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Long Island University’s College of Pharmacy Hosts Founding Day Celebration

TLC’s “Cake Boss” to create a custom cake for the 125th anniversary event on April 21

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Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
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Brooklyn, N.Y. – Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences turns 125 this month.

The College will mark this milestone on April 21, 2011, with a Founding Day celebration, featuring special presentations and a one-of-a-kind creation from celebrity master baker Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro of TLC’s hit reality show, “Cake Boss.” The anniversary cake will incorporate elements of the College’s history and details that evoke its Brooklyn location, providing a unique confectionary homage to the institution to cap off the day’s festivities.

“This is such an important moment in our history,” said Dr. David R. Taft, dean of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “And we want to acknowledge it in a memorable way.”

The Founding Day program will include tributes from University administrators, supporters of the College and representatives from professional pharmacy organizations and associations, such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association, and an exhibit of archival photos and artifacts from different periods in the College’s long and distinguished history.

The celebration also will officially kick-off the College’s $12.5 million “Our Founding, Our Future” capital campaign, which will raise funds to expand research and graduate education initiatives; to complete renovation and new construction projects; and to increase the number of scholarships available to the College's students.
To date, $3.2 million has been donated or pledged to the campaign, including leadership gifts from Dr. Leon Lachman, a University trustee and chancellor of the College of Pharmacy; Joan Williamson, a former professor at the University’s C.W. Post Campus; University Trustee Martin Sperber; one of the College’s naming donors, Marie Schwartz; and the pharmaceutical supply company, Cardinal Health.

Lachman and Williamson will be among those on hand to raise a slice of cake in honor of the College’s rich tradition of excellence.

Lachman, a key player in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 40 years, donated $1 million to establish the Long Island University Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis at the College, which will promote the educational and research mission of the College by supporting faculty research, fostering graduate school training and providing a venue for industry-supported research.

Williamson’s contributions to the College were inspired by the memory of her late husband, Sam. Her gifts, totaling more than $1 million, will fund the creation of the Joan B. and Samuel J. Williamson Institute for Pharmacometrics. The institute will train graduate students to use computer-based predictive models of drug safety and efficacy to improve the efficiency of drug development. It will be one of the first pharmacometric training program of its kind in the country.

Founded in 1886 as the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, the College is the oldest unit of Long Island University and is part of the University’s Brooklyn Campus. The institution has had an enormous impact on the pharmacy profession, graduating more than 20,000 students. Alumni include such giants in their fields as Dr. Louis Lemberger, who headed the team that developed Prozac, and Dr. Howard Murad, one of the nation’s top authorities on skin care.

“Our 125th anniversary comes at a pivotal moment in our College’s existence, as well as in our nation’s history,” Taft said. “There are dramatic changes occurring within this country’s health care system. We’re celebrating our longevity and our success, but we’re also looking to position our institution for the future.”

The Founders Day celebration will be held at the Brooklyn Campus’ Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center on April 21 at noon. For additional information about the event or to find out more about the College, call (718) 488-1004.

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 04/07/2011

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