The Record Winter 2021-2022

From the Dean

Dean Lynda WelageDear alumni and friends,

As 2021 comes to a close, I must say, “what a year!”  Who would have expected we’d still be in the midst of the pandemic, thinking about long-term strategies to promote work, or learning with flexibility? Many may have thought the pandemic and all that is happening in the world would paralyze us. This is far from true. When I take a few moments to reflect, I think about and am amazed by all the adapting, flexing, learning and pushing forward we’ve done.

Celebrating the Class of 1971

class of 1971The Class of 1971 gathered in the Twin Cities in October to celebrate their 50th class reunion. Classmates returned home to the College of Pharmacy, where they enjoyed an update on the college and a Q&A session with Dean Welage. They also as well as a tour of Weaver-Densford Hall and the new Health Sciences Education Center.

Additional activities included a Friday evening soiree with a special "golden" guest and a Saturday morning tailgate party before the Minnesota vs. Nebraska football game. Not only did they witness a Gophers victory, they also saw their name on the big screen at Huntington Bank Stadium!

Special thanks to the members of the Class of 1971 Reunion Committee whose time and effort helped make this event such a huge success: Tom Blissenbach, Howard Juni, Allan Mattson, Gary Schneider, Lynn Schneider, and Barry Zoss!

Alumni Supporting the College of Pharmacy

give to the max 2021 logoGive to the Max Day: The Best One Yet! 

Thank you to all of you who made a gift to the College of Pharmacy Fund for Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as part of Give to the Max Day 2021.

In just one day, dozens of donors in our college and alumni community gave over $22,000 to launch the new College of Pharmacy Fund for Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Your generosity will support DEI efforts across the college. Don’t just take our word for it though! Hear directly from Leyla Rashid, a fourth year PharmD student, about how your gifts will help create a world where all students can thrive. Thank you again!

Alumni News

The following alumni updates were included in our Summer 2021 issue of The Record but links were inadvertently not made live in the email so we are sharing this news again.

In Memoriam

Kuo-Hsiung Lee’s, ‘68, passed away October 24, 2021. Dr. Lee was an alumnus of the college’s medicinal chemistry graduate program who made tremendous, international contributions in the field of medicinal chemistry. As a world-renowned natural product chemist, his body of work includes the discovery of several thousand compounds that, in turn, helped with the drug design for future pharmaceutical agents used in the treatment of such things as cancer, infections and other diseases. His extraordinary career will have an impact for generations to come.

Albert Rysavy, ‘53, passed away June 13, 2021. Dr. Rysavy began working retail pharmacy after graduation and then moved to hospital pharmacy. He later became the consultant pharmacist for the State of Minnesota and did a number of public speaking engagements for pharmacy groups.

Harold “Hal” Sadoff, ‘65, passed away on November 26, 2021

Robert Warren, ‘49, passed away June 13, 2021. Dr. Warren practiced pharmacy for 50 years and owned Warren Drug in St. Louis Park, Minn., for 17 of those years.


  • The research of Dr. R. Stephanie Huang and colleagues is featured in this story by the University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA). They are collaborating to develop effective therapies for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and, in 2019, were awarded an OACA Faculty Research Development Grant.

  • Dr. Tiana (Luczak) Butler, ‘18; Dr. Jacob Brown; and Dr. David Stenehjem, published a mini-review and recorded a podcast episode with the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT) discussing pharmacogenetics and underrepresented populations.

  • Dr. Laura Palombi partners with Dr. Mary Jo Katras of the University of Minnesota Extension to develop the Changemakers program, a gathering sponsored by UMN Extension for community members who help their neighbors recover from addiction through innovative programs. 

  • Dr. Wendy St. Peter and collaborators have developed the Advancing Kidney Health through Optimal Medication Management (AKHOMM) initiative. They are developing modules that can both train pharmacists and provide tools to educate patients to increase the safe and effective use of medications to treat kidney disease. This work recently received funding from the UMN Office of Discovery and Translation for its efforts to address health care disparities and inaccessibility across different populations.


Center for Interprofessional Health YouTube LinkA New Home for Interprofessional Education and Clinical Training

The Center for Interprofessional Health (CIH) is the new home for advancing health sciences interprofessional education and clinical training at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is to spark innovation in interprofessional education, practice, research, and collaboration. CIH also supports the diverse needs of health professions schools, colleges, and programs system-wide in preparing a collaborative, practice-ready workforce to serve Minnesota and beyond. Learn more at

Department & Center News

Check out the Slice of PIE blog, a tool designed to highlight the work of the collaborative effort between  HealthPartners (HP), the University of Minnesota (UMN),the University of North Carolina (UNC), and the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM), to improve and increase delivery of medication therapy management (MTM) within the HealthPartners MTM provider network. It takes its name from HealthPartners’ “Partners in Excellence” (PIE) program, a health plan-wide program to recognize and reward outstanding contributions to beneficiary health.

College News

Follow the link to read news and achievements from within the college.

Mark Your Calendar


Give/Support YouTube linkAs we come to the close of 2021, we want to again thank everyone for their generous support of the College of Pharmacy. We finished the Driven campaign in June and raised $30 million for the college thanks to our alumni and friends.

Interested in making a year-end gift?

Questions?  Contact Amy Polski Larson or 651-343-7955 for questions or assistance.