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February 2009
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The Newsletter of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Thursday, Feb. 19
dot Founder's Day Celebration
2-3 p.m., McNeil STC

dot USP Olympics Opening Ceremonies
Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6
Spring Recess - No Classes

Friday, March 6
Joseph B. Schwartz Memorial Symposium: Advances in Industrial Pharmacy
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., McNeil STC

Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20
Multicultural Week

Saturday, March 21
Femi Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
dot NEW DATE: Thursday, April 2
The 7th Annual USP Research Day

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Over winter break, student Amanda Mastrogiovanni PharmD'14 dressed-up 344A Griffith Hall, the new home of Student Academic Support Services (SASS), with a colorful wall mural. SASS hopes the bright addition will encourage the creation of more murals that inspire success throughout the campus community.

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

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

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SMARTcar Bench

University to Host Park(ing) Bench Installation
University of the Sciences will soon receive its very own SMARTcar, but not for reasons you’d expect. The University will provide a temporary home to a 1:1 scale model of a SMARTcar, cut longitudinally down the center and pulled apart to create seating for pedestrians.

Annual Teddy Bear Drive
The annual teddy bear drive is underway. New teddy bears will be donated to 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. If you’d like to contribute, please bring your bear(s) to Whitecar Hall, Suite 2700 by Thursday, Dec. 11.

Claire Tauschek Earns All-CACC Volleyball Honors
Claire Tauschek DPT’11 was named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) All-Conference Volleyball Team on Nov. 11, 2008.

dot Lechner Named to CACC Volleyball Honor Roll
dot Devils Picked Fourth in CACC Pre-Season Poll
Men's Cross Country Record Best Finish Ever at NCAA Regionals
dot Women’s Cross Country Finishes 19th at NCAA Regionals
dot Hitsticks Win Intramural ARC Bowl

dot Minh Nguyen Wins the Intramural Billiards Tournament
dot Freshman Andy Yan Wins Intramural Table Tennis Tournament



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Institute for Geriatric Studies to Meet Growing Need for Senior Health Professionals
To address the needs of an aging population, the newly established Institute for Geriatric Studies focuses squarely on the critical issues of business and policy affecting geriatric health by uniting resources to provide education and services.

Dr. Beamer Appointment Announcement

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Ross Radish Named Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Engagement
Ross Radish was recently named assistant dean of students and director of student engagement, it was announced by Dean of Students Dr. William G. Cunningham, Jr. Radish had been serving as administrator of residence life and off campus living and as interim conduct officer.

Health Tip: Healthy Habits for Your Heart
American Heart Month is the perfect time to initiate lifestyle changes that can help lower your risk of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. Dr. Ara DerMarderosian, professor of pharmacognosy, provides simple steps you can take to live heart-healthy.

Expert Commentary: Top New Drugs and Pharmaceutical Trends of 2008
Daniel A. Hussar, PhD. Dr. Hussar, Remington professor of pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, selects the most noteworthy new drugs and trends leading into the New Year.

Health Tip: Now is the Perfect Time to Get That Flu Shot
If you’ve held out on getting the flu shot this season, it’s not too late to see the benefits of vaccination, according to Dr. Steven L. Sheaffer, associate professor of clinical pharmacy in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Students Dancing to Make a Difference
Students Dhara Shukla PharmD’13 and Khushbu Shah PharmD’13 are channeling their passion for dance toward enriching the lives of young girls in the local community.

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More Headlines

dot Dr. Roy Robson Chosen as Editor for Orthodox Studies Series and Contracted with Cambridge University Press

dot October Research Activities
dot Diane Cesare PH/TX’09 Chosen as Recipient of New Scholarship for Pharmacology &Toxicology Students
dot New Walkway to 4500 Woodland Ave. Building and Glasser Hall
dot New Initiative Enables Students to Pay Tuition Online
dot University Psi Chi Chapter Awarded Conference Grant

dot New Digital Media Studio and Lab Opens to Students and Faculty

dot Stockings for Kids Program
dot Help Spread Holiday Cheer to Soldiers Overseas
dot Employees Taking Courses at USP

dot Baltimore Avenue Pedestrian Lighting Survey


Class Notes

W. Richard Turner C’58 (MS’61, PhD’63, University of Connecticut) is a retired chemist living in Hewitt, TX, with his wife of 48 years, Eileen. They have three children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In his spare time, Dick performs and tours with local singing groups and writes poems, hymns, and stories.


Joseph A. Tessari TX’82 (JD’85, Vermont Law School) has opened his own firm, Tessari & Associates, specializing in the protection of intellectual property.  Joe has been an intellectual property lawyer since 1985. Prior to starting his own firm, Joe was a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, VA. He also held a variety of positions as in-house intellectual property counsel with medium and large corporations.


Caroline R. Gaitan-Mara P’94 and her husband Scott Mara welcomed twins Dylan Scott and McKenna Rose on July 23, 2008. The twins join big brother Ryan Christopher. Caroline is a group manager with Walgreens Mail Service in Tempe, Ariz. She and her family live in Mesa, Ariz.


Nicole F. SanGiorgio PharmD’04 married Greg Savidge on January 12, 2008 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Maria (Pirretti) Parsi PharmD’04 was a bridesmaid. The guest list included Diane (Szymanski) Quinn PharmD’05, Robert F. Quinn P’94, Denise (Webster) Pauzano PharmD’04, Mary (Schindler) Marczely PharmD’04, Albert J. Guarini MPT’04, and Scott J. Fair P’92. Nicole and Greg live in Marlton, N.J

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Going Behind the Counter and Behind the Scenes with Alumnus Peter Van Pelt
Peter Van Pelt P’97 and APhA are shedding light on the role of pharamacists through a series of short, humerous vignettes focusing on “Behind-the-Counter Encounters.”

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Alumnus Dr. John A. Gans To Receive Pharmacy Profession’s Highest Honor
John A. Gans P’66, PharmD’69 has been awarded the 2009 Remington Honor Medal, the pharmacy profession’s highest honor administered by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Upcoming Alumni Events

Thursday, Dec. 4            
Alumni Career Panel, USP Campus
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting, USP Campus
Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 8-11            
American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Alumni & Friends Reception, Orlando, Fla.


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

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