Gillette Stadium is, at least informally, known as the “Home of Champions.” More than fifteen years after the New England Patriots secured their first of five Super Bowl championships in 2002 (courtesy of Adam Viniateri’s last second field goal), five new MCPHS champions were recognized on a cold and snowy Saturday evening in early December at MCPHS President’s Leadership Night at Gillette.
See what they’ve been missing: four students, one life-changing day.
November 28 was a very special day at The Eye and Vision center and 10 Optical, the on-site optical center at Lincoln Square, both operated by the School of Optometry. Four students identified by Worcester EYES, a collaborative venture between MCPHS and the Worcester public school system received comprehensive eye exams, and glasses as needed.
Cardinals on the News: Dr. Janet Hart on home DNA test kits
This holiday season, many people give and receive direct-to-consumer DNA test kits from 23 and Me, Ancestry.com, and other companies, purporting to give information about ancestry, lineage, racial and ethnic composition, and inherited risk factors for diseases. We sat with Janet Hart, PhD, associate professor of biology and director of MCPHS’s Premedical & Health Studies Program, to explore issues raised by these kits.
MCPHS goes to the dogs—and it’s a good thing.
MCPHS hosted two therapy dogs in the Atrium, where students took a welcome break from finals preparation to make some new four-legged friends. Hosted by the MCPHS chapter of the American Pharmacist Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), “Destress With Dogs” is a recurring event to soothe frazzled nerves at semester’s end, when students and faculty alike are feeling the pressure of exam time.
Addressing Sensitive Patient Issues… With Compassion
Even a brief fire alarm and building evacuation couldn’t prevent MCPHS’s 2017 Schwartz Center Educational Rounds from achieving its goal: to promote compassionate and effective patient care through open and honest discussion among healthcare providers about, and how to overcome, patients’ real-world challenges.
MCPHS arrives on the startup scene with another strong performance at HUBWeek
Picture a business pitch competition for teams of enterprising college students held in Boston and attended by throngs of students from prestigious academic institutions.. Which universities would you expect? If your mind drifts to Brandeis, BC, MIT, and UMass, you have company. How about a health sciences university?
School of Arts and Sciences Hosts Tenth Annual Awards Ceremony
The School of Arts and Sciences recently recognized the outstanding achievements of its students in its tenth Annual Awards Ceremony, held on the Boston campus October 24. Hosted by Dean Delia Anderson, the ceremony and reception that followed were attended by parents, friends, and Arts and Sciences faculty members, who cheered as the award winners stepped up to receive their certificates and cash prizes.
Ready to respond: the MCPHS community faces the opioid epidemic.
MCPHS is taking steps to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are trained to recognize and respond to opioid related medical emergencies wherever they happen. Every week, a new group of students, faculty, and staff gather in White Hall on the Boston campus to learn how to administer naloxone, an opioid antagonist which can reverse the effects of an overdose and potentially save a life.
Alumni and Orioles Prevail in the Bronx
The MCPHS Tri-State alumni chapter enjoyed a mini-reunion on September 17 at Yankee Stadium, where the Baltimore Orioles triumphed over the New York Yankees, breaking a three-game winning streak by the pinstriped locals.
Annual Back to School Jam Reaches the Teens
It’s as sure a sign of fall as the changing colors: it’s the Back to School Jam. This year, the event also reached its milestone thirteenth consecutive year. Hosted by MCPHS, Northeastern University, and Tufts University, the beloved annual event has expanded over the years to include a three-day celebration of health, wellness, and education at three locations: Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and Roxbury Crossing.
2017’s Mentor A Cardinal group takes flight
The Mentor-A-Cardinal program, co-sponsored by Alumni Services and the Center for Professional Career Development (CPCD), offers MCPHS students the opportunity to pair with established alumni in their chosen field.
A walk in the wild (in Washington, D.C.)
MCPHS alumni have a way of finding the connection to health in everything. Four alumni found that connection on a shared walk through the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 30—a walk that wound up in the medicinal plants section of the famed garden.
A Day To Connect, A Day To Reflect
A distinguished segment of the MCPHS community, composed of nearly 180 pharmacy preceptors, gathered on September 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston - Westborough for a day of professional development and recognition of teaching excellence.
Michael Spooner on the groundbreaking DScPAS program at MCPHS
The new Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (DScPAS) program presents exciting opportunities for professional advancement to working physician assistants. To learn more about this new program, we sat down with Michael Spooner, senior director of Online Healthcare Education & Academic Innovation and program director for the Doctor of Health Sciences program.
Cardinals On The News: CPCD on Smart Social Media
As the boundary between the social landscape and the working world blurs, students and young professionals struggle to maintain a smart social media presence. Among the services that the Center for Professional and Career Development offers, advice and counsel about the intelligent and appropriate use of social media has become an increasingly important service available to students and alumni.
Meet Bridget Cloonan, PharmD ‘16, RPh and MCPHS Fellow
Bridget Cloonan PharmD ’16 is a force to be reckoned with. A postdoctorate fellow in Regulatory Affairs through the MCPHS University—Sanofi Genzyme Fellowship program, Cloonan has already seen her work command a global impact. We sat down with Cloonan in Sanofi Genzyme’s Cambridge headquarters to discuss her fellowship experience.
Meet Dr. Jeanine Mount, associate provost for academic and professional affairs.
In July, MCPHS welcomed Dr. Jeanine K. Mount as associate provost for academic and professional affairs and clinical professor of pharmacy. In her new role at MCPHS, she will be responsible for cross-campus student retention, as well as the oversight and evaluation of teaching effectiveness, instructional technology, faculty development, and interprofessional education.
Independent pharmacy owner Leanne Jasset realizes a career-long dream.
Leanne Galante Jasset BSP ’78 recently celebrated a significant milestone: the one-year anniversary of her business, Dedham Pharmacy & Medical Supply. We sat down to talk about her lifelong engagement with the pharmaceutical profession, her passion for her community, and what it takes to launch a business into a crowded landscape.
MCPHS Homecoming at Fenway Park
An MCPHS alumni meet-up and summer night at the ballpark? Yes, please! The irresistible pull of the division-leading Boston Red Sox and historic Fenway Park drew Boston-area MCPHS alumni to the popular ballpark this past June.
Worcester EYES: a clear vision of student success
Recently, MCPHS’s School of Optometry made headlines by announcing a new initiative with Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda. The collaboration, named Worcester EYES, addresses a need: eye exams and eyewear for low-income students. Greg Waldorf, OD, FAAO, associate dean for clinical programs, and Jerry Hastings, RDO, optical manager and adjunct faculty shared the details.
Meet a SURF participant: Isabella Newbury
Isabella Newbury is an MCPHS 4th-year premedical student. As a participant in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, she is working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and focused on biomedical informatics and pharmaceutical software.
Miles and Smiles at Texas-Oklahoma Alumni Meetup
How many miles would you travel to grab lunch at an alumni meetup? Ten? Twenty? How about 100, 150 or more? That’s no problem in Texas. Alumni attending the Texas-Oklahoma Alumni Meetup journeyed over 800 miles altogether to meet in Austin, Texas.
Meet a SURF participant: Stephanie Scalia
Stephanie Scalia BS Pharmacology and Toxicology ‘18 is a proud participant in the MCPHS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, which pairs students with faculty research mentors to work on scholarly projects, culminating in a report and poster session at SURF Research Day. We met with Scalia to learn more about her research experience.
Mike Arsenault: acupuncturist, entrepreneur
New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) alumnus Michael Arsenault ’99 keeps busy with two thriving businesses: an acupuncture practice in Ipswich, MA, and his original line of skin care products, Emily’s Skin Soothers. We spoke with Arsenault about his career, the changing landscape of acupuncture, and the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.
Cardinals On The News: Beth Geralds on Manchester’s Safe Station program
Manchester’s city government recently made headlines for its innovative Safe Station program, an initiative To learn more about how the Safe Station program in Manchester, NH ties into the opioid epidemic, we talked to Beth Geralds, MPAS, PA-C, assistant professor in the School of Physician Assistant Studies in Manchester.
Brant Hub Evokes a Feeling of Community in Manchester
Joseph F. Brant BSP ’51, DSc ’10 (Hon.) returned to Manchester on a sunny and steamy May 18 for the formal dedication of the Brant Hub—a newly renovated, 10,000 square foot facility designed for study, socializing, and simple relaxation—at the center of campus life.
Amy Falk Sets Her Sights on the Future of Optometry at MCPHS
Amy Falk, OD, associate dean of academic programs, wears many hats at MCPHS University. But this year’s commencement exercises brought special recognition for her work in the classroom. This year, Falk was honored with the Trustees’ Award for Teaching Excellence. We sat down with Falk to talk about teaching, learning, and the future of optometry.
Associate Professor Nick Campagna Reflects
Nicholas A. Campagna, Jr., associate professor of pharmaceutical business and administrative sciences at the School of Pharmacy–Boston, is retiring in June 2017 after fourteen years with MCPHS University. We were fortunate enough to have a chat with him about his long and successful career.
Raining Degrees at MCPHS Commencement Ceremony
During the fourth MCPHS University commencement exercises held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA on May 6 it rained and it was cold. But falling temperatures weren’t the degrees that mattered.
Librarianship Meets Big Data
MCPHS associate professor and research data and informatics librarian Sarah McCord, MLIS, MPH ‘16 shares her perspective on a complex and fascinating field.
Public Health Summer Immersion Program Gears Up for a Second Year
As some educators wind down for the summer, MCPHS’s Keri Griffin, PhD, MPH, MPA, MCHES, is moving full steam ahead—preparing for the second annual Public Health Summer Immersion program, a 3-day intensive experience designed to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the exciting field of public health.
Empowering the Next Generation of Women Leaders in STEM
MCPHS’s Next Generation of Women Leaders in STEM program, made possible by a grant from Sanofi Genzyme, conducted a student retreat on Saturday, April 29, focused on building participants’ leadership capacity, resilience, and confidence, while encouraging individual reflection.
Timeless Spirit and Fond Memories at Reunion 2017
It was quite a long, wonderful night celebrating the graduating classes of 1992, 1977, 1967, and beyond. Dozens of silver, ruby, golden and forever golden classmates remained tightly engaged in the type of reminiscing that only reunion can inspire.
Jennie Laurent BSN '10
Jennie Laurent BSN ’10, RN is following her passion, and the trail leads far from the career path that she once envisioned.
Mentor a Cardinal End of Year Celebration
This year, the Mentor A Cardinal program reached a major milestone—the popular mentorship program commemorated its fifth birthday with a celebratory dinner on April 13 held at the Griffin Building on the MCPHS Boston campus.
Caring for Those Who Serve and Protect
During periods of global conflict, our thoughts frequently turn to those who put their lives on the line to protect us. What can we do to ensure that the members of our military and our veterans get the care they so richly deserve? To answer that question, the fifteenth MCPHS Schwartz Center Educational Rounds® convened on March 23 in Reed Hall at MCPHS–Boston campus.
Healthcare Runs in the Family
Yeganeh Ragati Haghi BS ‘19 was destined for healthcare. Read on about how Yeganeh is gaining valuable hands-on experience in the medical field through her volunteering and perseverance.
With the Sox at Fenway for an early spring tilt with the Pirates, and the Celtics matched up against the Cavs at the Garden, traffic approaching the city on the evening of April 5 was worse than usual. But that didn’t deter a near record crowd of donors, student award recipients, faculty, and staff from attending the 13th Annual Scholarship Recognition Reception and Dinner.
The 77th Reed: A Study in Excellence
More than 700 pharmacy professionals, including MCPHS alumni representing 61 different graduating class years, from 1952 to 2016, descended upon the Putnam Club at Gillette for the 77th Annual Reed Conference. The all-star line-up of presenters for the five educational sessions delivered outstanding informational content across a wide range of relevant healthcare topics.
Remembering, Celebrating, and Honoring at Forsyth Alumni Reception
The Forsyth Alumni Reception at the Yankee Dental Congress, held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston’s Seaport District, always draws an enthusiastic crowd of alumni and friends of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. the event served as the perfect opportunity to honor and celebrate Forsyth alumni, and the unprecedented career and amazing life of the inimitable Dr. Wilkins.
Florida Chapter Event Brings Camaraderie and Sunshine
Sunny Florida, the Boston Red Sox, and MLB frontrunner status in February. Could there be any better lead in to the second annual gathering of the MCPHS Florida Alumni Chapter at Jet Blue Park? Yes! Kick off the weekend with a visit from MCPHS University President Charles F. Monahan, BSP ’62, an alumni reception, discussion of a hot healthcare topic, give’m all Florida Chapter t-shirts, a game-day barbecue, and a Sox win. That’s hitting for the cycle.
Continuing Education Receives Six-Year Accreditation Award
After undertaking months of meticulous documentation, self-study evaluation, assessments, critiques, and interviews, the MCPHS Continuing Education department recently received a six-year accreditation, with commendations, from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
A Whole Health Approach to Healthcare
Ria Shah BS/DO ’18 is an MCPHS student on a mission of whole health. That is to say, she is destined for a career in healthcare working at the holistic level, that region where mind, body, and spirit interconnect to maintain health or treat disorder.
The First Generation committee, known as “First Flight” was established in the Spring 2016. A first generation student is one whose parents/guardians did not obtain a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. The committee includes representatives from Student Affairs, the Center for Academic Enrichment (CASE), and the Center for Professional Career Development (CPCD).
A Pharmacist for the People
Nicholas Karneth PharmD ’19 is a “people person” who has long dreamed about how he could also make a significant personal impact in healthcare. He just might pull it off.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito to Speak at MCPHS University Commencement at Gillette Stadium on May 6
MCPHS University announced today that Karyn Polito, the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will address the University’s graduates at its Commencement ceremonies at Gillette Stadium on May 6. Two thousand seventeen marks the fourth straight year the university has held its Commencement at the home of the New England Patriots. During the ceremony, MCPHS will also award the Lt. Governor with an honorary degree.
Mentor a Cardinal Reaches Five
For 5 years now, MCPHS University helps to fill the mentoring void by creating the Mentor a Cardinal program. This program matches career-minded students with volunteer MCPHS alumni mentors who harbor similar healthcare interests and relevant experience.
Remembering Esther M. Wilkins DH ’39, DMD
It is with great sadness that the MCPHS University Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene announces that alumna and great friend of MCPHS University, Esther M. Wilkins DH ’39, DMD, passed away peacefully at the age of 100 years on December 12 at her home in Hudson, New Hampshire.
Fond Memories of Forsyth
We have reached the conclusion of our eight part series on the rich 100-year legacy of Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene! In this final piece, please enjoy some fond and touching memories from our esteemed alumni.
The Personalities of Forsyth
Get to know the personalities that helped to define the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene legacy of excellence. They answered a calling and responded to a need to support and promote excellence in dental hygiene education and professional practice. We are forever grateful.
A Yearbook Look at Student Life
How can you capture, consolidate, and convey 100 years of student life at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene? You can’t. But for just a few scattered glimpses of Forsyth student experiences through the decades, class yearbooks are a good place to start.
Forsyth Facilities: Moving through the Century
According to Wikipedia, “Form follows function is a principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. The principle is that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose.” It takes a lot of care and thought to build facilities that allow innovation, creativity and stellar dental hygiene services to the community. Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene continues to achieve this goal every day.
Development and Transformation of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum
It comes as no surprise that the facilities, clinics, and laboratories of the early 20th century, much less the late 20th century, bear little resemblance to today’s advanced operatories. But, when you compare the courses of study over the decades, you find notable differences and striking similarities that have supported, sustained, and enhanced the Forsyth reputation as the gold standard for dental hygiene education. Get the full story here.
The Evolution of Professional Opportunity
As initiatives for enhanced and expanded women’s rights gained traction over the years, perhaps beginning with the right to vote in 1920, so too did career opportunities for dental hygienists. Get the full story here!
And so it began...
Here is the first story and Flickr album in an eight part series all about Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in honor of its centennial! "And so it began..." details how Forsyth was established as the longest running school of its kind. Keep checking this page to see more stories, as we proudly celebrate #Forsyth100!
The Changing Faces of Admission
This story how admission criteria and educational elements have changed over the years at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. Between the academic and personal qualifications for entrance to dental hygiene school, these evolving standards provide a fascinating glimpse at an academic model in transformation, not to mention a seismic cultural shift. Click to read the story and view the Flickr album!
An Enduring Bond in a Special Place
It is only human nature to associate a special place with cherished memories and life events. Such a place exists for Megan Robillard Brown PharmD ’12 and her husband Joel Brown PharmD ’12 at the MCPHS University Manchester campus.