to give students insights into how plants have been used throughout history in different cultures, the course included lectures, exams and discussions. It also featured numerous field trips and opportunities for real life discovery. Punjabi states, “Never have I seen such unique plants and terrain. Hawaii is a true paradise. Its biodiversity is unparalleled by any other location in the world. The Hawaiian people have a rich culture that values the land, plants and ocean.” Daily schedules were rigorous. Punjabi says, “I started each day by taking a walk where I would usually encounter a new and exciting plant for my journal. We would then begin our three hour morning class with Kat Harrison, a well known and esteemed ethnobotanist. She has extensive travelling experience and brought her vast knowledge to the classroom. After lunch we would have another three hour lecture with Dr. Dennis McKenna from the University of Minnesota. He is a well known ethnopharmacologist who has vast knowledge of psychoactive agents. After classes we would head off for a field trip.” Both students agree that they acquired knowledge and skills they would not have gotten by simply sitting in a classroom. “It was an extremely educational experience”, says Liu. “We learned real- life applications for the material taught in the classroom. To be able to touch the plants was surreal.” Punjabi agrees. She states, “Our lectures were supplemented with field trips, and we were constantly surrounded by the Hawaiian culture that was presented in the classroom. It adds another dynamic to learn about these plants and then look outside the classroom and see them right there. And then later that day make a salve out of those very plants.” Both Liu and Punjabi would recommend the course to other ACPHS students. Liu states, “This course helped me expand my knowledge base to consider new disciplines for medical studies. It showed me how to utilize what nature has provided for us and helped me step back from our technologically advanced society of medicine to embrace nature and what it can bring for people.” The Center for Spirituality and Healing at The University of Minnesota was able to offer this exciting course by partnering with The Kohala Center. The Center is an independent,

not-for-profit, community-based center for research, conservation, and education that promotes informing the public about the environmental issues of the area. For additional information go to:


Plant Journal- Kukui

Accelerate your career track or pursue new opportunities in pharmacy and health care.

By Anjoli Punjabi

Today at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park I came across a tall tree that was not too much different than a tree I would see on the mainland, but when I got a closer look I did notice something unique about this tree. It had clusters of rather odd round circular objects on it as well as small white flowers at the end of the branches. Later I learned that these were Kukui nuts and this was a Kukui tree! The Kukui tree is very important to the Hawaiians and this is apparent because the Kukui tree is the Hawaiian State tree. It is more commonly known as candlenut and its scientific name is Aleurites molaccana. The Kukui is a canoe plant meaning it was brought to the islands by the Polynesians. Kukui has many uses. One of the most important traditional uses is to use Kukui as black, copper, and red dye for kapa cloth. Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to see our Hawaiian Professor, Momi, make kapa cloth (which is also made from the tree bark of another plant!). Making kapa cloth is becoming a dying art on the islands, but cultural revivalists such as Momi who have the knowledge of making Kapa cloth are working very hard to keep the art alive. The Kukui nuts are also rich in oil and are used to make care products; very expensive care products might I add! We saw some at a gift shop yesterday. The nut has also been burned to make fires, make torches, and candles, hence the common name candlenut. One very interesting use is that fishermen use the oil in the nuts to help them see fish more clearly in the water. Kukui nuts are also used to make bracelets and necklaces. As a medicine, Kukui can be used as a laxative when eaten raw. Many Hawaiian plants have legends associated with them as does Kukui. One is about Makali’i, the God of Plenty. A shark swallowed his brother and he could not find the shark so he used Kukui nut oil to make the water more transparent so that he could find this shark. One origin tale says that Moemoe who only wanted to sleep all of the time was taking a long nap and while he was napping, a stream rose and left only his nose above the water. A Kukui nut was also on his nose. It started to grow, which tickled his nose and finally woke him up. From then on, he did not sleep all the time and began to be very useful in his life. At first sight, Kukui seems to be an ordinary tree, but it happens to be an extremely useful and important plant in Hawaiian culture! 20

Many Hawaiian plants have legends associated with them as does Kukui.

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scholarships Alumni Scholarships Allen Barnum ’24 Scholarship

Eric Micelli Michael Micelli

Milton Bernstein ’31 Alumni Scholarship

Nathan Rogers

Oren O. Bigelow ’42 Alumni Scholarship

Stephanie Haynes

Myron Book Scholarship

Benjamin Woo

Class of 1988 Alumni Scholarship


Thomas Cutbush ’68 Scholarship

Job Edwards

Rinaldo V. DeNuzzo ’52 Alumni Scholarship

Donald Lansing Allison Reyngoudt

Debra Bramer Memorial Scholarship

Kathleen Dopp

Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship

Khanh Pham

Capital Area Pharmaceutical Society Scholarship

Jennifer Thibert

Wilma Clinton Cytontechnology Scholarship

Jennifer Lemay

Alfred J. Collins, Jr. ’53/WarnerLambert/JC Penny Scholarship

Jonathan Caruso

Dean’s Endowment for Excellence Scholarship

Nora Morgan Emily Napper Leanna Tice Kristin Whitaker

Demers Family Scholarship

Katharina Knapp

H. Russell Denegar ’43 Scholarship

Andrea Carbone

General Scholarship Fund

Courtney Atkins Matthew Mahar Sonya Vargulick

Haggerty Memorial Scholarship


Henning Scholarship

Michel Rendell

Bruce Kay ’66 Memorial Scholarship

Alissa Phillips

Kirkpatrick Scholarship

Joseph Carreno


Donovan Family Scholarship

Maya Murilo

Harland R. Eckler ’20 Scholarship

Anonymous Anonymous

John E. Flynn Scholarship

Emily Bruni Meagan Reynolds

Paul A. Jablon Scholarship

John Nahas Aniwaa Owusu Obeng Burt Orrin Kinney Alumni Scholarship

Megan Jensen Rahne Minckler

George C. Lewis ’28 Alumni Scholarship

Nicholas DiPirro Kevin Keeley Gregory Meola Anonymous Anonymous

E. Charles Leighton ’59 Memorial Scholarship

David Sanderson

Edward Malkonian ’34 Endowed Scholarship


Donald McAndrew ’62 Memorial Scholarship

Joel Messina

Dr. Kenneth W. Miller Scholarship

Zonker White

Morrissey Scholarship

Jennit Raju

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Scholarship

Jessica Blanchard

Varant Najarian Endowed Scholarship

Laura Dunn

Henry A. Panasci Jr. Pharmacy Scholarship


Rite Aid Endowment Scholarship

Samantha Nolan Nicholas Allen Jacilyn Basle Ashley Beninati Nicole Brock Anonymous Joseph Cross Lauren Davis Kelsey Fagan Tyson Fearon Anonymous Xun Gong Valarie Griffin Marc Iannaccone Merina Johnson Amy Kage

Eli Lilly Scholarship

Anthony Debboli Nicholas DiPirro James McGuinness ’71 Alumni Scholarship


Francis J. O’Brien ’20 Alumni Scholarship

Ashley Barlow Elizabeth Burke Solomon Chang Vanessa Ebosiem Kathryn Hogle Jonathon Just Michael McCarthy Jeffrey Meredith Alexander Prokopienko Gurmukh Singh Brandon Steitz Sonya Vargulick Morgan Wadkins Anonymous Anonymous

Bertram Rapowitz ’58 Scholarship

Maya Murilo

Ellis H. Robison Alumni Scholarship

Daniel Brouwer Christine Donato

Albert M. White Scholarship

Richa Mehta Kelly Vanvalkenburgh Anonymous Dennis Rule ’96 Memorial Scholarship

Neil Tierson

General Scholarship Fund


Memorial Scholarship Fund


Daryl Kasprowicz Sonia Kurian Jennifer Lieberman Cameron Luker Lily Piraino Adam Spaulding Tiffany Thomas Justin Thompson Megan Thompson Anonymous

Harry Mikhitarian ’54 Memorial Scholarship

Aaron Rosenshine Scholarship

Tasmina Hydery

Dr. Lawrence H. MacDonald Memorial Award

Carol Lee Sowek ’74 Memorial Scholarship

James J. Roome, Jr. ’79 Award

Stephanie Paddock Wegman’s Scholarship

Caitlin Mowers

Michael P. and Elise K. Yuda Scholarship

Edmund DeCarlo Thomas Giovinazzo

Mario M. Zeolla ’97 Memorial Scholarship

Brandon Schenck CVS Scholarship

Ashley Barzee Aditi Baxi Eric Peil Audra Puodziukas Christine Skrzypiec Walgreens Drug Company Scholarship

Gonca Gul Amber Schreiner Livernay Vasallo Rite Aid Scholarship

Mallory Maicik


Janet Doyle Maiuro ’52 Memorial Scholarship


Awards William M. Cronin Athletic Award

Amanda White James Truong

Alyssa LaPaglia Deena Jecen Alissa Phillips

Lucy M. Manvel Membership Award

Emily Napper Jessica Nadeau

Rho Pi Phi Beta Alumni Award

Donato Forlenza

Marsden H. Hayes Award

Kyle Guay

Claudia L. DelGiacco Memorial Award

Daniela Reed

Dr. Rudolph R. DelGiacco ’46 Memorial Award

Neil Tierson

Robert J. Sherer Memorial Award

Ngoc Nguyen

Walmart Pharmacy Award

Caitlin Mowers Scott Beeman Craig Reed

Why she gives? “I really enjoyed my experiences at ACPHS. The professors knew each and every student and realized each of their needs. I donate because I want ACPHS to thrive into the future and offer students the same quality of education that I had. It’s my way of showing my appreciation for everything they gave me.” For additional information on the giving opportunities at ACPHS, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (518) 694-7125.

Holly Bonsignore ‘82 Ph.D. , Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University ‘87 Director, New Products Group, Pfizer Global Manufacturing, Pfizer, Inc.

Ralph ’59 and Mary Lou ’60 Mancini Award

Solomon Chang



Aa Another academic year came to a close on Saturday, May 8, 2010 as we honored and welcomed 224 ACPHS graduates to the alumni community. We were all treated to an inspirational address by Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, who used personal examples of her experiences as a physician to demonstrate how “one person can make a difference.” All in attendance also had the priviledge to hear from the Class of 2010 spokesperson, Dr. Christine Morkos ’10, who was chosen by her peers and fellow graduates to address, recognize and send-off the Class of 2010. Dr. Morkos spoke to the lasting bond that she and her fellow classmates have due to their vast experiences during their time as students at ACPHS.

dedications On April 5, 2010, Dr. Gozzo and Alfred J. Collins, Jr. ‘53 Chairman of the Board of Trustees dedicated the Burlington Drug Pharmacy Skills Laboratory at the Vermont Campus. Members of the Mitiguy family, who own Burlington Drug Company, were present for the dedication. The College thanks the Mitiguy family and Burlington Drug Company for their most recent gift of $125,000. Also on April 5, 2010, the Dr. C. David Fox ‘58 Research Laboratory was dedicated at the Vermont campus. Family members were present to honor Dr. Fox who passed away in 2008 and generously made a gift to the College in the amount of $750,000. There were also several of his classmates that travelled to Vermont for the dedication.

On behalf of the entire alumni community, which is comprised of over 6,000 graduates, congratulations to the Class of 2010. We wish you health, happiness and success!

Updates from the ACPHS Alumni Council Members of the Alumni Council gathered on Saturday, June 5th during Reunion Weekend 2010 for the wrap-up meeting of the academic year.

Dexter Spaulding ’58 reminisces about his classmate, Dr. C. David Fox.

News from the Alumni Council

The ACPHS Alumni Council, which represents all graduates of the College, is comprised of alumni volunteers from various class years and is a key liason for the alumni community to the ACPHS Administration, Board of Trustees and Student Body. Membership in the Alumni Council is automatic upon graduation. Various Alumni Council initiatves were discussed and proposed at our last meeting, including the development of Alumni Council communication materials, enhanced presence on the web including and social media sites (e.g. Facebook), continued recruitment of council volunteers, and progression of the various opportunities for alumni to interact with and mentor current ACPHS students. I encourage interested alumni volunteers to contact me and other members of the Alumni Council for more information regarding the council and ways to stay involved and support the College and future members of the alumni community.

Dr. Sharon Fox, daughter of Dr. C. David Fox.

What does the Alumni Council focus on? The council will continue to work on a number of projects and campaigns in the coming academic year including:

In April the ACPHS Boardroom was dedicated to Kandyce Daley ‘74 for her years of service, philanthropy as an alumnus, volunteer, Board Member and Board Chair.

• Mentoring and Career Counseling Opportunities • Collaboration with various ACPHS departments (e.g. Admissions) on Community Events • Development of Alumni Council Benefits and Resources • Reunion Weekend 2011

Members of the Alumni Council, Office of Institutional Advancment, and ACPHS community will continue to research and network with various organizations in an effort to continue our mission of education and service to the members of our community. In the months ahead please visit for the latest news and additional resources regarding the Alumni Council, and events planned for the 2010-2011 academic year. If you are interested in volunteering with the Alumni Council, please contact Bill Jabour, Diretcor of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, 518-694-7393 or Regards,

John Marraffa ’03


Alumni Council Chair




Reunion Weekend 2010 Over 225 alumni, family and friends visited the campus for Reunion 2010. Alums expressed their excitement on the tremendous growth of the College. From the construction of a new learning complex and improvements of the ACPHS Student Center, to the evolution of the Vermont Campus and breakthroughs taking place at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute in Rensselaer, everyone enjoyed seeing and hearing about the progression of projects underway. Attendees participated in the annual golf tournament, sailed aboard the Albany Aqua Duck Tours, went on walking tours of the campus and enjoyed an incredible dinner prepared by Dinosaur BBQ. Pictures from various Reunion Weekend 2010 events are available by visiting:





“When someone needs help, it’s important to step up. Without ACPHS, I wouldn’t be where I am today and able to help others who need it.” Larry Tabor ‘88

Meet the Cornerstones of Four Corners Pharmacy By Nicholas Schwind ‘13 Partnership can sometimes be a tricky business. However, if there is a sense of cooperation, unity, and a drive to be successful, it can lead to fantastic results. This can easily be said for John Croce ’84 and Paul Pagnotta ’92. They are the proud co-owners of Four Corners Pharmacy on Delaware Avenue in Delmar, New York. Their relationship began in a previous working environment for a chain pharmacy. They eventually went their own ways, but kept in touch over the years. Pagnotta’s intentions were to own a business from the start, but he says that he never envisioned owning his own pharmacy. He commented, “I envisioned owning a restaurant. Going to pharmacy school was my Pop’s idea. It gave me the opportunity to attend college and earn a degree.” They also both agreed that earning their wives’ approval made the decision easier to swallow.

In order to get to where they are today, plenty of research was involved. Pagnotta recollected that while he was in school, many independents were closing and pharmacists were signing with chain pharmacies. At first that trend discouraged him from going down this path, but after years of searching and encouragement and support from co-workers, friends, and family, he made his business dream a reality. “Running an independent pharmacy definitely connects you to the community.” Croce said. “One of the most rewarding aspects of being a pharmacist is the relationships that I have developed not only with patients, but with other health care professionals. It’s extremely rewarding. I was at the local diner with my kids for breakfast. The waitress recognized me as her mother’s

pharmacist. It’s really great creating those kinds of close-knit relationships within the community.” They each have had their own unique experiences since graduating from ACPHS and both have some advice to offer to current students. Croce encourages students to enter the profession with the right intentions. He states, “Be passionate and take control of your future” Pagnotta reminds students that ACPHS is really only the first step. Based on his personal experiences, he says, “The key to a successful career is to build lasting relationships. If you can do that, you will be successful in whatever you do.”

Thank You!

This year’s annual Phonathon raised more than $60,000! The Annual Fund provides support for many of the College’s highest priorities including: scholarships, academic programs, innovations in teaching, faculty recruitment and retention as well as unique opportunities for students, faculty and staff. Thank you for making a difference! For more information on how you can contribute to the Annual Fund, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (518) 694-7125. 28

Several years ago a group of alums meeting at reunion decided to make a difference. They wanted to find a way to give back. Originally named after alums Mike Kennecut and Rob LaPearl, they started what was later named The Class of ‘88 Memorial Fund. Donations go directly to the students by way of scholarships. For more information on how you can set up a scholarship fund for your class, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (518) 694-7125.

“I was awarded a scholarship while at ACPHS and it meant the world to me.” Tami Turner ‘88

Aniwaa Owusu Obeng 6th year Pharm.D. Currently on rotation with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Recipient of the Paul A. Jablon Scholarship • 1st President of African Students Association • Rho Chi Honor Society •R  ecipient of Summer Research Award – 2006 & 2007 • Peer Tutor • Integrated  Problem Solving (IPS) Workshop Leader • APhA member • Multicultural Club member • Service Club member • Dance Team Member

Why she is grateful…

“Where this is a will, there is a way.” This is one of my favorite quotes! And it’s extremely encouraging when it becomes a reality. I am so grateful for the scholarships I have received throughout my time here at ACPHS. This financial support has urged me to study harder so that one day, I can return the favor and support the younger generation of ACPHS students. It’s all about giving back. Thank you for investing in my future. Your support is vital. For additional information on setting up a scholarship, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (518) 694-7125.



Class Notes 1956

Remo Lotano has retired from his long and productive career as the founder of Piedmont Eye Centers in Lynchburg, Va. He now offers free care at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia where he spent the last year acquiring the donated equipment he would need to care for his patients. Lotano has received numerous donations. He still has a need for additional equipment, especially an indirect ophthalmoscope. Anyone wishing to help can contact the clinic directly at 434-847-5866.


William Hastings recently retired after 53 years. His career included working at Hargraves Pharmacy, Mack Drug, Paul’s Drug, Daw Drug, Kinney Drug, Mercy Hospital, Fay’s Drug, Walton Pharmacy (which he owned), CVS and House Calls Pharmacy. He and his wife Marcia are enjoying their dream retirement cabin in Lake George, NY. “The best to all.” You can contact William at


of Medicine and clinical pharmacy specialist at The Indiana Heart Hospital/Community Hospitals Network. He has also served as a pharmacist for Walgreens and Kroger. He has co-authored several journal articles for Pharmacotherapy as well as a book chapter in “Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach” (seventh edition). Dr. Amankwa has spoken at various professional meetings including ASHP MCM in 2008, Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana in 2007 and Indiana Pharmacists Alliance Networking Forum 2006.


Anthony Grosso has joined the Fulton Medicine Place of Fulton, NY and The Medicine Place of Phoenix, NY Pharmacies. He previously worked for Kinney Drugs. He resides in Baldwinsville with his wife Karen, and daughters Nina (age 3) and Gwen (age 1).


Planned Giving


Salvatore Bottiglieri is in post graduate year two at the Kentucky Pharmacy Residency Program. He has been elected and installed on the Executive Board of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity as the National Secretary. Kappa Epsilon, Inc. is a national professional pharmacy fraternity whose major projects include breast cancer awareness as well as the pharmacy career opportunity recruitment project, a project developed to instill interest in pharmacy for high school students.

Kwadwo Amankwa has been appointed assistant professor at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Amankwa was most recently clinical assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences at Purdue University. Additionally, he was an adjunct assistant professor in the department of medicine at Indiana University School


I feel that I have had a successful career in Pharmacy due to the education and motivation that I received during my undergraduate years at ACPHS. By giving, I believe that I am helping some of the current generation of students to achieve success in their careers.


Elizabeth Ireland and Brian Pearsall ‘04 were married on June 5, 2009. The ceremony took place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Johnstown. The Rev. William Small officiated. The reception followed at the Riverstone Manor, Glenville.

What motivates you to give?

Christen Rymanowski and Gregory Jones ’06 were married on April, 17, 2010.

As a professional pharmacist, I believe it is both an honor and obligation to help advance the profession by aiding in the development of the new practitioners.

Stephanie Harvilla ’08 and Daniel Malone ’08 were married in June, 2010.

Jodie Gewing of Middletown, NY has been promoted to Supervising Pharmacist at Rite Aid Corp. in Montgomery. Gewing is also the Secretary of the Orange County Pharmaceutical Society.

Becky Sue Joedicke and Shawn David Hartwell ’90 were married on Sept. 12, 2009. Kristina Zaccardo and Jeffrey Graves ‘08 were married July 17, 2009.

In Memoriam


Why do you give?

Mervyn H. Ewart, November 28, 2009. Biochemistry Professor at ACPHS from 1954-1987. Dr. Ewart worked as a research chemist for the Canadian Food and Drug Administration from 1951-1954. In 1954, he accepted a position at ACPHS as a professor, where he taught biochemistry until his retirement in 1987. His research was widely publicized and cited. 1930 Florence Miller February 13, 2010

1952 Marc E. Guy February 27, 2010

1959 Carl Chin February 9, 2009

1938 Henry Aumiller July 21, 2009

1953 John J. Kwasnowski August 21, 2009

1969 Ronald L. Draxler November 22, 2009

1950 Richard Miller May 20, 2010

1955 Morris L. Abramson November 26, 2009

1977 Markham Vincent Wood January 9, 2010

1951 Walter Harold Williams January 17, 2010

1957 Stephen B. Kistler II October 6, 2009

2010 Bradley R. LaBombard April 26, 2010

Roxie Miles ‘70

Why ACPHS? I have followed the development of both the programs and the facilities of ACPHS over the years. The college has reached an excellent level in the education of new pharmacy practitioners. As an alum, I would like to see ACPHS remain in the forefront of pharmacy schools. For more information about how you can ensure the future of ACPHS through planned giving opportunities, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (518) 694-7125.


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