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Pharmacy’s Kappa Psi Chapter Named
National Chapter of the Year

August 18, 2009

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Mark Vanderhoek
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ORLANDO, Fla. — At the recent Kappa Psi National Pharmacy Fraternity Grand Council Convention in Orlando, Mercer University’s Gamma Psi Chapter and its members received multiple awards.  For the first time in its history, Mercer’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences chapter was recognized at the Top Collegiate Chapter in the nation.

Among the other awards, the chapter earned the Top Chapter in Province IV for the second year in a row. Chapter adviser Dr. Chad Vandenberg, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Center for Clinical Research, received an award as a Top 10 2008 Grand Council Deputy. Dr. Andrew Crowe, a 2007 Doctor of Pharmacy graduate, received the same award for 2009. Immediate past-regent (and Mercer chapter president) Purvish Patel, a fourth-year doctor of pharmacy student, was honored with one of only 12 Kappa Psi Foundation Scholarships.

About the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Mercer University
Founded in 1903, the independent pharmacy school merged with Mercer University in 1959. In a bold leadership move, it became the first school in the Southeast to offer the doctor of pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree in 1981. In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the college has one of the largest concentrations of Ph.D. students in pharmaceutics among colleges of pharmacy in the United States. In 2008, the college introduced a Physician Assistant program.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,600 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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