News Releases - 2015

NCPA Foundation Honors Outstanding NCPA Student Chapter Members, Faculty

by NCPA | Oct 11, 2015

National Harbor, Md. (October 11, 2015) - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation announced the top NCPA student chapters, outstanding student chapter members, and the faculty liaison of the year during a ceremony today at the NCPA 2015 Annual Convention in National Harbor, Md. The awards honor the students and faculty members who have shown a deep commitment to their schools and communities, promoting independent community pharmacy, and advocating legislative action.

The 2015 NCPA Student Chapter of the Year is the University of Texas at Austin; the first runner-up is East Tennessee State University, and the second runner-up is Auburn University. In addition, the 2015 NCPA Most Improved Chapter winner is Washington State University,  Auburn University won the NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge while the University of Texas at Austin also won the Health and Wellness Challenge. These two challenges engage NCPA student chapters in legislative and patient outreach activities in their community, such as advocacy efforts during a state Legislative Day or community outreach programs to promote healthy living.

The 2015 Faculty Liaison of the Year winner is Peter Tyczkowski, the Coordinator of Educational Outreach at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. During his tenure, Tyczkowski has cultivated real world pharmacy-related educational opportunities for students, such as assisting the State Department of Social Services in selecting three optimal Medicare Part D prescription drug programs for more than 23,000 patients and organizing students as assisters with Access Health CT for people choosing Affordable Care Act health plans. Tyczkowski has also served as the advisor for the school's NCPA student chapter since 2006.

"The future of community pharmacy starts with enthusiastic students willing to learn and the dedicated pharmacy faculty members who open new doors and opportunities for them," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, President of the NCPA Foundation. "The NCPA Foundation is proud to honor these student chapters for their energy and passion for community pharmacy, which would not be possible without their respective schools' commitment to excellence. These chapters have given so much back to their schools and communities already and the Board of Trustees for the NCPA Foundation can't wait to see how they shape community pharmacy ownership in the years to come."

The chapters are the most integral part of the NCPA Student Outreach Program that was launched 25 years ago by NCPA Foundation Trustee Emeritus Joe Mosso, who was president of the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD, which was renamed NCPA in 1996). The Foundation underwrites the program, which is designed to increase student awareness of pharmacy ownership and the entrepreneurial opportunities in pharmacy. There are now 4,200 NCPA student members in more than 100 chapters at 130 pharmacy schools across the country.

A few of the most effective and popular programs that the chapters encourage members to participate in are the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition (now in its 12th year), the Legislative Advocacy Challenge, the Health and Wellness Challenge, and NCPA Ownership Workshops. Chapters also help to set up mentorships and rotations for students with independent community pharmacies.

Also at the ceremony, 17 pharmacy students were honored as NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Members of the Year after being nominated by their peers and faculty at each of their respective schools.

"The enthusiasm I have seen from all NCPA student chapter members for their chosen profession over the years is inspiring, and these 17 students are truly the shining stars among their peers. I know they will go on to achieve great things in the field of pharmacy and I look forward to welcoming them to the ranks of community pharmacy owners in the future," said NCPA President John T. Sherrer, RPh, co-owner of Poole's Pharmacy in Marietta, Ga. "With these students and their chapter members involved in our industry, independent community pharmacy will continue to succeed."

NCPA Student Chapter Outstanding Member of the Year Awards (listed alphabetically):

  • Clare Carter, Harding University College of Pharmacy

  • Megan Corsi, Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy at South Jordan Utah

  • Jeff Crouch, Washington State University College of Pharmacy

  • Nibal Fadhil, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

  • Logan Fox, University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

  • Aleksey Garmaza, University of South Florida College of Pharmacy

  • Alexander Guimaraes, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo

  • Ashley Lane, University of Saint Joseph

  • James Lin, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

  • Brian Martin, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

  • James Bradford McNeill, Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • Miraj Patel, University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy

  • Eleni Peterson, MCPHS University—Boston

  • Jessica Robinson, East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

  • Deanna Ruble, Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy

  • Sarah Trinh, Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy

  • Katherine Yingling, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy


About the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation
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