"Lambda Kappa Sigma provides lifelong opportunities for women in pharmacy
through professional excellence and personal growth."
--Lambda Kappa Sigma Mission Statement
2015 Annual Convention, St. Louis, Missouri
Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) is an international professional pharmacy fraternity open to undergraduate and graduate pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists. The Core Values of LKS are: Sisterhood, Leadership, Service, Scholarship and, underlying all Core Values, Integrity.
LKS fosters personal growth through the support, encouragement and camaraderie among members, challenging each to be the best human being, pharmacist and sister they can be. Through active participation in campus activities and fraternity programs, LKS members cultivate valuable leadership skills and first-hand experience with group dynamics. With an emphasis on women's health issues, LKS educational programs enhance professional development in the field of pharmacy by giving members the understanding necessary to serve patients knowledgeably and with confidence.
Founded in 1913, LKS has more than 24,000 initiated members, with 32 campus chapters and 16 alumni groups chartered internationally.
When Ethel J. Heath (pictured at right) became the librarian at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, she discovered professional pharmacy fraternities for men, but nothing for women. So on October 14, 1913, she founded the Lambda Kappa Society, a social club for women at the college. Joining her were eight female students: Annabel Carter Jones, Mary Connolly Livingston, Emma MacDonnell Cronin, Willette McKeever Cheever, Mary Durgin Loveland, Alice G. Coleman, Margaret M. Curran and Rosemond A. Guinn.
The club’s name was changed to Lambda Kappa Sigma in 1916. Two years later on April 11, LKS became the first national pharmaceutical sorority for women. By 1984, more than 12,000 members had been initiated into the Fraternity. On April 28, 1956, LKS became an international fraternity when the Alpha Lambda chapter was established at the University of British Columbia.
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