Founders Day at St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Published on 11 November 2015

Another entry in the more than 150-year history of St. Louis College of Pharmacy was written today as spades turned over dirt on what is soon to become a massive construction site. In just over a year, the northeast corner of campus will be home to a seven-story, 193,000-square-foot, Recreation and Student Center (RAS).

“It’s an exciting time at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, full of energy, promise, and innovation,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, to the assembled crowd of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and elected officials at the groundbreaking.

The ceremony took place steps from the College’s new Academic and Research Building and Library (ARB). The award-winning, 213,000-square-foot, student education and research facility, library, and learning center officially opened in August.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the assembled crowd entered the ARB auditorium for a special speaker. Bill DeWitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals, talked about the importance of investing in the future, commitment to the city and region, and being strong leaders in the community.

“It surprised me to learn that St. Louis College of Pharmacy was founded in 1864,” DeWitt said. “That’s even earlier than the Cardinals.”

Recreation and Student Center (RAS) GroundbreakingThis was the College’s second Founders Day celebration, marking the day when a group of luminaries including Eugene Massot and Henry Shaw approved a charter, constitution, and bylaws to establish the first college of pharmacy west of the Mississippi.

“For the last 151 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s heart and soul has been providing a quality pharmacy education for its students,” Pieper said.

The RAS is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. The first floor of the building will consist of a large dining hall and kitchen, reception area, and a competition gymnasium. The second floor will have meeting rooms and an intramural gymnasium. A recreation center with a 200-meter, three-lane indoor track will be the main feature on the third floor. The student center, including a success center and student support offices, will be on the fourth floor. The College’s second residence hall with room for 220 beds will be on the fifth through seventh floors, nearly doubling the College’s on-campus housing space.

A camera is streaming video of the College’s ongoing construction.

Pictured in groundbreaking photo (l-r): MO Rep. Kimberly Gardner (D-St. Louis), Todd Evers, ’87, secretary of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees, P3 Student Jeff Pasucal, John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, MO Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), Chris Cedergreen, principal, Forum Studio, Keith Wolkoff, President, Paric, Inc., St. Louis Alderman Joe Roddy. Photo by Sid Hastings.

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