Shave the Date: Dr. Murphy loses his 'stache

Forty years of having a mustache and one man decides to let a pharmacy student shave it all off.  Why? Because he supports the Movember Foundation, that’s why! 

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity teamed up with Movember Foundation for its newest philanthropic initiative. The Movember Foundation is an international organization committed to “changing the face” of men’s health by challenging men to grow mustaches during the month on November to spark conversation and raise funds for its men’s health programs. Their work includes saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

COP’s very own Associate Dean John Murphy is a big supporter of the initiative and Kappa Psi’s involvement and wanted to inspire contributions to Movember. Therefore, he offered to let Kappa Psi raffle off tickets to choose the person to shave away his mustache, something that had not been done in more than four decades.

Alex Leonard, Class of 2017, won the honors to excise Murphy’s mustache. The event took place on “Movember” 4. Below is a slideshow of the day’s event.

Kappa Psi asked all the men at COP, students as well as faculty and staff, to start off the month of Movember completely clean-shaven and continue to grow mustaches for the entire month. 

In addition to this effort, Kappa Psi started a collegewide fundraising team with the Movember Foundation called “We Mustache You To Take Your Meds.” You can register and join fundraising for the cause at Kappa Psi’s mustache website.

On Dec. 1, Kappa Psi members will visit each PharmD classroom to take a count. The class with the most mustaches will win a prize. Later that night, Kappa Psi will host an event with awards for various mustache types: Best in Show, Most Disturbing, etc. Women are encouraged to come, as well, and sport their own fake mustaches for a chance to win awards!

December update: See how the Movember activities turned out!


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