Weaver Medal

About the Award

The Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recognizes sustained and distinguished support of the College of Pharmacy and its students, and/or acknowledges outstanding contribution to pharmacy education, practice, research or community outreach. Contributions can be in all or any single area recognized by the award.


Karen Bastianelli Named 2020 Weaver Medal Recipient

Karen Bastianelli headshotProfessor Karen Bastianelli, BSPharm, PharmD, BCACP, has been selected as the 2020 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. The award recognizes sustained and distinguished support of the College of Pharmacy and its students, and/or acknowledges outstanding contribution to pharmacy education, practice, research or community outreach.

Through teaching, practice and service, Bastianelli has demonstrated unwavering commitment to students and patients, the profession of pharmacy, the college and the University, throughout her career. A few highlights from her nominations clearly demonstrate this:

“Karen has been a leader ever since she was a pharmacy student and she was president of the College's professional student organization. Besides this, as her curriculum vitae indicates, she has done so much since then that her voluminous accomplishments could easily be taken for granted. In fact, when I consider all that Karen has done professionally, I ask myself why she has not received the Weaver Medal already. From my perspective, I can hardly believe that one person could have interfaced with so many students, taught so many courses, written so many articles. given so many talks, participated in so many health fairs, and contributed so much to the profession of pharmacy as has Karen. The breadth and quality of her accomplishments are amazing.”

“In addition to [her many contributions to the college’s teaching mission,” Dr. B. has developed educational materials/programs for the College. She developed an interprofessional patient care APPE rotation at Duluth's Federally-Qualified Lake Superior Community Health Center, addressing the College's need for another Ambulatory Care APPE site in Duluth.”

“Through her Prescription Medication course offering with the University for Seniors Program, Dr. Bastianelli addresses the importance of understanding the effects and interactions of prescription medications with a focus on achieving improved health outcomes by minimizing risks of side effects as well as increasing the effectiveness of commonly used prescription products. Dr. Bastianelli's Prescription Medication study groups garner much interest each time it is offered. The high level of interest confirms the value of the information for members of University for Seniors learning community. Dr. Bastianelli's expertise, engaging nature, relational approach to teaching, and accessibility has earned her great respect as an educator and leader in the University of Minnesota Duluth community.”

A reception honoring Bastianelli will be held later in 2021.

Past Recepients

Past Award Recipients

2020: Karen Bastianelli
2019: Wendy St. Peter
2018: Marsha Millonig
2017: Donald Uden
2016: Randall Seifert
2015: Timothy Stratton
2014: Marilyn K. Speedie
2012: Frank Cerra
2011: Ronald Hadsall
2010: Donald A. Dee
2009: Stephen W. Schondelmeyer
2008: Kenneth W. Miller
2007: S. Bruce Benson
2006: Steven T. Simenson
2006: Wendy L. Simenson
2005: Yusuf Abul-Hajj
2004: Henry J. Mann
2003: Julie K. Johnson
2003: Darwin Zaske
2002: Lowell J. Anderson
2001: James C. Cloyd
2001: Hugh F. Kabat
2001: Phillip S. Portoghese
2001: Ronald Sawchuk
2000: Robert J. Cipolle
1999: Cherie Perlmutter
1998: Arnold Delger
1997: Frank E. DiGangi
1996: Lawrence C. Weaver
1996: Delores M. Weaver

2019 Weaver Medal Recipient: Wendy St. Peter

Wendy St. PeterProfessor Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, FCCP, FASN, FNKF, was the 2019 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. 

Through teaching, scholarship and service, St. Peter has demonstrated unwavering commitment to patients, the profession of pharmacy, the college and the University, throughout her career. One nominator wrote:

“Dr. St. Peter’s commitment to her teaching activities has created a sincere respect from those who’ve had a chance to learn from her. She manages a highly effective classroom learning environment that creates student engagement. Notably, Dr. St. Peter has been a leader among the faculty with respect to the adoption of the ‘team-based learning’ strategy that fosters a highly engaged and peer-accountable learning environment. She has not only studied this technique and sought to apply it with fidelity in her own course, she has supported the application of this strategy by faculty in other courses. She served as the key catalyst for the adoption of this learning innovation in our curriculum.”

2018 Weaver Medal Recipient: Marsha Millonig

Marsha MillonigMarsha Millonig, MBA, BSPharm, a practicing pharmacist who works with both independent and chain pharmacies, was selected as the 2018 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. 

"It is such a humbling honor to be chosen to receive the Weaver Medal," Millonig said. "Larry and Dee Weaver were and are, respectively, colleagues, mentors, and friends since I began studying pharmacy in 1979. They provided steadying hands during my entire career in both Minnesota and Washington D.C. To receive recognition in their honor is so meaningful. More so is my selection by former recipients who represent such an esteemed group of colleagues of which I am so honored to become part of and I will continue to aspire to earn their respect." 

2017 Weaver Medal Recipient: Donald Uden

Don UdenDonald Uden, PharmD, professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2017 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient.

"It is my greatest honor to have my name associated with this award," said Uden, who has been a faculty member since 1985. "Larry was a mentor and friend. His vision for what our profession could do inspired me to advance pharmacy practice in an era of its infancy.''

2016 Weaver Medal Recipient: Randall Seifert

Randall SeifertRandall Seifert, PharmD, professor at the College of Pharmacy, was the 2016 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. A faculty member since 2005, Seifert was recognized for providing outstanding contributions to education, the pharmacy profession, research and the community.

2015 Weaver Medal Recipient: Tim Stratton

Tim StrattonTim Stratton, PhD, professor and senior associate to the dean for assessment and accreditation at the College of Pharmacy, was recognized for providing outstanding and sustained contributions to the college and its students, communities in Greater Minnesota and underserved populations.

An excerpt from his award nomination, "What makes Dr. Stratton an amazing mentor is his willingness to give of his time, knowledge and resources to help students become the best patient care providers they can be. His legacy of teaching, research and service will remain far-reaching. Dr. Stratton has demonstrated that great accomplishments can be made by being vocal about the causes that an individual finds passion for, whether this is by serving the underserved or demanding high attainment standards for the profession, be it pharmacy students, graduate students, current pharmacists or academic professionals."

2014 Weaver Medal Recipient: Marilyn Speedie

Dean Marilyn SpeedieDean of the College of Pharmacy (1996-2017), and co-director of the Center for Leading Healthcare Change.

Her nominator wrote, "Her leadership was demonstrated repeatedly as she moved the college ahead into a clear national stature position. She also recognized the need to educate and train more clinical pharmacy practitioners, particularly for rural Minnesota. She worked tirelessly in designing and implementing the branch of the college at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In so doing, she developed the branch college model for health sciences, one that is still in use today."

2012 Weaver Medal Recipient: Frank Cerra

Frank CerraCerra was recognized for playing a major role in the shaping of interprofessional education, practice and research at the University and throughout the state. He is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, emeritus senior vice president for health sciences and the McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair.

His nominator wrote, "Our profession and college benefited by the exposure of numerous medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty to the openness and respect Dr. Cerra demonstrated on a regular basis for pharmacy."

2011 Weaver Medal Recipient: Ronald Hadsall

Ronald HadsallHadsall was recognized for his longtime service to the college, his work in graduate education and service.

Currently a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, Hadsall joined the College of Pharmacy in 1983. He also serves as adjunct associate professor in the International Graduate Program in Social and Administrative Pharmacy for Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

2010 Weaver Medal Recipient: Donald A. Dee

Donald DeeDee was recognized for his contributions to the college and profession, both statewide and nationally.

Dee served as CEO of the Minnesota State Pharmaceutical Association for 20 years and was instrumental in convincing the legislature that Minnesota needed a building to educate pharmacists and nurses (now Weaver-Densford Hall, home of the College of Pharmacy).

His nominator stated, "One of Don's major contributions to the profession has been to develop the leadership skills of young pharmacists. Don is one of a group of pharmacists whose leadership changed pharmacy and health care in Minnesota."

2009 Weaver Medal Recipient: Stephen W. Schondelmeyer

Stephen SchondelmeyerSchondelmeyer is professor and department head of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, director of the PRIME Institute, and the Century Mortar Club Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Management & Economics.