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Volume 2013-2014 Number 1 November 2013

In this Issue:

Calendar and Deadlines 2013-2014

  • December 15, 2013 – Clinical Research Scholarship Applications
  • January 15, 2014 – Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll Nominations
  • February 1, 2014 – Chapter Award Proposals (first submission deadline)
  • February 1, 2014 – National Faculty Advisor Award Nominations
  • March 30, 2014 – Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and Awards Program
  • March 31, 2014 – Rho Chi Society Executive Council Meeting
  • February 1, 2014– First Year Graduate Fellowship Applications
  • May 15, 2014 – Annual Chapter Reports due in the National Office
  • June 1, 2014 – Chapter Award Proposals (second submission deadline)

Action Items Submission of Officer and Advisor Changes for 2013-2014

  • Greetings from National President John R. Reynolds
  • 2014 Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
  • Chapter Awards
  • Faculty Advisor Award
  • Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
  • Alumni Honor Roll
  • New Member Submission 2013-2014 – Reminder – Revised Procedures
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • Highlights from the 2013 Annual Meeting
  • Commencement Honor Cords and Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Chapter Reports
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • Presidential Visit to Rho Chi Society National Office

Greetings from the National President The fall term is well underway and chapters across the country are engaged in many activities that bring recognition to the Rho Chi Society and its mission. With many professional opportunities at our doorsteps, now is the time to act in strategic ways to advance our individual chapter and national agendas. Along this line, I want to inform you that our strategic planning process, initiated in July 2013, is well underway. We anticipate that the plan will be presented at the March 30 annual meeting in Orlando. We look forward to receiving additional feedback on this important endeavor in the coming months. On behalf of the Executive Council and the National Office, I wish you a successful academic year, and please remember that we all stand ready to assist you as needed. John R. Reynolds, Pharm.D. National President

2014 ANNUAL MEETING The Society’s 2014 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, March 28-31, 2014. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting which is scheduled on Sunday, March 30 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The recipients of the Society’s awards will be recognized during the 2014 Annual Meeting which includes the 2014 Rho Chi Society Lecture Award recipient and the chapter award recipients. As details are finalized, updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.

2013-2014 CHAPTER AWARDS Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but also participation by all chapter members can be a unifying and exciting accomplishment. Chapter Project Awards All chapters are invited to apply for recognition through the Chapter Project Awards program. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. Proposals should clearly describe a project that specifically fulfills the mission of Rho Chi. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition of your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the Website under Chapter Awards. An additional $500 Project Proposal Award will be given for this funding cycle focusing on the engagement of Rho Chi alumni or chapters working/networking across regions. The recipients of the award(s) could provide a Power Point presentation focusing on the engagement and collaboration aspect of the Rho Chi Mission at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Congratulations to the chapters submitting proposals for the 2012-2013 award cycle. June 1, 2012 Deadline Alpha Omicron, University of Pittsburgh, “Posters, Professors and Progress” Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky, “Shadowing Experience Week” February, 2013, Deadline Beat Tau Chapter, Northeastern University – “Professional Speed Dating for Pharmacy Students: Tips for Success during Your Time at Northeastern and Beyond” Chapter Achievement Award One or more chapters are identified annually for overall excellence in fulfilling the mission of Rho Chi. The Chapter Achievement Award winner(s) are determined through a review of annual reports submitted to the National Office and due May 15. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2013 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2014 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments. The 2011-2012 Chapter Achievement Awards were presented to:

  • Alpha Sigma Chapter, Drake University

The 2011-2012 Most Improved Chapter Award was presented to:

  • Epsilon Chapter, Washington State University

The following Regional Finalists for the Chapter Achievement Award were recognized:

  • Region I – Beta Pi Chapter, University of Rhode Island
  • Region II – Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh
  • Region III-MA, Alpha Nu Chapter, University of Tennessee
  • Region III-SE, Gamma Alpha Chapter, Mercer University
  • Region III-SE, Zeta Chapter, Auburn University
  • Region IV, Alpha Chi Chapter, Wayne State University
  • Region V, Alpha Sigma Chapter, Drake University
  • Region VI, Alpha Omega Chapter, University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Region VII, Epsilon Chapter, Washington State University
  • Region VIII, Theta Chapter, University of Southern California

By virtue of Alpha Sigma and Epsilon Chapter’s achievements each has a student representative on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. They will be student representatives of the Council for one year. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. Paul W. Jungnickel, National President-Elect, Auburn University, chaired the Chapter Awards Program for 2012-2013. Entries should be submitted to: The Rho Chi Society National Office c/o UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy 3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7569 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7569

FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also intended to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans may submit nominations. The recipient will be recognized during the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting in March, 2014. Criteria for selection include but are not 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

Lynette Moser, Alpha Chi Chapter Advisor, Wayne State University, was the recipient of the 2013 Faculty Advisor Award. Deadline for submission of nominations is February 1, 2014. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.

FELLOWSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The Rho Chi Society offers funding opportunities for graduate students and clinical research fellows. Clinical Research Scholarship The Clinical Research Scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified clinical research fellow and is sponsored by the Rho Chi Society. Details regarding the scholarship and application process can be found on the Society’s website. Deadline for receipt of applications for the 2014 Clinical Research Scholarship is December 15, 2013. The Rho Chi, AFPE First Year Graduate Fellowship This Fellowship is for a pharmacy student in the final year of professional studies or a professional pharmacy degree program graduate entering a pharmaceutical sciences (including social/administrative sciences) Ph.D. program in an accredited U.S. school or college of pharmacy as a full-time student. Pharmacy students who have initiated graduate work through a dual Pharm.D. /Ph.D. degree pathway are eligible if they have completed their professional degree and will be pursuing full-time graduate study in the year the award is made. Deadline for application is February 1, 2014. Amanda J. Stolarz, Alpha Iota Chapter, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is the recipient of the 2013 Rho Chi, AFPE First-Year Graduate Fellowship. Amanda is pursuing her graduate studies in Pharmacology at the University of Arkansas. The Society would like to acknowledge Karen Rascati, Chair of the Fellowship Committee, James Wilson, Michael Smith, Emmanuelle Schwartzman and Robert Bachman of the AFPE for their assistance in reviewing applications for the Graduate Fellowship Award. If you are planning to enter a graduate program in 2014-2015 or will begin the second year of a clinical research fellowship, please check the website for application information and criteria for these two funding opportunities.

2013 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL Four outstanding alumni were named to the 2013 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy. The National Office would like to receive more nominees from our one hundred and four chapters. Your chapter is encouraged to nominate alumni for the 2014 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2014. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org. Honor Roll nominees for 2013 were:

  • K. Roger Hornbrook, Alpha Mu Chapter, West Virginia University and
  • Gamma Chapter, University of Oklahoma
  • Carl Webster Kildoo, Theta Chapter, University of Southern California
  • Lucinda Maine, Zeta Chapter, Auburn University
  • Sean Sullivan, Rho Chapter, University of Washington

NEW MEMBER SUBMISSION FOR 2013-2014 Information for new initiates (for membership, jewelry, certificates) should be submitted via the website using the Resources for Members link found on the Society’s Website. Advisors who have not utilized this function, please contact Gail Moriarty at RhoChi@unc.edu for instructions for access. Fees for newly elected members in 2013-2014 will remain at $65.00 per new member. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry.

CHAPTER OFFICERS Please be sure to view the Society’s website at http://www.rhochi.org. There you will find useful resource information about the Society as well as upcoming meetings and deadlines, ordering information for certificates and pins for your new initiates and other items that can be utilized by your chapter. The Society’s Website is also an invaluable link between you and the other 104 chapters and their activities. Look at chapter reports submitted by the other chapters — there may be activities that could be adapted to your chapter needs and interests or you might organize joint activities with other chapters in your region. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during the February through May period. This is an unusually busy time for the National Office so advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in Orlando, Florida, March 28-31, 2014 at the Annual Meeting with your delegates so Election Reports received during that time will have to wait a week to be processed. Please plan in advance for new member elections and submit reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are more professional and better appreciated when new members are presented their Rho Chi Keys and Membership Certificates. The Rho Chi Society National Bylaws – 2010 Revision, Article 3, Section 10 – Initiation of Members, requires that membership certificates and insignia (key or keypin) be presented at the time of initiation. Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the Website or contact the National Office RhoChi@unc.edu or (919) 843-9001. Chapters should review their current Bylaws to insure they comply with the 2010 Bylaws. Chapters that do not have Chapter Bylaws should write and adopt Bylaws. Copies of these Chapter Bylaws should be sent to the National Office.

CHAPTER ADVISORS Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2013-2014 are needed in the National Office. All chapter officers will be added to the Px-Officers listserv for dissemination of information and announcements from the National Office. If your Chapter has not submitted contact information for your current officers, please submit this information as soon as possible. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s Website choose Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we will have the information in the National Office. Thank you.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2013 ANNUAL MEETING Approximately 150 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Award Program and Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, March 3, 2013. The 2013 Annual Meeting and Awards Program convened in the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live, with delegates representing eighty-seven of the ninety-eight chapters present. Attendees of the Annual Meeting were privileged to hear Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro, recipient of the 2013 Rho Chi Lecture Award, present his lecture entitled “Writing the Headlines of Tomorrow.” Dr. DiPiro is Professor of and Executive Dean of the South Carolina College and Editor of The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.” He is also Senior Editor of Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, which is in its 8th edition. The chapter and faculty recognition awards were presented. (The recipients are highlighted in an earlier part of the Newsletter and will be added to the Society’s website.) Four individuals were recognized for nomination to the Rho Chi Society Alumni Honor Roll for 2013. A list of the nominees and their chapter affiliations will be added to the Society’s website in the Awards section. Petitions to establish six new chapters of the Society were presented to the delegates. The delegates approved the petitions for the following chapters:

  • Belmont University School of Pharmacy– Nashville, Tennessee – (Delta Mu – our 108th chapter)
  • Touro College of Pharmacy– New York, New York – (Delta Nu – our 109th chapter)
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy – Chicago, Illinois – (Delta Xi – our 110th chapter)
  • Harding University of Charleston College of Pharmacy- Searcy, Arkansas (Delta Omicron –our 111th
  • chapter)
  • Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy – Nashville, Tennessee (Delta Pi – our 112th chapter)
  • Union University School of Pharmacy – Jackson, Tennessee (Delta Rho – our 113th chapter)

Delegates elected the following national officers:

  • National Historian, J. Douglas Bricker, Duquesne University
  • National Secretary, Gina Garrison, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Region I Councilor, Karl Fiebelkorn, University at Buffalo
  • Region III-Mid-Atlantic, Bradley Boucher, University of Tennessee
  • Region III-Southeast, Robert Riggs, Samford University
  • Region V Councilor, Jeanne Frenzel, North Dakota State University
  • Region VII Councilor, Linda Garrelts MacLean, Washington State University

The Society would like to express thanks to Linda Farho, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Region V Councilor and Karen M. Gunning, University of Utah, Region VII Councilor who completed their terms of office. Their guidance to their respective regions and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to their future contributions. If you do not know your chapter’s Regional Councilor, visit the Society’s Website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose Society Leadership/Councilors. Alternately, choose Chapters and the Regional Councilors are listed with their Region and the chapters represented in their respective regions. After installation of the new Society officers, National Historian, National Secretary and Regional Councilors for Regions I, III-Mid-Atlantic, III-Southeast, V and VII, President John R. Reynolds dismissed the 2013 Annual Meeting. COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS AND MEDALLIONS If your university or college campus policy allows, as a service to chapters, the Rho Chi Society has official graduation honor recognitions available for commencement ceremonies. Honor cords are available at a cost of $12.50 each. Medallions are also available at a cost of $25.00 each for graduation or as commemorative gifts. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor recognitions. The National Office will continue to make honor cords and medallions available for purchase through the Catalogue located on the Society’s Website.

CATALOGUE (NATIONAL STORE) Please check the Website, www.rhochi.org, to preview items and obtain a form for ordering items, which are available to chapters. (i.e., Recognition Certificates, Stationery, replacement jewelry and certificates, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail (rhochi@unc.edu) or call (919) 843-9001.

CHAPTER REPORTS Eighty-seven of 104 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2013, deadline. The expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2012-2013 activities, please send it to the National Office. An outline/template for the report can be found on the website under Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions/Annual Report. It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Webpage. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Reports received by the May 15 deadline and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG The National Office is in the process of an extensive renovation to the Website – please be patient as the site is improved and updated. The new officers and chapter reports will be posted to the updated site. There is still invaluable information on the “old” site for officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need. Presidential Visit National President John R. Reynolds visited the Rho Chi Society National Office on a recent visit to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where the National Office is housed. He is the first president to visit the National Office since it was established in 1999.