School of Pharmacy leadership society inducts new members
Phi Lambda Sigma inductees prepare for the initiation ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jonathan Aguilo, Nyra Balquiedra, Gamal Hussein, Bosun Kim, Goldie Malek, Rashid Mosavin, Tony Nguyen, Ahmad Saadat, Tara Swancoat, Elizabeth Trang, and Keldon Wong.
Nine students and two faculty members of the School of Pharmacy were initiated to membership in Phi Lambda Sigma, the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, during a formal ceremony held on Sunday, November 6, at Wong Kerlee International Conference Center. The new members are Tony Nguyen of the class of 2006; Bosun Kim, Goldie Malek, Ahmad Saadat, Tara Swancoat, and Keldon Wong of the class of 2007; and Jonathan Aguilo, Nyra Balquiedra, and Elizabeth Trang of the class of 2008. Also initiated were faculty members Gamal Hussein, PharmD, and Rashid Mosavin, PhD, MBA.
The ceremony was preceded by a banquet for members and invited guests which featured addresses by faculty member Kelly Lee, PharmD, and Avis Ericson, PharmD, administrative dean of the School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Lee’s presentation was titled “Daily Lessons in Leadership.” She emphasized three characteristics common to great leaders: technical proficiency, willingness to take responsibility, and the courage to set a positive example. The event was the first for Dr. Lee in her new role as regional liaison for Phi Lambda Sigma. The volunteer position will have her communicating with chapters throughout the southwest including Utah, New Mexico Arizona, Nevada and California.
Dr. Ericson focused on Good to Great by James Collins, a book that has challenged traditional concepts of leadership since its publication three years ago. Mr. Collins posits that “good” is the enemy of “great”—because it is so easy to settle for “good” and go no further; and that greatness is largely a matter of conscious choice. At the conclusion of her address Dr. Ericson presented each Phi Lambda Sigma member an individual copy of the book on which her talk was based.
The event concluded with the installation of officers for the 2005–2006 year: Tara Swancoat, president; Goldie Malek, vice president; Bosun Kim, secretary; Nyra Balquiedra, treasurer; and Edward Yoo, parliamentarian.
Phi Lambda Sigma is the only national Pharmacy Leadership Society. Founded in 1965, its primary objective is
to promote advancement in
the pharmaceutical sciences through encouragement and recognition of superior leadership. Members are selected by peer recognition.