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The Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University names its first endowed chair of pharmacy practice

Mar 2, 2011

The Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University has named Dr. Jenelle L. Sobotka to the endowed chair of pharmacy practice. This newly created position was established in part by alumni of the college to enhance the academic offerings available to ONU pharmacy students.
“With Jenelle’s diverse pharmacy practice background in community pharmacy and academia as well as clinical, she brings exceptional leadership qualifications and knowledge that will help ONU students graduate with the best potential for future success,” said Dr. Jon Sprague, dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy. “Jenelle will be a catalyst for helping to shape the college’s future as a leader in the profession of pharmacy.”
Sobotka will be responsible for enhancing the leadership and innovative patient care components in the students’ curriculum. Her role will include activities such as bringing nationally and internationally recognized speakers to campus, further promoting students’ professional development and involvement in service activities, fostering new patient care focused research, and creating new programs to help build and promote the Raabe College of Pharmacy recognition and reputation at a national level.
With a long history of professional involvement, Sobotka was recently elected the 2011-12 president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the largest pharmacist organization in the United States, and will begin her progression through the APhA presidential chairs in March. Prior to this, she served two terms on the APhA board and two terms with the Ohio Pharmacists Association Board of Directors. Sobotka currently serves on the board of the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Cincinnati.
Sobotka earned both her bachelor’s and doctor of pharmacy degrees from the University of Iowa. She was a clinical specialist in internal medicine at the VA Medical Center with an appointment as assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy before joining the staff of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, where she served as associate director and director of the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care (ICPC). Sobotka co-authored “A Practical Guide to Pharmaceutical Care,” published by APhA. ICPC received the APhA Foundation’s Pinnacle Award in 1999 for its work in advancing patient care practice. Sobotka joined Proctor & Gamble in 1998 as professional relations director. She was responsible for establishing partnerships and programs with national and international organizations and individual experts from the pharmacy and primary care professions.
Recognized as an APhA Fellow in 2003, Sobotka also received the 2009 National Pharmaceutical Association Foundation Excellence Award, the 2008 Kappa Epsilon National Career Achievement Award, the 2005 Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Service Award, and the 2003 University of Iowa Rho Chi Honorary Alumni Award.