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December 2007
The Newsletter of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

USP In the News
Shopping for Coverage

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - Dec. 2
Shopping around could be the new mantra for the Medicare drug benefit. The average senior citizen who uses about $1,500 worth of drugs a year benefits from the plan, said Richard G. Stefanacci, executive director of the Center for Medicare Medication Management at USP.

FDA Hears Pros, Cons of Pharmacist-to-Patient Drug Sales
U.S. News & World Report, DC - Nov. 19
Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, Remington professor of pharmacy at the USP's Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, expressed support for behind-the-counter medications at an FDA public informational meeting. "The involvement of the pharmacist in counseling patients will be of great value in assuring the effective and safe use of these medications."

Thursday, Dec. 13 - POSTPONED
Building Connections between KIZ Partners

Friday, Dec. 14
Fall Semester Ends

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Grades due for all courses - noon

Monday - Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Jan. 1
University Closed

Tuesday, Jan. 1
Happy New Year!

Thursday-Thursday, Jan. 3-10
Faculty Enrichment Weeks

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Drop/Add Period Begins

Monday, Jan. 14
Classes Begin for All Students

Campus Update – get a run down of student meetings, activities, and events

"Challenge Yourself at the ARC"
Hours of Operation | Aerobics Schedule|Intramurals Schedule | Special Events Schedule | Personal Training

Sports Shorts
Aifuwa Named to 2007 Phila. Inquirer Academic All-Area Cross Country Team
USP cross country runner Joy Aifuwa was amongst the seven female athletes named to the 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women's Cross Country Team. (read more)

Puschak Named CACC Volleyball Rookie of the Year Tauschek, Wenderoth and Rich also honored
Middle hitter Christine Puschak has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Year in balloting released today.  Junior Claire Tauschek was named to the All-CACC Second Team while senior Lindsey Wenderoth and freshman Cady Rich earned honorable mention All-CACC honors. (read more)

dot D Phi E wins first ever Sorority Soccer Championship

dot The Legends II capture the ARC Cup

Bear-necessity for Holiday Joy

USP faculty and staff donated new teddy bears for the children at Family Support Services for their Holiday party. The children range in age from newborn to 5 years old and are part of a child abuse treatment program.

dot Book Drive at the ARC - supports KIPP Charter School

dot Student Affairs Adopts-a-Family for the Holidays

dot Toy Drive Benefits St. Francis DeSales Parish

Community Pharmacist Preceptors

To meet the needs of introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs), additional pharmacist preceptors in all practice settings will be needed. The immediate need is for community pharmacist preceptors. Contact Matthew Land at m.land@usip.edu or 215.596.8986 for more information. For the advanced pharmacy practices experiences, contact Dr. Anthony Sorrentino at a.sorren@usp.edu or 215.596.8523.
Read the latest happenings in the fall "The Rotation" newsletter.


ETC Award
From left to right: Delbert Payne, USP board of trustees chairman, and Dr. Philip P. Gerbino, USP president, display the Eastern Technology Council's Enterpriser Award with sponsor Joe Mahady, president of Global Business at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and senior vice president of Wyeth. Photo: Paola Nogueras

USP Given ETC’s Prestigious Enterpriser Award
ETC LogoCalling it a proud moment in USP’s history, President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino accepted the Eastern Technology Council (ETC) Enterpriser World-Class Talent Award at the 2007 Enterprise Awards on Thursday, December 6. The award, sponsored by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, recognized USP's impact on the Philadelphia region. (read more)

dot Watch a short video for the award.

giftsHealth Tip: Make a Healthy Impression with Toys this Holiday Season
Tired of finding your children’s holiday gifts in the toy graveyard just days after they’re opened?  Instead of shopping for the latest fad, parents are encouraged to buy their children toys that promote healthy childhood development and reinforce interpersonal relationships.  (read more)

Rechson Head SHotRechson Memorial Award Established for Beloved Professor
In a tribute to the memory of beloved Adjunct Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration professor Dr. Mitch Rechson, the Department is announcing the establishment of the Mitchell H. Rechson Memorial Award. (read more)

Forensic Science Seminar Series
USP PresentsAn exciting spring seminar series focusing on forensic science will bring prominent experts to USP for engaging and informative talks. The first scheduled seminar will be held on January 24 with alumnus and former FBI Forensic Molecular Biologist Michael Garvey BI'94.
(read more)

More Headlines

dot University Closing Procedures Affirmed
dot MAPS Conference Highlights Recent Advances
dot USP Intellectual Property Policies, and a Research Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedure incorporated into the Employee Handbook
dot Executive Leadership Team (ELT) Report
dot MOT Students Let Preschoolers "Sea" New Experience
dot Health Tip: Dr. Ahuja-Miller - Cleaner Hands, Better Health
dot November Research Activities
dot Kritz P'51 and Students Teach Blind Children Golf
dot Student E-mail Transitions with URL Change

dot Important College Graduate Studies Updates

dot Earn Credits with Summer 2008 Puerto Rico Study/Travel  

The First-Year Science and Health Fair on Nov. 15 showcased all first-year students’ research projects on a Health Promotion or Disease Education topic.


Class Notes

John M. Fischer P’74, PharmD’75 (MS’79, University of Pittsburgh) ran the Boston Marathon in April 2007, having qualified by running the Philadelphia Marathon in under 3:45 in November 2006. He is currently associate vice president of global pharmacovigilance at Sanofi-Aventis.

Coleen (Ortmann) Kayden P’78 won the George H. Searight Memorial Award at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association annual conference on September 29, 2007. The award recognizes outstanding service to the association and strong commitment to and involvement in local community activities.

Joseph A. Tessari TX’82 (JD’85, Vermont Law School) joined the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP in January 2007. He practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent law. Joseph lives in Powhatan, Va., with his wife Barbara and their sons Domenic and Michael. Oldest son Joe is out of college and living in Boston.

Jason M. Strunk MPT’02 and his wife Nicole recently celebrated the first birthday of their twins Cole and Jaina. Jason is a physical therapist for ManorCare. He and his family live in Sanatoga, Pa.

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ASHP University Reception
On Dec. 3, 2007, approximately 100 USP alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered for a University reception at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, N.V., in conjunction with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) mid-year conference. Rod Miller, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Development, welcomed guests and conveyed greetings from USP President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino. Marvin Samson, USP Board of Trustee Vice Chairman, provided an update on the changing character and campus at USP, while Dr. Russell DiGate, PCP Dean, provided the latest news and developments occurring at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. USP’s newest college, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, was represented by Interim Associate Dean and USP alumnae, Stephanie Zarus P’85, PharmD’88, who provided an upbeat glimpse of the College’s courses and their value for health professionals in the changing healthcare landscape.

Alumni Give USP Students Career Advice

Alumni Panel
Alumni Panel, from left to right: Jean Surian, P’84, PhD’90; Joseph M. Betz, PhD, P’88; Susan Pytel, MPT’99

Thinking about your post-college plans can be overwhelming; even within one program of study, there can be dozens of possible career paths. To help students navigate this sea of choices, three successful USP alumni shared their experiences and offered advice during a career panel on December 6. (read more)
Upcoming Alumni Events

Thursday, January 17   
Tampa Alumni and Friends Dinner
6:30 p.m. Cocktails, 7 p.m. Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Tampa

Friday, January 18       
Naples Alumni and Friends Dinner
6:30 p.m. Cocktails, 7 p.m. Dinner at Ritz-Carlton Naples        

Sunday, January 20
Ft. Lauderdale Alumni and Friends Brunch
11:30 a.m. Bunch at The Blue Moon Fish Company

Thursday, February 7
Alumni Career Panel
4-5 p.m.

USP Alumni Association Board Meeting
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – USP Campus, Wilson Hall, 2nd Floor

For more information and to register, please visit www.usp.edu/alumnifriends/events.shtml