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Education
• John Murphy, PharmD, associate dean of academic and professional affairs at the UofA College of Pharmacy, has been elected president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Murphy has nearly 30 years of service to pharmacy education and is past president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
The ACCP is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research.
• A. Rachelle Howell has been appointed assistant vice chancellor for marketing for Pima Community College by the institution’s board of governors. She will direct all college marketing and public relations efforts, as well as activities and logistical plans for the College’s 40th Anniversary celebration in 2009.
Howell has more than 16 years of experience in marketing, research, business planning/consulting and strategic planning in the private sector and post-secondary education. She previously served as dean of marketing and community relations for the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications at the Dallas County Community College District.
Government
• Rep. Steve Farley,
Tucson Democrat, has been elected to serve as class president of the Western Legislative Academy, a leadership training program organized by the non-partisan, non-profit Council of State Governments-WEST (CSG-WEST).
Lawmakers representing 12 states chose Farley during the Nov. 17-20 program in Colorado Springs, Colo. The state lawmakers received intensive training on topics such as legislative institution, ethics, team building, communications, negotiations and time management.
Rep. Kirk Adams, Rep. John McComish, Rep. Michele Reagan, Sen. Bob Burns, Sen. Ken Cheuvront, Sen. Barbara Leff and Sen. Jim Waring were each presented with a Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIB/Arizona on Dec. 3.
The National Federation of Independent Business bills the honor as “the gold standard by which to measure those really watching out for the little guy,” and judges recipients based on their voting records during the legislative session.
Rep. Andy Tobin, Rep. Bill Konopnicki, Rep. Jack Brown, Rep. Chad Campbell, Rep. Tom Boone and Rep. Rick Murphy were all recognized with Eagle for Enterprise Awards by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA). The association awarded legislators who “stood up for the small business community through the legislation they sponsored and through their votes during the 2008 legislative session.”
Rep. Jim Weiers, speaker of the House, received the special “Eye of the Eagle” Award during the ceremony.
Sharon Bronson, District 3 Pima County supervisor, was elected president of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona (CSA) during the organization’s Policy Summit in Rio Rico.
The CSA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization supporting the 55 elected supervisors from Arizona’s 15 counties. The organization represents Arizona’s counties at both the state and federal levels to promote efficient, responsive government services.
Mortenson Construction was recently honored with the Best Project Award from Southwest Contractor magazine for its work on the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building.
Recognized in the mechanical/electrical category, the firm’s work on the unique facility included state-of-the-art conservation and protection systems going far beyond traditional air conditioning, heating and insulation. The 140,000 square-foot facility includes a treatment room for blast freezing and fumigation, a conservation laboratory, collection storage areas and public access areas.
Nonprofit
• Kathleen Aguirre
, customer assistance supervisor with Southwest Gas, has been elected to the Community Information and Referral (CIR) Board of Directors.
Community Information & Referral (CIR), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, provides free 24-hour helpline services to 10 Arizona counties, including the greater Phoenix area.
Legal
• David E. Manch,
a partner in Lewis and Roca’s Phoenix office, has been named a 2008 Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer in the category of Employee Benefits/ERISA.
The Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers is a national listing of top attorneys practicing employment litigation defense, labor and employment, employee benefits/ERISA, workers’ compensation or immigration. To be included, an attorney must be selected through a rigorous peer review system and evaluation process. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state or region are selected for inclusion.

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