For our first installment of the year for the “Five Minute Study Break” series we reached out to the presidents of all three of the professional pharmacy fraternities to get to know them and their organizations better. Campbell University College of Pharmacy has active Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Psi, and Phi Delta Chi chapters.
1) Tell me about the organization that you represent and what is your role on the officer board?
I am Cameron Mines, the president of Kappa Epsilon, which is predominately a female fraternity. We are a smaller fraternity but with that comes a very tight knit group of friends. In our fraternity we work to promote women in pharmacy and our philanthropy is The Young Survivors Coalition. We are also involved with volunteering at other locations to give our members as many opportunities to get service hours as possible. Although we try to get as many service opportunities, we also make time for socials and spending quality time together as a fraternity. – Cameron, KE
Kappa Epsilon members after their Spring 2016 Initiation
My name is Xanthe Andrews (P3) and I serve as the Second Vice Regent and Rush Chair for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest pharmaceutical fraternity in the country. We were founded May 30, 1879 in New Haven, Connecticut. Our chapter, Delta Lambda, was founded at Campbell in 1988 and we have been growing ever since! The four main pillars of Kappa Psi are Fellowship, Industry, Sobriety, and High Ideals. We strive to serve the community, advance the profession of pharmacy, and inspire a deep and lasting pride for our fraternity in our members. –Xanthe, KY
Kappa Psi members at a regional Province meeting.
My name is Matthew Harding and I represent Phi Delta Chi as the current President. The motto of our fraternity is Alterum Alterius Auxilio Eget which means “each needs the help of the other.” Our Brotherhood is just that, a family, and I personally could not have made it through pharmacy school without the help of my Brothers. During times of stress, Brothers will go out of their way to provide snacks, food, drinks, etc. for either the class above or below in order to help them deal with their upcoming exams. Our philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Hospital for which we hold several fundraisers and service projects throughout the year.-Matt, PDC
Phi Delta Chi members at a Tailgate
2) Why did you choose to join a professional fraternity?
I wanted to rush with a smaller tighter knit group. When I started at Campbell I didn’t know anyone and the girls in KE just seemed like my perfect fit. Now starting my third year I can definitely say that KE was a very important part of my pharmacy experience.-Cameron, KE
Kappa Psi members after an Adopt-A-Highway event.
Starting P1 year, I was an introverted extrovert. I had a mentor encourage me to rush (she knew I needed a way out of my shell!) and I figured everyone was so excited about a Round Robin, I better not miss it! I was instantly surrounded by people cheering me on and helping me find a place in our program. People I had never met before that year were coming to my house with care packages before exams, giving me tips on how to handle all the material coming my way, and genuinely interested in my wellbeing and leadership development. It is not every day you get the opportunity to network with such a wide array of professionals in your field and in the pharmacy program. -Xanthe, KY
Upon arriving at Campbell University, I did not have the benefit of knowing many people in my class. For the first time, I felt like an outsider and I wanted to rid myself of the feeling. As it turns out, joining PDC was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Pledging helped me learn how to manage my time better, get to know my fellow classmates who were also rushing, and get to know P2’s, P3’s, and P4’s who were Brothers of the fraternity. -Matt, PDC
KE new members pose with their new letters.
3) What is your favorite thing about being a member of your fraternity?
My favorite thing about being a member KE includes the opportunities for service and the social activities. We work with one of the local churches in their soup kitchen and Adopt A Highway so I very heavily rely on the fraternity for service opportunities. The social activities are even better where we have done many different things from movie nights to lunch. -Cameron, KE
I have loved the family atmosphere and the connections I have made along the way. We have the opportunity to attend regional and national meetings regularly, so I am constantly meeting new people who are eager to help me begin my career. Xanthe, KY
It affords you the opportunity of networking with other Brothers around the country. We have two other chapters in North Carolina, one at UNC and the other at Wingate, and we are very active with Brothers of each chapter. There are 95 chapters of Phi Delta Chi around the country and all would welcome you with open arms for the simple fact that you are a Brother of PDC. PDC is my pharmily as we say, and that has to be my favorite thing about our fraternity. -Matt, PDC
Phi Delta Chi members and alumni with chapter awards at Grand Council.
4) What benefits have you received from being a member of your fraternity?
The best benefit of being a member of KE is the friendships I have made along the way. It is so helpful to have the advice and support of upperclassmen and to pass on your help to those in classes below you. Above all, you become very close with all of the people in your fraternity and really depend on each other for support and friendship. -Cameron, KE
I have gained friendships, mentors, and a new sense of my abilities. I have become a leader and a more confident person. I have been given the opportunity to serve in roles I never would have imagined as a P1, and not just within the fraternity- I am now the PSEB Vice President! What?! Being a member of a fraternity has given me so much, and I cannot imagine going through pharmacy school without the support system I have gained. -Xanthe, KY
Kappa Psi members at a social event.
Support is the greatest benefit I have received from this fraternity. There have been a few Brothers who have gone through some traumatic experiences and we have done things such as send flower baskets, provide meals during their time of need, etc. On my first day of pharmacy school, I never thought I would have the chance to say that I am the President of an organization, but it is from the support of all members that I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve this organization on a greater scale then I ever imagined possible. -Matt, PDC
KE members at a Fall social event.
5) What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about going through rush?
I would definitely encourage everyone to try as many rush events as possible! It is not only a lot of fun but can also be a great way to meet new friends and see which fraternity fits you best. Joining a fraternity is one of the best things I did and I have no idea what I would do without my KE members. -Cameron, KE
Have an open mind and just give it a try. You may think now, “This isn’t for me.” You honestly won’t know for sure unless you test it out. Come to Round Robin and see what you think. Whatever you do, do not look back and say, “Man, I wish I would have just checked it out.” It will be a decision you won’t regret, and probably the best one you could make in this program! -Xanthe, KY
Take your time in deciding. Don’t just pick a fraternity because all your friends are joining that specific one. Pick the one that you feel best represents your character. Each and every organization is great in their own ways, just keep an open mind throughout Round Robin and Rush. -Matt, PDC
PDC members at their annual Lasagna Dinner which raises money for St. Jude.
For anyone interested in joining a professional pharmacy fraternity, please come to Maddox Hall on Wednesday, August 17 at 5:00pm to meet members of all three fraternities at Round Robin. We hope to see you at all of the rush events over the next few weeks!
-Xanthe Andrews (P3), Matt Harding (P3), Cameron Mines (P3), and Kathryn Ray (P3)