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Kathy Zember to retire from The University of Toledo

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.


November 2014 issue of Refill

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

Full Circle: The journey from pharmacy camp to pharmacy faculty

From pharmacy camp to pharmacy student to pharmacy faculty member, Dr. Michelle Serres, PharmD ’10, has experienced it all. A clinical lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, she is an example of a true success story for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a high school student, she had an aptitude for science and math that drew her to participate in Pharmacy Summer Camp. More than the introduction to a career, camp was a bonding experience with like-minded students who were experiencing, for the first time, a slice of college life. Pharmacy Summer Camp, which has been sponsored by Walgreens since 2001, solidified pharmacy as a career choice for Serres. A Toledo native, it was a natural choice for her to select The University of Toledo.

During her undergraduate years, Serres prepared for the competitive application process for the professional division. Meanwhile, she worked in a pharmacy and developed an appreciation for community pharmacy, in particular. The fast pace and diverse activities of a community pharmacy, including patient care, were appealing to her.

Serving as a teaching assistant during her P3 year, along with her subsequent residency training at WW Knight Family Medicine Center, allowed her to envision a future that involved both patient care and teaching. Serres earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010.

After completing her residency, Dr. Serres returned to The University of Toledo as a clinical practitioner for diabetes patients, further honing her patient education skills. Now part of the experiential education program for Doctor of Pharmacy students, Dr. Serres helps to coordinate Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) for students in the professional division. She is able to share her experiences and help student pharmacists become adept practitioners. Having been a pharmacy student at UT, she understands fully the journey her students will take as they prepare to improve the human condition.


May/June 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The May/June 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:

  • Spring 2014 Commencement
  • Women in Science
  • Class of 2014 Valedictorians
  • Student Recognition
  • Recent Grad Sets the Bar High during APPE Rotation
  • Alumnus Phil Miller earns highest honor
  • Pharmacy staff members earn advanced degrees
  • College Celebrates Graduation of Inaugural Learners
  • Upcoming Events
  • Register online for the annual Golf Outing

Alumnus Phil Miller ’71, ’88 earns highest honor

Dr. Martin Ohlinger (left) with Philip Miller ’71, recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award and Mate Soric, PharmD ’09 recipient of the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Dr. Martin Ohlinger (left) with Philip Miller ’71, recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award and Mate Soric, PharmD ’09 recipient of the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Philip Miller, ’71, ’88, is the recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award from the Ohio Society of Health-system Pharmacists (OSHP).

This award, the highest honor bestowed by OSHP, recognizes sustained exemplary service in health-system and community service. Among the qualifications for the award are high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals. Miller, who has made significant contributions to health-system pharmacy, receives a plaque, a lifetime honorary membership to OSHP and OSHP Annual meeting registration and lodging.


Recent grad set bar high during rotation

doughty“In all of my 23 years as a pharmacist mentor and preceptor, never have I been as impressed with an intern,” Brad Johnson said of Yana Doughty, PharmD ’14, who completed an APPE rotation at Walgreens in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Johnson, who serves as a preceptor for several pharmacy schools, was so impressed with Yana that he said he would take a UT student any time.

“I’ve seen how strong and prepared they are,” he said.

What impressed Johnson most was how proactive Yana was when tackling problems and projects.

“She jumped in immediately asking questions and providing answers. I gave her a project focusing on MTMs as well as targeting New to Therapy patients. I had her counseling patients while with us. She became our immunization specialist since it was influenza season as well,” Johnson said.

Johnson believes Yana will be a valuable asset wherever she chooses to practice pharmacy.


Preceptor Forum to feature Dr. Cynthia Boyle

The Experiential Education program hosts an annual preceptor forum and luncheon for PharmD preceptors to provide current information and continuing education credits for practicing pharmacists.

This year’s event, to be held on April 10, will feature Cynthia Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA. Dr. Boyle is a professor and chair of pharmacy practice at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is also president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The experiential program is pleased to welcome Dr. Boyle’s perspectives on pharmacy practice and education.

Dr. Boyle will discuss preparing student pharmacists to become practitioners in her seminar entitled Practice-Ready, Team-Ready. Preceptors can register online for the event.


Faculty Preceptor of the Year

Dr. Megan Kaun, PharmD ‘05, director of Experiential Education, with Dr. Vince Mauro, professor of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Megan Kaun, PharmD ‘05, director of Experiential Education, with Dr. Vince Mauro, professor of Clinical Pharmacy.

The Doctor of Pharmacy Experiential Education program recently recognized Dr. Vince Mauro for his excellence in precepting pharmacy students. Based on student evaluations of Dr. Mauro as a preceptor,  he is consistently helpful, informative and warm.

The cardiology rotation students complete with Dr. Mauro in The University of Toledo Medical Center allows them to interact with attending physicians and play a vital role on the medical team.