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Alumni

We have talented alumni practicing all over the globe. Here are the latest news and stories about our successful graduates.

Mickey Smith, B.S. '60, M.S. '62, is something of a Renaissance man – a prolific author, historian, world traveler, marketer, academician and pharmacist. Smith used his passion for seeking and sharing knowledge to carve a unique path in pharmacy.

Misty C. Farr, Pharm.D. ’10, pharmacy manager at Walmart Pharmacy, shares why celebrating American Pharmacists Month is important.

Each October, St. Louis College of Pharmacy celebrates American Pharmacists Month, a time dedicated to recognizing pharmacists’ contributions to health care and the role they play in their communities. With American Pharmacists Month upon us, we’re featuring two College alumnae who have established themselves as regional leaders in the pharmacy profession.

If you have ever passed by Jones Hall’s historic north entrance, you may have noticed a bronze statue of a man wearing fuzzy bunny slippers, but you may not know the story behind the slippers.

Kendra Holmes, B.S. '99, Pharm.D. '00, CHCEM, vice president and chief operating officer of Affinia Healthcare, was recently named to the St. Louis Business Journal's Most Influential Business Women class of 2019.

Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., FASHP, FAPhA, dean of the School of Pharmacy, and Curt Gielow, B.S. ’68, MHA, Hon. D.H.L., business consultant at Gielow Ventures LLC, were the recipients of a pair of awards during the 10th annual Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards.

On Oct. 17, more than 270 students, alumni, faculty, staff and donors attended the annual St. Louis College of Pharmacy Scholarship Awards Dinner to celebrate scholarship recipients and sponsors for the 2019-20 academic year.

Several members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community have been recognized by Pharmacy Times as 2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist awards finalists.

As the field of geriatric medicine continues to grow so does the demand for consultant pharmacists like Curt Wood, B.S. '90, BCGP, FASCP, founder of Elder Care Pharmacy Consultants LLC.

The Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response Grant was implemented in May 2017. Two faculty from St. Louis College of Pharmacy were assigned to one of the grant objectives to increase access to naloxone in community pharmacies.

On April 12, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Mortar and Pestle Society recognized new and existing members during its annual awards dinner at the Caramel Room at Bissingers.

Members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy class of 2019 recently celebrated Commencement by taking time to look back on the past, opening time capsules that were saved from their freshman year.

Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the College, have been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for their expertise and commitment to cardiovascular care.

On Saturday, May 11, family, friends, and members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community celebrated the class of 2019 at the College’s 151st Commencement.

In the early 1950s, after talks between the Mound City Pharmacists Association and Arthur Schlicting, dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, three students were admitted to the College that would pave the way for students of color in pharmacy education as well as the profession.

Typically, Valentine’s Day consists of flowers, stuffed teddy bears and chocolate-covered strawberries, but for one couple, it was a day that meant so much more.

On Oct. 18, more than 260 students, scholarship sponsors, faculty and staff gathered on campus to honor the scholarship recipients of the 2018-19 academic year at the annual St. Louis College of Pharmacy Scholarship Awards Dinner.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy welcomed 193 students into the profession of pharmacy during the annual White Coat Ceremony in August. For P1 student Michaela Drouin, it was a night she had been dreaming about since childhood.

Gina Banks, Pharm.D. ’14, M.S., MPH, lets her drive to help others and her quest for knowledge guide her through an impressive career in health sciences and academia.

Steven Hebel, B.S. ’84, executive director at Corum Health Services, believes that mentors have a significant role to play in developing students into the next generation of health care professionals. Mentors can come in many forms, but Hebel believes that the alumni of St. Louis College of Pharmacy can serve as a great source of guidance to students beyond the classroom.

Eric Barker, B.S. ’88, Ph.D., has built a career that has allowed him to develop his passion for building up others. As dean of Purdue University College of Pharmacy, he is embracing new opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of others and contribute to the future of the profession.

Community pharmacists are a patient’s most accessible health care provider, and as medication experts, they are critical to maintaining and improving patients’ health. While this truth has long been understood by pharmacists and the patients who rely on them, the larger health care industry has been slow to fully leverage community pharmacists as the invaluable resource they are.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has positioned itself as a leader in the fight against opioid abuse. From prescription medication collection to research into the addictive nature of opioids, our students, faculty, staff and research centers have passionately invested themselves in combating this epidemic.

Jason Wang, Pharm.D. '11, is dedicated to making the world a better place one project and person at a time. Through his commitment to community service, he impacts the lives of patients and students with each interaction.

From the theater to the ICU, Alexis (Bylina) Kasniunas, Pharm.D. ’14, BCCCP, uses her creativity to better serve her patients.

The average survival rate for a lung transplant patient is five years. While that may not sound like much, for Keith Fester, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, and his patients, it is time that is not taken for granted.

On Saturday, May 12, St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 150th Commencement was held, celebrating the class of 2018. The College community, friends and family gathered at the Peabody Opera House as members of the undergraduate and professional class received their degrees.

The Alumni Association hosted an industry career panel in March and welcomed back to campus three alumni to showcase different roles in the pharmaceutical industry.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy wrapped up its inaugural “STLCOP Talks” faculty speaker series on April 3 in Chicago.

On March 11, local community pharmacists gathered on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy campus to learn about the benefits of using naloxone for opioid overdose prevention. The special training session was presented as the Missouri Pharmacy Association's Regional Meeting in St. Louis.

During her final year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Katie Helm, Pharm.D. ’18, had the chance to turn her dream job into a pharmacy residency opportunity.

In 1930, a group of students started assembling a history of pharmacy museum. Led by Eugene Clark, associate professor of pharmacognosy, the students reconstructed a pharmacy that captured the spirit of early American pharmacy.

On Nov. 11, 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy was officially founded in the hall of the St. Louis Medical College. In recent years, Founders Day has become one of the College’s most important traditions, as the campus community unites to reflect on all those who have contributed to the College’s legacy.

When the economy slowed down in 2008, Alex Tryson, Pharm.D. ’18, took a step back to reevaluate his career choice as an architect and discovered his passion for pharmacy.

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy Alumni Association hosted its first Trivia Night on Feb. 2 in the College’s Recreation and Student Center. The event, which replaced the Alumni Golf Classic as the association's annual fundraiser, raised more than $9,900 for student scholarships.

The College hosts Women in Leadership Dinner to celebrate female leaders on campus.

Carol Hotze Hermann, B.S. ’91, is proof that one person can make a difference. Through her participation in medical mission trips, she is making an international impact as part of a collaborative, interprofessional health care team.

The College may have brought Starlin Haydon-Greatting, B.S. ’81, and Mark Greatting, B.S. ’81, M.D., together, but destiny made them partners for life.

The College marked an important milestone in its history on Aug. 22 as it commemorated the grand opening of its new Recreation and Student Center. Students, faculty and staff celebrated with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony.

After graduating from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Kacie Kuehn, Pharm.D. ’16, knew she wanted to specialize in ambulatory care. But, after taking part in a residency through the College, she discovered another passion – academia.

Jeff Pasucal, Pharm.D. ’17, engages in life-changing conversations through his PGY1 community-based residency.

More than 232 scholarships totaling $478,510 were awarded to 202 students during the annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.

Dan Kistner, Pharm.D. ’11, has been recognized as one of the top 60 health care leaders under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review.

David Norman ’67, R.Ph., was certain of three things growing up—he was not going to work in his family’s pharmacy, he was never moving back to Ava, Missouri, and he was not going to be a pharmacist. Young Norman could not have been more wrong about his future.

After 12 years of practice, Jill Sellers ’92/’93, Pharm.D., took a leap of faith to make the transition from pharmacist to communications entrepreneur.

On May 12 and 13, members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community as well as friends and parents came together to celebrate the class of 2017 during the College’s 149th Commencement.

Alexandra Bixby ’17, Pharm.D., first got involved with Health Resource Center Diabetes Clinic when she reached out to the Saint Louis University residents running the clinic to find a collaborative way for student pharmacists to support their health care team.

A three-part questionnaire about daily routines, smoking habits and favorite television shows is not a conventional way to make a best friend, but United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Lieutenant Commanders (LCDR) Christopher LaFleur ’10, Pharm.D., CPH, and Patrick Harper ’10, Pharm.D., MPH, CPH, have never felt the need to adhere to conventional paths.

The path to success has been a winding one for Amy Bricker ’99, R.Ph., vice president of supply chain strategy and product development at Express Scripts Inc. On Thursday, March 30, Bricker spoke to a packed room of students, faculty and staff about her dynamic career and her experiences as a woman in leadership.

Most high school students spend their summers swimming, traveling or spending time with friends, but during the summer of 2003, Harold Carter ’11, Pharm.D., set out to make a difference.

One in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Often associated with other disease states like hypertension and diabetes, kidney disease can often go unseen and undiagnosed. However, during the month of March, the importance of kidney health will be spotlighted.

In October 1881, the Board of Trustees made the landmark decision to admit women into the pharmacy program. With the enrollment of Esther Wightman, the first woman to earn a pharmacy license in the state of Missouri, St. Louis College of Pharmacy would help pave the way for women in the pharmacy profession.

Kurt Kleinmann ’59, R.Ph., M.S., came to the U.S. in 1941 only knowing “yes” and “no,” but would carve a place for himself in the profession of pharmacy through lifelong learning and a dedication to teaching those after him.

Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy in Desloge,Missouri, feels different than most. When patients walk through the door, they enter a cozy seating area with contemporary decor that feels like home.

Alumni, students and friends of the College attended the Alumni Association's Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner event on Friday, Feb. 24, to honor African-American culture and heritage during Black History Month. The annual reception included dancing and performances by St. Louis’ Gentlemen of Vision (G.O.V.), St. Louis’ blues diva Kim Massie and junior Tali Eke.

Projected to save billions of dollars in U.S. health care costs, biosimilars are a highly anticipated alternative to some of the most expensive medications on the market. However, from ongoing patent litigation and legislation to complex development processes, pharmacists and the U.S. prescription drug industry are left to hang on the cusp of a revolution.

Sister Mary Louise Degenhart ’60 receives the prestigious Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award.

If you believe everything happens for a reason, you are in good company with Ben Hoffmann ’16. Ben gives credit to fate for the day he ran into the love of his life – fate and a construction project. It may sound like a fairytale, but for Ben and his wife Kayla, it is just the beginning of their love story.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, alumni, students and friends of the College gathered to celebrate the launch of the public phase of the Preparing Leaders. Leading Change. campaign.

At the 2016 IPhA Annual Conference, College alumni swept the four major awards and were installed as presidential officers.

The Alumni Association has announced this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. Each year the awards recognize outstanding men and women for their contributions to the College and profession. The recipients will be recognized during the annual Founders Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 11.

Alumni, friends and students gathered Sunday, June 5, on the greens of Stonewolf Golf Club for the Paric and St. Louis College of Pharmacy Alumni Golf Classic presented by UMB Bank.

Christopher Smith ’08 doesn’t remember a transformative moment when God called him closer. There were no bolts of lightning or a definitive sign from above or the sort of epiphany that can lead to a life of prayer and reflection. He was a young man, already a graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy when, little by little, life—and the pull of something bigger than himself—seemed to be nudging him in a different direction.

Sister Mary Louise Degenhart ’60 receives top honor for her dedicated service to the profession of pharmacy.

Residents, preceptors and friends gathered at Third Degree Glass Factory to celebrate the 23rd Annual Pharmacy Residency Banquet on Wednesday, June 15. Forty-two residents from St. Louis area pharmacy residency programs were recognized for the completion of their training.

With 1,685,210 new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in 2016, according to the American Cancer Association, the necessity to expand our knowledge of cancer biology to improve treatment is undeniable. Simply learning more about the biology of cancer is not enough; it is only one piece of the puzzle.

The Women’s Giving Initiative (WGI) is a group of alumnae and friends of the College who are passionate about making a difference at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

As the academic year came to a close, the class of 2016 took part in a tradition of pledging support to the College. Each year, outgoing graduates begin their new chapter as alumni by voting to determine a gift that will commemorate their time as student pharmacists.

Professor Lucia Tranel has been making a difference one student at a time at the College for 38 years. With a natural ability to motivate and connect with her students, Tranel has devoted her career to ensuring students are being taught how they learn best.

Saturday, May 7, marked St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 148th Annual Commencement. The ceremony honored the 215 members of the class of 2016 – the largest graduating class in the College’s history.

Misty Farr ’10 is honored as the recipient of the 2016 Black Heritage Distinguished Alumnus Award at annual Guess Who's Coming to Dinner night.

Integrity Pharmacy is a fitting name for a company that prides itself on serving the community with kindness and integrity. With two locations and more than 70 employees, the pharmacy is able to make an impact across the state of Missouri.

It was a day filled with networking, handshaking, and learning as students met with employers and representatives of residency programs from the St. Louis area.

In 2014, a group of alumnae and friends of the College interested in making a difference at St. Louis College of Pharmacy created the Women’s Giving Initiative (WGI).

STLCOP hosted more than 240 alumni and friends during 2015 Reunion Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7.

As a PGY2 resident, Shane Austin ’14 cares for a variety of patients through his internal medicine residency program at St. Louis VA Health Care System – John Cochran.

Nearly 150 alumni and friends will be visiting campus on Saturday, Nov. 7, during this year’s Reunion Celebration.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is impacting pharmacy education and patients across the globe.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., BCOP, talks about treating patients, teaching students, and balancing it all.

Evan Schnur ’12 received the Rising Star award at the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards gala in August.

Faculty recognized for contributions to student learning outside of the classroom.

It was a night to remember. Hundreds of scholarship recipients, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors celebrated students’ academic achievements at STLCOP’s annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on Sept. 17.

Accepting a position at STLCOP was a coming home of sorts for Kilinyaa Cothran, who graduated from the College in 2001.

On Sunday, May 4, a group of talented student pharmacists graduated from the College at Commencement ceremonies at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis. President John A. Pieper, the Board of Trustees, College administrators and faculty participated in honoring the College’s newest alumni.

An historic year for St. Louis College of Pharmacy was capped off by the largest graduating class in the College’s history. The Class of 2015 will hold a special place as the College celebrated its 150th birthday year.

What do you do when you have no idea why your spouse is acting so strangely? Doug Joseph ’85/’90 knew something wasn't quite right with his wife, Kris, yet no one could give him any answers—until one morning when she couldn't get up to walk.

Every patient who comes into Copper Bend Pharmacy in Belleville, Ill. receives their prescription from owner Steve Clement ’74 or a pharmacy student under his supervision.

At an historic conference, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty were repeatedly recognized as outstanding contributors to the profession.

Alyssa Thompson, Pharm.D., recognized for her research into COPD treatment.

Students are welcomed into the profession of pharmacy.

A large steel beam signed by hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, and staff at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now high above the campus.

Rebecca Lich, who grew up among the hills of rural Jefferson County, Mo., has an undying, undeniable desire to see the world, learn about different cultures, and create new experiences

Class was back in session for many alumni who attended Reunion Weekend on Oct. 4-5.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now accepting applications for residency programs.

“If we’ve saved one person, that’s enough.” It’s a short, simple sentiment by his wife, Peggy, that has served as Patrick Tharp’s mantra since he founded Pharmacists Preventing Suicides (PPS©) more than 10 years ago.

Tricia Berry ‘94/’95, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, director of experiential programs, and assistant dean, has been selected as the 2013 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator award recipient.

Many in the pharmacy profession don’t know what a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) is, which was even more reason to have a Meeting of the Minds panel discussion about the subject, according to the event’s expert panel.

Alumnus Sam Tadrus ’63 was honored with the College’s Distinguished Service Award at the annual Mortar and Pestle Society Dinner on April 19 at Norwood Hills Country Club.

The number of patients receiving hospice care is growing steadily. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) estimates around 1.5 million Americans utilized hospice services in 2012.

Elizabeth A. Neuner ’06, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID, has been named the recipient of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2012 Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award.

An international exchange had pharmacy students travelling thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean for a large portion of the summer.

Jeff Delafuente, MS, FCCP, FASCP, president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists explains why it was so important for students at the College to become interested in specializing in the care of older adults.

The centerpiece of the annual event was the presentation of the Byron A. Barnes Excellence in Education Awards. The awards, including the President’s Staff Excellence Award, the College Enhancement Award, and the Student Enrichment Award, were created in 1998 to recognize outstanding service to the College community.

Several alumni were recognized for their leadership in the pharmacy profession, health care environment, and business community. The College is proud to honor our graduates:

Ismar Karadzic ’10 has treated the president of the United States, who was also a medical doctor. Well, not really. But Karadzic’s patient definitely believed he was both of those things.

Leah LaRue ’10, a recognized leader in pain medication management, is extending the focus of her work to include the innovative field of pharmacogenetics, a type of genetic testing that shows how genetic variability impacts individual responses to medications.

According to Ruth Chan ’11, a typical day as a resident involves completing physician consults, which might include questions on antibiotic dosing, warfarin dosing, or nutrition education.

Professor, Student, and Alumna, team up to research one of the most challenging health care questions.

Pharmacists and physicians are increasingly using genetic testing for patients who are taking a host of medications, such as warfarin or antidepressants, to help use the correct dosage.

College alumnus is the acting director of professional degree program accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

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