Student Organizations

Council of Students (COS)

President: Brian Arana-Madriz
Advisers: Dr. Lea Winkles

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 also is 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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Fall Picnic
  • Town Hall
  • Spring Picnic

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American College of Clinical Pharmacy-Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP-SCCP)

President: Anna Kerlin
Advisers: Dr. Kathryn Momary
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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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Residency Shadowing
  • Clinical Mentorship

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

President: Emmanuel Ogbuehi
Advisers: Dr. Jill Augustine

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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Annual Student Symposium
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition
  • Sponsored Speakers
  • Annual Retreat

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

Chair: Ipshita Menon
Advisers: Dr. Martin D’Souza
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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: Domonique Arrington
Advisers: Dr. Christine Klein and Dr. Leisa Marshall

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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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.

Special Projects

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Nursing Home Health Fairs
  • Geriatric Education

American Pharmacists Association  — Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)

President: Savannah Cunningham
Advisers: Dr. Jill Augustine
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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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Multicultural Community Health Fair
  • Voice In Pharmacy (“VIP”) Day at the State Capitol
  • Patient Counseling Competition
  • Operation Immunization
  • Operation Diabetes
  • Operation Heart
  • Operation Self-Care
  • Special Populations
    Generation Rx
  • International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation
  • Student Political Advocacy Network
  • PharmFlix

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI)

President: Omotola Akinsanya
Adviser: Dr. Katelynn Mayberry
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CPFI is an interdenominational organization that 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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • 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: Page Queener
Advisers: Dr. Maria Thurston
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The GSHP-SSHP is an officially recognized student society of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • ASHP Clinical Skills Competition
  • Journal Clubs
  • Hospital Tours
  • Community Service
  • GSHP Summer Meeting at Amelia Island
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Professional Development and Networking Opportunities

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

President: Jocelyn McDougal
Adviser: Dr. Lea Winkles

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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Annual IFC Banquet

Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

President: Kyle Gash
Adviser: Dr. Lorenzo Villa Zapata

The student chapter of IPhO, established in 2019, believes that phamacists’ scientific training, medical expertise, clinical acument, patient focus and experiences as healthcare providers position them as leading candidates for pharmaceutical industry careers.

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

President: Kyle Noonan
Advisers: Dr. Lorenzo Villa Zapata
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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 healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Benefit Concert – Toiletry Drive for Homeless
  • Research Skills Workshop
  • Thanksgiving Clothing Drive
  • Educational Seminars
  • Sponsored Speakers
  • ISPOR Annual International Meeting

Kappa Epsilon

President: Elizabeth Heard
Adviser: Dr. Christine Klein and Dr. Jennifer Elliott

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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • 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

Kappa Psi

Regent: Robert Johnson
Advisers: Dr. Ray Green and Dr. Johnathan Hamrick

Kappa Psi is a national fraternity composed of approximately 40 male pharmacy students. Also affiliated with the fraternity are approximately 20 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 more than 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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Adopt-a-Highway
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Toys for Tots
  • Reach Out and Read

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Student Chapter

President: Seth Harrison
Adviser: Dr. Johnathan Hamrick
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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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Great American Smokeout
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Poison Prevention Week Activities
  • Sponsored Speakers

Phi Delta Chi

Worthy Chief Counselor: Catherine Ngombe
Advisers: Dr. Leslie Harris

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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • 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: Long Chen
Advisers: Dr. Angela Shogbon and Dr. Kathryn Momary

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.

Mission:

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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Target Case Study
  • Leadership and Professionalism Seminars

Rho Chi

President: Ruchi Shah
Advisers: Dr. Vivian Liao and Dr. Leslie Harris

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 Pharm.D. degree to be eligible for induction. Until then, we encourage you to obtain outstanding scholarship and professionalism.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Tutorial Program
  • CV and Resume Building Workshop
  • Dress for Success Fashion Show

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

President: Danielle Martin
Advisers: Dr. Pamela Moye-Dickerson and Dr. Sweta Patel
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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.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Diabetes Cookbook
  • American Kidney Fund
  • ADA Focus on Diabetes Expo
  • Faces of Diabetes
  • World Diabetes Day
  • Victory Over Diabetes
  • Atlanta Heart Walk
  • AID Atlanta
  • Butler Street Baptist Community Health Day
  • Career Panel