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Important Notes

  • Professional fraternities usually require an application and a waiting period during which a candidate must prove worthy of being accepted. This time period may last from two to several weeks, but in no case shall last beyond October 31 of each academic year. 
  • Professional fraternities may not haze but offer to the student an avenue for personal and professional growth. See policy against hazing on Behavior Policies.
  • Students who fall below a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 may not serve in any elective or appointed leadership position in School, Social, Honorary or Professional organizations until the cumulative grade point average is above this level. See Curricular Policy on Outside Activities
  • Please also see documents and links to national organizations on ACPE resources.

PharmD Class Officers

Class of 2017

Officers:
President: Angeline Walker
Vice-President: Connie Liu
Treasurer: Maya Holsen
Curriculum Coordinator: Becca Martin
 

Class of 2018

Officers:
President: Anthony Degelorm
Vice-President: Britni Chehovich
Treasurer: Brendan Begnoche
Curriculum Coordinator: Hao-Min Chang
 

Student Organizations:

Class of 2019

Officers:
President: Richard Moore
Vice President: Chung Chen
Treasurer: Husain Ahmed
Course Coordinator: Deon Edionwe

Class of 2020

Officers:
President: Marissa Guszkowski
Vice-President: Edward Lee
Treasurer: Mayuriben Patel
Course Coordinator: Matthew Poremba

School of Pharmacy Student Association (SPSA)

Main governing body for all PharmD organizations.

Officers:
President: Taylor White
Vice-President: Cat Gawronski
Co-treasurers: Lucas Grenolds and Kaitlin Landolf
Secretary: Anna Morien
Senators: Ben Robinson, Kelly Krieger, Rachel Meyer, Fay Creathorn
Faculty Advisor: Karl D. Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Student Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy – Student Chapter (AMCP)

The AMCP student chapter at UB was formed in 2011 to facilitate the education, development, and promotion of the principles and practices of managed care pharmacy.  There are over 18,000 pharmacists working for health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies.  It’s their responsibility to make sure that the plan they design provides individual patients with appropriate drugs and drug therapies, conveniently and cost-effectively.  It’s a complex job, involving the expert skills of clinically trained pharmacists at every step in the patient-care process.  As with pharmacists who practice in other settings, pharmacists in managed care environments are committed to ensuring that medications are used appropriately to improve patient’s health. When you join, AMCP will help you navigate the world of managed care pharmacy, build a professional network, and explore career paths!

Officers:
President: Geoffrey Brown
Vice-President: Yen Ngo
Treasurer: Donald Singh
Secretary: Sabrina Weisz
Student Diplomats: Syed Samad and Colleen McKinney
P3 Liaison/Pharmacy Health and Regulatory Affairs Expert: Samantha Boyce
Historian: Crystal Diep
P2 Liaison/Managed Care Reporter: Melissa McGowan
P&T Coordinator: Ivan Lin
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alice Ceacareanu

The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is a division of the American Pharmaceutical Association. Its purpose is to foster the professional development of students. This organization sponsors a number of programs including the Poison Prevention Program aimed at pre-school and early grade school children, the Drug Abuse Awareness Program for grade school and high school students, a hypertension screening program, "brown bag counseling", Big Brother/Big Sister program, etc.

Officers:
Co-Presidents: Kristen Russo and Stacy Fredrick
Policy Vice President: Kelsey Violanti
Communication VP:  Xiaolong Li
Finance VP: Amy Shaver
Operation Diabetes Co-Chairs: Morgan Lebrecht and Joon Seo Youk
Operation Heart Co-Chairs:  Laura Bielecki and Christy Cheruvil
Operation Self Care: Brian Vorhees and Gigi Yam
Professionalism VP: Shirley Chen
Gen Rx Co-Chairs: Christine Piccione and Luke Hoffman
Immunization Co-Chairs: Kaitlyn Victor and Hyeon Su Kang
President-Elect: Megan O'Connor
Finance VP-Elect: Amy Drzewiecki
International VP: Lan-Hsi (Nancy) Lin
Interprofessional VP: Mercede Siu
Membership VP: Emilee Yang
Secretary: Cui Ling Zhang
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Nicole Albanese and Dr. Erin Slazak

Our purpose is to serve its membership, the pharmaceutical sciences, the biomedical and biotechnological community, the health professions, and the interest of public health. This is accomplished by providing open forums for the exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge by fostering the education and career growth of members and recognizing individual achievement; by influencing the formation of public policy relevant to health and related issues of public concern and, by promoting the pharmaceutical sciences as they relate to health issues of public concern.

Officers:

Chair: Kristin Hill/Follman
Vice-Chair: Ryan Polli
Secretary: Robert Jones
Treasurer: Viva Ayyar

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists – Student Chapter (ASCP)

ASCP is an organization that seeks to promote the role of the consultant pharmacist as a health-care specialist. The student branch of the New York State chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists was formed in the spring of 1997. The branch functions as a student arm of the state organization and offers opportunities for students interested in consultant pharmacy.

Officers:
President: Lindsey Fovel
President Elect: Richard Moore
Vice President: Kylie Gross
Secretary: Amanda Rivera
Treasurer: Christine Piccione
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Wahler

American Society of Health-System Pharmacy – UB Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP)

SSHP is an organization that promotes active student membership in local, state and national health-system organizations, stimulates student interest in health-system pharmacy / academia careers, encourages students to pursue post-graduate residency training, and facilitates career development and professionalism among students.

Officers:
President: Rachael Cardinal
President-elect: Courtney Skriptshak
Treasurer: Christian Benhardi
Secretary: Rachel Meyer
Director of Communications: Kelsey Violanti
Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Prescott, Jr.

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International – Student Chapter

The CPFI Student chapter at UB was formed in December of 2009 to provide fellowship among like-minded professionals in the health-care and medicinal sciences. We hope to challenge and promote spiritual growth centered on Jesus Christ by integrating faith into the professional and personal lives of pharmacists and students.

Officers:
President: Brian Voorhees
President-Elect: Peter Okorozo
Secretary: Alyssa Nobel
Treasurer: Madeleine Luttinger
Outreach and Missions Coordinator: Lan-Hsi (Nancy) Lin
Event Coordinator and Historian: Christ Ange (Angel)
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Edward Bednarczyk

Dean's Student Ambassadors (DSA's)

Dean’s Student Ambassadors are a voluntary public relations organization of students who assist in the promotion of the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to prospective students, their families, alumni, preceptors, and the University and external communities. DSA's may login to the DSA Webpage for additional information.

Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

The Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) believes that pharmacists' scientific training, medication expertise, clinical acumen, patient focus and experience as healthcare providers make us ideally suited for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacists play a key role in professional organizations by making valuable contributions to drug development and optimal medication utilization. IPhO works with its members to advocate for advancing industry-based pharmacists to leadership positions by increasing awareness and recognition among employers, senior management, colleagues, thought leaders, educators and students of what pharmacists have to offer.

Officers:
President: Jessica Greger
Vice President: Renchen Dolma
Director of Communications: Geoff Brown
Treasurer: Sheng (Simon) Zou
Secretary: Janet Poon  

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) – Student Chapter

The National Community Pharmacists Association represents the interests of pharmacists who practice in independently owned pharmacies. The student chapter promotes the educational and practice interests of students interested in community pharmacy practice in the independent pharmacy setting.

Officers:
President:  Britni Chehovich
President-Elect: Kevin Lavery
Vice President: Jessica Klingelsmith
Treasurer:  Alyssa Cascio
Secretary:  Mercede Siu
Legislative Chair: Kaitlyn Scott
Community Health Chair: Emma Gargala
Faculty Advisor: Karl D. Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Committee (PPAG)

President: Rebecca Martin
Vice-President: Cassandra Warsaw
President-Elect: Sarah Dascanio
Secretary: Rachael Cardinal
Treasurer: Joseph Milewski

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Association (P-GSA) provides a voice for pharmaceutical sciences graduate students. The Pharmaceutical Sciences GSA organizes student activities and provides information concerning departmental and university-wide happenings to make your experience at UB more enjoyable. One of the important activities we sponsor is the “Alumni Symposium” where a PharmSci alumnus is invited to provide current graduate students with insights into the pharmaceutical industry, FDA, or Academia. P-GSA also sponsors annual events such as ice skating, pumpkin carving, and bowling.

Officers:

President: Pat Glassman
Vice-President: Xiaowen Guan
Secretary: Lyndsey Meyer
Treasurer: Kayla Lien
Senator: Robert Dingman
Senator Alternates: Ryan Polli and Van Anh Nguyen

Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY)

SPSSNY is the student chapter of PSSNY – Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. The aim of this Society shall be to unite the pharmacists of the State for mutual assistance, encouragement, and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level.

Officers:
President: Kevin Lavery
Vice President: Kelsey Violanti
President Elect: Lukas Brightman
Treasurer: Brittney Len
UB Liason: Iliana Cypes
Faculty Advisor: Karl D. Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY)

SPAWNY is an organization of students of pharmacy dedicated to the advancement of the profession of pharmacy. Increased membership and leadership resources, proactive political action, comprehensive community outreach, enhancement of student skills and education and networking with community practitioners will provide a solid foundation that promotes the contemporary concepts of pharmaceutical care. SPAWNY will encourage the development of student abilities to enter the profession of pharmacy upon graduation. Members are represented at the annual Pharmacy Day in Albany to advocate progressive legislation and regulation that supports public health.

Officers:
President: Kelsey Violanti
Vice-President: Kevin Lavery
Secretary: Brittany Len
Treasurer: Lucas Brightman
P4 Liasons: Ali Scrimenti and Corey Wells
Faculty Advisor: Karl D. Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean  

Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society – Student Chapter

The purpose of the society is the encouragement, recognition and promotion of leadership in pharmacy. Members are selected by peer recognition. Eligibility for membership includes high moral and ethical character, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of first professional year.

Officers:
President: Laura Bielecki
Vice-President: Catherine Gawronski
Secretary: Kelsey Violanti
Treasurer: Ben Robinson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hempel

The Pre-Pharmacy Club at UB welcomes all students who are interested in pursuing a career in the pharmacy profession.

The Rho Chi Society is a national pharmacy honor society. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their P-2 year in the School. A major purpose of Rho Chi is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy.

Officers:
President: Rachael Cardinal
Vice President: Anthony DeGelorm
Treasurer: Shirley Chen
Secretary: Kaitlyn Victor
Historian: Danielle Kieck
Faculty Advisor: Karl D. Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean  

Pharmaceutical Student Association – Student Chapter (PSA)

The Pharmacy Student Association represents the student body and sponsors social functions. It is comprised of the class officers and officers of the other student organizations.

Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP)

The purpose of SCCP is to increase student awareness in the area of clinical pharmacy by providing information about opportunities and careers within the field. The organization promotes the development of leadership and other skills necessary to perform duties required by a clinical pharmacist as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, encouraging excellence in patient care, research and education.

President: Robert Bennett
President Elect: Shahrier Houssain
Secretary: Sarah Spitznogle
Treasurer: Rachel Meyer
P3 Student Liaison: Anna Morien
P3 Student Liaison: Brendan Begnoche
P2 Student Liaison: Jess Greger
P2 Student Liaison: Rachel Klosko

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPHA)

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association is an educational and service association of students who are concerned about pharmacy issues, professional development, and the lack of minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.

Officers:
President: Justin Bui
President-elect: Jenny Qiu
Vice-president: Cindy Wu
Treasurer: Chime Sherpa
Secretary: Andy Lam
Historian: Ariel Walker
Service Chair: Amanda Ye
Fundraising Chair: Mercede Siu
Faculty Advisor: Cindy Konovitz

Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach (SPGO)

Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach is an organization focused on outreach initiatives to underserved populations on the local, national, and international level. The organization is responsible for organizing annual international medical mission trips, annual medical mission trips to areas within the United States, and local outreach in the Western New York area throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to attend the annual Global Missions Health Conference in November.

Officers:
President: Julia Powers
President-elect: Rachel Klosko
Treasurer: Kaitlin Landolf
Secretary: Alyssa Nobel
Domestic Outreach Chair: Jennifer Aguilar
Faculty Advisor: Gina Prescott

Fraternities: Governed by the UB Greek

Lambda Kappa Sigma

Lambda Kappa Sigma is an International Professional Pharmacy Fraternity whose mission is to promote the profession of pharmacy among women and advance women within the profession by developing its members as individuals and leaders through the support of fellow members, while encouraging a high standard of professional ethics and scholarship.

Officers:
President: Hao Min Chang
Vice President: Samantha Boyce
Treasurer: Cindy Wu
External Secretary: Merin Panthapattu
Internal Secretary: Jenny Qiu
Fundraising Chair: Steven Yen
Service Chair: Shahrier Hossain
Social Chair: Anil Melathe
Membership Chair: Chung Chen
Historian: Dian Lin
IT Chair: Arthur Chan

Phi Delta Chi

Phi Delta Chi is an organization that been developed in order to advance the science of pharmacy and its interests, and to promote fraternal spirit among its members. We encourage development of leadership abilities and at the same time, teach that every member of the group has a valuable contribution to make. In experiences gained through professional and social activities, we are able to form bonds with each other as well as other brothers on the national level that will not soon be forgotten.

Officers:
Worthy prelate: Hailey Stapleton
Worthy Alumni Liasion: Josh Lennon
Worthy Keeper of Finance: Caroline Ryan
Worthy Keeper of Records and Seals: Lindsey Fovel
Worthy Master at Arms: Brendan Begnoche
Worthy Inner Guard: Kelly Krieger
Worthy Correspondent: Lucas Grenolds
Worthy Vice Counselor: Taylor White
Worthy Chief Counselor: Morgan Lebretch

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)

President: Ali Scrimenti
Vice-President: Laura Bielecki
Secretary: Angeline Walker
Treasurer: Catherine Gawronski
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hempel

Other Student Groups

SCRIPT: Student Digital Newspaper

The Script is a publication written for and by pharmacy students. It includes pharmacy-related news, editorials, and humor. The Script provides a way for pharmacy students to have a voice that could be instrumental to improving the program by bringing student concerns to the attention of relevant faculty members, as well as other students.

SIGNA: Student Digital Yearbook

The graduating class publishes SIGNA, the School’s Yearbook. The SIGNA is an exciting record of student experiences here at the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Officers:
President: Dian Lin
Vice President: Crystal Diep
Treasurer: Nabila Ismail

The Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association promotes the professions of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences through a number of School activities.  The Association sponsors many outreach events including annual reunion events, receptions and social events at professional meetings as well as the P4 Farewell Celebration.  The Association generously supports many student activities such as Career Pathways, exam breakfasts/lunches, and other outreach programs.  It also awards grants to students in financial need.

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