MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University School of Pharmacy student Michelle Howerton of Logan was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 100 hours of service to the community.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to honor Americans who inspire others to become active in volunteer service through their own commitment and example.
Each recipient received a certificate signed by President Barack Obama and a lapel pin.
Howerton was one of 15 WVU student pharmacists to receive the award. She received the Bronze Level award for completing 134 hours of service to the community between January 1 and December 31, 2014.
Howerton, daughter of John and Carol Howerton, is a current fourth-year student pharmacist at the WVU School of Pharmacy. She graduated from Beth Haven Christian School and completed her pre-pharmacy coursework at Concord University.
She earned service hours through several WVU student organization activities. Howerton completed her Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience course — which promotes service to the community— at The Shack Neighborhood House in Morgantown, a program that provides a fun and safe environment for children and local families for learning, recreation, growth, and personal development.
As a member of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, Howerton prepared dinners for families staying in the WVU Healthcare Rosenbaum Family House, an organization that helps patients and their families limit the burden of out-of-town hospital stays.
A member of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), the national organization for student pharmacists, Howerton coordinated Operation Heart booths at local health fairs. Operation Heart is an APhA-ASP program dedicated to the early identification of cardiovascular risk factors. She also assisted in providing blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at a health fair in McDowell County, West Virginia, as well as at health fairs in the Morgantown area.
Howerton has also assisted with American Red Cross blood donation drives and has worked with First Baptist Church of McConnell delivering lunches to children in need.
The WVU Center for Service and Learning facilitates President’s Volunteer Service Award distributions at West Virginia University each year and provided the certificates and pins to award recipients in April.