Wayne State University

Detroit City Council Honors Omicron Chapter

In July, the Omicron Chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) welcomed 150 collegiates and alumni to Detroit for the international professional pharmacy fraternity’s first annual convention.

In part for the Chapter’s efforts to bring the event to Detroit, the Detroit City Council honored the Omicron Chapter with a testimonial resolution. The proclamation cited the Chapter for its “commitment to bolstering the City of Detroit among its LKS colleagues and its dedication to professional leadership, academic excellence and community service to enhancing the lives of all in the community.”

“The convention was a huge success,” said Geralynn Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and an advisor to the LKS Omicron Chapter. “It was exciting to be a part of this wonderful achievement for the members of the Omicron Chapter.”
It was through the initiative of Omicron Chapter members and student pharmacists Kaitlyn Ross and Lacey Van Sipe that the LKS Grand Council accepted the Chapter’s proposal to bring the national convention to Detroit.

Smith described the work ethic of chapter members in preparing for the convention as extraordinary. “Convention Chair Katherine Gwinn, Co-chair Lia Kirk, the project chairs and all LKS members are to be congratulated for being amiable hosts,” Smith said. She also reported that the LKS Grand Council and convention attendees acknowledge the amiability, leadership and professionalism of both the Omicron Chapter and co-host Alpha Iota Chapter from Ferris State University.

Contributing to the success and quality of the convention were Mary Beth O’Connell, associate professor, and Carol Bugdalski Stutrud, assistant professor, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Stutrud provided personal contribution and support in gaining sponsors, gifts and speaker on professionalism. O’Connell organized the first HOPE WaLKS, a three-mile walk through downtown Detroit that showcased the architectural and historical sites of the City and raised $5,000 for Project HOPE, which provides global humanitarian assistance and programs to develop long-term sustainable health care.

“The support of the Omicron Chapter alumni was invaluable,” Smith said. “It was wonderful to see so many Omicron Chapter alumni from the fifties at the final banquet.” In addition to financial assistance, she acknowledged the alumni for their generosity of  talent and time.

Photo: Proudly displaying the testimonial resolution from the Detroit City Council are (from left) Prof. Geralynn Smith; Omicron Chapter members Lacey Van Sipe, Emily Fisher, Lia Kirk, Katherine Gwinn, Kaitlyn Ross; and Richard Slaughter, associate dean for pharmacy.