March 23, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Third-year UNM College of Pharmacy student Melissa Skelton Duke was recently elected to national speaker of the house of delegates for the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. Skelton is the second student in UNM College of Pharmacy history to be elected to an APhA-ASP national office, the first was Jennifer Short, Pharm.D., Class of 2006.

As speaker of the house, Skelton is one of five national executive committee members who will represent over 28,000 student pharmacists across the U.S. She will preside over the APhA-ASP House of Delegates at next year's annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. where policy changes are addressed and voted upon by student delegates from each college of pharmacy.

The APhA Annual Meeting is held every spring for student pharmacists, practitioners, scientists, technicians and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. This year, the UNM College of Pharmacy sent 30 representatives including students, faculty and staff.