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Volume 2008-2009; Number 1
September 2008

In this Issue:

  • President’s Note
  • Welcome to New Chapters
  • Subdivision of Region III
  • Important Dates and Information:

• Nominations for National Officers (Due October 15, 2008)
• 2009 Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
• Rho Chi Society Lecture Award Presentation
• 2009 Chapter Award Proposals (Due February 1, 2009 or June 1, 2009)
• Faculty Advisor Award Nominations (Due May 15, 2009)
• First-Year Graduate Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2009 )
• Clinical Research Scholarship Applications (Due February 1, 2009)
• Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll Nominations (Due January 15, 2009)

  • 2009 Chapter Anniversary Recognitions
  • The Rho Chi Society Website –
  • New Member Submission 2008-2009
  • New Member Fees Increase
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors (Action Item)
  • News Items from the 2008 Annual Meeting
  • National Officers Who Completed Terms of Office
  • Honor Cords
  • Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Chapter Reports


I hope everyone’s new school year is off to a great start. Do you remember when you were in elementary school and you had new supplies (and maybe some new clothes) to begin the school year? I was always excited about what the new year might bring – would I like my new teacher, would I make new friends? I hope all of you get a chance to read the book The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and passed away in July due to pancreatic cancer. His book chronicles some of his life experiences and explains how the cancer diagnosis made him more cognizant of the fact that he should live every day to its fullest. He passed some of his life wisdom on to students at CMU during a lecture, which became an instant hit on the internet. He was the type of professor that loved his job – and I agree with his reflection that “being a professor is the greatest job in the world.” He carried a crayon in his pocket to remind himself of the feeling (and the smell) that a new box of crayons evoked. Oh, the possibilities for learning and creativity that comes with a new school year! Please take a few minutes to reflect on the new possibilities this year might bring to you and your students.

Karen Rascati
National Rho Chi President


During the 2008 Annual Meeting delegates approved petitions for the establishment of two new chapters:

Gamma Omega Chapter, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A & M Health Science Center, Kingsville, Texas – Barry Bleidt, Chapter Advisor (installed May 13, 2008)

Delta Alpha Chapter, College of Pharmacy, University of Appalachia, Oakwood, Virginia – David A. Gettman, Advisor (installed May 14, 2008)

Gamma Psi Chapter, South Carolina College of Pharmacy was established with the merger of the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina into the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Alpha Iota Chapter (Medical University of South Carolina) and Beta Alpha Chapter (University of South Carolina) became inactive through this merger. The combined chapter was installed (April 8 and 9, 2008) with ceremonies on both campuses. Cynthia Phillips and Sarah Shrader will be co-advisors for Gamma Psi Chapter.


Region III has been divided into a Mid-Atlantic (10 chapters) and Southeast Area (11 chapters) to facilitate better interaction between the chapters and for equitable representation within the Executive Council. A table of the regional division can be found below.

Region III – Mid-Atlantic Area

  • State Chapter University
  • North Carolina Gamma Iota Campbell University
  • Gamma Phi Wingate University
  • Xi University of North Carolina
  • South Carolina Gamma Psi South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Tennessee Alpha Nu University of Tennessee
  • Virginia Gamma Xi Hampton University
  • Lambda Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Delta Alpha University of Appalachia
  • Gamma Omicron Shenandoah University
  • West Virginia Alpha Mu West Virginia University

Region III – Southeast Area

  • State Chapter University
  • Alabama Auburn University Zeta
  • Samford University Beta Beta
  • Florida Florida A & M University Gamma Zeta
  • Nova Southeastern University Gamma Theta
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University Gamma Chi
  • University of Florida Iota
  • Georgia Mercer University Gamma Alpha
  • South University Gamma Upsilon
  • University of Georgia Alpha Kappa
  • Mississippi University of Mississippi Chi
  • Puerto Rico University Puerto Rico Gamma Eta


The Society’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Gary E. DeLander is developing recommendations for the offices of National Secretary and National Historian and Regional Councilors for Region I (Northeastern Region), Region IIII – (Mid-Atlantic Area), Region III (Southeast Area), Region V (Mid-Western Region); Region VII (Northwestern Region. Please note that due to the number of chapters in Region III, the Region has been divided into a Mid-Atlantic Area and a Southeast Area. 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 15, 2008.


Begin planning now for the 2009 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, April 3-7, 2009. 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 2009 Rho Chi Society Lecture Award presentation will be made in conjunction with the Society’s 2009 Annual Meeting. The Lecture Award Committee is pleased to announce that Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Lecture Award. A copy of Dr. Manasse’s curriculum vitae can be found on the Society’s website. Please watch the web site ( for announcements regarding the Lecture Award 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.

Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented in 2008 to:

  • Beta Chapter, Oregon State University
  • Theta Chapter, University of Southern California
  • Alpha Nu Chapter, University of Tennessee
  • Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky

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 1st. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2008 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2009 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2007 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:
Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Pharmacy

By virtue of Gamma Gamma Chapter’s achievements, Whitney Caron will serve as Student Representative on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via 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#7360
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360


The Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2007-2008 National Faculty Advisor Award:

KarenBeth Bohan
Gamma Lambda Chapter
Wilkes University

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, 2009. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


Jasmine Talameh, University of Pittsburgh, was named the recipient of the Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Daniel Hertz from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, received the Rho Chi-AFPE First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Both recipients began their graduate studies in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kevin Brown, who is a fellow in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the Rho Chi Clinical Research Scholarship. Each of the awards 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. Joseph Bertino and Mark Munger were acknowledged for their service on the selection committee for the Clinical Research Award.

If you are planning to enter a graduate program in 2009-2010 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.


Congratulations to the chapters that will reach historical milestones in 2009.

Diamond (75h) Anniversary Chapters

  • Upsilon, The Ohio State University
  • Phi, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapter

Beta Pi, The University of Rhode Island


The Society’s Website serves members, officers and advisors in conducting the activities of their chapters. The site has significant changes and updates already in place – other changes are being planned for implementation. As you navigate through the new site, please contact the National Office with any comments. 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 will be significant changes to the mechanism of submission for new member information. The names will be submitted via the Resources for Members link found on the web site. This new format will be implemented beginning with new member information submitted to the National Office beginning November 1, 2008. Specific instructions will be sent to the advisors for accessing the link for the new submission format.


Fees for newly elected members in 2008-2009 have been increased by the Executive Council to $65.00 per new member. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry. The last increase was implemented in August of 2001.


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 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 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 San Antonio April 3-7, 2009, 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 – 2007 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 or (919) 843-9001).

Chapters should review their current Bylaws to insure they comply with the 2007 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 2008-2009 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 Lecture Award Program in San Diego, California, March 16.

The 2008 Annual Meeting convened at 3:00 pm in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, California, with delegates representing eighty-one of the eighty-eight active chapters.

Delegates elected Robert L. McCarthy, the University of Connecticut, as the National President-Elect.

Regional Councilors representing the even-numbered regions elected were:

  • Marc W. Harrold (Duquesne University) – Region II
  • Melody H. Ryan (University of Connecticut) – Region IV
  • Beth H. Resman-Targoff (University of Oklahoma) – Region VI
  • Michael Z. Wincor (University of Southern California) – Region VIII

The Society would like to express thanks to Councilors who completed their terms of office: 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. 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 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 one of the following topics:

  • Communication with the National Office
  • Chapter Bylaws
  • Regional Meetings

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.


Attendees of the Annual Meeting and guests had the privilege of hearing a very inspiring presentation by William H. Campbell, Dean-Emeritus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Pharmacy. Dean Campbell continues to be involved as an advisor to several schools of pharmacy and consultant. An avid outdoor enthusiast, he currently resides in Easton, WA where he and his wife, Karen, enjoy the great outdoors.

Four outstanding alumni were named to the 2007 Alumni Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding contributions through intellectual leadership and the pursuit of excellence that have advanced the profession of pharmacy.

  • Ronald L. Alkana Theta University of Southern California
  • Leon E. Cosler Gamma Gamma Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Patricia Rippetoe Freeman Alpha Xi University of Kentucky
  • Peggy Soule Odegard Rho University of Washington

Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2009 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2009. 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 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. 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,, to preview items and obtain a form for ordering items, which are available to chapters. (i.e., Recognition Certificates, Stationery, replacement items, etc.). If you have difficulty downloading the order form, please contact the National Office via e-mail ( or call (919) 843-9001.

Sixty-two of 88 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2008, deadline. This is good but the expectation is that all chapters submit their reports. If your chapter has not submitted an annual report for 2008, please send it to the National Office no later than October 15. 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.

A new section has been added for chapters wishing to be considered for the “Most Improved Chapter Award.” A copy of the new Chapter Report has been posted on the web site with this included. Please consider this when submitting your 2008-2009 activities.