University of the Sciences will mark its 192nd anniversary at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2013, with its annual Founders’ Day celebration, followed at 3 p.m. by a groundbreaking ceremony for the Science and Technology Center II. The events will take place inside and adjacent to the McNeil Science and Technology Center (45th St. at Woodland Ave., Philadelphia.)
Joseph L. Fink, III, P’70, JD, professor of law and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will receive an honorary doctor of science degree for his “leadership in pharmacy law and public policy in the pharmaceutical industry; and for (his) continued dedication to innovation and excellence.” He has devoted his career to the advancement of pharmacy, law, research, and education, and truly embodies the innovative spirit of USciences Founders’ Day. Licensed to practice pharmacy in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, Fink has been admitted to the practice of law in both states, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.
The Science and Technology Center II (STC II) is a 57,000-square-foot campus expansion that will be a showcase for advancing clinical and professional education. In addition to clinical and simulation labs, patient exam rooms, classrooms, and offices, the STC II will feature a prominent, ecological green roof that serves to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The building is expected to be completed by spring 2014. For more information about the STC II, visit usciences.edu/STCII.
Founders' Day at USciences recalls the University's establishment on Feb. 23, 1821. At that time, 68 prominent Philadelphia apothecaries met in Carpenter's Hall to establish the basis for the improved scientific standards we enjoy today and to train more competent apprentices and students. They pledged “to invite a spirit of pharmaceutical investigation" and to guard the public from "the introduction of spurious, adulterated, deteriorated, or otherwise mischievous articles." A year later, they organized and incorporated the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP)—the first college of pharmacy in North America—now a part of University of the Sciences. The group ushered in a new era of the practice of pharmacy—the identification, selection, compounding, and analysis of drugs—and laid the foundation for a legacy of future advances and discoveries.
At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821. Students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in the lives of people worldwide through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.