St. Louis College of Pharmacy Celebrates the College’s History on Founders Day

Published on 08 January 2019

Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has a long and rich history. Through seven locations, four presidents and several degree options, the College continues to be an innovative leader in health care education. On Friday, Nov. 9, the College community gathered together to recognize the institution’s pioneering spirit during its annual Founders Day celebration.

“Our main focus when planning our Founders Day events is creating ways for the campus community to come together,” said Macy Russell, institutional events manager. “Whether it’s our students, staff and faculty providing a morning of community service to the city we call home, or alumni coming back for an afternoon and weekend of celebrations on the College campus, it’s all about uniting the College community.”

The Founders Day festivities kicked off with faculty, staff and students dispersing throughout St. Louis city, St. Louis County and the campus to take part in STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. started in 2001 and offers members of the College community an opportunity to be active in the local community each fall semester. This year, more than 700 people from the College volunteered at 20 social sites and 113 professional sites across the region. Volunteer sites included community pharmacies, a food bank, a pet shelter and other non-profit organizations.

“STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. truly embodies the spirit of the College and our founders’ commitment to positively impacting patients and society,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College.

Once students, staff and faculty returned to campus, they gathered for the annual Founders Day Convocation. This year’s event showcased the limitless career possibilities available to students with a Pharm.D. or health care-focused degree. William E. Evans, Pharm.D., FCCP, chair of Pharmacogenomics in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, delivered this year’s address. Evans shared details of his journey starting out as a student at St. Jude, highlighting his rise through the ranks to eventually become CEO and president of the organization.

Following Evans’ remarks, the College recognized outstanding alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Alumni Association presented the following awards:

Black Heritage Award
- Charles Banks, B.S. ’58, M.S. ’60 and family
- Alfreda Pulley, B.S. ’87, MBA

Outstanding Achievement Award
- Eric Barker, B.S. ’88

Young Alumnus Award
- Rebakkah Johnson, Pharm.D. ’16

Dedicated Service to the Profession Award
- Tom Rousonelos, B.S. ’89
- Scot Walker, B.S. ’82, M.S. ’93

Founders Day also served as the official kickoff to Reunion. Alumni and their families were invited back to celebrate Founders Day prior to the Reunion events that took place on campus throughout the day on Saturday, including the annual Founders Day 5k, the Gold Alumni Luncheon and the Reunion celebration.

“We want alumni to be a part of the Founders Day celebration, enjoy lunch and birthday cake with the College community, listen to our convocation speaker and support those being honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards,” said Kathy Gardner, vice president of advancement and chief development officer. “It’s a perfect way to kick off the Reunion celebration.”