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Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to Hold 122nd Commencement

355 degrees to be awarded during May 13 Ceremony at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

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Brooklyn, N.Y. - On Friday, May 13, 2011, more than 350 degree candidates will graduate from Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, equipped to meet the challenges of a field that continues to expand and evolve.

The College’s 122nd commencement ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on the athletic field at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. University President David J. Steinberg will confer 167 Master of Science degrees, 177 Pharm.D. degrees and 11 Ph.D. degrees. Dean David Taft of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year - will administer the traditional Oath of a Pharmacist to the graduating students.

George S. Barrett, chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, a company ranked 19th on the Fortune 500 list, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and serve as the commencement speaker. New York Times columnist Jane Brody, a noted authority on health and wellness issues, also will be honored during the ceremony; she will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a pharmacy leader of Mr. Barrett’s caliber addressing our students during this year’s commencement exercises,” Dean Taft noted. “During a time of tremendous changes in health care, the insight that he will provide our pharmacy graduates as they prepare to take on expanded roles in patient care is invaluable.”

Dr. Taft said that Mr. Barrett represents the third generation in his extended family to receive an honorary degree from the University. His late father-in-law, Richard Neimeth, was a University trustee and a 1994 honorary degree recipient, and Mr. Neimeth’s father, Edward, was president of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (now called the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) for 35 years and received an honorary doctorate in 1957.

Mr. Barrett has been with Cardinal Health since 2008. He is a past president of the world’s largest drug maker, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, as well as Alpharma’s U.S. Pharmaceuticals division. Mr. Barrett serves on the board of directors of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and on the President’s Leadership Council of Brown University. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Healthcare Leadership Council and The Conference Board.

A health columnist for The New York Times for 35 years, Ms. Brody has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows throughout the country and has received numerous prestigious awards for journalistic excellence.

She has written 10 books, including two best-sellers, “Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book” and “Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.” Ms. Brody also penned “The New York Times Book of Health,” “The New York Times Book of Women’s Health” and “Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally and Emotionally for the End of Life.”

Nana N. Dwumfour, a Brooklyn resident who was born and raised in Ghana, is the valedictorian of the College of Pharmacy’s Class of 2011. As the College’s Gold Medal Winner, with a grade point average of 3.97, Dwumfour will deliver the valedictory address.

“Being named valedictorian is a tremendous honor. It means the world to me,” noted Dwumfour, 27. “I always try to do my best, and I feel like it has paid off, and I’ve been greatly rewarded.”

Dwumfour, who lives in Midwood, grew up in Ghana’s capital city, Accra. One of six siblings who all went abroad to study, he credits his parents for their emphasis on education. His father is a businessman who once owned a pharmacy.

The Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service will be given to Anthony J. Cutie ’66, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics and the director of the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy. In four decades of teaching, Dr. Cutie has trained over 10,000 pharmacists and is remembered by most of his students for bringing humor into the classroom without detracting from his heartfelt emphasis on students passing their board examinations and faithfully practicing the profession he cherishes. He is one of the most respected authorities on pharmaceutical aerosol technology, holding numerous patents in the field.

Dr. Cutie is the only faculty member at Long Island University to receive all three of the University’s most prestigious awards: the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991), the Founder’s Award for creativity (1991 and 2009) and the Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement (1992). He earned a B.S. in pharmacy from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1966 and later received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Rutgers College of Pharmacy in 1969 and 1974, respectively.

Two individuals will be recognized with the Daniel Stateman Distinguished Alumni Award. Harvey Tanenbaum ’65 is an executive vice president at H.D. Smith, the nation’s fourth-largest independent pharmaceutical wholesaler. He has worked over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, starting as a retail pharmacist and later as a pharmaceutical executive. Throughout his career, Mr. Tannenbaum, who was born and raised in the South Bronx by parents who emigrated from Poland, has spearheaded efforts to provide exceptional customer service and practical solutions for community pharmacists. Today, Mr. Tanenbaum of West Orange, N.J., serves as a member of the College’s Council of Overseers and has funded an endowed scholarship at his alma mater.

Robert Edward Osterberg ’65, Ph.D., a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and a senior consultant with Aclairo PDG, also will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. Before retiring from the Food and Drug Administration in 2006, Dr. Osterberg had held key positions at the FDA for 34 years. An expert in preclinical regulatory drug development, Dr. Osterberg has played a vital role in expanding the pharmaceutical industry’s understanding of FDA guidelines for drug evaluation and research, as well as pharmacology and toxicology policies. He has extensive experience with anti-infective, ophthalmological, topical dermal and systemic pharmaceuticals. Dr. Osterberg, who resides in Chevy Chase, Md., is a registered pharmacist in Maryland and New York.

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Established in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Long Island University in 1929. In 1976, the College became a fully integrated unit of the University and was renamed the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the oldest and largest schools of its kind in the country, the College is located on the Brooklyn Campus and boasts an illustrious roster of alumni, including pharmacy professionals who are at the top echelons of their fields, and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The College educates nearly one quarter of the pharmacists in New York State and many who find careers elsewhere.

Posted 05/12/2011

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