St. Louis College of Pharmacy
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Presidential Community Service Honor Roll Recognizes St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Published on 12 March 2013
St. Louis College of Pharmacy has received national recognition for the work that students, faculty, and staff do in the community. The College was recently named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
“The recognition acknowledges the hard work everyone at the College does to improve the health of and well-being of those living in the St. Louis region,” said College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “Through our community work with area organizations, we’re demonstrating how pharmacists are medication experts and an integral part of the health care team.”
The College was commended for the thousands of hours of community service performed over the past year, including advocating for the removal of unwanted, unused, and potentially dangerous medication from home medicine cabinets. The effort surrounding the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative resulted in the safe disposal of thousands of pounds of medication. The next medication disposal day is coming up on April 27.
“Our partnership with the city of St. Louis and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on the medication disposal initiative is the first of its kind in the country,” said Pieper. “It is gratifying to see our innovative program like this be recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Other service events include the College’s signature student outreach day, STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness Reaching Everyone in St. Louis). Each fall, students spend the day volunteering at a variety of locations around the region. In the five years the event has existed, students, faculty, and staff have contributed more than 5,000 hours of community service to the St. Louis region.
Additionally, students from the College work in the Science Center’s Life Science Lab Classroom as part of their fourth-year introductory practice experiences. They engage visitors, mainly children, in a variety of activities related to health and pharmacy. Student pharmacists also regularly hold screening events at businesses and pharmacies in the community, where they check blood pressure and blood glucose levels and conduct medication reviews.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
For more information about the Honor Roll visit NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at stlcop.edu.