What does “Hail to Pitt!” mean to you?
Personally, the avenues in which Pitt has influenced my own life are abundant and obvious. My journey began by stepping foot on campus in the fall of ‘97 after my father convinced me to visit Pitt since it was pivotal to other pharmacists in our family, Gary Garofoli (Class of ’84) & Jane Garofoli (Class of ’85). A few years after my own graduation in ’04, I was blessed to meet my amazing wife, Dr. Gretchen Garofoli (Class of ’09), along with my wonderful in-laws Peter & Denise Kreckel (Class of ’81 & Distinguished Alumni ’15), and now we are enjoying what the future may bring forth for future panther Luke Garofoli (Class of ‘??). In other words, my answer is “Everything”.
I am honored to serve as president of the Alumni Society for the 2016-2017 academic year, bringing to you my enthusiasm for our trusted profession and our hailed university. On behalf of the alumni society board, I would like to thank each of you for your continued support, involvement with, and commitment to our current student pharmacists and also each other as alumni. In this rapidly changing and competitive health care landscape, our alumni have a proud history of involvement, whether be through donations, teaching, mentoring, serving as a preceptor, or attending alumni events.
Each year, the alumni society hosts several events that promote interaction between student pharmacists and alumni. I encourage you to consider joining us for the annual career roundtable, the Gordon Vanscoy White Coat Ceremony, the Joseph Gatto Scholarship Golf Outing, graduation, and any planned continuing education opportunities throughout the year. Stay connected to the Pitt School of Pharmacy through the school’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (In fact, link with me on LinkedIn as well).
Lastly, I impart you with the reminder that YOU are PITT, every day and every breath, changing practice day in and day out, whether saving uncountable lives through the development of the Polio vaccine, or discussing the use of a statin with one single patient, YOU make a difference.
Hail to Pitt!
Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, CGP