(27 November 2013) Phi Delta Chi didn't take long to make its mark at the University of South Carolina (USC).

Led by second year pharmacy student Sarah Kim, the fraternity chapter recently was awarded second place in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk after raising more than $2,500 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Phi Delta Chi chapter is new this year to the USC campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP).

The chapter selected St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital as its main philanthropy and set a goal of raising $1,000 through the Give Thanks Walk. The students actually raised $2,512.  The walk, at Finlay Park in Columbia on November 23, made Columbia one of the 75 cities participating in the national fundraising effort for St. Jude.

Student organizations at the SCCP have a rich history of philanthropy and activism and the dozen student chapters of various pharmacy associations at the College often have been recognized by their own national organizations and home campuses. Two illustrative recent examples include:

  • The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter at USC won the 2013 Chauncey Cooper Excellence Award as the Small Chapter of the Year. It is the second time in three years the chapter has won this national honor
  • The Kappa Psi chapter at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) won the 2012-13 Most Outstanding Student Volunteer Group at MUSC along with a recognition for Jessica Michaudas Most Outstanding Individual Student Volunteer

So Phi Delta Chi (PDC) has plenty of company. Nonetheless, generating this amount of engagement and participation in its first semester back in existence is impressive. 

"We are very proud of this group, especially since it just began in Fall 2013," said Amy Grant, assistant dean for student affairs at USC. "They have been working hard and forming a wonderful new organization on the USC campus."

Phi Delta Chi's objective is to develop leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy and does so by promoting scholastic, professional, and social growth in its membership. 

MUSC has an active Phi Delta Chi chapter, Alpha Kappa, which was founded in 1947. The Beta Theta chapter at USC was founded in 1981 but had become inactive prior to this year.