June 24, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3651; Benson Hendrix, 272-2690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jennifer Short, a fourth year doctor of pharmacy candidate at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, was elected to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) 2005-2006 National Executive Committee as speaker of the house of delegates.

"I'm extremely excited," Short said. "It's not only a great opportunity for my professional career but also to represent the UNM College of Pharmacy and show people on a national level what we have to offer."

Short, a graduate of Albuquerque's La Cueva High School, added that this was a position where she will help focus the APhA-ASP on the direction it will follow and what activities the group will be engaged in during the next year. "I wanted to serve the (American Pharmacists Association) more," she added. "I like working with students and I wanted to give something back." She will also be adding a lot of frequent flier miles to her schedule as a fourth-year pharmacy student.

She will have to travel to six national meetings with the rest of the committee and attend another three regional meetings. In addition to this, Short will also spend August and September traveling to various university chapters in the U.S. "It could be upwards of 20 different universities," she said.

At the UNM Chapter of the APhA-ASP, Short was the S.P.I.N. (student political information network) Coordinator. Her job was to get students involved in advocating the pharmacy profession. "We'd go to Santa Fe and lobby the legislature," she said.

Her new position is similar to the one she left at UNM, just a little larger. "Now I'm the point person for all of the S.P.I.N. Coordinators in the U.S."

UNM College of Pharmacy Dean, John A. Pieper remarked, "Jennifer is the first pharmacy student in the 60-year history of the College to be elected to a national student office with the American Pharmacists Association. Being elected to one of four national offices from the 40,000 pharmacy students national is recognition of Jennifer's tremendous talent."

The mission of the college is to develop innovative leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico. For more information on the UNM College of Pharmacy, please visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/