Alumni Alert eNewsletter
March 2014
Spring has arrived, which means warmer weather is on its way in the Capital region (hopefully) along with a great lineup of new alumni events at ACPHS! Check out the full list at
The College is preparing to welcome the newest members of the alumni community on May 17 and 18 with Commencement Exercises in New York and Vermont. In the meantime, we're busy making the final preparations for Reunion Weekend, June 6-8 and hope to see you back on campus.
Bill Jabour
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations 
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Behind The Venear

Check out the recent ACPHS Blog Post entitled "Behind the Venear." This feature showcases ACPHS Alumnus, Steven Venear, Class of 1925, who most notably provided American Humanitarian efforts in Russia following World War I.

Visit for the complete blog post. 


Class of 2011 Grads Returns to Honor Scholarship Recipient
The Class of 2011 established the "Be the Change" scholarship as a gift upon their graduation to honor the work of faculty member Ray Chandrasekara. The scholarship is presented annually to a student who shows dedication to the college community through service and leadership, displays an eclectic school and life balance, and embodies selflessness. Several of the founding members of the scholarship gathered late February at the Midtown Tap and Tea Room to honor this year's recipient, Ron Ta. 
The "Be the Change" scholarship was inspired by a quote from Mahatma Gandhi which says, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." For ways to support this scholarship, visit
A Cut Above The Rest

The ACPHS chapter of Colleges Against Cancer held its 7th annual Relay for Life on February 28 - March 1 in the Student Center. Though it took place a few weeks earlier than in the past, the enthusiasm and support for the event was still at the same high levels. A total of 39 teams and 442 registered participants helped raise an estimated $35,000 for the American Cancer Society (donations are still being accepted at the ACPHS Relay for Life page). One of the most popular fundraising activities was "going bald for cancer," which drew more than 20 participants - including faculty members Jeff Voigt, Jeffrey Brewer, and Andy Flynn (left to right). To view more photos from the night, visit the ACPHS Facebook page.
Exhibit Shines Light on the Dangers of "Drugged Driving"

U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, NYS Assemblyman John McDonald (ACPHS Class of '85), Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Barbara Fiala, and ACPHS President James Gozzo were among the speakers at the unveiling of a new museum-style exhibit in the Student Center Atrium on Monday, March 10. Titled "First the Crash, Then the Impact: Prescription Drugs," the exhibit tells the stories of people whose lives were put in danger when someone carelessly mixed prescription drugs and driving. The exhibit will be on display from March 10 - March 23. For more information on the event visit
Community Forum on Heroin/Prescription Drug Abuse

The College, in conjunction with the Addictions Care Center of Albany, hosted a Community Forum on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse on March 11 in the Student Center. Speakers included representatives from Albany County Sheriff's Office, Catholic Charities, and Hope House, in addition to the parent of an addict and an individual in recovery. ACPHS students also gave a special presentation on how opiates affect the brain. The event drew close to 200 folks from the College community and the general public. Go here for some photos from the event.
Career Panel Highlights Variety of Opportunities in Pharmacy

Five different professional pharmacy organizations joined together to host a career panel for students in the Rite Aid Lounge on March 4. The seven panelists represented a range of different career paths in pharmacy, including those working in residencies, independent pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Thank you to the alumni and friends of the College who took the time to meet with and mentor current students. We truly appreciate it. For more information  on ways you can connect with current students contact
Women's Basketball Team Falls Just Short in Bid to Repeat

The ACPHS women's basketball team showed a champion's heart in defending their USCAA national title, but fell one point short of advancing to this year's tournament final. After cruising to a 63-52 victory in the quarterfinals, the #3 seeded Panthers fell 67-66 to the #2 seeded University of Cincinnati Clermont. Despite the loss, it was another strong year for the women, who in just two years have shown they can play with any team in the USCAA.
For upcoming Athletics events, including track and field meets visit Go Panthers! 
In The News

Friends We'll Miss

Anthony "Tony" Chiffy, Class of 1960, March 10, 2014

Dr. John Beeble
, March 2, 2014

Mary Murphy, Class of 1948, January 6, 2014

Joseph "Jay" V. Walsh, Jr., Class of 1959, January 2, 2014
March 26
Colchester, VT
March 29
Tampa, FL
March 30
APhA Mid-year Reception
Orlando, FL
Palm Beach, FL
Albany, NY
& Colchester, VT
Albany, NY

Colchester, VT

June 6-8
Reunion Weekend
Albany, NY  

July 14 - August 1
Summer Science Camp
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