The College Takes Our Daughters and Sons to Work

Published on 23 May 2017

On Thursday, April 27, St. Louis College of Pharmacy joined the nation in celebrating Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, by hosting 13 kids between the ages of 10 and 16 for a day of learning, tours, games and lab activities.

The day began with a personal welcome from John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College, and was followed by a presentation by Tricia Berry, Pharm.D., BCPS, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, on the general scope of pharmacy as a profession. Chase Davis, director of admissions, added to Berry’s presentation and spoke on the admission process for students interested in pursuing a pharmacy career.

Student ambassadors then led the visitors through the halls of the College making special stops to see the sixth floor of the Academic and Research Building (ARB) and the Office of the President in Jones Hall. The kids also stopped by the front desk of South Residence Hall to say hello to Sweet Dee, who is owned by Anne Bracket, director of residential life, and serves as the unofficial dog mascot of the students living on campus.

Our visitors then had a chance to ask alumni Bill Reed ’67 and Francisco Franco ’15 questions about pharmacy and how an education at the College has influenced their careers. After their time with alumni, the kids were ushered to a lab on the second floor of ARB where they learned how to mix an ointment and count candy with real counting trays, spatulas and pill bottles with personalized labels. Trivia and games were next on the agenda before shadowing parents in their workspace.

A reception and raffle wrapped up the day, encouraging kids and their parents to share stories about what they learned and their favorite parts of the day. Dog petting and lab work may have been the favorites of the activities, but most importantly, our young visitors got a unique glimpse at what makes the College tick and the foundational values of diversity, growth, inclusion, integrity, positivity, professionalism and respect that holds the institution together.

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