Feb. 10, 2004

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Contact: Gene Hotchkiss, School of Pharmacy, (785) 864-3591.

KU student pharmacy chapter wins national chapter of year for 3rd time

LAWRENCE -- For the third time in four years, the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association has been named chapter of the year by the national organization.

KU competed against 51 other chapters in the competition. Each chapter submits a report outlining its community service and professional development programs. Winners are chosen based on the level and scope of those programs.

The award was announced at the NCPA national convention and trade exposition in Seattle during the fall 2003 semester. KU also won the award in 2000 and 2001. Derek Pihl, chapter president from Lindsborg, and Dennis Grauer, KU assistant professor of pharmacy and chapter co-adviser, accepted the award. Also making the trip were 72 other KU student chapter members, including 67 Kansans.

KU's NCPA members have volunteered to provide bone density screenings at local hospital community health fairs and have assisted pharmacies across the state with blood glucose and cholesterol screenings at local health fair events. They have also gone Christmas caroling at Lawrence nursing homes and participated in other community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity.

The chapter also sponsors trips to visit independent pharmacies in Kansas to show students the practice of community pharmacy and give them a chance to network with community pharmacists. In January the group visited pharmacies in Cimarron, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Hillsboro, Johnson, Kingman, Ness City, Russell, Salina, Scott City, Syracuse, Tribune, Ulysses and Wichita.

Gene Hotchkiss, interim associate dean of pharmacy and chapter co-adviser, said KU "has been a very innovative chapter" and mentioned that the students also are politically active, having spoken to legislators about the recent Medicare bill and its impact on independent pharmacy.

Since its founding in 1890, KU's School of Pharmacy has been a leader in pharmaceutical education. Since 1996, the school has offered the doctor of pharmacy degree as the entry-level practice degree.

Student names are presented in the following format online at www.ur.ku.edu/News/04N/FebNews/Feb10/directory.html:

First name, last name, gender (M or F), degree, school, parents or guardians (P/G), name of former high school (when available).

Kansas home counties: Allen, Barton, Bourbon, Cherokee, Clay, Cloud, Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas, Franklin, Greeley, Hamilton, Harper, Haskell, Jefferson, Johnson, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Mitchell, Neosho, Norton, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Reno, Riley, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Washington, Wilson and Wyandotte.

Hometowns in other states: South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Alton, Ill.; Independence, Nevada and Webb City in Missouri; and Pierre, S.D.

The School of Pharmacy is located on three campuses: the main campus in Lawrence, the Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., and the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The school's full-time faculty consists of approximately 55 members in four departments: pharmacology and toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacy practice. KU offers graduate degrees in all four departments and in neurosciences. Pharmacy practice offers master's degrees; all others offer both master's and doctoral degrees. The school is fully accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, the official accrediting body for American pharmacy.


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