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July 12, 2018
On May 12, the 300 members of the ACPHS Class of 2018 experienced one of life's transitions by crossing the stage to receive their diplomas. At this point, they have ceased to be students and have progressed onto their new career opportunities. The commencement ceremony was the culmination of 4-6 years of hard work and academic achievement
April 4, 2018
Over the course of this semester, we have engaged in a series of discussions about our next strategic plan. These discussions have often focused on how we can become more student-centered as a College. During the process, we have established that "student-centeredness" must be one of our core values
March 5, 2018
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event sponsored by the Wadsworth Center, New York State's Public Health Laboratory, for Joachim Frank. Dr. Frank won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 for work that was largely done at Wadsworth. I sat in awe at his presentation that described a lifetime of brilliant work
February 1, 2018
In early January of this year, a group of senior leaders met to begin the process of creating a new strategic plan that will chart the future direction of the College. Our last strategic planning exercise occurred in 2012 with the intent that the result would be a five year plan
November 27, 2017
“It is time to liberate our communities from the scourge of drug addiction.”   Those were the words spoken by President Trump on October 25 when he formally declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency. One week after that announcement the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, a group headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, issued a draft report with 56 recommendations for helping address the opioid epidemic
October 30, 2017
When the first draft of the human genome was released at the beginning of this century, it was hailed as an achievement that would allow us to understand "what it means to be human."  Many enthusiastic observers at the time believed that the sequencing of the human genome would soon open the door to a future of personalized medicine where therapies are tailored to each person's genetic profile
September 22, 2017
It was the first day of Orientation, and I was heading out to greet our incoming class of international students. As I walked across the campus, I thought back to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protests over the removal of a Confederate statue led to the tragic loss of a woman's life
July 18, 2017
There are many people in urban areas who think that the independent pharmacy is a thing of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth, and that point was proven over and over again on a "working" tour I made recently with my wife Cindy to Western New York, Vermont, and Ontario
June 14, 2017
On the surface, Commencement and Reunion Weekend are very different events that celebrate very different things. Separated by just three weeks, these two events do, however, vividly demonstrate the progression of our students along their life paths. To my mind, they also highlight a continuity from generation to generation
March 23, 2017
On October 3, 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (then Albany College of Pharmacy, of course) held its first ever class. In the classroom that day were 21 students - 20 men and one woman.   The lone woman was Sarah Simonet. Sarah, the daughter of Irish immigrants, lived in Croghan, NY, a tiny town at the western edge of the Adirondacks