January 2004

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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)


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 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.


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)

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 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.


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


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).


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.


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:
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 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 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.


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.