Professional Pharmacy Fraternity
Greetings Sisters!!

2019 has surely flown by so fast.  I cannot believe it is already December and Christmas is around the corner.  This has truly been a busy year for many of us.  We have sisters who have been traveling around the world, building and buying new houses, getting married, having children, changing jobs, building their business or brand, publishing articles, writing books, taking on new responsibilities and having new experiences. 

The workforce in pharmacy is changing, companies are downsizing, pharmacist hours and store hours are being cut.  All of these can be a stressor for anyone.  But we have to be vigilant and prepared so that we can withstand those challenges.  As a leader we also need to be looking for ways to develop and improve ourselves.  So in meeting with my supervisor she had indicated that she had been reading a book each quarter and reviewing it with her supervisor.  She had mentioned that she was beginning to read a book called "5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 A.M." written by Terri Savelle Foy.  I had not heard of this book so I decided that I was going to read it as well. Terri shares in her book the habits of successful people as well as her own personal habits that took her from an undisciplined life to living a life filled with purpose, self-discipline and God-given success.  In the book she discusses her 5 morning habits for a successful life, and she shares other leaders' top 5 morning habits.

The 5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 A.M. are:
Habit #1:  Pray and Meditate
  • Terri talks about how she had no idea she was afraid of her own thoughts.  She states, "Solitude is the most important part of pursuing God's dream for your life.  This is where you gain direction, obtain clarity for your vision, receive courage to overcome obstacles, and become fearless in the face of adversity to go after your dreams."
  • In the bestselling book, The Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz says, "Successful people in any field take time out to confer with (themselves).  Leaders use solitude to put the pieces of the problem together to work out solutions, to plan and in one phrase, to do their super-thinking.  Many people fail to tap their creative leadership power because they confer with everybody and everything else but themselves."
  • While you are in your moment of solitude you should keep a journal to record your thoughts, ideas and to plan your future.
Habit #2:  Read
  • Terri points out that "75% of self-made millionaires have reported to reading at least two books per month."
  • The reading habits of successful people
    • o   They are intentional about reading
    • o   They are selective about what they read
    • o   They read to grow
    • o   They read to save time and money
    • o   They seize every moment to learn
    • o   They read to be inspired
    • o   They apply what they read
Habit #3:  Listen to Audios
  • They listen to audiobooks in their commute to work.  Some leaders listen to faith-building audios.  Some also listen to podcasts and audiobooks
Habit #4:  Write (and Review) Your Dreams and Goals
  • Visualize your future
  • Write it down
  • Make a vision board or vision book
  • Take action on your dreams
  • Believe
Habit #5:  Exercise and make it a habit
  • There are 5 benefits of exercise
    • o   Exercise makes you happier
    • o   Exercise makes you sleep better
    • o   Exercise reduces stress
    • o   Exercise gives you a boost of energy
    • o   Exercise builds your confidence
As 2019 is coming close to an end and the holidays are coming upon us,  I hope that you spend time with family and friends and cherish those moments.  As you will see time is of the essence and it is one precious thing that you can never get back.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoy this edition of our Alumni News and don't forget to send me your updates, questions or your requests by emailing me at

Fraternally yours,

Lu Shawna Lawson
Grand Vice President for Alumni

ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting

The 54 th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition was held in Las Vegas, NV, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Lambda Kappa Sigma was represented in the Exhibit Hall once again this year by Grand President, Chris Grass; Grand Secretary, Stephanie Mrozek; Grand Treasurer, Melissa O'Brien; Past Grand President, Sandy Mullen; and Erin Rogala, Director of Member Services. LKS was located at booth #2246 right near the other pharmacy fraternities. 
Over 120 members were able to stop by and catch up with the booth staff. It was great to see students from different chapters mingling and sharing ideas with each other. The comfortable furniture in the booth made for a great place for tired students and alumni to sit and take a break from the busy day. Thank you to all the students and alumni that stopped by to say hello!
A Letter From Trust Liaison Committee Chair, Jeanne VanTyle:
Dear Friends,

As 2019 nears an end, I write to update you on the activities of the Educational Trust which benefits our collegiate and graduate student members. I would like you to consider as an individual or perhaps as an alumni chapter to contribute funds to the Educational Trust.

In 2019, the Educational Trust Liaison Committee voted to award a total of $14,000 in educational grants to deserving members, during the 2020 grant application cycle. The Dr. B. Olive Cole grant is awarded to a member who is pursuing a Master   '   s or PhD. It is a $2000 grant. The remainder of Educational grants are for $1000 each.

It is primarily through member contributions that the principal of the Trust will grow. Donations in the form of special tributes, recognitions, or memorials are welcome.  Perhaps an alumni chapter can partner with a collegiate chapter to jointly raise awareness and funding?

As our fund grows, the ability of LKS to award more educational grants will also increase. The Blue and Gold Triangle lists the winners each year, and we strive to contact previous winners to ask what receiving an educational grant meant to them. If you are a previous winner, please feel free to send an email to Erin Rogala, Director of Member Services, and let us know.

Contributions can be easily accomplished by using the Member Portal. [ à Educational Trust à Donate]. The Educational Trust is established as a 501(c)(3) public charity. You can also mail a check (made payable to the LKS Educational Trust) and send it to LKS, PO Box 570; Muskego, WI 53150-0570.


Jeanne Hawkins VanTyle, Phi
Chair, Educational Trust

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
Beta Gamma Collegiate 
Chapter Installation 
On November 19th the Beta Gamma Collegiate Chapter was installed at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy  in West Virginia.  This is our newest chapter.  

What's New with Ewe?  

Dr. Mary Beth O'Connell (Omicron Alumni), was honored by the Mu Omicron Pi Chapter of Kappa Psi by naming its Sweetheart Award after her.  Check this out here.


Michelle B Kauffman (Alumni) just published a healthcare careers book called Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide.

Congrats to our sister  Elicia Deparolesa (Alpha Alumni) who was featured on a Boston radio station (WEEI Sports Radio Network 93.7FM) talking about pharmacist role for American Diabetes Day.  Elicia posted the following on Facebook:  
Such a different day in my pharmacy story.
First time on the radio and pumped to say the they not only surpassed their goal of $75,000 but hit $100,000 for the  American Diabetes Association!
Proud to be able to brag about how awesome the pharmacists who work inside of Shaw's/Star (Osco Pharmacy) are and all of the amazing services they get to provide to our patients!!


Chec k out our sister  Sara K. Brown   who is a big TV star now in Michigan! She was featured today on Fox17 talking about the difference between the flu and cold. See Sara in action!

What does 40 years of Pharmacy Advocacy look like? Meet  Starlin

Congratulations to our sister and Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice,  
Marissa Salvo  Pharm.D. Who was elected as 1st Vice President of the CPA's Board of Directors and was also inducted as a Fellow of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association. This will be Marissa's sixth year working on the Board. 

Congratulations Kashelle Lakashelle on receiving the ACCP New Educator Award!

Congratulations to Patron Neil Leikach and Past Grand President Dixie Leikach (Epsilon Alumni) for being featured in Pharmacy Times :  The Husband-And-Wife Team are Dynamic Pharmacist Duo:   Pharmacy Times .

Congratulations Alpha Nu Alumni Gloria Doughty.  Pharmacy Alumni Celebrated for Their Commitment to Elevating Care & Scientific Inquiry.  Read about  Gloria.  

Congratulations to Past Grand Secretary, Tameya Sam (Alpha Sigma Alumni At Large), for being honored as 2019 Soror of the Year of the Psi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.   

Christine O'Donnell (Alpha Beta) got engaged to James Caramante on November 25, 2019. 
Winter 2019
Upcoming Dates

March 22-24, 2020
APhA in National Harbor, MD

April 1, 2020
Blue and Gold Triangle Distribution

April 30, 2020
Officer Roster Due
Annual Report Due

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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