The October 2014 Student of the Month is Danielle Pendice. Danielle is recognized for her leadership in planning the Pharmacy Fall Formal dinner dance. As vice-president of Lambda Kappa Sigma, Danielle is interested in leadership development and works to plan events and invite speakers who will inspire and inform students. She is also instrumental in planning Pharmacy Phield Day, which occurs in the spring semester.
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Dr. Robert Schlembach ’49 has created a legacy of generosity and involvement that has enriched the lives of students and helped to transform the college. As a pharmacy practitioner, he has devoted his career to improving patient care and serving the under-served. A former faculty member and interim dean of the college, he has touched the lives of generations of pharmacy practitioners.
Doc will celebrate his 90th birthday on December 7, 2014.
In celebration of this milestone, Doc’s family has a special request. Doc would love to hear from you, the alumni and friends of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Please take a few moments to send Doc a birthday wish and show your appreciation for his decades of commitment to pharmacy education at The University of Toledo by emailing him at DocSchlem@aol.com.
You may also wish to contribute to Doc’s scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to pharmacy students. Donations can be submitted securely online through the UT Foundation. Mention the Robert J. Schlembach Alumni Scholarship Fund in the “Other designation not listed” field of the secure online form.
Those who make gifts or pledges of $10K or more will receive special recognition as permanent members of the Schlembach Society. Your tax-deductible gift or pledge will honor Doc’s leadership and commitment to pharmacy education at The University of Toledo.
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Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich was honored by the American Chemistry Society’s Committee on Minority Affairs with the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences.
The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.
The award included travel accommodations and registration for the Central Regional Meeting and recognized Dr. Bryant-Friedrich’s mentorship and dedication. She was nominated by Dr. Isabel Escobar, professor of chemical and environmental engineering and associate dean for research development and outreach in The University of Toledo College of Engineering.
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Matthew Jordan, president of the Pharmacy Student Council, penned a thank you letter to scholarship donors and supporters of the college.
As student council president, I was asked to give a short thank you from us students to you, the donors. While trying to come up with the words to say that would truly express what it means for us to have your support, there was one word that came to my mind. That word is hope.
In today’s society, it seems that the media and many other outlets like to focus on the bad, whether it be wars, missing people, plagues and so on. We don’t see much in terms of positive influences in our world. With college costs continuing to rise and a job market that feels shattered, what hope is there to go onto college? Why try? Especially when we have to invest anywhere from four to six years to bring ourselves to where we want to be.
That is where the hope you give us comes in. These scholarships show us that you see something in us that shines through. You see that there are people who can go out there and make a difference and change the world’s direction. With that support, you give us the hope that we need, knowing we can achieve our goals and go out there and make that difference. As students, my wish for each and every one of us is that as we move forward in our paths, and we continue to instill this hope in others. We hope to one day be as humble, generous and wise as you.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
The research of Dr. F. Scott Hall, the newest faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, is focused on psychiatric disorders and addiction. After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard College, he completed a doctorate in neurobiology at Cambridge University. As a post-doctoral fellow with the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Dr. Hall studied gene-environment interactions on psychobehavioral characteristics. The author of over 100 scientific articles, Dr. Hall has expertise in developmental influences on sensitivity to addictive substances.
Dr. Christine Hinko, Executive Associate Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, is retiring at the end of the calendar year. Under her leadership, the college has developed a very effective infrastructure and delivery program for student affairs, and the college has seen significant enrollment growth.
Dr. Hinko’s influence on the college is significant, as has been her support for students, faculty and staff over the years. Dr. Hinko led the efforts to create seamless Student Affairs operations on two campuses and effectively integrated technology into advising and communicating with students. In her fifteen years of leading the Office of Student Affairs, she has created a template for success. In short, she has big shoes to fill. Dr. Hinko’s retirement celebration is being planned by the college, and she has requested that any gifts be made in the form of donations to her scholarship fund.
Through an internal search, talent within the college was identified, and a strategy was developed for continual focus on the unique needs of the student populations on both the Main Campus and Health Science Campus.
In January 2015, Dr. Mary Powers, professor of Pharmacy Practice, will assume the role of Associate Dean for Main Campus Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Dr. Powers has a history of involvement with the college’s direct-from-high school population and is a respected community pharmacist and residency program director.
Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman will serve as Associate Dean for Health Science Campus Student Affairs and Diversity. Dr. Holiday-Goodman’s service as co-chair of the Admissions committee and Chair of the Human Diversity committee have prepared her to support professional division and graduate students.
These new appointments harness the tremendous talent found within the faculty of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and provide ample support for the development of our students into professionals and practitioners.
Celebrating her retirement this fall is Pam Hennen, secretary in the Office of Student Affairs. Before coming to College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, she worked as a temporary employee in the Student Affairs office of the College of Arts and Sciences and also worked part-time in the Political Science department. She recalls feeling excited on her first day at The University of Toledo, even though she didn’t know anyone.
“It didn’t take long to find help and friends,” she said.
After over 20 years at The University of Toledo, Hennen will miss the wonderful friendships she has formed, as well as seeing students move along in their careers. She also notes the many changes she has witnessed in the past two decades.
“When I started, we had primarily the B.S. in Pharmacy degree and were moving to the PharmD. We changed from quarters to semesters and moved to Wolfe Hall in the same semester. We have updated to our computers many processes we did on paper, and of course the number of faculty and staff has grown,” she said.
Hennen, however, has been a fixture in our college. Over the years, she was often the first face students encountered in the college, greeting them warmly and welcoming their families to The University of Toledo.
Her funniest memory of her time at UT involves Dr. Christine Hinko, executive associate dean and associate dean for student affairs, also retiring this year.
“She had a guest waiting and couldn’t get out of her coat because the zipper was stuck,” Hennen recalled. “I was trying to help her get out of the coat, and we couldn’t stop laughing.”
Remaining connected to UT and the college is important to Hennen, who plans to join the retiree organization and attend college events after her retirement.
The college will celebrate the retirement of Pam Hennen on November 18 from 3-5pm in Salon C of the Radisson at UTMC.
Looking back on November 7, 1994, Kathy Zember’s first day of employment at The University of Toledo, she recalls being somewhat hesitant about going back to work full time after having been home with her two boys for most of their young lives.
“It was a big decision for both my husband and me, but it was a good decision. I had very minimal computer skills, and so on my first day at UT I was overwhelmed and unsure of the responsibilities ahead,” Zember said.
Zember jokes that she brought very few personal possessions to work during the first couple of weeks, just in case the job didn’t work out.
Twenty years later, Zember is the college’s program accreditation specialist for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). Over the years, she has developed friendships and memories that have enriched her life in many ways. In addition to gaining computer skills, Zember has enjoyed the camaraderie, and interacting with co-workers, friends, and students. She values the laughter she has shared with them over the years.
Asked about a situation that made her laugh, she recounts a particularly frantic moment involving her colleagues and a microwave oven.
“Early in my years at UT, I worked in proximity to an individual who really disliked the smell of popcorn and made it quite clear. One day, I accidentally burned a bag of popcorn to a big lump of char. Smoke was literally billowing from the microwave, and this individual was due to arrive at work at any moment. I had a teaching assistant spray cologne in the microwave room as I fled down the hall to the bathroom, where I disposed of the huge chunk of char.
As I raced past the Office of Student Affairs to get rid of the evidence of my popcorn debacle, panic ensued because the staff thought I was running from an electrical fire. I shared my story with a few of my close coworkers, and we certainly had a lot of laughs,” Zember recalled. “I always said that maybe when I retire, I’d share this story.”
Zember plans to stay connected to the college by continuing the types of activities through which she has developed friendships with colleagues, including dinners, kayaking, student events, painting classes, and shopping.
“I plan to continue that practice as much as possible to stay connected,” she said. “It’s easy to make a friend, but it takes an effort to maintain friendships. I hope that I will never lose sight of that.”
Zember’s plans for retirement also include spending time with her husband, gardening, reading, and volunteering at Toledo Children’s Hospital.
“If I get bored,” she said, “I’ll look for a fun job – maybe in a clothing boutique!”
The changes Zember has witnessed in the college and in the profession of pharmacy have included the inception of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which was once optional, and the growth in the number of students pursuing this degree. However, the stability in the college is symbolic to her.
“Since I have been at UT, our college has had two deans of the college, two associate deans for Student Affairs, and four chairs or interim chairs of Pharmacy Practice,” she recalled. “I think that speaks to job satisfaction.”
After 20 years of service in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Zember is retiring.
“There is nowhere else in the University that I would have rather been,” she said. “This has been a fun experience and one I will never forget.”
The college will celebrate the retirement of Kathy Zember on November 18 from 3-5pm in Salon C of the Radisson at UTMC.
While national headlines focus on the academic performance of student-athletes, UT pharmacy students balance sports and school on the road to becoming practitioners.
In rigorous academic programs like those offered in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, it is rare to see successful student-athletes. The time commitments required by academic and athletic endeavors can seem at odds with one another. However, many pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students over the years have met the challenge and simultaneously nurtured their career goals and their love of sports.
Melissa Auckley, a P2 student in the PharmD program, is a member of The University of Toledo’s swimming and diving team. A competitive swimmer since the age of eight, she chose UT for its excellent swimming and diving team and for the national recognition of the pharmacy program.
“I chose to major in pharmacy because I really enjoyed science classes in high school and my favorite chemistry professor suggested going into pharmacy,” Auckley said. “That was enough to convince me that pharmacy was the right fit.”
Balancing school with athletics is an ongoing challenge, which Auckley manages through frequent communication with faculty members and by studying en route to competitions. Managing her time well is among the strengths Auckley has developed over the years.
“Some characteristics that help me in both school and in swimming are being determined and hardworking,” Auckley said.
P3 PharmD student Nathan Gonring agrees. Gonring started playing golf recreationally when he was eight years old and has played competitively for nine years. A native of Bedford, Mich., he chose The University of Toledo because of its proximity to his hometown and the wealth of academic programs the university offers.
He began his freshman year as a chemical engineering major, but decided that a career in health care was better aligned with his strengths, so he transferred into the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
“Work ethic and time management skills are essential for any pharmacy student, but I think being able to let go of the things out of your own control and get better at one thing every day goes a long way in getting where you want to go in school and on the course” Gonring said.
Like Auckley, Gonring took classwork with him while traveling so that he could stay on track with his coursework.
Former UT baseball player, Jacob North, is a P3 PharmD student. He believes pride is a key characteristic for success in pharmacy school and in baseball.
“Having pride in what I do drove me to do as best as I could, whether it was studying or putting in extra practice,” he said.
Both North and Auckley mention their families as a source of inspiration and strength. The support of pharmacy faculty members and classmates is also instrumental.
“Traveling made things difficult, so taking advantage of downtime on the road or on the bus was important. With the help of a good friend who kept me up with all of the classes, I was able to make it through the semester,” North said.
Auckley, Gonring and North continue to explore career options in pharmacy to determine which area of practice best suits their interests and talents. They demonstrate organization, focus and determination, all of which will serve them well as students and practitioners.
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The November 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.
In this issue:
- 2014 Faculty and Staff Retirements
- Pharmacy Student-Athletes Stay in the Game
- Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich receives regional honor
- Meet Dr. Scott Hall
- Giving Thanks by Matthew Jordan, Pharmacy Student Council President
- Dr. Diane Cappelletty to chair Department of Pharmacy Practice
- Doc Schlembach’s 90th birthday
- Calendar of Events
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- October 2014 Student of the Month: Danielle Pendice
- Doc Schlembach is turning 90!
- Dr. Bryant-Friedrich receives American Chemistry Society award
- Giving Thanks: A letter on behalf of students
- Addiction researcher joins Department of Pharmacology
- Dr. Christine Hinko announces 2014 retirement
- Pam Hennen to retire after 20 years of service
- Kathy Zember to retire from The University of Toledo
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