New officers and e-mail addresses for next academic year:
The Rho Chi Beta Omicron Chapter anticipates that the induction of new officer’s will take place in October of this year.
Number of Rho Chi student members at college or school, listed by class year and program (and by campus if more than one campus): 21 PharmD Students Class of 2016, 4 Graduate Students Class of 2016, 22 PharmD Students Class of 2017, and 1 Graduate Student Class of 2017
First officer meeting for newly elected officers
Discussed each officer’s expected duties
Set goals for the upcoming year
Brainstormed ideas for fundraisers and discussed plans for the year
Advertising Peripheral brains as our first fundraiser
Began considering speakers for the Rho Chi Lecture in the fall
Determine a date for the Rho Chi blood drive and Rho Chi challenge
Advertised the Rho Chi would be selling law books
Began preparing for the Rho Chi Blood Drive and the Rho Chi Challenge
Prepare for the Rho Chi challenge
Establish question bank
Determine time and responsibilities of all officers on the day of the challenge
Quick officer’s meeting to discuss handing out and collecting ballots for the teaching excellence award
Handed out and collected TEA ballots on 4-13-2016
Strategic Planning: What goals were set that relate to the Rho Chi mission?
After being inducted in the fall, the officer’s determined the goals for the Beta Omicron Chapter for the year would be to continue all past events Rho Chi has already established for the past few years, create a more permanent fundraising event that could be continued every year, and try to establish a new service event. More specifically to encourage and establish intellectual achievement we held our annual Rho Chi Lecture where we recognized 3 faculty members for teaching excellence awards, we also hosted the annual Rho Chi Challenge and encouraged members to participate in HOMES clinic and the Rho Chi blood drive. To foster fellowship among our members, we held the induction ceremony in a banquet hall and shared in fellowship with former members and family and passed out cords so each newly elected member can be recognized for their hard work and achievements at graduation.
Activities: See last pages of report
Financial/ Budgeting: Unable to obtain current bank statements. Two fundraisers were held throughout the year to make money for the chapter. The peripheral brains fundraiser held in the fall made $371.52 and the law books fundraiser held in the spring made $332. All budgets are determined in conjunction with our Chapter’s advisor for each event held.
Initiation was held after the Rho Chi Lecture on September 16, 2015 at the Hilton University of Houston Banquet room. Those in attendance included faculty advisors, teaching excellence award recipients, deans of the school, current members, and newly initiated members. Past president, Katie Williams, made opening remarks and began the initiation ceremony. Officer elections were held immediately after initiation while everyone was served dinner for the evening. At the end of the night newly elected officers were given the chance to talk with past officers about their new positions.
I believe our chapter worked very hard to accomplish the goals initially set. We were able to improve on some of the traditional events Rho Chi has held over the past years. For example we had 6 teams participate in the Rho Chi Challenge this year vs. 4 teams last year and we also had a better student vote for the TEA by handing out paper ballots and collecting them vs. sending ballots to all students via email. We were also able to successfully create a new fundraiser this year that could possibly be continued throughout the next few years. Our peripheral brain fundraiser we held in the fall made $371.52 for our chapter. We also were able to increase the number of people who donated at the Rho Chi Blood drive this year. Our current officers are still working hard at the moment to prepare for initiation of our new members and the Rho Chi Lecture in the fall of this year.