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Welcome to the CougaRx Nation!

The CougaRx Nation are the alumni and friends of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are dedicated to expanding ways to stay in touch with the college and mentor the next generation of Cougar Pharmacists.

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We host events all over the country, check out our events calendar to see when we are in your area!

Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend | September 28-29, 2018

Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend is early this year. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss the fun!


Crimson Gala

Friday, September 28, 2018
DoubleTree Hotel | 322 North Spokane Falls Court Spokane
Tickets: $75 each; Reserved table of eight: $600
Cocktail or business attire

5:00 p.m. – Networking reception and silent auction
6:30 p.m. – Dinner is served, program and live auction to follow
Class reunions for 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008

Join us for a night honoring excellence in pharmacy education! We will have a special program to honor our past and current Mentors, Preceptors and Alumni of the Year.

Proceeds from this event will contribute to name a space in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane to honor Dean Emeritus Larry M. Simonsmeier, who served as dean from 1982-1985. He was known as an expert on pharmacy law, an advocate for student pharmacists, a great mentor, and a friend to all. Naming funds provide support for our student pharmacists.

You can be a part of the Larry M. Simonsmeier naming legacy by being an event sponsor, purchasing a table, or donating an item for the live auction. See sponsorship information here:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Or contact Kelly Sylvester at 509-368-6675 or

Hotel information: A block of rooms has been reserved for September 27, 2018 – October 2, 2018. The special room rate ($108 per night) will be available until September 12th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Reserve your room online

Homecoming Tailgate

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Three hours prior to kick-off
Wegner Hall Parking Lot | WSU Pullman

For football ticket information, click here: 2018 Cougar Football Tickets
Enter promo code: PHARMACY

Clear bag policy: Martin Stadium has adopted a new clear bag policy that limits the size and types of bags that are permitted inside the stadium. Know what is approved and what will not be allowed here: Clear Bag Policy. There will be no bag storage on site for game days.

Need a ride to Pullman? Ride the Cougar Express from Spokane on game day! Register online here: Cougar Express.

Book early to ensure your seat, tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. You must have a Cougar Athletic Fund (CAF) member in your party to ride the Cougar Express. We encourage you to join the CAF to support student scholarships at WSU.

CougaRx Newsletter

Get updates on the college’s research, academic initiatives, and alumni news with monthly messages written by College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Gary M. Pollack and Vice Dean of External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean.

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CougaRx Nation Board

Our board meets throughout the year to advise on events and ways to engage alumni!
Chairs: Manpreet Chahal (chair), Merrie Kay Alzola (vice-chair)
Regional coordinators: Dalari Allington, Leon Alzola, Brandon Arthur, Keith Campbell, Mel Coughlin, Wendy Coughlin, Gerry Danquist, Eleanor Doss, Jason Doss, John Oftebro, Chuck Paulsen, Steve Riddle, Patrick Tabon, Mary Wen.


Pharm.D. Mentor Program

We believe that one of the great things about being a Cougar Pharmacist is getting to learn and develop within the network of the WSU community. Click here to learn how you can mentor the next generation of Cougar Pharmacists.

Alumni benefits

As alumni of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, you are automatically part of the CougaRx Nation! As part of our “pharmily,” you are invited to attend our college events and we encourage you to use these opportunities to network with your fellow Coug pharmacists and get to know our future Coug pharmacists. Cougs help Cougs, as our alumni are known to say!

The college now has an Online Continuing Education Center hosted by the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA). All pharmacists can access online pharmacy continuing education though the college’s education portal at

We also encourage you to participate in the CougsFirst! network, the Cougar Athletic Fund, and take advantage of the member benefits from the WSU Alumni Association.


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