News from the Pillbox
One of 14 Across the Country
Donated blood helped save Samantha Bryant’s brother. Now she is working on saving more lives. Bryant, a second-year student, basketball, and track and field athlete at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was one of just 14 student-athletes across the country selected to attend the Red Cross NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. She’ll travel to the Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C., in June. There, Bryant will take part in coaching, mentoring, and professional leadership training.
For Bryant, the opportunity is a chance to give back.
“It is vital for me to promote the importance of giving blood, after blood transfusions helped save my brother’s life during cancer treatments,” Bryant says. “I’m proud to be working with the Red Cross. It was a big surprise to be selected to attend the leadership program.”
Once her training is complete, she’ll be organizing and promoting blood drives on campus and across the region. Bryant is from Baring, a small community in northeast Missouri.
“This is a big honor for Samantha,” says Athletic Director Jill Harter. “She’s the first Eutectic to be selected for the leadership program. We are very proud of her.”
“In my time at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, I’ve seen how pharmacists positively impact the community,” Bryant says. “I know I’ll come back from this training with a deeper knowledge that will make me and my classmates stronger health care leaders.”
STLCOP's Mortarmer McPestle caught the interest of ESPN contributor Doug Williams, who blogged about the uniqueness of the Eutectic mascot on Dec. 26. In his blog, Williams explored the creation of the mascot and included the official STLCOP "cheer," along with quotes from athletic director Jill Harter, sports information director Briana Hepfinger, and student mascot Tyler Edwards. The blog attracted attention from local talk radio station 1120 KMOX, who picked up the story later that day. A KMOX evening host spent six minutes discussing the mascot, even taking an on-air call from a STLCOP alum who explained the term "eutectic." To view the entire ESPN blog, click here
In a fun twist on the AP Top-25 fall college football rankings, Frito Lay's Chester Cheetah released his inaugural "Top-25 Cheesiest Mascots" rankings in a press release on August 20th, ranking St. Louis College of Pharmacy's Morty, the Eutectic, 20th on the list.
With rankings based on "cheese factor" and all-around silliness, "The Fighting Pickle" of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts topped the list. Morty was also beat-out by the likes of "The Boll Weevil" of the University of Arkansas-Monticello, "SuperFrog" of TCU, and "Gladys, the Fighting Squirrel" of Mary Baldwin College. When asked for comment, Morty simply gave his trademark "cheesy" grin.
To see a complete list of Chester Cheetah's official Top-25 Cheesiset Mascots, click here.
On Monday, April 30, 2012, students, faculty, staff, friends, and the St. Louis media convened in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy gym, known as the Pillbox, to honor David Baker as an All-American.
Men’s Track Team is KIAC Runner-Up; Women Take Third At the 2012 KIAC championships,
Eutectics Head Coach David Baker was named KIAC Men’s Coach of the Year, Alec Daily was named KIAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year, and the Euts came home with nine individual event champions and 24 all-conference performances.