Q&A with Dr. William Kehoe

Q and A feature logoQ. If you hadn’t become a professor what else might you have done?

A. In an alternate life, I’d like to have been a neuropsychologist.  I also love to cook and at one point my wife asked if I’d like to ditch pharmacy and go to culinary school.  Who knows, maybe I could have been another Emeril Lagasse.

Q. What do you believe is your greatest achievement in your life thus far?William Kehoe

A. My greatest achievement? It’s having gotten married at 20 years old, making it through years of college while married, and having just celebrated my 40th anniversary.  That allowed me to have three great kids and two grand kids. They all love me and it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Q. What is your greatest memory at Pacific?

A. In 2012 during the fall semester, I found out I had kidney cancer. One day a class rep stopped me in the hall and handed me a card and told me that I should wait and read it at home.  Good thing I did.  So many students had signed it with prayers and well wishes that no room was left. The class of 2014 will forever be in my memory, and the card is always in my Bible so that I can read it again when I need encouragement.

Q. What are the pros and cons of working in your field?

A. On the upside you get a chance to really make a difference in people’s lives.  On the downside I’d hoped pharmacy would have moved forward more as a clinical profession.

Q. What song best describes your work ethic?

A. I have a tendency toward workaholism.  One of my favorite songs is Working Man by the band Rush. I try very hard to balance my life and make sure the non-pharmacy things on my bucket list get addressed.  I’m trimming things back to make sure I have fun along the way.


Q&A with Dr. Jim Mansoor

Q and A feature logoQ. Who is your hero/role model and why?

A. Leonardo DaVinci.  He was a great artist, great thinker and way ahead of his time. If only…

Q.  Why have you chosen Pacific?

A. I chose to work at Pacific because it allowed me to have close contact with students in a rich teaching environment but also to keep myself involved in the research world.  I love teaching and I enjoy the research group I work with.

MansoorQ. What is the best way to get ahead in life?

A. To get ahead in life?  Just enjoy it.

Q. What motivates you?

A. I am motivated by learning new things.  You never stop learning.

Q. If you hadn’t become a professor what else might you have done?

A. I would have become a ski guide in Europe.


Michael Conner ’12 Received 2014 CPhA Distinguished New Practitioner of the Year

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Michael Conner ’12

It’s not everyday that a star is born, and yet Michael Conner ’12 has managed to burn brighter than ever. The new recipient of the 2014 California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Distinguished New Practitioner of the Year award, Conner has gone above and beyond expectations to achieve this great honor, though it hasn’t been an easy road. Conner entered Pacific as a freshman in the pre-pharmacy program in 2005. Before receiving his doctor of pharmacy degree from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2012, Conner focused on international studies in South Korea at Yonsei University of Seoul. While there, he also managed to find the time to teach English and Christian studies.

The process of becoming the award winner is a long and rigorous one; Conner was first nominated by Emeriti faculty, Ralph Saroyan ’64, the 2010 CPhA, Pharmacist of the Year and 2014 Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award recipient. He then had to exemplify leadership in professional, political, and community affairs, all the while being a licensed member of CPhA. As Conner puts it, “the award recipient must first ‘fail forward’ and grow. Next, you need the right support; I owe Pacific a lot for supporting my development throughout the years. They have really created an atmosphere that fosters leadership development.” As the Distinguished New Practitioner, Conner will be attending the West Coast Pharmacy Exchange as a pod leader for CPhA’s Leadership Development Institute. He will be facilitating three programs: CPhA’s Leadership Development Institute Project, an ASP program called “Four Critical Conversations for Effective Leadership” that focuses on communication, and “Prescribing Exercise: The Science Behind Exercise.”

At the Leadership Development Institute (LDI), Conner has learned important life lessons. He explains further, “LDI takes you off auto-pilot and raises your consciousness. I’m much more productive and effective now, and I’m having more fun because I know I’m spending my time on what I choose to do, aligning with my core values…I’ve applied so many tools and lessons from LDI in both my personal and professional life. It forces you to take ownership of your life, then it gives you tools that help enhance your ability to influence others.”

Conner has established his leadership abilities in his career as Target’s Executive Team Leader and Pharmacist. Thanks to Pacific, Conner has become a better leader for his team and for his patients at Target. Pacific has aided Conner in innumerable ways including providing plenty of opportunities for professional growth. Conner clarifies, “My choice to join Phi Delta Chi was probably one of my best. I continue to take advantage of my connections with the chapter and love supporting them as an alumnus.” Not only that, but Conner has Pacific to thank for bringing him and his new fiancé together; when I asked about his greatest achievement thus far, Conner replied, “This question is easy for me now. Everything else pales in comparison to the day I chose to follow my heart entirely and propose to my now fiancé, Jennifer Rodriguez ’13.” With his future in sight, Conner has planned to graduate with his Global MBA from Fresno Pacific University. He also hopes to further his involvement with CPhA and LDI, as well as start a fitness trend among pharmacists that encourages them to “walk the walk.” Conner is also training for his first Olympic Triathlon.

Though Conner has achieved many honors, he remains as humble as ever. In regards to winning the CPhA award Conner said, “I have never felt so honored, and I am motivated and energized to do even more.  It’s as if I’m in this life-long journey, and along the way, people I love are encouraging me, running along side me, and helping me along the path.  I really see this as “our” award because of how well my nominators and mentors have contributed to my development.” He also wanted to take the time to thank Shane Herbert, the healthcare business partner at Target, Divya Talajia, who has helped re-energize the local pharmacy association, Grant Lackey and his wife Jennifer West, who he worked with at the California Health Science University, Mike Negrete, who opened his mind to new ways of thinking, Gary Keil and Nancy Alvarez, facilitators for CPhA’s LDI, and lastly, Professor Saroyan, who has become not only a friend and brother, but a father as well.

As a newly distinguished pharmacist and leader, Conner’s advice to prospective students is this: “Time is of the absolute essence; live the life you want now.  Don’t wait until you graduate…or retire. Get involved and grow; it will help you discover what you are truly passionate about and provide you with mentors who will change your life.”

Learn How the Pacific Family Health Fair Benefits Both Adults and Children

The Pacific Family Health Fair is hosted by a student organization at Pacific known as the Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VNCARES). This year marks the seventh year that the health fair has been offered to Stockton community members. Health fair attendees can take advantage of free health screenings such as blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, dental screening, hearing screening and more.

Pacific Made Top 8 Finalists in P&T Competition

Congratulations to our Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Student Pharmacist who was named as one of the top 8 finalist teams and presented their research at the AMCP National Competition held in Tampa, FL in April. Jason Kurian ’15, Alexander Luong ’15, Amy Pham ’15 and Joanna Quach ’15 represented Pacific in the competition.

Pacific team with Dr. Allen Shek, faculty advisor.
Pacific team with Dr. Allen Shek, faculty advisor.

Faculty, Students and Alumni Honored at 2014 APhA Meeting

Shawlien Lie ‘14  received a Certificate of Recognition for serving on the 2013-2014 APhA-ASP National Communications Standing Committee

Linda Kalamkeryan ’15 has been selected to serve on the 2014-2015 APhA-ASP National Communications Standing Committee

Dean Phillip Oppenheimer, PharmD was named as Dean of the Year by APhA

Michael Pavlovich ‘89, PharmD was appointed as Fellow of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science

Ralph Saroyan ’64, BS Pharm received the Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award

Alicia Yeh ‘15 received the APhA-ASP Student Leadership Award

2012-2013 ASP Pacific Chapter received the APhA-ASP Division A Chapter Achievement Award

Operation Heart and Operation Diabetes was also recognized for winning the Region 8 Awards for Patient Care Initiative


Ralph L. Saroyan ’64 Receives 2014 APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award

ralph saroyanThe American Pharmacists Association (APhA) named Ralph L. Saroyan ’64, Pharm BS, of Stockton, CA, as the 2014 recipient of the APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award. Saroyan was selected in recognition of his exceptional leadership and mentorship throughout his fifty-year career.

“Although this award recognizes me for leadership & mentoring, I feel that I am the one who has been truly blessed by all those students and brothers who have touched my life,” said Saroyan. I thank APhA for this humbling recognition.I thank the Brothers of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity for nominating me. And most importantly, I thank all the pharmacy students and pharmacist who have enriched my life & my career,” he added.

The award, named for the noted pharmacy leader and former APhA staff member Gloria Niemeyer Francke, was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor. Saroyan will be officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28-31, 2014. The APhA awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.

Saroyan retired from the University of the Pacific in 2002, where he most recently served as Assistant to the Dean and Director of Pacific’s Pre-Health programs. During his faculty years, Ralph taught, advised and mentored more than 3,000 Pacific students.  A dedicated servant leader, he served as Grand President of the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity for eight years and was the inaugural Chairman of the Board for its Foundation. Saroyan’s service has been recognized by his receiving of the Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award and the California Pharmacist of the Year Award and through his induction into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame. He received his Pharm BS from Pacific.

A colleague commented, “Ralph is a sterling example of what it means to be a pharmacist leader and mentor. With his enthusiasm for the profession and focus on developing the next generation of leaders, Ralph has fostered the professional and leadership development of student pharmacists and practitioners nationwide.”  His work at Pacific, with Phi Delta Chi, and with the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute “has made a positive impact on the lives of so many people.”

Another colleague mentioned, “I have benefited immeasurably by having Ralph as a role model. He didn’t just talk about students being the future of pharmacy; he modeled it in positive ways. He sustained their pipe-dreams and enthusiasms, which allowed future professionals and leaders to test themselves. Even if the pipe-dreams didn’t work, Ralph used them as learning opportunities. His success is measured by the hundreds of students who are now innovative practitioners and will become pharmacy’s leaders of tomorrow.”

To view a clip of his award acceptance, click here.

About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. www.pharmacist.com.

Re-printed with permission from The American Pharmacists Association.