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Table of Contents Summer 2011 ￭ Volume 34, Number 1
Pharmacist A Publication for the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy Alumni and Friends
In This Issue
Researchers at UIC are tailoring drug treatments to a patient’s unique genetic profile.
UIC-connected pharmacists bring professional abilities, noble aims to patients near and far.
The newest COP alumni take their walk of fame.
Time stands still as the College celebrates history and raises a glass to the future.
Photo by Juhae Lee, Class of 2014. In April, Lee won top prize with this image in Crusader Community Health’s National Public Health Week Photo contest. Lee’s description: “Public health focuses on the community’s well-being through the joint efforts of healthcare and nonhealthcare leaders in our society. Crusader Community Health provides ‘Care Within Reach,’ which entails accessible and affordable healthcare services to all the residents of Rockford. This snapshot of the physician checking the heart rate of an 18-month-old on her mother’s lap depicts the positive impact that public health services have on the family.”
In Every Issue 03 Dean’s Message
04 News Flash
42 Class Notes
10 Rising Stars
14 Award Goes To . . .
48 Over the Counter
15 Brilliant Futures
50 In the Loop
16 The Rockford Files
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>editorialcredits Publisher Steve Swanson, phd ’98, Acting Dean
Judy Bolton, phd Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Editor Jessica A. Canlas Assistant Director of Communications
Nicholas Popovich, bs ’68, ms ’71, phd ’73 Pharmacy Administration
Copy Editor Rob Hoff UIC Office of Publications Services
Janet Engle, pharmd ’85 Pharmacy Practice
Contributing Editors Sonya Booth Hugh M. Cook Samuel Hostettler Photography Barry Donald Roberta Dupuis-Devlin Kathryn Marchetti Ben Stickan Designer Kimberly A. Hegarty UIC Office of Publications Services College of Pharmacy Administrative Officers Department Heads William Beck, phd Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Vice Dean, Rockford Regional Program David W. Bartels, pharmd Visiting Vice Dean Marieke Schoen, pharmd ’88 Executive Associate Dean Janet Engle, pharmd ’85 Associate Deans Clara Awe, phd, edd Diversity Affairs
Thomas TenHoeve III, phd Student Affairs Acting Associate Dean R. E. Gaensslen, phd Research and Graduate Education Assistant Deans Debra Agard, pharmd ’92, mhpe Student Affairs
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From the Deans
Dear Alumni, Friends, and Supporters,
ou may be wondering who we are and what has happened to Dean Jerry Bauman. It seems that the UIC administration has learned what we have known for many years—Jerry is an exceptional scholar and administrator. So when R. Michael Tanner stepped down after many years of distinguished service to UIC, the university selected Jerry to serve as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs until a successful search to replace Dr. Tanner is concluded. Rest assured, Jerry will be back running the College before too long. In the meantime, Jerry and the College Executive Committee have asked Marieke Schoen and me to serve as visiting vice dean and acting dean, respectively. I earned my doctorate in pharmacognosy here at UIC in 1990, did postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before returning to UIC in 1998. Marieke graduated in 1988 with the first class of PharmDs produced by our College and then did a residency and fellowship in cardiology. She will serve as visiting vice dean and continue in her previous role as associate dean for academic affairs. Spring is a time of renewal, and we at the College are moving forward with new initiatives that will impact our teaching and research missions. One initiative is curriculum revision, a critical undertaking that will be lead by Marieke. During the last revision in 1997, we changed our curriculum from the traditional style of teaching in isolated, discipline-specific courses to a curriculum where our various pharmacy disciplines are taught together in an integrated fashion in courses that are organized by disease states. The revision also incorporated more active learning where students practice applying knowledge to real life scenarios and clinical patient cases. Our upcoming revision will build on our past successes in curricular integration and active learning and facilitate additional professional development by working more closely with the other health sciences colleges. Our campus is one of only a handful nationally that is home to all six types of major health-science schools. We hope to leverage this unique aspect of our campus to develop new, cutting-edge interprofessional programs in which our students study along side medical, dental, and nursing students to prepare them for the future in which patient health is supported by a team of professionals working collaboratively to deliver care. When we developed the Rockford campus, our college invested heavily in technology and advanced communications systems on both campuses to support distance learning. We will use these platforms to improve the way we deliver our curriculum and to create a technology rich environment that our students can use to help them in their studies. A part of our College that is in desperate need of renewal is the laboratory space, particularly in the east wing of the building in Chicago. The east wing was completed in 1968, and those of you who graduated after that year would immediately recognize the laboratories, which have changed little since they were originally built. This year, we are initiating an aggressive renovation program that will include a new roof, tuck-pointing of the facade, upgrading of the electrical system, and a new ventilation (HVAC) system. Once these infrastructure upgrades are complete, we will completely renovate the interior of the laboratories to provide new space for modern pharmaceutical research. The classrooms in the east wing will also be upgraded to provide state-of-the-art teaching space. These facility improvements will help us to maintain our status as one of the nation’s top colleges of pharmacy. As a mater of fact, the most recent data compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy reveals that the UIC College of Pharmacy is ranked third in the nation for total research expenditures. The investment that we’re making today in the infrastructure of our laboratories and classrooms will help us to remain one of the best colleges of pharmacy in the world for years to come.
Steven M. Swanson, phd ’90 Professor and Acting Dean
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Dean Bauman appointed interim vice chancellor by Sam Hostettler Jerry Bauman, dean of the College of Pharmacy, began
I will do my best for UIC until we secure a permanent
his term as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs
and provoston January 3. Bauman has served UIC as a teacher, researcher, and Bauman succeeds vice chancellor and provost R.
administrator for over 30 years. He began his career as
Michael Tanner, who will leave UIC to become chief
an assistant professor of pharmacy practice in 1979.
academic officer and vice president at the Association
Subsequent positions in the College of Pharmacy
of Public and Land Grant Universities.
included assistant head of academic affairs, assistant head for research, head of the Department of Pharmacy
“Jerry is highly regarded and respected for his leadership
Practice, and interim dean. He was officially named dean
and is deeply committed to UIC,” says Chancellor Paula
of the College of Pharmacy in 2007.
Allen-Meares in announcing the appointment.
His research interests include the clinical pharmacology
“I will do my best for UIC until we secure a permanent vice chancellor.”
Bauman will return to his current position after a new vice
chancellor is hired.
“I am truly honored that Chancellor Allen-Meares
Honors include the Russell Miller Award for Research
considered me for this important position during this
from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
critical time,” Bauman says. “My plan is to work closely
He is a fellow of the American College of Clinical
with her to implement her vision for the university.
Pharmacy and the American College of Cardiology.
New Finding in Ribosome Signaling May Lead to Improved Antibiotics by Sam Hostettler have
The ribosome is responsible for activating
catalytic center rejects some or even all amino
discovered a signaling mechanism in the
some antibiotic resistance genes in the
acids. As a result, synthesis of the regulatory
bacterial ribosome that detects proteins that
presence of certain proteins. For that to
protein stops, and the genes of antibiotic
activate genes for antibiotic resistance.
occur, special sensors in the ribosome must
resistance are activated.
recognize cellular cues and the structure of the “The ribosome is one of the most complex
regulatory protein. Once the signal is detected,
“This is one of the strategies used by
it is then transmitted to the functional centers,
pathogenic bacteria exposed to antibiotics
which alter the ribosome’s performance.
to regulate expression of antibiotic resistance
Alexander Mankin, professor and director of
genes,” Mankin says.
the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. It is responsible for the production of all
Mankin’s latest research has found at least
proteins in the cell, and in bacteria it is one of
one of the signal pathways in the ribosome.
In previous studies, Mankin and his research
the major antibiotic targets.
He and his coworkers found that the presence
team pinpointed some of the ribosomal
of the regulatory protein as it is made within
RNA residues that interact with the growing
Understanding how signals are generated
the ribosome changes the properties of the
regulatory peptide, thus serving the function
ribosome’s catalytic center.
of the peptide sensors.
Under normal conditions, the ribosome’s
Mankin and his research team—Haripriya
catalytic center can accept any of the 20
Ramu, Nora Vazquez-Laslop, and Dorota
Mankin’s research, funded by the National
natural amino acids, which are then added
Klepacki—were assisted by Qing Dai and
Science Foundation, has been published in
to the growing protein chain. However, if the
Joseph Piccirilli of the University of Chicago
the journal Molecular Cell.
ribosome has synthesized the regulatory
and Ronald Micura of the University of
protein in the presence of an antibiotic, the
Innsbruck in Austria.
Mankin explains, may one day lead to better antibiotics.
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College appoints acting deans
Steve Swanson, Marieke Schoen, and Robert Gaensslen take on top administrative posts.
by Jessica A. Canlas and Sam Hostettler The College of Pharmacy has temporarily
from natural sources and understanding the
“I’m happy to help out,” says Schoen, who notes
rearranged its upper-level administration as Jerry
role of hormones, particularly growth hormone,
that she and Swanson will continue implementing
Bauman began his term as interim vice chancellor
in cancer. For the past 15 years, his research
the College’s current strategic plan, which
for academic affairs and provost at UIC.
programs have continually received federal
includes an upcoming curriculum revision for the
funding, and he has published 74 peer-reviewed
Steve Swanson, associate dean for research
articles and book chapters. Swanson has held
and professor of pharmacognosy, will serve as
a number of positions at UIC, including director
Schoen is a 1988 graduate of the College’s
acting dean of the College.
of graduate studies in pharmacognosy, assistant
PharmD program and completed both a
to the director of the Research Resources
residency and a fellowship in cardiovascular
“I am honored and excited about the opportunity
Center, and interim leader of the experimental
therapeutics at UIC. She then went on to join the
to contribute to the success of the College in
therapeutics program of the UIC Cancer. In
Heart Center at the University of Illinois Medical
my new role,” says Swanson. “I look forward
2009, Swanson was appointed associate dean
Center as a clinical pharmacist, a position Schoen
to working with students, faculty, and staff to
for research and graduate education at the
held until her return to the College of Pharmacy in
maintain the upward trajectory of our top-ranked
College of Pharmacy.
2002 as assistant head for academic programs and director of experiential programs. In 2008,
College.” As Swanson steps away from his duties as
she was appointed to her current position as
Swanson earned his doctorate in pharmacognosy
associate dean, Robert Gaensslen, professor
associate dean for academic affairs.
at UIC. Following postdoctoral training at the
and head of forensic sciences, will serve
Cancer Research Laboratory, University of
as acting associate
California, Berkeley, he joined the faculty at the
dean of research and
“The College is in a great position right now,” says Schoen. “We had a successful launch of the Rockford program in the fall, and faculty and
University of Alabama at Birmingham for three years. In 1998, he was recruited back to UIC as
To assist Swanson in academic matters, Marieke
students continue to impress with their ability and
an assistant professor where his research has
Schoen, associate dean for academic affairs,
focused on the discovery of anticancer drugs
has been appointed visiting vice dean.
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Che named first Farnsworth Professor by Sam Hostettler
Interim Vice Chancellor Jerry Bauman bestows the Norman R. Farnsworth Professor of Pharmacognosy medal for the first time to Chun-Tao Che.
Photography by Kathryn Marchetti
Looking around the room, Chun-Tao Che, phd’ 82, saw many of the celebrated scientists under whom he trained 33 years ago at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he felt like a student again.
prominent pharmacognosist of our time. This award honors the career and accomplishments of Dr. Farnsworth as a noted scientist, a caring educator, and a visionary pioneer in modern pharmacognosy.
But he’s not. Today, he is one of them. An investiture ceremony was held last week at Chicago’s University Club to honor Che as the inaugural Norman R. Farnsworth Professor of Pharmacognosy, the first endowed professorship in the 150-year history of the UIC College of Pharmacy. Che is considered one of the top pharmacognosy researchers in the world, especially in the field of traditional Chinese medicine. “This is the most significant highlight of my career, and I am privileged to be the first person awarded this prestigious position,” Che says. “There’s no doubt in my mind Dr. Farnsworth is the most
“As a former UIC student, I am profoundly grateful for the education and training I received, and I feel highly honored to be a member of the pharmacognosy faculty at my alma mater. This new title will keep reminding me of the storied history of UIC’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy.” A native of Hong Kong, Che earned his doctorate in pharmacognosy from UIC in 1982 under the tutelage of Harry Fong. After completing postdoctoral work at Toronto’s Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Che returned to UIC as a senior research associate—and later, research assistant professor—for Farnsworth.
In 1991, Che returned to China as the founding faculty member in the department of chemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Seven years later he was named the director of the School of Chinese Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Che has been authenticating and assessing the quality of medicinal herbs for more than 30 years. For the past 20 years, he has been conducting research on how and why traditional medicines work and how they can be incorporated into modern societies. “I believe there is a place for traditional medicine in modern science,” states Che. “For thousands of years, people lived with the help of traditional medicines before so-called Western medicine came to be. So there must be good basis for the use of those medicinal herbs.” To date, research has shown that medicinal herbs do contain many therapeutically active compounds and that further studies are warranted to make use of those pharmaceutically active substances, Che says. There are more than 300,000 plants on earth, and few have been thoroughly researched, says Farnsworth, professor of pharmacognosy and director of the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical and Dietary Supplements Research, also known as the UIC Botanical Center. With the rising popularity of botanicals, research needs to be conducted to learn about their safety.
Chun-Tao Che, a 1982 graduate of the College of Pharmacy, is considered one of the top pharmacognosy researchers in the world and is regarded as an expert in the field of traditional Chinese medicine.
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“Botanical supplements aren’t a research-based industry,” Farnsworth explains. “Millions of Americans take them, but we don’t know how they work or whether they work. For the first time, we’re doing human clinical trials. There’s so much potential for botanicals.”
VIPs dressed to the nines: Acting Dean Steve Swanson; Department Head Judy Bolton, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy; Norman Farnsworth, Professor of Pharmacognosy and Director of the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical and Dietary Supplements Research; Chun-Tao Che, the inaugural Norman R. Farnsworth Professor of Pharmacognosy at the UIC College of Pharmacy; and Interim Vice Chancellor Jerry Bauman. Farnsworth has collected plants in Thailand, Indonesia, Peru, Brazil, Vietnam, and India, among other countries. Ask him about an herbal plant found anywhere in the world and most likely he will be able to tell you its common name, pharmacological activity, and in which journal more information can be found on the plant. If the encyclopedia in his mind can’t answer the question, the physical database he developed, NAPRALERT, can. In 1975, Farnsworth and his colleagues began searching every scientific and clinical journal pertinent to natural products in UIC’s vast fourbranch Library of the Health Sciences. Additional sources were obtained through interlibrary loans and by reviewing tables of contents of select journals online. The earliest papers date back to the late 1800s, and new studies are reviewed as they become available. The Natural Products Alert database, known as NAPRALERT, includes information on more than 200,000 published studies in the field of natural products, representing organisms, including marine organisms, from countries throughout the world. By accessing NAPRALERT via the Internet, researchers, educators, and clinicians have found it easier to locate information on the pharmacological, ethnomedical, and/or phytochemical properties of these organisms. Che assisted Farnsworth with the database when he joined his research team following his postdoctoral work in Toronto. Throughout his academic career, Che has trained more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has published more than 250 scientific papers and is the associate editor of the journal
Pharmaceutical Biology. He currently serves on the editorial board of 15 scientific journals. In 2005, Che received the UIC College of Pharmacy’s Sister Margaret Wright Award for distinguished research achievement. “In my opinion, Dr. Che is exactly the right person to take on this prestigious new academic appointment,” commented former UIC College of Pharmacy faculty member Douglas Kinghorn, now professor and Jack L. Beal Chair at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. “It is very good to know that pharmacognosy will always have a major research focus in [the UIC] College of Pharmacy.”
In my opinion, Dr. Che is exactly the right person to take on this prestigious new academic appointment.” –Douglas Kinghorn, former COP faculty
“Through the years, Norm’s contributions brought recognition to our college. You could say he put us on the map in a number of ways,” boasts Bauman. “This endowed professorship cements the legacy of Norm and pharmacognosy in our college. We’re incredibly happy that such an outstanding scholar as Dr. Che has rejoined our faculty.” Che says he is not only excited about his new UIC position but the field of pharmacognosy and medicinal chemistry. “I believe pharmacognosy experiences its ups and downs as an academic field, but in terms of its importance in pharmaceutical development, I believe that it provides a very good source for discovering new compounds,” he says. “For those people who like to make use of traditional medicine, I think pharmacognosy studies will provide evidence to show that the traditional medicinal system works and how it works. That, I believe, will help promote the use of traditional medicine.”
Che will initially concentrate on his research, starting a group that he hopes will complement the existing vibrant pharmacognosy team that currently exists in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. He will begin teaching at least one pharmacognosy graduate course next year and lend his expertise to the Botanical Center. Throughout his more than 40 years at UIC, Farnsworth has helped build one of the best pharmacognosy programs in the country, says Jerry Bauman, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. The endowed professorship is a way to honor Farnsworth, he says.
Former College of Pharmacy faculty member Douglas Kinghorn and alumnus Albert Edwards, bs ’69, take in the ceremony’s proceedings.
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by Tom Hardy
Joe G. N. “Skip” Garcia, vice chancellor for research, was named interim vice president for health affairs, one of two new positions created by a university-level administrative restructuring. Lawrence Schook, professor of animal sciences and director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences on the Urbana campus, was named the university’s interim vice president for research.
Garcia named interim VP for health affairs
Joe G. N. “Skip” Garcia, left, and Lawrence Schook were named to new positions created by university administrative restructuring. research on the genetic basis of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury, especially in African American and Latino populations. Several of his approaches to prevent vascular leak have been patented. A passionate advocate for the training of physician scientists, he is an active supporter of minority medical and science students.
“We can be proud that the University of Illinois has within its faculty and administration scholars with as much relevant leadership experience as Larry and Skip to step into these key roles at such a crucial time for the university,” says U of I President Michael Hogan, who had proposed the restructuring approved by trustees on November 18.
Schook leads the Illinois Health Sciences Initiative, which coordinates research and educational programs on the Urbana campus.
Garcia will continue to serve as vice chancellor for research.
The founding editor of Animal Biotechnology, he is the author of more than 200 publications and editor of six books.
Before joining UIC last February, Garcia had been chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago and chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
He holds joint appointments in bioengineering, nutritional sciences, pathology, the Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
Searches will be launched within a year to fill both positions permanently.
During his four years as chair, the U of C Department of Medicine was awarded nearly $80 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health—more than 40 percent of the medical school’s research portfolio—and rose from a national ranking of No. 25 to No. 12.
The vice president for health affairs reports directly to the university president, with a secondary reporting relationship to the UIC chancellor. Responsibilities include oversight of the hospital; connecting the clinical, research, and teaching missions; and generating additional clinical revenue.
Garcia holds the Earl M. Bane endowed professorship in medicine, pharmacology, and bioengineering. The author or coauthor of nearly 350 peer-reviewed publications and 25 book chapters, he is internationally recognized for his
The position was created in recognition that while most of the clinical healthcare enterprise, which accounts for about one-third of the university’s operating budget, is housed at UIC, it extends throughout the university and most of Illinois.
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“I look forward to working with President Hogan on establishing synergies between and among the university’s six health science colleges in Chicago and across the state to create the University of Illinois Health Science Center and Health System,” Garcia says. “The president’s charge, which I accept, is to further improve our clinical care and link it more closely to our world-class research and teaching missions.” The Office of the Vice President for Research was established by retitling the position of vice president for technology and economic development and expanding that roll to include responsibilities for the university’s externally funded research, which amounts to $725 million a year. Schook will oversee collaborative research opportunities, streamline related policies and procedures, and act as a unified voice for U of I research. “It is a great honor to be asked by President Hogan to lead new efforts to coordinate the research enterprise across the university in order to further enhance our competitiveness for external funding from foundations, the federal government, and other sources,” Schook says. “The university is well positioned to lead the nation in technology-based medicine and healthcare reform, addressing renewable energy needs, and ensuring human sustainability through nutrition, education, social programs, and arts and humanities.”
College ranks No. 3 in federal research funding By Sam Hostettler For the second consecutive year, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy ranks third in total federal research funding, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. UIC received more than $28 million in grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies in 2010.
“Our ranking from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy speaks to the intellectual talent and tireless dedication of our faculty, students, and staff,” says Acting Dean Steve Swanson. “The breakthroughs that they make in their laboratories today will be taught in our classrooms and applied in our clinics tomorrow.”
Among the federal grants awarded to the College of Pharmacy in 2010 were:
Distance learning classes missed at Rockford
-The UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements received a multimillion dollar grant to study whether botanical dietary supplements, such as black cohosh, licorice, and hops, can safely help alleviate menopausal symptoms. Funded by the Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (two of the National Institutes of Health), the project is led by Norman Farnsworth, distinguished university professor and director of the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. -A project to assess a patient-safety process at the University of Illinois Medical Center will measure the number of adverse events, the number of medical liability claims, and the time it takes to settle a request. The multiyear grant is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Bruce Lambert, professor of pharmacy administration, serves as coprincipal investigator. -UIC’s Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research, directed by Glen Schumock, will lead a Chicago consortium for the second phase of the DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness) program. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality initiated the program to assist the federal government in evaluating the Medicare Part D drug benefit. The Chicago center is one of 11 new research centers and one of only three prior organizations to be selected for the second phase. Established in 1859, the UIC College of Pharmacy stands as the oldest academic unit of the University of Illinois, one of the largest and most comprehensive research universities in the nation. One-third of all pharmacists in Illinois are graduates of the College.
Degrees conferred at this year’s commencement ceremony
Retail drug prescriptions filled in Illinois
Applicants for this year’s scholarship competition
Total award funds being given to students this year by the College
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Rising Stars students to watch
The best and the brightest APhA-ASP wins top honors at annual meeting In the hallowed halls of the College, it’s no secret that UIC students strive for excellence. But this past March, at the 2011 American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, UIC’s APhA-ASP (Academy of Student Pharmacists) won not only the most prestigious award for its organization in COP history, but garnered the highest number of honors as well. Competing against all colleges of pharmacy in the United States, UIC-COP was awarded the 2009–10 National APhA Patient Care Chapter Achievement Award, signifying that the APhA patientcare projects, including Operation Heart, Smoking Cessation, and Project Chance, among others, set the highest standard.
In October, APhA-ASP members Amanda Seddon, left, and Shannon Pace, right, with Illinois Pharmacist Association representative Jessica Kerr, won second and first place, respectively, at the IPhA Annual Conference.
“This could not have been accomplished without countless hours of volunteering by the APhA e-board and our 447 members,” says Sami Keca, chapter president. “Helping thousands of people in the city, state, and even internationally is no easy task, but our chapter did it. Congratulations to all!”
Additionally, the Generation Rx project, an educational program designed to increase public awareness of prescription medication abuse, placed fourth in the nation for 2010. APhA-ASP also merited regional awards for Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, and Operation Immunization. Incidentally, UIC’s region is the largest in the United States, consisting of more than 20 colleges of pharmacy.
During the trip, Alice Lee, Ginnie Kim, Nicole Sinsabaugh, and Cassidy McDonald paid a visit to the Market Theater Gum Wall landmark in downtown Seattle.
Chapter members and advisors show off their hard-earned honor: Jan Engle, Marlowe DjuricKachlic, Prachi Shah, Amit Patel, Cassandra Clement, Amanda Seddon, Katie McCool, Samantha Keca, Daniel Wojenski, Samuel Paik, Laurie Kania, Rebecca Zaworski, Suchi Gandhi.
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Rising Stars students to watch
UIC hosts local P&T competition
by Andrea TenBarge, pharmd candidate, Class of 2012 AMCP Vice President P&T Competition Coordinator
Cassandra Clement shows off the fourth-place Generation Rx Award.
This year’s local UIC competition consisted of 11 teams of four pharmacy students each. During the fall semester, the teams received both a case study and dossier for Eli Lilly’s drug Effient (prasugrel) and spent several weeks analyzing clinical and pharmacoeconomic evidence and developing a formulary recommendation. Through the formulary review process, the competition gives students the opportunity to learn research and critical-analysis skills as they weigh the impact of placing the drug on the formulary for a defined population based on its effect on cost and health outcomes. On
the day of the competition, the teams present their review to a panel of judges consisting of full-time faculty, alumni, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and community pharmacists. Following the competition, judges and students gathered together to enjoy dinner at the nearby Pompei on Taylor Street, giving students the opportunity to interact with, learn from, and network with advanced professionals in the field of pharmacy practice. The winners of the 2011 local UIC P&T Competition are Lilly Nguyen, Khoa Le, Thomas Karagiannis, and Diane Javier. Their written reports and presentation slides have been sent to the National Competition Selection Committee, who receives submissions from student chapters across the United States, in hopes that the winning UIC team will be one of the top eight teams chosen to compete at the AMCP 23rd Annual Meeting and Showcase in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this month. The top three teams at the national competition will receive a contribution to their school’s general scholarship fund. The UIC-AMCP student chapter would like to thank their sponsors for helping to make this year’s competition happen, including the UIC College of Pharmacy Office of Advancement, the AMCP Illinois Affiliate, and the Old Fashion Candy Company.
Members of UIC’s APhA-ASP proudly watch chapter member Katie McCool accept the Regional Operation Immunization Award. Front row: Nirmal Ghuman, Lisa Mackowski, Ann Opalka, Nicole Sinsabaugh, Cassidy McDonald, Ginnie Kim, Sam Paik, Neil Schultz. Second row: Evana Robbani, Afreen Khadeer, Farah Barada, Kathy Tang, Vivian Lin, Jeff Krueger, Prachi Shah, Amit Patel.
Laurie Kania, the 2010–11 vice president of legislation, wrote a legislative proposal that was passed nationally through the student chapters and will be going to the national APhA chapter to be voted on. Typically, only an average of five of such proposals progress to this level.
On January 28, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) student chapter held their local annual Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition at the College of Pharmacy. The P&T Competition was founded by the UIC-AMCP student chapter in 1993 and is one of the few opportunities for students to experience aspects of managed care pharmacy such as formulary decision making and implementation plan development. The competition gives students a real-world pharmacy experience; exposes them to intense literature searching, medical writing, and clinical, economic, and health-outcomes study evaluation; and encourages them to combine all these components in order to make important drug formulary decisions. Due to its long-standing success in preparing leaders for the managed care industry, the P&T Competition has been expanded and now allows students to participate in both local and national competitions.
We are the champions: Khoa Le, Lilly Nguyn, Diane Javier, and Thomas Karagiannis took top honors at UIC’s local contest.
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Rising Stars students to watch
The Stuff of CEOs Students enrolled in PMAD 390: Special Projects in Pharmacy Administration, an elective course in business planning, create and submit their pharmacyfocused business plans for critique by professors Glen Schumock and JoAnn Stubbings. “We often hear from alumni that business planning is an important part of their job,” says Stubbings. “This elective helps to prepare them for the challenges of the real world. It gives them a different skill to discuss during interviews for jobs or residencies.” Students formed five groups to develop their projects:
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• F aithPharm: Pharmacy Services at Mega Church— Community pharmacy contracts with a large church to deliver refills and provide on-site patient consulting.
Top students from pharmacy administration’s business planning elective. Front row: Thomas Vayalil, Sonya Zhan, Adeola Oluwinners. Second row: Jasmina Bjegovic, Lauren Tramutola, Elaine Guiao, Anita Lammers, Jeffrey Grom. Back row: Chia Wei, Christopher Nagengast, Seema Patel, Christina Berberich, Amanda Hodges, Alexander Friedman. Not pictured: Daniel Limoges, Danielle Donzal, Aimee Lusson, Timothy Murrey, Shannon Pace, Daniel Gardner.
• Community Education in an Independent Community Pharmacy—Community pharmacy develops group education sessions on various topics Though all groups scored highly, according to Schumock, RPMMS for the Illinois Department of Corrections came out on top. Pharmacy reference books, donated by the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists, were awarded as prizes to all groups in the class. “The student groups each identified a very unique pharmacy program and then developed a comprehensive business plan,” says Schumock. “Any one of them could be implemented today and likely result in a very successful new pharmacy service. I am very proud of the quality of work that these students have done.
• S outh Shore Asthma Management—Community pharmacy provides asthma disease management services. • R emote Psychiatric Medication Management Services (RPMMS) for the Illinois Department of Corrections—Community pharmacy contracts with large grocery store to provide in-store diabetes counseling and education.
Honorable mentions Tara Berkson, pharmd candidate, 2013, was awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship from May 2011–2012. During her tenure, Berkson will address food resourcing obstacles while promoting healthy lifestyle choices to patients with diabetes at CommunityHealth, a free clinic for uninsured Chicago residents. She plans to organize group outings to local farmers’ markets and empower patients to create individualized “wellness prescriptions.” “I think that the fellowship will be a great learning experience and allow me the opportunity to give back to the community while learning about prominent health issues in Chicago,” said Berkson.
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phd candidate Hiten Gutka, Institute for Tuberculosis Research, has been honored with a W. C. and May Deiss Award for Biomedical Research for his project, “Probing the regulatory mechanism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase by X-ray-crystallography-based structural biology.” The award is intended to recognize outstanding researchers among UIC graduate students, to enhance the quality of their research, and to assist in their progress toward completion of their advanced degree.
End-of-year awards recognize top PharmD students The College of Pharmacy’s 59th Annual Doctor of Pharmacy Honors Convocation was held on April 5 at the College, recognizing the following students for their achievement. Recipients were judged on various criteria, including academic merit, financial need, and essay responses. UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford Scholarship Lora Gould Christopher Radunz Rho Chi Prize Nick Burge Samuel Shkolnik Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence Award (Delta Kappa Sigma Alumni Chapter of Rho Pi Phi Pharmacy Fraternity) Sarah Sullivan Edward F. Skorczewski, Jr., Memorial Award Alexander Kantorovich UIC Sesquicentennial Leadership Award Daniel Wojenski Jack and Margaret Stites Memorial Scholarship Kristen Karlsen UIC Stoller-Zeman Scholarship Katelyn McCool Urban Health Program Alumni Scholarship Brianne Parra Walgreens Diversity Scholarship Daniel Limoges Ream Qato Walgreens Zora Kosanovich Memorial Scholarship Loren Cooper Kelly K. H. Wan Scholarship Natania Abelfattah George L. Webster Professional Service Award Laurie Kania W. E. van Doren Scholars Biopharmaceutical Sciences: Nicole Avant and Jillian Cashdollar Fuller Pharmacy Administration: Chris Campbell and Joseph Zorek Pharmacy Practice: Hari Patel and Carolyn Sharpe
Stacy Federman Lisa Mackowski Bibek Shrestha Kappa Psi Scholarship Angela Asprec Mina Gendy Lilly Nguyen Joseph Anton Koren Memorial Scholarship Amy Vickrey Lilly Achievement Award Laurie Kania Kenneth and Eleanor Lohr Scholarship Laurie Kania Josephine J. Margraff Scholarship Lucia Wu Merck Award Kelly Burke Kelsey Johnson Elias Pittos Shivali Shah Edward S. and Josephine E. Mika Scholarship Donna Faber Ann Opalka Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award Jennifer Samp Dr. Robin Nash Clinical Pharmacy Scholarship Elizabeth Gorski Northern Illinois Pharmacists Association Scholarship Elizabeth Berthel Phi Delta Chi Memorial Award Amanda Seddon Teresa Wei Reuben M. Reifler, MD, and Tillie T. Reifler Scholarship Nick Burge Suchi Gandhi
Acting Dean Steve Swanson congratulates Dan Wojenski, recipient of the UIC Sesquicentennial Leadership Award. “I am very grateful to be the recipient of this award. It will help me continue furthering my education in pharmacy as I pursue another year of clinical training in a residency.”
Erin Berry presented the Walgreens Diversity Scholarship to Ream Qato. “It is an honor to receive the Walgreens Diversity Scholarship,” says Qato. “I appreciate the College’s commitment to diversity in community involvement. Chicago is such a wonderfully diverse city; one cannot help but be involved. I plan to continue my work in the inner city throughout the rest of my pharmacy career. Again, thank you.”
Rochelle Allen presents the Jewel-Osco Drug Scholarship to Stacy Federman, Bethany Daily, Lisa Mackowski, and Bibek Shrestha. “This scholarship will allow me to achieve my true passion of helping others by being a pharmacist,” says Daily. “I am grateful to have received the Jewel-Osco Scholarship since this will alleviate some burdens of being a student,” says Mackowski. “Also, it is an honor to be recognized by this company for my hard work and dedication not only in school, but to the community and profession as well.”
Rebecca Zaworski (right) accepts Illinois Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists Student Award from presenter Carrie Sinsack. “I am honored to receive this award. This scholarship will help me grow as a student pharmacist to achieve a vision of pharmacy practice.”
Ann Opalka and Donna Faber accept the Edward S. and Josephine E. Mika Scholarship from Josephine Mika (center). “It is a great honor to be selected for this scholarship out of such an amazing group of students,” says Opalka. “Not only does it provide financial support, but it is an achievement that I will always be proud of throughout my pharmacy career.”
Academy of Students of Pharmacy-APhA Patient Counseling Award Amanda Seddon Astellas Scholarship Masooma Razvi Bette Cipolle and Rosann Sula Memorial Scholarship Samantha Keca I. B. Crystal Memorial Award Tao Bai CVS/Pharmacy Scholarship Patricia Hartke Jeffrey Krueger Joey Lam Amy Madhiwala Sonya Zhan Dean’s Award of Excellence Cassandra Clement Jeff Grom Kelsey Johnson Brian Maynard Christina Yessin Dominick’s Minority Student Scholarship Ashley Williams FMC Award of Excellence Asha Kalichira Reed G. Henninger Scholarship in Pharmacy Tommy Chiampas Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists Student Award Rebecca Zaworski IPhA Foundation Leadership Award Zoe Clancy Robert J. Ireland Scholarship Juanita Bruce Jewel-Osco Drug Scholarship Bethany Daily Ellyn Rose de Jesus
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Award Goes To...
Department of Pharmacy Administration faculty members James Shaw, assistant professor, and A. Simon Pickard, associate professor, were awarded 2010 Best Policy Research Poster of the Year for “Multinational Evaluation of Conditional Median Models of EQ-5D Health State Preferences” at the 17th Annual International Society for Quality of Life Research Conference.
Nancy Shapiro, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was named a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Daniel Touchette, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was named the director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network. The ACCP-PBRN is a network of clinical pharmacists and their practices working together to improve the health of their patients by addressing questions commonly encountered and translating research findings into practice.
Seungpyo Hong, assistant professor, biopharmaceutical sciences, and David Eddington, assistant professor, bioengineering, coauthored “Direct Measurements on CD24-Mediated Rolling of Human Breast Cancer MCF-7 Cells on E-Selectin,” which was originally published in Analytical Chemistry in January. Later that month, their work was featured in “That’s How Breast Cancer Rolls,” an article published in Chemical & Engineering News.
Joanna Burdette, phd ’03, assistant professor, medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy, was awarded a Liz Tilberis Grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for her project “Identifying early events in ovarian cancer using ovarian surface and tubal epithelial three-dimensional culture.” The $450,000 grant will be paid in three equal installments from 2011 to 2014.
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Use your IRA to support the College of Pharmacy Did you know that you have two options for using your IRA to make a gift to the College of Pharmacy? • N ame the College as a beneficiary of your IRA. It’s simple, and it’s tax-efficient, because your heirs will owe income tax if you leave them your pretax IRA contributions. • I f you are over 70 ½, you can make a charitable IRA rollover to the College of Pharmacy during 2011. The direct rollover can satisfy up to $100,000 of your required minimum distribution, and you owe no tax on the withdrawal (it’s at least as good as a charitable deduction, and, for many taxpayers, it’s better). Interested? Please contact Chris Shoemaker, (312) 996-3376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bequests • Charitable Gift Annuities • Charitable Lead Trusts • Retirement Plan Gifts
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Brilliant Futures join the campaign to support the university
One professor’s passion Beloved pharmacognosy professor establishes the College’s Edward S. and Josephine E. Mika Endowed Professorship
Brilliant Futures fundraising progress as of November 2010
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20 Edward and Josephine Mika had a strong desire to support the pharmacognosy program at UIC.
Edward Mika had a passion for teaching. It was exactly this fervor that inspired Mika and his wife, Josephine, to establish a bequest creating the Edward S. and Josephine E. Mika Endowed Professorship—the first endowed professorship at the College. Edward graduated from the University of Chicago in 1942 and earned a master’s degree from Washington State University in 1950 and a doctorate in botany from the University of Chicago in 1954. He also earned the equivalent of a doctorate in chemistry there. Before joining the UIC faculty in 1961, he worked at the Argonne National Laboratory as a radiobiologist and at the University of Chicago as a research associate in botany and pharmacology. He was among the first group of pharmacognosy faculty hired at UIC in the early 1960s. Edward’s research focused on the chemical composition, growth, and development of medicinal plants and was recognized for his work as a recipient of the prestigious Newcomb Award in Pharmacognosy. A beloved teacher, Edward’s classroom demeanor earned him both the Golden Apple and the UIC Silver Circle teaching awards during his tenure. He passed away in 1998. Josephine, who resides in Munster, Indiana, is a retired executive secretary of Ford’s Chicago assembly plant. She worked at Ford for 36 years. The Mikas also have an endowed scholarship fund that helps pharmacy students at UIC.
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“We wanted to give to someone worthy and give them the incentive to go on with their studies,” says Josephine. “We felt very proud to have done our part in this worthwhile endeavor.” Concerning the Mika Professorship, Josephine says, “He and I spoke about this for some time. We don’t have a family and wanted to bequeath for the purposes of education, particularly in pharmacognosy. As a member of the College of Pharmacy faculty for so many years, Dr. Mika’s desire was to remember UIC with a generous monetary gift to carry on with the curriculum in the field of pharmacognosy. He enjoyed his work immensely, loved the environment, and loved the people.”
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The Rockford Files Our Farm When the Rockford campus opened its doors in fall 2010, the College marked a number of firsts in its history—its first location outside the city of Chicago, entry into the high-tech world of distance education, a 39-person growth spurt in class size, and its first crop of students in the brand-new Rural Pharmacy Education (RPharm) program. With recruits from rural, medically underserved regions of Illinois, RPharm prepares students to serve in the types of communities that compose the majority of the state. The RPharm interdisciplinary curriculum works in conjunction with the College of Medicine’s Rural Medical Education program to train tomorrow’s health professionals in a collaborative-practice model designed to significantly improve healthcare delivery in rural Illinois. Michelle Goeking, one of six members of the Class of 2014 enrolled in the RPharm program, reflects on her experience.
Before Michelle Goeking, P1, decided to pursue her PharmD at UIC, she taught pharmacy technician classes at Black Hawk College in Moline. Here, she displays a lab manual she coauthored: “The Pharmacy Technician: Foundations and Practices.”
A Perfect Fit Though I have lived in larger cities to obtain education and life experiences, I have always felt more at home in smaller communities. My parents still live in the home in which I grew up, and they work in a neighboring town that has more job opportunities. Having grown up in a rural community in northern Illinois, the RPharm program is a perfect fit for me.
town is for living, not existing.”
My hometown consists mainly of an aging population due to the lack of work available to attract younger families. Though it is also difficult to convince healthcare providers to come to these rural areas, it is important that the practitioners who do come fully comprehend the special needs of these communities. The Rural Health Professions curriculum offered at the UIC Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine at Rockford will allow the students to develop a unique collaboration and gain the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to attend to the health needs of these forgotten rural communities.
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As a PharmD candidate, I am required to complete the same program as my other classmates but have additional requisite course work, seminars, and field trips to attend in the RPharm program. Each month, the RPharm students attend a seminar with the RMed students in which a guest lecturer provides us with insightful and practical knowledge of the special health needs of the rural communities. These seminars and field trips have covered topics specific to these nonmetropolitan areas, such as lack of primary care physicians, farm safety, collaboration, mental health, telemedicine and telepharmacy, and community leadership for rural practitioners. Our field trips take us to places that have struggled to maintain access to adequate healthcare in their communities and have succeeded with unique solutions and collaboration between facilities and healthcare practitioners of all kinds. It has been very interesting comparing and contrasting what I have been learning in the RPharm program with what is occurring in my own community. My town, with a population of 2,500, is fortunate to have a dental office, nursing home, and two small primary care clinics. In order for these financially strapped clinics to be able provide care, they have collaborated with two nearby hospitals in larger towns. The local pharmacy was recently purchased by a small chain of independent drug stores so that its doors could remain open. Patients from my hometown that require specialized health or behavioral services need to travel over 50 miles for adequate care. Some rural residents throughout the country are hours away from a healthcare facility.
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RPharm students: Michelle Goeking, Teng Yuan, Sarah Kramer, Trent Pedigo, Jamie Tidaback, Nicole Sinsabaugh. Says Yuan: “Life in a small town is for living, not existing. Coming from China to a small town in the United States, I cannot imagine a better life anywhere. It is easy to appreciate rural life when you are from an overpopulated city. Pharmacists in rural communities may be one of only a few healthcare providers and, because of this, play a larger role in educating and assisting patients, especially those with greater needs.”
Life, Rockford-style In conjunction with its winter formal, the Rockford Health Sciences campus, which includes the Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Nursing and the master’s program in biotechnology, sponsored an essay contest focused on life as a student in Rockford. This year’s COP winners are Lori McGuire and Ann Ryan, who tied for third place; Cassidy McDonald, second place; and Elizabeth Berthel, whose top-prize-winning composition appears below. We Entered as Strangers, but Leave as Friends Here I go again . . . a new school, a new town, and I do not know a single person. I thought my greatest concern was just getting into pharmacy school and that life would be great once I got accepted; I was mistaken. I found myself more anxious on the first day of orientation than in that moment before opening my acceptance letter. I was apprehensive about everything and began questioning myself. Am I smart enough for pharmacy school? What happens if my GPA drops dramatically? What if I detest the distance-learning program? Will I find good friends? What if no one cares for me? Question after question popped into my head as I was walking into the auditorium. After entering the double doors, I looked around at my new classmates who seemingly all had the same apprehensive expression on their faces. Somehow, I hoped, we would all get through the next four years. After only the first term of pharmacy school, I can say everything has changed. The UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford has become the school I love. I love my classmates, the faculty, the facility, the distance learning, the leadership opportunities, the support system, and even the city of Rockford.
COP student Elizabeth Berthel won first place in Rockford’s student life essay competition.
To begin, I am more than satisfied with the learning experience I have had thus far. I, like any student, was apprehensive about the distance-learning program. I have had the opportunity to experience lectures from both the Rockford campus and the Chicago campus and find myself preferring learning from the distance end. We can hear the lecturer more clearly, see the lecturer larger on screen, and have an extremely quiet environment in which the lecture takes place. The distance-learning program has benefited students at both campuses because we have the opportunity to review lectures since they are recorded through the program and posted online. Additionally, the Rockford campus has a great environment for studying. Our campus is full of health-science graduate students who are all experiencing the same rigorous course work, and so the school has provided us with many quiet study rooms in addition to the cubicles in the library. It is truly a campus that provides an atmosphere meant for learning and studying. Not only does our campus have a great learning environment, but the small campus has provided me and my fellow classmates with many opportunities. Because we have such a small student body, many of us have been able to take on leadership roles within several school organizations. In undergrad, I was involved in organizations but never ran for executive positions because I was nervous about running against a large number of candidates. With a fresh start at our new school, I have had the opportunity to become the Pharmacy Student Council copresident, the first Rockford liaison for the Student National Pharmacy Association, and the historian for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and I am involved in the Operation Immunization and Smoking Cessation committees for APhA. They have been a great experience and have contributed immeasurably to building my resume—something I am able to do because of the impressive number of opportunities, which would not have been available to me elsewhere. As though the astonishing school atmosphere and numerous leadership opportunities weren’t enough to make me delighted with having been accepted to the College of Pharmacy at Rockford, it is my classmates who have so genuinely enhanced my experience here. I never thought that my classmates and I would grow together to become one family so effortlessly. It is the people that make me elated with my choice in this school. As a family, we have become one another’s support system through the stressful and rigorous course work. If not for my classmates, I don’t know how I could have made it through my first term. We do not perceive school as a competition; we consider it as something we are all going through together. We hold study sessions together, make review guides for one another, study and tutor one another, go out to eat together, celebrate everyone’s birthdays together, and probably enjoy more social events together than anyone could have imagined. We truly are a close-knit group of students. As you may have recognized from my exuberance, I am having an absolutely amazing and unforgettable experience as a pharmacy student in Rockford. The school, the program, and the people have turned all the uncertainties I had on that first day of orientation into pure joy for me. Now when I walk into an auditorium, I no longer see my classmates as the strangers they once were; rather, I see them as the friends that will help me in my journey through pharmacy school and for the years to come.
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Designer Genes At UIC, researchers are tailoring drug treatments to a patientâ€™s unique genetic profile. by John Gregerson
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t’s true. One man’s cure just may be another man’s poison. Just as some eyes are blue, some brown, and others green, so it is that some people respond better to conventional drug therapies than others, and some don’t respond at all. As with eye, skin, and hair color, it’s genetic. True—age, health, and lifestyle all influence the efficacy of drug treatment, but a growing body of evidence indicates that genetics not only plays a significant role in human drug response but also holds the key to customizing treatment to unique genetic signatures. Imagine a doctor taking a swab of DNA from the mouth and then prescribing a treatment on the basis of the patient’s unique metabolism or performing a biopsy of a tumor, then prescribing a regimen targeting the disease’s unique genomic classification. It’s no longer as fantastic as it once seemed. In fact, the intersection of pharmaceutical and genetic research, better known as pharmacogenomics, has become familiar terrain to UIC researchers, who variously study the role genetics plays in patient response to psychiatric, cardiovascular, and cancer-related drug therapies.
Deciphering the Code The key, says ShriHari Kadkol, director of molecular pathology at UIC’s College of Medicine, are small, inherited sequence variations in DNA that influence drug response. By studying as many variations—or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP)—in the human genome as possible, researchers at UIC and elsewhere can better predict patient response to drug therapy, thereby preventing side effects that annually account for two million hospitalizations and as many as 100,000 deaths in the United States alone. Among other activities, ongoing studies at UIC seek to identify patients who may or may not respond to treatments for lung, colon, and blood cancers, either as a result of their
unique genetic profile or the profile of the disease itself, according to Kadkol, who says certain mutations in cancer cells render some drug therapies, such as those that inhibit tumor growth, useless. Researchers also are investigating varying patient responses to warfarin and clopidogrel bisulfate, a pair of anticoagulants better known as Coumadin and Plavix, respectively. “Here, one of the goals is to ensure that thrombosis doesn’t recur in patients who have received heart stints,” says researcher Lisa Cavallari, an associate professor with the UIC Department of Pharmacy Practice. Psychiatric studies, by comparison, seek to pinpoint optimal dosages to treat depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders, thereby reducing trial-and-error times that can last months or years depending on the patient, says Jeffrey R. Bishop, a clinical psychopharmocologist and codirector of the UIC College of Pharmacy’s Pharmacogenomics Laboratory. Bishop and his colleagues also are studying differences in molecules targeted by antidepressants, including the serotonin transporters targeted by a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). “Evidence suggests a link between patient response to SSRIs and variations in the human genome,” Bishop says. UIC’s work mirrors that of other universities, including Harvard and Yale, as well as work under way at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) based in Bethesda, Maryland, whose National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) administers the Human Genome Project and Pharmacogenetics Research Network (PGRN). According to cardiac specialist and NHLBI program director Yves Rosenberg, PGRN’s Pharmacogenetics Knowledge Base, a global data network, supplies much of the information required to develop protocols for patient screening. Thus far, the labels of more than 20 FDA-approved medications, including Plavix, indicate the availability of tests for
genetic variations that can compromise patient response. Late last fall, UIC’s Pharmacogenomics Lab was in the final phases of developing a test to screen cardiovascular patients for Plavix. Another test under development targets colorectal and lung cancer—more particularly, genetic mutations in tumors that may prompt physicians to alter their course of treatment. A similar test for myeloid leukemia, the most common acute leukemia affecting adults, is already available at UIC.
Metabolic Suspects Although testing continues to target SNPs that regulate drug transport, drug targets, and disease susceptibility, UIC and similar research centers place special emphasis on genetic variations in metabolic enzymes, including the so-called P-450 family, which metabolizes more than 30 classes of drugs, including antidepressants, anticoagulants, and certain cancer treatments. “Variations in these enzymes help explain why some patients don’t respond to medication while others experience serious side effects,” says Kadkol. “In one case, metabolic enzymes inactivate the drug or break it down too quickly, rendering it ineffective. In the other, enzymes break down the drug too slowly, allowing potentially toxic amounts of the drug to collect in the system.” According to Cavallari, an enzyme expressed by the P-450 gene, CYP2C19, can impair or completely inactivate the metabolization of Plavix, a condition that affects 4 to 5 percent of Caucasians and Blacks and as many as 25 percent of Asians. Likewise, a pair of P-450 genes known as CYP2C9 and VKORCI regulate patient metabolism of Coumadin. “Coumadin is widely prescribed around the time of surgery but carries a narrow therapeutic index,” says Kadkol. “Patients who take a dose larger than they can tolerate are at risk of life-threatening bleeding. Those who receive too low a dose are at risk of equally dangerous blood clots.” Because 30 to 40 percent of patient response to the drug is genetic, FDA advises screening
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Consult your genome by John Gregerson How close are researchers to testing a person’s full genome for disease risk and drug response? They’ve already done it. Last year, scientists at Stanford and Harvard Universities evaluated the entire genome of a 40-year-old man for variants particular to his family history, including those for osteoarthritis, vascular disease, and sudden early death. To do so, they compared the man’s genome to several databases of disease-related gene variants, then estimated his risk for disease by “applying likelihood ratios derived from integration of multiple common variants to age-appropriate and sexappropriate pretest probabilities,” according to May 1, 2010, edition of The Lancet. Scientists also “accounted for gene-environment interactions and conditionally dependent risks,” according to the publication. The analysis uncovered variants associated with osteoarthritis, vascular disease, and sudden early death, as well as variants linked to conditions that were not particular to his family, including iron overload and thyroid and parathyroid diseases. Other variants indicated the man might have atypical responses to certain heart medications. Researchers deemed the finding especially important, given the man’s risk for cardiovascular disorders. While the researchers believe their work demonstrates that whole-genome sequencing can yield useful clinical information, they also acknowledge that challenges remain, “including the role of lifestyle and environment on disease susceptibility and patient outcomes,” says Jeremy M. Berg, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which played a major role in supporting the study. “The technology is becoming cheaper, but our ability to sequence the human genome is much further ahead than our ability to interpret resulting data,” Berg says. “Fifty percent of a patient’s reaction to a drug such as warfarin is genetic, but lifestyle may account for as much as another 50 percent. We’re still studying the interactions between the two.”
patients for variations in CYP2C9 and VKORCI. At present, UIC does not. “The test is still controversial,” Kadkol says. “Because age and lifestyle also factor into the equation, some believe it isn’t an accurate indicator of patient response, others do.” Pharmacogenomics, he elaborates, has yet to fully secure its place in mainstream medicine. Among the reasons, says Kadkol, is cost. Although prices are dropping, screening can cost thousands of dollars, an amount insurance companies may decline to reimburse depending on the circumstance. “Plavix is so widely used and recognized that it’s doubtful insurance companies would decline testing,” says Kadkol. “Besides, no one—insurance companies included—wants to see a recurrence of thrombosis that could have been prevented with screening. But that may not be the case for all medical conditions.” Science also presents obstacles, given it has yet to fully account for the full array of SNPs in the human genome, says Rosenberg. “Nor do we completely understand the associations among SNPs, disease, and drug treatment.” His own work, he says, seeks to further clarify the contributions of age, lifestyle, and genetics in patient response to Coumadin.
Mass Market Revolution? As the picture grows clearer, the implications are vast for patients, physicians, and pharmacists. According to the Washington, D.C.-based American Association for Clincial Chemistry (AACC), pharmaceutical companies primarily focus on the development of “blockbuster drugs,” meaning medications that yield positive results among the majority of a target population. Assuming SNP screening proves accurate, drugs commercially sidelined by side effects among a minority of users may find their way back to pharmacy shelves, as may “orphan drugs” shelved during the development process. “Everything I hear at pharmaceutical conferences suggests this is the direction companies will take,” says Rosenberg. “We’re likely to see mass market testing for conditions and the development of new drugs in conjunction with those types of diagnostics.” Pharmcogenomics also may assist
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pharmaceutical companies accelerate the drug development process by allowing them to more readily identify genes of interest, including those for which genetic variation is strongly associated with an identifiable disease. One purported outcome is lower healthcare costs due to anticipated declines in the amount of time required to bring new treatments to market. However, the greatest savings may result from preventive care, assuming genetic screening allows physicians to advise patients of the susceptibility to genetic disease at an early age, when changes in lifestyle could prevent or mitigate the effects of the disease (see sidebar). “Here, matters become more complex,” says Rosenberg, “since determining inherited risk for illness, including heart disease, can involve numerous genes, such as those that contribute to hypertension. It’s not always clear how these genes interact among themselves or with the environment.” These same issues could hamper the development of effective drug therapies. Likewise, it remains to be seen whether pharmaceutical companies that have enjoyed success with blockbuster drugs can economically support the development of alternative drugs serving only a small population. Assuming they can, physicians and pharmacists will need to acquire the expertise to contend with multiple products to treat different population subsets for variations of the same conditions. Suffice it to say that physicians and pharmacists alike may require a better understanding of genetics in order to accurately interpret the diagnostics and recommend the best course of treatment for patients. “My guess is pharmacists will be trained to better assist clinicians with drug selection and dosage,” says Bishop. “I believe they will also play a greater role in counseling patients.” Fact is, the shift already has begun. At UIC, it’s an introductory course called “Pharmacogenomics.”
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Every year, Bob Hoy travels to Nicaragua on medical mission trips to supplement healthcare provided by local clinics and pharmacies like this one. â€œI improve as a pharmacist with each journey.â€?
UIC-connected pharmacists bring professional abilities, noble aims to patients near and far by Daniel P. Smith
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The clinic with which Hoy (right) volunteers in Nicaragua changes locations each day, moving among schools, churches, and community centers with tables and trunks of medicines in tow. “I needed to be encouraged before I could do something this adventurous,” he admits.
hile a resident at UIC in the early 1990s, Tom Kanyok, res ’93, began working on drugs to combat visceral leishmaniasis, a little known disease in the United States, yet one that harasses individuals in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. While Kanyok’s work at UIC helped trigger the use of paromomycin, one of the primary drugs in the treatment of the oft-fatal disease, it also instilled a still-unraveling quest for patient advocacy. As a postdoc, Kanyok became a champion for paromomycin, seeking to soften the barriers to distribution for the affordable, effective drug so that tens of thousands of cases in the impacted Asian nations could be treated. Later, Kanyok joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he currently serves as a senior program officer, to further enhance distribution of the drug, frequently working with the World Health Organization and other grantees to maintain programs and efforts to diminish the disease’s wrath. “These are poor nations with internal civil conflicts and barriers to delivery that can make getting the medicine to those in need a real challenge,” Kanyok says. “The push is to overcome those obstacles and make the drug more readily available.” Kanyok’s decision to work in the area of neglected infectious diseases—he also guides the Gates Foundation’s work with malaria in Southeast Asia—has proven to be both personally
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satisfying and, even more, generated life-saving results for thousands of underserved populations. “I’m trying to make a difference, and that’s why we’re all involved in healthcare in the first place,” Kanyok reminds. Much like Kanyok, a number of pharmacists connected to UIC—alumni, faculty, and former residents among them—use their professional gifts to create a healthier world, some even prompted by experiences during their tenure at UIC. From tending to infants with scabies and farmers battered from years of wrenching labor in foreign lands to improving access to drugs and healthcare services in their own hometowns, many pharmacists combine their education and talents with an altruistic mission to aid those most in need.
Ensuring Access Take Steven Zielinski, bs ’77. Zielinski cites one overwhelming professional passion: to provide access to pharmaceutical services for the underinsured and uninsured. Over the last 16 years, Zielinski’s fulfilled his mission as one of the nation’s foremost experts on the federal government’s 340B drug discount program, as well as drug manufacturers’ own patient assistance programs.
Working for SUNRx, a Bensalem, Pennsylvania–based healthcare safety-net organization, Zielinski simplifies application processes that prove daunting to many. Crisscrossing the country five days a week as a self-described “Johnny Appleseed of Goodwill,” Zielinski helps medical facilities identify how they can better serve patients and enhance outcomes with better access to prescription drugs. At one clinic in Rockford, for instance, Zielinski’s work helped secure $6 million in drugs at no direct cost to the patient or center. There’s a clear ripple effect to Zielinski’s work. In helping healthcare facilities improve access to medication via 340B and drug manufacturers’ assistance programs, doctors become better patient advocates just as patients gain increased access to lifechanging medicine. The medical facilities can then lower their charity-care expenses or replenish their drug supply, prompting even greater patient support. “So many have no clue where to begin, but I want to be that resource to help,” Zielinski says. “If you have the knowledge, you have to share it.”
Navigating the System Mary Ann Driscoll, pharmd ’07, shares Zielinski’s desire to be a resource for those struggling amid the realities of the U.S. healthcare system.
Driscoll currently serves as the director of pharmacy operations for CommunityHealth, a privately funded free clinic assisting uninsured patients on Chicago’s west side. In the free clinic setting, in which Driscoll enjoys freedom and administrative roles well beyond those she would encounter in a corporate setting, the UIC alumna relishes the opportunity to provide much-needed pharmacy services to those in her local community. “It’s nice to be able to give services for free and get a medical issue under control in ways that might not otherwise be available,” Driscoll says. Driscoll first experienced the free-clinic setting during her rotations at UIC. Working at UIC’s own Mile Square Health Center, she saw local patients in need and a pharmacy dedicated to its role in the urban setting. Driscoll later spent time at the Rothstein CORE Center, an infectious-diseases clinic near Cook County Hospital that also tended to low-income patients. “These were my favorite rotations and the places where I felt I was helping people the most,” Driscoll says. After volunteering at CommunityHealth and while on staff at Walgreens, Driscoll applied for a staff pharmacist position at the Chicago clinic in 2008. Two years later, she was elevated to director. Staffed largely by volunteers from other health areas, including nurses, doctors, and pharmacists, the clinic’s can-do spirit inspires Driscoll. “Everyone has the mission in mind when Local interpreters are crucial to Hoy’s (left) work, where he is a daily witness to the poverty that plagues the nation. He recalls seeing a young boy sucking on a rock as he and his mother waited for medication: “The boy was doing this because he hadn’t eaten in two days, and the rock reminded him of what food tastes like.”
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Courtesy of Eugene Blackwell
Eugene Blackwell, a 28-year U.S. Army veteran, took part in the largest deployment of Illinois troops at one time to Afghanistan in 2008. Afghan soldiers kept most of their medication refrigerated because they were afraid that vaccines would make them sterile. “The right practices are being instilled in them,” says Blackwell.
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they’re here, and it’s rewarding to work in an environment with people singularly committed to helping others,” Driscoll says. “I went to school to help people, and this is one of the best avenues to accomplish that goal.”
Serving Country and Humanity
Putting his medical education to practical use is precisely the duty U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Eugene Blackwell, bs ’79, fulfilled throughout his yearlong deployment (2008–09) to Afghanistan. Joining over 3,000 members of the 33rd Brigade of the Illinois National Guard, Blackwell served as a mentor to the corps surgeon in Kandahar. He was responsible for healthcare throughout the corps, ensuring that all units claimed the necessary medical resources. Amid war, Blackwell trained Afghan medical teams in modern medical techniques and procedures, which included debunking myths connecting vaccines to sterilization, a prime reason the Afghan soldiers kept vaccinations in the refrigerator. “I was proud to have received training I could impart to Afghan soldiers so that they could get up to speed and be of better service to their teams,” says Blackwell, who serves as an emergency response coordinator at the Hines VA Hospital in Illinois. “We were supportive of each other’s work and all benefited from that cooperative spirit.”
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“I am at work as a pharmacist, engaging patients and ‘serving’ them,” says Hoy (center) of his volunteerism. “We are called to serve the poor, and, in doing so, serve God.”
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Improving the lives of the world’s citizens in troubled areas remains a passion for Jennifer George, an assistant professor at UIC, as well. Since 2006, George has made a trio of visits to Peru, including a 2009 voyage with six UIC pharmacy students. Setting up makeshift health clinics in small villages, including remote spots deep in the Amazon, George directs the pharmacy, administering blood sugar, blood pressure, and diabetes screenings for patients far distanced from Western advances. “There is, of course, so much more you wish you could do, but what you do provide is still so much more than what they have,” George says. In one particularly uplifting experience in the Amazon, George watched local villagers carry a disoriented lady into the temporary clinic. “I had never seen someone so ill in my life,” George recalls. From neighbors, the Spanish-speaking George and her medical partners discerned that the woman was dehydrated. Within one hour of administering IV fluids, the woman regained alertness and began sitting.
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Tom Kanyok, res ’93, guides the work of the Gates Foundation in Southeast Asia, which seeks to eradicate malaria. Focused on the area of neglected infectious diseases, Kanyok’s research during his UIC residency helped trigger the use of paromomycin, a primary drug used in the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.
“To see someone turn around like that was remarkable,” George says. “Had we not been there, she likely would have died.”
Called to Commitment Dr. Robert Hoy, res ’77, shares George’s passion for international medical mission trips and delivering a level of medical care rarely seen in the globe’s poverty-ridden, distant corners. In 2001, a colleague asked Hoy to join him on a medical trip to Haiti. Though Hoy had rejected his colleague’s previous overtures, Hoy accepted this one and soon after ventured down to the Caribbean nation, his first voyage as a medical missionary. A decade later, Hoy remains a committed volunteer. Hoy makes two international trips each year, regularly seeing upward of 200 patients daily. Each fall, he ventures to Haiti for a two-week stint in a permanent facility that provides lifesaving medicines for chronic illnesses, including diabetes and hypertension. Each February, Hoy journeys to Nicaragua, where he travels with a team of other volunteers to schools, churches, and community centers with a portable healthcare center to treat pain, minor infections, parasites, and other acute problems.
“It’s challenging, yet rewarding work,” Hoy says, grateful that he can bypass the phone calls, insurance, and billing demands that plague the U.S. system. “I’ve grown as a pharmacist because of these experiences because you practice pharmacy at such a high level with exposure to direct patient care.” While such previous goodwill opportunities required longterm commitments, today’s pharmacists can pursue short-term opportunities in the 10–20 day range. That reality, Hoy says, has opened up an entire world of opportunity for professionals who often join the healthcare ranks with altruistic and caring sensibilities at their core, many eager to dispense knowledge and care alongside medication. “I tell anyone interested in this experience to pursue it,” says Hoy, who’s currently winding down his 33-year medical career. “These volunteer trips are a fulfilling activity because you extend your abilities and knowledge into areas of great need and can be certain you’re having a positive impact on others’ lives.” Interested in volunteering your time and talent to humanitarian efforts? Contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs at (312) 996-3853 or email@example.com.
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Keynote speaker Mike Maddux, Executive Director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, is a former COP resident and Keynote speaker Mike Maddux, Executive Director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, is a former COP resident and
Commencement 2011 On May 5, the College congratulated 193 graduates as they made the transition from being students to becoming alumni. Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jerry Bauman served as the evening’s guest speaker. Pharmacy Alumni Board President Sharon Park, pharmd ’04, led the students in reciting the Oath of a Pharmacist. Photos by Roberta Dupuis Devlin and Ellen Dallager
Degrees awarded 162 Doctor of Pharmacy 15 Doctor of Philosophy 1 Biopharmaceutical Sciences 10 Medicinal Chemistry 3 Pharmacognosy 1 Pharmacy Administration 16 Master of Science 4 Biopharmaceutical Sciences 7 Forensic Science 1 Medicinal Chemistry 4 Pharmacy Administration
Interim Provost Bauman delivers the evening’s address to graduates.
Bernard Boateng, Dana Bogolin, and Michelle Bryson make the official tassel transfer.
Alumni, students, faculty, and friends gather for the College of Pharmacy Commencement 2011 at the UIC Forum.
Charisse DeLeon, ms, and Shengsheng Yu, phd, both of pharmacy administration, look for their seats in the auditorium.
Emanuel Davis, Danielle Donohue, and Moses Dunson line up in alphabetical order for the procession.
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faculty member. Keynote speaker Mike Maddux, Executive Director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, is a former faculty member.
Executive Associate Dean Jan Engle and Acting Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education Bob Gaensslen don their academic regalia for the occasion.
Lamar Quinn, Danielle Rakich, and Julio Rebolledo recite the Oath of a Phamacist.
Lois Komolafe, pharmd, basks in the momentâ€™s joy.
pharmds Monica Mwari Gichuru-Wiley and Olufunmibi Taiwo await the ceremony.
Interim Provost Jerry Bauman and Acting Dean Swanson congratulate Patrick Fleming.
Ramy Abdelhamid, phd, medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy, is hooded.
Stacey Federman receives a celebratory hug.
Acting Dean Swanson and Interim Provost Bauman prepare to take the stage.
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Save the Date October 14-15, 2011 Alumni Reunion & CE Program
Acting Dean Steve Swanson and the College of Pharmacy Alumni Association welcome reunion classes back to campus for a terrific weekend with friends and classmates. This year, we are proud to commemorate the classes of 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. Come back to where it all began to rediscover your alma mater, reconnect with classmates and faculty from days gone by and meet with current students. Not celebrating an anniversary year? Not a problem! Weâ€™d be thrilled to see you at any or all of our reunion activities. For further information, please visit www.uic.edu/pharmacy/alumni or call 312.996.0160.
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Reunion 2010 Held on November 6 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, the UIC College of Pharmacy Reunion 2010 brought together nearly 200 alumni, students, faculty, and staff in a joint event that incorporated the student fall formal. Graduates and current students alike raised glasses to celebrate the Collegeâ€™s history, honor its present achievements, and toast its bright future.
Time Stands Still
Photography by Barry A. Donald
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Reunion 2010: Time Stands Still
Mike Cannata, bs ’60; Nancy Cannata; Shirley Gronewold; Don Gronewold, bs ’55
George Patterson, bs ’65; Judy Patterson; Carl Skrabacz, bs ’65; Carol Ann Skrabacz
Members of the Class of ’85: Christina (Caruso) Capparelli, Antonia (Bottis) Palmisano, Amy (Chen) Patriarca, Linda Esposito, Theresa (de la Cruz) Pahati, Linda Harmon, Teresa Han
Donna Faber, P3; Elizabeth Gorski; Gabriela Ziccarelli; Ron Koch, bs ’70, phd ’76; Ben Le, P4; Teresa Wei, P3; Katie Lampman
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Sami Keca, P3; Suchi Gandhi, P3; Rebecca Zaworski, P3; Deb Fox; Laurie Kania, P3; Neil Schultz, P2; Katie McCool, P3
Katherine Lee-Mosio, pharmd ’00; Surasak “Jim” Vasavanant, pharmd ’08; Mark Kachlic
Donna Faber, P3; Elizabeth Gorski; Gabriela Ziccarelli; Ron Koch, bs ’70, phd ’76; Ben Le, P4; Teresa Wei, P3; Katie Lampman
The College of Pharmacy Alumni Association would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2010 Pharmacy Alumni Reunion. Without their beneficence, this celebration would not be possible.
Phi Delta Chi: Sarah Matias, P3; Joe Caruso, bs ’59; John Singletary, bs ’70; John Landa, bs ’70; Mike Kenes, P2; Mike Bolsoni, bs ’70; Michael Harris, bs ’70; Amy Vickery, P3; Ron Koch, bs ’70; Lauri Kania, P3; Neil Schultz, P2; Becky Zaworski, P3; Tim Murrey, P3; Suchi Gandhi, P3
ICHP Illinois Pharmacists Association Jewel-Osco Pharmacy Novo Nordisk University of Illinois Alumni Association
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Honoring Excellence Each year, the College of Pharmacy Alumni Association recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding graduates at Reunion. The following individuals represent the College’s legacy of excellence.
Rising Star Award
Marlowe Djuric Kachlic, pharmd ’05 The Rising Star Award recognizes alumni who graduated within the last 10 years and have distinguished themselves in their career while showing great promise for the future. Marlowe Djuric Kachlic receives this year’s Rising Star Award for her exceptional work that has already gained her notable recognition. Kachlic received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Valparaiso University in 2001. She received her PharmD from UIC in 2005 and went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency with UIC and Dominick’s Pharmacy emphasizing community care.
In 2006, Kachlic assumed her current position as clinical staff pharmacist at the University Village Pharmacy at UIC, as well as clinical pharmacist in family medicine at University Village. Her position as clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy has allowed her to teach in a PDAT course, OTCs, and experiential courses. Along with her former residency partner, Melissa Leedock, Kachlic established an elective that teaches students how to educate patients on diseasespecific lifestyles.
Presenter Jan Engle, pharmd ’85, executive associate dean and Department Pharmacy Practice head, and Rising Star Award recipient Marlowe Djuric Kachlic, pharmd ’05
Kachlic serves as chapter advisor for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at UIC, which, under her guidance, has merited recognition at the national level, including the 2010 Operation Immunization Award. In 2009, Kachlic was inducted into the Rho Chi Society, the academic honor society in pharmacy, and in 2010, she was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society, and was awarded Advisor of the Year at UIC. Outside of UIC, Kachlic is an immunization trainer for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), head of the conference and education committee for the Illinois Pharmacists Association, and a member of the Illinois Diabetes Pharmacist Network. She currently resides in Brookfield, Illinois, with her husband of four years, Mark Kachlic.
Jesse Stewart Service Award Michael A. Harris, bs ’70
The Jesse Stewart Service Award is named in honor of a former faculty member and recognizes a person who has been generous in their service to the profession, the community, and/or the College. A three-time alumnus of the University of Illinois (bs ’70 pharm, mba ’79 uiuc, ms ’93 uiuc), Michael Harris has exemplified these characteristics over the course of his 40-year career.
Presenter Avery Spunt, bs ’70, and Jesse Stewart Service Award recipient Michael Harris, bs ’70
For the past 17 years, Harris has been a pharmacy manager for Walgreens, serving Illinois stores in Decatur, Urbana, Rantoul, and currently Clinton. Prior to working at Walgreens, Harris was an independent pharmacy owner in Monticello, Illinois, and served in the U.S. Army National Guard for six years as a commissioned officer. During his time at the College, Harris served as president of the APhA-ASP and Phi Delta Chi professional fraternity. He served on the Haitian Christian Outreach Medical Team in 2010 and 2011. Harris has previously received the George L. Webster Professional Service Award. Harris serves as a volunteer at the College of Pharmacy during admissions interviews and actively advises and recruits downstate students to attend UIC. Harris and his wife of 40 years, Carol Ann, are annual donors to the College. They currently reside in Monticello, Illinois, and have two daughters who live in Chicago and Pittsburgh.
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Alumnus of the Year
Michael A. Fotis, rph, bs ’75 One of the highest honors given to an alumnus by the College of Pharmacy, the Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes a graduate who stands as an innovator, exhibits leadership, and has contributed significantly to the pharmacy profession. Michael Fotis receives this year’s top honor in recognition of an exceptional career.
Fotis is the PGY1 residency director and manager for drug information at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is the director of educational affairs for the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists and was named Outstanding Volunteer in 2008 and Pharmacist of the Year in 2009. He was selected as preceptor of the year by the Drake University Class of 1993. He is the author of more than 30 publications and 100 presentations and is a principal investigator for two active clinical trials. Many of his publications, including Mid-Year Advice, Presenting a Poster, and Journal Club Makeover, are intended for students.
Presenter Jim Dorociak, bs ’81, PHARMD ’83, and Alumnus of the Year Michael A. Fotis, bs ’75
Sesquicentennial Legacy Achievement Award Donald R. Gronewold, bs ’55
The Legacy Achievement Award is given annually to honor individuals who have left an invaluable and lasting impression on the College and the pharmacy profession as a whole. The award honors the longstanding history of the College by celebrating its tradition of excellence in research, pharmacy education, pharmacy practice, and administration at the college, state, and national level—and beyond.
Donald R. Gronewold, a native of Farmington, Illinois, bought the 38-year-old Steimle store in Washington, Illinois, and established Don’s Pharmacy, Inc., which he owned and operated for more than 41 years. As the new owner, Gronewold was predestined to start where Frank Steimle left off. Gronewold immediately became involved in local politics, serving as an alderman, member of the police commission, and ultimately 12 years as mayor.
Presenter Jerry Bauman, bs ’76, res ’77, pharmd, and Sesquicentennial Legacy Award recipient Donald R. Gronewold, bs ’55
This 1955 graduate also contributed to his community in service as a past chairman of the township’s cancer fund, president of the Civic Club, member and past president of the Rotary Club, member of the Washington Association of Commerce, and member of the United Methodist Church. Also an active member in pharmaceutical organizations, Gronewold served the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA) for 15 years as both a member of the board of directors and as treasurer of the political action committee. He has been a member and past president of the Central Illinois Pharmaceutical Association and served two terms on the board of directors for the American Pharmacists Association. Additionally, Gronewold served on the Illinois Board of Health Generic Drug Advisory Committee. In recognition of his long service, Gronewold was honored by receiving the Bowl of Hygeia in 1970, an annual award presented to one pharmacist in each state by the A. H. Robins Company, and he was acknowledged by the IPhA as Pharmacist of the Year in 1978. On a personal note, Don is a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, and is a loving husband celebrating more 50 years of marriage. The Gronewolds have one son, Kevin.
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Robert Heyman, Des Plaines Occupation: Retired. Family: Married to the late Elissa for 45 years. Children: Carolyn, Dan, and Larry. Married to Devorah for six and a half years. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Lunches at the union and our daily pool games. Joining Delta Kappa Sigma and the wonderful friendships, some lasting to the present. Classes with Sam Shkolnik, which led to a close friendship. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: The eight o’clocks for an El commuter. Additional comments: Folks, the college needs our help. Become involved in some way. If you can, donate to the scholarship. Tuition is out of sight, and the students need our help. Bottom line, become involved. You might even like it.
Helen Stewart, Portland, Oregon Occupation: Volunteer Pharmacist, Portland Adventist Community Services. Family: I have three adult children and one grandaughter. My children had no interest in pharmacy as a career, but my grandaughter, Alexandra, is considering nursing. Alex is a high school senior. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Commuting, especially after the long afternoons in the lab.
Michael Bolsoni, Glen Ellyn Occupation: Retired. Family: Married for 41 years to Janice and have three sons, Michael, Mark, and Christopher. We have three grandsons and three granddaughters. Our newest granddaughter was born on October 10, 2010—10/10/10. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: The years I was involved in Phi Delta Chi fraternity. Some of these friendships have lasted 40 years. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Balancing my time with school, work, and marriage during senior year. Additional comments: Hard to believe it’s been 40 years!
Michael Harris, Monticello Occupation: Pharmacy Manager, Walgreens. Family: Married 40 years to Carol Ann Meyer, a PresbyterianSt. Luke’s grad. Two daughters, two grandsons. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: 1. Growing up in rural Illinois and adapting to (and really enjoying) living in a large city. 2. Great social life and meeting lifelong friends. 3. Serving in student organizations, leadership roles. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: During our era at the College, the first three years were very rigorous, with heavy course loads and laboratory work. Other challenges were Chicago traffic and weather. Additional comments: Other interests include family history, writing, gardening, and playing the mountain dulcimer and mandolin.
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Remember when . . . Take a trip down memory lane with fellow alumni who offered their favorite recollections of the College for the Reunion 2010 memory book. John Landa, Wheaton Occupation: Retired. Family: My wife, Linda, and I have two daughters. My 40-year-old is an optometrist, and my 35-year-old is an X-ray technician. Both of our daughters are married, but my wife and I have no grandchildren. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Being a member of a great fraternity, Phi Delta Chi, and graduation day. Also, passing the state boards. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: School was difficult, and I was working 40 hours a week— late-night studying. Additional comments: Thanks to the UIC College of Pharmacy for a GREAT education, lifelong friends, and a great career. As I said before, “Life Is Good.” David Newberg, San Diego, California Occupation: Retired. Family: Married for 40 years to wife Pauline Newberg (retired CPA and tax partner, Deloitte & Touche). Two children: Wendy (Newberg) Koosman, MS in education, University of Arizona; and Tyler Newberg, MS in mechanical engineering, University of Arizona. Seven grandchildren: Brittni, Geoffrey, Joseph, Ambrose, Adrian, Elysia, and Justin. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Dr. Bauer’s famous answer: “If that’s all you miss, you still get an A.” Dr. Siegel’s famous boric acid lecture. The evacuation of the building when someone poured hydrogen sulfide into a ventilator. The trips to Lilly, Upjohn, and Abbott. Making deodorized tr. of opium in pharmacy lab. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Keeping up with my fellow students. They were a very intelligent group. Additional comments: I learned to appreciate the excellent clinical training I received from the College much more after I began practicing. I am truly thankful for the excellent educators at the College, especially Dr. Nona, Dr Myrtek, and Dr. Popovich. Phillip Schliem, Bloomington, Minnesota Occupation: Pharmacist, Bloomington Drug. Family: Married to Lynne for 41 years. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: After studying, having Italian beef sandwiches and a beer with Mike Harris, Pat Carroll, Dick Wartick, Steve Schumann, and Dave Schoo. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Trying to force myself to learn chemical structures in medicinal chemistry. Avery Spunt, Naperville Occupation: Associate Dean, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Family: Jan Spunt, wife. Three children: Marc, Sarah, Kate. One granddaughter: Mia. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Having to worry about losing your deferment and being drafted. Additional Comments: Where did the 40 years go? I can remember some conversations in the College as if they were yesterday. Best wishes to the Class of 1970.
Dalia Vakselis, Bourbaonnais Occupation: Clinical Pharmacist, Shapiro Center. Family: I have two sons: Paul, married to Kristen Lee, and living in Los Angeles, California; and Peter, single, living in Los Angeles, California. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: All the friends I made. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Living at home and commuting. Additional comments: I enjoy the reunions and meeting old classmates.
Linda Grider, Oswego Occupation: Assistant Director, Hospital Pharmacy, University of Illinois Medical Center. Family: We are still farmers and raising/boarding horses in Oswego. It’s a nice balance to working in Chicago. All three children are now special education teachers. Brian is 31 and works in a high school setting, as does Kristin, who is 28. Katie, also 28, teaches in a middle school. We tried to get them into healthcare, but they followed their hearts! Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Hmmmm . . . how to choose just one! That said, I would have to pick the Lilly trip that our class participated in and all that happened in that distant city! Some of you know exactly what I am talking about! Think back . . . way back! Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: The hardest part was also the best part because so many of us had the same type of experience. That would be needing to work so many hours to pay for school while maintaining decent grades! Working was so much a part of what many of us needed to do and it made us really stick together and understand how completing the program was so worth it! Additional comments: Thirty-five years has swept by faster than I ever thought possible! From my current vantage point, it is my sincere hope that all graduates from our amazing college truly appreciate the gift of the profession they have and the efforts of the College that made that possible. My wish is that everyone give something back to keep this college moving forward! Donna (Bernhard) Jagmin, Frankfort Occupation: Pharmacist, Doc’s Drugs. Family: Married to Larry Jagmin, dds ’77. Two children: Michael, 27, graduate of Loyola University (finance, 2006); Kathryn, 25, ’08 uiuc (communications). Both children live and work in Chicago.
JoAnn Hittie, Cherry Hill, New Jersey Occupation: Chief Pharmacist, U.S. Public Health Service - FCI Ft. Dix. Family: Two beautiful daughters: Lisa (21) and Julianne (19). Lisa graduated Emory and is now in Cork, Ireland, for dental school. Julianne is a sophomore at Smith College, Massechusetts, studying English and plans to be a book editor. Single . . . again! Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Sitting with friends in the back lefthand of the auditorium class room . . . “Question!” Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Going through a marital separation and ultimate divorce while doing clinicals. Talk about not being focused! David Miller, Belleville Occupation: Pharmacy Team Leader, PIC, CVS/ pharmacy. Family: My wife of 30 years, Deborah, is a 1989 graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Our two sons are David Alexander Miller and Derek Blake Miller. Alex graduated from Bradley University in 2007 and resides in North Hollywood, California. Derek is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Both sons are Eagle Scouts, and Dad is a scout leader in Troop 52. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Meeting and getting to know classmates, producing and reading the “Co-ops” and our “Under the Counter” publication are some things that will probably stick in my mind as favorites. Having some of the friendships that have lasted 30-plus years is invaluable. Also once I got my heel stuck in the escalator, and it killed the motor for a few hours. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Not knowing anyone in a big city that never gets dark during my first few weeks at school. However, at the SRH dorm, residents would gather in the lounge and watch Saturday Night Live and Second City together, and that was fun. I also enjoyed working at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital and the U of I Hospital while in school. Additional comments: I have been for many years a preceptor for St. Louis College of Pharmacy, SIUE School of Pharmacy, and Midwestern College of Pharmacy. We enjoy camping, boating, and motorcycling in our spare time. While attending U of I, I also enjoyed the PLATO computer system and spending hours thumbing through antique drugstore magazines in the library.
Carrie Hunt, Chicago Occupation: Clinical Pharmacist, Children’s Memorial Hospital. Family: I have three kids, two dogs, one cat, and a very loving, supportive partner. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: There are many, one of the top 10 would be making many copies of one our favorite professor’s face, and posting her picture all over the school. We could hardly contain the giggles that ensued the next day . . . slightly childish, yet incredibly funny at the time. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Staying awake in lab.
Melissa Harbin, Quincy Occupation: Pharmacy Manager, Hy-Vee. Family: I have been married to my wonderful husband, David, for 15 years. We have three boys: Zachary (13), Alexander (10), and Noah (7). They keep us very busy with their sporting events and with Cub and Boy Scouting. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Dr. Koch’s pharmaceutics class . . . making a plethora of pharmaceutically elegant compounds . . . Dr. Koch was a great instructor who really made you think outside the box . . . certainly like you have to do in the “real” world. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Being so far away from home for the first time in my life. I was nearly six hours away from family and a hometown of 80 people. Learning to study was also a challege because education had come so easy to me prior to my time at UIC. Additional comments: A huge thank you to all my COP friends who became family during those four years. The many hours of studying and hanging out. I could not have become the person I am today without you. THANK YOU! Melissa (Ohlson) Siegmund, St. Joseph Occupation: Staff Pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy. Family: Married to Del Siegmund. Two beautiful children: Grant (10) and Paige (6). We love taking family trips and spending as much time together as possible. Favorite memory of the College of Pharmacy: Lots—falling in love with my husband Del, spending the summer of 1993 in France as a pharmacy exchange student for the COP, and making life-long friends. Hardest part of being a student in the College of Pharmacy: Getting to the COP—a car, bus, and subway each way. It got even harder when the subway flooded.
Miriam Mobley Smith, Chicago Occupation: Dean, Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. Family: Three sons: Colin (graduate, UIUC), Kyle (graduate, UIUC), Quinn (sophomore, NIU). Two grandchildren: Cameron (2) and Miles (1).
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Honor Roll of Donors The College of Pharmacy graciously recognizes the generosity of alumni, faculty, friends, corporations, foundations, staff, and other groups who made gifts to the college between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010. President’s Council With 10,500 members, the President’s Council recognizes those who have made outright gifts of $25,000 or more in their lifetimes and those who have made deferred gifts of $50,000 or more. Dr. Robert A. and Mrs. Connie Atkins 1 Dr. E. M. Bluhm, pharmd ’99 3 Mr. James D. and Mrs. Virginia M. Bono Dr. Edward S. Cohen, bs ’75 3 Mr. Noel Patrick Cusick, bs ’63 1 Dr. S. Albert Edwards, bs ’69 1 Mrs. Priscilla A. Farnsworth 1 Mr. Dennis Fruin 1 Mrs. Merlyn Fruin1 Mr. Ted Gladson, bs ’59 1 Mr. John T. Gulick, bs ’51 1 Mr. Franklin M. Hartzell Dr. Fred M. Hershenson, bs ’62 1 Mrs. Joyce W. Hershenson Dr. Daniel B. Hier Mrs. Marguerite Imle and Dr. George E. Irwin Mrs. Elizabeth Kruk Karagiannis 1 Mr. Steve P. Karagiannis, bs ’76 1, 2 Mrs. Arlynn Hem Manasse 1 Dr. Henri R. Manasse, Jr., bs ’68 1, 2 Mr. Thomas G. Marks, bs ’71 1 Mr. Richard E. Meese, bs ’77 Dr. Ronald E. Mizer Mrs. Gloria J. Mizer, bs ’65 1 Dr. Nicholas G. Popovich, bs, ’68 1 Mr. Charles R. and Mrs. Chrysanthe Renegar 1 Mrs. Lynne Elizabeth Schliem Mr. Mr. Phillip Dio Schliem, bs ’70 1 Mr. David E. and Mrs. Nada Kosanovich Sizemore Mrs. Mary G. Wartick Mr. Richard D. Wartick, bs ’70 1 Chancellor’s Circle The Chancellor’s Circle recognizes all methods of giving to any combination of units within the University of Illinois that total more than $2,500 per fiscal year. Dr. Mark J. Bachleda, pharmd ’99 2 Sharon L. Ball, md Dr. William T. Beck Mr. Thomas A. Braun, bs ’57 Mr. Mason Drew Haupt Mr. Lawrence L. Jones Mrs. Martha Ann Jones, bs ’76 Ms. Kathy Lux Mr. Scott C. Miller Dr. James T. O’Donnell, bs ’69 Dr. Dean G. Pontikes Dr. Pamala J. Pontikes, pharmd ’91 Dr. Kyle M. Shick, pharmd ’07 Dr. Raymond P. Silkaitis, bs ’73 Ms. Maureen Wan Dr. Roger S. Young, bs ’79 1943 Mr. Hans A. Kuhnle Mr. Oscar W. Neiditch 1944 Mrs. Marion W. Nicholson 1946 Mr. Herbert M. Retzky 1947 Mr. Fred E. Lehning 1948 Mr. John M. Campbell Mr. Marvin B. Graber Mr. Donald J. Lussman Mr. Ernest J. Riedl (DEC) Dr. Stanley V. Susina 1949 Ivan D. Johnson Trust (DEC) Mrs. Rita A. Newman Dr. Allan M. Raff Dr. Louis L. Ruff 1950 Mr. Goodwin W. Duncan Mr. Robert A. Pankau Mr. Florian Schwarz 1951 Mr. Robert F. Kastholm Mr. Walter H. McBride, Jr. Ms. Joanne T. Moore Mr. Myron Newman Mr. Ronald J. Pankau
1952 Mr. William J. Arkins Mrs. Joan A. McLean Mrs. Joan K. Fackler Mr. Ki C. Lee Mr. Edward G. Stanich Mr. I. Herbert Woloshin 1953 Mr. George C. Black Ms. Irma K. Fitzgerald Miss Janice M. Johnson Nick Karabatsos, phd Mr. Robert B. Levin Mr. Aaron Wishnoff 1954 Mr. John Davis Breen Mr. Henry A. Gould 1955 Mr. Donald R. Gronewold Mr. Ronald S. Harschfeld Mr. Stanley H. Margolis Dr. Frederick P. Siegel Mr. Milton Weiner 1956 Mr. Richard L. Archer Mr. Kenneth R. Schuele Mr. John J. Wadas, Jr. Mrs. Joan H. Winters Dr. Lowell D. Zeleznick 1957 Mr. N. Dale Clegg Dr. William R. Larsen 2 Mr. Neil Michael 1958 Ms. Nina Rose Foushi Dr. Ole J. Lorenzetti Dr. Jerrold J. Schwartz Mr. Jerome M. Welenc 1959 Ms. Marie Matesi Alessandra Mr. Edward A. Berke Mrs. Carolann M. Burns Mr. Joseph R. Caruso Dr. Libero A. Gardella Lorenz M. Hofmann, phd Mr. Joseph A. Kritzman Dr. Bruce D. Martin Mr. Richard K. Parker Mrs. Elizabeth L. Raiman Mr. James E. Schultz Mr. Daniel N. and Mrs. Jeanette C. Serowiecki Mrs. Eleanor A. Weiner 1960 Dr. Ronald L. Foreman Mr. Francis J. Muno, Jr. Mr. Ronald M. Seeley Mr. Raymond A. Schumacher Mr. Robert A. Skow, Sr. 1961 Mr. Alan F. Edrinn Mr. Dale N. Foster Mr. Charles Breuer Rothschild (DEC) Dr. Mary E. Foster Mr. Arthur J. Gordon Mr. Guy Z. Papa Robert W. Rakitan, phd Mr. James H. and Mrs. Barbara M. Schuetter 1962 Mr. Daniel W. Bednarz Mr. Lawrence E. Belgrade Herbert C. Berry, md Mr. Robert D. Carpenter Mr. Stuart M. Grauer Mrs. Marlene S. Swank 1963 Mr. Gilbert W. Adelstein Mr. Wesley N. Breeze Mr. James E. Coltman Dr. Thomas E. Dickerhofe Dr. Leonard S. Grabowski Dr. Milton J. Kornet Mr. Thomas F. Michel Mr. Dale E. and Mrs. Gail M. Simek Dr. William H. Stone Capt. R. Duane Tackitt
1964 Dr. Ruta K. Freimanis Ms. Marilyn Jung Gustafson Mrs. Eleanor C. Lukazewski Joel U. Mann md Mr. William Robinson, Jr. 1965 Mrs. Linda F. Bogusch Dr. James L. Brueggeman Mrs. Cathleen Grabowski Mr. Phillip L. Guastella Dr. Sandra A. Kapadia Mr. Donald G. Larson Mr. Alan L. Norsworthy Dr. Robert W. Piepho Mr. Cecil P. Platt Mrs. Sharon Anne Rajmaira Mr. Richard S. Schwartz Dr. James P. Shoffner Mr. Carl F. Skrabacz Mr. John A. Staszel Mr. Daniel P. Warfield Mr. Gerald L. Waszkowski Ms. Barbara A. Webber Mr. J. Timothy Weitekamp Ms. Carol P. Wells Mr. James C. White 1966 Dr. Bruce C. Carlstedt Dr. Bernard A. Mikrut Mrs. Sigute T. Mikrut Mr. Alec R. Olund Dr. Jeffrey S. Rudolph 1967 Mr. Harry S. Crump Mrs. Elizabeth Diaz Dr. Eugene M. Frank Dr. Joanne B. Giannopoulos Mr. Sidney I. Goldberg Mr. George E. Grimm Dr. Arthur J. Helfat Mr. Kenneth A. Mack Jerome A. Nasenbeny, md Mrs. Marsha L. Newman Dr. Jack W. and Mrs. Victoria W. Strandhoy 1968 Mr. Lawrence R. Borggren Dr. Nancy B. Wu Chen Mr. Keith A. Gaede Mr. Richard B. Goldin Dr. Bruce David Kimble Mr. George W. Strein, Jr. Mr. David D. Williams 1969 Mr. John E. Archer Dr. Gail J. Bernstein Mr. James A. Elsner Mr. Scott and Mrs. Nancy J. Fanciullo Ms. Carol A. Giancola Mr. Bruce J. Hamburger Mr. Michael D. Heger Mr. Robert J. Kizior Mr. Steven W. and Mrs. Susan F. Mendelewski Mr. Richard D. Morrison Mr. James R. Munger Mr. William A. Poska Dr. Melvin K. Roseman 1970 Mr. William Cacini Mr. Patrick J. Carroll Mr. Wallace J. Cross III Mr. Joseph W. Gloudeman, Jr. Mr. Michael A. Harris Mr. Louis B. Kaducak Dr. Ronald L. Koch Mr. John E. Landa Mrs. Patricia E. Morgan Mr. Lysle R. Pietsch Dr. John A. Romankiewicz Mr. Steven C. Schumann Mr. Lee S. Simon Mr. Avery L. Spunt 3 Mr. Kelly K. H. Wan Mr. Michael B. Williams 1971 Dr. Shuw Ling L. Chang Leslie K. Cheng, md Dr. Gary W. Freed Mr. Robert A. Gathercoal Mr. Thomas J. Purtell Mr. Ronald Symusiak
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Mr. Anthony T. Tauginas Mr. Dominic L. Woo 1972 Mr. Donald A. Bergemann Mr. Jorge F. Blanco Mrs. Frances M. French Mr. Martin E. Kochevar Mr. Raymond S. Traficante 1973 Dr. George H. Aynilian Mr. William S. Borys Ms. Marie J. Durbak Mr. Lawrence A. Gorczowski Dr. Margaret F. Hankett Mr. William P. Hein Dr. Elizabeth R. Kaczmarek Dr. Paul H. Kwok Ms. Annist E. Murphy Mr. Glenn A. Rogers Mr. Ron Rubenacker Mr. Lawrence E. Sampson Dr. R. Francis Schlemmer, Jr. Mr. Gary W. and Mrs. Denise M. Schwartz Mr. Melvin D. Snyder 1974 Mr. Carter S. Black Mr. Dennis Bryan 3 Mrs. Christine A. Feuerstein Mr. Gary H. Frisch Mr. Carl W. Geberbauer Mr. Mark N. Gravdal Mr. James M. Hancock Mrs. Rebecca A. Henning Mr. Brian A. Kors Mrs. Suzanne Manakas Mr. James J. Meek Mr. Edward R. Meyer Mr. James R. Shafer Mrs. Susan M. Van Sickle Mrs. Katherine N. Swift Mr. William D. Weaver Dr. Alan W. Weinstein 1975 Mr. Mark F. Baytala Mrs. Evangeline L. Brett Mr. Gilbert J. Cusson Mrs. Anne D. Kramer Mr. Irwin J. Morris Mr. Irwin Peterson Mr. Carl A. Rosenthal Mr. Stephen A. Scalzo Ms. Cynthia L. Schmitt Mr. Roger L. Taylor Mr. Thomas R. Temple 2 Mr. Burton K. Wiekert 1976 Mr. Jacob Akellian Ms. Kudirat O. Alokolaro Mrs. Patricia M. Black Dr. Jerry L. Bauman Ms. Ramona V. Branchaw Dr. Linda R. Bressler Dr. Larry H. Danziger Mrs. Christine J. Hwang Ms. Leola Jones Dr. Leonard W. Kosiba Mr. Ronald J. Kayfas Mrs. Bonnie P. Levin Mr. James L. Long Mr. Alan M. Mancini Dr. Barbara Limburg Mancini Mr. John F. Martinov Mr. Scott A. Meyers 3 Mr. Martin H. Okner Mrs. Kathleen A. Olsen Mr. Ricky J. Olson Mrs. Rebecca C. Patel Mr. Richard P. Poska Dr. Michael J. Rajski Mr. Michael A. Ruzevick Mr. Paul J. Schmidt, Jr. Mr. Alan B. White 1977 Mr. Roy M. Adamski Mrs. B. Jane Balaban Ms. Carmen A. Blumenthal Mrs. Anna Popil Bryan Mrs. Heidi K. Chan Mr. Thomas R. Clark Mr. Martin M. Gartner Dr. George S. Jaresko Mrs. Ann Emge Maxwell Dr. James B. Mowry Mr. Mark D. Mulconrey Mr. Charles F. Pfau Mrs. Veronica M. Pradelski Mrs. Rhonda Lee Rickey Mrs. Judith A. Salaba Mr. Don H. Shadensack Dr. Robert F. Shaw Mr. Philip J. Slomiany Dr. Claire M. Thom Dr. Dalia J. Trakis Ms. Violeta M. Valadka Mr. Thomas Westerkamp Ms. Leora J. Williams Dr. Colleen R. Wozniak Mr. Steven F. Zielinski 1978 Ms. Carmen W. Boyer Mr. Robert D. Butler
Mr. Robert Day Mrs. Roseann D. Van Duren Ms. Mary C. Krautkramer Mr. Guy E. LaCalamita Mrs. Carol J. McKinney Mr. Michael D. Novario Mr. Douglas W. Shafer Ms. Donna M. Szponer Dr. James A. Tiller Mr. Andrew J. Trojanowski Dr. Christopher J. Voegeli Mrs. Marsha S. Wong 1979 Mr. Timothy R. Boyd Mr. Clark D. Chrisman Mr. Michael J. Coffey Mr. Michael A. Detro Dr. Bridget B. Eber Ms. Ann P. Hobel Mrs. Lois A. Honan Mrs. Deborah Gonzales Howell Mrs. Ellen B. Keith T. Randall Kinsella, md Dr. Alan R. Mader Dr. Marya B. Margolis Mr. John W. McCreery Ms. Frances S. Ng Dr. Anne M. Niemiec Mrs. Jane E. Regalado Mrs. Mary L. Rozewizki Dr. Adebukunola M. Salimonu Mrs. Catherine L. Tiller Mrs. Kelley M. Untersee Dr. David A. Wyman 1980 Dr. Lina B. Bertuzis Dr. Richard M. Brucks Mr. Joseph L. Coleman Mr. Kenneth G. Deeke Mrs. Joyce A. Dittmann Mr. Edward B. Donnelly Mr. Osvaldo Feliciano John S. Fox, dds Dr. Julie A. Golembiewski Dr. Eileen M. Jaracz Mrs. Anna C. Kowblansky Mr. David W. Miller Dr. Alice M. O’Donnell Mrs. Olga T. Popil-Bozio Mr. Daniel J. and Mrs. Carla M. Salemi Mr. Karl W. and Mrs. Julie M. Strohmeier Ms. Frances V. Wenzel Ms. Renee M. Westa-Lusk Mr. Michael Willens Mrs. Karen A. Zylberman 1981 Mr. Robert J. Anselmo Dr. Shamsul K. Bakar Mrs. Carol A. Benning Ms. Diana L. Beska Dr. Paul C. Blahunka Ms. Karen A. Boron Mr. James J. Cichowski Mrs. Mary E. Coglianese Mrs. Sheila J. Dcamp Mr. Jack O. Durley, Jr. Eslyn T. Garb, md Mrs. Irene J. Gastfield Mr. Thomas A. Hickey Mrs. Victoria F. Huang Mrs. Deborah P. Jensen Mrs. Patricia M. Katz Mr. Jay A. Kim Mr. John J. Knapp Mrs. Sheryl L. Levin Mr. Jack W. Lipscomb Dr. Susan V. Maddux 2 Mrs. Maureen M. Morgan Dr. Theresa R. Prosser Mrs. Valerie L. Ridgway Mr. James J. Stawowy Ms. Karen E. Trenkler Ms. Jo Ann Yacko Mr. Paul J. Zega 1982 Mrs. Rose S. Brucks Ms. Jean M. Dugo Dr. Mark C. Geraci Ms. Kim A. Gould Dr. Timothy J. Hoon Mr. Peter K. Lo Mr. Jeffrey D. Lundgren Ms. Mary J. Pritza Dr. Rowena N. Schwartz Mr. George R. Semkiw 1983 Mr. Richard C. Barr Dr. Kathleen S. Blahunka The Reverend Calvin L. Bryant, Jr. Mr. Guadalupe Castaneda, Jr. Mr. Richard J. Galick Ms. Dana C. Maggio Mrs. Victoria L. Ridgway Mr. Thomas John Warzecha Dr. Daniel J. Yousif 1984 Dr. Lagenia Bailey Dr. Bartholomew E. Clark Dr. Lisa S. Kim Dr. Eva M. Lazzara Mr. Alan A. Lukazewski Mrs. Tami F. Marron
Mr. Perry A. Perez Dr. Gail Santucci Mrs. Virginia T. Tworek Dr. Mark A. Vittorini 1985 Mr. Donald E. Brown Dr. William F. Buss Mr. Steven T. DeVita and Mrs. Audrey Devita Dr. Mary Kay Johnson Dr. Joseph P. Kalvaitis Mrs. Amy C. Patriarca Dr. David and Mrs. Christina L. Yeung 1986 Dr. Peggy S. Bickham Mr. Luke D. Vander Bleek Mrs. Julie D. Hermann Mrs. Maureen A. Parilla Mr. Theodore R. Parker Dr. Thomayant Prueksaritanont Mr. Nicholas J. Sartoris 1987 Dr. Michael G. Koehler Dr. William A. Reay 1988 Dr. Besime D. Brierton Dr. Debra S. Golden Dr. Paul O. Gubbins Dr. David J. Hermann Dr. Thomas G. Maggio Dr. Sheila K. Scarim Dr. Patricia A. Sherman 1989 Dr. Matthew A. Ahuett Dr. Deborah L. Gwozdz Bryniarski Dr. Irene Cheng Dr. Darrell R. Cooper Ms. Leticia Delgado-Herrera Dr. Frank J. Deluca Dr. Pamela J. Eckenrode Dr. Ronald J. Essington Dr. Patrick J. Heffernan Dr. Roshan A. Kassamali Dr. Nancy A. Koester Dr. Ky R. Pobanz Dr. Ernesto J. and Dr. Nancy B. Rivera Dr. Ching-Ling D. Teng Dr. Deborah A. Tworek Dr. Lori A. Uildriks 1990 Dr. Irene O. D’Cruz Dr. James W. Driver Dr. Indira Tripuraneni Dr. Ann Marie Fudala Dr. Moira O. Gibbons Dr. Jitesh A. Patel 1991 Dr. Ruth M. Bass Dr. Hung P. Nguyen Dr. Michael J. Pacini Dr. Laurence T. Skinder Dr. Sara C. Turk Dr. Joannie Wang 1992 Dr. Vito Bottalico Dr. Melissa L. DeTella Dr. Joan Christine Evans Dr. Lesley S. Fierro Dr. Ansu E. George Dr. Joanne L. Glatz Dr. Anne T. Keating Dr. Betty S. Kritikos Dr. Anthony A. Provenzano 2 Dr. Rajwant S. Vohra Dr. Ching Kelly Yip 1993 Dr. Ambrose A. Amarquaye Dr. Rakesh Beri Dr. Jeann Lee Gillespie Dr. Luis S. Gonzalez III Dr. Bruce L. Hotchkiss Dr. Kevin J. Kuchel Dr. Ellen J. Nickel Dr. Gina M. Pitz Dr. John Mark Ruscin Dr. Melissa D. Speicher Dr. Michael W. Steffens Dr. Lisa Swanson-Reitmaier Dr. Candy Tsourounis Dr. Vikas Vohra 1994 Dr. Alkaben Amin Dr. Greeta A. Cherayil Dr. Donna Geeratisoontorn Dr. Bradley K. Gillespie Dr. Edith A. Nutescu Dr. Beth A. Hendrickson Schimel Dr. Theodore Stucka 1995 Dr. Andrea S. Friend Dr. Melissa A. Harbin Dr. Milica Jovic Dr. Roxie J. Miles Dr. Heather J. Sarabia 1996 Dr. Jeffrey A. Campbell Dr. Bruce I. Gaynes
Dr. Elizabeth C. Krause Dr. Kristin L. Yager 1997 Dr. Gary P. Ahrendt Dr. Sharon W. Ayd 2 Dr. David T. Bearden Dr. Thomas G. Christensen Dr. Rosa J. Chung Dr. Christine A. Clark Dr. Chaya Duraiswami Dr. Beatriz Luna Makhuli Dr. Zorina R. Miller Dr. Jessica X. Nguyen Dr. Mekre Senbetta Dr. Lisa A. Shamon-Taylor Dr. Carla E. Staresinic Dr. Mark E. Weiss Dr. Barbara T. Yim 1998 Dr. Robert H. Buyniski Dr. Wendy A. Gardner Dr. Kristen L. Goliak Dr. Donald E. Johnsen Dr. Amy E. Lodolce Dr. John J. Perino Dr. Anna G. Purdum Dr. Ellen H. Simenovsky Dr. Roger D. Stedman Dr. Karl F. Thoele Dr. Sophie L. Wimberley 3 Sister Margaret Wright, phd 1999 Dr. Erin Mocko Blitz Dr. Sung Jin Choi Dr. Kwong-Wing Chui Dr. Sarah E. Grady 3 Dr. Colleen G. Kielch Dr. Laura A. Lucafo Dr. Marianne E. Miller Dr. Christopher A. and Dr. Allison E. Schriever Dr. Beata Wrobel 2000 Dr. Miguel Acosta Dr. Dana Cheveleva-Dickinson Dr. Charlotte J. Clark Dr. Dana R. Frank Dr. Vanessa A. Jacobsen 3 Dr. Rohit A. Moghe Dr. James G. Patacsil Dr. Kathleen A. Perez Dr. Rajeswaran Ramakrishnan 2001 Dr. Marilou Daza Dr. Hyun-Young Jeong Dr. Esther Chen Lee Dr. Mihir A. Patel Dr. John H. Patka Dr. Sonal H. Vyas 2002 Dr. Jesus G. Anaya Dr. Margaret A. Felczak Dr. Tamy K. Leung Dr. Lisa B. Phan Dr. Michael L. and Dr. Stephanie K. Tallon Dr. Renee C. Xamplas 2003 Dr. Adetokunbo A. Ademoyo Dr. Jamelah Farraj Dr. Helen Feinstein Dr. Minoo Minouei Dr. Daniel H. Patuszynski Dr. Hanady Sharabash Ms. Qi Sheng 2004 Dr. Susan M. Daniell Dr. Amit Dhingra Dr. Maria E. Flores Dr. Kuang Huang Dr. Kathy E. Komperda Dr. Yongmei Li Dr. Kate O. Onwunghai Dr. Jason R. Perry Dr. Arasally Dubinski Rodriguez Dr. Nicole C. Woods 2005 Dr. Joel P. Joseph Dr. Karen R. Pawlak 2006 Dr. Andrea M. Mendyk Dr. Pravina B. Patel Dr. Fred C. Prillaman Dr. Ann M. Rakoczy Dr. Kevin C. Swanson Dr. Fiona S. Tillman Dr. Zhixiao Wang 2007 Dr. Kaushik A. Bhatia Dr. Barbara Calamini Dr. Angela R. Considine Dr. Beatrice Drambarean Dr. Scott Thomas Forrest Dr. Maria G. Yabes Gillett Dr. Jason N. Hoeksema Dr. Angela S. Ma Mr. Prem Swaroop Mohanty Dr. Maribelle Q. Regala Dr. Thomas C. and Dr. Sossity A. Riordan
2008 Dr. Katharine E. Eckmann Dr. Nancy P. Glover Dr. Keri Lynn Willoughby 2009 Dr. Temeka L. Magett Dr. Joo M. Oh Dr. Zeina E. Samara 2010 Dr. Juni Marie Guerrero Friends Mrs. Lydia M. Acosta Dr. Daniel F. Albertson Mr. Jeffrey A. Anderson Ms. Cindy K. Angerhofer Ms. Pamela M. Bach Mrs. Farhana R. Bakar Mr. Tony and Mrs. Cindy Balio Mr. David W. Bartels Mrs. Judith M. Bauman Mr. Frank J. Bernstein Ms. Rachel Bliven Dr. Robert A. Blum Ms. Janey L. Bond Mr. Daniel H. Bowers Ms. Tammy Boxleitner Mr. George M. Bozio Ms. Diane E. Brown-Adamski Ms. Mary Ann Cale Ms. Millie M. Cale Mrs. Helen J. Campbell Mrs. Marilyn J. Carpenter Ms. Crystal Carty Mrs. Rita V. Caruso Mrs. Kristine C. Cichowski Mrs. Doris M. Cook Dr. John B. Coleman Dr. Donna Cranford Dr. Stephanie Y. Crawford Mrs. Mary K. Creasey-Brookhart Mr. David K. Criswell Mr. Gene A. Curtis Dr. Alexander and Dr. Jacquiline Danyluk Mrs. Sharon M. Detro Ms. Sue Devine Mrs. Betsy Downing Mrs. Cynthia C. Durley Mr. Thomas G. Eber Dr. Chester Lowell and Mrs. Betty Joan Edwards Mrs. Nancy A. Elsner Mr. Robert Felczak Ms. Helen Fong Mrs. Rachel Frank Mrs. Eileen M. Gardella Mrs. Barbara K. Geberbauer Dr. Stephen C. Geller Prof. Richard A. Gemeinhart Mrs. Jennifer M. George Mr. Franklin T. Glover Mrs. Karen E. Gorczowski Mrs. Jean Graber Mrs. Diane L. Grauer Ms. Mary Ann Griffin Mr. Mark Grocholl Ms. Rosemary Hansing Jean F. Harris Mrs. Frances Helfat Kathleen A. Hodgman, md Mrs. Anne M. Hoeksema Mr. Thomas Lloyd Hofbauer Ms. Carol L. Holland Mrs. Joan Hosang Ms. Carole J. Ireland Mrs. Lucille A. Jenkins Mr. Roger J. Jensen Mr. Kenneth E. Johnson Mr. Michael J. Inman Mr. James F. and Mrs. Rita T. Kaiser Dr. Tiffany E. Kaiser Mr. Dinesh N. Kapadia Dr. Norman L. Katz Mr. Stan Kent Mr. Thaddeus H. Kielch Mrs. Suzanne Smith Kimble Dr. Mitchell S. King Mr. Jarek Komperda Ms. Christine I. Krause Ms. Patricia A. Kunz Mrs. Linda L. Landa Mrs. Judith I. Larsen Mr. Jeffrey C. Larson Mrs. Judith H. Larson Ms. Norma Linda Leal Mr. John Lee Mr. Christopher M. LeMay Mrs. Sharon L. Lowderman Warren L. Lowry, md Dr. Donald W. Lyddon, Jr. Mrs. Gloria B. Mack Dr. Michael S. Maddux Mr. Edward D. Maglietta Ms. Constance M. Mangiardi Dr. Steve J. Martin Samimeh Mashaiee Mr. Lubin V. Masibay Mr. Jay L. Mathur Dr. Blake E. Max Mrs. Patricia I. McConnell and Mr. E. Hoy McConnell Mr. Rodney B. McKinney Mr. Terrence D. McMahon Jack L. McPherson, md Mrs. Toni Meehan Mrs. Lana R. Meyers Ms. Christa S. Miller
Mr. James R. Miller N. H. Miller Ms. Marjorie S. Moreland Mrs. Shari R. Morrison Mrs. Elizabeth A. Munger Ms. Terra Naumowich Ms. Rebecca A. Nikolai Mrs. Jackie L. Novario Mr. Chukwumaijem B. Nwosu Mr. John O’Dwyer, Jr. Mr. Arturo Ortega, Jr. Mr. Joseph F. and Mrs. Mary C. Otocki Mrs. Carol J. Pankau Mr. George H. Paris Mrs. Judith A. Parker Dr. Robert B. Parker Mr. Rodolfo C. Patriarca Mrs. Mary Jo Patrick Prof. Susan L. Pendland Mrs. Tracey L. Perez Mrs. Cheryl F. Peterson Ms. Gayle Ann Peterson Dr. Bradley G. and Dr. Beth Phillips Mr. James A. Pink III Ms. Patricia A. Pinta Dr. Stephen C. Piscitelli Mrs. Joyce Poska Ms. Barbara Powell Mrs. Ewa Prillaman Dr. Stan Reents Dr. Shirley Reitz Mr. Dennis E. Rickey Mr. Thomas K. Ritzel Mrs. Jan Rubenacker Mr. John Robertson Mrs. Merle C. Rothschild Mrs. Gail E. Rudolph Mrs. Betty Ann Ruebush Mrs. Mary Elaine and Mr. Harold C. Ryan Ms. Natalie Ryan Istref Sabani Anju Samy Mr. Louis A. Scarim Mrs. Janet K. Schlemmer Mrs. Marjorie and Mr. William Schurr Mr. Christopher J. Shoemaker Mrs. Cornelia D. Shoffner Ms. Jane Sikoryak Mr. John J. Skaggs Dr. Djaja D. and Mrs. Mariela Soejarto Mr. Oliver Stanescu Mr. Ben M. and Mrs. Carrie A. Stickan Mr. Tom W. Stites Ms. Jill A. Sutton Dr. Heidi Swanson Mrs. Cathy D. Temple Mr. Robert Unger Mr. Don L. Viar (DEC) Mr. Hitesh G. Vyas Mrs. Adele A. Walker and Mr. Howard A. Walker Mrs. Winnie L. Wan Mrs. Lynne A. Ward Mrs. Carol R. Warfield Mrs. Laura Z. Warzecha Mr. John J. Watt III Ms. Ria Westergaard Mrs. Sylvia F. White Ms. Laurie A. Wille Mrs. Rachel S. Willens Mrs. Marilee C. Williams Dr. Candice M. Wong Mr. Alan D. Wozniak Mrs. Saja Yousif Mrs. Ina S. Zeleznick Footnotes 1 Denotes additional membership in the Chancellor’s Council 2 Denotes a member of the College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board 3 Denotes current members of the Pharmacy Alumni Board of Directors Please note that individuals who received multiple degrees from the College of Pharmacy are listed only once by their first degree obtained. If you have any questions regarding the Honor Roll or giving to the College, please contact the COP Office of Advancement by phone at (312) 966-7785.
Astellas USA Foundation Avon Foundation Basic Research, LLC Bergemann Consulting Enterprises, Inc. Berkeley Heart Lab Bio-Botanica, Inc. Charleston Clinical & Health Services, Inc. DBA Medical Plaza Pharmacy Chevron CNA Foundation Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Orange County Community Foundation of the Quincy Area CompanyName Comprehensive Consultant Services, Inc. Country Insurance & Financial Services CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. CVS Caremark Corporation Deitch Pharmacy, Inc. Delta Kappa Sigma Alumni Chapter of Rho Pi Phi Pharmacy Fraternity Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Exelon Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund FreeLife International, Inc. GE Foundation Genentech, Inc. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Herbalife International of America, Inc. Hershey Foundation Hills Family Drug Center, Inc. Hospira Employee Giving Campaign Hwang Pharmacy, Inc. Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists Illinois Pharmacists Association International Rett Syndrome Foundation IPhA Foundation J & P Pharmacy, Inc. J. M. Smith Foundation Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Contribution Fund Leslie Cheng, M.D., S.C. Life Sciences Research Foundation M & R Prescriptions Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research McKesson Corporation Medco Health Solutions, Inc. Merck Co Inc. Merck Partnership for Giving Millipore Corporation Mulconrey’s Apothecary NACDS Foundation National University of Health Sciences Nature’s Way Products, Inc. North Central Association of Food and Drug Officials Northern Illinois Pharmaceutical Association Novartis US Foundation Novo Nordisk Inc. Novus International Inc. NSE Products, Inc. Patrick Farms Pfizer Foundation Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company Pharmacy Class of 2010 Phi Delta Chi Alumni Association Polish American Pharmacists Association Foundation Robert J. Ireland Scholarship Foundation Roquette America, Inc. Rxperts Safeway, Inc. Sanofi-aventis Schwab Charitable Fund Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare Center Supervalu Inc. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, & Affiliates Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. The Chicago Community Foundation The Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, Inc. The Nicholson Family Trust Tom’s of Maine, Inc. US Pharmacopeia Library Walgreen Company Wal-Mart Foundation Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The college gratefully acknowledges the following corporations and organizations for their generous support and ongoing commitment to pharmacy education and research. Abbott Fund Abbott Laboratories Advanced Health Media AgeOptions DBA Suburban Area Agency on Aging American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists American Cancer Society American Chemical Society American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education American Heart Association American Lung Association American Plastics Technologies Inc. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Amgen, Inc. Amgen Foundation Amgen Pac-Match Gift Program Amore Pacific Corporation AssureRx Health, Inc.
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Research Days 2011
The Science of Achievement On February 24 and 25, nearly 60 College of Pharmacy students showcased their work through poster sessions at Research Days 2011. The two-day program included two prominent guest lecturers. Mark J. Ratain, Leon O. Jacobson Professor of Medicine and associate director for clinical sciences at the Cancer Research Center, University of Chicago Medical Center, presented “Building a Genomic Prescribing System.” Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and director of the Council on Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, discussed “Manipulating Quorum Sensing to Control Bacterial Pathogenicity.”
Godfred Boateng, candidate in biopharmaceutical sciences, presents his research to alumni judge Deepali Vartak, phd ’09.
Posters were judged in the afternoon on both days by a panel composed of alumni, faculty, and pharmaceutical industry experts. The event concluded with the annual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony, where nearly $25,000 in scholarships was given out to 15 graduate students. This year’s ceremony also included a Students’ Choice category in which presenters voted for their favorite presentations by peers. Faculty members Maria V. Barbolina and Douglas D. Thomas received the Vahlteich Research Awards, which support junior faculty in their efforts to obtain external funding for their research programs, and Robert Valuck, ms ’92, phd ’94, was honored with the 2011 Sister Margaret Wright Graduate Award for his scholarly work and public service.
Scientific Poster Session Winners Predoctoral Category First Place (two-way tie): Chaitanya Aggarwal, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, for “Identifying Quorum Sensing Pheromones That Regulate Virulence in Streptococcus pyogenes,” Mentor: Dr. Michael Federle; and Krishna Kannan, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, for “Novel Mechanisms of Action of Clinically Important Macrolides,” Mentor: Dr. Alexander Mankin. Second Place (three-way tie): Ryan Pearson, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, for “Facilitated Self-Assembly of Novel Dendron-Based Copolymers,” Mentor: Dr. Seungpyo Hong; Bethany Perez White, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, for “Overexpression of PKC in T47D Breast Cancer Cells Induces Migration via p120-catenin Transcriptional Downregulation,” Mentor: Dr. Debra Tonetti; and Lawren VandeVrede, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, for “A New Class of DiseaseModifying Agents for Alzheimer’s Therapy from Molecular Refinement of a Clinical GABAMimetic Neuroprotective Agent,” Mentor: Dr. Gregory R. J. Thatcher. Third Place: Sapna Rao, Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research, for “A DecisionModeling Approach to Evaluate the Cost-effectiveness of Prasugrel vs. Clopidogrel in Patients with Planned Percutaneous Coronary Intervention,” Mentor: Dr. Daniel Touchette.
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Students’ Choice Award: Hyung Sup Lee, Institute for Tuberculosis Research, for “Kinetic Assay Using Transformed M. Tuberculosis,” Mentor: Dr. Scott G. Franzblau.
Postdoctoral Category First Place: Yue-Ting Wang, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, for “Reversible Trapping of a Catechol Estrogen Quinone by GSH: Problematic Detoxification of 4-hydroxyequilenin and Reversible Protein Modification,” Mentor: Dr. Judy Bolton. Second Place: Lauren Mashburn-Warren, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, for “A Novel Double-Tryptophan Peptide Pheromone Controls Competence in Mutants and Pyogenic Streptococci via an Rgg Regulator,” Mentor: Dr. Michael Federle. Third Place: Shelby King, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, for “Ovulation Generates Oxidative Stress that Induces DNA Damage in Tubal Epithelial Cells,” Mentor: Dr. Joanna E. Burdette.
Research Days 2011
Bethany Perez White accepts her award in the predoctoral category from Bob Gaensslen, acting associate dean of research and graduate education.
Jim Fischer, director of the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects and professor of pharmacy practice, presents plaques to 2011 Vahlteich Scholars Maria Barbolina, assistant professor, biopharmaceutical sciences, and Douglas Thomas, assistant professor, medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy.
On an (American) idol, “intellectual ecstasy,” and the spoils of victory by Chaitanya Aggarwal
A PhD candidate recounts his unforgettable experience Ever since May of 2010, when my PhD advisor, Dr. Michael Federle, told me that Dr. Bonnie Bassler from Princeton University had agreed to be the keynote speaker for Research Days 2011, I had been enthusiastically looking forward to this event. Dr. Bassler is my idol. She is a pioneer in the field of bacterial cell-to-cell communication, known as “quorum sensing,”and it was her talk on TED that got me thinking about bacteria as something worth pursuing in my PhD studies. My only complaint after viewing her TED talk was that she spoke for only 18 minutes. But kudos to our Research Days! We got to listen to her exciting and inspirational scientific explorations for a full hour! That truly was intellectual ecstasy. The scientific poster session gave us students a fantastic platform to present our research and get critical insights from distinguished researchers from both inside and outside the College. It is not every day that you get to discuss your research with faculty members from various disciplines, which makes Research Days an event of
great importance for graduate students. I also got an opportunity to take a look at all the exciting research being conducted by my peers in the College through their poster presentations. The event concluded on Friday with the annual Gradaute Student Awards ceremony. I was excited to be there knowing that I was being awarded a scholarship from the Department of Pharmacognosy. The icing on the cake was when Dr. Gaensslen announced the winners of the poster competition—and I won first place in the predoctoral category! These moments of success make you realize how the contributions of your mentor, lab collegues, family, and friends inspire you to keep giving your best. Research Days 2011 turned out to be most memorable event for me at UIC so far!
Posters were displayed in the lobby and throughout corridors on the first floor of the College.
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Gallery An album of College of Pharmacy events
In service of science
Nearly 100 alumni and friends of the forensic science program joined fellow graduates and current students to honor Robert Gaensslen, professor and head of forensic science and interim associate dean for research and graduate studies, at a reception at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on February 23 during the 2011 annual meeting of American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Gaensslen (center) was presented a COP Distinguished Service Award by Acting Dean Swanson (left) and Interim VC for Academic Affairs Bauman (right).
A “fast” message
This past fall, the UIC Muslim Pharmacy Student’s Association (MuPhSA) hosted their eighth annual Fast-a-Thon to raise money for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) while increasing awareness about the purpose of fasting in Islam. Every year, MuPhSA invites fellow students, faculty, and friends to give up food and drink from dawn to dusk for one day. At the end of the day, all participants are invited to a dinner to discover how Muslims use fasting as a mechanism to attain piety, share their post-fast reflections, and to learn about the GCFD. This year, more than 130 participants pledged to fast and donated to the GCFD. In addition, thanks to the generous support of the UIC faculty, students, and staff, MuPhSA was able to raise almost $1,900. MuPhSA is very grateful for the continued support of the UIC community and hopes to continue educating others about Islam and raise money for the GCFD.
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COP in 3D
Pharmacy Director of Advancement Chris Shoemaker, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan, and UIC Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jerry Bauman watch a video on the College’s distance learning program at UIF Day 2010: UIC in 3D. Held on November 5 at Student Center East, the program and expo featured innovative and pioneering student and faculty initiatives, including the College of Pharmacy’s distance learning technology and Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden.
Last summer, 31 UIC students attended the School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City, Utah. For many, it was a life-changing experience. A number of these conference attendees have since been involved with APhA-ASP’s newest patient care project: Generation Rx. This initiative, whose goal is to educate healthcare professionals and the community about substance abuse and addiction, kicked off at UIC in January with informational sessions that featured guests with firsthand experience of addiction. Other events included educational booths at the UIC Pavilion and the Chicago Children’s Museum. In the future, the group hopes to work with alumni to further expand efforts. To find out more, visit https://sites.google.com/ site/uicgenerationrx/events.
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1952 Bob Heyman, bs, of Des Plaines, works as a pharmacist with Resurrection Health Care in Evanston. Heyman is currently executive director of the Rho Pi Phi pharmacy fraternity and serves on the board of the Professional Fraternity Association, an organization of 35 professional fraternities. 1959 Marie (Matesi) Alessandra, bs, of Rolling Hills East, California. 1959 Arthur Drucker, bs, of Valencia, California, is semiretired from Super-Rite Pharmacy in Sherman Oaks, California. 1959 Joseph Dyja, bs, of Morton Grove, retired in August from his position as a pharmacist with Dominick’s Finer Foods in Des Plaines. 1966 David Harmer, bs, of Lincoln, retired from Kroger last July. 1970 Steve Schumann, bs, of Palatine, retired last December after a 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. He was previously employed at Watson Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Pharmacia, and Searle. 1973 Michael Donovan, bs, md ’80 of Rockford, retired from rural family practice at the Monroe Clinic Durand Branch due to a medical disability from primary amyloidosis in October 2010. 1974 Carter Black, bs, of Arlington Heights, has been employed as a pharmacist at Keefer’s Pharmacy in Mount Prospect for more than 12 years. During his time at Keefers, Carter has filled many a prescription—both conventional and compounded—for residents of the northern suburbs. Black, who grew up in Arcola, finds community pharmacy to be a good fit and enjoys the regular interaction with familiar patrons. In collaboration with fellow staff members at Keefer’s, he established a compounding business in the suburbs. It took several years to get up and running as the team sought further training and Professional Compounding Centers of America accreditation. They have since established a rewarding practice with Carter specializing in consultations in women’s health. Keefer’s also offers assistance with discontinued drugs, out-of-stock items, and medications for nearly every specialty from pediatrics to cosmetic surgery. Prior to joining Keefer’s, Carter worked as both a clinical pharmacist
at St. Anne’s Hospital and, for more than 15 years, as a community pharmacist at Harris Prescription Shop for the family of George Harris and a group of physicians associated with Northwest Community Hospital. On a more personal note, in 1975, Carter married Patricia Ivanic, bs ’76, and they have two children. Pat has been a pharmacist at Lutheran General Hospital since graduating from UIC. Carter encourages fellow alumni to give back to the profession. He has been a preceptor for the College of Pharmacy most of his professional life and even taught pharmacology to traditional Chinese medicine students at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. “Get involved by way of formally teaching, mentoring a student, lecturing to the public, or providing an in-service at a doctor’s office,” says Carter. 1974 Gary Frisch, bs, of Chicago, was named Pharmacist of the Year in 2010 by the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA). Frisch, who also serves as treasurer for that organization, works as a pharmacy manager at Costco 380 in Chicago. 1975 Larry Pawola, bs, mba ’82, of Lincolnshire, is head of the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences in the College of Applied Health Sciences at UIC. After a long career as a partner in an information technology consulting firm, Pawola joined the UIC faculty in 2003. His specialty is health informatics and distance education for adult professionals. 1975 Irwin Peterson, bs, of Torrance, California, retired in July 2010 after 31 years of service to the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services. Peterson had served as a staff pharmacist and inpatient pharmacy supervisor at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for 27 years and as outpatient pharmacy supervisor at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center for his last four years of employment. 1976 David Hicks, bs, of Chicago, is vice president and chief pharmacy officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center. In August, he led a team of pharmacists from UCMC on a speaking tour of China. The group visited several hospitals and led presentations on medical safety and clinical pharmacy at two symposia attended by approximately 200 pharmacists in Beijing and Shanghai.
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David Hicks and his wife, Julie, toured the traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy at Capital Medical Center in Beijing on a speaking tour of China in August.
1976 Michael Rajski, bs, pharmd ’91, of Darien, is employed as pharmacy operations manager with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Advocate Good Samaritan was selected as one of seven recipients of a 2010 Balridge National Quality Award. Applicants for the Baldrige Award recipients are evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. The evaluation process for each of the recipients includes about 1,000 hours of review and an on-site visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information in the applications. Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th secretary of commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. The award promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. The award is not given for specific products or services. Since 1988, 86 organizations have received Baldrige Awards. 1976 Marc Rubin, bs, of Crystal Lake, works as a pharmacist with Osco Drug in Crystal Lake. Active in the profession, he is certified by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board as an asthma educator and serves on the sports medicine committee for the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Rubin is also involved with the American College of Chest Physicians, the Allied Health American Thoracic Society, the Chicago Asthma Consortium, the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, and the McHenry County Smoke-Free Coalition.
1977 James Mowry, bs, of Lebanon, Indiana, is employed as director of the Indiana Poison Center in Indianapolis. In 2010, he was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in Pharmacy by the National Academies of Practice. 1981 James Dorociak, bs, pharmd ’83 of Naperville, accepted a new position as head of scientific affairs, medical affairs division with Astellas Pharma US in March. He most recently was employed as director of medical affairs at Sanofi-Aventis U.S., where he worked for 13 years. 1983 Thomas Warzecha, bs, of Sycamore, is employed as director of pharmacy for the Kishwaukee Health System, which includes Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Hospital in Sandwich. He recently had the pleasure of precepting Alia Black, P1 from the inaugural class at the UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford.
1985 Executive Associate Dean and Pharmacy Practice Head Jan Engle, pharmd, and Avery Spunt, bs ’70, med ’84, watched the Chicago White Sox trounce the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on opening day, April 7, at U.S. Cellular Field.
1986 Linda Kay-Marcou, bs, pharmd ’95, ms ’03 com, of Hinsdale, is employed as medical science director with imc2 Health and Wellness in Dallas, Texas. Her responsibilities include leadership, support, and expertise as it relates to strategy development; consumer- and HCP-targeted content development; and medical, legal, and regulatory compliance. In additional, she will serve as the agency’s medical and scientific information expert, while assisting in the development and execution of scientific and educational messaging. Previously, she served as vice president and medical director at DraftFCB in Chicago. 1993 Anges Rimando, phd, of Oxford, Mississippi, was selected as Researcher of the Year by the executive committee of the Ole Miss Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Rimando, a research chemist
with the Natural Products Utilization Unit within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is internationally recognized for her work in the research of natural products that provide health and medical benefits, as well as natural-product-based pest management agents. Her current research has focused on pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries and grapes, with potential benefits that include antioxidant activity, the ability to regulate and control cholesterol and sugar levels and prevent colon cancer. Rimando’s research has assisted in the development and production of several dietary supplements that will soon be available in retail locations. The annual ACS Researcher of the Year Award recognizes an individual who advances chemistry through research and publication, expertise in his or her field, an ability to inspire other chemists, and commitment to the society. 1995 Beth (Bryles) Phillips, res, of Bogart, Georgia, was named Residency Preceptor of the Year in 2010 by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). A clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Beth Phillips is 2010 Pharmacy, Phillips ASHP Residency Preceptor of the Year. is also director of its PGY-2 ambulatory care residency program, which she developed in 2008 in collaboration with the Charlie Norwood Veteran’s Affairs Department of Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care. She has developed two other residency programs and has trained more than 50 PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents during her 14-year career. Phillips is also an ASHP faculty member for the national ASHP Residency Learning System Workshops and an ASHP specialty surveyor for ambulatory care program accreditation. She maintains and active clinical practice at the VA Community Outpatient Clinic and helps improve health and outcomes of patients referred to the pharmacotherapy clinic that she developed for veterans. 1997 Gary Ahrendt, pharmd, of Austin, Texas, is a staff pharmacist at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin. He and his wife, Gretchen, welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Grace, on October 27, 2009.
1997 Mary Ross Southworth, res, of Silver Spring, Maryland, is employed with the Food and Drug Administration as deputy director for safety in the Office of New Drugs, Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products. In addition to providing scientific expertise in regard to impact on public health, Southworth follows up on all postmarketing safety issues, including postmarketing studies, clinical trials, risk mitigation and evaluation strategies, safety labeling changes, and other safety communications and activities. Southworth joined the FDA in 2004 as a pharmacist/ safety evaluator in the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, Division of Adverse Events Analysis I. In that position, she completed a fellowship in leadership development through the Council for Excellence in Government. Southworth has conducted extensive research and authored numerous publications in the area of cardiology. She retains an appointment as adjunct clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at UIC and is a peer reviewer for Pharmacotherpay and The American Journal of Cardiology. 1998 Sally (Yowell) Barbour, res, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is employed as a clinical oncology pharmacist at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She serves a dual role as the codirector of Sally Barbour is a clinical oncology the Investigational pharmacist at Duke. Chemotherapy Service, which manages more than 200 oncology clinical trials, and on the clinical staff of the Duke Cancer Care Research Program, where her focus is on supportive care research, guidelines, and quality. Barbour is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association and is cofounder of the North Carolina Oncology Pharmacist Association. She lectures on topics related to chemotherapyinduced nausea, enutropenia, anema, general supportive care, lung cancer, oral chemotherapy, and the role of pharmacy in oncology practice.
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2005 Adam Bursua, pharmd, and his wife, Vika Gylys, pharmd ’05, welcomed a daughter, Elia, on September 25.
Ethan, 6 (left) and Everett, 4 (right), welcomed baby brother Jack William Kendall in September.
1999 Amy (Czapka) Kendall, pharmd, of Libertyville, and her husband, Jon, welcomed their third son, Jack William, on September 17. Allison (Einhorn) Schriever, pharmd, of Rockford, returned to UIC in March 2010 as director of experiential education at the UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford. Her husband, Christopher, pharmd ’99, joined the faculty on that campus as clinical assistant professor. He also works as a clinical pharmacist for Crusader Community Health. The Schrievers, who have four children, welcomed their youngest, Jacob Paul, on November 11, 2009.
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2000 Carrie Sincak, pharmd, of Mokena, is vice chair of the department of family practice at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. This year, she begins her term as president of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.
Annette (Pellegrino) Chavez, of Chicago, and Donny Chavez, pharmd ’02, were married June 12, 2010, at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. The ceremony and reception were followed by an afterparty at Dugan’s on Halsted and a late-night meal at Mr. Greek, where Annette, a former clinical assistant professor at the College, ran into a few former students. Annette holds a position with Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America as a senior medical information and review analyst. Donny is employed as a manager with Walgreens. pharmd,
2006 Connie (Cogan) O’Reel, pharmd, of Mokena, and her husband, Todd, welcomed their son, Deegan Edward, on February 15.
Deegan Edward O’Reel weighed in at 6 lbs., 13 oz. on his birthday in February.
2002 Nancy Harrington, pharmd, of Wheaton, is a pharmacist at Walgreens in Aurora.
2006 Scott Siegert, pharmd, and his wife Sherry, pharmd ’09, welcomed their second child, Layla, on November 10.
2002 Angela Kerins, pharmd, bs ’98 uiuc, of Chicago, is a staff clinical pharmacist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She began a part-time residency in January. 2003 Stan Reents, res, of Cave Creek, Arizona, is president and CEO of AthleteInMe.com, an online resource for information on exercise and fitness, fitness gear, and sports nutrition. His company’s Exercise Calorie Converter app for iPhone and iPad was approved by Apple in December. This tool allows a user to determine how long he or she would have to exercise to burn off the calories in specific food items.
Elia is the first child for Adam Bursua and Vika Gylys.
On their big day, the Chavezes revisited the spot where it all began: their alma mater.
2004 Mariana (Pazdrij) Ivanylo, pharmd, ’99 las, of Elmwood Park, is a clinical pharmacist with CVS/Caremark Clinical Services in Mount Prospect. She has a twoyear-old daughter, Anastasia Joanna.
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In November, Layla was welcomed into the Siegert clan by parents and older brother Cameron.
2007 Marcy Balunas, phd, of Ashford, Connecticut, is an assistant professor in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Connecticut. The Balunas Lab studies marine natural-products drug discovery with a focus on tunicate-associated and psychrophilic bacteria. “We are always looking for good graduate students!” says Balunas.
Temple merits national APhA award Tom Temple serves on the UIC College of Pharmacy’s National Advisory Board.
Thomas Temple, bs ’75, of Urbandale, Iowa, is the 2011 recipient of the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) Hugo H. Schaefer Award. Temple, who has been executive vice president and CEO of the Iowa Pharmacy Association since 1979, was selected for his leadership of a well-integrated state organization of community and institutional pharmacy practitioners and dedication to serving the profession. APhA also noted Temple’s commitment to payment reform, the implementation of broad-based pharmaceutical care, and dedication to the mentoring and development of student pharmacists. The Hugh H. Schaefer Award, established by APhA in 1964 in honor of its longtime treasurer, recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions to the organization, the profession, and society.
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OBITUARIES Alumni 1940 Raymond Chaet, bs, of Morton Grove, September 8. He and his wife, Esther, had two children and one grandchild. 1941 Frank Kopecky, bs, of Citrus Heights, California, December 10. During his career, he owned Kopecky Rexall Pharmacy in Broadview, Illinois. 1943 Arnold Kravitz, bs, of Morton Grove, January 21. Kravitz was employed as chief pharmacist at Lakeside Veterans Administration Hopsital in Chicago for 33 years. He and his wife, Eleanor, had two children and two grandchildren. 1948 Ralph George Holvay, bs, of Lake Barrington, February 10. Ernest Riedl, bs, of Berwyn, February 21. A U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran, Riedle also served as a welfare officer in the Catholic War Veterans Post 558 and was a member of The American Legion, St. Leonard Holy Name Society, and the American Pharmacists Association. He and his wife, Emily, had three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 1949 Edwin James Casey, bs, of Grand Junction, Colorado, July 6. While at UIC, Casey’s education was interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a hospital apprentice from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return to Chicago, he worked as an apprentice pharmacist at his uncle’s drugstore while he completed his degree. In 1951, he and his wife relocated to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he owned and operated his own drug store. In 1970, he and his family moved to Arizona, and Casey retired from practicing pharmacy in 1999. The couple relocated to Grand Junction in 2001. An avid golfer, Casey enjoyed big band music and was active in a number of fraternal organizations, such as the Masons, the Elks, and the Shriners. He and his late wife, Elizabeth, had three children and four grandchildren. 1951 Frank Noto, bs, of Plantation, Florida, October 3. Noto was employed with Walgreens for much of his career, working his way up from pharmacist to regional manager. He and his late wife, Winifred, had four children and eight grandchildren. Phyllis Wasserman, bs, of Morton Grove, March 28. 1955 Gerald Franklin, bs, of Northbrook, July 31. 1961 Charles Breuer Rothschild, bs, of Northbrook, November 20. Rothschild was owner of White’s Drug Store and coowner of Del Lago Pharmacy, both in Wilmette. He and his wife, Merle, had two children and five grandchildren.
1967 Loren Little, bs, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, June 23. 1972 William Sienkiewicz, bs, of Homewood, August 8, 2004. 1973 David Ash, ms, bs ’58 uiuc, phd ’79 uiuc, of Taylorville, June 25. Ash was employed as a pharmacist at Taylorville Memorial Hospital for 35 years before retiring in 2008. He was a member of Temple Israel in Springfield and enjoyed a dual membership with the Locust Lodge AF&AM in Owaneco and the Mt. Moriah Lodge AF&AM in Hillsboro. He was also a member of the Rosaland Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Taylorville Sertoma Club. He and his wife, Lynne, had two daughters. 1974 James Meske, bs, of Willow Springs, February 24. He and his wife, Mary, had four children and two grandchildren. James Pawlarczyk, bs, of Orland Park, August 27, 2009. He and his wife, Linda, had two children and two grandchildren. 1977 William Minkwitz, bs, pharmd ’00, of Fort Mohave, Arizona, August 31. Douglas Wilding, BS, of Park Forest, March 20, 2010. 1978 Harvey Echols, phd, of Chicago, September 23. 1985 Joann Feugen, bs, pharmd ’92, of Champaign, August 27. During her career, Feugen was director of pharmacy at South Shore Hospital and Taylorville Hospital and also worked part-time at Provena, Apria/Coram, and Walgreens in Champaign. 1988 Lucille Haynes, pharmd, of Auburn, Alabama, January 31. Haynes was the first to be awarded the Edward J. Rowe Award, which recognized outstanding professionalism and scholarship in a pharmacy student. She retired in 2000 after being employed for 30 years as a pharmacist at the Hinsdale Sanitarium Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois, and as a drug information specialist at the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois. After moving to Alabama in retirement, she began teaching pharmacology at the School of Nursing at Auburn University and also worked at the Auburn School of Pharmacy’s Drug Information and Learning Resource Center. An avid gardener in her leisure time, Haynes and her husband, Julian, had two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Faculty Ralph W. Morris, of Lake Barrington, February 21. An emeritus professor at the College, Morris taught pharmacology from 1955 to 2000. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ohio University and completed his PhD at the University of Iowa. His
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areas of interest included biorhythms, drug efficacies, and geriatric trauma. Active in his community, he served as president of the North Suburban Library System, president of the Palatine Library, president of the McHenry Library, and senior warden at St. Phillips Church in Palatine. In retirement, Morris enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf and bridge, and involvement with his church’s Sage Men group. He and his wife, Carmen, had five children, 21 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Herbert Sylvester Carlin, of Newton, Pennsylvania, March 3. Carlin was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1932. He obtained a bachelor of science degree from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in 1954 and a master of science and honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) in 1958 and 1984, respectively. After serving as a community pharmacist in Warwick, Rhode Island, from 1954 to 1956, Carlin took over as assistant director of pharmacy at Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia. He then served as pharmacy director for the University of Colorado in 1959–62 before joining UIC. As pharmacy director for the University of Illinois Medical Center from 1962 to 1972, Carlin helped shape the future of pharmacy practice in Illinois. He facilitated the integration of clinical pharmacy in the hospital and is responsible for introducing clinical pharmacy into the College of Pharmacy’s curriculum. Beloved as a dedicated faculty member, Carlin was known as a pioneer, encouraging pharmacists and students to pursue interdisciplinary research, a novel idea in the field at that time. During his career at the College, Carlin also decentralized the unit-dose dispensing program so that pharmacists were in closer contact with other healthcare professionals, assigning more pharmacists to work on the floor and out of the nurse medication room. In fact, in 1962, he published an article urging pharmacists’ infiltration of the nurses’ medication station. John McBride, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice and associate director of pharmacy information technology, has been at UIC since 1968 and remembers Carlin fondly. “Herb Carlin was a very dynamic director,” McBride commented. “He implemented many new services during his tenure at the Medical Center and was the first in the Chicago area to initiate 24-hour pharmacy services, satellite pharmacies, and an IV additive service. He was a leader in local, state, and national pharmacy organizations.”
After working as apothecary-in-chief at New York Hospital from 1972 to 1986, Carlin moved into the industry, first as vice president of Schein Pharmaceuticals from 1987 to 2000 and then as president of Pharmaceutical Management Insight starting in 2000. He also served on the boards of the National Health Council and American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and chaired the USP Drug Nomenclature and Labeling Committee. Actively involved in pharmacy professional organizations, Carlin served as director of the American Society of Hospital (now Health-System) Pharmacists (ASHP) from 1962 to 1971, as well as president and speaker. In 1984, Carlin became president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). His service to APhA also included posts as House of Delegates vice speaker and trustee. Carlin’s numerous honors in the profession include APhA’s Hugo Schaefer Award as well as the ASHP Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture Award, U.S. Pharmacopeia honorary membership, ASHP honorary membership, and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, Carlin received the UIC College of Pharmacy Jesse Stewart Service Award. Named in honor of a late College of Pharmacy faculty member, the honor recognizes pharmacists who have been generous in their service to the profession, the community, and/or the College. “The satisfaction derived from service to mankind is one of the greatest rewards an individual can attain in life,” said Carlin in 1977 at his Whitney Award lecture. “The practice of pharmacy, as a profession, should be that kind of rewarding experience.”
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t took three tons of ice melt and one ton of rock salt later to return UIC to business as usual after a record blizzard in early February that slammed Chicago with a thunderstorm, high winds, and heavy snow. Classes were canceled the evening of Tuesday, February 1, and for the entire day on Wednesday, February 2. Libraries were closed and campus events were postponed.
Wood Street (above), between the College of Pharmacy and the Clinical Sciences Building, was barely visible that Wednesday morning. The storm, which hit Chicago right on time Tuesday afternoon, may be the third-largest in Chicago history. As the blizzard headed toward Chicago, administrators and staff at the Medical Center prepared for the worst. Staff members volunteered to remain on duty through the storm, with more than 300 staying overnight Tuesday and about 200 Wednesday night. Staff worked 16 hours on duty, then eight hours off. They bunked on everything from cots to visitor chairs in the GI lab, surgery center, physical therapy unit, catheterization laboratory, and sleep center. Free meals were provided to hospital employees: more than 600 meals Tuesday and 400 Wednesday. Elective outpatient procedures were canceled and most clinics were closed Wednesday, but the emergency department remained open. View more photos of the Blizzard of â€™11 submitted to UIC News by students, faculty, and staff at flickr.com/groups/uicnews.
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Support the Siegel Scholarship If you’re a College of Pharmacy alumnus, chances are you’ve heard of Dr. Siegel. A two-time graduate of the College, Dr. Siegel served as a faculty member for nearly 35 years. During his tenure, he was voted Teacher of the Year 15 times and was the recipient of nine Golden Apple Awards in recognition of excellence in instruction. Since then, Dr. Siegel has come to represent the highest caliber of pharmacy education and is one of the most beloved professors in the College’s history. Recognized as a national expert on bringing a concept to final dosage form, Dr. Siegel aided numerous industries as a product development consultant and still actively consults at 80 years of age. For these and countless other accomplishments, the College honored Dr. Siegel with its Legacy Award in 2009. Today, the College hopes to ensure Dr. Siegel’s lasting legacy with a $25,000 endowed scholarship in his name.
But we need your help. “Dr. Siegel is a most beloved professor of more than 4,000 students in his career at the UIC College of Pharmacy. It is with sincere gratitude that we honor our mentor, colleague, and, most of all, close friend of more than 40 years. We hope to demonstrate this appreciation through our support of a scholarship in his name to carry on his legacy for future students at the UIC College of Pharmacy.” —Bruce, bs ’74, and Linda Grider, bs ’75 “Dr. Siegel has been my advisor, my boss, my formulations consultant, my mentor, and my close friend for more than 35 years. Most of my accomplishments in pharmacy can be directly linked back to the education and guidance that Fred provided. It is an honor to contribute to this scholarship and forever link Fred’s name to a program that will continue to support our future pharmacists.” —Ed and Paula Meyer, bs ’74 Please consider a $250 gift to the Frederick P. Siegel Scholarship. Thanks to your generosity, we have already raised $21,000 for this award. Your gift, combined with those of other alumni, will honor a master educator who impacted the lives of more than three decades of COP graduates.
Give your gift today. Visit pharmgiving.uic.edu. See if your employer sponsors a gift-matching program and make your contribution go even further! Learn more by visiting www.uif.uillinois.edu/matching.
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Upcoming College of Pharmacy Events August 17 & 18 WHITE COAT CEREMONIES UIC College of Pharmacy Chicago and Rockford campuses To volunteer: Deb Fox, (312) 996-0160 or email@example.com September 10 7th Annual APhA Golf Outing Odyssey Country Club Tinley Park, Ill. For details or sponsorship inquiry: (309) 236-0603 or firstname.lastname@example.org Save the Date August 19 Garden Walk 2011 September 22–25 IPhA Annual Conference Crown Plaza Hotel Springfield, Ill. Alumni reception details to be announced.
October 14–15 REUNION WEEKEND 2011 Details to be announced. October 16–19 AACP ANNUAL MEETING Pittsburgh, Pa. October 23–27 AAPS ANNUAL MEETING Washington, D.C. Alumni reception details to be announced. December 4–8 ASHP MIDYEAR MEETING Dean’s Reception: Dec. 4 Illinois Reception: Dec. 5 Details to be announced.