Presidential Community Service Honor Roll Recognizes STLCOP

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The College was recently named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

“The recognition acknowledges the hard work everyone at the College does to improve the health of and well-being of those living in the St. Louis region,” said College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “Through our community work with area organizations, we’re demonstrating how pharmacists are medication experts and an integral part of the health care team.”

The College was commended for the thousands of hours of community service performed over the past year, including advocating for the removal of unwanted, unused, and potentially dangerous medication from home medicine cabinets. The effort surrounding the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative resulted in the safe disposal of thousands of pounds of medication. The next medication disposal day is coming up on April 27. Find a drop-off site near you at stlcop.edu/medicationdisposal.

Other service events include the College’s signature student outreach day, STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness Reaching Everyone in St. Louis). Each fall, students spend the day volunteering at a variety of locations around the region. In the five years the event has existed, students, faculty, and staff have contributed more than 5,000 hours of community service to the St. Louis region.

Additionally, students from the College work in the Science Center’s Life Science Lab Classroom as part of their fourth-year introductory practice experiences. They engage visitors, mainly children, in a variety of activities related to health and pharmacy. Student pharmacists also regularly hold screening events at businesses and pharmacies in the community, where they check blood pressure and blood glucose levels and conduct medication reviews.

“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

For more information about the Honor Roll visit NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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