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Alumni Association Honors Four

Honorees of the 2011 College of Pharmacy Alumni Association annual awards include:

Formal presentation of the Sheffield, Legend and Distinguished Alumnus Awards will be made at the alumni dinner and awards reception held on Friday, September 9, 2011 in Austin.   The preceptor award will be presented at the Annual Preceptor Orientation and Training Conference scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2011 in San Marcos.

William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus
photoDonna Burkett, R.Ph. and MS, has more than 25 years experience in hospital pharmacy management.  She currently serves as clinical associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmacy Practice where she teaches hospital pharmacy management courses and coordinates the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences.  Previously, Ms. Burkett was director of the pharmacy at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center in Round Rock, director of pharmacy for Texsan Heart Hospital, and director of pharmacy and ancillary services at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital.  Ms. Burkett served on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (1997-2004), serving as board president from 2001-2002.   In 2003, she was appointed to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee where she served as vice chair.  Ms. Burkett also has served as president of both the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Central Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in pharmacy in 1972 and an M.S. in pharmacy administration in 2000.  A nominator noted that Ms. Burkett has always had "a love and passion for the UTCOP" and often states that none of her accomplishments would be possible without the education she received from her alma mater.

Legend of Pharmacy award
photoBilly Woodward, R.Ph., has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare.  He started Renaissance Innovative Pharmacy Services, Ltd., a consulting company, in 2003 and has contracted extensively with Ernst & Young Health Sciences Advisory Services.  Mr. Woodward also serves as clinical associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.  He was executive director of pharmacy at Scott & White Hospital in Temple for 25 years where he developed and managed eight retail pharmacies, the inpatient pharmacy, clinic services, and the managed care programs for Scott & White Health Plan.  Mr. Woodward currently serves as chairman of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation and as treasurer of the hospital section of the International Federation of Pharmacists.  Mr. Woodward has received the ASHP's Whitney Lecture Award and Leadership Award.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in pharmacy in 1963.  One nominator refers to Mr. Woodward as "A man for all seasons" who has worked tirelessly to build partnerships and develop programs to enhance the quantity and quality of experiential experiences for students.  It was noted that Mr. Woodward actively works with the College of Pharmacy to develop students' professionalism and leadership skills.  Another nominator commented that Mr. Woodward was key in establishing Scott & White's partnership with The University of Texas and that he has "devoted his life to patient care and institutional pharmacy practice.  You can see his dedication and compassion in his eyes and in his white hair."

Outstanding Young Alumnus award
photoChris Frei, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, is assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy at The University of Texas at Austin and is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  Dr. Frei's research activities involve a combination of pharmacoepidemiology, health services and health disparities research, and microbial genomics.  He received his Pharm.D. in 2001 and his M.S. in pharmacy in 2003, both from The University of Texas at Austin.  Since receiving his Pharm.D., Dr. Frei has consistently received numerous awards and accolades, including the Best Master's Thesis Award, Outstanding Student Research Award, and Best Abstract by a Professional/Undergraduate Student.  Since 2006, he has served as a supervisor and mentor for master's and doctoral students and has been nominated several times for the Texas Exes Teaching Award.  Throughout his time as a graduate student and faculty member, Dr. Frei has contributed to a vast quantity of peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and research endeavors.  He is quickly becoming a leader in infectious disease research.  In 2011, the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists presented him with the Pharmacy Mentor Award by for his contributions to the education and training of Pharm.D. and postgraduate students.  One nominator wrote, "He has inspired me with his accomplishments in his relatively short time as faculty member and has reflected the goals and distinction of the UT College of Pharmacy with his achievements."   

Preceptor of the Year award
photoDiane Schuetze, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCNSP, is a clinical pharmacist at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco where she has worked since 1995 and has served as a preceptor since 1996.  Dr. Schuetze is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she is a clinical specialist and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy where she participates in the Critical Care Practice-Research Network.  Dr. Schuetze graduated from Creighton University School of Pharmacy & Allied Health in Omaha, Nebraska in 1995. During her tenure at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, she has had extensive experience implementing programs and fostering relationships with University of Texas students.  One nominator writes that she is, "A very effective teacher and mentor. She is able to emphasize what is really important in pharmacy recommendations, monitoring, and interventions." Another nominator writes, "Diane is not only an amazing mentor but she's also a very caring person. On several occasions, she has shown great patience while still holding me to a high standard. She rarely just gave me an answer to a question but she instead helped me develop the skills I need to answer them." 

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