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Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Honors Students and Alumni from the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association honored students and alumni from Wilkes University's Nesbitt School of Pharmacy with two awards at its recent conference. The conference was held virtually via a live broadcast on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

Wilkes University was awarded the Membership Student Award. Michael Gionfriddo, a 2011 Nesbitt School of Pharmacy alumnus, received the Ten Under Ten Award.

The 2020 Membership Award recognizes the one school in the Commonwealth that excelled at membership recruitment, retention and involvement. The Wilkes University student group held several unique recruiting events including a Welcome Club Mixer, an Oprah-style Gift Card Giveaway, and a Breakfast Club event – all while focusing on growing and retaining membership. The Wilkes group received a commemorative plaque and a $200 cash prize for their organization.

During the annual event, Wilkes alumnus Michael Gionfriddo, received the Ten Under Ten Award. The Ten Under Ten Award recognizes the top ten pharmacists practicing for less than ten years who demonstrate commitment to advancing the profession, involvement in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and other pharmacy associations, and service to their community. The awards are presented every three years.

Gionfriddo, Shavertown, Pa., is an assistant professor at Geisinger Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Wilkes. During his career, Gionfriddo has published over 75 peer-reviewed publication and book chapters, presented at a variety of national meetings, served as an editorial board member for Pennsylvania Pharmacist and is an editorial advisory board member for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. He has been recognized with the Health Care Systems Research Network Early Career Investigator Award in 2019 and was named the AGING Initiative Multiple Chronic Condition Scholar in 2020.

Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,300 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice. As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, it promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health.

About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation's finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes 14th in the nation for middle-class mobility. In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.