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ALUMNI & CE CALENDAR | 2 LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT | 3 WHAT’S NEW? | 4 COVER STORY | 6 EVENTS | 12 FAREWELL | 18 Megan Robillard PharmD ’12: Soldier, Scholar, Survivor

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2013 MAY 20 7th Annual MCPHS Manchester Scholarship Golf Tournament Manchester Country Club Bedford, N.H. (11:30 AM) MAY 22 Preceptor Development Seminar MCPHS–Boston campus Richard E. Griffin Academic Center 670 Huntington Avenue Boston, Mass. (5–8 PM) Mentor-a-Cardinal Networking Night MCPHS–Manchester campus Location: TBD Manchester, N.H. (6–8 PM) MAY 28 Physician Assistant Studies Alumni Reception American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Convention Renaissance Hotel Washington, D.C. (6–8 PM) JUNE 3 Alumni Breakfast Manchester, N.H. Location: TBD (Visit www. for updates)

JUNE 19–25 American Dental Hygienists Association Annual Meeting John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center Boston, Mass. JUNE 20 Tours of the Esther M. Wilkins Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic MCPHS–Boston campus (3–5 PM) JUNE 20 Forsyth Alumni Reception John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center Room 313 (6 PM) SEPTEMBER 12 Pharmacy Preceptor Appreciation Continuing Education Program DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston–Westborough Westborough, Mass. (8 AM–4 PM) SEPTEMBER 23 3rd Annual MCPHS Boston/ Worcester Scholarship Golf Tournament Pleasant Valley Country Club Sutton, Mass. (1 PM) SEPTEMBER 27 Physician Assistant Symposium in Optometry MCPHS–Worcester campus 10 Lincoln Square Academic and Student Center Worcester, Mass. (8 AM–Noon)

Coming Soon: Alumni Survey For May 2012 Graduates! Tell us about your post graduation success and help us learn more about your needs as an alumnus Check your email for the survey on June 15!

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OCTOBER 16 College Corporation Meeting MCPHS–Boston campus White Hall Boston, Mass. (5:30 PM) OCTOBER 24 4th Annual Stoklosa Symposium Crowne Plaza Hotel Woburn, Mass. (8 AM–4 PM) NOVEMBER 2 7th Annual Esther Wilkins Symposium MCPHS–Boston campus White Hall Boston, Mass. (8 AM–4 PM)

DECEMBER 14 MCPHS–Manchester campus Commencement Exercises Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown Manchester, N.H. (10 AM)

2014 MAY 3 Reunion 2014 Please note: Calendar subject to periodic updates.

NOVEMBER 12 Alumni Luncheon American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting Location: TBD San Antonio, Texas (Noon) DECEMBER 7–8 Pharmaceutical Care Days Continuing Education Program MCPHS–Worcester campus 10 Lincoln Square Academic and Student Center Worcester, Mass. (8 AM–4 PM) DECEMBER 9 Alumni Reception American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists Midyear Meeting Location: TBD Orlando, Fla. (5:30-7:30 PM)

For more information about MCPHS Alumni Relations Continuing Education activities, call 617.732.2081, or visit our website for periodic updates at

Here is why your participation is vital: • Alumni professional success enhances the national reputation and recognition of your academic program. • Feedback from graduates supports ongoing assessment and improvement of academic programs. • Accurate alumni contact information helps MCPHS provide all graduates with information about networking events, career opportunities, job postings and University updates.

Letter from the President

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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 Third Eye Scope (Photography Club) The Bulletin is a publication that comes to you from Alumni Relations in the Office of Development. Send changes of address and editorial correspondence to The Bulletin, MCPHS University, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 Phone: 617.732.2902 E-mail: Vice President for Development and Chief of Staff Marguerite (Crimmins) Johnson BSP ’61 617.274.3377 Executive Director of Alumni Relations Office of Development Dawn M. Ballou Esq. 617.732.2077

Printed in the USA Established in 1823, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, indepen­dent college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in health care disciplines.

To Members of the MCPHS Community: In the wake of the horrific tragedy that occurred at this year’s Boston Marathon, we grieve for the victims of this cruelty that stole innocent lives, left others with life-shattering injuries and damaged our nation’s soul. I am, however, heartened by the heroes around us who helped to moderate the scope of this calamity. When disaster occurs, when public health is at risk or when our security seems in doubt, these heroes are the first responders, the professional caregivers and even the bystanders whose motivation to lend assistance, deliver support and restore order is intrinsic to their being. In that spirit, I am proud to present this edition of the MCPHS University Bulletin. The theme of this issue is service delivered by MCPHS alumni—within our university community, our nation and around the globe—to humankind. Commitment to service is articulated in our Mission Statement as a core value: “Excellence and innovation in education, scholarship/research and service, including outreach to the community.” Through our Service Learning program and student/faculty-organized community service initiatives, we address this core value as a cornerstone of our educational experience. Our institutional record of service is one important reason why the Worcester Business Journal named MCPHS University the 2013 Corporate Citizen of the Year. Our feature article profiles four young alumni whose personal and professional commitment to service has reached impoverished, disenfranchised and victimized communities and individuals. Their stories contain elements of extreme human drama. Yet each alumnus conveys a focused message of purpose that transcends the drama and highlights the vital nature of their work. The MCPHS community is a broad constituency of students, parents, alumni and friends with diverse obligations, interests and pursuits. We are united in a belief that commitment to service is essential to the educational process and integral to the roles that we play as productive members of society. Teaching and learning, our core business functions, are collaborative, enlightening and inspiring. In consideration of the role that local, national and global service initiatives play in the lives of many members of our expanding community, perhaps the list of core business functions should expand. That’s something about which we should all be proud. Sincerely,

Charles F. Monahan Jr. ’62 President


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Get Reacquainted with the MCPHS University Young Alumni Club! Membership in the MCPHS Young Alumni Club, founded in 2007, is open to alumni who have graduated within the previous 10 years. The Club helps young alumni connect and engage with each other and with MCPHS. The Club president is Tiffany Puccia, a 2010 graduate of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, who notes, “The Young Alumni Club allows for an easy transition from being a student to an alumnus. Our goal is to encourage young alumni to remain involved with their alma mater and with fellow alumni.” The Club typically holds two major social events every year, one event in the fall and another event in the spring. Smaller events are held throughout the rest of the year and

PA Student Heroes Physician Assistant Studies students Seth Brawer, Adam Karwiel and David Allyn saved the life of an amateur league hockey player after the man suffered a myocardial infarction (MI) during a game last November. The three first-year students were playing in their weekly hockey game when a player on the opposing team collapsed on the ice. Recently certified in advanced cardiovascular support (ACLS), the three PA students jumped into action. “(The victim) was lying on his back and gasping for breath,” said Allyn. “We reached in and tried to feel for a carotid pulse, and then a radial pulse,

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Young Alumni Club (left to right): Timothy Gilbert, Max Saber, Alessandra Baran, Tiffany Puccia, Michael Provost, Kelly Goodwin, John Walczyk

have included trivia night at The Baseball Tavern, ice skating on Frog Pond and a karaoke night. Last fall, the organization also partnered with the Center for Professional Career Development to give back to the MCPHS community, most notably to MCPHS students. Club members provided incisive and informed critiques of mock interviews in which

students participated to help them improve their interviewing skills. The Club is always looking for more alumni, especially those living outside the Boston area, to get involved and stay connected with each other and with MCPHS. For questions about membership, or to learn how to get involved, email Sara Gaudette, faculty advisor, at

but we didn’t feel anything. In ACLS training they stress that if you’re not sure you feel a pulse, just start CPR. We instructed everyone to clear the space and initiated CPR. We directed someone to call 911 and retrieve the automated external defibrillator (AED) that was on site. We continued CPR while we set up the AED.” The first rhythm analysis from the AED confirmed that the player had suffered an MI, and advised that an electrical shock be delivered to restart his heart. For the next 15 minutes until the EMTs arrived, the PA students sustained a routine of CPR and airway clearance. Following transport to the hospital for advanced

treatment, the player made a complete recovery. “Once we found that out, it was an awesome feeling,” Allyn said. “It was great. We looked on it as anyone would have done the same thing if they were ACLS certified.” Left to right: Seth Brawer, Adam Karwiel and David Allyn

Mentor-a-Cardinal Year in Review In 2011, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Center for Professional Career Development collaborated on a groundbreaking initiative: the alumni– student mentoring program called Mentor-a-Cardinal. Mentor-a-Cardinal matches motivated students with dedicated alumni in a professional mentoring relationship that helps students to develop a professional network, improve their communication skills and identify potential career paths. The program, launched exclusively on the Boston campus as a pilot program, matched 25 undergraduate students with alumni mentors. Students were required to attend on-campus events and arrange in-person meetings with their mentors. Participating students established

professional relationships with their mentors, built professional networks and learned valuable life skills including how to make the transition to their professional lives, how to manage budgets and student loan payments and how to master interview techniques and conduct job searches. Last September the program launched on all three campuses, with more than 50 alumni–student mentor relationships established. Any MCPHS University alumnus who would like to volunteer as a mentor should email Sara Gaudette at or call 617.732.2785. MCPHS University students who would like to join the Mentor-a-Cardinal program for the 2013/14 academic year should email Jill Harkin at or call 617.735.1526.

Alumni and students who participated in the pilot Mentor-a-Cardinal Program gathered for a Thank You Reception on April 5 in Boston.

My mentor was wonderful. Not only did she allow me to visit her but also she went the extra mile to seek special permission for me to visit her job site. I learned a lot by just speaking with her about career options and how she progressed after leaving MCPHS. —BOSTON STUDENT PARTICIPANT, 2011/12

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The New tion a r e n e G Portraits in Service


ormer NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw coined the term “The Greatest Generation,” a collective appellation that describes the generation of American citizens who grew up during the Great Depression and who then helped to prosecute World War II. Members of the MCPHS community who belong to this heralded constituency include alumni such as Raymond W. VanderWyk BSP ’37, MS ’42, PhC ’39, Albert M. Pawlina BSP ’38, Francis G. Harris BSP ’39, William J. Carroll BSP ’43 I, Edmund Berube BSP ’43 II, Raymond A. Gosselin BSP ’43 II, Arthur L. Carr BSP ’47, John D. Mullins BSP ’50, MS ’52, Joseph P. Brant BSP ’51, Richard A. Angorn BSP ’51, Edward S. Radock BSP ’68 (Hampden) and others. While many lived through the conflict, others failed to return home and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that family, friends and fellow citizens could thereafter experience and enjoy freedom, liberty and justice. They were followed in service to the nation as members of the military or the U.S. Public Health Service, often at times of significant international conflict, by alumni who include Richard W. Dudley BSP ’59, MS ’78



n May 4, Megan Robillard PharmD ’12 wed Joel Brown PharmD ’12 in the Alumni Courtyard at MCPHS– Manchester campus, on the spot where Joel had proposed to Megan seven months earlier. This first-of-itskind event on the Manchester campus culminated a 12-year period of change and discovery for Dr. Robillard. One dozen years…4,380 days…105,120 hours. From high school to doctorate degree and marriage. Hardly a lifetime, but enough time for Megan to experience a lifetime’s worth of growth, challenge and achievement, much in service to her nation. Megan’s odyssey began quite normally upon her graduation from North Country Union High School in

(Hampden), Charles F. Glidden BSP ’59 (Hampden), Richard F. MacIntosh BSP ’63, Paul J. Stec BSP ’65, Robert D. Kelter BSP ’66, Myron V. Piziak BSP ’68 (Hampden) and Roger W. LeBlanc BSP ’78 among countless others. Their contributions to war efforts, disaster relief and human service spanned the globe and touched millions of lives. The MCPHS curriculum engenders commitment to service that helps to define the value and the quality of an MCPHS education. Students who staff community health fairs today become both career-focused service providers and instantaneous responders to tomorrow’s catastrophes. They find themselves on the front lines of human suffering resulting from conflict, indifference, neglect or malice. In the following pages, the profiles of MCPHS young alumni paint a portrait of service in the 21st century with very broad strokes. From Iraq to Arizona, the Philippines to Alabama and Sudan to New York (and everywhere in between), young MCPHS alumni are involved, you might say embedded, in service to humankind. They belong to the “New Generation.” Here are the stories of just four young alumni . . .

Newport, Vt., in the spring of 2001. She planned to enroll the following fall in a traditional undergraduate degree program, majoring in biochemistry. However, as she investigated her higher education options, she became interested in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of New Hampshire. “I was excited about the opportunities that a career as an army officer offered, and the possibility of having my undergraduate degree paid for.” Upon enrollment in the UNH ROTC program, Megan received a four-year, full-tuition scholarship award—just weeks before September 11, 2001. The catastrophic event that changed the world and redefined the meaning of safety and security in the modern era impacted Megan in a profound way. “Right after 9/11 happened, I realized my future in the military would take a very different

course than I had imagined,” Megan says. “I wondered if they were going to accelerate my officer training; I wondered if I would be able to finish school or if I would deploy before graduation.” While the questions about the future dogged her, Megan progressed through her undergraduate career as the United States established a war front first in Afghanistan and then two years later in 2003 in Iraq. Hostilities in Iraq commenced when Megan was halfway through her degree requirements. Somewhat surprisingly to her, she completed her biochemistry degree on schedule, graduating with honors as a commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 2005. Hailing from a family with a military background, Megan Robillard was destined to serve her country—even if she didn’t realize it until she reached her early 20s. Her


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“There are so many opportunities within the military: You could find yourself in the field doing research; you could work in a campus center; you could do any number of things.”

father, Real, and her older brother, David, both served in the Air Force. For Megan, her U.S. Army commission led to additional schooling. She graduated with honors from the U.S. Army Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard, Mo., where she mastered leadership skills, tactics and operational aspects of systems and practices used in a chemical platoon. Her first assignment was to the 2-227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade with the 1st Air Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. “When I was younger, I didn’t imagine that I would grow up and serve in the military,” Megan says. Yet, less than two years into her military career, her service became complex and yes, dangerous. Megan’s Iraq deployment occurred several months before President George W. Bush initiated the “Surge,” the 2007 rapid escalation in American troops needed to provide security in Baghdad and Al Anbar Province. By September of 2006 she was working flight operations in and out of the forward operating base at Camp Taji, Iraq. The base housed Chinook and Medevac helicopters and received numerous Blackhawks carrying VIPs,

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but aircraft weren’t the only objects flying around Camp Taji. Megan says, “We were a big target (for insurgents). There were long stretches of being continuously mortared, many of which hit behind the building where I worked.” On one such day, mortars struck the base 16 times, killing a soldier and destroying several aircraft. “The first time it happens it rocks your world, but then you get used to it,” Megan says. “You just adapt to a new sense of normal.” Megan’s “new normal” took an unusual turn when her father, a retired Vermont State Police officer, deployed to serve as a private contractor training Iraqi forces out of Camp Taji. Simultaneously cheered by, yet apprehensive about her father’s presence in Iraq, Megan paid close attention to the escalating use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and increasing frequency of firefights where her father conducted training. “I stressed out every time he was out on a mission,” she says. One day, she nearly realized her worst fears when her father’s vehicle struck an IED, killing a companion soldier yet sparing her dad. “That was when my mother said, ‘Enough, you’re coming home.’”

He left; she stayed on for an extended tour. She was promoted to First Lieutenant and says that she had no qualms about the tour extension because “our unit had become very proficient at our mission; we knew operations could not be sustained while training a new unit.” Megan’s deployment ended after 15 months, during the 2007 holiday season. Back in the United States in 2008 she was assigned to the 31st Chemical Company, 2nd Chem Battalion, and received another promotion to the rank of Captain. She resigned her U.S. Army commission in August 2009 with no regrets. However, her next destination was enrollment in the accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy academic program at MCPHS University–Manchester campus in the fall of 2009. The family atmosphere of the MCPHS–Manchester campus captivated Megan Robillard. “I was able to get to know the faculty really well early on.” She says, “I’m so happy I went to a smaller campus. I will have these relationships for a long time.” On that last point Megan must have harbored considerable doubt when she received her breast cancer diagnosis in January 2011, at the

beginning of the most challenging semester of the program. “It was a very surreal feeling,” she says. “I’m pretty sure I didn’t hear a word the doctor was saying. I was 27 and it was the last thing I expected.” Yet, despite the grim news, her military DNA, characteristic natural efficiency and boundless enthusiasm immediately kicked in as Megan focused on two priorities: battle and beat breast cancer, and finish pharmacy school. “My classmates were some of the first to find out about my diagnosis, and our small, close-knit class became even closer. Everyone was behind me and ready to help me achieve both of my goals. I’m sure everyone thought I was crazy to stay in school, but they were behind me either way. I could never thank them enough for their support.” The last 16 months of pharmacy school were a blur. Mastectomy was followed by four cycles of chemotherapy, continuing to perform duties as the Student Government Association President, then MCPHS Commencement speaker responsibilities along with a year of Herceptin treatments that came to an end in mid-June 2012. “School was intense, I felt lousy, and I was living by myself away from my family,” she says. “But I was determined to not let cancer take everything away from me.” Megan Robillard the soldier is also a survivor. Megan has ended up with more than she could have dreamed 12 years earlier as an ambitious high school graduate when she tied the knot with Joel, one of many classmates who ceaselessly supported Megan during her battle with breast cancer. Both work as clinical pharmacists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., but their hearts remain with MCPHS. “This is where we met, and this is where we fell in love. It was the perfect place to get married. There’s no place more meaningful than MCPHS.”

Jerry Zee PharmD ’04

“I felt that I could make a difference for the better of this great nation by utilizing my MCPHS education.”



he dual traditions of service and commitment to community among MCPHS alumni are well-established and as profound today among recent alumni as in past generations. Jerry Zee PharmD ’04 says the terrorist attacks of September 11 drove him to pursue a public service career. He remembers, “I felt that I could make a difference for the better of this great nation by utilizing my MCPHS education.” Long T. Pham PharmD ’09 was inspired by his father’s legacy of service as a General in the Vietnam War, and says that he sought “a career path that can make a difference in our nation…beyond practicing as an inpatient or

outpatient pharmacist.” Dr. Zee and Dr. Pham each found his respective calling with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, a national uniformed service that consists of only commissioned officers under the direction of the Office of the Surgeon General. Lieutenant Commander Zee notes that his sustained motivation is “derived from our mission to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of our nation.” During his eight years with USPHS, Dr. Zee has provided care to numerous domestic populations facing staggering health problems. From serving Native Americans living on a remote reservation in Washington state who suffer from obesity, diabetes, alcoholism,


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“Going to work each day is rewarding because I am making a difference in these patients’ lives.” depression and prescription drug abuse to inmates committed to the Federal Bureau of Prisons who face mental health, HIV, OBGYN and multiple other chronic diseases, Dr. Zee observes, “one has to be always impartial in providing pharmaceutical care whether that inmate is a billionaire or a terrorist or a Hollywood celebrity.” Since the end of 2012 he has served as the Regional Pharmacist of Region 2 for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He leads all communication efforts about, as well as coordination and provision of, health care products and services through CMS. Dr. Zee expresses unbridled enthusiasm for public service. In addition to his devotion to the long-term benefits of mentorship, he points to another significant benefit related to public service. “I can be a straight shooter about the issues at hand and not be fearful of retaliation.” Moreover, he says, “What an exciting time to be a commissioned pharmacist officer of the USPHS to see that MTM (Medication Therapy Management) is recognized as

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part of the core health care services.” Lieutenant Long T. Pham PharmD ’09 joined USPHS in 2011 after graduating from the accelerated MCPHS–Worcester campus Doctor of Pharmacy academic program. He sought to commence his service upon graduation, but USPHS had instituted a hiring freeze. However, persistence paid off when he received his call to active duty after having worked at a community pharmacy and in a private hospital to gain a variety of pharmacy experiences. Dr. Pham is a clinical pharmacist in what he calls a “top-tier isolated hardship area in the United States.” The central Navajo reservation in Chinle, Ariz. has no widespread running water or electricity; almost half the population lives below the poverty line and nearly 20% of residents over 25 years old are unemployed. Adult obesity and diabetes rates far exceed the Arizona state averages, as do many other serious health-related issues. Chinle residents rely upon Commissioned Corps officers to deliver services that meet extensive health care needs. Dr. Pham rotates

among inpatient, outpatient and pharmacy-operated clinics delivering primary care, chronic disease management and anticoagulation services. He reports, “I am making a difference in these patients’ lives.” How does he know? The most rewarding moment of his nascent professional career occurred when a patient said, “Thank you for explaining my medications clearly. I want to bring you my family’s medications for you to assess.” Dr. Pham says, “This patient not only trusted me with his medications, but also with his family’s health.” In addition to his “routine” duties, Lieutenant Pham works five collateral duties, which include the Adverse Drug Reaction officer, the Pharmacology Liaison officer, Back-up Pharmacy Informatics officer, Pharmacy Team Activities officer and Vice President of the Commissioned Officers Association. In the latter position he reports that he “works with all the Commissioned Corps officers to perform community service and make USPHS officers visible in the community.”

Levi Briscoe BSN ’12

“I considered nursing because it seemed the best avenue for conducting humanitarian work and providing a positive difference in people’s lives.”

REDEFINING RUBICON Julius Caesar cast his “die” and crossed the Rubicon in 49 BC, thereby helping to define the course of world history. More than 2,000 years later, Levi Briscoe BSN ’12, a registered nurse in the Oncology Medical Unit at the Department of Veteran Affairs Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass., joined the all-volunteer “Team Rubicon” (TR) to help play his own role in world history. As a Regional Director of this 150-member volunteer corps, Levi and his colleagues provide both domestic and international disaster relief services, a mission that resonates profoundly with the young MCPHS alumnus. Soon after graduating from Abington (Mass.) High School in 2001, young Levi Briscoe joined the U.S. Marine Corps in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A long family military heritage combined with his goals, as he says, “to travel, see the world and get out of my small town to explore a new way of life.” Despite the punishing training of his first year in the corps, he earned the title of Recon Marine and became part of a special operations-capable force that provides military intelligence to commanders, often operating behind enemy lines. As part of this unit, Levi journeyed to

Japan, the Philippines and Al Anbar Province, Iraq. The missions were always dangerous and the risks were high. Yet Levi found inspiration for the next stage of his professional career in his work with the U.S. Navy Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsmen (SARC) in Iraq. “They taught us paramedic skills and one of these guys went out of his way to send me to an EMT school. These guys were organized and compassionate and provided a ton of medical care to my battalion and local Iraqis as we patrolled through rural parts of Iraq.” Levi’s decision to leave the military challenged his emotions. Yet after working with SARC corpsmen he recognized his true calling. “I considered nursing because it seemed the best avenue for conducting humanitarian work and providing a positive difference in people’s lives.” His MCPHS nursing education paid off. During his time as a student, Levi first heard about TR’s mission to “unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.” Founded in 2010, TR pioneered the concept of veteranfocused disaster response.

In Levi Briscoe, TR found a perfectly qualified and highly motivated volunteer to advance its mission. Even before he graduated MCPHS, Levi journeyed to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to assist in rescue and recovery efforts related to the devastating tornado disaster in May 2011. Following that experience, he says, “I knew Team Rubicon would be a great cause to focus my extracurricular time and effort.” As a result of his early TR experience, Levi says, “Our local team took the lead in organizing the New England area and this past summer went to South Sudan to assist in the refugee crisis.” Assignments included organizing a medical clinic at a refugee camp and conducting a vaccination campaign for incoming refugees. In conjunction with expanding his nursing career, Levi hopes to transform TR New England into a well-organized unit prepared, able and willing to swiftly respond with extreme capability “wherever people are struggling.” For Levi Briscoe, his constitutional commitment to serve others in need is fundamental, powerful and enduring as he plays his role in defining the course of world history as a nursing professional and leader of Team Rubicon.


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The Lincoln Square Academic and Student Center hosted more than 150 alumni and friends who gathered for the President’s Leadership Night at the Pops last December. The popular annual event relocated from its traditional home on the MCPHS–Boston campus so that attendees could tour the newly renovated academic and student center. After leisurely wandering through the new facility, Paula J. Kaspar BSP ’84 noted, “MCPHS really knows how to do it right! The architecture, the diversity, the expanded scope of practice.” As the joyous melodies of holiday classics filled the spacious ballroom, guests mingled, posed for photos and enjoyed a gourmet food spread as a slideshow depicting the history of the three MCPHS campuses rolled in the background. President Charles F. Monahan Jr. offered greetings from the University and recapped the activities of the busy year. Following the reception, guests were shuttled to the Hanover Theater to attend a special holiday concert performed by maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. In summing up her satisfaction with the new President’s Leadership Night venue and the progress of MCPHS University, Paula Kaspar noted, “What a wonderful sense of pride I have being a part of our growing MCPHS community.”



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1. President and Mrs. Charles F. Monahan Jr. 2. Constance Kastelnick, Trustee Gregory Laham ’73 and Deborah Laham 3. Lara Little and Ron Petrin’74 4. Executive Director Josh Aiello, Trustee Gary Kerr ’81 and Debra Kerr 5. Dean Michael Milner and Patricia Milner, Frances Anthes and Provost George Humphrey

“What a wonderful sense of pride I have being a part of our growing MCPHS community.” —PAULA KASPAR ‘84 6



6. Vice President Peg Johnson ’61 and John Johnson 7. Elizabeth Chen and her husband Richard Edmiston, Trustee Laura Chan DH ’74 and Peter Chan 8. Executive Director Dawn Ballou, Paul Larochelle ’07, Director Pat Ramsay DH ’66 9. Hamid Mohaghegh ’79 and Ellie Mohaghegh 10. Dan Apelian ’05 and Nicole Apelian 11. Class of 1962: Seated: Paul Boisseau, Marie Lennox, Standing: President Charles Monahan Jr., Bill Wilkins, Richard Tilton, Terry McNabb and Jay Bikofsky




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Manchester Campus Holds 11th Commencement Joseph W. McQuaid, president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, served as speaker for MCPHSManchester’s 11th Commencement ceremonies held at the Radisson Hotel Manchester in downtown Manchester, N.H. Mr. McQuaid received an honorary degree in recognition of his distinguished leadership of one of New Hampshire’s leading daily newspapers. During the commencement ceremony, more than 200 Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies and Dental Hygiene students graduated. Thin Aung (Nursing) and Emily Knudsen (Physician Assistant Studies) served as student speakers. Aung immigrated to the United States from Rangoon, Burma, to pursue her nursing education and to build her future. She was a member of the National Student Nurses Association and served as class representative to the Student Government Association. She aspires to practice medical/surgical

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nursing in an intensive care environment. Aung received the President’s Commitment to Diversity Award at the School of Nursing Award Ceremony for exemplifying cultural competence in her relationships with patients, families, peers and the community. She is also a member of the Nursing Honor Society. In her remarks, Aung noted that the close-knit class looked after its own, as students overcame obstacles and learned to become compassionate caregivers. “Over the past 16 months, I have met so many people from different backgrounds and experiences, and together we have become so much more than just a nursing cohort,” she said. “We have become a family. A family that looks out for one another, shares study tips and personal advice and lends an ear when we need to talk.” Knudsen served as vice president for the Outing Club and as a nominee for the Challenge Bowl Team. She is

a member of Alpha Eta and Pi Alpha, honor societies for Allied Health and Physician Assistant Studies students. She is also a recipient of the Alumni Award for Academic Excellence. She plans to begin her professional career as a physician assistant in a critical care or surgical setting, or as a hospitalist physician assistant. Knudsen counseled her classmates to be ready to leave the academic world and to enter a clinical field that is fastpaced and constantly evolving. “We are going to be making decisions and relying on our knowledge that we have acquired here in our schooling and on our clinical rotations,” she said. “I still ask my mom that same question: ‘What if there is something you don’t know?’ Her answer is the same as it was two years ago: ‘You rely on your colleagues, your peers; you ask questions if you don’t know the answer; and when in doubt— you look it up.’”


1. Emily Knudsen MPAS, Student Speaker and First Honor Grad 2. Thin Aung BSN, Student Speaker, and Dean Carol Eliadi 3. Manny Abogattah FNP 4. A sea of mortarboards 5. President Charles Monahan Jr. and Joseph W. McQuaid 6. Tayler Knopf BSN, First Honor Grad, with Ime Akpan-Mahoney BSN and Karen Allaway BSN 7. Sarlah Bernard BSN 8. Diane Lund MPAS and James Lyons MPAS






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{events} MCPHS University Stages 73rd Annual Howard L. Reed Education Conference The 73rd Annual Howard L. Reed Conference took place on March 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The program featured a full day of continuing education sessions complemented by exhibitor displays, a product theater and virtually limitless professional networking opportunities. More than 700 pharmacy professionals and 17 exhibitors from across the Northeast participated. The day-long conference covered a wide range of topics including hepatitis C treatment, pharmacogenomics as well as multiple sclerosis (MS), antipsychotics, and opioid prescription abuse. In addition to the educational sessions, the exhibit hall featured booths for sponsors and exhibitors whose representatives provided information about their latest products and services. Janssen Pharmaceuticals sponsored a product theater session that highlighted information about the company’s products and services. Educational grant providers included Genentech, Gilead, Merck, Novartis and Vertex. Major conference sponsors included Fresenius Medical Care North America, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Sunovion and Walgreens. An alumni reception, held the previous evening at The Hall at Patriot Place, attracted more than 120 alumni, conference vendors and friends of the University who networked and mingled at the NFL team’s popular destination museum. Minh Do PharmD, a 2005 alumnus, observed, “I’ve attended the Reed Conference since 2005; it was my second time attending the Reed Reception. These two events have become an annual tradition that gives us great learning opportunities and the chance to socialize and catch up with many familiar faces and friends.”





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1. More than 700 Reed Conference attendees filled the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium 2. Trustees Eileen Dumouchel ’54 and Chester Babineau ‘56 3. Conference Speaker Michael Angelini ‘97 4. Michael Ku ’94, Stephen Kay, Karen Tubridy ’85 5. Past Alumni Achievement Award recipients: Seated: Chester Babineau ’56, Peg Johnson ’61, Charles Monahan Jr. ’62, Gail Bucher ’63, Standing: David Williams ’60, Phillip Wizwer ’66, William Shaffer ’56, Harold Partamian ’57, Ernest Gates ’67, Stanley Walczyk ’75, Louis Dell’Olio ’70, Martin Packer ’61 6. Joseph Ferullo ’96, Iris Sheinhait ’03, Steven Crosby ’01 7. Megan Robillard ’12 and Joel Brown ’12 enjoyed their first Reed Conference 8. Michael Saija ’75




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{farewell} BARBARA SCHULZE DH ’50 M. Barbara Schulze, 81, of Mason, N.H., died on July 30, 2012, after suffering a stroke earlier in the year. Miss Schulze was born in Watertown, Mass. on February 7, 1931, a daughter of the late Herman and Mary Frances (Rooney) Schulze and had resided in Mason, N.H. and Belmont, Mass. Barbara was an alumna of the Class of 1950 of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, who continued her education and received her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 1957 and a master’s degree from Boston University in 1964. Barbara belonged to the faculty of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists for 46 years, retiring as Associate Dean in 1996. She was considered one of the “Grande Dames” of the Forsyth Alumni Association and the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists

1920s Tobey (Helfenbein) Weiser DH ’26, September 7, 2012 1930s Rose (Sorin) Rubin PhG ’30, November 10, 2012 Florence (Porter) Winters DH ’33, June 15, 2012 Phyllis (Toon) Lemaitre PhG ’34, PHC ’36, June 18, 2012 E. Margaret (Laine) Introne DH ’38, July 31, 2012 1940s Claire (Tryder) Johnston DH ’40, November 29, 2012 Mary (Cahoon) Dole DH ’41, July 10, 2012 Julian Barber BSP ’42, June 28, 2012 Lucie (Pryszmont) Roberts DH ’42, December 6, 2011 Joffre Daigle BSP ’43 I, June 15, 2012 Melvin Sampson BSP ’43 II, April 24, 2012 William Slabodnick BSP ’43 II, August 18, 2012 Hyman Slavet BSP ’43 II, June 9, 2012 Lucy (Duffy) Ward BSP ’43 I, June 13, 2012

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Association. Barbara was past president of the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists Association, recipient of the Esther M. Wilkins Distinguished Alumna Award, member of Sigma Phi Alpha and an active member of the Forsyth Alumni Association, serving as Chair of the Scholarship Loan Committee for many years. She served as the Forsyth liaison with Northeastern University from 1963 until she retired from Forsyth in 1996. “Miss Schulze” is remembered by every dental hygiene student who attended the School at 140 The Fenway between 1950 and 1996. She continued to serve as a lifelong mentor to many students. Barbara is survived by two nieces, Patti Ladue of Townsend, Mass. and Susan Kozik of Philadelphia, Pa.; five nephews, William Schulze and Thomas Schulze: both of Townsend, Mass., Martin Schulze of N.M., Robert Schulze of San Diego, Calif. and David Schulze of Malden, Mass.; her longtime friend Joe Richards of New Ipswich, N.H.; sister-in-law, Isabelle Schulze of Sarasota, Fla.; and great nieces and great nephews.

Samuel Zazula BSP ’43 I, June 20, 2012

Barbara (Smith) Doran DH ’53, June 25, 2008

Raymond Melega BSP ’59 (Hampden), January 2, 2013

Dorothy (Bernstein) Katz BSP ’45, November 6, 2012

Ira Eastwood BSP ’53, March 2, 2009

Francis Marulli BSP ’46, August 6, 2012

Beatrice (Byrne) Foley BSP ’53, October 20, 2010

1960s Leonard A. Dumas BSP ’61, June 13, 2012

Jacqueline (Duquette) Mongeau BSP ’46 (Hampden), January 7, 2013

Frank G. Pratt Jr. BSP ’53, December 15, 2012

Marilyn (Cotter) Anderson DH ’48, October 13, 2012 Dolores (Danek) Miga DH ’48, October 8, 2012 David Zelermyer BSP ’48, September 26, 2012 Frances (Sylvester) Zunker DH ’48, November 22, 2012 Robert J. Mahan BSP ’49, January 20, 2013 Roman Panek BSP ’49, September 17, 2012 Joseph Ralph Principe BSP ’54, February 14, 2013 1950s M. Barbara Schulze DH ’50, July 30, 2012

Ruth (Gillis) Starsja DH ’53, August 4, 2012 Elizabeth (Story) Rand DH ’53, April 7, 2012 Barbara Fitzpatrick BSP ’55, November 5, 2012 Gabriel J. Leone BSP ’55, December 17, 2012 A. Walter MacEachern BSP ’55, November 6, 2012 W. Robert McGrath BSP ’55, January 6, 2013 Stanley Leo “Stan” Davidson BSP ’56, October 4, 2012

Michael Eliopoulos BSP ’63, March 20, 2013 Barbara (Tanar) Fischler DH ’63, November 6, 2013 Duane B. Gray BSP ’69, September 16, 2012 1970s Donald Silkes BSP ’72, January 18, 2013 Eugenia C. Surowiec BSP ’76, February 10, 2013 Gregory Walsh BSP ’77, August 13, 2012 Donald P. Sahagian BSP ’79, September 9, 2012

Ann (Nicholson) Endee DH ’56, December 21, 2012

1980s Maryann (Gresh) Campanella BSP ’83, December 31, 2012

Stanley P. Levine BSP ’57, August 27, 2012

Francis T. Williams BSP ’83, February 25, 2013

Felix Parrotta BSP ’51 (Hampden), May 28, 2012

Donald Pushor BSP ’57, May 30, 2012

Louis Principe BSP ’51, January 13, 2013

Charlette (Geiger) Bleecker DH ’58, February 4, 2012

Arthur Chludzinski BSP ’53, November 25, 2011

Richard J. Perry BSP ’58, May 29, 2011

1990s Donna Stokes BSN ’93, February 7, 2013 2010s Gulzhan Abildinova PharmD ’10, August 4, 2012

MCPHS University Planned Giving

Looking Back to Move Forward At 91 years young, Phyllis Mullins could write a book about her life’s history with her beloved late husband John Mullins BSP ’50, MS ’52. But why bother? John already did, publishing his memoir, The First Fifty Years, in 1974, as well as two additional books that chronicled his years of military service. John passed away at age 80 in 2004, 59 years after marrying the former Phyllis Stevens. He served as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and then worked in pharmaceutical research and development for 35 years. He also belonged to more than one dozen professional, military, community and religious organizations. He was a scholar and a joiner, and his passing left holes in the hearts of many. As a nurse and the wife of a forward-thinking researcher, Phyllis Mullins believes in looking ahead. It’s partly the reason why she and John completed their first estate plan in 1986. Yet upon John’s passing, Phyllis’s final estate plans were made remarkably clear by looking back. “John claimed whatever success he enjoyed was due to his MCPHS education.” With that thought top of mind, and in tribute to her spouse of 59 years, Phyllis rethought her estate plans. “I had to make sure my financial obligations were covered, but I decided that my remaining funds should go to where they will do the most good. That’s why I support MCPHS.” In tribute to her husband and in support of MCPHS students, Phyllis Mullins established scholarship funds that will perpetually assist deserving and worthy MCPHS students. “Without scholarships, the number of students able to attend MCPHS would be significantly reduced. The College’s education afforded my husband an opportunity that benefited both of us for our entire lives.” While Phyllis makes annual contributions for scholarship awards, in time the proceeds from her estate will fund a permanently endowed scholarship fund. “Of course I remember the years that John was a student, but over time the bonds with the College became stronger. MCPHS always welcomed me as part of the alumni family, keeping me abreast of major changes, and that relationship did not fade with John’s passing. I can see how much the school has grown over the years, which tells me that MCPHS is doing great things.” Making the case for giving back, Phyllis urges other graduates to remember how they got their careers started. “We were lucky that an MCPHS education provided us with means to be charitable, and not only to MCPHS.” Indeed, Phyllis Mullins may have enough material to add to her husband’s memoir, including wisdom for a future generation. “Save a portion of every salary check you earn, do some good for others, cherish your loved ones, enjoy whatever your career might be, and don’t forget to have fun along the way.”

Explore your planned giving options today. Call 617.732.2230 for more information.

The Will to Give 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.

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.

How It Works 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 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. When you notify MCPHS of your bequest, you can become part of the MCPHS Pillar Society, an affiliation of MCPHS forward-thinking 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.

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