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(6/2014) President's message (Michelle K. Rutledge, PharmD, President )


Michelle K. Rutledge, PharmD, NDPAC's presidentDear Fellow National Diamondback Pharmacists:

Greetings! First, thank you for electing me again to the office of President. I pledge to continue to build on NDPAC’s solid foundation of leadership and rich legacy. Thank you also to our officers and their efforts to keep the National Diamondback Pharmacy Alumni Council, (NDPAC), a viable organization.

My goals for the coming year will be the continued support of the mission of the National Diamondback Pharmacy Alumni Council (NDPAC). The three focus areas which I believe can help us achieve our goals continue to be: Membership, Creating A Culture of Giving, and the Annual Convention.

Membership including focus on FAMU COPPS Relations – The goal will be to increase financially ACTIVE membership by reaching out to recent graduates and also “seasoned” graduates. In addition, I believe one way to show the value of NDPAC to students and encourage participation upon graduation is to foster a “connection” as they matriculate through the pharmacy program. On this year, Diamondback will be visibly present during Forum, the Clinical Symposium, and during FAMU COPPS graduation activities. In addition, FAMU Pharmacists will continue to serve as preceptors for P4 students completing their clinical rotations.

Creating A Culture of Giving – A benefit of being a member is giving back to our beloved Alma mater and investing in the future of pharmacy: We all have been helped in some way because someone gave back. That small but important culture is the essence of our future. This year, we continue to give towards financial support of FAMU COPPS and students. In 2007-08, NDPAC established a $100,000 endowment with the FAMU Foundation for the FAMU College of Pharmacy. A beautiful plaque hangs prominently in the College to commemorate the generous donors. Proceeds from that endowment are intended to provide perpetual support for the College and student activities. Other examples of Culture of Giving initiatives designed to provide ongoing financial support from alumni participants include:

Automatic Bank Deduction Program; Website Deposits; Direct Mail to NDPAC; Local Chapter Scholarship Programs; Employer Matching Contribution to NDPAC

This year we will continue to increase awareness about these giving initiatives.

Annual NDPAC convention - Lastly, I would like to continue strongly encouraging an increase in our attendance of the annual NDPAC convention. It is a very worthwhile, tax-deductable investment. Obtaining CE in an exotic location among fellow FAMU pharmacy graduates is both a benefit of NDPAC membership and a priceless social and networking experience! Our annual NDPAC convention usually begins the third weekend in June. This year, in 2015, the convention location will be in Panama City, Panama on June 17-21, 2015. This will be our 45th Annual Convention and will also mark a bittersweet occasion as the last convention coordinated by our beloved Convention Co-planner, Mrs. Gwen Washington. As Mrs. Gwen Washington retires from serving as Convention Co-planner, let’s celebrate and thank her for her many years of dedication in Rattler style!

Watch the mail, both e-mail and “snail” mail and please visit our NDPAC website,, and Social Media profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn for new ventures the NDPAC will initiate. It’s an exciting time to be a pharmacist, as we see evolving roles of our profession such as medication therapy management (MTM), immunizations, and seeking provider status. Let’s get to work NDPAC and let us continue to earn the coveted title of Best HBCU Alumni Organization!

Go Rattlers! FAMU Forever! #NDPAC

Michelle K. Rutledge, PharmD, President
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