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Director of External Communications
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TAMPA, FL (Oct. 13, 2008) - Karl Fiebelkorn, faculty liaison for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) student chapter at University at Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics in Buffalo, NY, has been named the 2008 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year by the NCPA Foundation. The award is sponsored by QS/1 Data Systems and was presented at NCPA's 110th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 11-15 in Tampa, FL.

Fiebelkorn is a pharmacist who worked in a community practice for over 18 years before deciding to teach at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy (UB). He teaches several subjects including, pharmacy law, medication errors, medication therapy management and pharmacy management and administration to name a few. In 1999, Fiebelkorn was named as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Professional Relations and was promoted to Associate Dean this past summer.

"Karl Fiebelkorn is a tireless and selfless educator who helps pharmacy students successfully navigate their journey through the University of Buffalo's School of Pharmacy," said Sharlea Leatherwood, RPh, NCPA Foundation president. "He also ensures that his students have the exposure to the business side of pharmacy that expands their career options to include community pharmacy ownership. In recognition of Karl's efforts we are proud to present him with the 2008 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year."

Fiebelkorn is the NCPA Faulty Liaison at UB, where he serves as a faculty advisor for students competing in the annual NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition for the last several years. In 2007, a team he advised won first place in the competition. In May, 2008, Fiebelkorn was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award. He also helps coordinate the school's poison prevention program, aimed at educating elementary students about the dangers of poisons.

In addition to his duties at UB, Fiebelkorn is very involved with other state initiatives including, being a member of the New York State Pharmacist Immunizer Coalition for 2008, which passed legislation that went into effect in September. Fiebelkorn serves as a delegate to the American Pharmacists Association and the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. He was also chairman of the New York State Pharmacy Conference in 2008, and serves as Vice-President of the Pharmacists Association of Western New York.

"QS/1 Data Systems is excited to sponsor NCPA's Faculty Liaison of the Year Award," said Tammy Devine, executive vice president of QS/1 Data Systems. "When the faculty at any institution of higher learning takes an added interest in helping their students navigate the educational process, they should be commended. Clearly in the case of Karl Fiebelkorn he embraces that goal with his pharmacy students."

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to

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Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314