Buies Creek -- Campbell University’s Kappa Epsilon chapter was recognized as the 2009-2010 Outstanding Chapter of the Year during the pharmacy fraternity’s biennialnational convention on July 23 in Phoenix, Ariz. This is the first time the chapter received the award in its 24 year history at Campbell University.
The award recognizes overall chapter performance including service and professional projects, new member education, recruitment, alumni development and fundraising. Campbell University’s chapter was recognized for its active involvement in hosting community health fairs, coordinating breast cancer education booths at various events, speaking at local high schools about the pharmacy profession, participating in Adopt-a-Highway, organizing a successful cookbook fundraiser and much more throughout the 2009-2010 academic year.
Chartered as the Alpha Rho chapter in August 1987, Kappa Epsilon was the first pharmacy fraternity to install a chapter on campus, but just a few years ago the chapter was in danger of becoming inactive because of low membership numbers. “This recognition exemplifies the hard work of our members to strengthen the chapter to unprecedented levels of excellence in relatively a short period of time,” says Alpha Rho President Michelle Simmons, 2013 student pharmacist.
The Alpha Rho chapter prides itself in the fact that it is known for focusing on both service and professional projects at and beyond Campbell University. “Receiving this award confirms that we are fulfilling our mission to empower our members by developing their confidence, interpersonal skills, and leadership vision while representing the interests of the membership to health care professionals and the community-at-large,” says Simmons.
About Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences: Campbell University began addressing health care issues in 1985 with the establishment of the nationally acclaimed School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy program founded in the United States in more than 35 years. In addition to offering the doctor of pharmacy program, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2009, the institution’s name was formally changed to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to provide additional health science programs, including the new Physician Assistant Program starting classes in August 2011.
Photo copy: Campbell University’s Kappa Epsilon chapter, Alpha Rho