Alumni and Friends - December 2006 News
- Winter 2006 Pharmacy Alumni Newsletter (pdf)
- Clark Haney Wells of Tahoka, Texas, has given $7,500 to the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation to support the College of Pharmacy in Weatherford.
Dean David Bergman (left), accepts a check from Clark Haney Wells. Also pictured is Alumni & Development Officer Patti Harper.
Wells, a 1979 graduate of SWOSU, is a third generation pharmacist and drugstore owner in Tahoka. Tahoka Drug was opened by Wells’ grandfather in 1923.
The donation is part of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy $1 million campaign, which includes raising money for academic program enrichment, scholarships, endowments and the College of Pharmacy’s museum. “I believe that I received the finest pharmacy education in the United States at SWOSU, and I owe so much to the school that made my success in life possible,” Wells said. “I wanted to give something back to help insure that future generations may learn at SWOSU and for the tradition of excellence in the College of Pharmacy that it is well known for in many circles.”
Wells recently toured the SWOSU College of Pharmacy and was very pleased with the remodeling that has taken place at the college. He encourages all alumni to visit and see the changes.
Wells is a past president of the Tahoka Rotary Club and is an organist at the First United Methodist Church in Tahoka. He is a lifetime member of the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Association and is a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and the National Community Pharmacist’s Association. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family--wife Tanya and son Patrick.
For information about giving to Southwestern Pharmacy, call the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation at (580) 774-3191 or the SWOSU College of Pharmacy Alumni and Development Office at (580) 774-3190. (More About the Campaign)
- Pharmacists attending the Continuing Education Travel Seminar Caribbean Cruise include: Ric Acosta (’01), Muldrow, OK; Cheryl Ashby (’88), Amarillo, TX; James (Bud) Byerly, DeSoto, TX; Scott Courtney (’76), Waterloo, IL; James (Todd) Davis, Brookline, MO; Tom Davis (’70), CE Speaker, Edmond, OK; Cindy Fager, St. Paul, KS; Benny & ElGenia French (Southwestern Faculty), Weatherford, OK; Jan Granados, (’04) Fowler, KS; Carol Humphrey, Chandler, AZ; Cindy Lobdell, Vacaville, CA; Stan Miller (‘77), Guymon, OK; Deanna and Tim Muir, Sisters, OR; Wade Ralston (’70), Woodward, OK; Jana Robertson, Collierville, TN; Chrisa Rouk, Pryor, OK; and Pamela West, Ozark, MO.
Ports-of-call on the eastern Caribbean cruise included Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; St. Thomas, USVI; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. Topics covered by Dr. Tom Davis were women’s health issues, cardiovascular disease and federal pharmacy law. Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
The October, 2007 Fall Continuing Education Travel Seminar is tentatively planned for Charleston, South Carolina!
- The Pharmacy Alumni Association Council will meet in January on the SWOSU campus in Weatherford. Officers for 2006-2008 are Alan Spies, Birmingham (AL), president; Klem Chandler, Ponca City, president-elect, and David Ralph, Weatherford, secretary-treasurer.
Council members are: Lori Allen, Odessa, Texas; Tom Davis, Edmond; Mark and Lisa Dodson, Altus; Fred Galer, Inez, Kentucky; Dorothy Gourley, Ardmore; Vicki Adcox Jobe, Lubbock, Texas; Barbara Ralph Kessler, Owasso; Sara Marquis, Weatherford; David McGehee, Tulsa; Sally Perkey, Hobart; Jill Copus Phillips, Weatherford; Lance Richards, Amarillo, Texas; Angela Goddard Roberts, Irving, Texas; Jerrod Roberts, Edmond; Wayne Salisbury, Tulsa; Janet Seratte, Weatherford; David Warden, Norman; Janice Whetzal, Apache; and Patricia Rodgers Wollmann, Clinton. Ex-officio members are: Dr. David Bergman, dean, SWOSU College of Pharmacy; Dr. H.F. Timmons, president, Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation; and Patti Harper, Alumni & Development Officer.
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- A pharmacy alumni dinner was held in Elk City on November 16, 2006. In addition to the complimentary dinner provided by the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Association, there was an informational meeting about the College of Pharmacy, time for Q&A, and plenty of time to visit. Graduates and guests attending the dinner were: from Elk City Mike & Judy Bugher, Alan Robinson, Sonya Kay Thornbrough Carlson, Amanda Yow Shepherd and Randy Beutler; from Sayre Sam Thornbrough; and from Weatherford David Bergman, H.F. Timmons, David Ralph, Patti Harper.
Left to Right: David Bergman, Alan Robinson, H.F. Timmons, Sonya Carlson, Judy & Mike Bugher, Amanda Shepherd, Sam Thornbrough, David Ralph and Randy Beutler.
- The Southwestern College of Pharmacy honored 50-year pharmacy graduates with a recognition ceremony on October 28, 2006, during the College of Pharmacy Open House, held in conjunction with SWOSU Homecoming.
Class of 1956 honorees attending the recognition ceremony were: Don Dowling, Frisco, Texas; Ray Estill, Lubbock, Texas; Don Slack, Edmond, OK; and Chris Vines, Perryton, Texas.
Honorees and their guests: Don Slack, Edmond; Chris Vines, Perryton, Texas, along with daughter Melodee Vines Ezzell; Jo Ann and Ray Estill, Lubbock, Texas; and Barbara and Don Dowling, Frisco, Texas.
Other pharmacy graduates attending the Open House and 50-Year Recognition Ceremony sponsored by the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Association were: Jerry Allen, Weatherford, OK; Doyle DeMoss, Denton, TX: Bill Earp, Baird, TX; Melodee Vines Ezzell, Perryton, TX; Carrie and Dusty Harms, Lubbock, TX; Vern Harris, Maysville, OK; Michael Mabrey, Friendswood, TX; Sara Marquis, Weatherford, OK; Joel Mashburn, Hugo, OK; Shane Norris, Drummond, OK; Mike Pinkerton, Stilwell, OK; Steve Pray, Weatherford, OK; Virginia Ray, Bristow, OK; Patricia Rodgers-Wollman, Clinton, OK; Debra Rushing, Oklahoma City, OK; Mitra Salehi Deimling, Weatherford, OK; Jamie Shaddon, Clinton, OK; Rhonda Shephard, Butler, OK; Gary and Susan Tigert, Ardmore, OK; Bill Waggoner, Weatherford, OK; David Warden, Norman, OK; and Bill Weingartner, Pauls Valley, OK.
- Paul David Moore (1978) of Atoka has been chosen to serve as president of the National Rural Health Association (NHRA), effective in January 2008. For the next year he will serve as president-elect. The NHRA is the VOICE for rural health in America; a non-profit association that includes more than 10,000 members who share a common interest in rural health. Moore currently serves as treasurer for the Association.
Moore brings to the NRHA a lifetime of experience related to rural health care from both his family heritage and 27 years in community and hospital pharmacy. He recognizes the vital relationship between community support for health care providers and the role that health care infrastructure plays in the economic development and stability of the rural community. Moore presently divides his time between consulting, working in his own rural community pharmacy, Roy’s Discount Pharmacy in Wilburton, and addressing national policy issues regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit and the potential impact on rural access to pharmacy services.
Until June 2002, Moore served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Atoka County Healthcare Authority, a non-profit trust consisting of the Atoka Memorial Hospital, the Atoka County EMS, and the AMH Home Health Agency. He is familiar with the legislative, regulatory, and policy issues that impact the delivery of quality health care to rural folks.
He and his wife Carolyn have two daughters, Natalie Houck, Pharm.D (2004) and Emily Jones, BSRN. Currently Moore serves on the board of directors of the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, the Baptist Village Retirement Centers, and The Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation.
- L. David Sparks (1966) received the 2006 John W. Dargavel Medal by the National Community Pharmacists Association. It is awarded each year to someone whose contributions on behalf of independent pharmacy embody the spirit of leadership and accomplishment personified by John W. Dargavel.
- Larry Segars (1986) recently graduated with a Doctorate in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX. He is now the Chair of the Dept. of Pharmacology/Microbiology at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
- Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy in Weatherford recently honored three full-time pharmacists at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City with the "Outstanding Institutional Preceptor" Award at the recent annual joint meeting of the SWOSU and University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy preceptors' meeting. They are Theresa Garner, Marsha Ballew and Dana Riley.
Students who rotated through the facility for the 2005-2006 year nominated the entire group of pharmacists at Great Plains as being exemplary role models for the practice of institutional pharmacy.
“We congratulate the whole GPRMC pharmacy team for a job well done and for helping to ensure that the education and training of future pharmacists is completed in a way that makes us all proud,” said Nina Morris, SWOSU College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor.
- Kent (’78) and Jalee (’77) Abbott of Hydro have donated $4,000 to the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation. The Abbotts have designated that $2,000 will be used for the Abbott Family Scholarship that will benefit a third year practice student and the other $2,000 for a PharmcareOK Scholarship that will benefit a second year pharmacy student.
Both Kent and Jalee are lifetime members of the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Association. The Abbotts said they wanted to make a contribution to the campaign because SWOSU provided them with an education that allowed them to succeed.
“The Pharmacy School at SWOSU continues to attract students from families and towns that understand the importance of helping others,” the Abbotts said. “SWOSU produces pharmacists with a good work ethic.”
Kent is a graduate of Holdenville High School, while Jalee is a Hydro High School product. At one time, Jalee’s family boasted the most active practicing pharmacists with nine.
For information about giving to the Southwestern Pharmacy, call the SWOSU Pharmacy Foundation at (580) 774-3191 or the SWOSU College of Pharmacy Alumni and Development Office at (580) 774-3190. (More About the Campaign)
- Richard Covington (1980) has donated $1,000 to the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation to support the Southwestern Pharmacy $1,000,000 campaign.
Covington, who graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1980, is the manager and part owner of Hite Drug in Chandler. He began working there in 1994 and bought part of it in 1996.
The donation is part of the Southwestern Pharmacy $1 million campaign, which includes raising money for academic program enrichment, scholarships, endowments and the College of Pharmacy’s museum. Covington said he is making his donation “because of my appreciation to the professors and staff at SWOSU who taught me so well. I saw the need that you sent out and because God has blessed me with this store in many ways; one of which is financial.”
Covington and his wife Karen, a teacher and 1979 SWOSU graduate, make trips to Southwestern to see their youngest daughter Melissa, who is in her second professional year in pharmacy school. Their other daughter Megan is in the OU-Tulsa pharmacy school.
Richard is a member of the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Association. In his free time, Covington volunteers at the First United Methodist Church in many different capacities, including choir, Sunday school teacher, and in missions. (More About the Campaign)
- Thomas Hale donated 360 free copies of his book Medications and Mothers’ Milk 11th edition 2004 to the Southwestern College of Pharmacy senior class. The book is a reference manual concerning the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers.
- Bret (2004) and Mary (2005) Armstrong celebrated the birth of their first daughter Avery Elizabeth Armstrong on July 24, 2006.
- Kim Bickford (1997) began serving as the Assistant Director of Outpatient Pharmacy with JPS Hospital in Fort Worth on November 20. She formerly worked at Albertson’s. Kim is excited to switch to an 8-5 job so she can spend more time with her family.
- Craig Campbell (1982) is currently the director of Pharmacy Services at Mercy Health Systems of Kansas in Fort Scott, his hometown. He is scheduled to complete his non-traditional Pharm.D. through the University of Kansas in May 2007. He currently serves as President of the Kansas Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. He and his wife have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
- Heather Anderson Carden (2005) and her husband Nick welcomed their first child, Nicholas “Avery” on June 27, 2006.
- Carron Rae Dressler-Oden (1991) adopted fraternal twin girls Terenity and Serenity. She had the joy of being present for the birth on January 4, 2006.
- Angela Roberts (1997) and her husband Marcus welcomed a new son, Cole William, in August. He weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz., and was 19 in. long.
- Stephanie Schaunaman (2005) of Broken Arrow married Jason Schad on July 29, 2006. She is currently a pharmacy manager at Albertson's in Tulsa.
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- The family and friends of Lisa DeGarmo dedicated a bench to the Southwestern College of Pharmacy in her memory on October 14, 2006. The bench was donated by her family and carries a plate that reads:
Lisa Dyan Malone DeGarmo
1998 School of Pharmacy Graduate
Beloved Mom, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt
Faculty, Staff and Administration - December 2006 News
- Dr. Faruk Khan has accepted the position as Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He will be teaching Medicinal Chemistry and providing support in the Pharmaceutical Care labs. Dr. Khan, a pharmacist, received his Ph.D. with Medicinal Chemistry emphasis at the U. of Manchester and is currently a Research Associate at Florida A & M University. He has taught Medicinal Chemistry and PCOL, and has been involved in Pharm Care I & II type labs.
- Dr. Richard (Dick) Stowe has accepted the position as Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He will be based at the Hasting IHS in Tahlequah and primarily teaching in the pharmacy practice experience. Dr. Stowe is currently the Assistant Chief Pharmacist at the IHS in Tahlequah. He has many years of pharmacy practice experience, received his B.S. in Pharmacy at SWOSU, and his Pharm.D. from Idaho State University.
Students - December 2006 News
- SWPhA Operation Immunization Helps Area Residents - Operation Immunization consisted of pharmacy students giving free flu vaccines at the Agape Free Clinic in Weatherford as well as on the SWOSU campus. (More)
- Eighteen Southwestern Oklahoma State University students in Weatherford were recently elected to the Beta Upsilon chapter of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society.
Honorees are Rachel Almond, Duncan; Lindsey Bennett, Broken Arrow; Lindsay Burgess, Canton, TX; Micah Cole, Weatherford; Jerusha Coward, Altus; Jennifer Hightower, Canton, OK; Scott Hughes, Tulsa; Anne Massey, Tulsa; Mattea McClain, Weatherford; Megan Rushing, Oklahoma City; Kristy Schmidt, Oklahoma City; John Smith, Binger; Katie Walls, Amarillo, TX; Marilou Walters, McKinney, TX; and Sheldon Webb, Cordell.
The Rho Chi Society is the national honor society in pharmacy that recognizes outstanding academic achievement. The new members were awarded pins and certificates in an initiation ceremony held on the SWOSU campus.
- The Southwestern College of Pharmacy was well represented on the 2006 Homecoming court. Sheldon Webb was crowned King and Megan Rushing, Joshua Miller and Maggie Taylor were all finalists. They are all pharmacy students.
Rushing is the daughter of pharmacy graduate Debbie Rushing ‘75. Maggie Taylor has several graduates in her family: father, Bob Taylor ‘74, brother Robert, and sister-in-law, Ryn Taylor, ‘05.
Pictured are Rushing, Miller, Webb, Queen Ashley Slemp and Mark Brady.
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