Council of Students (COS)
President: Cynthia Iyekegbe
Advisors: Dr. Lea Bonner
The Council of Students is an organization of elected COP students working for the furtherment of existing programs set forth by the preceding councils and for the attainment of various new goals set forth by the present council. All students of the College of Pharmacy are included in the student body organization. The Council of Students meets twice a month and acts as the official voice of the student body. Its objectives include establishing two-way communication expressing views on pharmaceutical education between students and educators. The Council strives to promote and perpetuate professionalism in all endeavors with adherence to the principles of ethical practice in all fields of healthcare. COS is available to all students for consultation and advice when needed and endeavors to consider all student opinions. Student involvement in institutional decision processes is also sought by student participation on various college committees. The COS also has an executive council consisting of the president, president elect, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian and historian.
American College of Clinical Pharmacy-Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP-SCCP)
President: Kelsey Williams
Advisors: Dr. Nicole Metzger, Dr. Kathryn Momary, Dr. Christopher Paciullo
ACCP is a national organization that supports clinical practice, research and education in the field of pharmacy. Through our student chapter ACCP-SCCP, we provide opportunities and guidance for those students who are clinically-oriented and plan to do post-graduate training. Ultimately, we hope that our chapter and the opportunities gained through ACCP will assist students in gaining the knowledge, experience, skills and networking necessary to become well-trained clinical practitioners in their future careers via residencies and fellowships.
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
President: Pamiz Alibhai
Advisors: Dr. Ashish Advani and Dr. Samuel Peasah
The mission of the student chapter of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy is to encourage education, development, and promotion of the principles and practices of managed care pharmacy. The Mercer chapter was founded in 1997.
Annual Student Symposium
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
Chair: Amruta Indapurkar
Advisors: Dr. Martin D’Souza and Dr. Jennifer Knaack
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a professional, scientific association of members employed in industry, academia, government, and other research institutes worldwide. Founded in 1986, AAPS provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to public health. AAPS offers timely scientific programs, ongoing education, information resources, opportunities for networking, and professional development.
The AAPS-Mercer University Student Chapter was established in the summer of 2003 with several goals to encourage students to actively participate in AAPS activities at the local, regional and national levels. Our mission is to motivate students in their professional career development by updating knowledge, leadership, writing and communication skills. The student chapter organizes professional events activities such as journal clubs, scientist visiting, Pharmabeat newsletters, annual picnic, and instrument demo. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join.
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
President: Joy Langley
Advisors: Dr. Christine Klein and Dr. Susan Miller
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is a professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes. The majority of patients serviced are older adults.
Mission: Empower pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to enhance quality of care for older persons through the appropriate use of medication and the promotion of healthy aging.
Vision: Optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for older persons.
Consultant pharmacists are medication therapy experts who ensure patients have the most appropriate, effective, and safe medications. They identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems. They manage and improve drug therapy for patients living in a variety of environments including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Consultant/senior care pharmacists are essential in the health care system and are recognized and valued for their expertise of the senior population and for people with chronic illness. Please visit www.ascp.com for more information.
The Mercer ASCP student chapter meets every other week and hosts guest speakers from the consultant and geriatric pharmacy industries, informs the chapter about geriatric health care updates, and participates in student on campus activities. In addition, the chapter participates in community service projects, regional Georgia ASCP chapter meetings, and national annual meetings. The chapter maintains close ties with the Georgia ASCP Chapter, which provides students with a variety of networking and educational opportunities. All Mercer University College of Pharmacy students, residents, fellows, and graduate students are welcome to join.
Nursing Home Health Fairs
American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
President: Julia Pendexter
Advisors: Dr. Joshua Kinsey and Dr. Grady Strom
Founded in 1852, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is the first-established and largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States. The association is a leader in providing professional information and education for pharmacists and an advocate for improved health of the American public through the provision of comprehensive pharmaceutical care.
The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is the student section of this national association.The mission of APhA-ASP is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy.The chapter works closely with the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA), and membership with GPhA is included in membership with APhA-ASP. The organization provides numerous leadership opportunities within the chapter and at regional, national, and international levels as well as national scholarships based on nomination or application.
Multicultural Community Health Fair
Voice In Pharmacy ("VIP") Day at the State Capitol
Patient Counseling Competition
International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation
Student Political Advocacy Network
Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International (CPFI)
President: Nikel Sledge
Advisor: Dr. Lydia Newsom
CPFI is an interdenominational organization which provides an opportunity for students to meet together for Christian fellowship. A variety of speakers are presented at meetings including ministers from local churches, pharmacists, faculty members and students. CPFI meets every other week and sponsors lunches and other fellowship gatherings. CPFI is always open to and welcomes all students, faculty and staff.
Lazurus Minisitries Health Day
Compassion International-Sponsor a Child
Ronald McDonald House Volunteers
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Operation Christmas Child
Valentine's Day for St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Spring Discipleship Conference
Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP)/Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP)
President: Jacqueline Alvarez
Advisors: Dr. Melissa Chesson, Dr. Kristen O'Brien, and Dr. Maria Thurston
The GSHP-SSHP is an officially recognized student society of the American Society of Health-SystemPharmacists (ASHP). Our mission is to increase student awareness of pharmacy practice in health-systems, to inform students of career opportunities and credentialing needed for pharmacy practice in health-systems, and to encourage membership and participation in GSHP and ASHP as a student and upon graduation.
ASHP Clinical Skills Competition
GSHP Summer Meeting at Amelia Island
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Professional Development and Networking Opportunities
Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC)
President: My Dien Tran
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) consists of three professional pharmacy fraternities here at Mercer: Phi Delta Chi (male and female members), Kappa Psi (all male members), and Kappa Epsilon (all female members).The IFC council student governing body of the three professional pharmaceutical fraternities acts as a liaison between the fraternities and the school with the best interests of both sides in mind. These professional organizations can be used as a vehicle for both student leadership and professional development. IFC holds two staple events each year, spring rush and the IFC formal. Should anyone be interested in joining any of the organizations, rush is held in the spring of each year in January. At the end of the spring semester, IFC hosts a formal that is open to all members of the fraternities here on campus.
Annual IFC Banquet
International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), Mercer University chapter
President: Michelle Vu
Advisors: Dr. Samuel Peasah
The mission of the Mercer University ISPOR Student Chapter is to educate students about the field of pharmacoeconomics, encourage students to become involved in research projects, and foster an environment where students can network with a variety of health care and pharmaceutical professionals.
Benefit Concert - Toiletry Drive for Homeless
Research Skills Workshop
Thanksgiving Clothing Drive
ISPOR Annual International Meeting
President: Danielle Carroll
Advisor: Dr. Christine Klein
The Kappa Epsilon Fraternity was established to unite women pharmacy students across the United States. For more than 90 years, Kappa Epsilon has played an important role in the profession of pharmacy by supporting both personal and professional development through continuing education, providing networking opportunities, promoting pharmacy as a career, and by participating in National Projects including Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness.
To date, more than 25,000 Members have been initiated in the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, 50 Collegiate Chapters have been chartered, and 21 Alumni Chapters have been established. Today, Kappa Epsilon celebrates 43 Collegiate Chapters and 10 Alumni Chapters active in their universities, colleges, and communities.
Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Pharmacy Career Opportunity Recruitment Project (Pharm-CORP)
Dinner for American Cancer Society's Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge
Dress for Success Atlanta
Boys and Girls Club Easter Egg Hunt
Trick-or-Treat with Boys and Girls Club
Pill Counting Competition
Regent: Christopher Peterson
Advisors: Dr. Ray Green and Dr. Johnathan Hamrick
Kappa Psi is a national fraternity composed of approximately forty male pharmacy students. Also affiliated with the fraternity are approximately twenty little sisters, faculty associates, and faculty alumni members.
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity was founded on May 30th, 1879, at the Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut by F. Harvey Smith. Kappa Psi originated as a Greek Letter Society that developed into a medical/pharmaceutical fraternity. In 1924, by agreement, the brothers of Kappa Psi separated the fraternity on the basis of the profession, giving rise to Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and Theta Kappa Psi Medical Fraternity. Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity has always paved the road in pharmacy for other fraternities to follow by becoming the first Pharmaceutical Fraternity to become a member of the Professional Inter-Fraternity Conference in 1928.
Today the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity has over 46,000 brothers with 96 collegiate and 65 graduate chapters throughout North America. Due to increasing membership annually, Kappa Psi is the largest and most popular pharmaceutical fraternity in North America. Kappa Psi will continue to grow because of the high caliber of students and leaders produced over the years.
Gamma Psi Chapter
The Gamma Psi chapter at Mercer University College of Pharmacy was installed in 1953. Gammi Psi is a member of the Atlantic Province, consisting of 10 Southeastern Chapters. Currently there are 21 collegiate brothers, 7 professors, and several alumni spread throughout areas of the nation. Kappa Psi members at Mercer University College of Pharmacy are actively involved in numerous school and national organizations. Kappa Psi is an active organization where our members build close relationships with students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners. The relationships our members develop will help them meet their goals and aspirations in the profession of pharmacy. Most recently in 2014, the Gamma Psi Chapter ranked #4 out of 90 Kappa Psi Chapters nationwide.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Toys for Tots
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Student Chapter
President: Kandon Render
Advisors: Dr. Lea Bonner and Dr. Johnathan Hamrick
This organization is dedicated to preserving the practice of independent community pharmacy. The Mercer chapter of American College of Apothecaries (ACA) was chartered in 1978 as the first student chapter. In 1991, the Mercer chapter became the first combined ACA/NARD (National Association of Retail Druggists) Chapter. In 1996, the chapter adopted the NCPA name. All students are encouraged to become members and participate in activities which include visiting local independent community pharmacies; providing community health services; and bridging the gap between the academic and practical aspects of pharmacy. Members are kept aware of current topics in the practice of pharmacy through numerous publications from the parent organization.
Great American Smokeout
Operation Christmas Child
Poison Prevention Week Activities
Phi Delta Chi
Worthy Chief Counselor: Beau Martinez
Advisors: Dr. Joshua Kinsey and Dr. Nader Moniri
Website: Phi Delta Chi
Phi Delta Chi (PDC) is the only co-ed professional fraternity of the three professional fraternities on campus. The average on campus membership is around 65 brothers with a fairly equal division in each class. Fraternity pledging occurs in the spring semester and is open to first and second year students. Throughout the fall semester each fraternity hosts multiple social gatherings in order to help prospective pledges in the bid decision process. Our most famous social, the Red Light Green Light Affair, occurs during the first week of school and is open to all students and guests. Our national philanthropy is St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Every PDC chapter throughout the nation jointly fundraises to help this wonderful organization. PDC is a national fraternity located on pharmacy school campuses throughout the nation. To increase networking and a sense of brotherhood national and regional meetings are held annually.
Annual Student Directory
Family Violence Council Volunteers
St. Jude's Children's Research Volunteers
Ronald McDonald House Volunteers
Collected eye glasses for a third world country
Phi Lambda Sigma
President: Anastasiya Plagova
Advisors: Dr. Kendra Manigault and Dr. Lydia Newsom
Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the National Pharmacy Leadership Society, promotes the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities.
To support pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development
Goal 1: Ensure the continuing availability of student and practitioner leaders for the profession of pharmacy
Goal 2: Acknowledge leadership achievement and award membership to leaders recommended by the Society
Goal 3: Enhance the talent, skill, and effectiveness of leaders for the profession of pharmacy
Goal 4: Support and encourage sustained leadership commitment
Target Case Study
Leadership and Professionalism Seminars
President: Reem Gebrekidan
Advisors: Dr. Vivian Liao and Dr. Angela Shogbon
The Rho Chi Society is an academic honor society that recognizes academic excellence while advocating critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society encourages high standards of conduct and fosters fellowship among its members. Furthermore the Society has a vision to achieve universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy.
How to become a member: Membership to Rho Chi consists of the top 20% of students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in overall coursework. Members must complete at least three semesters toward their PharmD. degree to be eligible for induction. Until then, we encourage you to obtain outstanding scholarship and professionalism.
CV and Resume Building Workshop
Dress for Success Fashion Show
Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Mercer University chapter (SNPhA)
President: Jeremy Bennett
Advisors: Dr. Pamela Moye and Dr. Sweta Patel
The Student National Pharmaceutical Association is an educational and service association of students who are concerned about pharmacy issues, professional development and the emphasis on minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.
American Kidney Fund
ADA Focus on Diabetes Expo
Faces of Diabetes
World Diabetes Day
Victory Over Diabetes
Atlanta Heart Walk
Butler Street Baptist Community Health Day