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Creighton Professor Receives Service to Mankind Award

Elaine Lust, Pharm.D., an assistant professor of pharmacy sciences at Creighton University, was recently awarded the annual Service to Mankind Award by the Omaha Sertoma (SERvice TO Mankind) club for her efforts helping homeless animals after Hurricane Katrina.

Lust spent nearly two weeks in a makeshift pet shelter at fairgrounds in Baton Rough, La., where she was caring for animals left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. As a volunteer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Veterinarian Medical Assistance Team, Lust is trained to deploy to disaster areas, assess damage to agricultural infrastructure and provide veterinarian services.

The Omaha club gives this award out annually to someone in the Omaha community who has shown some exemplarily service to others and in the process, unselfishly sacrificed some of themselves, while using their time and expertise in helping others. Sertoma’s primary service project is helping more than 50 million people with speech, hearing and language disorders. Sertoma has over 20,000 members in more than 650 clubs across Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States, with each club raising more than $20 million for local community service projects.

Lust has been a professor at Creighton for more than 10 years, teaching veterinary therapeutics for practicing pharmacists and for pharmacy students, and a veterinary pharmacy clerkship.

Posted: 2/21/06

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