David Ralph – Spotlight

November 30, 2022 0 comments admin
  • Class of 1975
  • Weatherford, OK
  • Retired Dean of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Alumni Association Council – Treasurer

When asked what is the most important thing you learned in pharmacy school, David said,

You can do anything with this degree.” 

David is a retired Dean from the SWOSU College of Pharmacy. He stated, “I have been at SWOSU College of Pharmacy since graduation.” Until retirement, David worked at the College of Pharmacy for 47 years. He also serves as the SWOSU Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Treasurer. He continues his role as Financial Administrator for the Pharmacy Foundation. During his time at SWOSU as a pharmacy student, he was involved in SWPhA, serving as their Vice-President and President; Rho Chi; and the Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as playing intramural basketball (which he continued as a non-student for 40 years).  He came to SWOSU after his graduation from Commerce High School. Now he resides in Weatherford, Oklahoma with his wife Vicki Ralph (also a SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate, Education). To learn more about David, read the information below.

Hometown Commerce, OK
High School Commerce High School
Other College Degree(s) MBA, PhD
Current work, plus primary work history timeline, since graduation Have been at SWOSU College of Pharmacy since graduation.  Unable to get another job.
Current/Past involvement (memberships, committees, etc) with SWOSU and/or the College of Pharmacy (including Pharmacy Alumni Association or Pharmacy Foundation), since graduation Association Treasurer since 1977 when Dean Dickison told me I was the Treasurer
Community/Civic Activities, Special Interests, etc. When younger, coached a lot of youth sports – soccer, baseball, basketball.  Currently, enjoying Weatherford Kiwanis Club, serving the youth of Weatherford and the area.
Activities you were involved in at SWOSU Played intramural basketball for 46 years.  Didn’t die on the court as my wife predicted.
What made you choose pharmacy as your degree? Had several family members who were in pharmacy.  Wanted a challenging degree program.
What is the most interesting job you’ve had and why? Being here at SWOSU, watching the students mature and become responsible professionals and trusted members of their communities.
What do you like most about being a pharmacist? It is such a wide-open profession to contribute to healthcare.  There is not one direction you can take your education and make a difference to the patients you serve.
Who is your favorite and/or most memorable pharmacy teacher, and why? Dr. Timmons, after I was out of his classes.  He was frightening in the classroom.  Always serious and so smart.  Once I joined the faculty, he become a great friend and mentor that I relied on to provide sage advice.  
What is your best memory of your time at SWOSU? The feeling of being in a huge family that doesn’t always get along but will be there when you need them the most.
Where was your favorite place to study or hangout during pharmacy school? Studying – Library
Hanging out – Anywhere Mark & Suzanne McCandless were.
What is the most important thing you learned in pharmacy school? You can do anything with this degree.
What is one thing you know now you wish you knew in pharmacy school? Relax and enjoy the time you spend in college.  Getting out and working just isn’t the same as the flexible freedoms of college days (even with tests).
What are your current hobbies/travels/activities? I like woodworking, creating projects that my wife & daughter like to find for me.  Traveling is a huge blast for us.  I so enjoy other cultures, interacting with people, seeing those famous sites and being able to say, we’ve been there.  We have shrunk the world electronically, but we need to continue to do so through travel and personal contact with the world.
Complete this sentence: “One thing you probably didn’t know about me is….” I started first grade when I was 5, not because I was gifted but my birthday required I begin.  This led to not getting a drivers license until my senior year and only being 17 when I started college.
What is your proudest accomplishment since leaving SWOSU? Professionally, being named Dean of the College of Pharmacy in 2016.  Being the first graduate of Southwestern College of Pharmacy to become Dean.  Personally, my family.
What advice would you give a current pharmacy student? Focus on being the best pharmacist & person you can be.  You don’t have to make perfect grades but be the best YOU can be.
If you were writing an autobiography, what would the book title be (besides your name)? He Always Wanted to be like Robin Williams
List family members that also graduated from SWOSU: Pharmacists:
Charles Moudy – uncle
Larry Ralph – brother
Barbara Ralph Kessler – sister
Ryan Ralph – nephew
Andy Ralph – son
Derek Ralph – son
Non-Pharmacy:
Janie Ralph Ream – sister (HIM)
Vicki Edwards Ralph – wife (Education)
Kacie Ralph Purdum – daughter (Education)
List immediate family names: Vicki L. Ralph wife
Andy Ralph – son
Derek Ralph & Roxie Camden Ralph – son/daughter-in-law
Kacie & Brant Purdum – daughter /son-in-law
Grandchildren:
Graham Ralph
Fletcher Ralph
Preslie Purdum
Gage Purdum


Posted: November 30, 2022

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Becca Segrest – Brandy Alumni Award Recipient 2022

November 11, 2022 0 comments admin

Becca Segrest – Brandy Alumni Award Recipient 2022

  • Class of 2005
  • Edmond, OK
  • Pharmacy Manager for Cardinal Health

The Brandy Alumni Award was created in 2014 to recognize outstanding service to the College of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Alumni Association. It can also recognize the achievements of an individual working on behalf of the College of Pharmacy through service in alumni programs, on advisory committees or through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the College of Pharmacy.

This year’s recipient is Becca Segrest of Edmond, OK.  Becca, immediately after her 2005 graduation, started as a staff pharmacist for Cardinal Health Nuclear & Precision Health Solutions spending several years traveling to various locations in Texas and Kansas. She became the Pharmacist-In-Charge there in 2011, and in 2019, she became the Pharmacy Manager for Cardinal Health.  She was the recipient of the Oklahoma Society of Nuclear Medicine Award in 2013 and was named SWOSU College of Pharmacy’s Clinical Preceptor of the Year in 2008 for her exceptional dedication to our students. In addition, she was an LSS Kaizen Leader as well as a presenter of Cardinal Health Continuing Education. In collaboration with her church, Becca started and is the Pharmacist-In-Charge for the charitable pharmacy, The Clinic at the Hill, offering free medical and pharmacy services to indigent patients. She is also part of a medical mission team that goes to Romania.

On numerous occasions since her graduation, Becca has made time to return to SWOSU to be a guest speaker, sharing with pharmacy students about her career and experience. Being a PAA Lifetime Member since 2016, she has also made time to serve as the Pharmacy Alumni Association Council’s President. For many years, she has volunteered to help with the SW Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony on SWOSU Homecoming Day, either welcoming attendees and/or presenting the Pharmacy Alumni Association awards. Additionally, she is on the SWOSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is married to Bryan, and they have one daughter, Abigail. More: Becca Segrest – Spotlight.

Posted: November 11, 2022

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SWOSU College of Pharmacy Honors 1972 Graduates

November 11, 2022 0 comments admin

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s College of Pharmacy honored its 50-year pharmacy graduates at the 2022 Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony held on the Weatherford campus in conjunction with SWOSU’s Homecoming (October 15).

Honorees from the Class of 1972 attending the recognition ceremony were: Elmonette Bivens, Clarendon (TX); Martha and Steve Hebblethwaite, Oklahoma City; Ann and Mitch Hull, Sulphur; Barbara Poe, Norman; Steve Pray, Weatherford; Jerry Pyle, Weatherford; Scott Riggenbach, Miami; Don Ritter, Atoka; Rita Smith, Manhattan (KS); Bill Weingartner, Pauls Valley; and Bill Wittrock, Oklahoma City.

Patti Harper, Director of Alumni & Development for the SWOSU College of Pharmacy, welcomed all the alumni and friends to the program. SWOSU President Dr. Diana Lovell, SWOSU College of Pharmacy Interim Dean Dr. Les Ramos and Associate Dean Dr. Nancy Williams all spoke to the group. Gifts from the SWOSU College of Pharmacy were presented to each honoree.

Following the event, the College of Pharmacy held an Open House on the Third Floor of the Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy Building.

SWOSU’s pharmacy program was established in 1939 and has over 6,000 graduates. It has positioned itself as one of the best educational values for pharmacy in the nation. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. SWOSU offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree as well as a PharmD/MBA dual degree. SWOSU College of Pharmacy graduates are reputable and successful leaders in all areas of pharmacy practice.

Photo Caption: The Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy honored its 50-year pharmacy graduates with a recognition ceremony held on the Weatherford campus. Honorees attending the recognition ceremony were (front row from left): Steve Hebblethwaite, Martha Hebblethwaite, Ann Hull, Elmonette Bivens, Rita Smith, Steve Pray, Barbara Poe; (back row from left): Mitch Hull, Bill Weingartner, Jerry Pyle, Scott Riggenbach, Bill Wittrock, Don Ritter. More Photos

Posted: November 11, 2022

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Rick Allen – Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award Recipient 2022

October 28, 2022 0 comments admin

Rick Allen – Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award Recipient 2022

  • Class of 1970
  • Dallas, TX
  • Semi-Retired; Former CEO of Paragon Healthcare, Inc.

“We are extremely proud of Rick and his outstanding endeavors and achievements,” College of Pharmacy Interim Dean Dr. Les Ramos said. “He is an inspiration for our student pharmacists.”

Rick Allen of Dallas (TX) was presented the 2022 Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award on the SWOSU campus in Weatherford, Oklahoma. The Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award is presented to a SWOSU pharmacy graduate who has demonstrated support of the College of Pharmacy and outstanding personal achievements in the pharmacy profession.

Rick has been an innovator in the pharmacy industry for more than forty years. He began leaving his mark not long after graduating from SWOSU in 1970. At 22 years old, he opened North Star Pharmacy in Dallas. His career eventually led him to home infusion, where he has spent the last 30+ years building his legacy in specialty pharmacy. Among his leadership roles, Rick has served as co-founder and owner of Lake Pointe Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Option Care. In 1996, Rick founded Dougherty’s Home Infusion, where he served as Clinical Infusion Director for six years before taking it public as Park Infusion Care.

In September 2002, Rick co-founded Paragon Healthcare, Inc. in Dallas, where he would spend the next two decades as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, growing the company from three employees to more than one thousand nationwide today. Paragon offers services in-home infusion therapy, infusion center site-of-care operations, specialty pharmaceuticals, rare disease care, bleeding disorder treatment and management, and in-office infusion suite solutions for physicians. In addition to its home office in Plano, TX, Paragon has more than 55 locations from coast-to-coast, including 17 home infusion pharmacies and 37 infusion centers, with more opening soon. In January 2022, Rick semi-retired and stepped down as CEO.

Rick has earned many accolades over the years. In 2015, he was the Southwest Region Winner and a National Finalist in Healthcare as part of Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year program. In 2018, he was “Most Admired CEO” (Dallas Business Journal). Under Rick’s leadership, Paragon Healthcare earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies six consecutive years, the Dallas Business Journal’s Middle Market 50 list for seven consecutive years and was named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by the Dallas Morning News.

Rick has also made a profound impact on many philanthropic organizations in and around Dallas. Most notably, he has devoted countless hours and resources to the American Heart Association, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Committee since 2008. Rick can be credited for millions of dollars raised for AHA as Cotes du Coeur co-chair, alongside his wife, Trisha. He has also served as an Advisory Director for the National Home Infusion Association since 1998 and remains involved as a consultant to many professional groups and organizations.

His generosity also includes charitable giving to the SW Pharmacy Foundation to support the SWOSU College of Pharmacy and its endeavors. Furthermore, Rick’s impact goes beyond the pharmacy profession and his community – it extends to his friends, including classmates that he met as a pharmacy student at SWOSU. In 2014, unbeknownst to Rick, a group of his classmates generously made donations to the SW Pharmacy Foundation to establish the Richard M. Allen Scholarship to honor Rick and to show their SWOSU pharmacy pride. From this endeavor, a scholarship has been awarded each year to a SWOSU College of Pharmacy student, thus extending Rick’s impact.

Rick enjoys snow skiing, sailing, golf, and spending time in Colorado with Trisha (a SWOSU graduate) and their family: son Drew, daughter-in-law Denise, and grandchildren Kane and Ella.

Posted: October 28, 2022

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Jennifer Barbee – Spotlight

October 26, 2022 0 comments admin
  • Class of 2005
  • Yukon, OK
  • Staff Pharmacist at Miller Drug
  • Pharmacy Alumni Association Council – Past President

When asked what made you choose pharmacy as your degree, Jennifer said,

I grew up in Weatherford always hearing about the exceptional pharmacy program at SWOSU. My first job after high school was as a clerk for Allen Pharmacy in Weatherford and I really enjoyed the pharmacy environment. I also knew that it would be a career that could provide for my family.” 

Jennifer is a staff pharmacist at Miller Drug, an independent community pharmacy in Yukon. Before her time at Miller Drug, Jennifer stated, “I worked at Kindred (which became CuraHealth) long-term acute hospital in Oklahoma City for 3 years. Prior to Kindred, I worked for Walgreens as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager.” She also is SW Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Past President. During her time at SWOSU, she was Treasurer of SWPhA (currently APhA-ASP), Secretary of the NCPA student chapter ,and was also involved in PLS as well as Rho Chi. She came to SWOSU after her graduation from Weatherford High School. Now she resides in Yukon, Oklahoma with her family Troy, Rachel, and Ryan. To learn more about Jennifer, read the information below.

Hometown Weatherford, OK
High School Weatherford High School
Current work, plus primary work history timeline, since graduation I have worked as a staff pharmacist at Miller Drug, an independent community pharmacy in Yukon, for the past 5 years.  Before that, I worked at Kindred (which became CuraHealth) long term acute hospital in Oklahoma City for 3 years.  Prior to Kindred, I worked for Walgreens as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager.
Current/Past involvement (memberships, committees, etc) with SWOSU and/or the College of Pharmacy (including Pharmacy Alumni Association or Pharmacy Foundation), since graduation I have been a member of the Pharmacy Alumni Association for many years and am currently past-president.
Community/Civic Activities, Special Interests, etc. I enjoy helping at my daughter’s school and am a charter member of the PTO.
Activities you were involved in at SWOSU I was treasurer of SWPhA (currently APhA-ASP).  I was secretary of our NCPA chapter.  I was also involved PLS and Rho Chi.
What made you choose pharmacy as your degree? I grew up in Weatherford always hearing about the exceptional pharmacy program at SWOSU.  My first job after high school was as a clerk for Allen Pharmacy in Weatherford and I really enjoyed the pharmacy environment. I also knew that it would be a career that could provide for my family.
What do you like most about being a pharmacist? I enjoy working with patients and providers to solve medication problems such as drug interactions and administration issues.  
Where was your favorite place to study or hangout during pharmacy school? I usually studied at my house during pharmacy school.  Most of my friends went home for the weekends so I was able to get a lot of work done on Saturdays when everyone else was gone.  
What is the most important thing you learned in pharmacy school? The most important thing I learned was how to find and interpret medical information.  I still don’t know the answers to all of my patient’s questions, but I do know how to find answers.  
What are your current hobbies/travels/activities? The only hobby that I currently have time for is also my favorite: “momming.”  I love spending time with my kids and husband, especially at fun places like the zoo.
Complete this sentence: “One thing you probably didn’t know about me is….” I cannot write with my paper straight up.  I have to turn it upside down or at least to the side.  
What advice would you give a current pharmacy student? I would tell current pharmacy students to be flexible and prepared for change.  In my opinion, the ever-changing nature of pharmacy is one of the best parts of the career.  New therapies and medications are developed, and we have to be prepared to help and counsel our patients.  
List family members that also graduated from SWOSU: My father, Joe Shaffer, graduated with a degree in education from SWOSU.
List immediate family names: Husband: Troy Barbee
Children: Rachel (age 10) and Ryan (age 4)

Posted: October 26, 2022

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Zak Key – Spotlight

September 28, 2022 0 comments admin
  • Class of 2014
  • Enid, OK
  • Pharmacist at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Chemo IV & Oncology
  • Pharmacy Alumni Association Council – President Elect

When asked what made you choose pharmacy as your degree, Zak said,

I knew from the 8th grade that I wanted to be a pharmacist. I chose pharmacy because growing up in a small town, we did not have a pharmacy. I believe you have a better response from your patients when you are connected with them and are a part of their community.” 

Zak is a pharmacist at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center focusing on Chemo IV & Oncology. He stated, “after graduation, I worked at Walgreen’s in Enid, OK. Six years ago, I began working at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center. I primarily work in our chemo IV rooms and with our oncologist and oncology nurses.” He also is SWOSU Pharmacy Alumni Association’s President Elect. During his time at SWOSU, he was involved in APhA-ASP, serving as their President; OPhA Student representative; NCPA; and Phi Lambda Sigma. He came to SWOSU after his graduation from Vici High School. Now he resides in Enid, Oklahoma with his family Amanda Key (also a SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate, 2014), Parker Key (7), and Asher Key (4) as pictured. In 2016, Zak and Amanda established the Key Family Scholarship via the Southwestern Pharmacy Foundation to support SWOSU College of Pharmacy students. To learn more about Zak, read the information below.

Hometown Vici, OK
High School Vici High School 
Other College Degree(s) MBA
Current work, plus primary work history timeline, since graduation After graduation, I worked at Walgreen’s in Enid, OK. Six years ago, I began working at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center. I primarily work in our chemo IV rooms and with our oncologist and oncology nurses. 
Current/Past involvement (memberships, committees, etc) with SWOSU and/or the College of Pharmacy (including Pharmacy Alumni Association or Pharmacy Foundation), since graduation PAAC – member 
Activities you were involved in at SWOSU APHA-ASP – president 
OPHA – student representative
 
PLS
 
NCPA
What made you choose pharmacy as your degree? I knew from the 8th grade that I wanted to be a pharmacist. I chose pharmacy because growing up in a small town, we did not have a pharmacy. Everyone had to have their prescriptions filled in the neighboring town 30 miles away. Even though that is where all of the physicians were as well, it would have been nice to have a local pharmacy to service the community. I believe you have a better response from your patients when you are connected with them and are a part of their community. They build a connection of trust with you and feel comfortable asking you questions about their medications. When patients have an understanding of what they are taking they are more apt to follow through. 
What is the most interesting job you’ve had and why? My current job is by far the most interesting job I have had. Not only do I do oncology work, but I am able to do management and administrative duties, train and maintain compliance in the non-hazardous and hazardous IV rooms, work and train as a staff/clinical pharmacist and work with IPPE/APPE students. 
What do you like most about being a pharmacist? For the past six years working in/with our oncology department at the hospital, what I would say I love most about oncology pharmacy specifically is the ability to provide individualized patient care to meet specific needs to create small but meaningful comfort for patients and families during some of their toughest days. 
Who is your favorite and/or most memorable pharmacy teacher, and why? Dr. Morris and Dr. Brooks. I worked very closely with them as they were APhA-ASP sponsors. They meant business in class but on APhA trips they were a ton of fun. 
What is your best memory of your time at SWOSU? Traveling to the APhA-ASP conferences. 
What is your funniest memory of your time at SWOSU? Some of the most fun memories were studying late at the school with our friends, or the times before and after evening tests. 
What is the most important thing you learned in pharmacy school? Just because you do not foresee yourself in a specific role in the pharmacy field, have an open mind about everything. All I ever wanted to do was retail pharmacy. Now in the clinical field, I absolutely love it. 
What are your current hobbies/travels/activities? My wife and I love to travel with our family. Our boys keep us on our toes with baseball, basketball and soccer. Hobbies include woodworking. I build tables and cutting boards for our friends and family. I have built my boys front end loader beds and have built my nieces dollhouses. 
What is your proudest accomplishment since leaving SWOSU? Going back to school to obtain my MBA. 
What advice would you give a current pharmacy student? Do the residency! Get the additional degree! I get being burnt out on school and just wanting to be done. That was me 100%. Looking back on it now, everyone that applies for a pharmacy job applies with a pharmacy degree, not everyone applies with a PGY1, PGY2 or other degrees/certificates. Set yourself apart!
List family members that also graduated from SWOSU: Amanda Key PharmD (wife)
Nik Key (brother)
Dakota Key (brother)
Josh Mayo (brother-in-law)
List immediate family names: Amanda Key
Parker Key (7)
Asher Key (4)
Hometown Vici, OK

Posted: September 28, 2022

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Becca Segrest – Spotlight

August 24, 2022 0 comments admin
  • Class of 2005
  • Edmond, OK
  • Pharmacy Manager, Cardinal Health Nuclear & Precision Health Services
  • Pharmacy Alumni Association Council – President

When asked what her proudest accomplishment since leaving SWOSU College of Pharmacy was, Becca said,

Starting the charitable pharmacy “The Clinic at The Hill” with my church (Quail Springs Baptist Church).  We offer free medical & pharmacy services to indigent patients. All services are available in both English and Spanish.” 

Becca is the Pharmacy Manager at Cardinal Health Nuclear & Precision Health Services.  “I started as a staff pharmacist immediately after graduation.  I spent several years traveling to various locations in Texas/Kansas before becoming the PIC in 2011.  I accepted the role of Pharmacy Manager in 2019.”  She also serves as SWOSU Pharmacy Alumni Association’s President and is on the SWOSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. During her time at SWOSU, she was involved in Kappa Epsilon, Phi Lambda Sigma, an Orientation Leader, Brandy the Bulldog (Mascot), and a Crowder Lake Ropes Course Facilitator. She came to SWOSU after her graduation from Weatherford high school. Now she resides in Edmond Oklahoma with her family Bryan & Abigail Segrest as pictured. To learn more about her, read the information below.

Hometown Weatherford
High School Weatherford High School
Current work, plus primary work history timeline, since graduation Pharmacy Manager, Cardinal Health Nuclear & Precision Health Services.  I started as a staff pharmacist immediately after graduation.  I spent several years traveling to various locations in Texas/Kansas before becoming the PIC in 2011.  I accepted the role of Pharmacy Manager in 2019.  
Current/Past involvement (memberships, committees, etc) with SWOSU and/or the College of Pharmacy (including Pharmacy Alumni Association or Pharmacy Foundation), since graduation SWOSU Pharmacy Alumni Association President; SWOSU Alumni Association Board of Directors
Community/Civic Activities, Special Interests, etc. The Clinic on the Hill, a charity clinic/pharmacy in NW OKC
Romania Medical Mission Team
Activities you were involved in at SWOSU KE, PLS, Orientation Leader, Brandy the Bulldog (Mascot), Crowder Lake Ropes Course Facilitator
What made you choose pharmacy as your degree? My junior year of high school I had a close family member experience a medication event.  When it happened, we called our local pharmacist and she made a house call to help.  I realized the impact a pharmacist can have on the daily lives of their patients. 
What is the most interesting job you’ve had and why? I am part of the CE Speakers Bureau for CardinalHealth.  I love traveling to various conferences and educating other professionals.  I really enjoy the teaching aspect of the job.  
What do you like most about being a pharmacist? Even though I don’t currently get to see the patients, I know that I am helping answer their big questions.  How bad is this cancer?  Are my kidneys functioning?  Is my heart ok?  Nuclear pharmacy and imaging helps the physician reach the diagnosis and provides patients with answers. 
Who is your favorite and/or most memorable pharmacy teacher, and why? Most memorable is Dr Elgenia French.  I will never forget her trying to have class by candle light in the annex when we lost heat/power during the “Great Ice Storm of ’01.”  
What is your best memory of your time at SWOSU? That’s too hard- I have so many great memories
What is your funniest memory of your time at SWOSU? The KE-Faculty Basketball game.  Christa Gerber and Rona Furrh made “Down with Deimling” Signs, Beat the Geezers Banners and whipped our cheerleading team into shape.  Pretty sure we lost the game but it wasn’t for lack of spirit.  
Where was your favorite place to study or hangout during pharmacy school? Crowder Lake or the pharmacy lounge.  To be honest, I didn’t get much studying done in the lounge though.  
What is one thing you know now you wish you knew in pharmacy school? After you graduate no one looks at your transcript. 
What are your current hobbies/travels/activities? I’m currently planning a Medical Mission trip to Romania in July and hopefully a family trip to Germany/Switzerland in the fall.
Spending time with family– our daughter Abigail is 2 and is at a really fun stage right now!
What is your proudest accomplishment since leaving SWOSU? Starting the charitable pharmacy “The Clinic at The Hill” with my church (Quail Springs Baptist Church).  We offer free medical & pharmacy services to indigent patients. All services are available in both English and Spanish. 
What advice would you give a current pharmacy student? Treat each rotation like it is a job interview. 
List family members that also graduated from SWOSU: Madeline Baugher- Computer Science ’78
List immediate family names: Bryan & Abigail Segrest

Posted: August 24, 2021

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SWOSU College of Pharmacy alumni reflect back, sharing responses to the alumni questionnaire about their college experience, work and careers. They also express their milestones along with memories and advice…plus a few fun tid bits.

 

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The Groundbreaking for the Jerry & Margaret Hodge Center

June 17, 2022 0 comments admin

Photo Caption: Groundbreaking for the Jerry & Margaret Hodge Center for Pharmacy & Rural Health at SWOSU in Weatherford, Oklahoma (campus corner of Davis and Caddo).

The groundbreaking for the Jerry & Margaret Hodge Center for Pharmacy and Rural Health (Hodge Center) was held on June 17th, 2022, making it a historic day for the SWOSU College of Pharmacy and SWOSU College of Pharmacy Rural Health Center.

The ceremony was held at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of Henrietta Mann Hall with remarks from SWOSU President Dr. Diana “Diane” Lovell. She was joined by Jerry and Margaret Hodge and members of the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents as well as elected officials and local dignitaries.

The Oklahoma State Legislature has approved $10 million in pandemic relief funds to assist Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) with establishing a new rural healthcare center on the Weatherford campus. SWOSU will combine the $10 million in ARPA funding with $5 million in private support already received from SWOSU alumnus Jerry Hodge and his wife, Margaret, of Amarillo (TX). The Hodges’ contribution, which was announced in 2021, represents the largest charitable gift in SWOSU history. An additional $7 million in support will be provided via the Yes! Weatherford economic development sales tax extension initiative, which was approved by Weatherford voters in 2020.

The Hodge Center project will enable SWOSU’s healthcare programs in nursing and allied health to substantially increase capacity and will significantly enhance the university’s pharmacy doctoral program. The building will also expand the community health services of the SWOSU Center for Rural Health. The center will allow for more strategic partnerships with other higher education institutions that could lead to SWOSU students having access to a physician’s assistant program and the possibility of a dual degrees program through the SWOSU College of Pharmacy.
The Hodge Center will be located on the campus corner at the intersection of Davis and Caddo streets.
SWOSU pharmacy program was established in 1939 and has over 6,000 graduates. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. It offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree as well as a PharmD/MBA dual degree.

Posted: June 17, 2022

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