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Honors and Awards Ceremony Recognizes Student Achievements

November 20, 2017

The fall Honors and Awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of students on both campuses and across a range of academic programs. Students are nominated for these awards by faculty, staff, administrators, or preceptors.

The Honors and Awards program is overseen by the Scholarship and Awards Committee which is comprised of three faculty members and three staff members. The Committee chooses the recipients based on the nominations received.

Below is a list of this fall's award recipients, their program affiliations, and their current class years. A companion honors and awards ceremony is held in the spring before commencement.

Provost Awards - All Programs
  • Highest standing at the end of the first year - Samuel David Weitzen (B.S. Microbiology, 2nd year)
  • Second highest standing at the end of the first year - Nicholas Fanitini (Pharm.D., 2nd year)
  • Highest standing in math at the end of the first year - Nicholas Mckeel (PharmD, 2nd year)
  • Highest standing at the end of the second year  - Dylan Davies (B.S. Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 3rd year)
  • Second highest standing at the end of the second year - Reid LaPlante (Pharm.D., 3rd year)
Provost Awards - Bachelor's Programs
    • Highest standing at the end of the third year in a Bachelor’s program - Rachel Wurth (BS/MS Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 4th year)
       
    • Second highest standing at the end of the third year in a Bachelor’s program - Nicoletta Pacilli (B.S. Biomedical Technology / Pre-PA, 4th year)

    • Third highest standing at the end of the third year in a Bachelor’s program - Fallon Etkin (B.S. Biomedical Technology / Pre-PA, 4th year)
       
    • General Excellence in a Bachelor’s Program - Brittany Vreeland (B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, 4th year)
       
    • General Excellence in a Bachelor’s Program - Brittany Varriale (B.S. Health and Human Sciences, 3rd year)
       
    • General Excellence in a Bachelor’s Program - Dylan Davies (B.S. Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 3rd year)
    Provost Awards - Doctor of Pharmacy Program
    • Highest standing at the end of the first professional year (P1) - Kerry Reksc (Pharm.D., P2, Albany) and David Polson (Pharm.D., P2, Vermont)
    • Second highest standing at the end of the first professional year (P1) -  Lydia Ware (Pharm.D., P2, Albany) and Courtney Gilmore (Pharm.D., P2, Vermont)
       
    • Highest standing at the end of the second professional year (P2) - Antonio Laquidara (Pharm.D, P3, Albany) and Alex Dipierdomenico (Pharm.D., P3, Vermont)
       
    • Second highest standing at the end of the second professional year (P2) - Matthew Daley (Pharm.D., P3, Albany), Y-Kim Chu-Bedard (Pharm.D., P3, Vermont)
    Sponsored Awards
    • Dr. Lawrence H. MacDonald Award - Given by the American Chemical Society to a student with the highest standing in Freshman Chemistry - Nicholas Fantini (Pharm.D., 2nd year)
       
    • The Ralph and Mary Lou Mancini Award - Given to a student for academic excellence in the Principles of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry sequence - Sarah Ruby (Pharm.D., 5th year)
       
    • The Robert J. Sherer Memorial Award - Given by five friends to the fifth year (P3) student with the highest cumulative average for their first four years at ACPHS - Antonino Laquidara (Pharm.D., 6th year)
       
    • Be the Change Award - Given by the Class of 2011 to a student(s) in the professional pharmacy program on the Albany Campus who demonstrates professionalism, leadership, service, encourages others to be better, and exudes an aura of friendliness - Reid LaPlante (Pharm.D., 3rd year), Marissa Bradley (Pharm.D., 6th year)
       
    • The Lucy M. Manvel Membership Award - Given by the Northeastern New York Society of Hospital Pharmacists to students who are employed by a hospital pharmacy in the Northeast and have demonstrated commitment to the profession - Katie Toti (Pharm.D., 5th year) and Kyle Farina (Pharm.D., 5th year)
       
    • Walmart Scholarship - Given to students who exhibit strong leadership qualities, have high academic standing, and possess a desire to enter community pharmacy practice.
       
      • Dustin Buckingham - Pharm.D., 5th year, Albany
      • Katharine Houde - Pharm.D., 4th year, Vermont
      • Jennifer Ofori-Kyerewah - Pharm.D., 4th year, Vermont    
      • Leah Zembiec - Pharm.D., 6th year, Albany