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March 2011 . Issue 02

Cross & Crescent a Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity publication Copyright © 2011 Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. All rights reserved.

Chapter News 1 Chapter news, alumni news, and report of death Fraternity News 21 2011 Neville Advisers College True Brother 23 Core Values in Action History 24 Two Founders Days


A BIOTECH PIONEER An alumni brother from Epsilon-Eta at Rensselaer Polytechnic, Gavin McIntyre is the cofounder and chief scientist for Ecovative Design. The startup company’s primary product, EcoCradle™, was just named by Fast Company’s Co.Design as one of “10 Wild Materials that Could Help Save the Earth.” By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


NEWEST GRAND HIGH ALPHA CHAPTER The Kappa-Upsilon chapter at Bradley University was re-colonized in 2006, and four years later they received the 2010 Grand High Alpha Award. With more than 30 new brothers recruited, the chapter is focused on grades and more alumni support. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)


10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Chartered on March 11, 2005, Elmhurst’s Pi-Zeta became a colony in 2002. The chapter brother pride themselves on diversity, using the Cole Recruitment model, maintaining a cumulative GPA above 3.0. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)



Publisher: Bill Farkas Editor-in-Chief: Tad Lichtenauer Asst Editor, Graphic Design: Thomas Roberts Photographer: Walt Moser Research: Jon Williamson Historian: Mike Raymond Editors: Jono Hren Bob McLaughlin

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Chapter News Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death Akron (Gamma-Alpha)

stapling flyers to bags and distributing them throughout Edmonton neighborhoods, followed by an entire day of collecting food donations which totaled over 5,000 pounds.

The chapter held a Mothers and Brothers day on February 14, 2011, at the house. The Valentine’s Day event included serving lunch to their mothers at the chapter house.

The chapter operated its annual Haunted House for ABC Head Start’s Scarecrow Festival, raising more than $10,000 for the three-day event.

Rev. Father William J. Bartz (1973) received the 2010 John H. Craven Servant Leadership Award, which is chosen by fellow Navy chaplain colleagues. The award is named for Navy Chaplain John H. Craven, who served during World War II and the Korean War and was referred to as John the Baptist by Marines with whom he served.

Arkansas State (Iota-Theta)

Mark K. Aufderheide (1975) died February 19, 2011. Dr. William V. Wyatt (1958) died January 22, 2011.

Alabama (Alpha-Phi)

John H. Summers (1950) died February 19, 2011. He was in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II and was a retired sales manager with General Electric.

Auburn-Montgomery (Phi-Kappa)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for eight brothers on January 22, 2011. In addition, the chapter initiated an honorary brother, Charles Ferguson, who is the university’s intramural sports director and campus recreation director.

Alberta (Epsilon-Rho)

Ball State (Iota-Alpha)

The chapter won the Interfraternal and Philanthropy Award, one of two awards presented by the InterFraternity Council. Chapter brothers earned this award for their contributions to the annual North American Food Drive, which benefited the Edmonton Food Bank. Over 30 brothers, supported by members of Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Psi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Alpha Gamma Delta sororities, spent many hours

The colony held its chartering banquet on February 26, 2011.

Boston (Alpha)

Richard D. Fitzpatrick (1956) died April 14, 2010. Initiated at Boston University, he transferred to and graduated from Gettysburg College. After graduating he served his country as



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California-Los Angeles (Epsilon-Sigma)

a U.S. Naval Aviator, flying P2V-3 Neptunes on anti-submarine patrols as a member of the VP-8 (Tigers) squadron deployed from Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland, to Morocco. He then moved on to fly fighter aircraft. Upon discharge from the Navy he took a job with Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis as an investment broker. His love of sailing took him away from Wall Street to found the Quint Marine Corp., where he spent many years developing and distributing marine hardware accessories. He served on the House Corporation for Zeta-Lambda at the University of Connecticut.

The chapter held an Officer Installation Ceremony, during which outgoing Chapter Adviser Trevor Kirschner installed his big brother Damon Anastasia as the new chapter adviser. The chapter held a fall quarter campus philanthropy that raised approximately $400 for the Boys and Girls Club. These funds will help send three children in need to Disneyland. Chapter brothers served Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of individuals at the Boys and Girls Club’s annual Thanksgiving feast in Santa Monica.

Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon)

The chapter added five Associate Members during spring recruitment. Five chapter brothers will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity Spring Break trip to Laredo, Texas.

Butler (Alpha-Alpha)

Chapter brothers, along with women from Delta Gamma, assisted the local Boys and Girls Club. The chapter brothers collected food to benefit the Gleaners Community Food Bank. In addition, the brothers spent a few hours making nearly 1,000 senior citizen food boxes.

Central Florida (Beta-Eta)

The chapter has signed a lease for a house. Chapter brothers traveled to Rollins College to perform the Associate Member Ceremony for the founders of the colony.

Central Michigan (Lambda-Omega)

Our chapter recently participated in an event called “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes”. It was an event held to benefit CMU Sexual Aggression Services and Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates (SAPA). Our brothers walked a mile to support SAPA at Central Michigan University.

Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma)

The chapter has elected five new officers as well as a new High Pi.

Cal State-Fullerton (Phi-Epsilon)

Dr. Robert Poe (1955) died January 19, 2011. A former chapter president and an Eagle Scout, he interned at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He returned to Cincinnati to complete his training in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases. He was appointed an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati in 1966. He moved to Rochester in 1974 to accept an appointment as a clinical associate professor

Anthony G. Murillo (1997) died January 11, 2011.



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of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and chief of pulmonary medicine at Highland Hospital. He was a member of the University of Rochester faculty for 25 years, retiring in 1999 as emeritus professor of medicine. Poe also was an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 35 years, eight on active duty. He was called up during the Vietnam conflict serving as the commanding officer of the 311th Field Hospital from 1968 to 1969, earning the Legion of Merit for Meritorious Service. On return, he served twice as the commander of the 817th Evacuation Hospital in Webster, New York. The U.S. Army Surgeon honored him for professionalism in internal medicine in 1986, and he retired as a colonel in 1993.

Calling,” about Adam Wainwright, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and 2010 NL Cy Young runner-up. The article was published on-line by Athletes In Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Florida (Epsilon-Mu)

The chapter placed third in the Dance Marathon Pepsi Refresh Project, earning an extra $800 for Children’s Miracle Network.

Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi)

Clemson (Delta-Omicron)

The chapter hosted the 2011 Colonial Conclave on February 4-5, 2011, at the Madren Center. Grand High Delta Rodger Lalli was the guest speaker at the closing dinner.


The chapter added nine associate members during spring recruitment.

Denison (Gamma-Iota)

The chapter added nine associate members during spring recruitment. Ryan Buesser, Kevin Lynch, and Thomas Schultz were invited to join Order of Omega honorary society. chapter won Florida Southern’s Week of Impact. The prize was a $500 donation to the chapter’s charity, Lighthouse Ministries, which serves the Lakeland community. Some of the events included making sandwiches for the homeless, writing cards to St.Jude Hospital patients, and harvesting fruit from a local orange grove.

East Carolina (Iota-Upsilon)

Tom Feast (1987) was promoted to outreach coordinator by the Volunteers of America in Camden, New Jersey. In his new position he will serve the homeless population in the Delaware Valley, which includes southern New Jersey, Delaware, and the Philadelphia area.

Franklin (Kappa-Gamma)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 19 associate members on February 25, 2011.

Eastern Kentucky (Phi-Beta)

Chapter brothers are providing about 25 hours of assistance each week to a local teen center.

The chapter held an event called “Brothers Warming Others” where they served free hot chocolate on campus.

A group of chapter brothers spent the weekend cleaning a local neighborhood.

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa)

The chapter has five Faset leaders, the most of any fraternity. Faset, which stands for Familiarization and Adaptation to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech, is Georgia Tech’s orientation program for new undergraduate students (freshmen and

Eureka (Theta-Chi)

Bruce and Mark Darnall have written an article entitled, “Cardinals Right-Hander is Thriving in His Work and www.crossandcrescent.com


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Indiana State (Iota-Epsilon)

transfers) as well as their parents, family members, and guests.

William F. Graves Sr. (1960) died January 20, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959 and was an education specialist at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, where he taught the GED Program. Graves taught one year at Fowler High School before coming to Mishawaka where he taught elementary classes in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation (P-H-M) for almost 30 years. Early in his career he helped organize the Indiana State Teachers Association at P-H-M. Over his career he taught at Kennedy, Elm Rd, Bittersweet and Elsie Rogers Schools. He was also the swimming and life saving instructor/supervisor for P-H-M. summer pool program. Bill retired from active teaching in 1988.

The chapter placed third in the homecoming display. The chapter earned a cumulative 3.21 GPA for the fall 2010 semester, which was higher than the overall fraternity average of 2.95. The chapter placed fourth in the Tug event during Greek Week. Cory Dunton is president of the Student Foundation. Brad Bauerkemper is the SGA vice president of finance.

High Point (Iota-Phi)

The chapter added 20 associate members during spring recruitment.

James Madison (Phi-Eta)

The chapter added six associate members during spring recruitment.

Illinois (Chi)

Chapter brothers are volunteering for a family fun night at a local elementary school.

Kansas (Zeta-Iota)

The chapter has a new website. Alumni brothers are encouraged to visit the site and register to see photos and chapter updates, and to reconnect with brothers. Chapter brothers are preparing for their annual House Mom Kidnap fundraiser at the Kansas Alumni Center. The chapter’s goal is to exceed last year’s total, which was 3,000 cans of food that were donated to local charities.

Matt Dieska (2010) has been commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marines and will begin service soon.

Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)

Indiana (Alpha-Omicron)

The chapter hosted Frank Martin, the Kansas State men’s basketball coach, at the semester’s scholarship dinner. He gave a short speech and answered questions.

David Murphy (1998) is a contestant on the current season of CBS’s Survivor.

Indiana-Pennsylvania (Beta-Gamma)

Kettering (Lambda-Epsilon A)

Douglas A. Patton (1971) died January 26, 2011. He taught science and marine biology at Citrus High School in Inverness, Florida, for 37 years. He coached many sports including football, tennis, swimming, and girls’ weightlifting. He also coached the Citrus County Swim Team, which won numerous championships.


The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for eight associate members on February 25, 2011. On February 26, 2011, the chapter held its 3rd annual alumni dinner.


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Louisiana-Lafayette (Iota-Omega)

Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon)

We associated three new men into our chapter. Kent Jaccuzzo (1960) just became our new faculty adviser.

E.A. Duff Macbeth (1951) died February 7, 2011. He was a former lieutenant (junior grade) of the U.S. Navy, and an independent businessman.

Louisiana State (Upsilon)

Miami-FL (Epsilon-Omega)

Daniel L. Hall (1954) died February 8, 2011. He was a veteran of the Army and served his country proudly. He retired from Gulf Oil and Chevron in Midland, Texas, after 30 years.

The chapter added 20 associate members during spring recruitment. Chapter brothers participated in Fun Day, a university event that invites people with learning disabilities to visit the campus. During the event, chapter brothers served food to attendees.

Lycoming (Iota-Beta)

The chapter recruited 15 associate members for the spring semester.

Millsaps (Theta-Eta)

Maryland (Epsilon-Pi)

In November 2010, the chapter hosted the third annual Purple, Green, and Gold Banquet in Jackson for local alumni brothers. Attendees included undergraduates Austin Musice (2012), Adam Shepherd (2013), Andrew Marion (2013), and T.J. Tippit (2013), and alumni brothers Howard Jones (1958), Sam Morris (1993), Marsh Nippes (2006), Kevin Slark (2007), Chris Spear (2007), James Rice (2009), Luke Darby (2009), Ben Cain (2009), Edgar Meyer (2010), and Michael Mohr (2010). Alumni Chairman Tippit served as emcee.

The chapter added 19 associate members with a cumulative 3.4 GPA. This recruitment success will nearly double the chapter size. Two executive board members were voted onto the IFC executive board, the first time in chapter history that two members from Lambda Chi have been on the board. The chapter has updated the house with a new conference room and basement furniture, and is planning to collect canned food for the North American Food Drive in March.

Alumni Adviser John Hopkins gave a presentation to the brothers, analyzing the deeper meanings and symbolism in the Ritual.

Memphis (Zeta-Theta)

Chris Spear (2007) is employed by Mo-Dad Companies, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company of William Stegall (2000). Also, Spear’s short film, “Shock,” which was shot with the assistance of Kevin Slark (2007), was accepted into its fifth film festival.

The chapter added three associates during the spring semester. The chapter participated in a multi-fraternal canned food drive to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The chapter earned a cumulative 3.33 GPA for the fall 2011 semester, the highest of any Greek organization.

MacDougall Womack (2008) works for St. Aloysius Catholic Church in their youth ministry program. David Smolkin (2008) successfully defended his masters’ thesis at Louisiana State University, and Joshua Downer (2008) earned the rank at the top of his class at Louisiana State University Law School.

Methodist (Sigma-Theta Colony) The colony added four associate members during spring recruitment.

The chapter held its national philanthropy month where the brothers went out to the King’s Grant community of Fayetteville, NC, and collected canned food.



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Nebraska (Gamma-Beta)

The chapter held a blood drive, collecting 725 pints of blood, which nearly doubled the previous high and set a new university record.

The new chapter house is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy in August 2011.

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 14 associate members. The chapter added 23 associate members during spring recruitment.


North Carolina-Greensboro (Phi-Theta)

The chapter added six associate members: Jimmy Sacks, David Craig, Juan Preciado, Ethan Lodics, Chris Coston, and Taylor McAlister. The new group has a combined GPA above 3.3 and all are involved in numerous campus activities.

Northern Michigan (Lambda-Upsilon)

Hampshire (Alpha-Xi)

Chapter brothers volunteered at the Noquemanon Ski Marathon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, handing out Hammer Gel, an energy goo that skiers use to keep alert throughout the race.

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for four associate members on December 3, 2010.

The chapter added four associate members during spring recruitment.

The chapter achieved a top platinum ranking for community service and philanthropy from the University of New Hampshire’s Greek Pillars of Excellence Program (GPEP). Ryan Garbe (2012) is the IFC internal vice president.

Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho)

Thomas Garvey (2013) is a member of the IFC Judicial Board & Membership Committee and president of the Robotics Club.

A reunion for alumni brothers with numbers 708 and lower is scheduled for July 22-23, 2011, at the University of Oklahoma.

John Griswold (2011) is student senate’s Greek affairs officer. Parris Ballentine (2011) is vice president of the university’s chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 10 associate members. The chapter added five associate members during spring recruitment.

New Mexico State (Zeta-Gamma)

Thirteen chapter brothers traveled to Denver to attend the Rocky Mountain Conclave with the Denver University chapter.

As part of the TRUE Brother Initiative, the chapter held its first Inner Circle retreat, which included electing an Inner Circle Council and having nine brothers complete the Faithful Steward evolution.

New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha)

Chapter brothers, along with sisters from Delta Zeta sorority, visited the New Orleans Covenant House and provided pizza and games for the residents. The Covenant House provides shelter and services to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.

Pittsburg State (Lambda-Chi) Jason Ramirez was elected president of the Omega Honor Society.

The chapter earned the second highest GPA among fraternities.

North Carolina-Charlotte (Beta-Upsilon) www.crossandcrescent.com

The first Dillon Fullerton Scholarship was awarded to Scott 6

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South Dakota (Alpha-Gamma)

Fasbumpar, a freshman from Texas. The scholarship was started by Pete and Andrea Cole, along with the chapter’s alumni association, to honor outstanding young men.

The chapter held a Stuff-a-Truck food drive at a local grocery store, asking shoppers to donate $5 to buy a bag of food and contribute it to a local food pantry. They raised 300 pounds of food, part of a total of 1,000 pounds for the year.

Richmond (Alpha-Chi Colony)

Jordan Smith, a varsity track member, placed 7th at Iowa State. He has the fastest time in the conference right now and hopes to travel to New York City for the Great West Conference Indoor Championship.

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 10 associate members on February 26, 2011.

Rollins (Theta-Gamma Colony)

South Dakota State (Lambda-Theta)

With the help of the Professional Staff at the International Headquarters, the new colony now has more than 20 associate members.

James Fergen (1970) died October 29, 2010. He had retired from 3M where he had worked as an electrical engineer for 38 years. He was also a retired Army Reserve major.

The colony participated in the university’s Dance Marathon, benefiting The Children’s Miracle Network and two local hospitals. Members remained on their feet for more than 12 hours, dancing, eating, and participating in a wide variety of team-based games with other students and Greek organizations. The event raised more than $12,000.

Southeast Missouri (Delta-Phi)

The chapter added two associate members. Jake Michael is a freshman from Troy, Missouri, and Travis Richard is a junior from Farmington, Missouri.

Colony members participated in the Rollins Greek Week charity 2K event on February 26, 2011. The event benefited the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation.

The chapter brothers helped raise money for the Special Olympics by attending the 2011 Polar Plunge. On a snowy, cold morning, brother Logan Ward, along with other participants, ran into a freezing cold pond. The chapter earned a cumulative 3.27 GPA for the fall 2011 semester, the highest of any Greek organization.

Rose-Hulman (Theta-Kappa)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 18 brothers.

As part of their service efforts, chapter brothers manned a table for the Make a Wish Foundation. Brothers sold paper stars, which donors could sign and post around the campus to show their support for the charity.

Simpson (Theta-Lambda)

Mike Egel (1996) was selected to the Des Moines Business Record’s 2011 Forty Under 40, acknowledging young leaders for accomplishments in their chosen careers. He is the artistic director for the Des Moines Metro Opera.

Tarleton State (Phi-Rho)

The chapter added three associate members.

South Carolina (Epsilon-Psi)

Texas (Alpha-Mu)

Five chapter brothers attended the Colonial Conclave held February 4-5, 2011, at Clemson University. The five were: David Corso, James Carry, Joe Giraldi, Christian Busch, and Thomas Landzert.

The chapter sent out a new edition of its newsletter on February 15, 2011. The chapter has contacted more than 1,000 Alpha-Mu alumni brothers to help increase awareness about the chapter’s improvements and activities.

The chapter hosted the Greek Village Association meeting on February 16, 2011.



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Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon)

Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma)

The chapter held an Associate Member Ceremony for 15 new members on February 14, 2011.

The chapter added 17 associate members during spring recruitment.

The chapter’s latest newsletter includes important calendar updates, and information about the chapter adviser and faculty adviser.

William Jewell (Epsilon-Nu)

In conjunction with the North American Food Drive, the chapter brothers collected 482 pounds of food for Harvesters: the Community Food Network.

The chapter has a new website.

Wilmington (Pi-Delta)

Tulsa (Epsilon-Upsilon)

The chapter added six associate members during spring recruitment.

The chapter added two associate members: Reid Shiver and Jeremy Massey.

The chapter is holding a clothing drive on February 26, and March 26, 2011.

Chapter brothers participated in the University of Tulsasponsored service day, which included helping a local food bank. Thanks to a combined effort with sororities they were able to donate several trucks’ worth of food.

Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta)

George E. Toole Jr. (1949) died January 29, 2011.

IFC President Justen Cox (2012) attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) conference on February 10-13, 2011, in St. Louis. The purpose of the conference was to help teach IFC officers to function as a better IFC unit.

Union (Lambda-Zeta)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 18 brothers on February 12, 2011. The new initiates are: Colby Benefield, Evan Cantrell, Matt Cathey, Joseph B. Davis, Jonathan Ervin, Luke Foshee, Cody Giles, Adam Hamaker, Evan Hare, Chris Hawks, Andrew Key, Ethan Levesque, Will Record, Cullen Sanderson, Josh Shelley, Luke Trammel, Michael Tuttle, and Bradley Williams.

The chapter held officer elections on February 19, 2011, and brother Michael DeCourcy (2012) was elected chapter president. An officer retreat was held on February 25, 2011.



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A Biotech Pioneer An alumni brother from Epsilon-Eta at Rensselaer Polytechnic, Gavin McIntyre is the cofounder and chief scientist for Ecovative Design. The startup company’s primary product, EcoCradle™, was just named by Fast Company’s Co.Design as one of “10 Wild Materials that Could Help Save the Earth.” By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)

One of Lambda Chi Alpha’s open mottos is Καλεπα τα καλα, which translated means, Naught without Labor. Gavin McIntyre (Rensselaer 2007), chief scientist and cofounder of Ecovative Design, reminds himself of this motto daily. “Building the company has been a real eye-opening experience,” he says. “Initially, it’s taken a lot of courage...to take a leap.” Founded in 2007, Ecovative Design is based in Green Island, New York, just five miles from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus where McIntyre received a dual Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, and product design and innovation. “I’ve always had a support structure since I’ve stayed really close to the university and the fraternity,” he says. “Even though there are newer guys than when I graduated, the same ideals still hold very strongly and I still find a great support network there if I need it.”



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Ecovative Design

Eventually the company hopes to replace all sorts of materials that are currently synthetic, or energy intensive to produce. We envision a world where wind turbine blade cores, surfboard cores, cups, and other foam-based products are produced using sustainable and natural alternatives.

McIntyre and cofounder Eban Bayer are passionate about sustainability. That’s why they are working with nature to replace unsustainable plastics and foams with natural composites. Using innovative new materials and radical new technologies, their products perform at least as well as current state-of-theart synthetics, but at a lower cost to consumers and to the environment.

Lambda Chi When McIntyre first went to RPI he had no intention of joining a fraternity.

The company’s first available product, EcoCradle™ packaging, is actually grown, not manufactured. The company uses a growing organism to transform agricultural byproducts like cottonseed hulls and buckwheat hulls into a beautiful protective package. This patented process is inspired by the efficiency of nature, and uses a filamentous fungi (mushroom roots) to bond this packaging into almost any shape. www.crossandcrescent.com

“I had the fraternity stereotype in my head,” he says. “Lambda Chi really breaks that stereotype. I was really passionate about the associate member process in itself. It’s not your typical rushing process.”


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He joined Lambda Chi in the spring semester of his freshmen year, after a few of his roommates had joined in the previous fall.

At the recent 2010 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ecovative Design was one of 31 tech companies named by the forum as a Technology Pioneer. This prestigious honor has been bestowed on such game-changing companies as Google, Twitter, and Mozilla.

“I just really fell in love with the Fraternity’s ideals,” he says. “They were just really good guys. Everyone was just willing to help one another. The house had the highest GPA on campus and they did a lot of community outreach.” Even though McIntyre wasn’t a chapter officer, he spent time working with the fraternity educator and served as the big brother coordinator for a couple of years.

The company is growing rapidly, winning numerous awards and recognition, and McIntyre is very glad the infrastructure is in place so he no longer has to be both the chief scientist and the chief janitor.

Current Epsilon-Eta chapter adviser, and Master Steward, Roger Grice served as a mentor for McIntyre during his undergraduate experience. McIntyre recalls one time when Grice helped calm his nerves about a core class he was struggling with.

“Our next steps are that we are actually expanding in our Green Island facility,” he says. “We currently have 15,000 square feet and we’re tripling that in size to bring on new capacity. So that’s going to be a fun challenge for us.”

“After some self-reflection time, and considering what Roger had said, I ended up staying in the class and ended up getting an A in the end,” he says. “He’s a great voice of reason for sure. He’s seen it all. So If there’s anything that comes down the pipe he’s always good to bounce thoughts off of.”

The company’s growing list of customers include many Fortune 500 companies so the expansion is being done to meet the growing demand. “We’re basically expanding in order to meet their needs as well as bring on new clientele,” McIntyre says. “Over the next year we’ll be opening up the additional facility and after that we will be looking at our next location in Texas.”

In a reflection of the value of Grice’s counsel, McIntyre himself has assisted many Epsilon-Eta brothers by providing internships at his company. Six undergraduate brothers are currently interning, and Bayer too has been impressed with the brothers. “He does understand exactly what Lambda Chi means to me,” McIntyre says. “He understands that pretty well because he knows the number of guys I bring in through the Fraternity. He’s been really impressed with the caliber of the men who come from Lambda Chi. And that’s why we have so many of them working for us as interns. Because it’s a great talent pool to tap into.



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Newest Grand High Alpha Chapter

The Kappa-Upsilon chapter at Bradley University was re-colonized in 2006, and four years later they received the 2010 Grand High Alpha Award. With more than 30 new brothers recruited, the chapter is focused on grades and more alumni support. by Jon Williamson (Maryland)

For those of you who follow these chapter articles on a regular basis you are used to seeing Lambda Chis who are identified because they have achieved success in their chosen occupation. A challenge for the Cross & Crescent, however, is finding the space to present all the articles.

There is nothing quite like excellence. I believe it is catching. I think individuals who have achieved a certain level of success surround themselves with others who are working in the same direction and are of the same mindset. And of course, there is nothing like the taste of victory after an upsetting defeat.

This month alone, several of our brothers have been associated with excellence: Joe Philbin (Washington & Jefferson 1984) is the offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and has been with them since 2003; Charles Kelley (Georgia 2003) is part of Lady Antebellum, which a couple of weeks ago won five Grammy Awards including Song of the Year, “Need You Now�; and L arry Holley (William Jewell 1967) recently won his 800th game as head basketball coach at William Jewell College. Holley has been named Coach of the Year on 14 occasions, including NAIA National Coach of the Year Award in 1996, and he is a member of five Halls of Fame.

A few months ago we featured our chapter at High Point University as one of the three chapters that were recognized as Grand High Alpha Award winners in the summer of 2010.


This article recognizes our chapter at Bradley University, which also shared the award. The Grand High Alpha Award is presented to chapters that have maintained superior operations and fraternal spirit for a minimum of three consecutive years and are recognized for sustained excellence. A chapter may receive this award only once every third year.


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Theta Kappa Nu Origins In one form or another, our Fraternity has been on the Bradley campus since 1916. The first meeting took place in the physics laboratory of Dr. V. F. Swaim. Twelve young men of similar interests met to form a club that they called the Sophists Club. Initially, meetings were held in a college building and membership grew to 30. As the prestige of the club grew on the campus it was decided to rent a house. Two years later the club voted to buy a house and to petition a national fraternity for a charter. On May 28, 1927, the Sophists Club became the Illinois Gamma chapter of the Theta Kappa Nu fraternity. The installation ceremony was directed by Dr. Winslow S. Anderson, Dean of Rollins College in Florida, then Theta Kappa Nu’s Grand Archon; and Leroy A. Wilson, Theta Kappa Nu’s Grand Scribe, and who would later serve as Grand Archon. The Eureka College degree team assisted in the installation. One member was Dr. Burrus Dickinson, who would become president of Eureka College. More than 1,200 men were initiated prior to 1989 when the chapter became dormant. An effort to revive it in 1992 proved to be premature and the colony closed in 1993. In 2006, another attempt at colonization was done...and this time all of the necessary ingredients were in place.


Current Chapter President I spoke with Mike Lane, current Bradley High Alpha, as he was preparing to host the Midwest Conclave. “This has been an outstanding year for us. In the fall we associated 24 men and so far this spring we have an additional seven. Our total membership stands at 56 actives and eight associate members. Everyone in the chapter is involved with a campus organization outside the Fraternity. Brett Williams is the chapter High Beta and started a campus organization called Invisible Children, which attempts to end the world’s longest raging civil war and keep Ugandan children from being abducted and forced to serve in the military. Brett is also the fund-raising coordinator of Habitat for Humanity and the director of philanthropy and service for the IFC. Mike Konieczny was the High Alpha during the time of preparation for the Grand High Alpha Award and is the current vice president of the IFC. He was selected as Fraternity Chapter President of the Year in 2010 and is also the current treasurer of Invisible Children. Aaron Ganson is a member of the varsity basketball team and Steve Spreenburg is a varsity cheerleader. Kyle Malinowski is chairman of our 13

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Notable Kappa-Upsilon Brothers •

Dr. Martin Abegg (1947), president emeritus (served for 22 years) Bradley University; recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from University of Colorado; recipient of the Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching from Bradley University; member of the Centurion Society

ohn Fritz, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Harold Furrey, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Alan P. Goode (1970), senior examiner with New Hampshire Insurance, Concord, New Hampshire; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Harold Anderson (1949), vice president of Smith Barney Inc., Peoria, Illinois

Warren G. Reynolds (1953), retired vice president of Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc.; past president of Bradley National Alumni Association; member of Centurion Society

Wilfrid Rice, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Dr. Leonard Rich (1946), dentist, Gridley, Illinois

Glenn Schwartz, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

James Shadid (1979), member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame; nominated to Federal Bench of central Illinois

Dr. George M. Smerk (1955), transportation, Indiana University

Lyall Smith, official scorekeeper of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series; former president of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America; former business manager and director of marketing for the Detroit Lions; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Robert L. Smith, former regional director of the Public Health Service

Roger C. Smithberg (1988), played major league baseball with the Oakland Athletics in 1993-1994; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Frederic E. Arnold, president/chairman of the board of Aim Industries, Marietta, Georgia

Troy N. Guidotti (1989), member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Alphonse Barrett, member of the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame

Richard Hartman (1954), professor of Business Administration, Bradley University

Lowell R. Beck (1956), president of the National Association of Independent Insurers, Des Plaines, Illinois

Killed-in-action in World War II: William V. Frey, Robert E. Miller, Theodore Van Beuning, and John S. West.

Dr. Arthur J. Bergstrom, coach, athletic director, professor and chairman of the department of physical education at Bradley University; NCAA’s first director of enforcement; member of the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame; lived to be 100

Patrick K. Kinne (1980), general director of international marketing with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Fort Worth, Texas

Wayne G. Klasing (1964), president/CEO of Klasing Industries Inc., Joliet, Illinois; member of the Board of Trustees for Bradley University

Harold Lintz, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame; member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame

Alan G. Lisle (1955), retired executive director of the Scottish Rite Cathedral Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana

Thomas Lukeman (1956), Commerce Commission

Calvin R. Stone (1942), retired circuit court judge, Venice, Florida

Dr. G. William Marme (1946), physician, Clinton, Iowa

Lyle C. Martin (1950), president of HumanTek, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Dr. Charles D. Tharp (1927), Distinguished Alumnus Award 1963; vice president for administration at the University of Miami; president of the South Miami Federal savings and Loan Association of Miami; consultant to Florida colleges; co-chairman and member of the board of directors of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; member of the Centurion Society

Robert D. Thomas (1956), retired publisher of Ladies Home Journal; publisher of Bon Appetit; member of Centurion Soceity

Waino Thompson, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame for golf

Leslie Tucker, dean of students, Bradley University

Dr. Gary A. Upton, chair of professional programs/ adult education at Regis University, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Harold H. Velde, U.S. Congressman from 1949-1957

Swen W. Wallin (1942), member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball

Charles E. “Chuck” Weaver (1978), president of Weaver Enterprises, Peoria, Illinois

Stephen L. Weaver (1971), director of development, Bradley University

Herman R. Witzig, executive vice president of Lockheed-Martin Command & Control, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sam Zimmerman, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Editor’s Note: Centurion Society members are Bradley University alumni who have been identified as individuals of special talent and attainment who have become national or international leaders in their field.

Gustave Bohlman (1955), adjunct professor, Illinois State University

Charles Buescher (1967), coach of back-to-back Illinois High School Association state champions, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Frank J. Bussone (1966), president/CEO of the Proctor Foundation, Peoria, Illinois; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame; member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (broadcasting)

Byrum William “Barney” Cable (1958), professional basketball player with five teams over a six-year career; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame; member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame



Dr. Clayton W. Chance (1943), professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University

Jerry Cizek (1968), president of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Burnham E. Matthews (1929), retired chief of police, Alameda, California

Thomas D. Coker (1935), tennis coach at Bradley University for 27 years; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame; member of the Peoria Sports Hall of Fame

Wayne C. Melville (1971), town manager of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Dr. John B. Courtright (1953), retired physician

Harold Metzel, retired vice president of General Motors; Automobile Man of the Year; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame; recipient of Bradley University’s President’s Award

E. Orval DeWeerth (1950), dentist, Rock Falls, Illinois.

Died while in service during the Korean War: Jerry L. Carlson, and James R. Reid.

Thomas R. Dirksen, dentist, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

Leland “Shorty” Elness (1927), played professional football with the Chicago Bears in 1929; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Dr. James H. Erickson (1961), member of the Centurion Society; vice chancellor emeritus for University Advancement at the University of California @ Merced and vice chancellor emeritus at the University of California, Riverside; distinguished Alumnus Award 2003; Fulbright Academic Administrator Award; Vernon Jordan Humanitarian Award; served as president of the Urban League in two states; Dr. Martin Luther King Visionaries Award

Dr. Kenneth Milani (1962), professor of accountancy at University of Notre Dame

Orville Nothdurft (1935), former dean of admissions at Bradley University; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame; member of the Peoria Sports Hall of Fame; Bradley University’s Athletic Lifetime Achievement Award named in his honor

Craig A. Parker (1972), plant manager for Blistex, Inc.

Dr. George S. Phalen (1933), Distinguished Alumnus Award 1970; retired leader in orthopedic surgery and research; a founding member and past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the first and largest society of its kind in the world; past president of the International Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons; past chairman of the Orthopedic Section of the American Medical Association; retired professor of orthopedic surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; member of the Centurion Society

John H. Franklin (1956), executive vice president of the Midwest Foundation Corporation

Francis Pope, member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Dr.James R. Freeland (1968), sponsors professor of business administration and senior associate dean for faculty at the University of Virginia

Robert Michael Freshley (1964), owner/president Big O Tire Company, Del Mar, California; member of the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame

Odell E. Powers (1952), Chairman of the Board/CEO of Nicolet Instrument Corporation, past president of the Bradley University Board of Trustees, member of Centurion Society

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in Mike Konieczny’s leadership as High Alpha.” How does the chapter handle recruitment of such high quality men? “It begins when we move back to campus a week before the freshmen show up in the fall. This gives the brothers time to bond with each other and get back in the swing of things. Our High Delta, Adam Currier, gave ‘how to’ presentations and made a list of people we wanted to recruit (upper classmen) and talked to the brothers about values-based recruiting. We have recruitment practice with role-play among brothers. We also obtained a list of men going through recruitment as freshmen. Then the brothers got on Facebook and we paired them up with a potential recruits according to their similar interests, making it more comfortable for the potential member during the recruitment process. We only accept the finest during both formal and informal recruitment. Although we initiated 25 men in November, we aren’t looking for numbers. There is no limit to the best men on campus so we continue to recruit, always seeking the best.” Does not having a chapter house handicap you during recruitment? “No. Our former chapter house has been turned into a girls’ dorm so we use multiple buildings on campus in which to meet. Presently, our chapter meetings are in Garrett Center. We utilize classrooms and other campus buildings for Kappa Sessions and even at times in a dorm basement. Our Ritual is held at a local church. We have found that not having a house doesn’t keep us from attracting the best men.”

Midwest Conclave and is a former student body president.” Before we talk about the Grand High Alpha Award, how active has the chapter been in philanthropy/ service events and in scholarship? “In the spring of 2010 we finished with a 3.26 GPA which was the highest of the 14 fraternities. We hope to duplicate that this spring. Our philanthropy events begin in the fall during Homecoming Week with our watermelon bash. At the same time we hold our Crescent Girl Pageant in which every sorority has one nominee. This is a serious event with members of the school administration acting as judges. The event takes place in the middle of the quad and it is based on personality and character. The first year that we held the event it won the award for best philanthropy on campus. The winner this year was Victoria Leuker, a member of Kappa Delta. We also do canning for food and additionally we have a Subway Night where the chapter gets 10% of the amount of profits above the normal for that night. All of these monies are donated to the Peoria Area Food Bank.”

What is the biggest challenge facing the chapter? “The lack of alumni support. The chapter closed down in the late ‘80s and then the attempt as a colony failed. It is difficult getting the word out that we are back on campus and that we are an organization of which all alumni can be proud. Our younger alumni are beginning to get involved and I am working that as a priority. I want to single out Andy McKillip who has been very helpful, as well as Gail Hartmann, our High Pi. Even though Gail lives in St. Louis, he has been very helpful, going out of

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his way to answer questions and provide sound guidance.”

“As a chapter, the older brothers instill the idea you are a Lambda Chi because you are a leader and one of the best on campus and we simply won’t accept anything less. As such all of the brothers are held accountable. Every brother knows he must uphold his duty as a brother and we don’t want to slip and have what we have accomplished taken away. The mindset is that once you join, you join a group of amazing men and you will measure up to a higher standard. We have gotten to this point through strategic planning by the brothers, through Kappa Sessions, as well as ZAX Sessions. We will never settle for where we are currently at. Everything we do builds a bond that can always be better and on which we can always improve. We continue to grow and we will never settle for less.”

What were your thoughts when Bradley was called during the Grand High Alpha Award announcement? “The four of us were speechless. We were totally excited and proud, and we couldn’t take our eyes off the award. We talked about it and reflected back on the time leading up to the Convention. We didn’t realize how much we had accomplished in just three years. Looking back on the process, the National Headquarters’ staff was extremely helpful and they introduced the True Brother Initiative to the chapter. At first we were going to keep it a secret from the chapter until school started, but we just couldn’t. We wanted to share the happiness with everyone since it was a total team effort.” How have you avoided the biggest pitfalls a chapter faces, alcohol, hazing and dysfunctional behavior?



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10th Anniversary Celebration Chartered on March 11, 2005, Elmhurst’s Pi-Zeta became a colony in 2002. The chapter brother pride themselves on diversity, using the Cole Recruitment model, By Jon Williamson (Maryland) maintaining a cumulative GPA above 3.0.

The establishment of a colony of Lambda Chi Alpha is a significant undertaking, not to be taken lightly. Such an activity takes a great deal of planning, visits to the campus, working with the campus administrators, and visiting with campus undergraduate leaders while interviewing potential members. After all of that, the Professional Staff in Chapter Services must make sure that the fledgling group receives support to meet the many challenges that invariably arise. In this issue of the Cross & Crescent we look at the PiZeta chapter at Elmhurst College, located in Elmhurst, Illinois. It became a colony in 2002, and was chartered on March 11, 2005, and has initiated 115 men to date.


Current Chapter President Jake Meding is the current chapter president and also serves as the executive vice president within the Student Government Association. “I’m told that the chapter was very diverse when founded and it remains so today. Currently we have 30 actives coming off a very successful recruitment of 12 new associate members. We use the Cole Recruitment model and it paid off handsomely with these men, several of whom have been elected to positions on the High Zeta and have a combined 3.0 GPA. I should add that the chapter GPA is 3.1. We have been able to maintain academic successes through the use of study tables for our associate members, and anyone on academic probation must appear 17

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before the Executive Committee and present a plan to correct the situation. All of our men are active in various organizations on the campus. Rominson Saint-Louis is president of the largest organization on the campus – Habitat for Humanity, while Mark Weeden and Brendan Barton are on the SGA Board. In addition, Matt McHugh is secretary of the American Marketing Association, John Campolo and Jared Kasader are active in the school orientation program, Ricky Plandri is on the baseball team, Jared Kasader is on the cross-country team, and Chris Kichka is the president of the Interfraternity Council. A number of the brothers are active in choir and theatre with Josh Durham and Ben Furman having leading roles in campus productions. Our chapter has established a very positive reputation for active participation in a number of campus philanthropies. We raised 14,000 pounds of food in the North American Food Drive, worked with the sororities in raising $2,000 worth of toys in their Toys for Tots efforts, and our watermelon bash in September raised funds for the Jimmy V Foundation. Even with all of the chapter’s activities, the toughest part of being president is keeping brothers involved and excited and finding something new to keep them energized. In these efforts we have been very fortunate to have Ken Schultz as our chapter adviser. He has been an amazing influence -— always being www.crossandcrescent.com

there to help when needed and to work through problems.”

Chapter Adviser/Master Steward Schultz has been an active volunteer for Lambda Chi Alpha for many years and in addition to being the chapter adviser for Elmhurst he serves our Fraternity as a Master Steward (brothers who “answer the call” for the growth and upbuilding of Lambda Chi Alpha throughout a lifetime). “I remember that in March 2002 about 20 men from the Northwestern Chapter accompanied me to Elmhurst to do the Associate Member Ceremony. While there I met and worked with the chapter’s first High Alpha, Andrew Selck. He impressed me and I knew he was going somewhere in his chosen occupation, whatever that might be. I told him to call me if I could ever provide assistance to the chapter. Well, within a couple of months he called and I have been working with the chapter ever since.” This isn’t the first chapter you worked with. “No, it isn’t. At the time Elmhurst was colonized I was


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a member of the Housing Board for Northwestern of which I am still treasurer and from January 2003 to this coming Friday I have served as the House Corporation treasurer and president at Iowa State.”

special experiences. Being just outside of Chicago we have had the opportunity to have a positive impact on several chapters.”

Why do you continue to invest your time and energy with our chapters?

“We recruited some excellent men. Much of our success can be credited to our focus on presidential scholars which leads to

“I enjoy it and I had an excellent undergraduate experience at Iowa State. I watched the chapter grow and we had a great brotherhood and I had a couple of really close friends in the chapter. My pledge experience was very positive without hazing and although there was a well-defined line between active and pledge back in those days, we all worked together as a team on house duties and everything else. There was no nonsense. Our Ritual has always been very important to me; it was the mantel piece of my undergraduate experience. My mother and father were very strong influences on me along with my sister and her husband. There were half a dozen things I ran my life by and Lambda Chi’s Ritual put it all together for me. Lambda Chi Alpha had a significant impact on my life and the way I lead it. Because of that if I can do anything to help these men improve their chapter so that it is a better experience for them, then that is what I am all about.” You must be very proud of what the men at Elmhurst have accomplished over the past nine years. “Definitely! Our chartering banquet was a ‘We have arrived moment,’ but we have been so much more as we have grown. One of the things I am very proud of is that we have been recognized for our Ritual work. The National Headquarters selected us to do the first Ritual for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and we did the first Ritual after Bradley was re-colonized, and then we did the first Ritual for WisconsinWhitewater when they were re-colonized. Those have been very


The chapter is diverse and coming off a very successful semester.

academic successes. The men in the chapter are service oriented which accounts for our excellent results in philanthropies. And, the largest organization on campus is Habitat for Humanity and a Lambda Chi, Rominson Saint-Louis, is its president.”

Alternative Spring Break I spoke with Saint-Louis while he was planning his Alternative Spring Break. “When I entered Elmhurst I had preconceived notions about fraternities and didn’t want anything to do with them. In fact, one of my best friends was in a different fraternity. Over the course of a few weeks I found myself invited to and attending what we call Kappa Night at Lambda Chi Alpha. It was during these sessions that I found members discussing values and I found that they were the same ones my parents instilled in me. I found that I had the same shared values and made up 19

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my mind that I wanted to join such an organization. The men of Lambda Chi Alpha weren’t just talking, they really did what they say they will do. I thoroughly enjoy these conversations when we sit down and talk about life, our values, and how we as Lambda Chis are holding up these values.”

to Hawaii. Well, during those couple of weeks I became hooked, and over the course of the next five years I learned from Ken how to be a good chapter adviser. He has been an outstanding mentor for me. And for me it has been a progression of being a founding father in a colony, watching them chartered, advising and then being invited to work with another chapter. I now live in Cincinnati and have been selected as the Cincinnati chapter’s new High Pi and I am looking forward to the experience.”

You’re president of Habitat for Humanity. “I joined in my freshman year and became president in my junior year and now I have been re-elected. The organization allows me to give back and reflect on what is important in life. Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity to do something that is worthwhile for others. I am so proud that 15 Lambda Chis went on a trip to help others last year and I’m sure the same number will accompany me this year. Again, they aren’t just saying things, they are doing things that will change people’s lives.”

It sounds as though you have made a lifetime commitment. “Yes! And an experience that convinced me happened when I was an undergraduate,” related Gruenke about a very personal matter he shared at a chapter meeting during his senior year. “As I walked out of that chapter meeting I was closer to those men than I ever thought I could be, the ability to have that brotherhood and be able to be open with them...that was the moment I knew I was in this for life.”

A Founding Father When speaking with Schultz he mentioned that one of the colony founders, Rudy Gruenke, was student body president and that he had remained involved in Lambda Chi Alpha. “I was a junior and student body president at the time I joined Lambda Chi. Originally, I had no desire to join, but my office as student body president was next door to where the Lambda Chis were recruiting and I had a chance to get to know the two leadership consultants. I listened to their story and how they had continued their involvement with the Fraternity after graduation. I found that I had the same values as the Fraternity, so I joined. Because of my time commitments to the SGA I didn’t have an opportunity to become very involved in the Fraternity as an undergraduate.” What changed? “Ken knew that I had begun working at Elmhurst and he invited me to be a caretaker for the chapter while he took a trip



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2011 Neville Advisers College

More than 50 brothers attend training on the Memphis campus. by Jordy Miller (Miami (FL)

Conducted from January 28-30, 2011, on the University of Memphis campus, the second annual Ronald A. Neville Advisers College Summit was hosted by the General Fraternity. A total of 55 alumni brothers, including High Pis, House Corporation members, and chapter advisers attended programs facilitated by 12 volunteer and professional staff members. Advisers College is Lambda Chi Alpha’s multi-tiered developmental program for alumni engaged in advising undergraduate chapters. Composed of three progressive levels — Adviser Basic, Adviser Advanced, and Adviser Emeritus — Advisers College prepares alumni to be successful in employing a wide range of teaching and mentoring skills, all grounded in the Fraternity’s values-based TRUE Brother Initiative. Utilizing Lambda Chi Alpha’s Seven Core Values — Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage — Advisers are trained to guide, facilitate, and support the development and internalization of a personal identity for each undergraduate that defines what it means to be a TRUE Brother in Lambda Chi Alpha.

Advisers College Summit Curriculum

Advanced Adviser

Over the course of one and one-half days, the group was trained on the following components:

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Cole Recruitment Facilitation Working with Millennials Officer Portal Trouble-shooting Art of Advising Advising to Prevent Harm: Crisis Management Event Planning Liability Insurance Overview Outer Circle Programming Advisement TRUE Brother Initiative Update Ritual Exemplification & Informal Ceremonies Budget and Finance Considerations Developing an Advising Plan

Cole Recruitment Facilitation Working with Millennials Officer Portal Trouble-shooting Coaching and Counseling Crisis & Conflict Management Utilization Event Planning Liability Insurance Overview Leading Reflection & Meaning Making TRUE Brother Initiative Update Inner Circle Journey Long Term Financial Security Planning Developing an Advising Plan Working with Administrative Staff

Reinforcement of the Lambda Chi Alpha Learning Model As in the previous Neville Advisers College Summit, the Lambda Chi Alpha Learning Model: Experience, Reflect, Make Meaning, and Share was reinforced during each program as a result of the way the programs were facilitated and how the programs were laid out for the alumni advisers. Each of the programs was given with the centralized theme of becoming a better adviser. With each of the programs as an Experience, the alumni were asked to Reflect on what they have



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learned and Make Meaning of those concepts so that they could appropriately teach their undergraduates what they have learned. Finally, they Shared their thoughts by way of a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, which will be used as the baseline for their ongoing advisement plan.

Chapters Represented

• • • • • • • Participant Feedback • “Just wanted to shoot you a quick email and let you know • how much we valued your time and our experience at Advisers • College. The 10-hour drive home flew by because of the great • conversations we had about the information and techniques we • learned and how to implement them.” • Curtis Kactro, Chapter Adviser, Wisconsin-Whitewater • • “Thanks for all your efforts to assemble such a great weekend -- • there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm about the programs, • and hopefully a solid network of resources was built amongst • the High Pis and advisers in attendance.” • Stephen Moore, High Pi, Akron • • “This was the best seminar I have ever attended. The present• ers were great - enthusiastic, motivating, engaging; the topics • were relevant; and the sense of brotherhood was infectious. • How else can you explain a full conference room at 11:30 on a Saturday night?”

Akron Arizona State Arkansas Arkansas State Baldwin-Wallace Bradley California-Berkeley California-Los Angeles California-San Diego Cincinnati Clemson Coe Culver-Stockton Drury Eureka Florida Southern Florida State Idaho Iowa Kettering B Kutztown Louisiana-Lafayette Memphis Michigan

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Michigan State Millersville Millsaps Missouri Science & Technology Nebraska-Omaha New Mexico State Northern Colorado Oklahoma City Oregon Pittsburg State Richmond Rollins San Angelo State Simpson Southeast Missouri Southern California Southern Methodist Texas-San Antonio Toronto North Carolina-Greensboro North Carolina-Wilmington


Core Values in Action

William Jewell’s Larry Holley wins No. 800; Washington & Jefferson’s Joe Philbin wins a Superbowl. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison) Core Values form the foundation of Lambda Chi Alpha’s approach to brotherhood. As a part of the TRUE Brother Initiative, our Seven Core Values – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service and Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage -once learned and internalized, equip each Lambda Chi Alpha undergraduate brother and associate member with a clear moral compass, always orienting him, no matter the environment or consequences, toward making ethical decisions. For Lambda Chi Alpha, it is not enough simply to know how to do things the right way; more importantly, it is to do the right things, for brotherhood and leadership are ultimately about action, about doing.

Core Values in Action: Integrity

A 59-56 win over Park University on November 9, 2010, has propelled William Jewell College head men’s basketball coach Larry Holley (William Jewell 1967) to 800 career wins. He currently occupies the No. 15 slot on the all-time career wins list (NCAA/NAIA). Holley is finishing his 32nd year at the helm of the Cardinals (his 40th year overall as a head collegiate coach), and has an overall coaching record of 819-453. With his latest wins, Holley also has now eclipsed Eddie Sutton for the No. 14 spot on the career wins list. Holley is among America’s elite and legendary coaches, having won more than 800 games during his career and having received 14 Coach of the Year Awards, including the prestigious Sears/NABC NAIA National Coach of the Year Award in 1996. He has also been selected to four Halls of Fame: the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the NAIA Hall of Fame, and the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Holley’s coaching background includes one year at Harrisburg, MO High School, six years at Central Methodist University and four years at Northwest Missouri State University (two as the top assistant and two as the head coach). He has guided 11 Jewell squads to HAAC Conference Titles and 13 Cardinal teams to the NAIA National Tournament with four of them reaching the Final Four, and three reaching the Elite Eight. Holley’s teams have had two winning streaks that will be hard to top: a 43-game home court winning streak and a 45-game Heart of America Athletic Conference winning streak that included 21 consecutive road wins.

Superbowl Champion Coach

On February 6, 2011, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31- 25 to win Super Bowl XLV....and the Packers’ offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl victory was a Lambda Chi: Joe Philbin (Washington & Jefferson 1984). He originally joined the Packers in 2003 as assistant offensive line coach, and then was promoted to tight ends/assistant offensive line coach in 2004. He was promoted by Mike McCarthy to offensive line coach in January 2006 and to offensive coordinator in January 2007. Philbin credits favorable circumstances for his rapid rise in the franchise.

“I never had a master plan for moving up the organizational chart,” says Philbin. “I like to think that people recognize quality work and you do your job, and if something pops up in the organization, you have the chance of getting promoted. It just worked out.” Philbin says coaching in Green Bay is special. “I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of this organization because it is first class. The community here is unbelievably supportive and we have some great men here.” The Cross & Crescent published a profile about Philbin in the January 2008 issue. www.crossandcrescent.com


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Why We Have Two Founders Days The origin of our Founders Day celebrations. By Mike Raymond (Miami-OH)

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the March 2007 edition of the Cross & Crescent. Much controversy and mystery surrounds the origin of our two Founders Day celebrations, which are March 22 and November 2. The source of this controversy involves the names of men familiar to all Lambda Chis.

Strong emotions, differing leadership styles, unyielding attitudes, and conflicting opinions about the direction and organization of our fraternity contributed to the creation of these two dates.

Bruce McIntosh (DePauw 1916), in the 1929 Expositor, put it this way: “Lambda Chi Alpha did not have ‘founders’ in the ordinary acception (sic) of the term. The men who organized the first Zeta definitely planned to build a national or international fraternity for college men, but their conception of this had little in common with the form which the society took immediately after men from other early chapters had an opportunity to exert an influence. Ideas brought to the infant society by these men…are what gave Lambda Chi Alpha the foundation in spiritual values and organization upon which it has developed into one of the outstanding university brotherhoods.”

Two Days to Honor Them All

McIntosh would also claim that Lambda Chi Alpha, as we know it today, was the product of a group of young men that included John E. Mason (Pennsylvania 1913), Ernst J.C. Fischer (Cornell 1910), Samuel Dyer (Maine 1912), and to a lesser extent Albert Cross (Pennsylvania 1913) and Louis F. Robbins (Brown 1912). Borrowing from Masonic terminology, McIntosh calls Mason, Fischer, and Dyer the “great lights casting lengthy shadows” and Cross and Robbins the “lesser lights” of our Fraternity.

Warren A. Cole (Boston 1912) is recognized as our founder and prime mover in our expansion from a small group of like-minded men at Boston University to a national fraternal organization.

The fact that Lambda Chi Alpha has two sets of Founding Fathers has led to the unusual and confusing situation wherein we also have two Founders Day celebrations.

Cole had a gift for organization and a tireless commitment to his work as he set about creating our Fraternity.

Our original Founders Day on November 2, 1909, was exclusively celebrated to commemorate our founding at Boston University, at least until 1942.

His vision of Lambda Chi Alpha’s guiding beliefs, principles, ritual, and symbols, however, was underdeveloped and lacked significant meaning for our earliest members. www.crossandcrescent.com

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A Tangled Web

celebrated as Lambda Chi Alpha Day to recognize the fundamental changes the delegates at the Second Assembly, which was held in Boston, made to our fraternity that year. Lambda Chi Alpha Day was changed to Founders Day in 1942.

An important aspect of this tangled story of two Founders Days was the personal relationships of our early Fraternity leaders. At the time, they did not share the same vision and did not agree on how it should be organized and administered.

The Rest of the Story

Establishing November 2, 1909, as the founding date for Lambda Chi Alpha was just one of a number of options for Cole, Mason, and other early leaders of our Fraternity.

Unfortunately, the leaders often allowed their disagreements to sour their personal relationships. Growing dissatisfaction with Cole’s administration of the Fraternity led to what was characterized as “a condition approaching a state of war with Albert Cross, Epsilon, in the summer of 1913; L.F. Robbins, Iota, in the autumn of the same year; and virtually the entire Grand High Zeta at the Third Boston Assembly; with J.E. Mason, Epsilon, in the autumn of 1917; with E.J.C. Fischer, Omicron … just before the Michigan Assembly….”

Other dates that were considered by them were: • April 10, 1910: First recording of “Lambda Chi Alpha” in Boston chapter minutes • October 3, 1910: First new members initiated by Boston chapter • November 15, 1911: Boston chapter charter was issued and first Grand High Zeta elected • November 23, 1911: Boston chapter members declared themselves charter members • Eventually, November 2, 1909, was selected as the point of origin for Cole’s concept. As such, it has marked the birthday of our Fraternity for nearly 100 years.

Of course, it was at the Seventh Assembly held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that all of this internal dissatisfaction led to a power struggle that was won by Cole’s detractors. As a result of this struggle, Cole would leave the fraternity he created and not return until 1957.

The March 22, 1913, date was selected as the second Founders Day because it was associated with the opening of the Second Assembly.

In the aftermath of the assembly, there was a systematic attempt to downplay Cole’s role in founding our fraternity. His name was seldom mentioned in any official publication. Often he would be referred to as “the G.H.A. at the time,” the “Founder,” or other euphemism.

Not only was this the first assembly with representatives from more than one chapter, it was also the place where sweeping changes were made in the fundamental nature of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

The March 1927 issue of the Cross and Crescent, then an esoteric magazine, featured an article, “Who Are Our Founders?,” that expressed the need for a special recognition day to honor the early leaders of our fraternity. This article was followed by a proposal in the May Cross and Crescent that called for the creation of Jack Mason’s Day!

In 1929, the editor of the Purple, Green, and Gold Magazine said, “… at this assembly the present esoteric name of the Fraternity, the present foundations, ritual, insignia, and basic organization of Lambda Chi Alpha were adopted.” The Second Assembly brought to an end the brainchild of Cole and replaced it with a fraternity that was essentially new in everything but its name.

In 1931, at the Fourteenth Assembly in Asheville, Tennessee, Resolution XV was submitted by Mason to establish Lambda Chi Alpha Day. Mason envisioned the day as a time for members to contemplate the achievements of the Fraternity, pay homage to its unselfish servants, renew their loyalty to the brotherhood, and to support its worthy activities.

Mason, sometimes called our “Spiritual Founder,” with the help of his small committee, was responsible for the remarkable transformation of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity that occurred at the Second Assembly.


Mason also expressed his belief that “… no other date is 25

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more suitable for the converging of the sentiment and devotion of all Lam Chis, than March 22, 1913, when delegates of Lambda Chi Alpha met in Boston to authorize the ritual and present meaning of Lambda Chi Alpha….” In short order, the delegates approved Resolution XV. Shortly after the assembly, Mason wrote a brief commentary on Lambda Chi Alpha Day in the October 1931 issue of the Cross and Crescent magazine. His animosity toward Cole, nearly 12 years after the events of the Seventh Assembly, was very evident.

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We have two Founders Days, at least in part, because of the clash of ideas, personalities, and opinions of some of our most prominent leaders who served during the Fraternity’s early growth and development.

On March 22, 1913, some of us got together to say what we stood for. Maybe it had been said before. Certainly, it has been said after. We said we stood for Christian brotherhood (with no disrespect for Jewish brotherhood, or Mohammedan brotherhood, or Buddhist brotherhood). We said that our order stood on a foundation of mutual faith, solemnly and seriously pledged. Scholarship, wholesome living, the cultivation of recreational pursuits (or “activities,” as they say on college campuses), and fraternity were the big things. Lambda Chi Alpha was not a sales proposition, a monarchy or an oligarchy. When it became these things, we emphatically said NO! at Ann Arbor, without any mincing of words.

I believe a good deal of stress should be put upon Lambda Chi Alpha Day. Morale is greatly stimulated by wholesome sentiment. Such sentiment is stimulated by anniversary speeches. We stand for something. Let us unite and say so.

Another Web Remains to Be Untangled From 1931 to 1942, our Fraternity celebrated Founders Day on November 2 and Lambda Chi Alpha Day on March 22 of each year. This arrangement allowed for the recognition of Cole’s and Mason’s contributions.

On January 17, 1942 the Grand High Zeta, feeling that the name Lambda Chi Alpha Day did not truly describe the occasion, decided to change the name to Founder’s Day. A recent search of the archive at our International Headquarters found no official record of this decision. The events surrounding the designation of Lambda Chi Alpha Day as Founders Day in 1942 are unknown at this time.

No more need be said, but that much must be said over and over.

Furthermore, no attempt seems to have been made to rename the original November 2, 1909, Founders Day.

Lambda Chi Alpha Day is a day upon which articulate expression is to be given as to what the Fraternity stands for, and recognition is to be given to all those who have made it what it is, and any time in its history, before, at, or after that particular anniversary.

Hopefully, someone will come forward with the rest of this story. Until then, we have two Founders Days to celebrate each year.


John E. Mason September 26, 1931


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