September 2002

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RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2002-2003 Number 1
September 2002

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the Rho Chi 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 or by phone at (919) 843-9001.

In this Issue:

  • Welcome Gamma Xi Chapter
  • Greetings from National President, Daniel C. Robinson (Northeastern University)
  • National Dues for New Members 2002-2003
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting – March 30, 2003 (3:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation – March 30, 2003 (12:00 – 2:00 PM)
  • 2002-2003 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 3, 2003 or June 3, 2003)
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2003) NEW!
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 16, 2003)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 3, 2003)
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • Regional Councilors
  • News Items from the 2002 Annual Meeting
  • Honor Cords
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Thank you to Dr. Bricker


The Society chartered its seventy-ninth chapter on March 17 at the 2002 Annual Meeting. We welcome our newest chapter, Gamma Xi, Hampton University – Hampton, Virginia and congratulate the new members on their accomplishments. On April 19, 2002, Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, Immediate Past President of the Society, presided at the Chapter Installation Program. Eleven professional degree students and three faculty members were initiated into the Society. Dr. Carmita Coleman and Dr. Udobi Onogobu are the faculty advisors for Gamma Xi.


Greetings from the National Office, your Rho Chi Executive Council, and all those who work so hard throughout the year to keep our organization strong. I hope that you have had an invigorating and enjoyable summer as you settle in for your many obligations during the academic year. In July, the Executive Council met in Kansas City to discuss a number of items including our financial picture, further alignment of our annual activities around our mission and vision, and new initiatives for the coming year.

We continue to place outreach to our alumni as a high priority. This is important not only because our alumni tell us they want to be involved, but because one of our goals is to seek universal recognition of our members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy. We simply cannot do this without improving our communication with and tracking of alumni. The Executive Council has approved the development of an Annual Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll. This is where our local chapters come in. Each chapter will be asked annually to select one of its alumni for recognition in the national Rho Chi Honor Roll. The names of those who are selected will be proudly displayed at our annual meeting and luncheon, the list will be published in a professional journal, and press releases will be provided to chapters for distribution through local media. We feel that this recognition will complement both current and future activities that are geared toward improving alumni involvement. Details and guidelines for the alumni honor roll will be found on the Rho Chi website.

Within a few weeks I will be sending a letter to chapter presidents to encourage participation in submitting nominations for the Chapter Advisor Award. Chapter advisors play such a vital role in The Society; a role that is best appreciated by our chapter presidents. I am confident that our advisors are already being recognized and honored for their contributions at individual chapter initiation ceremonies. We need to recognize our best advisors at the national level. Sadly, we received no nominations during the last academic year. I am asking for your help to make sure this does not happen again this year.

As you plan your Rho Chi activities for the coming year, it is never too early to start planning for the Chapter Awards Program. Further details can be found at and last year’s winners are listed below. Also, mark you calendars for the Rho Chi Annual Meeting, Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation to be held in conjunction with the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans on March 30, 2003. And please, send as many representatives as you can. This is a great way to participate in the governance of Rho Chi, meet representatives from other chapters, and support your APhA chapter at the same time.

As we look forward to a highly productive year, let us know if we can be of any assistance in helping your chapter achieve its goals and in supporting the mission of Rho Chi. I personally look forward to hearing from you.


The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. Please take a look and your feedback is invited. As always, contact the National Office for any additional help you may need.


Please make note that the total for dues, jewelry and certificates for each newly elected member in 2002-2003 will remain at $50.00. This is the amount that was approved during the 2001 Annual Meeting by the Executive Council and implemented in August of 2001.


Please start planning for the 2003 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana March 28 – April 1, 2003. Delegates or alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 30, 2003, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. As details are finalized updates will be sent via the Officers and Advisors listservs and posted to the Society’s Website (


Each Chapter should be represented at the Annual Meeting. In accordance with NationalBylaws, 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 eachof the past three years is posted on the Society’s website for review. Don’t let your chapter become “inactive.” Please plan on having a delegate at the meeting.

An on-line form is available to register chapter delegates. Follow the links from Chapters to Chapter Reports. Names of the delegates, alternates and presidents will be added to Px-Officers, an electronic listserv, as they are submitted. Communications from the National Office regarding Society business and National Meeting updates will be communicated via the listserv.

Deadline for submission of delegates, alternates and other information from your chapter regarding the National Meeting is March 10, 2003.


The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. It will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2003.

Tickets for the luncheon should be purchased in advance as part of your registration for the 2003 APhA Annual Meeting. To assist the National Office in planning, please purchase your tickets as part of your APhA Registration. A limited number of tickets will be available on site at the APhA Registration Desk and at the Rho Chi Luncheon. Guests are welcome and you are encouraged to invite them. Tickets for the luncheon will be $50.00 each, however, the cost to students will be $25.00 each, with the balance of the luncheon cost being subsidized through the Society. To minimize expenses for delegates to the Luncheon, chapters should explore options for assisting delegates and alternates to cover their luncheon expense. This is a wonderful opportunity for delegates to meet and exchange information with other chapter delegates. As final arrangements are made regarding the 2003 Luncheon and Awards Program, details will be posted to the website and disseminated through the listserv.


Chapters are encouraged to participate in the Chapter Awards Program. This can be a very unifying and exciting process for chapter members. There have been some exciting and innovative projects submitted in the past. If your chapter cannot meet the February 3 deadline, aim for June 2. Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity for recognition for your chapter and its endeavors. Details about the program can be found on the website under Chapter Awards (

Recipients of the 2001-2002 Chapter Project Proposal Awards were Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University and Mu Chapter, The University of Minnesota. Chapter Achievement Awards were presented to Rho Chapter, The University of Washington and Theta Chapter, The University of Southern California. These Awards were presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17, 2002.

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via Deadline for submission of entries is February 3, 2003. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary P. Stoehr, University of Pittsburgh, chairs the Chapter Awards Program.

Entries should be submitted to:

Dr. Gary P. Stoehr
University of Pittsburgh
School of Pharmacy
3501 Terrace Street
1104 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Betsy Zodina of Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University, Sung Kim of Alpha Beta Chapter, The University of Washington and Cheryl Feldsien-Romereim of Mu Chapter, The University of Minnesota, serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council for the upcoming year.


The Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes an outstanding faculty advisor. The award is also designed to stimulate chapter activity, diligence and punctuality. Individuals nominated for the Award must be current chapter advisors. Nominations can be submitted by Rho Chi Chapter Presidents, Regional Councilors, Rho Chi National Officers and Deans. The recipient will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rho Chi Advisor’s Meeting. 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 16, 2003. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.

Don’t miss this opportunity for recognition of the outstanding contributions and leadership of the Rho Chi Chapter Advisors.


Are you or a member of your chapter considering graduate school after graduation? There is support available through the Rho Chi/Schering Plough-AFPE First Year Graduate Scholarship. Information regarding the application process and deadlines is available on the Rho Chi website (


Please be sure to visit the Society’s website at 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 seventy-seven chapters and their activities. Take a look at the 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 some joint activities with other chapters in your region.

The March – May time period is an unusually busy time for you as well as the other chapters. Remember — most chapters plan their initiation ceremonies during this time period — advance planning is essential. The National Office staff is at the Annual Meeting March 28 -April 1, 2003, with your delegates so orders received during this time will have to wait a week to be processed.

Please plan in advance for your new member elections and submit your reports in time for the National Office to process your orders (approximately three weeks prior to your planned initiation ceremony). Your initiation ceremonies are much better appreciated and impressive when you can present the Rho Chi Key and membership certificate to each new member.

Should you have questions concerning new member elections and reporting, please visit the website or contact the National Office (919-843-9001).


Welcome to our new advisors and thank you to the veteran advisors. Each of you has accepted the challenge of mentoring students inducted into the Honor Society. With transitioning curriculums, students are barely initiated before they leave campus for their experiential clerkships. It is a short time but lets help them achieve the mission and vision of the Society. We want to help prepare them to become lifelong learners and face the challenges of an ever-changing profession. The webpages should facilitate exchange of ideas and information with other advisors in your region. The National Officers and staff look forward to working with you during the upcoming year.

Action Item: We need names and contact information of your chapter officers for 2002-2003. 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 webpage choose Chapters then Chapter Reports. After you have filled in the requested information, choose Submit and we’ll have the information in the National Office. Thank you.


Student Representatives, Faculty Advisors and Officers of the Society joined with Phi Lambda Sigma, Officers, Delegates and guests for the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17, 2002, which preceded the Annual Meeting. Approximately 145 luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Charles O. Rutledge’s lecture, “Stories from a Life of Learning.” Dr. Rutledge is the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences at Purdue University and Project Director for Discovery Park, an interdisciplinary initiative on the Purdue campus. Dr. Rutledge’s lecture can be found in The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 66, pp. 329-332, 2002.

Mr. Robert Bachman, President of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, presented the Rho Chi – Schering-Plough – AFPE First-Year Scholarship to Lauren Aleksunes who is pursuing a combined Pharm.D. and Ph.D. in Toxicology at the University of Connecticut.


The 2002 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Philadelphia Loews Hotel with delegates representing sixty-five of the seventy-eight active chapters.

The petition to establish a chapter of Rho Chi from the School of Pharmacy at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, was approved. This new chapter becomes the 79 th active chapter of the Society.

Election off National Officers and Regional Councilors was held. Dr. Gary P. Stoehr, University of Pittsburgh, was elected President-Elect of the Society. The following Regional Councilors representing the even numbered regions were also elected: Dr. Anne Y. Lin, Wilkes University, Region II; Dr. William C. Lubaway, University of Kentucky, Region IV; Dr. Jonathan J. Wolfe, University of Arkansas Medical Center Region VI; and Dr. JoAnne O. Whitney, was re-elected as Region VIII Councilor.

The Society would like to express thanks to Clyde Ofner, Region II Councilor; Karen Kier, Region IV Councilor and Karen Rascati, Region VI Councilor, who completed their two-year terms as Regional Councilors. Their contributions to the Society have been invaluable and we look forward to working with them in other venues in the future.

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

RADM (Ret.) Fred G. Paavola was elected to Honorary Membership in the Society. He has served the profession as Chief Pharmacy Officer of the U.S. Public Health service and through his many distinguished roles in the Health Resources and Services Administration.

After the Annual Business Session, representatives were divided into groups and each group was given a topic for discussion. Following very lively discussions, a representative from each group reported to the assembled representatives. Recommendations from these groups will be further discussed by the Executive Council at future meetings.


The official Rho Chi Society Honor Cords were available for chapters for Spring 2002 commencement ceremonies. Feedback from members and advisors was very positive regarding both the recognition and dignity added to the occasion as members wore 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.


Please check the website 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 ( or call (919) 843-9001.


The Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbook which is 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 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.


Twenty-one of 78 chapters submitted Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2002. deadline. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2002 report, please send it to the National Office – 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 this annual report.

Chapter reports are 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.


Thank you to Dr. J. Douglas Bricker for his many contributions to the Society during his tenure as President. Dr. Bricker will continue to serve on the Executive Council in his role as Immediate Past-President.