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Alumni Newsletter

Inside this issue

Winter 2009

W i i B o w l at h o n

Dean’s Message


2008 Distinguished Achievement awards


Alumni Events


Student Events


Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy: Joint Health Care Simulation Program


Youngken Clinic


R.I. Geriatric Education Center Interdisciplinary Student Team Training


College of Pharmacy Research Enterprise Continues to Excel


Gift Recognition


Alumni Updates


Students from URI College of Pharmacy partnered with residents of South Bay Manor in Wakefield, RI to have the first ever “Wii Bowlathon.” It was part of a fundraising effort to collect donations for U.S. soldiers involved with Operation Gaining Trust. This is a program created to gain the trust of Iraqi children by visiting the local primary schools, spending time with them, and bringing school supplies. Students recruited sponsors and collected pledges. Teams were composed of both South Bay Manor residents and College of Pharmacy students playing together and having a great time. Experience was not necessary, however, there were some pretty amazing scores that would rival any “real” bowlathon, and in some cases even better!

In addition to the bowlathon, students volunteered to provide health information at a wellness fair that was running simultaneously. Bowlers could play a game and then browse the tables to pick up educational materials relevant to older adult conditions including hyperlipidemia or hypertension. Blood pressure screening and fall risk assessment was also offered. Former students that took the Geriatrics elective participated in the event as well as many other student organizations including Lambda Kappa Sigma, APhA-ASP, PLS, and Kappa Psi- all years from P1 through P4 were represented. This event was a complete success based on the money that was raised to purchase and ship donations to Iraq and the educational information provided to the residents of South Bay Manor. In

total, $900 was raised in pledges and donations, 25 boxes of school supplies were packed and shipped to Iraq, and an additional 40 soccer balls were purchased. But it was the fun time that was had by the young and old and the inter-generational connection by a video gaming system that truly is remarkable. The students involved with this event are to be commended for their enthusiasm and energy in making it so successful.

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Message from the Dean To a New Year…If not now, when?

The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy Kingston, RI 02881 401-874-2761 Mr. Ronald Jordan Interim Dean Dr. Joan Lausier Associate Dean, Academic and Student affairs 401-874-5888 Dr. E. Paul Larrat Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Education Dr. Stephen Kogut Chair, Pharmacy Practice Dr. Clinton Chichester Chair, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Alumni Newsletter: Editors: John Grossomanides, Rita Marcoux, Michael Simeone, and Dawne Strickland. Layout: Ian Lester

Please visit us on our web site at: Email us at: Send us a fax at: 401-874-4424 Page 2

What a year 2008 was: an historic election, a tumultuous time world-wide and an unprecedented State budget deficit. What a time to spend as Interim Dean at the College of Pharmacy in little Rhode Island. We’ve seen State and resulting University budget challenges beyond comprehension, structural shortcomings requiring tough decisions and seemingly insurmountable odds on the rapid buy in to recovery and repositioning ideas. Despite these challenges, the University will give more financial aid to students than the state provides the University in operating budget support. The University’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to all students remains unwavering. A University of Rhode Island education is 15th nationwide in the Wall Street Journal’s “Smart Money” Magazine’s assessment of return on investment for the cost of a college education. Our College alumni certainly know that to be the case. Regardless of the economic outlook, our college is moving forward, and our faculty, staff and students are poised to make great strides in the New Year. A dedicated group of faculty continues to serve our student population and deliver our cur-

riculum with excellence. Our applicant pool remains strong and is likely to stay the single most impressive academic cohort of students on campus. The Provost has identified Integrated Health Sciences and Services as one of the primary strategic domains to pursue and invest in. The Provost’s Academic Vision and our national accreditation self study are driving us to examine where we can improve plans and take actions to prepare our college for the future. An area that is benefiting from this examination is our experiential programs. Our partners in the experiential learning community are reaching out to help us reposition our clinical teaching programs. Our students and faculty are making discoveries, serving the elderly, the disabled and other underserved populations with innovation and caring. Their accomplishments and news can be found on the University and College web pages. Our new $75M facility is on track, and fund raising efforts have been accelerating. We have raised nearly $4M in pledges, and the numbers of donors have multiplied many times over including donations that continue to come in from every employee of the College of Pharmacy. In this edition of the newsletter we’ll list our 2008 donors. Additionally, we have

generated pledges in excess of $2M for scholarship endowments and research support. We still have a great deal of work left in our capital campaign before the building is completed, but we are optimistic and will be breaking ground for our new facility in the next few months. The first of the new North District buildings, the CBLS building opened on January 26th! Our new branding motto for the University of Rhode Island is “Think Big…We Do,” and your College is making this mantra our own in many ways. In the New Year, the College will continue to work to advance our world through service to others, a foundation our profession is built upon. We hope for you, our alumni family, friends and partners, the best in the New Year. We hope you will continue your strong support, good work and efforts to improve the world we live in. In a philosophic tribute from Medal of Honor Winner Colonel Jack Jacobs’ new book regarding “Duty and Sacrifice in America’s Time of Need” that applies to war, business and life in general, we leave you asking…”If not you, who? If not now, when?” Ronald Jordan, Interim Dean

An Opportunity for Donors The College of Pharmacy Future Fund has received a limited amount of matching funds designed to encourage individual donors to make commitments to the building. Both new and existing pledges are eligible for this dollar-for-dollar match. New pledges that deliver a $10,000 minimum before December 31, 2011 qualify as do restated or existing pledges at or above previous pledge levels that are above this minimum and within this timeframe. Cash applied to such pledges are matched in the order received while these funds last. Time is of the essence in receiving these donations, as matching funds are limited. If interested in making a new commitment or restating an existing one to qualify for this opportunity, please contact Rich Popovic at 401-874-9017 or

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2 0 0 8 D i s t i n g u i s h e d A c h ie v e m e n t awa r d s URI’s third annual Distinguished Achievement Awards, held on Saturday evening, October 18, at the Westin Hotel, Providence, celebrated the achievements of four President’s Award winners and 27 Dean’s List recipients.

College of Pharmacy Dean’s List recipients Saul Kaplan ’79, founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory

Stephen J. Allen ‘76, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists’ Research and Education Foundation

Award citation: “You have broad and deep career experience throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products and biotechnology industry where as a Senior Strategy Partner in Accenture’s Health and Life Science practice you have assisted organizations throughout the world on global strategies for bringing health care products and solutions to market. You have provided invaluable assistance to our home state through public service that is leading Rhode Island to a sustainable knowledge based innovation economy by improving education and preparedness in health care and other businesses through work on the Boards of the Quonset Development Corporation, the Slater Technology Fund, and Family Services of Rhode Island. Your work as founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory is focusing innovation interests on our states compact geography and close knit public and private networks to our competitive advantage in areas including health care, security, education and customer experience.”

Award citation: “You have served general medicine patients, a large and diverse pediatric population, and assured the lives of neonates with your work as a Hospital Pharmacy Director. You have personally mentored more than 50 hospital pharmacy residents, and your career’s work has affected thousands of students of pharmacy and colleagues who have gone on to serve patients and lead in society with abilities you helped shape. Your interests and understanding of pediatric pharmacy practice, quality improvement, medication safety, health informatics and interdisciplinary team leadership are making a difference. As CEO of the ASHP Foundation your efforts improve the health and wellbeing of countless patients in hospitals and health systems throughout the world.”

Ronald Jordan ‘76, Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island

Evangeline R. Lausier ’75, assistant professor of medicine at Duke University Award citation: “You have conducted extensive research in the areas of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteo arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and numerous other health conditions. You have also taught extensively and delivered educational service at the University of Rhode Island and the University of Arizona. You have built your innovative practice around your personal knowledge and interests in natural product and alternative medicine therapies and been a leader in the quickly evolving Integrative Medicine approach to improve patient treatment and the quality of medical care. Countless students, patients and colleagues have benefited from your caring attitude and passion for excellence.”

Vasant G. Telang ’68, associate provost at Howard University Award citation: “As a Pharmacist, Professor of Pharmacy, internationally celebrated researcher, College of Pharmacy Dean, Professional Association leader and now a provost, in the academic administration of numerous health care colleges and fields, you have influenced the sciences of health care, the education of a diverse group of Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and the patients they serve in often underserved populations. You have received numerous high honors and awards including your country’s Hind Rattan “Jewel of India” Award. Your leadership, mentoring and guidance abilities have affected students, other educators and colleagues in every walk of life around you.”

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ASHP Midyear Over 100 alumni gathered at the URI College of Pharmacy and Friends Reception on Monday, December 8th at the Rosen Plaza during the 43rd ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Florida. We look forward to seeing even more of our alumni next year in Vegas.

Big Thinkers On November 13, College of Pharmacy graduates Edward M. Rudnic ’78, ’82, ’83 and his wife Elizabeth Gorman Rudnic ’83 hosted President Carothers and 50 URI alumni at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. This event was part of the fall Big Thinker’s Series which featured presentations from prominent URI alumni nationwide. Dr. Rudnic is the recently retired Chairman, President and

CEO of MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals. He has over 20 years of industry experience in the development and commercialization of a wide range of pharmaceutical products, and is a leader in Maryland’s biotech industry. At the event, Dr. Rudnic discussed the importance of smaller biotech companies along with his next venture in the industry.

Dallaire Alumni E vent On October 4th, Brian ’80 and Debbie Dallaire (pictured) hosted a dozen Maine alumni and their guests at their beautiful seaside home in Biddeford, Maine. Dean Jordan updated alumni on the status of the new building and, with detailed photo renderings, provided alumni with an idea of its appearance. The Dallaires personally catered this event and welcomed the opportunity to assist the College with future functions in Maine. The College is tremendously grateful for their generosity and as a gift, provided them with a framed picture of Green Hall. Page 4

The next Big Thinkers event is taking place in Boston on February 26. At this event Nina F. Saberi ‘82, a URI Electrical Engineering major, will be talking about her experiences and sharing her views on the future. Nina is the founder of Castile Ventures in Waltham, Mass., a company that provides capital and management expertise to entrepreneurial businesses. February 26, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. Westin Waltham Boston For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joanne Esposito at 401-874-9455 /

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APhA- A SP Fa mily Feud Competition American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the URI College of Pharmacy had quite a busy fall semester! With outreach programs, fundraising, and the College of Pharmacy Family Feud we have much to report. In late November, right before Thanksgiving break, students and faculty took time out to show off and have some fun at the annual College of Pharmacy Family Feud event. Similar to the TV show format, this event entails a little friendly com-

petition between students and faculty. There were a total of 13 teams - 8 student teams and 5 faculty teams. The Pharmacy Family Feud is a great fundraiser in itself, but this year’s fun included a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale with lots of treats! This event raised approximately $400, which will help to fund our patient outreach projects, such as Operation Immunization, Operation Diabetes, and Heartburn Awareness Challenge. Our fundraising endeavors also support student registration for im-

munization training and to help cut down traveling costs to the National Meeting in San Antonio, TX this spring. Along with raising money, we also collected non-perishable food items for a local food bank. The College of Pharmacy Family Feud was a great success, and we hope to continue on the tradition in years to come. Jessica Oullette President, URI APhA-ASP

URI Student Participation in the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting The 43rd annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando running from December 6-11 was a big success. The turnout this year was spectacular and showed just how many of us out there are dedicated and supportive of the profession of pharmacy. Attendees and exhibitors from across the country came together to make the meeting a very rewarding experience with 20,000+ attendees and 100+ exhibitors. In addition many CE opportunities, seminars, and speakers created an abundance of opportunities for education and enrichment. Of course there was also the beautiful Orlando scenery and weather, which made for an extraordinary setting for this year’s Midyear.

The theme this year was “The Power of You,” which served to highlight the growing role of the pharmacist in the health care environment. This is a growing trend in practice so it is only fitting that it was the theme for the meeting. The meeting is a focal point at which pharmacy health-system professionals can network and further their knowledge and skills. The meeting is a major event for health systems pharmacy to showcase and help disseminate some of the advances in the field be they products or improvements in the knowledge base. There were numerous opportunities for CE credits, and there were educational sessions abound. The educational programming and

exhibits were superb and catered well to the attendees from the pharmacy community, whether technicians or pharmacists. The amount of programming for students was tremendous, from resume and CV workshops to the Residency Showcase and Board Prep Sessions. The meeting is definitely geared toward individuals on all levels of pharmacy and has something for everyone. The National Clinical skills competition was very successful, congratulations go out to the winners. We are looking forward to next year’s competition and midyear in Las Vegas! Andrey Shlyakt Secretary, URI ASHP Chapter

First Step Children from the Pre-kindergarten class at First Step at Kingston have been learning about jobs in their community. They recently walked to URI College of Pharmacy and had the chance to see where students learn to be pharmacists. They had a lesson in medication safety and the role of pharmacists …maybe some of them will be inspired in the future? Pictured here with the class are faculty members Dr. Erica Estus, Dr. Roberta King, and P4 students Stephanie Hattoy, Deanne Bacon, and Christopher Gormley who assisted with the visit. Page 5

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Jeffery Bratberg Jeffrey Bratberg, has been selected by the 2008 ACCP Awards Committee to receive its prestigious 2009 New Educator Award. This award, which is conferred annually, recognizes a College member less than six years since completion of training who has made outstanding contributions to the discipline of teaching and to the education of health care practitioners.

Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy: Joint Health Care Simulation Program Recently the College of Pharmacy and The College of Nursing were awarded a grant to facilitate collaboration between the two colleges. The $200,000 grant entitled, Joint Health Care Simulation Program, lead by P.I. Clinton O. Chichester III, Professor of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, working with Laurie Lauzon-Clabo, Associate Dean, College of Nursing, Barbara O’ Brien, Associate Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing, Amanda M. DeAngelis, CoDirector and Instructor, Human Patient Simulation Center, College of Pharmacy, Ian Lester, Lead Information Technologist, College of Pharmacy and Celia MacDonnell, Associate Professor Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy.

As pictured here, pharmacy and nursing students work on simulation at URI as separate groups. This grant will help change the face of health education at URI with more interprofessional training taking place at the simulated bedside.

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This grant will allow both colleges to continue and expand high fidelity human patient simulation training in an interprofessional setting. This method of training will enhance communication between healthcare professionals.

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College of Pharmacy Partners with Brown University AIDS Program for 51st Annual Heber W. Youngken, Jr. Pharmacy Clinic

Kenneth Mayer, MD Director, Brown University AIDS Program

Christopher Federico, Colleen Gill, James Fontes and Nicholas Dorich

Together with our colleagues at the URI College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy presented the continuing education program, Strategies in the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with the Brown University AIDS Program (BRUNAP) to 150 pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare providers at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick, RI on November 6, 2008. BRUNAP is nationally and internationally known as a center for training researchers and clinicians in AIDS -related disciplines. Participants heard from the Chief Administrator of the Office of HIV/ AIDS for the Rhode Island Department of Health, Paul Loberti, as well as other distinguished pharmacists, nurses and physicians to learn about the state of HIV/AIDS care.

Christopher Federico, College of Pharmacy Class of 2010, was the recipient of the 2008 Heber W. Youngken, Jr. Award. Linda A. Carver ‘86, President, Rhode Island Pharmacists Association, presented the Rhode Island Pharmacy Foundation Awards to Colleen Gill, Class of 2010, Nicholas Dorich, Class of 2011 and James Fontes, Class of 2012. Strategies in the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS brought pharmacists together with physicians and nurses and was accredited for all three professions. The program was made possible, in part, by educational grants from Gilead Sciences and Tibotec Therapeutics and with the support of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center and The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research.

ACPE Accreditation Please join me in congratulating Michael Simeone, MJ Kanaczet and Brenda Nazareth on receipt of the full 6 year ACPE Accreditation for the College of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program as a CE provider. In addition to receiving the full accreditation they received a commendable rating in four areas including Instructional Delivery Methods and Participant Involvement in Learning. Our College's excellent reputation for continuing education and programming in the continued maintenance of professional competence delivered as a service to our alumni and the community of pharmacists in Rhode Island and beyond is due in great measure to the work of this group under Michael’s leadership during his ten plus years of service. They have developed a nationally recognized record of service to Pharmacy and this accreditation imprimatur serves to validate their superior work. I'm proud of the entire group that has tirelessly delivered programming to support the College and our educational outreach year after year. Ronald Jordan,

Immunization Ready! On January 20th, 2009 the College offered its second APhA Immunization Certification Training program. The program was successfully completed by forty URI Pharm.D. students and eleven pharmacists.

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R.I. Geriatric Education Center Interdisciplinary Student Team Training

Anne L. Hume, Pharm.D. Professor of Pharmacy

Upcoming Events 24th Annual Seminar by the Sea Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Preceptor Development and two additional workshops Thursday and Friday March 19 & 20, 2009 Earn up to 6 CE contact hours each day. Up to 18 CE contact hours over 3 days. Newport Hyatt Regency, Newport, RI For complete program brochure and registration information:

Pharmacists must be able to interact effectively with other health professionals in every practice setting. Unfortunately, most health professionals, including pharmacists, are educated in relative isolation within their own discipline. Even during their clinical education, many future health professionals still have limited contact with other disciplines until they enter actual practice where working with diverse professionals is the norm. As part of the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC) grant from the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions of

the Health Resources and Services Administration, a pilot project has involved students in an interdisciplinary geriatrics team at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Phil Clark, ScD and Alicia Curtin, PhD have directed the program which started with the spring 2008 semester. Sara Brescia (PharmD’09) and Marissa Salvo (PharmD’09) have represented pharmacy on the RIGEC interdisciplinary student team, guided by Professor Anne Hume. Other team members have included medical residents from Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, several medical students from Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as several students in nursing and dietetics from URI, and social work students from Rhode Island College. The program consists of four half-day team meetings. The first hour consists of a seminar of key elements of teams including issues related to communication, conflict management, and leadership. After the seminar, the Family Medicine resident presents an older patient from their practice with everyone

APhA 2009 Annual Meeting New England Schools of Pharmacy Dessert Reception Sunday, April 5, 2009 Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX 41st Annual URI College of Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Breakfast Monday, April 6, 2009 Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX 16th Annual Louis A. Luzzi Seminar on the Links Monday, September 14, 2009 Quidnessett Country Club North Kingstown, RI

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2008 A good time was had by all as alumni, faculty, staff and students came together for our second annual Rhodyville gathering. We hope to have more and more people join us in the coming years.

identifying potential issues to discuss during the interview. Depending on the specific issue to be addressed, multiple students and the resident interview and assess the patient. Team members, both students and faculty, reassemble to discuss the additional data and identify potential problems, as well as strengths, of the patient. This session is followed by a debriefing to discuss how the team functioned and insights regarding other health professions that were gained. Sara Brescia participated in the spring semester (and has presented a poster on this at the ASHP midyear meeting), and Marissa Salvo participated during the fall 2008 semester. The RI Geriatric Education Center is interested in making contact with pharmacy alums, students, and faculty who might be interested in either participating in interprofessional teamwork clinical programs, or who would work at a site that might consider sponsoring such an initiative. Please contact Phil Clark at 401-874-2689 or

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URI pharmacy student targeting breast cancer, AIDS in her research For Jessica Lehmann, a fourth-year pharmacy student and member of the University of Rhode Island track and field team, her fight against killers like cancer is personal. That’s because her mother is a breast cancer survivor. Full story online @

College of Pharmacy Research Enterprise Continues to Excel basic biomedical research. The College has also been awarded State contracts and grants of nearly $1.5 million to support service and outreach programs that benefit state agencies and the citizens of Rhode Island.

Central to the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy’s academic mission is the discovery and dissemination of new scientific information through both basic and applied research. Over the past decade, grant and service contract funding for College of Pharmacy research projects has nearly quadrupled and now represents over $7 million in funding for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. Of this total, approximately $5 million was awarded by the federal government through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support

The College of Pharmacy has assumed a much greater role in the University’s research enterprise. Over the past 6 years, the College’s portion of total grants and contracts awarded to the University has increased from less than 2% to 13% and is anticipated to continue its upward trend. Almost 60% of federal health care research funding awarded to the University is attributable to College of Pharmacy researchers. The URI College of Pharmacy is consistently ranked among the top 20 schools of pharmacy in the nation for federal research funding. A renewed emphasis at the College of Pharmacy to develop and submit grants in the biomedical basic sciences has resulted in significant increases in actual federal awards. For example, the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program, guided

by Dr. Zahir Shaikh, fosters biomedical research at several Rhode Island universities and reflects a growing partnership between the College and the NIH to encourage and support vital health care research initiatives. Researchers at the URI College of Pharmacy continue to make their mark in researching healthcare’s unanswered questions. In 2008, College faculty received major federal research funds to examine salient issues such as:

occupational exposure and the development of Alzheimer’s Disease

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signaling of pregnane X

development of SRC kinase inhibitors

geriatric education in Rhode Island

Medicaid infrastructure enhancement

Sequential effects of arylamine-DNA adducts

transporter expression medication improvement strategies

Meet the Faculty Abraham Kovoor, Ph.D. Dr. Kovoor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharamceutical Sciences who studies the molecular mechanisms underlying the actions of drugs used to treat schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, respectively. Schizophrenia is a chronic and severely debilitating mental disease that affects about 1% of the population in Rhode Island. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by rigidity, tremor and reduced ability to initiate voluntary movements. The overall prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in Rhode Island is about 2% in individuals over 65. The ultimate goal of Dr. Kovoor’s research is to develop tools that will allow physicians to individualize therapy by assisting in the selection of drugs with the greatest benefit and least harm and to assist in the development of new and improved antipsychotic and antiParkinsonian drugs.

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Gift Recognition—January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008 The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy gratefully acknowledges the alumni, corporations, faculty, foundations, friends, students and parents whose gifts have been received by the College between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Your continuing support allows us to educate and train the pharmacists, clinicians, pharmaceutical scientists and community leaders of tomorrow. Furthermore, certain donors have been recognized for both their gifts and multiyear pledge commitments at higher levels during this time period.

Gifts $5,000-$9,999

McKesson Corporation

Timothy E Baker & Baker's Pharmacy of Jamestown

Elena Zour & Francois Menard

Joseph P Burghardt

Samuel J Montalto, Jr.

Contraf-Nicotex-Tobacco GmbH

Nancy C Motola

Louis T. & Monica M. Difazio

Mylan Laboratories Inc

Douglas O & Kathleen O* Fisher

Novo Nordisk Inc

Charles B and Joan Frost

Andrea V O'Hair

Rite Aid Corporation

Louise DiChiara Pastore

Ronald P.* & Karen W. Jordan

Lynn M Pezzullo

Roberta S. King* & Louis Soloff

Pharmacists Mutual Companies

Robert W Pollock

Paul G & Arlene Pierpaoli

Brian P Russell

Rhode Island Hospital

David & Debra Whalley & Newport Prescription Center

Charles L Rossi

Gifts $250-$499

Richard S Sabatelli

Fatemeh Akhlaghi* & MR Jafari Wanda Rae Aldrich William L Anderson Atwood Prescription Center Inc Tracy A Benson Dugald J Brown Charles F Burns Cecilia L Caldwell Otelinda L Charpentier Clinton Chichester* Ruitang Deng* Paul J Desjardins Amario Diorio Christine Mary Dollard Roy A Eckloff, Jr. Brett M* & Dawne Feret Jessica L Goren* & Christopher Ouellette Geraldine C Harriman Haworth Apothecary Inc Sungja Kang Kikaku America International Rivka E Klaff Kerry L LaPlante* Lawsons Pharmacy Inc Angelina Lupo Andrew W Marcoux Medspan Healthcare Market Research Inc Laza M Ndombe Laurie A Onanian Alice A Oravetz Helen R Palmer* Vincent T Piccirillo Brian J Quilliam* Rhode Island Pharmacy Foundation RI Pharmacists Association RI Soc of Health System Pharmacists Lisa M Rodriguez Sara E. Rosenbaum * Cosimo A Serio Elizabeth R Sibicky Richard J Silvia Brian P Smith

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information below. In the event of an error or omission, please contact Rich Pop- Gifts $1,000-$4,999 ovic, Assistant Dean of DevelopAlbertson's Inc ment at 401-874-9017 so that we Stephen J Allen may correct our records.

Jennifer & Michael Gerdes

Norman C Saute Brian & Susan Sawchuk Sherry J Soloff Yuzuru* & Hiroko Shimizu

Carole J Amore

Michael A & Kathleen Sipala

Anthem Prescription Management

Edward J Staffa

Anthonys Drug Stores Inc

Peter J Swenton Jr. & Irene Roditakis

Axia Management Consultants LLC

Cynthia Willey Temkin* & Lester Temkin

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals

Verdure Sciences

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Frederick W Burgess & Beverly Ragosta Burgess

Kristin A Vogell

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc

Norman A* & Mary Campbell

Gifts $50,000 and above Mario Family Foundation MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals Inc Thomas M Ryan

Mario & Veronica Casinelli

Gifts $10,000-$49,999

Carmine J Catalano

Scott Campbell & Ocean Pharmacy Charlestown Inc

Gregory R & Heidi Cianfarani

CVS/Caremark Corporation

Cowen Services Company LLC

Brian K Dallaire & Deborah Dallaire

Lynn K Davis

Douglas & Elizabeth Durand Family Foundation Paul J Hastings Hoffman La-Roche Robert & Nancy Iacobucci Joyce Kaye Luzzi Lois Vars Mason & William B. Mason NACDS Foundation John G Niedzwicki Robert & Arda Saute Walgreens Michael A Zoglio

Michael J Costa

Susan M Delmonico William E Dewhirst Susan McCooey Drady Erica L *and Todd M Estus William J Golini John Grossomanides Chester A Hibbard Dennis C Hilliard Annette S Hockman Anne L* & George M Hume Julie M Jones Saul & Susan Kaplan Orsula V Knowlton E. Paul Larrat * & Amey Wilkinson Larrat Joan M Lausier* Pauline R Levasseur Rita M. Marcoux * & James Gutkowski

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F Randy & Jane K Vogenberg Gordon S Willcox Richard Allen Yacino, Sr. John & Cheryl Zevzavadjian

Gifts $500-$999 Dana H Anderson Richard E & Camille Angeli Jack G Armstrong Barry J Cadden Brian J Cowles* Lisa A Durland John C Fandetti, III Amy R Fuller R Choudary Hanumara George H Kenson Eric J Mack Deborah J Magiera John J Mastrianni Richard V Morgera Newell Group LLC NKI Enterprises Inc Frances Reinhardt Ota Norma J Owens* John J Pavis Henrique T Pedro & Janice Violante Pharma Conference RI Law Enforcement Trainers Association

Christopher V Riel Michael B Robinson Robert L. Rodgers* Lionel R Savaria Zahir Shaikh* David E Silver Danny R Simard Michael L* & Jennifer A Simeone St Joseph Hospital Jessica L Tavares Nancy J Tortolani* Patricia Lynn Verhulst Leonard R Worthen * Wyeth

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Mark J Tortolani Donald M Watson Mrs. Jessica Weintraub Karen A Wyman Henry A Zompa

Gifts below $250 Abacus Management Technologies LLC James Abeshaus Michael K Ahlijanian Laura C Albert Victor J Allen Cynthia M Anderson Steven J Arruda Carl J Ashworth Capuzziello & Associates Paula J Avarista Lorraine Bailey* Bay Realty Ltd William A Beaulieu* Elaine R Beaumont Sylvia Bercovici Robert P Berman Michael T Berube Kenneth Bianchini Lori Ann Bilodeau Norman L Bolski Ann Marie Bolvin Caitlin K Botelho Jeffrey P Bratberg* & Patricia Cavanagh Frank X Braun Winifred E Brownell Jane Stoecker Bruckner Marie-Claude Bugnet Bunker Hill Pharmacy Inc Dawn Butcher David W Cabral Geraldine B Calabrese Kristen J Candon Donald C Carlson Rebecca A Carosella Judith A Carroll Thomas J Carty, Jr. Carmella A Catalfamo Josephine F Cavallari Suzanne G Cavallari Eleanor A Chadronet Diana F Clarke Joseph A Coccia Maxine E Cohen Lisa B Cohen Szumita* Michael V Colasanti Anthony A Coniglio Eileen Conlon Gordon Paul Daglieri Peter R D'Agostino David E Williams Enterprises LLC Nancy L Davis

Jeffrey J De Nuccio Leborio G Delisi Arthur L DeSantis Ann Marie Devine Rebecca L Dobbs Jayne E Dodge Andrea G. Dooley* Melanie Metzger Dougherty Douglas A Doyle Samantha A Dumaresq Joseph A DuPrey James P Durkin Amy J Duval John H Eddy Andrea C Eisley Sandra DePadova Elder Evelyn F Ferrin Philip T Fong Christopher L Franklin Christopher J Freed Kenneth E Friedman Brian L Furbush Gerry Enterprises Inc Vito M Giberti Jane A Giorgi* David N Girard Andrea C Girvan Elaina K Goldstein* Stephen T Golia Gretchen K Golikov Edwin R Gorham Anne L Gould Sidney F Greenwald Robert A Hathaway Elena B Haveles Roderick B Henderson Susan Hersey Joanna L Howes Donna M Isaac Susan C Johnson Elaine Soderlund Johnson Dayle F Joseph Sarah G Kachur Michele B Kaufman & Jo Ellen Fusco Patricia E Keith George A Kenna Brian G Kerr Kingston Pizza Nancy S Kitz Paula J Knight Maureen L Kotlow Abraham Kovoor* Donald S Kramer William J Lambert Tamar Lasky* Susan F Lawler Debra Ann Lawlor Audrey Lawton

Douglas M Lehmann Dolores Leone Fung-Njan Lie Sonia Lin* Laurie L Lincoln Lions Club of Rumford Mary E Lownds Christopher Lyman Celia MacDonnell* Patricia Manferdini Joseph Louis Masso Kelly L Matson* & Michael Moyer Samantha L Mattiucci Marykristine Mazmanian Nancy J McCarey Shirley Pinder McKee Peter McMurray Patricia A McNulty Gerald Melamut Natalie A Mendham Fiona A Leo Mensah William J Meyer Larry Meyerson William A Millar II Andrew C Miller Katherine C Miller Donna L Miller Justina A Molzon Victoria K Moretti John R Moriarty, Jr. Dana R Morrill Deborah M Mulhearn Cynthia L Murphy Patricia Ryan Murray* Stephen* & Nancy Kogut Joseph D Nasca Harold A Nelson Roxanne L Nelson Joyce O'Brien Arnold M Olshan Kenneth F Olszewski Mark F Orszulak James V O'Sullivan Oxnard Pharmacy Richard E Palumbo Keykavous Parang* Eugene Anthony Parker Jayne E Pawasauskas* Normand A Pelissier Maureen A Pelosi Eleanor M Perfetto Nancy L Pohl Joan Elizabeth Polseno Edward J Popkin Lorraine Quirk William A Quirk Jennifer Reis Laura D Rexroad

Jeffrey A Del Ricci, Jr Constantine Roditakis Louis G Roy Caroline Russo Mark L Saible Alexander Scagnelli Ann M Schumacher Leonard G Seader Navindra P* & Veronica Seeram Michael A Serio Mary G Serio Pilar Seyrlehner Stephen T Sharkey Audry E Sherry Julietta F Silva Angela Slitt* Susan I Soldivieri Anthony J Solomon Donald P Souza June Tyler Spink Thomas W Stevens Matthew A Stoner* Dawne M* & Tim Strickland Alvin K * & Elsie Swonger Tracey Taveira* Nicholas D Tessier Gloria R Thiboutot Joseph Tkacheff, Jr. Martha Tortolani Daniel Udwary* Patricia R Valencia Rita J Valentino Dorothy E Vanderwoude Anna M. Villa* Kristina E Ward* Betty M Welch William Welsh Erin L Wilkes Merry-Jane Wolborsky Elizabeth C Zanfagna Nasser H Zawia* Hossein Zia* Notes Indicates a pledge commitment of $50,000 and above Indicates a pledge commitment of $10,000 to $49,999 Indicates a pledge commitment of $5,000 to $9,999 Indicates a pledge commitment of $1,000 to $4,999 *

Indicates a gift from member of the College’s faculty or staff (including emeritus faculty)

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The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Updates Samantha Cotter ‘03 Clinical Pharmacist Coordinator Saints Medical Center

Emma Leadbetter ‘07 Clinical Pharmacist Togus VAMC

Jason Cross ‘01 Asst. Prof. Pharmacy Practice MCPHS - Worcester

Michael Lessard ‘92 Director of Pharmacy CPS - Bridgton Hospital

Stephen J. Allen '76 Executive Vice President and CEO ASHP Research and Education Foundation

Marie DiMicco (Gora) ‘81 Clinical Manager Cardinal Health Westchester Medical Center

Kristina Marge ‘08 PGY-1 Resident Inova Fairfax Hospital

Paul Belliveau ‘88 Chair, Pharmacy Practice MCPHS

Eva Dzwierzynski ‘96 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Rhode Island Hospital

John Belviso ‘78 Executive Business Manager Merck

Kevin Forbush ‘06 Central Maine Medical Center

Here are some alumni who joined us in Orlando for the URI College of Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Reception at the ASHP Midyear Meeting in December, 2008. We hope to see you at the 2009 ASHP Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas.

Marc P. Bernarducci ‘91 EISAI Amanda Boening ‘00 Roche June Bray (Woodruff) ‘76 V.P. Regulatory Affairs Forest Laboratories Norman A. Campbell ‘57 Professor Emeritus/Ambassador URI (Retired) Lisa Caswell ‘84 Director of Pharmacy Redington-Fairview General Hospital Gregory Cianfarani ‘92 C.E.O. Rx Insider Christine Collins (Berard) '90 Director of Pharmacy Services Lifespan Academic Medical Center Gary Considine ‘77 Director of Pharmacy Brockton Hospital

Ted Gorham ‘75 Director of Pharmacy, Windham Hosp. Cardinal Health Daria Grisanzio ‘08 Fellow, Asst. Prof. Pharmacy Practice Clinical Pharmacology Study Group/CVS/MCPHS Jillian Hawkes ‘08 Pharmacy Resident Memorial Hospital Alison Healey ‘08 Pharmacy Practice Resident Cincinnati Health Alliance Staci Hermann ‘04 Pharmacy Operations Manager KUMC Stacy Inman (Zitano) ‘99 Manager CVS Caremark Chuck Kirk ‘87 Director St. Andrew's Hospital James Krebs ‘01 Director of Experiential Education University of New England - Pharmacy

John Mastrianni ‘83 Senior Account Manager Genentech

Amy Robinson ‘08 Department of Vet. Affairs Stephen Rolfe ‘07 PGY-2 Critical Care Boston Medical Center Walter D. Soja ‘00 Asst. Dean of Experiential Education Sullivan University Corey Stad ‘08 Pharmacy Practice Resident Univ. of Rochester Medical Center

Tara McCabe ‘07 UK Health Care

Donna Sullivan (Zurro) ‘90 Clinical Pharmacist Kent County Memorial Hospital

Kerry Mello ‘00 Asst. Director of Pharmacy Butler Hospital

Mary M. Walker (Corr) ‘77 Principal Director AMR

Lesli Mickool (Olson) ‘88 Pharmacist EPharm Pro

Mark P. Walsh ‘06 Oncology Pharmacy Resident Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Dan Mickool ‘87 Director of Pharmacy Mercy Hospital

Kristina Ward ‘94 Asst. Prof. Clinical Pharmacy URI Faculty

Kathy Miller ‘00 Clinical Coordinator Central Maine Medical Center

Jon Weiner ‘07 P+G

Fletcher Nehring ‘03 Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator Mercy Medical Center Linda A. Nelson ‘72 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Women & Infants Hospital Paul Pierpaoli ‘60 Retired Leslie Pires (Burnhen) ‘81 Director of Pharmacy Women & Infants Hospital

Gordon Willcox '72 Vice President Roche Laboratories, Inc. Corinne Zanone ‘08 Asst. Editor, Drug Information The Medical Letter Wes Zemrak ‘07 OSU Medical Center Alicia ZuWallack ‘00 Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacy Services Kent County Memorial Hospital

Creating a Better Tomorrow Thank you to everyone who helped make 2008 fun and successful. These are exciting times for the development efforts at the College. We are on our way towards reaching our goal of $10 million for the College of Pharmacy Future Fund by December 2011. This initiative for our new building is part of the overall $100 million Making A Difference Campaign for the University of Rhode Island. This effort for a new facility is a major priority for the University. Also critical to our future are gifts to scholarship endowments, program transformation and the University’s Fund for URI appeal.

Rich Popovic Assistant Dean of Development URI Foundation College of Pharmacy

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Gifts to the College of Pharmacy through the URI Foundation can be made in several ways. The easiest and most beneficial gifts include cash and marketable securities.

By making gifts of stock, bonds or mutual funds that have appreciated in value, donors may realize savings in capital gains and other taxes by giving those assets to the Foundation. Life income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts and lead trusts are vehicles that give donors the flexibility to simultaneously support the Foundation and receive income. It is also encouraged for prospective donors to name the College of Pharmacy as the recipient of a deferred gift, made as a bequest that reflects the donor’s wishes. Bequests can specify a range of potential gift options, including leaving all or a percentage of an estate to the URI Foundation and designating it to the College. Of course, we always welcome con-

tact from alumni. Don’t hesitate to contact my office to make a personal gift. Whether it is for the College of Pharmacy Future Fund, an existing endowment or an operational fund, there are many opportunities to support your College. We appreciate your gifts and would welcome the opportunity to further explain our College of Pharmacy Future Fund campaign and the many opportunities to designate a section of the facility in your name in perpetuity. On behalf of the College, thank you to our friends and alumni who generously give their time, talents and resources. Please contact me at 401 -874-9017 or to join your colleagues on this distinguished list of giving. I also encourage you to visit the URI Foundation website at

THE SCRIPT Winter 2009


Kappa Psi - A new generation Lambda Kappa Sigma - A growing sisterhood APhA–ASP - Forming a future Immunization Training News in brief

Together, Brothers and pledges pose for a group shot after the football game, with victory and bragging rights in the hands of the Brothers.

APPA PSI Building a New Generation The fall 2008 semester was a semester filled with milestones for Kappa Psi. We began the school year with the induction of a new officer position—the Professional Development Chair, who is in charge of planning career oriented events and the construction of the first College of Pharmacy student newsletter. We also had our largest pledge class to date, consisting of 32 students. In October, a dozen Brothers participated in the annual Breast Cancer Walk at Roger Williams Park, and Brother Andrew Cadorette was crowned Homecoming King of URI. In November, several Brothers traveled to New York City for the fall Province 1 regional meeting and met with other Brothers from the University of Connecticut and MassachuBelow: Kappa Psi Brothers (right) play the annual football game against the pledges (left).

setts Colleges of Pharmacy. On November 9, we held our annual Brothers vs. Pledges football game, with the Brothers prevailing by a score of 35 -21. We have also participated in a number of fundraising events including raffling off New England Patriots tickets and having the annual College of Pharmacy clothing drive. On December 3, we initiated our pledge class bringing our Brother total to Above: Brothers gather together for a quick photograph in New York City for an all time high of 114. We the annual fall Province I regional meeting. celebrated the end of a busy semester with our annual formal March 28, we will host the spring Provat Amalfi’s. ince 1 regional meeting. The spring semester looks In April, we hope to continue just as promising with several philanour streak of 5 consecutive Relay for thropic and fundraising events already Life victories, raising the most money planned. We look forward to our anat URI for the American Cancer Socinual “Date a Kappa Psi Guy” date aucety. We are also trying to plan a golf tion to help raise money for the Ameritournament as a fundraising event in can Cancer Society in late February. April. Lastly, we are all looking forThis will be followed by a night at ward to our biennial national meeting, Shamrock’s. Also this semester, we the Grand Council Convention to be will be having our annual Drug Fair on held this August in Tampa, Florida. Thursday, March 26. This is always an excellent opportunity for students to set up an internship with any of a dozen different pharmaceutical compaAndrew Bundeff nies. Two days later, on Saturday, KAPPA PSI REGENT

Lambda Kappa Sigma

Sisters of Lambda Kappa Sigma, 2008—2009

A growing Sisterhood LKS has had quite the eventful fall! The fall semester started off with a bang as the URI chapter of LKS received the Efficiency Cup, the award for the most successful chapter of LKS across the country for the past two years, at the Biennial Convention this summer in Savannah, Georgia. We initiated 57 new sisters this fall accompanied by many traditional events such as a spaghetti dinner, Brickley’s ice cream night, kickball, a scavenger hunt, and an initiation dinner at Liliana’s. We fundraised via a Yankee Candle sale, bake sales, a textbook fundraiser and exam care packages that were given to sisters by parents right before finals. We helped the community via the Breast Cancer

Walk, a campus clean-up, and a clothing and food drive for the Jonnycake Center. Professionally speaking, we had two financial advisors from Bank of America speak to us about our personal financial decisions for now and the future. We also had a rotation round-table event with our sixth year sisters as well as breast cancer and diabetes awareness booths in the Memorial Union. We finished the semester off with our Annual Winter Formal with Kappa Psi at Amalfi’s in Narragansett. We had a great fall semester and plans are in the making for an even better spring semester!!!


Above: A few pledges gather for a quick photograph opportunity at Old Mountain Lanes during a recruitment event. Below left: Potential New Members (PNW) along with the PNM Coordinators play kickball on the Quad as a chance to get to know each other and the sorority. Below: Sisters showcase their achievements including the prestigious Efficiency Cup.


Academy of Student Pharmacists APhA-ASP had a busy and successful fall semester. APhA-ASP is a great way to get involved in pharmacy. It is all about what you make out of it. Whether you just want to wade around in the shallow end of the pharmacy pool or jump right in the deep end, APhA-ASP is the group to join. Whether you’re a pre-professional student or in your P1 through P4 year, many members enjoy being involved in this organization because it encompasses numerous aspects of pharmacy that takes you beyond what you learn in class. We have three patient care projects that keep us busy throughout the year. They are Operation Immunization, Operation Diabetes, and Heartburn Awareness. Since Rhode Island passed the bill allowing pharmacists to administer immunizations, many URI student pharmacists are now certified to administer immunizations. Those students are proactive in the community by educating the public and providing a convenient way for patients to ward off preventable diseases. We are very excited to be able to educate patients on the importance of getting immunized. Our other patient care projects, Operation Diabetes and Heartburn Awareness, help out in many ways around the community by educating the public about heartburn and diabetes. In November, APhA-ASP participated in the Wellness Fair at South Bay Manor that was coordinated by Dr. Estus. It was a really fun way to get involved because not Below, President-Elect of ASP Nick Dorich (center) was voted Member-at-Large at the Midyear Regional Meeting back in October 2008.

Above: Fifth year students, Kevin Cabral and Marcie Flagg teach young students about diabetes at a local primary school as part of an outreach program for the Operation Diabetes Committee. To the right, members of ASP enjoy some down time at the Midyear Regional Meeting held in Boston, MA that gathered other ASP members from surrounding schools of pharmacy. The meeting was a great opportunity to make connections with other pharmacy students and learn more about APhA.

only was there a lot of health information for the folks at South Bay Manor, but there was Wii bowling as well and the competition was fierce! Right before Thanksgiving break, students and faculty took time out to show off and have some fun at the College of Pharmacy Family Feud. Such an event entails a little friendly competition between students and faculty. The Pharmacy Family Feud is a great fundraiser in itself but mixed in the fun was a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale with lots of a treats! The money that we raised will help to fund our patient outreach projects and also go towards student registration for immunization training and to help cut down traveling costs to the National Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

The College of Pharmacy Family Feud was a great success and we hope to continue on the tradition in years to come. In October, 10 of us traveled to Boston, MA, for a weekend at the Midyear Regional Meeting. It is a great way to network with people from other pharmacy schools within the region and learn a lot more about what APhA has to offer. We are certainly looking forward to attending the National Meeting in April where we can further strengthen our networking and develop into the pharmacists that we will all soon become.

Jessica Ouellette APhA-ASP PRESIDENT

forming a bright future

Surrounding pictures are of all the teams that participated in the annual APhA-ASP Family Feud. Teams were composed of faculty, staff, and students ranging from third years to fifth years. Most teams revolved around a theme to set each other apart.

Survey says... On November 24, 2008, the Academy of Student Pharmacists put together a competition of Family Feud in which both faculty and students went head to head to see who would win the title of ultimate winner. Teams were composed of five members, with some taking their team dynamic to the next level by having themes such as “The Overachievers,” “Pepto-Bismol,” and faculty look-alike. The event was hosted by Dr. Bratberg and coordinated by ASP’s Historian, Kevin Cabral. As the competition became fierce, the team of Dalmatians, Nadia Franco, Krystal Sawyer, Megan Hannon, Nikayla Iacobbo, and Anastasia Manchette (shown upper left) jumped ahead and took the overall title. There also was an award given to the “Average Joes” (shown below) for their most creative attire and overall theme. ASP thanks all that attended and participated as they look forward in planning future feuds.

Students take time to give immunizations a shot As winter break came winding down, a few select students hit the books early for the opportunity to become nationally certified as immunizers along with local pharmacists from the surrounding areas. On January 20, 2009, the day before classes started, students ranging from third year to sixth year gathered at the College of Pharmacy for the National Certificate Program for Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery developed by the American Pharmacists Association. Along with students, several pharmacists attended the day-long training put on by Dr. Orr, Dr. Feret, Dr. MacDonnell, and Dr. Bratberg. The program began with registration at 7:30 AM, with the seminar starting promptly at 8:00 AM. Discussion first concentrated on the importance of vaccines and their achievements in public health. From this introduction, the students and pharmacists also became aware of their roles as healthcare professionals in preventing disease. These roles included being an advocate and motivator to educate the public on basic immunology and protection. The day then lead into other lectures on documentation and record keeping and the legal and regulatory issues surrounding immunizations. A good portion of the morning was focused upon the interpretation of immunization schedules and reading records of previous vaccine administrations. Following, adverse reactions, contraindications, and precautions were spoken of to some degree and how to handle such situations. Lunch was then provided, as most grabbed a bite to eat and watched President Obama become inaugurated. The rest of the afternoon was spent greatly on the epidemiology and specifics of preventable viral and bacterial diseases, such as pneumonia, influenza, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and hepatitis A and B, to name few. Details were heavily emphasized on the vaccines and the different types (i.e. live vs. attenuated) that are on the market. Before the practical portion of the training began, lastly touched upon, but still as important, was emergency preparedness of possible allergy symptoms that could lead into anaphylaxis. Dr. Feret and Dr. Bratberg then lead the group into the final phase of the seminar, the practical. A technique video was shown on how to administer both subcutaneous and intramuscular vaccines –

Above: Dr. MacDonnell (center) supervises and demonstrates the administration of a subcutaneous injection to fifth year students during the practical portion of the immunization training.

Above: Jess Ouellette (left) prepares the syringe for administration into Andrea Handeli (right). Right: Two fifth year students practice the intramuscular injection.

both of which each participant would need to perform on their partner. Then, Drs. Feret and Bratberg graciously demonstrated the technique for everyone by injecting each other, going through the procedure, step by step. A final assessment was given in which a score of at least 80 percent was needed to receive certification. Once finished and with slight nerves in the air, participants made their way to the Practice Lab for evaluation of technique. Partners gathered at a station and with supervision of a

faculty member injected each other three times, two intramuscular injections and one subcutaneous with normal saline. Once completed and with relief setting in, the training had officially ended. Both students and pharmacists who attended the training left with the confidence in being more knowledgeable about vaccines and acquired a new outlook and skill in helping to prevent disease. Future trainings will be held again for those that unfortunately missed this opportunity.

news in brief. Going professional

Students entering the pharmacy professional curriculum gathered on September 2, 2008 for their official acceptance into the program as they participated in the White Coat Ceremony. Guest lecturers addressed the students, with Interim Dean Jordan emphasizing the importance of pharmaceuticals in healthcare and the future of pharmacy. Congratulations go to all first-year professional students on their accomplishments in reaching the College of Pharmacy.

Rx Royalty As the URI Homecoming football game was near, candidates were selected for Homecoming King and Queen. Students interested in gaining such a title had to first be nominated from one of the organizations they’ve participated. Becky Davis, representing Newman Club, and Andrew Cadorette, representing Kappa Psi, filled out applications and were interviewed by a panel of faculty members at the Student Alumni Center. Both being selected for Homecoming Court 2009, the ultimate decision came down to the University population. The candidate that had accumulated the most can pull-tabs was given the title. On October 18, 2008, both Davis and Cadorette were crowned King and Queen, both being successful at collecting the most tabs in their category. It was a pharmacy sweep!

Pharmacy goes formal With classes coming to an end and finals just approaching, Kappa Psi and Lambda Kappa Sigma gathered for their annual formal at Amalfi’s in Narragansett for a night of celebration on December 12, 2008. All members of both the fraternity and sorority were invited to attend, along with their guests of choice. Dinner was provided towards the beginning of the night following an evening of dancing and camaraderie. Special thanks goes to the Social Chairs of both organizations, Ian Lubinski, Kelsey Luczak, and Michelle Cefaretti, for their coordination of the entire night.

Angelica Lupo, Peri Stark (above) and Justin Gregoire, Diamond Loyd, and Thomas Bertha (below) enjoy themselves at formal and take time to smile for a quick shot.

ear Readers,


It is with great satisfaction that “The Script” has finally made its debut within the College of Pharmacy. Formulation of this publication has taken considerable thought and extreme patience. The goal of this newsletter is to inform mainly the College of Pharmacy personnel of student achievement and, in turn, instill a sense of pride within everyone. This is the first installment, in what we hope will be the foundation of further issues and future volumes. This specific edition highlights events that occurred last semester, recognizing students and organizations of their accomplishments. With this start, we look forward in expanding our content and capturing more events as they present themselves. We look to you, our audience, in helping us reach our goal, and welcome comments and suggestions as we move forward in continuing to promote student excellence within the College of Pharmacy. Enjoy. Sincerely,




URI Rx Alumni Newsletter Winter 2009  

Alumni newsletter

URI Rx Alumni Newsletter Winter 2009  

Alumni newsletter