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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 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.


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.


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 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)


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


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.


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.


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:
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, 2008. Past recipients and further details are available at www.RhoChi.org.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.