At the October 15-17, 2004, American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Region 8 Mid-Year Meeting, in Phoenix, three students from the UNM College of Pharmacy were elected to regional leadership positions.

This is the first time in APhA-ASP history that there have been three students from the same school serving in three regional positions at the same time.

"This election puts the UNM College of Pharmacy on the map for producing not only great pharmacists but pharmacists with leadership qualities that are important to the profession today," said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy dean.

Second-year student, Thaddus Wilkerson, will be serving as regional delegate. He will be coordinating and convening a regional caucus at the APhA Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. and performing policy-related duties as assigned by the APhA-ASP Executive Committee.

Third-year student, Sarah Rivera, was elected as regional member-at-large and her duties will include representing Region 8, the largest APhA region including 11 schools from California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.  As member-at-large she will help the chapters in region 8 promote membership, improve participation in patient care programs and promote the international programs that APhA offers.

Second-year student, Barbara Hamer will be serving as Region 8 Midyear Regional Meeting coordinator.  She will begin planning the meeting in January and hopes to have record attendance and outstanding programs.

The UNM College of Pharmacy chapter of APhA-ASP serves 150 members and held a successful career fair and has organized many activities to give student pharmacists the opportunity to interact and education patients.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322