Third annual Pharmacy Gala recognizes stand out pharmacy Buckeyes


April 20, 2018

Carmen Ohio
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The College of Pharmacy is proud to congratulate our alumni, faculty and students who received awards at the third annual Pharmacy Gala.


Emlah with Dean ManEmlah M. Tubuo, PharmD 2010, received The Josephine Sitterle Failer Alumni Award. Named in honor of Josephine Sitterle Failer, BS 1939, the award recognizes an alumnus who has received a professional degree or completed post-graduate training from the College of Pharmacy within the past ten years and has made an outstanding contribution to community or professional service.

Tubuo said her time with the College of Pharmacy is explained in her favorite African proverb: “If you want to go fast in life, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Manesh with Dean ManManesh A. Dixit, PhD 1999, David W. Grauer, MS 1979, and Dennis W. Grauer, MS 1991, PhD 2000, received The Jack L. Beal Post-Baccalaureate Award. Named in honor of the late Jack L. Beal, PhD 1952, professor emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, the award recipient must have a post-baccalaureate degree from the College of Pharmacy and have contributed significantly to research and scholarship in the pharmaceutical sciences and/or contributed outstanding service to the professional practice of pharmacy.

Dennis with Dean ManDixit credits Dr. Sylvan Frank as the reason he has been so successful in his career, saying, “Without Dr. Frank, I would be nothing. I am fortunate the university and Dr. Frank gave me the opportunities to succeed.”

David with Dean ManDennis said he was happy to win the award and joked it was even better to receive it ten years before his brother, David. “I’m truly blessed to have the career I do and to be able to work with and make a difference in the lives of young people today.”

On receiving the award, David said, “I’m extremely humbled to be a part of this group of recipients. The training I received at Ohio State has been the basis of my career, and the College of Pharmacy has been a part of my family. Looking around this room, I can see the future is great for pharmacy.”

John with Dean ManJohn Long, BS 1980, and Thomas D. Schmittgen, BS 1985, PhD 1992, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Recipients of this award must have a degree from the College of Pharmacy or completed post-graduate training, made distinguished contributions in the fields of public health and public service, performed outstanding activities in the interest of the college and its students, and have an outstanding record in the profession of pharmacy.

Thomas with Dean ManLong and Schmittgen both credit the college and their distinguished professors as what set them up for a successful career.

“They are the driving force for the college consistently receiving top rankings and for producing incredible pharmacists, researchers, and community members who go on to make a great impact,” Long said.

Jeff with Dean Man

Jeff Steckman, PharmD 2007, received the Outstanding Community Engagement Award. This was the first time recognition was awarded and honors an alumnus from any training or academic program of the College of Pharmacy for outstanding accomplishments in the community. Recipients must be involved in outreach and engagement that includes collaboration with one or more community partners in the public or private sector, local to global and external to the university. This work must have provided valuable learning experiences for students and/or other trainees, sustainable contributions, and/or demonstrated impact that addresses an important community need.

“Today in Ohio, 13 people died from drug overdoses, tomorrow 13 more will die as well,” Steckman said. “While I’m being honored with this award, I want to honor Ken Hale, Nicole Kwiek and Betsey Walker for their dedicated work in turning the tide on the opioid crisis.”

Clarence H. “Arch” Archer, BS 1954, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was established for outstanding life-long accomplishments in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences or public service. The award is not given in any regular repeating time period, but only when truly outstanding candidates are identified. The impact of the candidate’s stellar contributions to the professional, scientific and/or educational communities is judged by biographical data, including published work and previous honors.

After a distinguished career in pharmacy, Archer was recruited to join Walmart by Sam Walton in 1981. Tasked with starting and growing the pharmacy division, Archer led Walmart pharmacies to be one of the first in the industry to develop a drug packaging warehouse to conserve costs and time. In 1997, Archer retired from Walmart having opened 2,200 pharmacies, five drug warehouses and leading a 200-person team. The earned him the nickname the “Father of Walmart Pharmacies.”

Archer was unable to attend the gala, but will be presented with his award by Dean Mann.

To view photos from the event, visit our College of Pharmacy photo gallery.