February 2009

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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


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 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.


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.


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 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)


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

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:
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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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