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SNPhA News Update

02.17.2015

Greetings SNPhA!

I am pleased to announce that we do have record-breaking numbers registered for Regions I & II Conference in Atlanta, GA. With over 400 members attending this conference hosted by the University Georgia, we are excited to see each one of you this week and to learn how to “Ignite the Passion” within the profession of pharmacy. For those attending Regions III, IV, and V Conference on March 13-15th, please be mindful that the last day to register is March 6th and the final day to reserve hotel rooms is February 17th. There is still time to register so, please visit www.ugasnpha.com or www.stlcopsnpha.com and sign up today.

Scholarship applications and awards have been posted online. All application materials are to be postmarked by March 1st and need to be submitted into the National Office. The JB Hills Chapter President of the Year Award nomination application, which is used to recognize a chapter president who exemplifies the mission and vision of SNPhA, is due by March 9th. Please remember that in order to be eligible for any award, scholarship, competition, and other opportunities hosted by the National Office, you must be an active member and be a part of an active chapter. More scholarship applications and awards will be posted as they come available, and information will be disseminated from your respective regional facilitators.

The Walmart/Sam’s Club Diabetes Health Fairs will be held on March 28th and April 4th. These health fairs at your local Sam’s Club are great opportunities for interprofessional collaboration. We want to encourage you to connect with your National Optometric Student Association (NOSA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS) chapters. It is important that your chapter contacts them as soon as possible for adequate planning and preparation for these events. If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Maranon (patrickmaranon@snpha.org).

On February 11, 2015, SNPhA turned 43 years old! This means that for 43 years, our organization has been impacting patient care, advancing the profession of pharmacy, and showcasing diversity and excellence in health care. Thank you so much for showcasing why you love SNPhA through your photos and videos on social media. Along with SNPhA Day, we are implementing a poster competition where members should highlight the organization’s six national initiatives. These posters that will be judge by the membership must be created in high resolution and will be distributed in the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. Submissions should be posted to your chapter’s social media account (with SNPhA tagged) and emailed to joanneangilot@snpha.org. Each chapter is entitled up to three entries, which must be turned in by February 28th at 11:59pm EST. We also encourage you to spread the word about SNPhA and recruit as many new members as possible. Any chapter bringing in at least ten new members or hosting a commemorative event featuring at least three initiatives will receive an additional 200 CIC points. As we celebrate our organization’s history, this is also an opportunity to recruit new members to have an even bigger impact on our society!

Over the next couple of months, SNPhA is busy at awarding our members, promoting the organization, and networking with others through great outreach. We are doing this because as past Harvey AK Whitney Award Recipient, Sara White, has stated, “It is far better to have a large vision and never totally reach it than to have a small one and achieve it.” As always, continue to be great and achieve your vision and goals this year!

Sincerely,

Joshua Blackwell
National President