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Professors named national advisors of the year

Sep 1, 2010

Two Ohio Northern University pharmacy professors have been named National Advisor of the Year for their respective organizations.

David Kinder, ONU professor of medicinal chemistry, was named the National Advisor of the Year by Phi Delta Chi, the professional pharmacy fraternity.

“Receiving this award was completely unexpected, and I am humbled and honored to receive it,” Kinder said. “I have been an advisor to Phi Delta Chi for 18 years and have enjoyed knowing and working with the brothers for all of those years. This is the ‘icing on the cake,’ and I will always treasure it.”

Phi Delta Chi was founded on Nov. 2, 1883, by 11 men from the University of Michigan. Since then, Phi Delta Chi has chartered 57 undergraduate chapters and initiated 33,000 men and women into the organization. ONU alumnus Kenny Walkup serves as executive director of the fraternity.

Ohio Northern alumna Deirdre Myers, R.Ph, ONU pharmacy and laboratory instructor, will be honored as Advisor of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

“I am motivated to instill the ‘habit’ of pharmacy association involvement and advocacy in my students,” said Myers. “Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to see them come back to pharmacy meetings as young pharmacists,” Myers said.

After years of inactivity, the ONU NCPA student chapter reorganized in 2005, and its students went on to win many honors, including Most Improved Chapter, Dennis Ludwig Scholarship for Advocacy participation, and second runner-up for Chapter of the Year. Four ONU pharmacy students have been awarded NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarships. ONU students also have competed four times and twice been named among the top 10 teams in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.