Albany Campus


Clubs & Organizations

We have nearly 40 clubs and organizations on campus for you to explore.

From sports to community service to student chapters of professional organizations, there's something for everyone.

CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS

ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS CLUB (ALZ) hosts entertainment and service events to educate, raise awareness, fundraise, and provide advocacy surrounding one of the leading challenges in brain science. If you have questions or wish to be involved, contact the club leadership at alz@acphs.edu.

ANOTHER CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE is the art and writing club on campus. The club co-hosts open-mic nights, coordinates art nights, plans museum trips, and publishes an annual literary magazine! This group provides students with a multitude of opportunities to express themselves creatively. Send any questions to creative@acphs.edu.

BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CLUB is for students in the undergraduate programs who are interested in various health care fields. This club holds events for students interested in a Physician’s Assistant master’s degree program, as well as students interested in the fields of research, clinical laboratory science, and MD or DO programs.

CHRISTIAN PHARMACISTS FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL (CPFI) offers a place of encouragement and support in faith, as well as an inspiring, positive atmosphere. The mission statement befriends people of all faiths, serving both physical and spiritual needs, and sharing the love of Christ. For more information contact asc-cpfi@acphs.edu.

COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER (CAC) is a club sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to educating people about cancer, advocating for cancer research, fighting for survivors, and planning and executing the annual Relay for Life event. Cancer touches the lives of many and CAC and its members are dedicated to fighting for a cure! If interested in joining CAC, please email to cac@acphs.edu.

CRAFT CLUB meets bi-weekly and is open to students and faculty. No experience is required! Crafts range from crocheting to jewelry making to ornament making for all types of events and holidays throughout the year, often with a pharmacy and science spin!

COMMUTER STUDENT CLUB provides a network between current and new ACPHS commuter students with the aim of creating a sense of community and connection as well as to promote active commuter student involvement within both the ACPHS community and the community at-large.

DANCE TEAM provides students an opportunity to fulfill a passion for dance. While learning routines, technique is developed as well as relationships. Hip-hop routines are performed at basketball games in the fall. A special dance show is organized in the spring, which includes a variety of dance styles.

EQUESTRIAN CLUB is for anyone who loves horses and wants to spend time with them. No experience is necessary. The club rides weekly with a local riding academy and participates in community service projects around the farm. The Equestrian Club provides great stress relief with a little “animal therapy."

GAME CLUB is all about hanging out with your friends and playing some of the best video games, board games, card games, and really any other game that you can imagine! Whether its Dungeons and Dragons or Mario Kart, Game Club tries to showcase the entire spectrum of the gaming world to its members. Who is a member? Well, everyone is a member and as long as you like relaxing and having a good time, this is the club for you!

GOLF TEAM is a sports club that organizes a variety of golf-related events. Activities have included organized golf outings, a golf tournament, the use of a golf simulator, and more. New members are always welcome to practice, play or just chat about the sport.

HOCKEY CLUB is co-ed and supports members’ ice-hockey skill development. Running from November through February, practices and home matches are held at neighboring Albany Academy. There are also a few travel opportunities for away-matches against local clubs. The clubs hosts an annual charity event for younger hockey players in the local Albany area. All interested fans are welcome to the home matches!

LACROSSE CLUB invites students to practice and play the sport of lacrosse. With home matches and trips to play local clubs, members have several opportunities to play this amazing and historic American sport.

MULTICULTURAL CLUB (MCC) celebrates cultural diversity on campus and is committed to raising global health care awareness. We cater to the interests of culturally minded students and seek to enrich the school community with the knowledge of many different ethnic cultures and ways of life. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate.

MUSLIM STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (MSA) seeks to create a supportive environment to learn about Islam. Through service and educational opportunities, MSA brings all backgrounds and levels of faith together to understand and appreciate commonalities and evolve tolerance through an understanding of the importance of religious diversity. The organization encourages promoting a positive image of Islam and assisting in the pursuit of knowledge, both Islamic and secular, for all students. Through affiliation with MSA National, MSA strives to engage in dialogue and action as members of a nation-wide community. MSA encourage Muslims and non-Muslims alike to evolve intellectually, physically, and spiritually during their careers at ACPHS. MSA welcomes all, regardless of the extent of one’s religious knowledge or determination.

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION (OCSA) is open to all students and aims to provide opportunities to grow spiritually and learn more about Orthodox Christianity. Club activities include a weekly Bible study, local community service projects, an annual retreat to Boston and many social activities and gatherings.

OUTDOORS CLUB (ODC) is committed to providing convenient access to outdoor activities for all skill levels and interests. Anyone interested in the outdoors is invited to participate in all, or one, of the exciting year-round activities such as white-water rafting, indoor rock climbing, and high ropes courses. ODC encourages students to try something new and create new adventures. All are encouraged to join this unique club and embrace the outdoors. For more information, contact odc@acphs.edu.

PANTHER PROJECT is a club committed to helping others through service. Working with local organizations and not-for-profit groups, members raise funds, participate in projects, and volunteer their time and efforts to help the community. The club holds regular meetings, and all ideas are welcome.

PEER CONNECTIONS is a peer education club that strives to bring awareness to important social and health topics, including rape awareness with the Free Hugs Campaign, suicide and self-esteem awareness with Post Secret and To Write Love on Her Arms, as well as LGBTQ awareness with the Day of Silence. Peer Connections promotes community outreach and helps make fellow classmates cognizant of the intensity and importance of these topics. The members of Peer Connections participate in various events that enhance communication skills, creativity and help them to be stronger allies for others. For more information, contact peerconnections@acphs.edu.

PRE-MEDICAL CLUB is a club for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Club activities include Q&A’s with medical students, residents and attending physicians and visits to various medical schools. This club aims to provide volunteer and clinical opportunities to those interested in getting more involved in the medical field. The Pre-Medical Club works in conjunction with the Medical School Advisory Committee to most effectively guide premedical students down the rigorous road towards medicine. The College also has an exclusive agreement with Kaplan to provide MCAT test prep at a discounted rate.

PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT CLUB is for students interested in pursuing PA school or who simply want to learn more about the profession. The club celebrates national PA week, hosts professional and student speakers, and explores various PA programs in the area. It provides students with opportunities to understand the PA profession and support each other along the way.

PUBLIC HEALTH CLUB strives to offer a variety of curricular and co-curricular student activity programming, which provides opportunities for social and educational development for students in all majors. The Public Health Club is determined to educate, improve and expand the knowledge of public health among students. Our venture is the first of its kind and will be a professional organization that engages in campus and community outreach to model national public health ideals.

SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLUB organizes group trips to local ski areas near the Capital District as well as some in Vermont on weekends, complete with discounted passes. The club also plans a week-long trip during winter break. Ski outings are a great way to meet new people while getting a chance to hit the slopes.

STUDENT PERFORMING ARTS IN THE HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY (SPAHC) is a performing arts organization with a strings group, band and choir. Each ensemble rehearses for 1-2 hours a week in preparation for a variety of events. Each semester the ensembles perform at a local nursing home and in the Student Center atrium during Common Hour, along with other small concerts.

TENNIS CLUB is a flexible program that encourages tennis players of all experience levels to join and create a balanced environment for every member, whether it be competitive or casual. Tennis is played on indoor and outdoor courts, primarily on the weekends. The club provides free transportation and facilitates court time reservations with flexible scheduling.

ULTIMATE DISC CLUB coordinates games and matches within the ACPHS community and with other college clubs around the Capital District. All skill levels are welcome. Games are typically announced on the “ACPHS Ultimate” Facebook page.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS COUNCIL (POC) consists of college chapters of national pharmacy, health care, service, and academic honor organizations. Overseen by the SGA (Student Government Association) and the POC, these organizations work closely with their faculty advisors providing specialized opportunities to develop connections with national organizations, including specialized education, mentorship, service and outreach in their respective fields. Membership and participation in some organizations is based on academic achievement and application. For more information email poc_albany@acphs.edu.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENTISTS (AAPS) is a premier professional and scientific organization of pharmaceutical scientists worldwide, who are dedicated to discovery, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and therapies through advances in science and technology. The AAPS-ACPHS Student Chapter serves the campus and students by cultivating interest in the pharmaceutical sciences, encouraging student participation in research and facilitating research-related activities. Email aaps@acphs.edu for more information.

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CLINICAL PHARMACY (ACCP) is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources that enable clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice, research and education. Students provide direct-patient care to members of the community through clinical services. Patient care programs include Cardiovascular and Renal Evaluation (CaRE) screenings, Script Your Future events, and Clinical Pharmacy Challenge nights. Contact accp@acphs.edu for more information.

ACADEMY OF MANAGED CARE PHARMACY (AMCP) is a national professional society of pharmacists, health care practitioners and others who develop and provide clinical, educational, and business management services. The society is dedicated to the concept and practice of pharmaceutical care in managed health care environments. The student chapter of AMCP enables members to experience managed care pharmacy policies, practices and concerns through direct contact with AMCP members. Throughout the course of the year there are countless learning and networking opportunities such as health screenings, the P&T competition, national conferences, career panels, and many others. For more information contact amcp@acphs.edu or visit www.amcp.org.

AMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION - ACADEMY OF STUDENT PHARMACISTS (APhA-ASP) aims to improve patient care and provide opportunities for professional growth. Patient Care projects focus on diabetes education, immunization advocacy and prescription drug abuse education for a breadth of the population from elementary school-aged children to elderly patients. The association prepares student pharmacists for any field of pharmacy they wish to pursue and welcome all years in school. For more information email apha@acphs.edu.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACY–STUDENT SOCIETY OF HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACY (ASHP-SSHP) is an organization dedicated to making students aware of pharmacy practice in health systems; providing information to students about career directions and credentials needed for pharmacy practice in health systems; fostering leadership and career development; and encouraging membership and participation in the student, local, state and national societies as a student and after graduation. SSHP collaborates with the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP) and the Vermont Society of Health System Pharmacists (VTSHP). Becoming a member of SSHP offers multiple opportunities for networking. Members receive free membership in the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum; membership in one or several practice-based sections; discounts on the midyear and summer ASHP meetings; discounts on valuable pharmacy references; opportunities to be involved in multiple patient care projects (Tar Wars, Poison Prevention, etc.); and a free subscription to the journal (AJHP). For more information contact ashp@acphs.edu.

INDUSTRY PHARMACISTS ORGANIZATION (IPhO) is based at the Vermont Campus with a liaison on the Albany Campus that focuses specifically on students who have a career interest in the pharmaceutical industry. The chapter provides professional development opportunities through workshops and guest speakers. More information about the national organization can be found at www.industrypharmacist.org.

NATIONAL COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION (NCPA) is an organization of students, pharmacists and other advocates that promote independent pharmacy growth. Explore the field of independent pharmacy through visits to independent pharmacies, coordinating Bone Density & Women’s Health events, fighting for independent pharmacy legislation and hosting CPR trainings on campus. If interested, send an email to ncpa@acphs.edu.

PHI LAMBDA SIGMA (PLS) is a National Leadership Society dedicated to the recognition, contributions and support of pharmacy students to their school, community and chosen profession. Admission into the society is based on peer recognition of an individual’s leadership and organizational skills demonstrated throughout their time at the College. Applicants must have successfully completed 90 semester hours at ACPHS with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students enrolled in the P1 year of pharmacy school or above are eligible to apply for membership. For more information, contact pls@acphs.edu or visit www.philambdasigma.org.

RHO CHI SOCIETY is the National Academic Honor Society for Pharmacy. The Society recognizes professional and intellectual achievement and encourages high standards of conduct. Rho Chi membership is upon invitation only for full-time pharmacy students in the top 20% of their class academically at the time of the induction invitation. Additionally, invited candidates must have no disciplinary action for academic dishonesty, misconduct, or unprofessional behavior. Rho Chi organizes many activities, centralized around a “balance beyond the books” theme, including activities like exam reviews, trivia nights and the Balance Challenge, which promotes fitness. Rho Chi also participates in joint projects with organizations and clubs on campus. Recent joint projects focused on prescription drug abuse and pharmacy advocacy/legislation.

STUDENT PHARMACIST SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK (SPSSNY) is an affiliate of Pharmacist Society of the State of New York. The aim of the Society shall be to unite the pharmacists of the State for mutual assistance, encouragement and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level.

PROFESSIONAL FRATERNITIES

PHI DELTA CHI is a professional social pharmacy fraternity that strives to advance the science of pharmacy and promote a fraternal spirit among its brothers. The Alpha Theta chapter plans several professional and service projects both on campus and in the community like the Wal-Mart Initiative consisting of several presentations and hosting a blood drive each semester with the American Red Cross. Phi Delta Chi provides many opportunities to develop the future leaders in pharmacy.

RHO PI PHI (ROPE) is a co-ed professional social pharmacy fraternity dedicated to friendship, professionalism and community service. Giving back to the community is a pillar of the organization. Recently the group hosted monthly community service activities such as Adopt-A-Highway.