This year the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy celebrates 75 years of excellence. Each month we will highlight moments in our history that contributed to our success!

In 1953, Albert Picchioni, PhD joined the faculty and began taking calls from local physicians with questions about poisonings. His dedication leads to the creation of the College's first Center of Excellence, the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center.


1955 COP graduate Charles Kendrick featured in AZ Daily Star

Charles Kendrick, College of Pharmacy class of 1955 was featured in the Arizona Daily Star in an article about the Black History Museum that he and his daughter Rhonda Moniz, operate. They are calling it the Tucson Center for Black Life.

Kendrick was in the 5th graduating class at the University. The 1955 University of Arizona Pharmacist Magazine highlighted future plans of the 12 graduating pharmacists including Mr. Kendrick. "Charles Kendrick, 23, has worked for three years at the Grand Avenue Martin Drug Store. Originally from Stamps, Arkansas, he will be getting a commission in the U.S. Army after graduation. He is a member of Phi Delta Chi and A.Ph.A. The reason he is going in the Army is to prove to [Donald] McKenna it is better than the Marines."

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Diversity, equity and inclusion efforts have spread beyond the College of Medicine as the other Health Sciences colleges address racism in health care

For the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy, diversity efforts center on building infrastructure to support an approach published in JAPhA, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Nancy Alvarez, PharmD, director for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the college and associate dean for academic and professional affairs in Phoenix, is coauthor of the paper, “Systemic Racism: Pharmacists’ Role and Responsibility.”  

“We need to focus on helping people acknowledge their biases and recognize their influence,” Dr. Alvarez said of the paper.

She added that the college is just starting to strengthen their efforts, including defining the scope of work for the diversity and inclusion committee and enabling meaningful and scalable activity. They’ve also conducted a climate survey, to be completed in the spring, that will provide data to lay out next steps.

“For us, this early part of the process will direct our future DEI efforts so that they are sustainable and have impact on the members of our college and the patients in our communities,” Dr. Alvarez added.

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Highlighting our amazing faculty here at the College of Pharmacy!

Jennifer Schnellmann, PhD
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences

PhD: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR), 1997
BS: Lyon College (Batesville, AR) 1992

Q: Which undergraduate classes do you teach?
A: I teach these! PCOL 300, PCOL 320, PHCL 442, PHCL 422, PCOL 396, PCOL 196, PCOL 305

Q: What is your favorite thing about the PharmSci major?
A: I think it is the only true pre-health major because we cover pharmacology or how drugs work in the body. This underpins all of healthcare and is a huge source of healthcare spending. Also, students seem to enjoy the power that comes with knowing how medications can treat disease and make life more comfortable!

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Hosts booth at Tucson Children's Museum Family SciFest

The Coit College of Pharmacy participated in Family SciFest Saturday February 19, teaching children about sun safety, handwashing, COVID-19 and vaccine smart tips. This year, the event had a grand total of 1,288 attendees!

Student volunteers included Ketty Lee (P3), Carson McKelvey (P3), Zahraa Ahmed (P3), Anyang Ndobegang (P3), Crystal Lee (P3), Trinh Nguyen (P2), Kamilla Izmailova (P2). Alex Duong (P2) and Emily Tran (P2) from PediaCats were also present.

A special thank you to Dr. Theodore Tong for facilitating this special event for our students!

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