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Rho Chi Boblitt Lecture

Sponsored by The Rho Chi Society UH Beta Omicron Chapter and UH College of Pharmacy, the Robert L. Boblitt Lecture Series is held in the fall of each academic year. During the lecture, UH Rho Chi members present the chapter’s Teaching Excellence Award to the outstanding faculty members from the college’s three academic departments.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Wed., Oct. 5, 2016
Agnes Arnold Auditorium 1, UH Main Campus

"Pharmacy Advocacy"

Christopher Alvarado, Pharm.D.,
Pharmacy Manager, Oakdell Pharmacy, San Antonio; 2015-17 Director, Texas Pharmacy Association; and 2014-16 Chair, Texas PharmPAC

About Christopher Alvarado

Christopher Alvarado, Pharm.D., serves as the pharmacy manager for Oakdell Pharmacy at The Quarry in San Antonio, Texas.

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He is actively involved in many pharmacy organizations, and has a passion for protecting the pharmacy profession, patient care and teaching students. Dr. Alvarado has a very unique gift of connecting with his patients, that develops into lifelong relationships.

A graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. Alvarado was honored with the Texas Pharmacy Association's 2015 Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Lemke was the advisor to the Beta Omicron Chapter of Rho Chi and served as the Rho Chi Regional Councilor and on the Rho Chi Executive Council. Between 1991 and 2004, Lemke was the Associate Dean for Professional Programs and Director of Assessment until his retirement in 2006.

Dr. Alvarado serves as 2015-17 Director on the Texas Pharmacy Association Board of Directors and 2014-16 Chair of the Texas Pharmacy Association Political Action Committee (Texas PharmPAC). The Immediate Past President of the Bexar County Pharmacy Association, Dr. Alvarado also is on the Board of Directors for the West Texas Pharmacy Association and the University of the Incarnate Word Alumni Relations. He also serves as President of the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy Alumni Network.

Dr. Alvarado has been recognized with the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences Preceptor of the Year Award in 2013, Texas Pharmacy Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2013, and the Oakdell Pharmacy "O" Award in 2012 for Loyalty, Leadership and Excellence in Management.

About Robert L. Boblitt

Robert “Bob” Boblitt, Ph.D., joined the college’s faculty in 1953, shortly after the college’s founding. He served as assistant and associate dean from 1971 unti his retirement in 1987.

After receiving a baccalaureate in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1948, Dr. Boblitt completed his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1953. His honors included membership in Phi Eta Sigma, Rho Chi, Sigma Xi and the Samuel Melendy Fellowship. He also was the recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1972.

Boblitt was an extraordinary teacher, a practicing pharmacist and a friend for students. Those who sat in his classroom during the 33 years he taught will always remember how fast he could draw chemical structures and the way in which he skillfully drew structures with one and erased them with the other. He could never have too much information or structures on the chalkboard.

About Rho Chi Society

The Rho Chi Society, pharmacy’s academic honor society established in 1922, encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and fosters fellowship among its members. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character, and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. Membership is by invitation and based on high academic achievement in the professional curriculum. The UH Beta Omicron chapter of Rho Chi was founded in 1958.

Past Lecturers

Thomas L. Lemke, 2015
Cmdr. Chandima Deegala, 2015 (rescheduled from Fall 2014)
Stuart T. Haines, 2013
Lourdes M. Cuéllar, 2012
Diane Ginsburg, 2011
Judith Jacobi, 2010
John D. Grabenstein, 2009
Cynthia L. Raehl, 2008
Cynthia Brennan, 2007
Bruce Berger, 2006
Traci Metting, 2005
Mustafa Lokhandwala, 2004
Lucinda Maine, 2003
Karen Rascati, 2002
Victoria Roche, 2001