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Alumni Alert eNewsletter
November 2013

With Thanksgiving just days away, I want to personally thank you all for your continued support in 2013! Gifts of time, talent, and treasure continue to make our students and the College profoundly better each and every day. 
On behalf of the Office of Institutional Advancement, we wish you and your family the very best this holiday season!  

Bill Jabour

Office of Institutional Advancement 

ACPHS Pays Tribute to
Dr. Bailie

A number of current and former faculty, staff, and students paid tribute to Professor George Bailie (above, center) at his recent retirement party. Dr. Bailie stepped down last year following 25 years as a member of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Among his many contributions were helping found the Albany Nephrology Pharmacy Group (ANephRx), a group of faculty who research various aspects of kidney disease and treatment options. Dr. Bailie has been given Professor Emeritus status, an honor bestowed upon retired faculty in recognition of distinguished contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service to the College.
Students Coordinate Drug Takeback Events 
The Drug Enforcement Agency hosted its bi-annual National Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, October 26. Students on both the Albany and Vermont campuses volunteered to assist with the collection process. In Albany, students (along with APhA-ASP faculty advisor Jane Boyd) set-up a convenient "drive and drop" location outside the O'Brien Building's carport, so that visitors didn't even need to leave their cars to dispose of their medications. The final tally from that takeback included six boxes (118lbs) of medications across 47 households. Medications included: non-controlled prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, 63 controlled substance prescriptions, of which 36 prescriptions were narcotics.
In Vermont, students volunteered at a number of area pharmacies that were serving as dropoff locations. Information was also made available to anyone interested in seeking assistance for drug addiction. 
Soccer Seasons Conclude with Championships
The ACPHS men's and women's soccer teams both won Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Championships (HVIAC) in games played Sunday at the ACPHS Athletics Field. The men avenged an earlier defeat to Berkeley College, winning 1-0 on a goal by Alex Perry-Ferrari. The women defeated King's College 3-1; Frances "Skippy" Ripepi paced the Panthers with two goals. The men's team finished with a 10-5 record, while the women closed the year out 13-3-1. 
For upcoming sporting events and the latest information on ACPHS Athletics visit
Career Fair Draws Strong Turnout from Employers
On Thursday, November 7, seven alumni returned to campus for the Career Forum to discuss their career paths since graduation. The panel was comprised of individuals from across the College's academic programs who work in community pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals. Following the discussion, a networking reception was held to give current students opportunities to meet the panelists and ask additional questions.  
The annual Career Fair took place the following day and drew representatives from more than 30 employers, graduate schools, and residency/fellowship programs. For a full list of attendees visit acphs.eduAlso, nearly 500 one-on-one interviews were arranged between students and prospective employers.
Special thanks to everyone who participated and for sharing your insights, experiences, and extending opportunities to ACPHS students.
ACPHS Academy Begins 7th Year of Classes
ACPHS Academy, the College's afterschool enrichment program for city of Albany youths, recently began its seventh year of classes. Launched in 2007 with just one class of 20 third grade students, the program has since grown to 110 students spanning grades 3-8. The ACPHS Academy provides a STEM focused curriculum, while at the same time exposing young students to a way of life that encourages their overall educational development. The students in the program are assisted in the classroom by dozens of ACPHS student mentors, most of whom are volunteers. For more information on this great program and how you can support, visit
ASHP 2013 ASHP Alumni and Friends Mixer
Join fellow alumni, students, and friends for a cocktail reception during the annual ASHP mid-year conference. 


Sunday, December 8

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hilton Orlando
Orlando, FL

Register online today!

Donald Seifert '58 was the winner of the 7 night stay at Casa Heavenly in Acapulco, Mexico. Thanks to all who participated in this fundraising initiative! All proceeds raised benefit the ACPHS Scholarship Fund.
Discover the Benefits of Giving

This is a busy time of year - between the holiday shopping and traveling to see family, the stress can feel overwhelming. One thing you don't have to stress over is making an end of year gift to help off-set your tax burden.


While gifts of cash are simple and provide tax benefits, gifts of appreciated securities provide a few more.  Making a gift of stock provides you with both a charitable write off and the avoidance of paying capital gains taxes on those securities.  There is no limit to the amount of securities that can be transferred and the process is quite simple. 


Attention Class of 1965 and older! The IRA Charitable Rollover provision is expiring at the end of this calendar year.  This provision allows individuals aged 70 1\2 and older to directly transfer assets from their IRAs. Donors avoid having to realize an income tax on their IRA withdrawals while supporting a worthy cause.  You can direct up to $100,000 this year from your IRA to the College and a gift can be directed to any program. 


For more information on planning your year-end gift to ACPHS visit OR contact Mike Buckley at 518.694.7126 or

In The News

Mark Drescher - Class of 2013 Friends We'll Miss
The ACPHS community remembers Mark "Marklar" Andrew Drescher, Class of 2013, who passed away on November 4. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in honor of Mark's son, Eli. Support can be sent to the Eli A. Stowell Fund, c/o Pioneer Savings Bank, 2000 2nd Avenue, Watervliet, NY 12189.

Please share your condolences with his family online at
Dustin Baker '13
ACPHS remembers Dustin Baker, Class of 2013, who passed away on November 17. 

Dustin's family respectfully requests memorial donations to Regina Coeli Church, 2 Harvey Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538, or, Boy Scout Troop #33, 28 Tannen Drive, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569.

To send your condolences please visit
December 8
ASHP Conference Reception
Orlando, FL 
February 20
Alumni Reception
Colchester, VT 
March 30
APhA Mid-year Reception
Orlando, FL
June 6-8
Reunion Weekend
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