STLCOP Dignitaries and Alumni Take Home Awards at MPA Annual Convention

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STLCOP 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.

College President  John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, was named honorary president of the MPA by Christian Tadrus ‘96/‘97, Pharm.D., R.Ph., FASCP, AE-C. Tadrus will serve as president of the MPA Board of Directors for 2013-14. Tadrus also received the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Leadership Award, which is presented to the incoming president to acknowledge the time, talent, and commitment that is required to lead a state pharmacy association. Tadrus co-owns three Sam’s Health Mart pharmacies in Moberly and Fayette with his father and fellow STLCOP alum Sam ’63.

Ken Schafermeyer ’76, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy administration and director of the Office of International Programs at the College, received the Bowl of Hygeia Award, which is presented annually to a pharmacist for their outstanding record of community service. The American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations sponsor the award with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Schafermeyer recently completed an extended trip to southern Africa where he was working with the Ministry of Health in Swaziland to expand pharmacy technician education. Schafermeyer was also among those establishing a similar program at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

“I accept this award with the hope that in some way more pharmacy students may be inspired to serve,” said Schafermeyer in a recorded acceptance speech during the convention. “And with the hope that more students will be willing to be immersed in another culture, develop a world view, and think broadly about issues affecting humanity.”

The Bowl of Hygeia, established in 1958, is considered one of the most prestigious awards in pharmacy. It is given annually by all 50 state pharmacy associations, as well as the associations in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Recipients are selected for their civic leadership and encouragement for pharmacists to become involved in their communities.

Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, was named STLCOP Faculty Member of the Year. Seaton, Interim Dean of Pharmacy Sheldon Holstad, Pharm.D., and Erica Pearce, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, gave presentations at the convention.

Amy DeWein ‘89, Pharm.D., founder of and senior care pharmacist at Senior RxAccess Program in St. Louis, was presented with the Pharmacist Making a Difference Award, which is given to a pharmacist who shows desire to go above and beyond the call of duty in making a difference in the quality of life of patients.

Jerry Callahan ’75, owner of Elsberry Pharmacy and several Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies, was presented with the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award, which is given annually to recognize a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention.

In all, 15 MPA members were presented with awards.

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