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The Rev. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli: A Life of Brotherhood By: Mike Raymond

Eulogy for the Rev. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli By: Kevin O’Neill




Benjamin Marconi, a San Antonio Police Officer and Alumni Brother, Fatally Shot By: Tad Lichtenauer

2017 High Alpha Summit



World War II Veteran, Tennis Hall of Famer and Alumni Brother Gardnar Mulloy Dies at 102


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FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to our final quarterly edition of the Cross & Crescent for 2016. I am very pleased to report that we have hired a new staff member, Taylor Grayson, who will be taking over as the editor of the Cross & Crescent in January 2017. Taylor graduated from Indiana University in May 2016 and has a wide variety of reporting and storytelling experience. We look forward to Taylor’s contributions and seeing how she evolves our online reporting. In addition to being our new editor, Taylor will also contribute to our social media and manager other communications projects. In this issue, we pay tribute to former Grand High Alpha Rev. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli (Florida), one of the true spiritual leaders of our organization. He impacted thousands of Lambda Chis over his many decades of service. Former Lambda Chi staff member Kevin O’Neill (Syracuse), who attended Doc’s memorial service, gave one of the eulogies that we also have included in our tribute. In addition, we also pay honor to San Antonio Det. Benjamin Marconi (Texas A&M-Kingsville) who was murdered in a shooting. Our final tribute is to 102-year-old Gardnar Mulloy who was a World War II naval officer and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In addition, we profile the 2017 High Alpha Summit that is taking place in January and provide a summary of how to become an educational leadership consultant if any seniors are interested in applying. You will also find the latest Chapter News and Omegas. Please remember to check lambdachi.cc for additional updates about what’s going on in Lambda Chi Alpha and with our chapters and members. We hope all of our members have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and wish you the very best for 2017. In ZAX and friendship, Tad Lichtenauer Managing Editor, Cross & Crescent Magazine

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THE REV. S. GEORGE “DOC” DIRGHALLI: A LIFE OF BROTHERHOOD What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. - Albert Pike by Mike Raymond | Fraternity Historian




December 2016 - lambdachi.org - Quarterly Issue #4 S T O R Y There are many great men associated with Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Men like Cole, Mason, Fischer, McIntosh, Krenmyre, Fladd, and many more. Each of these men had their own characteristics that separated them from the others. Like any of us, these men had both strengths and weaknesses. Some were scholarly, some reserved, most were very formal in their behavior, and some had great senses of humor, while others were moody and even vindictive. These leaders were human with flaws that did not diminish their contributions to our Fraternity. What would Lambda Chi Alpha be without them? Would our Fraternity even exist today? Recently, an iconic leader of our Fraternity died. That is not easy to say because some thought that he would live forever. Of course, no one lives forever; that is simply not the way we were created. That is a fact of life that all of us must contend with as we march toward our inevitable end. Like the great men already mentioned, some men leave this world a legacy that endures. One such man was the Reverend S. George “Doc” Dirghalli (U of Florida) who passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016. When you look at Doc’s record as a Lambda Chi you see certain words over and over again. It constitutes a lexicon of Brotherhood. Words like: idealism, spirituality, celebration, cooperation, loyalty, truth, justice, honor, morality, patience, and brotherhood are abundant in the language associated with Doc over his decades of service to our Brotherhood. Many of the same words were written about Doc by members of the communities he served as an Episcopalian priest. Doc was more than words. He was a man of faith who demonstrated his beliefs throughout his years as a Lambda Chi. Doc put the words associated with him into action through the use of a combination of intellect and sensitivity to the feelings of others. He probably influenced the culture our Fraternity as much as Jack Mason influenced our Ritual. Doc demonstrated his love of the teachings of our Ritual through his many years narrating its exemplification at

General Assemblies. While Mason envisioned Lambda Chi Alpha as a religious order, Doc did not. However, he believed that Lambda Chi Alpha, while not a religious order, could fulfill the religious or spiritual needs of its members. His annual Celebration of Life is an example of his attempt to fulfill these spiritual needs. Let’s look at some of the words that people wrote about Doc shortly after he died. Current Grand High Alpha Mark McElreath had this to say about Doc’s legacy: Over my thirty years in and working with the Fraternity, I’ve had so many opportunities to visit with Doc. To me he was the spiritual leader of the Fraternity, and showed that in the continued work he did with the Ritual and Master




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Stewards, as well as with Brothers at chapters like Syracuse and Florida. It is the end of an era, for while we now have many men playing such roles, I’m not sure we will ever have another that stood head and shoulders above us like Doc. He was a beacon for the Lambda Chi Alpha we all aspire to. Bill Farkas, CEO of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, shared this message about Doc’s influence on our Fraternity: To me and I know many others Doc was lambda Chi Alpha’s spiritual and moral compass. He provided that pathway to thinking about (and challenging us) to truly live our Ritual. He did this with small groups and large, he did this at the international, chapter, and individual level. Doc would challenge all to think about how you were going to live your life and how you were going to make other lives better. In some ways George Spasyk was the head of Lambda Chi Alpha for over forty years and Doc was the heart and together they made and moved us to unparalleled heights. Past Grand High Zeta member Phil Parker wrote this about Doc: My relationship with Doc goes back to the summer of 1972 at the Portland Assembly when I was fortunate to be a member of our Ritual Exemplification Team. Doc was the voice behind the explanation of our sacred learning experience. Actually, he was the modern-day author of that scripted part we all enjoy. One could quickly tell that Doc’s spiritual background led us all to a much deeper understanding of our degrees. This led me, as well as many others; to an even stronger relationship with other Brothers who shared this common experience. Greg Castanias, a member of the Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors, shared his feelings about Doc: I had known and understood what “Doc” meant for a long time – going back to my years as an undergraduate at Wabash College. He was the walking epitome of the leaderservant of Lambda Chi Alpha. From traveling secretary, to George Spasyk’s deputy, to Grand high Alpha, to his service in support of the Educational foundation, he was as close as anyone has ever come to living and modeling the pure ideal of what it means to be a Lambda Chi.




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Former Grand High Alpha Murphy Osborne, another of Lambda Chi’s iconic leaders, wrote this about his close friend Doc: For as long as I can remember, Doc Dirghalli was the Spiritual leader of our Fraternity and certainly held that position for the Brothers of my generation. His intense caring and wisdom was predicated on our Ritual and on his God. He served as a faithful exemplar to us all. Some Brothers have given so much that it will be difficult to imagine a replacement. Doc was such a Brother. Another of Lambda Chi Alpha’s past Grand High Alphas, Jeff Steele, MD, remembers Doc in this way: Doc was my mentor, my guide, my spiritual advisor, my inspiration, and my friend. Few people have had such a profound influence on my life. In 1981 he called me from Syracuse and asked if I would be interested in serving as a volunteer with the international organization of Lambda Chi Alpha. This became one of the major crossroads of my life and led to many years of life-changing involvement in the Fraternity. Serving with Doc in this capacity was enormously gratifying and I count it as one of the greatest blessings of my life. I will miss Doc, profoundly. Lynn Chipperfield, current Legal Counsel for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, had the unenviable job of taking over the narration of the Ritual Exemplification at General Assemblies. Here is what he has to say about following in Doc’s footsteps: For many years prior to 2008, Doc performed the Narration at Ritual Exemplifications at General fraternity events. That year he came to me and asked me if I would take over that duty. Why he picked me out of the crowd I have no idea, but I’ve read the Narration at each General Fraternity event since. Every year I’m mindful of Doc’s example; honored by his having allowed me to do this, and acutely aware that I’m a pale imitation of the original. Doc Dirghalli was also a priest who dedicated his life to uplifting the spirituality and happiness of his congregation. He was much loved by the members of the churches he served so well for so many years. Here are just a few comments made by some of his congregants:

Father George was a wonderful man. Funny, sweet, and loving. I remember his excellent sermons and even better hugs. He was someone you could always ask questions and get answers that went right to your heart. So many memories of those magical meals, Middle Eastern recipes, family, and that amazing grace. We have been blessed to have Father George and his family in our lives. I knew Rev. Dirghalli back in the 80’s while working at Syracuse Savings Bank in Eastwood. I worked at the desk and helped him with banking matters. He was always a delight to talk with and would always make us laugh with his great impersonation of Peter Sellers as “Inspector Clouseau” from the Pink Panther movies. A Godly man who influenced each member of my family through the years. I am so saddened that my favorite priest has passed away. He was a wonderful person and great mentor. My sincere condolences on the news of Father D’s passing. I have fond memories of him and you folks – you took this college kid in and made him part of your family with grace and generosity. I learned a lot living with y’all and father D was always there with an encouraging word or two…or more… :) His cooking was epic and I will forever remember the repartee before one of our wonderful meals when he would say “Bon Appetite” and our responses would be “Merci”…great memories and terrific food!

Doc with Lynn Chipperfield and former GHA Drew




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Grand High Phi David Huffine shares the following memories of Doc: In the 1980s, Doc would be mobbed by undergraduates at summer assemblies, who just wanted to hear a word of inspiration, passion, and encouragement spoken by him and they were never disappointed. Doc didn’t just believe in the truth of Lifetime Brotherhood, he dispensed it. His

Doc talking to former Grand High Alpha Murphy


Celebrations of Brotherhood were the mountaintops on top of the mountaintop experience of gathering with hundreds of Brothers at assemblies. Doc was able to reach in and coax out the passionate and pure heart of perfect brotherly love. Exhortation. It is a gift of the spirit that at once means to encourage, incite, urge, challenge, inspire, motivate, advocate, and counsel. It is the perfect expression of the brotherly spirit of Doc Dirghalli. It’s an uncommon word we do not have in our everyday vocabularies. Doc had an innate ability for exhorting countless generations of Brothers, myself included, to our highest and ever increasing attainments in serving, giving, achieving, and loving one another. Both the Brotherhood and the organization of Lambda Chi Alpha have been blessed to benefit unceasingly from Doc’s gift of exhortation! Doc is gone but not his legacy of love, passion, and belief in the truth that lies behind the monogram of Lambda Chi Alpha. He touched many lives for the better and our organization also benefited from his touch. Doc was the embodiment of a Brotherhood that spans two nations and the world. His impact on his Brothers is as immeasurable as it is profound. Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity needs more men like Doc Dirghalli. Great men are few and Lambda Chi Alpha has been fortunate to have so many leaders like Doc. Rest in Peace, My Brother.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9 Doc with Roger Grice, Greg Smith, Jeff Steele and

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EULOGY FOR THE REV. S. GEORGE “DOC” DIRGHALLI The following is the entire eulogy Kevin O’Neill wrote for at Doc Dirghalli’s memorial service. At the service he only shared certain portions of it due to time limitations By: Kevin O’Neill | Former Staff Member




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Today, these pews are filled with the spirits of thousands of Lambda Chi Alpha brothers who wish they could be here, to stand and testify that Doc lives on in their hearts because he was a source of good in the world and a positive impact on their life. But let me tell you who is here, because it gives you a sense of what our brother meant to us all. The national fraternity’s top elected leader, the Grand High Alpha is here he holds the position Doc held 30 years ago. Our Executive Vice President is here - he runs the fraternity day-to-day and builds on the accomplishments of Doc’s greatest generation of staff members in the 1950s. Our Educational Foundation President is here - he acquires and grows assets to strengthen our brotherhood and has a board Doc served on for years. But the real VIP brothers are elsewhere in the room. There’s a brother here today, whose son was the very first child baptized by the Reverend S. George Dirghalli and three of the four children in that brother’s family would go on to have Doc preside at their weddings. The Assistant Officiant at today’s service is a brother from Hanover and someone whose path to the priesthood surely is related to Doc’s influence on him. There’s a father and son team of brothers here from western Canada whose history with Doc spans decades. There are three brothers from his beloved Epsilon-Mu Zeta at the University of Florida, and brothers from his adopted chapters at Cornell and Syracuse. Overall, there are brothers from more than 20 chapters here to celebrate Doc’s life. Today, I will be all of our voices. All of our relationships with Doc were special and I hope to convey some of what made him such a beloved brother. When you talk to fraternity brothers, one message shines through: Doc was the fraternity’s exemplar for six decades, a moral and unshakeable lighthouse. Like our fraternity’s creed, Doc offered faith, hope and love to all who would listen - he was a torchbearer who taught thousands of men to follow in the light of Christ in their daily actions. Now by the time I met him in 1988, Doc had already held every title worth having in Lambda Chi Alpha and he was already considered part of our Mount Rushmore. He had worked ten years on the professional staff in the 1950’s as

Alumni Secretary, alongside Executive Director Duke Flad and Service Secretary George Spasyk. Those three men ARE the Mount Rushmore of the fraternity, and together they were the catalyst for Lambda Chi Alpha’s biggest period of growth. Lambda Chi gave Doc a graduate scholarship after he left staff to pursue his divinity degree at Harvard and Cambridge. He was on the Grand High Zeta for 14 years, including the time period when Lambda Chi Alpha took the revolutionary step of ending pledging and treating new members like men from day one. He had served on the Foundation board for years, to develop the resources to support new programs. For decades, Doc was but one of two brothers alive who could credibly claim to have worked closely with the first generation of founders of our fraternity and to be able to translate their vision into a powerful present and future. But when I met him, he was halfway into a 60-year run of his most important role as the inspirational moral center of a worldwide brotherhood of men. It’s that untitled role that we would hold for decades, until three weeks ago today, and it was his most important role.

Doc with Kevin O’Neill




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I met Doc Dirghalli in the fall of 1988, about six months after I joined the Syracuse chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. My Syracuse chapter had a life and death visit with an Educational Leadership Consultant named Bill Farkas and this old man named Dirghalli stopped by to hear Bill tell the chapter to shape up or be closed. By chance, he sat next to me on a ratty old couch in a rundown off-campus dump that was our temporary home. I was a mouthy sophomore, still only 18, and I don’t remember what I said at that meeting, but I am sure whatever it was it was loud. But at the end, this old man I had never met, leaned over and whispered to me “You will be President of this chapter come December and they will need you to be both a real leader and a real brother by then.” Before then, I wasn’t sure I should be in a fraternity, and I knew which other brother was due to be President, but that brother ultimately decided to go away for a semester for an internship and indeed three months after meeting Doc, I was the next chapter president just as he predicted.. With one remark a seed was planted that flowered and profoundly influenced every other major decision in my life to this day. It sounds extraordinary I know, but there are hundreds of brothers who can remember that quiet voice in their ear, planting a seed of hope, of faith, of love, a seed that would grow and flourish and set you on the right path, thanks to Doc. If you learned nothing else from Doc, you learn that one positive remark can change a person’s life for the better.

Doc had the ability to make everyone believe there was an inner circle they were a member of WITH him, but you could also end up in the wrong inner circle if you disappointed him. I knew what is was to be a regular member of Doc’s famed “fecal roster” usually because, in his words, I was determined to do the right thing in exactly the wrong way. My first semester as president he came to the associate member ceremony for new members only to be hustled out under false pretenses so we could have a social event that might have violated the fraternity’s alcohol policy. As I drove him home, he said “Kev - do you think I am dumb? Or are you dumb for thinking you could fool me?” Right then, I realized that besides my parents and later my spouse, there was no one I wanted to please more than Doc, and that was the last time I ever lied to him. When our new fraternity house opened in the spring of 1989, Doc and I cut the ribbon together and the engraved scissors have sat in my various work desks for the past 27 years. We can’t even count the number of chapter events around the country the last sixty years that were special precisely because Doc was literally in the house. If you had been to one of those events, you could feel it. My chapter reached a pivotal point early in 1989 as we had critical need for an alumni advisor. Doc told me there

Doc’s family with the Lambda Chis who attended the memorial service



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DOC WAS THE LEADING CATALYST IN 1992 WHEN BRIAN MASTERS AND THE GENERAL FRATERNITY GAVE BRIAN OUR ORDER OF MERIT Doc advising the ELCs was one brother I needed to seek out for the job and he told me not to screw it up because the person I was approaching was one of his favorite brothers. And indeed that brother was Brian Masters, who is here today, and he would go on to be the most important alumnus in our chapter’s development for the next decade. Doc was the leading catalyst in 1992 when Brain Masters and the General Fraternity gave Brian our Order of Merit, the highest award given to a member for volunteer work. In the spring of 1991, the fraternity hired me to be an educational leadership consultant and I would go on to spend

five years on the professional staff, which was the experience of a lifetime. Doc recommended me for the job and the running joke at the headquarters for five years was that I got the job only because he was in poor health at the time he recommended me and the Fraternity did not want to say No. The funny thing was that joke made me proud - proud that the best brother I knew thought enough of me to recommend me despite all my obvious shortcomings. There wasn’t a day I worked at 8741 Founders Road that I didn’t know my job was to live up to Doc’s expectations for who I might be some day, and I saw him do the same with many other men in their lives.

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For the five years I was on staff, Doc would come to Indianapolis and spend the better part of a week training the new consultants and it was the most remarkable week for those brothers. Doc was able to reach deep into each of us and find the real man, the real brother within, to coax out higher expectations of ourselves, and to teach us to serve and sacrifice for others. Multiple brothers wrote me this month about what it was like to sit and listen to Doc speak at a fraternity event, from chapter meetings to the international fraternity’s leadership seminar or General Assembly. He was mesmerizing, and everyone in the room knew Doc was talking just to them. At one leadership seminar when I was on staff, he gave out seeds and talked about how some of us have already grown 20-fold or 40-fold, but most of us had not yet found the ideal place for planting to grow to our true potential. I kept that seed in my desk for three years before I left staff and I know others who did the same. My fellow staff members used to love to drive Doc to fraternity events because of the chance for one on one time full of bad jokes, bad food and unforgettable good times. Brother Michael Colocado spent several holidays at the Dirghalli while working for the fraternity and even got to take Doc on a road trip to Niagara Falls. Doc was the first person to call Michael when he got news his father had cancer. Of course you had to be careful driving the Dirghallis. Whenever brother Paul Ainsworth was driving Doc and Kira, Doc would point to Kira and tell Paul precious cargo was on board. I always loved our time when he was in Indianapolis or at a national fraternity event. Every time I’m in Orlando, I pass a seafood restaurant on I-Drive where we had dinner before the 1992 General Assembly, just the two of us, to talk about my year on the road and my big new job at the headquarters, and what things I could do for people if only I would grow up and live up to his expectations. Yeah, I remember that talk quite well, though opinions may vary as to how much growing up I have done since then. In the time I traveled for the fraternity, I would always run across the cult of Doc. I would be in Hanover, Indiana and


be told “ you know our chapter has a special relationship with Doc, right?” You could go to McGill or Florida Southern or San Luis Obispo and hear the same thing from the chapter there. The guy had more special chapters than some national fraternities had total chapters. I can’t even tell you how many student members or alumni volunteers I would meet who would claim that same special relationship at a time when the internet didn’t exist and they were lucky to see Doc in person once a year. But the reality is, he did have an extraordinary ability to make an impression and forge a long-term relationship off of small words of wisdom. He was always planting seeds of success. Doc had some great mannerisms. My favorites were the stroking of the beard, the Doc sneer, the mock angry face, the real angry face, the arched eyebrow, and his tendency to trail off a story with the phrase “and so forth and so forth and so forth.” For Seinfeld fans, it was Yada Yada Yada long before anyone knew what that was. He had nicknames for many of us. He loved a good joke, especially one that could needle someone he knew or loved, and he loved to be in the loop. He didn’t want gossip, he wanted to know what was happening in people’s lives and how they were making a difference. As he got older and traveled less, much of our relationship focused on me serving as a conduit for information about brothers far and wide from my chapter or the headquarters from my generation. He cared about a lot of people long after he stopped seeing or hearing from them regularly and he never stopped praying for us. Doc had the intelligence and the people skills to do anything he set his mind to professionally. He did not live for place and power, he did not live for pleasure, he lived our fraternity’s open motto of helping every man become the best possible man they could be. Let me give you three examples I know are representative of how Doc tended his fraternal flock. In the 70s, Doc once stopped what he was doing and flew to Arizona to spend three days with a former staffer, helping him process a painful divorce and chart a path forward in life that led to a second marriage and three



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beautiful kids. Thanks to Doc’s intervention, Tom Helmbock would right his life and serve as the fraternity’s CEO for a decade. If you were having trouble conceiving, as brother Gene Murray and his wife did, Doc would find time to pray with you - they now have more kids than they can handle. If you were CAM Wagner and in a three-round life and death fight with leukemia and it was clear death was going to win, Doc was there to make sure your faith never wavered and to comfort the brothers devastated by a brother taken too young. If you were Todd Helton, a father stunned to see his 14-year-old daughter die of a brain aneurysm on the second day of high school in 2014, Doc was there saying Mass in Syracuse and asking his congregation to wear pink for Ellie, telling Todd - “For Ellie, life has not ended, it has simply CHANGED.” If you were Andy Olenik and the worst moment of your life was having your son Charley die in childbirth, you would get a call on the day of the funeral. “Hello Andrewskin - as he called Andy - I am here.” Where, said Andy? “Here at the hotel downtown Lancaster, how do I get to your home?” He had driven seven hours unannounced to be with Andy in his time of need so Andy drove over, brought Doc to his home, where Doc spent hours with the Oleniks, talking, listening and supporting them. Now, that’s a few examples but there are thousands of brothers who, in a moment of darkness and great need, discovered Doc bearing a torch and leading them back to the light of life.


Let me switch to family for a moment. Patty and I lived in a basement for three years of law school and it was a time when money was often very tight. Part of my law school was paid out of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation’s Doc Dirghalli scholarship fund, because he knew what it was like to leave the greatest job on earth in Indianapolis to pursue your calling in life. Every once in a while, out of the blue in law school, Doc sent us a little money, just enough


to have dinner out a couple of times at some place without a drive-through window. I know we weren’t the only ones like that, and Patty and I repaid that debt to Doc’s foundation fund so another brother can go to grad school, and to this day we look to be the angel for a broke student every chance we get. We’ve all been blessed to be a happy witness to the powerful love that is the Dirghalli family and the special relationship they have with our fraternity. The History of Lambda Chi Alpha published in 1992 noted that “we suspect that Kira, Beth and Stefan Dirghalli found it strange to have a vacation that did not involve Lambda Chi Alpha when Doc Dirghalli retired from the Grand High Zeta in 1982 after 14 years of service.” It wasn’t until we had families of our own that we appreciated all that the Dirghallis had to sacrifice with their husband and father, so that Doc could be such a powerful influence on the lives of so many men. I was a departing senior when Stefan Dirghalli was initiated at my chapter on April 6, 1991. I understood that quietly if was very important to Doc that Stefan join Lambda Chi Alpha, but only if it was the best place for him on campus, and it was. While Stefan would be free to have an experience that was his own over his student career, his initiation was an international fraternity special event with VIPs flying in and participating directly in his becoming a member. Two of those VIPs, both former board members of the fraternity are here today, one all the way from western Canada. One of the pictures you saw at tonight’s reception was Stefan and Doc hugging on the front porch of the chapterhouse, moments after initiation is ended, and right before we sang songs that would get us tossed in jail today. It was a special day for all of us at the chapter - that picture of a father and son hugging as brothers means more to us today now that we are ourselves are fathers with dreams for our sons. Now there’s a real secret here. Before Stefan became a brother, Beth was already one. She had grown up as the literal first daughter of Lambda Chi Alpha in the 70’s and 80’s, and she had forgotten more about the fraternity than



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any student knew. Beth wasn’t going to let the fact that she went to a school without Greek life and, as a woman, was not technically eligible to join our fraternity, keep her from experiencing the fraternity she loved as a student member. She was a student across town at LeMoyne when I was chapter president, but after our house opened in 1989, she was a pretty regular presence at the chapter. Sometimes Beth would come to me to tell me I was on the fecal roster, sometimes she was the reason I was on the fecal roster, and occasionally she would help me get off that list. I like to think I occasionally helped keep her or get her off that list as well. I did learn that Beth had Doc’s fierce temper and sense of righteous indignation. When I was an undergraduate, several of our chapter brothers were gay, and while we loved them, their fraternal experience was harder than it should have been. Beth was often their friend, confidante and advocate. As a senior, I had a girlfriend for a hot minute, and nothing mattered more to me than trying to introduce her to Beth and get her seal of approval. She would be a great brother after graduation as well. I have fond memories of sitting with Beth at the 1992 General Assembly in Orlando, at the final banquet, and singing and dancing to the soundtrack for the final banquet photo show. I also remember the 2002 Denver General Assembly when Beth finally had found a man good enough to bring and introduce to her fraternity brothers. That man Dean was the love of her life. Beth doesn’t appear on the chapter roll of brothers at Alpha-Upsilon, but we all know she’s a great brother in our bond. Only one woman is mentioned more in Lambda Chi Alpha’s history book than Kira Dirghalli. You can learn forgiveness from Kira, who, rumor has it, loves the fraternity so much she will let Doc invite back to dinner the same student who dropped a lit candle on her antique tablecloth at a holiday meal. Kira was the gatekeeper who made sure we didn’t forget Doc and we didn’t wear him out. I’ve called that 315 number hundreds of times in my life - Doc’s home number is burned in my brain - and whether I was a student calling in an emergency, a homesick staffer calling from the road, a broke law student living in a basement, or a busy


professional and family man who tried to call on a long commute home on Thursday nights, Kira was always the rock upon which my relationship and many relationships with Doc were based. And to watch Kira care for Doc was to see the definition of love. Kira’s the ultimate housemother of Lambda Chi Alpha, her home open for more than 50 years to Lambda Chis who needed a hot meal, a bed, a place to cry and recover, a place to celebrate. Without Kira, Doc’s role at Lambda Chi Alpha would be a shadow of what it was, so his legacy is her legacy. I am proud to be just one of many brothers around the country who love Kira Dirghalli for what she has given to us all. Kira demonstrated to lots of brothers, and our significant others, how to be a loving spouse, a caring parent, a true life partner. She blessed us by letting us steal Doc, something we did not appreciate until we were parents ourselves. She’s our brother too. Over the years, the O’Neills have been blessed to host Doc and Kira several times at our home in Williamsburg and it always meant so much for us to do so, in part because Kira didn’t burn MY tablecloth in retaliation for past events. To sit on the couch and talk about life, to break bread at our table, for him to walk up the stairs and pray with our kids at bedtime - those are treasured memories of recent years with Doc and Kira. This summer, Stefan and his family were visiting the east coast and we were honored to host them in our home for a couple of nights on their tour. Ben and Kira were walking around the house and what do they find but a picture of their grandfather in full regalia at the baptisms of John and Kate O’Neill. I’m sure they always knew they had great grandparents but I hope they understand how much their grandparents did for so many others over the years. The history book of Lambda Chi Alpha talks about how Doc and Kira were always in demand for Lambda Chi weddings and baptisms. There are only two people in life I have never won an argument with. I married one of them and the other performed the ceremony. I’m proud to say Doc officiated at my wedding and made many jokes at my expense, and he would go on to not only baptize both of



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our children but to sit in a room and pray with them. There’s no official count but I think there are dozens if not hundreds of families that had their marriages or baptisms blessed by Doc, and for all of us it was an unforgettable experience. I came back for my 25th reunion at Syracuse six weeks ago and Doc’s house was my first and most important stop of the weekend. I walked in and the old man was reading Grit, which is one of the more popular business books of the last year, and I had recently read it myself, and it made me laugh. Here, at 89 years young, hooked up to a machine that kept him indoors almost all the time, Doc is reading a self-help book and thinking about who he can apply those lessons to in the near future. I never knew a man who had less need to read a book called Grit than Doc - he was reading that book for us. I was sad that day leaving, because, for the first time, it felt like the last time I would see him, and it was. He went into the hospital two days later, and we would talk on the phone one last time a few days before he passed. His message was everything you would want it to be. He loved me, appreciated me, wanted me to tell everyone he loved them, wanted me to do my best every day.



I am a quiet Catholic who prays every night but doesn’t get to church every Sunday like I should. But when I am there, it’s often Doc’s voice I hear. When we hear the story of the prodigal son, I see Doc as that father who always had reason to slaughter the fatted calf. When I hear the beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I hear Doc when we speak of the blessings of the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers who are the children of God. So let me end where Doc the torchbearer would want us to end. God sent us an ambassador of peace and asked us to follow him as he led us home. It’s not a coincidence that Doc married a teacher and raised two kids whose careers are dedicated to shaping young lives. My fraternity brothers are priests and ministers, sales managers and association executives, business owners and fundraisers, even lawyers if they can’t find something better, but every one of them finds a way to be a teacher in some role in their life, because they are all tenders of the flame first lit by Doc as our torchbearer. As he often told our brothers, The Reverend S. George “Doc” Dirghalli life has not ended, it has simply changed. And until we meet again, our brothers walk a path of faith, hope and love lit by the trail Doc blazed for us all in his life.


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BENJAMIN MARCONI, A SAN ANTONIO POLICE OFFICER AND ALUMNI BROTHER, FATALLY SHOT Det. Benjamin Marconi, a San Antonio police officer and alumni brother from our Beta-Epsilon chapter at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was fatally shot Sunday while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters, authorities said.

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S T O R Y On Nov. 20, San Antonio police Chief William McManus said Marconi, 50, was killed. McManus says Marconi had pulled over a vehicle and while he was inside his vehicle writing a ticket, a vehicle pulled up behind him. He says the driver of that vehicle got out, walked up to the officer’s driver-side window and shot the officer in the head. Marconi, a 20-year veteran, was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He was a father of two. On Nov. 21, police arrested 31-year-old Otis Tyrone McKane, a San Antonio resident, without incident. McManus said that he believed the attacker in San Antonio was going after a member of law enforcement rather than specifically targeting Marconi. A memorial fund has been setup in his honor if you would like to make a donation.

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2017 HIGH ALPHA SUMMIT REGISTRATION IS OPEN What is the High Alpha Summit? The High Alpha Summit is a three-day gathering of chapter and colony S T O R Y presidents within Lambda Chi Alpha. Participants will learn the fundamentals of being the chief executive officer for their respective chapters or colonies, with emphasis on leadership, ethics, operations management, external relations, and risk management.

Who is invited to the Summit? All chapter and colony presidents who are (or will be) in office as of February 1, 2017 are invited to the Summit. He must be able to attend the Summit in its entirety and be willing to learn and grow as a leader. No other chapter delegates or substitutions are permitted.

Where is the Summit being held? The Summit will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The address to the hotel is 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

When do participants need to arrive/depart from the Summit? Participants should plan to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday (January 12, 2017) and plan to leave no earlier than Sunday morning (January 15, 2017). An optional tour of the International Headquarters office will be available on Sunday morning from 8:30am to 10:30am. Participants should plan their travel arrangements accordingly if they are interested in going on the tour. If flying, it is recommended to book a departing flight no earlier than 12:30pm.

What airport do participants use if they’re planning to travel by air? All flights should arrive into the Indianapolis International Airport (Airport Code: IND). Shuttles will be available on Thursday and Sunday. Times will be announced later.

Is a travel reimbursement being provided? Unfortunately, travel reimbursements will not be provided.

When are participants able to register for the Summit and how much is the fee? Registration is now open and will close on December 14, 2016. The registration fee is $200. This fee covers the participant’s lodging, meals, and program materials. This fee will be applied to your chapter or colony’s billing statement with the General Fraternity, so a payment is NOT required when you register. Cancellations must be done before December 21, 2016 to avoid being charged a $450 no-show/ late cancellation fee.




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Do participants need to reserve their own hotel room? Book their own travel arrangements? Participants will not need to make their own hotel reservations. Rooming accommodations from Thursday night to Sunday morning are included with registration. All participants will share a double-bed room with another participant during the Summit. Each participant is responsible for his own travel to and from Indianapolis. Shuttles will be available for those flying to and from Indianapolis International Airport. If travel arrangements require participants to arrive on Wednesday night, participants are responsible for finding their own lodging accommodation for Wednesday night.

What if officer elections are scheduled after the registration deadline? Unfortunately, since a headcount is needed for final preparations, the deadline is set. But if the chapter or colony will be electing a new High Alpha who will be taking office in January or February, we encourage the chapter or colony to go ahead and elect the new High Alpha before the registration deadline. The High Alpha-elect will not need to take office immediately following his elections, but he will have a chance to sign up for the Summit and take advantage of this educational opportunity.

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Who do participants contact if they have additional questions? You can contact Marcus Kelley, Associate Director of Education, at mkelley@lambdachi.org and at 317-803-7376 for assistance.

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WORLD WAR II VETERAN, TENNIS HALL OF FAMER AND ALUMNI BROTHER GARDNAR MULLOY DIES AT 102 Gardnar Mulloy, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who won 129 U.S. national titles, died on Nov. 14, 2016.

When Mulloy first attended Miami, he and some of the athletes formed an organization called the M Club, which eventually became the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter. “Suddenly, we were petitioned,” he said in 2008. “Several fraternities went after the M Club because we had a pretty good organization to become a fraternity. And we liked Lambda Chi Alpha the best. We had several meetings and that’s the one we voted on, or accepted their request, and that’s how we became Lambda Chi Alpha.” Mulloy was then a charter member of the chapter, and later as an alumnus he also helped form the Miami Area Alumni Association, often hosting receptions at his home. He played competitive tennis late into his 90s and would have turned 103 on Nov. 22.

S T O R Y He was a Lambda Chi Alpha Order of Achievement recipient and member of our Epsilon-Omega chapter at the University of Miami in Florida. Mulloy won five Grand Slam doubles titles, was ranked No. 1 in the United States in 1952 and started the University of Miami tennis program. He swept United States Tennis Association grand slams in three age groups: 45s, 70s and 80s. In 1941, Mulloy’s tennis career took a brief hiatus when he was drafted to serve in the military during World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy, became a lieutenant, and was assigned as the commanding officer in charge of a landing ship tank, which included 13 officers and 154 men, assigned to the North African and European invasions. During one of his ship’s many tense missions, he orchestrated a dangerous rescue of a stranded allied ship that was in peril and about to be smashed against some rocks. His act of heroism earned him the U.S. Navy Medal of Commendation. Upon his return home, Mulloy was promoted to lieutenant commander, and shortly thereafter was discharged from the military in 1945. He was 31 when the war ended, and his tennis career had barely begun. At age 43, he won the Wimbledon doubles title with Budge Patty and helped the U.S. Davis Cup team reach the final.

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Do I want to be a part of LCA’s future?

Your Fraternity. Your Career. Nearly 200 chapters. Nearly 1,400 alumni volunteers. Nearly 11,000 Collegiate Brothers and Associate Members.

Previous ELCs have gone on to do amazing things as soon as they finished their ELC years: • Michael DeCourcy advanced to the Director of The Wittenberg Fund at Wittenberg University.

S T O R Y In Lambda Chi Alpha’s 107 years, our brotherhood and supporters have grown rapidly, but not without help. Thousands of volunteers and campus professionals have helped Lambda Chi Alpha’s mission along the way. Yet, our Fraternity could not have been sustained without the challenging efforts of one International Headquarters (IHQ) staff. Our IHQ staff is a mix of seasoned veterans and young professionals, all coming together to make the premier collegiate experience of LCA a reality. The forefront of our efforts and the face of our Fraternity is our Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC) team. Our IHQ team is looking to hire ELCs for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Do you have what it takes to be an ELC? Ask yourself:


The ELC position is right for you if you answered, “YES!” Mix one part fraternal passion, one part professional development, one part travel, and one part career advancement, and an ELC could be the right step for your professional and fraternal future.

• Justin Friend went on to become the Global Onboarding Program Manager at Salesforce.

• Colin Nelson-Pinkston is now studying for his Masters in

Higher Education at Southern Methodist University in Texas.

• Michael Rosenberg serves as the Community Relations

Coordinator at INFORMS in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.

• Will Lambda Chi Alpha improve my communication skills? Yes.

• Will Lambda Chi Alpha make me a more marketable candidate for employers? Yes.

• Will Lambda Chi Alpha improve my experience with graduate school plans? Yes.

• Can Lambda Chi Alpha take me where I want to go professionally? Yes!

• Would I like to meet thousands of brothers across the continent?

• Would I develop professionally as an ELC? • Would I like to help start new LCA colonies and help existing chapters?

To check out the application process, dates, requirements and job descriptions, visit the LCA website here. For awesome facts you might not know about being an ELC, click here.

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CHAPTER NEWS Tiur maion eum elenti ommolen temquo molorum voluptur, et et aut preperum quaerit dolorroriam, te cus. U P D A T E S

Arkansas (Gamma-Chi)

On Nov. 4, the chapter celebrated the dedication of the chapter house renovations and expansion. The renovation was led by a $2 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation, at the recommendation of Jim Walton and Rob Walton, who are both alumni of the University of Arkansas and the chapter. Chapter members participated in the Volunteer Action Center’s Make a Difference Day by cleaning up the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. The chapter assisted a family in need at its local Walmart and donated more than $200 worth of Thanksgiving supplies.

Auburn (Omega)

On Nov. 28, chapter advisor Dr. Fred Kam received the IFC Fraternity Advisor of the Year Award at the annual IFC banquet. Former chapter President Graham Davis received one of the two IFC annual scholarships.

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Butler (Alpha-Alpha)

During November, the chapter celebrated Thanksgiving with a special dinner at the chapter house. Following, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for four associate members on Dec. 2.

California Polytechnic (Phi-Sigma)

The chapter hosted its annual Watermelon Bust philanthropy, raising more than 4,100 pounds of food and $4,105 for Feeding America.

California State - Northridge (Beta-Rho)

The chapter was awarded first place in Mr. CSUN, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority philanthropy event.

Coastal Carolina (Coastal Carolina Colony)

The colony held a food drive with Sigma Kappa sorority and raised approximately 300 meals for the local food bank. The colony conducted an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 10 associate members, bringing the colony total to 25 members.

Cornell (Omicron)

On Oct. 29, the chapter hosted a Greek Life breakfast as part of the University Trustee Council’s annual meeting. Chapter President Thomas Suesser (2018), Chapter Advisor Kosta Elefter (2009) and Alumni Association President Mark Fernau (1982) spoke at the event. On Nov. 12, the chapter hosted the second mental wellness forum with a group of both alumni and undergraduates to discuss ways to recognize and deal with the stresses involved in campus life. The chapter thanks Alex Aidun (2008) and the Matthew Patrick Omans Memorial Committee for their continued dedication to this cause. After the session, Aidun held a discussion about Five Years After College where alumni in various fields of business discussed how to pursue a career and maximize job opportunities in the pivotal first few years out of college.




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Delaware (Lambda-Beta)

The chapter held its semi-annual Food Drive to raise money for Feeding America. Activities included pickups of goods at other fraternities and sororities, setting up a donation table in the student center, and creating a Go Fund Me page for the event. On Veteran’s Day, chapter members assisted the Blue Hen Veterans Club in setting up 6,902 flags on the Green on campus to honor the U.S. service members who lost their lives protecting our country following the conflicts of 9/11. Jared Medrano was elected vice president of the university’s chapter of College Republicans.

Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa)

Alumni brother Chris McCarthy is the new president of MTV. He also serves as the head of VH1 and Logo channels for Viacom. At MTV, he is tasked with revamping the programming and improving ratings.

Elmhurst (Pi-Zeta)

The chapter completed its annual food drive and raised more than 5,000 pounds of food for the Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 11 associate members.

Embry-Riddle Prescott (Pi-Xi)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for five associate members.

Denison (Gamma-Iota)

The chapter won Delta Gamma sorority’s annual Anchor Splash philanthropy event.

Eastern Kentucky (Phi-Beta)

Sebastian Torres was appointed by Gov. Bevin as a student representative for the Council on Postsecondary Education. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for eight associate members.

Eureka (Theta-Chi)

Thanks to several chapter members, the men’s varsity football team boasted a 8-2 record and was placed second in the conference. Ray Vogel earned an all-conference award for his performance at defensive end. Tyler Willdrick and Kyler Walle started on offensive line that had the second best conference rushing total. Colton Johnson, Joe Scott, Joey Rasmussen, Tristan Rose, and Chris Fleischman were also members of the team.




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Evansville (Iota-Mu)

Chapter members participated in the university’s Make a Difference event, a day devoted to reaching out into the Evansville community and giving back. Chapter members volunteered at the Oak Hill Cemetery cleaning the grounds and adding landscaping. Other chapter members volunteered at the St. Vincent Center for Children and Families. The chapter held a canned food drive and raised more than 2,000 pounds of food.

Georgetown (Kappa-Omega)

The chapter held a food drive in the community and raised approximately 2,500 pounds for the The Gathering Place, a local homeless shelter.

Franklin (Kappa-Gamma)

To date, the chapter has raised more than 700 pounds for the local food pantry.

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa)

The chapter placed third in the homecoming Pomp competition. Using only wood, chicken wire and parade pomp the chapter built a 30-foot tall Mayan temple, with an 8-foot tall “Buzz” mascot on the top.




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George Washington (Delta-Xi)

The chapter hosted a Founders Day celebration with local alumni and raised approximately $18,000 for conferences, scholarships and other chapter needs.

Gettysburg College (Theta-Pi)

The chapter co-hosted a “massage day” fundraiser with the campus’s Office of Multicultural Engagement with proceeds benefitting Feeding America. The chapter also hosted a Toys for Tots drive that involved all fraternities and sororities on campus.

Illinois (Chi)

On Nov. 16, alumni brother Rob Kennedy, president and co-CEO of C-Span, served as the distinguished speaker at the ACES Alumni Association’s annual luncheon. In 2012, Kennedy received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the UIUC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and now serves on the Board of the Illinois Alumni Association. Kennedy (pictured 2nd from left) was joined by longtime friends and brothers Matt Murphy, Hernando Moreno, Larry Prast, Pete Kale, Mike Lembke, Kim Kardas, and Rich Knitter. The chapter elected new officers:

Iowa (Iota-Chi)

On Nov. 5, the chapter hosted a parents day with a barbeque and formal dinner.

John Carroll (Pi-Eta)

The chapter held and Initiation Ritual Exemplification for seven associate members. The chapter held its annual Pumpkin Bust philanthropy event that raised more than 3,000 pounds of food for Feeding America.




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Johnson & Wales - Charlotte (Pi-Upsilon)

On Nov. 5, the chapter hosted its inaugural Pumpkin Bust with all proceeds and benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. The event raised more than 150 pounds of canned food in two hours.

Kutztown (Sigma-Gamma)

The chapter won the 2016 Turkey Bowl defeating Sigma Alpha Epsilon in the finals. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 12 associate members. Chapter member Antonio Santana won the inaugural Pretzel Revolution challenge by consuming 3.5 pounds of a buffalo chicken stuffed pretzels with ghost pepper sauce on top.

Louisiana - Lafayette (Iota-Omega)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 10 associate members.

Louisville (Zeta-Sigma)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 13 associate members. The chapter held a Watermelon Bust philanthropy event that collected 5,000 cans of food.

Kansas (Zeta-Iota)

On Oct. 22, the chapter hosted an alumni homecoming tailgate. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for four associate members.




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Lycoming (Iota-Beta)

The chapter raises approximately 7,000 pounds of food for the Central PA Food Bank.

Miami (OH) (Zeta-Upsilon)

The chapter raised more than $6,700 in donations on behalf of Feeding America for the Oxford Community Choice Pantry.

Maryland - Baltimore County (Phi-Delta)

On Nov. 18, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for five associate members.

Middle Tennessee State (Middle Tennessee State Colony)

Maryland - College Park (Epsilon-Pi)

The chapter hosted a Pumpkin Bust to raise money for Feeding America. The event was co-sponsored by two other fraternities and four sororities.

Through the Murfreesboro Parks and Rec Department, chapter members helped cleanup Old Fort Park where they collected hundreds of pounds of trash from the local park. They also staffed a local Acorn Festival providing minor security detail.




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Missouri Science and Technology (Alpha-Delta)

The chapter hosted a parents’ day at a local restaurant. Brothers invited their families for dinner and trivia. Academic honor certificates were also presented to brothers for scholastic excellence. The chapter hosted its 56th Annual Chicken Benefit Dinner that raised more than $3,000 for Choices for People and the Gingerbread House charities.

New Hampshire (Alpha-Xi)

The chapter hosted a Pumpkin Bust and annual bag drop food drive. Together, these events raised more than 600 pounds of food and $250 for Feeding America. Chapter members participated in was the Kappa Sigma’s Hoops for Heroes a three-on-three basketball tournament and philanthropy event. The chapter’s two teams earned first and second place. In the photo are first place captain Malik Rochelle (left) and second place captain Dave Rodenhizer (middle). On Oct. 24, more than 35 chapter members were recognized by the IFC for earning over a 3.14 GPA for the spring semester.


Neal Van Marter was recognized by the university. He currently serves as a first sergeant in the college Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Van Marter, who grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Anniston, Alabama said his grandfather, a WWII veteran, instilled within him a profound love and sense of duty to his country at an early age. When he’s not busy with ROTC or class responsibilities, Van Marter also serves as chapter and IFC vice president.

New York (Theta-Upsilon)

The chapter raised more than $5,000 for B+ Child Cancer Foundation/New York Dance Marathon.

North Dakota (Epsilon-Zeta)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 16 associate members. The chapter received the Excellence in Citizenship Award and Outstanding Chapter Award at the university’s annual Greek Awards.The chapter held a brotherhood pig roast.




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Oklahoma State (Alpha-Eta)

Chapter members collected hundreds of cans of food that were donated to the local Salvation Army.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Epsilon-Eta)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 11 associate members. The chapter raised more than 700 pounds of food and $70 in donations for the local food bank.

Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda)

The chapter added 53 associate members, the largest number of new members in the chapter’s history. The new members come from near a far, including Washington, Oregon, California, Australia and England.

Richmond (Alpha-Chi)

The chapter hosted its annual Watermelon Bash philanthropy, raising nearly $1,000 for Feeding America. Chapter members volunteered at East End Cemetery and Feedmore.

Shippensburg (Phi-Tau Colony)

On Dec. 3, the colony held its chartering banquet.

South Dakota (Alpha-Gamma)

Pennsylvania (Epsilon)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 12 associate members. On Nov. 17, the chapter hosted a Greeksgiving holiday dinner with the members of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. Cole Hurley and Carson Scott were elected IFC executive positions.

Together with the men of the Lambda-Theta chapter at South Dakota State University, the chapter held a joint food bank philanthropy event that collected thousands of donated meals for Feeding South Dakota. The chapter held elections and the new chapter President is Jace Jerome. Vice presidents are Ezra Voigt and Jackson Dziedzic. The photo shows chapter’s annual holiday photo.




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South Dakota Mines (Pi-Mu)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for three associate members. Partnering with Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority, chapter members handed out donation bags and collected food and donations for Feeding South Dakota to go along with the totals from the Trick or Treat for Canned Goods event. Chapter members participated in Greek Games and held a volleyball night with Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Tampa (Tampa Colony)

The colony hosted its inaugural Cardboard City philanthropy event, benefitting Feeding America and the Tampa-Hillsborough homeless initiative. The event involved a 15-hour fast and an evening construction of a cardboard structure to symbolize all those who go hungry and have to sleep outside in the Tampa community.

Spring Hill (Delta-Delta)

The chapter held a Watermelon Bash and raised more than 4,000 canned goods for the Mobile Bay Area Food Bank. On Nov. 30, chapter members volunteered at the Mobile Bay Area Food Bank to help sort and pack food. Zach Scarborough (2017) and Victor Villareal (2017) were captains of the junior varsity soccer team who had an 8-2-2 record. John Rogers serves as SGA vice president.

Texas-Austin (Alpha-Mu)

Partnered with the spirit groups known as the “lassos” and the “darlins,” the chapter helped collect more than 15,000 pounds of food and then sorted and packed another 7,600 pounds of food for the local Capital Area Food Bank.




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Texas Christian (Iota-Pi)

Chapter members are collecting donations for Toys For Tots, hosting a drop-off bin outside of the chapter house On Dec. 5, chapter members volunteered and assembled toys for the Christmas Wish Project of Tarrant County.

Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon)

On Nov. 12, the chapter conducted an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 20 associate members.

Virginia Commonwealth (Pi-Tau)

The chapter raised more than $1,000, 1,500 pounds of food for Ram Pantry, the university run and operated food bank. The chapter also packaged more than 1,500 meals to be shipped across the country for Stop Hunger Now.

Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma)

The chapter held a Thanksgiving dinner with the Chi Omega sorority. Social Chairman Stephen Sekoulopoulos organized a self-defense class with the Valparaiso University Police Department.

Virginia Tech (Sigma-Lambda)

Chapter members participated in Greeks Giving Back, a student-run organization that seeks to promote unity between the community of Blacksburg and the Greek Life at Virginia Tech through a day of service. Chapter members also participated in DHOP, Tri Delta’s philanthropy event that seeks to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Brody Casper was elected the new chapter president.




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Wabash (Alpha-Kappa)

The college has implemented a new recruiting process and the chapter held its first Scarlet Honors Day, hosting 17 prospective students and providing a dinner with faculty and the students to discuss the benefits of Wabash and Lambda Chi.

Wisconsin - Whitewater (Lambda-Iota)

Partnered with Alpha Sigma sorority, the chapter hosted a teeter-totter-a-thon benefitting Feeding America and American Cancer Society.

Western (Delta-Eta)

On Nov. 26, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 14 associate members: Filip Zuvic, Matthew Arnold, Tyler Brown, Evan Hogg, Shea Lyons, Daniel Stretton, John Watson, Andrew Cox, Joe Goodis, John Polemidiotis, Jeremy White, Josh Mills, Cole Timchuk, and Jonathan Behr.

Wyoming (Delta-Rho) Western Kentucky (Lambda-Lambda)

On Oct. 27, the chapter hosted a pumpkin bust philanthropy event that raised $1,500 for Hope Harbor, a shelter for abused women, and 2,000 can of food for Feeding America. On Nov. 4, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 19 associate members. The ceremony included one honorary, Dr. Keith Hewitt. He was an associate members 30 years ago but was unable to go through Ritual as he was accepted into medical school. Chi Omega’s Sarah Hardison was selected as the chapter’s new sweetheart.

The chapter held its local food drive for Feeding America and collected more than 2,609 pounds of food. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for five associate members.




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OBITUARIES The following members of Lambda Chi Alpha have been reported as deceased since Oct. 1, 2016. Our condolences to their friends and families. U P D A T E S


William Bryan

Paul Green Douglas Haller

Died: Oct. 13, 2016 John McGarrigle

Died: Nov. 6, 2017


Philip Meuser

Indiana State Steven Anderson

Died: Oct. 1, 2016

Lock Haven

Michigan State

Harry Brasington


John Galbreath

John Killian

Died: Nov. 25, 2016

Louisiana Tech


Ben Collins

Glen Boson

Died: June 21, 2016


Died: Nov. 5, 2016

East Carolina

Died: Sept. 28, 2016

William Jenkins

Died: Oct. 13, 2016


Stan Bowling


William Clay


Mac Clark

Texas Tech

Gardnar Mulloy

Died: Nov. 23, 2016


Died: Nov. 14, 2016

Steven Fischman

Died: Oct. 29, 2016

David Ballard


California State-Northridge

Franklin & Marshall

Died: July 3, 2016

Marvin McNatt

Daniel Ryan

Ronald Lindberg

Harvey Blanck

Pennsylvania State



Donald Gorrell

Ralph Peters

Kenneth Holvenstot

Killis Sinkhorn

Died: June 23, 2016


High Point

Van Jones


Died: Aug. 31, 2014

Died: Nov. 16, 2016



Raymond Scott

Virgil Smith

Died: Sept. 30, 2016



Donald Braun Gerald Cooper

Welcome Neiderauer

David Monroe


Edward Sandell

Michigan Tech

Daniel Bourgeois Carl Stone

Wyatt Farley

Joe Pina

William Wendling

Robert Carmone

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Died: Nov. 8, 2016

Roger Martin

Oliver Frascona

Perry Evans

Died: Nov. 20, 2016

Ferris State


Texas A&M-Commerce

Max Busby


Rev. S. George “Doc� Dirghalli

Died: Jan. 14, 2016

Benjamin Marconi

Arthur Fiehl

California State-Fullerton

Sidney Smith

North Carolina State

Died: Nov. 14, 2016

Michael Lenny


North Texas

Terry Smith

Ohio State

Frank Schwartz

Died: Dec. 31, 2014

Ricky De Bord

Died: Jan. 22, 2016

Jeffrey Forrest Robert Kalander


Gilbert Bourcier

Died: Feb. 2, 2016


Clyde Schwaner


Francis Foucault

Died: Oct. 10, 2015 Dale Hopper

George Ellis

Washington State

William Mount

Died: June 22, 2016

David Roberson James Songster

Jack Wheeler

Wittenberg George Reash

Randall Wall

Died: Nov. 10, 2016

Clyde Whisenant

Robert Streight

Died: April 5, 2016

Died: Nov. 2, 2016


December 2016 - lambdachi.org - Quarterly Issue #4

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