With multiple student organizations and projects to participate in, the UH Hilo the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy offers its students a variety of involvement opportunities that will challenge their leadership, serve their community, and transfer their classroom learning into an experiential environment. For more information contact the organizations listed below or stop by the Office of Student Services in Building A.
- UH Hilo DKICP Student Councils
- UHHSA Senator - Abraham Jose, Class of 2017
- American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
- Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
- Hawai'i Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (HSSHP)
- National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA)
- Rho Chi: Delta Iota Chapter
- Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society: Delta Lambda Chapter
- Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity: Gamma Theta Chapter
- Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity: Epsilon Psi Chapter
- DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project
- Pacific Islander Mobile Screening Clinic
- A.L.O.H.A. Project
UH Hilo DKICP Student Councils
The purpose of the Student Councils shall be to unify and coordinate the activities of the students in order to preserve and maintain the good name and traditions of DKICP. Student councils maximize the educational experience of their classmates, manage fundraising efforts for the class, and serve as a connection between the faculty and staff of the college and the student body.
Class of 2016
President: Okezie Irondi
Faculty Advisor: Paula Zeszotarski, Ph.D.
Class of 2017
President: Shaun Lasky
Faculty Advisor: Aaron Jacobs, Ph.D.
Class of 2018
President: Niaz Nafisi
Faculty Advisor: Linda Connelly, Ph.D.
UHHSA College Senator - Abraham Jose, Class of 2017
Senator: Nicholas Nguyen
The University of Hawaii at Hilo Student Association looks to accurately represent the views of the entire student body. They act as a liaison between the student body and the college administration through active collaboration with faculty, state legislatures and student organizations. They also encourage participation in campus governance and the college community.
The DKICP Senator represents the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy to the rest of the Student Senate, the UH Hilo student body, UH administrators, and state legislators. This person also chairs several committees and helps DKICP student organizations to gain support from UHHSA. A continuing goals of the DKICP Senator is to represent the DKICP in a way that will increase awareness of the College as well as help the rest of the campus gain a greater understanding of its role within the UH Hilo campus and the Hilo community.
American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
President: Dann Hirayasu
Chapter Website: www.uhhcopapha.wordpress.com
Facebook: APhA-ASP Hawai’i Chapter
National Website: www.pharmacist.com
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Ackerman, Pharm.D.
The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Hawai’i Chapter is the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy’s first and largest professional student organization. Our Chapter is part of a nationwide organization that consists of more than 34,000 student pharmacists from each of the schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide. The mission of APhA-ASP is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. We hold annual health fairs and screenings, advocate for the profession, provide leadership and networking opportunities, and have the opportunity to meet with our state senators and representatives regarding pharmacy policy. For more information, please contact one of the Chapter Officers with any questions you may have or please visit our Chapter Website and Facebook Page. Become a member. Get involved. Make a difference—in your community, in your career, and in your profession.
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
President: Lynnett Tran
National Website: www.amcp.org
Faculty Advisor: Mimi Pezzuto, B.S., R.Ph.
AMCP’s mission is to empower its members to serve society by using sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all. Managed care pharmacy principles are based upon the use of scientific evidence to achieve healthy outcomes while making the best use of money spent on medications and their management.
Hawai’i Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (HSSHP)
President: Ryan Shiroma
National Website: www.ashp.org
Faculty Advisor: Patricia Jusczak, B.S., R.Ph.
The mission of the Hawai’i Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy is to increase student awareness of pharmacy practice in health systems; provide information to students about career directions and credentials needed for pharmacy practice in health systems; and encourage membership and participation in the state society and ASHP as a student and upon graduation.
In conjunction with the Hawai’i Pharmacists Association, the Hawai’i Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy strives to advance and support the practice of pharmacy by improving the quality of care throughout the healthcare continuum in collaboration with our patient and members of the healthcare team. We are devoted to providing a forum where students, interested in health-systems pharmacy, may exchange ideas. We are dedicated to helping aspiring students interested in health-systems pharmacy practices realize their goals and dreams of working in a hospital setting and providing them a resource to attaining that goal.
National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA)
President: Mari Cid
National Website: www.ncpanet.org
Faculty Advisor: George Karvas, RPh.
The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. The nation's independent pharmacists are small business entrepreneurs and multifaceted health care providers who represent a vital part of the United States' health care delivery system. They have roots in America's communities. They are community leaders actively involved in community-oriented public health, civic, and volunteer projects. Many hold local elected offices; others serve as state legislators. NCPA Student Chapters offer pharmacy students a wide array of opportunities to broaden and enrich their educational experience, gain valuable, real world skills, and have some fun in the process. Some of these opportunities include: hosting student-led business management seminars, participating in an advanced compounding course, presenting expert speakers, networking, developing leadership, and providing valuable public services.
Rho Chi - The Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy: Delta Iota Chapter
President: Christopher Diaz
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Chapter Website: www.rhochideltaiota.wordpress.com
National Website: www.rhochi.org
Faculty Advisors: Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
The Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy was established in 1922 and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.
Phi Lambda Sigma - Pharmacy Leadership Society: Delta Lambda Chapter
President: Nadine So
National Website: www.philambdasigma.org
Chapter Website: www.plsdeltalambda.wix.com/dkicp
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Ackerman, Pharm.D.
Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Pharmacy Leadership Society was established in 1965 at Auburn University. The mission of PLS is to support pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development. At the DKICP, the Delta Lambda Chapter of PLS was chartered on September 14, 2013 and its members have been focused on promoting and encouraging leadership development among pharmacy students. The chapter is very active at the DKICP and upholds the ideals of leadership by example. Membership into PLS is a lifelong commitment and represents ones dedication to leadership in the pharmacy profession
Phi Delta Chi - Professional Pharmacy Fraternity: Gamma Theta Chapter
President: Nicholas Ferreira
PDC Website: www.pdcgammatheta.com
National Website: www.phideltachi.org
Faculty Advisors: Aaron Jacobs, Ph.D. and Forrest Batz, Pharm.D.
Established in 1883, it is America's first professional fraternity of pharmacy. PHI DELTA CHI, a lifelong experience, promotes scholastic, professional, and social growth in its members while developing leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy. We strive to provide quality services to our patients, thereby advancing public health and strengthening ourselves as health professionals.
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity: Epsilon Psi Chapter
President: Kimberly Wu
Chapter Website: www.kappapsiepsilonpsi.wix.com/dkicp
National Website: www.kappapsi.org
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity is the oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world. Currently, there are 81 active collegiate and 59 active graduate chapters across the United States and Canada, and that number continues to grow with each passing year. Kappa Psi strives to promote the field of pharmacy through the benefits of fraternal affiliation and innovation. The chartering ceremony of the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Kappa Psi was held on January 12, 2013.
Tobacco Prevention Project
Student Contact: Lauren Mow
Faculty Advisor: Forrest Batz, Pharm.D.
The mission of the DKICP Tobacco Prevention Project is to provide outstanding education to the public on the harmful health effects of tobacco. In doing so, it strives to prevent the use of tobacco products in our community. Its primary goal is to educate, preserve, and improve the lives of all of our community members, adults and children alike.
Pacific Islander Mobile Screening Clinic
President: Deandra Viluan
PIMSC Website: www.facebook.com/groups/PIMSC
The Pacific Islander Mobile Screening Clinic (PIMSC) works to offer free wellness screenings, referrals to primary cares services through its clinical collaborative initiates, as well as assist in Medicaid enrollment to underserved populations in Hawai’i. Its goal is to reach out to populations that are not comfortable in readily seeking health care services through the use of interpreters, church leaders, and other prominent members of these communities. In addition, the mobile clinic provides volunteer opportunities to local high school students to serve as interpreters. In so doing, it is the hope that one day, these students will not only be able to help their communities but may also become members of the field of medicine. Many aspiring pharmacists have made the decision to pursue their pharmacy education in at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy in hopes to have the opportunity to work with underserved populations in rural areas with limited access to healthcare; for these students, PIMSC is essentially where the rubber hits the ground.
A Life of Healing and Awareness (The A.L.O.H.A. Project)
President: Nicole Chin
Faculty Advisor: Lara Gomez, Pharm.D.
The ALOHA Project (A Life of Health and Awareness) is a student-led project that focuses on increasing public awareness education for the local community; both of which are included in the Healthy People 2020 mission. The project also offers educational and experiential opportunities for the students that participate in implementing the project.