Kappa Psi Epsilon Mu !e F"r Pillars
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in !ont of me; I may not fo"ow. Just walk beside me and be my !iend.” - Albert Camus
2012-2013 Oﬃcers Regent: Timmy Do Vice Regent: James Love Chaplain: Michael Walsh Treasurer: Pamela Nguyen Secretary: Laurie Eng Sergeant-At-Arms: Jack He Pledgemaster: Jay Hazelcorn Historian: Cecily Edmond --------------------------Grand Council Deputies: Dr. Renee Rose Dr. Harry Patrick Marcelin
Table of Contents WhirlyDome Rush Event........................................................2 Family Picnic Rush Event........................................................3 Field Day Rush Event..............................................................4 The Four Pillars........................................................................5 The Epsilon Pledge Class........................................................8 Hiren Our Newest Edition ....................................................9 Southeast Province Fall Conclave 2013.................................10 A word from Matthew Irwin..................................................11 Dominick Curry: The Four Pillars.........................................12
Pam Nguyen, Dominick Curry, Timmy Do, Cecily Edmond
RUSH EVENT FALL 2013
By: B!an Li"lejohn In late August, I a-ended my ﬁrst Kappa Psi Rush event. It was at a place called simply, “TheWhirlyDome.” I’m not from Orlando, so I had never heard of this or knew what to expect. One of the Brothers told me it holds a game called Whirlyball. My ﬁrst thought was just to skip it. I was new, already had schoolwork to start on, and it sounded a li-le corny. Then the brother described it. Supposedly it was a combinaMon of basketball, lacrosse, and bumper cars. Okay, now I was intrigued and had to experience this ﬁrsthand. Plus, the ﬁrst 40 guests got free entry. I was convinced.I arrived at the WhirlyDome half an hour early. I get lost easily and wanted to be on Mme (I also wanted to be one of the ﬁrst 40 people). Some Brothers got there at the same Mme and I was the ﬁrst non-‐Kappa Psi person to arrive (by like 20 minutes). This was a great beneﬁt because it allowed me to meet and socialize with a lot of the members. I had met some of the Brothers at other events already,
but this allowed me to talk to a large group of them at once. Some Brothers gave me advice and showed great care and interest towards me as a new student. Other Brothers talked with me about our shared interests outside of school. Everyone was there to have fun and socialize as a group with the overwhelming thoughts of school temporarily out of their minds. AVer everyone else had arrived, it was Mme for Whirlyball to begin. It was pre-y much like the descripMon: a game of lacrosse on a basketball court while Dubstep was blaring through the loudspeakers. Oh, and we were all in bumper cars that had metal rods for steering wheels. It as like a game from the future, or what they thought the future of sports would look like in 1985. I had a blast and would deﬁnitely do it again (even though I sucked and missed every shot). WhirlyDome also had pool tables, arcade games, and basketball games. It was a great night and the perfect way to start oﬀ the school year in a new place with new
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friends. AVer a-ending this rush event, I really set my mind on becoming a Brother of Kappa Psi. Every Brother I met was nice, encouraging, and incredibly approachable. It was important for me to see an organizaMon so dedicated to scholasMc achievement, while also se]ng up social events for people to have fun and relax during a seemingly stressful and busy school schedule. It has always been my goal to stay on top of my studies, but I also need Mme to relieve stress. My mind works more eﬃciently when I am able to socialize with classmates and just have a li-le fun. An event like WhirlyDome really displayed Kappa Psi as a group dedicated to balancing high ideals of scholasMc accomplishments and pharmaceuMcal careers with the fellowship of schoolmates in enjoyable environments. The members of Kappa Psi truly seemed like a Brotherhood, and this was my ﬁrst glimpse into the type of organizaMon for which I had always been searching.
KAPPA PSI FAMILY PICNIC 99 HANDS
The Epsilon Mu Family Picnic Fall Rush 2013
By: Adam Carroll
When I heard that Kappa Psi was holding a family picnic as one of their Rush with them for a while, we were greeted by a few more members who then events, I was really excited. Family is really important to me. I like to include my
introduced us to a few more, and so on and so on. My iniMal thoughts were eased
family in everything that I do, so I was happy to get to a-end a rush event and
as I realized that the cliques weren’t cliques at all. They were ever changing,
spend some much-‐needed Mme with my girlfriend. Unfortunately, our daughter
inMmate, small groups, with people going in and people coming out, all in
didn’t get to a-end because of scheduling conﬂicts, and because of this, I was
equilibrium. As the day progressed, I felt more and more comfortable. Good
apprehensive to go, but I decided to give it a shot and meet some new
advice, great stories, and plenty of laughs were shared. Everyone we
people. I didn’t know what to expect when we ﬁrst arrived at the picnic. When we ﬁrst got there, I saw diﬀerent groups of people cha]ng with one another. Upon noMcing this, I remember thinking that I hope these groups aren’t cliques, and if they are cliques, I hope they’re not too terribly closed oﬀ from one another.
met was really nice, but more importantly, everyone seemed
KAPPA PSI EPSILON MU FALL 2013
So my girlfriend and I walked up to the gazebo and were immediately approached by two very friendly members of Kappa Psi. We were welcomed and oﬀered food, drinks, and anything we wanted. AVer cha]ng
genuine. My girlfriend was welcomed with open arms and treated like any other member of the pharmily, and this is something that impressed me most. Good food, great people, and family were the theme of the Kappa Psi family picnic. And while many groups throw events like this, I believe Kappa Psi did an exemplary job. Their dedicaMon to family and making everyone feel welcome is
commendable. They truly are a great group!
FIELD DAY 2013!
Kappa Psi Field Day By: Jeanine Garcia
FIELD DAY!!! FIELD DAY!!! Field day was a favorite of mine in elementary school. I have fond memories of jumping rope faster than I thought possible, competing in the long jump with a broken arm, running wild and free in the 50-yard dash, and racing relay style. There was always such excitement and electricity in the air! The smell of grass and dirt and FUN! FIELD DAY! When I heard that Kappa Psi was holding a field day as one of its rush events, I did not even consider not going. Perhaps it was a longing for days past. After all, I had kissed those carefree grade school days goodbye a few decades ago. Maybe it was because I wanted to get to know some people in my class, as well as upperclassmen. I had attended a Kappa Psi event a few days prior and had really enjoyed making connections with the members of the fraternity. Whatever the reason, I am so glad I did not hesitate. Field day, for me, was a time to relax and let loose. I felt comfortable just being myself, without feeling like I had to impress anyone. I knew somewhere in the back of my head
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that I was probably being scrutinized, but everyone was just having so much fun that I did not even give it a second thought. What did we do, you ask? Oh, my. We PLAYED! Imagine that! A bunch of 20 and 30 year olds playing! We did the dizzy bat, during which I laughed harder than I had in years. The amount of people running sideways and falling down was the stuff of comic genius. We ran a 3-legged race. We played tug-of-war, which was extremely intense and exciting to watch. We filled a bottle with water using a sponge. We played Capture the Flag! How fun! There were heroic dives, amazing moves, and agility unparalleled by most athletes! What else did we do? Well, hereâ€™s the moral of the story, and the really cool part: We worked together in our teams. We cheered each other on. We supported each other, mentally and physically. We bonded. I felt the beginnings of a family away from my family. And I felt like a kid again. Until the next day, when I could hardly move. (And I canâ€™t wait to do it all again next year!)
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The Four Pillars: from our point of view The Fellowship of Brotherhood
There is nothing more genuine than the bond formed through shared struggle. Fellowship isnâ€™t something that can be synthesized. It takes the collective strength of a pledge class to be there for each other even when that means they must sacrifice their own
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time. Just as we invest in our schoolwork, investing in strong bonds of friendship through picnics and socials are an integral part of forming a support system. Throughout the pledge process, we have leaned on each other and pushed each other to levels of success we couldnâ€™t have even imagined. It is the strength of these
As ambitious pharmacy students, we strive to make a difference in the healthcare profession. Our first step in achieving this goal is to be available to our community by participating in local health screenings. With this experience, we are determined to represent the field of pharmacy as a profession that the public can turn to for healthcare needs. Since we are the future of pharmacy, we continue to promote the field of pharmacy by making ourselves easily accessible to patients. With the ability to educate patients, we hold the power to encourage patients to be proactive with self-care.
bonds that we have formed between each other that makes our unit dynamic and strong. With this sense of fellowship we have for each other, we will move forward into our future careers as pharmacist and as friends for life.
Sobriety with its many meanings promotes clear mind, proper judgment, and professionalism in all settings. In addition to this, sobriety is the proof that we can enjoy life and have deep connections with others without the inﬁltration of alcohol. Sobriety is the fuel to professional status where one shines due to his or her expertise. Here, the Epsilon Pledge Class symbolizes sobriety with glasses of water held up high to represent our clear-mindedness even after a diﬃcult exam. We each have professional goals to accomplish and will not let diﬃcult trials inﬁltrate our minds with discouragement as we continue our journey.
HIGH IDEALS 2013
The Epsilon class is diverse and has many different goals in life. With each hardship bloomed special bonds and memorable lessons. Each lesson drove our pledge class closer to fusing our values with the values of the fraternity. During this transition, we decided that in order for us to aid in the betterment of our profession and the fraternity, we first must better ourselves. With the focus on the four pillars, we agreed that we would aim to incorporate High Ideals into all aspects of our life. Being an accomplished student is just as important as being a loving parent. Being physically, mentally and spiritually healthy is also just as important as being kind and having compassion. Our goal is not just to aim high with every position or role we hold, but to also be well balanced in every part of our life.
EPSILONCLASS Congratulations to: Michelle Rowland, Lauren Bartolome, Phil Nettle, Brain Littlejohn, Trang Conn, Carlos Walker, Merieme DrhouriBengara, Daniel Morley, Silvia Kim, Stacy Garced, Amy Carroll, Jeanine Garcia
Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, youâ€™ll land among the stars.â€? The Epsilon Class Another year, another journey and our Family grows bigger! Through UNTY and perseverance, the Epsilon S.T.A.R set their "lucky 13" foot prints into our history. They have grown so much and we are excited to see their growth as Brothers! Welcome to Kappa Psi, welcome to Epsilon Mu.
! ! ! HIREN SHAH September 2013
EPSILON MU’S NEWEST ADDITION
THE ADOPTION OF A BROTHER By Jessica Wu Brother Hiren Shah from Epsilon Sigma, University of Florida St. Petersburg campus sought adoption into the Chapter of Epsilon Mu. A Brother wishing to be adopted into another chapter must seek approval into of the Brothers that are in it. The Brothers of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. do not judge others. Hiren is the only one who can attest to his commitment to bind to the Ordinances of Epsilon Mu as well as the Constitution and By-‐Laws of Kappa Psi. Now that we have adopted Hiren into the Chapter of Epsilon Mu, we will extend our hand
in fellowship and Brotherhood. Adoption of a Brother from another chapter demonstrates the fraternal bond that is shared between Kappa Psi Brothers. The ritual ended with everyone, including the adopted Brother, renewing their vows. Finally, we added this adopted Brother to the Square. The Square reminds us that we are all Brothers of Kappa Psi. The Order of our Chapter will be strengthened by Hiren Shah. As of September 19, 2013, Hiren Shah has been extended the full liberties of an Epsilon Mu Brother.
Hiren, we welcome you to our Chapter. Epsilon Mu is now one stronger
S O UTH EA S T P RO V IN C E F A LL C O N C LA V E S T. P ETE F LO RID A A Conclave to Remember By Stacy Hall The Brothers of Epsilon Mu journeyed back to St. Pete on October 13, 2013 for one of the most anticipated events of the season; The 2013 Southeast Province Fall Conclave. Brothers gathered from all over the southeast and beyond to share in honoring our four precious pillars. Friday night fellowship kicked off the event at Tampa’s ‘Jacksons’ overlooking the water. Joyful greetings to old friends and new meetings filled the night. In the morning Brother Satrap, Leah Sautman, and Brother Jenny Carrillo lead an interactive workshop to explore individual leadership styles. Leah shared her own qualities as a visionary, where she gave personal insight to her strengths and weakness. Later, an eye-opening ritual presentation was given by Brother Elizabeth Warren with the aid of Grand Ritualist Harry Patrick Marcelin. Our noble Fraternity was based off these rituals and a variety of collegiate and graduate brothers delivered unique presentations to to demonstrate the sanctity of our noble Fraternity customary works. Later Brother Marvin Smith broke the province into groups and simulated our province committees. Brother Marvin explains, “our province committees are pivotal to Kappa Psi and any organization needs the strength of its members in active committees to become great. The greatness of Kappa Psi is not found solely in the executive officers but in the active Brothers that gather, collaborate ideas, and execute plans.” As for all conclaves it opened with fellowship and closed with fellowship forever fortifying our bonds of brotherhood. Saturday night Vue 19 was packed with Brothers laughing, dancing and just plan having a good ol’ time. As Sunday approached and Brothers traveled back to their home towns while some lingered for hot dogs and hamburgers by the water. Relaxing and trying to carry the weekend just a little further in anticipation for the next conclave.
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The Importance of Brother Involvement
on the Province & National Level By Courtney Willis Matthew Irwin aka “Mirwin” was selected to be apart the Kappa Psi Province Ritual Committee for 2012-2013 as well as the National Ritual Committee for 2013-2015. As part of the province committee, he aspired to open up communication amongst graduate Brothers and collegiate Brothers in near-by areas regarding the promotion of practice sessions for various rituals in the Fraternity. On the
national level, Brother Irwin has participated in creating ways for chapters to stay upto-date regarding the latest rituals of the Fraternity as well as providing chapters with insight and direction on how to meet these standards. Subsequently, he was able to increase Brother involvement in Kappa Psi ritual not only on the collegiate level but also on the graduate level. "Its been an honor to be apart of these committees.
I feel as though it has strengthened my dedication to this Fraternity. The more involved a Brother is, the more invested they will remain in the future with the Fraternity. Strengthening your involvement as a Brother will increase the amount of respect you will continue to have as well as increase retention rate.”
!e F"r Pillars: !eir meaning & modern a$lication By Dominick Curry
We all know the Four Pillars. We had them drilled into us
Brotherhood founded on leadership. When I entered the
could be a letter of recommendation or advice on what
as pledges, and we can recite them when called upon
College, I noticed that there were Brothers in leadership
to do in a tough time. It can mean picking up the check
very easily. How often do we sit down and actually think
positions spread around the entire campus. Witnessing
at dinner for your little, or staying with you for three
about them, their meaning, and their modern application
the great things they accomplish, raises the bar in your
hours as you wait for the police to show up at the scene
in our Chapter? How often do we take the time to think
psyche. It changes from, “I do enough, look at what I
of your car accident. This is Fellowship. Brothers are
about how these values actually define us as Brothers?
have done” to “I am not doing enough, what else can I
altruistic. They help you simply because you need it.
They are concepts, morals, principals, and they can be
do?” It makes you think you are not doing enough, and
They do not want anything in return, except the peace of
interpreted and applied differently depending upon the
you push yourself to do more. It forces development. It
mind that whoever they aid will be there to help the next
Brother or Chapter. I offer up my interpretation as food
is because of this that I originally began being involved.
Brother in need. It takes Sobriety to want to participate
for thought, to get you thinking about yours. If you
Now I have done things that I never thought I could
in this cycle. It requires a clear mind, one that is not
imagine a Chapter as a living entity, you realize that it
accomplish, and yet I am looking for more. This
intoxicated with selfish desires to take without
needs an environment where it can grow and thrive, and
environment resets the expectations you have for
reciprocation. It is not drunk with envy. The Sober mind
the nutrients to actually do so.
yourself and fosters your personal growth exponentially.
of a Brother wants nothing more than what is best for
This is my definition of Industry and High Ideals. The
the greater good. If the mind is sober, then it is second
fact that you hold yourself to a higher standard, morally
nature to pay it forward, to be a good Brother.
You are a product of your environment. Those who know me, know I preach this. They are probably tired of me saying it, but it is true. You are heavily influenced by the environment that surrounds you. I am a prime example of this. Before Brotherhood, I was not in an environment
and professionally makes you the most effective Pharmacist and person you can be, in whatever career path (industry) you choose to pursue
The environment and the essential nutrients required for a successful Chapter and Brotherhood go hand in hand. The environment of High Ideals and Industry provide
that pushed or challenged me. I was not active in
There is no ‘thank you’ among Brothers. There is only
opportunity for the nutrients of Fellowship and Sobriety
organizations, I did not seek out opportunities to grow,
an expectation that you will take the help given to you,
to be present. They often become interchangeable, a
and I did only what was necessary to get by. I did not
and potentiate the cycle of paying it forward. There is
fluid relationship exists between them, but all must
realize that I could be a leader, and handle so much
the hope that the investment of time to help a Brother
present. It is the duty of Brothers to continue to water
more. The environment provided by Kappa Psi is one of
will elevate them and drive them to the do same when
the plant that is the Chapter by living through our Four
constant growth and drive to be the best version of
presented with an opportunity. This can be anything. It
Pillars. When we do this, we all reap the rewards.
yourself. The drive to make you a better person, a better
can be something small like a ride to the airport, or
pharmacist, a better leader. This is because we are a
something as large and meaningful as mentorship. It
Willis, and Jessica Wu. The committee would also like to thank Matthew Irwin!
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