WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Cynthia Koh-Knox Sharp said she bleeds black and gold, with a little Red Devil mixed in for her West Lafayette High School alma mater. She was born and raised in West Lafayette.
"I love this community," she said. "I've raised my children I have grandchildren being raised here, I love this area."
Sharp is being honored at the 45th annual YWCA Salute to Women event.
"I appreciate the recognition for the work here in the community," she said.
Sharp is a Clinical Associate Professor as a Doctor of Pharmacy at Purdue. She teaches unique courses such as Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Abroad in Shanghai; Beyond ecstasy: treating addiction in front of the counter; and Mindfulness, Intercultural and Global Health Issues.
Sharp earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997. She said she dedicates her life to two things, one is helping educate the next generation of healthcare professionals.
"We have some populations here in this area that need help," she said. "That's why I like to be the healthcare advocate because I like to train our future pharmacists how to take care of these people."
Sharp is registered with Tippecanoe County Medical Reserve Corp and has volunteered at Riggs Community Health Clinic and Solutions Beyond Shelter, as part of the Health Advocacy Committee.
Her other passion is helping students who are in the same shoes she once was in.
"I am a non-traditional student myself," she said. "I was 15 years older than my classmates. I have a certain place in my heart for students who are not traditional."
While dealing with classes, exams and all the other stresses that come with being a student, Sharp was also raising two kids, but that didn't stop her.
"I integrated well with my classmates, I would have them over to my house and they would interact with my kids," she said.
She said her father, who was one of the first Filipino scholars to study in the United States and also taught at Purdue, was a big influence for her.
"He always had students around him," she said.
She serves as a Purdue Horizons mentor for first generation college students and is Faculty Fellow for 40 students at Shreve Hall. She is faculty advisor to Purdue Student National Community Pharmacists Association and past advisor to Purdue Filipino Association, Dance 2XS, Purdue Pharmacy Families, and Pharmacy Peer Mentoring.
Now, its her mission to share the importance of knowlege to those around her.
"Socrates has a saying that I always use in my classes that there is one good that is knowledge, and on evil that is ignorance," she said. "I always try to educate my patients, participants, my students because I want them to come up with their own perspective."
Sharp is one of seven women being honored at the event, which is being held at The Trails Banquet Facility in West Lafayette on Tuesday, March 5th at 5:30 p.m. Click here to learn more about how to get tickets for the event.