March 26, 2012
Pharmacy students now know that the degree towards which they are
working offers opportunities that extend well beyond the realm of
traditional clinical practice. At the recent Alumni Insider’s View
(AIV)…Building A Meaningful Career, five successful Pharmacy alumni
returned to St. John’s to share information about how their degrees
led them into opportunities more unique than they had ever expected
when they were students themselves.
“Today, more than ever before, there are so many different
career opportunities available to our graduates,” remarked Robert
Mangione, R.Ph.,’77P, ’79GP, ’93PD, ’99Ed.D., Dean of St. John’s
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. “We invited back
an outstanding panel of alumni experts, and the students can relate
to the fact that these alumni have walked the same halls and had
many of the same professors that they [the students] have now. Our
alumni panelists are really demonstrating to the students that
their degrees can lead to so many different kinds of
As with every AIV program, the willingness of the alumni to share
their experiences and expertise with current students strongly
conveys the message that participation in the St.
John’s community doesn’t end at graduation, and that membership in
the University family is forever.
Panelist Robert Laverty ’80P, is Principal and President of
Laverty Global Communications, LLC, a consulting group for the
pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He is currently working with
several global healthcare companies specializing in the
neurosciences and oncology. For Laverty, participation in AIV is a
way to show his appreciation for how St. John’s prepared him for
his own career.
“As alumni we have a responsibility to give back,” he said.
“There’s nothing better than coming back and giving today’s
students a sense of what the opportunities are and what they might
consider as they embark on their careers. I think it’s incumbent
upon us to do that as St. John’s graduates.”