WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Dear WCSU Chemistry Alumni:
Welcome to your on-line Alumni Newsletter. Our intention is to develop a list of Chemistry graduates, embellished with your photos, your stories and memories. We would like to know about your current family and employment status, and your contact information.
Please send information/photos to Russ Selzer via email or US Mail. (To come: online form.)
NOTE: As of July, 2002, just FOUR (4) alumni have responded. These are posted below.. DON'T BE LEFT OUT!
JEFFREY VAN DEUSEN
After graduating WCSU in 1996, I joined Boehringer Ingelheim in the QCdepartment. I was there for 2 years
before transferring to R&D in the department of Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics (DMPK). I worked in DMPK
for 3 years before accepting a position at Pfizer Global Research &Development. At Pfizer I work in the CNS
(central nervous system) section of the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism (PDM) department performing
early discovery, preclinical bioanalytical studies on prospective neuroscience therapeutics.
I live in East Lyme, CT with my wife and son. Attached is a current photo from work. Thanks!
LISA A. SWEENEY
After graduating WCSU in 1992, I was employed at Ceimic Corp inNarragansett, RI for about a year.
For the past 9 years, I have been working at Pfizer R&D in Groton. Themain focus of my work is comparative
agent method development and validation. I manage the outsourcing of these projects with various
contract laboratories. Comparative agents are the competitors drugs that Pfizer uses in clinical trials to
support its own development drugs or to make marketing claims against the competitors.
I live in Mystic, CT. I am single, but have 7 nephews and 1 niece. My interests include: jogging, biking,
skiing, volunteering, and personal growth work. I like to travel. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and went on
safari in Africa in 2000. My next big, fun trip will be to Costa Rica in 2003. Some of my life goals include:
running a marathon, going to all 7 continents, sky-diving, visiting all 50 states (and not just in the
Let's see graduated Class 2000 Biology w/ Minor in Chemistry and decide totravel across the country. Landed
myself in Oceanside California (moved a bunch of times within the area since). Finding work out here was
tough, lots of jobs but your a dime a dozen here. So I used recruiters and temp agencies. A little word of
advice to students, whatever a temp/recruiter offers you for a job ask for more they only make money if you
take the job and believe me thaey are making plenty on you to afford a couple bucks more.
So I got my first job as a manufacturing technician at Dura Pharmaceuticals, now Elan Pharm. for month, then
I went to Kimberly-Clark/Safeskin Division (leading manufacturer latex/nitrile gloves) for 6 months as a Lab
Tech (IC, Tensile, Dimensions, Particle counting) in R&D. They moved the facility to Georgia, yuck. Then I
received a Lab Tech position at Creative Nail Design, leading manufacturer of cosmetic nail supplies
(hesiometer testing and formulation). After 6 weeks there I went to this restart up testing lab. MicroStat
Laboratories, Inc. formerly M-Con of Contec wipers. Started as a lab tech starting their chemical
testing capabilities. Set-up Ic, UV-Vis, FT-IR. Do work with theseanalytical techniques along with particle
counting airborne/liquid, SEM, wet bench. Soon moved to chemist after 3 month probation period, then lead
chemist. After 9 months the VP left and I was the only person left to dotesting. The other person working
here is the owner (business major) who was never around so I assumed the role of lead chemist/lab supervisor
and ran the facility single handed with the owner as my secretary for three months. We have just merger with
River's Edge Technical Service (another one man show) an ESD (electro-static discharge specialist) specialist
and now have the complete capabilities for cleanroom contamination control which is our specialty. We are an
independent lab that test all kinds of products, but specializes in cleanrooms. Some of our clients are the
military, Motorola, Intel, Seagate, Idec Pharm., KC-Safeskin, Value-Tek,Contec, Bekshire, just to name a
few. Recently we have hired a technician under me and now we have a staff of 4. Our website is
Stories to follow later.
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