Outstanding Faculty Service Award Presented to Dr. Charles Ruchalski
It is a pleasure to strongly support our Collegial Committee’s recommendation of Dr. Charles Ruchalski to receive the School of Pharmacy’s Outstanding Faculty Service Award for 2014. As the accompanying recommendation from the committee enumerates, Dr. Ruchalski has consistently provided outstanding service to the School of Pharmacy especially through his dedication to our students.
The Pharmacy Mission to Vietnam was conceived and developed fully by Charles and has become an anticipated experience for select students. Upon their return, the students have given outstanding presentations to fellow classmates and the faculty about the profound personal and professional enrichment the mission provides.
The “Rx in Vietnam” experience has been described as life-changing by our students, providing an opportunity for their immersion in a different culture. The most important benefit to students is that they experience the adverse conditions and medical need of people at the other end of the world. It is an arduous trip of 6 weeks. The students receive a lifelong memory of a profound experience and smiles and hugs of deep appreciation.
Students at TUSP enthusiastically want to participate in this mission. This is not only due to the chance to travel and experience another culture. It is also because Dr. Ruchalski charismatically makes the trip fun in spite of the sometimes-harsh conditions.
This is only one of the many service contributions made by Dr. Ruchalski, who has never failed to step up and give of his time and energy to activities that help to create the connective tissue of our Doctor of Pharmacy program, while providing excellent didactic and clinical instruction. He is fully deserving of this award.