Life Experiences Shape Future

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When Erlynn Frankson was a teen, her grandfather moved in with her family so her mother could take care of him. “She was a nurse and the most equipped of her five siblings to be his caregiver,” says Frankson.

Frankson experienced palliative and hospice care on a personal level. It’s what she came home to after school every day and shaped who she is today. “I saw suffering and it stuck with me 10-20 years down the road.” Read More

Coming Full Circle

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Having spent the last seven years earning his PharmD through the Distance Degrees & Programs, Lokendra Upadhyay is ecstatic to be able to spend his weekends not studying.  “For me, it’s been a great investment of time and energy,” says Upadhyay.

Twenty-five years ago, Upadhyay had the opportunity to tack one more year onto his BS and obtain his PharmD from CU but declined. “I was ready to get out and start earning money. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier, but then I wouldn’t have all my life experiences,” says Upadhyay. Read More

Mead Family

Pharmacy Family Learns Life Lessons and Skills by Building Houses Together

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Sue and Tim Mead (CU Pharmacy alums ’79 and ’75 respectively), together with their daughters, have built a strong family bond by building houses for others. “In addition to learning how to roof, stucco and cut wood, the experience taught us how to give back, to see that we are part of a bigger world, and to reflect on how much we have,” says Sue Mead. Read More

From Problem Child to Entrepreneur

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It’s hard to believe that recent CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate Adam McHenry was ever a problem child. As an eighth grader, McHenry was a handful. “I didn’t care if I was in class or not. I hung out with the wrong crowd,” says McHenry.

One day, the school called his parents and told them that they had not seen him for a while. “The next month, my parents enrolled me in a Lutheran school. It turned my life around.” Read More

All in the Family

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“Having my daughter and I obtain doctorates at the same time is a seminal moment,” says Maumi Villarreal.  She and her husband, Daniel, are both first generation college graduates and have modeled a college education to their daughters — Sarah and Chelsea.  “Our parents are very proud of us,” says Villarreal.

Villarreal passed on her love of pharmacy to her eldest daughter, when Sarah would help her mom at the local ASHP meetings. Read More

A Miracle for My Ears

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Can you imagine total silence or hearing only muffled conversations?  “You adapt,” says recent CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate Lauren Kirchner.  “But there is an advantage.  Patients think I am really engaging with them because I am concentrating on their lips and hearing what they have to say.”

And in a career that requires patient interaction, being attentive is a plus. Read More