Greetings from your Grand Vice President for Collegiates!
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer! Whether you are working in a pharmacy, on rotations or taking classes, I hope you all find some time to relax and reflect on all the hard work you did this past school year.
One of my favorite parts of summer is attending our Annual Convention! I always look forward to seeing all my sisters, meeting new ones and participating in all that Convention has to offer. In this special edition of LinKS, I will break down Convention for you so you can see how valuable our annual meeting is!
For all the information about Convention, please visit
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if you have any additional questions! Please remember, that each chapter is required to send at least one person as a delegate for Convention.
I hope to meet many of you in Atlanta!
I hope you all enjoy this edition of LinKS. Please keep in touch!
Amanda Higgins, PharmD
Grand Vice President for Collegiates
Schedule at a Glance
Thursday, August 3
Come join us for our first pre-convention Leadership Development Program! We will have a seminar on leadership skills as a student pharmacist by Christine Perry, a seminar on thriving in transitions by Nicole Pezzino and a practitioner panel discussion with some of our alumni. This is a great opportunity to get some extra skills out of Convention!
2 p.m.-5 p.m.: Leadership Development Program
6 p.m.-9 p.m.: Welcome Event and HOPE waLKS Around the World
The official kick off to Convention! Join us to learn about how Convention works! Stay afterwards to learn how Project HOPE is helping people all around the world. Our infamous Drug Taboo will be back!
Friday, August 4
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Breakfast and Keynote Speaker Kim Novak
Wake up early to join us for breakfast and our speaker Kim Novak! This is always a highlight of Convention. Check out more about Kim Novak here.
9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: Business Session I
The reason we have Convention! Check out below for how to survive the Business Session.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Core Value and Research Poster Presentation
Come see your fellow sisters present their Core Values and research posters. A great way to get new ideas for your chapter and to network with alumni!
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.: Awards Luncheon
Join us for lunch as we recognize our sisters for their accomplishments!
2:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Professional Development
Pick from several workshops to develop your skills.
4:30 p.m.: Evening on Your Own
Go out with some new sisters! Get more information here.
Saturday, August 5
8 a.m.-10 a.m.: Collegiate Conference
Join us bright and early for a back-to-basics course on how to run your chapter. Learn from your fellow sisters and gain lots of knowledge to bring back to your chapter.
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: Lamb TaLKS
Hear more about what other chapters are doing to get some inspiration for your own chapter.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Ewe Can Shop and Lunch
Bring cash for this awesome event! Chapters and sisters will be selling LKS items and individual items. Don't want to shop? Come network and meet other sisters!
1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Business Session II
See below for more information.
5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.: LKS Educational Trust Reception and Auction, Group Photo, Closing Gala
We start off with the Trust Reception and Auction with lots of fun and amazing LKS items to bid on. Then, we all get together for a large group photo before heading to dinner. Finally, we close with our awards ceremony, where we announce the winners of the Chrysanthemum Awards and Chapter of the Year!
|Business Session 101
|If you have never been to Convention, the business sessions can be a little intimidating, especially for delegates. Follow these steps below to feel more comfortable when you get there.
1. Know the Sign and Password
Do you remember the sign and password you learned on initiation night? Now is when it comes into play! Our business sessions are for members only, and therefore our sign and password are required for entry. Don't remember? Ask your Region Supervisor or any alumni prior to the business session so you're prepared.
2. Know Where to Sit
If you are a delegate, you will be sitting in an assigned seat in a specific section of the room. When you enter, find the name plate for your chapter. If you are not a delegate, you can sit anywhere else in the room.
3. Follow Parliamentary Procedure
Our business sessions are very formal and they can move fast. It's important to pay attention to what's going on. You can learn more information about Parliamentary Procedure here. You can also check out this short video on Parliamentary Procedure. Remember that only delegates can vote, but any member attending the business session can participate in discussion and can make amendments.
4. Know What to Say at the Microphone
Anytime you go to the microphone to speak, you need to open with a formal introduction. The standard that we use is to address the Grand President as "Madame President" and to state your name, any official titles you have such as an officer position, and your chapter name. For example, I would say "Madame President, Amanda Higgins, Grand Vice President for Collegiates, Alpha Alumni." After your introduction, you then may continue with what you would like to say. Always remember, you are addressing the Grand President, not the entire body or an individual person.
5. Know When to Ask for Help!
Business sessions can get confusing. But there are ways to help you through. If you are uncertain of something, you can call for a "Point of Information" and ask a question to the Grand President. If you would like to talk with your chapter and get their feedback on how you should vote, you can "Request a Caucus". This gives you time to discuss and ask questions on what to do. There are lots of alumni in the session that can help clarify what's going on and help you figure out what to do.
6. Get Involved!
This is your chance to help affect the Fraternity, and your opinion is valued! Whether this is your first Convention or your fourth, you are welcome to make motions and amendments, to participate in discussions, etc. We want your input. If you want to say something, but you're not sure how to say it, find an alumni to ask for guidance. We're here to help!
What to Wear at Convention
This year, we're changing up our dress code a bit. Each day will have a theme that will affect what the dress code will be. Thank you Seerat Kapoor from Alpha Pi for your photos!
Wear whatever you'd like. Jeans, LKS t-shirts, sun dresses...whatever you feel comfortable in!
Friday--Business Casual Attire
This is our professional development day, so wear your business casual outfit to match. Wear slacks and a blouse or go a bit dressier with a professional dress. Men should wear slacks, a button-down shirt and a tie.
Saturday--Blue and Gold Day!
Flaunt your LKS spirit by wearing anything blue and gold! Wear your jersey or get creative by mixing blue and gold into your outfit!
Closing Gala--Semi-Formal/Formal Attire
Get dressed to the nines for our Closing Gala!
Money-Saving Tips for Convention
By Justine Dickson, Northern New England Region Supervisor
- Make sure you register for Convention by June 30th to lock in the early-bird rate.
- Call 800-833-8624 and book your hotel room by July 7th to get the discounted rate. Be sure to tell them you're with Lambda Kappa Sigma!
- *We recently found out that all hotel rooms are booked. Please post in our Facebook group to find roommates or call HQ for assistance if you have not already booked!*
- Bunk with your sisters to save on your room cost. This also allows for extra sister bonding time! If you're going alone, post on Facebook to see if anyone else is looking for a roommate.
- Take Uber or Lyft from the airport to the hotel. Check the prices before you go. It may be cheaper to split up and use Uber Pool (about $5-$6 vs. a whole car for $16-$18). If someone in your group has never used Uber before, you can use the code HITTHEROAD for $15 off or justined73 for a free ride up to $20! If you've never used Lyft before, use code JUMP for a ride up to $50.
- Take the MARTA to Peachtree Center for $2.50 or take the hotel shuttle for free!
- Purchase a CITYPASS to save money on some sight-seeing, including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studios, Zoo Atlanta, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Grab coffee and chat with alumni or members from other chapters--that's totally FREE!