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CU Pharmacy announces awards and scholarships during virtual convocation

High-achieving students recognized during ceremony

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Written by Sara Knuth on May 1, 2020

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shined a spotlight on high-achieving students, alumni and faculty members recently during the 2020 Awards Convocation Ceremony.

While the coronavirus pandemic changed the typical convocation venue from a large auditorium to a Zoom presentation, awardees ranging from students who are just beginning their pharmacy education to an alumnus with decades of experience were honored for their commitment to the profession.

See the full list of award winners below:

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards


Distinguished Coloradan Award: James Sajbel, RPh

Excellence in Pharmacy: Sandra Leal, PharmD

Faculty Member of Distinction: Sunny Linnebur, PharmD

Innovation in Science: John Carpenter, PhD


Meet the distinguished Coloradan, Jim Sajbel



Faculty Awards

Chancellor's Teaching Recognition Award: David Thompson, PhD

President's Excellence in Teaching: Ty Kiser, PharmD

P1 Teacher of the Year: Robert Schienman, PhD

P2 Teacher of the Year: Robert Page, PharmD

P3 Teacher of the Year: Ty Kiser, PharmD

Student Awards

Valedictorian Melanie Jakobs

NCPA Outstanding Student Member Award: Stephanie Early

Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Spirit: Catherine Donaldson

Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award: Jordan Jenrette

Rho Chi Outstanding Student Award: Elizabeth Ko

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award: Armen Fstkchian

Mereck Awards: Emily Cai, Jessica Goldsby, Melissa Porter

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Practice Award: Marissa Powell

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Valedictorian Award: Melanie Jakobs

School of Pharmacy Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award: Nicole Osbaugh

School of Pharmacy Scholastic Achievement Awards: Christina Bartholomew, Madelyn Lebin, David Miner, Melissa Porter

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards: Kaitlyn Potts, Madison Ricco

School of Pharmacy Professional Achievement Awards: Clare Livingston, Ha Eun (Leena) Park, Chase Allen, Vinh Thai

Student Council Presidential Award: Maria Pearson

Dean’s Distinguished Student Award: Anushka Tandon

Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information Award of Excellence in Clinical Communication: Ellen Brossart

Outstanding Ambassador Awards: Amanda Charlton, Hailee Griffin, Zaynib Hassan, Jordan Jenrette, Elizabeth Ko, Meena Mattamana, Jevin Tzeng

Holden Community Service Award: CU PediatRx


Dean Ralph Altiere announces the recipient of the Teresa McMahan-Shulkin Memorial Scholarship, Lawand Kamal.

George Masunaga Memorial Scholarships: Tony Duong and Renee Johnson

CVS Health Foundation Scholarship: Chakavak Farhangi

CVS Health Foundation Spanish Scholarship: Guadalupe Mouzakis

Erwin-Vincent Scholarship: Kiet Giang

RxPlus Scholarships: Stephanie Early, Zachary Nuss, Carina Medina, Jackson Reed, Andrea Segerstrom-Nuñez

Walmart Scholarship: Miguel Orellana

Richard Scott Johnston Memorial Scholarship: Tracie VanHorn

Albertsons/Safeway Scholarship: Barbara Calvert, Michael Constant, Alexis Sanchez, Hannah Tillman, Brenda Tran

CU Pharmacy Alumni and Faculty Scholarships: Stephanie Early, Hailee Griffin, Peter Tonsits

Erin Terrio Memorial Scholarship: Sara Azimi

Glenn D. and Jennifer M. Appelt Scholarship: Chelsea Vallejos

Burroughs Welcome Endowment Scholarship: Holly Truong

Walgreens Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award: Vasyl Baranets

Walgreens Multilingual Scholarship: Roman Komlev

Sheldon Steinhauser Diversity Scholarship: Chidinma Onyia

James L. McDowell Scholarship: Jessica Goldsby

Peggy and Jack Holden Scholarship: David Miner

Kaiser Permanente Kent M. Nelson Clinical Pharmacy Scholarships: Christina Bartholomew, Shelby Hafner, Megan Nelson, Riley Thompson

Edgar Sibert Scholarships: Arya Tehrani and Pengsue Yang

Dennis Mantas Memorial Scholarship: Jackson Reed

Edward and Karen Skaff Scholarship: Joanna Dukes and Nicole Osbaugh

JP Opioid Interaction Awareness Alliance Scholarship: Madison Ward

C. David Elm Pharmacy Practice Scholarship: Mario Careaga

Louis and Karen Diamond Preparatory Scholarship for Graduate Education: Madison Ricco

Louis and Karen Diamond New American Scholarship: Elizabeth Ko

Joyce Stoddard, PharmD, Scholarship: Zaynib Hassan

National Western Scholarship Trust: Hannah Bracken

Teresa McMahan-Shulkin Memorial Scholarship: Lawand Kamal