Celebrating a Legacy of Resilience

Published on 12 November 2020

From 1918-1920, the Spanish flu swept across the globe, infected 500 million people and was the cause of 50 million deaths. During this time University Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, like so many institutions, suspended classes for the spring semester, but that did not stop the University from reaching out and supporting the St. Louis community.

While classes were suspended, the University still opened its lecture halls to the medical community to provide education on basic principles of bacteriology. And when students returned to a year-round program to make up for the spring semester, the University offered a special course, biological therapeutics. The course dealt with infection immunity and therapy while also helping to prepare St. Louis health care and public health professionals to cope with the pandemic.

Today, as we commemorate the University's founding, we reflect upon our history of perseverance, resilience and commitment to building healthier societies. Though our Founders Day celebration looks a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt there was no better way to honor our history than by putting the health and safety of our campus community at the center of our Founders Day Giving Challenge.

With your financial support of the Student Safety Fund, we can continue to provide a safe living and learning environment for our students so they can continue to benefit from in-person learning and on-campus support.

The Student Safety Fund provides support for safety measures and ongoing operations, including:

  • COVID-19 testing and supplies
  • Personal protective equipment and sanitizer
  • Safety monitoring equipment like temperature scanners
  • New technology and tools to support online and hybrid learning
  • and more

Our students, faculty, staff and alumni have proven again and again throughout our history and the COVID-19 pandemic that we are committed to taking action when our community needs us most. Whether we're serving patients on the frontlines, expanding access to COVID-19 testing or finding ways to bring joy to the community during an isolating time, our community has shown compassion and a commitment to health care — a compassion and commitment that was the spark of our institution’s founding.

Learn more about the Founders Day Giving Challenge.

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