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Pharmacy Professor Named Advisor of the Year by Professional Fraternity

Ferris State UniversityAn alumna, professor and department chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy, has been honored for her support of the Alpha Iota chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma, the professional pharmacy fraternity.

Kim Hancock received the award at the LKS 2017 Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia. She joined Lambda Kappa Sigma and the university’s chapter, in 1984, graduating from the College of Pharmacy, in 1988. Hancock became the advisor to Alpha Iota when she joined the college’s faculty, in 1995, and has continued in that role throughout her career at Ferris.

“The goal of Lambda Kappa Sigma has always been to elevate women in the field of pharmacy, and that is still the case, more than a hundred years since the fraternity was founded,” Hancock said. “LKS has an important place in a pharmacy student’s life, and that continues after a member earns their degree. Social and professional connections are made through the organization, which can lead to residency placements or finding their first opportunity in the profession.”

College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen Durst said Hancock is an exemplary advisor to the Alpha Iota chapter.

“Kim has a great knack of guiding and encouraging students, while letting them grow and gain experience through their participation in continuing education outreach and other chapter activities,” Durst said. “Through these efforts, all of our pharmacy students are enriched and the chapter’s pursuit of excellence gives us visibility among our peers.”

This is the second time Lambda Kappa Sigma has named Hancock the Advisor of the Year (2001), and Alpha Iota was selected as the fraternity’s Chapter of the Year, in 2016.

“While our membership joined Lambda Kappa Sigma for the support they will gain as professionals, there is no ignoring the family aspect of the fraternity,” Hancock said. “Pharmacy students, as a group, advance through a number of shared, enriching experiences that are critical to their formation as professionals, and the connections they make through their chapter and the fraternity will remain an important resource throughout their careers. I am honored by this award, proud to be a Lambda Kappa Sigma member and the advisor of Ferris’ chapter.” 

Hancock has also served Ferris as its faculty athletics representative, since November 2014.

PHOTO CAPTION: Professor of Pharmacy Kim Hancock was honored as the Advisor of the Year by Lambda Kappa Sigma, a professional pharmacy fraternity. Hancock, who has advised Ferris State University’s Alpha Iota chapter since 1995 was honored at the 2017 LKS Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.