Annual awards highlight pharmacy graduation

TTUHSC School of PharmacyAs part of its graduation weekend for the Class of 2017, the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy conducted its annual graduation awards dinner and ceremony May 19 at the Amarillo Civic Center.

Brandi Dahl received the Bowl of Hygieia, presented annually to the graduating class member who is deemed to best exemplify the qualities most desirable in a pharmacist: leadership, high ethical standards, dedication and promotion of the pharmacy profession. The Bowl of Hygieia signifies pure and potent medicines and is an internationally recognized symbol for the pharmacy profession.

Trisha Lalapet earned the Class of 2017 Banner Bearer award given to the graduate with the highest four-year grade point average. The Banner Bearer carries the School of Pharmacy banner and leads the class during commencement. 

Other Class of 2017 graduates were honored for their achievements in the classroom and in the clinic, including: Jennifer Hardcopf, Hannah Lenamon, Kathryn Okolo and Sarah Prater: (Dean’s Leadership Award); Sydney Kutter (Wolters Kluwer Excellence in Clinical Communications Award); Shelby Anderson (TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Geriatrics Award); Kennedy Hill (TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Communication Award); Brandi Dahl (TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Patient Care Award); Carlo Henson (TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Pediatrics Award); Christina Tran (TEVA USA Outstanding Student Award); Laura Martin (Eli Lilly Achievement Award); Justin Urby (Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award); Kristen Esparza (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Recognition Award); and Nicholas Brandstetter (Recognition of Armed Forces).

The Class of 2017 named Harold Miller, Ph.D., as its Most Influential Professor. Miller is an associate professor for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Abilene campus.

The School of Pharmacy conducted commencement exercises May 20 at the First United Bank Center in Canyon for the 150 students from the Amarillo, Abilene, Dallas/Fort Worth and Lubbock campuses that comprise the Class of 2017. Cynthia Raehl, Pharm. D., one of the school’s founding department chairs who retired earlier this year as the regional dean for the Abilene campus, delivered the commencement address. 


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The School of Pharmacy was established in 1996 and now has campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Abilene. Since its inception, the school has played a significant role in addressing the state's pharmacist shortage. Today, more than 90 percent of its graduates remain in Texas.

The school requires its students to complete more clinical training hours than any other pharmacy program in the country, making its students some of the most sought after graduates.