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Alumni Alert eNewsletter
April 2013
It's finally beginning to feel like Spring here in Albany - a time to enjoy warmer temperatures and exciting events on and around the ACPHS campus.           

Reunion Weekend is one such event.
Invitations were mailed and we hope to see you back here June 7 - June 9.  

We encourage you to register 
online or by mail before Friday, May 17 for a chance to be entered to win FREE tickets to the Dine and Win Dinner Saturday, June 8.  


For more information go to the Reunion Weekend webpage, email the Office of Institutional Advancement or call 518.694.7393.


Check out the Upcoming Events section for a full listing of Alumni activities. 


We look forward to celebrating with you at Reunion Weekend!


Bill Jabour

Office of Institutional Advancement 

Alumna Angela Dominelli '78 named Dean

Angela Dominelli, M.B.A, Ph.D., was recently named Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Dominelli, who had been Interim Dean since July 1, has served in both faculty and administrative roles at ACPHS since 2000. A member of the ACPHS Class of 1978, Dr. Dominelli has also worked in administrative capacities at a variety of health care organizations, including MVP Health Care and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). She continues to teach sections of Pharmacy Administration and the Profiles in Leadership elective.


The campus community looks forward to Dr. Dominelli's continued leadership and we thank her for her commitment and dedication to ACPHS!

Speakers Announced for Albany, Vermont Commencement Ceremonies 


Senator Patrick Leahy who was elected to the Senate in 1974 and is now its senior most member, will deliver the commencement address to the first graduating class of the Vermont Campus on May 19 at 1 pm at the Champlain Valley Exposition. 


Richard H. Daffner, M.D., F.A.C.R., a member of the ACPHS Class of 1963, will be the commencement speaker for the 133rd Albany graduation on May 18 at 1 pm at the Empire State Plaza. 
Library Building Moving Forward Campaign - Library Fund Challenge 
Don Seifert '58 is challenging alumni to step up and join him in support of the Moving Forward Capital Campaign
This challenge kicked off in March and will conclude on June 30. Don is asking you to send $10.00 to the ACPHS Library Fund and he will donate $8,000 after the first 4,000 responses and $15,000 after 5,000 responses to this challenge. By making a $10 gift, your commitment has the potential to make a huge impact. Please make your gift online now. 

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. 
Visit the Moving Forward Capital Campaign website for more information and ways to support.
Mike Raley Tape Away Cancer Dr. Ray Tape Away Cancer
"Tape Away Cancer" supports Relay for Life

Students gathered in the Student Center Atrium to support Relay for Life through "Tape Away Cancer" event. Students had the opportunity to tape up Dr. Mike Raley (left) and Dr. Ray Chdrasekara (right). The event raised more than $100. 

Students in Albany and Vermont will be holding annual Relay for Life events on April 12 and 19 respectively.
Albany Law School Albany Law Offering Free Help with Healthcare Proxies and Living Wills 


Albany Law School's Health Law Clinic will offer free legal services related to advance directives on Wednesday, April 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


The program, held at Albany Law School, will start in the gym with a brief introduction to healthcare proxies and living wills. Thereafter, a group of about 20 law students will work under the supervision of local attorneys to assist attendees interested in executing these documents.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 518-445-2328 or

Town Hall Meeting
Join Us On Thursday, April 25 
ACPHS students are partnering with the Addictions Care Center of Albany to host a Town Hall Meeting on Prescription Drug Abuse on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m at ACPHS (O'Brien Building - Lecture Hall 218). 
Join us for a discussion on the latest information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, its impact on our community, and efforts being made to combat the issue. For more information visit
Hosted by the Addictions Care Center of Albany and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, presented in partnership with Albany County STOP-DWI.
Medication Take Back Drive and Drop Medication Take Back

APhA - Academy of Student Pharmacists are hosting a Medication Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACPHS O'Brien Building Carport (106 New Scotland Avenue). All drop offs are anonymous and we will be accepting controlled substances, liquids and household medications. No needles or sharps will be accepted.

This program is in conjunction with National Drug Take Back Day.
ACPHS Summer Camp Summer Science Camp - Registration Open! 


The 2013 Summer Science Discovery Camp at ACPHS offers elementary school and middle school students access to a unique summer camp. 


Schedule and Session Topics:

  • July 15 - July 19 The Human Body
  • July 22 - July 26 Space Science

Register today! Each session is limited to 20 elementary and 20 middle school students. For more information visit or contact Rebecca Beach at 518.694.7189.

Life After ACPHS Event April 10 Life After ACPHS

On Wednesday, April 10 current students had the opportunity to meet with alumni at the Life after ACPHS Q & A Panel Discussion. Students who are interested in attending Graduate and Medical School met with and heard from the following alumni on their experiences at ACPHS and their pathways to their current program of study. 
  • Vicki Look '11 -1st Year Master in Public Health Student at Mt Sinai School of Medicine  
  • Josh Garrett '10 - 3rd Year Ph.D. in Biomedical Science at Albany Medical College 
  • Shaarika Sarasija '09 - 2nd Year Ph.D. Program at Albany Medical College
  • Alexandra Rehfuss '09 - 4th Year M.D. Program / Residency in Oncology at Albany Medical College
  • Lisa Murphy '09 - 4th Year Graduate Student in Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University
  • Neil Mandalaywala '09 - 3rd Year M.D. Program at Albany Medical College

On behalf of the entire ACPHS community we would like to thank these members of the alumni community for their gift and commitment to their alma mater and future alumni.
ACPHS Team Places Second in Student Compounding Competition 

The ACPHS team of Melanie Blais, Dan Corwin, and Alison DeGennaro placed second in the "Quality Compounding Poster Presentation" portion of the 3rd Annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition. This national event, which is open to all schools of pharmacy, took place March 22-24 at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville. Pharmacy Practice Lab Instructor Lee Anna Obos helped prepare the team for the event and accompanied them to the competition.
ACPHS Academy Program Earns National Recognition

The ACPHS Academy science enrichment program was recently featured in a front page story in the official publication of the National Science Teachers Association ("NSTA Reports"). In an article headlined, "Connecting K-12 STEM to College, After School," the story describes how the ACPHS program differs from many other programs around the country due to the fact that it is hosted by a college instead of being run at an elementary/secondary school. NSTA Reports has approximately 78,000 readers and is viewed as a key source of information for educators at all levels of science instruction.
Visit for more information and ways to support the ACPHS Academy.
Vermont Students Discuss Poison Prevention with Area Schoolchildren

A group of students from the ACPHS Vermont Campus presented a poison prevention program to kindergartners at the Chamberlin School in South Burlington. The presentation was coordinated by members of the student chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in cooperation with Kinney Drugs. Through the use of rhymes, games, and visual aids, the program seeks to educate young students to "ASK FIRST" when it comes to questions about the safety of medications, plants, insects, and household items.
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Friends We'll Miss

Louis Mancuso, Class of 1956 - January 24, 2013
Charles Cushman Crooker, Class of 1951 - March 18, 2013
K. Michael KrajickClass of 1981 - March 27, 2013
April 20
Albany, NY
Albany, NY
April 13
Washington D.C.
April 16
Legislative Visit Day
Albany, NY
April 17
CLS and Med-Tech Focus Group
Albany, NY
April 19
Relay for Life
Colchester, VT
April 21
April 23
National Lab Week Dinner
Albany, NY
April 25
Albany, NY
April 27
Albany, NY
May 11
NY & VT 
May 18
Albany, NY
May 19
Colchester, VT
June 7
6th Annual FONSMZ Memorial Golf Tournament
Country Club
June 7-9 
 Go to the Events Page for more information on these and other events. 


Bill Jabour
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
Office of Institutional Advancement