The Historical Sketch and Philanthropic Efforts of Phi Delta Chi

Contributed by: Domonique Dobson, Worthy Master of Arms, Class of 2018 and Michael Okegubwu, Phi Delta Chi Brother, Class of 2019

Phi Chi, the first professional fraternity of pharmacy, was founded on November 2, 1883 at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Eleven men founded the fraternity along with the group’s advisor, Dean of Pharmacy Albert B. Prescott. According to the National Office’s records, “Both students and faculty recognized that such an organization would bring students of pharmacy together for the discussion of scientific questions pertaining to pharmacy and its sister sciences”. The pharmacy organization has since grown into the name Phi Delta Chi and has created 98 chapters nationwide. The chapters work with the Executive Council and Regional Officers each year to plan national meetings. The two annual meetings include Grand Council and the Leader-Development Seminar. Grand Council meets every other year on the odd year to conduct business. The Leader-Development Seminar meets every other year on the even year to help brothers develop life-long leadership skills. Although the brothers show great pride for the fraternity by planning and participating in meetings and events, they spend even more time and energy supporting their philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Plaque and thank-you note from St. Jude's Children Research Hospital thanking Phi Delta Chi for their support.

Plaque and thank-you note from St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital thanking Phi Delta Chi for their support.

The Brothers of Phi Delta Chi began raising funds for St. Jude in 1995. In August 2007, the Fraternity pledged to raise $200,000 over 4 years. However, Phi Delta Chi surpassed this goal within 2 years with a letter-writing campaign called The Prescription for Hope. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital named their outpatient pharmacy to thank Phi Delta Chi for the support. The Executive Council and Regional Officers accepted brothers’ interest at that year’s annual Grand Council meeting and pledged a new goal of $1 million over 10 years. Phi Delta Chi successfully reached their goal this fall! St. Jude agreed to name an adjoining patient/parent room in honor of the Fraternity’s new donation. Adjoining parent rooms allow parents and patients to have privacy and comfort while staying at the hospital.

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s Phi Delta Chi chapter, Gamma Chi, hosted a Yankee Candle fundraiser for St. Jude in October. The Worthy Keeper of Finance (treasurer) Jasiris Bocchecaimp (Class of 2019) worked diligently to organize and advertise the sale. The Gamma Chi chapter was able to raise $544.20 to further support our philanthropy. This total was only 40 percent of the total revenue from Yankee Candle purchases during the fundraiser.

Phi Delta Chi’s continued efforts to help local communities, like Charleston, as well as the nation, aids in spreading the word about pharmacy initiatives like Script Your Future, American Pharmacists’ Month, and general advocacy for the profession. Brothers create awareness of pharmacy by continually expanding our efforts to help individuals and families in need through St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Phi Delta Chi members and advisors outside of UCSOP

Phi Delta Chi members and advisors outside of UCSOP

The newest members of the Phi Delta Chi Organization

The newest members of the Phi Delta Chi Organization


Phi Delta Chi

During the month of April, UCSOP will be featuring our many student organizations. At UCSOP, we believe that co-curricular experiences (outside the classroom) allow our students to practice their pharmacy skills and serve our communities. 100% of our student body is a member of at least one organization and our students participate in over 25 community health fairs each year serving over 5,000 patients. 


Brothers Jenny Long, Lindsay Tincher, and Felix Tran celebrate American Pharmacist’s Month at a UC football game.

Phi Delta Chi is a professional pharmacy fraternity that emphasizes community service, leader-development, and a strong sense of brotherhood for its members, boasting strong community service involvement and a large networking base around the country. It was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 2, 1883 and remains one of the largest professional pharmacy fraternities in the country as nearly 1 in every 12 pharmacists is a Phi Delta Chi Brother.


Brothers Jenny Long, Byron Magedanz, and Domonique Dobson at Grand Council in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This past August, the Gamma Chi chapter traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 70th Grand Council which over 600 collegiate and alumni brothers attended to participate in general business meetings, officer training courses, St. Jude’s bowling fundraisers, Continuing Education opportunities, and the chance to meet brothers from other chapters around the country. While there, the UCSOP chapter won two national awards, including the 100% Achievement Award and the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) Leaders in Action Scholarship.

During the Fall semester, the members of Phi Delta Chi focus on Fall Rush, which gives each student at UCSOP an opportunity to commune with members of the fraternity and see what our organization is about. Our Wednesday Night Tradition and Rush events included a Pizza Party Meet-and-Greet, Pumpkin Carving, Trivia at a local restaurant, and a Bonfire complete with hotdogs and s’mores. We had an excellent turnout for all of our events and were excited that students have shown a strong interest in our Fraternity.

Brothers Paige White (Beta Kappa, Campbell University), Jenny Long, Byron Magedanz, and Domonique Dobson with the Gamma Chi Charter at Grand Council in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

On various Wednesday nights, the fraternity enjoys going out to local restaurants and engaging in the fraternal fellowship that is so dear to Phi Delta Chi.

The members of Phi Dex are currently working on building an outdoor library for the Ronald McDonald House. Books will be placed in the library, and any resident of the Ronald McDonald House and the community is welcome to borrow books from the community library as well as donate to the library. Phi Delta Chi brothers are also planning on preparing a meal for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House during the spring semester.

Advisor Ron Ramirez proudly wears his letters in his lab at UCSOP.

Advisor Ron Ramirez proudly wears his letters in his lab at UCSOP.

Our plans for the coming Spring semester include partnering with Script Your Future by participating in the Script Your Future Health Fair at the Charleston Civic Center. In addition, we are planning on collaborating with the local CPFI chapter to

For more information about Phi Delta Chi, please visit


Contributed by: Jenny Long (Phi Delta Chi Worthy Chief Counselor, class of 2017) and Lindsay Tincher (Phi Delta Chi Worthy Inner Guard, class of 2017)

UCSOP Student Albert Won to Compete in National Competition

Contributed by: Jenny Long, Class of 2017

Every year the University of Charleston student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) holds their annual patient counseling competition. This year, the competition was held on campus January 25th and 28th. Students from each class within School of Pharmacy compete by counseling a standardized patient to win a trip and the chance to compete at the national level at APhA annual meeting. In the local competition, students are given a mock patient case to review for 5 minutes prior to counseling the patient. The counseling session is recorded so judges can evaluate the counseling process using a rubric provided by the national organization. This year, the winner of the local competition is P4 student Albert Won.

P4 Albert Won will be competing in the APhA National Patient Counseling Competition in Baltimore, MD.

P4 Albert Won will be competing in the APhA National Patient Counseling Competition in Baltimore, MD.

The counseling competition is reflective of what pharmacists do in a community pharmacy on a day-to-day basis. According to Albert, “It felt like a counseling session in a community pharmacy.  The counseling session often occurs right as the patient is about to pick up his medications. There is so much drug information available. It is up to pharmacists to clearly present a condensed material.”

Albert decided to enter the competition because it mimics what happens on a daily basis in community pharmacies and provides a good opportunity to refine the counseling skills a pharmacist needs and receive feedback from faculty who have experience in the field. “I’ve signed up every year since my first year in school, and this is the first year I have been selected as a representative of the school to compete in nationals. I felt that my experience in the competition have me more practice and confidence on patient counseling during my rotations.”

Since winning the local competition, Albert has been preparing vigorously to compete in the national competition to be held at the APhA Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD March 4th -7th. Preparing for the national competition includes learning how the competition will be setup. “There is a webinar all competitors are required to watch that explains the national competition setup, and I will review past winners’ competition recordings that are available on YouTube,” said Albert. In addition to learning the setup of the competition, Albert will also be studying clinical information, such as counseling tips on how to handle different patients. He also has a textbook to refer to as a guideline.

Albert is looking forward to the opportunities both the competition and meeting will bring. “Not only will I be representing UC as participant I will be one of the UC delegates for Phi Lambda Sigma and Phi Delta Chi. It is my first time attending APhA Annual, and I am looking forward to networking with other students and pharmacists at the meeting. I am going to give my all at the competition and do the best I can.”

Starting the New Year Off Right: Script Your Future Challenge

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“And the Script Your Future campaign is off!” Script Your Future is a nationwide initiative that challenges students in the health profession to inform patients about their medications and how to achieve positive medical outcomes. Sponsored by the National Consumers League, the campaign runs through January and February. This is the third year that University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) has participated in the event, and has received national recognition in the past.

Three disease states are being specifically targeted during the challenge: asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Coincidentally, those same three disease states are the most common in West Virginia. University of Charleston’s student pharmacists and student physician assistants will be working in conjunction to help patients in their community remember to take their medication, as well as ensuring the medication is taken properly.

Medication adherence involves:

  • Filling a new prescription or refilling an existing prescription
  • Completing the course of medication as prescribed
  • Taking the correct amount of prescribed medication
  • Taking medication at the prescribed time

Only approximately 50-60% of patients take their medications correctly, and 125,000 individuals die every year from taking their medications incorrectly. Based on these figures, there is plenty of room for improvement in medication adherence!

This is where the student pharmacists, student physician assistants, and other healthcare workers and institutions come into the picture. Students will promote medication adherence at a variety of health events throughout West Virginia and Ohio. The theme will be RxSolutions to help patients make a resolution to adhere to their medication regimen. Some of these activities include:

  • Encouraging community members to make a New Year’s Resolution to take their medication as prescribed
  • Placing medication adherence literature in prescription bags at Fruth Pharmacies and Advance Healthcare @UC
  • Conducting patient consultations at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital and Rainelle Health Center
  • Organizing a community wellness fair at the UCSOP Go Red for Women event, February 6, 2015
  • Reaching the community through social media, including a week-long Tweet-a-Thon January 26-February 2, 2015

Once more, UCSOP is showing just how important community outreach is to a student pharmacist’s development and education. Interacting with the public is an essential aspect of our profession, and helping individuals improve their medical outcomes with proper medication adherence is our top priority. Based on this information, we are sure the Script Your Future campaign will be a success once more!

For more information on the events contact: Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs,, 304-357-4879.

For more information about medication adherence:

Two More Student Professional Organizations Welcomed to UCSOP!

Did you know that the UCSOP pays for students to belong to a professional organization of their choice? And, the list of organizations to join just got larger! Two new professional organizations are available and they’re looking for members. Marco Custodio (P3) and Joshua Dunn (P3) have both been working diligently towards establishing the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and the Student Society for Science Based Medicine (SSSBM). After receiving approval, both organizations are officially open for UC Pharm.D. students to join!

Below are two excerpts from the founding members to give individuals a look into what they should expect.

P3 Marco Custodio

P3 Marco Custodio

“The mission of the ACCP-SCCP is to provide leadership, professional development, and resources that enable prospective pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice, research, and education. This organization aims to help students with an interest in clinical pharmacy. We will intend to offer information to help students determine in what area they may be interested and what is the best way to achieve your ultimate career goals.” -Marco



P3 Josh Dunn

P3 Joshua Dunn

“The Student Society for Science Based Medicine is an organization that is dedicated to helping students effectively communicate scientifically sound healthcare information to professionals as well as the general public. Our mission is to help students hone their research skills and provide a venue to practice (and improve) science communication. Members of the Student Society of Science-Based Medicine will also be members of a national organization dedicated to, among other things, providing a central resource for communication between individuals and organizations concerned about Science-Based Medicine. We are currently working on our blog as well as our YouTube channel, where you can expect to find accurate info presented in an entertaining and easy to understand way.” –Joshua

If you are interested in learning more about these organizations, feel free to contact Marco Custodio ( or Joshua Dunn (

Contributed by Peter Relvas UC SOP Pharmacy Student & Graduate Intern, Office of Professional and Student Affairs.

Holiday Season: The Gift of Finals, Stress, and Camaraderie


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The holiday season brings a plethora of emotions for most pharmacy students as pressure builds due to the semester ending and finals quickly approaching. UCSOP recognizes this stress and tries its best to help students unwind. This year during finals … Continue reading

CPFI Chapter Receives National Award

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) won the national student Chapter of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year.  They also received the UCSOP Organization of the Year.  During the October 29, 2013 convocation, the group received their award from a national representative of CPFI. 

Congratulations CPFI!


UCSOP faculty member Dr. Michelle Herdman interviewed Adam Brumfield, and Adam provided some information about CPFI’s mission and activities. Adam was President of the UCSOP CPFI chapter during the 2012-13 school year, and will be serving as Vice President of the student chapter and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director in 2013-2014. Allison Richmond is UCSOP chapter president for the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Shelley Schliesser (not pictured) is the faculty advisor for the chapter.

Dr. Herdman: What does it mean to you for your student chapter of CPFI to be given the national Chapter of the Year award?

Adam B: This is a tremendous honor and I share it with the members who were instrumental in making this year so successful for CPFI. They truly showed what it means to integrate faith into the pharmacy practice. God has truly blessed our organization and I am very proud of what we have accomplished.

Dr. Herdman: What do you find the most rewarding about being an officer in CPFI?

Adam: It is very rewarding to be an officer in an organization that not only helps develop my leadership skills, but also allows me to integrate my Christian faith into the pharmacy practice.

Dr. Herdman: What will CPFI be up to this coming school year?

Adam B: CPFI will once again be hosting Brown Bag events and participating at health fairs. We will also have our annual Fall Treat Bags, Adopt-an-Angel, Operation Inspiration, and Easter Egg Hunt.

The mission of CPFI is to serve Christ and the world through pharmacy. Our chapter strives to meet this mission in every way possible. CPFI is known for providing Brown Bag events at local churches where we counsel patients on their medications, offer blood pressure screenings, and provide blood glucose monitoring. CPFI also partners with Charleston Homeless and Street Medicine to help homeless individuals. Our members go on rounds and we have several fundraisers to support their work. During finals week, CPFI publishes inspirational quotes and Bible verses that are sent out to the students. During Easter, we place Bible verses in Easter eggs for students, faculty, and staff to find. CPFI is also active with Operation Christmas Child and Adopt-an-Angel. It is important for our organization to share our mission with others in these simple ways. Last August, our chapter hosted the CPFI Student National Retreat, which garnered members from six different schools of pharmacy. Some of our CPFI members were even able to serve on a medical mission that went to Haiti over Spring Break (we will read about this in a later blog post!). This was a great opportunity for our chapter to integrate faith into practice on an international level. CPFI works hard all year long to meet our mission and our efforts are noticeable in the community. CPFI impacts many lives and as an organization we will continue to work hard to keep this tradition alive.

The Pharmacy Student Government Association


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One of the unique facets of life at UC School of Pharmacy is the wide variety of involvement in our professional pharmacy organizations. The Pharmacy Student Government Association (PSGA) helps promote unity and effective community service among our organizations, providing … Continue reading