On June 26, Dean R. Pete Vanderveen, faculty, alumni, and friends came together to celebrate the Pharmacy Associates -those who have allowed the School of Pharmacy to move forward with their generous contributions and helpful expertise.
The 120 guests enjoyed a dinner on the Health Sciences Quad, where bright lanterns illuminated the night and a classical guitarist provided music for the evening. At the event, Dean Vanderveen addressed the Pharmacy Associates to thank them for their continued support and dedication to the School.
“As a Pharmacy Associate, you are a vital part of the fabric that has made USC one of the nation’s undisputed elite pharmacy schools,” said Vanderveen. “You make this happen by being there when the School needs you. Your financial support and expert insights contribute to the innovative progress of the School and the leadership position we have taken nationwide.”
Over the years, the Pharmacy Associates have provided tens of millions of dollars of funding to the School of Pharmacy for new scholarships, research, facilities and initiatives, as well as providing insight and vision that has been pivotal to the School’s development.
Before the dinner, a cocktail reception was held in honor of the newly-named Dianne Kwock Jung and Lunny Ronnie Jung Centennial Park, recognizing the $1 million donation of PharmD alumni Ron and Dianne Jung. The reception concluded with a ribbon cutting and official dedication of the park, including brief remarks from the Dean and Dianne Jung.
“We believed in education,” said Jung. “This gift was a big decision, and we believe the right decision, to encourage others to look at the opportunities to give back to the School of Pharmacy.”
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Trojan band led the guests to the quad for the dinner portion of the night. All the guests received plaques thanking them for their support, as well as a champagne glass and chocolate inscribed with the School of Pharmacy logo.
Photo left to right; Dean R. Pete Vanderveen, Jason Jung, Ron Jung, Pharm.D. (‘72), Dianne Jung, Pharm.D. (‘74), Nicholas Jung