NCPA Announces 2012 Student Chapter of the Year, Outstanding Student Chapter Members of the Year

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San Diego, CA (October 14, 2012) The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation (NCPAF) today announced the top student chapters and outstanding student chapter members at the NCPA 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. Sponsored by the McKesson Foundation, the 2012 NCPA Student Chapter of the Year is the University of Texas at Austin; the first runner-up is the University of Houston; and the second runner-up is Ohio Northern University.

In addition, the 2012 NCPA Most Improved Chapter winner is Rutgers University, while the University of Colorado won the Health and Wellness Challenge, and Ohio Northern University won the NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge. The NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge and Health and Wellness Challenge are projects created by the NCPA Student Leadership Council to engage NCPA Student Chapters in legislative and patient outreach activities in their community.

The Legislative Advocacy Challenge gauges the level of legislative advocacy taking place within each NCPA Student Chapter. Chapters must have participated in a major event such as a State Legislative Day, day to day contact with legislators and educational initiatives that promote advocacy.

The Health and Wellness Challenge encourages student chapters to promote the benefits of pharmacist-provided health and wellness services in their community. The project can be achieved through patient education, community outreach programs and through other unique patient outreach services and is graded on creativity and community impact.

Also, 26 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. All of the chapter awards are sponsored by the McKesson Foundation.

"NCPA student chapters provide pharmacy students the tools to become independent community pharmacy owners, who can practice a more patient-friendly business approach than in many other pharmacy settings," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "We give special recognition to this year's deserving winners: University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston and Ohio Northern University. We want to thank all the NCPA Student Chapters for their commitment."

The award criteria included commitment to community service, recruiting new members, promoting independent community pharmacy and advocating legislative action. The selection process was difficult with so many chapters distinguishing themselves.

The chapters are the most integral part of the NCPA Student Outreach Program that was launched 22 years ago by NCPA Foundation Trustee Emeritus Joe Mosso, who was president of the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD, which became known as 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 approximately 3,700 student members and 102 chapters in the 124 U.S. pharmacy schools.

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, Legislative Advocacy Challenge, Health and Wellness Challenge, NCPA Ownership Workshops and the NCPA Effective Pharmacy Management Course. Setting up mentorships and rotations with independent community pharmacies is also commonplace.

"Within each NCPA Student Chapter is a member who stands out among their peers by the sheer magnitude of their dedication," said Lonny Wilson, DPh, NCPA President and pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City, OK. "That is why we are awarding the NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Member of the Year to deserving winners who were nominated by their peers, who saw first-hand their dedication on a daily basis."

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

First Name

Last Name


Samantha Arrants University of Mississippi
Stephanie Bishop Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
Julie Brown West Virginia University
Alex Cavalari California Northstate College of Pharmacy
Medora Decoteau Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Ericson Ganotisi University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy
Travis Gau Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Julie Keeton University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Sherman Kuan The University of Texas at Austin
Natalie McDowell University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
Brittany Myers Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences—Boston
Amanda Nantais University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Erik J. Nelson Washington State University College of Pharmacy
Que Ngo University of Louisiana at Monroe
Joey Shao Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Sarah Squires Harding University College of Pharmacy
Danielle Stifter University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Long Trinh Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Sarah Trombetta Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Austin Tull Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Evelyn "Amanda" Turner University of Missouri-Kansas City
Andrea Van Deusen The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Yu Wang Roseman University of Health Sciences—South Jordan Utah Campus
Deana S. Weinstein Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy—Shenendoah University
Katie Westgerdes Ohio Northern University
Michelle Wright University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

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