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She grew up in Fairfield Glade, and the good news just keeps on coming. Danielle Schlafer, center, was inducted into the Xi Chapter of the Rho Chi Academic Honor Society.She is shown with her parents: at left is her mother, Josette, and on the right is her father, Dan Schlafer.

The University Of North Carolina's Eshelman School of Pharmacy has bestowed one of its highest academic and professional honors on Cumberland County High School and Carson-Newman College graduate Danielle Schlafer.  In a recent ceremony held in the Magnolia Room of the Rizzo Center at Loudermilk Hall on the beautiful Chapel Hill, North Carolina campus, Danielle was inducted into the Xi Chapter of the Rho Chi Academic Honor Society.

Established in 1922, the nationally chartered Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.  The society further encourages high standards of conduct and character.  It also fosters fellowship among its members.

Membership in Rho Chi is a privlege accorded to the select few who have earned a 3.8 grade point average or higher in a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program.  Inductees have distinguished themselves by their academic and professional achievements and aspire to the mission and vision of the Society.  Members may be elected as professional or graduate students in pharmacy, as members of faculties of schools and colleges of pharmacy, as alumni who distinguish themselves in the profession, or as honorary members by special action of the Society's Executive Council. 

In his remarks during the induction ceremony, Dr. Robert Blouin, Dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy noted, "There are ten applicants for admission for every one seat available in our school.  To be accepted for admission at UNC is a tremendous accomplishment in and of itself.  To be inducted into the Rho Chi Society clearly indicates that the students you see before you today are the best of the best".

In a letter of recommendation for Danille's inclusion in the UNC Hematology/Oncology Team Health System Pharmacy Internship Experience, Dr. Roy L. Hawke, Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Education stated, "Her active membership with leadership roles in various student organizations demonstrates her interest in advancing her profession, in serving the community, and in pursuing her professional development.  I believe her excellent GPA and recent induction into the Rho Chi Academic Honor Society is evidence of her accountability, time management skills, and commitment to academics".

Danielle is currently completing the second year of UNC's four year graduate program and plans a career in clinical pharmacy with an emphasis on research.  A Fairfield Glade resident, she is the daughter of long time educators Dan and Josette Schlafer.  Dan serves a Chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Education and is currently the Federal Programs-Title I Director and Compliance Coordinator for the Monroe County School System. Josette is the Technology Coordinator for the Cumberland County School System's Career and Technical Education Department.  Danielle's brother, T.D., will graduate from Tennessee Wesleyan College in May.