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RHO CHI SOCIETY NEWS AND UPDATES

Volume 2010-2011 Number 1
September 2010

In this Issue:

Calendar and Deadlines 2010-2011

  • December 1, 2010 – Clinical Research Scholarship Applications
  • January 15, 2011 – Rho Chi Alumni Honor Roll Nominations
  • February 1, 2011 – Chapter Award Proposals
  • February 1, 2011 – National Faculty Advisor Award Nominations
  • February 1, 2011 – First Year Graduate Scholarship Applications
  • March 27, 2011 – Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting and Awards Program
  • March 28, 2011 – Rho Chi Society Executive Council Meeting
  • June 1, 2011 – Chapter Award Proposals (second deadline)
  • Action Items
  • Submission of Officers and Advisor Changes for 2010-2011
  • New address for National Office

Important Information

  • Greetings from National President Robert L. McCarthy
  • 2011 Rho Chi Society Annual Meeting
  • Rho Chi Society Lecture Award Presentation
  • Chapter Awards
  • Faculty Advisor Award
  • Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
  • Alumni Honor Roll
  • 2011 Chapter Anniversary Recognitions
  • The Rho Chi Society Website – www.rhochi.org
  • New Member Submission 2010-2011 – Revised Procedures
  • Chapter Officers
  • Chapter Advisors
  • News Items from the 2010 Annual Meeting
  • Commencement Honor Cords and Medallions
  • The National Office “Store”
  • Chapter Reports
  • Beware of Email Scams – Reminder

ACTION ITEMS

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 has changed – same location – different CB# and Zip code. 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 NATIONAL PRESIDENT ROBERT L. MCCARTHY

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the 2010-2011 academic year! Please accept my best wishes for a safe, happy, and productive year. It is a tremendous honor serving as your national president. Along with the Executive Council and National Office, we are here to assist you; we welcome your suggestions and ideas. During my presidential term, I hope to focus on several issues, most importantly reminding everyone of the mission and purpose of Rho Chi. In recent years, I have seen in chapters across the country an evolution away from what Rho Chi is — pharmacy’s honor society — to a perception that Rho Chi is just another pharmacy organization. The many professional organizations we have in pharmacy each serves an important purpose, however we have but one honor society — Rho Chi. Let me remind you of our mission and purpose that is listed on the Society’s home page: “The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members.” “The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.” As we begin a new academic year, I ask all chapters to consider Rho Chi’s goals as you plan your activities. Celebrate academic achievement, foster scholarly inquiry, and pursue excellence. If these are your guiding principles, our Society will once again be able to say we embrace the principles established at our founding.

With warmest wishes,

Robert L. McCarthy, Ph.D.
National President


2011 ANNUAL MEETING

Begin planning now for the 2011 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle, Washington, March 25-28, 2011. 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.


2011 RHO CHI SOCIETY AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

Recipients of the Society’s chapter awards, scholarship and fellowship awards and alumni awards will be recognized during the Awards Program. The program will conclude with the presentation of the Rho Chi Lecture and recognition of the Lecture Award recipient. Please watch the website (www.rhochi.org) for announcements regarding the Lecture Award recipient and details regarding the lecture presentation.


2010-2011 CHAPTER AWARDS

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 2009-2010 award cycle.

Chapter Project Proposal Awards were presented in 2009 to:

February, 2010, Deadline

Theta Chapter, University of Southern California
“Mental Health and Sleep Disorders”

Gamma Omicron Chapter, Shenandoah University
“Advancing Pharmacy by Serving Others”

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 due May 15. Reports that will be evaluated for the 2010 award have already been received, but it is not too early to define your plan for the 2011 award and begin keeping a strong record of your accomplishments.

The 2009 Chapter Achievement Award was presented to:

Alpha Mu Chapter, West Virginia University

The 2009 Most Improved Chapter Award was presented to:

Alpha Nu Chapter, University of Tennessee.

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

  • Region I, Psi Chapter, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy – Boston
  • Region II, Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh
  • Region III-S, Gamma Zeta Chapter, Florida A&M University
  • Region III-M, Alpha Nu Chapter, University of Tennessee
  • Region IV, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky
  • Region V, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Creighton University
  • Region VI, Beta Omicron Chapter, University of Houston
  • Region VII, Rho Chapter, University of Washington
  • Region VIII, Theta Chapter, University of Southern California

By virtue of Alpha Mu’s achievements, Andrew DeMotto will serve as Student Representative on the Rho Chi Society’s Executive Council. Complete information regarding Chapter Awards is available via www.rhochi.org.

Entries for the Chapter Project Proposal Award 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


FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD

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 Rho Chi Society Awards Program during the Annual Meeting held in conjunction with APhA’s Annual Meeting in March, 2011. 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, 2011. Past recipients and further details can be found on the Rho Chi website.


FELLOWSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Rho Chi Society offers funding opportunities for clinical research fellows and graduate students

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.

The Rho Chi, AFPE First Year Graduate Fellowship

This Fellowship is for pharmacy students 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 February 1, 2011.

Daniel Crona, The University of Colorado – Denver was recognized as the recipient of the 2010 Rho Chi, Schering Plough, AFPE First-Year Graduate Fellowship. Daniel is pursuing his graduate studies at the University of North Carolina. Karen Rascati, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, James Wilson, Michael Smith, Emmanuelle Schwartzman and Robert Bachman of the AFPE were acknowledged for their assistance in reviewing applications for the AFPE Fellowship Award.

If you are planning to enter a graduate program in 2011-2012 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.


2011 ALUMNI HONOR ROLL

Seven outstanding alumni were named to the 2010 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 enjoy receiving more nominees from our ninety chapters. Your chapter is encouraged to nominate an alumnus for the 2011 Alumni Honor Roll. Nominations will be due February 1, 2011. Further information and nomination procedures can be found on the Website www.rhochi.org.


CHAPTER ANNIVERSARIES

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

Gold (50th) Anniversary Chapters

  • Beta Tau, Northeastern University
  • Beta Upsilon, Northwestern Oklahoma Sate University
  • Beta Chi, University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Beta Phi, University of Wyoming

Silver (25th) Anniversary Chapter

Gamma Eta, University of Puerto Rico


THE RHO CHI SOCIETY WEBSITE – WWW.RHOCHI.ORG

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.


NEW MEMBER SUBMISSION FOR 2010-2011

For the 2010-2011 year, information for new initiates (for membership, jewelry, certificates) will be submitted via the website via the Resources for Members link found on the Society’s Website. This is a significant change to the past mechanism 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 2010-2011 will remain at $65.00 per new member. This one-time membership fee includes Society dues, membership certificates and jewelry.


CHAPTER OFFICERS

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 Seattle, Washington, March 25-28, 2011 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, require 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.


CHAPTER ADVISOR

Action Item: Names and contact information for your chapter officers for 2010-2011 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.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARD PROGRAM

Approximately 150 students, Faculty Advisors, Officers of the Society and guests attended the Award Program and Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, March 14, 2010.

The 2010 Annual Meeting and Awards Program convened at 3:03 pm in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC with delegates representing eighty of the ninety chapters present. Attendees of the Annual Meeting were privileged to hear Dr. Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, recipient of the 2010 Rho Chi Lecture Award, present his lecture entitled “The Value of Pharmacists in Society.” Dr. Schondelmeyer is Professor of Pharmaceutical Economics and Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota and Director of the PRIME

The scholarship award was 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 2010:

  • Dale W. Adams, Theta Chapter, University of Southern California
  • Douglas J. Black, Rho Chapter, University of Washington
  • Leon Cosler, Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Vincent Craig Dennis, Gamma Chapter, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Carol Giltner Gallagher, Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky
  • Micah Wang Hake, Gamma Sigma Chapter, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Anna Elizabeth Solomon, Zeta Chapter, Auburn University

Delegates elected the following national officer:

John R. (Jack) Reynolds, Northeastern University, National President-Elect

Regional Councilors representing the even-numbered regions elected were:

  • Susan M. Meyer, University of Pittsburgh, Region II Councilor
  • Melody Ryan, University of Kentucky, Region IV Councilor
  • Beth H. Resman-Targoff, University of Oklahoma, Region VI Councilor
  • Kimberly Cauthon, Midwestern University – Glendale, AZ, Region VIII Councilor

The Society would like to express thanks to Marc W. Harrold, Duquesne University, Region II – who completed his term of office. His guidance and dedication to the Society is invaluable and we look forward to his 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.

Delegates considered proposed amendments for changes in Article III, Section 3. of the National Bylaws, 2009 Revision, regarding membership eligibility for professional entry-level students. Considerable discussion by the delegates occurred around these proposals. The proposed amendment to remove the following wording: (NOTE: Chapters have the option of excluding experiential courses that are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis in determining the number of credits that must be earned to be eligible for election to membership. Chapters considering this option should contact theNational Office for clarification.) was approved. The second proposed amendment change regarding completion of one-half of the professional curriculum prior to consideration for membership (Section 3. Collegiate Membership. 2: have completed no less than one-half (50%) of the professional curriculum) was not approved.

After installation of the new Society officers, President Karen Rascati passed the gavel to incoming President Robert McCarthy. President McCarthy recognized outgoing President Rascati for her tenure as President from 2008-2010.


COMMENCEMENT HONOR CORDS AND MEDALLIONS

As a service to chapters, where campus policy allows, 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.


CATALOGUE (NATIONAL STORE)

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.


CHAPTER REPORTS

Seventy-one of 90 chapters submitted their Annual Chapter Reports by the May 15, 2010, 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, 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.


REMINDER — BEWARE OF PHISHING SCAMS

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 do not submit your chapter’s information.