Above, College at Florham Provost Peter Woolley, University Provost Christopher Capuano, Susan Adams, FDU Interim President Sheldon Drucker, FDU alumnus and former NJ governor Richard Codey, NJ Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27), Interim Dean Michael Avaltroni (FDU's School of Pharmacy), FDU Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick Zenner, and Dean Geoffrey Weinman (FDU's Becton College) cut the ribbon at FDU's School of Pharmacy's new facilities.
By Kenna Caprio
On a clear and crisp evening in mid-September, members of the Fairleigh Dickinson University community gather together to make it official. Distinguished faculty, staff and guests take their positions near the red ribbon and pose for photographs before taking the giant scissors in hand and making the cut.
The applause is enthusiastic and full of promise. After four years of proposals, plans, applications, renovations, interviews and orientations, the FDU School of Pharmacy has formally opened its doors.
“Michael Adams often said you can impact that which you can touch. This School of Pharmacy and the graduates of this school will extend FDU’s reach, enhance our influence and further distinguish our great university,” says Interim President Sheldon Drucker. “It’s a great day for FDU.”
Honored guests at the dedication include Susan Adams, wife of the late President Adams; Richard Codey, former New Jersey governor and FDU alumnus; Patrick Zenner, FDU Board of Trustees Chairman; and Mila Jasey, N.J. Assemblywoman (D-27).
Former New Jersey governor and FDU alumnus Richard Codey called pharmacy “an honorable profession,” telling the students in attendance, “you make us all proud for being part of the first class.”
Eighty-one students from four countries — the United States, Russia, India and Nigeria — comprise the global inaugural class. Approximately 600 students applied to the program.
“What does the future of pharmacy look like?” asks pharmacy Interim Dean Michael Avaltroni. “It’s pioneering, groundbreaking education and working with nurses, psychologists and doctors. It’s the 2016 graduating class.”
Students circulate at the event in their white coats, looking every inch the “future of pharmacy.” Members of the FDU community receive tours of the brand-new facility as they mingle with faculty and staff. At the new school, located just off the College at Florham campus at 230 Park Avenue in Florham Park, N.J., strong emphasis is put onto integrating the latest technologies into the classroom.
“I remember when the pharmacy school was only in Dr. Avaltroni’s office, and now we’re here in this facility,” says Adriana Barroqueiro, a member of the initial cohort. “We are here to revolutionize the role of pharmacist.”
FDU’s School of Pharmacy — New Jersey’s first pharmacy school associated with a private university and only the second pharmacy school in the state — offers a doctor of pharmacy degree and several master’s degree options. The school’s curriculum incorporates innovative technology and a global perspective, preparing students to address individual patient care needs and work in health-care product and service industries, public and private health-care organizations, academic institutions and state and federal regulatory agencies.
Patrick Zenner, Chairman of FDU's Board of Trustees, put this newest step forward for the University in context with its other academic achievements.
Please also see the video for the ribbon-cutting event.
Richard Codey, former New Jersey governor and FDU alumnus, and Mila Jasey, NJ Assemblywoman (D-27), presented a resolution on behalf of the state legislature, on creation of FDU's School of Pharmacy, at the ribbon-cutting event for the School, September 2012.
FDU Interim President Sheldon Drucker thanked those involved in the four-year process that culminated in the School of Pharmacy's first entering class.
Michael Avaltroni is Interim Dean of the School.