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Lambda Kappa Sigma Professional Pharmacy Fraternity

Alumni Newsletter

Late Fall 2011

I hope that you are enjoying the new look of the Alumni Newsletter. When I began my term as Grand Vice President for Alumni, one of my goals was to improve the content and readability of the Newsletter. I also wanted to be able to share the newsletter with you more often. I am happy to say that this is issue number four for 2011 -- and another four issues are planned for 2012!

One of the things that makes this newsletter successful is information from you. Please continue to send me news about your chapter, news about sisters and even interesting new developments in pharmacy.

All the best to you!

I am a Lamb for Life!
Grand Vice President for Alumni
ASHP MidYear Clinical Meeting

LKS dessert reception 2009

Are you headed to New Orleans for the ASHP MidYear Clinical Meeting?

 Once again, we are planning an evening of sisterhood and sweets as LKS presents a dessert reception!

In years past, we used to rent a booth in the exhibit hall. It was always fun to see the sisters who stopped by, but something very important was missing -- the opportunity to visit with each other and share some great conversation!
You should have already received a personal invitation to this event. Just in case you didn't, please contact the International Office (1-800-LKS-1913) if you wish to RSVP, as space is limited. We will be getting together on Monday, December 4 at 8 PM at The Hard Rock Cafe in New Orleans, the center of extraordinary culinary experiences!

Don't miss this outstanding event -- recent dessert receptions have been wildly popular and you will definitely want to be there!


New (and new again!) Alumni Chapters

LKS dessert reception 2009
We have already seen two alumni chapters become active in the past year, Alpha Beta and Alpha Pi. Alpha Beta was newly chartered, Alpha Pi reactivated. Welcome sisters!

Some hard working recent graduates knew how much they enjoyed the sisterhood that they shared in college.

They also knew that being a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma meant being a Lamb for Life!

It's not unusual for recent graduates to intend to spend more time with each other once they are free from the rigors of academic life, but once the realities of a new career, perhaps a new family and sometimes even a cross-country move can derail even the best of intentions.

These sisters have found that continuing the bonds of sisterhood into their professional careers is not as hard as they thought it would be. This is especially true for our chapters that have chosen to meet by means of social media, chat rooms, e-mail and even get togethers at state or national pharmacy association meetings.

The sisters of Alpha Xi and Omicron (both previously chartered) are well on their way to re-establishing alumni chapters -- they have discovered what these other chapters have already found -- the strength and unity found in the bonds of sisterhood.

Will your chapter be next? All it takes is six interested sisters to petition to form a chapter! If your chapter was chartered in the past, the reactivation is even easier! If you think your chapter is ready, send me an e-mail and I can help you get started!


This issue's Lamb question
Patty and Foof

Who are these special LKS sisters?

You could probably best describe them as twin sisters of different mothers!

They are longtime friends, college roommates, LKS sisters and both of them are Past Grand Presidents of LKS!

Patty Kienle and Ruth Brown (who is also known as Foof) are true lifelong friends. They met at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now known as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) and were sisters of the Eta chapter. Both have had wonderful careers in pharmacy -- Patty is currently the Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety with Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions. Ruth is a pharmacist with Chester-Crozier Hospital in Philadelphia. Patty loves ballet and is a leader in ASHP and many other pharmacy organizations. Ruth is proud to be a breast cancer survivor and lives at the beach near Atlantic City, NJ. Ruth and Patty have both served LKS with distinction for many years.

Sisters like Patty and Ruth make us proud to be sisters in LKS!
Lambda Kappa Sigma Educational Trust

The Lambda Kappa Sigma Educational Trust has been supporting pharmacy education for members of LKS for 50 years!

Look for the Annual Trust Appeal in your mailbox very soon. We appreciate your generous support -- in the past, in the present and in the future of pharmacy!
Alumni Conference 2012
alums visiting

A regular feature of our annual convention is the Alumni Conference. As we are adjusting to a yearly, rather than biennial convention, you probably noticed that we did not schedule any time into the last convention for a conference.

Well, you noticed and we listened!  Time for the alumni members to gather has been returned to the convention schedule for 2012!

Alumni told us that what they missed most was the chance to visit with each other and catch up with their sisters. Current plans are to keep this as an annual convention event.

Look for more details as we get closer to convention -- see you in San Diego in 2012!

Marilyn & Geralyn

Marilyn Haberle and Geralyn Smith, enjoying a gathering of LKS alums! 


What's NEWS with EWE?

LKS dessert reception 2009 

Nicole Allie reports that she and her husband Ed welcomed the arrival of Shannon Elizabeth Allie! She was 6 pounds and 12 ounces at birth. Shannon joins big brother Patrick. Congrats to the Allie Family!  


Melissa Salvo, Alpha Beta alum, writes to update us: Following completion of my PGY1 residency at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, I accepted a position at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy as an assistant clinical professor. My clinical practice site is Community Health Center, Inc, in Meriden, CT. I co-coordinate the Pharmacy communications and patient assessment courses and serve as a faculty advisor for a group of students. It seems that Melissa is fortunate to have Lambs wherever she goes!   


Alpha Zeta chapter mourns the passing of Phyllis Neu Sarich. Phyllis was one of the founding members of the Alpha Zeta collegiate chapter. She was a professor emeritus at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy - her long and distinguished pharmacy career made her a role model for women in science. She was the first female faculty member at StLCOP, the first female president of the StLCOP Alumni Association and past president of the Veteran Druggist Association. In addition to LKS, she was also a member of Rho Chi Honor Society, the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy, the American Society of Microbiology Missouri Branch and StLCOP's Mortar and Pestle Society. Thanks, Phyllis, for your lifelong support of pharmacy and LKS!   


Jan Engle, Gamma alum, was recently quoted in an article in the New York Times regarding Mistakes in Medication Storage. Jan is a much sought after guest and expert in the field of medication administration and safety! Perhaps you may have even seen her on the Dr. Oz show!  


Francine Farnsworth, Alpha Alpha alumni, is President of the Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists. Francine is a graduate of Temple University, School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA. Having completed residencies herself, she is now the Residency Director of the Salem VAMC's PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. She also participates as a preceptor for Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Since her arrival in Virginia in 2000, she has been an active member of VSHP, serving in several offices. Evidently, the leadership skills that Francine learned in LKS are serving her well in her professional life!   


Want to help a collegiate chapter?

LKS dessert reception 2009

You may recall that each collegiate chapter is visited by their regional supervisor at least once during the biennium. The chapters benefit greatly from these visits and there is plenty of fun to accompany the visit as well!

If you live near a collegiate chapter, find out when their visitation is scheduled. If you have an alumni chapter, you can join with the collegiates in welcoming their supervisor. It's a great way to share chapter information as well as have fun! You might also assist the chapter in hosting the Regional Supervisor in your home while they visit. This is especially helpful for commuter campuses -- the sisters usually live off campus and sometimes those apartments just aren't large enough to host a guest.
Lambda Kappa Sigma is an International Pharmacy Fraternity, founded in 1913, and is dedicated to developing the intellectual, leadership and professional skills of its members needed to maximize their potential and strive for their personal best.

LKS promotes professional growth through educational programs which enhance professional development in the field of pharmacy, with an emphasis placed on Women's Health Issues.

The Alumni Newsletter is published at least four times a year. You are warmly invited to submit personal and professional updates, new story ideas, photos, etc to Chris Grass, Grand Vice President for Alumni and editor of the alumni newsletter.


Chris Grass

Grand Vice President for Alumni
Lambda Kappa Sigma Pharmacy Fraternity


In This Issue
ASHP MidYear Clinical Meeting
New Alumni Chapters
This Issue's Lamb Question
LKS Educational Trust
Alumni Conference 2012
What's NEWS with EWE?
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Alumni membership in LKS is an important factor as the Fraternity works to promote women in pharmacy.

If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to renew your commitment to LKS by sending in your alumni dues and contributions to the Campaign for Progress.

Renew your membership online or send in your dues payment, along with your updated address and contact information, to:

P.O. Box 570
Muskego, WI  53150-0579

Annual alumni dues are $90; for retired members.  For alumni enrolled in a graduate degree program, the annual membership dues are $70/year.

Your donation to Campaign for Progress provides support for a targeted need for Fraternity growth and development. 

With continued enthusiastic participation in our programs by Fraternity members, our traditional programs will thrive and opportunities for new programs can be explored.

Membership in LKS has its benefits knowing that you are supporting women in the profession of pharmacy internationally and right in your own neighborhood.

Take a moment and renew your membership right now!