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April 2008
The Newsletter of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
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Tuesday, April 22
Student Appreciation Day
12-3 p.m., USP Campus Quad
Thursday, April 24
6th Annual Research Day and 21st Annual John C. Krantz Lecture
ARC and McNeil STC
Friday, April 25
Last Day of Classes
Saturday, April 26
Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society 22nd Annual Spring Colloquium
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Rosenberger Hall

Monday, April 28 to Friday, May 2
Final Examinations
Wednesday, April 30, Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)

Monday, May 5
Summer Session A Begins

Thursday, May 8
Mayes College Dedication
3:30 p.m., 4101 Woodland Ave.

Health Policy Symposium, “The Future of Vaccines - Challenges, Successes, Opportunities”
5–7 p.m., McNeil STC

9th Annual Party for the Park
5:30–8 p.m., 43rd Street & Kingsessing Mall

Monday, May 12
Summer Session One Begins

Wednesday, May 14
Building Connections between KIZ Partners
4-7:30 p.m., McNeil STC
Save the date: Wednesday, May 20, Commencement Rehearsal and Thursday, May 21, Commencement 2008
dot Bookstore Events
dot Kingsessing Players Spring Concert Series (April 18 and April 25)
Click here for the full Events calendar

Campus Update
Get a run down of student meetings, activities, and events here.

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

Alert BoxSports Shorts
Dundas is Named to All-Philadelphia Area Small College Team
dot USP Baseball Falls Short in Bill Giles Invitational Citizen's Bank Park
dot Aponte Named to CACC Winter All-Academic Team
dot Five Shooters Earn CRCA All-Academic All-American Rifle Team Honors
dot Bauer Becomes USP’s first Eight-time All-MAC shooter
dot Three’s a Charm for Air Max 90’s

Habitat for Humanity
Spring Break Trip Raises Hope and Homes
A group of nine USP students headed south for Spring Break, not for partying, but for a week’s worth of labor for Habitat for Humanity. (read more)
dot Phi Kappa Psi raises $600.00 for Go 4 the Goal Foundation
dot Delta Phi Epsilon nets $468 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
NOTE: The Department of Campus Recreation has extended the book drive for K.I.P.P until April 25.  All books can be dropped off at the front desk of the ARC.

Race For Humanity
Over 350 participants made the Third-Annual 5K Race for Humanity a win-win for all on Saturday, March 29. Sponsored by Omega Chi Psi, the race raised over $12,000 to benefit CureSearch, the National Childhood Cancer Foundation Children’s Oncology Group.

Celebrate With Mayes College
USP is proud to host a ribbon cutting and college dedication ceremony for the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy on Thursday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. Following the dedication, the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at Mayes College will host a unique forum for policy dialogue with a panel of  internationally prominent experts: “The Future of Vaccines - Challenges, Successes, Opportunities” at 5 p.m. (learn more)

Commencement Honors Three on May 21
As part of its 2008 Commencement ceremony, USP will bestow honorary doctorates of science on Dr. Abass Alavi, Professor of Radiology and Neurology at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Dr. John A. Gans, Executive Vice President and CEO of The American Pharmacists Association; and Bernard Poussot, President and CEO of Wyeth. The honors will be bestowed with USP's 187th graduating class on May 21 at 1 p.m., at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. (read more)

Research Day Showcases USP’s Best
Research DayThe 6th Annual USP Research Day on Thursday, April 24 recognizes the research efforts of faculty members and students, while showcasing the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus. Dr. William Charles Sessa, Jr., P'84., will deliver the annual John C. Krantz, Jr., distinguished Lecture. (read more)

“Where Inspiration Leads to Innovation” Takes Student Contest Prize
Vying for a prize of $500, over 55 students responded to the call to describe the USP story in five words or less. An entry from Alyssa Zortman PharmD'12 was chosen as the winner. Zortman’s submission “Where Inspiration Leads to Innovation” was deemed the best by an internal judging panel. (read more)

Expert Commentary: USP Positioned To Help Retool Workforce for Aging America
The numbers are daunting: “by 2030 the United States will need an additional 3.5 million formal healthcare providers. “It’s clear that the nation is not prepared to meet the social or healthcare needs of the Baby Boomer population,” said USP's Dr. Richard G. Stefanacci. "USP as a whole is in position to help address aspects of the senior care professionals short fall." (read more)

Pharmacy Students Turn to "Mr. Yuk" For Help
Members of USP’s student chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP) recognized Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22) with a visit to the Parent Infant Center. The students taught the pre-school children about the dangers of poisons and used Mr. Yuk® stickers to help identify household poison dangers. (read more)

Playing it Safe on the Playground has its Rewards
Parents shouldn’t horse around when it comes to playground safety. Whether it’s in the neighborhood park or their own backyard, adult supervision and risk awareness are the keys to keeping kids playing and progressing USP occupational therapy professors say. (read more)

More Headlines

dot Faculty Notes
dot One Big Book Club Selects "My Sisters Keeper" for 2008-09
dot Conservation Brings End to Paper Schedule Confirmations
dot Emergency Notification System Goes Regional
dot Thanks to Student Generosity Library Offers DVDs for Students
dot USP Hosts “Preparing For Pandemic Flu” on May 22
dot Honors Program Welcomes Inaugural Class
dot In Memoriam: Dr. Robert E. King
dot February and March Research Activities
dot Annual Induction Ceremony Held for Alpha Lambda Delta

dot Student Life Announces Summer Housing for Students

dot 1st Annual Journal and Grant Writing Institute May 13

dot Barnes and Noble Awarded Bookstore Contract

dot Winners from Area’s Largest Science Fair Visit USP

Class Notes

William C. de Groat P’60, MS’62 (PhD’65, University of Pennsylvania) received the 2007 Reeve-Irvine Research Medal for his studies of the mechanisms underlying recovery of autonomic nervous system function following spinal cord injury. The medal and a $50,000 cash prize were presented on March 11, 2008, during a symposium on spinal cord injury research hosted by the University of California, Irvine.

Edna (Henry) Parker
MT’76 was recently promoted to vice president & director of quality assurance at Laboratory Corporation of America. She lives in Pittsboro, NC.

Scott J. Boyle
MPT’89 (DO’95, PCOM) and his wife Sheri welcomed the birth of daughter Erica Lee on February 9, 2007. She joins big sister Rebecca Lynn, age 3. The family lives in Sugarloaf, PA.

Gregory R. Kratz
P’99 and Nicole E. Louvros P’99 were wed on May 26, 2007, at Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel, NJ. They spent their honeymoon in Greece and Kenya. Gregory is a senior pharmacist at CAPS Pharmacy in Horsham, PA and Nicole is a staff pharmacist at CVS in West Chester, PA.

Nicole LaPadura
BI’05 received her master's degree in Biology from Hunter College on January 24, 2008. She is a research assistant at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and lives in Yorktown Heights, NY.

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Call for Nominations
The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the USP Alumni Association Annual Awards scheduled to be presented at Fall Fest on Sept. 27, 2008. If you know of someone, who based on the criteria deserves the recognition of his/her peers, please submit their nomination on the form and return to Pat McNelly (p.mcnell@usp.edu) by May 1.  This information can be accessed by visiting www.usp.edu/alumnifriends and clicking on Awards Nominations.


Alumni Board
The 2008 USP Alumni Association Officers and Directors were inducted on April 10, 2008. Front Row from left to right: Julie Gerhart P’94, BW’05, Director; Lorri Halberstadt P’83, Secretary; and May Lai B’99, Director. Back Row from left to right: S. Rogers Wetherill P’68, Director; Daniel A. Hussar P’62, MS’64, PhD’67, Director; Gerry Meyer P’73, PharmD’74, Treasurer; and Janice Gaska P’79, PharmD’82, Director. Not pictured:
Elizabeth Dowling Farina PharmD’07, Director.

Seldia BlatmanThank you, Seldia
In honor of her 92nd birthday on March 5, Seldia Zonies Blatman P’37 was presented with a certificate of recognition for her many years of service to the Alumni Association. Representing the Alumni Association were Robin Keyack P’81, President Elect, and Louis J. Lupo P’76, PharmD’01, Past President.

Free CE Program for Pharmacists
You are invited to participate in an online educational program for community pharmacists who want to learn more about continuous use oral contraception, "Extended-Cycle and Continuous Use Oral Contraceptives: What Every Pharmacist Needs to Know." Visit cecenter.usp.edu/extendedOC for complete CPE information and to participate in this complimentary 1-hour CE activity.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Thursday, April 24                         
Kid’s @ Wyeth, Collegeville, PA
Research Day Alumni Career Panel, ARC, USP Campus

Thursday, May 15
Delaware Pharmacists Society Alumni and Friends Reception, Wilmington, DE

Monday, August 4                         
Alumni Golf Outing, Edgmont Country Club, Edgemont, PA

Save the Date: 2008 Fall Fest and Alumni Reunion
Saturday, September 27, USP Campus

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