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. 5, 10 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.

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.

Pharmacy: Breaking the wall into sterile compounding

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School of Pharmacy alumnus Chris Jones takes a whack during the CCPR ceremonial wall breaking.

A Wall Breaking Ceremony for the school’s new Center for Compounding Practice and Research took place Sept. 8. The center will be dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of sterile, extemporaneously compounded medications and personalized medicine via classroom and certificate training, continuing education programs and research.

The CCPR will be constructed in three phases on the fifth floor of the R. Blackwell Smith Jr. Building. Phase I of the CCPR should begin construction by the end of October, with completion projected for spring and Phase I ready for student instruction in the next academic year. Phase II will provide continuing education and certification to pharmacy practitioners, technicians and others working in pharmaceutical industry, and Phase III will offer analytical testing services.

On hand for the Wall Breaking Ceremony, along with School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph T. DiPiro, were VCU President Michael Rao; Sheldon Retchin, VCU senior vice president for health sciences; former Dean Victor Yanchick; alumnus and Del. S. Chris Jones (B.S.’82/P), R-Suffolk, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; alumnus and Del. Keith Hodges (B.S.’89/P), R-Middlesex; and Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, House majority leader.

School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends crowded the room – one of the former labs that will become part of the CCPR — as each of the hard-hatted guests took a sledge hammer to the wall.

Rao recognized alumnus Carthan “Sonny” Currin Jr. (B.S.’59/P), who helped spearhead the initial CCPR fundraising campaign, as representative of all the donors who have supported or will contribute to the center. Rao also thanked the delegates who, as he noted, found the means to assist the state’s pharmacy school even within a tight budget year.

“What will happen here is at the heart of our profession,” said DiPiro. “It will advance the time-honored art of prescription compounding, prepare practitioners for the complexity of medications now being used in health care. It will assist practitioners to comply with evolving state and federal regulations, and it helps us meet our obligation to society to assure that medications and safe and prepared to rigorous high standards.

“Completion of this center will put our school at the forefront of schools of pharmacy around the country in compounding training. We will become a regional and national center for training.”

Pharmacy: First-year students get first white coats

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The 140 members of VCU School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2018 hit campus Aug. 13 for a three-day orientation. Hundreds of family members and friends attended the annual Open House as well as the White Coat Ceremony Aug. 23. School of Pharmacy alumnus Ron Davis (B.S.’73/P), guest speaker, shared the story of his own career path. “If you want to help people,” he said, “if you want to affect their lives, then you have picked the right profession!”

Pharmacy: Dean named recipient of Parker Medal

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VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph T. DiPiro has been selected to receive the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s 2014 Paul F. Parker Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Pharmacy. He was chosen for the honor based on his three decades of leadership in clinical pharmacy practice, education and research.

He will receive the medal during ACCP’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, in October.

Learn more about DiPiro, the late Paul Parker and their University of Kentucky connection.

Pharmacy: Travel fund encourages bonds, friendships

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Pharm spotlightBy Nan Johnson

Through shared experiences and classes and spending many hours together, Virginia Commonwealth University students often build lasting friendships with their classmates.

Jay “Tommy” Thompson III (B.S.’80) and Jonathan “Jon” Roberts (B.S.’79) developed a friendship in pharmacy school that continues today.

Thompson is the owner and pharmacist in charge at Mechanicsville Drug Store, an independent community pharmacy in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Roberts serves as president of CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S.

The two recently made gifts to the Roberts-Thompson Travel Fund, which encourages students to forge bonds with their classmates and to learn more about their profession.

The fund, originally established by Thompson in 2006, provides financial assistance for Pharm.D. students who attend conferences and conventions to gain experience in the field.

“I had really great experiences at these national conventions,” Thompson said. “It’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss and when you don’t have the money, it can be impossible.”

Traveling and bonding with classmates, Roberts added, is just as valuable as the conferences.

“The travel fund is a great way to support students,” he said. “I put myself through pharmacy school, and any help you can get is always appreciated. College days are the most formative years of your life, and you may not be able to afford those opportunities to support your career development. I feel very fortunate to be in a position to give back and help others.”

The Roberts-Thompson Travel Fund annually provides 20 travel awards of $250 each, which are available to Pharm.D. students through VCU chapters of five national pharmacy organizations and the Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity.

“The award is intended to promote camaraderie,” Thompson said. “When we were students, we’d get three or four people together to share costs and to share the experience.”

Sharing the travel and conference experience leads to valuable career networking, said Victor Yanchick, Ph.D., former dean of the VCU School of Pharmacy.

“When students see [at national meetings] what’s happening in their professions, they are preparing themselves for a career, not just a job, and in order to have a career that’s successful, they must have a network of professionals who can mentor and guide them along the way,” he said.

“For Tommy and Jon to give back like this is tremendous. I admire them for what they’ve done and for what they’ve accomplished in their own careers.”

To learn more about the VCU School of Pharmacy, contact Ellen Carfagno, director of development, at (804) 828-3016 or emcarfagno@vcu.edu.

Pharmacy: Professor is president-elect of national association

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620Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy professor Jean-Venable “Kelly” R. Goode has been named president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association. In March 2016, she will succeed Lawrence “LB” M. Brown of Chapman University School of Pharmacy as president of the national association.

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others who are interested in the profession of pharmacy. It is the oldest and largest pharmacy association in the country.

Goode is a member of the APhA board of trustees and a former president of APhA’s Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management. In addition to being on the VCU School of Pharmacy faculty since 1996, she has served for nine years as director of the school’s Community Pharmacy Practice Program and for 11 years as director of its Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

She has pharmacy practice experience in hospital, long-term care and ambulatory settings, and her primary focus is on developing and implementing innovative patient care services in community practice.

Goode has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Virginia Pharmacists Association’s 2014 Ed D. Spearbeck Virginia Pharmacist Service Award, APhA’s Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award in 2011, the inaugural National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Community Pharmacy Faculty Award in 2009, the APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award in 2008, the VCU Distinguished Service Award in 2005, the APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice in 2004, the VCU School of Pharmacy Teaching Excellence Award in 2003 and the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Practice Innovation Award in 1997.

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Pharmacy: In memoriam – Warren E. Weaver

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Warren Weaver

Warren Weaver

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy Dean Emeritus Warren E. Weaver died July 10 at age 93. He taught at the school from 1950 to 1956, served as dean from 1956 to 1981 and continued to teach part time for several years after his retirement.

Weaver, the fifth dean of the school, holds the record for longest tenure in that position. His School of Pharmacy career began when then-dean R. Blackwell Smith Jr. (who went on to become president of the Medical College of Virginia) hired him away from the University of Maryland. Weaver arrived in Richmond as an associate professor in medicinal chemistry, having already established a reputation in the field.

While at MCV and then VCU, he established several pivotal pharmacy programs, including the master’s and Ph.D. degree offerings. He implemented one of the first pharmacy experiential education programs in the country, and he initiated the postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. program, which led to the transition from bachelor’s to Pharm.D. degrees for graduating pharmacists.

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Pharmacy: Tee up for school’s annual golf invitational

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2013 winning team

2013 winning team

Alumni, students, faculty and friends are invited to join the School of Pharmacy for the 2014 Yanchick Invitational Golf Tournament! The game is Captain’s Choice, and the action begins with an 11 a.m. tee time Oct. 9 at The Traditions at Brickshire Golf Club, 5520 Virginia Park Drive in Providence Forge.

It’s “fore” a good cause: scholarship support for School of Pharmacy students. While you’re at it, you can earn bragging rights for the longest drive or best team score.

The fee – $95 for alumni and friends, $50 for students – covers 18 holes of golf, carts, snacks, beverages, an awards picnic luncheon and door prizes, not to mention a hole-in-one contest for a new car. Or for $10, you can choose to attend the awards luncheon only.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Davis (M.S.’10/H&S), development specialist, at (804) 828-4247. Learn more or register for the Yanchick Invitational.