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A Publication for MCPHS University Alumni and Friends / Winter 2014

SERVING THEIR ALMA MATER Alumni Making a Difference


Michelle Webb MPAS ‘13

{calendar} A L U M N I & C O N T I N U I N G E D U C AT I O N C A L E N D A R

2014 MARCH 12 Massachusetts Alumni Reception 6–9 p.m. The Hall at Patriot Place Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA MARCH 13 74th Annual Howard L. Reed Educational Conference 8:15 a.m.–4 p.m. Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA MARCH 28–31 American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting & Exposition Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL APRIL 9 Annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner 5:30 p.m. MCPHS University Boston, MA

MAY 3 Alumni Reunion 4:30 p.m.–midnight Boston Newton Marriott Hotel Newton, MA

Commencement 2014 will take the field at Gillette Stadium.

MAY 7 3rd Annual Graduate Nurse Residency Program MCPHS University Worcester, MA MAY 10 Commencement Ceremony Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA MAY 19 Annual MCPHS University Manchester Scholarship Golf Tournament Manchester Country Club Bedford, NH SEPTEMBER 11 MCPHS Preceptor Appreciation DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston-Westborough Westborough, MA

SEPTEMBER 22 Annual MCPHS University Boston/Worcester Scholarship Golf Tournament Pleasant Valley Country Club Sutton, MA Please note: Calendar subject to periodic updates.

Make Chemistry Again. SAVE THE DATE! REUNION 2014

For more information about MCPHS continuing education events, visit our website at www.

HEY, HAVE YOU HEARD? Reunion is in May. Reunion is for Everyone. Reunion is for You. Just like MCPHS University, the annual MCPHS Reunion celebration is growing. Reunion 2014 is for all alumni. SAVE THE DATE Saturday, May 3, 2014 Reconnect with classmates. Remember the times. Relive the experiences.

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Letter from the President


MANAGING EDITOR Michael Ratty EDITOR AND SENIOR WRITER Lawrence Townley ART DIRECTORS Cathy Moylan Doreen Walsh CONTRIBUTORS Dawn Ballou Pat Ramsay Michael Ratty PHOTOGRAPHERS McCardinal Photo Randall Garnick Jon Whitney Laurie Swope The Bulletin comes to you from the MCPHS Office of University Advancement Send changes of address and editorial correspondence to The Bulletin, MCPHS University, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 Phone: 617.732.2130 Email:

Marguerite (Crimmins) Johnson ’61 Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Phone: 617.274.3377 Email: Printed in the USA Established in 1823, MCPHS University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.

To Members of the MCPHS Community: Gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness are terms that are positively inspiring. In a society that seems frequently overwhelmed with bad news, we are challenged to find acts borne out of gratitude, examples of appreciation, and expressions of thankfulness. In this issue of the Bulletin, we meet that challenge. Educating our students to serve as tomorrow’s healthcare professionals is not an easy job; but it is a rewarding process. It is a process in which our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends all play key roles. Contemporary healthcare professional education requires the contributions of many individuals that span a spectrum of helpfulness, contributions that support our mission to prepare students “for successful careers in healthcare through excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, professional service, and community engagement.” They are contributions in service to students, rendered willingly, selflessly, and, most especially, gratefully. The MCPHS alumni who are featured in “Serving Their Alma Mater” represent just a fraction of the vast body of supporters who devote their time, talent, and expertise to benefit our students. Their educational backgrounds are diverse. Their professional experiences are varied. Yet their commitment is shared. As trustees, faculty members, mentors, preceptors, and other volunteers who wear many hats, their contributions to MCPHS University are essential to the educational process and to the success of our institution. I hope that you will find the portraits of alumni who serve MCPHS as inspiring as I have found them to be. These alumni are your peers, colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family members who understand that acts of gratitude, examples of appreciation, and expressions of thankfulness can take many forms, benefit thousands of students, and result in a more perfect educational process and thriving MCPHS community. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2014. Sincerely,

Charles F. Monahan Jr. President


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B O S TO N | W O R C E S T E R | M A N C H E S T E R

Machu Picchu: Colca Canyon L–R: Jonah Martins ‘14, Bryan Phan ‘15, Stephanie Lewis ‘15, Liana Nabi ‘13, Fariza Rahim ‘13, Tammy Nghiem ‘14, Maria Vecchiarelli ‘14, Phung On ‘14, Matthew Thorpe ‘15, Benjamin Laliberte ‘14, Dr. Kristin Zimmerman

Boston Pharmacy Students Complete Medical Mission to Peru In what has become an important annual humanitarian and educational initiative, MCPHS University professor Alejandro J. Pino Figueroa PhD ’09, assistant professor of pharmacy practice Kristin Zimmerman, and 10 PharmD students journeyed last May to Arequipa, Peru for a visit to Universidad Católica de Santa María (UCSM), MCPHS’s sister school. During the two-week experience, the faculty members and students delivered nearly $27,000 worth of

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donated medical supplies, shadowed surgeons in a local hospital, worked at a mental health facility, and provided screening and education services at a UCSMaffiliated community health clinic. Benjamin Laliberte, a 2014 PharmD candidate, and his classmates transformed the annual trip to Peru into a medical mission. The students held fund-raising events, solicited medical supplies and financial support from medical supply companies through grant

applications, and recruited additional fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-year PharmD students to participate in the mission. At the UCSM clinic on the outskirts of Arequipa, Laliberte and his classmates met with 114 patients and provided blood pressure and glucose screenings along with counseling and education on disease prevention and vaccines, smoking cessation, diabetes management, hypertension management and prevention, nutrition, and exercise.

Golf Tournaments Raise Nearly $60,000 for Student Financial Assistance Whether you prefer to play tournament golf in the spring, the fall, or both, MCPHS has the tournament for you. Last May, 120 golfers teed off at the Seventh Annual Manchester Campus Scholarship Golf Tournament. The event took place at the beautiful Manchester Country Club in Bedford, NH. Thanks to the generous support of golfers and 57 tournament sponsors, net proceeds exceeded $27,000. This sum will help to fund six substantial scholarship awards for deserving MCPHS–Manchester campus students. Later in the year, soon after summer turned to fall, MCPHS staged the Third Annual Boston/Worcester

John Walczyk ‘06, David Maher ‘97 (Hon.), and Richard Griffin ‘71 at the Manchester tournament in May

Scholarship Golf Tournament on September 23 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, MA. Under cloudless blue skies and with mild temperatures prevailing, 95 golfers attacked the course in a shotgun start. Outstanding conditions contributed to spectacular play throughout the afternoon match, with the team composed of Michael Malloy, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Worcester/Manchester campuses, Shaun Kelly, Mark Wyman

Lambda Kappa Sigma Century Celebration Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS), a professional pharmacy fraternity for women, celebrated its centennial last summer. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy librarian Ethel J. Health founded LKS in 1913 as a social club for women. The purpose of the club was to create a closer bond among the women of pharmacy. In 1916, LKS was established as a national sorority with MCP as the Alpha Chapter. LKS fosters personal growth through support, encouragement, and camaraderie among members. LKS educational programs enhance professional development in the field of pharmacy by giving members the

and Guy Ferrante winning the team competition. With financial support provided by golfers and 32 sponsors, the tournament raised $32,000 in scholarship funding for students enrolled in every academic discipline on the Boston and Worcester campuses. MCPHS Scholarship Tournaments continue to make great golf and student financial assistance an unbeatable combination.

LKS members celebrate the organization’s centennial in Boston last summer.

understanding necessary to serve patients knowledgeably and with confidence. The LKS core values include sisterhood, leadership, service, scholarship, and integrity. LKS has more than 24,000 members nationwide, with 44 campus chapters and 36 chartered alumni groups. The MCPHS Alpha

Chapter currently boasts 56 members. Interestingly, the LKS seal was designed by MCPHS alumna Cora Craven, one of more than 2,000 MCPHS Alpha Chapter– initiated members over the past century. Notably, the MCPHS University Alpha Chapter has produced the most Grand Presidents, who have included Annabel Carter Jones PhG ’16, Cora Craven PhG ’18, Ruth (Davis) Flaherty PhG ’20, Mary (Hoey) Gilbert PhG ’34, and Christine Perry BSP ’91.


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Serving Their Alma Mater “I had this small idea to start a scholarship program for our students.” — MICHELLE WEBB, MPAS ‘13


ervice is an interesting word.

It derives from the Latin servitium, which has its own origins cloaked in the practice of slavery. Fortunately, times have changed. The definition of service now largely carries positive and profound meaning that inspires works of goodness, productivity, and charity. There may be no word that appears more frequently within the MCPHS University mission statement, core values and strategic initiatives than “service”. It makes sense. The University’s mission to prepare students for successful careers in healthcare hinges upon delivery of service to benefit humankind by well-educated and highly motivated alumni. In this issue and in the next issue of the Bulletin, the service work of MCPHS alumni takes center stage. The wide range of that work is extraordinary, benefiting MCPHS and its students, faculty, and alumni as well as the broader communities in which alumni live and work. These gifts of service create a rich tapestry of support that adds meaning and significance to the value of an MCPHS education and to the commitment that MCPHS alumni make to saving lives, improving human health, and advancing scientific research.

Service can be as clamorous as a brass band or as peaceful as a flute. It comes in many forms that each help to define the character and commitment of the provider. As a first-year student and a member of the Physician Assistant Student Society (PASS), Michelle Webb MPAS ‘13 wasted no time getting involved. She remembers, “I decided to run for historian and saw that as an opportunity to get involved in leadership and be actively engaged in our class.” That experience led to election as treasurer and member of the Executive Board in her second year. But that’s hardly Webb’s most noteworthy accomplishment as an MCPHS student. While still adjusting to the academic rigors of the intense

two-year graduate program, Webb notes, “I had this small idea to start a scholarship program for our students. I thought that it was essential to recognize outstanding students who best represent the PA profession.” She recruited a PA Alumni Scholarship Committee, started a periodic electronic newsletter for alumni, and worked tirelessly with MCPHS administrators to launch the fund. Last April, her dream came true when the first two scholarship awards from the Physician Assistant (PA) Scholarship Fund were made to graduating students Elizabeth Bart MPAS ’13 and Lauren Rousseau MPAS ’13. Now, as an alumna herself, Michelle Webb reflects, “It is my hope that more PA alumni recognize the importance of giving back to current students, so that

Elizabeth Bart MPAS ’13 (left) celebrated her PA scholarship award with award fund founder Michelle Webb MPAS ’13.

we can continue the positive feedback of recognizing deserving future PAs and reducing the financial onus.” Indeed, it is quite unusual, if not unique, for a student to engage in the creation of, and then to continue to actively promote, a scholarship fund as a young alumnus. Yet, Webb realizes that her service is just beginning. She says, “Our students need us to help with finding good rotations, transitioning into careers, and reducing their debt burden. Students want to connect with and learn from those who have traveled the same path that they are on. The connection between student and alumnus is vital in creating a healthy, collaborative community that will benefit everyone during this constantly evolving and highly competitive era.”


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Faculty member and student Mentor Anne C. Davies ‘08 studies the presentation of a student enrolled in Mentor-a-Cardinal.

“Your time at MCPHS is not limited to years of study; your affiliation is a lifetime.” —A  NNE C. DAVIES MRI ’08

Educating Faculty There is no more vital relationship in academia than that between faculty member and student. The relationship is not only central to the educational process, but also responsible for molding student focus and commitment to, as well as appreciation for, the benefits of community service. MCPHS alumni who are faculty members serve their students in many ways. Cathy Taglieri BSP ’82, PharmD ’11, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, views her faculty role as a “dream job, just a wonderful way to give back and an awesome way to impact a lot of people’s lives.” Taglieri, who

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joined the MCPHS faculty in 2007, following stints in the pharmaceutical industry, retail pharmacy, and nursing home administration, says, “I love interacting with students and making a positive impact on their education.” And her contributions to student advancement extend beyond the classroom: “I mentor students through the Academic Resources Center, and make myself available every week to discuss career options with students,” she explains. Anne C. Davies MRI ’08, clinical coordinator for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program, also took a circuitous route to the MCPHS faculty. After many years working in electrical engineering, and later as a certified fitness instructor, Davies sought career change that would combine her love of technology

with her experience in health and wellness. “I wanted another career in which I could work with people,” she says. As one of the first MRI certificate graduates, she found employment as an MRI technician at both human and animal hospitals to be an almost perfect fit. The fit became perfect when she also joined MCPHS as an instructor. “I enjoyed the teachers and the education. I felt responsible to help the next wave of students.” So how does she help? She teaches classes, coordinates clinical rotations, organizes the MRI social networking group called “K-Space,” oversees two scholarship award funds, serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and works closely with the Mentor-A-Cardinal program. She says, “Your time at MCPHS is not limited to years of study; your

affiliation is a lifetime.” Timothy Hudd BSP ’00, PharmD ’06, associate professor of pharmacy practice, says, “A career in academia has provided wonderful opportunities to serve as a role model.” Yet, his position as a member of the MCPHS faculty is just a start, albeit a very important one. Recently he joined the MCPHS University Faculty Mentoring Program, a program that assists new faculty members who wish to become involved with professional organizations. His work with the University Honors Program over the past two years has resulted in the implementation and oversight of programmatic enhancements that enrich the Doctor of Pharmacy academic program, while he also continues to develop and deliver continuing education programs for MCPHS and serve as a Phi Lambda Sigma student mentor. Beyond MCPHS University, Hudd’s wide-ranging activities include service in leadership positions with the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association and Department of Public Health initiatives as well as multiple committee assignments for the National Asthma Educators Certification Board of Directors. What stokes this intense commitment to service? For Tim Hudd, the answer is quite simple: “We are all very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in promoting health.”

Sharing Mentors Tagliari, Davies, and Hudd are just three of many MCPHS faculty alumni who devote themselves to more than just the formal education of the next generation of healthcare professionals. MCPHS students also

Recent MCPHS graduate and mentor Gabriella Rice ’11 met her student mentee, Shemia Perry ’15, at a Mentor-a-Cardinal event.

benefit from service delivered by alumni from all walks of life through such programs as the MCPHS preceptor program, Mentor-aCardinal, and professional internships. For example, one day Scott Sauve BSP ’82 asked himself, ”Is there something I can share?” With more than 25 years of experience in hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, and the pharmaceutical industry,

Sauve felt that Mentor-a-Cardinal could provide the answer. Open to students from all disciplines on every campus, this innovative program matches alumni with students who harbor similar career interests. Mentors and mentees meet at least twice every semester to help students learn more about professional roles and responsibilities, enhance their interpersonal skills, and, ideally, get

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“Giving back does not always mean monetarily; you can also give back with your time.” —T  IFFANY PUCCIA BSDH ’10

“real-life” work exposure. Sauve’s first meeting with one of his two PharmD mentees enrolled on the Manchester campus answered his question. He recalls, “The meeting lasted about four hours. We were both surprised about how much we had to discuss.” Buoyed that both student mentees were interested in applying their pharmacy education outside retail or hospital pharmacy, Sauve

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says, “I can relate to that. I am very encouraged by their dedication.” Fellow Mentor-a-Cardinal alumnus Brendan Raftery BSPHCB ’12 brings a unique perspective to his role. Several years ago Raftery took part in the inaugural Mentor-a-Cardinal program as a student. He remarks, “MCPHS gave me the opportunity to be a trailblazer. I don’t think I would be who I am today if I hadn’t

been given that opportunity.” He says that he remembers thinking, “Students hear from professors and school administrators all the time, but not as often from alumni. They will listen to you.” He adds, “If I’m lucky, I have another 70 or 80 years of life left. If I don’t spend my remaining time doing things that matter, I am wasting my life.” More than three years removed from her life as a dental hygiene student, a period during which she also served as president of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association and Alpha Zeta Omega fraternity, Tiffany Puccia BSDH ’10 has remained heavily involved in both organizations, holding highlevel positions on the national level. Upon reflection, Puccia says, “Alpha Zeta Omega taught me so much as an undergraduate—from loyalty, to trust, to time management, to true friendship…ADHA is the organization that helped me grow in my profession.” Yet Puccia reserves her highest praise for her alma mater: “I am proud to say I am a graduate of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. It is my goal and objective to work with the University to ensure that it remains a premier institution.” To that end, she jumped at the chance to join Mentor-a-Cardinal. “I hope I have been able to shed insight into the profession of dental hygiene and help prepare students for their National Board Exams. Then I learned about the new Young Alumni Club. I realized the importance of developing the club for current students and future alumni, and building an alumni network.” Even as a young alumnus, Tiffany Puccia demonstrates profound

“Without MCPHS, I would not be the person I am or have the awesome career that I have.” — J ULIET JORDANJOSEPH, PHARMD ’07

appreciation for the meaning of service, and the benefits that accrue to both beneficiaries of the service, and those who deliver it. She says “In anything in life, you get out what you put in. Whether it be your school work, your professional affiliations, or a club or organization you belong to, time and effort are needed to grow those aspects in your life. Giving back does not always mean monetarily; you can also give back with your time.”

Presenting Preceptors As an MCPHS preceptor, alumni career panelist, award ceremony presenter, and student recruiting event participant, Juliet Jordan-Joseph PharmD ’07 regards her work on behalf of MCPHS as an expression of pride in her alma mater. “Without MCPHS,” she says, “I would not be the person I am or have the awesome career that I have.” Clearly, part of her “awesome career” is working with students and seeing their potential realized, a benefit that has special meaning for Jordan-Joseph as a minority alumna. “I felt that it was

Juliet Jordan-Joseph ’07 at a 2012 MCPHS awards ceremony, presenting the United States Public Health Service award for Excellence in Public Heath Pharmacy Practice.

important to give back, so that other minorities would be empowered to do great things. Giving back is not only personally rewarding, but also inspiring for the students.” Ann Marie (Barry) Bisson BSP ’83, another preceptor, notes, “I hope to instill a sense of pride and passion for best pharmacy practices wherever my students’ professional paths may lead.” Having served as a preceptor for three years, Jordan-Joseph knows that her work has impact: “My students always tell me how grateful they are for the unique rotation experience.” And how does she counsel those students and alumni with whom she stays in touch? She says, “I tell them that they are missing one of the most rewarding experiences when they don’t give

back. Your knowledge can save a life or inspire a student to do great things.” And great things happen all the time. Bisson reports, “It is quite a process to witness their personal and professional growth during their rotations, to see them becoming more confident and making the connection from classroom to the workplace…In giving back, you realize that you truly get back much more.” p


The spotlight turns to focus on alumni in positions of oversight and governance whose acts of service and commitment to assistance, courtesy, and kindness benefit their professions, the communities in which they work and live, and their alma mater.


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{events} Reunion 2013 A Celebration for the Ages


Thank you to all MCPHS and Forsyth alumni who gathered last April to see old friends at Reunion 2013. More than 250 alumni celebrated, caught up, and reminisced at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel. Celebrants spanned nearly 70 years of history, with Hrisafie Sophocles BSP ’43 I on one end and Max E. Saber BSPS ’12 on the other. Don’t wait until 2018 to return. Help make this an annual event for all alumni by attending Reunion 2014 on May 3. Register today at to join the fun!






1. Alumni Association past president Paul Larochelle ’07 and his wife, Lauren 2. Sue and Bob Branagan ’63 with Bev and Jack Robitaille ‘63 3. Trustee Greg Laham ’73 and his wife, Debbie 4. Laura Maniscalco ’08 and Sheena Giordano ‘08 5. Jocelyn (Santos) Cochrane ’85 and Milagros Santos ’72 6. Christine Dominick, Forsyth ’68

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7. Forsyth Class of 1973 (L–R) Claire (Anderson) Avery, Patricia (Ragucci) Lincoln, Mary (Rattigan) Launie, Susan Cunningham, and Ann (Johnson) Sullivan 8. Gareth Malebranche ’83 and Romeo Zamba 9. Hrisafie Sophocles ’43 l and her admirers 10. Forsyth and MCP “Golden Graduates” from the Class of 1963 gather with President Monahan









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Boston Campus Holds 145th Commencement Davi-Ellen Chabner, an internationally recognized medical writer and an accomplished photographer, delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary degree. PharmD graduate Laura Lourenco delivered the student address, in which she described her 2013 Boston Marathon experience. Lourenco was unable to finish her race, even though she had run to within a quarter mile from the finish line when the bombs exploded. Despite the horror of the day, she recounted how she drew strength from her fellow runners, the selfless actions of first responders, and the resilience of the City of Boston in the wake of deadly terrorism. One day, she notes, she hopes to cross the finish line. As a student, Lourenco was active in international exchange programs as well as in campus student organizations and committees. She worked in Malta as an exchange student for one summer and participated in


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the University’s Volunteer Morocco Program. She served as president of the Phi Lambda Sigma Honor Society, treasurer of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, secretary of the Rho Chi Honor Society, coordinator for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Operation Heart, and student representative on the Curriculum Committee. She also had worked as a pharmacy intern at CVS Caremark since 2008, and after graduation entered the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Pharmacy and Medical Center as a pharmacy practice resident in acute care. During the Commencement exercises Gregory H. Laham BSP ’73, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, received the College Medal, and Svetlana Dvorkin-Camiel BSP ’95, PharmD ’97, associate professor of pharmacy practice, received the Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence.

More than 800 students received their degrees at the 145th MCPHS University Commencement ceremonies held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. 5 1. A touching moment following the ceremony 2. Student speaker Laura Lourenco 3. Provost George Humphrey with Laura Lourenco and David Maher ‘97 (Hon.) 4. Sabrina Del Re and Teal Furey 5. A sea of mortarboards at the Seaport World Trade Center 6. Betselot Beyene, Tien Dang, and Ruthline Abraham 7. Katelyn Gorman and Brittany Oswald 8. President Monahan congratulates a new graduate.





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{events} Worcester Campus Holds 11th Commencement




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With graduates who hail from 28 states and eight nations among the more than 340 degree recipients, the growth and increasing diversification of MCPHS University Worcester campus was never more apparent than at the 11th Annual Worcester/Manchester Commencement exercises held last May. Erik Wexler, president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent Hospital, delivered the Commencement address in which he said that today’s graduates “will redefine the human connection to healthcare.” He charged them to “improve passion in patient care…Ultimately, graduates, the responsibility is yours.” Student addresses were given by graduates of the Nursing and Pharmacy programs. Ann McGuirk BSN ’13, a Worcester native who served as the curriculum coordinator for the Worcester chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and as peer mentor to incoming nursing students, has healthcare in her blood. In her address, she spoke about her grandmother, mother, and sister who are all nurses, as well as several other relatives who work in healthcare professions. She follows in their footsteps as she begins her nursing career working in central Massachusetts. Roseann Gammal PharmD ’13, who grew up in Westborough, MA, contributed to campus life and the profession of pharmacy in leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels. As she spoke, Gammal reflected on the meaning of, and learning from, her experiences as a member of Rho Chi, the National Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy, and Phi Lambda Sigma, the National Pharmacy Leadership Society. She has continued her education at the University of North Carolina Hospitals as a postgraduate pharmacy practice resident. During the Commencement exercises, President Charles F. Monahan Jr. made a special presentation of a custom-designed commemorative plaque to Dr. Alberto Briceño, a distinguished colleague and friend of MCPHS. Dr. Briceño, Dean of Pharmacy at Universidad Católica de Santa María in Arequipa, Peru, first met President Monahan at a conference in Havana, Cuba, in 2000. Since then, the two institutions have developed an active collaboration that has included faculty and student exchanges, a special program for Peruvian pharmacists to become licensed in the United States and a jointly sponsored conference in Arequipa. Dr. Briceño, the 2004 commencement speaker in Boston, received an MCPHS honorary degree.

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1. Dean of Students Shuli Xu and his son Jay J. Xu 2. Aleksandra Kudin, Shawn Kuriakose, and Morolake Kuteyi 3. Family of Ngoc Le Revell 4. Student speaker Ann McGuirk 5. Dr. Alberto Brice単o and President Monahan 6. Samuel Kwame Ameyaw 7. Nhu Nguyen, Teri Anami, Jeenal Choksi, Maria Tahir, and Diana A. Piekielniak






{farewell} 1940s Irving H. Stepner BSP ’40, April 7, 2013

Marion (Holden) Ingraham DH ’49, September 22, 2011

Edward E. Madden BSP ’57, April 23, 2013

Betty (Brown) Smith DH ’49, May 4, 2013

Robert Angorn BSP ’58, January 13, 2014

David D. Talbot BSP ’49, August 28, 2013

William E. Burland BSP ’58, October 7, 2013

Maurice L. Lurensky BSP ’42, March 14, 2013

1950s Max Forman BSP ’50, March 13, 2013

Paul F. Eastman BSP ’58, February 20, 2013

1980s James A. Blackadar BSP ’80, May 5, 2013

Walter H. Sharawara BSP ’42, May 26, 2013

Arnold I. Goldberg BSP ’50, October 29, 2012

Noel F. Parris BSP ’58, November 26, 2013

Thomas R. Donelin BSP ’80, November 16, 2013

Jack B. Gilbert BSP ’43 II, April 19, 2012

Robert L. Gilfillan BSP ’51, March 25, 2013

1960s Robert T. Osborne BSP ’60, August 5, 2013

Nicholas J. Fleming BSP ’83, February 26, 2013

M. Louise (Bernier) Diedering DH ’46, September 4, 2013

Michael A. Williams BSP ’53, November 18, 2013

Gerald E. Tower BSP ’62, April 11, 2013

William T. Shea BSP ’47, August 24, 2013

Donald R. Palmer BSP ’54, April 13, 2013

John M. Dunican BSP ’66, June 1, 2013

Sally Rising DH ’48, October 18, 2013

Richard F. Trumbull BSP ’54, June 30, 2013

Clarinda R. Huebner DH ’66, February 26, 2013

Anthony J. Agras ’49, October 2, 2013

Constance Gerard DH ’55, April 21, 2013

Lois E. Levy DH ’66, December 29, 2013

Norman H. Bennett BSP ’49, September 5, 2013

Paul A. Lussier BSP ’57, May 1, 2013

Edward T. Kelly BSP ’67, November 5, 2013

Mary Feeley DH ’41, January 26, 2013 Patricia (Northridge) Phillips DH ’41, January 6, 2013

Melvin Diamond BSP ’49, April 12, 2013


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1970s M. Gretchen Gates DH ’73, June 4, 2013 Diane E. Williams BSP ’77, August 7, 2013

Francis T. Williams BSP ’83, February 25, 2013 2010s Elizabeth A. Anderson PharmD ’11, September 18, 2013

MCPHS University Planned Giving

A Pillar of Support George J. Couchiaftis BSP ’59 never looked for a job. In a pharmacy career that spanned nearly 35 years, the jobs always found him. And that’s at least partly why after serving the pharmacy profession for more than a half century as a professional, and as a volunteer with his local and state association, Couchiaftis committed to support MCPHS through a bequest. Yet, this gesture represents just one element of a supportive relationship with his alma mater that has many roots. As a graduating high school and aspiring college student, young Couchiaftis took the advice of Uncle George Verallis to pursue a pharmacy education. The lifelong Springfield, MA, resident never looked back. “I have never doubted my career choice,” he says. Who would when the jobs keep knocking at your door? Couchiaftis spent his entire career working for independent pharmacies, which he still views as strong pillars of the community. How strong? His first employer, Whelan Drug Company, sold everything from paint to vacuums to doorknobs, not to mention pharmaceuticals. So, while the sign on the door of the pharmacy in which Couchiaftis worked changed from time to time as he moved back and forth among employers, he never left Springfield, never left his neighborhood, and became a special fixture in community pharmacy.

The Will to Give

Yet his relationship with MCPHS is also very special; his service is extraordinary as a Trustee, an Alumni Association board member, Century Club president, Presidential Advisory Council member, recipient of the College Medal, Constant Cardinal donor, and continuing education devotee. He established a scholarship fund nearly 30 years ago. He remembers, “I knew back then that it was the thing to do, to give back for the professional success that I’ve had and to enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that new students benefit every year.” His bequest intention only reinforces his commitment to advance the University’s mission of service in perpetuity. Couchiaftis has demonstrated a steadfast and stable approach over the course of both his professional and volunteer careers. He has lived in the same city, worked in the same neighborhoods, allied with hundreds, if not thousands, of local residents, and built a reputation for dependability that endures into his 77th year. He notes that his bequest intention to support MCPHS is consistent with “my objective to continue to help bring perpetual stability and security to MCPHS.” For someone who never had to look for a job, those words speak volumes about George’s values, and his level of appreciation for the education that led to career success, and even more profound personal satisfaction.

To learn more about how to explore your planned giving options, call Lonny Townley, Executive Director of Development Operations, University Advancement, at 617.732.2230 or email

The Will to Give

How It Works

Naming MCPHS in your estate plan will provide you with an enormous amount of satisfaction now. You can be certain that your philanthropic goals will continue to be met as they will live on through your will! A bequest may be the perfect gift. You help future MCPHS students without using any of your assets today.

To make a bequest, you need a current will or revocable living trust. You can specify that the bequest be used for a specific purpose, such as student scholarship awards, or you can make the bequest in the form of an unrestricted gift. An unrestricted gift will be used for whatever purpose the gift is most needed. Your bequest could specify either a specific amount or a percentage of your estate for the gift. Through a specific bequest, you would designate a certain amount of cash, securities, or property to be directed to MCPHS. However, most people do not know what the exact size of their estate will be at their death. Thus, using a percentage amount to make a bequest gift to MCPHS can be a more appropriate and effective way to divide the estate. In this manner, you benefit MCPHS and your loved ones in relative proportion.

Great Flexibility With a bequest, you can balance philanthropic goals with your living expenses, future medical costs, and the well-being of loved ones. Since you are making a gift today for use in the future, you are not irrevocably giving any asset away. You shouldn’t worry that your bequest will deny you an asset that you might need down the road. A bequest provides flexibility to use the asset if you need it.

When you notify MCPHS of your bequest, you can become part of the MCPHS Pillar Society, an affiliation of forward-thinking MCPHS supporters whose gifts provide much needed future financial support.

To Make a Charitable Bequest to MCPHS University: • Determine whether you need to update your will or revocable living trust. • Decide which purpose or purposes you wish to support with your gift, or whether your gift will be unrestricted. • Notify MCPHS of your intention so that we can thank you, recognize you as a Pillar Society member, and keep you informed of ongoing activities. If you wish to remain anonymous, we will respect your confidentiality.

Office of University Advancement MCPHS UNIVERSITY 179 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115





4:00 p.m. Reception for Classes 44, 49, 54, 59, 64, 69, 74, 79, 84, 89, 94, 99, 04, 09 COMMONWEALTH BALLROOM SPECIAL RECOGNITION OF GOLDEN GRADUATES

5:30 p.m. / All Alumni Reception COMMONWEALTH BALLROOM

6:30 p.m. / All Alumni Dinner GRAND BALLROOM Tables will be reserved for anniversary classes. Entertainment & dancing in the Grand Ballroom.


MCPHS Winter Bulletin 2014  

A Publication for MCPHS University Alumni and Friends.

MCPHS Winter Bulletin 2014  

A Publication for MCPHS University Alumni and Friends.