Congratulations 2012 Graduates!
As you transition into your new role as a practitioner, take advantage of NCPA's recent graduate rates and live your dream of becoming a pharmacy owner!
NCPA Recent Graduate Membership Rates:
1st Year Graduates - $40
2nd Year Graduates - $60
3rd Year Graduates - $90
To take advantage of these low rates, visit www.ncpanet.org or call NCPA's Membership Department at 800-544-7447.
NCPA Foundation Dennis L. Ludwig Memorial Scholarships Presented at NCPA Legislative Conference
During the 2012 NCPA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, the NCPA Foundation presented the Dennis L. Ludwig Memorial Scholarship in Government Affairs. The University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy received the Ludwig scholarship for the NCPA student chapter with the highest attendance at the conference. In addition, based on a random drawing, the following students received Ludwig scholarships to help offset expenses related to attending the conference:
Anthony Caruana, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Amanda Chavez, University of the Incarnate Word
Margaret DeLeo, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Morgan Evans, Harding University
Congratulations to the winners!
Dennis L. Ludwig was president of NCPA in 1996-1997 and a long-time NCPA Foundation Advisory Committee member. He was also a keen grassroots activist both in Denver and in Washington, D.C. If you're interested in receiving information about endowing a scholarship, please email ncpaF@ncpanet.org.
NCPA 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition
It's that time again to meet new friends, learn from experts, and succeed in your profession. Join us October 13-17, 2012 in San Diego, CA for NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.
Sneak Peek at Student Programming
NCPA has lots of exciting activities planned for future pharmacy owners. Registered students may attend the entire convention but will not want to miss the student-specific programming on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 to include:
NCPA Chapter Officers Breakfast
Future Pharmacist Educational Programming
9th Annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
Future Pharmacist Social
Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase
Business Plan Poster Session
NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony, and much more!!!
What are you waiting for? Register today for a discounted student rate of $150 for student members and $200 for non-student members.
Pharmacists now included in State Loan Repayment Program
The NHSC State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) provides cost-sharing grants to states to operate their own educational loan repayment programs for primary care providers working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) within their state.
New in the 2012 Funding Opportunity Announcement, SLRP grantees now have the option to expand eligible disciplines in their programs to include registered nurses and pharmacists, and expand eligible site types to include critical access hospitals, nursing homes, and state and county mental health hospitals.
To find out if your state is included and other information visit: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/stateloanrepaymentprogram/
NCPA Student Chapter Membership Recruitment Tips
With August just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about membership and ways to attract new members to join your NCPA Student Chapter! The beginning of a new school year is a great time to inform potential new members of ways that NCPA can benefit them both as a student and pharmacy school graduate. This fall, utilize the 10 tips below to help grow your NCPA Student Chapter.
Look at the calendar. There may be time set aside on your school/college of pharmacy orientation calendar for a student organization activities fair. Identify dates/times and sign up to present information on your NCPA Student Chapter.
Prepare marketing materials. Develop a 2 minute presentation on the benefits of joining your NCPA Student Chapter, create a picture slide show of events that took place during the previous school year or even develop your own top 10 reasons why a student should join your NCPA Student Chapter to use in a handout. Use these resources to educate potential new members on the benefits of joining your organization.
Advertise your meetings. First, check with your school/college of pharmacy on rules and regulations for recruitment and advertising chapter events on campus. List upcoming meetings and events in your school/college of pharmacy newsletter or other campus communications. Send email meeting reminders to all current members and potential members.
Promote upcoming events/speakers. Once you have events and inspirational speakers lined up for the fall semester, be sure to spread the word! Give a "sneak peek" of upcoming events and let students know why they will not want to miss out on these opportunities.
Involve faculty and staff. Schedule a meeting with your chapter advisor and discuss ideas they may have for recruiting new members. Chapter advisors and or other faculty members may also be current members of NCPA and can give you some good insight on how being an NCPA member has benefited them in their careers.
Host an informational meeting. Check with your school/college of pharmacy on how to reserve a room or a space to hold an informational meeting about your NCPA student chapter. Also check the school/college of pharmacy calendar and class schedule to find a time when as many students as possible will be available to attend.
Make each prospective member feel special. Be sure to make potential new members feel welcomed at events. Name tags may be helpful at informational meetings for new potential members and current members. Additionally, recognize new potential members and new members who recently joined your chapter at the start or end of your meeting.
Host a fun night out with NCPA. Host a social event in addition to professional activities in the beginning of the school year. You can go out to dinner or schedule a game night to create a relaxed, friendly environment for students to meet each other and learn more about your student chapter.
Involve current chapter members in recruitment. Pick a day in the beginning of the semester where all current members wear the same color or t-shirt to identify themselves as NCPA student members. Look into creating "Ask Me About NCPA" buttons or stickers so that students can approach you if they have questions about joining the organization. You may also want to create a membership committee to focus on new ways to recruit members.
Be a presence on campus. Last but not least, continue to keep your NCPA student chapter active on campus throughout the year. You can always open your meetings to all students so that anyone who is interested can attend your meetings; however, only allow NCPA members to volunteer for community service events and other chapter-related activities. Finally, consider writing an article for your school/college of pharmacy or campus paper on a successful chapter project or speaker at a meeting. The more students hear about your NCPA student chapter the more they will want to be part of such a robust and active group. Remember, enthusiasm is contagious!
Be sure to enjoy the rest of your summer! If you have any questions regarding these tips or student chapter development, contact NCPA at email@example.com.