Student Leadership Award Winners Announced

Published on 21 May 2021

Each year, the Student Leadership Awards Banquet recognizes students’ outstanding leadership accomplishments.

On April 19, the event was held remotely due to physical distancing recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the spirit of the event continued, as University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis continued its tradition of celebrating outstanding student leaders, educators and student organizations that have exemplified the values of the University.

As part of the event, the Student Government Association selects two faculty to receive Outstanding Educator Awards for their proven commitment to students, the University’s mission and educational excellence.

Besu Teshome, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, received the Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator Award for St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., associate professor of history, received the Outstanding Educator Award for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty also nominate students who exemplify the University’s core values and have made exceptional contributions to the campus community.

Senior student Sophia Kchouk was named Undergraduate Student of the Year and P3 student Krupa Patel was named Professional Student of the Year.

Kchouk’s leadership in Student Government Association, tutoring and involvement in research on campus has allowed her to grow personally and professionally.

“One of the most important parts about attending college is gaining new and different life experiences,” she said. “These experiences allow you to gain a better understanding of yourself and equip you with the skills you need to be successful in your future career.”

Patel’s involvement in Student Government Association, tutoring, Lambda Kappa Sigma, Pharmaceutical Cosmetics Club and the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists has allowed her to discover her passion for helping others.

“Getting involved allows me to take a break from classes and explore my interests,” Patel added. “Through my involvement in student organizations, I can have fun while serving my classmates and the community. I am confident I’ll be able to use these experiences in my future career as a pharmacist.”

Kchouk and Patel were recognized alongside many students and student organizations for their dedicated efforts on and off campus. The annual ceremony recognizes the outstanding leadership accomplishments of our students, both within our campus community and through their involvement in national organizations.

2020-21 Student Leadership Award Recipients

National Leaders
Lauren Busch
Kensey Hunt
Sydney Tu

Annual Student and Student Organization Awards
Champions for Diversity and Inclusion – Rexhian “Reggie” Brisku
Interest-Based Organization of the Year – Student Government Association
Professional Student Organization of the Year – Missouri Pharmacy Association

Student Leader of the Year Awards
Academic Tutor of the Year – Amanda Wegner
Orientation Leader of the Year – Kylie Hunter
Proctor of the Year – Angela Stratman
Resident Assistant of the Year – Kensey Hunt
Writing Consultant of the Year – Ann Droege and Nicole Eng

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