Lambda Kappa Sigma
July 2016
In This Issue

TriviaLKS Trivia
It is time for the summer trivia question! The first 5 collegiates who answer the question correctly will win a prize! (Sorry, you cannot win more than once a year.)

Just email your answer to

Here is the question...

Since 1926, the Fraternity had held Biennial Conventions every two years in the even-numbered years. Following a vote of the Convention body during the 2010 Biennial Convention, the Fraternity decided to hold annual conventions. When and where was the first Annual Convention held?
LKS Contacts

Grand VP for Collegiates
Afton Wagner

Region Supervisors
New England
Justine Dickson

Eastern Atlantic
Amanda Higgins

Christina Inteso

Melissa O'Brien

Northern Lakes
Tracee Abrams

Kaitlyn Harnden

Arielle Bibeault

Nicole Lombardo
Quick Links


Greetings from your Grand Vice President for Collegiates!

Congratulations to all of the LKS sisters who graduated in 2016!

Your Grand Council is so proud of your accomplishments and welcomes you into our profession and Alumni ranks. New graduates will receive one full free year of LKS membership after graduation. So remember to update your information on the Graduate Alumni Form and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to continue your membership with LKS and receive the benefits of an alumni member. As an alumni member, you can join any Alumni Chapter or be an Alumni-at-Large. LKS will continue to support you as you hone your skills as a pharmacist and leader in the profession and help you solidify meaningful relationships with other alumni who are striving to be the best pharmacists and sisters they can be.

Summer is now upon us and with that comes a lot of fun in the sun activities and events to look forward to! My favorite event of the summer is the LKS Annual Convention. The 2016 LKS Annual Convention will be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania, home of our Alpha Phi sisters, from July 20 through 23. I hope you have registered and I look forward to meeting or reconnecting with you! The Convention program this year is not one to miss and you will all come back to your chapters with a wealth of knowledge and new lamb friends from around the country! See below for some great tips as you plan your trip to Scranton.

This summer edition of LinKS is bittersweet for me as my term as GVPC will end at the Convention. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve as your GVPC, and I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of your chapters over the past two years. You have all instilled the spirit of LKS within me, and I will carry it as I move onward in my professional and personal life. I look forward to when our paths cross again!
I hope you all enjoy this Summer Edition of LinKS. Please keep in touch!


Afton Y. Wagner, PharmD
Grand Vice President for Collegiates
Convention Attendance & Preparation:Convention
Brought to You by Your GVPC
& Region Supervisors
Your GVPC and Region Supervisors are excited to see you at the 2016 LKS Convention! If you are still on the fence about attending, here are a few reasons that might convince you to meet us in Scranton:
  1. You get to travel to a place that you may never have traveled to otherwise.
  2. You will meet new collegiates and alumni members from around the country and have fun in the process.
  3. You will be inspired by women who are accomplished within their respective fields.
  4. Traveling with your sisters further develops your relationships within your own chapter.
  5. You will come back to your chapters with ideas for activities that can strengthen LKS Core Values, help improve sisterhood, increase fundraising, or improve organization within your chapter.
If you are already planning on attending the Convention, keep the following tips in mind as you prepare for the trip:

  1. Register! Online registration closes on July 8th. After this date, members interested in attending convention can still register onsite.
  2. Find a roomie (or two) and book a hotel room at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.
  3. Post on Facebook how excited you are to attend Convention!
  4. Remember, although Convention is a lot of fun, you are also here for networking! Keep that in mind when packing your bags. Be sure to dress appropriately for each event and review the agenda for the entire convention. Business casual does not include short shorts or short skirts, low cut tops, etc. We are professionals looking to network and make friends, so it is important to put your best foot forward and make a good impression!
  5. Remember to pack your LKS shirt for the Blue & Gold Banquet. It never hurts to pack a few extra LKS shirts to wear or to let someone borrow as well! Also, remember to pack a nice dress or outfit for the more formal closing gala on Saturday night.
  6. Ewe Can Shop and the Trust Auction are events that everyone looks forward to each year! Set your budget ahead of time for how much you want to spend at each event.
  7. Don't forget to bring items for Ruth's Place, this year's convention service project.
  8. Come prepared to discuss areas in which your chapter might be struggling and make a point to connect with members from other chapters to see if they are doing things that might help you. Also, share your successes with other chapters who may be looking for new ideas!
  9. Before heading to Scranton, re-read all of the LKS emails sent regarding Convention and review the agenda. Coordinate travel with sisters in your chapter who are attending and exchange phone numbers so that you are able to reach each other onsite.
  10. At Convention, talk to the alumni, we don't bite! Ask about jobs, residency, how they got to where they are, their path in LKS, etc. We love to chat!
We can't wait to see you in Scranton!
Region Supervisor Spotlight: Arielle
Melissa O'Brien, Mid-Atlantic Region
Company, Position, Brief Job Description: New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Ambulatory Care. As part of a collaborative interdisciplinary care team, I maintain a clinical practice with focus on direct patient care. I perform medication therapy management, educate patients about their therapies and promote disease prevention. In collaboration with the rest of the team, I strive to provide the best services to our patients on a daily basis. I work closely with the patients and their families to ensure proper medication usage and positive outcomes.

What was your chapter of initiation and/or alumni chapter? How long have you been an LKS Member? Initiation: Alpha Pi, Fall 2005; Alpha Pi Alumni, 2010; active member for 11 years. 

How has LKS contributed to your leadership skills and experience? LKS has afforded me multiple opportunities to develop my leadership skills throughout the years. I have learned to push past my comfort zone, network with other professionals and inspire younger members.

Other than Region Supervisor, what other LKS positions have you held or what committees have you been a part of as an alumni member? Alpha Pi Alumni Advisor, Alpha Pi Alumni Chapter President. Bylaws Committee Member, Grand Treasurer Elect

What is your greatest source of inspiration? My patients. I work in a federally declared, medically under-served area with patients who have low health literacy. When I see a patient overcome barriers and successfully manage a condition, it motivates me to find the next new challenge and to help more people.

What do you enjoy or look forward to the most about LKS Annual Convention? I love catching up with old friends and meeting new people. I also love to see all of the creative ideas chapters have executed to further strengthen the mission of LKS and promote Project HOPE.