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STLCOP Hosts 2015 Reunion Celebration

Published on 11 November 2015

It was a weekend to remember as more than 240 alumni and friends traveled across the country to attend 2015 Reunion Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7. Alumni ranging from class years 1952 to 2015 came together to reminisce about their days as a student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

The event specifically recognized class years ending in “0” and “5.” Members of the class of 1965 were inducted into the Golden Alumni Club in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the College.

The Reunion Celebration also included special recognition of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awardees.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Dedicated Service to the College: Evelyn Becker-Meyer ’88 / ’93

Becker-Meyer has been a member of the STLCOP community for 46 years, making her the longest-serving faculty member at the College. She also was the first female, full-time professor and first faculty member to enroll as a student while maintaining a full-time teaching schedule.

Dedicated Service to the Community: Michael Morton ’75

Morton has been serving the Salem, Illinois community for more than 40 years working in the areas of clinical and community pharmacy and representing pharmacy as a board member on the Marion County Health Department Board of Directors. His pharmacy, Medicine Shoppe, was the first pharmacy in Marion County to open a health clinic within a pharmacy and offer free blood pressure screenings and test for cholesterol, hearing, stress, and skin cancer.

Dedicated Service to the Profession: Kay Kyllonen ’80

As a clinical pharmacist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Kyllonen has dedicated more than 30 years to the profession of pharmacy. She has also mentored more than 50 students on clinical rotations, where she shared her pharmacy experiences with students attending Case Western University, Cleveland Clinic Learner Medical School, and Kent State College of Pediatric Medicine. 

Outstanding Achievement: William Katsiyiannis ’90

Katsiyiannis is currently the president and chairman of cardiology at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, where he also practices as a cardiac electrophysiologist. He is often recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Young Alumnus: Kara King ’04/’05

King currently serves as the outpatient pharmacy manager at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) in Anchorage, Alaska. In addition, King is a commissioned corps officer with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). She also has served on several duties and was deployed as the only public health service clinical pharmacist on the United States Navy ship Comfort for the Continuing Promise Humanitarian Mission in 2009.

2015 Black Heritage Alumni Awards

The Black Heritage Distinguished Alumnus Award was awarded during the Alumni Association and College’s celebration of Black History Month. The awardees received special recognition during this year’s Reunion because of their dedication to outstanding community and health care leadership.

Black Heritage: Art Perry '72

Perry is a proponent of increasing the health literacy of student pharmacists by promoting their interaction in federally qualified health clinics. He was selected as the recipient of the Black Heritage Distinguished Alumnus Award because of his continued work and dedication in advancing the profession and improving the cultural competencies of the St. Louis community. 

Black Heritage: Rhonda Driver '93

Driver has been able to fulfill her passion by working at the Missouri Department of Social Services, most recently as deputy division director of clinical policy and operations. In addition, she works part time at Walgreens Pharmacy to continue her passion of working in patient care. Driver was selected for the Black Heritage Distinguished Alumni Award because of her commitment to the community and extensive work with the Missouri Medicaid program.

For the first time in the College’s history, the Reunion festivities were held in the new, state-of-the-art Academic and Research Building (ARB). Alumni had the opportunity to explore and meet current students while learning about the interactive features of the new building while taking a campus tour. The night concluded with the Reunion Reception, where alumni and their families were able to catch up with former classmates.

To view photos from this year's Reunion Celebration, visit stlcop.edu/alumni/news/media.html.

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