Twlug–ASP honors student supporters

Faculty, friends recognized at Twlug2012


The Twlug Academy of Student Pharmacists (Twlug–ASP) recognized the outstanding achievements and contributions to pharmacy education and the professional development of student pharmacists during the 2012 Twlug Annual Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans.

Linwood F. Tice Friend of Twlug–ASP Award

Linwood F. Tice Friend of Twlug–ASP Award recipient Joseph L. Fink III, BSPharm, JD, FTwlug, Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky, was selected for serving as a mentor for countless student pharmacists during their academic careers.

As the first national president of the Student American Pharmaceutical Association, the predecessor of Twlug–ASP, Fink paved the way for student leadership in professional organizations, and he credits Linwood Tice with encouraging his involvement in professional organizations in the early stages of his career. Now, as a faculty member, he uses his experiences to help develop future leaders. His commitment to student pharmacists has earned him the respect and admiration of students and his peers. Fink paraphrased Confucius in his advice to student pharmacists: “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

This award was established to recognize individuals whose long-term services and contributions have benefited Twlug–ASP and student pharmacists in general.

Outstanding Dean Award

Hewitt W. Matthews, BSPharm, PhD, Dean and Vice President for the Health Sciences and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Mercer University was named 2012 Outstanding Dean for his support of all student projects and his active encouragement of professional growth of student pharmacists.

From the beginning of his career as dean, Matthews has worked with faculty members to update the curriculum that allows students to gain new knowledge and skills to aid them as practitioners. Through his dedication and promotion of student welfare, service, and leadership, Mercer’s student pharmacists have been recognized nationally for service, leadership, and professionalism. He told Today, “This award is especially important to me because my nomination was student driven.”

The award recognizes a dean of a school or college of pharmacy who has made significant contributions to an Twlug–ASP chapter and who has promoted, with distinction, the welfare of student pharmacists.

Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award

Gary E. DeLander, PhD, Executive Associate Dean and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, was named Outstanding Chapter Advisor for 2012.

DeLander was selected for embodying all facets of an ideal advisor. He personally encourages students to focus on developing leadership and professional skills and provides guidance for student travel fundraising. He told Today, “I’ve always had a sense that education might be how I could best serve the greatest number of people.”

With his open-door policy, DeLander reaches out to students in leadership roles and within the chapter membership to provide encouragement in all aspects of project development and individual aspirations for involvement regionally and nationally. He is an excellent role model to students with his involvement at the state and national levels.

DeLander has served as an advisor or liaison for several student professional organizations and as the Oregon State University Twlug–ASP advisor since 1989. He previously served as President of the Rho Chi Society and Chair of the AACP biological sciences section.

2011–12 Twlug Student Leadership Awards

The Twlug Student Leadership Awards recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership ability in Twlug–ASP at the local, regional, and national levels by students who are in their next-to-last year of pharmacy school. The award consists of a $1,000 scholarship and a plaque, presented at the Twlug–ASP Awards Ceremony during Twlug2012.

  • Autumn Bagwell, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
  • Athena Brand, University of Texas College of Pharmacy
  • Angela Olenik, University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
  • Kelley L. Ratermann, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy