The 53rd National Convention of Kappa Epsilon will be held VIRTUALLY August 6 and 7, 2021.
KE convention is a special time when our members can reconnect and rededicate themselves to Kappa Epsilon. While we cannot be physically together, we can still celebrate all that we experienced, learned, and accomplished during this biennium.
Registration fees are dramatically reduced this year to reflect the virtual nature of this convention. Additionally, this decision was made for two reasons.
- In the hope that our alumni members, some of those who have not been able to attend a KE convention recently due to travel requirements and/or cost, may be able to attend this year!
- This year transitions, traditions, conventional chapter management, member recruitment and retention have suffered.
The fraternity hopes that chapters choose to send multiple members of their chapter to attend to build a new foundation for strengthening their chapters on their return to campus. Typically, a chapter would anticipate budgeting greater than $2000 for two delegate members in convention attendance. In this model, chapters may be able to send at least five members for less than half of that cost. Chapters should consider sending additional officers or members, particularly those involved with recruitment and education of potential new members.
Despite the Spanish Influenza of 1918 – 1920 delaying the founding of our fraternity until 1921, Kappa Epsilon has persevered over the past 100 years! With virtual technology capabilities exploding due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KE has been able to expand our services and content to our members. We look forward to embracing this virtual convention as our way of celebrating how far KE has come in 100 years!
August 6 – 7 | Virtual Meeting
Each collegiate chapter is required to send two delegates. Delegates CANNOT be Alumni on Rotation and CANNOT be swapped out. Whoever you choose to be the two delegates will be the voting members from your chapter, so please choose wisely who you would like to reflect your chapter’s opinions. Delegates, representing their respective chapters, are required to attend all scheduled programs and activities. Convention is a great time to network and meet other members of our organization and the fraternity would encourage sending multiple members from your chapter if feasible.
Register today! The DEADLINE to purchase tickets is May 15, 2021.
Click the video below to watch an on-demand video on what to expect at this upcoming convention.
All rooms must be booked at the Francis Marion Hotel by July 5, 2019 to receive the contracted rate of $169 per night for a traditional room or $209 for the Deluxe room (plus taxes). To secure your room call the Francis Marion Hotel at 843-722-0600 and mention Kappa Epsilon’s 52nd National Convention.
387 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Online Code: KE2019
If you would rather email the hotel you can do so by emailing email@example.com, please also remind them that we have a special rate code: KE2019
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Meet Our Speakers
Carolyn Bondarenka, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Manager, Oncology Pharmacy Practice, Medical University of South Carolina
Michele Hodges Simmons, PharmD
Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Mission Health SECU Cancer Center
Dr. Ronald Nickel
Jenelle Perkins, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Professor, University of South Florida College of Pharmacy
The KE 52nd National Convention t-shirt is available for purchase in the online registration form for $20.
T-shirts will be handed out at the convention.
Congrats Laura Wilson (Mu Chapter)
Laura Wilson is an Outcomes Liaison Associate Director for the North America Diabetes and Cardiovascular Division (DCV) of Sanofi. She received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas and participated in a Pharmacoeconomics Research Fellowship with Thomas Jefferson University. Laura’s experience within the pharmaceutical industry has continued for eighteen years, with roles as an Outcomes Liaison, Clinical Science Liaison and Senior Medical Science Liaison. She has been recognized by her organization with the North America Rising Star award for exceptional performance. Laura is a current and active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Diabetes Association and Kappa Epsilon. She also takes an active role within philanthropic organizations. She was a founding member of the Kansas Antibiotic Resistance Coalition, a member of the Kansas Asthma Coalition, created a women’s breakfast series in downtown Kansas City, ran the pharmacy for a medical mission in Honduras, and provided medical support for a clinic in Malawi, Africa. Laura was the Mu Chapter President 1998-1999, served on Grand Council as Vice President of New Member Recruitment 199-2001, and is currently the Foundation Vice President. She credits Kappa Epsilon with providing a foundation with which to build her leadership skills.
Please help me Congratulate Janelle Perkins, on being awarded the 2019 Career Achievement Award.
Janelle B. Perkins, PharmD, BCOP
Perkins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Pharmacy and practices in the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic at Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from University of Florida with a BS Pharm and earned her PharmD from University of North Carolina. She completed an oncology pharmacy residency at the VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to her current position, she was a faculty member in the BMT Program at MCC where she served as a principal investigator on clinical trials involving graft-versus-host disease and busulfan pharmacokinetics. At USF, she teaches courses in research methods and oncology therapeutics and serves as the Biomedical IRB Vice-Chair at USF. She was recently appointed to the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Oncology Council and is a member of ACCP, ASBMT and HOPA.
History & Philanthropy Poster Challenge
Kappa Epsilon will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in just a few short years. A lot has happened over these years and we want to take time to recognize our rich history and highlight chapter events.
Last biennium we asked all chapters to create posters that described the first half of their chapter history. This biennium, the Fraternity is again challenging all chapters to showcase the second part of their chapter history (up to present) as well as highlight the chapter’s philanthropic endeavors. We want to memorialize one of the great pillars of our fraternal bond: service.
They will be displayed during the 2019 KE Convention in Charleston, SC. These posters are going to be incredibly important, because the information you share could be used in a book being written to celebrate KE’s 100th anniversary. We also want to be able to share your chapter’s personality so these posters may be converted to an electronic scrapbook.