Donors Recognize Those Who Exceed Expectations

From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Elda Roscoe-Gustafson, Tobi Knepler-Foss, Frank Roscoe and Cori Sakoda at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.
From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Elda Roscoe-Gustafson, Tobi Knepler-Foss, Frank Roscoe and Cori Sakoda at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.

Above and beyond. The phrase is reserved for those individuals who surpass expectations and who are focused on the success of others. Each of the School’s donors can be characterized by their generosity and their readiness to support students who strive to go beyond the status quo.

The Emmons E. Roscoe Scholarship recognizes exemplary academic achievement and is awarded to the second-year pharmacy student holding the highest GPA in the first four semesters of the professional program. The Roscoe family has a long history with the School. The School’s founding Dean, Ivan W. Rowland, PhD, urged Emmons E. Roscoe, RPh, MS to leave Idaho State University to join him in establishing a school of pharmacy at University of the Pacific. Emmons Roscoe became the School’s first professor and served as an advisor to Dean Rowland, who valued the advice of the former dean.

Charles W. Roscoe, PhD followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Pacific faculty member. He taught medicinal chemistry and was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Order of Pacific, upon his retirement. Charles Roscoe was also instrumental in raising funds for the pharmacy building, which allowed the School to move out of the cramped quarters of Weber Hall to their current location on North Campus. The interests of Charles Roscoe’s brother, Frank, led him to pursue mechanical engineering rather than pharmacy, yet he explains that he has been treated as an honorary alumni. He shares, “The Dean and others had just been so open-armed to me that I decided to go back and have [a scholarship] made in my brother’s name.”

From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Farjana Akther and Donald Shirachi, PhD at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.
From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Farjana Akther and Donald Shirachi, PhD at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.

The Charles W. Roscoe Memorial Endowed Graduate Student Fund was designed to be a travel stipend which helps students travel to professional conferences to present their research. The scholarship’s focus on research is a fitting tribute to his brother who is remembered by many for his brilliant mind. Frank Roscoe shares, “His knowledge was just amazing. He’d give you the formula for any drug.” He is always excited to hear about the research that students are conducting. “I think those that are able to go present their papers, it gets their name out there,” said Frank Roscoe. He believes that this opportunity to present their research to a larger audience can act as a catalyst, allowing them to expand their horizons.

Frank Roscoe has spoken with a number of his father’s former students. They share about his willingness to offer his students support and words of encouragement. He has seen the legacy of his father and brother carried out in the Pacific faculty and staff. Emeritus professor Donald Shirachi ’60, PhD in particular made an impression on him. Frank Roscoe explains that when he attends events hosted by the School he is often one of the last to leave. He shares, “Every time [Dr.] Shirachi was sitting there talking to a student. I thought, ‘That’s the sort of thing my dad would be doing.’”

From left to right: Man Ting Chou, Karen Gould, Michaela Vachuska, Lucille Gould and Milana Vachuska at the reception.
From left to right: Man Ting Chou, Karen Gould, Michaela Vachuska, Lucille Gould and Milana Vachuska at the reception.

Another individual who exemplified the Pacific spirit was Jay Patrick Gould ’76. He grew up in a pharmacy and was slated to take over his family’s pharmacy in Palo Alto, California, upon his father’s retirement. His life was tragically cut short by a car accident in 1978. His parents, Carl and Lucille Gould, established a scholarship in his memory in 1979. “He was our hope, our future,” said Lucille Gould. She adds, “[This scholarship] keeps Jay alive, we never forget him, not one day.” She believes that a scholarship supporting Pacific’s pharmacy students is what her son would have wanted. She describes her son as someone who was “always thinking about others. […] He was a giving person.”

Lucille Gould’s advice for future pharmacists is to “make wonderful, beautiful memories. When you are old you can look back and have great joy. Try to be the best you can with what you have.” Frank Roscoe is a firm believer in life-long learning. His advice is to “pay attention, keep an open mind.”

Watch a video of students demonstrating the impact of their benefactor’s support hereClick here to read the full article about these recipients.

For information on how you can start a named scholarship or add to an existing scholarship through an annual gift, estate gift or asset transfer, please contact either Nancy DeGuire at 209.946.2752 or; or Susan Webster at 209.946.3116 or All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we’re reminded of all we have accomplished over the years. In the past year –– our faculty, students and alumni were once again recognized for their excellence with scholarships, grants and so much more. See for yourself, just click below…

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Student Spotlight: Anna Barrett ’16

Anna Barrett ‘16, student physical therapist, received the Team Osan Spouses’ Club Continuing Education Scholarship. The $2,250 scholarship recognizes military personnel or their dependents for their leadership, honors and community service. Barrett met her husband, Matthew, while studying exercise biology at University of California in Davis. “He loves to remind me of the fact that I introduced myself to him first,” she said. Matthew is an officer in the U.S. Air Force and is an A-10 pilot.Anna Barrett_resized

“I feel extremely honored to receive this scholarship amongst the many deserving students who have family members stationed in South Korea.  I truly appreciate the commitment of Team Osan Spouses’ Club to the academic and professional advancement of military spouses,” said Barrett.

The scholarship will support Barrett as she pursues a doctor of physical therapist degree at Pacific. She said she chose Pacific for its powerful alumni network and resources in the community. Among her professional career goals, Barrett hopes to bring individualized and empathetic care to veterans especially those who require prosthetics. “I want to be part of something bigger than myself and am I am so excited to have the opportunity to restore movement to those with limitations.”

Barrett will spend the first two years of her marriage apart from her husband. “It has been hard but I am so blessed to have a husband who supports my professional goals.” When asked about her thoughts on being a military spouse Barrett said, “What I love most about being a military spouse is the support, kindness, and camaraderie of the military community.

Barrett grew up in Chico with her parents and older sister. When she was 18, she spent a summer in Dubai teaching English. During her childhood, she was a two-time artistic roller skating national champion and still enjoys roller-skating in her spare time. She also credits her parents, both of whom are teachers, for encouraging her love of learning and helping her to become the person she is today.



Student Spotlight: Alanna Sing ’16

Alanna Sing_resizedAlanna Sing ’16 isn’t your typical student pharmacist. Her love for animals, specifically horses, inspired her to pursue a nontraditional career path of becoming a veterinary pharmacist. This career path will allow Sing to provide services to customers by treating their animals, the patients. Sing has been riding horses since she was five. She joined the rodeo team when she studied at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo where she also earned her bachelor’s in animal science. Her interest in pharmacy peaked after spending three months volunteering at a local community pharmacy. Sing was moved by how well the owner knew all his patients’ names and his dedication to fostering relationships with them.

Sing, a member of the doctor of pharmacy class of 2016, already has a jumpstart on her career. Recently she completed courses required for a certificate in the AmerisourceBergen Good Neighbor Pharmacy Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice Program. This past October, the Visalia native received the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation Presidential Scholarship in recognition for her leadership qualities, accomplishments and interest in independent pharmacy, as well as her involvement in extracurricular activities.

“It’s an honor to receive the scholarship because there are so many qualified candidates,” she said.

Though only a few hours from home, Sing couldn’t resist bringing two horses to Stockton. “I ride every day,” she said, adding that she trains her own horses and competes at least twice a month. Her dedication to the sport gives her opportunities to improve her veterinary skills. She explained that medications made for humans have been adapted to treat animals, but there are challenges in administering the medication.

“I’ve found creative ways to treat my horses when they are sick,” Sing said. “Recently I dissolved the medication in their grain, but they were able to tell the difference.”

Sing understands that her dream of owning a veterinary pharmacy could be expensive and challenging but the entrepreneurial pharmacy courses make it seem possible.

“I’m also learning so much from the guest speakers, who are great pharmacists and business people,” she said. “I think it’s a crazy dream but the program is teaching me how to be creative about how I approach it.”


Student Spotlight: Yvette Young ’14, ’15

Yvette Young_resizedYvette Young ’14, ’15 is a graduate student in the speech-language pathology (SLP) program at University of the Pacific. She is the recipient of the Virginia Puich Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes students who have illustrated clinical and academic excellence who are entering Pacific’s Graduate Program in speech-language pathology.

Young grew up in Manteca, Calif. and only moved to Stockton a year ago. The support of the faculty and staff aspired her to choose Pacific. Speech-language pathologists inspires to help improve and impact the lives of others. “I was inspired to study Speech-language pathology because of the opportunities speech-language pathologists have to positively impact the lives of others by helping them communicate.” Young shares the same ambitions as her fellow aspiring speech-language pathologists. The Virginia Puich Endowed Scholarship has provided Young the opportunity to focus more on her studies and better prepare herself for the career that will follow the 15 month speech-language pathology program.

A compassionate, hardworking problem-solver, Young shares that receiving the Virginia Puich Endowed Scholarship “is such a great honor” and it means the world to her because it shows her that the faculty and staff believe in her and her full potential. With the full support of her faculty and School she is ready to apply her knowledge.

Young feels very motivated and ready to fulfill her purpose in life after she completes the graduate program. She encourages future speech-language pathology students to immerse themselves in the field. “It is important to fully dedicate yourself to your studies because what we learn in the classrooms and in the clinics will impact our clients and the community.”



Student Spotlight: Emily Holmstedt ’14, ’15

Emily Holmstedt_resizedEmily Holmstedt ’14, ’15 was the recipient of the Florence Scott van Gilder “Tolley” Endowed Award. She received this scholarship because of her academic and clinical excellence. This award will support her future plans to continue onto graduate school in the speech-language pathology field.

Holmstedt grew up in a small city in the East Bay called Alamo. Her mother was an alumna of Pacific so there is no question as to why she chose Pacific. Pacific offered Holmstedt exactly what she was looking for in a university: small class sizes, good relationships between professors and students, and a school close to home. Holmstedt’s interest in speech therapy began in her senior year of high school which prompted her to look into Pacific’s speech-language pathology program.

The love and passion for helping and working with others has always been a part of who she is. She has worked with the preschool Sunday school program at her church where she gained experience with working with many families. In high school she started to find her niche working with special needs students. She found herself coaching Special Olympics and became a teacher assistant for a special day class. Through these experiences she grew a love for helping students “find their individual ways to communicate and realized communication was such a multifaceted ability.”

Holmstedt shares her gratefulness and appreciation for the scholarship. “After receiving the award, I continue to challenge myself even more to study and acquire the best knowledge and experience possible as a future SLP because people who don’t know me are willing to invest in my higher education. I want to show them that their money is appreciated by doing the best that I can with the opportunities presented to me. It is motivating to have scholarships for students because it pushes them to be the best they can be and helps the student confirm that he or she is doing something right.

She has already put her undergraduate knowledge to good use when she helped create a community group called the Pacific Clinic called Pacific Aphasia Conversation Team (PACT). “PACT creates an opportunity for adults who have experienced communication difficulties resulting from a stroke to socialize with people who have gone through similar tragedies. It is a unique and wonderful experience for these adults to not feel like the one outcast in a peer group, but to be able to empathize and truly understand each other’s struggles. As a group facilitator, I have been able to witness the good that this type of social outlet brings to an individual.”

“I would love to start a group for TBI (traumatic brain injury) clients to meet and socialize with people who have gone through similar situations. I would also like to possibly lead a Bible Study to find a group of similar background and to be able to socially connect. I strongly value collective communication and have seen the positive impact made in the lives of those who are able to find a group of their similar abilities and to socially connect. I would like to develop more of these social outlets for people with communication disabilities.”

For Holmstedt education is more than just about passing a course. All that she has learned from her professors and peers prepares her for a career after graduation. “As I got into more challenging SLP courses, I always reminded myself that I needed to know all the material not just for a moment so that I could receive a passing grade and my professor and parents would be happy, but I needed to know the material because knowing that material could make an impact on someone’s life in the future.”



School Receives Cardinal Health Scholarship

On July 7, 2014 Cardinal Health announced a $2 million scholarship to be awarded collectively to the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and eight other pharmacy schools across the country. Yearly scholarships in upwards of $8,000 will be given to students who participate in the Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice Program. This program at the School is invaluable to students that are interested in pursuing careers in entrepreneurial pharmacy and with a newly established scholarship to assist deserving students, it’s more attainable.

“We know community pharmacists play a critical role in improving the cost-effectiveness of healthcare, and in helping patients better manage their overall health,” said Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical segment. “We’re proud to support tomorrow’s community pharmacy leaders through this scholarship program, and we’re inspired by the impact we know they’ll have on their patients and communities, when they become pharmacy owners.”

EntPharmdCertThe Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was selected for the the Cardinal Health Scholarship because of its successful promotion of independent pharmacy practice through its certification program. The program was established in 2011 after a grant from AmerisourceBergen/Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “This program is unique in the sense that it is part of the curriculum, it is a certification program. The great thing is while it gives students business experiences and background to manage a pharmacy or open their own; it doesn’t extend their time to graduation. That is important from the student perspective,” says Professor David Collum, Chair of the Program. Students learn how to develop their entrepreneurial skills through courses and work experience. They must take the Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice course (two units) and an elective (two units). Students learn the skills of the trade through an assigned E-mentor and Off-campus experience in an independent pharmacy.

“When I discovered the PharmD/MBA dual major program at University of the Pacific, I jumped at this exciting new opportunity with dreams of owning an independent pharmacy with a niche that revolves around my patients and their specific needs. Casting back on my graduate business courses, learning from lectures was not rewarding to me,” said Sophie Hoang ’16.

Due to student loans graduates typically have to wait two to three years before they can consider independent pharmacy ownership. Professor Collum hopes the Cardinal Health Scholarship will cut that time in half. Entrepreneurial Program Alumni benefit not only from the certification but also from the networking opportunities with independent pharmacy owners. Faculty also help by putting program alumni in contact with owners who desire to retire and sell their business to a recent Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences graduate. While the program hasn’t been in place long enough to see the long term impact, this scholarship is evidence that the industry is noticing the School and the entrepreneurial program all the while continuing to root our alumni in the leadership that Pacific is known for.

To learn more about how the AmerisourceBergen/Good Neighbor Pharmacy Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice Program impacts students click here.

Derek Isetti ’08 Receives A $10,000 Scholarship at National Meeting of Communication Professionals

Derek Isetti ‘08 received a $10,000 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship during the recent 2013 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), held November 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois.

The New Century Scholars Research Doctoral Scholarship supports doctoral students committed to working in a higher education academic community in the field of communication sciences and disorders in the United States. This program is made possible through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s (ASHFoundation) Dreams and Possibilities Campaign.

Isetti is currently a doctoral student studying speech and hearing science at University of Washington in Seattle. He received his master of science in speech-language pathology from Pacific in 2008 and his bachelor of arts in drama from University of California, Irvine. After receiving his bacherlor’s Isetti worked as a Broadway performer for 10 years. “There is currently a television show on NBC entitled “Smash” which chronicles the making of a new Broadway musical. I mention this because for most of my life, this was no television drama; this was my world.”

On Broadway, Isetti was an understudy for John Stamos in the musical “Cabaret”. He was fortunate to be able to perform the leading role of the Emcee over a series of performances. During this period in his career, Isetti knew very little about the field of speech language pathology

When Isetti decided to pursue his education in speech pathology, his initial goal was to work with the performing community and other professional voice users. During his time at Pacific Isetti realized that “great professors are often performers in their own right” which motivated him to pursue the doctor of philosophy with the potential to make a huge impact on the community and profession.

Isetti is passionate about working with patients who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia (SD). “I am especially interested in how the knowledge of diagnosis and information about a disease might alter these listener impressions to facilitate smoother interactions with communication partners.” The scholarship will help further his research on SD and support his dissertation research on workplace barriers faced by individuals with voice disorders, and how severity of symptoms may differently affect hiring outcomes.

“Thank you so much. I am grateful, but just as important, I am proud to represent an organization whose mission has always been to serve others,” said Isetti.

The ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. The ASHFoundation is affiliated with ASHA and is part of the Association’s annual convention?the most comprehensive development conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
ASHFoundation’s mission is to advance knowledge about the causes and treatment of hearing, speech, and language problems. The ASHFoundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to support research, graduate education, and special projects that foster discovery and innovation in the field of communication sciences.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Thank You for Helping Our Students Become the Next Generation of Physical Therapists

Scholarship at the School and in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program makes impact on our students and their success. Thank you to alumni and friends for their generous support.

Big Shoes to Fill: The Decades of Giving Program

Decades of Giving 2014Second year students of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, Nicole Molina ’14 and Devon Flannigan ’14 are excited about the 2014 American Physical Therapists Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Las Vegas. This national conference held in February hosts more than 10,000 physical therapy (PT) professionals and provides a vast wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities for Molina and Flannigan’s tight knit class of 34 students.

As representatives of the Decades of Giving Program, both young professionals must rally up support to send their class to Las Vegas for an opportunity of a lifetime. The DPT class of 2014 has participated in fundraisers to raise enough funds to go to Las Vegas, but they need alumni support to make it all the way. Molina puts it this way, “Without alumni, we wouldn’t be able to attend the meeting. Being full-time students, many of us do not have jobs that can serve as a source of income.” The estimated fee is $400 per student for travel and lodging and the students will have to pay for additional amenities.

The Decades of Giving program involves past Pacific Alumni supporting and contributing to the goals and dreams of current Pacific students in the Department of Physical Therapy. Alumni support is crucial to students’ advancement. Not only do alumni provide information and knowledge of the real world, but also opportunities for Pacific students to network and develop professionally. Flannigan states, “Alumni support is important because they are the few who can imagine what it’s like to be in our program, and literally be where we are right now. Even having that connection is special. Knowing that they support us in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity means a lot emotionally and financially.”

So what does attending the Combined Sections Meeting really mean for the students? Flannigan responds, “It’s going to be our first chance to be a professional other than being in the clinic. It adds another aspect to the profession for us and serves as another resource to gain skills that we can apply in the clinic.”

While at CSM, the students will be able to listen to lectures, and have access to tools and tricks of the trade. It also demonstrates the reality of working in different industries of physical therapy. For the class of 34 students, attending CSM offers another way to get help in the areas they struggle in. It is expected to be a flurry of activity and knowledge so grand it may overwhelm, but Molina and Flannigan have a plan; both have decided to keep an open mind and try to see and do as much as possible during their short stay. Molina laughs, “I think you just have to jump in head first. You’ll find your feet.”

As representatives of the Decades of Giving program, Flannigan and Molina want to thank Pacific alumni for helping them take that step towards professionalism. The CSM will provide them with research and innovative ideas outside of the classroom. Molina adds, “To have alumni who are in the field and say ‘hey, we’d really like to support you, your dreams, and what you’re doing and trying to achieve,’ that’s really important. We want to say thank you to all the people who support us.”

Molina’s interest in physical therapy bloomed in high school after shadowing a physical therapist over the summer. “I thought it was the coolest thing. That’s exactly what I wanted to do.” She followed her passion at Notre Dame de Namur University of Belmont and obtained a bachelor of science in kinesiology. Flannigan also launched her journey in high school where, as an athlete, she was introduced to an athletic training course. She continued her education at Chico State University where she graduated with a degree in exercise physiology. As a junior undergraduate student she worked as an aid at a physical therapy clinic. “I loved it. Working with the clients and getting to know them…and then it just stuck!” Both Flannigan and Molina entered Pacific’s Department of Physical Therapy in the fall of 2012.

When asked, why Pacific Molina and Flannigan concurred that it was both the fast paced accelerated program as well as the close knit structure of students and faculty that drew them in. Flannigan explains further, “You would go through your educational experience with others, not just by yourself. We have 34 in our class, and we go to all of our classes together.”

It wasn’t all fun and games for them; Molina is the first in her family to go to college. “It’s a big jump because nobody’s been there before.” Flannigan explains further, “For both Nicole and I, it’s [physical therapy] something we had in mind before we even started college. It was always there to motivate us and we didn’t really have the option to slack off.” More specifically, Pacific’s stringent physical therapy courses have kept them extremely focused on a successful career. As Molina describes it, “Pacific is a school where they tell you something once and you have to know it and be on your toes. A rigorous course translates well into being great clinicians.” But Pacific’s faculty haven’t left them to flounder. “The faculty meets our needs. Because our class is so small, they always have time for us.” This enormous focus is leading them toward bright futures. Although Molina and Flannigan have yet to decide on their career paths but they are open-minded and ready for anything. Molina is currently interested in the pediatric field while Flannigan’s interests lie in traveling to third world countries as a licensed physical therapist.

When asked what advice they would give to students in their shoes 10 years from now, Flannigan and Molina agreed that it will be interesting to see what happens during that time. “The PT field has grown so much in terms of what we can do for patients and in healthcare in general. So over 10 years, seeing those students and seeing what they’re learning, it’ll be amazing. In terms of advice? I’d say to ask a lot of questions and question everything because it’s a great way to learn. Because absorbing what they’re giving you is only one part of it. You only get so far with that.” Flannigan continues, “Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on things. Every PT out there is different. There’s a lot to consider but just because your plan is different from what others would do doesn’t mean you’re wrong. Take pride in that, and in formulating unique treatment plans.”

In the future, Flannigan and Molina hope to return the favor by supporting students. “I hope so! I plan to. Especially because we are representatives, and we know how we’ve reached out to them. We want their support, and so I would love to return the favor. Once we graduate we will forever be tied to the School,” said Flannigan.

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