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“Despite the challenge of overcrowded facilities, these students have not only excelled but have shown a commitment to the profession and leadership abilities that have done our state proud.”
Kenneth B. Roberts,
College of Pharmacy,
University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2005) -- Top honors went to the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy during the annual American Pharmacists Association (APhA) meeting in Orlando, Fla. The college’s chapter of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) was named Chapter of the Year during an awards ceremony April 4. Seventy-seven colleges from across the United States and Puerto Rico competed for the award.
The recognition follows the release of rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The college maintained its position as one of the top-10 pharmacy schools in the nation, despite overcrowded classrooms and facilities.
“This award truly demonstrates the high caliber of young people we have in Kentucky,” said Kenneth B. Roberts, dean of the college. “Despite the challenge of overcrowded facilities, these students have not only excelled but have shown a commitment to the profession and leadership abilities that have done our state proud.”
The dean also commended Gina Caldwell, the college’s director of student services and ASP adviser, for her mentoring abilities. “Her personal integrity and devotion to our doctor or pharmacy students is outstanding. Ms. Caldwell is as fine a role model as we could ever employ,” said Roberts.
Caldwell has been with the College of Pharmacy since 1997. During that time, the college has had two students serve as APhA-ASP national president, had two recipients of the prestigious APhA National Student Leadership Award, and had students place first and first runner-up in the National Patient Counseling Competition. In addition, the college’s student chapter received the top award in its class (AA) in 2002 and 2004.
Also during this year’s APhA national meeting, third-year student Terri Suffoletta received an APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship and third-year student Alyssa Boyne represented the college in the National Patient Counseling Competition.