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Alumni Alert eNewsletter
July 2013
We're off to a great new fiscal year, enjoying the summer, and already looking ahead to fall. 
Over the last few months we've seen a number of alumni, either back on campus or while we were on the road. Thank you to everyone who has supported the College or made a trip back. If you have not visited campus or connected with your classmates in a while, mark your calendars and consider joining us at the following events: 
Saratoga Polo (Friday, August 9) 
Saratoga Race Course (Saturday, August 17)
Health and Wellness Expo (Saturday, September 28) 
Reunion Weekend 2014 (Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8)

I would like to take the opportunity to also thank our Director of Athletics and Recreation, Ryan Venter for 10 years of service and dedication to the students and our campus community. Ryan recently accepted an opportunity with the Capital District YMCA. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Bill Jabour

Office of Institutional Advancement 

ACPHS Faculty Member Named Vermont Pharmacist of the Year

Clayton English, Pharm.D., BCPP has been named the 2013 Vermont Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (VtSHP) Pharmacist of the Year.   This distinction is given to a pharmacist who demonstrates extraordinary dedication to the profession of pharmacy, works with and makes contributions to health teams and furthers the profession of pharmacy through community service.  

Dr. English was nominated for this award by a pharmacy peer and his nomination received overwhelming support from both pharmacy and physician colleagues.  He is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Vermont Campus, and maintains a practice site with the psychiatry service of Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Faculty Member and Pharmacy Research Institute at ACPHS Receive Research Grant

Dr. Meenakshi Malik, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Basic and Social Sciences, has received a three-year research grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) for $465,000.


The focus of Dr. Malik's research will be Francisella tularensis, a potentially deadly bacteria that has been classified by the Centers for Disease Control as a Category A bioterrorism agent. Organisms in this class are defined as "high-priority agents that pose a risk to national security." Other Category A agents include anthrax, plague, and smallpox.


Dr. Malik will specifically be seeking to understand how Francisella represses the body's innate immune response in the first 72 hours following infection. If this process can be better understood, the ability to develop a preventive vaccine will be greatly enhanced.

Alumni News Summer 2013 Alumni News Magazine

The Summer issue of the Alumni News Magazine was mailed to all alumni last week, a digital copy is also available on our website under News & Events at If you have not received your magazine and would like to receive a copy or be added to our mailing list, please email your information to today.

*Please note that a grave error was made on our part in the Friends We'll Miss section of the magazine. On behalf of the entire editorial staff, we extend our deepest apologies to Michele Taurisano, Class of 1991 for including her name in that section. Michele has not passed away. She is a very active alumna and member of the pharmacy profession. We apologize to Michele, her family, and classmates for this incredible oversight.
Library BuildingDon Seifert '58 Challenge Continues, Every Gift Is Making An Impact! 
The Don Seifert Challenge is still going strong! 
Don is asking alumni and friends to send $10.00 to support the ACPHS Library Fund, he in turn 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 consider a gift online today. 
Saratoga Polo and a Day at the Races  Saratoga Raceway

On Friday, August 9 join us for a tailgate party at Saratoga Polo at 5:30 p.m. This is a great chance to meet up with fellow alumni and friends, and enjoy a competitive match on the gorgeous Polo Grounds. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes admission, food, and beverages. Registration is required, please visit for event details and to sign up.


On Saturday, August 17 ACPHS is hosting our annual Day at the Races. This year alumni and friends are invited join us "At The Rail". The event begins atnoon and racing begins at 1:00 p.m.Tickets are limited and cost $25 per person, which includes admission, food, and beverages. Business Casual dress is required. Register by Friday, August 9 at

Mark Lundholm A look inside addiction through the eyes of a former addict

The College is partnering with the Addictions Care Center of Albany to host "Perfectly Broken - A Program with Mark Lundholm." This comedy keynote address takes an expressive and intelligent look at the disease of addiction. Join us on Monday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Francis J. O'Brien Building, room 110.

Following Mark's presentation, Lauren C.S. Purington, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences will address pyschostimulants and how the use of cocaine, methamphetamine, and other compounds can irreversibly change the structure of the brain. This is a FREE Continuing Education Program (*1.00 live CEU OR 0.100 contact hours of live CE).

For more information on this event and to register please visit today.
ACPHS Athletics Logo You are invited for the Annual Alumni Soccer Game!

The Athletics Department and the Office of Institutional Advancement are hosting the annual Alumni Soccer Game on Sunday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. on the new athletics field. Alumni, family, and friends are welcome to attend and will be treated to a complimentary lunch following the game.

Guests will also have the chance to see the men's and women's Panthers in action as ACPHS plays host to Webb and Medgar Evers at 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Register online or email by Friday, September 13 if you would like to support and attend.
Health and Wellness Expo 2013 Come to the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Expo


Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and MVP Health Care have teamed up again to bring you the 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This one-day, full service health fair is open to families and packed with an incredible line-up of free health services and events including:

  • 5K Walk/Run - 2nd Annual Mario Zeolla '97 Race
  • Medication Take Back
  • Flu Shot Clinic
  • Zumba
  • Private Medication Consultation with Pharmacist
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Health Screenings
  • Health Assessments
  • Education Sessions
  • Healthy Food

For more information, to register as a vendor and/or for the 5K Walk/Run, please visit today.

News and Events Logo In The News
Alumni and Friends We'll Miss Logo
Friends We'll Miss

William Meyer, Class of 1950 - April 16, 2013

Ralph Bassi
, Class of 1975 - July 13, 2013

David M. Pelton, Class of 1969 - October 22, 2012

Tracey Ann Pike, Class of 1992 - August 29, 2012
Albany, NY
Saratoga, NY
August 17
Saratoga Day at the Races
Saratoga, NY

September 9
Albany, NY
September 28
5K Run/Walk plus Health & Wellness Expo 
Albany, NY 

September 29
Alumni Soccer Game
Albany, 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