b'Articles ofGRATITUDE SUMMER 2019All the members of the School ofHonoring a Pharmacy, past, present and future, are truly thankful for the outstanding educational environments that weMarshall Legendhave enjoyed in our teaching, learning, clinical and research activities since admitting our firstIn Huntington, West Virginia, live some of the most class in 2012. There are fewcompassionate individuals one could hope to meet. pharmacy programs that haveWhether they are natives of this community or transplants had the blessing of two state-of- who proudly call Huntington home, they all share a deep the-art buildings and educationalbond to make the city shine. Friendly smiles and familiar environments that we called ourfaces adorn local eateries, shops and sporting events, but home. they are even warmer on Marshall Universitys campus. As individuals venture across the world in their Kelly Green, We are grateful for the visionarythey serve as representatives for our ever growing family. leadership of the late PresidentSometimes, they return to Huntington and other times, they leave their mark and with heavy hearts, Kopp and the continued leadershipwe say good-bye and forever stand in awe of the vision they brought to life.and support of President Gilbert. Our success has also been builtI always wanted to be a teacher from the time I was in the first grade, recalls Mrs. Jane Kopp, on the strong leadership of ourformer Marshall University first lady. I had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Jean Miller, who inspired me outstanding Deans, Yingling andto be a teacher and I just loved going to school. I really thought thats what I wanted to do. Only Gallagher. Thank you to all ourafter actually having my own classroom did I realize that I wasnt cut out to be a teacher. I was too generous financial support fromshy, I think, she said. My husband, on the other hand, was brilliant in the classroom!donors, our students and the pharmacy program. Mrs. Kopp met her husband, the late Stephen J. Kopp, her first weekend of college because his brother was dating her roommate.We are excited that our new home, Stephen J. Kopp Hall, will put us inSteve begged Chris to let him come along to attend a freshman mixer in the student union as my the center of the growing Marshalldate," said Mrs. Kopp. It was a blind date and turned out really well! He was only 16 to my 18, University Health Sciences Campus,but we hit it off and dated from then on. Steve had a wonderful sense of humor and a great laugh.thus providing the opportunity to easily continue our currentStephen Kopp earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame collaborations and develop newand his Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Serving as ones in our educational, researcha postdoctoral fellow at the St. Louis University Medical Center and a research fellow and NIH and clinical activities with our otherFellow in the department of biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he took everything health care colleagues across thehe had learned and joined the faculty of Midwestern University. Holding leadership positions at university. We are excited to beMidwestern, then Central Michigan University and Ohio University, when the position of president of a part of the Marshall Family andMarshall University became available, Dr. Kopps interest piqued.believed it was important to provide the Pioneer in Pharmacy scholarshipBoth Dr. and Mrs. Kopp were attracted to the university because of the people they met in for pharmacy students to shareHuntington and on campus. Recalling their first introduction to Marshall, Mrs. Kopp remembers in this outstanding educationalmeeting with Layton Cottrill, general counsel and senior vice president for executive affairs, on the environment. South Charleston campus and how his kind and understanding character stayed with her. On July 1, 2005, Dr. Kopp began his tenure as Marshall Universitys 36th President.Gayle Brazeau, Ph.D., Dean of Marshall Universitys School of PharmacyMy favorite early memory of Marshall was the luncheon at the Presidents Home that Judy Ketchum arranged to introduce me to several Huntington women, Mrs. Kopp said. We had a lively lunch 519 John Marshall Drive and Judy and I developed a lasting friendship.Huntington, WV 25703Marshall University thrived under Dr. Kopps leadership. He had a vision to increase student p 304.696.6264enrollment, expand current and establish new programs and build new and renovate existing www.marshall.edu/foundation facilities to house the growth he knew would benefit the university- and he did it. Managing editor: Kristin Rhodes Continued on next page >'