Alumni Association Honors Four
Honorees of the 2012 College of Pharmacy Alumni Association annual awards include:
Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 year.
William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus honoree
Mark Zamutt, R.Ph., has built a solid pharmacy career and has been a strong advocate for the profession since graduating from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 1980. He is the outpatient pharmacy services supervisor at University Medical Center-Brackenridge in Austin, Texas and has more than 30 years of experience in pharmacy practice and management. He has twice been named president of the Capital Area Pharmacy Association and has held a variety of leadership positions with Texas Pharmacy Association. He truly bleeds orange and is known for his loyalty and support of his alma mater and its students. He enjoys educating students and has been a UT preceptor for more than 22 years. He has served on the UT College of Pharmacy admissions committee and on the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association Executive Council. Zamutt has coordinated the College of Pharmacy’s annual Legend of Pharmacy Golf Tournament, an event that raises money for the Student Professional Development Endowment.
Legend of Pharmacy Award honoree
Kenneth Tiemann's legendary pharmacy career spans almost 60 years. He received his B.S in 1952 and his M.S. in 1959, both from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. In addition, he holds a Ph.D. in health services management from Century University in California. Tiemann served as chief pharmacist of the university's Student Health Center from 1955 until 1961, after which he went into community pharmacy practice. He owned and operated an independent pharmacy, directed pharmacy services at Brown Schools for Exceptional Children and at Westminster Hospital, and served as a consultant to various nursing homes and extended-care facilities. He recently retired from American Pharmaceutical Services, a division of Omnicare Inc. He served as an adjunct professor within the college and was an early member of the UT Pharmaceutical Foundation Advisory Council. Tiemann played a crucial role in developing early regulations of consultant pharmacy practice. He has received many awards for his work in pharmacy. One nominator writes that he "is passionate in his love of the profession of pharmacy." A true trailblazer in the profession, Tiemann is known for his steadfast goal and message: "defend and protect the profession!"
Distinguished Young Alumnus honoree
J. Nile Barnes, Pharm.D., is a clinical assistant professor in the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice division at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Barnes taught at the University of Incarnate Word and at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He graduated with his Pharm.D. from the UT College of Pharmacy in 2005 and completed a residency in internal medicine in 2006. Since that time, he has had extensive experience in hospital pharmacy practice, including work at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital and at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin. Prior to becoming a pharmacist, the award recipient received his B.S. in Zoology from UT Austin and worked as an emergency medical technician. Barnes is an active member of many committees and organizations, including the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association where he has served on its executive council since graduation. In addition to teaching in a classroom, Barnes maintains a practice site at University Medical Center – Brackenridge where he serves as a preceptor to students. As one nominator writes, "Dr. Barnes has always been a source of inspiration to me as a clinician, and I feel the university and the profession should have nothing but a high sense of pride in his accomplishments."
Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year honoree
Steven Knight, Pharm.D. is a transplant staff pharmacist at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he developed transplant clinical rounding services with nephrology and hepatology teams. In addition to precepting P3 and P4 students, he mentors postgraduate pharmacy residents. Knight is an active member of Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Metroplex Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Methodist Dallas Medical Center Residency Advisory Committee. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2009. According to one nominator, he is supportive and encourages his students to "see the big picture" when examining patients. Knight is known to set an example for students to respect patient privacy, to show great attention to detail, and to invest time with patients. He is dedicated to educating students, and encouraging them to join professional organizations and to stay connected to fellow alumni.
Read about our 2011 honorees here.