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  • Monday, April 05, 2021 8:49 AM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    Obituary for Zachary David Long 11/2/1990-1/17/21 per the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy:

    The UCSOP community was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Zachary “Zack” David Long this past week. Zack was an exemplary student pharmacist at the UCSOP that was called away from us too soon to realize his full potential as a pharmacist. 

    Zack’s helpful and courteous manner was always evident, as he volunteered with a smile on his face at too many events to list. Zack provided leadership to multiple organizations throughout his time with us, including PSGA, PLS, APhA-ASP, SNPhA, CPFI, Rho Chi, Class of 2021, as well as serving on the WVPRN Board. Based on his exemplary leadership, Zack was one of only four student pharmacists in 2020 to be awarded the Leadership Achievement Award during the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony in April. Zack also spent countless hours tutoring his fellow students through Rho Chi as well as offering a friendly greeting to prospective students as a pharmacy ambassador. Zack was on the Dean’s List for academic achievement every semester during his didactic education at UCSOP. Zack was eager about upcoming graduation having secured eight PGY-1 interviews and had dreams of becoming a pediatric solid organ transplant specialist. 

    Because of Zack’s relaxed, friendly personality he made juggling academics, leadership and volunteering look easy and enjoyable. He was a joy to be around and provided positive peer pressure to those around him to encourage them to be their best. As such, Zack will be missed dearly by all who knew him, but we will all be better for having known him.

    If any PLS member would like to donate to a University of Charleston School of Pharmacy scholarship in his name, please follow the link here: https://www.ucwv.edu/giving/give-now-scholarships/ 

    *In the comments portion, indicate you would like your donation to go to the Zach Long Memorial Scholarship.

  • Monday, April 05, 2021 8:43 AM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    Obituary for Nneoma Cynthia Imo, 12/16/92 - 2/12/20 per University of Charleston School of Pharmacy:

    It is with great sorrow that we announce that Nneoma C. Imo has lost her battle with cancer. Nneoma passed away on February 12, 2020 at CAMC Memorial.  She was a third-year pharmacy student at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and a native of Houston, Texas. 

    Nneoma was a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society (PLS), Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (SSHP), Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI), American Pharmacists Association (APhA-ASP), and the WV Rural Health Association.  She also served in leadership roles with Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, (PDC) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA).  She served as president, (2017-18) delegate, treasurer, (2017) and parliamentarian (2016-17) for PDC and as vice-president (2019-20) and Diabetes Initiative Chair (2016-17) for SNPhA. Nneoma was also a UCSOP Pharmacy Ambassador and a student member of the UCSOP Assessment Committee. She also participated in the development of the new School of Pharmacy goals, an important component of the Strategic Plan for the School of Pharmacy.  In honor of her exceptional involvement in student organizations, Nneoma was awarded the “Most Involved Student Award” at the For the Love of UC Gala. 

    Nneoma was an excellent student, most recently achieving the Dean’s List in the Spring 2019.  Last summer she was selected for Pharmacy VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. 

    When Nneoma was involved in an organization she was 100% committed.  She attended multiple regional meetings and was involved in many professional activities.  Her community service hours were extraordinary.

    Nneoma was instrumental in hosting and planning the 2018 PDC Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference which brought over 100 student pharmacists and pharmacists to Charleston for three days. The conference was an outstanding success thanks to her leadership and enthusiasm.

    Nneoma was a bright light at the UCSOP with her friendly manner and radiant smile. She was always ready to volunteer to help whether it was to mentor another student or assist in a student organization activity. Nneoma’s demonstration of perseverance in the face of adversity is one we can all strive to and admire. She will be missed, but not forgotten by all those she touched.

    If any PLS member would like to donate to a University of Charleston School of Pharmacy scholarship in her names, please follow the link here: https://www.ucwv.edu/giving/give-now-scholarships/ 

    *In the comments portion, indicate you would like your donation to go to the Nneoma Imo Memorial Scholarship.

  • Monday, March 01, 2021 9:17 PM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    A unique and exciting fundraising opportunity for your chapter is being offered by the author of Dr. C's Ultimate Federal Pharmacy Review 2021: Mastering the MPJE Competencies. Dr. C is offering the opportunity for each chapter to make up to $2000 and still provide a discount on the book to your classmates

    The Dr.'s Federal Pharmacy Law Review is the most up to date, easy to follow outline format, focused on specific exam topics you must know to pass. 

    • Dr. C’s “ultimate” resources have been used by over 18,000 MPJE candidates in all 50 states and 11 countries.
    • Provides the most up-to-date review of federal laws and rules covered on the MPJE.
    • Covers the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, & the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and a special section on USP 795, 797, and 800 Compounding Chapters written by one the country’s leading USP experts.
    • Contains over 120 study tips highlighting often misunderstood or complicated concepts.
    • Includes 60 self-assessment questions with explanatory answers.
    • Easily supplemented with your state law by including an entire chapter breaking down each of the MPJE Competency Statements in detail and explaining what to study under your state law.

    Chapters will be given the opportunity to choose between 2 different selling formats: Direct Purchase or through Amazon Purchases. More details about these 2 options can be found HERE

    If you or your chapter members are interested in learning more information about the wonderful opportunity, you will need to attend a Zoom informational session on Wednesday, March 24 at 7pm Central time (5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain and 8pm Eastern) or Thursday, April 1 at 8pm Central time (6pm Pacific, 7pm Mountain and 9pm Eastern). These sessions will allow the Dr. C's team to assist you in your fundraising process. 

    This opportunity will only be available for chapters to choose to participate from March 1, 2021 until March 12, 2021, so talk to your chapter members and advisors now!  

    Please fill out this form HERE, if you'd like to participate or would like more information about this wonderful fundraising opportunity!

    NOTE: Schools in Texas or Florida should contact kurt@redwoodsp.com regarding Dr. C’s unique resources specific to those states.


  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:56 PM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    Spending all day in virtual meetings and looking for a way to upgrade your current background?

    Phi Lambda Sigma themed backgrounds are now available for your personal use! Right-click the images below and save them to your computer so that you can use them during your next Zoom call! Don't know how to change your Zoom background? Find out how HERE! 

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  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:50 AM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    To recognize alumni of Phi Lambda Sigma who have exemplified leadership qualities in support of the profession of pharmacy.

    One alumnus may be chosen annually, per chapter.  The individual chosen by the chapter for this award will be listed in the annual awards booklet at the Phi Lambda Sigma awards banquet. In addition, the chapter will receive a certificate to present to the awardee.  

    One alumnus will be selected from the chapter submissions as the National Alumnus of the Year. The recipient of this distinguished recognition will receive an engraved plaque, which will be presented during the Phi Lambda Sigma awards banquet in conjunction with the APhA annual meeting.  Additionally their name will appear on the perpetual plaque maintained at the Phi Lambda Sigma national office. The award recipient will be given the opportunity to make a brief address during the awards banquet.

    The individual chosen must have a proven record of accomplishment of servant leadership in any one or more of the following areas; professional practice, education, association work, community service, or mentoring. The individual must be a member of Phi Lambda Sigma.  Please note that local alumni winners do not need to be alumni of the local chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma. The nominator is responsible for completing the nomination form and submitting the award nomination packet. The nomination packet is to include the following items:

    • Nomination form
    • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume of the nominee
    • Optional: up to 2 letters of recommendation from individuals affiliated with a collegiate chapter such as Chapter President, Chapter Advisor, School/College of Pharmacy Dean, etc.

    Please complete the Alumni Member of the Year Nomination Form no later than February 15, 2021.

    Questions: Please contact awards@philambdasigma.org.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:50 AM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    The Phi Lambda Sigma Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award was established in 2006 to recognize an advisor of a Phi Lambda Sigma chapter who has promoted student leadership, actively contributed to the achievements of their local chapter, and served as a leader and mentor through their service to the profession and/or the community.

    One (1) recipient is chosen annually.  The recipient receives a distinctive award and the chapter receives a $500 cash award, which is presented during the Phi Lambda Sigma Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the APhA Annual Meeting. 


    • Must be a member of Phi Lambda Sigma
    • Must have been an active chapter advisor for at least one year
    • Must have actively promoted student leadership
    • Must have made significant contributions to achievements of the chapter
    • Must have served in leadership roles in the profession and/or community
    • Must not be a past recipient of the award
    • Must not be a current national officer

    The deadline for the nomination materials is February 15, 2021.  The nominator is responsible for completing the nomination form and submitting the award nomination packet. The nomination packet is to include the following items:

    • Nomination form (found at top of page)
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation: one (1) from the Dean, one (1) from a Phi Lambda Sigma faculty member, and one (1) from a Phi Lambda Sigma collegiate member

    The selection is made by the Phi Lambda Sigma Awards Committee based upon careful review of completed materials.

    Please complete the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award Nomination Form.

    Questions: Please contact awards@philambdasigma.org.

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 3:17 PM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)


    Executive Director
    Ron Corey, PhD, MBA
    16 Carolyn Court
    East Hanover, NJ 07936

    December 17, 2020, East Hanover, NJ – In the 35th annual presentation, the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute has named Jennifer L. Bacci, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, of Seattle, Washington, the 2021 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award. Dr. Bacci is recognized for her outstanding leadership example in the Academia-CPESN Transformation (ACT) Pharmacy Collaborative Task Force by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), as a Flip the Pharmacy coach and as a network facilitator for Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) Washington.

    Dr. Bacci is also a nationally recognized researcher in implementation science and community pharmacy practice advancement. She trains the next generation of pharmacists through a high level of involvement in community residency training, mentoring students in research and teaching, and leadership contributions to UW School of Pharmacy’s curricular innovation. Dr. Bacci will receive her award and deliver a scholarly address during a webcast around the time of the APhA Annual Meeting in March 2021. Details of date, time, and access will be announced later.

    The Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award recognizes a pharmacist fewer than 10 years past graduation for demonstrating exemplary leadership qualities indicative of someone likely to emerge as a major leader in pharmacy over the course of his or her career. It evolved from an award first presented in 1987 by Phi Delta Chi to recognize leadership by a young pharmacist. It is currently coordinated by the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI), with major support from the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. In conjunction with accepting the award, each recipient delivers a scholarly lecture on issues such as pharmacy as a profession, leadership, or future trends in pharmacy practice or education.

    The selection committee was comprised of PLEI Board Member Dennis Worthen, who served as Chair of the Committee; PLEI Board Members Michael Moné and Mike Heath; Phi Delta Chi President Andrea Bourque; Phi Lambda Sigma President Elect Michael Mueller, and by three of the last four winners of this prestigious award: Lindsay Kunkle, Robert Pugliese, and Afton Wagner.

    About Jennifer L. Bacci, PharmD, MPH, BCACP

    Dr. Bacci received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2011, where she also completed a PGY-1 community pharmacy residency and post-doctoral fellowship in community practice research. She received her Master of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In 2015, she joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) in Seattle where she trains student pharmacists and collaborates with community pharmacy partners through practice development, research, and advocacy.

    Dr. Bacci established herself as a leader during her training serving as the PharmD representative to the Graduate and Professional Student Association and as a liaison to her university’s H1N1 response team. When pharmacists gained the authority to administer vaccines in Pennsylvania, Dr. Bacci volunteered and led the workflow redesign and staff training at her internship site within a high-volume regional supermarket chain.

    As a faculty member at the UWSOP, she has been heavily involved in the PharmD curriculum redesign effort, co-chairing the Fundamentals Work Group, a group of faculty and staff across three departments. She also serves as the faculty advisor to three registered student organizations, guiding the professional development of student and future leaders of the profession outside of the classroom. She was recently appointed to the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative by University President, Dr. Ana Mari Cauce. In this role she joins an interdisciplinary group of faculty and public health advocates representing the diverse University community to guide this effort to advance the health of people globally and in her region.

    Dr. Bacci is respected as a leader of practice advancement within Washington state through her research program, which addresses the application of implementation science to advance innovative patient care models in community pharmacy practice. Her work has resulted in over 25 peer-reviewed publications at this early point in her career. But more importantly, her work has drawn the attention of community pharmacy leaders in Washington state and beyond. Dr. Bacci is regularly asked by community partners to advise and collaborate on their pharmacy practice models.

    About Albert B. Prescott

    Albert Prescott was Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan from 1870 to 1905. A maverick, he was rebuffed by APhA for his heretical view that pharmacy should be an education-based profession – not an experienced-based trade. The credentials committee at the 1871 APhA convention rejected Prescott as unworthy of being seated as a voting delegate. But Prescott persevered. By the 1890s, Prescott’s vision and convictions were proven correct. The rest of the country began to follow Prescott’s lead. Ironically, he was eventually elected president of APhA in 1899, and became the first president of the organization we now know as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), when it was founded in 1900.

    About the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute, Inc.

    The Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) develops leaders among student pharmacists and pharmacists by conducting programs to improve leadership skills, to strengthen the profession as a whole, and thereby advance the public health. PLEI strives to reach as many student pharmacists and pharmacists as possible, in a variety of venues, to help them grow in their personal leadership skills, giving them examples of how to apply these skills in pharmacy settings (e.g., ambulatory, inpatient, long-term care, corporate, academia, government) and in their personal lives. PLEI coordinates the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award, Leader Development Seminars, Leader Development Institute, the Lead←Grow→Shape leadership workbook, and other educational events for pharmacists and student pharmacists. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes PLEI as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; EIN 58-2296988. You can learn more about PLEI at www.plei.org.

    About Phi Lambda Sigma

    Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession. The elected offices on the National Executive Committee includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo). Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA); Associate Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS (University of South Florida). You can learn more about PLS at www.philambdasigma.org.

    Download a PDF copy of this press release here.


  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 4:25 PM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    Join us in welcoming our new student intern, Leigh Fleming Joyner! Leigh is a third year pharmacy student at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and is the President of the Phi Lambda Sigma Zeta Chapter. 

    A Message From Leigh: 

    My name is Leigh Fleming Joyner, and I am so excited to serve as the Phi Lambda Sigma student intern. I grew up on a family farm in Manning, SC and I currently live in Lexington, SC with my husband, our dog, Lola, and our two cats, Mister and Storm. I completed 3 years of undergraduate school at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC before transferring to the University of South Carolina for pharmacy school. I am currently a P3 student, the Zeta chapter president of Phi Lambda Sigma as well as a South Carolina Pharmacy Association Junior Board Member. I am also involved in Omicron Delta Kappa, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Pediatric Pharmacy Association and Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. I am interested in pursuing a residency or a fellowship after graduation, but I am not yet sure of which field of pharmacy I want to pursue. Non-traditional pharmacy roles are currently the most appealing to me, but I am hopeful that my P4 rotations will help me find my niche. 

    When I get a break from studying, I love to spend my time being creative. I have numerous hobbies, but digital art, photography, and writing are what I enjoy most. I love learning new things and problem-solving. I am looking forward to sharing these talents and hobbies with Phi Lambda Sigma as their student intern and I cannot wait to serve the organization through this role.

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 4:21 PM | Leigh Joyner (Administrator)

    Phi Lambda Sigma congratulates our Associate Executive Director, Mary L. Euler, PharmD, FAPhA, who was nominated for the American Pharmacist Association Honorary President. In addition to serving Phi Lambda Sigma, Dr. Euler is the Associate Dean for Student Services at the West Virginia School of Pharmacy. 

    We’re so thankful for Dr. Euler’s service to Phi Lambda Sigma and we’re so proud of her accomplishments! 

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