Pharmacy tech students receive Community Champion award

07.19.2017 | By Madelon Zimmermann

HOUSTON, Texas – Three San Jacinto College pharmacy technician students and their faculty member received the Community Champion award from the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families for their service with Medication Take Back Day.

Students Denetria Salyer, Eman Saleh and Adrian Acosta, along with faculty member Regina Ram and Natural and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Alexander Okwonna, were recognized for their participation in Medication Take Back Day that, in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement, allows the community to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of old, unused and expired medication.

The San Jac group collected 384 pounds of medication during the event. Since 2010 the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families has hosted 14 events and collected more than 14,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

“It takes many hands to make a Medication Take Back work. Dr. Okwonna and his students are invaluable to our efforts and our success,” said Amanda McLauchlin, Bay Area Alliance Coalition Manager. “They are always prompt, courteous, hard-working and thoughtful, and have been a joy to work with.”

This award is given annually to a group or organization that invests in the young people of the community with their time and talents. There were three groups honored: San Jacinto College, League City Police Department and Texas Auto.

The Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families is a community coalition dedicated to reducing drug and alcohol abuse in young people. For more information about Bay Area Alliance, visit


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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