NCPA Recognizes Student Chapters, Student Members, and Faculty Liaison

OCTOBER 17, 2017
Officials with the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation this week announced the top NCPA Student Chapters, Outstanding Student Chapter Members, and the Faculty Liaison of the Year during a ceremony at the NCPA 2017 Annual Convention.

The 2017 NCPA Student Chapter of the Year is the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy; the first runner-up is Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy; and the second runner-up is Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. In addition, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy received the Most Improved Student Chapter Award; Auburn University won the Legislative Advocacy Challenge; Ohio Northern won the Community Health Challenge; and the University of Colorado at Denver Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences won the Simplify My Meds Challenge.

The Faculty Liaison Winner is Stacey Curtis, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Her commitment to teaching students about pharmacy entrepreneurship is demonstrated in a variety of ways. She is the faculty adviser for the NCPA Student Chapter. In addition, she serves as the course coordinator for the Professional Practice Skills Lab, the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, and Advanced Topics in Community Pharmacy. She is the course co-coordinator for Principles of Systems-Based Practice and Pharmacy Management.

Also at the ceremony, 21 pharmacy students were honored as NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Members of the Year after being nominated by their peers and faculty at their respective schools. The winners are:
  • Katherine Elizabeth Allen, from Campbell School of Pharmacy
  • Abigail Baker University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
  • Ronell Balacer NOVA Southeastern University College of Pharmacy
  • Trey Burry University of Florida College of Pharmacy
  • Courtney Cooper Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy
  • Colleen Fogg University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
  • David Gardner University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy
  • Alexandria Gochenauer University of Mississippi
  • Kyle Gundlach Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • Hannah Gustafson Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy
  • Juli Halacoglu Regis University School of Pharmacy
  • Bao Ho Western University of Health Sciences
  • Christopher Konig University of South Florida College of Pharmacy
  • Amy Kukacka Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Chelsey Layton Virginia Commonwealth University College of Pharmacy
  • Jace Moore University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
  • Ashley Nail Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Terra Sisson University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy
  • Germy Skeen Mercer College of Pharmacy
  • Tucker Ward MCPHS-Boston
  • Rachel Young Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

The NCPA Foundation underwrites NCPA student chapters to increase student awareness of pharmacy ownership and the entrepreneurial opportunities in pharmacy. Its programs include the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition, the Legislative Advocacy Challenge, the Community Health Challenge, and NCPA Student Ownership Boot Camps. Other opportunities also include a mentor program and rotations for students with independent community pharmacies and at NCPA.

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