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Dean MacKinnon's Spring 2017 Message

by Neil MacKinnon | May 23, 2017

Dean Neil Mackinnon

Greetings alumni and friends of the Winkle College of Pharmacy,

Welcome to the latest issue of Cincinnati Pharmacy, the electronic newsletter of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Recently, we held our college’s hooding and recognition ceremony at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati and said goodbye to the Class of 2017. One of the articles in this newsletter reports on the career plans of our PharmD Class of 2017. We also recently welcomed the PharmD Class of 2021 to the college for their first orientation event.

The renovation work to Kowalewski Hall continues, including the addition of steel beams to the south side of the building (near where Wherry Hall once stood) to support the new glass-walled addition to the building. Construction is on schedule and is expected to be completed in early August. On Thursday, September 14, we will hold an official building dedication and ribbon-cutting event, including speeches from the architects who led the renovation, new UC President Neville Pinto, followed by a building tour. All alumni should receive a special invitation to this event within the next couple of weeks. I hope that you can join us.

As I complete my fourth year at the college as dean and reflect back on my time interacting with our alumni, three things come to mind.

First, I admire your dedication to patient care and to moving the profession forward. Many of you are leaders in the profession and serve as wonderful preceptors for our students. On behalf of the college, thank you!

Second, I know that for many of you, maintaining your ties to the college and to your classmates is of personal importance. I recently attended a meeting of the Veteran Apothecaries Association of Cincinnati (VAAC) and it was great see several members of the pharmacy class of 1968 sitting together at one table, sharing stories from their days at the college.

Third, I want to thank you for the impact you have had on your local community. For many of you, this extends beyond your role as a pharmacist. For example, last week, the business community in Cincinnati presented a lifetime achievement award to our alum Candace Kendle (BS ‘70, PharmD ’72, and HonDoc ‘10). I was able to participate in this event and I was struck by Dr. Kendle’s appreciation for her time at our college. At the event, she remarked that “Great cities are nothing without great universities and great philanthropic organizations.”

I hope you will be able to come back to the college on September 14th and Go Bearcats!

"Dean Mac"
Neil MacKinnon, PhD, Dean and Professor
University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy

E-mail: RxDeanMac@uc.edu

Twitter & Instagram: @RxDeanMac

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