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Becca Segrest – Spotlight

June 1, 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: June 1, 2022

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Randy Curry and Steve & Sally Drinnon – Brandy Alumni Award Recipients 2021

February 18, 2022 0 comments admin

Randy Curry and Steve & Sally Drinnon – Brandy Alumni Award Recipients 2021

  • Classes of 1977 (Randy) & 1993 (Steve & Sally)
  • Weatherford, OK
  • SWOSU College of Pharmacy Rural Health Development Coordinator (Randy); SWOSU College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor of Community Pharmacy (Steve), and SWOSU College of Pharmacy Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Coordinator, Interprofessional Education Coordinator, and Seminar Course Coordinator (Sally)

The Brandy Alumni Award recognizes outstanding service to the SWOSU College of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Alumni Association as well as the achievements of an individual(s) working on behalf of the College of Pharmacy through service, on advisory committees or through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the College of Pharmacy. The 2021 Award Recipients are Randy Curry and Sally & Steve Drinnon.

When there was a vital need for immunizations caused by the pandemic, Randy, Steve, and Sally quickly began helping in the Weatherford community but many rural areas in western Oklahoma. Starting in early 2021, they set up and coordinated (along with the help of numerous SWOSU College of Pharmacy faculty, staff and students as well as other campus departments) large scale mass covid vaccination clinics (mostly on SWOSU campus in the Pioneer Cellular Event Center), seeing over 1,000 patients on weekly clinic days during the early months – vaccinating over 20,000 patients. They continued to serve patients for many months, in addition to fulfilling their responsibilities for SWOSU College of Pharmacy as well as their community volunteer commitments.

Randy (a 1977 SWOSU pharmacy graduate) worked in retail pharmacy for many years prior to joining the SWOSU College of Pharmacy in 2012 as Rural Health Development Coordinator. He has built a rural health network of 300+ pharmacists along with some hospitals and is strongly involved in state and national groups, with primary focus on rural healthcare. Prior to the pandemic, he was amongst a handful of volunteer leaders that led pharmacy, nursing, and allied students on medical mission trips. Randy is a Lifetime Member of the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association. He is married to Donna and they have two daughters, Heather Bayless and Hannah Coats, two sons-in-law, Bryan Bayless and Nathan Coats, and five grandchildren, Boston, Hunter, & Brody Bayless, Hutson and Hartley Coats.

Sally (a 1993 SWOSU pharmacy graduate) and Steve Drinnon (SWOSU graduate in 1993 with BS pharmacy degree and 2003 with PharmD degree) worked in western Oklahoma pharmacies for a number of years. In 2013, Steve joined the College of Pharmacy as Assistant Professor of Community Pharmacy. Sally joined in 2018 and is the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Coordinator, Interprofessional Education Coordinator, and the Seminar Course Coordinator. Although they stay extremely busy with their College of Pharmacy responsibilities, they both serve as co-directors of the local Agape Medical Clinic, a free indigent care clinic serving rural Oklahomans. And each year, on SWOSU Homecoming Day, they can be found volunteering at the College of Pharmacy Open House giving tours and visiting with alumni. Steve and Sally are both Lifetime Members of the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association. They have two children, Drake and Jillian.

Posted: February 18, 2022

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Jerry Shelton – Humanitarian Award Recipient 2021

January 28, 2022 0 comments admin

Jerry Shelton – Humanitarian Award Recipient 2021

  • Class of 1968
  • Parker, CO
  • Retired

“Jerry has always exhibited great pride in his profession and his moral character is beyond reproach. Through hard work and dedication to his company and the industry in general, he has climbed to one of the highest levels within Merck & Co, which reflects well on SWOSU pharmacy graduates,” states one of the award nominators.

SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate (1968) Jerry Shelton of Parker (CO) was presented the 2021 Humanitarian Award at the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony on October 30, 2021. The Humanitarian Award recognizes a SWOSU pharmacy graduate who has impacted lives through service and dedication.

A Borger (TX) High School graduate, Jerry attended SWOSU pharmacy school and was actively involved as a Member and Senior Class Student Council Representative with the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. After college graduation, he became Staff Pharmacist at Meyers & Rosser Prescriptions in Dallas (TX). Following this, he primarily worked for Merck & Co., throughout many of the US states as well as worldwide, until he retired in 2006. Since then, he has been a pharmaceutical industry consultant. He has also served as a member of the dean’s advisory board for the Colorado school of public health and the Advisory Board for Accrual to Clinical Trials Dissemination Network, which is a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded project for sharing scientific health information among major universities.

While excelling in his field as a pharmaceutical representative in the marketing research and development areas, with much of the work being in the vaccine and health related development, Jerry has been a crucial part of a vital service to society.

Jerry has been a leader in the pharmacy profession as well as the community, too. He advocates for the importance of scholarships and how they can positively impact students. He has successfully initiated scholarships and helps support education, including one at the University of Colorado Law School in memory of his daughter, Jenn. Additionally, he helped coordinate a SWOSU pharmacy scholarship in honor of SWOSU pharmacy graduate, Rick Allen. Jerry truly values the impact that scholarships can make on students. Along with this act of generosity,

Beyond his pharmacy career, he loves both participating in and watching sports. When his kids were young, he managed a little league baseball team, coached a girls soccer team, refereed young girls’ soccer teams, and was the assistant coach for a girls’ basketball team. In Jerry’s younger days he enjoyed running. He completed the Long Island New York Marathon in 1984! His current hobbies include biking, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, reading, and playing with his 2 dogs Max and Milo. In addition, he is a member of the United Methodist Church and has served as a trustee. He and his wife, Jan (a SWOSU graduate with BA degree in Sociology), live in Parker, Colorado, and they have two children – Jeremy and the late Jennifer.

Posted: January 28, 2022

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David Warden – Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award Recipient 2021

January 28, 2022 0 comments admin

David Warden – Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award Recipient 2021

  • Class of 1979
  • Norman, OK
  • Retired; Former Manager/Supervisor at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System

“Warden has been a great mentor, especially with the SWOSU College of Pharmacy students,” College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. David Ralph said. “He is a remarkable ambassador for the University and the College of Pharmacy, always promoting the values and qualities of SWOSU College of Pharmacy’s dynamic educational environment.”

David Warden of Norman (OK) was presented the 2021 Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award. The Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award is presented to a SWOSU pharmacy graduate who has demonstrated exceptional support of the College of Pharmacy and outstanding personal achievements in the pharmacy profession.

Originally from Wynnewood, Warden graduated from SWOSU in 1979 with a pharmacy degree. While attending SWOSU, he served on Student Senate and was on both the varsity football team (1974-1975) and track team (1975).

He has been a leader in the pharmacy profession as well as with community and volunteer endeavors. Upon SWOSU graduation, he worked at various pharmacies in Wynnewood, Davis, and Ardmore. Since 2000, until his recent retirement, he worked at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System, where he has been recognized as Supervisor/Manager of the Year.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation since 2013, most recently serving as president. He was a founding member of the SWOSU Pharmacy Alumni Association Council (PAAC), serving as president and now as the chair of the Recent Graduates Committee. In 2015 he was recognized by the SWOSU College of Pharmacy with the Brandy Alumni Award. Through SWOSU Pharmacy Career Day events, he has recruited and mentored numerous SWOSU pharmacy students and graduates. Warden is a Lifetime Member of the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association.

Warden, along with his son David Jr (2009 SWOSU pharmacy graduate) and his niece, Jeanna Smith (2013 SWOSU pharmacy graduate and current SWOSU pharmacy faculty member), established the Warden Family Scholarship via the Pharmacy Foundation in 2015, thus providing an annual scholarship for SWOSU College of Pharmacy students.

Beyond his pharmacy career, in addition to being a youth sport coach, high school sports referee for 30 years, and assisting with youth mission trips, he serves as a Boy Scouts of America assistant scoutmaster to mentor scouts to the Eagle Rank. He has hosted England scouts on a trip to the United States and took a group of boy scouts on a trip to England, which was hosted by the scout troop from England. Additionally, he enjoys backpacking in Colorado, Grand Canyon, Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming.

Warden is married to Debbie, and they have two children and four grandchildren. Daughter Lindsey is an adult-gerontology acute care advance practice registered nurse, currently working with geriatric trauma patients at OU Health. Son David Jr is currently a pharmacist at a clinic in Southeast Asia, after initially working 11 years at the VA Health Care System. He is married to Britney, and they have four children: Caroline, Colt, Cohen and Conrad.

Posted: January 28, 2022

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Weston Lovell – Young Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

January 28, 2022 0 comments admin

Weston Lovell – Young Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

  • Class of 2011
  • McCurtain, OK
  • Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Program Founder/Director, Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA)

“Thank you again for putting together a great ceremony. My wife and I enjoyed the ceremony and the weekend in Weatherford,” said Weston Lovell of McCurtain, Ok. Awards are presented at the Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony held in conjunction with SWOSU Homecoming -October 15, 2022.

SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate (2011) Weston Lovell of McCurtain (OK) was selected by the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association Alumni Awards Committee to receive the 2021 Young Professional Achievement Award. This award is presented to an SWOSU pharmacy graduate demonstrating outstanding professional achievement and graduated within the last ten years.

After graduating from McCurtain High School, Weston attended SWOSU in Weatherford Oklahoma. During his time at SWOSU he was involved in Kappa Psi (Historian & President), Dean’s Council of Students, Student Government, and worked as a student ambassador at the admissions and recruitment office. After receiving his pharmacy degree at SWOSU in 2011, he moved on to OSU where he received a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree.

Weston started his pharmacy journey as a tribal pharmacist at the Cherokee Nation Three Rivers Health Center. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in November, 2012. After a few years (in 2016), he transferred to the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA), and still serves there as Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Program Founder/Director.

LCDR Weston Lovell has made critical contributions to the CNHSA, including creating and serving as director of the system-wide Choctaw Nation HCV Program, which has had a major impact within Indian Health Service and the Choctaw Nation. He presented the HCV Program to the Performance Improvement Committee, and it was accepted to be one of the annual performance improvement projects for 2018. His numerous hours of work and dedication have resulted in HCV patients getting the best care in the clinic. He facilitated adding 3 different types of HCV medications to CNHSA formulary to offer treatment to any patient at all CNHSA facilities. Due to this, the morbidity/mortality of these patients has greatly improved.

Lovell has also recently served as the Anticoagulation Clinic Director as well as the Choctaw Nation COVID-19 Vaccine Data Entry/Management Lead. In addition, he has several accolades including multiple USPHS medals for his work as well as the PHS Isolated Hardship Award.
Weston is a member of the Lequire First Baptist Church. He also serves as a member on the McCurtain Board of Education and is the founder of the Kiamichi COA annual scholarship, which provides 3 ($1,500 each) scholarship awards each year.

Weston and his wife, Kristan, live in McCurtain, Oklahoma with their two sons, Walker and Gunner. Weston enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and coaching both of his sons’ little league teams.

Posted: January 28, 2022

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