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In this issue Donor Recognition 1 Pharmaceutical Dreams 2 BSPS Global Profile 3 Upcoming Events 4


College of Pharmacy recognizes donors with naming opportunities BY ASHLEY TRAYNUM To thank the generosity of others, The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has named several rooms, labs and suites in the new building on the Health Science Campus. “The naming of these spaces in our new facility reflects the exemplary philanthropy of the alumni, faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as that of the larger pharmacy community,” said Dr. Johnnie Early, dean of the college. “The commitment of these and many other donors to our ongoing mission of educating pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists is a source of tremendous pride for the college.” The naming opportunities that follow recognize $410,536 that has been pledged to help students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Read more

Dr. Jerry Nesamony, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been selected as an item writer for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

PHARMACY CAMP Do you know a high school junior considering a career in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sciences? Encourage this student to check out the Pharmacy Summer Camp website The camp application deadline is April 18.

Pharmaceutical Dreams BY NICHOLAS ALBANO, PRE-PHARMACY I had always assumed I’d get a job in the automobile industry just like my dad and his dad before him. Even as a high school student, college was a mystery to me. Maybe it was because I didn’t have any family members who had gone to college. No one even talked to me about college until I met Syppy at the pharmacy. Among other things, she opened my eyes to the world of higher education; she taught me what it was to be a professional. The notion of me going to school after high school was laughed at or quietly frowned upon by my family; they were concerned with the length of time it would take and the cost to them. My mother secretly encouraged me, so with her support and the support of Syppy from my first pharmacy job, I enrolled in college science courses. I worked in the pharmacy full-time for three years, and my interest grew. I was interested in all aspects of the profession, from the science of the chemicals we worked with to the stories of the patients we helped each day. I was invited into the homes of some of our patients when I delivered medications. I can’t explain it, but I felt an overwhelming sense of duty to serve them. I guess I always knew that this could be my grandmother, my grandfather, my mother, my sister. It became even more real to

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me when we would share in the joy of a patient bringing us the news of their cancer remission, and also when we shared in the sorrows of families that notified us of the death of a family member that had been our patient. When I came to The University of Toledo, the organic chemistry classes and my first anatomy and pathophysiology class really opened my eyes to the sciences, how things worked, what could go wrong, and how we can fix it. Learning about diseases also instilled a passion within me to fight them. I’ve been working within the profession for nearly eight years. I have faced much adversity, pain and suffering in my journey–but I have not wavered, I have not fallen and I certainly have not cracked. I am held together by the hopes and dreams that form my burning desire to join the ranks of pharmacists across the nation. I feel that some of my traits are hallmark signs of a good pharmacist: honesty, dignity, honor, justice, fairness, compassion and integrity. I have a desire to share my knowledge, to educate patients, and to keep myself informed. I also realize that not everyone has the opportunity to become a pharmacist, and that it is a highly competitive academic field. I know I can and will repay this gift to my community through my service to them as a pharmacist.

Ohio Pharmacists Association externs Kevin Mast (left) and Elaine Boateng, 2011 PharmD Candidate from The University of Toledo (right), led a presentation on poison prevention to a class of first graders at St. Paul School in Westerville, Ohio.

P4 student, Tan Carlin (right), was recognized with the Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Fraternity’s 2011 Jay L. Pollock Undergraduate Achievement Award.

pharmacy in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Across the pond and beyond, five students will conduct research in both academic and corporate sites. Thomas Tarry, Andrea Myers, and Jason Lasher will travel to University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary to work with the BSPS students Justina Mueller and Kristin Satterwhite university’s faculty on various projects. During their experience, they will have opportunities to work in pharmaceutical compaBY RICHARD MONTGOMERY, ASST. DIRECTOR, BSPS PROGRAM nies throughout Hungary as well. Nachiket Patel, a pharmaceutics This year may be one of the most have confirmed their placements in major, will work in the formulaexciting internship seasons yet, with competitive, nationally-ranked tions plant for Sun Pharmaceutisome students interning in esteemed internship programs. Kristin cals in Gujarat, India, one of the positions with academic institutions Satterwhite, a medicinal/biological world’s top producers of generic and other students traveling abroad chemistry major and aspiring drugs. Lastly, Devangi Patel, anto work in international physician, received summer research other pharmaceutics major, will pharmaceutical and research experience offers from the University work with Astron Research Limcompanies. The University of of Oregon, Washington State ited, an international contract Toledo’s Bachelor of Science in the University and University of Rochester research and drug manufacturer Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) Medical Center. She accepted the in India. program is the most comprehensive offer with University of Rochester, undergraduate pharmaceutical ranked #16 among medical schools in We look forward to hearing science program in the United the current U.S. News and World about more internship confirmaStates. We are among the few Report rankings. Similarly, Omar Issa, tions from the nation’s top institutions that provide specific a pharmacology/toxicology student, healthcare organizations and Fortraining in each of the four accepted a prestigious position with tune 500 companies. Our stupharmaceutical science disciplines, the University of Michigan, where he dents’ progress is a sure sign of but more specifically, we are the will conduct research on the structure the program’s growth and an aconly institution among colleges of and function of proteins. The knowledgement that we train the pharmacy that provides leadership University of Michigan is currently best undergraduate pharmaceutitraining in tandem with the ranked number five among colleges of cal scientists in the country. academic program. The culminating project in the leadership program is the internship, wherein each student spends 10 weeks in the field working Email your news to us at in their major. The internships students will be involved in this summer are significant, and they demonstrate the increasing Your college and your classmates want to know what you’re busy recognition of the BSPS program accomplishing. Send news about births, new jobs, marriages, and nationwide. achievements to the college for publication in the biannual printed While we are still in the midst of newsletter, Extracts & Graduates. You can even send photos! volleying acceptance letters from Alumni can also keep up with UT news and progress by joining the UT various companies and research Alumni Association and its online community, programs, it is important to recognize two of our students who

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Upcoming Events Kappa Psi STAG Event Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 3pm All Kappa Psi alumni are welcome to attend Stag this year at the Lucas County Recreation Center located on 2901 Key St., Maumee, OH 43537. The event will Give to the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Past issues of the college Newsletter Follow us on Facebook

allow past and current brothers to catch up over food and games. For more information and to RVSP, please email Benjit at or call him at 419-377-9021.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Spring Commencement Friday, May 6, 2011 at 6pm in Savage Arena For more information about Spring Commencement, please visit the College’s commencement webpage.

Toledo Academy of Pharmacy Annual Golf Outing Wednesday, June 8, 2011 beginning at 12 noon The Toledo Academy of Pharmacy (TAP) is holding its annual golf outing in support of UT student scholarships. Students, alumni, staff and faculty are invited to participate in the golf outing and/or the banquet that follows. Find out more online at

When and Where I Enter...: Unlocking the Door for Women of Color in STEMM August 10-12, 2011 “When and Where I Enter…” is A FORWARD to Professorship Workshop specifically targeting pre-tenure women of color (African-, Latina- and Native-American) in the Midwest, where these populations are often academically and socially isolated. Learn more.

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