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September 2012 . Issue 07

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FROM THE EDITOR What an amazing time we had at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel at the end of July! From July 26-29, 2012, more than 700 undergraduate and alumni brothers traveled to attend our 54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar in Phoenix. As you will read in this issue of the Cross & Crescent, the conference included many notable speakers, legislation changes, chapter discipline hearings, brotherhood events and networking, an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, and plenty of educational leadership sessions.

Tad Lichtenauer Director of Communications/IT (317) 803-7322 tlichtenauer@lambdachi.org

One of the many highlights was the presence of our former Grand High Alphas: Rev. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli (Florida 1950), Dr. Murphy M. Osborne Jr. (High Point 1955), Bobby Ray Hicks (Alabama 1958), Martin L. Smith (Valparaiso 1975), and Dr. Edward F. Leonard III (William Jewell1979). Dirghalli, the Fraternity’s spiritual leader, brought his wife, children, and grandchildren with him to enjoy the event. Unfortunately, Executive Vice President Emeritus George Spasyk (Michigan 1949) was unable to join us. Whether you attended this summer’s conference or not, be sure to see all of the photos we posted on our Flikr account and watch the videos we uploaded to our YouTube channel. We would like to thank Board of Councilor Walt Moser (Central Missouri) for all of his fantastic photography from the event. This was the third and final year of our current contract with the Biltmore, where we have held our General Assembly on even years for the last six years. The 55th General Assembly in 2014 will be held at the Trump Doral Miami Resort in Miami. Additionally, next summer’s Stead Leadership Seminar will be held from July 2528, 2013, on the campus of the University of Memphis. If you weren’t able to join us this summer, we hope you can be a part of either the upcoming 2013 Memphis or 2014 Miami experiences. In ZAX,

Tad Lichtenauer Editor, Cross & Crescent Magazine

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Departments Chapter News Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death.



Fraternity News

54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar Awards


Fraternity News


Fraternity News



Recap of Status of Chapters committee

54th General Assembly Legislation

One Brother’s Cross Country Story

CREDITS Publisher: Managing Editor: Assistant Editor: Layout & Design: Photographer: Research: Editors:

Bill Farkas Tad Lichtenauer Andrew Talevich Thomas Roberts Walt Moser Jon Williamson Jono Hren Bob McLaughlin

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During the opening banquet at the 54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. captivated attendees with his remarks about brotherhood, core values, and how those values align between the Army and Lambda Chi.

By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


CONGRESSMEN AND PASSIONATE BROTHERS Kevin Brady (South Dakota), U.S. Representative for Texas’s eighth congressional district, and Kevin Yoder (Kansas), U.S. Representative for Kansas’ third congressional district, spoke about Lambda Chi’s positive influence on both their personal and professional lives. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


SALUTING TWO LIFETIME BROTHERS At the 54th General Assembly, two alumni brothers, Joseph T. Charles (Culver-Stockton) and Dr. Greg Smith (Washington), were awarded Lambda Chi Alpha’s Distinguished Service Award. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


TOP UNDERGRADUATE AND GREEK ADVISOR At the 54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar, Patrick Vining (Southeast Missouri State) received the Cyril F. “Duke” Flad award as the top undergraduate, and South Carolina’s Keith Ellis was named Greek Advisor of the Year. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


Chapter News Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death

Alberta (Epsilon-Rho)

fraternity GPA, and the highest volume of blood donated in consecutive blood drives.

George Korchinsky (1963) served as a volunteer in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

John R. Sterling died on May 13, 2012. He was admitted to the Harvard Business School and obtained his MBA degree in 1942. After graduation from Harvard, he immediately entered the U.S. Army where he served until 1946. Following Army service, he worked for five years for the Federal Government in St. Louis. Upon returning to California in 1951, he settled in Manhattan Beach and was employed by the Northrop Corp for 26 years as a manager in the administration department, retiring in 1977.

Ball State (Iota-Alpha) Thomas A. Fields (1963) died August 8, 2012. He was employed at Delco Battery for 30 years, where he was a foreman, supervisor, and engineering technician.

Butler (Alpha-Alpha)

California Polytechnic (Phi-Sigma)

On August 25, 2012, approximately 20 chapter brothers participated in a fundraiser for Special Olympics of Indiana. The chapter raised more than $1,600 with alumni donating to help, including Dave Arland, Doug Lippert, and many others. The brothers pulled a 160,000 pound 757 airplane 12 feet in 7.06 seconds taking second place in the open division.

Founding fathers and alumni brothers held a reunion and barbeque in San Francisco. Attendees included Jim Hepburn, Dave Ciolino, Chris Gatley, Randy Prout, Bill Parente, Bob Harris, Kevin Fielding, John Bialy, and Paul Dumas.

California-Los Angeles (Epsilon-Sigma)

Delaware (Lambda-Beta)

The chapter had the largest recruitment of new members in recent history and won the Standards of Excellence Award, the top award given to fraternities. The chapter also placed No. 1 in multiple athletic competitions during Greek Week, earned the highest


Mr. Thomas R. Tarker (1977) died June 27, 2012. During his professional career he was employed by the NVF Co. in Yorklyn and later with the DuPont Co. at its Red Lion site in Delaware


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Florida State (Zeta-Rho)

City. Most recently, he was following his passion for social justice and greatly enjoyed his work as a grant writer for the Ministry of Caring in Wilmington.

Dr. Charles A. Henderson died July 13, 2012. He was a high school band director and principal before moving to Gainesville. Henderson was principal of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School and then professor in the University of Florida College of Education Department of Instruction and Curriculum for 21 years. After early retirement in 1985 as professor emeritus, he continued to teach part time until 1998. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. His destroyer was engaged in the initial occupation of Japan at the end of the war.

Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa) The chapter placed second in the Dean’s Cup competition and placed fourth in the Greek Week competition. Seven undergraduates attended the 54th General Assembly in Phoenix. Delegate Anthony Iacono served on the Fraternity Board Nominating Committee and spoke during the Educational Foundation Board dinner.

Gaylen P. Lee died August 21, 2012.

The chapter continues to support the Ronald McDonald House, most recently helping load campers’ luggage and loading collected soda can tabs.

Florida Tech (Beta-Nu) During formal recruitment week, the chapter has added 10 associate members with plans to add additional new members.

Edinboro (Beta-Delta)

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa) Chapter brothers participated in annual golf tournament. Brad Gay (2011) died August 5, 2012. He was employed as an engineer for the paper division of Unisource Worldwide.

Georgetown (Kappa-Omega) Willie Mathis Jr. served as the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Boone and Gallatin Counties from 1974 through 2000. He was known as a tough prosecutor and an extraordinary trial lawyer. He was also an accomplished banker, businessman, and partner in the law firm of Mathis Dallas & Frohlich.

On July 20-21, 2012, a group of undergraduate and alumni brothers donated clothes, canned goods, baby items, office supplies, and money to five different charities during the Crazy John Ernst Memorial Weekend.

Charles B. Wells (1983) died February 21, 2012. A longtime Kentucky state government official, he was a former chairman of the Scott County Democratic Party and a member of the Kentucky Democratic Central Executive Committee.

Eureka (Theta-Chi) Bruce Darnall (1966) has written two articles published online by Athletes In Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. One article is titled, “White Sox Pitcher Finds Perfection, the story about Philip Humber,” pitcher for the Chicago White Sox who pitched a perfect game last April. The other is “A Racing Champion’s Career Takes Off After Fiery Crash,” the story about race car driving champion Mel Kenyon.


Bobby G. Vance died May 2, 2012. He served on the city council, ran two filling stations, raised tobacco and worked as a substitute mail carrier. Moving to Georgetown, he served two terms as Scott County deputy sheriff. He served as Scott County Sheriff from 1966 until 1969. Vance had served in public office 32 years when he retired in 1989, serving the last 21 years as the Property Valuation Administrator.


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Glenville State (Beta-Beta)

Indiana State (Iota-Epsilon Colony)

Timothy J. Coffman (1977) died January 7, 2012.

Harlow E. Thum (HON) died July 27, 2012. Harlow retired in 1997 as human resource manager from United Technologies located in Dayton, Tennessee. He also previously worked for Sheller-Globe Corp. in Union City, Indiana, and Lobdell-Emery in Winchester, Indiana, and Alma, Michigan. An honorary initiate, he was the father of Dave Thum, a former ELC.

Idaho (Epsilon-Gamma) The chapter added 14 associate members, the largest class since the 2009 re-chartering. The chapter earned a 3.06 GPA for the spring semester, placing third out of the 20 fraternities on campus.

Kansas (Zeta-Iota) Brothers are invited to attend the chapter’s third annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on October 26, 2012, at Hallbrook Country Club. The event begins at 6 p.m. and costs $60. Brothers are also invited to attend the 65th Anniversary and Homecoming Reunion on October 27, 2012. The cost is $25. Visit the chapter’s website for more information.

Illinois (Chi) Hon. James L. Foreman (1950) died June 3, 2012. Judge Foreman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1952 he received a law degree from the University of Illinois and began practicing in Metropolis, establishing the law office of Chase and Foreman in 1955. From 1953 to 1960, he served as assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois, State’s Attorney for Massac County, 1960 to 1964, and special assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois, 1969 to 1972. In 1972, he was appointed U.S. federal judge by then President Richard M. Nixon for the Eastern District (now the Southern District) of Illinois. He became chief judge in 1978, serving in this capacity through 1992, when he became a senior district judge until his retirement from the bench in 2006.

Illinois State (Beta-Omicron)

Zach Brown and Ryan Moulder represented the chapter and attended the 54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar in Phoenix. On June 30, 2012, more than 40 brothers attended the chapter’s inaugural alumni golf tournament at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kansas. The first place winning team consisted of alumni Chris Morton (2005), Josh Johnson (2006), Steve McGhee (2005), and Luke Greene (2004).

More than 50 golfers attended the 14th Annual Beta-Omicron Golf Outing that was held on August 25, 2012. The BetaOmicron brothers would like to thank Angelo Tardi for organizing the event.



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Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta) Led by chapter Vice President Terrance Craft, the brothers collected more than 5,000 pounds of food for the Oklahoma City Food Bank, which will provide 4,065 meals to hungry Oklahomans.

The chapter finished some house renovations, including new walls, carpet, trim, doors and paint. In addition, they added new lights in the hallways as well as a new carbon monoxide alarm system.

Marshall (Zeta-Zeta) James G. Hollock (1970), a retired correctional officer from Western Penitentiary Pittsburgh, has written a bestseller on a true crime story titled “Born to Lose.�

On June 25, 2012, the chapter brothers held a volleyball and cookout to honor Jake Mabry, an alumni brother and recent graduate of Ranger School.

Memphis (Zeta-Theta)

The chapter recruited 23 new associate members during Rush Week.

Oregon (Zeta-Omicron) The chapter was the only fraternity on campus with both new member and active GPAs above a 3.0 for the spring quarter, finishing fourth overall.

Pittsburgh State (Lambda-Chi) The chapter added seven new associate members during summer recruitment.

Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon) Thomas E. Darby Jr. (1957) died June 29, 2012. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1977 as a lieutenant commander and settled in the Tidewater, Virginia area. After retirement, he began teaching computer science courses at Christopher Newport University.


More than 80 brothers, plus family and friends, attended the 14th annual Pierce Stock hosted by Steve Pierce and his wife on June 30, 2012.


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Texas-San Antonio (Phi-Upsilon)

The chapter hosted its annual Founders Day celebration. In the photo are chapter founders Tom Earp, Gerald Neidens, and Larry Randolph, who designed and made a new coat of arms.

South Dakota (Alpha-Gamma)

The alumni association hosted a gala on August 18, 2012, which included awarding chapter founder Wayne Terry the Alumnus of the Year medallion.

Troy Tordsen, the father of chapter President Tyler Tordsen, was honorarily initiated at the 54th General Assembly at the Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.

Truman State (Phi-Psi)

Mack Uckert (1977) died July 12, 2012.

Kevin Poortinga was hired by the Indianapolis Star to serve as its new managing editor to oversee its digital news strategy. Previously, he was vice president of product development at Gannett, The Star’s parent company. He previously worked at The Star from 2000 to 2008 in various positions, including assistant managing editor/planning and editor and general manager of niche products.

Southern California (Zeta-Delta) Todd A. Lorell (2010) died August 1, 2012, in a vehicle collision near the Marine base at Twentynine Palms, where he was stationed. He was an outstanding athlete who excelled at football, wrestling and track. On an academic scholarship at the University of Southern California, he majored in international relations. He was a chapter officer and a standout halfback on the college rugby team.

Wabash (Alpha-Kappa) Dan Burke (2002) was a contestant on the the TV game show Jeopardy, winning nearly $27,000 on his first night before losing on the second night. He is a high school teacher and cross country coach at Mount Carmel High School in Illinois.

St. Mary’s (Sigma-Beta) The chapter created a scholarship in remembrance of Andres Zermeño, the chapter brother who was killed last year while deployed to Afghanistan. Proceeds will go towards a college fund for his children. www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent


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William & Mary (Epsilon-Alpha)

Worcester (Pi)

Maj. Gen. Walter L. Davis (1979) was promoted to deputy commanding general of the 5th Army.

William Jewell (Epsilon-Nu) Robert N. Jones (1951) died July 21, 2012. He worked for Graybar Electric, Inc. for 40 years, retiring as senior accountant in 1990, and was a member of the Omega Group at Graybar. His Liberty community service included two terms on the City Council during the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as serving on the Planning and Zoning Board and on the Parks and Recreation Board, where he also served as chairman. The chapter sent four brothers to the 54th General Assembly in Phoenix. Chapter Vice President Ryan Shooshan was the delegate and Ritualist James Ventola served on the International Ritual Team. Also in attendance were Giovanni DiCristina and Zach Gendreau.John Manero and Daniel Pierson, along with two other Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduates have started their own company, SI Devices.

Wisconsin (Alpha-Beta) Emerson B. Donnell Jr. (1960) died on May 18, 2011. A mechanical engineer for 52 years, he began his career working for Union Carbide and Egan Machinery, both in Bound Brook, New Jersey. In 1972, he co-founded Polycel Corp. in Branchburg, New Jersey, most recently owning his own consulting firm, EB Engineering, Inc. in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Donnell was a pioneer in the plastics industry. His accomplishments included many patents for such things as improvements in highway crash barriers, plastic bags, computer housings and appliance parts. Most recently, he partnered with Polymer Solutions International to develop bottled water shipping racks and improvements in pallet molding design technology, used globally.

Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta) On July 15, 2012, Pete Kelley (1992) was promoted to regional business center manager for Wells Fargo Dealer Services in Raleigh, North Carolina. After joining Wells Fargo in 2005 as an area sales manager, he was promoted to regional sales manager and then business development manager for the Regional Business Center in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2011, he was promoted to divisional sales manager for the Southeast Division.



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Gen. Campbell Delivers Opening Keynote During the opening banquet at the 54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. captivated attendees with his remarks about brotherhood, core values, and how those values align between the Army and Lambda Chi. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)

At the opening banquet of the 54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. (Kansas State) captivated attendees with his remarks about brotherhood and core values, and how those values align between the Army and Lambda Chi.

grew up on Army posts throughout the United States and is a distinguished military graduate of Kansas State University, where he was commissioned as an armor officer in May 1978. A graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College, he holds a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service

Campbell currently serves as the commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, the extensive Central Texas Army post located about 40 miles southwest of Waco, Texas. He



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Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Recruiter Badge.

that our brotherhood accomplishes year after year. It serves as exactly the compass that Cole intended it to in 1909. “In our complex challenging, and ever-changing world these seven core values serve as a guide in the preparation of men to live full, productive and meaningful lives,” Campbell said. It’s a daunting task: this purpose of our brotherhood. Just beyond the world of college, where our TRUE brothers embrace and master the values, an unsympathetic world awaits full of moral, physical, and intellectual challenges.

For Campbell, Lambda Chi Alpha has always been more than just another fraternal organization. Founder Warren Cole knew that laying out these values was essential to building an organization that would endure and prosper over time.

“Our Fraternity seeks to prepare men to enter this crucible and indeed, to excel and lead there,” he said. “We know, from our own experience, that without these seven core values, our preparations would be incomplete. One could liken it to preparing men to fight in war.”

“He set out our initial guiding tenants of fostering moral and spiritual standards base on Christian ideals, honorable friendship, intellectual excellence, brotherly love....These values define our brotherhood. They endure, even to this day, they are not subject to social evolutions, or fashion. They are not affected by world events, or global economics or environmental shifts. They are timeless moral imperatives,” Campbell said.

Lambda Chi’s core values are almost identical to the ones used by the United States Army. “This is not a coincidence,” he said. “This parallel value system is a result of the fact that both organizations are dedicated to preparing men to perform excellently and provide leadership in the face of....unknown, unpredictable, diverse and often threatening circumstances.”

Core Values In 2006, Lambda Chi updated Cole’s original verbiage used to convey these values. The result was a more concise, and more focused list. These seven core values are the basis for all

Leadership & Teamwork Both organizations know the indispensable nature of discipline. Of a code of conduct. Of moral character. And of leadership. “I would add that the notion of leadership itself is not complete without incorporating the notion of teamwork,” Campbell said, “a personal value of my own that has proven itself indispensable throughout my military career and life.” Leadership and teamwork for both the Army and for our brotherhood are concepts that best summarize our ideals. “We produce leaders and teams, not in an attempt to



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FEATURE concentrate power, but rather to provide the greatest benefit to all men,” Campbell said.

Warren Albert Cole intended it to be.” “I stand before you tonight, a man doubly blessed. It has been, and continues to be, my profound honor to count myself in the number of not one, but two organizations that embrace, uphold, and cherish these values,” he said.

LDRSHIP is the acronym the Army and Lambda Chi Alpha both use to help organize our core values: These seven core values, common to both of these great organizations, have always perfectly corresponded with Campbell’s own great love of teams and teamwork.

Two organizations in which his own personal value for teamwork has meshed so perfectly with these organizational values. Two organizations operating in two worlds, at once radically different and yet startlingly similar.

“We have already seen how teamwork is often enmeshed with these core values,” he said. “Loyalty, respect, service and leadership itself are difficult to describe or even imagine without the dimension of teamwork. In my own experience in over 30 years of military service no single factor has had a greater impact on the success of the Army than teamwork.”

“The fact that the respective core values are so similar and that both organizations consistently build and employ teams so effectively suggests nothing to me so strongly as this: These values are absolutely universal,” Campbell said. “As we hold to them, our TRUE brotherhood, our Army, and our nation will continue not only to endure, but to thrive and provide the leadership our world so desperately needs.”

As a leader, Campbell makes it his primary goal to ensure that every team member is recognized and respected, and that the team capitalizes on the strengths of each and every member. “No one man achieves a military or organizational victory,” Campbell said. “No one decision-maker accomplishes the mission. I never have. Not in 34 years doing this job. It has always been my team. The effective leader’s focus is on his team, how much to nurture it, assess it, develop it, guide it, protect it, and direct it. Our Army, like this brotherhood, is a team.” Our core values are immutable. They do not change from one situation to the next, or over time. They are ancient. They are true. They have been validated by all the experience of human history. They are they most indispensable tools in allowing both TRUE Brother and American soldier to achieve their respective goals.

Army Strong In our world, so full of ungovernable dynamics, chaotic unpredicted change, and ever-changing threats and opportunities, these core values provide one unmoving constant. “A stable set of parameters that do not shift with the world around us, and upon which we can base sound decisions,” Campbell said. “A magnetic north. Exactly the moral compass



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Congressmen and Passionate Brothers Kevin Brady (South Dakota), U.S. Representative for Texas’s eighth congressional district, and Kevin Yoder (Kansas), U.S. Representative for Kansas’ third congressional district, spoke about Lambda Chi’s positive influence on both their personal and professional lives. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


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held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, the attendees were treated to keynote addresses from two U.S. congressmen. The first was by Congressman Kevin Brady (South Dakota 1977) who spoke during Saturday’s Mastery Circle Banquet. The second was by Congressman Kevin Yoder (Kansas 1998)) who was the final keynote speaker at the Purple, Green & Gold Banquet.

During his keynote address at the 54th General Assembly, Brady divided his remarks into three major points

Lifelong Friendships Every other year in August, Brady and other alumni brothers from his chapter spend a weekend at Bonelake, Wisconsin. Even though they all have busy lives and families they make time for each other. They share the good and bad of their lives. “It is amazing how that friendship, how that brotherhood is there, in a moment, the minute when we re-connect,” he said. “Any one of us will tell you, every two years, it is the highlight of our lives to get back together.”

Service Before Self Brady cited the alumni brothers in the room as examples of this. “It’s nothing about them and what they’ve received, it’s all about what they’ve given to you and me and Lambda Chi,” he said. “It really is remarkable the difference they’ve made to that service of a lifetime for you and me.”

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady Kevin Brady is the U.S. representative for the Eighth Congressional District of Texas. Brady began his political career in 1990 as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Six years later he was elected into the U.S. House of Representatives and has been re-elected six times. A 2001 recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Achievement, Brady has remained true to his Fraternity. In 2009, he spoke to Lambda Chi Alpha undergraduates and alumni at our


Brady’s belief, shaped by Lambda Chi, is that in his organizational chart he is below those he serves. “My job is to lift up, to lead from below to lift up those I serve -- all shaped by Lambda Chi and how I was raised by my mom,” he said. “It’s that service that defines us and makes our lives complete. I guarantee you at any point in your life when you think of the moments that make you feel the best, that you treasure the most, it is when you are giving back and helping others.”


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Good Leaders

he has served Zeta-Iota as their chapter advisor and House Corporation president.

“I think God has a plan for each and every one of us,” he said. “In that path I don’t always know what that path is. At times it reminds me of the Ritual. It’s difficult, sometimes confusing, at points I think I’ve really messed it up. At the end of the day, we surface, you go through that, and realize there’s a much higher purpose for all of us.” Brady challenged the attendees to take this opportunity to turn good men into leaders. “You came here with a purpose and let’s leave here with a purpose,” he said. “Let’s go back and turn good guys into good leaders.”

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder

Prior to being elected to Congress, Yoder served as a state representative in the Kansas legislature. On January 5, 2011, Yoder was sworn in to serve his first term as part of the 112th Congress. Before his remarks at the final banquet, Executive Vice President Bill Farkas (Butler) presented Yoder with the Lambda Chi Alpha Order of Achievement. Yoder then went on to share his story about how joining our Fraternity changed his life. “I feel like I’m home tonight,” Yoder began his remarks. “I feel like I’m back where my journey began.” Yoder spoke about, after growing up on a farm, how overwhelming the Kansas campus was with 25,000 students. He said he was looking for a family, a home, and he found that in Lambda Chi. The shy freshman joined our Fraternity, was soon elected to his first chapter office, and began his transformation into a leader. “I can say without any hesitation that without my Lambda Chi experience I would not today be serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives,” Yoder said.

Kevin Yoder is a fifth-generation Kansan who grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Yoder, Kansas. While at University of Kansas, he served as student body president and chapter president at Zeta-Iota. After graduation, Yoder attended the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served two years as the Student Bar Association president. As an undergraduate brother, Yoder served on the Student Advisory Council, the International Ritual Team, and was a finalist for the Duke Flad Award. As an alumni brother,


Yoder learned from Lambda Chi that service is a two-way street. The more you put into it, the more it gives back to you. He learned the rewards of hard work, the benefits of commitment to a cause and seeing it through, how to resolve conflicts, crisis management, tough brotherhood, and building lifetime friendships. Finally, Yoder implored the attendees to take full advantage of all the opportunities Lambda Chi Alpha offers -- run for an office, join a committee, start a program, make a difference. “But most of all, learn, serve, and give all that you can to this wonderful Fraternity...and I promise you will get much more back in return,” he said.


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Saluting Two Lifetime Brothers Header At the 54th General Assembly, two alumni brothers, Joseph T. Charles (Culver-Stockton) and Dr. Greg Smith (Washington), were awarded Lambda Chi Alpha’s Distinguished Service Award. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


t the Mastery Circle Luncheon on Saturday, July 28,

2012, the General Fraternity awarded two alumni, brothers Joseph T. Charles (Culver-Stockton 1960) and Dr. Greg Smith (Washington 1962), with the Lambda Chi Alpha Distinguished Service Award.

“When you get out in the real world, people are going to ask you what you did,” he said. “When we look at resumes in our company, I’m not too excited with the individual that’s an A student. I’m really excited about the person that was a B student that was involved in several activities. There’s a fellow you want to hire. There’s a fellow who’s got it together. He’s organized and he can still make it through school with relatively good grades.”

The Distinguished Service Award is given to alumni brothers for outstanding contributions at the international Fraternity level.

Joseph T. Charles Joseph T. Charles has served on the Educational Foundation Board for 16 years, eight of them as the vice chairman. In 2000, he gave a very generous gift that helped launch the Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership program. He also is an Order of Achievement recipient and has served as the House Corporation president for the Kappa-Mu chapter at CulverStockton. Professionally, Charles serves as the president, CEO, and founder of Charles Industries, Ltd., a company based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, where he was a member of the Kappa-Mu chapter. He served the chapter as treasurer, fraternity educator, house manager, and steward. In accepting his award, Charles noted that he has always been an advocate for mentoring young men and challenging them to do more than just academics while in school.


Charles also advocates giving back, which is why he has remained such an active alumnus brother of Lambda Chi. “Lambda Chi is all about brotherhood, it’s about principles and ideals that we practice,” he said. “It’s about helping one another. It’s about, more importantly, giving back. And that’s why I’m really involved in Lambda Chi. It’s all about giving back.”


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Dr. Greg Smith “Throughout the 53 years it has been my joy-filled experience to be a brother of Zeta Alpha Chi. I can say that a brother is always at my side in good times and in tough times,” he said. “When I am right and when I am wrong.” Smith commented that a brother has always been there “not because I am good but because he is.” He then compared his Lambda Chi brothers to being like pearls of great price. “Regardless of origin, pearls are gems,” Smith said. “Made by God’s creatures, all with some imperfections, all with something beautiful about them, each of value, all created by the hand of God. So too my brothers; my brothers are gems, made by God’s creatures, all with some imperfections, each with something beautiful about them, all of value, and all created by the hand of God.” Dr. Greg Smith, who served most recently as the Fraternity Board’s vice chairman, is an Alpha-Psi alumnus brother from the University of Washington. He has served the Alpha-Psi chapter as the vice president and, after graduation, served two different times as the chapter advisor. In 1979 he was appointed as a professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and served until his retirement in 2007. The move to Florida provided Smith with the opportunity for service as an alumni volunteer for EpsilonMu chapter at Florida. Since 1992 he has served as the faculty advisor and Advisory Board member, in addition to serving as the chapter advisor from 1994 to 1998 and from 2010 to 2011. An Order of Merit recipient, Smith was first elected to the Fraternity Board in 2004. In accepting his award, Smith noted that in many ways he believes being a brother in Lambda Chi is a spiritual journey.



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Top Undergraduate and Greek Advisor At the 54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar, Patrick Vining (Southeast Missouri State) received the Cyril F. “Duke” Flad award as the top undergraduate, and South Carolina’s Keith Ellis was named Greek Advisor of the Year. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


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Patrick Vining (Southeast Missouri State 2013) received the Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate Award as the top undergraduate, and South Carolina’s Keith Ellis was named Greek Advisor of the Year. Created in 1970, the Duke Flad award honors brother Flad, who served as the Fraternity’s second chief executive from 1942 to 1968. One outstanding undergraduate brother is selected annually to receive this award. The Greek Advisor of the Year Award recognizes a university student or Greek life advisor who has rendered exemplary service to a Greek system on a particular campus or on a number of campuses.

Patrick Vining Patrick Vining won the Duke Flad Award award based upon the leadership he has displayed at his chapter, on his campus, and throughout his community. At the Delta-Phi chapter, Vining has served as the recruitment chairman, treasurer, Executive Committee secretary, by-law review committee chair, and IFC representative. As treasurer, he helped initiate a capital campaign that is raising money to make improvements to the chapter house. As recruitment chairman, he was responsible for recruiting the largest freshman class to join his chapter in more than a decade. He achieved this latter task by developing a strategic recruitment plan, before he took office, that was grounded in values-based recruitment practices. In addition to Vining’s tireless efforts as a chapter officer he also



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has shown he can support his brothers on a deeper level. Last spring the chapter experienced a tragedy -- the death of one of their brothers from cancer. When they needed comfort and leadership, Vining was one of the members to step forward. In true Lambda Chi fashion, the men transformed a tragedy into a cause. So far, the chapter has raised more than $10,000 to benefit cancer research and the family of their deceased brother, Scott Wood. Vining has played a significant role in these efforts.

the hall council and college republicans. Along with the numerous activities brother Vining is involved in, he has managed to achieve academic excellence with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale, earning him consecutive spots on the Dean’s List since he first enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University, and making him a recipient of the governor’s scholarship, the highest scholarship award at his university. Because of his academic success and consistent leadership among his peers, it is no surprise Vining was named the “2011 Man of the Year” at Southeast Missouri State. On receiving this award Vining said, “This award is really not about me, it’s not about my accomplishments, it’s not even about my home chapter. This award celebrates the gift of Lambda Chi Alpha and what it has done for each of us and will continue to do in the future.” He then went on to describe the real benefits Lambda Chi provides for undergraduate members: a set of ideals, opportunities for leadership, a system for support, an asset of networking, and a unique fraternal experience. In the conclusion of his remarks, he noted, however, that it is a challenge for each individual to pursue excellence.

Outside of the chapter, he is actively involved in numerous activities and initiatives on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. This year, Vining will serve his second term as the president of the student government association. In this position he has played an instrumental role in ensuring that student tuition does not increase in light of the 12 percent budget cuts that his university is currently facing. He has also improved the communication between the student body and the community’s city council. Vining was also the president of the model United Nations at his campus, president of the residence hall association, and is a member of www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent

“With the help of our brothers, we must each work tirelessly to reach our full potential,” he said. “It is not enough to go through the motions, and we cannot achieve success without the input of labor. So always strive to be better. Fight to make sure your crescent is always growing.”

Keith Ellis Keith Ellis, the associate director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina, was named the 2012 Greek Advisor of the Year for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and was initiated at the University of Memphis where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 2002.


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Two years later he graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in higher education. He was able to bring his expertise in the Greek system and higher learning to the University of Kentucky where he worked in the Dean of Student’s Office. He would eventually serve as the associate director of fraternity and sorority life at the University of South Carolina.

“Lambda Chi stands as a group that we know we can go to when we have issues,” he said. “They are willing to stand by them and willing to work with us to resolve those issues.” Ellis then went on to implore the attendees to continue to challenge the conventions on their campuses. “We need men who are going to be leaders in their communities,” he said. “The frat lifestyle is not going to keep us alive. We have to be willing to challenge that on our campus. Lambda Chi has to be willing to be different. We cannot stand idly by and let other organizations on our campus continue to propagate frat living. We have to be fraternity men. We have to be willing to hold a higher standard. We have to be willing to provide what can be the best male development program for any college on any campus.” There is no other program like fraternity that can help men develop into better leaders, better gentlemen, better fathers, better husbands.

In his campus leadership roles, Ellis has been a strong supporter of Lambda Chi Alpha, teaching undergraduates to rely on their core values and stand up for what they believe is right. He interaction with Lambda Chi Alpha staff members has played a crucial role in maintaining the excellent standards our fraternity sets forth.

“But being frat boys will not get us there and we have to do better,” Ellis said.

Ellis is currently working on his doctorate in education policy and evaluation through the University of Kentucky. During his acceptance remarks Ellis thanked the Lambda Chi Alpha staff for the partnership that has been built with Greek advisors across the country, especially during some of the challenging situations.



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54th General Assembly & Leadership Seminar Awards More than 100 chapters and brothers received awards.

By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)

At the 54th General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar held July 26-29, 2012, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, more than 100 chapters and many notable brothers were recognized for their accomplishments. In addition, elections were held for the Grand High Zeta and Council of Presidents. Chapter Academic Achievement Awards presented to chapters with a grade point average that was either first on their campus, or second or third on larger campuses with a greater number of fraternities. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •



Arizona State (Zeta-Psi) - 3.53 GPA Vanderbilt (Gamma-Delta) - 3.52 GPA Pennsylvania (Epsilon) - 3.48 GPA Alabama-Birmingham (Sigma-Chi) Arizona State (Zeta-Psi) Arkansas (Gamma-Chi) Auburn-Montgomery (Phi-Kappa) Baldwin-Wallace (Kappa-Phi) Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon) Coe (Zeta-Alpha) Colorado State-Pueblo (Delta-Omega) Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa) Drury (Theta-Sigma) Elmhurst (Pi-Zeta) Florida Gulf Coast (Colony 292) Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi) Franklin (Kappa-Gamma) Gettysburg (Theta-Pi) Incarnate Word (Pi-Epsilon) Lake Forest (Pi-Pi) Louisiana–Lafayette (Iota-Omega)

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Lycoming (Iota-Beta) Memphis (Zeta-Theta) Methodist (Sigma-Theta) Millersville (Delta-Tau) Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon) Murray State (Lambda-Eta) New Mexico State (Zeta-Gamma) New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha) North Carolina-Greensboro (Phi-Theta) North Carolina-Wilmington (Delta-Sigma Colony) Northeastern State (Delta-Beta) Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho) Polytechnic (Theta-Upsilon) Rollins (Theta-Gamma Colony) Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi) Southern Indiana (Phi-Xi) Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma) St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Pi-Lambda) Tarleton State (Phi-Rho) Wake Forest (Theta-Tau) Western Carolina (Beta-Zeta) Wilmington (Pi-Delta) Wisconsin-Whitewater (Lambda-Iota) Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta)

Awarded to chapters with outstanding alumni newsletters. At least two issues must be published and submitted to the International Headquarters during the academic year. • • •

Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho) Indiana (Alpha-Omicron) Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi)

Bruce McIntosh Standards for Chapter Excellence Recognizes chapters for their significant achievements in the noble pursuit of excellence, particularly their use of the Standards for Chapter Excellence Program. • • • •

Butler (Alpha-Alpha) Hanover (Theta-Zeta) Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi) Worchester Polytechnic (Pi)

Campus Involvement

Alumni Affairs Recognizes outstanding alumni programming within the chapter; including alumni organization, events and activities, mentoring, and fundraising efforts. • • •

Alumni Publications

Worcester Polytechnic (Pi) Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi) Rose-Hulman (Theta-Kappa)


Awarded to chapters with extensive involvement in extracurricular activities. • • • • • •


Alabama (Alpha-Phi) Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon) Coe (Zeta-Alpha) Drury (Theta-Sigma) Elmhurst (Pi-Zeta) Florida Gulf Coast (Colony 292)

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FRATERNITY NEWS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa) Gettysburg (Theta-Pi) Hanover (Theta-Zeta) Lake Fores (Pi-Pi) Louisiana- Lafayette (IotaOmega) Marietta College (Kappa-Alpha) Memphis (Zeta-Theta) Mississippi State (Epsilon-Chi) Missouri S&T (Alpha-Delta) New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha) North Carolina–Greensboro (Phi-Theta) Northeastern State (Delta-Beta) Ohio State (Gamma-Tau) Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda) Pennsylvania (Epsilon) Vanderbilt (Gamma-Delta) Wake Forest (Theta-Tau) Wilmington College (Pi-Delta) Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta) Worcester Polytechnic (Pi)

Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program Granted to chapters that have the most participation in this program. • •

Butler (Alpha-Alpha) – highest undergraduate participation Ohio (Alpha-Omega) – highest alumni participation

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Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi) Hanover (Theta-Zeta) St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Pi-Lambda)

Lewis A. Plourd Fraternity Education

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Coe (Zeta-Alpha) Hanover (Theta-Zeta) Iowa (Iota-Chi) Lake Forest (Pi-Pi) Millsaps (Theta-Eta) Missouri S&T (Alpha-Delta) Northern Colorado (SigmaOmega) South Carolina–Aiken (PiAlpha) St. Joseph’s (Phi-Lambda) Toronto (Epsilon-Epsilon) Western Ontario (Delta-Eta) Worcester Polytechnic (Pi) Wyoming (Delta-Rho)

Presented to chapters whose outstanding Fraternity Education Program includes the entire membership, involves alumni, and incorporates a highly effective Big Brother program.

North American Food Drive

St. Louis College of Pharmacy (PiLambda) Southeast Missouri State (DeltaPhi) Louisiana - Lafayette (Iota-Omega)

Membership Recruitment

Grand High Alpha

Awarded to chapters with outstanding success in recruitment and 100 percent Associate Member retention.

Recognizes chapters that have maintained a superior level of operations for at least three consecutive years. A chapter may earn the award only once every three years.

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Arizona State (Zeta-Psi) Bowling Green State (Phi-Mu) Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon) Butler (Alpha-Alpha) California–San Diego (Pi-Beta) California Polytechnic (PhiSigma)



Awarded to chapters that collect and verify more than 8,500 pounds of food. The top chapters received special recognition.

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New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha) -211,810 pounds Worchester Polytechnic (Pi) -210,000 pounds Coe (Zeta-Alpha) -- 33,000 pounds Butler (Alpha-Alpha) -- 12,147 pounds Denison (Gamma-Iota) -28,579 pounds Millsaps (Theta-Eta) -- 25,325 pounds Western Ontario (Delta-Eta) -15,002 pounds Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta) -- 10,151 Pounds

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Presented to a chapter that has made unusually positive strides in overall chapter operations for at least three consecutive years, taking into consideration improved membership size, depth of programming, and risk-free operations.

Recognizes chapters with the most outstanding programs of community service and philanthropic activities. The award is divided into two categories: Public Affairs Programs and Most Outstanding Public Affairs Project.

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Texas (Alpha-Mu) New Hampshire (Alpha-Xi) Colorado State-Pueblo (DeltaOmega)

Southern Indiana (Phi-Xi)

California Polytechnic (PhiSigma) Hanover (Theta-Zeta)

Southeast Missouri State (DeltaPhi) Rose-Hulman (Theta-Kappa)

Warren A. Cole Recruitment Program Recognizes chapters that have developed and implemented wellorganized and effective recruitment programs.

Rev. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli Scholastic Programming Recognizes chapters that have developed an outstanding program resulting in superior academic achievement of its members.

Recognizes chapters for the role a recruitment video contributed to the success of a chapter’s recruitment program.

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Public Affairs Project

Recruitment Video

Public Affairs Program

Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda) California Polytechnic (PhiSigma) Worchester Polytechnic (Pi)

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Southeast Missouri State (DeltaPhi) San Diego (Delta-Kappa) Hanover (Theta-Zeta)

Recognizes chapters with outstanding advances in the use of computer technology, layout, content management, computer graphics, and website design.

Southeast Missouri State (DeltaPhi) Butler (Alpha-Alpha)


Hanover (Theta-Zeta) [edit] Individual Awards

Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate Created in 1970, this award honors Cyril F. “Duke” Flad, who served as the Fraternity’s second chief executive from 1942 to 1968. One outstanding undergraduate brother is selected annually to receive this award. •

Patrick F. Vining (Southeast Missouri State)

Distinguished Service Awarded to alumni brothers for outstanding contributions at the international Fraternity level. • •

Joseph T. Charles (CulverStockton) Dr. Gregory E. Smith (Washington)

Fraternity Advisor of the Year


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May be awarded annually to a fraternity or Greek advisor who has rendered exemplary service to the Greek system on a particular campus or on a number of campuses. •

Keith Ellis – Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, University of South Carolina

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Order of Achievement

Grand High Zeta

Established in 1958, this award recognizes alumni for outstanding achievement in their professional careers. Recipients are elected to receive the award in General Assembly years, but may receive it at another appropriate event.

The Grand High Zeta serves as the Board of Directors for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. It consists of nine members elected by the General Assembly to fill alternating four-year terms: one or two alumni members appointed by the Grand High Zeta to fill two-year terms; the chairman and vice chairman of the Student Advisory Committee to serve one-year terms as Grand High Sigma and Grand High Theta, respectively; and the chairman and vice chairman of the Council of Presidents to serve one-year terms as Grand High Nu and Grand High Psi, respectively. During the 54th General Assembly the elected Board members are:

Kevin W. Yoder (Kansas) – U.S. Congressman

Order of Merit Since 1935, Lambda Chi Alpha has recognized unusual, lengthy, and dedicated service — particularly at the local chapter level — with election to the Order of Merit. Those who have served on the Grand High Zeta are ineligible for this award. • • • • • • • •

Donald R. Bealer (LouisianaLafayette) Dr. Kenneth W. Bladh (Wittenberg) Lowell “Keith” Daniel (Eastern Kentucky) Kent A. Donaldson (Truman State) Johnny W. Douglas (Western Kentucky) David D. Leathers (Fresno State) Larry F. Matthews (William Jewell) Scott H. Reikofski (Northern Colorado)

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John H. Graham IV, CAE (Franklin & Marshall 1971) – Grand High Gamma M. Fletcher McElreath (Mercer 1987) – Grand High Pi David M. Huffine (North Carolina-Greensboro 1984) – Grand High Phi Rodger M. Lalli (Oklahoma HON) – Grand High Iota

Council of Presidents The Council of Presidents was created to further undergraduate representation on the Grand High Zeta. A chairman and vice chairman are selected by other chapter presidents attending the conference to serve as members of the Grand High Zeta as the Grand High Nu and Grand High Pi, respectively.



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Allen C. Horton (Arkansas State 2013) -- Grand High Nu Ian P. McRae (California-Los Angeles 2013) -- Grand High Psi

Educational Foundation Board The Educational Foundation believes in preparing and encouraging collegiate men of good character, high ethics, and noble ideals to contribute positively to the world in which they live. The Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation is a separate charitable and educational tax-exempt organization, separate and independent from the Fraternity, whose sole purpose is to serve as an educational resource for the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Dollars raised go toward educational programming and initiatives, such as the Stead Leadership Seminar and Lambda Chi Alpha’s TRUE Brother Initiative, to help build and invest in Lambda Chi Alpha’s future leaders. The Educational Foundation is governed by 24 Board of Directors consisting of distinguished alumni brothers across the globe. The new officers and board members appointed during the 54th General Assembly are as follows: •

Mark A. Hoag (Michigan State 1972) — Chairman, President, United Corporate Furnishings, Inc.

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Karl J. Krapek (Kettering 1972) — Vice Chairman, Retired President & COO, United Technologies Kevin Vasquez (Western Carolina 1978) — Secretary Chairman, President & CEO, Butler Schein Animal Health Supply Brian Heckler (Shippensburg 1984) — Treasurer Partner, KPMG LLP Jerre L. Stead (Iowa 1965) — Past Chairman Chairman & CEO, IHS, Inc. Clint Wheelock (Washington & Lee 1992) Founder/Managing Director, Pike Research (recently acquired by Navigant) John Brechin III (Texas 1980) Retired Executive, IBM



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Status of Chapters Committee; Recaps of Seven chapters were notified to attend a status meeting at the 54th General Assembly.

By Chris Cole (Gettysburg)

Seven chapters appeared before a Status of Chapters Committee at the 54th General Assembly, held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. The committee, made up of 30 undergraduates and six alumnus brothers, discussed the next year of operations with each chapter and worked on a plan for success in the 2012-2013 academic year. Here are the results of those meetings.

California-Berkeley (Mu Colony) The brothers of Mu Colony were given another year, as they start their seventh semester as a colony, to meet the chartering standards. The colony must work with local alumni, the General Fraternity staff, and its own membership to raise its GPA and increase its campus involvement and recruitment.

High Point (Iota-Phi) Iota-Phi chapter appeared before the committee as one of the requirements of its probation terms. Chapter members discussed some of the trials and successes they had experienced during the past year. The committee instructed the chapter to continue working on the probation terms it has been struggling to complete. The chapter will also have a restriction on the number of social events in which it may participate, and there will be a review of all chapter officers by their Alumni Control Board.



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Purdue (Psi)

Louisiana State (Upsilon)

Psi chapter is slowly moving through its probation terms after struggling to recover from a membership review in 2011. The chapter stated that success could be reached through a strong recruitment, after losing so many members to the review. The committee decided that the chapter would continue on probation and would get additional recruitment assistance from the General Fraternity.

Upsilon chapter has been working hard to return to a strong standing on campus, following a membership review in the Fall of 2011. The chapter, with the help of its Alumni Control Board, has been working through its probation terms in an effort to return to good standing in the General Fraternity. The committee decided the chapter should continue to work on its probation terms and stay on the timeline that was previously determined by the General Fraternity.

Miami-FL (Epsilon-Omega) Epsilon-Omega chapter appeared before the Status of Chapters Committee after a report of inappropriate events during pre-Initiation and Initiation. The committee decided the men of Epsilon-Omega would need to submit their plan for new member education to the General Fraternity for review, and would need to have a member of the General Fraternity staff or an alumnus volunteer present during both their Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Initiations.

Cornell (Omicron) The Omicron chapter was called before the Status of Chapters Committee after reports about behavior during the Spring 2012 consultant visit. The committee reviewed the material and decided that the chapter needed to conduct a Commitment Retreat at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester. In addition, the chapter’s alumni advisors will need to attend the next Neville Advisor’s College.


Methodist (Sigma-Theta Colony) Sigma-Theta Colony appeared before the Status of Chapters Committee since it had completed two years as a colony. The colony reported that it had not yet met some of the standards and wanted additional time to complete those final items. The committee decided that the colony would have until the end of the Fall 2012 semester to meet those standards. If not, the Fraternity Board would need to review the colony the following January. These chapters and colonies will have some challenges ahead. The General Fraternity’s Professional Staff and alumni volunteers stand willing and able to assist them with any needs or concerns. Let us continue to give our brothers and new associate members the support and assistance they


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54th General Assembly Legislation Recap of approved bills changes and resolutions.

By Justin Fisher

At the 54th General Assembly, chapter delegates and alumniwith-franchise (as provided in Article III, Sec. 3.) debated and voted on a wide variety of Constitution and Statutory Code amendments and resolutions. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Arizona Biltmore, the three days of sessions were led by:

• Presiding: James A. Hunter, Grand High Alpha • Parliamentarian: Hon. Judge Terry Means, Board of Councilors • Secretary: Robert A. Koch, Grand High Gamma • Clerk of the Assembly: William T. Farkas, Executive Vice President The General Assembly is the chief governing body of the Fraternity. Its membership, with franchise, shall include the following:

• One Official Delegate representing each Chapter, except • • • • •

as provided in Article III, Sec. 1-c. Official Delegates from the Alumni Conference as provided in Article III, Sec. 3. All members of the Grand High Zeta. All members of the Board of Councilors. All members in the Order of Merit. All members of the Student Advisory Committee

The powers and duties of the General Assembly are:

• Effecting its own organization. • Electing the officers of the General Fraternity. • Enacting and enforcing laws and rules governing the entire Fraternity, its Units, or members. Legislation



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enacted by the General Assembly shall be in force 60 days after passage, unless otherwise provided. Approval or disapproval of all policies and practices of the Fraternity and of its Units or members. Granting of charters. Appropriation of the real property and other assets of a defunct Chapter and its House Corporation, or equivalent thereof, remaining after the payment of all outstanding liabilities of such Unit. Placing on probation or suspending any Unit of the Fraternity, subject in the case of a Chapter to the provisions of Article XI, Sec. 3 of this Constitution. Penalizing any Unit, officer, or member in such manner as may be deemed necessary, subject in the case of a Chapter to the provisions of Article XI of this Constitution; and as to a member or officer subject to Article X, Sec. 5 of this Constitution. Provision by statute for the creation or disbursement of revenues for the Fraternity. Amendment of the Laws of the Fraternity. All other powers necessary for the proper carrying out of the duties and privileges herein provided for.

Legislation Synopsis The revised Constitution and Statutory Code will be posted on Officer Portal, September 26, when the revisions put in place at General Assembly take effect. You may download a copy for reference. Printed copies of the forty-first edition of the Constitution and Statutory Code also will be mailed to chapters in September. If you have any questions, please contact Justin Fisher at jfisher@lambdachi.org.

Bill No. 1 Summation: Restatement of Article V (Formerly Article VII) Finances to make the article more efficient and up-to-date with the way chapters operate.

Outcome Passed: • Unnecessary elements were removed from the Article. • The Chapter Reserve Fund was removed from the Article (but not removed from the Chapter Operating Standards).

Bill No. 2

Summation: Restatement of Article VIII (Formerly Article X) Discipline of the Individual Member to make the article more efficient and stream-lined.

Outcome Passed: • The Disciplinary process will be as follows: 1. Informal Hearing with the Executive Committee. 2. Appeal (if necessary) during a Formal Hearing with the entire chapter. 3. Appeal (if necessary) to the Grand High Pi. • Charges may be brought by the Executive Committee or a member against a member.

• • Appeals: • Appeals must be delivered in writing to the High Alpha or next ranking elected officer within 14 calendar days. • Any Formal Hearing (appeal) must be within 14 calendar days of the receipt of the appeal. • Appeals to the Grand High Pi must be received within 10 calendar days. • The Grand High Pi will have 20 days to respond to the appeal.

The following items reflect the decisions made by the General Assembly.



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• Scholastics: • GPA Requirement (or all-Men’s average, whichever is lesser, but never lower than the graduation requirement) • 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale) by January 1, 2013 • 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale) by August 1, 2013 • 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) by August 1, 2014 • Chapter may set their own terms of scholastic probation or suspension, but meet the requirements outlined in Code VIII-8, letters b. and c.

• Financial Suspension • If a member is 30 days past due, it results in financial suspension.

Bill No. 4

Summation: A restatement of Article VI (Formerly Article VII) Emblems and Regalia to delete irrelevant provision and to achieve greater clarity.

Outcomes Passed: • This bill further clarifies the process to determine candidates for Order of Merit, Order of Achievement, and Order of Interfraternity Service. • Evolutions are official rituals of the Fraternity. • Official Graduation Cords are approved.

Bill No. 5

Summation: A Bill to Amend Section III-31(d) of the Statutory

Bill No. 3

Summation: A restatement of Article IV (Formerly Article VI) Membership and Initiation to make the article more efficient and up to date with how chapters operate.

Code of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity to Change the Disciplinary Powers of the Chapter Executive Committee.

Outcomes Passed: • This makes the Constitution and Statutory Code congruent with the changes made in Article VIII so that the informal hearing is the first hearing of the member discipline process.

Outcomes Passed: • Three membership classes • Associate Member • Collegiate Brother • Active Standing • Inactive Standing • Marriage • Studying Abroad • Co-Op • Absence of 8 semesters/12 quarters • Military duty • Financial hardship • Transfer who doesn’t affiliate • Graduate Student • Alumni Brother • Honorary/Faculty members • Additional membership duties • Attend all initiation rituals. • Vote in all chapter matters unless there is a rule

Bill No. 6

Summation: A Bill to Amend Section III-30 of the Statutory Code of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity to Correct an Inconsistency in the Role of the High Theta on the Executive Committee.

Outcome Passed: • This fixes the contradiction that previously existed and officially recognizes the High Theta as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

preventing this from occurring. www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent


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Bill No. 7 (Resolution)

Summation: A Bill to Amend the Statutory Code of The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity to add A Provision Regarding Firearms, Explosives and Incendiary Devices.

Outcome Passed: • This bill would ban the possession of firearms, explosives and/or incendiary devices at Chapter events, on Chapter property, or at General Fraternity events. (Same as FIPG policies).

Bill No. 9

Summation: A Bill to Amend the Statutory Code of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity to Raise the Minimum Grade Point Average for Association and Initiation.

Outcomes Passed: • GPA Requirements (or all-Men’s average, whichever is lesser, but never lower than the graduation requirement) • 2.3 by January 1, 2013 • 2.4 by August 1, 2013 • 2.5 by August 1, 2014



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One Brother’s Cross Country Story A third excerpt from Lambda Chi’s new history book. ByMike Raymond (Miami-OH 1967) and Karl E. Eady (Baldwin-Wallace 1942)

Editor’s Note: The following is part three of excerpts from the new Lambda Chi Alpha history book, Our Story: A History of The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Final production of the book was delayed and we now hope to make it available for purchase later in the fall semester.

great deal of waiting. I arrived at the Nu-Zeta chapter house at Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio, at about six o’clock that evening. Nu-Zeta was formerly a chapter of Theta Kappa Nu and had recently become the 113th chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha.

In this special remembrance, Karl E. Eady (Baldwin Wallace 1942) tells his story of a remarkable cross country journey that he took in March 1940. It is a story that reminds us of a different day when hitchhiking was common and good roads were uncommon. It is also a story of brotherhood.

“My aged dictionary states that to ‘sojourn’ is to stay as a temporary resident someplace or to stay at a resort for a month. I wouldn’t describe fraternity houses as ‘resorts,’ but I did stay at Nu-Zeta for a week. That was about 70 years ago. I don’t remember many details of my visit but I do remember it was here that I met and became friends with a brother who had just returned to Wittenberg to continue his college education after recovering from a serious illness.

“I don’t know why I decided to do it, since I was practically penniless, but I thought it would be a great time to have an adventure. After giving a little thought to the matter, and telling no one, I decided to hitchhike from Berea, Ohio, to California. “The time was March 1940 and it was the beginning of spring. There were no superhighways then and motels were just beginning to appear. The few motels that were around were usually unfinished wooden sheds and other structures, furnished with all kinds of well-worn beds, mattresses, and odd linens. And, of course, there was the extra shed which was available for washing up and so forth. “I spent a few days getting a 1940s style piece of luggage, which measured about three feet by two feet by eight inches deep. I borrowed a satchel from my father and I bought a simulatedleather attaché case for my papers. I must have been a sight standing at the roadside with all that baggage! “Before I started, I made an itinerary that included chapter houses of the Fraternity so that I would have a place to stay overnight and, hopefully, an invitation to dinner. I even had the nerve to write each of them with my approximate arrival time. “I left Berea, near Cleveland, in early afternoon with my thumb in good working order and, as I recall, getting rides without a www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent

“He was a senior at the time and after graduation he became the administrative secretary of Lambda Chi Alpha. His name was Cyril Flad, but everyone knew him as Duke. We played bridge a lot during the week I was there and I believe he smoked a pipe. I didn’t see him again until three years after World War II when he asked me to serve temporarily on the Fraternity staff as special service secretary. “During my stay at Wittenberg I enjoyed the hospitality of the brothers. During the daytime the house was quiet. Most of the brothers were in class. I spent my time going to movies in the afternoon and thinking a lot about continuing my journey. I finally decided that my guardian angel would be in charge and everything would be O.K. I left on Friday and traveled a comparatively short distance to Columbus to visit the chapter at Ohio State University. I arrived late in the afternoon and left early the next morning. “I had expected to hitchhike to Indianapolis by that evening, but the ride I had wasn’t planning to stop there so I went with him to Terre Haute. In 1940 the school there was known as Rose Polytechnic Institute. Our zeta there, a former Theta Kappa Nu chapter, was Theta-Kappa Zeta. When I arrived late


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on Saturday evening, there were only few pledges present. Most of the members had gone home for the weekend. After an early breakfast I started out for Indianapolis. “It is a comparatively short distance to Indianapolis from Terre Haute and I hoped to get there in early afternoon. As it happened I drove there myself! It didn’t start out that way. A man picked me up shortly after I got to the roadside. He seemed sort of strange. As we started on our way, he seemed to be confused and couldn’t stay in his lane. It didn’t take me long to realize that he would fail a sobriety test. Fortunately, it was easy to persuade him to let me drive and he told me to take us wherever I wanted to go. I think he slept the rest of the way to Indianapolis. “We arrived in Indianapolis in early afternoon. It so happened I had a map of the city and was able to find Butler University’s Lambda Chi chapter house with no trouble. I don’t know about my ‘passenger’ ---he drove off in a straight line, but I still wonder if he knew where he was going. “I had a surprise when I went into the house. There was no one there except a caretaker. It was Spring Break. While I spent a couple of days at Butler, I visited Lambda Chi Alpha headquarters. The offices were located in the People’s Bank building on East Market Street on the Circle. Bruce McIntosh was the administrative secretary at the time.

“I spent just a short time at Gamma-Kappa Zeta at the University of Missouri before I decided to hitchhike to Springfield, Missouri. The chapter at Drury College, ThetaSigma, was originally a part of Theta Kappa Nu. “In 1935 I had worked for Michael Whitman, manager of the J.C. Penney store, in my hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Whitman was the nephew of J.C. Penney and was eventually transferred to Hamilton, Missouri, to manage the original J.C. Penney store. Since I was not too far away, I decided to visit my former boss and his family. I spent my last dollar on a motel and thumbed my way to Hamilton the next day. While I was there I wired my father for five dollars which he sent without comment. I also worked at the original J.C. Penney store for a couple of days before I continued my adventure. “At about two days away from Los Angeles I got a real break. I was picked up by two young men who were on their way to Los Angeles. They had come a long way non-stop and asked if I would drive their car a while. It was after midnight when I started driving through the mountains on Route 66 near Flagstaff, Arizona. It was a good thing it was dark so that I couldn’t see the banks of the roadsides! Driving conditions have changed a lot since 1940. After a brief visit in San Bernardino, we continued to Los Angeles. It took quite a while but we finally found the Lambda Chi chapter house near the U.C.L.A. campus in west Los Angeles.

“I next took a short side trip to Gamma-Gamma Zeta at the University of Cincinnati. From there I began the next leg of my journey to Missouri.

“I spent about three weeks and $12.47 getting from Berea, Ohio to Los Angeles, California.

“The trip to Missouri was slow going, but late in the afternoon I was picked up by a traveling pharmaceutical salesman who planned to spend the night in St. Louis before continuing to San Francisco. This left me in a bit of a quandary since there was no Lambda Chi chapter near St. Louis. I need not have been concerned. This generous man had me as his guest for dinner, a movie, breakfast, and a ride to the edge of the city where I could continue on my way to Los Angeles. I have an idea he used to hitchhike a lot himself. I didn’t have to wait long before I got my first ride heading toward Columbia, Missouri.

“I arrived at Epsilon-Sigma on Sunday around dinner time. Since there was no meal service on Sunday evening, I accompanied the brothers to a nearby restaurant called Chasen’s, which eventually became famous for its chili. It served movie stars and celebrities from Hollywood and Beverly Hills for 60 years until it closed its doors in 1995. If memory serves me right, I spent about six weeks with the brothers and participated in fraternity life there. In order to stay that long in Los Angeles I had to get a job. I searched the classified ads in the L.A. Times and found an opening in a print shop in Beverly Hills. The



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HISTORY shop specialized in printing scripts for movies and plays. I got the job for $20 or $25 a week. I got a good entry level wage for that time. “During my stay at Epsilon-Sigma, I had the opportunity to participate in the activities of the chapter as if I was at home. As a matter of fact, I was treated warmly without exception in all of the chapters that I visited on my excursion. Cross Country Destinations -- Berea, Ohio to Los Angeles, California Springfield, Ohio, Nu-Zeta Wittenberg Columbus, Ohio, Gamma-Tau Ohio State

spend the night at Gamma-Kappa Zeta. “Being Saturday night the house was empty. Knowing where the house dormitory was located I was able to find a place to sleep. The next morning we had a great visit over breakfast. After breakfast I went curbside to await my next benefactor who happened to be a lady from Springfield, Massachusetts. She was returning from Topeka, Kansas where she had taken her son for his college year. I rode with her to Cincinnati where I had to change direction to get to Berea. I was excited about coming home and didn’t stop at Gamma-Gamma Zeta. There was very little traffic on the road to Cleveland and it took me five rides to get to Berea. I arrived in late afternoon happy to be home. “In addition to the nine chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha that I was privileged to visit on this cross country trip, I also established a strong relation with two other zetas during and after World War II.

Terre Haute, Indiana, Theta-Kappa Rose-Polytechnic Indianapolis, Indiana, Alpha-Alpha Butler Cincinnati, Ohio, Gamma-Gamma Cincinnati

“During World War II, I was stationed in Boston for three months. During this time I received permission to be billeted at our Alpha chapter house at 234 Beacon Street. A buddy of mine from my unit also stayed there from July to September, at which time our unit went overseas.

Columbia, Missouri, Gamma-Kappa Missouri Springfield, Missouri, Theta-Sigma Drury Los Angeles, California, Epsilon-Sigma UCLA Approximate travel time: 3 weeks Cost: $12.47 (in 1940 dollars)

“However, after being gone for nine weeks, it was time to return home as quickly as possible. In the 1940s there were many classified ads for finding passengers to share expenses to drive cars to Detroit to get higher trade-in prices than in California. I found an ad that stated a Mr. Buttons was looking for four people besides himself to drive non-stop to Detroit for twenty dollars each. I called him and made arrangements to be the fifth driver. He picked me up at the fraternity house at six o’clock on a Friday evening. “The first few miles of our trip took us through the seamier side of the city. We continued through the night and came into Colorado the next day. The group decided to stop briefly to see Hoover Dam. Late Saturday evening we arrived in Kansas City where I had to part company with the group. I had about 100 miles to go before I could get to Columbia where I hoped to



“During the time we lived there, although he was not affiliated with Lambda Chi Alpha, a special ritual was held to make my friend, Glenn L. Kerr, a full member of the Alpha chapter of our Fraternity. He later graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I was his best man at his wedding before we went overseas and he was my best man shortly after we returned in 1945. “In June of 1947 my wife, Carol, and I went to Troy, New York, to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We had no place to stay and we learned that housing for married students wouldn’t be ready until December. We were able to work things out. Carol, having been hired as a teacher at the local hospital school of nursing, was able to stay at the nurse’s residence. I was given permission to stay at the Epsilon-Eta chapter house. We spent weekends at a hotel in Albany which was fun. We were able to maintain this arrangement for several weeks until we found an apartment.”

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