Pharmacist Leader March 2016

Alumni and friends,

Dean Marilyn SpeedieI am very excited to share with you that our College of Pharmacy is ranked second in this year's U.S.News and World Report's ranking of pharmacy schools (rankings were announced online this morning). The college moved up one spot from its third place ranking in 2012, the last time U.S.News ranked pharmacy schools. The rankings are based upon the results of peer assessment surveys sent to leaders in pharmacy schools across the country. We are extremely proud to be recognized as one of the very best pharmacy schools in the nation.

Part of the reason why we consistently rank among the top pharmacy schools is by being thoughtful in setting our strategies and goals for the college.

This spring the College of Pharmacy will begin our strategic planning process to set the course for the next five years. This process will bring together alumni, faculty, staff, students and others to share ideas and come to a collective understanding of our goals and vision for our college.
This process is important because as the profession and the world of health care evolve, so must the college. We will need your help to make sure our college continues its course of innovation and remains a leader in pharmacy education, research and practice.
With my retirement approaching in 2017, some may wonder why the college is working on a strategic plan now. Why not wait for the new dean? The simple answer is our current strategic plan only goes through 2016, so we are due to start the work on planning for the next five years. Even more importantly, however, is that the college's leadership team and I believe it's best to present a potential new dean a firm set of goals and a description of who we are and what our vision is rather than have a new leader come in and try to figure out who we are and where we want to go. It's become outmoded for a new leader to come in and set the immediate new direction for a college.
My hope is that we will complete the strategic plan this fall and in time to share with candidates for the dean position. This will give candidates an opportunity to learn about our vision for the college and understand our college's goals.
You will hear more about how you can help over the next few months. Please join in if you can. As always, we are very appreciative of the support of all our alumni and friends in helping us remain a top college of pharmacy in the nation.
Best wishes,
Marilyn K. Speedie, PhD

Anjoli Punjabi receiving scholarship awardSTUDENTS SHINE AT THE APHA MEETING

The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) received the National 2014-2015 APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Award for Professionalism at the 2016 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Baltimore. This award recognizes the single chapter that best promoted the professional development of student pharmacists and chapter members throughout the year.

MPSA also received the Region 5 2015-2016 Generation Rx Award.

Anjoli Punjabi, a third year student, received the Marvin and Joanell Dyrstad Scholarship from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. A record 92 applicants from 62 pharmacy schools in 34 states applied for one of the 13 student scholarships awarded.

alumni award recipients 2016ALUMNI AWARDS RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to the 2015 Alumni Awards recipients, who were recognized at a reception on Dec. 3 at Northrop Auditorium on the U of M Twin Cities campus.

Pharmacy Alumni Society:

Distinguished Pharmacist Award: Michelle Aytay
Faculty Recognition Award: Jacqueline Barber
Mentor of the Year: Corey Leinum and Ann Yapel
Mentee of the Year: Jonathan Ohman and Wa Sai Phung

Century Mortar Club:

Friend of the College Award: Bob Setzer
Student Award: Meena Murugappan and Anjoli Punjabi

University of Minnesota:

Alumni Service Award: Linnea Forsell
U40 Alumni Leader Award: Agam Sheth


Tim Stratton, PhD, professor and senior associate to the dean for assessment and accreditation at the College of Pharmacy, has been selected to receive the Weaver Medal, a distinguished award that recognizes service to education, the profession, research and the community. All are invited to a reception honoring Stratton on Monday, April 4, 4-6 p.m. (brief program at 5 p.m.), in the Pinnacle Ballroom at Commons Hotel in Minneapolis. Please RSVP online. For more information, contact


Richard Bertin, PhD, has been selected by the University's Board of Regents to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, the U's highest non-degree honor. University President Dr. Eric Kaler will present the award to Bertin on April 13. Bertin was recognized for his outstanding achievements in public health and advancing pharmacy board specialties. Read more about the Outstanding Achievement Award.


The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance invites you to "Jazz Club," their annual live and silent auction event, on Friday, April 29, 6:30-10:00 p.m., at the Indoor Clubroom of TCF Bank Stadium on the Twin Cities campus. Tickets are $15 at the door. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The auction is MPSA's premier fundraising event and they invite you to help make it a success. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or making a donation, please complete and return this form. For more information, contact auction coordinators Alina at or Emma at

Give to the max dayGIVE TO THE MAX DAY RESULTS

Thank you to all alumni and friends who came together to celebrate philanthropy in Minnesota with a gift on Give to the Max Day on Nov. 17. Generous supporters helped the U of M raise a record amount, with 2,000 donors giving $515,000 through Give to the Max Day. Gifts designated to the College of Pharmacy are supporting everything from advancing our cutting-edge curriculum, expanding our robust research on life-saving drugs, and growing our pioneering pharmacist practice models. A sincere thank you to all who made it happen. For more information, contact Bob Busch at


two students interactingYou can brighten the future of Minnesota pharmacists by making a gift in support of today's pharmacy students at the college. Your online gift will provide student scholarships as well as program support such as our pace-setting initiatives advancing pharmacy practice. Thank you on behalf of the entire college.


March 28
Melendy lecture (Twin Cities): "When Opportunity Knocks . . .Leveraging the Pharmacist's Expertise in Behavioral Health," presented by Raymond Love, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, professor and associate dean at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. RSVP

March 29
Melendy lecture (Duluth): "When Opportunity Knocks . . .Leveraging the Pharmacist's Expertise in Behavioral Health," presented by Raymond Love, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, professor and associate dean at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 163-165 Life Science. RSVP

April 12
Leadership Conversation: "Forks in the Road" presented by Richard Bertin, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 1-450 Moos Tower (Twin Cities campus) and 163/165 Life Science (Duluth campus). RSVP by April 6.
April 19
Leadership Conversation featuring a discussion on the ethics of pharmacists and end of life care (speakers TBD), 12:15-1:15 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Center for Leading Healthcare Change and PLS. More info available soon.

April 29 - Epigenetics Symposium
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus. Learn more about the Epigenetics Symposium.

April 29 - Annual Live and Silent Auction
Held at the TCF Bank Stadium on the Twin Cities campus, DQ Club Room, 6-10 p.m. This year's theme is "Jazz Club." Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. More information

May 13 - Research for Indigenous Community Health Center (RICH) Open House
All are invited to this event to learn more about RICH, which is an interdisciplinary center for research collaborations with Indigenous entities. More details available soon.

June 20 - Precision Medicine Conference: Pharmacogenomics: Research to Implementation
Held at McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about the Precision Medicine Conference and register.

Fall - Pre-Football Game Receptions
The College of Pharmacy will host a pre-game reception before every home football game starting three hours before kick-off. Food will be served. All alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited. More details.

Oct. 22 - Homecoming
Save the date for this year's Homecoming. The Gophers will take on Rutger's in the football game. More details will be available closer to the date.

Nov. 11 - 5th Annual Women Impacting Healthcare Conference
Held at McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus. More information will be available soon.