Wingate University School of Pharmacy wins volunteer award

Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – The Wingate Police Department has recognized Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy with the Union County TEAM Award – The 2011 Community Volunteer Award. The award was based on the pharmacy students’ ongoing efforts with Operation Medicine Drop.

Students Lauren Hawkins, Bree Shroyer, Ishita Gandhi, Laura MacCall, Raean Mabolo, Hollee Kitts, and Joslyn Sikkenga participated in this year’s Operation Medicine Drop on Nov. 25 at six locations throughout Union County in partnership with Union County law enforcement. This ongoing project was responsible for collecting over a half-million doses of unused medications in Union County in an effort to preclude the likelihood of accidental poisoning of children and pets and to keep medications out of landfills and our water supply. These students were able to identify and quantify the unwanted medications prior to their incineration to meet the demands of the Justice Department.

Since opening its doors in 2003, Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy has distinguished itself nationally by the quality of its graduates, an innovative, student-centered curriculum and creative faculty dedicated to teaching excellence. Last year, pharmacy students volunteered 4,100 hours in the community.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to and