School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
About the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
The mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of
Pharmacy Alumni Association (SOPAA) is to promote the continuous development and training
of practitioners, researchers and educators. Alumni can help by:
- Promoting the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy
- Promoting and advocating for the pharmacy profession and the ongoing professional
development of our graduates
- Supporting other School of Pharmacy alumni through fellowship and networking opportunities
- Informing fellow graduates about existing opportunities to partner with the school
in developing and mentoring current pharmacy students
Board Members, Staff Members and Bylaws
The School of Pharmacy Alumni Association is one of seven school alumni chapters of
the TTUHSC Alumni Association. The mission of the SOP AA is to promote the continuous
development and training of practitioners, researchers and educators. We do this by
promoting the school and our profession; supporting our alumni via fellowship and
networking; providing graduates with information about the school and opportunities
to mentor students; and by engaging in activities to support scholarship for current
- The SOP AA board is comprised of seven members with each member’s term of service
being three years. The board has four meetings annually, with two of those being face-to-face;
the reminder are conducted via conference call.
- To nominate someone for a board position, please complete the SOP AA Board Member Nomination Form and return it to Sahara27sarah@hotmail.org. Board positions open each year in January and close in June. New members begin their
terms each January.
We appreciate your input. If you have any questions about the SOP AA, serving on the
board or alumni activities, please contact Sarah Rivas at Sahara27sarah@hotmail.org.
2016 Board Members
|Antonia (Toni) Edgar Vilella
||Big Spring, TX
2015 Staff Members
|Debra Notturno- Strong
||1718 Pine Street
||Abilene, TX 79601-3044
||Associate Dean, Professional Affairs
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
||5920 Forest Park Lane, Suite 500
||Dallas, TX 75235
||Assistant Director, Professional Affaris
||1300 Coulter street, SOP 112L
||Amarillo, TX 79106
||Unit Coordinator, Professional Affairs
||3601 4th Street, Stop 6238
||Lubbock, TX 79430-6238
||Senior Director of Alumni Relations
||3601 4th Street, Stop 6236
||Lubbock, TX 79430-6238
||Section Coordinator, Alumni Relations
||3601 4th Street, Stop 6236
||Lubbock, TX 79430-6236
||Unit Coordinator, Alumni Relations
Our alumni have dedicated their lives to the betterment of others, and the School
of Pharmacy considers it a privilege to celebrate that commitment. The Distinguished
Alumni Award is the highest honor the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
bestows upon its alumni. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated leadership
in professional organizations, health care, and/or community service and whose accomplishments
and careers have brought significant credit to the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy.
Our 2015 honoree was Dr. Tadd Hellwig, a 2006 graduate. Hellwig went on to complete his residency in pharmacy practice
with Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, and spent a year at the renowned
Mayo Clinic. He then took a position at South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy,
where he teaches second- and third-year students, as well as serving as a preceptor
for fourth-year students in internal medicine rotations.
Hellwig is described by staff and students as someone who motivates others to become
involved, challenging them to help solve problems and increasing their confidence
without making them feel incompetent. He has been recognized as the South Dakota State
University College Pharmacy Teacher of the Year and most recently as the South Dakota
Society of Health System Pharmacists 2014 Pharmacist of the Year.
Do you know a TTUHSC SOP alumnus making the best of his or her pharmacy education? Please
take a moment to honor your classmates and colleagues by nominating a deserving candidate.
Online nomination forms can be found at the TTUHSC Distinguished Alumni Nominations website. For a list of previous Distinguished Alumni honorees from the School of
Pharmacy, please click here.
If you have any questions regarding a a nomination, or if you need additional help
or information, please contact Laura Ray at (806) 743-3239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni in the News
Our alumni are doing great things! We love hearing about the success of all our former
students, and any news stories or tips are welcomed at email@example.com.
Here are a few headlines we've passed along recently:
DFW Residency Alumna Wins National Award
Belinda Hong, Pharm.D., and a PGY2 geriatrics residency program alumna from the Dallas/Fort
Worth campus, won the Best Poster Award ... Click to Read More.
Abilene Alumna Names to PDC Posts
Tiffany Johnson, class of 2013, joined current SOP student Megan Fenney, P4, in new
Phi Delta Chi roles ... Click to Read More.
Alumnus Named Pharmacist of the Year
Tadd Hellwig, class of 2006, received the 2014 Pharmacist of the Year Award ... Click to Read More.
Alumni Scholarship Created
The SOP Alumni Association has created a new scholarship and awarded the first recipient
... Click to Read More.
Have you adopted your white coat?
Each year, the School of Pharmacy seeks the support of our faculty, staff, alumni
and donors for an important project: the White Coat Ceremonies.
The SOP Alumni Association Board decided several years ago to launch an "Adopt a White
Coat" initiative in conjunction with the School of Pharmacy. This initiative ultimately
aims to provide every incoming pharmacy student with a white coat.
To this end, the Alumni Association asks each of its members to support future SOP
students by sponsoring a white coat.
We all have experienced the excitement of putting on our white coat for the very first
time, the nervousness of walking into an unfamiliar environment on our first day of
class, and the countless hours of lectures, exams, and training. Our members can be
a part of that excitement.
The White Coat Ceremony emphasizes the importance of the SOP mission: to enhance the lives of the diverse people of Texas and beyond through excellence
and innovation in educating health care practitioners, researchers, and educators;
and providing pharmaceutical care and service.
Please join us in adopting a White Coat today! The cost to adopt one coat per student
is $50. Of course, any size gift is welcomed and multiple coats may be adopted.
To donate, please visit www.give2tech.com and select "Give Online." Then select the School of Pharmacy Fund for Excellence
for your donation.
You may also send a check payable to the Texas Tech Foundation, Inc. to "Adopt a White
Coat" at TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, 5920 Forest Park Road, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75235.
Thank you again for considering this request. Your generosity will create a legacy
of support for generations to come!
SOPAA Social Media
For more SOPAA information and updates, please visit our Facebook page.
Upcoming SOPAA Events
We love when our alumni get involved with our current students and faculty! Here is
a list of our upcoming events for students, faculty and alumni in 2016. For a list
of upcoming events for faculty, students and alumni, click here.
TTUHSC Alumni Relations and Updates
For more information and news about alumni relations at TTUHSC, please visit the TTUHSC Alumni Relations Office
If you have School of Pharmacy alumni news to share please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update your contact information by sending an e-mail to: TTUHSCAlumni@ttuhsc.edu.