MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Students in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) received accolades at the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) in November.
The meeting, held for student chapters in Regions 1 and 2, is an event structured entirely for student pharmacists. The WVU APhA-ASP chapter encourages and provides student pharmacists with opportunities and ways to enhance their education and advance the profession of pharmacy.
The WVU chapter won the Most Chapter Challenges award. Challenges — a new initiative of APhA-ASP this year— are activities set forth to raise awareness of the organization and increase involvement in student chapters.
Brooke Morris, president of the WVU chapter of APhA-ASP and native of Fairmont, W.Va., was selected as the Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator (MRMC) for the 2014 event.
“Being selected as midyear regional meeting coordinator is one of the biggest and most exciting leadership opportunities that I have had,” Morris said. “My responsibilities for next year revolve around fundraising and organizing the 2014 APhA-ASP region two midyear regional meeting.”
In order to be selected, Morris went through an application process that included giving two speeches about her plans and goals as an MRMC, interviewing with the region two nominating committee and completing a policy exam.
Drew Eddy, a native of Mount Morris, Pa., was selected by the WVU chapter and received the Member Recognition Certificate at the 2013 meeting. As WVU APhA-ASP chapter communications vice president, Eddy coordinates social media and publications for the chapter. He is also president of the WVU School of Pharmacy Class of 2016 and attends many pre-pharmacy student meetings to offer advice to future student pharmacists.
“Drew keeps a positive attitude and is always willing to help with any project,” Morris said. “These traits are the reason the chapter felt he deserved this recognition.”
Attending the MRM is a valuable experience that allows student pharmacists to return with more knowledge to help develop his or her skills as a pharmacist.
“The regional meeting gives student pharmacists the opportunity to discover innovative thinking at other schools and meet new people,” Morris said. “When we meet new student pharmacists, it enables our school and chapter to grow by sharing information.”
Brooke Morris                                                        Andrew Eddy
       Brooke Morris                                                                         Drew Eddy

For more information: Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192