April 25, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy students were recently recognized by USA Weekend Magazine for an event they organized last October on a nationwide community service day called Make a Difference Day.

For the third straight year, pharmacy students hosted a Halloween carnival for diabetic children identified by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The free event included miniature golf, arts and crafts, a haunted house and games. The students also provided refreshments, including sugar-free candy and punch, fruit, vegetables with dip and sandwiches on whole-grain bread.

The students’ purpose for hosting the event was to provide children with juvenile diabetes another venue for celebrating Halloween.

Nearly 400 children with diabetes, their families and friends attended. Students hope to host the event again this year and expect attendance to grow.

More than three million people nationally participated in the 2006 Make a Difference Day on Oct. 28. USA Weekend honored 10 national and several hundred local community service projects.

Pamela Brown, a senior editor for the magazine, said when judging the events, the magazine was looking for creativity and impact of the project. Brown said it was obvious the UNM pharmacy students put a lot of thought into the Halloween carnival.