KU News Release

Oct. 20, 2010
Contact: Gene Hotchkiss, School of Pharmacy, (785) 864-3591

School of Pharmacy celebrates 125th anniversary with dedication of new building

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LAWRENCE — One of the most highly visible teaching and research programs at the University of Kansas — the nationally ranked School of Pharmacy — will observe its 125th anniversary in a big way during this week’s Homecoming celebration at KU.

The school received a new teaching and administrative facility in August, but the formal dedication ceremony and open house will provide an opportunity to show off the new building to alumni, dignitaries and the public.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the main floor lecture hall of the building, located at 2010 Becker Drive on KU’s west campus. Featured speakers include Gov. Mark Parkinson, Kansas Board of Regents Chair Gary Sherrer, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, School of Pharmacy Dean Ken Audus and pharmacy student Katie Myers of Leawood.

The 110,000-square-foot building was funded in 2009 through legislation authorizing $50 million in state bonds for the project. Part of that funding is being used to construct an addition for pharmacy education at the KU Medical Center campus in Wichita. Together, the expansions will enable KU to nearly double the annual number of pharmacy graduates, helping to address a chronic shortage of pharmacists in Kansas.

KU’s School of Pharmacy ranks second nationally in the amount of research funding it receives annually from the National Institutes of Health. U.S. News ranked the school 18th in the country overall last year among public university pharmacy programs. It is the third oldest U.S. school of pharmacy west of the Mississippi River.

The dedication ceremony is just part of the school’s 125th anniversary observance. Other scheduled events include

— Building tours from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22
— Panel presentation: “A Retrospective View of Pharmacy Education, Research and Practice” at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22
— Panel presentation: “School of Pharmacy Alumni Reflections” at 3 p.m. Oct. 22
— 125th Anniversary Celebration Banquet (off-campus) at 6 p.m. Oct. 22
— Open house, building tours and pre-game tailgate from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23

Parking for the dedication ceremony and other events will be available in designated areas close to the building.

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