Spring 2011 A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF THE RUDOLPH H. RAABE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY Dr. Jenelle L. Sobotka Endowed chair of pharmacy practice A PASSION TO SHARE Stay connected Helping neighbors All you need is love

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  • Spring 2011


    Dr. Jenelle L. SobotkaEndowed chair of pharmacy practice

    A PASSION TO SHAREStay connected

    Helping neighbors

    All you need is love

  • The Ampul is a publication of The Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy

    Editors:Josh AlkireLynn BedfordAmy (Rettig) Prigge, BSBA 94Laurie Wurth Pressel

    Design: Toma (Grothous) Williams, BFA 96

    Photography:Lynn BedfordKen Colwell

    Contributors:Scott Wills, BSBA 87

    The Ampul is published by Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St. Ada, OH 45810, 419-772-2000.

    The R.H. Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University has long been recognized as one of the premier colleges of pharmacy in the nation, continually meeting the high standards of pharmaceutical education. Throughout its prominent history, the college has graduated pharmacists who now have successful pharmacy practices and who are active in local, state and national health-related organizations. More than one-fourth of all pharmacists in Ohio are Ohio Northern alumni.



    Message from the Dean

    Features p. 4-14

    A passion to share: Dr. Jenelle Sobotka Stay connected: Nine ways to get involved Helping neighborsCharitable pharmacies offer local serviceAll you need is love: Amy Stroman, PharmD 08, is passionate about her mission work in Kitwe, ZambiaTeacher-scholar profile: Dr. Kelly Reilly

    Outreach Corner

    Pharmacy News and Activities p. 16

    Student Focus p. 19

    My tribute toDr. Amar Bhattacharya p. 21

    Advisory Board p. 23

    SPRING 2011 Ampul Contents

    On The Cover:Dr. Jenelle L. Sobotka was named the endowed chair of pharmacy practice in the Raabe College of Pharmacy. This newly created position was established in part by alumni of the college to enhance the academic offerings available to ONU pharmacy students.

    Spring 2011


    The Ampul

    Photo: Ken Colwell


    Dr. Jenelle L. SobotkaEndowed chair of pharmacy practice





    PASSION TO SHAREStay connected

    Helping neighbors

    All you need is love


    PASSION TO SHAREStay connected

    Helping neighbors

    All you need is love

  • From the DeanWe are the TEACHER-scholars of pharmacy education is the vision statement for the faculty and staff of the Raabe College of Pharmacy.

    In the last issue of The Ampul, we highlighted much of the facultys accomplishments in the area of scholarship. However, TEACHER is highlighted in this vision statement to emphasize our focus on teaching. At the conclusion of each course, students are required to evaluate the faculty using a five-point Likert scale (five being the highest). Results are then compiled and analyzed for each academic year. In response to the statement requesting that students rate the individual faculty member overall, the overall average for the college was 4.54. At the national level, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy produces a faculty satisfaction survey. When compared to nine comparison colleges of pharmacy, we outperformed the other colleges in all 65 assessment measures.

    We are proud of our faculty and what they provide for our students. Because of these efforts, our students are also succeeding at the local, state and national levels. (See table.) Our academic excellence will continue to flourish in the future.To this end, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jenelle Sobotka joins the Raabe College of Pharmacy faculty as the Universitys first endowed chair of pharmacy practice. Endowed chair positions allow academic institutions to bring faculty of national and international status to campus to enhance the learning and research opportunities for their students. Sobotka is the president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the profession and its future to our students. You can learn more about Sobotka on page 4.

    Our profession is now beginning to feel the impact of the downturn in the national economy. While many institutions are developing new schools of pharmacy or expanding current programs, the Raabe College of Pharmacy actually reduced its class size and hired more faculty to further the programs academic reputation. The fruits of these labors are evident in the quality of our students and faculty.However, it is our alumni who have built and enhanced the overall reputation of our program. You serve as role models for the next generation of ONU pharmacists. We encourage alumni to talk about the college with young people and provide them with information about visiting and applying to the Raabe College of Pharmacy at ONU. The Ampul strives to keep you abreast of the events happening in the college, and we hope you enjoy reading about our continued progress.


    Dr. Jon E. SpragueProfessor of Pharmacology and DeanRaabe College of Pharmacy


    Recent Points of Pride

    APhA-ASP Heartburn Awareness Challenge

    APhA-ASP Project Chance Award OPA OTC Challenge OPA Pharmacy Olympics AMCP Elite 8 (National P&T

    Competition) Red Cross Youth of the Year Award US PHS Excellence in Pharmacy

    Practice Award NCPA National Chapter of the Year

  • 4Pharmacy students need to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Pharmacists are poised to revolutionize patient care and ONU graduates can lead the way. I believe our graduates will find future roles in improving patient care that we cant even imagine today.

    Sobotka will work to bring well-known speakers to campus, to expand student involvement in service learning and professional activities, to foster patient care research, and to help build the colleges national reputation. Her career and volunteer experiences have connected her to a wide variety of people and ideas from around the globe. She plans to draw upon this extensive network in her new role. Ive been so privileged to have experiences that allow me to better understand issues in our health care system and view them from a variety of perspectives, she says. Ive met many leaders and mentors in the profession who have inspired me. I hope to share this with the students of ONU.

    A PASSION to share


    The Raabe College of Pharmacy recently named Sobotka the endowed chair of pharmacy practice. This new position will enhance the colleges academic offerings in the areas of innovative patient care and medication therapy management.

  • 5Sobotka traces her passion for patient care back to her student intern days at a community pharmacy. In those early experiences, I realized the potential for pharmacists to improve medication use and to dramatically impact a patients health, she says.

    Now she has the chance to inspire passion in the next generation of pharmacists. I want Northern pharmacy students to become lifelong learners, to ensure

    they maintain their knowledge and expertise through long and fruitful careers, she says. I want students to be proud to be pharmacists and feel excited about their future in improving patient health.

    A dedicated volunteer, Sobotka has a long history of giving back to the profession. She is the 2011-12 president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association

    (APhA), the largest professional orgranization of pharmacists in the U.S. Previously, she served two terms on the APhA board and two terms on the Ohio Pharmacist Associations board. She currently serves on the board of the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Cincinnati.

    Sobotka earned her bachelors degree and doctor of pharmacy from the University of Iowa. After graduation, she served as a clinical specialist in internal medicine at the VA Medical Center and assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She then became associate director and director of the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care (ICPC) for the Iowa Pharmacists Association.

    While working there, she co-authored A Practical Guide to Pharmaceutical Care, which was published by the American Pharmacists Association. ICPC received the APhA Foundations Pinnacle Award in 1999 for its work in advancing patient care practices. Sobotka joined Proctor & Gamble in 1998 as professional relations director. She also is the recipient of numerous professional awards.

    Northerns friendly atmosphere influenced Sobotkas decision to accept the endowed chair position. ONU has such a positive, nurturing environment with everyone focused on ensuring students have the support they need to grow and learn, she says. It just feels like home!

    to share

    I want students to be proud to be pharmacists and feel excited about their future in improving patient health.

    Dr. Jenelle Sobotka was sworn in as APhA president-elect.

  • 61 Mentor a student Guide students along their path. By

    pairing third-year pharmacy students with alumni mentors, the annual mentorship dinner is your chance to learn about your students career aspirations and share your journey with them. Many of the student/mentor relationships continue long after the dinner ends. The event takes place on campus each March.

    3 Come home Experience ONU during Homecoming weekend and reconnect

    with great friends and reminisce about fond times. Enjoy everything Northern has to offer at this fun-filled event. Marty, BSPh 81, and Clarice (Turk) McNeill, BSPh 80, have attended

    27 of the last 30 Homecomings to stay linked to the University that positively impacted their lives

    both personally and professionally. We are both first-generation college graduates in our families. Weve enjoyed 29 years of marriage and 30-year pharmacy careers thanks to Northern, says Marty. Fellow alumni, we challenge you to come back for just one Homecoming; you owe it to yourself and the University!

    4Establish a scholarship Create an endowed scholarship and

    leave a lasting legacy. Scholarships enable you to honor a family member, express your passion for the field of pharmacy and provide financial assistance to pharmacy students for years to come.

    2 Hit the greens Polish (or dust off) your clubs

    for the annual golf outing. Dont worry if youre not Arnold Palmer; amateur golfers are welcome. Having fun and helping students are the main goals. Each August, the golf outing nets thousands of dollars to support programs in the Raabe College of Pharmacy.

    Stay connected

    ways to get involved with the Raabe College

    of Pharmacy

    5 Join the club The Lehr Society is the

    premier recognition society for donors giving $1,000 or more during the fiscal year. The Heritage Club recognizes donors who include ONU in their estate plans. John Harbaugh, BSPh 61, and his wife, Janet, recently designated a portion of their estate to benefit the Raabe College of Pharmacy. Fifty years after graduation, John can still name all his pharmacy professors. They played a significant role in his future success. ONU is a special place, says John. Janet and I hope our gift will impact future students and help them to experience the spirit of Northern.


  • 77 Be a preceptor Pass on your knowledge to pharmacy

    interns. Preceptors bridge the gap between textbook knowledge and practical application. They help students learn the professional skills they need to be successful. Each pharmacy student must complete close to

    in the field during the six-year

    program. Don Duran, BSPh 85, and his employees mentor several ONU pharmacy interns each year at Medi-Rx Pharmacy in Poland, Ohio. Duran appreciates the students knowledge and enthusiasm. Northern students are like sponges. They truly care about their education and are very grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow in a real-world setting.

    9 Interview prospective students

    Help determine who will become tomorrows leaders in the pharmacy profession. Each December, teams of alumni, current students and professors interview more than

    seeking entrance into the college.

    This interview plays a critical role in determining who will be admitted as first-year students. Alumni participation elevates the importance of the interviews. Karen (Weber) Fitzpatrick,

    BSPh 79, has participated in Pharmacy Interview Days for

    the past three years. It enables me to be a part of the University family and reconnect with my collegiate roots.

    6 Recruit students

    Encourage young people to schedule a visit to Ohio Northern University. As competition for students in all majors intensifies, ONU needs alumni to encourage top-notch students to learn more about the University. You can attend college fairs, provide information to your local high school, or simply share your ONU story and pride with others. Jim Patsiavos, BSPh 53, has recruited a countless number of students from the Springfield, Ohio, area through the years, including his own two children. I always recommend ONU because a Northern education benefits graduates their entire lives. Learn more about Alumni B.E.A.R.S. at onu.edu/alumni.

    8 Speak in class Tell students

    about your career path. Pharmacy professionals, representing a wide range of career options, are needed to share their experiences in pharmacy classes. You can open doors for students that they never knew existed.

    1,750 hours 400 prospective students

  • 8Kathleen Kathy (Schmader) Cather, BSPh 78, joined the Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Ohio, in 2009 because she wanted to give back. She enjoyed a long career as a hospital pharmacist, and she and her husband, Charlie, BSPh 78, owned three profitable retail pharmacies. We felt blessed with success, she says. So the time was right for me to take a different path.

    The Prescription Assistance Network, located in downtown

    Canton, Ohio, provides free medications to people without health insurance. The pharmacy serves individuals at or below 200 percent of the poverty level as well as elderly patients who have hit the doughnut hole in Medicare Part D.

    As the networks only pharmacist, Cather never experiences down time. She tracks down medicine donations and sometimes travels long distances to pick them up. She fills more than1,400 prescriptions each month and mentors the pharmacy students working with her.

    The students keep her young, she says, and remind her of why she loves the pharmacy profession. The free pharmacy provides an ideal learning environment for the eager students. They interact with patients from many different subsets of the population, she

    explains. They can sit down and counsel patients because they have a captive audience. The network patients are usually delighted to have someone take the time to focus on their health care needs.

    The economic recession caused a radical increase in the number of people seeking help from the charitable pharmacy, says Cather. She recalls one woman who came to the free pharmacy and broke down in tears because it was the first time in her life she needed assistance. She told me she and her husband made $150,000 last year, and today, they were losing their house, says Cather.

    Faced with such heartbreaking stories, Cather often wishes she could do more to help. But she reminds herself that her efforts go a long way; the Prescription Assistance Network relieves patients of a huge burden. At least they no longer have to worry about how they will afford their medicines, says Cather. Every person who walks in the door says thank you. Some even tell me that I have saved their life.


    Charitable pharmacies offer local service


  • 9Walt Ritzman, BSPh 53, Hon. D. 02, works tirelessly to support the Barberton Community Health Clinic in Summit County, Ohio. When he first visited the free facility more than two decades ago, he realized its potential to make a difference in his community. I saw a chance to truly help people in need.

    Ritzman adopted the clinic as his special project in 1987 and poured the same energy and ingenuity into running the clinic as he did in running his own business. Within a short time, he transformed the free clinic into an organized and efficient venture. Dedicated medical volunteers licensed physicians, nurses and pharmacists replaced an unreliable system for staffing. The clinic expanded its operation from one day a week to three days a week. And the pharmacy developed an impressive stock of donated and purchased medicines.

    Today, Barberton Community Health Clinic serves more than 200 individuals without health insurance each month. Patients, the unemployed and the working poor, receive medical care and free prescriptions. Our patients range from individuals hard on their luck to those who never had much of anything their whole lives, says Ritzman.

    Retired since 1997, Ritzman volunteers at the clinic nearly every weekday. The clinic helps to keep him physically active and mentally sharp, he says. I dont know what I would do without it, he explains. My work at the clinic gives me a reason to wake up in the morning.

    In addition to playing a key role in the clinics operation, Ritzman works as a pharmacist. He fills prescriptions, counsels patients and, most importantly, offers kind words of encouragement. He recently launched a special project to help his patients quit smoking. I persuade them to take care of their bodies, he says. They are appreciative to know someone genuinely cares about their health.

    After 24 years as a volunteer, Ritzman says the Barberton Community Health Clinic continues to provide him with more goodwill than he gives. Knowing that Ive helped someone that is my payment each day, he says.

    Ritzmans family has a long tradition at Ohio Northern. Ritzmans father, Forrest Ritzman, PH G 26, and four of his five brothers, Earl, BSPh 59, F. Robert, BSPh 65, Gerald, BSPh 70, and Eric, BSPh 73, all graduated from the Raabe College of Pharmacy. Ritzman started his own pharmacy in Barberton, Ohio, in 1957. Two of his brothers also opened pharmacies in the Akron area. They eventually formed a family corporation, Ritzman Pharmacies, which today encompasses nine retail pharmacies, a specialty medication package pharmacy and a home infusion business.

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    Her lifes workAmy Stroman, PharmD 08, lives in Zambia. But shes more than just living. Shes helping, shes thriving, shes in the middle of her lifes work.

    Stromans base of operations is the Janna Christian Community School, a primary school located within the Ndeke community of Ndola, Zambia. Janna is comprised of nearly 400 pupils, from preschool to the seventh grade. As the first point of contact for sick children, Stromans primary responsibility at the school is to meet the medical needs of the students.

    Depending on the nature and severity of the childs illness, I either directly initiate treatment at Janna or consult some medical professionals Ive networked with in the greater Ndeke and Ndola communities, Stroman says. I also do a lot of counseling with the childrens parents to ensure an understanding of treatment options and adherence to prescribed medication regimens.

    The road to ZambiaIt turns out that Stroman has spent huge chunks of her life in Zambia. When Stroman was 4, she joined her parents as they served as missionaries for four months at their churchs mission base in Macha, a village in Zambias southern province. During their stay, Stromans father,


    All you need islove

    also a pharmacist, worked in the bases hospital. The family later returned to Macha when Stroman was 9.

    At 15, Stromans parents allowed her to return to Africa as part of a summer missions project through Touch the World Ministries (TTW), a teen missions agency. That summer, Stroman spent five weeks in Uganda working with schoolchildren in Kampala, the countrys capital.

    To say the very least, that trip dramatically changed my life. Returning to the States at the end of the summer, I knew unequivocally that I wanted to spend my future in that land, among those beautiful people of Africa.

    The role of pharmacyWith a pharmacist father, Stroman received lifelong exposure to a career path that she thought would perfectly benefit the people in Africa. While studying at ONU, she discovered Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) and, in turn, Global Health Outreach (GHO), the short-term medical missions arm of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CDMA).

    After her fourth year at Northern, Stroman returned to Zambia on a short-term medical missions trip facilitated by GHO.

    Hands-down, my heart was so broken over the poverty, suffering and need that I witnessed first-hand on that trip, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had to do something about it, she says.

    For the next three summers, Stroman returned to Zambia with GHOs short-term medical team, developing relationships with some of her current ministry partners. At the conclusion of the summer 2010 trip, Stroman remained in Zambia when the rest of the team returned home. Shes been there ever since.

    The highs and lowsIn Ndeke, so many are suffering, more than our Western minds can comprehend. Some of the things Ive seen and experienced have left me on my face before God, totally broken in his presence.

    Despite the hardships she witnesses, Stroman finds happiness in her work in Zambia that she says she wouldnt be able to find anywhere else. Without a doubt, my daily existence is characterized by unspeakable joy that might be difficult to fully grasp without walking in my shoes.

    Stroman recalls coming home from Janna one evening after a long, tiring day. Her clothes were covered in dust. There were bleach stains on her pants, and her face was smeared with dirt. I was in great need of a shower, but

    Amy Stroman, PharmD 08, makes a difference in Africa

  • as the wind whipped through my hair, I realized I had never been happier in my life. Theres no greater joy than that which comes from serving others.

    The Northern differenceNone of this would be possible, Stroman claims, without her Northern education. As evidence of that Northern difference, she points to the College of Pharmacys emphasis on patient counseling. Counseling is literally at the heart of all that I do, and without having been properly trained in its implementation, I never would have the skills necessary to effectively communicate with the parents of my patients. They come to Janna often distressed or greatly concerned over the well-being of their children, and its only through effective communication that I can gain their trust and respect so that we can then form the partnership necessary to benefit their children.

    While its true that Northern gave her the knowledge and skill set she uses every day in Zambia, the University gave her something else, too: perseverance.

    I worked, strained and sweated at ONU for every paper, every lab, every exam. Yet, no matter how bad it got, I refused to give up, she says.

    My greatest accomplishment

    By Amy Stroman, PharmD 08In this adaption from her monthly newsletter, Stroman discusses a Sunday afternoon spent with a local family at the Janna Christian Community School, searching for medicine to combat malaria.

    With a firm diagnosis now in hand, my focus shifted to treatment options. All my medication was back at Janna, so we first needed to return there to retrieve it. Thus, as a group, we went to Janna for the medication. But interestingly enough, we discovered that all the medications had been moved from the schools office to a classroom as a result of some construction. So it took some searching until we finally found them.

    During one lull in the search, 10-year-old Mwila began to write on the chalkboard at the front of the classroom. And as he did, his face lit up even as a wide grin began to consume his features.

    How do you spell other? he asked me.

    I began to spell out the word for him: O-T-H-E-R

    And as I was in the midst of spelling, I read the words. The words he had carefully written with his best penmanship on the chalkboard.

    They cut me to the deepest place of my heart.

    Amy and Mwila love each other.

    Wowwhat could I say? The surge of emotion that swept through my veins was like life itself.

    That was my single greatest accomplishment in lifethat a precious child knew with utter confidence that I deeply loved him.

    My heart wept in gratitude to the Lord. For thats why I had come. Thats why I was here: to convey the love of Jesus to the children. Sure, I loved meeting their medical needs. I derived great joy from relieving whatever suffering or pain I could.

    But ultimately, at the core of everything Im doing here, at the center of it all, is love. Love ...pure and simple, plain and free. Love in all its fullness, in all its freedom, in all its beauty.

    Her future in ZambiaWith the exception of a handful of plans to return to the States temporarily (for a friends wedding, for example), Stroman intends to remain in Zambia for the long-term. She sees much physical progress at Janna, as plans are already underway to construct a medical clinic and pharmacy on the grounds of the school.

    My heart is utterly in Zambia, and for as long as the Lord wills, its my desire to remain, she explains. As far as my personal desires go, Zambias children have so completely stolen my heart that Id remain here forever if I could.

    Words of wisdomStroman has some advice for anyone looking to follow in her footsteps: cultivate a tender, loving heart.

    If you really want to make a difference, if you really want to impact your world, youve got to be able to love. Unashamedly. Wholeheartedly. Utterly. And without reserve. You must shed all the Western inclinations toward shallowness and superficiality. And you must embrace the raw, weathered beauty that can only be found in genuine brokenness, in undying love.

    To sign up to receive Amys monthly e-mail newsletter, please contact her at [email protected]


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    Balancing an active teaching load that introduces students to pharmacy practice with serving on an interdisciplinary health care team off site speaks to the very heart and passion of Dr. Kelly Reilly, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

    For three to four days per week in the Raabe College of Pharmacy, Reilly challenges her students to think in different ways and learn about therapeutic modules palliative care, pain and symptom management, and physical assessment. The remainder of her week is spent as a consultant pharmacist at HospiScript Services in Columbus, Ohio.

    Im part of a very nontraditional group that works with teams of nurses and physicians across the country on drug information topics, clinical symptom management recommendations and cost management strategies, says Reilly. For me, working as part of a health care team is so powerful,

    and I love to involve my students in processing situations from different perspectives.

    In this team approach, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and spiritual advisors come together to develop health care plans for treating the whole patient, and much of her work is done at local hospice facilities.

    Teaching at Ohio Northern energizes and inspires her. When I first visited campus with my preceptor advisor three years ago, I was struck by the immediate connection to students and faculty that I felt. I held a palliative care residency and co-taught with faculty members at Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, so I hoped to be able to teach following graduation, says Reilly. Teaching and research help me to directly infuse practice principles into my courses.

    Through a relationship with Blanchard House, an assisted living senior residence in Kenton, Ohio, Reilly also is involved with her students on research focused on geriatric outreach. Students are able to be involved with events and outreach and participate in surveys and continuing

    Teacher-Scholar Faculty Profile

    Dr. Kelly Reillyassistant professor of pharmacy practice

    education activities associated with this growing population.

    Being in tune with students is essential to finding better delivery in her teaching methods. Her lectures incorporate technology, and by understanding student needs, they help her transition the coursework and adapt materials.

    ONU and the College of Pharmacy give me so much support for what I do in the classroom and for what I aspire to do in helping my students grow as professionals.

  • The Heritage Club recognizes all alumni and friends who include the College of Pharmacy or University in their will with $10,000 or more. You may make a bequest to the college or University by preparing a new will or amending your present will. There are several different types of bequests. Two of the more common types of bequests are:

    Cash Bequest The college receives a specified dollar amount

    Residuary Bequest The college receives all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate

    Including the College of Pharmacy in your will is very simple. The following sample language can be used when preparing or revising your will:

    I give and bequeath to Ohio Northern University and the Raabe College of Pharmacy, a non-for-profit corporation located in Ohio, the sum of ______ dollars, or _____ shares of ____ , or ____ percent of the remainder of my estate to be used to benefit future pharmacy students at Ohio Northern.

    Gifts to The Campaign for Ohio Northern Universitys Tomorrow never stop supporting both current and future Northern pharmacy students, and now the need is greater than ever. For details on this and

    other planning options, please contact Scott Wills, BSBA 87, director of development for the College of Pharmacy, at [email protected] or 419-772-2705.


    Leave a Legacy for future pharmacy students

    ONU means a great deal to both of us,

    as we had our start together as Polar Bears.

    We chose to remember ONU as a part

    of our estate planning. Having the

    opportunity to allocate a portion of our

    estate to ONU, for the purpose of helping

    current and future students, is our way of

    recognizing all that ONU has meant and

    continues to mean to us.

    When notifying the college of a bequest, alumni and friends can document any specific intentions in supporting the pharmacy college and ONU. In addition, as part of your Heritage Club membership, you will receive a personalized 12-by-12-inch granite paver at the new Alumni and Friends Entrance. Your support also will be formally recognized as being part of The Campaign for Ohio Northern Universitys Tomorrow.

    Gifts to The Campaign for Ohio Northern Universitys Tomorrow never stop supporting both current and future Northern pharmacy students, and now the need is greater than ever. For details on this and

    other planning options, please contact Scott Wills, BSBA 87, director of development for the College of Pharmacy, at [email protected] or 419-772-2705.

    Join the Heritage Club Kenneth E., BSPh 55, and Sandra L. (Boatman)

    Nihiser, BSEd 57, joined the Heritage Club to help current and future ONU pharmacy students fulfill their educational endeavors and aspirations. The Nihisers, who met at ONU, decided to establish an endowed fund with their bequest. The Kenneth E. and Sandra L. Nihiser Fund for Pharmacy

    Skills Enrichment will be used at the colleges discretion to assist pharmacy students in need and to enhance their learning experiences as they prepare for service to the profession.

    ONU means a great deal to both of us,

    as we had our start together as Polar Bears.

    We chose to remember ONU as a part

    of our estate planning. Having the

    opportunity to allocate a portion of our

    estate to ONU, for the purpose of helping

    current and future students, is our way of

    recognizing all that ONU has meant and

    continues to mean to us.

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    Raabe College of Pharmacy honors distinguished alumni

    The College of Pharmacy honored three alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards in November 2010. Val Watts, BSPh 90, Theresa Tip Parker, BSPh 74, and Llyn Lloyd, BSPh 60, were recognized for their outstanding career accomplishments and their contributions to ONU.

    We are extremely honored to recognize these distinguished alumni for their significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy, said Dr. Jon Sprague, dean of the College of Pharmacy.

    While at ONU, Watts was a member of the pharmacy academic society, Rho Chi Society, and the recipient of the L.K. Darbaker Prize, the Julius Rogoff Foundation Prize and the Higuchi Award. After graduating from Northern, Watts earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1994 from the University of North Carolina. He next became a post-doctoral fellow at the

    Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University, both in Portland, Ore. His main focus in research was dopamine receptors, G-proteins, and Adenylyl Cyclase signaling. He remained in Oregon until 1998 when his career led him to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He remains there today and is a professor of medicinal chemistry and

    molecular pharmacology and the associate dean of research. He is a published author of many peer-reviewed research articles and has received millions of dollars in federal funding towards his research in Parkinsons disease, schizophrenia and drug abuse. At ONU, Parker was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity and the professional pharmacy fraternity, Kappa Epsilon. She was on the Panhellenic Council and the Panhellenic Judicial Board, a member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and a resident assistant. After graduating from ONU, Parker spent 18 months in retail pharmacy. She then became assistant manager, manager of prescription services, and, finally, director of pharmacy systems and technology at Gray Drug Company in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1989, she became senior merchandise manager of pharmaceuticals at Fox Meyer Drug Company in Carrollton, Texas, where she remained until

    1992 when she began with her current employer, Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park, Ill. She currently is director of trade relations and operations for Abbotts Pharmaceutical Products Division. Parker has been involved in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, American Pharmacists Association, Pharmacy Benefit Managers Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She also served on the board of directors for the National Wholesale Druggist Association Service Corporation. While a student at Ohio Northern, Lloyd was involved with the football and track teams, the Student American Pharmacists Association, choir, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. After graduating, he spent a year in Danville, Ohio, before moving to Idaho in 1961. In 1962, he was a sales representative for Merck, Sharp, & Dohme.

    Theresa Tip Parker, BSPh 74, Val Watts, BSPh 90, and Llyn Lloyd, BSPh 60.

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    Pharmacy Outreach CornerOver the past decade, the profession of pharmacy has continued to evolve from a dispensing role to a more patient-centered model involving immunizations, disease management programs and medication therapy management (MTM) services. Educating Raabe College of Pharmacy students to become agents of change is a top priority for faculty.

    One partnership that has been ongoing for the past three years within the college is the collaboration with Rays Supermarkets in Lima, Ohio, on weekly health and wellness screenings. Pharmacy students present different health topics every week and provide free screenings to three different sites. Disease topics include the prevention and management of hypertension, diabetes, womens/mens health, nutrition, cholesterol, heartburn, and asthma/COPD education.

    Students also participated in the first Winter Wellness Expo on Jan. 22. Nearly 50 students served the patient population, and more than 200 members of the Allen County community were screened. It was an outstanding service provided by Rays and the college. Students also were involved in the Spring Into Wellness health fair at Rays on March 19.

    I am in awe of Ohio Northerns students, said James Straub, BSPh 85, pharmacy director for Rays/Chiefs Supermarkets. They were all happy to be there,

    engaged with our customers, and great subject matter experts.

    ONUs students have been a part of numerous outreach events and activities during the year, including Adas Harvest and Herb Festival, Hardin Memorial Hospital Health Fair, Allen and Hardin County Councils of Aging, Blanchard House Assisted Living in Kenton, Heartbeat Pregnancy Crisis Center in Lima, Date Night in Dayton, and the SNPhA Health Fair at ONU.

    In January, Anthony Weiland, a sixth-year pharmacy student from Lockport, N.Y., spent his rotation teaching in the college with Dr. Kristen Finley Sobota. Of participating in several outreach events, Weiland says, Through outreach we have been able to screen numerous patients, but we also have empowered them to take charge of their health. With the knowledge we acquired through our pharmacy coursework, outreach and patient education are essential to the role of the future community pharmacist.

    To learn more about outreach opportunities, contact Dr. Kristen Finley Sobota at [email protected] or 419-772-2569.

    Lloyd and his father purchased Arco Rexall Drug Store in Arco, Idaho, in 1963. He spent 13 years working and operating the store before selling the establishment and moving to Boise, Idaho, to work for the Boise VA Medical Center as a pharmacist. He received the A.H. Robins Bowl of Hygeia award in 1973.

    In 1980, he was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy. During this time, he completed his masters degree at Boise State University. He became the executive director for the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy in 1982 and the executive director of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy in 1986. He was elected vice president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Committee (NABP) in 1990. In 1991, he served a one-year term as NABP president-elect before being selected president. In 1993, the NABP selected Lloyd to become the Executive Committee chairman. Lloyd received the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Merit Award in 1995 for his advocacy on a national level for recovery support and re-entry programs. In 2003, he retired as the executive director of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

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    Pharmacy News and Activities

    Henderson recognized for pioneering pharmacy work

    APhA-APPM elects Nichol to member-at-large status

    Dr. Metta Lou Henderson, Hon. D. 08, ONU professor of pharmacy emerita and a pioneering female pharmacist, has been recognized as the University of Arizona (UA) College of Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year.

    During the universitys 125th-year commemoration and 2010 homecoming celebration, the UA alumni association recognized her achievements and positive impact in the community and profession.

    In making the award, UA officials called her a shining role model to students and alumni since her early days as a Wildcat more than 50 years ago.

    In her career, Henderson has directed pharmacies and a hospital poison control center, taught at two colleges, and was the pharmacy alumni chair and associate dean at the Raabe College of Pharmacy.

    Henderson was the first woman to serve as chair of the Council of Faculties of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and she is the author of American Women Pharmacists: Contributions to the Profession. Her published work and presentations on women in pharmacy led to her winning the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Rufus A. Lyman Award.

    The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) elected Allen Nichol, BSPh 74, of Gahanna, Ohio, as an executive committee member-at-Large (2011-13). APhA-APPM is dedicated to assisting members in enhancing the profession of pharmacy, improving medication use and advancing patient care.

    Nichol, who earned a PharmD in 1993 from Nova-Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, has been a pharmacist for 35 years and active in pharmacy politics, organizations and advocacy since his college of pharmacy days. He has created an innovative clinical practice concept of collaborative practice with family medicine and founded a company, CeutiCare LLC, for the purpose of placing pharmacists in similar practice sites to make this a standard of care.

    Sebok Lecture SeriesDr. Carmen A. Catizone, executive director/secretary of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), presented Quality of Care: Can Pharmacy Measure Up? in January as part of the Sebok Lecture Series. View the video news clip at onu.edu/pharmacy

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    Upcoming Events

    2011 Alumni Weekend and Robby Classic June 3-5Alumni Weekend provides

    opportunities to meet former classmates, make new friends, and attend the seminars, banquets and other programs. Register at 419-772-2727 or [email protected]

    Baker Farewell Celebration! Join Dr. Kendall L. and Mrs. Toby Baker, BFA 06, for a casual, fun-

    filled evening to wish them farewell as they retire and begin their new journey in life. Register at 419-772-2727 or [email protected]

    Pharmacy Golf Day Aug. 12Mark your calendar for the pharmacy golf outing and CE.

    Contact Dr. Robert McCurdy, BSPh 65, Hon. D. 96, at [email protected] for more information.

    Homecoming 2011 Sept. 30-Oct. 2Make plans to join us

    at Homecoming a time of reunions and celebrations with alumni, friends, family, faculty and students. Find details at onu.edu/alumni

    Pharmacy, AmerisourceBergen create Good Neighbor Pharmacy ScholarshipThe College of Pharmacy has partnered with AmerisourceBergen Corporation to create the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship Fund, which is available to ONU pharmacy students seeking a career in retail community pharmacy.

    Were very appreciative of the AmerisourceBergen team for establishing the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship Fund, says Dr. Jon Sprague, dean of the college. The scholarship will provide much-needed student support

    and will reinforce our colleges long-standing tradition of excellence and dedication in preparing students to serve in community pharmacy.

    ONU has one of the strongest NCPA student chapters in the nation, as demonstrated by finishing in the top three of all chapters with the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Award. Dr. Deirdre (Mozdy) Myers, BSPh 83, ONU pharmaceutics laboratory instructor and pharmacy instructor for pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, recently won the NCPA National Advisor of the Year award.

    ONU alumnus presents Martin Luther King Jr. Day lectureTo commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Tracy Love, BSPh 57, H of F 94, spoke on Ohio Northerns campus in January. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at ONU on Jan. 11, 1968, in one of his final appearances on a college campus before being assassinated in April later that year.

    Love attended ONU during a tumultuous time for African Americans struggling to win their civil rights. He graduated from Northern two years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which Rosa Parks defiantly refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger, and six years before the March on Washington, D.C., in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. Love received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy

    the same year the famous Little Rock Nine were prevented by the National Guard from entering the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School.

    He played basketball for four years, football for three years, track for two years, and tennis for one year. He also was a member of N Men, Phi Delta Chi, Dukes, the Wesley Fellowship, Chess Club, Physical Education Club, and the Association of Independent Men. Love even took a leadership position on campus as the vice president of his sophomore class.








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    Since graduating from ONU, Love has held positions such as the vice president and public relations officer of the Cleveland Pharmaceutical Association, vice president of Consul Chemical Company, a pharmacist coordinator at Cleveland Clinic, and the pharmacy director of Kenneth Clement Medical Center Clinic. He was inducted into the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.

  • CPF adds member to board of directors

    Two new pharmacy residency programs have been established

    The Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) has appointed a new member to its board. Randall Myers, BSPh 82, owner of Harrys Pharmacy in Carey, Ohio, joined CPF, which provides support funding for projects associated with community pharmacies in which pharmacists desire to advance their scope of services to assist patients with their disease state management and medication therapy management needs.

    Myers has received numerous professional recognitions, such as the AmerisourceBergen Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pharmacist of the Year, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Community/Ambulatory Practice from the American Pharmacists Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association Prescription Drug Safety Award.


    Randy Jennings, BSPh 98, a Walgreens pharmacy supervisor, presented Dean Jon Sprague with a check for $10,000 to support diversity initiatives and programming at the college.

    The Raabe College of Pharmacy has established two new post-graduate-year pharmacy residency programs. These opportunities help accelerate student growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services and further the development of leadership skills that can be applied in any practice setting.

    Kroger-ONU PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency ProgramONU and Kroger have teamed up to launch a community pharmacy residency program. Qualified postgraduate, first-year residents will spend time at designated area Kroger pharmacies to experience innovative patient-care opportunities, including medication and therapy management, biometric wellness screenings, immunizations, and 340B pharmacy services. Residents will spend additional time working with

    the ONU HealthWise Disease State Management program.

    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice ResidencyThe pharmacy practice residency at ONU HealthWise provides the opportunity to work in an extremely innovative health care setting with an interdisciplinary team of pharmacists, nurses, exercise physiologists and nutritionists. As a clinical pharmacist on the team, the resident will provide direct patient care in the following areas: diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, smoking cessation and preventive medicine.

    Additionally, the resident will complete a teaching certificate program, which will include providing small and large group lectures, assisting with various outreach activities, and supervising activities in the Drug Information Center.

    Dr. Kim Broedel-Zaugg, BSPh 81, professor of pharmacy practice, is the recipient of Kappa Epsilons 2011 Career Achievement Award. This award honors one distinguished pharmacist annually for his/her contributions to the profession of pharmacy. As an adjunct to the award, Broedel-Zauggs name will be placed in nomination for the Professional Fraternity Associations Career Achievement Award. Since 1994, she has been an advisor for the Psi Chapter at ONU.

  • Student Focus


    Six Ohio Northern University pharmacy students were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force in January. Master Sgt. Jonathan Reed of the U.S. Air Force presided over the commissioning ceremony along with Lt. Col. Wade Mueller and Master Sgt. Daniel Cody.

    The students commissioned were Tyler Bolanz, a fourth-year pharmacy major from Louisville, Ohio, Richard Boyd, a sixth-year pharmacy major from London, Ohio, Alexandra Jackson, a fourth-year pharmacy major from North Granby, Conn., Victor Perri, a third-year pharmacy major from Stongsville, Ohio, Chad Rounds, a fifth-year pharmacy major from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Michael Schultz, a fourth-year pharmacy major from New Berlin, Wis.

    In addition to their commissions, the students were awarded tuition scholarships for the remainder of their time at Ohio Northern. With more than 100 pharmacy colleges in consideration, Ohio Northern pharmacy students received six of

    Students commissioned, receive scholarships from U.S. Air Force

    the 30 scholarships awarded nationally. The scholarships were facilitated by Air Force Col. Mark Butler, BSPh 79, pharmacy consultant to the Surgeon General and associate chief of Pharmacy, Biomedical Science Corps.

    Michael Schultz, a fourth-year pharmacy major from New Berlin, Wis., right, was one of six ONU pharmacy students to be commissioned into the U.S. Air Force. Schultzs grandfather, retired Air Force Col. Mike Everson, was his commissioning officer.

    Front row, from left: Nina Tachikawa, a sixth-year pharmacy major from Powell, Ohio, commissioned in 2009, Victor Perri, Michael Schultz, Alexandra Jackson, a fourth-year pharmacy major from North Granby, Tyler Bolanz and Dr. Kendall L. Baker. Back row, from left: Richard Boyd, Dr. Jon Sprague, Master Sgt. Daniel Cady, Lt. Col. Wade Mueller, Chad Rounds, David Lang, a sixth-year pharmacy major from Apollo, Pa., commissioned in 2009, and Master Sgt. Jonathan Reed.

    Were very honored and appreciative of the scholarships our students have been awarded by the United States Air Force, for these fine students to serve their country and the profession of pharmacy, said Dr. Jon Sprague, dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy.

    Love and compassion are the strongest


    Rebecca Carey, a sixth-year pharmacy major from Trenton, Mich., spent one of her pharmacy rotations with Dr. B.S. Bonyo, a native of Masara, Kenya, a graduate of Ohio University, and now a family doctor in Akron, Ohio. He started a clinic in Masara and helps coordinate a pharmacy and medical rotation trip called SHARE Kenya, a three-week clinical program in which students, faculty and clinicians from across the country deliver health care in rural western Kenya. Check out her blog at onu.edu/pharmacy

  • Chili Cook-off heats upPharmacy Council held its 10th Annual Soup and Chili Cook-off in January. Participants donated numerous canned goods to the Ada Food Pantry.

    N ext to music, th ere is nothing that lifts th e spirits and strength ens th e soul more than a good bowl of chili. Anonymous

    Alexis Klefeker, a third-year pharmacy major from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Nick Wolters, a third-year pharmacy major from Maria Stein, Ohio, pose with their award-winning entries.

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    Pharmacy student interviewed during national ASHP meeting in California

    Ashley Overy, a fifth-year pharmacy major from Grafton, Ohio, was interviewed during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., for her work as an ASHP blogger. She talks about how social media opportunities help her share experiences with other students and stay connected with family and friends.

    Recently, Overy was appointed vice chair of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee, which is comprised of five students selected by the ASHP president. The executive committee assists in building relationships between ASHP and all U.S. colleges of pharmacy by serving as liaisons, providing information to student society leaders, and helping strengthen the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) activities and programs on each campus.

    To view her video, visit onu.edu/pharmacy

    First place Retreaters Delight by Student Planning Committee (SPC)

    Second place Hearty Three Bean Chili by Kappa Epsilon

    Third place Award-Winning Chili by Dr. Pat Parteleno, PharmD 91

    First place Sopa de Pollo by Aisha Oliver

    Second place Your Moms Chili by Anthony Fritz, a third-year pharmacy major from Hamilton, Ohio

    Third place Dragons Breath by Karen Thatcher, a fifth-year pharmacy major from Jefferson Hills, Pa.

    Judges Choice:


  • Family and friends of James, BSPh 63, and the late Mary Ann (Gardner) Turner, BSPh 63, were on campus in November to dedicate the Turner Family Student Organization Resource and Conference Center and honor Mary Anns memory by establishing the Turner Family Endowed Fund in support of Pharmacy Student Organizations and Community Service. The Turners owned and operated Gardners Drugstore in Ada for 37 years. James was a member of the pharmacy faculty at ONU, served as advisor for Phi Lambda Sigma and Kappa Psi, and developed the colleges externship program. Mary Ann served on the ONU pharmacy faculty and was director of the ONU Student Health Pharmacy, filling prescriptions and instructing students. She also advised Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Tau Alpha.

    My tribute toDr. Amar Bhattacharya

    My main goal as a first-year pharmacy student at ONU back in 1989 was to graduate with a pharmacy degree. I expected that I would finish my degree, obtain my license, and have a long and fulfilling career as a pharmacist. I never imagined myself signing up for an additional five years of higher education or expected to find myself back at ONU on the other side of the lecture podium. However, and thankfully, that is what happened. And, if I have one person to thank for this blessed deviation from my initial plan, it is Dr. Amar Bhattacharya, H of F 00.

    Dr. B (along with other fabulous faculty members) was instrumental in developing my knowledge in the classroom. Dr. B also was key to my involvement in research, which led to my interest in graduate school. But that is only part of the story; the most basic reason is this: Bhattacharya saved my life. Not figuratively, not theoretically, but literally.

    Where to begin? I first met Dr. B as a freshman because of my membership in the International Club. He had invited all of the club members to his house for dinner. He was very intimidating, and, from day one, he held me to a higher standard than I even really held myself. During our very first conversation, he asked me about my grades. I proudly told him that I was earning a mixture of As and Bs, to which he replied, You can do better.

    In the following years, I spent a lot of time with Dr. B. I had him as a professor, and I also started doing research with him (and Dr.

    Milks and Dr. Faulkner). Then, the summer before my fifth year, I found myself in an unexpected and dangerous situation. I was traveling back to campus to visit with friends and put my apartment in order. I had been ill for a few days before the trip but didnt really think much of it. I had even gone to the doctor, been given a prescription and been sent on my way. My condition quickly and dramatically worsened after I was more than halfway into my drive to Ada.

    Once I arrived in Ada, I decided to drive straight to Dr. Bs house for help. Dr. B analyzed the situation and decided to take me to the emergency room where I underwent immediate surgery. I was treated and released a few days later and made a full recovery. The physicians in the ER commented that if I had delayed treatment by as much as an hour, I would not have survived. What saved my life were not only Dr. Bs actions on that day, but his actions over the past few years, which had shown me I could trust him and go to him for help with any problem.

    And, as life tends to come back around full circle, my current position as a faculty member is due to the opening that occurred when Dr. B retired. I teach endocrine pharmacology, which is what Dr. B taught while I was at ONU. When I first returned to ONU, I was even given Dr. Bs former office and telephone extension. Although it had been many years, it was still familiar to be in Dr. Bs office, but its surreal to now be at the other end of the desk. Who would have ever imagined that the man who said, You can do better, the first day I met him would repeatedly give me the opportunities to become more than I thought was possible?

    Thank you, Dr. B.

    Dr. Sandra Hrometz, BSPh 94Associate professor of pharmacology


    Dr. Amar Bhattacharya

    Turner Family Student Organization Resource and Conference Center

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    the gratitude students will feel in receiving it take it from someone who knows. If not for the

    generosity received from loyal supporters, I would not receive the scholarship support that enables me to attend ONU every year.

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  • Advisory BoardDominic BartoneBSPh 77OwnerHocks PharmacyVandalia, Ohio

    Dr. Bruce Bouts BSPh 82 General InternistBlanchard Valley Medical Associates Inc.Findlay, Ohio

    Col. Mark Butler BSPh 79 Commander, 59th Clinical Support GroupLackland AFB, Texas

    Adrienne (Wood) Donaldson BSPh 99Professional Services ConsultantMcKesson Foundation Inc.Moon Township, Pa.

    Dr. Shawn Eaton PharmD 01Manager, Professional and College Relations CVSTallmadge, Ohio

    George Hill BA 69, BSPh 74 Director, Pharmacy ServicesCatholic Health InitiativesUnion, Ky.

    Kathy Karas BA, BSPh 75Pharmacy ManagerBuehlers PharmacyCanton, Ohio

    Richard KeyesBSPh 92 Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Operations and Mfg.Meijer Inc.Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Paul T. KocisBSPh 82 Clinical Pharmacist, Anticoagulation ClinicMilton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State UniversityHershey, Pa.

    Phillip Lettrich BSPh 85Director of Professional RelationsEmdeon Business ServicesTwinsburg, Ohio

    Jay Meyer BSPh 82President and COORemedi PharmacyCovington, Ohio

    Theresa Tip Parker BSPh 74 Director of Trade Relations & Pharmacy OperationsAbbott PPDAbbott Park, Ill.

    Robert Bob ParsonsBSPh 71 Executive Vice PresidentOhio Society of Health-System PharmacistsMarietta, Ohio

    Nichole (Pearson) Penny BSPh 98 District Pharmacy SupervisorWalgreens-Grand Rapids East District Kentwood, Mich.

    Dr. Ervin Pierstorf 53, Hon. D. 78Chairman of the Board and CEO, RetiredFairview Photo ServicesRocky River, Ohio, and Pinellas Park, Fla.

    Tom WiechartBSPh 81PharmacistRite AidLima, Ohio

    Suzanne Eastman Wuest BSPh 74Executive Director for Clinical ServicesCatalina Health ResourceCincinnati, Ohio

    Michael C. Yount BSPh 98, JD 00Carlisle, Pa.

    Meet an Advisory Board MemberRichard Rick Keyes, BSPh 92Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing, Meijer

    Q: Tell us about your work.A: Since starting with Meijer as a pharmacist years ago, my responsibilities have changed significantly. I am responsible for supply chain and manufacturing for Meijer. As a result, I oversee distribution and logistics operations as well as inventory management and ensuring that we are in stock on the shelf in our stores. Two growing areas of our company include manufacturing and our e-commerce operations.

    Q: What are the keys to your success in your career?

    A: Throughout my career I have often had the opportunity to lead teams in areas where I did not have expertise or prior experience. Moving out of pharmacy into store leadership or taking on the roles that I now have were all learning opportunities. I learned very quickly that I did not need to have all the answers, but that I did need to be inquisitive, open to listening, and learning from my all members of my team.

    Q: What do you enjoy the most about your work?A: The opportunity each and every day to make a difference for the

    company and our customers. Knowing that I have helped someone or moved our business forward even in a small way is very rewarding. I have always enjoyed working in our stores and interacting with and

    helping our customers. In retail no day is ever the same and there is always something you can do or someone you can help where you know you have made a difference.

    Q: What trends have you noticed in the pharmacy field?A: Health care reform will bring many changes, some of which we

    dont yet understand. But I believe well see a growing demand for reliable, professional and inexpensive health care options. Pharmacy, in many ways, is on the front line of meeting those needs. Pharmacists will be relied upon more by our partners in health care to provide a team approach to patient care. From patient screening to monitoring drug therapy and continuing to provide that last line of defense, the pharmacist will continue to be a vital part of the health care system.

    Q: What is your vision for the Raabe College of Pharmacy?A: The College of Pharmacy continues on an exciting path as it

    expands the teacher/scholar model. ONU students not only learn the art and science behind the practice of pharmacy, but some are also exposed to actual research where they can be a key contributor. The recent announcement of Dr. Jenelle Sobotka as the first endowed chair of pharmacy practice further supports the Universitys investment in providing students a rich and diverse pharmacy education. This appointment is just one example of many that I could share that show Dean Sprague and the ONU faculty are moving the Raabe College of Pharmacy forward as leaders in the pharmacy profession.



    Hit the GreensPharmacy Golf Day

    Colonial Golfers ClubRegistration and Continental Breakfast

    Continuing Education

    Driving Range


    Shotgun Start

    Dinner and Awards

    Polish (or dust off) your clubs for the annual pharmacy golf outing and CE. Have fun and help support ONUs students and programs in the Raabe College of Pharmacy.

    Contact Dr. Robert McCurdy, BSPh 65, Hon. D. 96, at [email protected] for more information.

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