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Volume 2011-2012 Number 1
October 2011

In this Issue:

Calendar and Deadlines 2011-2012

  • December 15, 2011 – Clinical Research Scholarship Applications
  • January 15, 2012 – Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll Nominations
  • February 1, 2012 – Chapter Award Proposals
  • February 1, 2012 – National Faculty Advisor Award Nominations
  • March 11, 2012 – Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and Awards Program
  • March 12, 2012 – Rho Chi Society Executive Council Meeting
  • March 31, 2012 – First Year Graduate Scholarship Applications
  • June 1, 2012 – Chapter Award Proposals (second deadline)

Action Items

  1. Submission of Officers and Advisor Changes for 2011-2012
  2. Reminder – Address for National Office

Important Information

  • Greetings from National President Robert L. McCarthy
  • 2012 Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
  • Chapter Awards
  • Faculty Advisor Award
  • Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
  • Alumni Honor Roll
  • 2012 Chapter Anniversary Recognitions
  • New Member Submission 2011-2012 – Reminder – Revised Procedures
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • Highlights from the 2011 Annual Meeting
  • Commencement Honor Cords and Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Chapter Reports
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org


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.

Reminder: The Rho Chi Society’s National Address changed last Fall. Some chapters are still sending materials to the old address which delays delivery. Please update your files. 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.

Greetings from the National President

Dear Colleagues:
Welcome to the new academic year! Every year it appears the summer passes more quickly; nevertheless, our sadness at seeing summer’s end is more than made up for by our excitement in welcoming our new first-year pharmacy students. I hope your chapter was included in orientation and other activities that allowed you to introduce Rho Chi to these eager future pharmacists. As pharmacy’s honor society, it’s important that new students learn about our mission and values: academic excellence and a commitment to scientific inquiry. While new students are learning about the variety of professional organizations available to them, it is our shared responsibility to ensure that they become acquainted with pharmacy’s only honor society. Beyond orientation events, Rho Chi chapters can also introduce the society to new students through our activities and programs. Tutoring programs, research poster sessions, and other related activities help to celebrate Rho Chi’s presence in our schools and colleges. I urge you to take an active role on your campus to remind your school community of the special place Rho Chi holds in the pharmacy profession.

On behalf of your National Officers, Regional Councilors, and the staff of the National Office, I wish you a successful year!

Robert L. McCarthy, Ph.D.
National President


The Society’s 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 9-12, 2012. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting which is scheduled on Sunday, March 11 from 2:00 – 5:15 pm. . The recipients of the Society’s awards will be recognized during the 2012 Annual Meeting which includes the 2012 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.


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. Congratulations to the chapters submitting proposals for the 2010-2011 award cycle.

Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented to:

February, 2011, Deadline

  • Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, “Balance Beyond the Books”
  • Gamma Nu Chapter, Midwestern University – Glendale, “Preparing New Pharmacy Students for Standardized Patient Interviews”

June 1, 2011 Deadline

Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky, “Scholarship Showcase”

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 May 15. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2011 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2012 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2010 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to: Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky

The 2010 Most Improved Chapter Award was presented to: Alpha Eta Chapter, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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

  • Region I – Psi Chapter, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Region II – Alpha Eta Chapter, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Region III-M, Alpha Nu Chapter, University of Tennessee
  • Region III-S, Gamma Alpha Chapter, Mercer University
  • Region IV, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky
  • Region V, Mu Chapter, University of Minnesota
  • Region VI, Gamma Omega, Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Region VII, Beta Epsilon Chapter, University of Utah
  • Region VIII, Theta Chapter, University of Southern California

By virtue of Alpha Xi and Alpha Eta’s achievements, each has a student representative on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. They will serve as student representatives on the Executive Council for one year. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org. John R. Reynolds, Northeastern University, National Rho Chi President-Elect, chairs the Chapter Awards Program.

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 recipient will be recognized during the Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting in March, 2012. 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

Wallace J. Murray, Gamma Sigma Chapter, Western University of Health Sciences, was the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Advisor Award.

Deadline for submission of nominations is February 1, 2012. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


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 Clinical Research Scholarship is December 15.

Soyon Lee, Alpha Eta Chapter, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, received the 2011 Rho Chi Clinical Research Scholarship Award.
Dr. Lee is a clinical scholar at the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Evidence-Based Practice Center.

The Society would like to acknowledge Milap C. Nahata, Chair of the Clinical Research Scholarship Committee, John P. Bentley, James P. Wilson and Alan H. Lau for their assistance in reviewing the scholarship applications.

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 March 31, 2012.

Julieta Scalo, Nu Chapter, The University of Texas, was recognized as the recipient of the 2011 Rho Chi, AFPE First-Year Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Scalo is pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Texas.

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 2012-2013 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.


Eight outstanding alumni were named to the 2011 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy. (Their names are listed on the website.) The National Office would like to receive more nominees from our ninety-four chapters. Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumni for the 2012 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2012. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


Congratulations to the chapters that will reach historical milestones in 2012.

Diamond (75th) Anniversary Chapter

Chi Chapter, University of Mississippi

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapters

Beta Psi Chapter, Ohio Northern University


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. This is a significant change to the past mechanism utilized for submission of new member information. 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 2011-2012 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-nine 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. If your chapter does not have a report posted it is not too late to submit your activities.

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 New Orleans, Louisiana, March 9-12, 2012 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 – 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.


Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2011-2012 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 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.


Approximately 150 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Award Program and Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, March 27, 2011. The 2011 Annual Meeting and Awards Program convened at 3:01 pm in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington with delegates representing eighty of the ninety chapters present. Attendees of the Annual Meeting were privileged to hear Dr. John Grabenstein of the 2011 Rho Chi Lecture Award, present his lecture entitled “Mortars & Pestles, Maps & Compasses, Vaccines & Syringes.” Dr. Grabenstein is Senior Medical Director for Adult Vaccines for Merck Vaccines. He provides scientific advice for Merck’s global vaccine enterprise.

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

Eight individuals were recognized for nomination to the Rho Chi Society Alumni Honor Roll for 2011. A list of the nominees and their chapter affiliations can be found on the Society’s website in the Awards section.

Petitions to establish four new chapters of the Society were presented to the delegates. The delegates approved the petitions for the following chapters:

  • Touro University–California, Vallejo, California – Delta Delta Chapter – our 100th chapter
  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee – Delta Epsilon – our 101st chapter
  • St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York – Delta Zeta – 102nd chapter
  • University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas – Delta Eta – our 103rd chapter

Delegates elected the following national officers:

  • J. Douglas Bricker, Duquesne University, National Historian
  • Paul E. Jungnickel, Auburn University, National Secretary

Regional Councilors representing the odd-numbered regions elected were:

  • Karl D. Fiebelkorn, University at Buffalo, Region I Councilor
  • Bradley A. Boucher, University of Tennessee, Region III – Mid-Atlantic Councilor
  • Robert M. Riggs, Samford University, Region III – Southeast Councilor
  • Linda M. Farho, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Region V Councilor
  • Karen M. Gunning, University of Utah, Region VII Councilor

The Society would like to express thanks to Gina Garrison, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Region I Councilor; Robert E. Dupuis, University of North Carolina, Region III Mid-Atlantic Councilor and Robert P. Soltis, Drake University, Region V 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, President McCarthy dismissed the 2011 Annual Meeting.


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.


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.


Seventy-one of 90 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2011, deadline. This is an improvement but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2010-2011 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 Report and recognize the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Report.


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.