Professional Pharmacy Fraternity
Greetings, Alumni Sisters, from your Grand Vice President for Alumni!!!

I truly want to thank you for your support and I am honored to have been elected into this position and am ready to serve YOU this biennium. 

I have outlined several goals that I would like to accomplish and I will need your help to make these opportunities successful. I will be reaching out and requesting your involvement to help not only our fellow Sisters but also our Fraternity, so stay tuned on how you can contribute and participate.

As many of you are aware I am new to social media but I am excited about learning something new and supporting our social media platforms. I am more engaged now on Facebook!!!  Who would have thought as many of my fellow Sisters and friends have been trying to get me involved with social media.  I am on Facebook and will be looking for new updates from you as Alumni.  I would like to highlight things that you are doing as a chapter, awards, recognition and good news to share.  You can send me updates, questions or your requests by emailing me at

Fall has arrived and as the Collegiates are headed towards the end of their Fall Semester, we as Alumni are gearing up for what many of us will see as one of our busiest times of the year.  It has been warm here in the Midwest which for me has been great but now I have to get ready for fall and flu season.  Don't forget to advocate for vaccinations not just during flu season but all year long.    

Happy Fall!

Fraternally yours,

 Lu Shawna Lawson
Grand Vice President for Alumni

LKS 2018 Convention in Buffalo, New York & Niagara Falls

Members from Alpha Theta Chapter at the University of Buffalo and the Beta Alpha Chapter at D'Youville as the host chapters as well as the 2016-2018 Grand Council and Region Supervisors welcomed us to the city of Buffalo, New York for the 2018 LKS Convention.  The weather was just wonderful which was great as many of us were able to enjoy the warm weather and were also able to go to Niagara Falls. 

Thursday morning convention started out with our Keynote Speaker, Jim Ryan, the author of Simple Happiness:  52 Ways to Lighten Up.  (

He was uplifting and even sang and played the guitar.  His talk focused on 8 Characteristics of Happy People which were: 
  1. Intention (You choose to be happy.  You make the decision);
  2. Accountability (Happy people are responsible for your happiness);
  3. Know what you love to do and find time to do it (Make time for you and what you enjoy to do.);
  4. Follow your bliss ("When you follow your bliss, doors will open that you didn't even know existed." Joseph Campbell);
  5. Recasting (Recast mournful events.  Every cloud has a silver lining)
  6. Options (We have options.  Don't be afraid to take a chance.)
  7. Appreciation (He quoted the Book of Psalms from the Bible.  "This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.")
  8. Giving (We should give to others and practice compassion.)

2018 Awards Luncheon

2018 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
  • Justine Dickson (Alpha Beta Alumni)
    • Nominated by Afton Wagner
2018 Advisor Award  
  • Mary Beth O'Connell (Omicron)
    • Nominated by Brittany Stewart (Omicron)
2018 Award of Merit
  • Lauren Aleksunes (Alpha Beta Alumni)
    • Nominated by Christine Perry (Alpha Alumni)
2018 LKS/Merk & Co. Vanguard Leadership Award  
  • Gayle Brazeau (Alpha Mu Chapter)
    • Nominated by Christine Perry (Alpha Alumni)
2018 Distinguished Service Citation
  • Sharon Brown (Alpha Iota)
    • Nominated by Gloria Bernstein (Nu Chapter Alumni)
Collegiate of the Year Award-  This was a new award this year which will now be given annually to a collegiate member who embodies our five core values of leadership, scholarship, sisterhood, service, and integrity in an exemplary manner within Lambda Kappa Sigma, the profession of pharmacy, and/or the community.  Nominations will be open for any member of the organization (collegiate or alumni) to nominate a collegiate who they believe goes above and beyond to demonstrate the core values.

2018 Collegiate of the Year Award
  • Sarah Chin (Xi)
    • Nominated by Paige Kennedy

2018 Ruth Davies Flaherty Service Award Recipients (Alumni)
  • Sara Kheboian (Alpha Alumni)
  • Marissa Salvo (Alpha Beta Alumni)
Continuing Education Programs

Dr. Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer, Vice President of Network Pharmacy for the Westchester County Medical Center Health System in Valhalla, New York maintains an Adjunct Clinical Faculty position at Albany College of Pharmacy, and is an Affiliate Associate Professor at St. John's University presented on "Advocacy, Leadership, and the Future of Health-System Pharmacy."

Dr. Elizabeth Kukielka, is an associate medical writer on the clinical communications team at Michael J. Hennessy, Associates, where she writes and develops clinical content for numerous healthcare publications both in print and online, including Pharmacy Times and the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC); she presented on "Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers:  How Pharmacists Can Help".

There was also a breakout session open to collegiate and alumni members that was presented by Timothy R. Ulbrich, who is the creator of Your Financial Pharmacist blog, co-host of Your Financial Pharmacist Podcast and co-author of Seven Figure Pharmacist:  How to Maximize Your Income, Eliminate Debt and Create Wealth.  His workshop was entitled "Building a Strong Financial Foundation"

Blue & Gold Dinner

Thursday evening closed with the Blue & Gold Dinner with special entertainment with a hypnotist and, yes, we were really entertained by our fellow sisters that were put under.  Even our Grand President, Chris Grass, was involved and of course the hilarious Kathy Huff as she was a fabulous conductor.  Way to go ladies!!!

Leadership Program

Friday opened up with a dynamic Leadership Program that was sponsored by Albertson's Pharmacies.  

Christine Perry, Manager of Pharmacy Recruiting and College Relations for the Shaws Osco, ACME Savon and Safeway divisions of Albertson's Pharmacies and Sharon Brown, Pharmacy Manager at Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital in Katy, TX spoke about "Manager=Leader" and "Crucial Conversations: Tips for Managing High Stake Conversations".  

This Leadership program also provided a panel discussion which also included Dr. Elicia DeParolesa, Patient Care Service Manager for Shaws Osco Pharmacy, Dr. Chistine Procaccianti, owner and pharmacist of Green Line Apothecary in Wakefield, RI, Dr. Gayle Brazeau, Dean of School of Pharmacy at Marshall University School of Pharmacy in West Virginia and Past Grand President, Ruth Brown, who is currently retired works as per diem pharmacist at a local medical center, but has had a career in health system pharmacy where she has moved up the ladder as supervisor, associate director and director for Crozer Keystone Health System and brings over 45 years of experience.  This was an exciting leadership program and both collegiate and alumni were able to learn and be engaged throughout the discussion.

Alumni Conference

Our Alumni Conference on Saturday morning was led by our now Grand President, Chris Grass.  We were able to reconnect with each other and also were able to welcome new alumni members to the fold and of course play BINGO.  

The Social Media Committee Chairman, Christine Perry, provided an update on the LKS Social Media Committee and was able to provide the alumni members the low down on the 4 social media platforms that LKS utilizes.  These 4 social media platforms are:

Facebook (FB):
Purpose:  to give people a voice and help people connect.  Users have an account and a newsfeed. 
  • LKS organization page (open to public)
    • Open to anyone and this is where our daily FB posts are done.
  • LKS group page (closed to LKS Sisters only)
    • This page is used for projects like the elections and LKS Trust.  Think of this page as driven by the members, what chapters are selling or want to share goes on this page and the Fraternity also uses this page for reminders.
Instagram (IG) (open to public)-
Purpose:  is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone.  Users have an account and a newsfeed.
  • Instagram is photo driven and offers posts and IG stories.  The collegiate members are really active with Instagram. 

Purpose:  is a means to communicate quickly, effectively and with a variety of levels of privacy.  As it became popular it became a means of sharing information directly with a person or group of people and as a means of broadcasting information.  Users have an account and a newsfeed.
  • Things that are posted to the LKS organization page are also posted here.

Convention concluded with the final banquet which included the installation of the 2018-2020 Grand Council.  We also recognized Mary Grear for her 50 Years of Membership in LKS,
The Month of October

Founder's Day was October 14th

To commemorate the birth of our Fraternity, all chapters should celebrate with a special candle-lit ceremony.  The official Founder's Day ceremony can be found in the LKS Ritual Book.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Set a day each month (like the date of your birthday) to do a self breast exam
  • Schedule your annual mammogram (the 3D Mammogram is the way to go)
American Pharmacist Month
  • Know your Pharmacist. Know your Medicine.  This is also a time as we prepare for Flu shots and other vaccines that you can advocate for patients to know you and their medications.  Let your patients know what services you provide and how you can support their needs.
Woman's Pharmacist Day- Friday, October 12, 2018

National Pharmacy Technician Day- Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Don't forget to acknowledge and recognize our Pharmacy Technicians.  We wouldn't be able to do our jobs if it wasn't for our technicians.  Write them a thank you note and mail it to their home or get them some healthy snacks to let them know how much you appreciate them.
What's New with Ewe?  

Stephanie Alvarez  providing us an update on her family. A family vacation and a move to NC!!.  

Starlin Haydon-Greatting, IPhA Director of Clinical Programs and Population Health, has been reappointed to the Specialty Council on Ambulatory Care Pharmacy for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) for the 2019-2021 term.   Congratulatio ns Starlin, thank you for representing IPhA on a national level!  Starlin also received the Bowl of Hygeia.

Gloria Doughty (Alpha Nu Alumni) was highlighted in the University of Kentucky Alumni Magazine.

Congratulations to Christina Proccaccianti for being named RIPA's 2018 NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award sponsored by Upsher-Smith. Christina and Green Line Apothecary continue to "think outside the box" to deliver pharmacy services to Southern Rhode Islanders every day! 

Meadowbrook Waldorf School noted:  We just received this generous donation from Greenline Apothecary, the Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in Wakefield!  The students might prefer a delicious ice-cream float but these holistic and all natural first aid remedies will be much more useful for those recess boo-boos.   Thank you Greenline Apothecary!

Psi Mu Omega's HBCU Hidden Figure, Tameya Sam, is a graduate of Texas Southern University, where she was initiated into the Gamma Psi chapter.   While at TSU, she was on the Dean's list, won 2nd Place in the European Poetic Interpretation, and was Class & Fraternal Presidents. She was also on the Debate Team, LKS, APhA, SNAPHA, and NOBBCHE.  She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy and minored in Biology She's a Compounding & Community Pharmacist.  Outstanding achievements in her field include APhA One-To-One Counseling Winner, and CVS District Paragon Winner.   Besides being the Secretary of Psi Mu Omega, she's an Immunizer, Top Teens Mentor, and Shadowcreek PTO Mom. 

Shawna (Gervais) Sprengeler  alumni) shared this update of her wedding to Dan Sprengeler.  Congratulations the the both of you.  

Christine Hoegner Brown (Tau alumni) and family welcomed Jordan Michael on August 12, 2018 at 2:56pm.  He was born at 8lbs 1oz, 20 inches long.  Congratulations on the new addition to the family.

Kasey & Bryan Cardwell... We have some exciting news! Baby Cardwell is due to arrive January 10th  ��

Tracee Strout (Xi Alumni)  and husband Steve welcomed Joseph Paul (J.P.) on May 5, 2018.  He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.  They are completely in love with this little boy and can't wait to watch him grow !!  Congratulations !

Congratulations to our sister (and Alpha Beta fraternity advisor!)
Robin Bogner   on becoming director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Processing Research! We're so proud, and UConn and AB are so lucky to have you as a professor, mentor, and advisor!

Rachel & Nik Chkautovich welcomed Liliana (Lily) Rose into this world. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. 


If something has happened to you, big or small, please let me know. New job? New home? A baby? Engagement? Something serious? Something funny? Send it to me! Send a picture too, if you can. You can send it to

I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Fall 2018 
Upcoming Dates

November 1st- Alumni Dues Due

November- LKS Trust Month

It's never too late to renew your membership in LKS!

November 1st is always
the deadline for paying alumni dues. 

If you've already paid, thank you! If you still need to pay, no problem!

If you have any difficulty making your dues payment, just call 1-262-682-4362 (Monday through Thursday) and our wonderful staff can assist you.

Thanks to your loyalty and support, Lambda Kappa Sigma continues to thrive as the first (and best!) professional fraternity supporting women in pharmacy. 

With more than 25,000 initiated "lambs", our beloved fraternity remains dedicated to providing lifelong opportunities to all members through professional excellence and personal growth. 

Your continued support allows us to provide amazing opportunities not only to you but to the women following in your professional footsteps!.

If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to renew your commitment to LKS today. 

In addition, your donation to Campaign for Progress (which can be made at the same time as your membership renewal) provides support for a targeted need for Fraternity growth and development.

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