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LIX Grand Council Convention

July 17 - 21, 2019

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The 59th Grand Council Convention (GCC) is upon us. Get ready for our biennial gathering for a week of brotherhood, learning, memories. Please use this page as a resource to plan your arrival and stay in historical Washington D.C. As this year’s theme goes, let’s “Make an Impact”.

The GCC Planning Committee is putting out a call for additional speakers for workshops at the 59thGrand Council Convention. There will be multiple workshop sessions planned on Friday July 19, 2019. Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to participate with the following opportunities: career roundtable presenter, non-traditional pharmacy career panel presenter, CE and workshop moderators and mentors for the student poster session.  

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please complete the volunteer survey.


Christy Askew 

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While planning for GCC expenses don’t forget that The Central Office will reimburse the transportation expenses equivalent to the round-trip airfare for 1 delegate from each collegiate chapter.


Foundation Events


Virtual 5K Run/ Walk

A virtual run/ walk lets you choose with who, what, when, and where you complete your 5K. Indoors or out, day or night, it is up to you. Plan an event with your chapter, join your Brothers in Washington D.C. at GCC, or complete the event on your own. Click below to learn about the details. Suggested routes will be available for those in attendance at GCC.


Top Golf Golfing

Unwind with a fun night of golf, food, and brotherhood bonding while raising money! We will be at TopGolf National Harbor on Thursday, July 18th, from 7 - 9 pm. Prices include entrance to the private venue and dinner. Inquire about sponsorship opportunities for a tee/ hole.


Poker Tourney

Join us Saturday, July 20th @ 8pm in the Grand Hyatt Washington for an evening of friendly competition. Ruffle those cards and shuffle those those chips. Buy in is $25 with a chip bonus or $35 on the day of.

Travel Info



The main convention will be held at the well-appointed Grand Hyatt Washington. Complete your experience by booking one of the contracted rooms. The hotel is located on H Street, between 10th and 11th Streets in the Penn Quarter Neighborhood, a 20 min walk to the National Mall.

Rates: (valid for stays between July 14th - 24th)

  • Single/ Double Occupancy - $189/ night

  • Triple Occupancy - $199/ night

  • Quad Occupancy - $209/ night

  • One-bedroom Suite - $329 - 389/ night


Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001



How to Get Here

Click the arrival location to bring up suggested transportation methods to the hotel.




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 Frank H. Eby Award


The Frank H. Eby Award was approved and adopted by the Executive Committee during the Executive Committee Meeting held in Scottsdale, Arizona, September 28-29, 1978. The award was designed to replace the Frank H. Eby Educational Fund Award, which was discontinued in 1971. The award is presented every two (2) years at the Grand Council Convention to the Collegiate Brother who has contributed the most to Kappa Psi. Each Collegiate Chapter has the opportunity to nominate one (1) member for the award. To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must be an active member of a Collegiate Chapter or an alumni member up to one year after graduation. The criteria for the award are listed below. The Frank H. Eby Award Committee evaluates each candidate and selects the winner. The award consists of a plaque and monetary award of $250.00.

The nomination and additional data necessary for the award must arrive in the Central Office at least 60 days prior to the Grand Council Convention (the specific deadline is sent in the Grand Council Convention Packet).

Eby Award Criteria

There is no official Eby Award form to submit for nominations, but candidates will be judged on the following:

Service to the Fraternity

  1. Chapter Offices held

  2. Province Offices held

  3. National Offices held

  4. Committee Assignments (Local, Province, National)

  5. Special Projects (i.e. hypertension screening, drug abuse education, etc.)

  6. Fraternity Award(s)

Service to the University

  1. Offices held in other organizations

  2. Committee Assignments in College/School of Pharmacy

  3. Special Projects

  4. Special Recognition and Awards

Service to the Profession

  1. Membership in state and national pharmaceutical organization(s)

  2. Offices held or committee assignments in above

  3. Special Recognition and Awards


  1. Biographical information

  2. Nomination by Chapter (letter from Regent)

  3. Recommendation from Grand Council Deputy

  4. Recommendation from the Dean

  5. Optional - letter from officer of state and/or national pharmaceutical association(s)

Past Eby Award Winners

1999 - Steven Murray - Beta Delta

2001 - Dave Mountain - Gamma Eta

2003 - Scott Bergman - Gamma Kappa

2005 - Kamaria Brown - Delta Kappa

2007 - Brian MacDonald - Beta Epsilon

2009 - William Shealy - Iota

2011 – Jamie Ky- Epsilon Gamma

2013- Grant McGuffey - Gamma Zeta

2015- Jordan Ballou- Delta Lambda

2017- Shannon Blizzard -Zeta Delta


1979 - Albert A. Alderman - Pi

1981 - Michael A. Mone - Gamma Sigma

1983 - Christopher Roos - Mu Omicron Pi

1985 - John Grossomanides - Beta Epsilon

1987 - Brian L. Jones - Psi

1989 - Jeffrey Todd Lee - Psi

1991 - Jeff Jones - Beta Rho

1993 - David Dunson - Beta Rho

1995 - Tim Eley - Gamma Phi

1997 - Amy Daugherty - Delta Epsilon



(Subject to change)


Wednesday, July 17th

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


10:00 am – 2:00 pm  

Executive Committee Pre-Convention Meeting

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

General Session I (Golden Bow Ritual, Candidate Speeches & Keynote speaker)

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Opening Reception  

Thursday, July 18th

8:00 am – 1:00 pm


8:00 am – 9:00 am

9:00 am – 11:00 am 

General Session II 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Officer Forums

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm 

Scholarship and Awards Luncheon 

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet the Candidates Forum      

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Kappa Psi Foundation Board Meeting (invitation only)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Benefactor Reception

Friday, July 19th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 9:00 am

CE - Flash Continuous Glucose Monitoring – No Pain, No Gain?, Christyn Mullen-Lee, PharmD, BCACP  

9:15 am – 12:00 pm

General Session III (Voting Session)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Grand Council Deputy (GCD) Luncheon  

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Advisory Committee Luncheon  

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Workshop Session I    

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Workshop Session II 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop Session III

CE - Ancient Practices, Modern Uses: Meditation for Well-Being and Medication Safety, Lisa Hanlon Wilhelm, BS Pharm, RPh 

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 

Student Posters 

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 

Career Roundtables

Saturday, July 20th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm


8:00 am – 9:00 am

CE - Deadliest Catch: ID Guideline Updates Edition, Vicky Shah, PharmD, BCPS 

9:15 am – 12:00 pm

General Session IV (Non-Voting Session)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Province Caucuses

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chapter Sales 

7:45 pm – 11:59 pm

Sunday, July 21st

8:00 am – 12:00 pm


7:00 am – 8:00 am

CE - Analyzing Pharmacy Data with Pivot Tables, Corey Edwards, PharmD

8:15 am – 12:00 pm

General Session V (Voting Session)

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

General Session VI 

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Alpha Chapter Reception 

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Kappa Psi 140th Anniversary Banquet  

Monday, July 22nd

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Executive Committee Post-Convention Meeting 


Event Details


Virtual 5K Run/ Walk

July 10th - July 19th (You Pick the Date)

  1. Register Here

    • Adult (12+) - $25

    • Child (Under 12) - $15

    • Medal (Must be Registered by June 10th) - $5

  2. Pick a day

  3. Recruit others to join you!

  4. Complete the 5k

  5. Submit your time

  6. Upload your photos

  7. Celebrate your accomplishments! You may even win an award.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Click below for more details.

  • $25/ 0.1 K

Questions: Email Trisha Miller or Kyle Murray


Tee/ Hole Sponsorship

  • Red (25 Yard): $25

  • Green (90 Yard): $90

  • Brown (125 Yard): $125

  • Blue (150 Yard): $150

  • White (185 Yard): $185

Collegiate Brothers and their Guests

  • Attendance + dinner + golfing: $60   

  • Attendance + dinner only: $40

Graduate brothers and their Guests

  • Attendance + dinner + golfing: $75

  • Attendance + dinner only: $55

Children (< 17 yrs)

  • Attendance + dinner + golfing: $50

  • Attendance + dinner only: $30


Hold-Em Poker Tournament

Saturday, July 20th @ 7:45 pm (Grand Hyatt Washington)

To sign-up, email KappaPsiFoundationPokerTourney@gmail.com

  • Buy In - $25 (includes chip bonus)

  • Day of Event - $35


Continuing Education

ACPE accredited continuing education is provided by University of Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy


Impactful Leadership: Taking Your Team to the Next Level

Wednesday, July 17th @ 4:00 pm | Matthew Jordan, PharmD, MS


  • Describe the fundamental components of the ‘Leadership Toolbox’

  • Explain organizational theory and the role of the leader

  • Identify the thirteen traits of effective leaders and teams and the five common dysfunctions of a team

  • Describe the traits of a toxic leader and how to manage one within your organization

Dr. Matthew (Matt) Jordan is a Captain in the United States Air Force and serves as the Pharmacy Element Chief at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Dr. Jordan received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and MS in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences from the University of Toledo. Dr. Jordan practices in the ambulatory care setting and oversees/participates in 5 clinical pharmacy programs, to care for a total clinic empanelment of 17,000 patients. He also serves as a patient safety core team leader, critically analyzing safety events and identifying group-wide process improvements. In addition to serving as a preceptor for 4 colleges of pharmacy, Dr. Jordan serves as the disaster team lead for pharmacy services and supports medically-ready forces for over 12,000 active duty, guard, and reserve forces for all three military service branches, supporting worldwide humanitarian relief and rapid global mobility.


Medical Marijuana: Where is the Pharmacist? Check Local Listings

Thursday, July 18 @ 8:00 am  | Jennifer Donaldson, PharmD, BCPPS


  • Demonstrate an understanding of different state laws regarding medical marijuana/direct-to-consumer (DTC) cannabis and potential patient procurement methods

  • Decide on a patient use policy for a hospital based on a given state law

  • Distinguish what medical diagnoses or medical conditions may be appropriate for medical marijuana/DTC cannabis

  • Recommend appropriate advice for patient seeking medical marijuana/DTC cannabis in a given state

  • Evaluate the need to refer a patient that may be experiencing a potential adverse drug/drug interaction to medical marijuana, DTC cannabis, prescription product

Dr. Jennifer Donaldson is a senior clinical specialist pharmacist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Donaldson earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University and completed a Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Residency at United/Children’s Hospital of St. Paul, MN. Dr. Donaldson precepts PGY1 pharmacy residents from Indiana University Health and PGY2 pediatric specialty residents from Riley Hospital for Children. She also precepts pharmacy students from Butler and Purdue Universities. Dr. Donaldson’s practice area is with the inpatient child development (complex care), neurology, and neurosurgery services. Areas of clinical interest include refractory epilepsy, ketogenic diet, and cerebral palsy. Dr. Donaldson has also worked with several groups optimizing the electronic medical record for patient safety and CPOE.

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Flash Continuous Glucose Monitoring – No Pain, No Gain? 

Friday, July 19 @ 8:00 am |  Christyn Mullen-Lee, PharmD, BCACP


  • Describe differences in blood glucose control between self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)

  • Compare and contrast traditional glucose monitors and flash continuous glucose monitors

  • Assess appropriate (or inappropriate) use of flash continuous glucose monitors in specific patient populations

Dr. Christyn Mullen-Lee is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at North Texas Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Mullen-Lee obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C. She completed both her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and her PGY2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at VA North Texas Health Care System and Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy in Dallas. Dr. Mullen-Lee is currently board certified in ambulatory care and serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, University of Houston School of Pharmacy and Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy. Her research interests include diabetes, hepatitis, tobacco cessation and health care administration.

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Ancient Practices, Modern Uses: Meditation for Well-Being and Medication Safety 

Friday, July 19 @ 4:00 pm | Lisa Hanlon Wilhelm, BS Pharm, RPh


  • Review the history and major types of meditation

  • Discuss the emerging science and health benefits behind meditation

  • Discuss the potential for meditation to improve medication safety

  • Experience simple mindfulness and heart rhythm meditation practices

Lisa Hanlon Wilhelm graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP Executive Residency in Association Management in 1994-1995. Most of her time since residency has been spent practicing pharmacy at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA primarily in Medication Safety and Regulatory Compliance. Lisa graduated in 2017 from a 2-year training program in Heart Rhythm Meditation from the Institute for Applied Meditation on the Heart (iamHeart) in Tucson, AZ and is a Certified Heart Rhythm Meditation Instructor. Lisa has continued her training with iamHeart and is currently enrolled in an 18-month advanced meditation teaching training program. Lisa’s interest in meditation is beyond personal – she has begun to incorporate teaching basic mindfulness and heart rhythm meditation practices for stress reduction as well as to improve focus and attention to improve medication safety at Hershey Medical Center.

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Deadliest Catch: ID Guideline Updates Edition 

Saturday, July 20 @ 8:00 am | Vicky Shah, PharmD, BCPS


  • Explain and apply guideline updates to patient case scenario

  • Explain first line therapy and antibiotic related risk with regards to Clostridium Difficile

  • Highlight new inclusion criteria for Opportunistic Infection Prophylaxis in HIV/AIDS

  • Discuss when dual coverage therapy should be implemented for HAP/VAP

  • Identify which patients should be excluded from Asymptomatic Bacteriuria treatment

Dr. Vicky Shah is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. Dr. Shah’s area of practice is Internal Medicine and he maintains a clinical practice at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He has completed a PGY-1 resident at Suburban Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine after graduating from Howard University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Shah primarily teaches in infectious disease and serves as the internal medicine preceptor to a mixture of residents and students at the Wilkes-Barre Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. He reviews journals for many organizations including Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and the Wilkes-Barre Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center “Mortal and Pestle” newsletter.


Analyzing Pharmacy Data with Pivot Tables

Sunday, July 21 @ 7:00 am  |  Corey Edwards, PharmD


  • Understand when a pivot table is and isn’t necessary to accomplish a task

  • Prepare a data set for pivot table insertion

  • Explain the features and components of a pivot table

  • Interpret the output of a pivot table

Dr. Corey Edwards is a Clinical Analytics Manager at MedImpact and Informatics Pharmacist at the VA San Diego. He completed post graduate residencies in community practice and pharmacy informatics. He has experience in health analytics, process improvement, research, automation, and data stewardship. His current interests include data security and privacy, population health, leveraging data to make clinical decisions, automation, and health outcomes.