October 2006

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Volume 2006-2007; Number 1
October 2006

In this Issue:

  • President’s Notebook
  • Welcome to New Chapters
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Nominations for National Officers (Due November 15, 2006)
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
  • Rho Chi Society Dinner and Lecture Award Presentation
  • 2006-2007 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2007 or June 1, 2007)
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2007)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications
  • (Due February 1, 2007)
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2007)
  • Diamond – Gold – Silver Chapter Anniversary Recognitions
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Fees 2006-2007
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2006 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers (Thanks to Outgoing)
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2007)
  • Honor Cords
  • Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Critical Dates for Chapters, Members, and Advisors

President’s notebook:

Welcome to the beginning of another academic year!

The start of the school year is always a time of renewed energy and of new beginnings for those of us that live on an academic calendar. On behalf of your National officers, I wish for each of you an exciting year of personal growth. Please feel fee to contact us at any time if we can assist you during the coming year.Beginnings for me are also times for reflection. My reflections typically begin with an inventory of all the gifts that I have received, and then progress to how I can best use the gifts that I have. I would encourage you to engage in a similar exercise.

Look at those around you, the diversity of the gifts they bring and the ways in which their gifts impact you. Gifts we receive from others may include words that inspire, art that brings us to tears, or athletic abilities that bring us to our feet on a Saturday afternoon. Gifts can be found in the counsel of a mentor, a stranger that reaches out when you least expect it, or a friend who can always find the silver lining.

And what of your gifts? Your gifts may be many and varied, but each of us has in common an intellectual capacity to succeed in a profession that can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. How will you use your gifts this year? Will you reach out to help fellow students develop their own abilities; provide leadership for your profession, or perhaps discover that with some additional education your gifts could lead to a career in research that may change health care?

The Rho Chi Honor Society is a community of scholars in service to the profession of pharmacy. I hope that you will consider carefully the gifts you have to share as the academic year begins. Share them often and wisely. Enrich yourself through both the gifts you receive and those that you share. Have a terrific year.

Gary E. DeLander
Rho Chi National President


Gary P. Stoehr, Immediate Past President of the Society, presided at the installation of Gamma Chi Chapter, Palm Beach Atlantic University, on April 28 , 2006. Gamma Chi becomes the 87 th active chapter of the Society. Drs. Mary J. Ferrill and Richard D. E’lia are co-advisors for the chapter.


The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Gary P. Stoehr is developing recommendations for the offices of Historian, Secretary and Regional Councilors for Regions I (Northeastern Region) III (Southeastern Region), V (Midwestern Region) and VII (Northwestern Region). Those members of the Society who wish to nominate an individual or individuals for these offices should submit a letter of recommendation accompanied by a letter from the individual recommended agreeing to serve and a brief biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received in the National Office on or before November 15, 2006.


Begin planning now for the 2007 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, March 16-20, 2007. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting. As details are finalized, updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website.


Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Society’s Chapter Awards Program. Not only can chapters gain financial support for their efforts, but participation by all chapter members can be unifying and exciting accomplishment.

Chapter Project Awards Program

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. In some instances, projects already completed my be recognized. 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.

2006 Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented to:

  • Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • Theta Chapter, University of Southern California
  • Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh (June 2006 deadline)

Chapter Achievement Award

One chapter is identified annually for overall excellence in fulfilling the mission of Rho Chi. The Chapter Achievement Award winner is determined through a review of annual reports submitted to the national office and due June 1 st. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2006 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2007 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2005 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:

Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University

Four chapters were also acknowledged by the Committee as being outstanding chapters during the past year: Rho ( University of Washington), Theta ( University of Southern California), Beta Lambda ( Temple University), and Alpha Alpha ( Creighton University).

By virtue of their chapters’ recognition, Katie Greener, Creighton University and Emmanuelle Mirsakov, University of Southern California, serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. The Chapter Awards Program is chaired by Karen L. Rascati of the University of Texas at Austin, National Rho Chi President-Elect.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rho Chi Society
National Office
c/o UNC School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360


The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2005-2006 National Faculty Advisor Award:

Melody H. Ryan
Alpha Xi
University of Kentucky

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 at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting held in July. 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

Deadline for submission of nominations is May 15, 2007. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


Katherine N. Francis who is now enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was named the recipient of the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Michael A. Pacanowski of the University of Florida received the Rho Chi, Eli Lilly and Company, Clinical Research Scholarship. Both awards consist of a $7500 scholarship for the recipient. David Miller, Kim R. Brouwer, and Ronald L. Alkana were acknowledged for their assistance in reviewing applications for the AFPE award. Robert L. McCarthy, John A. Pieper, and David T. Bearden, were acknowledged for their service on the selection committee for the Lilly award.


chapters that reached historical milestones in 2006. Three chapters celebrated diamond or gold anniversaries:

Diamond (75 th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Rho, The University of Washington
  • Tau, South Dakota State University

Gold (50 th) Anniversary Chapters

Beta Nu, The University of Cincinnati

Of historical interest, there are no anniversary chapter milestones for 2007.


The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. The new site should be released in the very near future. As you navigate through the new site, please contact the National Office with any comments. The look will be different as will be some of the navigation, but those familiar with the old pages will still find familiar links and a few new ones will be interesting and helpful. Please visit the Website, old or new, and provide us your feedback and suggestions. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.

The National Office would like to have pictures of activities at chapters to post on the website on the opening pages on a rotating basis. If your chapter has pictures suitable for this purpose, please forward them to the National Office. They should be in a JPEG or other format that can be downloaded onto the website.


Fees for newly elected members in 2006-2007 remain at $50.00. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. This amount was set during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


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 eighty chapters and their activities. Take a 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.

The March through May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as other chapters and the National Office. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning on your part is essential. The National Office staff will be in Atlanta March 17-21 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 Key and Membership Certificate.

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).


Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2006-2007 are needed in the National Office. If your Chapter has not submitted contact information for your current officers, please submit this information as soon as possible. Chapter Presidents’ names will be added to the Px-Officers listserv to facilitate dissemination of information to chapters. An on-line form is available for submitting this information. On the Society’s Web page choose Chapters > Chapter Reports. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


Approximately 160 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in Orlando, Florida, March 20, following the Annual Meeting. Luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Milap C. Nahata’ s presentation, “ Unparalleled Opportunities for Improving Medication-Related Health Outcomes”. Dr. Nahata is Professor of Pharmacy and Division Chairman, College of Pharmacy; Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Public Health, The Ohio State University (OSU); and, Associate Director, Department of Pharmacy, OSU Medical Center.

A copy of Dr. Nahata’s presentation can be found in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Vol: 70, Issue 04 which can be accessed via the AJPE website: www.ajpe.org. A copy will also be posted on the Society’s website.


The 2006 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Hilton San Francisco Hotel with delegates representing seventy of the eighty six active chapters.

Delegates elected Karen L. Rascati, University of Texas at Austin as the President-Elect.

Regional Councilors representing the even numbered regions elected were:

  • Dong-Churl Suh (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) – Region II
  • Karen Kopacek ( University of Wisconsin) – Region IV
  • Jonathan J. Wolfe ( University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) – Region VI
  • Anne Y. Lin ( Midwestern University – Glendale) – Region VIII

The Society would like to express thanks to Matthias Lu, University of Illinois at Chicago, Region IV Councilors who completed his term of office. His guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to his future contributions.

The Society would like to thank Gary P. Stoehr, outgoing President and Daniel C. Robinson, outgoing Past President for their many contributions during their tenure of office.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, visit the Society’s Website to find out. At www.RhoChi.org, choose National Office > Regional Councilors. Alternatively, choose About Rho Chi > Organization.

Following the Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was asked to discuss one of the following topics:

  • Utilization of a point system for Chapter Achievement Awards
  • Two things the National Office can do to assist chapters
  • Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported to the assembled representatives. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions.


Four outstanding alumni were named to the 2006 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

Harold L. Kirschenbaum
Beta Theta Chapter
Long Island University

Scott M. Mark
Beta Mu Chapter
Ferris State University

Joanne O’Connell Whitney
Alpha Lambda Chapter
University of California, San Francsico

Robert A. Yokel
Alpha Xi
University of Kentucky

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2006 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2007. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


As a service to chapters where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies. Feedback from members and advisors has been very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wear their honor cords. The National Office will continue to make honor cords available for purchase through the National Store located on the Society’s Website.


The Society has medallions available for purchase by chapters as commemorative gifts or to be worn as an option at graduation. Please visit the website to preview the medallions. The cost is $20.00 per medallion


Please check the Website, www.rhochi.org, to obtain a form for ordering items which are available to chapters. (i.e., Handbooks, Recognition Certificates, Stationery, 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.


The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook, published annually by members of Theta Chapter ( University of Southern California) is available through the National Office for individuals to order or for chapters to use as fundraisers. Prices to Rho Chi members are:

  • 1 to 9 Handbooks $6.00 each
  • 10 to 24 Handbooks $5.25 each
  • 25 to 49 Handbooks $5.00 each
  • 50 to 149 Handbooks $4.75 each
  • 150 or more Handbooks $4.50 each

Please contact the National Office for ordering information or check the National Store on the Society’s Website.


Forty-five of the 86 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2006, deadline. Good job — this is an increase over last year’s submissions but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2006, please send it to the National Office no later than November 1. If your chapter needs a template for the report, please contact the National Office via email at rhochi@unc.edu. It is not too late to have your report posted on your chapter’s Web page. Chapter Achievement Awards are based on the Annual Chapter Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.

Reports should be comprehensive in nature, describing the breadth of activities and accomplishments by the chapter over the preceding twelve months. The report need not be of any specific length but should include the following elements in sufficient detail to permit readers to clearly comprehend the chapter’s objectives, plans and accomplishments. Introduction – a statement identifying the rationale of chapter activities as they relate to the overall mission of the Rho Chi Society; History of Ongoing Activities – a description of ongoing activities and how they have evolved, progressed or matured during the preceding twelve months; New Activities – a description of new initiatives, programs, or activities implemented during this program year; Reflections – to what extent did the chapter’s activities add value to the member’s Rho Chi experience.


A Planning Calendar listing critical national dates for chapters and members alike will be available on the Society’s Website. Please use the calendar to plan your chapter activities and to fulfill your obligations at the National level.