October 2009

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RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2009-2010 Number 1
October 2009

In this Issue:

  • New address for National Office
  • National Faculty Advisor Award (change in deadline and recognition)
  • Discussion of Proposed Bylaws Changes
  • Submission of Officers and Advisor Changes for 2009-2010
  • Recommendation for Changes in National Bylaws
  • First International Chapter
  • Important Dates and Information:
    • 2010 Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
    • Rho Chi Society Lecture Award Presentation
    • 2010 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2010 or June 1, 2010)
    • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due February 1, 2010) – Please note change in date.
    • First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2010)
    • Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2010)
    • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (Due January 15, 2010)
  • 2010 Chapter Anniversary Recognitions
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Submission 2009-2010
  • New Member Fees
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2009 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers Who Completed Terms of Office
  • Honor Cords
  • Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Chapter Reports
  • Beware of Email Scams


  • Please note that the Rho Chi Society’s National Address has changed – same location – different CB# and Zip code. The new address is:

The Rho Chi Society
c/o UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7569
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7569.

  • The National Faculty Advisor Award recognition has been changed to coincide with the Society’s Annual Meeting in conjunction with annual meeting of APhA in March or April. The deadline for receipt of nominations is February 1.
  • Chapter feedback regarding recommended changes to the National Bylaws regarding membership eligibility is due January 11, 2010.
  • Please be sure the National Office has a record of your current officers and chapter advisor. Please check you chapter’s webpage (www.rhochi.org) to be sure the officers and advisor are current.


The Society’s Bylaws Committee presented recommendations for changes in Article III, Section 2 of the National Bylaws, 2009 Revision, regarding membership eligibility for professional entry-level students. Recommended changes, if approved, would require that students complete no less than one-half of the professional curriculum (e.g. two years of a four-year curriculum) prior to becoming eligible for and election into membership. In anticipation that the changes will considered at the 2010 Annual Meeting, the Executive Council would like to have your chapter’s feedback regarding this recommendation. Please send your chapter’s comments via email to the National Office (rhochi@unc.edu) not later than January 11, 2010.

In the email subject line please type Membership Eligibility. Please include the following in your response:

  • Chapter Name
  • Chapter President
  • Chapter Advisor
  • College/University
  • Comments regarding your chapter’s support or objection to changes in eligibility requirements
  • Name of Person responding

The Executive Council will send a follow-up communication to chapters once responses have been reviewed.


During the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Rho Chi Society, delegates approved the petition submitted by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia to establish the first international chapter of The Rho Chi Society. The new chapter, Delta Gamma, will hold its installation/initiation ceremony later in the Fall Semester 2009.


Begin planning now for the 2010 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC, March 12-15, 2010. 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.


The 2010 Rho Chi Society Lecture Award presentation will be made in conjunction with the Society’s 2010 Awards Program and Annual Meeting. Please watch the web site (www.rhochi.org) for announcements regarding the Lecture Award recipient and details regarding the lecture presentation.


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 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. Congratulations to the chapters submitting proposals for the 2009 award cycle.

Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented in 2009 to:

February, 2009, Deadline

Theta Chapter, University of Southern California, “Mental Health and Sleep Disorders”
Alpha Mu Chapter, West Virginia University, “Curricular Learning Experience at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy”

June 1, 2009 Deadline

Gamma Sigma, Western University of Health Sciences, “Health Fair Booth on Emergency Preparedness for People With Chronic Illnesses”
Alpha Xi, University of Kentucky, “Science and Math Academic Resource Team”

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 2009 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2010 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2008 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:

Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

By virtue of Gamma Gamma Chapter’s achievements, John Jezak will serve as Student Representative 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 Robert L. McCarthy, the University of Connecticut, National Rho Chi President-Elect.

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


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 recipients from the Summer 2009 and Spring 2010 nominees will be recognized at the Rho Chi Society Awards Program during the Annual Meeting held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting in March, 2010. This is a change to the prior recognitions which were held during the July meeting in conjunction with AACP. 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 February 1, 2010. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


Melanie R. Nichol, College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, was named the recipient of the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Ninh (Irene) My La, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina, who is a Fellow in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, received the Rho Chi Clinical Research Scholarship. Both recipients are pursing their graduate studies at the University of North Carolina. Each award consists of a $7500 scholarship for the recipient. Daniel A. Brazeau, Dennis H. Robinson and Patrick M. Woster were acknowledged for their assistance in reviewing applications for the AFPE award. John P. Bentley and James P. Wilson were acknowledged for their service on the selection committee for the Clinical Research Award.

If you are planning to enter a graduate program in 2010-2011 or will begin the second year of a clinical research fellowship, please check the web site for application information and criteria for these two scholarships.


Four outstanding alumni were named to the 2009 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 enjoy receiving more nominees from our eighty-nine chapters. Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2010 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2010. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


Congratulations to the chapters that will reach historical milestones in 2010.

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapter

  • Beta Rho, The University of Montana
  • Beta Sigma, Howard University


The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. Please visit the Website 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.


There are significant changes to the mechanism for submission of new member information. The names will be submitted via the Resources for Members link found on the Society’s Website. Instructions will be sent to the advisors for accessing the link for the new submission format.

Fees for newly elected members in 2009-2010 will remain at $65.00 per new member. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry.


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 eight 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. If your chapter does not have a report posted it is not too late to submit your activities.

The February 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 Washington, DC, March 12-16, 2010 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. The Rho Chi Society National Bylaws – 2009 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 2009 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.


Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2009-2010 are needed in the National Office. The names of all chapter officers have been added to the chapter webpages, however, only the chapter president’s email address has been posted. 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 Web site choose Resources for Advisors and Officers/Chapter Instructions. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


Approximately 150 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Meeting and Award Program in San Antonio, Texas, April 5, 2009.

The 2009 Annual Meeting convened at 3:30 pm in the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas with delegates representing seventy-eight of the eighty-nine chapters present. Attendees of the Annual Meeting were privileged to hear Dr. Henri R. Manasse, Jr., recipient of the 2009 Rho Chi Lecture Award, present his lecture entitled “Interdisciplinary Health Professions Education: A Systems Approach to Bridging the Gaps.” Dr. Manasse is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

The scholarship and fellowship awards were presented as were chapter and faculty recognition awards. (The recipients are highlighted in an earlier part of the Newsletter as well as the Society’s website.)

The following individuals were recognized for nomination to the Rho Chi Society Alumni Honor Roll for 2009:

  • Ralph E. Bouvette, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky
  • James Clair Eoff, Alpha Nu Chapter, University of Tennessee
  • Kathleen A. Johnston, Theta Chapter, University of Southern California

President Rascati recognized Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky and Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Idaho State University for hosting regional meetings in 2008.

Delegates elected J. Douglas Bricker, Duquesne University, National Historian. Paul W. Jungnickel, Auburn University, was elected National Secretary.

Regional Councilors representing the odd-numbered regions elected were:

  • Gina Garrison ( Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) – Region I
  • Robert E. Dupuis ( University of North Carolina) – Region III-Mid-Atlantic
  • Mary J. Ferrill ( Palm Beach Atlantic University) – Region III-Southeast
  • Robert P. Soltis ( Drake University) – Region V
  • Karen M. Gunning ( University of Utah) – Region VII

The Society would like to express thanks to Paul S. Cady ( Idaho State University) Councilor – Region VII who completed his term of office. His guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to his future contributions.

Who is your Regional Councilor? If you do not know, 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.

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

What strategies can be developed by Rho Chi members to be involved:

  • Within you college or school
  • With other health professionals
  • Within your community
  • Following their very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported their discussion outcomes to the National Historian. Recommendations from these groups will be the subject of Executive Council discussions and will be posted as a part of the minutes from the Annual Meeting.


As a service to chapters, where campus policy allows, The Rho Chi Society has official honor cords available for commencement ceremonies at a cost of $12.50 each. 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 Catalogue 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 or other occasions. Please visit the Catalogue located on the website to preview the medallions. The cost is $25.00 per medallion – this includes shipping and handling.


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.


Sixty-five of 89 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2009, deadline. This is good but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2009, please send it to the National Office. An outline/template for the report and 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 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.


Please be wary of requests asking your chapter to update your organization’s listing in organizations or publications. Many of these are mechanisms to obtain information for sales of products or services and are not authorized by the National Office. If you are not sure of the validity of these organizations, please to not submit your chapter’s information