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Our academic program prepares students for the expanding role of pharmacists in patient-centered, interprofessional health care teams. Here are the latest news and stories about our top-notch program.

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was recently awarded fellowship in the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

On Friday, Sept. 6, St. Louis College of Pharmacy welcomed 154 student pharmacists into the Doctor of Pharmacy program during its annual White Coat Ceremony.

With increasing numbers of students expressing a desire to take part in undergraduate research opportunities, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has established the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is partnering with Missouri University of Science and Technology to provide students with new pathways to enter the College’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy was recognized by Dance St. Louis with a 2019 Swan Award for years of collaboration and a dedication to supporting arts and culture in St. Louis city and the region.

In February, St. Louis College of Pharmacy P2 students Sai Dodda and Abbey Jin presented original research at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 48th Critical Care Congress in San Diego.

Driven by a passion to cultivate curiosity and a love of life-long learning, the award-winning librarians at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are some of the most powerful resources on campus.

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., FNAP, BCPS, assistant dean for curriculum and assessment and director of experiential education and professor of pharmacy practice, along with a task force of five other experiential education leaders from across the country, recently received the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Blanca Perez del Palomar, visiting scholar at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has received the National End-of-Career University Education Award from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain.

This October, Kami Hancock, Ph.D., director of the College’s Norton Writing Center, will conduct a panel discussion on the role of writing centers in promoting social justice at the 2018 International Writing Centers Association Conference in Atlanta.

A burst of late night creativity lead to the creation of P4 student Jake Jarvis’ poem, “In the Face of Doubt,” which was recently published in the February edition of “Missouri’s Best Emerging Poets.”

In April, St. Louis College of Pharmacy hosted its ninth annual Student Research Symposium, where the work of nearly 100 students was showcased. The event featured both poster and podium sessions highlighting student findings on a wide range of topics.

On Feb. 1, Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy as the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology and President’s Senior Research Advisor. Burris brings the center one step closer to becoming a national research leader in pain management and personalized approaches to medication therapy.

The Big Muddy Dance Company returned to St. Louis College of Pharmacy for a sneak peek performance of “Channel Two,” choreographed by Robyn Mineko Williams.

In partnership with Jennings High School, the College has developed a program that helps high school seniors not only become nationally certified pharmacy technicians but also access opportunities for continued education in pharmacy and health care.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist at the Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, was recently named Preceptor of the Year by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

On Saturday, May 12, St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 150th Commencement was held, celebrating the class of 2018. The College community, friends and family gathered at the Peabody Opera House as members of the undergraduate and professional class received their degrees.

Each year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, advanced pharmacy practice experiences give students hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of practice settings locally and around the world.

With finals in full swing, it is easy to become overwhelmed with stress. Michelle Hastings, director of the Counseling Center at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, offers some tips on reducing the negative stress that can lead to health concerns.

Congratulations to the students named to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

As today’s health care leaders strive to provide the highest quality care possible, much work is being done to increase health literacy among patients. At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, P2 and P3 students are getting a first-hand opportunity to educate underserved populations about the importance of health literacy as part of the College’s Health Literacy in the Community course.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy wrapped up its inaugural “STLCOP Talks” faculty speaker series on April 3 in Chicago.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy recently welcomed Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) to campus for a thought-provoking presentation on the future of pharmacy education.

Some residency programs offer a one-size-fits-all model, but at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, residents have the opportunity to diversify their skills while practicing at various sites across the St. Louis area.

During her final year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Katie Helm, Pharm.D. ’18, had the chance to turn her dream job into a pharmacy residency opportunity.

At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the sky is the limit when it comes to learning opportunities, and P4 student Dan Ilges is taking advantage of all the College has to offer. From assisting renowned researchers and forming new student organizations to attending a national standard-setting meeting, Ilges has been committed to making the most of his college experience.

Four students share their perspectives on what it’s like to be a visiting student halfway across the world.

On March 11, Kimberly Kilgore, Ph.D., dean of the college of arts and sciences at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for the humanities on Capitol Hill.

Tristan Frampton, assistant professor and director of music activities, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy seven years ago. Since then, he has built the music program at the College from the ground up.

The unveiling of the Multicultural Center in August was just the beginning of an exciting year full of new programming and immersive events that encourage the campus community to grow their understanding of the rich diversity in our local and global community.

The College is dedicated to its students and believes these four new programs, tailored to the demands of the health professions market, will provide future students with the ability to find themselves within the context of health care.

Students learn about the moral responsibilities that accompany a career in health care and how to help mitigate disparities in St. Louis.

From the moment students begin classes at the College until the time they receive their diplomas, they are constantly encouraged to engage patients, build relationships, and advance health care.

How a health sciences foundation enriched by liberal arts experiences is helping students explore their passions.

P2 student Mathew Koebel recently traveled to Portugal along with six other St. Louis College of Pharmacy students to serve others in need through Habitat for Humanity.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy was named as a finalist for the sixth annual “Script Your Future” Medication Adherence Team Challenge.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been named a 2017 “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education (The Chronicle), a leading publication for colleges and universities.

Whether the subject is history, English or social science — educators know that an interdisciplinary approach to core subjects is foundational for professional students. At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, faculty have reviewed undergraduate curricula through an interdisciplinary lens to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education with real-world applications.

On May 12 and 13, members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community as well as friends and parents came together to celebrate the class of 2017 during the College’s 149th Commencement.

In August 2015, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis joined forces to find better, safer and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions collaborated to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.

On Saturday, April 22, family, friends and faculty gathered in the auditorium for the Beta Kappa Chapter of Rho Chi Society Induction Ceremony.

Most high school students spend their summers swimming, traveling or spending time with friends, but during the summer of 2003, Harold Carter ’11, Pharm.D., set out to make a difference.

All year long, students pulled on their white coats, sharpened their pencils and strapped on their safety goggles to work on research projects ranging from antibiotic therapy efficacy and compliance to gathering Rhodotorula fungal samples. All of that hard work will be showcased during the Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 8.

When presented with the opportunity to rethink St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s chemistry curriculum to better prepare their students, Ehren Bucholtz, Ph.D., associate professor of organic chemistry, and Benjamin Barth, Ph.D., assistant professor of organic chemistry, were eager to accept the challenge.

Sister Mary Louise Degenhart ’60 receives the prestigious Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award.

Finals are complete and winter break is underway at the College. To celebrate the changing of seasons, here’s a look back at some of our favorite memories in fall 2016.

Thirty students flexed their compounding muscles and put their knowledge to the test as part of the 7th Annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition, organized by Medisca.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, alumni, students and friends of the College gathered to celebrate the launch of the public phase of the Preparing Leaders. Leading Change. campaign.

P3 student Benjamin Jolley is one of 19 students selected from across the country for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance-CVS Health Foundation Scholars program.

The College was one of 18 schools awarded the 2016 Capacity Building Grant to expand study abroad opportunities for students and APPE rotation sites.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, has been selected as president-elect of the Academic Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Family and friends gathered on the Quad, Friday, Aug. 26, to honor students in the class of 2020, as they progress into the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy collaboration brings advanced patient care to unserved area.

In celebration of National Book Lovers day, check out the top 10 reasons to visit the STLCOP library over the summer!

St. Louis College of Pharmacy researches effect of integrating audience response technology into the classroom.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy benefits by integrating marketing and recruitment strategies.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor tackling two subjects at the AACP annual meeting.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor participates in the national discussion regarding Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).

Sister Mary Louise Degenhart ’60 receives top honor for her dedicated service to the profession of pharmacy.

P1 student Matthew Koebel lays out ambitious global plan to show unique research being done at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Skydiver, Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)national president, licensed insurance agent, and student pharmacist are just a few ways to describe P3 student Jessie Nia Hwang.

Residents, preceptors and friends gathered at Third Degree Glass Factory to celebrate the 23rd Annual Pharmacy Residency Banquet on Wednesday, June 15. Forty-two residents from St. Louis area pharmacy residency programs were recognized for the completion of their training.

For 46 years, Evelyn Becker-Meyer has been inspiring her biology students to do their best in the classroom with a unique combination of humor,encouragement, and hands-on learning.

Professor Lucia Tranel has been making a difference one student at a time at the College for 38 years. With a natural ability to motivate and connect with her students, Tranel has devoted her career to ensuring students are being taught how they learn best.

Saturday, May 7, marked St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 148th Annual Commencement. The ceremony honored the 215 members of the class of 2016 – the largest graduating class in the College’s history.

Families, friends, faculty, staff, students and alumni recently gathered at St. Louis College of Pharmacy to celebrate this year’s White Coat Ceremony.

Finals week is a time to study hard, de-stress, and reflect on the past school year’s accomplishments.

After moving nearly 2,000 miles across the country, the Tu siblings all found their “home away from home” at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. With each other’s support, Sydney, Amber, and Tim are taking advantage of the clinical and social opportunities the College offers.

Students learn how the reign of Napoleon influences pharmacy today.

Deadline fast approaching to be part of exciting learning and growth opportunity.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is creating a new path for pursuing pharmacy

Times have changed in terms of physics education. Instead of studying topics like how projectiles move, STLCOP students are programming computers and running software to study the physics of molecular dynamics.

Integrity Pharmacy is a fitting name for a company that prides itself on serving the community with kindness and integrity. With two locations and more than 70 employees, the pharmacy is able to make an impact across the state of Missouri.

As a member of both the Eutectic Cross Country and Track and Field teams, Bethany Chew, P3, is no stranger to competition. She is prepared to rise to another challenge as this year’s St. Louis College of Pharmacy representative for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) National Patient Counseling Competition.

Students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy learn the importance of connecting with patients.

Megan Snodgrass is a PGY1 resident at L & S Pharmacy, an independently owned pharmacy that is part of St. Louis College of Pharmacy's community pharmacy residency program. The program is based at L & S Pharmacy in Charleston, Missouri, as well as at Schnucks Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy, both in St. Louis.

Students and faculty have the opportunity to expand learning and scholarship at Trinity College in Dublin.

As the leaves change and the year comes to a close, P4 students start looking ahead to graduation and life after the completion of their Pharm.D. For pharmacy students, there are a variety of options to consider. Students enjoy postgraduate opportunities ranging from practice settings in community or clinical pharmacy, working in federal regulatory agencies, providing home care, joining the pharmaceutical industry, or even continuing to expand their health care knowledge and skills through a residency program.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is impacting pharmacy education and patients across the globe.

STLCOP’s library relocation project offers 24/7 study space to students.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., BCOP, talks about treating patients, teaching students, and balancing it all.

Answering the question inside a unique lab at St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Melanie VanDyke, assistant professor of psychology, was published in Psychology online in September for her research of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the impact it has on family members of those with the illness.

Events at St. Louis College of Pharmacy focusing on professional development.

Faculty recognized for contributions to student learning outside of the classroom.

It was a night to remember. Hundreds of scholarship recipients, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors celebrated students’ academic achievements at STLCOP’s annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on Sept. 17.

New partnership with Washington University School of Medicine seeks better, safer medicine.

In the first study of its kind, College faculty members looked to evaluate the faculty perception of team-based learning.

History was made at 9 a.m. this morning as classes met for the first time in the new Academic and Research Building on the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Both of the 250-seat classrooms were filled. By noon, nearly a dozen classes were complete.

Accepting a position at STLCOP was a coming home of sorts for Kilinyaa Cothran, who graduated from the College in 2001.

Eric Knoll’s path to STLCOP was a long one.

Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, is an early-adopter in health care innovation. In less than two years, she has led the way for pharmacists in Missouri to advance patient care.

This summer the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy was teeming with activity. Students as young as 12 were being introduced to campus and the wide range of pharmacy careers.

Faculty member calls for help from other health care providers.

Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Middle school students enrolled in the IMSA Fusion program learn about careers in pharmacy.

An historic year for St. Louis College of Pharmacy was capped off by the largest graduating class in the College’s history. The Class of 2015 will hold a special place as the College celebrated its 150th birthday year.

How does the College continue to ensure our graduates are prepared to lead the profession of pharmacy? By having them work in real-world situations while still in school.

In what may be a first in the 150-year history of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a faculty member is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Journal is among the most prestigious and respected periodicals in the medical community.

A warm meal, some conversation, and access to health care may work just as well as antidepressant medications for older adults. That’s the trend Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy found when he looked at a group of older adults enrolled in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).

Every patient who comes into Copper Bend Pharmacy in Belleville, Ill. receives their prescription from owner Steve Clement ’74 or a pharmacy student under his supervision.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the only institution in the region that can offer an accredited community pharmacy residency to new graduates, thanks to a recent vote by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

At an historic conference, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty were repeatedly recognized as outstanding contributors to the profession.

Alyssa Thompson, Pharm.D., recognized for her research into COPD treatment.

More than 200 scholarships totaling $401,756 were awarded to 175 students at the College’s annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.

Students are welcomed into the profession of pharmacy.

Third-year students at the College took part in the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 30, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to professionalism.

On July 13, 25 high school students got one step closer to starting a career in pharmacy when they walked across the stage at the College’s Whelpley Auditorium and received a certificate recognizing their completion of the Walgreens-St. Louis College of Pharmacy Career Explorers Diversity Outreach Program.

The College partners with the University of Missouri-St. Louis to allow students to work towards an MBA or graduate certificate.

A contingent of faculty from the College presented at a pharmacy conference in Saudi Arabia in late February. The trip was part of the College’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with the kingdom and improve its global outreach.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now accepting applications for residency programs.

International pharmacy leader Henri Manasse Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FFIP, will be the featured speaker at St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 2013 Commencement ceremony, which will be held May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis.

Tricia Berry ‘94/’95, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, director of experiential programs, and assistant dean, has been selected as the 2013 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator award recipient.

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., president of the College, announced that Sheldon G. Holstad, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, will assume the title of interim dean of pharmacy effective Jan. 1, 2013. Holstad succeeds Wendy Duncan, Ph.D.

Three weeks is a lot of time, but when you’re trying to figure out how to implement a professional degree at a university it flies by quickly.

April 9, 2014, marked one of the biggest student outreach days in the College’s history.

Two faculty members from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa visited STLCOP this past week as part of the College’s ongoing twinning partnership with NMMU. The purpose of the partnership is to combat the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has selected Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., to serve as the 15th dean of the School of Pharmacy in the College’s 150 year history, effective August 1, 2014

College dignitaries and alumni alike were honored at the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson on June 6-9.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Mekelle University in Ethiopia recently entered into an agreement which opens up new opportunities for students and faculty and expands the international reach of the College.

The profound impact that Henrietta Lacks’ life, death, and “HeLa” cell celebrity has had on her family could be heard in a Convocation presentation given by Lacks’ daughter-in-law, Shirley Lacks, and great-granddaughter, Veronica Spencer.

The number of patients receiving hospice care is growing steadily. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) estimates around 1.5 million Americans utilized hospice services in 2012.

A majority of St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduates begin their careers in pharmacy at a national chain. Recently, Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy, was invited to a forum hosted by CVS Health. The event was an important step in building a strong relationship with the College and other colleges of pharmacy.

For the first time, graduates of the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute have been conditionally accepted to attend St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The 12 BESt graduates are entering their senior year of high school, and they will be invited to attend the College in fall 2014 provided they meet College admissions standards.

Elizabeth A. Neuner ’06, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID, has been named the recipient of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2012 Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award.

An international exchange had pharmacy students travelling thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean for a large portion of the summer.

There are now more medications available to help patients prevent a stroke. For the past 60 years, warfarin has been the go-to medication. This new breed of medications offers promise and a different set of challenges.

College alumnus is the acting director of professional degree program accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Washington University, and Barnes-Jewish College have created an interprofessional education collaboration.

As the profession of pharmacy changes, so too does the education of future pharmacists. Beginning in 2014, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students will be embarking on a new seven-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Over the next two years, the College will be undergoing an exciting physical transformation to better meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

International partnerships with nations like South Africa, China, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia position St. Louis College of Pharmacy to be at the forefront of impacting health care worldwide.

To better prepare our future pharmacy innovators for diverse roles in the profession, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has partnered with University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) to create a collaborative program that will allow student pharmacists the ability to work toward a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or an MBA degree at UMSL while still enrolled at the College.

Interprofessional patient-centered care continues to become more and more important, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy is committed to educating our future pharmacists in this area.

An innovative and exciting initiative to increase health literacy is spreading throughout the curriculum at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Two grants from the Missouri Foundation for Health are facilitating the College in strengthening the curriculum with health literacy topics.

To educate students to address global health issues, STLCOP recently created the Office of International Programs and named Ken Schafermeyer, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy administration, as its director.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s community pharmacy residency program gives residents the opportunity to provide patient care services in the community, where pharmacists’ roles continue to expand.

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