BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In its third attempt in four years, an
all-woman student team from the University at Buffalo's School of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has won the National Community
Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan
"The third time was the charm," said Karl Fiebelkorn, assistant
dean for student affairs and professional relations for the
The UB team beat finalist teams from the University of
Washington and Washington State University during the NCPA's annual
convention in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend. The three finalists
were chosen from 32 entries submitted by U.S. colleges and schools
of pharmacy nationwide.
UB team members are Alexandra T. Centeno of Rome, team captain
Kathryn Jones of Rochester, Christina Ramsay of Clarence and
Liliana Yohonn of Fairport.
UB finished in second place two years ago in the four-year-old
competition, which provides pharmacy students the opportunity for
hands-on experience in creating effective business plans.
Fiebelkorn credits hours of practice by the team -- and a dress
rehearsal with special guests -- for the win. The school invited
David H. Panasci, former president and chief operating officer of
Fay's Inc., the corporate parent of Fay's super drugstores, and
other pharmacy executives to the event, which Fiebelkorn
"The students took the tape home and practiced again and again,"
Fiebelkorn said. "As a result, their presentation was smooth and
The win is especially satisfying, given that the new president
of the NCPA is Stephen L. Giroux of Middleport, who received a
bachelor's degree from the school in 1981.
For winning, the pharmacy school will receive $3,000 for its
NCPA chapter, $3,000 to support independent pharmacy study and a
free trip for Dean Wayne K. Anderson, Fiebelkorn and the four team
members to the NCPA Multi-Locations conference in Cancun, Mexico,