Member of the College of Pharmacy’s First Graduating Class Awarded Distinguished Alumni AwardCollege of Pharmacy Alumni Profile
by ERICA MASINI
Laurie Linton’s (PharmD, ’14) pharmacy career was inspired by an unlikely source: her high school English class. During her senior year, Linton and her classmates were asked to research a topic of their choice. Linton, who was considering going into pharmacy, decided it was a perfect opportunity to investigate the field. She interviewed her friend’s father — a pharmacist at IV Solutions in Deerfield, Illinois — and began shadowing him and doing tech at the home infusions therapy pharmacy soon after.
As Linton’s passion for pharmacy grew, so did her interest in leadership and giving back. In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a pharmacy alumna, the College of Pharmacy named Linton its first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
“Laurie is a true example of the college’s values of competence, commitment and compassion,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Melissa Hogan. “She’s a leader. She’s going above and beyond, and we’re thrilled to have her back here teaching the next generation of pharmacists.”
Linton, along with alumni from each of Roosevelt University’s five colleges, was recognized by President Ali Malekzadeh, college deans and faculty on April 4 in the Auditorium Building’s Sullivan Room. The award recognized outstanding alumni in each college.
Linton is a decorated and accomplished member of the first graduating class from Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy. At her graduation ceremony in 2014, Linton led her fellow graduates in saying the Oath of the Pharmacist. She received the Distinguished Peer of the Year Award for her excellent patient skills, high academic achievement, and service to the college and community.
“Laurie is a true example of the college’s values of competence, commitment and compassion”
– Melissa Hogan
Dean , College of Pharmacy
While studying at Roosevelt, Linton served as president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) student chapter and was an active member in the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Linton joined the IV Solutions home infusion therapy team as a full-time pharmacist in 2014. During her time at IV Solutions she earned the first ever “Rookie of the Year” trophy. She is also the New Practitioner Mentor for the APhA-ASP Chapter at Roosevelt’s College of Pharmacy.
In fall 2017, Linton began teaching a sterile compounding class as part of the pharmaceutical lab portion of Roosevelt’s PharmD program. She finds it is a rewarding way to give back and teach other pharmacy students about the value of a lesser-known but growing area of the industry.
“I’m using what I learned at Roosevelt in my work and I feel great giving back to Roosevelt,” Linton said. “If I had a question in class I could walk down the hall and have my answers. It motivated me to want to learn and move forward.”