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SWOSU College of Pharmacy Honors 1970 & 1971 Graduates

January 3, 2022 0 comments admin

Photo Caption: Honorees attending the recognition ceremony were: (front row from left) Greg Towe, Roger Davenport, Bob Lenhart, Mike Hale, Stan Heckrodt, Larry Trook, Tom Jones, Sharon Berkenbile, Mary Salinas, Janis McAllister, Mary Neparko, W.A. Ralls and Al Garrett (back row from left) Hal Wiese, Mike Peavler, Tom Davis, James Dooley, Bruce Woods, Reinhard McKinney, Wade Ralston, Curtis Schenk, Rick Allen, Paul Durham, Billy Harkins, Truett Guthrie, Bud Parrett, Bill Cotten, Mike Liner, Kyle Kendall and Mike Hanes.

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s College of Pharmacy honored its 50-year pharmacy graduates at the 2021 Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony held on the Weatherford campus in conjunction with SWOSU’s Homecoming (October, 30th). Note: Since the Ceremony was not held in 2020, the 1970 class was invited to attend the 2021 event.

Honorees from the Classes of 1970 and 1971 attending the recognition ceremony were: Rick Allen, Dallas, TX; Sharon Berkenbile, Broken Arrow, OK; Bill Cotten, Fort Worth, TX; Roger Davenport, Pampa, TX; Tom Davis, Edmond, OK; James Dooley, Wolfforth, TX; Paul Durham, Lubbock, TX; Al Garrett, Springtown, TX; Truett Guthrie, Hobart, OK; Mike Hale, Kalama, WA; Mike Hanes, Guthrie, OK; Billy Harkins, Crane, TX; Stan Heckrodt, Prosper, TX; Tom Jones, Tucson, AZ; Kyle Kendall, Stanton, TX; Bob Lenhart, Edmond, OK; Mike Liner, Lubbock, TX; Janis McAllister, Woodward, OK; Reinhard McKinney, Lamesa, TX; Mary Neparko, Santa Fe, NM; Bud Parrett, Belton, TX; Mike Peavler, Waxahachie, TX; W.A. Ralls, Idabel, OK; Wade Ralston, Woodward, OK; Mary Salinas, Kennedale, TX; Curtis Schenk, Watonga, OK; Greg Towe, Bonham, TX; Larry Trook, Bixby, OK; Hal Wiese, Quitman, TX; and Bruce Woods, Russellville, AR.

Patti Harper, alumni and development director for the SWOSU College of Pharmacy, welcomed all the alumni and friends to the program. SWOSU President Diana Lovell, SWOSU College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. David Ralph and Associate Dean Dr. Les Ramos 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 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: January 3, 2022

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Tom Davis – Dr. H.F. Timmons Award Recipient 2021

December 27, 2021 0 comments admin

Tom Davis – Dr. H.F. Timmons Award Recipient 2021

  • Class of 1970
  • Edmond, OK
  • Retired Faculty from SWOSU College of Pharmacy

The SW Pharmacy Alumni Association Award recognizes a SWOSU College of Pharmacy faculty, staff or administration member who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and service to SWOSU, the College of Pharmacy, the Pharmacy Alumni Association and the Community – just like Dr. Timmons did throughout his lifetime. The 2021 award recipient is Tom Davis of Edmond, OK.

Davis earned his (pharmacy) Bachelor of Science degree from SWOSU in 1970 and then completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following graduation from medical school in 1974, he completed a post-graduate training program in pathology and internal medicine at Saint Anthony Hospital in OKC.

Tom Davis has had a long and meaningful relationship with SWOSU and the College of Pharmacy, where he served as a faculty member 1977-1981, then went to have a 10-year private medical practice before returning to his alma mater to teach pharmacy students. He served as a faculty member for 24 years in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, followed by 5 years in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (with plans to retire December 2021). Throughout the years, he continued his affiliation with St. Anthony Hospital in the areas of pharmacy and behavioral health/substance abuse.

In addition to serving on numerous SWOSU committees as well as College of Pharmacy committees, along with his teaching responsibilities, he has volunteered to educate the SWOSU Student Orientation Leaders with tools to help prevent opioid overdose. Furthermore, he played a crucial role in the development and implementation of Oklahoma Pharmacists Helping Pharmacists (OPHP) program in the early 1990s.

Some of his professional career recognitions include Oklahoma Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Pharmacist of the Year, OPhA Cardinal Health Generations Rx Champions Award for his outstanding work in fighting prescription drug misuse. At SWOSU, he received the prestigious SWOSU Bernhardt Academic/Teaching Excellence Award. Additionally, the SWOSU College of Pharmacy students have selected him, a record 13 times, as the SWOSU College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year. Over the years, he has presented a plethora of Continuing Education Seminars, becoming nationally known. He is a Lifetime Member of the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association and was one of the founding members of the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Association Council (PAAC).

He and his wife, Mary, live in Edmond (OK) and enjoy spending time traveling and being at the lake with their three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Posted: December 27, 2021

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Jerry Shelton – Humanitarian Award Recipient 2021

December 21, 2021 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: December 20, 2021

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Weston Lovell – Young Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

December 13, 2021 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: December 13, 2021

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Martin Johnston – Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

December 6, 2021 0 comments admin

Martin Johnston – Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

  • Class of 1981
  • Granbury, TX
  • Retired from the United States Public Health Service (USPHS)

“The numerous achievements and accolades, as well as the immeasurable impact and the outstanding accomplishments he has made in his career, strongly reflect what the Professional Achievement Award intends to recognize,” states a member of the Pharmacy Alumni Awards Selection Committee.

SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate (1981) Martin Johnston of Granbury (TX) was one of three recipients who was recognized by the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association and SWOSU College of Pharmacy with the 2021 Professional Achievement Award. This award recognizes pharmacy alumni for their professional achievement, who also personify the SWOSU pharmacy school’s tradition of excellence.

After a long and successful pharmacy career, CAPT (Ret) Martin Johnston retired from the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in March 2021. His professional pharmacy journey began after college graduation when he worked 10 years in retail pharmacy before becoming a commissioned officer in the United States Army in March 1991, serving in locations such as Fort Carson (CO) and the Soto Cano Air Force Base in Honduras. In 1994, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service and was stationed in Montana with the Indian Health Service as the Chief Pharmacist for the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. In 1996, Johnston transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) where he served as the Regional Chief Pharmacist for the Mid-Atlantic Region until 2011 when he was chosen for the inaugural position of Chief of Pharmacy Logistics Support for the BOP. In 2016, he was selected as the Director of Pharmacy Programs for the BOP and served in this role until his retirement.

In 2021, Johnston received the Bureau of Prisons Distinguished Service Medal and in 2020, the Public Health Service Senior Officer of the Year award. Under his guidance, the BOP was awarded the elite 2018 American Pharmacist Association Foundation Pinnacle Award. Prior to his selection as the BOP Director of Pharmacy Programs, in 2011 CAPT Johnston was selected as the Agency’s first Chief of Pharmacy Logistics. While serving as the Chief Pharmacist at FCI Morgantown, CAPT Johnston was selected as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Pharmacist Consultant from 2005-2009. He has several presentations and publications as well as numerous professional memberships.

Additionally, he is a Lifetime Member of the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association. While a student in the pharmacy program, he was on the Dean’s Honor Roll and a member of SWPhA, OPhA, and Phi Delta Chi. He and his wife, Jeryl, live in Granbury, Texas. They have three adult children: William, Martin, and Bart; and six grandchildren: Aiden, Noah, Morgan, Scarlett, Parker, and Edward.

Posted: December 6, 2021

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Shanna Hamilton – Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

November 29, 2021 0 comments admin

Shanna Hamilton – Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

  • Class of 1992
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Pharmacist-in-Charge at Advanced Vital Care Home Infusion Services

Shanna Hamilton, who is a Lifetime Member of the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association stated, “It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent SWOSU College of Pharmacy.”

SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate (December 1992) Shanna Hamilton of Amarillo (TX) was one of three recipients who was recognized by the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association and SWOSU College of Pharmacy with the 2021 Professional Achievement Award. This award recognizes pharmacy alumni for their professional achievement, who also personify the SWOSU pharmacy school’s tradition of excellence.

Shanna served as the director of the Covenant Home Infusion Pharmacy in Lubbock for many years, where she was recognized with honors, including the Leadership Excellence Award. Over the years, Shanna has also been awarded the Bright Idea Award for innovation of the patient care model, the Values in Action Award for recognition of outstanding patient care, The Regional Paragon Award, Outstanding Director with Cardinal Health Care, the Outstanding Patient Educator Award at Hendrick Medical Center, and Who’s Who of employees who make a difference at Hendrick Medical center. She is now in Amarillo as the Pharmacist-in-Charge at Advanced Vital Care Home Infusion Services.

She has also served as a research pharmacist for Texas Tech Health Science Center Internal Medicine and Pulmonology departments while working on a Phase 2 clinical trial for a new drug approval to treat autoimmune disorders, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, anti-rejection and COVID, as well as FDA approved drugs seeking an indication for COVID treatment. She is on the speaker bureau for Abbvie/Allergan Anti-infectives division. Allergan published her retrospective study on the readmission rates of patients with ABSSI and the use of Dalvance, called “Clinical Care Models for ASSBI Patients using Dalvance” and it was distributed as marketing material. She also participated in the development of the speaker slide deck for Dalvance and for Billing and Reimbursement of Dalvance.

She has been an active member of the West Texas Pharmacy Association (WTPA) for many years, serving in roles of President, Vice President and Board Member. She has also served as a Continuing Education Speaker for WTPA. In addition to those accolades, she is also a member of Texas Society of Health System Pharmacist and PSHP.

Shanna stated, “I am very dedicated to the future of pharmacy and the education of our healthcare professionals.”

After graduating from Spur High School, Shanna attended SWOSU in Weatherford, Oklahoma. During her time at SWOSU, she was involved in APhA, SWPhA, OPhA, TPA, and Kappa Epsilon.

She has been married to her husband Randy for 35 years. They have two children, Ashlee Barrett and Cheyanne Hamilton, and one grandson, Oliver Thomas Barrett. The pharmacy tradition runs deep in this family as Shanna has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a pharmacist; plus, her daughter Ashlee is a 2019 SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate.

Posted: November 29, 2021

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Bill Arrington – Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

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Bill Arrington – Professional Achievement Award Recipient 2021

  • Class of 1977
  • Stillwater, OK
  • Retired; PRN pharmacist at Stillwater Medical Center (SMC)

“I’ve always been grateful for the education that I received at SWOSU, and for the many excellent and caring instructors that I had,” said Bill Arrington of Stillwater, OK.

SWOSU Pharmacy Graduate (1977) Bill Arrington of Stillwater (OK) was one of three recipients who was recognized by the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association and SWOSU College of Pharmacy with the 2021 Professional Achievement Award. This award recognizes pharmacy alumni for their professional achievement, who also personify the SWOSU pharmacy school’s tradition of excellence.

Bill began working at Stillwater Medical Center (SMC) as a staff pharmacist in 1977 and shortly after, he became Director of Pharmacy until his 2019 retirement. The last few years he has been working there as PRN pharmacist.

During his tenure at SMC, he was instrumental in overseeing the completion of two remodels of the pharmacy and initiated the current relocation, all involving additional room for growth of staff, inventory, and services. Due to Bill’s interest in computer technology, he was instrumental in securing SMC Pharmacy as alpha and beta sites in ventures such as Intellidot and Pyxis ES system upgrades. Under his leadership, SMC was the 3rd hospital of any size in Oklahoma (and 30th in the nation) to implement the original Pyxis system. Under Bill’s direction, SMC became a 340b hospital, thus saving the hospital millions of dollars. Additional professional highlights include ASHP presentations on Bedside Medication Bar Coding and Administration and publication in Drug Topics.

Outside of the pharmacy walls, Bill has been a member of the First Christian Church for over 20 years. He has served as an elder and is continuing to serve as a trustee, deacon and serving communion monthly to homebound and nursing home members. Additionally, he has traveled on many medical mission trips to Bolivia with the Methodist Church. Also, Bill has volunteered for 20 years at local community health clinic and has served multiple terms on the local Airport Authority/Advisory Board.

After graduating from Marlow High School, Bill attended SWOSU in Weatherford, Oklahoma. While a student, he worked part-time as Campus Switchboard operator and Line Service at Weatherford Airport (while also getting his pilot license). Once he was admitted to SWOSU’s pharmacy program, he joined both the SWPhA (aka APhA-ASP) and OSHP student groups. He also worked summers and weekends at his hometown drug store.

He is married to Kelly, and they have one son, Matthew. Members of his family who graduated from SWOSU include father-in-law Haydon Battles (1957 – BA Education), brother-in-law Kirk Battles (1984 – Computer Science), and sister-in-law Toni Battles (1985 – M.E. Secondary Language Arts.

Bill is a Lifetime Member of the SW Pharmacy Alumni Association. Through the years, he has found ways to help his alma mater, whether donating equipment to SWOSU College of Pharmacy or donating funds to help with SWOSU College of Pharmacy medical mission trips.

Posted: November 22, 2021

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