Phi Delta Chi’s Alpha Psi Chapter Celebrates Their Diamond Anniversary

deans-letter-phi-delta-chi-reunion-03“We love what we do and we love doing it together as a family,” said Kevin Chan ’19. The spirit of camaraderie is interwoven throughout the rich history of the Alpha Psi chapter of Phi Delta Chi. In 2016 the chapter celebrated their 60th anniversary. This milestone was celebrated at the Alpha Psi Diamond Jubilee held during Pacific Homecoming.

“Had it not been for my joining the fraternity during my freshman year, I might not have graduated from Pacific,” Ralph L. Saroyan ’64, RPh said. “The support and fraternal love I gained from this brotherhood provided the encouragement I needed when my studies were not going well.”

When Saroyan was initiated on May 1, 1960 it paved the way for his career at Pacific, which would include being awarded Order of the Pacific, the University’s highest honor. “Had I not been in Phi Delta Chi I would not have been brought back to the University,” Saroyan said. He explains that through being involved in Alpha Psi he formed a connection with Dean Ivan “Cy” Rowland, PhD. Dean Rowland approached Saroyan when he decided to create the role of Director of Student Affairs. Saroyan shares, “I was blessed that Cy Rowland saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”

Jack Schlegel ’67, RPh joined Phi Delta Chi in 1963. “Without Dean Rowland’s support, as well as that of Alpha Psi, I am not certain that I would have been able to complete pharmacy school and enjoy the remarkable career I had in the profession,” Schlegel said. After serving as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, Schlegel relocated to Washington, D.C. His illustrious career includes serving as the CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, CEO of the American Pharmacists Association and CEO of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as his current position as president and CEO of Schlegel & Associates. “My experiences as an Active in Alpha Psi clearly helped develop and hone leadership skills that served me well throughout my career,” Schlegel said.

Chan shares the impact the fraternity has had on his personal and professional growth. “When I first joined as a brother, I lacked a sense of responsibility and had little knowledge of what I wanted to pursue in the field of pharmacy,” Chan said. “The fraternity has given me a vision of who I want to become and the essential resources to strive after my professional and personal goals. It is extremely important to form connections with fellow peers, because having a support system is crucial to any success. The best part about the brothers of Phi Delta Chi is the diverse group of individuals you get to work with, which can allow you to gain new skill sets by working with such unique personalities.” Chan adds, “Our alumni have been an essential part of the fraternity’s success by offering career and academic advice.”

1883 | Phi Delta Chi, the country’s first professional pharmacy fraternity, was established. Their motto is alterum alterius auxilio eget, “each needs the help of the other.”

1955 | A school of pharmacy was established at Pacific.

1956 | The Alpha Psi chapter was officially chartered. At that time Dean Rowland was Phi Delta Chi’s Grand President. Dean Rowland’s legacy is the fraternity’s focus on leadership development. Today Phi Delta Chi emphasizes “Leaders in Pharmacy” and “Brothers for Life.”

1958 | The North Wing of North Hall, what is now Hand Hall, was designated as housing for Alpha Psi brothers.

1978 | Alpha Psi hosted the Grand National Council at North Lake Tahoe.

1981 | The chapter received the fraternity’s prestigious Emory W. Thurston Grand President’s Award. That year Saroyan was elected Grand President, serving the fraternity on the national level. Both Saroyan and Dean Rowland served as Grand President for a record four terms, a total of eight years. Also, representing Pacific, Max Polisky, PhD and Robert “Bob” Supernaw ’72, PharmD, key figures in the School’s history, both served as Grand Vice Presidents.

1989 | The new chapter house was dedicated. Rowland Hall, the two-story brick building located across from Burns Tower, is named in honor of Dean Rowland.

1997 | The chapter became a co-ed fraternity — that year of the 21 new Brothers initiated 13 were women. Saroyan shares, “Since going coed in 1997, Alpha Psi chapter has never been stronger as demonstrated by their ranking in the top ten national chapters for the past two decades.”

2008 | Alumni established the Alpha Psi Education, Scholarship & Leadership Foundation a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public-benefit corporation. The mission of the Foundation is to provide support for pharmacy students through scholarships and leadership training. The founding members believe that by that investing in the development of pharmacy students it contributes to the pharmacy profession and advances in health care, which benefit society at large.

2015 | For the second time, Alpha Psi received the Emory W. Thurston Grand President’s Award. Logan Brodnansky ’17, explains that for a chapter to be awarded the Thurston Cup is “the highest honor our chapter can receive.

2016 | During Pacific Homecoming 2016 the chapter celebrated their 60th anniversary. President Pamela A. Eibeck spoke at the Alpha Psi Diamond Jubilee, congratulating the Foundation on their focus on leadership development and their commitment to supporting students through scholarships.


Pacific’s Phi Delta Chi Wins Highest Honor

At the 70th Grand Council August 4-9, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Alpha Psi Chapter of Phi Delta Chi received the Emory W. Thurston Grand President’s Award. Logan Brodnansky ’17, President of Phi Delta Chi, Alpha Psi Chapter, explains that being the recipient of the Thurston Cup is “the highest honor our fraternity can receive.” The award was established in 1974 through a generous donation by Emory W. Thurston. It is given to the chapter that “promoted the profession of pharmacy and Phi Delta Chi fully during the preceding year,” according to the Phi Delta Chi 2015 Pledge Manual. “To qualify, a Chapter must receive a 90% or higher rating in the Achievement Award Program.” The scores are determined by six weighted categories: Professional & Service Projects Report (one per semester), Chapter Publication, Prescott Scholarship Report, Brotherhood Report and Professional Window Display.deans_letter_fall15_phi_delta_chi_trophy_web

According to Marcus C Ravnan ’94, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, who serves as the chapter’s Faculty Advisor, “In addition, the Chapter ranked in the top ten for the Ralph L. Saroyan Brotherhood Award which recognized chapter programs that promote brotherhood within the chapter. The last time Alpha Psi received this coveted honor was in 1980 in Washington DC with Ivan Cy Rowland in attendance. The Pacific chapter has ranked in the top ten for the past 15 or more years and has been in fourth place the past two years.” Over the years there has been increased competition for these coveted awards. Ravnan confirms, “What’s even more significant is that in 1980, there were only 50 chapters of Phi Delta Chi and now there are 85 active chapters competing for this award.” To be recognized for this award is especially meaningful as the award is named in honor of Ralph L. Saroyan ’64, RPh, a key figure in the School’s history, who is currently an emeritus professor and esteemed mentor.

Established in 1883 the coed pharmacy fraternity is the country’s first professional pharmacy fraternity. According to the Phi Delta Chi’s website,, Phi Delta Chi is one of the largest pharmacy fraternities in the country with over 60,000 initiated Brothers and “nearly one in every twelve pharmacists is a Phi Delta Chi Brother.” Pacific’s Alpha Psi stood out among the other 85 collegiate chapters at this year’s Grand Council, the fraternity’s biannual leadership conference. In addition to the recognition of the highest award, they placed for the following individual awards: First place in Professional Service Projects for their professional and community service, second place for Prescott Scholarship Award for academic achievement, third place for Chapter Publication Award and fourth place for the Leadership Award. Receiving these awards is a testament to the ability of Pacific’s pharmacy students to strike a balance between the aspects of professional and social life in the midst of rigorous academic study.