Children of Faculty and Staff Visit the College

Published on 11 June 2018

On April 26, St. Louis College of Pharmacy celebrated national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day by welcoming 13 children of faculty and staff to campus to learn about pharmacy and see what their parents do during a typical workday. 

The day’s activities were planned and coordinated by the Office of Human Resources.

“It is important for children to see how their parents spend their days,” said Kimberly Pert, associate director of human resources, whose son joined in on the fun. “Often, children only think about their parents in relation to themselves. It is beneficial for children to think of their parents as professionals as well. That can combat gender stereotypes while also providing an opportunity for children to explore future careers.”

Throughout the day, the children participated in activities designed to be both educational and entertaining. The day began with a presentation from Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., FASHP, FAPhA, dean of pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice, and Tricia Berry, B.S. ’94, Pharm.D. ’95, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, who discussed the profession of pharmacy and pharmacy education. Chase Davis, director of admissions, was also on hand to discuss the admissions process at the College.

Following the presentation, Pert encouraged the children to draw pictures of their futures. The students sketched their visions of where they wanted to live, what careers they aspired to have and what their families would look like. After their drawings were on paper, the group discussed their drawings. They also heard from P3 student Wendy Andrade and junior Kensey Hunt who discussed their personal experiences as students at the College.

The children enjoyed lunch with their parents and then headed to Jones Hall, where they met up with Margaret Weck, D.A., associate professor of physiology and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, to learn about the heart and how it operates.

The day wrapped up with a mock white coat ceremony. The children had the chance to try on white coats and have their photos taken with Mortarmer McPestle, the College’s mascot, before heading out to shadow their parents on the job.

“She came to here thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian, and now she’s thinking she wants to be a pharmacist,” said Don Rickert, B.S. ’81, Ph.D., MBA, professor of pharmacy administration, who was joined by his granddaughter, Elizabeth.

Rickert noted that Elizabeth’s favorite part of the day was hearing from students about their personal experiences at the College.

“I think it’s really hard for kids to imagine what they could do when they grow up if they never see it modeled, if they don’t see both men and women doing jobs, if they don’t see people who look different doing jobs,” said Amy Reese, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, whose daughter, Iona, also visited the College. “I think this event is beneficial because it demonstrates the different types of jobs that people have and what it takes to get those jobs.”

Also visiting the College as part of Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day was Leo, the son of Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology.

 “As a parent, it was fun to get to introduce him to some of the things I do and some of the people that I work with,” said VanDyke. “Following the visit, Leo decided that he would like to attend the College one day. I think this event gives kids a more realistic idea of what their parents do, which is important as they get older and start thinking about their own future careers.”

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