Pharmacy phamily

Leading women into the professional world

Serving as the only professional fraternity for women on campus, Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) has been striving to uplift women, which is why Ferris pre-pharmacy sophomore Katie Kurburski clicked immediately with the organization.

“When I came to Ferris, I didn’t know anyone. I really wanted to reach out and get to know other women in the field of pharmacy and LKS was the answer,” Kurburski said. “I found out about LKS at a pre-pharmacy meeting and one of the sisters approached me there. It has been one of the best decisions I have made because I gained another family, created friendships and grew professionally.”

Serving as a professional fraternity, LKS is able to help prepare its members for their futures, something Ferris pharmacy freshman Samantha Schrotenboer could resonate with.

“Our sisterhood is the greatest support system I could’ve ever hoped for when I came to college,” Schrotenboer said. “We are given many opportunities to further ourselves in the pharmacy community such as job shadowing and networking with pharmacists all around the country.”

LKS hosts many events during both the fall and spring semesters for academics as well as for their philanthropy, Project Hope. They hold events for applying to pharmacy school as well as how to write curriculum vitaes, a brief biographical resume of one’s career and training. Every spring, they host a chili cook off to raise money for Project Hope which sends medical supplies and aids disaster relief to developing countries. On top of that, LKS holds a variety of recruitment events for students who are interested in joining.

Although LKS is an associate member of the Panhellenic Council, they have separate governing rules from other sororities on campus. LKS is reserved specifically to those who are pre-pharmacy or pharmacy students. That being said, it is acceptable for members to change their major at any time. Ferris biology and psychology senior Micaela Rice did just that.

As a pre-pharmacy major at the time, Rice wanted to meet more people within her major who had similar interests. Rice felt immediately welcomed by the community when she went to recruitment events. She said that her one regret was not having joined the organization her freshman year.

“Although it might seem intimidating, joining Greek life is honestly one of the best decisions a college student can make,” Rice said. “I have made lifelong friendships, had amazing leadership experience, contributed to a variety of philanthropies and made a lot of wonderful memories.”

If students are interested in learning more about Lambda Kappa Sigma, they can contact the fraternity’s recruitment chairs Katie Kurburski through email at kurburk@ferris. edu or Sydney Lorenz at Students can also follow the organization’s Instagram @ferrisstatelks to learn more information about upcoming events they have planned.