On Tuesday, student pharmacists in white coats were prominent at the Hawaii State Capitol building in Honolulu as they tried to convince legislators to approve funding for The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
This week, the conference committee began to deliberate the fate of the permanent building for the college, the only such facility in the Pacific region.
The state Senate has included the $38 million needed for the building in its budget, but the House has not.
Students were armed with informational packets, including a CD with 1,000 letters of community support and petitions with 1,243 signatures, which are a product of a group of community members called the Friends of The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Steering Committee.
Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in 2011 when the inaugural class of students earned doctorates in pharmacy, the college must prove it is in compliance with 30 ACPE standards to remain accredited. One of those standards is that the college must show the support of its community by having a permanent building.