January 2003

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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)


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


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 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.


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


  • 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)


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 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.


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.


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).


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:
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.


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.


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


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 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.


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.