January 2002

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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.


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.


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).