Two Roosevelt pharmacy professors earn state recognition
Two Roosevelt University faculty members, who helped found the university's College of Pharmacy in Schaumburg, are making great strides as state of Illinois pharmacists.
Elk Grove Village resident Cara Brock, assistant professor of clinical sciences and chairwoman of academic and teaching excellence at the College of Pharmacy, was named 2017 Illinois Pharmacist of the Year by the Illinois Pharmacists Association. Brock, an expert in end-of-life care for patients and their families, was recognized with the award, given to a pharmacist exhibiting the highest level of professionalism and engagement, in part for groundbreaking work in the pain management and palliative care fields.
Also, Abby Kahaleh of Schaumburg, College of Pharmacy associate professor of pharmacy administration, has been selected a 2017 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year by the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. A pharmacist for more than two decades, Kahaleh was recognized as the state's leading volunteer pharmacist in 2017 for her work in engaging students in public health research as well as policy advocacy on behalf of pharmacists in Springfield.
"These awards bring recognition and new distinction to both our pharmacy program and its faculty as leaders in educating tomorrow's pharmacists. We are extremely proud and optimistic about the future of our program and our students," said Melissa Hogan, dean of Roosevelt's College of Pharmacy.
• Marc Friedman of Hoffman Estates, a volunteer youth athletics coach of 29 years for the Hoffman Estates Park District, was awarded the Good Sportsmanship Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts during its annual awards gala on Friday, Oct. 13.
Friedman came to the Hoffman Estates Park District in 1989, when his 5-year-old son joined the soccer program. Over the years, he has coached boys (13-14) baseball, men's (18-35) baseball and boys (13-14) basketball. He was named Hoffman Estates Park District's Athletics Coach of the Month in August 2017 and Volunteer of the Year in 2009.
Not only has Friedman been an outstanding coach for so many years, but he has served on the park board since 2001, as a community representative on the Building and Grounds Standing Committee. Originally from Chicago, Friedman is self-employed at DeCarl Levine & Friedman, LLC, an insurance brokers firm, but his true passion and calling is for coaching youth.
• Wheeling native and former American Ninja Warrior Tavares Chambliss has joined the training team at BALL4Training, a family fitness facility in downtown Palatine. Chambliss, began his fitness career teaching kickboxing, graduating to mastering martial arts and personal training. He appeared on season seven of the NBC show American Ninja Warrior, making it to the second round before being eliminated. At BALL4Training, Chambliss will run an outdoor, group training program which consists of high-intensity interval training and kickboxing.
• Christine Seo, an eighth-grader at Aptakisic Junior High School, Buffalo Grove, was one of two students selected for the American Enterprise Bank Calendar Contest grand prize. Christine created an impressionistic work of art using colored markers. Her artwork will be featured on the 2018 front cover of the bank's calendar. A reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, for all the artists who submitted artwork and awards will be presented to the winners.
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