April 27, 2017
By Anna Herd
OXFORD, Miss. – Two Ole Miss chapters of pharmacy honors societies will co-host a banquet this Friday to initiate new members into both societies and recognize the outstanding academics and leadership of existing society members.
The UM chapter of the Rho Chi Society, which honors pharmacy academic achievement, will induct 22 second-year pharmacy students, 15 graduate students and two faculty members. Pharmacy students must be academically in the top 20% of their class to be considered for Rho Chi.
“Being inducted into Rho Chi provides opportunities for pharmacy students to serve their colleagues, communities and patients,” said Erin Holmes, pharmacy administration associate professor and the Rho Chi faculty treasurer. “We’re so proud to see our very deserving students and colleagues inducted into both of these prestigious societies.”
Phi Lambda Sigma honors those who demonstrate leadership in pharmacy, and the Ole Miss chapter will induct 27 students and two faculty members. Student inductees into Phi Lambda Sigma must be nominated by their peers who are currently in the organization. Five students will be inducted into both Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi.
“My favorite part of being involved with Phi Lambda Sigma is watching the students’ leadership skills evolve over time,” said Lauren Bloodworth, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice and a Phi Lambda Sigma faculty advisor. “They begin their journey with limited experience and gradually develop skills that help them flourish by the end of their professional school tenure.”
The banquet and initiation ceremony will be held at the Jackson Avenue Center on Friday, April 28.