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Director of External Communications
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TAMPA, FL (Oct. 13, 2008) - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced the award winners in honor of student chapters and outstanding student chapter member at the 110th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. The 2008 NCPA Student Chapter of the Year award winner is the University of Southern California. The first runner-up is Mercer University and the second runner-up is the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The 2008 NCPA Most Improved Chapter winner is Western University. Each award is sponsored by Apotex Corp., a leading generic pharmaceutical company based in Weston, Florida. In addition, 56 pharmacy students were honored as NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Member of the Year after being nominated by their peers and faculty at each of their respective schools.

"If independent community pharmacies are going to flourish in the 21st century, the catalyst will be pharmacy students who both aspire to working in a more costumer-focused environment and eventually go into ownership," said Sharlea Leatherwood, RPh, NCPA Foundation president. "The University of Southern California, Mercer University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Western University are well deserving of their recognition for their awards as Student Chapter of the Year, first and second runner-up, and most improved. Each school distinguished themselves by promoting independent community pharmacy though their activities and participation levels."

While all the Chapters are to be commended for their hard work, the strict criteria to receive these awards included each chapter’s commitment to community service, creating new members, promoting independent community pharmacy, and advocating legislative action. The selection process was very difficult with so many Chapters distinguishing themselves, and stringent scoring system that determined the winners was extremely close.

"Recognizing outstanding effort is a bedrock principle to encourage others to follow in those footsteps," said Sam Boulton, RPh, Director of Trade and Industry Relations for Apotex Corp. "That is why our company is proud to sponsor the 2008 NCPA Student Chapter of the Year award winners who have each been exemplary in their efforts to learn about the entrepreneurial side of the pharmacy profession."

The Chapters are the most integral part of the NCPA Student Outreach Program that was launched 20 years ago by NCPA Foundation Trustee Joe Mosso, who was president of the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD, which became known as NCPA in 1996). The Foundation has provided nearly $800,000 to help underwrite the program, which is designed to increase student awareness of the entrepreneurial opportunities in pharmacy. There are now over 4,000 student members and 80 Chapters in 109 U.S. pharmacy schools. A few of the most effective and popular programs the Chapters encourage members to participate in are the NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition, NCPA Ownership Workshops and the NCPA Effective Pharmacy Management Course. Setting up mentorships and rotations with independent community pharmacies is also commonplace.

In the Spring of 2008, the Foundation awarded students with a plaque of recognition as the NCPA Student Chapter Member of the Year after they were nominated. Each school presented this plaque to the recipient at their annual awards ceremony. These award recipients were deemed the most active and consequential member for their Chapters for the preceding school year.

"Each NCPA Student Chapter Member of the Year winner is determined by the people who know them best-their fellow students and the faculty-which makes this award unique," said Giroux. "But what makes these students unique is the focus and determination they exhibit of a daily basis to get involved with, and encourage others to explore the myriad of wonderful opportunities in independent community pharmacies."

NCPA Student Chapter Outstanding Member of the Year Awards
(order by state)

Tarik Bou Akar, Auburn University
Christy Garmon, Samford University
Trevor Lawrence, Midwestern University
Theodore Chan, University of Arizona
Bryant Sizemore, University of Arkansas
Amelia Arnold, University of Connecticut
Serra Sibbett, University of California—San Francisco
Lisa Hohenthaner, University of the Pacific
Farm Saeteurn, University of Southern California
Danielle Dishmon, Western University
Ricardo Duenas, Touro University
Michelle Wolke, Univ. of Colorado—Denver
Clifford Lovett, Howard University
Cedric Owens, Florida A&M University
Rebecca Hoelker-Tran, Mercer University
Benjamin Smith, South University
Lindsey Jackson, University of Georgia
Jakub Borek, St. Louis COP
Jarod Schaltenbrand, Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville
Joe Weil, Purdue University
Charlie Hartig, Drake University
Amanda Walker, University of Kansas
Lindsey White, University of Kentucky
Louis Jones Jr., University of Maryland
Tiffany Gung, Massachusetts COP—Boston
Ruth Melchiori, Massachusetts COP—Worcester
Heather Kemerer, Northeastern University
Cassandra Shields, Univ. of Missouri—Kansas
Katee Sturdevant, Univ. of Mississippi
Janeane Wilson, Ferris State University
Andy Kampfe, Creighton University
Krystal Riccio, University of Southern Nevada
Paul Frazier, Univ. of Southern Nevada—South Jordan Campus
Fallon Ojong, Rutgers University
Regina Scott, University of New Mexico
Mohammed Taher, Long Island University
Alexandra Centeno, University at Buffalo
Jennifer Kinstle, Ohio Northern University
Ching Yee Man, Ohio State University
Laura Gramling, University of Oklahoma
Jennifer Heasley, Duquesne University
Erin Lalonde, Wilkes University
Robert J. Snyder, University of Pittsburgh
Neely Davis, Medical University of South Carolina COP
Laura Patterson, Texas Tech University
Roy Hendley, University of Houston
Marianne Bae, University of Texas—Austin
Brittany Shakespear, University of Utah
Shana Humes, University of Appalachia
Melissa Carroll, Virginia Commonwealth University
Eva Christian, Shenandoah University
Emily Schulze, University of Washington
Matt Rhea, Washington State University
Julie Hull, West Virginia University
Austin Capper, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Apotex the US Subsidiary of Apotex, Inc., the largest Canadian-owned manufacturer of prescription drugs. Through its sales and marketing headquarters in Weston, Florida and operations center in Indianapolis, Indiana, Apotex Corp, is committed to providing quality, affordable generic medicines. Products manufactured and marketed by the Apotex Group are sold in 115 countries around the world. For more information visit


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