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May 2013
This May marks the close of another incredible academic year at the College. We are just days away from our commencement celebrations for the Albany and Vermont campuses. This will be the very first class ever to graduate from Colchester, Vermont since the satellite campus opened in 2009.
As one chapter closes another begins. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and welcome to your new family, the ACPHS alumni community.  

And speaking of celebrating, we hope to see you back on campus June 7 - 9 at Reunion Weekend 2013.

Bill Jabour

Office of Institutional Advancement 

President Gozzo to Step Down as Head of the College in June 2014


ACPHS President James Gozzo recently announced that he will be stepping down as president of the College, effective June 30, 2014. Hired as the seventh president/dean of the school in 1998, Dr. Gozzo has led ACPHS through a period of unprecedented growth and expansion, including the construction or acquisition of seven buildings on the Albany Campus, the establishment of the Vermont Campus, and the addition of ten new bachelor's and graduate programs. A national search will be conducted for his replacement.
Student and Faculty Speakers Named for Commencement Ceremonies

While the featured speakers for the Albany and Vermont Commencement ceremonies were announced in March (Class of '63 alumus Dick Daffner in Albany and  U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in Vermont), the student and faculty speakers were determined last week. Student Sarah DeRuosi (top) and faculty member Andy Flynn (Class of '87 alumnus) will do the honors on the Albany Campus. In Vermont, student Christine Skrzypiec (bottom) and faculty member Sommer Zarbock will address the first graduates of the Vermont Campus. The student and faculty speakers were selected based on nominations from members of the graduating class. 
College Receives National Honor for Community Service

ACPHS has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This prestigious designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. In fact, ACPHS was further distinguished by being awarded "honor roll with distinction" status. The students and faculty of the College have displayed a long history of community service through initiatives such as the Health Expo, ACPHS Academy, High School Summer Research Program, and countless other activities in support of a wide range of charitable organizations. 
AHOF Inductees 2013
Athletics Banquet Honors Student Athletes Past and Present
The ACPHS Athletics banquet was held on Sunday, April 21 before a packed house of student athletes, coaches, alumni, family members, and others from the college community. The annual event honors the teams and individual achievements from the past season. 
Highlights from this year's event included the induction of three new members into the ACPHS Hall of Fame: Kylie Jordan '05, Kevin Mocerine '06 (pictured left), and Jason Howard '08 (pictured right). For more information visit
Cytotechnology and CLS Students Receive Their White Coats
Three members of the Cytechnology program and seven members of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) program received their white coats at a ceremony held recently in the Student Center. Bhumika Bhalani, Michele Plowinske, and TaKarra Victor were recognized from the Cytotechnology program. Jonathon Ash, Kerri Burton, Nicholas Dresser, Brittney Mancinelli, Connor McDonald, Dorothy Sisto, and Anthony Tamburello represented the CLS program. As with Pharm.D. students, the white coat ceremony symbolizes the transition from a student to a professional.
Large Turnout of Alumni, Students and Faculty at Pharmacy Legislative Day

Forty ACPHS students and nine faculty members visited the Legislative Office Building in Albany on April 16 to meet with state legislators and discuss issues of importance to pharmacists and patients. During the course of the day, groups of 4-6 students (along with one or two faculty members) would meet with senators or assembly members to talk about subjects such as pharmacy education and training, and the expansion of laws related to immunizations. Each of New York's seven pharmacy programs sent representations of students and faculty, but none of them had more participants than ACPHS!
Library BuildingDon Seifert '58 Challenge
Picking Up Steam
The Don Seifert Challenge will conclude on June 30. Thank you to those who have already contributed. If you have not supported, there is still time. 
Don is asking alumni and friends to send $10.00 to support 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. 
Successful Drug Takeback Event Nets 215 pounds of Medications

The College once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency for the organization's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which took place on Saturday, April 27. Staffed by APhA-ASP members and ACPHS faculty, and assisted by the Albany Police Department, the initiative was a great success. A total of 125 households disposed of more than 215 pounds of unused or expired medications. Twelve boxes of medications were picked up by the DEA at the conclusion of the event with the oldest prescription dating back to 1980.
Reunion Weekend 2013 Save the Date Logo Reunion Weekend 2013

We're excited for Reunion Weekend 2013. Events begin on Thursday, June 6 with a Dining to Donate event at the Recovery Room and conclude on Sunday, June 9 with the Farewell Brunch. For a complete line up of activities and to register please visit

We look forward to seeing all of you in June!
Fenway Park
Fenway Park Trip with  
Alumni and Friends 

Saturday, July 20 at 4:05 PM
New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
11:00 AM Depart from ACPHS Student Center 

$100.00 per person (includes round trip transportation, ticket, refreshments)

RSVP and register online by Friday, May 31. 
ACPHS Summer Camp Summer Science Camp - Register Today! 


The 2013 Summer Science Discovery Camp at ACPHS offers elementary school and middle school students entering grades 4-9 access to a unique summer camp. Choose from two sessions: July 15 - July 19 - The Human Body or July 22 - July 26 Space Science. For more information visit or contact Rebecca Beach at 518.694.7189. 

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Alumni and Friends We'll Miss Logo
Friends We'll Miss

Lila Pompilio Gochenaur, Class of 1953 - October 24, 2012
Michael F. Bette, Trustee Emeritus - April 11, 2013
May 18
Albany, NY
May 19
Colchester, VT
June 6
Recovery Room
Albany, NY 
June 7
6th Annual FONSMZ Memorial Golf Tournament
Country Club
June 7-9 
July 20
NY Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Saratoga, NY
August 17
Saratoga Day at the Races
Saratoga, NY

 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