Alumni News

Connecting with Alumni

In partnership with the Minnesota Society of Health System Pharmacists, the college hosted MN Night at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists mid-year meeting in Las Vegas in December 2022. There was a record crowd, filled with great networking and fun for all.

Amy Polski Larson, Lynda Welage, Bruce Paddock, Joan T.A. Gabel, Sara Deno in sunny Naples

Connections continued in the last week of January when we were proud to participate in the “University of Minnesota in Florida” lunch in Naples at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort. There connections were made with several alumni in the Fort Myers and Naples areas. We also spent a few days in the Fort Lauderdale area meeting alumni. Meeting up with alumni was wonderful and the warm weather, which was 90 degrees above Minnesota temperatures at the time, was a nice bonus.

College to alumni connections will continue as we move into spring. Please save the date for events listed here and know more details will be shared as they’re available.

From Our Alumni

Searching for Goldilocks book cover: yellow background with colorful gradient lines.

Dr. Matt Kresl, ‘04, has written the book Searching for Goldilocks: Searching for just right within and all around us. “Basing his discussion on the Goldilocks Principle, a reference to the children’s fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Dr. Kresl focuses on how science, spirituality, and storytelling form a launching point to explore the concept of ‘just right’ in everyday life.” 

Ryan Galloway, Soyang Ha, Shu Ying Ng, Brittnay Karns, Carl Sherman, and Katie Oja, at Mt. Kilimanjaro summit in Tanzania

On Jan. 15, 2023, at 2:54 p.m., alumni Ryan Galloway,’13; Soyang Ha, ‘13; Shu Ying Ng, ‘16; Brittnay Karns, ‘13; Carl Sherman, ‘12; and Katie Oja, ‘12, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) in Tanzania. “Pharmacy school relationships do last a lifetime!” writes Oja.

Richard Parrish

Dr. Richard Parrish II, ‘00, received the 2022 CADM PRN Achievement Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Administration Practice and Research Network presented on October 17, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

In Memoriam

Lyle Bighley

Dr. Lyle D. Bighley, passed away Jan. 3, 2023. Bighley was a 1960 alumnus of the University of Minnesota where he earned a BS in pharmacy.  He was committed to interdisciplinary science which was apparent in his invested interest in the work of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development. Dr. Bighley and his wife Sharon established the Dr. Lyle D. and Sharon J. Bighley College of Pharmacy Fellowship Fund which supports graduate students at the college.