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Boo Fest Returns to St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Published on 25 October 2013

Being a kid with type 1 diabetes can be difficult during Halloween. That’s why students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy organize Boo Fest on campus every year. This year’s festivities will feature a haunted house, games, a bounce house, prizes, and more.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy partners with JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research to put on this free annual event for children with diabetes and their families. This is the event’s sixth year. More than 100 costumed children are expected to take part in the Halloween fun.

“We’ve been planning and creating these game booths for weeks,” says Puja B. Patel, a fifth-year student. “Participating in Boo Fest and the recent JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Forest Park draws us closer to our future patients and reinforces the important role pharmacists have in helping manage type 1 diabetes.”

The incredibly popular “whack-a-mole” game returns with student volunteers acting as the moles. The grossest game in St. Louis returns as well. Will any partygoers be brave enough to put their hands in bowls containing what feels like brains, eyeballs, worms, and spider webs?

“The younger kids especially like that game,” says Rebecca Jones, director of academic support and Boo Fest coordinator. “It’s such a great moment to see their faces as they work up the courage. It’s one of the things I look forward to every year.”

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