Albany College of Pharmacy unveils new logo
to reflect institutional growth, diversification
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 25, 2005) – Albany College of Pharmacy has a new look to match its expanded mission.
In the midst of a bold strategic plan to significantly expand its academic offerings, physical campus and student body, ACP unveiled a new logo Tuesday, implementing a design that reflects the college’s growing programmatic diversity and institutional vision, said President James J. Gozzo, Ph.D.
“This was a logical time in our strategic growth to examine the symbol of our institution,” Dr. Gozzo said. “The profession of pharmacy and career opportunities for pharmacy students are expanding rapidly thanks to scientific breakthroughs and full implementation of the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum as the sole degree path leading to licensure in the United States, preparing pharmacists more than ever for expanded roles as members of health care teams.
“We also have added other academic programs and professional options that build on our traditional strength in the sciences and complement our Pharm.D. program. Our emphasis has grown thoughtfully yet dramatically, and with even more diversification in our plan for the future, we felt the time was right to broaden our scope.”
The new logo features the acronym “ACP” and the college’s new tagline, “Sciences for Life,” in a horizontal design. The new tagline emphasizes the expanding vision of the college to include more professional options for Pharm.D. graduates and the addition of new degree options in the biomedical sciences. It represents the college’s mission as an institution grounded in the sciences preparing students on a variety of academic pathways to care for people and to save and improve lives through a multitude of careers.
Since Dr. Gozzo’s arrival in 1998, ACP has undertaken a sweeping strategic
initiative to expand and diversify its campus to better meet the needs of the new era of health care that dawned with the sequencing of the human genome at the start of the 21st century.
Respected as a national leader in pharmacy education, the college is building on that core strength to add new academic options that complement the college’s traditional focus while adding related disciplines to the academic environment. Degree programs ACP currently offers are:
· Doctor of Pharmacy (six-year program available to high school graduates and transfer students)
· Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
· Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Technology
· Certificate in Cytotechnology (a one-year program)
Further academic expansion is in the works, including graduate-level programs and joint programmatic offerings with other Capital Region institutions. ACP currently has joint programs and articulation agreements with The Graduate College of Union University, Albany Medical College and The College of St. Rose.
ACP has nearly doubled its student body during Dr. Gozzo’s tenure to approximately 1,000, with a strategic target of 1,400 students by 2007. The college’s plan calls for two-thirds of those students to be enrolled in the Pharm.D. program, and one-third to be enrolled in biomedical sciences programs. The college’s employment also has increased more than 150 percent during that time to 180, with a planned target of 250 when the growth initiative is fully implemented.
ACP also has grown dramatically in its physical campus, spurred by the support of philanthropist Morris “Marty” Silverman, whose investment in the University Heights neighborhood has benefited all four of the area’s institutions of higher education – ACP, Albany Law School, Albany Medical Center and The Sage Colleges.
After Mr. Silverman assisted Christian Brothers Academy in relocating from University Heights to Colonie, ACP was able to expand out of one building for the first time in its history. ACP extensively renovated the former CBA main building and gymnasium, and moved into the newly minted Classroom Building in 2000. That same year, ACP purchased its first on-campus residence facility, the Notre Dame Residence Hall.
In 2003, the college moved its new Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI) into the former Bender Hygienic Laboratory on the south edge of the UHA campus. In January 2004, ACP purchased the former Nelson House; next to PRI on Samaritan Road, South Hall now is a student residence and home to the offices of admissions, financial aid and bursar. With approximately 180 students also living in the privately owned University Heights College Suites, ACP has more than half of its students living on campus for the first time in its history.
To enhance this growing campus life, construction began in October 2004 on a 54,000-square-foot Student Center at the heart of this expanded campus. Additionally, renovations are underway in the PRI Building to create a Preformulation and Stability Testing facility, a significant step in the institute’s research and development growth.
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy is the oldest pharmacy school in New York state and one of the only private, independent pharmacy schools in the United States. The college has a long history of serving its students and health care professionals as one of the premier pharmacy colleges in the nation. ACP now enters a new era in health care with an expanded focus, enhancing its traditional doctor of pharmacy program with bachelor of science programs in pharmaceutical sciences and biomedical technology, and a certificate program in cytotechnology.