In the last two years since Michael Barish ’11 and Mark Oppenheim ’11 co-founded a small non-profit pharmacy in the Andes of southeastern Peru, they have served about 1,000 patients and reached about 800 more on weekly medical campaigns into rural areas.
Prescription for Peace partners Mario Diaz Ugarte, Michael Barish '11 and Mark Oppenheim '11.
Barish and Oppenheim opened the Prescriptions for Peace pharmacy in Cusco, a city of 358,000, with a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace, a foundation funded by philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis to support the grassroots projects of college students. Barish and Oppenheim raised an additional $6,000 to refurbish a small building to house their pharmacy, which they open two days a week with help from other volunteers and a licensed pharmacist, the Albany Democrat-Herald reported.
In a country where pharmaceutical mark-ups can be as high as 400 to 500 percent, Prescriptions for Peace buys generic drugs and sells them at cost on a sliding scale, treating common regional illnesses such as those associated with malnutrition or intestinal problems caused by Giardia. Davis Projects for Peace grants are coordinated through Bowdoin Career Planning.
Sustainable Bowdoin has been chosen to receive the President’s Leadership Award from Maine Campus Compact.
MCC, a consortium of 18 higher education institutions dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning in higher education, says Sustainable Bowdoin is being recognized for its contributions to community service, service-learning and civic engagement efforts.
The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held April 20 at Bates College.
Zach Messitte '90
Zach Messitte ’90 has been named president of Ripon College in Ripon, Wis. Currently the dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, Messitte holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and earned a Ph.D. in politics at New York University.
In 2010, Messitte established Bowdoin’s Italian awards — the Raimondi and Dante prizes. The Raimondi Prize honors the most outstanding senior in Italian Studies; the Dante Prize is given to the student who writes the best essay on Dante that year.
Messitte’s career path includes stints with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the United Nations, and as a researcher and producer with CNN. He assumes his new duties July 1.
Men’s Tennis — The men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to top-ranked Amherst Tuesday afternoon in California.
Women’s Tennis — Claremont-Mudd-Scripps came out on top against the women’s tennis team, 7-2.
Softball — The softball team split a pair of games at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Fla., beating Western Connecticut State, 3-1, and dropping one to Hope College, 8-0.
Women’s Lacrosse — The Salisbury women’s lacrosse team tipped Bowdoin 13-6 in a battle of top-ten teams Tuesday evening in Florida.
Scores listed are those available at time of publication.