Beyond Practice Ready

This campaign was designed with the ACPHS student in mind, ensuring that they will have the versatility, adaptability, and entrepreneurial spirit needed to meet the emerging workplace needs of a dynamic healthcare system.


Thank you! The Beyond Practice Ready (BPR) campaign wrapped up in December 2017 and was a great success all BECAUSE OF our loyal donors.

In November 2015, President Dewey and the Office of Institutional Advancement kicked off the BPR campaign with the goal of launching two student operated pharmacies in medically underserved areas of the Capital District and building three active learning classrooms on the Albany campus. Because of the outpouring of generous support, the College exceeded its BPR campaign fundraising goal of $6 million, bringing in $6,109,867.

Here’s what your support helped create.

College Hometown Pharmacy was not only the first student operated pharmacy for ACPHS, but the first of its kind in New York State. Launched in March 2016, the pharmacy is located within Hometown Health Center, a full-service federally qualified health care clinic in Schenectady, NY. The pharmacy has enjoyed steady growth under the leadership of Pharmacy Manager Anna O’Neil ’95, who is supported by students from the Pharm.D. program. With both of the College’s pharmacies approved for all major Medicaid managed care plans and a growing list of services that include asthma treatment programs and telemedicine, the future continues to look bright. The expansion and development of pharmacy services at Hometown Health Center are being led by Dr. Jacqueline Cleary, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, who maintains a clinical practice site at the community health center.  ACPHS students are assigned on IPPE and APPE rotations in both the pharmacy and with Dr. Cleary.

College Parkside Pharmacy in the South End of Albany has been in operation since early 2017 and is supervised by Gus Barranca ’79. Gus is also the Operations Manager for both pharmacies. The pharmacy is located in the Capital South Campus Center (CSCC) on Warren Street, less than a mile and a half from the college. The pharmacy is part of an emerging health care complex that will include the Collaboratory at 3 Lincoln Square and potentially a primary care clinic and CLIA lab in the CSCC.

The active learning classrooms are designed to prepare graduates to learn practical skills and to adapt to changes in the workforce. The technology-enhanced classrooms hold less than 70 students each. Tables in the classrooms seat six to eight students for group projects. “The space allows us to move into new ways of teaching and to address the skill sets our students need to learn,” said President Dewey. Thank you for making these initiatives possible and for contributing to the campaign. Our students will now be Beyond Practice Ready when they enter the workforce and prepared to succeed in the ever-changing health care landscape. We could not have done it without you.


Pamela Abbamont '86
Stephanie Adkins '09
Cheryl Aiken '02
Albany Housing Authority
Thomas Algozzine '93
Sidney Anderson '87
Al Austin '97
Patricia Baron '87
Sam F. Berardino '80
Matthew J. Bette - Trustee
Robert ’83 And Bonnie ’83 Blum
Walter Borisenok - Trustee
Borisenok Family Foundation
Marion Bradley '84
Robert Brakemeier '65
Fred Carroll '82
Nicholas Chervinsky '65
Herbert Chorbajian
Henry Clark '49 Estate
Robert ’76 & Glynis ’75 Clark
Robert D. Conklin '65
Phil Cornell '69
Richard T. Cornell '65
Dan Corwin ’14
John '70 & Lynn '79 Cote
Susan B. Crystal '65
Richard Cummings '80
Thomas Cullinan
Richard Daffner '63 - Trustee
Thomas D'Ambra - Trustee
Paul Derohassesian - Trustee
James Derring - Trustee
Carla Desrosiers '85
Greg And Cindy Dewey
Chris Dilascia '83 - Trustee
Vicki And Michael Dilorenzo
Victoria Dingman '94
Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer ’87—Trustee
David G. Edwards '65
Clayton Edwards '81
John Egan
Eli Lilly
Sam Embawe '09
Envision Architects
David Every '81
Lisa Fiori
Arthur Forman '85
Sharon Fox
Louis J. Fratto '74
Sanjay ’95 And Ursula ’96 Gandhi
Mary Giamartino '78
Justin Gilbert '91
Andrew Gilchrist
Frank '74 & Mary Lee '74 Grosso
Tony Graziano '84
Robert Hamilton ’77
HECap Grant (DASNY)
Hometown Health Centers
Carman W. Hu '15
Hugh Johnson Advisors
Bill Irwin '80
Bill Jabour
Theresa Kane ’84
Susan Karavolas
Kinney Drugs Foundation, Inc.
Christopher Klein '85 And Jennifer Caloia ’86
David Knightes '69
David Kvancz '79
Jeannete Lamb '57
Mark Laurin '80
Susan Layne '65
Victor Lee '88
William Libera ’77
Thomas Long '65
Thomas Maggs
Leo Maggy '58
Ralph ‘59 & Mary Lou '60 Mancini
Melvin Mitteldorf Masters '55
Richard Mccann '76
Richard Menapace '56
James ’65 And Janina ’65 Miller
Kenneth Miller
Chris Mitiguy - Trustee
Edward Molloy '62
Marion T. Morton '84 - Chair, Trustee
Frank Motter
Shaker Mousa
MVP Healthcare
Kimberly Myer '92
Ellen Nesbitt
John J. Nigro
John North '67
James Notaro ’84
Office Of Institutional Advancement Team
Colleen O'Mally '81
Charles Owens '55
Patricia Pafundi '72
Kenneth Park '96 And Yem Chin ’98
Hitesh ’13 And Unixa Patel
Tarun And Kuldeep Patel
Robert '86 And Becky ’86 Petronio
The John D. Piccotte Family Foundation
Wally Pickworth '69
Pioneer Pharmacy Rx/Schenectady
James Purcell '84
Renassiance Corp
Rite Aid Corporation
Roach Foundation
Robison Family Foundation
Rochester Drug Cooperative, Inc.
Rose & Kiernan
Seymour Rosenbloom '63
Jack Rosenblum '65
Alan Rothchild '65
John Ryan '88
Thomas Sands '66
Samantha Schwall '99
Estate Of Elizabeth V. Sheldon ’50
Estate Of Regina Snyder '47
Patrick Steed '67
William Steed '57
Ellen Sturgess
TD Bank
Scott Terrillion '85 - Trustee
Linda Kay Toomajian
Touhey Family Foundation
Gino & Whila Turchi Trust
David Vergamini '65
Tuan Anh Vo '15
Donna Warren '77
Jodi L. Weiksnar '95
Maribeth White '90
Ronald Winchell '65
Sheila Winnowski '65
Edward Wortley ’63
The Wright Family Foundation
Emily Yeo '15