Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
The oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world.
Kappa Psi was founded on May 30, 1879 in New Haven, Connecticut, and currently there are 183 chapters (108 Collegiate and 75 Graduate chapters), more than six thousand collegiate members, and over eighty seven thousand graduate members across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.
The objectives of Kappa Psi include:
To conduct a professional fraternal organization for the mutual benefit of its members;
To develop industry, sobriety, and fellowship;
To foster high ideals, scholarship, and pharmaceutical research;
To support all projects which will advance the profession of pharmacy and to actively participate in them;
To inspire in its members a deep and lasting pride in their Fraternity and in the profession of pharmacy;
To render such other services to its members and its profession feasible and in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of the Fraternity.
Fraternity News & Notes
Fraternity News and Notes
Risk Management Scenario Spring 2016:
Imagine a Spring weekend after midterms. Only a few Brothers remain around campus for the weekend. Two Brothers, Cadet and Russell, arranged a gathering at one of their houses and invited other Brothers on the Chapter’s Facebook page to enjoy some grilling and drinking beer. As the night starts off, it is fairly low-key. People are tossing bags, listening to music, and hanging out. Around 9 pm, other people started showing up, and the gathering starts to get cramped and loud. By 10 pm attendees decided to move the party a couple miles away to the downtown strip of bars. Brother Cadet chose to drive a few people since “he’d only had a couple beers.”
On the way, Brother Cadet incidentally rear-ended a car in front of him, barely making contact. No one seemed terribly hurt, but the accident was reported and Brother Cadet blew a 0.1 when the police gave him a breathalyzer test. The police arrested him for a DUI. Come Monday morning, he was fearful of what the State Board and his college might do with him. He asked all his friends not to say anything until he could figure out what he needed to do.
Option 1: After much debate, Brother Cadet sought out advice from his GCD. Dr. Hands listened carefully and recommended he seek legal advice, and report the arrest as was necessary with the State Board and College statutes. Dr. Hands also inquired about the event, Brother Cadet’s history of drinking and driving, and whether drinking was an issue. He informed Brother Cadet that he would be inquiring to others present regarding the event. A short few days later, Dr. Hands discussed with his Chapter Executive Board regarding the event being posted on Facebook, Brothers not choosing to get a cab or Uber and what could have happened if something more serious occurred. He asked for a report to be completed and submitted to the College and Kappa Psi Central Office detailing what happened and the Chapter’s action plan to prevent future incidents. Dr. Hands tasked the Chapter Sergeant-at-arms and Risk Management Committee to develop a presentation to be delivered to the Chapter and Province levels on what a “Kappa Psi Party” may look like, the gray line between official and unofficial gatherings, and how to effectively mitigate future risks. Brother Cadet ended up needing to navigate many hurdles as he worked himself back into a favorable position with the College and the Board of Pharmacy and Legal system, but his Brothers were walking with him every step of the way.
Option 2: After much debate, Brother Cadet asked everyone to stay quiet about the incident. However, one of the passengers in the car he rear-ended sought medical attention with neck issues. She underwent months of therapy and pursued legal action. The passenger was frustrated by what she saw as a bunch of fraternity kids running amuck. The College administration found out about the accident the same day the lawsuit was filed. Dr. Hands, the GCD, was shocked when the Dean approached him about the incident. Dr. Hands promised full cooperation with the College. After some investigation, Dr. Hands found out details of the night leading up to the accident including the intentional hiding of information by some of his Chapter’s Executive Board. Dr. Hands kept hearing over and over again from the Brothers he interviewed that “it wasn’t a Kappa Psi party”, “We’ve done these parties before”, “Brother Cadet wasn’t drunk” ,and “It wasn’t our place to stop him from driving”. Dr. Hands immediately reached out to the Grand Regent/Central Office. He expressed his struggle with obtaining information from the Brothers as well as the pending college and legal involvement. The Grand Regent stated the Executive Committee would get involved with the serious nature of this occurrence. Brother Cadet has found himself treading through serious legal matters, issues from the State Board and College from a lack of reporting a serious incident, and consequences of Chapter repercussions.
Questions to discuss:
1. Does this type of gathering violate Kappa Psi’s Risk Management Policy? Why or why not? a. What should have been done to prevent this type of occurrence?
2. If a Brother knows of a potential violation, are they required to come forth? Should they come forth?
3. What were the pros and cons of each of Brother Cadet’s options? Could there have been an alternative?
4. When incidents occur, who should be told? At what point should the GCD be approached?
5. Could this happen at your Chapter? If so, what can your Chapter do to minimize the risks of such an incident?
It is my pleasure to announce the chartering of the Zeta Pi Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Queens, New York . The Chartering Ceremony took place on . Please feel free to send congratulations to the new GCD, Dr. William Maidhof (email@example.com).
It is my pleasure to announce the Graduate Chapter Chartering of the Palouse Graduate Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc in Spokane, WA. The Palouse Region encompasses Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. The chartering will take place on on ( . If you are interested in attending, please contact Brother Shane Johnsjohnson_shaner@wsu.edu) for more details regarding the ceremony and venue. You may send any letters of correspondence to Brother Johnson or Grand Vice-Regent Robert Mancini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Latha Radhakrishnan, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Grand Regent, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc
Grand Regent - Latha Radhakrishnan email@example.com
Grand Vice Regent - Robert Mancini firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Counselor - Christy Askew email@example.com
Grand Historian - Melissa Buchanan firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Ritualist - Jason Milton email@example.com
Graduate Member at Large - Mike Starvaggi firstname.lastname@example.org
Collegiate Member at Large - Karen Hoang email@example.com
Past Grand Regent - Eric Gupta firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director - Johnny W. Porter email@example.com
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutival Fraternity
2060 N. Collins Blvd., Suite 128
Richardson, TX 75080-2657
It is my pleasure to announce the 2016 winner of the A. Richard Bliss, Jr. Grand Council Citation of Appreciation. Dr. Kenneth B. Roberts is an initiate of the Psi Chapter at University of Tennessee and his devotion to the Fraternity and to the profession of Pharmacy is indeed insirational.. We will honor Brother Roberts at Kappa Psi's Reception at APhA on March 5, 2016