03/08/2007

WVU Pharmacy Students Host Wiffle Ball Tournament

Service learning projects benefit Monongalia County and surrounding areas

On Saturday March 10, students from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy along with the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties will hold a wiffle ball tournament for children at the WVU Student Rec Center from 12-2pm. The event will encourage physical activity and healthy eating, and there will be a concession stand for the children with healthy food choices available.

Kim Colebank, Director for WVU Center for Civic Engagement said, “We are hoping for 40 students between the ages of 8-12 and 20 college students who will be referees and also serve refreshments during the tournament.”       

The wiffle ball tournament is part of a series of service learning projects developed by WVU School of Pharmacy, WVU Center for Civic Engagement, and various community partners or non-profit organizations in Monongalia County such as Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Part of the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, the projects provide students with the opportunity to enhance the community by applying the skills they have learned in the classroom to various non-profit organizations.

Marci Pursglove, who is a second year pharmacy student, helped develop the idea of a wiffle ball tournament for her service learning group. Pursglove appreciates the chance to see the benefits pharmacy students are providing for the community. “What kid wouldn’t want to run around and play wiffle ball? I think parents will respond to this activity also because it will give their kids something healthy to do on a Saturday afternoon,” she said.

Clinical Assistant Professor Gina Carbonara has worked closely with Colebank and advised pharmacy students through the service learning process. “Overall, this has been a great experience for the students, and it’s exciting for them to be appreciated by the community and their community partners,” Carbonara said.

For more information about the WVU School of Pharmacy service learning projects, contact (304) 293-5101 or visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.

         

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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