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May 2012 


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June 1
Friends of Noah Sorensen and Mario Zeolla Memorial Golf Tournament

Normanside C.C. Albany, NY


June 1-3
Reunion Weekend 
Albany, NY

June 10
Annual Pharmacy Practice Update

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July 30
President's Cup

(formerly Dean's Cup)
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The invitations are out and the countdown is on for Reunion Weekend June 1 - June 3. We are expecting a great turnout and have an exciting lineup of events planned. If you haven't already, go to for the list of events and to register.

Reunion Weekend is also a special time to honor and remember Mario Zeolla '97 and Noah Sorensen '97. Together with ACPHS alumni, friends, family and supporters we celebrate and pay tribute to these incredible men at the 5th Annual Friends of Noah Sorensen and Mario Zeolla (FONSMZ) Memorial Golf Tournament at Normanside Country Club, Friday, June 1.

I would like to personally thank Gary Sorensen '68, Michael Zeolla '01, the Sorensen and Zeolla families, the FONSMZ Foundation, sponsors, volunteers and ACPHS community members who continue to support this annual event. For ways to get involved or make a donation, please visit or .



Bill Jabour
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations 


The Germano Challenge is on! ACPHS Alumni and trustee, Geno Germano '83 and wife Theresa '86, are challenging fellow alumni and athletes to "fill the seats" of the newly renovated Athletics and Recreation facility. You may have heard about the upcoming groundbreaking for this facility, which will include a state-of-the-art track and synthetic turf field. The Germano’s are calling on 100 alumni and former student athletes to purchase a stadium seat at $1,000 each and they will in turn donate $150,000. This will generate $250,000 toward the $2.5 million project. The groundbreaking is scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m. at ACPHS. Join the Germano Challenge today! Go to

On June 2, as part of Reunion Weekend, the College will host a special dedication to honor all those who have donated to the library renovations since 2009. This summer, we will launch Phase III of the library renovations. This phase will include tying together the first floor and second floor of the library. This will enable students to travel between the main floor of the library and the study space on the second floor without leaving the library proper. It will include an interior stairwell and two-story atrium. Work is already underway on this project which is scheduled to be completed by August 15. Additional details are available on the Library's website. Thank you to everyone who has seen the value and importance of this project and has supported it along the way.



Lou Sisto

Twenty six-year-old Louis Sisto, class of 2008, is in a band, DJ's at a nightclub, synthesizes his own music on the computer, loves to cook, and maintains a successful career as a clinical laboratory technologist at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. Read his story.



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College to go Smoke Free in 2013
President Gozzo recently announced that the Board of Trustees has approved a resolution for a 100% tobacco-free policy at the College. This policy, which has been adopted in conjunction with Albany Law School and will include both the Albany and Vermont campuses, will go into effect at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. Over the course of the next year, the College will offer smoking cessation education and training programs for anyone who is interested.

Class of 2012 Graduation Week Highlights
On May 8 and 9, Pharm.D. and Bachelor of Science program graduates attended Senior Salute dinners where they were recognized by the College with honors and awards. On May 11, a champagne brunch was held for this year's graduates at Normanside Country Club. The event was hosted by the Recent Graduate Council and offices of Campus Life and Institutional Advancement. The Graduation Week events culminated with the school's 132nd commencement ceremony on May 12, where 212 pharmacy doctorates, 28 bachelor's degrees and 13 master's degrees were awarded at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, gave the commencement address.

Medication Takeback A Huge Success
In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take-back Day, the APhA-ASP, along with the Albany Police Department, hosted a very successful Medication Take Back Event on April 28 at ACPHS. Participants drove up to the ACPHS carport and dropped off unused or expired prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications without even leaving their vehicles. The event serviced 114 households and collected:
* 648 units of OTC's
* 1,320 units of non-controlled prescription medications
* 133 units of controlled prescription medications
* 26 units of narcotic prescription medications
The oldest prescription medication surrendered was from 1980. APhA-ASP is hoping to continue this spring event annually, offering community members a second opportunity each year (in addition to their regular October take-back event) to safely dispose of their medications. 




May 19, 2013 marks the date that ACPHS will be graduating its first class from the Vermont Campus.



Pharmacist, Woodstock Apothecary/Village Apothecary - Woodstock, NY

For more employment opportunities visit the ACPHS Career Zone.


Robert Venery, Class of 1961 - March 9, 2012

Albert Kronman
, Class of 1953 - May 2012

Bernard "Bernie" Nowitz
, Class of 1960 - May 11, 2012


ACPHS logoBill Jabour
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations