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Rho Chi Society News and Updates

Volume 2001-2002 Number 2
January 2002

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Rho Chi Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this issue:

  • Message from National President J. Douglas Bricker ( Duquesne University)
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting (March 17, 2002, 3:00-5:00 PM)
  • Slate of Executive Council Officers for 2002
  • Report Chapter Delegate and Alternate (Due March 1, 2002)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation (March 17, 2002, 12:00-2:00 PM)
  • Website – www.rhochi.org
  • 2001-2002 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 4, 2002 or June 3, 2002)
  • 2001-2002 Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2002)
  • New Advisors
  • Graduation Honor Cords
  • Annual Reports (Due May 15, 2002)
  • Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship

A Message from the National President

Where has all the time gone?

Can you believe that 2002 is here and we are preparing for another Annual Meeting? Well, first of all, I would like to wish all of you; chapter advisors, chapter officers, and members of Rho Chi, a very Happy New Year. As we begin our planning for the Annual Meeting, please be reminded that chapter delegates need to be elected. Attendance at the national meeting is a very good way to start your chapter off on the right foot in establishing programs and events. I hope you are planning to submit a proposal for the Chapter Awards program. Don’t let all of your creative talents and hard work go unnoticed; submit a proposal! Also, don’t forget to recognize your members and your faculty advisor for all of their hard work. Consider your faculty advisor for the Faculty Advisor Award. You will find all of the information you need concerning the organization at the website. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Office, Executive Vice President, A. Wayne Pittman and his assistant, Ms. Gail Moriarty. Without their assistance, this organization could not function at this level and offer our members excellent service. If you have any specific agenda items for the national meeting or the Executive Council, please submit them to me directly or the National Office. I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia in March.

Sincerely,

J. Douglas Bricker, Ph.D.
National President


Chapter Officers

Chapters are encouraged to plan activities that enhance the Mission of the Rho Chi Society. Please make use of the website (http://www.rhochi.org) for any information you might need about the Society. The site should be helpful and informative. Spring is usually a very busy time of the year for chapters as many chapters elect new members during this time. Please allow ample time for the National Office to process your new member election reports and order your pins and certificates. It is not only an expectation, but an induction ceremony is made even more special when new member is able to receive his/her pin and certificate at that time. If you have any questions concerning the process for electing and reporting new members, please visit the website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).


The Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting

There are only two months until the Society’s Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, PA, March 15-19. Each chapter should have their Delegate and/or Alternate present for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 17, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom Salon C of the Loews Hotel. Preliminary agenda items include: election of national officers, discussion of the Society’s strategic plan, and an update on the National Office. This is THE business meeting of the Society. Delegates and Alternates are encouraged to attend and actively participate in discussions before the Society.

Information regarding registration, housing, programs, etc at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, PA can be found on the APhA website (www.aphameeting.org) under Registration and General Information.


Slate of Officers for 2002 Elections

Elections for Executive Council offices will be held at the Annual Meeting. The following is a slate of candidates for the positions to be elected at the Annual Meeting. A Sample Ballot, which includes curriculum vitas, will be sent to delegates prior to the Meeting.

President Elect:

  • Earlene Lipowski ( University of Florida)
  • Gary Stoehr ( University of Pittsburgh)

Region II Councilor (East Coast Section):

  • Anne Lin ( Wilkes University)
  • Dong-Churl Suh ( Rutgers University)

Region IV Councilor (Mid-Eastern Section):

  • Lorne Baskin ( Butler University)
  • Williams Lubawy ( University of Kentucky)

Region VI Councilor ( Gulf Coast Section):

  • Beth Resman-Targoff ( University of Oklahoma)
  • Jonathan Wolfe ( University of Arkansas)

Region VIII Councilor (West Coast Section):

  • Theodore Tong ( University of Arizona)
  • Joanne Whitney ( University of California, San Francisco)

Chapter Delegate and Alternate

Each chapter is expected to have an official delegate present for the Annual meeting. In accord with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org, for review. (Click on the link to Upcoming Meetings).

By March 1, 2002, each chapter should contact the National Office to register the chapter’s official Delegate and Alternate. An on-line registration can be found on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org, On the site navigation bar choose Chapters/Chapter Instructions/Delegates. If you cannot access the website, please send an e-mail to RhoChi@unc.edu and include: the name of the chapter (in the email subject line), the name of the university, the names of the delegate and alternate delegate, email addresses for each one, the name of the chapter president, the email address of the chapter president, the name of the faculty advisor and her/his email address. Delegates’, Alternates’, and Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers listserv electronically via the list as they become available. Communications from the National Office regarding the National Meeting and other Society business will be communicated via this listserv.


The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. This event will again be held in conjunction with the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society on Sunday, March 17, 2002 from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm. The 2002 Lecture Award recipient will be honored during the luncheon — details regarding the speaker and luncheon will be sent later. Phi Lambda Sigma will also recognize its national awards recipients during the luncheon program.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50.00 each and should be purchased in advance as part of one’s registration for the 2002 APhA Annual Meeting. Please purchase your tickets as part of your registration, if possible, so as to assist the National Office in planning the joint luncheon. On-site ticket purchases may be made at the APhA Registration Desk and a very limited number of tickets will be available at the Rho Chi Luncheon site. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please examine how your school or chapter might cover this cost for its delegate and alternate.


Website – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

During the Fall of 2001, the Rho Chi Society’s Website was revised and further enhancements are planned. Please check your chapter pages to be sure we have updated information for your chapter. The pages are uniformly formatted to include chapter name, university, advisor, president, and 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 annual reports, if those were submitted. Please visit the site so you can see the events and activities in which your fellow chapters are involved. If your chapter does not have chapter reports for the past two years it is not too late — just submit them as a word attachment via email to RhoChi@unc.edu. Notify the National Office if your chapter has its own Web page, so that can be linked.


2001-2002 Chapter Awards

Each and every chapter is encouraged to participate in the annual Chapter Awards Program. This should be a very rewarding process. The number of new chapters participating is encouraging but as many chapters as possible should plan to participate in this Program. Don’t wait for next year — there is still time. If you aren’t prepared for the February 4, 2002 deadline, be prepared for the June 1, 2002 deadline. Your Chapter proposal might just be the next one to win!

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Society’s President-Elect, Daniel C. Robinson, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University, chairs the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Entries should be sent to:

Dr. Daniel C. Robinson
Dean, School of Pharmacy
Northeastern University
206 Mugar Hall
Boston, MA 02115-5000


2001-2002 Faculty Advisor Awards

The purpose of the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award is to annually recognize an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence, and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award must be a current chapter advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Rho Chi Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers, and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • a record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2002. Past recipients and further details are available at www.rhochi.org.


New Chapter Advisors

We welcome the following new advisors to Rho Chi and express our thanks to the advisors they are replacing.

  • Alpha Mu Chapter, West Virginia University – Dr. Brian M. Hodges (replacing Dr. Sidney A. Rosenbluth)
  • Alpha Sigma Chapter, Drake University – Dr. Sidney Finn (replacing Dr.Cheryl Cropp)
  • Beta Epsilon Chapter, University of Utah – Dr. Jeannette C. Roberts (replacing Dr. William Rusho)
  • Gamma Beta Chapter, University of New Mexico – Dr. James Nawarskas (replacing Dr. Glynn Raymond)
  • Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Xavier University – Dr. Burde Kamath (replacing Dr. Marcus Iszard)

Graduation Honor Chords

Graduation Honor Cords are available for purchase by local chapters for 2002 commencement programs. Please notify the National Office to purchase Graduation Honor Cords. The cost to Chapters for honor cords will be $9.00 per set, which includes shipping.


Chapter Reports

Annual reports for chapter will be due in the National Office by May 15, 2002. Reminders will be sent via the Listserv to Chapter Advisors and Presidents.


Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Scholarship is February 15. (This is the deadline which was published on the AFPE Website.)

Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website (www.rhochi.org).

 

RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2002-2003 Number 1
September 2002

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Rho Chi Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this Issue:

  • Welcome Gamma Xi Chapter
  • Greetings from National President, Daniel C. Robinson (Northeastern University)
  • www.rhochi.org
  • National Dues for New Members 2002-2003
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting – March 30, 2003 (3:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation – March 30, 2003 (12:00 – 2:00 PM)
  • 2002-2003 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 3, 2003 or June 3, 2003)
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2003) NEW!
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 16, 2003)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 3, 2003)
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • Regional Councilors
  • News Items from the 2002 Annual Meeting
  • Honor Cords
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Thank you to Dr. Bricker

GAMMA XI – OUR NEWEST CHAPTER

The Society chartered its seventy-ninth chapter on March 17 at the 2002 Annual Meeting. We welcome our newest chapter, Gamma Xi, Hampton University – Hampton, Virginia and congratulate the new members on their accomplishments. On April 19, 2002, Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, Immediate Past President of the Society, presided at the Chapter Installation Program. Eleven professional degree students and three faculty members were initiated into the Society. Dr. Carmita Coleman and Dr. Udobi Onogobu are the faculty advisors for Gamma Xi.


A MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL PRESIDENT, DANIEL C. ROBINSON (NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY)

Greetings from the National Office, your Rho Chi Executive Council, and all those who work so hard throughout the year to keep our organization strong. I hope that you have had an invigorating and enjoyable summer as you settle in for your many obligations during the academic year. In July, the Executive Council met in Kansas City to discuss a number of items including our financial picture, further alignment of our annual activities around our mission and vision, and new initiatives for the coming year.

We continue to place outreach to our alumni as a high priority. This is important not only because our alumni tell us they want to be involved, but because one of our goals is to seek universal recognition of our members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy. We simply cannot do this without improving our communication with and tracking of alumni. The Executive Council has approved the development of an Annual Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll. This is where our local chapters come in. Each chapter will be asked annually to select one of its alumni for recognition in the national Rho Chi Honor Roll. The names of those who are selected will be proudly displayed at our annual meeting and luncheon, the list will be published in a professional journal, and press releases will be provided to chapters for distribution through local media. We feel that this recognition will complement both current and future activities that are geared toward improving alumni involvement. Details and guidelines for the alumni honor roll will be found on the Rho Chi website.

Within a few weeks I will be sending a letter to chapter presidents to encourage participation in submitting nominations for the Chapter Advisor Award. Chapter advisors play such a vital role in The Society; a role that is best appreciated by our chapter presidents. I am confident that our advisors are already being recognized and honored for their contributions at individual chapter initiation ceremonies. We need to recognize our best advisors at the national level. Sadly, we received no nominations during the last academic year. I am asking for your help to make sure this does not happen again this year.

As you plan your Rho Chi activities for the coming year, it is never too early to start planning for the Chapter Awards Program. Further details can be found at www.rhochi.org and last year’s winners are listed below. Also, mark you calendars for the Rho Chi Annual Meeting, Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation to be held in conjunction with the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans on March 30, 2003. And please, send as many representatives as you can. This is a great way to participate in the governance of Rho Chi, meet representatives from other chapters, and support your APhA chapter at the same time.

As we look forward to a highly productive year, let us know if we can be of any assistance in helping your chapter achieve its goals and in supporting the mission of Rho Chi. I personally look forward to hearing from you.


WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. Please take a look and your feedback is invited. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.


NATIONAL DUES

Please make note that the total for dues, jewelry and certificates for each newly elected member in 2002-2003 will remain at $50.00. This is the amount that was approved during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


2003 ANNUAL MEETING

Please start planning for the 2003 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana March 28 – April 1, 2003. Delegates or alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 30, 2003, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. As details are finalized updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website (http://www.rhochi.org).


DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES TO ANNUAL MEETING

Each Chapter should be represented at the Annual Meeting. In accordance with NationalBylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for eachof the past three years is posted on the Society’s website for review. Don’t let your chapter become “inactive.” Please plan on having a delegate at the meeting.

An on-line form is available to register chapter delegates. Follow the links from Chapters to Chapter Reports. Names of the delegates, alternates and presidents will be added to Px-Officers, an electronic listserv, as they are submitted. Communications from the National Office regarding Society business and National Meeting updates will be communicated via the listserv.

Deadline for submission of delegates, alternates and other information from your chapter regarding the National Meeting is March 10, 2003.


2003 RHO CHI SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. It will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2003.

Tickets for the luncheon should be purchased in advance as part of your registration for the 2003 APhA Annual Meeting. To assist the National Office in planning, please purchase your tickets as part of your APhA Registration. A limited number of tickets will be available on site at the APhA Registration Desk and at the Rho Chi Luncheon. Guests are welcome and you are encouraged to invite them. Tickets for the luncheon will be $50.00 each, however, the cost to students will be $25.00 each, with the balance of the luncheon cost being subsidized through the Society. To minimize expenses for delegates to the Luncheon, chapters should explore options for assisting delegates and alternates to cover their luncheon expense. This is a wonderful opportunity for delegates to meet and exchange information with other chapter delegates. As final arrangements are made regarding the 2003 Luncheon and Awards Program, details will be posted to the website and disseminated through the listserv.


2002-2003 CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Chapter Awards Program. This can be a very unifying and exciting process for chapter members. There have been some exciting and innovative projects submitted in the past. If your chapter cannot meet the February 3 deadline, aim for June 2. Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition for your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the website under Chapter Awards (http://www.rhochi.org).

Recipients of the 2001-2002 Chapter Project Proposal Awards were Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University and Mu Chapter, The University of Minnesota. Chapter Achievement Awards were presented to Rho Chapter, The University of Washington and Theta Chapter, The University of Southern California. These Awards were presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17, 2002.

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. Deadline for submission of entries is February 3, 2003. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary P. Stoehr, University of Pittsburgh, chairs the Chapter Awards Program.

Entries should be submitted to:

Dr. Gary P. Stoehr
University of Pittsburgh
School of Pharmacy
3501 Terrace Street
1104 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Betsy Zodina of Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University, Sung Kim of Alpha Beta Chapter, The University of Washington and Cheryl Feldsien-Romereim of Mu Chapter, The University of Minnesota, serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council for the upcoming year.


2002-2003 FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:

  • A record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • Stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • Perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • Punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 16, 2003. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.

Don’t miss this opportunity for recognition of the outstanding contributions and leadership of the Rho Chi Chapter Advisors.


RHO CHI – SCHERING-PLOUGH – AFPE FIRST YEAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Are you or a member of your chapter considering graduate school after graduation? There is support available through the Rho Chi/Schering Plough-AFPE First Year Graduate Scholarship. Information regarding the application process and deadlines is available on the Rho Chi website (http://www.rhochi.org).


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Please be sure to visit the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org. There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s website is also an invaluable link between you and the other seventy-seven chapters and their activities. Take a look at the chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize some joint activities with other chapters in your region.

The March – May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as the other chapters. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning is essential. The National Office staff is at the Annual Meeting March 28 -April 1, 2003, with your delegates so orders received during this time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for your new member elections and submit your reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are much better appreciated and impressive when you can present the Rho Chi Key and membership certificate to each new member.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).


CHAPTER ADVISORS

Welcome to our new advisors and thank you to the veteran advisors. Each of you has accepted the challenge of mentoring students inducted into the Honor Society. With transitioning curriculums, students are barely initiated before they leave campus for their experiential clerkships. It is a short time but lets help them achieve the mission and vision of the Society. We want to help prepare them to become lifelong learners and face the challenges of an ever-changing profession. The webpages should facilitate exchange of ideas and information with other advisors in your region. The National Officers and staff look forward to working with you during the upcoming year.

Action Item: We need names and contact information of your chapter officers for 2002-2003. Chapter Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers listserv to facilitate dissemination of information to chapters. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s webpage choose Chapters then Chapter Reports. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


2002 ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD

Student Representatives, Faculty Advisors and Officers of the Society joined with Phi Lambda Sigma, Officers, Delegates and guests for the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17, 2002, which preceded the Annual Meeting. Approximately 145 luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Charles O. Rutledge’s lecture, “Stories from a Life of Learning.” Dr. Rutledge is the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences at Purdue University and Project Director for Discovery Park, an interdisciplinary initiative on the Purdue campus. Dr. Rutledge’s lecture can be found in The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 66, pp. 329-332, 2002.

Mr. Robert Bachman, President of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, presented the Rho Chi – Schering-Plough – AFPE First-Year Scholarship to Lauren Aleksunes who is pursuing a combined Pharm.D. and Ph.D. in Toxicology at the University of Connecticut.


2002 ANNUAL MEETING

The 2002 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Philadelphia Loews Hotel with delegates representing sixty-five of the seventy-eight active chapters.

The petition to establish a chapter of Rho Chi from the School of Pharmacy at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, was approved. This new chapter becomes the 79 th active chapter of the Society.

Election off National Officers and Regional Councilors was held. Dr. Gary P. Stoehr, University of Pittsburgh, was elected President-Elect of the Society. The following Regional Councilors representing the even numbered regions were also elected: Dr. Anne Y. Lin, Wilkes University, Region II; Dr. William C. Lubaway, University of Kentucky, Region IV; Dr. Jonathan J. Wolfe, University of Arkansas Medical Center Region VI; and Dr. JoAnne O. Whitney, was re-elected as Region VIII Councilor.

The Society would like to express thanks to Clyde Ofner, Region II Councilor; Karen Kier, Region IV Councilor and Karen Rascati, Region VI Councilor, who completed their two-year terms as Regional Councilors. Their contributions to the Society have been invaluable and we look forward to working with them in other venues in the future.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose National Office then Regional Councilors. Alternatively, choose About Rho Chi then Organization.

RADM (Ret.) Fred G. Paavola was elected to Honorary Membership in the Society. He has served the profession as Chief Pharmacy Officer of the U.S. Public Health service and through his many distinguished roles in the Health Resources and Services Administration.

After the Annual Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was given a topic for discussion. Following very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported to the assembled representatives. Recommendations from these groups will be further discussed by the Executive Council at future meetings.


HONOR CORDS

The official Rho Chi Society Honor Cords were available for chapters for Spring 2002 commencement ceremonies. Feedback from members and advisors was very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wore their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the National Store located on the Society’s website.


NATIONAL STORE

Please check the website www.rhochi.org to obtain a form for ordering items which are available to chapters. (i.e. Handbooks, Recognition Certificates, Stationery, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail (rhochi@unc.edu) or call (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI TRADE GENERIC HANDBOOKS

The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook which is published annually by members of Theta Chapter ( University of Southern California) is available through the National Office for individuals to order or for chapters to use as fundraisers. Prices are:

  • 1 to 9 Handbooks $6.00 each
  • 10 to 24 Handbooks $5.25 each
  • 25 to 49 Handbooks $5.00 each
  • 50 to 149 Handbooks $4.75 each
  • 150 or more Handbooks $4.50 each

Please contact the National Office for ordering information or check the National Store on the Society’s website.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Twenty-one of 78 chapters submitted Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2002. deadline. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2002 report, please send it to the National Office – it is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s webpage. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in this annual report.

Chapter reports are comprehensive in nature, describing the breadth of activities and accomplishments by the chapter over the preceding twelve months. The report need not be of any specific length but should include the following elements in sufficient detail to permit readers to clearly comprehend the chapter’s objectives, plans and accomplishments. Introduction – a statement identifying the rationale of chapter activities as they relate to the overall mission of the Rho Chi Society; History of Ongoing Activities – a description of ongoing activities and how they have evolved, progressed or matured during the preceding twelve months; New Activities – a description of new initiatives, programs, or activities implemented during this program year; Reflections – to what extent did the chapter’s activities add value to the member’s Rho Chi experience.


THANK YOU

Thank you to Dr. J. Douglas Bricker for his many contributions to the Society during his tenure as President. Dr. Bricker will continue to serve on the Executive Council in his role as Immediate Past-President.


RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2002-2003 Number 2
January 2003

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this issue:

  • Message from President Daniel C. Robinson (Northeastern University)
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting (March 30, 2003, 3:00-5:00 PM)
  • Slate of Executive Council Officers for 2003
  • Report Chapter Delegate and Alternate (Due March 10, 2003)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation (March 30, 2003, 12:00-2:00 PM)
  • Website – www.rhochi.org
  • 2002-2003 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 3, 2003 or June 2, 2003)
  • 2002-2003 Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2003)
  • Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship
  • Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (deadline extended to February 3)
  • New Advisors
  • Graduation Honor Cords
  • Annual Reports (Due May 15, 2003)

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

For those who make New Year’s resolutions, how long do you think they last? Philosopher and psychologist William James once said: “We are stereotyped creatures, imitators and copiers of our past selves.” It should then come as no surprise that the vast majority of people who make resolutions break them by the third week 1. That means by the time you receive this newsletter, you have probably already reverted to your old ways; charming as they are.

Let me take this opportunity to direct your attention to the wealth of information, and yes, deadlines contained in this January edition of the Rho Chi Society News and Updates. The most pressing issues are 2002-2003 Chapter Award Proposals and Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (don’t pass up this opportunity to recognize one of your outstanding chapter alumni), both due by February 3rd. Since you are no longer distracted by your quixotic resolutions you can probably start working on this right away.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans in March. Your active participation is so important to the success and vitality of this great organization.

Have a happy, healthy, prosperous, and educationally fulfilling new year.

Daniel C. Robinson
Northeastern University


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Chapters are encouraged to plan activities that enhance the Mission of the Rho Chi Society. Please make use of the website (http://www.rhochi.org) for any information you might need about the Society. The site should be helpful and informative. Spring is usually a very busy time of the year for chapters as many chapters elect new members during this time. Please allow ample time for the National Office to process your new member election reports and order your pins and certificates. It is not only an expectation, but an induction ceremony is made even more special when new member is able to receive his/her pin and certificate at that time. If you have any questions concerning the process for electing and reporting new members, please visit the website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).

Please be sure your chapter has submitted your 2002-2003 roster of officers to the National Office. If your current President is not listed on your chapter’s web page, updated information has not been received in the National Office. In addition to your faculty advisor, this is an essential means of disseminating information to your members.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The Society’s Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, March 28 – April 1. Each chapter should have their Delegate and/or Alternate present for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 30, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Hilton Riverside Hotel – Grand Ballroom C. Preliminary agenda items include: election of national officers, discussion of the Society’s strategic plan, and an update on the National Office. This is THE business meeting of the Society. Delegates and Alternates are encouraged to attend and actively participate in discussions before the Society.

Information regarding registration, housing, programs, etc. at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, LA can be found on the APhA website (www.aphameeting.org) under Registration and General Information.


Slate of Officers for 2003 Elections

Elections for Executive Council offices will be held at the Annual Meeting. The following is a slate of candidates for the positions to be elected at the Annual Meeting. A Sample Ballot, which includes biographical sketches, will be sent to delegates prior to the Meeting.

Secretary:

  • Edward Fisher ( Midwestern University – Glendale)
  • Thomas L. Lemke ( University of Houston)

Historian:

  • Robert A. Buerki ( Ohio State University)
  • J. Douglas Bricker ( Duquesne University)

Region I Councilor (Northeastern Section)

  • Martha A. Hass ( Union University)
  • John R. Reynolds (Northeastern University)

Region III Councilor (Southeastern Section)

  • Paul W. Jungnickel ( Auburn University)
  • Earlene Lipowski ( University of Florida)

Region V Councilor (Mid-Western Section)

  • Amy Haddad ( Creighton University)
  • Robert P. Soltis ( Drake University)

Region VII Councilor (Northwestern Section)

  • Shelley L. Chambers ( Washington State University)
  • Nanci L. Murphy ( University of Washington)

CHAPTER DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE

Each chapter is expected to have an official delegate present for the Annual meeting. In accord with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org, for review. (Click on the link to Upcoming Meetings).

By March 10, 2003, each chapter should contact the National Office to register the chapter’s official Delegate and Alternate. An on-line registration form can be found on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org. On the site navigation bar choose Chapters/Chapter Instructions/Delegates. If you cannot access the website, please send an e-mail to RhoChi@unc.edu and include: the name of the chapter (in the email subject line), the name of the university, the names of the delegate and alternate delegate, email addresses for each one, the name of the chapter president, the email address of the chapter president, the name of the faculty advisor and her/his email address. Delegates’, Alternates’, and Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers e-mail listserv as they become available. Communications from the National Office regarding the National Meeting and other Society business will be communicated via this listserv.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. This event will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2003 from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm. The 2003 Lecture Award recipient will be honored during the luncheon — details regarding the speaker and luncheon will be sent later.

Tickets for student delegates and alternates for the luncheon are $25.00 each and should be purchased in advance through the National Office. The cost for faculty members will be $50.00 each and should be purchased as part of one’s registration for the 2003 APhA Annual Meeting. Please purchase your tickets in advance to assist the National Office in planning the luncheon. Faculty members can purchase on-site tickets at the APhA Registration Desk and a very limited number of tickets will be available at the Rho Chi Luncheon site. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please examine how your school or chapter might cover this cost for its delegate and alternate.


WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

During the Fall of 2001, the Rho Chi Society’s Website was revised and further enhancements are planned. Please check your chapter pages to be sure we have updated information for your chapter. The pages are uniformly formatted to include chapter name, university, advisor, president, and 2000-2001 and 2001- 2002 annual reports, if those were submitted. Please visit the site so you can see the events and activities in which your fellow chapters are involved. If your chapter does not have chapter reports for the past two years it is not too late — just submit them as a word attachment via email to RhoChi@unc.edu. Notify the National Office if your chapter has its own Web page, so that can be linked.


2002-2003 CHAPTER AWARDS

Each and every chapter is encouraged to participate in the annual Chapter Awards Program. This should be a very rewarding process. The number of new chapters participating is encouraging but as many chapters as possible should plan to participate in this Program. Don’t wait for next year — there is still time. If you aren’t prepared for the February 3, 2003 deadline, be prepared for the June 2, 2003 deadline. Your Chapter proposal might just be the next one to win!

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary P. Stoehr, Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, chairs the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Entries should be sent to:

Dr. Gary P. Stoehr,
Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy
University of Pittsburgh
1104 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15261-1911


Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Scholarship is February 15. (This is the deadline, which was published on the AFPE Website.) Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website (www.rhochi.org).


RHO CHI ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

In helping to fulfill the Society’s mission to seek universal recognition of its members as lifelongintellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectualexcellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession, the Alumni Honor Roll was developed as an outreach effort. Background information, selection criteria and nomination were sent to Chapters via the listserv in the Fall Semester, 2002. Chapters are encouraged to identify and nominate one alumnus annually who has “advanced the profession through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence.”

To nominate an alumnus of your chapter to the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll, the following information is requested. The original deadline was January 15, 2003, but this has been extended to February 3, 2003.

First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Graduate of School/College:
Degree(s):
Year of Graduation:
Rho Chi Chapter:
Current Position:
Email Address:
Mailing Address:
One paragraph biosketch suitable for press release:

Please return your nomination via email attachment to rhochi@unc.edu with subject line Alumni Honor Roll Nomination or fax your nomination to (919) 843-9255.


2002-2003 FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The purpose of the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award is to annually recognize an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence, and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award must be a current chapter advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Rho Chi Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers, and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • a record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2003. Past recipients and further details are available at www.rhochi.org.


NEW CHAPTER ADVISORS

We welcome the following new advisors to Rho Chi and express our thanks to the advisors they are replacing.

  • Alpha Chi Chapter, Wayne State University – David J. Edwards
  • Alpha Gamma Chapter, University of Connecticut – Charles F. Caley IV
  • Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh – Randall B. Smith
  • Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky – Melody H. Ryan
  • Beta Phi Chapter, University of Wyoming – M. Glaucia Teixeira
  • Gamma Lambda Chapter, Wilkes University – Edward F. Foote
  • Omega Chapter, The State University of New York at Buffalo – Karl D. Fiebelkorn

2002 ASHP MIDYEAR MEETING

Congratulations to Beta Nu Chapter, University of Cincinnati, for having the largest representation at the Rho Chi Society Reception at the ASHP Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, GA on December 9, 2002.


GRADUATION HONOR CORDS

Graduation Honor Cords are available for purchase by local chapters for 2003 commencement programs. Please notify the National Office to purchase Graduation Honor Cords. The cost to Chapters for honor cords will be $10.75 per set, which includes shipping.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Annual reports for chapter will be due in the National Office by May 15, 2003. Reminders will be sent via the Listserv to Chapter Advisors and Presidents.


RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2003-2004 Number 1
September 2003

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this Issue:

  • Welcome Gamma Omicron and Gamma Pi Chapters
  • Greetings from National President, Daniel C. Robinson (Northeastern University)
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Fees 2003-2004
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Nominations for National Officers (Due October 1, 2003)
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting – March 28, 2004 (3:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation – March 28, 2004 (12:00 – 2:00 PM)
  • 2003-2004 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2004 or June 1, 2004)
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2004)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 15, 2004)
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 15, 2004)
  • 2005 Rho Chi Lecture Award Nominations (Due March 1, 2004)
  • Diamond – Gold – Silver Chapter Anniversary Celebrations
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2003 Annual Meeting
  • National Secretary, Dr. Edward Fisher
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2004
  • Honor Cords
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Critical Dates for Chapters, Members, and Advisors

WELCOME TO OUR TWO NEWEST CHAPTERS

The Society chartered its 80th and 81st chapters on March 30 at the 2003 Annual Meeting. On April 25, 2003, Gary P. Stoehr, President-Elect of the Society, installed Gamma Omicron Chapter, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia as the 80th chapter and initiated 29 professional students and 11 faculty members as the chapter’s charter members. Lynne Ciardulli serves as faculty advisor of Gamma Omicron. Daniel C. Robinson, President of the Society, installed the Society’s 81st chapter, Gamma Pi, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Pharmacy – Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts at their ceremony on May 29, 2003. Twenty-seven professional students were initiated as the chapter’s charter members. Gamma Pi’s faculty advisor is Diane Pacitti.


A MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL PRESIDENT, DANIEL C. ROBINSON (NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY)

Greetings from the National Office and the Rho Chi Executive Council. As we enter the new academic year, be sure to save this edition of the Rho Chi Society News and Updates as it will serve as an important reference for many of your chapter activities. Within the next few pages you will find news regarding many of our national events including the Society’s 2004 Annual Meeting to be held in beautiful Seattle, Washington. It’s never too early to begin planning for this major event.

At the 2003 Annual Meeting, chapter delegates had the opportunity to meet in groups by regions sharing issues and challenges, and in many cases coming up with excellent solutions. I would like chapters to continue to engage in dialog with others in their region. This can be facilitated through the Society Website by selecting Chapters > Chapter Pages and Links. Here you will find information about regional councilors, chapter advisors, and chapter officers. Feel free to contact other chapter officers in your region (or others) and consider how you might advance the mission of Rho Chi through regional activities. You will also be able to view past chapter reports, which may serve as a stimulus for future activities.

The Society continues to believe that outreach to our alumni is a high priority. Our strength, excellence, and high standards continue to live through our alumni throughout their professional careers. In 2003 we recognized 14 alumni as members of the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll. In 2004 we hope to recognize one alumnus from each of our eligible chapters. This will require nominations from each of our chapters. Please review the nomination guidelines found on the Website www.rhochi.org. While visiting the Website take some time and explore the many options and valuable resources that are provided.

Best wishes for a highly productive year. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance in helping you and your chapter achieve its goals. We also welcome your comments and suggestions.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. The site will be updated within a few days of your receipt of this Newsletter and already would have done so had it not been for “worms” and “viruses.” The look will be different as will be some of the navigation, but those familiar with the old pages will still find familiar links and a few new ones will be interesting and helpful. Please visit the Website, old or new, and provide us your feedback and suggestions. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.


NEW MEMBER FEES 2003-2004

Fees for newly elected members in 2003-2004 remain at $50.00. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. This amount was set during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICES

The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President J. Douglas Bricker (Duquesne University), is developing recommendations for the offices of President-Elect and Regional Councilor for Regions II, IV, VI, and VIII. Those members of the Society who wish to nominate an individual or individuals for these offices should submit a letter of recommendation accompanied by a letter from the individual recommended agreeing to serve and a brief biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received in the National Office on or before October 1, 2003


2004 ANNUAL MEETING

It is not too early to begin planning for the 2004 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle, Washington, March 26 – 30, 2004. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 28, 2004, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. As details are finalized updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.


DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES TO ANNUAL MEETING

Every chapter should be represented at the Annual Meeting. In accordance with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s Website for review (Click on “Meetings” to check past attendance.). Please make sure that your chapter is represented during the Annual Meeting.

An on-line form is available to register chapter delegates. Follow the links from Chapters to Chapter Reports. Names of the chapter delegates, alternates and presidents will be added to Px-Officers, an electronic listserv, as they are submitted. Communications from the National Office regarding Society business and National Meeting updates will be communicated via the listserv.

Deadline for submission of delegates, alternates and other information from your chapter regarding the National Meeting is March 15, 2004.


2004 RHO CHI SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. It will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2004.

Tickets for the luncheon should be purchased in advance. Faculty members are encouraged to purchase their tickets through APhA as part of their registration. Student tickets for the Luncheon should be purchased through the National Office via the form on the Meetings > Upcoming Meetings page of the Society’s Website. A limited number of tickets will be available on-site at the APhA Registration Desk and at the Rho Chi Luncheon. Guests are welcome and you are encouraged to invite them. Tickets for the luncheon is $50.00 each, however, the cost for students is $25.00 each as the balance is subsidized by the Society. To further minimize expenses for delegates attending the Luncheon, chapters should explore options for assisting delegates and alternates to cover their luncheon expense. This is a wonderful opportunity for delegates to meet and exchange information with other chapter delegates. As final arrangements are made regarding the 2004 Luncheon and Awards Program, details will be posted to the website and disseminated through the listserv.


2003-2004 CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but participation by all chapter members can be unifying and exciting accomplishment. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition for your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the Website under Chapter Awards.

Recipients of the 2002-2003 Chapter Project Proposal Awards were for June 1, 2002 submissions:

  • Alpha Lambda Chapter, The University of California, San Francisco
  • Beta Tau Chapter, Northeastern University

For February 1, 2003, submissions Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented to:

  • Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University

Chapter Achievement Awards were presented to:

  • Rho Chapter, The University of Washington
  • Alpha Omicron Chapter, The University of Pittsburgh

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. Deadline for submission of entries is February 1 and June 1, 2004. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary P. Stoehr, University of Pittsburgh, chairs the Chapter Awards Program.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
c/o UNC School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360

By virtue of their chapters’ recognition, Andrea Simons, Rho Chapter, The University of Washington; Brian Miller, Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University and Song U. Lim, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University were invited to serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council.


FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2002-2003 National Faculty Advisor Award:

Dr. Douglas J. Black, Co-Advisor
Rho Chapter, The University of Washington

The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also intended to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans may submit nominations. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting held in July. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:

  • A record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • Stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • Perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • Punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 15, 2004. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


RHO CHI – SCHERING-PLOUGH – AFPE FIRST YEAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Are you or a member of your chapter considering graduate school after graduation? A unique scholarship is available for Rho Chi members only through the Rho Chi/Schering Plough-AFPE First Year Graduate Scholarship. Information regarding the application process and deadlines is available on the Rho Chi Website.


RHO CHI – ELI LILLY AND COMPANY CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2003 through an award from Eli Lilly and Company, this Clinical Research Scholarship can be applied to fellowship training or research costs during the second year of a clinical research fellowship. Information regarding the application process and deadline is available on the Rho Chi Website.

JoLaine R. Draugalis, Ph.D., Chair of the selection committee wrote of the 2003 recipient: Orly Carter’s (University of Utah) submission rose to the top of the highly qualified applicant pool because the application was focused and well written, particularly the career goals and the nature and importance of research activities. Dr. Carter provided a succinct description (yet incorporated specific aims) of her proposed fellowship project in which she will investigate the clinical effects of D-ribose on cardiac function. Dr. Carter had a strong vitae including: co-investigator in a number of clinical investigations, several peer-reviewed publications with other manuscripts in preparation, membership on the Institutional Review Board at the University of Utah, and an exemplary teacher in both the didactic and experiential settings. The selection committee was impressed with the candidate’s goals for the second year of her fellowship and the methodical approach taken. The career goals and desired position following fellowship were clearly articulated with the ultimate goal “conducting research that will make an impact on the health care domain” for a desired career in academia.


2005 RHO CHI LECTURE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations are being accepted for the 2005 Rho Chi Lecture Award. The purpose of the Lecture Award is “to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars from the fields of the arts, letters, or sciences who have made significant contributions to the health professions.” Nominees may be selected from any area of arts, letters or sciences (education, research, industry, government) or any other field as long as the accomplishments or achievements have significantly contributed to the advancement of the health professions. Complete information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website under Awards > Lecture Award. Deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials is March 1, 2004 (Yes, one year ahead of the actual award).


DIAMOND – GOLD – SILVER CHAPTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to chapters that will reach significant historical milestones. In 2004, seven chapters will celebrate diamond or gold anniversaries:

Diamond (75th) Anniversary Chapters:

  • Lambda Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Xi Chapter, The University of North Carolina

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Alpha Psi Chapter, The University of Arizona
  • Alpha Omega Chapter, The University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Beta Alpha Chapter, The University of South Carolina
  • Beta Beta Chapter, Samford University
  • Beta Delta Chapter, St. John’s University

Eleven chapters will celebrate diamond, gold and silver anniversaries in 2005.

Diamond (75th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Mu Chapter, The University of Minnesota
  • Nu Chapter, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Omicron Chapter, The University of Maryland

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Beta Epsilon Chapter, The University of Utah
  • Beta Eta Chapter, The University of Toledo
  • Beta Theta Chapter, Long Island University
  • Beta Iota, The University of Arkansas
  • Beta Kappa, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Beta Lambda, Temple University
  • Beta Mu, Ferris State College

Silver (25th) Anniversary Chapter

Gamma Zeta Chapter, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Please be sure to view the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org. There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s Website is also an invaluable link between you and the other eighty chapters and their activities. Take a look at chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize some joint activities with other chapters in your region.

The March through May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as other chapters and the National Office. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in Seattle, Washington at the Annual Meeting March 26 – 30, 2004, with your delegates so Election Reports received during that time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for your new member elections and submit your reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are more professional and better appreciated when new members are presented their Rho Chi Key and Membership Certificate.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the Website or contact the National Office (RhoChi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001).


CHAPTER ADVISORS

Welcome new advisors and thank you veteran advisors. Each of you has accepted the challenge of mentoring students inducted into the Honor Society. It seems that students are hardly even initiated before they leave campus for clerkships, thus leaving but a relatively short period to time to foster the mission and vision of the Society. Like you, all members of the Society want to help prepare students to become lifelong learners and capable of facing the challenges of an ever-changing profession. The WebPages should facilitate exchange of ideas and information with other advisors in your region. Please call upon your Regional Councilor for any assistance you may require and as always, the National Officers and Staff look forward to working with you.

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2003-2004 are needed in the National Office. If your Chapter’s current president is not listed on your web page, we have not received new officer information from your chapter. Please submit this information as soon as possible. Chapter Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers listserv to facilitate dissemination of information to chapters. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s Web page choose Chapters > Chapter Reports. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


2003 ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD

Approximately 140 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 30, 2003, preceding the Annual Meeting. Luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Richard P. Pena’s lecture, “The Academy as Leader.” Dr. Pena is Executive Vice-President Emeritus of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

In addition, Robert E. Kim, J.D., General Counsel for the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, presented the Rho Chi – Schering-Plough – AFPE First-Year Scholarship to Lisa Tang, Alpha Nu Chapter, The University of Tennessee. Lisa received her Pharm.D. Degree in May 2003, as part of a joint Pharm.D./Ph.D. Degree Program.


2003 ANNUAL MEETING

The 2003 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, with delegates representing sixty-five of the seventy-nine active chapters.

Petitions to establish chapters from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy – Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, were approved. These new chapters become the 80th and 81st chapters, respectively, of the Society.

Delegates elected Thomas J. Lemke, The University of Houston as Secretary of the Society. Robert A. Buerki, The Ohio State University, was re-elected as Historian of the Society. Regional Councilors representing the odd numbered regions elected:

  • John Reynolds, Northeastern University, Region I
  • Earlene Lipowski, The University of Florida, Region III
  • Amy M. Haddad, Creighton University, Region V
  • Nanci L. Murphy, University of Washington, Region VII

The Society would like to express thanks to Regional Councilors who completed their terms of office:

  • Robert L. McCarthy, University of Connecticut, Region I
  • Paul W. Jungnickel, Auburn University, Region III
  • Jordan L. Cohen, the University of Iowa, Region V
  • Gary E. DeLander, The University of Oregon, Region VII

Their guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to their future contributions.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s Website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose National Office > Regional Councilors. Alternatively, choose About Rho Chi > Organization.

RADM (Ret.) Fred G. Paavola was initiated as an Honorary Member of the Rho Chi Society. He has served the profession as Chief Pharmacy Officer of the U.S. Public Health service and through his many distinguished roles in the Health Resources and Services Administration. We are pleased and honored to welcome him among our membership.

Two chapters were recognized during their diamond anniversaries (75th), Iota Chapter (University of Florida) and Kappa Chapter (North Dakota State University). Alpha Phi Chapter (Butler University) and Alpha Chi Chapter (Wayne State University) were recognized for their gold anniversaries (50th).

Following the Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was asked to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Maintaining continuity of programs from year to year
  • Improving regional communication and networking
  • Sharing of ideas, successful activities (best practices)
  • Challenges and solutions – open discussion

Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported to the assembled representatives. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions.


NATIONAL SECRETARY – EDWARD FISHER

We extend a huge “Thank you” to Dr. Edward Fisher, Midwestern University – Glendale, Arizona for his leadership and many contributions to the Society during his tenure as National Secretary. We are fortunate that Dr. Fisher will continue to serve at the national level through committees of the Society.


2003 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

Fourteen outstanding alumni were named to the 2003 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

  • Harold J. Kornfuhrer, Chi Chapter, University of Mississippi
  • Jenelle Lynnae Sobotka, Delta Chapter, University of Iowa
  • William A. Zellmer, Eta Chapter, University of Wisconsin
  • Holli Temple, Nu Chapter, University of Texas
  • Howard R. Schiff, Omicron Chapter, University of Maryland
  • John P. Wareham, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • John D. Grabenstein, Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University
  • Michael E. Winter, Alpha Lambda Chapter, University of California – San Francisco
  • Suzanne Divine, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky
  • Judith L. Beizer, Beta Delta Chapter, St. John’s University
  • Christopher Angelo Keeys, Beta Sigma Chapter, Howard University
  • David Calabrese, Beta Tau Chapter, Northeastern University
  • Louis Lemberger, Beta Theta Chapter, Long Island University
  • Conchetta White Fulton, Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Xavier University

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2004 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2004. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS

As a service to chapters where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the National Store located on the Society’s Website.


NATIONAL STORE

Please check the Website, www.rhochi.org, to obtain a form for ordering items which are available to chapters. (i.e., Handbooks, Recognition Certificates, Stationery, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail (rhochi@unc.edu) or call (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI TRADE GENERIC HANDBOOKS

The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook, published annually by members of Theta Chapter (University of Southern California) is available through the National Office for individuals to order or for chapters to use as fundraisers. Prices to Rho Chi members are:

  • 1 to 9 Handbooks $6.00 each
  • 10 to 24 Handbooks $5.25 each
  • 25 to 49 Handbooks $5.00 each
  • 50 to 149 Handbooks $4.75 each
  • 150 or more Handbooks $4.50 each

Please contact the National Office for ordering information or check the National Store on the Society’s Website.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Forty-three of the 79 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2003, deadline. Good job — this is double the number submitted on time last year but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2003, please send it to the National Office no later than October 1. If your chapter needs a template for the report, please contact the National Office via email at rhochi@unc.edu. It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Web page. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

Reports should be comprehensive in nature, describing the breadth of activities and accomplishments by the chapter over the preceding twelve months. The report need not be of any specific length but should include the following elements in sufficient detail to permit readers to clearly comprehend the chapter’s objectives, plans and accomplishments. Introduction – a statement identifying the rationale of chapter activities as they relate to the overall mission of the Rho Chi Society; History of Ongoing Activities – a description of ongoing activities and how they have evolved, progressed or matured during the preceding twelve months; New Activities – a description of new initiatives, programs, or activities implemented during this program year; Reflections – to what extent did the chapter’s activities add value to the member’s Rho Chi experience.


CRITICAL NATIONAL DATES FOR RHO CHI CHAPTERS, THEIR OFFICERS, MEMBERS AND ADVISORS

A Planning Calendar listing critical national dates for chapters and members alike is now available on the Society’s Website. You will find an abbreviated version of the Planning Calendar scrolling on the Society’s home page. Please use the calendar to plan your chapter activities and to fulfill your obligations at the National level. If you find it helpful, you may print a PDF version of the calendar from the Website.


RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2003-2004 Number 2
January 2004

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this issue:

  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting (March 28, 2004, 2:30 – 5:30 PM)
  • Executive Council Officers to be elected 2004
  • Report Chapter Delegate and Alternate (Due March 10, 2004)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation
  • (March 28, 2004, 12:00-2:00 PM)
  • 2003-2004 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 2, 2004 or June 4, 2004)
  • 2003-2004 Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2004)
  • Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly & Company Clinical Research Scholarhip
  • Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (deadline February 6)
  • Graduation Honor Cords
  • Annual Reports (Due May 15, 2004)

CHAPTER OFFICERS

Chapters are encouraged to plan activities that enhance the Mission of the Rho Chi Society. Please make use of the website (http://www.rhochi.org) for any information you might need about the Society. The site should be helpful and informative. Spring is usually a very busy time of the year for chapters as many chapters elect new members during this time. Please allow ample time for the National Office to process your new member election reports and order your pins and certificates. It is not only an expectation, but an induction ceremony is made even more special when new member is able to receive his/her pin and certificate at that time. If you have any questions concerning the process for electing and reporting new members, please visit the website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001). Please be sure your chapter has submitted your 2003-2004 roster of officers to the National Office. If your current President is not listed on your chapter’s web page, updated information has not been received in the National Office. In addition to your faculty advisor, this is an essential means of disseminating information to your members.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The Society’s Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle, Washington, March 26 – March 30. Each chapter should have their Delegate and/or Alternate present for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel – Grand Ballroom A. Preliminary agenda items include: election of national officers, discussion of the Society’s strategic plan, and an update on the National Office. This is THE business meeting of the Society. Delegates and Alternates are encouraged to attend and actively participate in Society discussions.

Information regarding registration, housing, programs, etc. at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle, WA can be found on the APhA website (www.aphameeting.org) under Registration and General Information.


SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2004 ELECTIONS

Elections for Executive Council offices will be held at the Annual Meeting. The following positions are to be elected at the Annual Meeting. A Sample Ballot, which includes biographical sketches, will be sent to delegates prior to the Meeting.

  • President-Elect
  • Region II Councilor (East Coast Section)
  • Region IV Councilor (Mid-Eastern Section)
  • Region VI Councilor (Gulf Coast Section)
  • Region VIII Councilor (West Coast Section)
  • CHAPTER DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE

Each chapter is expected to have a delegate present for the Annual meeting. In accord with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org, for review. (Click on the link to Upcoming Meetings).

By March 10, 2004, each chapter should contact the National Office to register the chapter’s official Delegate and Alternate. An on-line registration form can be found on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org. On the site navigation bar choose Chapters/Chapter Instructions/Delegates. If you cannot access the website, please send an e-mail to RhoChi@unc.edu and include: the name of the chapter (in the email subject line), the name of the university, the names of the delegate and alternate delegate, email addresses for each one, the name of the chapter president, the email address of the chapter president, the name of the faculty advisor and her/his email address. Delegates’, Alternates’, and Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers e-mail listserv as they become available. Communications from the National Office regarding the National Meeting and other Society business will be communicated via this listserv.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. This event will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2004 from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm. The 2004 Lecture Award recipient will be honored during the luncheon — details regarding the speaker and luncheon will be sent later.

Tickets for student delegates and alternates for the luncheon are at a reduced price of $25.00 each and should be purchased in advance by March 10, 2004, through the National Office. The cost for faculty members will be $50.00 each and should be purchased as part of one’s registration for the 2004 APhA Annual Meeting. Please purchase your tickets in advance to assist the National Office in planning the luncheon. Faculty members can purchase on-site tickets at the APhA Registration Desk and a very limited number of tickets will be available at the Rho Chi Luncheon site. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please examine how your school or chapter might cover this cost for its delegate and alternate.


2003-2004 CHAPTER AWARDS

Each and every chapter is encouraged to participate in the annual Chapter Awards Program. This should be a very rewarding process. The number of new chapters participating is encouraging but as many chapters as possible should plan to participate in this Program. Don’t wait for next year — there is still time. If you aren’t prepared for the February 2, 2004 deadline, be prepared for the June 4, 2004 deadline. Your Chapter proposal might just be the next one to receive recognition!

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary P. Stoehr, Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, chairs the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Entries should be sent to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3210 Kerr Hall – CB# 7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360


RHO CHI, SCHERING PLOUGH, AFPE FIRST-YEAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Scholarship is February 17. (This is the deadline, which was published on the AFPE Website.) Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website (www.rhochi.org).


RHO CHI, ELI LILLY & COMPANY CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Eli Lilly & Company Clinical Research Scholarship is February 15, 2004. Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website (www.rhochi.org) or by contacting the National Office at rhochi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

In helping to fulfill the Society’s mission to seek universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession, the Alumni Honor Roll was developed as an outreach effort. Background information, selection criteria and nomination were sent to Chapters via the listserv in the Fall Semester, 2003. Chapters are encouraged to identify and nominate one alumnus annually who has “advanced the profession through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence.”

Fourteen outstanding alumni were recognized in 2003, however, this number represents less than twenty percent of active chapters. Please take the time to nominate a worthy alumnus of your chapter. To nominate an alumnus of your chapter to the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll, the following information is requested. The deadline is February 1, 2004, but has been extended to February 16.

First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Graduate of School/College:
Degree(s):
Year of Graduation:
Rho Chi Chapter:
Current Position:
Email Address:
Mailing Address:
One paragraph biosketch suitable for press release:

Please return your nomination via email attachment to rhochi@unc.edu with subject line Alumni Honor Roll Nomination or fax your nomination to (919) 843-9255.


2003-2004 FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The purpose of the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award is to recognize an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence, and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award must be a current chapter advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Rho Chi Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers, and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • a record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2004. Past recipients and further details are available at www.rhochi.org.


GRADUATION HONOR CORDS

Graduation Honor Cords are available for purchase by local chapters for 2004 commencement programs. Chapters should check with their college or university’s Commencement Office to be sure Honor Cords can be worn at the ceremonies. Please notify the National Office to purchase Graduation Honor Cords. The cost to Chapters for honor cords will be $10.75 per set, which includes shipping.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Annual reports for chapter will be due in the National Office by May 15, 2004. Reminders will be sent via the Listserv to Chapter Advisors and Presidents.


RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2004-2005 Number 1
September 2004

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this Issue:

  • Greetings from National President, Gary P. Stoehr ( University of Pittsburgh )
  • Welcome to Gamma Rho Chapter
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Nominations for National Officers (Due October 1, 2004 )
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting – April 3, 2005 ( 3:00 – 5:00 PM )
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation – April 3, 2004 ( 12:00 – 2:00 PM )
  • 2004-2005 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2005 or June 1, 2005 )
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2005 )
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications
  • (Due February 15, 2005 )
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Research Scholarship Applications
  • (Due February 15, 2005 )
  • 2006 Rho Chi Lecture Award Nominations (Due March 1, 2005 )
  • Diamond – Gold – Silver Chapter Anniversary Celebrations
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Fees 2004-2005
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2004 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers (Thanks to Outgoing)
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2005
  • Honor Cords
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Critical Dates for Chapters, Members, and Advisors

A MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL PRESIDENT, GARY P. STOEHR, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Greetings from the National Office and the Rho Chi Executive Council. The beginning of the academic year brings students another year closer to graduation (and practice). The new academic year holds great promise for members of the Rho Chi Society as well. Membership in the Society carries with it not only recognition for academic accomplishments, but also the responsibility for carrying out the mission of the Society. From what I have seen, the Rho Chi Society is in good hands. The National Office and Executive Council are ready to serve the membership.

Please visit the Society’s web site periodically to find valuable information about initiation procedures and useful summaries of Rho Chi chapter activities at many schools of pharmacy. By scanning chapter reports your chapter may find interesting ideas for new programs. The activities described in these reports are quite impressive! Many chapters organized tutoring sessions for students at their school. Others developed recognition programs for students or faculty who exemplify, through their accomplishments, the mission of the Society. Chapters participated in a variety of community-wide service projects such as blood pressure screening programs, drug information programs aimed at seniors, health fairs, and immunization programs. Rho Chi members have mentored high school students interested in studying pharmacy and tutored underprivileged children. Through their actions, Rho Chi members serve as intellectual leaders for the pharmacy profession and role models for their peers.

Take pride in the accomplishments of your Rho Chi colleagues. The impact of our members on their schools and community is impressive and gives promise that Rho Chi members will continue to be high achievers throughout their professional careers. A select number of members have been recognized for their accomplishments through the Alumni Honor Roll. If your chapter has not submitted a nomination, please consider doing so. Nomination forms can be found on the web site.

It’s not too early to begin planning for our annual meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the APhA meeting in Orlando on Sunday, April 3. Select a delegate, submit a project proposal, and prepare a comprehensive summary of your activities. Perhaps your chapter will be honored at the meeting.

If you’d like to communicate with other chapter officers or advisors or organize a regional meeting or send a congratulatory note to our new chapters, check the website for E-mail addresses and contact information. Make sure that your information is accurate and up-to-date.

The profession of pharmacy is facing enormous challenges as the healthcare system goes through significant change. Rho Chi members will be involved in setting the direction for the profession for years to come.

I hope to communicate with many of you this year as I begin serving as your president. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

On behalf of the Executive Council, best wishes for a successful year.


WELCOME TO OUR 82nd CHAPTER

At the 2004 Annual Meeting, the Society chartered its 82nd chapter. On May 23, 2004 , Gary P. Stoehr, President of the Society, presided at the installation of Gamma Rho Chapter, Loma Linda University , Loma Linda , California . Eight professional students and 3 faculty members were initiated as the chapter’s charter members. Drs. Barry Bleidt and Norm Hamada will serve as faculty advisors of Gamma Rho Chapter. Gamma Rho becomes the ninth chapter in the West Coast Section, Region VIII.


NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICES

The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Daniel C. Robinson is developing recommendations for the offices of Secretary, Historian and Regional Councilors for Regions I, III, V, and VII who will serve 2005-2007. Those members of the Society who wish to nominate an individual or individuals for these offices should submit a letter of recommendation accompanied by a letter from the individual recommended agreeing to serve and a brief biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received in the National Office on or before October 1, 2004 .


2005 ANNUAL MEETING

Begin planning now for the 2005 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando , Florida , April 1-5, 2005 . Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 3, 2005 , from 3:00 – 5:00 PM . As details are finalized updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.


DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES TO ANNUAL MEETING

Every chapter should be represented at the Annual Meeting. In accordance with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s Website for review (Click on “Meetings” to check past attendance.). Please make sure that your chapter is represented during the Annual Meeting.

An on-line form is available to register chapter delegates. Follow the links from Chapters to Chapter Reports (http://www.rhochi.org/delegaterpt.htm). Names of the chapter delegates, alternates and presidents will be added to Px-Officers, an electronic listserv, as they are submitted. Communications from the National Office regarding Society business and National Meeting updates will be communicated via the listserv.

Deadline for submission of delegates, alternates and other information from your chapter regarding the National Meeting is March 15, 2005 .


2005 RHO CHI SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. It will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2005 . Dr. Charles D. Hepler, University of Florida , has been selected as the 2005 Rho Chi Lecture Awardee. Please go to the Society’s website (http://www.rhochi.org/lectureaward.htm) for further information on the Lecture Award and a link to information regarding Dr. Hepler.

Tickets for the luncheon should be purchased in advance. Faculty members are encouraged to purchase their tickets through APhA as part of their registration. Student tickets for the Luncheon should be purchased through the National Office via the form on the Meetings > Upcoming Meetings page of the Society’s Website (http://www.rhochi.org/upcomingmtg.htm). A limited number of tickets will be available on-site at the APhA Registration Desk and at the Rho Chi Luncheon. Guests are welcome and you are encouraged to invite them. Tickets for the luncheon are $50.00 each, however, the cost for students is $25.00 each as the balance is subsidized by the Society. To further minimize expenses for delegates attending the Luncheon, chapters should explore options for assisting delegates and alternates to cover their luncheon expense. This is a wonderful opportunity for delegates to meet and exchange information with other chapter delegates. As final arrangements are made regarding the 2005 Luncheon and Awards Program, details will be posted to the website and disseminated through the listserv.


2004-2005 CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but participation by all chapter members can be unifying and exciting accomplishment. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition for your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the Website under Chapter Awards (http://www.rhochi.org/chapaward.htm).

2004 Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented to:

Alpha Xi Chapter, The University of Kentucky – developed a dose information workshop for caregivers.

Xi Chapter, The University of North Carolina – brought students together to help them become aware of clinical applications of basic sciences. This was done through an introduction of clinical case studies and was presented to first year students by upper classmen. There were also organized discussions of the role of clinical practice and shadowing experiences.

2003 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:

Rho Chapter, The University of Washington, was recognized for their success in receiving the 2003 Chapter Achievement Award. Activities of Rho chapter were highlighted (built a website for the chapter, tutored middle school students in the area of science – science mentor program).

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org . Deadline for submission of entries is February 1 and June 1, 2005 . The Society’s President-Elect, Gary E. DeLander, of Oregon State University , chairs the Chapter Awards Program.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
c/o UNC School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7360
Chapel Hill , NC 27599-7360

By virtue of their chapters’ recognition, Lisa Nguyen, Rho Chapter, The University of Washington, Adrienne Matson, Alpha Xi Chapter, The University of Kentucky and Kimberly Clark, The University of North Carolina were invited to serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council.


FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2003-2004 National Faculty Advisor Award: Dr. Mark W. Harrold, Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University
In its letter of nomination, chapter members state, “His support of our organization and dedication to his position as Alpha Beta Chapter Faculty advisor goes above and beyond the expected call of duty and has served to strengthen our chapter.” The award was presented to Dr. Harrold at the Rho Chi Faculty Advisor’s Reception in Salt Lake City , Utah in July. Congratulations to Dr. Harrold for this well deserved recognition.

The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also intended to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans may submit nominations. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting held in July. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:

  • A record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • Stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • Perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • Punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 15, 2005 . Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website (http://www.rhochi.org/facaward.htm).


RHO CHI – SCHERING-PLOUGH – AFPE FIRST YEAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Ashley N. Albright, Pharm.D. was selected as the recipient of the 2004-2005 Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First Year Graduate Scholarship. Ashley is enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in the psychiatric residency/graduate program.

Are you or a member of your chapter considering graduate school after graduation? A unique scholarship is available for Rho Chi members only through the Rho Chi/Schering Plough-AFPE First Year Graduate Scholarship. Information regarding the application process and deadlines is available on the Rho Chi Website (http://www.rhochi.org/scholarships.htm).


RHO CHI – ELI LILLY AND COMPANY CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

Kathleen Green, Pharm.D. The University of Minnesota, was selected as the 2004-2005 recipient of the Rho Chi – Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Research Scholarship. Dr. Green is continuing her training in the Clinical Pharmacology Department with Pamala Jacobson, Pharm.D.

Established in 2003 through an award from Eli Lilly and Company, this Clinical Research Scholarship can be applied to fellowship training or research costs during the second year of a clinical research fellowship. Information regarding the application process and deadline is available on the Rho Chi Website (http://www.rhochi.org/fellowships.htm).


2006 RHO CHI LECTURE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations are being accepted for the 2006 Rho Chi Lecture Award. The purpose of the Lecture Award is “to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars from the fields of the arts, letters, or sciences who have made significant contributions to the health professions.” Nominees may be selected from any area of arts, letters or sciences (education, research, industry, government) or any other field as long as the accomplishments or achievements have significantly contributed to the advancement of the health professions. Complete information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website (http://www.rhochi.org/Lectureaward_New2.htm). Deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials is March 1, 2005 (Yes, one year ahead of the actual award).


CHAPTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to chapters that will reach significant historical milestones. In 2005, nine chapters will celebrate diamond or gold anniversaries:

Diamond (75 th ) Anniversary Chapters

Omicron Chapter, The University of Maryland

Gold (50 th ) Anniversary Chapters

  • Beta Epsilon Chapter, The University of Utah
  • Beta Eta Chapter, The University of Toledo
  • Beta Theta Chapter, Long Island University
  • Beta Iota, The University of Arkansas
  • Beta Kappa, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Beta Lambda, Temple University
  • Beta Mu, Ferris State College

Silver (25 th ) Anniversary Chapter

Gamma Zeta Chapter, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

In 2006, six additional chapters will achieve anniversary milestones:

Diamond (75 th ) Anniversary Chapters

  • Tau Chapter, South Dakota State University
  • Rho Chapter, The University of Washington

Gold (50 th ) Anniversary Chapters

  • Alpha Sigma Chapter, Drake University
  • Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Idaho State University
  • Alpha Rho Chapter, The University of Kansas
  • Alpha Tau Chapter, The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. Plans are underway for revisions to the site. The look will be different as will be some of the navigation, but those familiar with the old pages will still find familiar links and a few new ones will be interesting and helpful. Please visit the Website, old or new, and provide us your feedback and suggestions. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.


NEW MEMBER FEES 2004-2005

Fees for newly elected members in 2004-2005 remain at $50.00. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. This amount was set during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Please be sure to view the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org . There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s Website is also an invaluable link between you and the other eighty chapters and their activities. Take a look at chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize some joint activities with other chapters in your region.

The March through May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as other chapters and the National Office. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in Orlando , Florida at the Annual Meeting April 1-5, 2005 , with your delegates so Election Reports received during that time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for your new member elections and submit your reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately four weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are more professional and better appreciated when new members are presented their Rho Chi Key and Membership Certificate.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the Website or contact the National Office ( RhoChi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001).


CHAPTER ADVISORS

Welcome new advisors and thank you veteran advisors. Each of you has accepted the challenge of mentoring students inducted into the Honor Society. It seems that students are hardly even initiated before they leave campus for clerkships, thus leaving but a relatively short period to time to foster the mission and vision of the Society. Like you, all members of the Society want to help prepare students to become lifelong learners and capable of facing the challenges of an ever-changing profession. The WebPages should facilitate exchange of ideas and information with other advisors in your region. Please call upon your Regional Councilor for any assistance you may require and as always, the National Officers and Staff look forward to working with you.

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2004-2005 are needed in the National Office. If your Chapter’s current president is not listed on your web page, we have not received new officer information from your chapter. Please submit this information as soon as possible. Chapter Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers listserv to facilitate dissemination of information to chapters. An on-line form (http://www.rhochi.org/newofficerrpt.htm) is available for submitting this information. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


2004 ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD

Approximately 160 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in Seattle , Washington , March 28, 2004 , preceding the Annual Meeting. Luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Mary Anne Koda-Kimble’s presentation, “A Patient’s Tale.” Dr. Koda-Kimble is Dean of the School of Pharmacy , The University of California at San Francisco.

In addition, Robert E. Kim, J.D., General Counsel for the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, presented the Rho Chi – Schering-Plough – AFPE First-Year Scholarship to Ashley Albright, Alpha Rho Chapter, The University of Kansas.


2004 ANNUAL MEETING

The 2004 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, with delegates representing seventy three of the eighty active chapters.

A petition to establish a Rho Chi chapter at Loma Linda University , Loma Linda , California was approved. This new chapter becomes the 82nd chapter of the Society.

Delegates elected Gary E. DeLander, Oregon State University as President-Elect. Regional Councilors representing the even numbered regions elected were:

  • Dong-Churl Suh, Rutgers , The State University of New Jersey , Region II
  • Matthias Lu, The University of Illinois at Chicago , Region IV
  • Jonathan J. Wolfe, The University of Arkansas , Region VI
  • Anne Y. Lin, Midwestern University- Glendale , Region VIII

The Society would like to express thanks to Regional Councilors who completed their terms of office:

  • William C. Lubawy, The University of Kentucky , Region IV
  • Joanne Whitney, The University of California , San Francisco , Region VIII

Their guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to their future contributions.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s Website to find out (http://www.rhochi.org/councilors.htm).

Following the Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was asked to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Maintaining continuity of programs from year to year
  • Improving regional communication and networking
  • Sharing of ideas, successful activities (best practices)
  • Challenges and solutions – open discussion

Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported to the assembled representatives. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions.


2004 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

Seven outstanding alumni were named to the 2004 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

  • Brian K. Alldredge, Alpha Lambda Chapter, University of California , San Francisco
  • Anthony J. Cutie, Beta Theta Chapter, Long Island University
  • Peter A. Crooks, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky
  • Samuel E. Daniel, Chi Chapter, University of Mississippi
  • Joan Lausier, Beta Pi Chapter, University of Rhode Island
  • Jeffrey G. Newman, Beta Lambda Chapter, Temple University
  • Raylene M. Rospond, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2005 Alumni Honor Roll. Less than ten percent of our chapters submitted nominations for 2004 – there are many outstanding alumni from your chapter. Please take a few minutes and submit a nomination. Nominations will be due February 1, 2005 . Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website (http://www.rhochi.org/alumniaward.htm).


COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS

As a service to chapters where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the National Store located on the Society’s Website (http://www.rhochi.org/Store.htm).


NATIONAL STORE

Please check the Website (http://www.rhochi.org/Store.htm) to obtain a form for ordering items which are available to chapters. (i.e., Handbooks, Recognition Certificates, Stationery, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail ( rhochi@unc.edu ) or call (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI TRADE GENERIC HANDBOOKS

The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook, published annually by members of Theta Chapter ( University of Southern California ) is available through the National Office for individuals to order or for chapters to use as fundraisers. Prices to Rho Chi members are:

  • 1 to 9 Handbooks $6.00 each
  • 10 to 24 Handbooks $5.25 each
  • 25 to 49 Handbooks $5.00 each
  • 50 to 149 Handbooks $4.75 each
  • 150 or more Handbooks $4.50 each

Please contact the National Office for ordering information or check the National Store on the Society’s Website.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Forty-three of the 80 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2004 , deadline. Good job – but you can improve on this number. This is the same number submitted on time last year but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2004, please send it to the National Office no later than October 1. If your chapter needs a template for the report, please contact the National Office via email at rhochi@unc.edu . It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Web page. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

Reports should be comprehensive in nature, describing the breadth of activities and accomplishments by the chapter over the preceding twelve months. The report need not be of any specific length but should include the following elements in sufficient detail to permit readers to clearly comprehend the chapter’s objectives, plans and accomplishments. Introduction – a statement identifying the rationale of chapter activities as they relate to the overall mission of the Rho Chi Society; History of Ongoing Activities – a description of ongoing activities and how they have evolved, progressed or matured during the preceding twelve months; New Activities – a description of new initiatives, programs, or activities implemented during this program year; Reflections – to what extent did the chapter’s activities add value to the member’s Rho Chi experience.


CRITICAL NATIONAL DATES FOR RHO CHI CHAPTERS, THEIR OFFICERS, MEMBERS AND ADVISORS

A Planning Calendar listing critical national dates for chapters and members alike is available on the Society’s Website (http://www.rhochi.org/Natoffice.htm). Click on the link to the Planning Calendar at the top of the page. You will find an abbreviated version of the Planning Calendar scrolling on the Society’s home page. Please use the calendar to plan your chapter activities and to fulfill your obligations at the National level. If you find it helpful, you may print a PDF version of the calendar from the Website.


RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2004-2005 Number 2
January 2005

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this Issue:

  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting (April 3, 3:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • Executive Council Officers to be elected 2005
  • Report Chapter Delegate and Alternate (Due March 11, 2005)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation ( April 3, 2005, 12:00-2:00 PM)
  • 2004-2005 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2005 or June 3, 2005)
  • 2004-2005 Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 16, 2005)
  • Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly & Company Clinical Research Scholarhip
  • Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (deadline February 4)
  • Graduation Honor Cords
  • Annual Reports (Due May 16, 2005)

CHAPTER OFFICERS

Chapters are encouraged to plan activities that enhance the Mission of the Rho Chi Society. Please make use of the website (http://www.rhochi.org) for any information you might need about the Society. The site should be helpful and informative. Spring is usually a very busy time of the year for chapters as many chapters elect new members during this time. Please allow ample time for the National Office to process your new member election reports and order your pins and certificates. It is not only an expectation, but an induction ceremony is made even more special when new member is able to receive his/her pin and certificate at that time. If you have any questions concerning the process for electing and reporting new members, please visit the website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).

Please be sure your chapter has submitted your 2004-2005 roster of officers to the National Office. If your current President is not listed on your chapter’s web page, updated information has not been received in the National Office. In addition to your faculty advisor, this is an essential means of disseminating information to your members.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The Society’s Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, April 1 – 5. Each chapter should have their Delegate and/or Alternate present for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 3, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Peabody Hotel – Florida II. Preliminary agenda items include: election of national officers, discussion of the Society’s strategic plan, and an update on the National Office. This is THE business meeting of the Society. Delegates and Alternates are encouraged to attend and actively participate in Society discussions.

Information regarding registration, housing, programs, etc. at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida can be found on the APhA website (www.aphameeting.org) under Registration and General Information.


Slate of Officers for 2004 Elections

Elections for Executive Council offices will be held at the Annual Meeting. The following positions are to be elected at the Annual Meeting. A Sample Ballot, which includes biographical sketches, will be sent to delegates prior to the Meeting.

  • Historian
  • Secretary
  • Region I Councilor (Northeastern Section)
  • Region III Councilor (Southeastern Section)
  • Region V Councilor (Mid-Western Section)
  • Region VII Councilor (Northwestern Section)

CHAPTER DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE

Each chapter is expected to have a delegate present for the Annual meeting. In accord with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org, for review. (Click on the link to Upcoming Meetings).

By March 11, 2005, each chapter should contact the National Office to register the chapter’s official Delegate and Alternate. An on-line registration form can be found on the Society’s website, www.rhochi.org. On the site navigation bar choose Chapters/Chapter Instructions/Delegates. If you cannot access the website, please send an e-mail to RhoChi@unc.edu and include: the name of the chapter (in the email subject line), the name of the university, the names of the delegate and alternate delegate, email addresses for each one, the name of the chapter president, the email address of the chapter president, the name of the faculty advisor and her/his email address. Delegates’, Alternates’, and Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers e-mail listserv as they become available. Communications from the National Office regarding the National Meeting and other Society business will be communicated via this listserv.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. This event will be held on Sunday, April 3 from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm. The 2005 Lecture Award recipient, Charles D. Hepler, Professor Emeritus, College of Pharmacy, The University of Florida and Director, DuBow Family Center for Research in Pharmaceutical Care, will be honored during the luncheon. There is a link on the Society’s website via the Lecture Award page with further information regarding Dr. Hepler.

Tickets for student delegates and alternates for the luncheon are at a reduced price of $25.00 each and should be purchased in advance by March 11, 2005, through the National Office. The cost for faculty members will be $50.00 each and should be purchased as part of one’s registration for the 2005 APhA Annual Meeting. Please purchase your tickets in advance to assist the National Office in planning the luncheon. Faculty members can purchase on-site tickets at the APhA Registration Desk and a very limited number of tickets will be available at the Rho Chi Luncheon site. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please examine how your school or chapter might cover this cost for its delegate and alternate.


2004-2005 CHAPTER AWARDS

Each and every chapter is encouraged to participate in the annual Chapter Awards Program. This should be a very rewarding process. The number of new chapters participating is encouraging but as many chapters as possible should plan to participate in this Program. Don’t wait for next year — there is still time. If you aren’t prepared for the February 1, 2005 deadline, be prepared for the June 3, 2005 deadline. Your Chapter proposal might just be the next one to receive recognition!

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary E. DeLander, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, chairs the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Entries should be sent to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3210 Kerr Hall – CB# 7360
Chapel Hill , NC 27599-7360


Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Scholarship is February 17. (This is the deadline, which was published on the AFPE Website.) Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website (www.rhochi@unc.edu).


RHO CHI, ELI LILLY & COMPANY CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Eli Lilly & Company Clinical Research Scholarship is February 15, 2005. Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website (www.rhochi.org) or by contacting the National Office at rhochi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

In helping to fulfill the Society’s mission to seek universal recognition of its members as lifelongintellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectualexcellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession, the Alumni Honor Roll was developed as an outreach effort. Background information, selection criteria and nomination were sent to Chapters via the listserv in the Fall Semester, 2003. Chapters are encouraged to identify and nominate one alumnus annually who has “advanced the profession through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence.”

Fourteen outstanding alumni were recognized in 2003, and seven in 2004. These numbers represent a small percentage of our active chapters. Please take the time to nominate a worthy alumnus of your chapter. To nominate an alumnus of your chapter to the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll, the following information is requested. The deadline is February 4, 2005.

First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Graduate of School/College:
Degree(s):
Year of Graduation:
Rho Chi Chapter:
Current Position:
Email Address:
Mailing Address:
One paragraph biosketch suitable for press release:

Please return your nomination via email attachment to rhochi@unc.edu with subject line Alumni Honor Roll Nomination or fax your nomination to (919) 843-9255.


2004-2005 FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The purpose of the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award is to recognize an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence, and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award must be a current chapter advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Rho Chi Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers, and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • a record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

The deadline for nominations is May 16, 2005. Past recipients and further details are available at www.rhochi.org.


GRADUATION HONOR CORDS

Graduation Honor Cords are available for purchase by local chapters for 2005 commencement programs. Chapters should check with their college or university’s Commencement Office to be sure Honor Cords can be worn at the ceremonies. Please notify the National Office to purchase Graduation Honor Cords. The cost to Chapters for honor cords will be $10.75 per set, which includes shipping.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Annual reports for chapter will be due in the National Office by May 16, 2005. Reminders will be sent via the Listserv to Chapter Advisors and Presidents.


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RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2005-2006 Number 1
November 2005

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this Issue:

  • Welcome to New Chapters
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Nominations for National Officers (Due November 15, 2005)
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation
  • 2005-2006 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2006 or June 1, 2006)
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2006)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications
  • (Due February 1, 2006)
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Research Scholarship Applications
  • (Due February 15, 2006)
  • 2007 Rho Chi Lecture Award Nominations (Due March 1, 2006)
  • Diamond – Gold – Silver Chapter Anniversary Celebrations
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Fees 2005-2006
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2005 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers (Thanks to Outgoing)
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2006)
  • Honor Cords
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Critical Dates for Chapters, Members, and Advisors

WELCOME TO OUR NEW CHAPTERS

Gary P. Stoehr, President of the Society, has presided at the installation of three new chapters: Gamma Sigma, Western University of Health Sciences, Pamona, CA became the 83rd active chapter on May 9. Gamma Tau, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Eric, PA became the 84th active chapter on June 9, followed by our 85 th chapter at South University, Savannah, GA, Gamma Upsilon on September 9. The petition from Wingate University, Wingate, NC was approved and their chapter, Gamma Phi will be installed on November 3 as the 86 th active chapter. This will add one chapter to Region VIII, two chapters to Region III and one chapter to Region II.

It has been forty four years since 4 new chapters were installed in the same calendar year. Other years installing four chapters were 1922, 1925, 1931, 1949 and 1961. The other growth years were 1951 with five installations and 1954 with six; however the record year as 1955 with eight new chapters.


NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICES

The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Daniel C. Robinson is developing recommendations for the offices of President-Elect and Regional Councilors for Regions II, IV, VI and VIII. Those members of the Society who wish to nominate an individual or individuals for these offices should submit a letter of recommendation accompanied by a letter from the individual recommended agreeing to serve and a brief biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received in the National Office on or before November 15, 2005.


2006 ANNUAL MEETING

Begin planning now for the 2006 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California, March 17-21, 2006. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting. As details are finalized updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.


DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES TO ANNUAL MEETING

Every chapter should be represented at the Annual Meeting. In accordance with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s Website for review (Click on “Meetings” to check past attendance.). Please make sure that your chapter is represented during the Annual Meeting.

An on-line form is available to register chapter delegates. Follow the links from Chapters to Chapter Reports. Names of the chapter delegates, alternates and presidents will be added to Px-Officers, an electronic listserv, as they are submitted. Communications from the National Office regarding Society business and National Meeting updates will be communicated via the listserv.

Deadline for submission of delegates, alternates and other information from your chapter regarding the National Meeting is March 1, 2006.


2006 RHO CHI SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will be held in conjunction with the APhA’s Annual Meeting. As plans are finalized, updates will be sent to advisors and Chapter Presidents via the Listservs and posted on the website. Dr. Milap C. Nahata, The Ohio State University, been selected as the 2006 Rho Chi Lecture Awardee.

Tickets for the luncheon should be purchased in advance. Faculty members are encouraged to purchase their tickets through APhA as part of their registration. Student tickets for the Luncheon should be purchased through the National Office via the form on the Meetings > Upcoming Meetings page of the Society’s Website. A limited number of tickets will be available on-site at the APhA Registration Desk and at the Rho Chi Luncheon. Guests are welcome and you are encouraged to invite them. Tickets for the luncheon are $50.00 each, however, the cost for students is $25.00 each as the balance is subsidized by the Society. To further minimize expenses for delegates attending the Luncheon, chapters should explore options for assisting delegates and alternates to cover their luncheon expense. This is a wonderful opportunity for delegates to meet and exchange information with other chapter delegates. As final arrangements are made regarding the 2006 Luncheon and Awards Program, details will be posted to the website and disseminated through the listserv.


2005-2006 CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but participation by all chapter members can be unifying and exciting accomplishment. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition for your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the Website under Chapter Awards.

2005 Chapter Project Proposal Award was presented to:

Beta Epsilon Chapter, The University of Utah

2005 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:

Alpha Omicron, The The University of Pittsburgh

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. Deadline for submission of entries is February 1 and June 1, 2006. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary E. DeLander, of Oregon State University, chairs the Chapter Awards Program.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
c/o UNC School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360

By virtue of their chapters’ recognition, Katie Francis, The University of Pittsburgh was invited to serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council.


FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2004-2005 National Faculty Advisor Award:

Dr. Thomas L. Lemke, The University of Houston

The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also intended tostimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans may submit nominations. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting held in July. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:

  • A record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • Stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • Perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • Punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 15, 2006. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


RHO CHI – SCHERING-PLOUGH – AFPE FIRST YEAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Joshua J. Neumiller was selected as the recipient of the Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First Year Graduate Scholarship. Joshua is enrolled at Washington State University in the Immunopharmacology/Toxicology Program.

Are you or a member of your chapter considering graduate school after graduation? A unique scholarship is available for Rho Chi members only through the Rho Chi/Schering Plough-AFPE First Year Graduate Scholarship. Information regarding the application process and deadlines is available on the Rho Chi Websi


RHO CHI – ELI LILLY AND COMPANY CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

Lee Ming Boo, Pharm.D., University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2005 Clinical Research Scholarship. Dr. Boo is completing a Clinical Research Fellowship combining both basic and clinical science in the field of breast cancer research with Dr. Dr. Ann and co-advised by Dr. Yun Yen.on, Pharm.D.

Established in 2003 through an award from Eli Lilly and Company, this Clinical Research Scholarship can be applied to fellowship training or research costs during the second year of a clinical research fellowship. Information regarding the application process and deadline is available on the Rho Chi Website.


2007 RHO CHI LECTURE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations are being accepted for the 2007 Rho Chi Lecture Award. The purpose of the Lecture Award is “to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars from the fields of the arts, letters, or sciences who have made significant contributions to the health professions.” Nominees may be selected from any area of arts, letters or sciences (education, research, industry, government) or any other field as long as the accomplishments or achievements have significantly contributed to the advancement of the health professions. Complete information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website under Awards > Lecture Award. Deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials is March 1, 2006 (Yes, one year ahead of the actual award).


CHAPTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to chapters that will reach significant historical milestones. In 2006, three chapters will celebrate diamond or gold anniversaries:


Diamond (75 th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Rho, The University of Washington
  • Tau, South Dakota State University

Gold (50 th) Anniversary Chapters

Beta Nu, The University of Cincinnati


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. Plans are undwerway for revisions to the site. The look will be different as will be some of the navigation, but those familiar with the old pages will still find familiar links and a few new ones will be interesting and helpful. Please visit the Website, old or new, and provide us your feedback and suggestions. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.


NEW MEMBER FEES 2005-2006

Fees for newly elected members in 2005-2006 remain at $50.00. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. This amount was set during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Please be sure to view the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org. There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s Website is also an invaluable link between you and the other eighty chapters and their activities. Take a look at chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize some joint activities with other chapters in your region.

The March through May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as other chapters and the National Office. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in San Francisco, March 17-21 at the Annual Meeting with your delegates so Election Reports received during that time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for new member elections and submit reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are more professional and better appreciated when new members are presented their Rho Chi Key and Membership Certificate.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the Website or contact the National Office (RhoChi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001).


CHAPTER ADVISORS

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2005-2006 are needed in the National Office. If your Chapter has not submitted contact information for your current officers, please submit this information as soon as possible. Chapter Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers listserv to facilitate dissemination of information to chapters. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s Web page choose Chapters > Chapter Reports. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


2005 ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD

Approximately 170 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in Orlando, Florida, April 3, 2005, preceding the Annual Meeting. Luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Charles D. Hepler’s presentation, “It Takes a System.” Dr. Hepler is Professor Emeritus at the College of Pharmacy, The University of Florida.

In addition, Robert E. Kim, J.D., General Counsel for the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, presented the Rho Chi – Schering-Plough – AFPE First-Year Scholarship to Joshua Neumiller, Epsilon Chapter, Washington State University.


2005 ANNUAL MEETING

The 2005 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Peabody Orlando Hotel, with delegates representing seventy of the eighty two active chapters.

Petition to establish Rho Chi chapters at Western University of Health Sciences, Pamona, California and Lake Erie College of Osteophathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania were approved. These new chapters became the 83rd and 84 th active chapters of the Society.

Delegates elected Paul W. Jungnickel as Secretary and J. Douglas Bricker of Duquesne University as Historian Regional Councilors representing the odd numbered regions elected were:

  • John (Jack) Reynolds, Northeastern University – Region 1
  • MaryAnn Kirkpatrick, Shenandoah University – Region III
  • Victoria F. Roche, Creighton University – Region V
  • Lori J. Morin, University of Montana – Region VII

The Society would like to express thanks to Regional Councilors who completed their terms of office:

  • Earlene Lipowski, University of Florida – Region III
  • Amy M. Haddad, Creighton University – Region V
  • Nanci L. Murphy, University of Washington – Region VII

Their guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to their future contributions.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s Website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose National Office > Regional Councilors. Alternatively, choose About Rho Chi > Organization.

Following the Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was asked to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Point System for Chapters
  • Revocation of individual membership
  • Encouraging chapter project proposals
  • Recognition of “Member(s) of Distinction
  • Best Practices (each table discussed this topic

Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported to the assembled representatives. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions.


2005 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

Fourteen outstanding alumni were named to the 2005 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

Thomas C. Bookwalter
Alpha Lambda Chapter
University of California, San Francisco

William H. Campbell
Beta Chapter
Oregon State University

Sidney D. Nelson
Rho Chapter
University of Washington

Amy Nicholas
Alpha Xi Chapter
University of Kentucky

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2006 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2006. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS

As a service to chapters where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the National Store located on the Society’s Website.


NATIONAL STORE

Please check the Website, www.rhochi.org, to obtain a form for ordering items which are available to chapters. (i.e., Handbooks, Recognition Certificates, Stationery, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail (rhochi@unc.edu) or call (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI TRADE GENERIC HANDBOOKS

The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook, published annually by members of Theta Chapter ( University of Southern California) is available through the National Office for individuals to order or for chapters to use as fundraisers. Prices to Rho Chi members are:

  • 1 to 9 Handbooks $6.00 each
  • 10 to 24 Handbooks $5.25 each
  • 25 to 49 Handbooks $5.00 each
  • 50 to 149 Handbooks $4.75 each
  • 150 or more Handbooks $4.50 each

Please contact the National Office for ordering information or check the National Store on the Society’s Website.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Fifty-three of the 82 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2005, deadline. Good job — this is an increase over last year’s submissions but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2005, please send it to the National Office no later than November 1. If your chapter needs a template for the report, please contact the National Office via email at rhochi@unc.edu. It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Web page. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

Reports should be comprehensive in nature, describing the breadth of activities and accomplishments by the chapter over the preceding twelve months. The report need not be of any specific length but should include the following elements in sufficient detail to permit readers to clearly comprehend the chapter’s objectives, plans and accomplishments. Introduction – a statement identifying the rationale of chapter activities as they relate to the overall mission of the Rho Chi Society; History of Ongoing Activities – a description of ongoing activities and how they have evolved, progressed or matured during the preceding twelve months; New Activities – a description of new initiatives, programs, or activities implemented during this program year; Reflections – to what extent did the chapter’s activities add value to the member’s Rho Chi experience.


CRITICAL NATIONAL DATES FOR RHO CHI CHAPTERS, THEIR OFFICERS, MEMBERS AND ADVISORS

A Planning Calendar listing critical national dates for chapters and members alike is now available on the Society’s Website. You will find an abbreviated version of the Planning Calendar scrolling on the Society’s home page. Please use the calendar to plan your chapter activities and to fulfill your obligations at the National level. If you find it helpful, you may print a PDF version of the calendar from the Website.


RHO CHI SOCIETY NEWS AND UPDATES

Volume 2006-2007; Number 1
October 2006

In this Issue:

  • President’s Notebook
  • Welcome to New Chapters
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Nominations for National Officers (Due November 15, 2006)
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
  • Rho Chi Society Dinner and Lecture Award Presentation
  • 2006-2007 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2007 or June 1, 2007)
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2007)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications
  • (Due February 1, 2007)
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2007)
  • Diamond – Gold – Silver Chapter Anniversary Recognitions
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Fees 2006-2007
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2006 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers (Thanks to Outgoing)
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2007)
  • Honor Cords
  • Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Critical Dates for Chapters, Members, and Advisors

President’s notebook:

Welcome to the beginning of another academic year!

The start of the school year is always a time of renewed energy and of new beginnings for those of us that live on an academic calendar. On behalf of your National officers, I wish for each of you an exciting year of personal growth. Please feel fee to contact us at any time if we can assist you during the coming year.Beginnings for me are also times for reflection. My reflections typically begin with an inventory of all the gifts that I have received, and then progress to how I can best use the gifts that I have. I would encourage you to engage in a similar exercise.

Look at those around you, the diversity of the gifts they bring and the ways in which their gifts impact you. Gifts we receive from others may include words that inspire, art that brings us to tears, or athletic abilities that bring us to our feet on a Saturday afternoon. Gifts can be found in the counsel of a mentor, a stranger that reaches out when you least expect it, or a friend who can always find the silver lining.

And what of your gifts? Your gifts may be many and varied, but each of us has in common an intellectual capacity to succeed in a profession that can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. How will you use your gifts this year? Will you reach out to help fellow students develop their own abilities; provide leadership for your profession, or perhaps discover that with some additional education your gifts could lead to a career in research that may change health care?

The Rho Chi Honor Society is a community of scholars in service to the profession of pharmacy. I hope that you will consider carefully the gifts you have to share as the academic year begins. Share them often and wisely. Enrich yourself through both the gifts you receive and those that you share. Have a terrific year.

Gary E. DeLander
Rho Chi National President


WELCOME TO OUR NEW CHAPTERS

Gary P. Stoehr, Immediate Past President of the Society, presided at the installation of Gamma Chi Chapter, Palm Beach Atlantic University, on April 28 , 2006. Gamma Chi becomes the 87 th active chapter of the Society. Drs. Mary J. Ferrill and Richard D. E’lia are co-advisors for the chapter.


NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICES

The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Gary P. Stoehr is developing recommendations for the offices of Historian, Secretary and Regional Councilors for Regions I (Northeastern Region) III (Southeastern Region), V (Midwestern Region) and VII (Northwestern Region). Those members of the Society who wish to nominate an individual or individuals for these offices should submit a letter of recommendation accompanied by a letter from the individual recommended agreeing to serve and a brief biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received in the National Office on or before November 15, 2006.


2007 ANNUAL MEETING

Begin planning now for the 2007 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, March 16-20, 2007. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting. As details are finalized, updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.


2006-2007 CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but participation by all chapter members can be unifying and exciting accomplishment.

Chapter Project Awards Program

All chapters are invited to apply for recognition through the Chapter Project Awards program. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. Proposals should clearly describe a project that specifically fulfills the mission of Rho Chi. In some instances, projects already completed my be recognized. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition of your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the Website under Chapter Awards.

2006 Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented to:

  • Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • Theta Chapter, University of Southern California
  • Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh (June 2006 deadline)

Chapter Achievement Award

One chapter is identified annually for overall excellence in fulfilling the mission of Rho Chi. The Chapter Achievement Award winner is determined through a review of annual reports submitted to the national office and due June 1 st. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2006 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2007 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2005 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:

Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University

Four chapters were also acknowledged by the Committee as being outstanding chapters during the past year: Rho ( University of Washington), Theta ( University of Southern California), Beta Lambda ( Temple University), and Alpha Alpha ( Creighton University).

By virtue of their chapters’ recognition, Katie Greener, Creighton University and Emmanuelle Mirsakov, University of Southern California, serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Chapter Awards Program is chaired by Karen L. Rascati of the University of Texas at Austin, National Rho Chi President-Elect.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
c/o UNC School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360


FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2005-2006 National Faculty Advisor Award:

Melody H. Ryan
Alpha Xi
University of Kentucky

The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also intended to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans may submit nominations. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting held in July. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:

  • A record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • Stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • Perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • Punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 15, 2007. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


2006 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS NAMED

Katherine N. Francis who is now enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was named the recipient of the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Michael A. Pacanowski of the University of Florida received the Rho Chi, Eli Lilly and Company, Clinical Research Scholarship. Both awards consist of a $7500 scholarship for the recipient. David Miller, Kim R. Brouwer, and Ronald L. Alkana were acknowledged for their assistance in reviewing applications for the AFPE award. Robert L. McCarthy, John A. Pieper, and David T. Bearden, were acknowledged for their service on the selection committee for the Lilly award.


CHAPTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

chapters that reached historical milestones in 2006. Three chapters celebrated diamond or gold anniversaries:

Diamond (75 th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Rho, The University of Washington
  • Tau, South Dakota State University

Gold (50 th) Anniversary Chapters

Beta Nu, The University of Cincinnati

Of historical interest, there are no anniversary chapter milestones for 2007.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. The new site should be released in the very near future. As you navigate through the new site, please contact the National Office with any comments. The look will be different as will be some of the navigation, but those familiar with the old pages will still find familiar links and a few new ones will be interesting and helpful. Please visit the Website, old or new, and provide us your feedback and suggestions. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.

The National Office would like to have pictures of activities at chapters to post on the website on the opening pages on a rotating basis. If your chapter has pictures suitable for this purpose, please forward them to the National Office. They should be in a JPEG or other format that can be downloaded onto the website.


NEW MEMBER FEES 2006-2007

Fees for newly elected members in 2006-2007 remain at $50.00. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. This amount was set during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


FOR CHAPTER OFFICERS

Please be sure to view the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org. There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s Website is also an invaluable link between you and the other eighty chapters and their activities. Take a look at chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize joint activities with other chapters in your region.

The March through May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as other chapters and the National Office. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in Atlanta March 17-21 at the Annual Meeting with your delegates so Election Reports received during that time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for new member elections and submit reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are more professional and better appreciated when new members are presented their Rho Chi Key and Membership Certificate.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the Website or contact the National Office (RhoChi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001).


FOR CHAPTER ADVISORS

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2006-2007 are needed in the National Office. If your Chapter has not submitted contact information for your current officers, please submit this information as soon as possible. Chapter Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers listserv to facilitate dissemination of information to chapters. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s Web page choose Chapters > Chapter Reports. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


2006 ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND LECTURE AWARD

Approximately 160 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in Orlando, Florida, March 20, following the Annual Meeting. Luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Milap C. Nahata’ s presentation, “ Unparalleled Opportunities for Improving Medication-Related Health Outcomes”. Dr. Nahata is Professor of Pharmacy and Division Chairman, College of Pharmacy; Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Public Health, The Ohio State University (OSU); and, Associate Director, Department of Pharmacy, OSU Medical Center.

A copy of Dr. Nahata’s presentation can be found in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Vol: 70, Issue 04 which can be accessed via the AJPE website: www.ajpe.org. A copy will also be posted on the Society’s website.


2006 ANNUAL MEETING

The 2006 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Hilton San Francisco Hotel with delegates representing seventy of the eighty six active chapters.

Delegates elected Karen L. Rascati, University of Texas at Austin as the President-Elect.

Regional Councilors representing the even numbered regions elected were:

  • Dong-Churl Suh (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) – Region II
  • Karen Kopacek ( University of Wisconsin) – Region IV
  • Jonathan J. Wolfe ( University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) – Region VI
  • Anne Y. Lin ( Midwestern University – Glendale) – Region VIII

The Society would like to express thanks to Matthias Lu, University of Illinois at Chicago, Region IV Councilors who completed his term of office. His guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to his future contributions.

The Society would like to thank Gary P. Stoehr, outgoing President and Daniel C. Robinson, outgoing Past President for their many contributions during their tenure of office.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s Website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose National Office > Regional Councilors. Alternatively, choose About Rho Chi > Organization.

Following the Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was asked to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Utilization of a point system for Chapter Achievement Awards
  • Two things the National Office can do to assist chapters
  • Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported to the assembled representatives. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions.

2006 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

Four outstanding alumni were named to the 2006 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

Harold L. Kirschenbaum
Beta Theta Chapter
Long Island University

Scott M. Mark
Beta Mu Chapter
Ferris State University

Joanne O’Connell Whitney
Alpha Lambda Chapter
University of California, San Francsico

Robert A. Yokel
Alpha Xi
University of Kentucky

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2006 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2007. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS

As a service to chapters where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the National Store located on the Society’s Website.


MEDALLIONS

The Society has medallions available for purchase by chapters as commemorative gifts or to be worn as an option at graduation. Please visit the website to preview the medallions. The cost is $20.00 per medallion


NATIONAL STORE

Please check the Website, www.rhochi.org, to obtain a form for ordering items which are available to chapters. (i.e., Handbooks, Recognition Certificates, Stationery, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail (rhochi@unc.edu) or call (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI TRADE GENERIC HANDBOOKS

The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook, published annually by members of Theta Chapter ( University of Southern California) is available through the National Office for individuals to order or for chapters to use as fundraisers. Prices to Rho Chi members are:

  • 1 to 9 Handbooks $6.00 each
  • 10 to 24 Handbooks $5.25 each
  • 25 to 49 Handbooks $5.00 each
  • 50 to 149 Handbooks $4.75 each
  • 150 or more Handbooks $4.50 each

Please contact the National Office for ordering information or check the National Store on the Society’s Website.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Forty-five of the 86 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2006, deadline. Good job — this is an increase over last year’s submissions but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2006, please send it to the National Office no later than November 1. If your chapter needs a template for the report, please contact the National Office via email at rhochi@unc.edu. It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Web page. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

Reports should be comprehensive in nature, describing the breadth of activities and accomplishments by the chapter over the preceding twelve months. The report need not be of any specific length but should include the following elements in sufficient detail to permit readers to clearly comprehend the chapter’s objectives, plans and accomplishments. Introduction – a statement identifying the rationale of chapter activities as they relate to the overall mission of the Rho Chi Society; History of Ongoing Activities – a description of ongoing activities and how they have evolved, progressed or matured during the preceding twelve months; New Activities – a description of new initiatives, programs, or activities implemented during this program year; Reflections – to what extent did the chapter’s activities add value to the member’s Rho Chi experience.


CRITICAL NATIONAL DATES FOR RHO CHI CHAPTERS, THEIR OFFICERS, MEMBERS AND ADVISORS

A Planning Calendar listing critical national dates for chapters and members alike will be available on the Society’s Website. Please use the calendar to plan your chapter activities and to fulfill your obligations at the National level.


RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2006-2007 Number 2
January 2007

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this issue:

  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting (March 18, 2007)
  • Chapter Delegates and Alternates (Due March 5, 2007)
  • Rho Chi Society Lecture Award
  • Election of National Officers for 2007-2009
  • 2006-2007 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2007 or June 1 2007)
  • First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2007)
  • Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2007)
  • Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (Due February 15)
  • 2006-2007 Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15 2007)
  • Graduation Honor Cords and Medallions
  • Notes for Chapter Officers Annual Reports (Due May 15, 2007
  • Website – Request for Feedback and Call for Photographs

THE RHO CHI SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The Society’s Annual Meeting (“National Convention”) will be held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, scheduled for March 16-20, 2007. The Society’s Annual Meeting will be held from 3:00-5:30 PM on Sunday, March 18, 2007. This is the business meeting of the Society which Chapter Delegates and Alternates, Advisors, National Officers, members and guests are encouraged to attend and to actively participate in Society discussions. Please note that the day and time of the Society’s Annual Meeting unavoidably conflicts with the APhA-ASP House of Delegates – First Session. (This conflict cannot be avoided for 2007.)

Information regarding registration, housing, programs, etc. for the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition can be found on the APhA Website (www.aphameeting.org/). Note: Meeting plans for the Rho Chi Society have changed since publication by APhA of information (Web or print) about the APhA Annual Meeting. Due to the shortened format of the APhA Meeting, the Society will not hold its traditional Awards Luncheon (nor a dinner as APhA shows). Members of the Executive Council will meet informally on Monday, March 19, 2007, at 12:00 Noon ( not 8:30 AM as APhA shows).


CHAPTER DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES

Each chapter is expected to have a delegate present for the Annual Meeting. In accord with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s Website, www.RhoChi.org, for review. (Click on the link to “Upcoming Meetings”).

By March 5, 2007, each chapter should contact the National Office to register the chapter’s official Delegate and Alternate. An on-line registration form can be found on the Society’s Website for that purpose. (Please see “Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions.”) If you cannot access the Website or have problems submitting the form, please send an e-mail to RhoChi@unc.edu and include: the name of the chapter (in the email subject line), the name of the university, the names of the delegate and alternate delegate, email addresses for each one, the name of the chapter president, the email address of the chapter president, the name of the faculty advisor and her/his email address. Delegates’, Alternates’, and Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers e-mail listserv as they become available. Communications from the National Office regarding the National Meeting and other Society business will be communicated via this listserv.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY LECTURE AWARD

As one of its highest distinctions, the Rho Chi Society Lecture Award seeks to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars from the fields of the arts, letters, or sciences who have made significant contributions to the health professions. The Rho Chi Society Lecture Award for 2007 will be presented during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 18. Further information about the award and a list of past recipients can be found on the Society’s Website.


ELECTION OF NATIONAL OFFICERS FOR 2007-2009

Election for Executive Council offices listed below will be held during the Society’s Annual Meeting. A Sample Ballot, which will include biographical sketches, will be sent to Delegates and Alternates prior to the Annual Meeting.

  • National Historian
  • National Secretary
  • Region I Councilor (Northeastern Section)
  • Region III Councilor (Southeastern Section)
  • Region V Councilor (Mid-Western Section)
  • Region VII Councilor (Northwestern Section)

2006-2007 CHAPTER AWARDS

The Society recognizes member chapters through two awards, the Chapter Achievement Award and the Chapter Proposal Award. The Chapter Achievement Award is made on the basis of annual reports submitted by chapters documenting their accomplishments. Chapter project proposals either describe a detailed plan of action to develop programs and activities that support the mission and vision of the Society or describe programs and activities that are in the early stages of implementation. Chapter proposals may be submitted for the February 1, 2007, or for the June 1, 2007, deadline. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.RhoChi.org. Chapter project proposals should be sent to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3210 Kerr Hall – CB# 7360
Chapel Hill , NC 27599-7360


FIRST-YEAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Scholarship is February 1. (Note: The deadline of February 17, published on the AFPE Website is not correct.) Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website.


CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Eli Lilly & Company Clinical Research Scholarship is February 1. Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website.


RHO CHI ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

The Society through its vision and mission seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelongintellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectualexcellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession. The Alumni Honor Roll was developed as one means to bring greater recognition to the accomplishments of our members. Background information regarding the Honor Roll, selection criteria and nomination were sent to Chapters via the listserv in the Fall Semester. Chapters are urged to identify and nominate one alumnus annually who has “advanced the profession through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence.” To nominate an alumnus of your chapter to the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll, the following information is requested. The deadline is February 15, 2007.

First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Graduate of School/College:
Degree(s):
Year of Graduation:
Rho Chi Chapter:
Current Position:
Email Address:
Mailing Address:
One paragraph biosketch suitable for press release:

Please return nominations via email attachment to RhoChi@unc.edu with subject line “Alumni Honor Roll Nomination” or fax nominations to (919) 843-9255.


2006-2007 FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The purpose of the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award is to recognize outstanding faculty advisors. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence, and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award must be a current chapter advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Rho Chi Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers, and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • a record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2007. Past recipients and further details are available at www.RhoChi.org.


GRADUATION HONOR CORDS AND MEDALLIONS

Graduation Honor Cords are available for purchase by local chapters for 2007 commencement programs. Chapters should check with their college or university’s Commencement Office to be sure Honor Cords can be worn at the ceremonies. The cost to Chapters for honor cords will be $10.75 per set, which includes shipping.

As an alternative to honor cords, the Society has honor medallions available for purchase by chapters to be worn at graduation o as commemorative gifts. Please visit the “Catalogue” on the Website to preview the medallions. The cost to Chapters is $20.00 per medallion, which includes shipping.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Chapters are encouraged to plan activities that enhance the mission of the Rho Chi Society. Please make use of the Society’s Website for information that you might need about the Society. Officers are always welcome to contact the National Office via email or telephone for any assistance they may need.

Spring is usually a very busy time of the year for chapters as many will elect new members during this time. Please allow ample time for the National Office to process your new member election reports and order your pins and certificates. It is not only an expectation, but an induction ceremony is made more auspicious when a new member is able to receive his/her pin and certificate at that time. If you have any questions concerning the process for electing and reporting new members, please visit the Website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).

Please be sure your chapter has submitted your 2006-2007 roster of officers to the National Office. If your current President’s name has not been submitted to the National Office, please go to the Website and submit the information or send an email to RhoChi@unc.edu. In addition to your faculty advisor, your chapter president is an essential link in communications between the Society and your members.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Annual reports for chapter will be due in the National Office by May 15, 2007. Reminders, including a suggested format, will be sent via the Listserv to Chapter Advisors and Presidents.


WEBSITE

The Society’s Website (www.RhoChi.org) is undergoing extensive changes which will continue in the months ahead. Please take an opportunity to review the changes to date and give us your feedback.

One feature of the new site is the ability to display pictures of chapter activities on the Website that cycle on a random basis. The National Office welcomes submission photographs in a JPEG format from member chapters that will be considered for display on the Website. Photographs sought are those representative of chapter activities and functions consistent with the Society’s values and mission.

RHO CHI SOCIETY NEWS AND UPDATES

Volume 2007-2008; Number 1
September 2007

In this Issue:

  • President’s Notebook
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Nominations for National Officers (Due October 15, 2007)
  • 2008 Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
  • Rho Chi Society Lecture Award Presentation
  • 2007-2008 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2008 or June 1, 2008)
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2008)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2008)
  • Rho Chi Society Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2008)
  • Golden Chapter Anniversary Recognition
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Submission 2007-2008
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2007 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers (Thanks to Outgoing)
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2008)
  • Honor Cords
  • Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Critical Dates for Chapters, Members, and Advisors

PRESIDENT’s NOTEBOOK

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you have had terrific summer filled with experiences that allowed you to grow personally and professionally. The beginning of the academic year is one of my favorite times of the year. In spite of the inevitable long ‘to do’ list, I personally find a renewed level of vitality stimulated by the enthusiasm and commitment that accompanies students return to campus. Undoubtedly, this is a perspective shared by nearly all of my colleagues on faculties across the country.

I have mentioned previously that new beginnings, every new beginning, provides an ideal opportunity for self-reflection. Foremost in my mind over the past several weeks has been the old adage ‘seek first to understand’; a simple concept, but one that seems very difficult to call to the fore when it is needed. At least in my experience, the busier my schedule, the higher the stakes; the less likely I am to seek to understand. Frustrations with colleagues, patients, even family that deserve a measured response get crushed within a perceived need to move on to the next thing and meet the next deadline.

We do have a choice and those around us depend upon us making that choice. When a colleague is unwilling to compromise, do you take time to understand how their personal experiences may have shaped their perspectives? When a family member is uncooperative, do you ask about the rest of their day? When your patient fails again to meet your expectations, do you know their expectations? I am reminded time and time again how small the window is through which I understand those around me. In rare cases, access to understanding is intentionally restricted, but so many times all I have to do is take an opportunity to ask, some time to listen, and expand the moment to seek to understand.

You have a gift, some call might call it ‘book smart’, that is so easily wasted. All of your knowledge, skills and abilities can not overcome a failure to understand the circumstances in which your patients will have to implement your well crafted therapeutic plan. We are a community of scholars in service to the profession of pharmacy. Be certain to take time in the busyness of your life to pause when frustration builds, seek to understand, and make a difference in the lives of those around you.

Best wishes for a successful academic year

Take care

Gary DeLander
National President


NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICES

The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Gary P. Stoehr is developing recommendations for the offices of President-Elect and and Regional Councilors for Regions II (East Coast Region), IV (Mid-Eastern Region), VI (Gulf Coast Region) and VIII (West Coast Region). Those members of the Society who wish to nominate an individual or individuals for these offices should submit a letter of recommendation accompanied by a letter from the individual recommended agreeing to serve and a brief biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received in the National Office on or before October 15, 2007.


2008 ANNUAL MEETING

Begin planning now for the 2008 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, California, March 14-18, 2008. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting. As details are finalized, updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.


2008 Rho Chi Society Lecture Award and Presentation

The 2008 Rho Chi Society Lecture Award and presentation will be made in conjunction with the Society’s 2008 Annual Meeting. Please watch the web site (www.rhochi.org) for announcements regarding the Lecture Award recipient and details regarding the lecture presentation.


2007-2008 CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but participation by all chapter members can be unifying and exciting accomplishment.

Chapter Project Awards Program

All chapters are invited to apply for recognition through the Chapter Project Awards program. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. Proposals should clearly describe a project that specifically fulfills the mission of Rho Chi. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition of your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the Website under Chapter Awards.

Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented in 2007 to:

  • Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University
  • Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky

Chapter Achievement Award

One chapter is identified annually for overall excellence in fulfilling the mission of Rho Chi. The Chapter Achievement Award winner is determined through a review of annual reports submitted to the National Office and due June 1 st. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2006 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2007 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2006 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:

Theta Chapter, University of Southern California

Two chapters were also acknowledged by the Committee as being outstanding chapters during the past year: Alpha Alpha ( Creighton University) and Alpha Omicron ( University of Pittsburgh).

By virtue of Theta Chapter’s achievements, Christina Pham, University of Southern California, will serve as Student Representative on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Chapter Awards Program is chaired by Karen L. Rascati of the University of Texas at Austin, National Rho Chi President-Elect.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
c/o UNC School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360


FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2006-2007 National Faculty Advisor Award:

Dong Churl Suh
Alpha Eta
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also intended to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans may submit nominations. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting held in July. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:

  • A record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • Stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • Perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • Punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 15, 2008. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


2007 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS NAMED

Nathaniel Page, who is entering the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Buffalo, was named the recipient of the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Maria Tsoras, who is a fellow in the metabolic support/critical care pharmacy at Clarian Health and Butler University received the Rho Chi Clinical Research Scholarship. Both awards consist of a $7500 scholarship for the recipient. Daniel A. Brazeau, Dennis H. Robinson and Patrick M. Woster were acknowledged for their assistance in reviewing applications for the AFPE award. Joseph Bertino and Alan Lau were acknowledged for their service on the selection committee for the Clinical Research Award.

If you are planning to enter a graduate program in 2008-2009 or will begin the second year of a clinical research fellowship, please check the web site for application information and criteria for these two scholarships.


CHAPTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to the chapter that will reach a historical milestone in 2008. One chapter celebrated a gold anniversary:

Golden (50 th) Anniversary Chapters

Beta Omicron, The University of Houston


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. The new site has been released with significant changes and updates already in place – other changes are in the planning stages and will be implemented in the near future. As you navigate through the new site, please contact the National Office with any comments. The look will be different as will be some of the navigation, but those familiar with the old pages will still find familiar links and a few new ones will be interesting and helpful. Please visit the Website and provide us your feedback and suggestions. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.

The National Office would like to have pictures of activities at chapters to post on the website on the opening pages on a rotating basis. If your chapter has pictures suitable for this purpose, please forward them to the National Office. They should be in a JPEG or other format that can be downloaded onto the website.


NEW MEMBER SUBMISSION FOR 2007-2008

There will be significant changes to the mechanism of submission for new member information. The names will be submitted via the Resources for Members link found on the web site. This new format will be implemented beginning with new member information submitted to the National Office beginning November 1, 2007. Specific instructions will be sent to the advisors for accessing the link for the new submission format.

Fees for newly elected members in 2007-2008 remain at $50.00. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. This amount was set during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Please be sure to view the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org. There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s Website is also an invaluable link between you and the other eighty six chapters and their activities. Take a look at chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize joint activities with other chapters in your region. If your chapter does not have a report posted it is not too late to submit your activities.

The March through May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as other chapters and the National Office. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in San Diego March 14-18 at the Annual Meeting with your delegates so Election Reports received during that time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for new member elections and submit reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are more professional and better appreciated when new members are presented their Rho Chi Key and Membership Certificate. Article 3, Section 10 – Initiation of Members of The Rho Chi Society National Bylaws – 2007 Revision requires that membership certificates and insignia (key or keypin) shall be presented at the time of initiation.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the Website or contact the National Office (RhoChi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001).

The Rho Chi Society National Bylaws – 2007 Revision was adopted. The 2007 Bylaws replace the Rho Chi Society National Constitution and Bylaws – 1999 Revision. Chapters should review their current Bylaws to insure they are in compliance with the 2007 Bylaws. Chapters that do not have Chapter Bylaws should write and adopt Bylaws.


FOR CHAPTER ADVISORS

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2007-2008 are needed in the National Office. The names of all chapter officers have been added to the chapter webpages, however, only the chapter president’s email address has been posted. All chapter officers will be added to the Px-Officers listserv for dissemination of information and announcements from the National Office. If your Chapter has not submitted contact information for your current officers, please submit this information as soon as possible. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s Web site choose Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


2007 ANNUAL MEETING AND LECTURE AWARD

Approximately 150 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Meeting and Lecture Award Program in Atlanta, Georgia, March 18.

The 2007 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Omni International Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia with delegates representing sixty three of the of the eighty six active chapters.

Delegates elected Paul W. Jungnickel, Auburn University as the National Secretary and J. Douglas Bricker of Duquesne University as the Society’ Historian.

Regional Councilors representing the odd numbered regions elected were:

  • Gina Garrison ( Albany College of Pharmacy) – Region I
  • Mary J. Ferrill ( Palm Beach Atlantic University) – Region III
  • Robert Soltis ( Drake University) – Region V
  • Paul Cady ( Idaho State University) – Region VII

The Society would like to express thanks to Councilors who completed their terms of office: Jack Reynolds ( Northeastern University) – Region I; MaryAnn Kirkpatrick ( Shenandoah University) – Region III; Victoria F. Roche ( Creighton University) – Region V; and Lori J. Morin (University of Montana) – Region VII. Their guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to their future contributions.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s Website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose Society Leadership/Councilors. Alternately, choose Chapters and the Regional Councilors are listed with their Region and the chapters represented in their respective regions.

Following the Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was asked to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Point System for Chapters.
  • Identify the one thing that the National Officers could do for your chapter.
  • How might we improve communication within the Society?

Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported their discussion outcomes to the National Historian. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions.


Lecture Award Presentation

Attendees of the Annual Meeting and guests had the privilege of hearing a very inspiring presentation by Dr. Daniel A. Hussar. Dr. Hussar is Remington Professor of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and a member of a number of professional organizations. He serves as the Author/Editor of the Pharmacist Activist Newsletter (http://www.pharmacistactivist.com).


2007 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

Four outstanding alumni were named to the 2007 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

Karen Blumenschein
Alpha Psi Chapter
University of Kentucky

Arlene A. Flynn
Phi Chapter
University of Illinois at Chicago

Sunndy Edet Ohia
Alpha Alpha Chapter
Creighton University

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2008 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2008. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS

As a service to chapters, where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies at a cost of $12.00 each. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the Catalogue located on the Society’s Website.


MEDALLIONS

The Society has medallions available for purchase by chapters as commemorative gifts or to be worn as an option at graduation. Please visit the Catalogue located on the website to preview the medallions. The cost is $25.00 per medallion – this includes shipping and handling.


CATALOGUE (NATIONAL STORE)

Please check the Website, www.rhochi.org, to preview items and obtain a form for ordering items which are available to chapters. (i.e., Handbooks, Recognition Certificates, Stationery, replacement items, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail (rhochi@unc.edu) or call (919) 843-9001.


RHO CHI TRADE GENERIC HANDBOOKS

The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook, published annually by members of Theta Chapter ( University of Southern California) is available through the National Office for individuals to order or for chapters to use as fundraisers. Prices to Rho Chi members are:

  • 1 to 9 Handbooks $6.50 each
  • 10 to 24 Handbooks $5.50 each
  • 25 to 49 Handbooks $5.25 each
  • 50 to 149 Handbooks $5.00 each
  • 150 or more Handbooks $4.75 each

Please contact the National Office for ordering information or download the form found under Catalogue/National Office Order Form on the Society’s Website.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Sixty of 87 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2007, deadline. This is an increase over last year’s submissions but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2007, please send it to the National Office no later than October 15. An outline/template for the report and be found on the website under Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions/Annual Report. It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Web page. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

For Chapter Reports to be submitted for 2007-2008 activities, a new section has been added for chapters wishing to be considered for the “Most Improved Chapter Award.” A copy of the new Chapter Report has been posted on the web site with this included. Please consider this when submitting your 2007-2008 activities.


CRITICAL NATIONAL DATES FOR RHO CHI CHAPTERS, THEIR OFFICERS, MEMBERS AND ADVISORS

A Planning Calendar listing critical national dates for chapters and members alike will be available on the Society’s Website. Please use the calendar to plan your chapter activities and to fulfill your obligations at the National level.


RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2007-2008, Number 2
January 2008

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in September and in January. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this issue:

  • President’s Message
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting (March 16, 2008)
  • Chapter Delegates and Alternates (Due March 3, 2008)
  • Rho Chi Society Lecture Award
  • Election of National Officers for 2008-2010
  • 2007-2008 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2008 or June 1 2008)
  • First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2008)
  • Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2008)
  • Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (Due February 15)
  • 2007-2008 Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15 2008)
  • Graduation Honor Cords and Medallions
  • Notes for Chapter Officers
  • Annual Reports (Due May 15, 2008)
  • Regional Meetings (Regions I and VII)
  • Website

President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you will take a few minutes to review and act on the contents of this newsletter. There are a number of opportunities available to you and your chapter. Many opportunities allow you to recognize the accomplishments of colleagues, while others can provide a needed stimulus in your efforts to make a difference for your profession and patients. Most importantly, at this time of year, many of these opportunities have short timelines and so the time to act is now.

As I write this note, we are approaching annual recognition of the many contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King. It is a time of year that always reminds me of struggles many persons continue to confront as they seek opportunities that are readily made available to me. It is also a time that reminds me that, regardless of our current privileges, each of us stand on the shoulders of others who have made sacrifices unknown, unseen, and often underappreciated. So it is in our personal lives, and so it is in our professional lives.

How will you honor these sacrifices? Over the past two years I have spoken often about gifts; gifts that are uniquely yours. Academically your gifts have been revealed and one way to honor the sacrifices of others would be to apply your expertise to some of the difficult challenges that confront our profession. This is certainly a tried and true approach, although some may argue that outcomes have not always been as successful as one might hope. Many of the difficult problems our profession confronts continue, in spite of our best efforts.

Let me offer an alternative approach. At this time, and using the opportunities your gifts make possible, develop your avocations not only your vocation.

An old adage recounts that you can not solve new problems with old ideas, and yet where are new ideas to be found? Well, there was a time when persons with breadth of understanding were valued perhaps more highly than persons with depth of understanding. We called them ‘Renaissance’ people. While accomplished in their own disciplines, they were also active and curious across a diverse spectrum of life experiences. As leaders, they were our richest source of new ideas and creative solutions.

I would contend that the best way to honor those that paved our way is to use the foundation they have laid to expand your universe. Read, explore the arts, seek out contrary views, and above all be curious. More than knowledge, what we need right now are persistent and creative leaders. It seems highly unlikely that the next advance in our profession is under some rock that we just haven’t turned over yet. Perspectives that you bring to pharmacy from outside our profession is where the transforming opportunities truly lie.

We are a community of scholars in service to pharmacy. Develop your leadership capacity by expanding your abilities and interests as far and wide as time and energy allow. Begin now.

Take Care

Gary E. DeLander
Rho Chi Society
National President


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The Society’s Annual Meeting (“National Convention”) will be held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, California, scheduled for March 14-17, 2008. The Society’s Annual Meeting will begin at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 16, 2007. This is the business meeting of the Society which chapter delegates and alternates, advisors, officers, members and guests are encouraged to attend and to actively participate in Society discussions. The business meeting will continue into The Rho Chi Lecture Award Program and both will conclude with a reception for award recipients and members. Detailed information will be posted on the website and sent to advisors and delegates via the listserv in the near future.

Information regarding registration, housing, programs, etc. for the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition can be found on the APhA Website (www.aphameeting.org/). Note that Society members are not required to register for the APhA Meeting in order to participate in Society meetings and presentations.


CHAPTER DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES

Each chapter is expected to have a delegate present for the Annual Meeting. In accord with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s Website, www.RhoChi.org, for review. (Click on the link to “Upcoming Meetings”).

By March 3, 2008, each chapter should contact the National Office to register the chapter’s official Delegate and Alternate. An on-line registration form can be found on the Society’s Website for that purpose. (Please see “Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions.”) If you cannot access the Website or have problems submitting the form, please send an e-mail to RhoChi@unc.edu and include: the name of the chapter (in the email subject line), the name of the university, the names of the delegate and alternate delegate, email addresses for each one, the name of the chapter president, the email address of the chapter president, the name of the faculty advisor and her/his email address. Delegates’, Alternates’, and Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers e-mail listserv as they become available. Communications from the National Office regarding the National Meeting and other Society business will be communicated via this listserv. To expedite registration and reporting at the Annual Meeting, some materials will be sent to advisors and delegates prior to the meeting. It is important that we have your chapter’s information by the March 3, 2008 deadline.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY LECTURE AWARD

As one of its highest distinctions, the Rho Chi Society Lecture Award seeks to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars from the fields of the arts, letters, or sciences who have made significant contributions to the health professions. The Rho Chi Society Lecture Award for 2008 will be presented in conjunction with the Society’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 16. Further information about the award and a list of past recipients can be found on the Society’s Website.


ELECTION OF NATIONAL OFFICERS FOR 2008-2010

Election for Executive Council offices listed below will be held during the Society’s Annual Meeting. A Sample Ballot, which will include biographical sketches, will be sent to Delegates and Alternates prior to the Annual Meeting.

  • National President-Elect
  • Region II Councilor (East Coast Region)
  • Region IV Councilor (Mid-Eastern Region)
  • Region VI Councilor ( Gulf Coast Region)
  • Region VIII Councilor (West Coast Region)

2007-2008 CHAPTER AWARDS

The Society recognizes member chapters through two awards, the Chapter Achievement Award and the Chapter Proposal Award. The Chapter Achievement Award is made on the basis of annual reports submitted by chapters documenting their accomplishments. Chapter project proposals either describe a detailed plan of action to develop programs and activities that support the mission and vision of the Society or describe programs and activities that are in the early stages of implementation. Chapter proposals may be submitted for the February 1, 2008, or for the June 1, 2008, deadline. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.RhoChi.org. Chapter project proposals should be sent to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3210 Kerr Hall – CB# 7360
Chapel Hill , NC 27599-7360


FIRST-YEAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Scholarship is February 1. Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website.


CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The deadline for submission of applications for the Rho Chi Clinical Research Scholarship is February 1. Complete information regarding this scholarship can be found on the Rho Chi Website.


RHO CHI ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

The Society through its vision and mission seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession. The Alumni Honor Roll was developed as one means to bring greater recognition to the accomplishments of our members. Background information regarding the Honor Roll, selection criteria and nomination were sent to Chapters via the listserv in the Fall Semester. Chapters are urged to identify and nominate one alumnus annually who has “advanced the profession through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence.” To nominate an alumnus of your chapter to the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll, the following information is requested. The deadline is February 15, 2008.

First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Graduate of School/College:
Degree(s):
Year of Graduation:
Rho Chi Chapter:
Current Position:
Email Address:
Mailing Address:
One paragraph biosketch suitable for press release:

Please return nominations via email attachment to RhoChi@unc.edu with subject line “Alumni Honor Roll Nomination” or fax nominations to (919) 962-0644.


2007-2008 FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The purpose of the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award is to recognize outstanding faculty advisors. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence, and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award must be a current chapter advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Rho Chi Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers, and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • a record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2008. Past recipients and further details are available at www.RhoChi.org.


GRADUATION HONOR CORDS AND MEDALLIONS

Graduation Honor Cords are available for purchase by local chapters for 2008 commencement programs. Chapters should check with their college or university’s Commencement Office to be sure Honor Cords can be worn during their ceremonies. The cost to Chapters for honor cords will be $12.00 per set, which includes shipping.

As an alternative to honor cords, the Society has honor medallions available for purchase by chapters to be worn at graduation or as commemorative gifts. Please visit the “Catalogue” on the Website to preview the medallions. The cost to Chapters is $25.00 per medallion, which includes shipping.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Chapters are encouraged to plan activities that enhance the mission of the Rho Chi Society. Please make use of the Society’s Website (mouseover “Resources for Advisors and Officers”) for information that you may need about the Society. Officers are always welcome to contact the National Office via email or telephone for any assistance they may need.

Spring is usually a very busy time of the year for chapters as many will elect new members during this time. Please allow 4 weeks for the National Office to process your new member election reports and order your pins and certificates. It is not only an expectation, but an induction ceremony is made more auspicious when a new member receives his/her pin and certificate at that time. If you have any questions concerning the process for electing and reporting new members, please visit the Website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).

Please be sure your chapter has submitted your 2007-2008 roster of officers to the National Office. If your current President’s name has not been submitted to the National Office, please go to the Website (mouseover “Resources for Advisors and Officers”) and submit the information or send an email to RhoChi@unc.edu. In addition to your faculty advisor, your chapter president is an essential link in communications between the Society and your members.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Annual reports for chapter will be due in the National Office by May 15, 2008. Reminders, including a suggested format, will be sent via the Listserv to Chapter Advisors and Presidents.


REGIONAL MEETINGS

Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Pharmacy hosted a regional meeting for chapters in Region I (Northeastern Section) on October 20, 2007. Seven chapters were represented at this meeting with over 40 students and 4 faculty members in attendance.

On the other side of the country, Rho Chapter, University of Washington, also hosted a regional meeting for Region VII (Northwestern Section) on November 3, 2007. There were representatives from all five of the chapters in Region VII.

Chapters are encouraged to collaborate and organize regional events. Specific funding is available through the National Office to assist in facilitation of these events. Please contact your Regional Councilor or the National Office for information.


WEBSITE

Please use the Society’s Website (www.RhoChi.org). This is an invaluable resource of information for chapter advisors and officers. One feature of the site is the ability to display pictures of chapter activities on the Website that cycle on a random basis. The National Office welcomes submission of photographs in a JPEG format from member chapters that will be considered for display on the Website. Photographs sought are those representative of chapter activities and functions consistent with the Society’s values and mission.


RHO CHI SOCIETY NEWS AND UPDATES

Volume 2008-2009; Number 1
September 2008

In this Issue:

  • President’s Note
  • Welcome to New Chapters
  • Subdivision of Region III
  • Important Dates and Information:

• Nominations for National Officers (Due October 15, 2008)
• 2009 Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
• Rho Chi Society Lecture Award Presentation
• 2009 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2009 or June 1, 2009)
• Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2009)
• First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2009 )
• Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2009)
• Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (Due January 15, 2009)

  • 2009 Chapter Anniversary Recognitions
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Submission 2008-2009
  • New Member Fees Increase
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors (Action Item)
  • News Items from the 2008 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers Who Completed Terms of Office
  • Honor Cords
  • Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Chapter Reports

PRESIDENT’S NOTE

I hope everyone’s new school year is off to a great start. Do you remember when you were in elementary school and you had new supplies (and maybe some new clothes) to begin the school year? I was always excited about what the new year might bring – would I like my new teacher, would I make new friends? I hope all of you get a chance to read the book The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and passed away in July due to pancreatic cancer. His book chronicles some of his life experiences and explains how the cancer diagnosis made him more cognizant of the fact that he should live every day to its fullest. He passed some of his life wisdom on to students at CMU during a lecture, which became an instant hit on the internet. He was the type of professor that loved his job – and I agree with his reflection that “being a professor is the greatest job in the world.” He carried a crayon in his pocket to remind himself of the feeling (and the smell) that a new box of crayons evoked. Oh, the possibilities for learning and creativity that comes with a new school year! Please take a few minutes to reflect on the new possibilities this year might bring to you and your students.

Karen Rascati
National Rho Chi President


WELCOME NEW CHAPTERS

During the 2008 Annual Meeting delegates approved petitions for the establishment of two new chapters:

Gamma Omega Chapter, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A & M Health Science Center, Kingsville, Texas – Barry Bleidt, Chapter Advisor (installed May 13, 2008)

Delta Alpha Chapter, College of Pharmacy, University of Appalachia, Oakwood, Virginia – David A. Gettman, Advisor (installed May 14, 2008)

Gamma Psi Chapter, South Carolina College of Pharmacy was established with the merger of the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina into the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Alpha Iota Chapter (Medical University of South Carolina) and Beta Alpha Chapter (University of South Carolina) became inactive through this merger. The combined chapter was installed (April 8 and 9, 2008) with ceremonies on both campuses. Cynthia Phillips and Sarah Shrader will be co-advisors for Gamma Psi Chapter.


SUBDIVISION OF REGION III

Region III has been divided into a Mid-Atlantic (10 chapters) and Southeast Area (11 chapters) to facilitate better interaction between the chapters and for equitable representation within the Executive Council. A table of the regional division can be found below.

Region III – Mid-Atlantic Area

  • State Chapter University
  • North Carolina Gamma Iota Campbell University
  • Gamma Phi Wingate University
  • Xi University of North Carolina
  • South Carolina Gamma Psi South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Tennessee Alpha Nu University of Tennessee
  • Virginia Gamma Xi Hampton University
  • Lambda Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Delta Alpha University of Appalachia
  • Gamma Omicron Shenandoah University
  • West Virginia Alpha Mu West Virginia University

Region III – Southeast Area

  • State Chapter University
  • Alabama Auburn University Zeta
  • Samford University Beta Beta
  • Florida Florida A & M University Gamma Zeta
  • Nova Southeastern University Gamma Theta
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University Gamma Chi
  • University of Florida Iota
  • Georgia Mercer University Gamma Alpha
  • South University Gamma Upsilon
  • University of Georgia Alpha Kappa
  • Mississippi University of Mississippi Chi
  • Puerto Rico University Puerto Rico Gamma Eta

NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICES

The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Gary E. DeLander is developing recommendations for the offices of National Secretary and National Historian and Regional Councilors for Region I (Northeastern Region), Region IIII – (Mid-Atlantic Area), Region III (Southeast Area), Region V (Mid-Western Region); Region VII (Northwestern Region. Please note that due to the number of chapters in Region III, the Region has been divided into a Mid-Atlantic Area and a Southeast Area. Those members of the Society who wish to nominate an individual or individuals for these offices should submit a letter of recommendation accompanied by a letter from the individual recommended agreeing to serve and a brief biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received in the National Office on or before October 15, 2008.


2009 ANNUAL MEETING

Begin planning now for the 2009 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, April 3-7, 2009. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting. As details are finalized, updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.


2009 RHO CHI SOCIETY LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

The 2009 Rho Chi Society Lecture Award presentation will be made in conjunction with the Society’s 2009 Annual Meeting. The Lecture Award Committee is pleased to announce that Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Lecture Award. A copy of Dr. Manasse’s curriculum vitae can be found on the Society’s website. Please watch the web site (www.rhochi.org) for announcements regarding the Lecture Award and details regarding the lecture presentation.


2008-2009 CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but participation by all chapter members can be a unifying and exciting accomplishment.


Chapter Project Awards

All chapters are invited to apply for recognition through the Chapter Project Awards program. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. Proposals should clearly describe a project that specifically fulfills the mission of Rho Chi. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition of your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the Website under Chapter Awards.

Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented in 2008 to:

  • Beta Chapter, Oregon State University
  • Theta Chapter, University of Southern California
  • Alpha Nu Chapter, University of Tennessee
  • Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky

Chapter Achievement Award

One chapter is identified annually for overall excellence in fulfilling the mission of Rho Chi. The Chapter Achievement Award winner is determined through a review of annual reports submitted to the National Office and due June 1st. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2008 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2009 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2007 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:
Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Pharmacy

By virtue of Gamma Gamma Chapter’s achievements, Whitney Caron will serve as Student Representative on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Chapter Awards Program is chaired by Robert L. McCarthy, the University of Connecticut, National Rho Chi President-Elect.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
c/o UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360


FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2007-2008 National Faculty Advisor Award:

KarenBeth Bohan
Gamma Lambda Chapter
Wilkes University

The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also intended to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans may submit nominations. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting held in July. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to:

  • A record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • Stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • Perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • Punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 15, 2009. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


2008 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS NAMED

Jasmine Talameh, University of Pittsburgh, was named the recipient of the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Daniel Hertz from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, received the Rho Chi-AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Both recipients began their graduate studies in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kevin Brown, who is a fellow in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the Rho Chi Clinical Research Scholarship. Each of the awards consists of a $7500 scholarship for the recipient. Daniel A. Brazeau, Dennis H. Robinson and Patrick M. Woster were acknowledged for their assistance in reviewing applications for the AFPE award. Joseph Bertino and Mark Munger were acknowledged for their service on the selection committee for the Clinical Research Award.

If you are planning to enter a graduate program in 2009-2010 or will begin the second year of a clinical research fellowship, please check the web site for application information and criteria for these two scholarships.


CHAPTER ANNIVERSARIES

Congratulations to the chapters that will reach historical milestones in 2009.

Diamond (75h) Anniversary Chapters

  • Upsilon, The Ohio State University
  • Phi, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapter

Beta Pi, The University of Rhode Island


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. The site has significant changes and updates already in place – other changes are being planned for implementation. As you navigate through the new site, please contact the National Office with any comments. Please visit the Website and provide us your feedback and suggestions. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.

The National Office would like to have pictures of activities at chapters to post on the website on the opening pages on a rotating basis. If your chapter has pictures suitable for this purpose, please forward them to the National Office. They should be in a JPEG or other format that can be downloaded onto the website.


NEW MEMBER SUBMISSION FOR 2008-2009

There will be significant changes to the mechanism of submission for new member information. The names will be submitted via the Resources for Members link found on the web site. This new format will be implemented beginning with new member information submitted to the National Office beginning November 1, 2008. Specific instructions will be sent to the advisors for accessing the link for the new submission format.


NEW MEMBER FEES

Fees for newly elected members in 2008-2009 have been increased by the Executive Council to $65.00 per new member. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. The last increase was implemented in August of 2001.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Please be sure to view the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org. There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s Website is also an invaluable link between you and the other eighty eight chapters and their activities. Take a look at chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize joint activities with other chapters in your region. If your chapter does not have a report posted it is not too late to submit your activities.

The March through May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as other chapters and the National Office. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in San Antonio April 3-7, 2009, at the Annual Meeting with your delegates so Election Reports received during that time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for new member elections and submit reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are more professional and better appreciated when new members are presented their Rho Chi Key and Membership Certificate. The Rho Chi Society National Bylaws – 2007 Revision, Article 3, Section 10 – Initiation of Members, requires that membership certificates and insignia (key or keypin) be presented at the time of initiation.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the Website or contact the National Office RhoChi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001).

Chapters should review their current Bylaws to insure they comply with the 2007 Bylaws. Chapters that do not have Chapter Bylaws should write and adopt Bylaws. Copies of these Chapter Bylaws should be sent to the National Office.


FOR CHAPTER ADVISORS

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2008-2009 are needed in the National Office. The names of all chapter officers have been added to the chapter webpages, however, only the chapter president’s email address has been posted. All chapter officers will be added to the Px-Officers listserv for dissemination of information and announcements from the National Office. If your Chapter has not submitted contact information for your current officers, please submit this information as soon as possible. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s Web site choose Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


2008 ANNUAL MEETING AND LECTURE AWARD

Approximately 150 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Meeting and Lecture Award Program in San Diego, California, March 16.

The 2008 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, California, with delegates representing eighty-one of the eighty-eight active chapters.

Delegates elected Robert L. McCarthy, the University of Connecticut, as the National President-Elect.

Regional Councilors representing the even-numbered regions elected were:

  • Marc W. Harrold (Duquesne University) – Region II
  • Melody H. Ryan (University of Connecticut) – Region IV
  • Beth H. Resman-Targoff (University of Oklahoma) – Region VI
  • Michael Z. Wincor (University of Southern California) – Region VIII

The Society would like to express thanks to Councilors who completed their terms of office: Dong-Churl Suh (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) – Region II; Karen Kopacek (University of Wisconsin) – Region IV; Jonathan J. Wolfe (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) – Region VI; Anne Y. Lin (Midwestern University – Glendale) – Region VIII. Their guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to their future contributions.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s Website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose Society Leadership/Councilors. Alternately, choose Chapters and the Regional Councilors are listed with their Region and the chapters represented in their respective regions.

Following the Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was asked to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Communication with the National Office
  • Chapter Bylaws
  • Regional Meetings

Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported their discussion outcomes to the National Historian. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions.


LECTURE AWARD PRESENTATION

Attendees of the Annual Meeting and guests had the privilege of hearing a very inspiring presentation by William H. Campbell, Dean-Emeritus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Pharmacy. Dean Campbell continues to be involved as an advisor to several schools of pharmacy and consultant. An avid outdoor enthusiast, he currently resides in Easton, WA where he and his wife, Karen, enjoy the great outdoors.


2008 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL
Four outstanding alumni were named to the 2007 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

  • Ronald L. Alkana Theta University of Southern California
  • Leon E. Cosler Gamma Gamma Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Patricia Rippetoe Freeman Alpha Xi University of Kentucky
  • Peggy Soule Odegard Rho University of Washington

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2009 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2009. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS
As a service to chapters, where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies at a cost of $12.50 each. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the Catalogue located on the Society’s Website.


MEDALLIONS
The Society has medallions available for purchase by chapters as commemorative gifts or to be worn as an option at graduation. Please visit the Catalogue located on the website to preview the medallions. The cost is $25.00 per medallion – this includes shipping and handling.


CATALOGUE (NATIONAL STORE)
Please check the Website, www.rhochi.org, to preview items and obtain a form for ordering items, which are available to chapters. (i.e., Recognition Certificates, Stationery, replacement items, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail (rhochi@unc.edu) or call (919) 843-9001.


CHAPTER REPORTS
Sixty-two of 88 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2008, deadline. This is good but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2008, please send it to the National Office no later than October 15. An outline/template for the report and be found on the website under Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions/Annual Report. It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Web page. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

A new section has been added for chapters wishing to be considered for the “Most Improved Chapter Award.” A copy of the new Chapter Report has been posted on the web site with this included. Please consider this when submitting your 2008-2009 activities.

RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2008-2009, Number 2
February 2009

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Society’s National Office. News and Updates is electronically disseminated to Faculty Advisors, Chapter Officers, and Deans in the Fall and Spring. The Society’s National Office can be contacted via email at RhoChi@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this issue:

  • President’s Message
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting (April 5, 2009)
  • Chapter Delegates and Alternates (Due March 16, 2009)
  • Rho Chi Society Lecture Award
  • Election of National Officers for 2009-2011
  • 2008-2009 Chapter Award Proposals (Due June 1 2009)
  • Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (Due March 2 – deadline extended)
  • 2008-2009 Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15 2009)
  • Graduation Honor Cords and Medallions
  • Notes for Chapter Officers
  • Annual Reports (Due May 15, 2009)
  • Website

PRESIDENT’S NOTE

Dear Colleagues:

This month the country is celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 200 th birthday. Lincoln is thought to be one of America’s greatest Presidents. Most have heard the story of how many times Lincoln ‘failed’ at businesses and elections, yet he was determined to keep trying. Many of you will be graduating in the next three to four months. I hope two quotes from President Lincoln will help when thinking about your future. The first quote is: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

Decide that you are going to improve the profession of pharmacy and the health of your fellow citizens – even if you don’t succeed at first, or if your progress seems slow. There are some Americans who do not have proper health care and the economic crisis has hit some of the most vulnerable patients. Use your skills and volunteer your time and resources to help those who are less fortunate.

When you feel you have made a difference, then remember the following quote from Lincoln: “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Help others for the sake of helping others, not to win awards or have banquets thrown in your honor. This country survived a civil war during Lincoln’s time. Let’s do what we can with our abilities and compassion as health care providers to help in the current situation.

Karen Rascati
Rho Chi Society
National President


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The Society’s Annual Meeting (“National Convention”) will be held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, scheduled for April 3-7, 2009. The Society’s Annual Meeting will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 PM on Sunday, April 5, 2009. This is the business meeting of the Society which Chapter Delegates and Alternates, Advisors, National Officers, members and guests are encouraged to attend and to actively participate in Society discussions. The Rho Chi Lecture and Award Program will precede the Annual Meeting at 3:30 PM. Delegates, alternates, Society members, and guests should plan to attend the Lecture and Award Program. A reception will immediately follow the Annual Meeting. Detailed information will be posted on the website and sent to advisors and delegates via the listserv in the near future.


CHAPTER DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES

Each chapter of the Society is expected to have a delegate present for the Annual Meeting. In accord with National Bylaws, chapters not in attendance for three consecutive years are placed on probation and are not eligible to elect and induct new members. A record of chapter attendance for each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s Website, www.RhoChi.org, for review. (Click on the link to “Upcoming Meetings”).

By March 16, 2009, each chapter should contact the National Office to register the chapter’s official Delegate and Alternate. An on-line registration form can be found on the Society’s Website for that purpose. (Please see “Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions.”) If you cannot access the Website or have problems submitting the form, please send an e-mail to RhoChi@unc.edu and include: the name of the chapter (in the email subject line), the name of the university, the names of the delegate and alternate delegate, email addresses for each one, the name of the chapter president, the email address of the chapter president, the name of the faculty advisor and her/his email address. Delegates’, Alternates’, and Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers e-mail listserv as they become available. Communications from the National Office regarding the National Meeting and other Society business will be communicated via this listserv. To expedite registration and reporting at the Annual Meeting, most materials will be sent to advisors and delegates prior to the meeting. It is important that we have your chapter’s information by the March 16, 2009 deadline.


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY LECTURE AWARD

As one of its highest distinctions, the Rho Chi Society Lecture Award seeks to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars from the fields of the arts, letters, or sciences who have made significant contributions to the health professions. The Rho Chi Society Lecture Award for 2009 will be presented to Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. A copy of Dr. Manasse’s curriculum vitae can be found on the Society’s website (www.rhochi.org). Announcements regarding the Lecture Award and details regarding the lecture presentation will be posted on the website and sent to advisors and delegates. Further information about the award and a list of past recipients can also be found on the Society’s Website.


ELECTION OF NATIONAL OFFICERS FOR 2009-2011

Election for Executive Council offices listed below will be held during the Society’s Annual Meeting. A Sample Ballot, which will include biographical sketches, will be sent to Delegates and Alternates prior to the Annual Meeting.

  • National Historian
  • National Secretary
  • Region I Councilor (Northeastern Region)
  • Region III-M Councilor (Mid-Atlantic Region)
  • Region III–S Councilor (Southeast Region)
  • Region V Councilor (Midwestern Region)
  • Region VII Councilor (Northwestern Region)

2008-2009 CHAPTER AWARDS

The Society recognizes member chapters through two awards, the Chapter Achievement Award and the Chapter Proposal Award. The Chapter Achievement Award is made on the basis of annual reports submitted by chapters documenting their accomplishments. Chapter project proposals either describe a detailed plan of action to develop programs and activities that support the mission and vision of the Society or describe programs and activities that are in the early stages of implementation. Chapter proposals may be submitted for the February 1 or June 1 deadline. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.RhoChi.org. Chapter project proposals should be sent to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall – CB# 7360
Chapel Hill , NC 27599-7360


RHO CHI ALUMNI HONOR ROLL
The Society through its vision and mission seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelongintellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectualexcellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession. The Alumni Honor Roll was developed as one means to bring greater recognition to the accomplishments of our members. Background information regarding the Honor Roll, selection criteria and nomination were sent to Chapters via the listserv in the Fall Semester. Chapters are urged to identify and nominate one alumnus annually who has “advanced the profession through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence.” To nominate an alumnus of your chapter to the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll, the following information is requested. The deadline is March 2, 2009.

First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Graduate of School/College:
Degree(s):
Year of Graduation:
Rho Chi Chapter:
Current Position:
Email Address:
Mailing Address:
One paragraph biosketch suitable for press release:

Please return nominations via email attachment to RhoChi@unc.edu with subject line “Alumni Honor Roll Nomination” or fax nominations to (919) 962-0644.


2008-2009 FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

The purpose of the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award is to recognize outstanding faculty advisors. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence, and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award must be a current chapter advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Rho Chi Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers, and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. Criteria for selection include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • a record of at least two years of helping to build leadership in Chapter offices
  • stimulating members to develop unique Chapter programs
  • perseverance in building a strong chapter
  • punctuality in submitting reports and materials to the National Office

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2009. Past recipients and further details are available at www.RhoChi.org.


GRADUATION HONOR CORDS AND MEDALLIONS

Graduation Honor Cords are available for purchase by local chapters for 2009 commencement programs. Chapters should check with their college or university’s Commencement Office to be sure Honor Cords can be worn at the ceremonies. The cost to Chapters for honor cords will be $12.50 per set, which includes shipping.

As an alternative to honor cords, the Society has honor medallions available for purchase by chapters to be worn at graduation o as commemorative gifts. Please visit the “Catalogue” on the Website to preview the medallions. The cost to Chapters is $25.00 per medallion, which includes shipping.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

Chapters are encouraged to plan activities that enhance the mission of the Rho Chi Society. Please make use of the Society’s Website for information that you might need about the Society. Officers are always welcome to contact the National Office via email or telephone for any assistance they may need.

Spring is usually a very busy time of the year for chapters as many will elect new members during this time. Please allow ample time for the National Office to process your new member election reports and order your pins and certificates. It is not only an expectation, but an induction ceremony is made more auspicious when a new member is able to receive his/her pin and certificate at that time. If you have any questions concerning the process for electing and reporting new members, please visit the Website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).

Please be sure your chapter has submitted your 2008-2009 roster of officers to the National Office. If your current President’s name has not been submitted to the National Office, please go to the Website and submit the information or send an email to RhoChi@unc.edu. In addition to your faculty advisor, your chapter president is an essential link in communications between the Society and your members.


CHAPTER REPORTS

An annual report for each chapter will be due in the National Office by May 15, 2009. Reminders, including a suggested format, will be sent via the Listserv to Chapter Advisors and Presidents.


REGIONAL MEETINGS

Chapters are encouraged to collaborate and organize regional Society events. Modest funding is available through the National Office to assist chapters with these events. Please contact your Regional Councilor or the National Office for information.


WEBSITE

Please use the Society’s Website (www.RhoChi.org). This is an invaluable resource of information for chapter advisors and officers.