VCU Alumni celebrates outstanding volunteers

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service awardsVirginia Commonwealth University will honor a collection of its most dedicated and accomplished alumni at VCU Alumni’s Alumni Volunteer Service Awards celebration.

The awards celebrate alumni who have worked with particular devotion to serve the VCU community. VCU Alumni, an umbrella organization providing coordination and support for an alliance of alumni constituent organizations, presents the awards.

Recipients will be honored Oct. 24 at the Richmond Marriott. Each of the top award recipients will receive a handmade glass medallion featuring the VCU seal. Alumnus Sean Donlon (B.F.A.’12/A) crafted the medallion. Get more information and register to attend the event. 

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Pharmacy: Alumni to be honored at service awards event

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In case you didn’t know … three of the 10 university alumni to be recognized at VCU Alumni’s 2014 Alumni Volunteer Service Awards are pharmacy graduates!

Many congratulations to …

  • B. Ellen Byrne (B.S.’77/P; D.D.S.’83/D; Ph.D.’91/M; H.S.’91/M),VCU Alumni Service Award. In addition to her School of Pharmacy degree, Byrne earned her D.D.S. degree in 1983 and a Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1991. The VCU Alumni Service Award is given a graduate who has made significant contributions to VCU Alumni.
  • Marianne R. Rollings (B.S.’63/P), MCV Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award is presented to an MCV Campus graduate who is nationally recognized and acknowledged by leaders in his or her profession as having made distinguished contributions to health care.
  • Alvin J. Schalow Jr. (B.S.’61/P), MCV Alumni Association Hodges-Kay Service Award. This award goes to MCV Campus graduates in recognition of their service to the MCV Alumni Association and participation in the activities of the association, their school and/or the university. The award was created in 1991 in recognition of longtime volunteers Frances Kay (B.S.’59/N) and the late Edward Hodges Jr. (D.D.S.’56/D).

Byrne, Rollings, Schalow and their fellow award recipients will be feted Oct. 24, beginning with a cocktail and dinner buffet at 5:30 p.m., at Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 E. Broad St.

Purchase tickets to the awards event by Oct. 17. 

Find out the names of other 2014 winners. 

Pharmacy: Yanchick golf tourney a success

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The winning team! From left to right: Wayne Fentress (B.S.'68/P), Lenny Campbell, Tommy Thompson (B.S.'80/P) and Pete Taylor (B.S.'79/P).

The winning team! From left to right: Wayne Fentress (B.S.’68/P), Lenny Campbell, Tommy Thompson (B.S.’80/P) and Pete Taylor (B.S.’79/P).

The second Yanchick Invitational Golf Tournament took place Oct. 9 at the Golf Club at Brickshire in Providence Forge. The outing included breakfast, welcome bags, 18 holes of golf, drinks, an awards luncheon and great raffle prizes. All proceeds will benefit the VCU School of Pharmacy Scholarship Fund.

A big thank-you goes to all sponsors, golfers and student volunteers who supported the event. We look forward to seeing you out on the course next year!

Pharmacy: Research and Career Day benefits students, alumni

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Pharmacy alumni Angela Men (center) and Dwight Flammia (left, facing student) will serve as mentors to students again this year.

Pharmacy alumni Angela Men (Ph.D.’04/P; center) and Dwight Flammia (B.S.’93/H&S; Ph.D.’99/P; left, facing student) will serve as mentors to students again this year.

VCU School of Pharmacy’s 16th Annual Pharmaceutical Sciences Research and Career Day  brings together graduate students, postdocs, Pharm.D. students, faculty and alumni with the goals of networking, mentoring and developing student professionalism.

A number of alumni have volunteered their time to discuss their own career paths with students and to offer tips on job hunting and resume building. This year’s R&C Day takes place Oct. 17 at the Larrick Student Center; guest speaker will be Vijay Anne, medical affairs review officer and manager for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Pharmacy: Preceptor awards, spotlight on McGuire VA and more

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Jon Carter, Pharm.D. class of 2010, received a preceptor award for his work with students at McGuire VA Medical Center.

Jon Carter, Pharm.D. Class of 2010, received a preceptor award for his work with students at McGuire VA Medical Center.

The summer/fall 2014 issue of the School of Pharmacy’s Preceptor Newsletter, published by the Office of Experiential Education, is now available online.

Read all about the 2014 preceptor awards, which graduating Pharm.D. students are pursuing residencies or fellowships, and a feature on the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. McGuire offers a number of rotations for fourth-year pharmacy students, many of them precepted by SOP alumni as well as former faculty such as Bill Soine.

Pharmacy: Faculty in the news

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Alumna Patty Slattum has been tapped to receive a 2015 ASCPT award.

Alumna Patty Slattum has been tapped to receive a 2015 ASCPT award.

  • Don Abraham, Alfred and Frances Burger Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, was honored as one of 21 Penn State alumni fellows, the highest award granted by the Penn State Alumni Association. Abraham also served as chairman for the VCU School of Pharmacy’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry and is emeritus director of the Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery.
  • Professor Gretchen Brophy has been elected secretary of the Neurocritical Care Society. Not only will she serve as 2017-18 president of NCS, she will be the first nonphysician president in its history!She alsoreceived the 2014 Critical Care Practice and Research Networks Achievement Award during the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
  • Professor David Holdford co-authored the EPIQ (Educating Pharmacists in Quality) Program, launched in August by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. EPIQ offers 26 training modules on measuring, improving and reporting quality of care in pharmacy practice for pharmacists, students and other health-care professionals.
  • Assistant professor Leticia Moczygemba was quoted in a Sept. 14 Richmond Times-Dispatch story on the use of smartphone apps in assisting medication management. One of her current research projects involves the use of apps.
  • Patty Slattum (B.S.’85/P; Cert.’92/AHP; Ph.D.’93/P), professor and alumna, has been selected to receive the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ Henry W. Elliott Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented in March during ASCPT’s 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

 

Pharmacy: SNPhA chapter shines at National Convention

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SNPhA convention pharmThe VCU chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association returned from the 2014 National Convention with awards, scholarships and a national office. Fourteen School of Pharmacy students were accompanied by faculty adviser Leticia Moczygemba.

The theme of the 41st annual meeting was “A.C.T. – Advance to Achieve. Collaborate to Connect. Teach to Transform.” Chapter president Kisha Grigsby said, “VCU had a tremendous presence at the conference.”

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18 VCU alumni appointed to McAuliffe administration

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Last month, VCU Alumni started keeping a tab on the total number of Virginia Commonwealth University alumni newly appointed to the McAuliffe administration. As of Aug. 29, the count was eight. However, after Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration Sept. 29, 13 more VCU alumni were added to the governor’s administration. Through their respective positions, the new appointees will be tasked with the responsibilities to focus on issues that will stimulate Virginia’s economy and to improve the state’s job market. The effort exhibited by these alums proves that when you start from VCU, you can go anywhere. Go Rams!

Here is the list of VCU Rams who were recently appointed to the McAuliffe administration:

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Helene D. Clayton-Jeter (B.S.‘83/H&S) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus Dr. Frazier Frantz (H.S.‘95/M) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Yvonne P. Haynes (Cert.‘88/AHP; M.S.W.‘88/SW) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Trula E. Minton (B.S.’79/N; M.S.‘06/N) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Martha K. Perry (B.S.‘65/N) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Ellen B. Shinaberry (B.S.‘87/P) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus Dr. James D. Watkins (D.D.S.‘86/D) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Sandra J. Adams (M.S.W.‘05/SW) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus Kent C. Dickey (M.P.A.‘89/GPA) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Kelly Thomasson Mercer (B.A.‘01/H&S) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna E. Ayn Welleford, Ph.D. (M.S.’91/AHP; Ph.D.’98/H&S), was appointed to the Community Integration Advisory Commission by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 5, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Sarah K. Holland (B.S.‘08/B) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 29, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus Robert T. Leek (M.S.‘91/AHP) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 29, 2014.

Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Sarah T. Melton (B.S. ‘91/P; Pharm.D. ‘94/P) was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 29, 2014.

Pharmacy: There’s still time to sign up for the golf tourney

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Tee up this fall for a really great cause: pharmacy student scholarships.

You are invited to join fellow School of Pharmacy alums, faculty and students 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9 at The Traditions at Brickshire Golf Club in Providence Forge. The fee for the 2014 Yanchick Invitational Golf Tournament is $95 for alumni and friends, $50 for students or $10 if you want to attend the awards luncheon only.

Come on down for fun, fellowship and perhaps a few bragging rights! Call Jasmine Davis at (804) 828-4247 for details, or register online.

Pharmacy: Alumnus’s widow makes scholarship bequest

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Joyce Clement, who left the bequest

A $200,000 bequest from the estate of Joyce Pusey Clement will provide scholarships to VCU School of Pharmacy students for years to come. Clement began supporting the school in 2008 when she donated $25,000 to create the S.B. “Jack” Clement Scholarship in memory of her late husband and in honor of his devotion to pharmacy. The two met in Richmond and were married in 1956, a few months after he graduated.

Read more about the Clements and their concern for pharmacy’s future.