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NOVEMBER 21 President’s Leadership Night at the Museum Museum of Science – Boston Boston, MA | 6:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 28 5th Annual MCPHS Boston/ Worcester Scholarship Golf Tournament Pleasant Valley Country Club Sutton, MA | 11 a.m.

OCTOBER 22 6th Annual Stoklosa Symposium Doubletree Hotel & Suites Peabody, MA | 7 a.m.– 4 p.m.

NOVEMBER 7 9th Annual Esther Wilkins Symposium White Hall MCPHS–Boston campus Boston, MA | 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.

You, unless, of course, we have your email address.

DECEMBER 4 Sterile Compounding Practices 10 Lincoln Square MCPHS–Worcester campus Worcester, MA | 12– 6:15 p.m.

OCTOBER 21 Annual Meeting of the University Corporation White Hall MCPHS–Boston campus Boston, MA | 5:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 4 Madame Curie Lecture MCPHS–Boston campus Boston, MA | 5 p.m.– 8 p.m.

WHO’S MISSING?

DECEMBER 5 AND 6 Pharmaceutical Care Days 10 Lincoln Square MCPHS–Worcester campus Worcester, MA | 7 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Send us your name, street address and email address today, and find out what you’ve been missing at alumni@mcphs.edu.

2016 MARCH 9 New England Regional Alumni Reception Optum Field Lounge Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA | 7–9 p.m. MARCH 10 76th Annual Reed Conference Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA | 7 a.m.– 4 p.m.

APRIL 16 3rd Annual Interprofessional Imaging and Therapeutics Symposium 10 Lincoln Square MCPHS–Worcester campus Worcester, MA | 7 a.m.–12:15 p.m APRIL 30 Reunion 2016 Reception and Dinner White Hall MCPHS–Boston campus Boston, MA | 5 p.m.

Visit alumni.mcphs.edu/CE for the latest CE event information and to access the online course library.

Please note: Calendar subject to periodic updates.

NEW MASSACHUSETTS PHARMACY CE REQUIREMENTS! EFFECTIVE STARTING CALENDAR YEAR 2015 • 20 CE hours are required annually (up from 15). • Pharmacists who oversee or engage in sterile and/or complex nonsterile compounding must take CE courses in these areas (5 of 20 sterile; 3 of 20 nonsterile). Board policy with further detail is available on our website.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS • Review the calendar on this page for live CE opportunities in November and December.

STAY ENGAGED & BECOME A LIFELONG LEARNER!

• A special new sterile compounding live activity will be available in December. • Visit our online course library for a variety of activity topics, including compounding, available 24/7.

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MANAGING EDITOR Michael Ratty EDITOR AND SENIOR WRITER Lawrence Townley ART DIRECTORS Cathy Moylan Doreen Walsh CONTRIBUTORS Michael Ratty Stephanie Makar Yamit Yapor PHOTOGRAPHERS Laurie Swope McCardinal Photo Randall Garnick The Bulletin is a publication that comes to you from the 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: bulletin@mcphs.edu Marguerite (Crimmins) Johnson ’61 Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Phone: 617.274.3377 Email: peg.johnson@mcphs.edu

Printed in the USA Established in 1823, MCPHS University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Letter from the President

To Our Alumni and Friends: “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” is a quote attributed to a 19th-century French novelist. Although debates rage among scholars about the inherent wisdom, it resonates with those of us at MCPHS University. While we are continuously changing, we stay committed to a mission grounded in a nearly 200-year-old legacy of excellence in healthcare education. Recently we welcomed the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), the oldest school of acupuncture in the United States, to the MCPHS University community. NESA, founded in 1975, offers master of acupuncture and master of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees. This affiliation adds breadth to our well-established programs, will spark the development of new inter-professional majors, and strengthens existing collaborations with universities in China and Japan. As you read more, I am confident that you will appreciate the current benefits and understand the future promise of our shared destiny. We also innovate for the benefit of our alumni community. Continuing education programs respond to evolving informational and licensure needs. Our Center for Professional Career Development offers career counseling services for students and alumni. Our Alumni Services department is organizing four regional chapters based in northern California, Texas, Florida, and New York/Connecticut/New Jersey. These chapters will extend social, recreational, informational, and educational services to alumni who reside and/or work in these regions. Every graduate experiences only a short time as a student; every graduate is an alumnus for life. MCPHS always has been, and always will be, committed to our students and to our alumni. Our commitments never change, they just stay the same. Sincerely,

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{what’s new} L & B Construction Rides Wave to Manchester Golf Tournament Victory Five students receive scholarship awards Following a memorably and historically long, cold, and snowy winter, by May 18 the snow had melted and ice receded for the 9th Annual MCPHS Manchester Campus Scholarship Golf Tournament. The historic Donald Ross– designed Manchester Country Club hosted 100 intrepid golfers whose drives were long and straight, and putts precise, under ideal weather conditions for the 2015 edition of this popular event. After contestants teed off in the shotgun start, the scramble format benefited the dynamic foursome of Paul Lemire, Paul Boucher, Ed Burdzy, and Doug Snyder from L & B Construction, whose team score of 60, an impressive 11 strokes below par, catapulted L & B to an impressive victory by the slimmest margin of just two strokes. While L & B earned considerable bragging rights for its impressive team performance, the real winners were five MCPHS–Manchester campus students who each earned a $3,500 scholarship award funded from the tournament’s net proceeds of nearly $24,000. Four students, Hoyi Vanya Chan PharmD ’16, Jamie Chyat MPAS ’15, Megan Januszewski PharmD ’16, and Nastja Rebrin PharmD ’16, were recognized at the post-tournament banquet. Regan Sevinsky PharmD’ 15 could not attend the recognition

The real winners were five MCPHS–Manchester campus students who each earned a $3,500 scholarship award event due to her clinical rotation obligation in Utah. The assembled golfers and guests were also privileged to learn the fascinating and inspiring story of Megan (Robillard) Brown PharmD ’12, a previous scholarship award winner, whose heroic tales of her life as an Iraqi war veteran, captain in the U.S. Army, breast cancer survivor while an MCPHS student, and now lead pharmacist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, left the banquet-room crowd spellbound. Thanks to the generous financial and gift-in-kind support from 49 sponsors, and a successful silent auction and raffle competition featuring everything from coffee makers to condos, total tournament proceeds exceeded $43,000, counting support from lead sponsors American Green Building Services Inc., Hannaford Supermarket, CVS Health, and Bank of America.

The expansive Manchester Country Club hosted the annual MCPHS–Manchester Campus Scholarship Golf Tournament. Scholarship award winners included (left to right): Nastja Rebrin PharmD ’16, Hoyi Vanya Chan PharmD ’16, Jamie Chyat MPAS ’15, and Megan Januszewski PharmD ’16.

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA JESSICA L. CROWLEY PHARMD ’14

TEXAS EMERY W. JOHNSON BSP ’78

NEW YORK / TRISTATE AREA MEGHAN E. CRIGHTON PHARMD ’14 FLORIDA ROBERT M. O’CONNELL BSP ’81

Regional Chapters: New Ventures in Alumni Services MCPHS and Forsyth alumni settle in places near and far—from Arizona to Aruba, Boston to Beirut, and Chicago to China—every state in the Union and dozens of foreign nations. Some alumni become pharmacists or researchers, while others turn to medicine, sales, nursing, or dental hygiene. Their geographic distribution is matched only by the varied scope of their professional lives. Yet, despite the ever-widening geographic distribution and growing professional diversification, most share at least one common goal: to stay involved with their alma mater. That’s why MCPHS is piloting something new. In northern California, the Dallas–Fort Worth area, Florida’s west coast, and the New Jersey–

New York–Connecticut tristate region, MCPHS alumni chapters are popping up. Formed by MCPHS alumni and supported by the Alumni Services department, regional chapters will play a crucial role in connecting alumni of all professional disciplines with the University. The chapters will organize get-acquainted, networking, socializing, and recreational events and programs for alumni who live in these areas with a significant concentration of MCPHS and Forsyth alumni. Chapter members will be kept up to date with news about the state of the University and the student population. They may also reach out to prospective students and introduce them to MCPHS before the prospects

visit campus. Recent graduates will benefit from opportunities to learn about local employment options and housing availability, and develop new relationships with other alumni. Each chapter, led by a board of directors (chapter presidents are pictured above), will plan and execute educational, social, and recreational programs for its members.

To learn more about MCPHS regional alumni chapters, including information about how to reach chapter presidents, please call Emily Breitbart, alumni program associate, at 617.274.3317 or email emily.breitbart@mcphs.edu.

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Are tradition and progress contradictory concepts? Can a tradition with roots dating back more than 20 centuries also be progressive? The answers are central to the recently concluded affiliation between MCPHS University and New England School of Acupuncture. Tradition and progress are not necessarily contradictory. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are two of the more progressive healthcare modalities of the 21st century. That’s the catalyst that spurred the relationship and tied the knot between the two academic institutions. Richard J. Lessard, MCPHS executive vice president, CFO, and COO observes, “This combination extends MCPHS University’s strategy of growth and diversification as it expands its healthcare educational offerings. It also introduces two nationally renowned master’s programs that will complement our current cadre of programs.” But first, a bit of not quite ancient history…

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after New York Times columnist James Reston underwent emergency appendectomy surgery at AntiImperialist Hospital in Peking (now known as Beijing), China, he authored a column that ran in the Times entitled, “Now About My Operation in Peking,” in which he praised the use of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to alleviate severe postoperative pain. The column is regarded as a seminal influence in the introduction of acupuncture to the West. In 1972 the first legal acupuncture center in the United States was established. In 1973 the Internal Revenue Service first allowed acupuncture to be deducted as a medical expense. And in 1975, Dr. James Tin Yau So founded the New England School of Acupuncture, also known as NESA. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, NESA is one of 54 schools of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine nationwide, and one of only two in New England. The school has an enrollment of more than 160 students and 1,600 alumni. NESA offers two three-year degree programs, a Master’s in Acupuncture (MAc) and a Master’s in Acupuncture and

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Oriental Medicine (MAOM). NESA students complete a core curriculum based on study of medical theory as well as diagnostic and treatment skills of Traditional Chinese Medicine. At the end of their first year, students may elect to focus on Chinese Acupuncture Studies (CAS), or add concentrations in Japanese Acupuncture Styles (JAS) and/ or Chinese Herbal Medicine. NESA is institutionally and programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. NESA

Tiny needles have powerful and pervasive effects throughout the MEREDITH ST. JOHN, MAC, body. LICAC, DIPLAC (NCCAOM)


also operates an expansive continuing education program that delivers ongoing educational content to satisfy practitioners’ continuing education licensing requirements, the NESA Teaching Clinic, satellite clinic locations throughout Greater Boston that provide a complete range of acupuncture patient care services, and a full-service Chinese Herbal Dispensary that prepares and dispenses herbal formulas for clinic patients and private practitioners throughout New England. NESA’s dean of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Meredith St. John, MAc, LicAc, DiplAC (NCCAOM), says that aspects of Chinese Medicine have been in continuous use helping patients for more than 2,000 years. “Evidence from clinical records and some clinical research demonstrates effectiveness for pain, symptoms of stress, women’s health disorders such as infertility and dysmenorrhea, and numerous other conditions,” she notes. “Acupuncture is a signaling system, and the fascinating problem is to work out the mechanisms of action: tiny needles have powerful and pervasive effects throughout the body—reducing pain and inflammation, inducing relaxation— effects seen in tissues at a site of injury and in the brain.” In China, the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine are well known, and the modalities are already integrated into the healthcare system. In the United States, acupuncture education began only forty years ago — outside medical schools, as vocational education. It is now provided as accredited graduate healthcare

education, on par with numerous other MCPHS educational programs. What drives students to a discipline that seemingly lacks the gravitas of most Western healthcare practices? Susan Gorman, MBA, who became NESA’s sixth president in 2012, describes NESA students as frequently bound for a Western healthcare profession until their perspective changes. “They nearly all have some significant experience with acupuncture as a powerful modality helping with their own health challenges or those of family members; that’s often what draws them to us.” Ms. Gorman describes the students as healers—compassionate, kind, and warmhearted—who seek a rigorous core curriculum in Chinese Acupuncture Studies to gain a foundation in both Western and Eastern approaches to medicine. Course work includes basic sciences, anatomy, research, and nutrition as well as Western pathophysiology and pharmacology. The course of study for the Eastern approach includes the history, theory, and applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although acupuncture is widely used in China and is recognized in numerous studies as safe when provided by appropriately trained healthcare professionals, only 2 percent of the U.S. population uses the modality. Most acupuncture care is not covered by insurance. Patients must pay for services out of pocket, a factor that limits access. Moreover, acupuncture services in the United States are delivered largely by solo practitioners who are licensed by their respective state agencies. “The growth

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of the profession and wider utilization of acupuncture in the United States depends, among several important factors, upon the success of insurance-coverage advocacy efforts (a significant element of the NESA mission) and greater integration within established medical facilities and programs,” notes Ms. St. John. NESA interns already work closely with medical residents in satellite clinics at Boston Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance Malden Family Medicine Center, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, and Lynn Element Care. These efforts may get a needed boost from an otherwise unlikely source, says Ms. Gorman. Effective January 1, the Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations) issued revisions to its pain management standard, naming acupuncture among several strategies that patients can expect their healthcare providers to use in pain assessment and management.

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What else drives recognition, acceptability, and credibility in academia? Research. In 2000, NESA founded the first National Institutes of Health–supported Developmental Center for Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine devoted to the study of Oriental Medicine. With more than $5 million in grants, federally funded research, and partnerships with traditional medical providers, NESA researchers evaluate the usage and effectiveness of acupuncture for specific conditions; collaborate with major academic medical centers and hospitals; and provide opportunities for faculty, students, and acupuncturists in the community to participate in research. Research projects have included Acusensor as a Needling Research Tool and Acusensor as a Teaching Tool; Estrogen, Vitamin E, and Cognitive Change in Women; Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia; Japanese-Style Acupuncture for Adolescent Endometriosis-Related Pain; and a landmark study entitled


More than 95 percent of patients expressed satisfaction and confidence in acupuncture treatment. —Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness. This study focuses on the use of acupuncture as a means to understand and proactively address the debilitating symptoms of Gulf War Illness, a chronic, multisymptom illness of unknown etiology. The clinically and statistically significant study results show that acupuncture effectively improved veterans’ physical functioning and reduced their pain. More than 95 percent of patients expressed satisfaction and confidence in acupuncture treatment. Ms. St. John remarks, “We are writing the manual on how to help these patients.” With extensive professional experience in the business aspects of higher education, Ms. Gorman says that when she arrived at NESA, “I brought my heart here.” Moving forward, the organizational and reputational benefits of achieving regional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the development of an advanced-practice doctoral degree program with special competencies in integrative medicine represent two of Ms. Gorman’s short-list objectives for

NESA under the MCPHS umbrella. Ms. St. John observes, “We are focused on professionalizing acupuncture as a legitimate medical intervention. The education of doctorallevel acupuncture and Chinese Medicine professionals will improve outcomes for patients, enhance the reputation of the profession, and establish a role for acupuncture in team-based care.” “I believe that NESA will become the national leader in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine education, strengthening its programs and solidifying its brand as the industry standard,” says Mr. Lessard. “Regional accreditation will set it apart from most other schools, and the resources that MCPHS brings will allow it to grow its enrollment and its international standing as well as become an increasingly integral component of the MCPHS strategy to expand our interprofessional education.” With 8,500 students nationwide pursuing acupuncture education, and a growing number of those students likely to enroll in NESA programs, that’s progress of a truly untraditional nature. ■

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assembly and credited MCPHS for the education that helped make possible his nearly 50-year career with the Veteran’s Administration. He noted, “Not many people get to do what they wish…I couldn’t have asked for a better life or something that was more fun and heartwarming.” President Charles F. Monahan Jr. BSP ’62 bestowed “golden” diplomas upon seven 50th anniversary Reunion alumni while pointing out, “They are all here to renew their relationship with each other, and with their alma mater. Thank you for your loyalty and commitment to MCPHS.” The celebration continued long into the night when echoes of alumni finally bidding farewell to sleepy penguins reverberated off the tanks of this fascinating venue. Undoubtedly, the memories will also echo for years.

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Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, is also the MCPHS University home away from home, annually hosting the Reed Conference and two recent Commencement exercises. Staging Commencement within the largest non-motor sports arena in New England draws a crowd and commentary. On a warm and sunny May 9, more than 1,400 students graduated in front of 15,000 family and friends. One excited graduate remarked, “Great. This is the most beautiful day ever.” Following the national anthem performed by the MCPHS Choral Group, Richard E. Griffin BSP ’71, ScD ’08 (Hon.), PharmD ’10 (Hon.), Board of Trustees chairman, introduced President Charles F. Monahan Jr. BSP ’62, who noted, “We are proud of our institution’s heritage…We have a brilliant future, best represented by students graduating today.” Speaking to fellow graduates, Geraline T. Arroyo, a Premedical and Health Studies graduate, admitted to nervousness since, “it’s not every day you address a football stadium full of people … but beyond that comes joy, relief, and overwhelming satisfaction.” Ms. Arroyo concluded, “As you accept your diplomas today, know that because of MCPHS this world is yours for the taking…Be grateful. Be humble. And continue to work hard.” Armin Ernst, MD, an executive physician, clinician, speaker, researcher, academic publisher, and strategic advisor delivered the Commencement address. Dr. Ernst reflected on a paradigmatic shift underway in 21st-century healthcare, a shift that emphasizes the patient care continuum, patient health maintenance, and patient-centered care teams. He counseled graduates, “You have real opportunity to shape this...You are the future of healthcare.” Dr. Ernst urged, “Make this future yours…and go out there and make the world a better place.” President Monahan awarded Dr. Ernst an honorary doctor of science degree and Chairman Griffin bestowed the Trustees’ Awards for Teaching Excellence to Janet Hart, PhD, associate professor of Biology and Abir Kanaan, PharmD, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice. Finally, the stage was set for the conferral of more than 1,400 degrees. The range of emotions stretched from goalpost to goalpost. “Six years in the making, couldn’t be any happier,” gushed one pharmacy graduate. “You’re never too old to graduate,” reflected another. “The journey here was pretty tough, but it was totally worth it,” beamed a third. A fourth noted, “I want to thank my family for all the support.” The significance of the day was probably best expressed by the graduate who commented about his new opportunity to “try to save patients and improve quality of life.” That’s what an MCPHS education is all about. Graduates reached the end zone of their academic careers prepared for entry into professions that will allow them to make meaningful contributions to healthcare delivery in the 21st century.


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my academic endeavors. The feeling of pride in my achievements.” Relief, pride, support, and security are powerful emotions. President Charles F. Monahan Jr. BSP ’62 pointed to another benefit. “Scholarship awards inspire awardees. Just ask any student who is with us tonight.” With 17 scholarship award funds represented by 20 donors and donor representatives, and more than 160 award recipients in attendance, student motivation to succeed reached a lofty peak. One student commented, “This scholarship has given me a sense of belonging and a reason to work harder.” Indeed, many award winners pointed to the impact that scholarship awards have upon a drive to succeed and a commitment to give back. “I can assure you that with my hard work, one day, I will be able to give back to students in need, as I am now,” reflected one thankful student.

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You won’t find “Giving Day” in Merriam-Webster or Wikipedia. But that didn’t stop 128 alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, and trustees from embracing Giving Day 2015, the first 24-hour, social media and Internet-based MCPHS fund-raising event. Leading up to and on Giving Day, May 6, MCPHS email and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were abuzz about this innovative initiative. “Our son just finished his freshman year at MCPHS and had a wonderful experience :),” noted one MCPHS parent. “I couldn’t think of a better way to start giving back to the institution responsible for some of the best mentoring I’ve ever received,” reflected another. “Received a great education there! Worked in MA, NY, IL, IN, and CT as a hygienist!” echoed a third. “MCPHS opens a lot of doors for me. I want to give this small gift as a token of my appreciation,” said another. Giving Day donors made gifts to establish a new scholarship fund from which the largest, donor-

funded scholarship award will soon be made to one deserving MCPHS student. Gifts arrived from donors located all over the United States, and at all hours. Alumni and students representing every academic discipline and 36 graduating class years took part. More than 100 Giving Day donors contributed in excess of $5,800, to which an additional 22 “challenge donors,” including members of the Board of Trustees and senior administration, contributed $3,170. The scholarship award, valued at $8,890, will be made to a fulltime student with at least one year of MCPHS academic experience who has significant financial need, carries an overall grade point average of 3.7, and demonstrates appreciation for a personally meaningful and socially valuable community service experience. Thanks to Giving Day donors, one worthy MCPHS student will receive an unprecedented donorfunded scholarship award. A Class of 1969 alumnus spoke for many when he said, “I want to support an MCPHS student— and this looked like a very easy way to do it.” Perhaps that’s why so many current and new donors took part. Perhaps a new tradition of MCPHS philanthropy has been created. Perhaps “Giving Day” will soon be defined in Webster’s, or on Wikipedia, by the MCPHS experience?

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{events} Reed Conference Celebrates Diamond Anniversary 1940 was a big year for healthcare innovation. Plasma was first used as a blood substitute and penicillin as an antibiotic. The first hip replacement surgery took place, and so did the inaugural Howard L. Reed Educational Conference. After 75 years, each innovation is still vital in healthcare. The Reed is also a reunion opportunity for MCPHS School of Pharmacy alumni. Last spring, more than 720 pharmacy professionals, including alumni representing 59 different class years, celebrated the diamond anniversary at Gillette Stadium. The conference offered the perfect forum for alumni to socialize, rekindle connections, and exchange leading-edge knowledge about pharmacy practice. The agenda included presentations on topics ranging from cardiovascular disease risk management and advances in type 2 diabetes care, to opiate and benzodiazepine issues, to the current state and future of sterile compounding. Featured speakers included MCPHS faculty members Judy Cheng, PharmD, MPH, professor of pharmacy practice; Jennifer Goldman BSP ’90, PharmD ’96, professor of pharmacy practice; Michael Angelini PharmD ‘97, associate professor of pharmacy practice; and Eric Kastango BSP ’83 of Clinical IQ LLC and CriticalPoint LLC. Michele Matthews PharmD ’02, associate professor of pharmacy practice, authored the exclusive online pain management presentation associated with the conference. Educational grants supporting the conference content were provided by Boehringer Ingelheim/Lilly USA and Novo Nordisk. Twenty-three companies and their representatives exhibited products and services on-site, with Rite Aid Pharmacy as the featured Goldlevel exhibitor and CVS Health as the Bronze-level exhibitor. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals also held a product theater session during the lunch hour.

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Alumni Association New England Regional Reception at The Hall at Patriot Place MCPHS alumni huddled at the Hall last March for the first Alumni Association New England Regional Reception. The result? Definitely a win—in a blowout. Surrounded by endless exhibits showcasing the storied history of the New England football franchise, Alumni Association Board of Directors president Anne Davies MRI ’08, presided over a lively gathering and a short speaking program. In her remarks she noted, “The Alumni Board is as laser-focused on serving the different needs of MCPHS alumni as the Patriots are concentrated on bringing home another championship. We both want our teams to win.” Kelly Goodwin BSPS ’11, president of the MCPHS Young Alumni Association echoed the same theme, “Young alumni are rookies, often just starting out in their careers and putting down roots, our team can help our peers make the most of these and other opportunities. That’s how we all

win.” This special alumni event, just one of many regionally-based social gatherings to be scheduled across the nation, drew alumni from multiple disciplines to celebrate the approaching spring, to network with each other, to catch up and reconnect with classmates and, just as importantly, to learn a little about new ways to remain tied to, or to become more involved with, MCPHS. Yamit Yapor, MCPHS alumni development associate noted, “Meetings and social events that engage alumni will soon be springing up in other fun and interesting places. The growth and diversification of MCPHS also gives us the opportunity to extend our reach, deliver messages about the good things happening at the University, and build stronger connections with our alumni across the nation.” Meeting and event dates for the Alumni Association can be found on the redesigned alumni website at: http://alumni.mcphs.edu.

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{ fa rewe l l } J. RICHARD FENNELL BSP ’54, MS ’56, PHD J. Richard Fennell BSP ’54, MS ’56, PhD, devoted alumnus, longtime trustee, and generous philanthropist passed away on July 4. Dick, who resided in Weston and East Dennis, MA, and Palm Beach, FL, is survived by Shirley (Forest) Fennell, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. Dick received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and his PhD at Purdue University. He worked at Johnson & 1920s Dora E. (Lurensky) Moger PhG ’29, July 28, 2004 1930s Matthew Seifer PhG ’30, January 5, 2012 Arthur W. Dodds PhG ’33, July 30, 2012 Samuel Mushlin PhG ’33, May 28, 2012 Paul Novak PhG ’34, April 3, 2009 1940s William H. Seaver BSP ’40, November 28, 2014 Marjory (Bradford) Smith DH ’41, December 9, 2014 Harold Koslow BSP ’43 II, June 16, 2015 Martha (Amalov) Harlan DH ’46, May 4, 2015 Ruthe J. (Finn) Cochran BSP ’48, June 24, 2015 Alfred J. Valcourt BSP ’49, November 28, 2014 1950s Neil E. Daggett BSP ’50, February 3, 2012 Raymond E. Naber BSP ’50, May 21, 2015

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Johnson, and later at McNeil Laboratories. In 1964, Dick purchased Moran Pharmaceuticals. In 1968, he transformed the business into Bioran Medical Laboratory, the largest independent clinical laboratory in New England, which he sold to Corning, Inc. in 1994. Dick’s business interests in the Cape Cod hospitality industry included Thompson’s Clam Bar, Snow Inn, Wychmere

Marjorie (Clark) Rockwell DH ’50, January 21, 2014 Wilfred K. Griffin BSP ’51, December 25, 2014 George C. Stover BSP ’51, May 17, 2014 James A. Donahue Jr. BSP ’52, June 29, 2015 Katherine S. (Barsamian) Krikorian BSP ’52, May 28, 2013 Jean J. Michaud BSP ’52, August 13, 2010 John W. “Jack” MacHardy BSP ’53, January 4, 2015 Irene A. (Chmura) Ziemba BSP ’53 (Hampden), July 24, 2013 J. Richard Fennell BSP ’54, MS ’56, PhD, July 4, 2015 Helene (Cabitt) Weiner DH ’54, June 25, 2014 Dorothy (Dowd) Angelone DH ’55, June 30, 2014 Gail (Demoranville) Green DH ’55, August 4, 2014 Alfred R. Marcolini BSP ’55, April 7, 2007 Michael P. Ryan BSP ’55, January 1, 2015 Joseph T. Wood BSP ’56, March 27, 2015 Robert H. Zaim BSP ’56, March 12, 2015

Harbor Club, Nick and Dick’s Ice Cream, the Harbor Watch Room, and Thompson’s Farm Market. Dick belonged to Phi Delta Chi and Rho Chi, and served as an MCPHS trustee for 20 years. Dick’s generous support inspired the creation of the John Richard Fennell Building, an eight-story facility housing offices, classrooms, residences, and a cafe. Dick was a Boston Symphony Orchestra and

Arthur L. Homer BSP ’58, March 2, 2015 Joseph F. Rebello BSP ’58, November 13, 2014 Robert J. Rocheleau BSP ’58, June 21, 2015 Joseph G. Turcotte BSP ’58, January 25, 2015 Paul R. Leroux BSP ’59, June 17, 2015 James P. O’Malley BSP ’59, December 14, 2014 1960s Louis E. Hemm BSP ’60 (Hampden), November 9, 2014 Gerald Murphy BSP ’60, March 6, 2015 Richard F. Weaver BSP ’60, April 17, 2012 Gerard M. Federici BSP ’62 (Hampden), January 24, 2013 Richard C. “Rick” Rafuse BSP ’62, December 25, 2014 Mary (Rowley) Cloke DH ’65, June 17, 2013 Joseph M. Theodore Jr. PhD ’65, April 10, 2015 William M. Bagley Jr. BSP ’66, March 13, 2015 John V. Doran BSP ’66, June 4, 2015

Museum of Fine Arts overseer, belonged to the Weston Golf Club, Eastward Ho! Country Club, and Dennis Yacht Club, as well as Club Colette and The Beach Club in Palm Beach.

Suzanne M. (Welburn) McEnaney BSP ’67, September 23, 2014 1970s Alphonse W. Charron BSP ’70, July 15, 2015 Robert F. Rizzo BSP ’70, April 17, 2015 Camille L. Gagne BSP ’72, December 20, 2014 Andrew K. Davis BSP ’73, March 29, 2015 Edward I. Ezedi BSP ’75, November 13, 2014 Mary K. Lescoe DH ’75, August 28, 2011 David C. Bailey BSP ’79 (Hampden), May 19, 2015 1980s Norman D. McLoon MS ’80, April 1, 2015 2000s Boxin Ou PhD ’00, May 13, 2015 Bridget D. (Coughlin) Gardner MSRA ’04, March 22, 2015 Joseph A. Emma III BSPM&M ’08, October 22, 2014 2010s Darcy E. Nientimp BSN ’12, February 13, 2015


MCPHS University Legacy Giving

Deferred Gifts—A Creative Approach a pharmacy education. Many of my students entered the job market with a huge debt in educational loans. If I can ease that, even slightly, I will consider my decision a success.” As a non-traditional pharmacy student, Ms. St. Amand needed and received the emotional support and financial assistance of her husband, now deceased, to help realize her career dream. In making the decision to establish a scholarship fund, she carefully considered both “why” and “how” to create a meaningful fund at MCPHS. The first part was easy. She notes, “Both my husband and I strongly advocated for the benefits and rewards of higher education.” With regard to The Margaret E. St. Amand Scholarship Fund will forever yield scholarship awards to pharmacy students who are interested in a clinical pharmacy career.

“how,” Ms. St. Amand considered her educational background at MCPHS and Worcester State University as she defined the scholarship fund criteria.

Marguerite (Peg) St. Amand BSP ’82 devoted her career to working in an institutional setting, first as a laboratory assistant at Lowell State College, and later, after graduating from MCPHS, as a hospital-based clinical pharmacist and manager. Although she is now retired, Ms. St. Amand still expresses a fond appreciation for her years spent in hospital pharmacy —especially her time as a pharmacy student preceptor. “I was always a staunch advocate of the hospital setting,” she says. Pointing to the advantages of ongoing direct interaction with nurses, physicians, and other allied health professionals, as a preceptor Ms. St. Amand steered students to hospital careers.

“The benefits of a deferred gift are that you know that you provided a bit of a ‘legacy.’” She is still committed to students who will enter the pharmacy profession. Ms. St. Amand recently became the first MCPHS alumnus to create an endowed scholarship fund that will receive proceeds from the distribution of an IRA account. She notes, “The benefits of a deferred gift are that you know that you provided a bit of a ‘legacy.’” Inheritance taxes will not be levied on the proceeds, and more importantly, she says, “I understand the cost of

Scholarship awards will be made to pharmacy students who intend to pursue a career in clinical pharmacy, with preference given to previous Worcester State graduates. Ms. St. Amand reflects, “The criteria I set directly impact students who attended a state institution, specifically Worcester State University. I believe that these students have more need than students who also graduated from private institutions.”

To learn more about how to explore your legacy giving options, call Lonny Townley, executive director of development operations, University Advancement, at 617.732.2230 or email lonny.townley@mcphs.edu.


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