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RHO CHI SOCIETY News and Updates

Volume 2003-2004 Number 1
September 2003

The Rho Chi Society News and Updates is an electronic service of the 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 Omicron and Gamma Pi Chapters
  • Greetings from National President, Daniel C. Robinson (Northeastern University)
  • The Rho Chi Society Website –
  • New Member Fees 2003-2004
  • Important Dates and Information:
  • Nominations for National Officers (Due October 1, 2003)
  • Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting – March 28, 2004 (3:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation – March 28, 2004 (12:00 – 2:00 PM)
  • 2003-2004 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2004 or June 1, 2004)
  • Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2004)
  • Rho Chi – Schering Plough – AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 15, 2004)
  • Rho Chi – Eli Lilly and Company Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 15, 2004)
  • 2005 Rho Chi Lecture Award Nominations (Due March 1, 2004)
  • Diamond – Gold – Silver Chapter Anniversary Celebrations
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2003 Annual Meeting
  • National Secretary, Dr. Edward Fisher
  • Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll (Nominations due January 15, 2004
  • Honor Cords
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Rho Chi Trade Generic Handbooks
  • Chapter Reports
  • Critical Dates for Chapters, Members, and Advisors


The Society chartered its 80th and 81st chapters on March 30 at the 2003 Annual Meeting. On April 25, 2003, Gary P. Stoehr, President-Elect of the Society, installed Gamma Omicron Chapter, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia as the 80th chapter and initiated 29 professional students and 11 faculty members as the chapter’s charter members. Lynne Ciardulli serves as faculty advisor of Gamma Omicron. Daniel C. Robinson, President of the Society, installed the Society’s 81st chapter, Gamma Pi, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Pharmacy – Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts at their ceremony on May 29, 2003. Twenty-seven professional students were initiated as the chapter’s charter members. Gamma Pi’s faculty advisor is Diane Pacitti.


Greetings from the National Office and the Rho Chi Executive Council. As we enter the new academic year, be sure to save this edition of the Rho Chi Society News and Updates as it will serve as an important reference for many of your chapter activities. Within the next few pages you will find news regarding many of our national events including the Society’s 2004 Annual Meeting to be held in beautiful Seattle, Washington. It’s never too early to begin planning for this major event.

At the 2003 Annual Meeting, chapter delegates had the opportunity to meet in groups by regions sharing issues and challenges, and in many cases coming up with excellent solutions. I would like chapters to continue to engage in dialog with others in their region. This can be facilitated through the Society Website by selecting Chapters > Chapter Pages and Links. Here you will find information about regional councilors, chapter advisors, and chapter officers. Feel free to contact other chapter officers in your region (or others) and consider how you might advance the mission of Rho Chi through regional activities. You will also be able to view past chapter reports, which may serve as a stimulus for future activities.

The Society continues to believe that outreach to our alumni is a high priority. Our strength, excellence, and high standards continue to live through our alumni throughout their professional careers. In 2003 we recognized 14 alumni as members of the Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll. In 2004 we hope to recognize one alumnus from each of our eligible chapters. This will require nominations from each of our chapters. Please review the nomination guidelines found on the Website While visiting the Website take some time and explore the many options and valuable resources that are provided.

Best wishes for a highly productive year. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance in helping you and your chapter achieve its goals. We also welcome your comments and suggestions.


The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. The site will be updated within a few days of your receipt of this Newsletter and already would have done so had it not been for “worms” and “viruses.” 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.


Fees for newly elected members in 2003-2004 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.


The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President J. Douglas Bricker (Duquesne University), is developing recommendations for the offices of President-Elect and Regional Councilor for Regions II, IV, VI, and VIII. 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 October 1, 2003


It is not too early to begin planning for the 2004 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle, Washington, March 26 – 30, 2004. Delegates and Alternates from each chapter should be present at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 28, 2004, 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.


Every chapter should be represented at the Annual Meeting. In accordance with National Bylaws, 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 each of the past three years is posted on the Society’s Website for review (Click on “Meetings” to check past attendance.). Please make sure that your chapter is represented during the Annual Meeting.

An on-line form is available to register chapter delegates. Follow the links from Chapters to Chapter Reports. Names of the chapter 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 15, 2004.


The Rho Chi Society Luncheon and Lecture Award Presentation will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting. It will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2004.

Tickets for the luncheon should be purchased in advance. Faculty members are encouraged to purchase their tickets through APhA as part of their registration. Student tickets for the Luncheon should be purchased through the National Office via the form on the Meetings > Upcoming Meetings page of the Society’s Website. 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 is $50.00 each, however, the cost for students is $25.00 each as the balance is subsidized by the Society. To further minimize expenses for delegates attending 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 2004 Luncheon and Awards Program, details will be posted to the website and disseminated through the listserv.


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. Certainly, we all benefit by hearing of the creative and innovative project proposals that are submitted. If your chapter cannot meet the February 1 deadline, aim for June 1. Do not 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 2002-2003 Chapter Project Proposal Awards were for June 1, 2002 submissions:

  • Alpha Lambda Chapter, The University of California, San Francisco
  • Beta Tau Chapter, Northeastern University

For February 1, 2003, submissions Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented to:

  • Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University

Chapter Achievement Awards were presented to:

  • Rho Chapter, The University of Washington
  • Alpha Omicron Chapter, The University of Pittsburgh

Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via Deadline for submission of entries is February 1 and June 1, 2004. The Society’s President-Elect, Gary P. Stoehr, University of Pittsburgh, chairs the Chapter Awards Program.

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

By virtue of their chapters’ recognition, Andrea Simons, Rho Chapter, The University of Washington; Brian Miller, Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University and Song U. Lim, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University were invited to serve as Student Representatives on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council.


The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2002-2003 National Faculty Advisor Award:

Dr. Douglas J. Black, Co-Advisor
Rho Chapter, The University of Washington

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, 2004. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


Are you or a member of your chapter considering graduate school after graduation? A unique scholarship is available for Rho Chi members only 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.


Established in 2003 through an award from Eli Lilly and Company, this Clinical Research Scholarship can be applied to fellowship training or research costs during the second year of a clinical research fellowship. Information regarding the application process and deadline is available on the Rho Chi Website.

JoLaine R. Draugalis, Ph.D., Chair of the selection committee wrote of the 2003 recipient: Orly Carter’s (University of Utah) submission rose to the top of the highly qualified applicant pool because the application was focused and well written, particularly the career goals and the nature and importance of research activities. Dr. Carter provided a succinct description (yet incorporated specific aims) of her proposed fellowship project in which she will investigate the clinical effects of D-ribose on cardiac function. Dr. Carter had a strong vitae including: co-investigator in a number of clinical investigations, several peer-reviewed publications with other manuscripts in preparation, membership on the Institutional Review Board at the University of Utah, and an exemplary teacher in both the didactic and experiential settings. The selection committee was impressed with the candidate’s goals for the second year of her fellowship and the methodical approach taken. The career goals and desired position following fellowship were clearly articulated with the ultimate goal “conducting research that will make an impact on the health care domain” for a desired career in academia.


Nominations are being accepted for the 2005 Rho Chi Lecture Award. The purpose of the Lecture Award is “to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars from the fields of the arts, letters, or sciences who have made significant contributions to the health professions.” Nominees may be selected from any area of arts, letters or sciences (education, research, industry, government) or any other field as long as the accomplishments or achievements have significantly contributed to the advancement of the health professions. Complete information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website under Awards > Lecture Award. Deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials is March 1, 2004 (Yes, one year ahead of the actual award).


Congratulations to chapters that will reach significant historical milestones. In 2004, seven chapters will celebrate diamond or gold anniversaries:

Diamond (75th) Anniversary Chapters:

  • Lambda Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Xi Chapter, The University of North Carolina

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Alpha Psi Chapter, The University of Arizona
  • Alpha Omega Chapter, The University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Beta Alpha Chapter, The University of South Carolina
  • Beta Beta Chapter, Samford University
  • Beta Delta Chapter, St. John’s University

Eleven chapters will celebrate diamond, gold and silver anniversaries in 2005.

Diamond (75th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Mu Chapter, The University of Minnesota
  • Nu Chapter, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Omicron Chapter, The University of Maryland

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Beta Epsilon Chapter, The University of Utah
  • Beta Eta Chapter, The University of Toledo
  • Beta Theta Chapter, Long Island University
  • Beta Iota, The University of Arkansas
  • Beta Kappa, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Beta Lambda, Temple University
  • Beta Mu, Ferris State College

Silver (25th) Anniversary Chapter

Gamma Zeta Chapter, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University


Please be sure to view 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 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 some 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 Seattle, Washington at the Annual Meeting March 26 – 30, 2004, with your delegates so Election Reports received during that 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 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 ( or (919) 843-9001).


Welcome new advisors and thank you veteran advisors. Each of you has accepted the challenge of mentoring students inducted into the Honor Society. It seems that students are hardly even initiated before they leave campus for clerkships, thus leaving but a relatively short period to time to foster the mission and vision of the Society. Like you, all members of the Society want to help prepare students to become lifelong learners and capable of facing the challenges of an ever-changing profession. The WebPages should facilitate exchange of ideas and information with other advisors in your region. Please call upon your Regional Councilor for any assistance you may require and as always, the National Officers and Staff look forward to working with you.

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2003-2004 are needed in the National Office. If your Chapter’s current president is not listed on your web page, we have not received new officer information from your chapter. 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 140 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Annual Luncheon and Lecture Award Program in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 30, 2003, preceding the Annual Meeting. Luncheon attendees had the privilege of hearing Dr. Richard P. Pena’s lecture, “The Academy as Leader.” Dr. Pena is Executive Vice-President Emeritus of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

In addition, Robert E. Kim, J.D., General Counsel for the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, presented the Rho Chi – Schering-Plough – AFPE First-Year Scholarship to Lisa Tang, Alpha Nu Chapter, The University of Tennessee. Lisa received her Pharm.D. Degree in May 2003, as part of a joint Pharm.D./Ph.D. Degree Program.


The 2003 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, with delegates representing sixty-five of the seventy-nine active chapters.

Petitions to establish chapters from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy – Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, were approved. These new chapters become the 80th and 81st chapters, respectively, of the Society.

Delegates elected Thomas J. Lemke, The University of Houston as Secretary of the Society. Robert A. Buerki, The Ohio State University, was re-elected as Historian of the Society. Regional Councilors representing the odd numbered regions elected:

  • John Reynolds, Northeastern University, Region I
  • Earlene Lipowski, The University of Florida, Region III
  • Amy M. Haddad, Creighton University, Region V
  • Nanci L. Murphy, University of Washington, Region VII

The Society would like to express thanks to Regional Councilors who completed their terms of office:

  • Robert L. McCarthy, University of Connecticut, Region I
  • Paul W. Jungnickel, Auburn University, Region III
  • Jordan L. Cohen, the University of Iowa, Region V
  • Gary E. DeLander, The University of Oregon, Region VII

Their guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to their future contributions.

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

RADM (Ret.) Fred G. Paavola was initiated as an Honorary Member of the Rho Chi 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. We are pleased and honored to welcome him among our membership.

Two chapters were recognized during their diamond anniversaries (75th), Iota Chapter (University of Florida) and Kappa Chapter (North Dakota State University). Alpha Phi Chapter (Butler University) and Alpha Chi Chapter (Wayne State University) were recognized for their gold anniversaries (50th).

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

  • Maintaining continuity of programs from year to year
  • Improving regional communication and networking
  • Sharing of ideas, successful activities (best practices)
  • Challenges and solutions – open discussion

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.


We extend a huge “Thank you” to Dr. Edward Fisher, Midwestern University – Glendale, Arizona for his leadership and many contributions to the Society during his tenure as National Secretary. We are fortunate that Dr. Fisher will continue to serve at the national level through committees of the Society.


Fourteen outstanding alumni were named to the 2003 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 J. Kornfuhrer, Chi Chapter, University of Mississippi
  • Jenelle Lynnae Sobotka, Delta Chapter, University of Iowa
  • William A. Zellmer, Eta Chapter, University of Wisconsin
  • Holli Temple, Nu Chapter, University of Texas
  • Howard R. Schiff, Omicron Chapter, University of Maryland
  • John P. Wareham, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • John D. Grabenstein, Alpha Beta Chapter, Duquesne University
  • Michael E. Winter, Alpha Lambda Chapter, University of California – San Francisco
  • Suzanne Divine, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky
  • Judith L. Beizer, Beta Delta Chapter, St. John’s University
  • Christopher Angelo Keeys, Beta Sigma Chapter, Howard University
  • David Calabrese, Beta Tau Chapter, Northeastern University
  • Louis Lemberger, Beta Theta Chapter, Long Island University
  • Conchetta White Fulton, Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Xavier University

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2004 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2004. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website


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.


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, 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-three of the 79 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2003, deadline. Good job — this is double the number submitted on time last year but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2003, please send it to the National Office no later than October 1. If your chapter needs a template for the report, please contact the National Office via email at 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 is now available on the Society’s Website. You will find an abbreviated version of the Planning Calendar scrolling on the Society’s home page. Please use the calendar to plan your chapter activities and to fulfill your obligations at the National level. If you find it helpful, you may print a PDF version of the calendar from the Website.