a Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Educational Foundation Publica tion THE PURPLE, GREEN & GOLD
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I nvest i ng i n F ut ure L eaders:
The Alumni Initiative
2011 Stead Leadership Seminar
Meet the Foundation Board of Directors
The Campaign for Lambda Chi Alpha
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The Future Leaders Campaign impacts the lives of Lambda Chi By: Author Alpha undergraduates. www.lcafutureleaders.org
FROM t he Dear Brothers, During the April 2011 Grand High Zeta meeting, Fraternity Board Members unanimously approved a new strategic plan for Lambda Chi Alpha. This plan was created jointly by the Board and the Professional Staff over a course of several months.
Our strategic plan has five priority areas associated with it. Each area has a separate plan of execution and corresponding timeline that the Professional Staff is managing. Our five priority areas are:
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The mission and vision for the strategic plan are as follows:
• T RUE Brother Implementation – achieve 100% chapter implementation of the Outer Circle and 33% chapter implementation of the Inner Circle by 2017.
Mission Through our Core Values and ritualist teachings , Lambda Chi Alpha aims to systematically develop our men by fundamentally shaping who they are, what they know, and what they can do.
•A lumni Identification & Training – ensure chapters have the alumni support necessary to succeed, as well as ensure alumni volunteers have the necessary training to mentor, coach, and guide today’s Lambda Chi Alpha experience.
Vision To lead a co-curricular Greek movement, predicated on partnership and collaboration amongst the undergraduates, host institutions, alumni and General Fraternity, and offering an experience that focuses on the maturation development of today’s college man. As such, it is the vision of Lambda Chi Alpha to extend itself beyond the traditional social fraternity in practice and principle.
•H ealthy Chapter Environments – ensure chapters are positioned to offer environments that contribute to the development of our brothers and ensure safety for both brothers and guests. •C o-Curricular Focus – ensure Lambda Chi Alpha is the leader in developmental programming for collegiate men and is the leader of a Greek experience predicated on partnership with our host institutions.
• F raternal Growth – continue to grow, as the crescent teaches, the number of men in our chapters, the number of chapters in Lambda Chi Alpha, and our ability to secure resources to support our brothers. We encourage you to read the high-level version of the strategic plan by logging onto Lambda Chi Alpha’s members only website at mylca.lambdachi.org. If you don’t have a username/password, you may follow the instructions listed to obtain them. Once you login to the website, you will find the strategic plan listed on the left side under "My Notifications." We encourage you to study the strategic plan and determine how your time, talent, and treasure can help ensure the future success of our great Fraternity.
Sincerely yours in ZAX,
William T. Farkas Executive Vice President Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
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Table of Contents
Future Leaders Campaign
True Brother Embarks on an Ambitious Journey Forward
01 Chapter News 15 Donor Stories 16 Top Campaign Donor Listing 17 Foundation Board of Directors 21 2011 Stead Leadership Seminar
23 Alumni Volunteer Initiative 25 Alumni News 26 Young Alumni Council 27 The Lamp
Clarity and Vision
Peter Yobo, a Zeta-Delta brother at the University of Southern California, received the Cyril F. "Duke" Flad Outstanding Undergraduate award.
SAVE-THE-DATE! Alumni brother reception schedule
The Purple, Green & Gold Credits Executive Vice President Bill Farkas (Butler 1988) | CEO Educational Foundation Mark Bauer (Cal State-Fullerton 1979) | Editor: Tad Lichtenauer (Denison 1987) | Assistant Editor/Graphic Designer: Thomas Roberts (Edinboro 2009) | Researcher: Jon Williamson (Maryland 1965) | Photographer: Walt Moser (Central Missouri 1968) Copyright ÂŠ 2011 Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. All rights reserved.
By: John Holloway (High Point)
A selection of current chapter news released in recent issues of the Cross & Crescent magazine. Additional chapter/alumni news and omegas can be found at www.crossandcrescent.com.
California-Los Angeles (Epsilon-Sigma)
This summer the chapter will hold an officer retreat, Family Day, and Chi Games. The chapter is sending eight brothers to the 2011 Stead Leadership Seminar, including the chapter president, vice president, fraternity educator, social chairman, and TRUE Brother steward. Chapter brothers were elected president to the following organizations: Akron Advertising Federation, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, and Zips Programming Network. The chapter raised more than $2,000 for the 39th Annual Bathtub Pull donating all of the proceeds to the Akron Rotary Club that helps special-needs children go to camp.
The colony brothers received their new charter on April 16, 2011.
Cal Poly (Phi-Sigma) On May 7, 2011, chapter brothers assisted the San Luis Obispo Special Olympics at Cuesta College by providing support and encouragement to the athletes. In some cases, the brothers ran beside the participants, helping them to finish. After the event, the brothers helped with the cleanup.
Arkansas (Gamma-Chi) The chapter is undergoing a major fundraising effort to provide extensive improvements to the house. The Walton alumni brothers (S. Robson Walton and Jim C. Walton) are matching the fundraising effort up to $1 million.
Bradley (Kappa-Upsilon) The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for six new members on April 16, 2011. The chapter collected 27,783 pounds of food this semester for the Peoria Food Bank on behalf of the North American Food Drive. For the spring semester, the chapter completed 480 philanthropy hours, more than any other fraternity on campus. The chapter also performed 388 hours of community service, finishing second amongst fraternities, and fourth amongst all Greek organizations.
Cal State-Northridge (Beta-Rho) Jonathan Bonilla and Neil Sanchez were inducted into the Order of Omega honor society, recognizing their outstanding academic excellence and campus leadership.The chapter received awards for Recruitment and New Member Programming and Campus Involvement. In addition, University Adviser Christopher Aston received Fraternity Adviser of the Year Award.
In May 2011 approximately 20 chapter brothers moved into the chapter’s new off-campus housing. Approximately 35 undergraduate and alumni brothers participated in a chapter-organized golf tournament.
Central Michigan (Lambda-Omega)
Florida Tech (Beta-Nu) The chapter finished second in the Greek Week competition. Chapter President Matt Kepto won the overall MVP Award. The chapter held a fundraising auction to raise money for the Scott Autism Center on campus. Gamma Phi Beta sorority sisters auctioned dinners while the brothers auctioned three hours of labor. The auction raised more than $700.This summer, the chapter is embarking on an alumni contact campaign to re-engage alumni brothers and to prepare for next year’s 40th anniversary celebration.
Chapter brothers won the floor hockey championship, their third intramural championship this academic year. The other two events were flag football and softball.
Chapter brothers participated in Pi Beta Phi’s event, Pi Phi Palooza, to raise money for First Book, an organization that helps underprivileged children learn to read. Chapter brothers participated in Kappa Sigma’s dance-a-thon to raise money for Military Heroes. Chapter brothers participated in Beta Theta Pi’s event, King of the Wing, a wing eating contest to raise money for the local Center for Disability Services. Chapter brothers participated in Kappa Alpha Theta’s annual softball tournament to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Jason Crawford won the John Findley Crowe Award. This award is given by faculty and staff to one senior who they feel exemplifies great relationships with the faculty and staff as well as someone who achieves both inside and outside the classroom.
Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa Colony)
The chapter earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
The colony held its annual meeting, and voting results can be found on the chapter website. The undergraduate brothers would like to thank all the alumni brothers who attended the meeting to discuss the current state and future of the colony as well as those who took the time to submit absentee ballots. Improving significantly from last year, the colony placed fourth out of 11 fraternities in the 2011 Greek Week competition.Ryan Pratt will serve on this summer’s International Ritual Team. The colony earned two awards from the Fraternity and Sorority Life: Brotherhood and Service to the Community.
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The chapter hosted its 20th annual Wiffle Ball tournament with 84 teams participating. All of the proceeds were donated to Hungry Hearts Mission located in Madison, Indiana.
Idaho (Epsilon-Gamma) The chapter has started renovations on the bathroom and kitchen.
Kettering (Lambda-Epsilon B) The Lambda-Epsilon B chapter at Kettering University initiated five new members in May. The chapter also had a successful retreat with all the brothers and some alumni present. A rare opportunity presented itself this term with the Flint River flooding a golf course near the house, which afforded members the chance to go rafting for an afternoon. The chapter is also proud to announce that Steven Needham was the 2011 recipient of the Mr. Kettering award.
chapternews Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon) The chapter earned a 3.22 GPA for the 2011 spring semester and a 3.19 GPA for the year. This placed the chapter second for the semester and third for the year out of the 30 fraternities on campus.
New Hampshire (Alpha-Xi) On Friday April 30, 2011, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for five new brothers.Cy Lekyang (2011) earned the Award of Excellence at the university’s research conference, the largest of its kind in the United States.
Missouri (Gamma-Kappa) Paired with Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the chapter won the 2011 Greek Week competition.The chapter won the 2011 Division 1 Greek Sports, which consists of the top six fraternities on campus. Led by Nick Smith and Danny Forman, the chapter started Fraternities For Green Dot, a program to reduce instances of sexual violence within the community. It is intended to promote awareness and action by fraternity brothers towards keeping our community more safe. The chapter is working with a local university organization called the Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention Center.
Nevada-Las Vegas (Delta-Lambda) The chapter participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, raising more than $300.The chapter won first place in the Greek Week competition.The chapter was voted Best Fraternity on Campus in the RebelYell, the university’s publication.
Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta) The chapter hosted the IFC’s inaugural Frats with Bats Charity Softball Tournament. There were three men’s teams and seven co-ed teams. The tournament raised monetary donations and 822 articles of clothing, all of which will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Rensselaer Polytechnic (Epsilon-Eta) For the second year in a row, the chapter won the President’s Cup (Chapter of the Year Award) at the 2011 Greek Awards. In addition, the chapter won the Ritual Award and three brothers received individual awards. JP Trasatti was named the 2010 Greek Man of the Year, Stephen Provost was selected as the 2010 Executive Leader of the Year, and Brian Lewis received the Order of Omega Man of the Year Award.
Richmond (Alpha-Chi) The colony is holding its chartering banquet on October 21, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at West Broad Street. Please save the date.
Sam Houston State (Sigma-Mu) The chapter collected more than 1,200 pounds of food in conjunction with the North American Food Drive. The chapter raised its GPA from 2.16 to 2.5, which removed the chapter from academic probation. Sixteen chapter brothers participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Pi-Lambda) The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for Richard Koentz, an honorary initiate and the father of brothers Chris and Nathan Koentz. Koentz has been very active in the chapter, hosting the annual brotherhood retreat at his farm in southern Illinois as well as building a new, lighted crescent used during the Initiation Ritual. The chapter participated in a spring food drive and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, collecting more than 1,000 pounds and raising $1,000 respectively for each cause.On May 3, 2011, the chapter hosted its Fifth Annual Watermelon Bash, with proceeds benefiting the Arnold Food Pantry of St. Louis.
Southern California (Zeta-Delta) On May 4, 2011, USC senior opposite hitter Murphy Troy was named the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Year.
Southern Indiana (Phi-Xi) The chapter earned a 2.87 GPA for the Spring 2011 semester, higher than the all-men’s average and ranking first out of eight fraternities on campus.Nathan Wehr was elected Order of Omega’s president and Mark Furman was elected vice president of records and finance.
Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma) The chapter raised more than $2,000 at American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Brother Dennis Stanley was the featured speaker and an American Cancer Society Award recipient.Thirty chapter brothers volunteered at a Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas, as part of the work on behalf of the North American Food Drive.The chapter’s Annual Founders Day golf tournament and dinner was held on April 30, 2011.
Tarleton State (Phi-Rho) On April 29, 2011, the chapter was given the W.O. and Florene Trogdon Service Award at the university’s annual Leadership and Service Awards. The award was one of only two, given to organizations who demonstrate high levels of service to the community. In April 2011, the chapter won the Greek championship in intramural softball and, earlier this semester, won the Greek championship in intramural basketball.Chapter President Anthony Linder was elected Junior Class Senator for the 2011-12 school year. He also was named Beau for the Delta Zeta sorority.The chapter held its annual Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament in April 2011. The scholarship is named after Levi Jones—a member who died in a car accident in 2004—and is awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate brother.On April 15, 2011, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for two brothers.
Tennessee-Chattanooga (Zeta-Phi) The chapter hosted a barbeque fundraiser on April 29, 2011, raising $3,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of the undergraduate brothers in the chapter currently has this disease.
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chapternews Texas (Alpha-Mu)
Chapter brothers contributed 160 hours of community service, the majority of which was done in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. The 16 brothers who participated found it a very rewarding experience.
The chapter held its Second Annual Man Auction, auctioning off their time and unique talents to friends and family in order to raise money and awareness for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Through these efforts, the chapter raised $500.
The chapter placed second in the Zeta Tau Alpha Salsa Cookoff. Joey Valenzuela made the award-winning salsa.The chapter would like to hear ideas or suggestions from alumni brothers. Please send an email to the Alumni Chairman Seth York at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chapter held its annual Awards Banquet, where Roman Reznikov was recognized for his campus involvement as president of the University of Toronto Pre-Medical Society and Thomas Hobucan was recognized for finishing the academic year with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Union (Lambda-Zeta) On April 8, 2011, the chapter hosted Relay For Life Tossing For A Cure Corn Hole Tournament, raising nearly $1,000 for the American Cancer Society. On April 16, 2011, chapter members participated in the campuswide Variety Show, winning Best Overall Performance for Super Mario Brothers. On April 29, 2011, the chapter hosted its 5th annual Crawfish Boil. An alumni brother, nicknamed "Papa Cajun", drove from Pineville, Louisiana, to steam more than 250 pounds of crawfish for a weekly brotherhood event.
Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon)
On April 30, 2011, the chapter placed second in the Greek Olympics.
Partnering with Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Womenâ€™s Resource Center, the chapter organized an Easter egg hunt on the university campus for the children of El Paso. Activities included face painting, jumping dragons, bubble making, a dance-off, and of course the giant Easter egg hunt.
Western Kentucky (Lambda-Lambda) On May 21, 2011, the chapter members voted to build a new house on their existing property instead of moving to Fraternity Row. The chapter has been housed at its current location for 45 years. Chapter members will now transition into a design and fundraising phase and have plans to communicate plans and updates with alumni brothers.
Western Ontario (Delta-Eta) Chapter brothers are moving into a new house over the summer. The new chapter will provide better quality lodging while offering a larger common area for brotherhood activities, functions, studying, and relaxing. The housing task force was led by Christian DiBattista, Lawrence Raponi, and William Komer, who also provided financing for the operation.
William Jewell (Epsilon-Nu) Chris Stathopoulos was elected SGA vice president. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for eight new brothers. The chapter elected new officers and conducted officer transitions.
Wisconsin-Whitewater (Lambda-Iota Colony) The chapter held its Teeter-Totter-a-Thon, which raised funds for womenâ€™s athletics. The entire chapter participated in a clean-up of a cemetery outside of Whitewater.Jeff Martin and David Olmos were elected to the Executive Board of Greeks.The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for three honorary brothers: Michael Larcheid, Eric Field, and Richard "Red" Moeller.
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Campaign Lambda Chi Alpha
on an Ambitious
There was a time… …when you hadn’t made the decision for Lambda Chi Alpha… …before you knew this brotherhood was truly your own… …during which you still considered other paths and different priorities. There was a time. But then came a handshake, or a casual invitation, an offer to help, some common bond, an unspoken connection. Something drew you definitively to this Fraternity and that chapter and those brothers. And today, you can point to the moment when you knew you belonged in the true brotherhood of Lambda Chi Alpha. That moment changed forever the course of your collegiate journey, your friendships, your career path, and the decisions that would shape the man you’ve become.
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time… This is a
that he has the strength and brotherly sympathy of a large body of men all over the country to back him, to aid him in his struggle to live according to those ideals."
…when values that have guided generations are being dismissed…
Brother Mason expressed that sentiment at a time when Lambda Chi Alpha’s living undergraduate and alumni members numbered around 230. How prophetic and profound is this observation today! Right now, more than 175,000 brothers worldwide continue to strive to live their lives in accord with the Fraternity’s Seven Core Values…
…when more families are fractured and strained… …when college men face more choices and a sea of uncertainty about the future. This is a time when the true brotherhood of Lambda Chi Alpha is needed more than ever. But beyond even fraternal bonds is the need for "beyond the classroom" education and the building up of ethical men. Men who are prepared to take their place within and beyond the collegiate world …as competent, confident leaders serving their brothers, their chapters, their families, professional colleagues, and communities in which they live and work.
Loyalty… Duty… Respect… Service and stewardship… Honor… Integrity… Personal courage.
On July 29, 2001, the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation announced an unprecedented endowment initiative to secure perpetual funding to meet this significant need. The Future Leaders Campaign will secure the long-term implementation of our award-winning True Brotherhood Initiative and other vital programming for future generations of Lambda Chi members across the Fraternity’s growing chapter base. This campaign will open doors to new educational efforts and measurable expansion of existing ones, while securing Lambda Chi Alpha as an exemplary leader in the fraternity world. "The real bond of Lambda Chi Alpha," wrote Ritualistic Founder Dr. John E. Mason, "is that [every brother] is pledged to certain ideals, and
…and the ambitious $20 million Future Leaders Campaign is the way -- the way for every lifelong brother to extend his commitment to passing on these founding values to a new generation. The goals set forth by the Future Leaders Campaign represent a carefully crafted plan to support and challenge both undergraduates and alumni in becoming and remaining strong men of character. The goals for endowment include: $5.3 million -- True Brotherhood Initiative True Brother is Lambda Chi Alpha’s hallmark enterprise for
developing in every member a lifelong commitment to exceptional character and serving something bigger than himself. Since its inception in 2007, True Brother has been proven by measurable quantitative and qualitative criteria to increase members’ level of traits including empathy, loyalty, and altruism. The Circles of True Brother serve the needs of all -- from associate member to active alumnus. The $5.3 million endowment secures the future for this groundbreaking programming by paving the way for its enhancement and expansion within every chapter. Recent graduate Ted Panagiotoulias has observed the difference first hand. "How can we be better men? How can we be true Lambda Chis in every thought, word, and deed? This is the change True Brother makes. With it, we have been able to turn our chapter into something we are proud of, and something we want the world to know about." In fact, this brother’s experience is far from the exception. Among those chapters implementing the True Brother Initiative, the positive results speak for themselves, with an average: • 15% increase in recruitment class size • nearly 10% increase in member retention • chapter service on campus up 20% • community service up 15% • measure of empathy and self-awareness double the average value Panagiotoulias says it this way, "The Inner Circle helps us realize that brotherhood promotes continual growth like the crescent. Initiation is only the first of a thousand steps." $5 million -- Chapter Assistance Lambda Chi Alpha is proud of its recognized role among Greeks as a top provider of leadership education. The Educational Foundation assumes
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the lion’s share of responsibility for implementing Fraternitywide initiatives in this area. The Foundation improves its chapters’ performance by way of three important provisions: (1) steady and strong onsite consultation to guide and support our emerging leaders, (2) financial incentives for meritorious individual and chapter leadership achievements and philanthropic projects, and (3) valuable conferences, Conclaves, and international seminars offering essential education and networking. The $5 million chapter assistance endowment will establish a permanent fund for ensuring these efforts reach an increasing number of undergraduates each year. 2010 Butler graduate James Montague took important lessons from last year’s General Assembly. "The highlight was all the educational experiences…being able to work with the other brothers and learning the actual Robert’s Rules and General Assembly way of life is definitely helpful for me and I can take that back to my chapter." $4 million -- Unrestricted Endowment for Future Initiatives Raising the Fraternity’s general endowment is critical for long-term success to maintain our leadership position as the fastest-growing men’s fraternity offering every prospective member a superior quality experience and affordable access to innovative leadership development opportunities.
Foundation Board Director Karl Krapek (Kettering 1972) notes, "One of the secrets of business and really the secret of life is that in helping others be successful, you become successful. Lambda Chi Alpha helped teach me that principle. More than ever before, our country and the world must focus on leading indicators, not just meeting minimums to keep up with our neighbors. More than ever before, Lambda Chi Alpha can make the next century better if we will focus on building future leaders." $4 million -- Annual Support Unrestricted annual giving continues as a bedrock of support for the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha. A goal of $800,000 per year has been established to assure that vital alumni outreach and communications continue, and that the Educational Foundation remains a professionally managed asset to the Fraternity. This includes achieving the continued development of loyal donors from among our growing base of alumni members. In the view of Foundation Chairman Jerre Stead (Iowa 1965), "Funding this campaign is...our investment in preparing future leaders of the world." $1.7 million -- Campaign Stewardship With national averages revealing the cost of major fundraising campaigns to be 8% to 12% of the campaign goal, the Educational Foundation projects its expenses at the lowest end of this average, or 8.5%. Our campaign directors pledge judicious discretion in investing and allocating every dollar to its maximum longterm benefit for our brothers, our chapters, and the future of Lambda Chi Alpha’s top educational initiatives.
timeâ€Ś There is no
â€Śto sit back and relax. Every day on every campus in America, our young adults are facing unprecedented challenges. How they navigate these challenges will affect the rest of their lives. Their academic achievement, their life values, their health and well-being, their ability to make right decisions -- all these factors are being shaped and molded by their everyday experiences.
We know Lambda Chi Alpha is uniquely positioned to make a positive, lifelong impact on the lives of brothers we serve -- precisely because they are most likely to turn to their peers and organizational entities like the Fraternity for the help they need. True Brother along with our ancillary educational programs are working. Our sights are set high. Dr. Scott Reikofski (Northern Colorado 1981) suggests the dramatic ripple effect that achieving the Future Leaders goal will have. "The values and brotherhood I experienced shaped the man that I became in terms of my relationships, my profession
Funding this campaign is...our investment in preparing future leaders of the world. Jerre Stead (Iowa 1965) Foundation Chairman
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and work ethic, and overall how I chose to live a life of education and service â€Ś[True Brother] has allowed me to pass on so many important lessons to our current undergraduates. Lambda Chi Alpha continues to make a profound difference in my life and in the lives of thousands of our brothers."
Lambda Chi Alpha calls on every brother to join us in going the extra mile during the Future Leaders Campaign. With more than $12 million already committed toward this historic $20 million goal, the depth of alumni support is breathtaking. Even more awe-inspiring is the trust and confidence brothers are expressing in this extraordinary undertaking.
More than ever before, Lambda Chi Alpha can make the next century better if we will focus on building future leaders. Karl Krepek (Kettering 1972) Foundation Board Director Future Leaders Campaign Chairman
"The chapter which is strong can be stronger," past Executive Vice President Brother George W. Spasyk assures us. "The alumnus who has been generous can be magnanimousâ€Ś "For if we are to continue to play a positive and constructive role in higher education; if we are to continue to expand the circle of friendship and brotherhood to ever-increasing numbers of fine young men; if we are to experience the realization of our dreams; and if we are to see the extension of our ideas; we must give more of ourselves and of our resources for this magnificent adventure."
time. now is the
The mission of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation is to provide funding to continue and expand leadership development and educational programs for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and its related constituencies, and to perpetuate the existence of these programs for future generations of youth as a complement to the experience of higher education.
For more information and to pledge your support for Future Leaders, visit www.lcafutureleaders.org. Or contact the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation at (317) 803-7337.
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donorstories Vaughan W. McRae (Southern Methodist 1977)
Vaughan McRae is a 1978 graduate of Southern Methodist University. He is a private investor residing in Jackson, Mississippi. Vaughan has served on the Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation and has been a member on various committees on the Board. He has been a leader in the "Call to Lead Campaign" and the "Investing in Future Leaders Campaign". His son, Alexander, is currently an undergraduate at Southern Methodist and serves the Gamma-Sigma chapter as High Beta. "Lambda Chi Alpha was one of the greatest gifts I ever received. Lambda Chi gave me a network of close college friends and lifelong brothers. It afforded me the opportunity to develop leadership skills I still use today – over thirty years later. When we receive a gift the proper response is to reciprocate in kind, and we are all beneficiaries of the foundations laid by brothers whose names are long forgotten. Young men going to college today are desperately in need of the values-based leadership training that our gifts to the "Investing in Future Leaders" campaign directly support. It is now our turn – our responsibility - to build for the future of Lambda Chi Alpha and help develop the leaders our world needs for tomorrow."
David A. Grahl
(Missouri Western State 1974)
David Grahl is a 1974 graduate of Missouri Western State University. He is a career IT professional residing in Columbus, Ohio. He serves on the Planned Giving Council of the Educational Foundation, which is the advisory council to the Society of Living Legacies. Grahl has included the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation in his estate plan. "Joining Lambda Chi Alpha was one of the most important events in my life. The fraternity helped me grow as a person and helped me develop skills that I have used throughout my life. Skills that have helped me become successful in my career. As an associate member, I became a member of a close knit group that worked together as a team for common goals. We helped each other, cared for each other and learned to respect others with differing views. As a brother and holding the office of High Kappa, I was involved in organizing, planning, and managing the associate member education program and helping them with their events. All of these skills that I learned and developed, organization, planning, managing, teamwork, have been instrumental in my success as a project manager and later as an IT application development manager. The fraternity life is one of the few areas in college where you can gain real world experiences. You can’t get this from text books. Because of what the fraternity has meant to me and what it has done for me, I wanted to give back, or I should say "give forward" and help future brothers. Help give them the opportunities to experience what I did and grow as I have. Helping others always makes me feel good. And helping the fraternity to continue and grow is a wonderful way to help others. Why now? Why did I set up my estate to help the fraternity now? In this very unpredictable world, you never know what the next day may bring or if there will be that next day. I wanted to make sure that I would help Lambda Chi Alpha after I’m gone. So I went ahead now and set up my estate to do that. I now have the peace of mind knowing that what I want to happen will happen. And that our great fraternity will be helping brothers for many, many years to come."
donorlisting Top Campaign Donors The Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation is grateful to all donors of time, talent and treasure. These donors are honored below.
$10,000 – $99,000
Gregg D. Behrens (Iowa State) Jack O. Bovender, Jr. (Duke) Lynn Chipperfield (Drury) Johnny W. Douglas (Western Kentucky) T. Joseph Durham (Stetson) John E. Durham (Georgetown) John Gezelius (California) David A. Grahl (Missouri Western State) Kenneth L. Greenman, Jr. (Southern California) Maurice H. Hall (Millsaps) Mark A. Hoag & Robin Kren (Michigan State) Jene & Mildred Jacoby (Southern California) Charles W. Jones, III (Sam Houston State) George H. Jones (Alabama) Wayne G. Klasing (Bradley) Karl J. Krapek (Kettering) Ronald A. Neville (Drury) H. Dean Sellers (Florida State) Don & Mary Sherman (Oklahoma) Jerre & Mary Joy Stead (Iowa) Mark B. Templeton (North Carolina State) Kevin R. Vasquez (Western Carolina)
Mark A. Bauer (California St. – Fullerton) Gregory A. Castanias (Wabash) Charles E. Chambers, Jr. (Texas A&M) Chad E. Cline, (Texas Christian) Malcolm R. Chandler (Wisconsin) Charles W. Cole, Jr. (Michigan) Charles P. DeMaio (Indiana State) Rev. S. George Dirghalli (Florida) William T. Farkas (Butler) James D. Givens, Jr. (Texas – El Paso) Ted R. Grossnickle (Wabash) Johnson, Grossnickle, & Assoc. John R. Hauser (Thiel) Brian L. Heckler (Shippensburg) Mark G. Hulit (Richmond) James A. "Drew" Hunter (Denver) John W. Marren (California – Santa Barbara) George W. McDaniel (Iowa) M. Fletcher McElreath (Mercer) Vaughan W. McRae (Southern Methodist) Christopher M. Meyer (Akron) Dr. Murphy M. Osborne, Jr. (High Point) James C. Parry (Lehigh) Martin L. Smith (Valparaiso) William Starrett (UNC-Chapel Hill) Jeffrey A. Stuerman (Culver-Stockton) Thomas O. Wall (Rensselaer)
*Gifts below $10,000 include those thousands of alumni who graciously donated through annual gifts.
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boardofdirectors The mission of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation is to provide the funding to continue and expand leadership development and educational programs for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and its related constituencies, and to perpetuate the existence of these programs for future generations of youth as a complement to the experience of higher education. The Educational Foundation is governed by the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation Board of Directors who are responsible for the management and oversight of the Foundation. These volunteers serve three-year terms and meet four times a year either by phone or in person. They serve on committees, manage assets, and financially support the mission of the Foundation.
Executive Committee Jerre L. Stead, Iowa ’65 – Chairman
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•C hairman and CEO IHS Inc., Denver, Colorado • Retired Chairman and CEO of Ingram Micro – has previously been CEO of five publicly traded companies C onsidered by Forbes Magazine to be one of "Corporate America’s Most Powerful People" C hairman of the Board for the Stead Center for Ethics and Values at Garrett Seminary on the University of Northwestern campus. H e also served as chairman of the Foundation Board from 2002-2006 Received the Order of Achievement in 1998 Serves on the Investing in Future Leaders campaign cabinet
Mark A. Hoag, Michigan State ’72 – Vice-Chairman
• President of United Corporate Furnishings, Inc., the Steelcase distributor for the Sacramento Valley area of central California • Past chairman of the United Way for greater Sacramento • Former High Alpha for the Gamma-Omicron chapter • Serves on the Investing in Future Leaders campaign cabinet
Kevin R. Vasquez, Western Carolina ’78 – Secretary •K evin is Chief Executive Officer of Bulter Schein Animal Health, which provides healthcare supplies to veterinarians. •H e holds a BSBA in Marketing from Western Carolina University and a Masters of Science Degree in Business from Central Michigan University. •K evin has served as chairman of the Board of Investment Advisors for Lambda Chi Alpha, and served a prior term on the Educational Foundation Board. • Serves on the Investing in Future Leaders campaign cabinet
•H e has also served on the Board of Directors for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Veterinary Distributors Association, American Feed Industry Association, and Fermenta Animal Health Company.
Brian Heckler, Shippensburg ’84 – Treasurer •B rian is a partner at KPMG LLP located in Chicago, Transaction Services, Accounting Advisory. • He currently serves on the Finance Committee, and serves as Audit Committee Chair and Board member for the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago. • He has also served on the Board of Directors for Lake Street Church, Evanston, IL, The North Shore Alano Club, Evanston, IL, The Dome Project, New York, NY, and The Children’s Play Room, Harrisburg, PA. • He served on the Scholarship Committee – Midwest Region for the Educational Foundation 2003-2006. • Brian served as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Tau Zeta Alumni Corporation, Shippensburg, PA from 1984-1989.
H. Dean Sellers, Florida State ’66 – Past Chair • Past Chairman of the Foundation Board, (2007-2010) • Independent Consultant assisting companies with process change, profitability, analysis, and project management • Former partner with Deloitte & Touche, working in the Palm Beach, National, and Charlotte offices • Director of Bank of Commerce, Charlotte, NC; and Chairman of Board of Habitat For Humanity, Matthews, NC • Serves on the Investing in Future Leaders campaign cabinet
Karl J. Krapek, Kettering ’72
• R etired President and Chief Operating Officer of United Technologies Corporation, after serving for twenty years in various management positions. • Former President of Otis Elevator Company and former President and CEO of Pratt & Whitney. • Following retirement, Karl became co-founder of The Keystone Companies, concentrating on residential and commercial real estate development.
• Karl graduated from General Motors Institute with a B.S. in industrial engineering, and from Purdue University with a M.S. in industrial administration. • Karl is an active volunteer in the Hartford area, serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Connecticut State University, chairing the Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, and is currently on the board at St. Francis Care, Inc., The Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, Northrup Grumman Corporation, Prudential Financial, Inc. and Visteon Corporation. • He received the Order of Achievement in 1998. • He currently serves as Chairman of the Investing in Future Leaders campaign.
Ronald A. Neville (Ron), Drury ’69 • P ast Chairman of the Foundation Board. Works as a private investor • Formerly served as CFO of American Century Companies in Kansas City •S erves on the Drury University Board of Trustees, and the board for the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, MO • Serves his chapter as High Pi and is an Order of Merit recipient
Directors Gregg D. Behrens, Iowa State ‘74
• Past Chairman of the Foundation Board, (2006-2008) • Retired as Executive Vice President for The Northern Trust Company as Head of Asia Pacific Region • 1974 graduate of Iowa State University, and an MBA Graduate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School • Serves as Trustee for the Trinity United Methodist Church and for the Ravina Festival Association, and serves as a Director for Lakefront Supportive Housing, Chicago Equity Fund, Westmoreland Country Club, and is a Governor of Iowa State University Foundation • Gregg serves on the Fraternity Board (Grand High Zeta), as Grand High Tau
Gregory A. Castanias, Wabash ‘87 • Partner, Jones, Day Law Firm. Appellate & Trial Court practice across the U.S., including the U.S. Supreme Court • I.U. Law School and Wabash Alumni boards • He serves as President of the Wabash Alumni Association
Chad E. Cline, Texas Christian ‘81 • P resident, principal shareholder and founder of Tarrant Technology Partners, LLC, an information technology consulting firm serving clients in Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas. • Formerly served as the Director of Information Technology for Justin Management Company of Justin Industries, Inc. • Served as Chairman for the Division of Overseas Ministries Board with the Disciples of Christ Church.
Charles W. Cole, Jr., Michigan ‘73 •M anaging Principal and President for Hunton Brady Architects based in Orlando, Florida. • He recently passed the American College of Healthcare Architect’s (ACHA) exam, becoming one of only seven ACHA Board certified architects in Florida. • Recipient of the Lambda Chi Alpha Graduate Fellowship Scholarship in 1973.
The Rev. S. George Dirghalli (Doc), Florida ’50
• R etired Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Syracuse, New York • Served on staff for the General Fraternity from 1951-1961 • Served on Grand High Zeta from 1968-1982 • Served as Grand High Alpha from 1978-1982
John E. Durham, Georgetown ‘73
Jack O. Bovender, Jr., Duke ‘67 • F ormer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hospital Corporation of America, (HCA), the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, based in Nashville, Tennessee • R eceived a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Duke University •S erves as Chairman of the Nashville Healthcare Council, and on the board of the Nashville Community Foundation, the St. Luke’s Community House, and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. • Received the Order of Achievement Award in 2002
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•C EO & Managing General Partner, Catalyst S+F, a strategy firm for digital start-ups and early funding companies headquartered in San Francisco. Durham was founder of Pericles Communication, a political digital firm that helped advocacy and political groups tap into interactive marketing He handled the online advertising strategy for five candidates, including President and four Senate races, and all five won. John currently teaches advertising in the MBA program at the University of San Francisco Received MBA degree from University of San Francisco. Served as High Pi of the Delta-Gamma chapter at CaliforniaDavis during colony period through early years post-chartering. Serves on the Investing in Future Leaders campaign cabinet
boardofdirectors Maurice H. Hall, Millsaps ‘67
•A ttorney and businessman, Maurice is President and CEO of Halltree, Inc., and is affiliated with several timber related businesses operating as Hall Timberlands H e is a 1967 graduate of Millsaps College and a 1970 graduate of Duke University Law School. H e has served as a member of Millsaps College’s Board of Trustees since 1984, and is former board chair. He has also chaired campaigns for the college. M aurice is a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens National Banc Corp and Citizens National Bank. He is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Mississippi and Lauderdale County Bar Associations. A n avid supporter of the Boy Scouts, Hall serves as President of Area One in the Southern Region of the Boy Scouts of America. H e has served as Chairman of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services and is on the board of the Community Foundation of East Mississippi. He is a past President of the United Way of Lauderdale County, a member of the Meridian Rotary Club, a member of the Wesley House Community Center’s Board of Directors and the Board of Aldersgate Retirement Community. S erves on the Investing in Future Leaders campaign cabinet
Mark G. Hulit, University of Richmond ‘81 • R etired as Global/Group Head of Strategy & Planning for British American Tobacco, (BAT), a FTSE 10 company based in London. • During his tenure with BAT he covered the areas of Global Strategy, Corporate Planning, Industry & Competitive Intelligence, the Group Programme Office, and supported the Chief Executive and Management Board.
•O ver the 29 years of his career he has worked and lived in New York, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Sydney and London. • Originally from Princeton, NJ, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Richmond in Virginia, and did graduate business studies at Fordham University in New York City. • Mark served as High Sigma and High Beta at the University of Richmond, and was also a member of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC).
Charles W. Jones, III, Sam Houston State ‘81
•C harles is Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Dealer Services and has over 27 years experience in the financial services industry Member of the Sam Houston State College of Business Hall of Honor. Serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Business Administration, and on the Executive Leadership Council for the Share the Vision capital campaign. Active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Association. Recently served on the Feasibility Study Advisory Committee for the Educational Foundation, and currently serves on the Investing in Future Leaders campaign cabinet. He has sponsored two overseas children since 1993 as part of World Vision, and has also served as a Reading First volunteer.
Wayne G. Klasing, Bradley University ‘64
• R etired as President & CEO from Klasing Industries, a manufacturer of railway car hand brakes • Received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University • Serves on Joliet Junior College Foundation Board, currently as President. • Serves on Bradley University Board of Trustees
Christopher M. Meyer, Akron ‘89 • Investment Consultant with Fund Evaluation Group operating out of Cincinnati, Ohio. • Earned a B.S. in Statistics & Economics degree from Akron University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Ohio State University. •M ember of CFA Society of Cincinnati, CFA Institute, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum Board Member, Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre Board Member, and St. Antoninus Church – Parish Council.
Donald Sherman (Don), University of Oklahoma ‘57 •C EO of McClain Bank and a banking professional for 45 years • Received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and graduated from the School for Banking at the University of Wisconsin •B oard of Director and former Treasurer for the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Martin L. Smith (Marty), Valparaiso ’75 •C urrently employed as Senior Vice President, Investments for Raymond James & Associates, Inc. • Grand High Alpha 1998-2002 • Holds a bachelor’s in Economics and was a four year wrestler for his alma mater • Served as a chapter consultant for the Fraternity from 1975-1977
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Jeff Stuerman, Culver-Stockton ‘82
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• Jeff is the Chairman, President and CEO of Edwards Jones Trust Company • He is the past President and CEO, TIAA-CREF Trust Company. Jeff received his MBA at Washington University. He serves as Treasurer of the Culver-Stockton College Board of Trustees. He has served on the presidential search committee at Culver-Stockton. He serves as Director of Hinton Rural Life Center, and serves as Development Chair for the Corporate Council of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Mark Templeton, North Carolina State ‘74
• P resident and CEO of Citrix Systems, Inc., international provider of application servers and portal software. • Spent more than 20 years in senior marketing and executive management for several other top technology firms, including UB Networks, Keyfile Corporation and LANSystems • Received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and serves on their board. • Received the Order of Achievement Award in 2002
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By: Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)
Member, Master Seward, Fraternity Steward or Professional Staff member to discuss how to make positive change at their chapters. On Thursday night, brothers enjoyed the Lifetime of Brotherhood Banquet prior to our Initiation Ritual Exemplification. On Friday night, after the Educational Foundation announced their new Future Leaders Campaign, the attendees enjoyed a Conclave versus Conclave athletic competition. Finally, on Saturday, the Purple, Green & Gold final banquet was held and the new Grand High Alpha Award winners were announced.
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternityâ€™s 2011 Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Leadership Seminar was held from July 28-31, 2011, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Nearly 650 undergraduate and alumni brothers enjoyed the three days of educational leadership programming plus a Vision of Change session where undergraduate brothers met one-on-one with a Board
Lifetime Brotherhood Banquet At the Lifetime Brotherhood Banquet, the 2011 Greek Advisor of the Year Award was presented to Katie Peoples, the director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Drexel University. Peoplesâ€™ was cited for her service and support to fraternity and sorority life at Drexel as well as her support during our expansion, which resulted in an initial 30 men for the Epsilon-Kappa Colony. Following this presentation, the Cyril F. "Duke" Flad Outstanding Undergraduate award was presented to Peter Yobo, a senior at the University of Southern California and a brother from the Zeta-Delta chapter. There is no higher honor bestowed upon an undergraduate than this award, which is named in
memory of Lambda Chi Alpha’s second executive director who led the Fraternity from 1942 until his death in 1968. Yobo was born in New Jersey, grew up in Ghana, and, after high school, moved to California to attend college. A senior economics major with a 3.23 GPA, he throws the discus and javelin for the USC track team and plays offensive tackle and on special teams for the football team. He also is the co-founder of iStandAbove, a global nonprofit focused on teaching leadership skills to underprivelged children. Both Peoples’ and Yobo’s acceptance speeches are available via our website at lambdachi.org.
programming, and risk-free operation. Director of Chapter Services John Holloway presented the Phoenix Awards to the Lambda-Chi chapter at Pittsburg State University, the Iota-Omega chapter at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and the Tau chapter at Washington State University. The Grand High Alpha Award recognizes chapters that have maintained a superior level of operations for at least three consecutive years. These chapters have displayed excellence in areas, including, but not limited to, academics, campus involvement, recruitment, philanthropy, campus and community relations, communication, and risk management. Grand High Alpha Drew Hunter presented this award for 2011 to the following chapters: Alpha-Alpha chapter at Butler University, the Gamma-Iota chapter at Denison University, and the Gamma-Xi chapter at Kansas State University.
Purple, Green & Gold Final Banquet The keynote speaker for the final banquet was given by Order of Achievement recipient and Educational Foundation Chairman Jerre Stead, who also is the chairman and CEO of IHS, Inc. Stead was introduced by Kevin Vasquez, the Educational Foundation’s secretary as well as the chairman, president and CEO of Bulter Schein Animal Health, the largest veterinary distribution company in the world. Stead’s motivational remarks focused the importance of values and how they serve as your guide throughout your entire life, both professionally and personally. After his remarks, the Phoenix Awards and Grand High Alpha Awards were presented. The Phoenix Award is presented to chapters that have made unusually positive strides in overall chapter operations for at least three consecutive years taking into consideration improved membership size, depth of
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By: Jordy Miller (Miami-FL)
11:00 p.m., mandatory commitments to extracurricular activities to develop leadership skills, and the desire for the young men to participate in community service, it is clear that the undergraduate brothers have much on their minds and also need much more advice and mentorship from alumni volunteers.
During the last several years, Lambda Chi Alpha has worked diligently to support our undergraduate brothers with their valuesbased approach to brotherhood. While using the Lambda Chi Alpha Experiential Learning Model the undergraduates have been steadily adopting and implementing values-based operations. While the undergraduate brothers have been working to use the Seven Core Values and the Experiential Learning Model, Lambda Chi Alpha alumni volunteers have been serving as Faithful Stewards of the TRUE Brother Initiative, including: â€˘ Working to spread awareness of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Programming â€˘ Developing a curriculum that meets the needs of the undergraduate brothers â€˘ Facilitating workshops and education sessions at both the local level and international conferences. Adviser Demand As we all know and remember, the High Pi has been the epitome of volunteerism for alumni in Lambda Chi Alpha. Although that is still the case, in recent years it has been acknowledged that the "lone wolf" model of advising has all but become extinct. With the distractions of social media, classes that start before 7:00 a.m. and often end after
In light of this evolution of the role of the alumni volunteers from that of an authoritarian to that of an older brother, the General Fraternity has created educational components to specifically train alumni volunteers to become better High Pis and Chapter Advisers. The Neville Advisers College is the backbone of all of the alumni volunteer educational programming and honors Ronald A. Neville (Drury '69), a Foundation Board Member and High Pi of Theta-Sigma Zeta at Drury University. Master Stewards The first additional role created for alumni volunteers was that of the Master Steward which was introduced in June 2007. Master Stewards were trained on the educational curriculum that was going to be facilitated and implemented during the Stead Leadership Seminar. The role was initially intended to be one where the Master Stewards would be helping with the conference facilitation and planning. Coming out of this Leadership Seminar, the role of the Master Steward quickly evolved into that of a regional volunteer within Lambda Chi Alpha. Over the last four years the Master Stewards have accomplished much more than just conference facilitation and planning; they have helped in crisis management situations, helped facilitate workshops, retreats, and meetings, with chapters that are local to them and also throughout North America. As the Master Steward program has grown, so has the need for more alumni volunteers in the capacity of High Pis and Chapter Advisers. With the re-creation of an associate director position within the Chapter Services Department of the General Fraternity, geared specifically to working with the alumni volunteers, the General Fraternity now has the ability to more effectively www.lambdachi.org
communicate with alumni volunteers, and alumni brothers in general, about what is happening at individual zetas and within our great brotherhood. Fraternal Stewards As part of the continued outreach and "touches" to our alumni brothers and alumni volunteers, it has been noticed that more alumni want to volunteer. This has caused the General Fraternity to expand the number and types of volunteer roles that are available to our alumni brothers. The most recent role that has been developed is that of the Fraternal Steward. The role of the Fraternal Steward is to help with the implementation and utilization of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Programming at the chapter level. Similar to the Master Stewards, the Fraternal Stewards will be trained at the annual Steward Summit in June, and there will also be training for Fraternal Stewards that will take place during the Mastery Circle Summit in January. During these training sessions, the Fraternal Stewards are educated in how to implement specific educational components of the ‘’TRUE’’ Brother Initiative. The major difference between the Fraternal Stewards and Master Stewards is that the Fraternal Stewards are specifically assigned to the program implementation and utilization at one zeta. The idea behind this is to increase the number of trained alumni volunteers who are working with each specific zeta. Alumni Certification While looking to increase the numbers of alumni who are communicated with and alumni volunteers working with the undergraduate brothers, the General Fraternity is striving to ensure that they are of a caliber suitable to be working with our undergraduate brothers in advisory roles. The Alumni Volunteer Certification Process is a three-step process that each alumni volunteer must complete if he wishes to volunteer with his local chapter. The first step in the process is to complete the Alumni Volunteer Affirmation, which is a web-based tutorial designed to ensure that the alumni volunteer is current with what Lambda Chi Alpha The Purple, Green & Gold
is doing today, and is also aware of the policies, Mandatory Resolutions in the Constitution and Statutory Code, harm reduction processes, and the educational curriculum components that are available to the chapter. The second step is a Self Disclosure form; this form is an opportunity for all alumni volunteers to share any indiscretions that they may have had or any civil issues that may have arisen. The purpose of Self Disclosure is to allow our alumni brothers the opportunity to share these incidents with the Director of Chapter Services and describe how the lesson was learned from the experience. The third and final step is a Background Check. The Background Check is conducted to see if the proposed volunteer has received criminal charges in the past. The Self Disclosure serves as a good faith effort to identify and acknowledge anything that will be found during the Background Check. Gold Standard Although Lambda Chi Alpha is the only fraternity using a background check to certify its volunteers, our alumni volunteers have embraced the process, including more than half who have at least started the process. With all of the roles that are available for alumni volunteers and the amount of training that is being conducted to educate alumni volunteers about how to advise, implement programming, and appropriately engage the undergraduate brothers, the General Fraternity is moving in the right direction to continue to recruit and train quality alumni volunteers. Outlined in the General Fraternity’s Strategic Plan, Alumni Identification and Training is one of the major foci, and steps are currently being made to meet, and exceed, the goals that are outlined for the plan.
By: Travis Smith (Wabash)
Regional Alumni Association Highlights The Educational Foundation currently supports 24 regionally based alumni associations across the country. These associations exist to provide a home and an opportunity of fellowship for Lambda Chi Alpha alumni in a metropolitan area. Regional alumni associations are open to all Lambda Chi Alpha alumni who are in good standing with the General Fraternity. Below are some highlights from four of our regional alumni associations:
On June 15th, fourteen brothers attended a Professional Development Breakfast at the International Headquarters in Indianapolis. Brother Dave Arland (Butler ’85) presented on the use of Social Media tools in today’s society, and how it can be an asset to any organization if used the right way. The association also held a business card exchange at The Rathskeller in downtown Indianapolis in July. For more information about the association and to be included in future invitations, please contact Chairman Travis Summit (Hanover) at email@example.com.
On August 26th, the Central Florida Alumni Association held a professional development workshop at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center. Brother Chris Szydlo (Rensselaer ’92) hosted a workshop focused on "Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence" and gave all those attending a behind the scenes tour of the "Business Behind the Magic". This is the second time the association has held this event, and it has brought out many brothers interested in networking and gaining valuable professional insight. For more information about the association and to be included in future invitations, please contact Chairman Bill Martin (Florida) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Chicago association has been busy this summer hosting networking and fellowship opportunities at various places around the city. In the months of June & July, brothers in the Chicago area enjoyed fellowship at numerous locations, the most recent being at The Berghoff where a dozen brothers came to enjoy time together. For more information about the association and to be included in future invitations, please contact Chairman Derick Miller (Marshall) at email@example.com.
New York City
This summer, the New York City association came together and enjoyed the attendance of 15 brothers at an event held at the Park Avenue Tavern in Manhattan on July 19th. The event consisted of fellowship and networking as the association re-kindled the spirit of Lambda Chi in NYC. Future events are being planned, and we look forward to hearing more from them in the coming months. For more information, about the association and to be included in future invitations, please contact Travis Smith (Associate Director of Alumni Relations) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Reception Schedule
Below are the upcoming 2011-2012 alumni receptions. • • • • •
October 27 – Indianapolis Alumni Reception January 11 – Orlando Alumni Reception January 12 – Atlanta Alumni Reception February 8 – San Diego Alumni Reception February 23 – San Antonio Alumni Reception
For more information on alumni receptions in your area, you may contact Alumni Director Travis Smith – email@example.com.
By: Travis Smith (Wabash)
Three years ago, the Educational Foundation Board identified a need of more activity from young alumni in the Fraternity. Leaders in the Foundation realized that the best way to reach young alumni would be to recruit them to serve on an advisory council that could identify ways in which the Foundation can increase the level of involvement young alumni have in the Fraternity. The Young Alumni Council believes in fostering and cultivating a culture of giving among young alumni between the ages of 25-35. As undergraduates are graduating from institutions across the country, it is important to instill in them the importance the Fraternity has played in their lives. By actively engaging young alumni across the country, and providing meaningful programs and communication, the Young Alumni Council serves as a driving force to actively maintain their involvement. To provide a brief look into what has been accomplished, this summer at the 2011 Stead Leadership Seminar in Ames, Iowa, the Young Alumni Council set the standard in their mission to drive young alumni involvement by matching the total amount of gifts given to the Educational Foundation’s "Masons Circle" by the undergraduates that attended the seminar. A challenge was made stating if the undergraduates could reach 300 gifts by the end of the conference, the Young Alumni Council would match that amount. To embellish it further, a member of the Educational Foundation Board of Directors decided to match the amount on top of what has already been given. At the conclusion of the seminar, the undergraduates, Young Alumni Council and the Foundation Board helped raise approximately $8,000 in unrestricted gifts to further the mission of the Educational Foundation. The Young Alumni Council currently has 7 members consisting of successful and philanthropic men from across the country. Below is a brief description of the current make-up of the board: Bryce Murray (UCSD ’07) – San Francisco, CA Chairman •B achelor Degree in Bioengineering – Bioinformatics • Principal & Head of Technical Recruiting at Ignition Talent Group • Chairman of the San Francisco Alumni Association
Christopher Barrick (Butler ’04) – Indianapolis, IN •M BA from Indiana Wesleyan University • Director of Client Relations for Patriot Software Solutions • Former Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Associate Director of Communications
Stuart Evans – (Denver ’07) – Denver, CO •B achelor Degree in Real Estate • Project Manager at Edge Construction Specialties • Chairman of the Denver Area Alumni Association
Matt Knickman (SEMO ’07) – Chapel Hill, NC •M S from the University of Central Missouri • Community Director at UNC-Chapel Hill • Fellowship Intern for Fraternity Executive Vice President Bill Farkas in 2007
Adam Schnepp (Mercer ’06) – Atlanta, GA •B achelor & Doctorate in Pharmacy from Mercer University • Pharmacy Manager at Walgreens at Piedmont Hospital • Former Student Advisory Committee member from 2005-2006
David Swift (Texas A&M ’05) – Houston, TX • MA and Bachelor Degree in Accounting • CPA for UHY Advisors • Lambda Chi Alpha Legacy – Father is a Brother from Beta-Gamma Zeta (Indiana University – Pennsylvania)
Bo Gebbie (Evansville ’03) – Omaha, NE •S ystems Sales Manager at the IBM Corporation • Former High Pi for Nebraska – Omaha chapter & Volunteer for Omaha Alumni Association • Serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Evansville
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By: Mark Bauer (Cal St. Fullerton)
cla rity a n d visio n Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 This short Bible verse summarizes the direction set out for Lambda Chi Alpha in our Ritual. For decades, I have carried with me an old Chinese proverb: If your vision is for a year, plant wheat. If your vision is for ten years, plant trees. If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people. This, too…is Lambda Chi Alpha. We are, indeed, very much in the business of finding good men, "planting" them in good soil in our chapters, and making them better men through their Lambda Chi Alpha experience.In our fraternity today we are teaching that there are four primary, ongoing roles, of a brother. 1. Faithful Steward — Brothers who are Faithful Stewards understand that Lambda Chi Alpha is a precious gift that is given to each of us and that it is our duty to be good stewards of its welfare all of our lives.
2. Servant Leader — The Servant Leader is committed to self-improvement, life-long learning, and personal growth, and he always strives to provide for the legitimate needs of people. He also understands that being a Servant Leader means investing personally in the development of others by actively teaching, mentoring, and role modeling the way of the TRUE Brother. 3. Leader of Character — At Lambda Chi Alpha, we expect all of our brothers to be Leaders of Character. The Leader of Character leads from a base of values. He not only has the technical competence to do things the right way, but his character gives him the courage to do right things. 4. Lifetime Brother — The TRUE Brother understands that the solemn oaths we freely undertake during our rituals obligate us to commitments beyond graduation from college. The Lifetime Brother seeks ways to continue to serve because he sees real value in his fraternal experiences and wants others to have the opportunity to share those same experiences. I recognize that since you have received this magazine and are actually reading it, you have already incorporated these four roles into your own life. congratulations
and THANK YOU!
We are, indeed, very much in the business of finding good men, "planting" them in good soil in our chapters, and making them better men through their Lambda Chi Alpha experience.
A Message from Mark Bauer (Cal St. Fullerton) Our report on our "Investing in Future Leaders" campaign in this magazine (see also www.lcafutureleaders.org) outlines why Now Is The Time to bring more financial resources to efforts to keep Lambda Chi Alpha in the lead. If you are currently advising our student members, thank you. If advising is not the role for you today, then please add your financial support to Lambda Chi Alpha â€“ either by giving more than you did last year, beginning your support anew, or planning some special permanent gift through the Foundation. My phone number is 317.803.7329, or you can get all the Lambda Chi Alpha news at www.lambdachi.org. If you have a desire to make a difference in Lambda Chi Alpha through a financial gift, me and our foundation staff team are here to listen.
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Alumni Reception Schedule SAVE-THE-DATE! Mark your calendar for the following 2011â€“2012 alumni brother receptions. Invitations will be sent six weeks prior to the event date. All receptions begin at 5:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Alumni Reception
Orlando Alumni Reception
Atlanta Alumni Reception
San Diego Alumni Reception
Newport Beach Alumni Reception
San Antonio Alumni Reception
Ft. Lauderdale Alumni Reception
Houston Alumni Reception
Dallas Alumni Reception
Chicago Alumni Reception
Nashville Alumni Reception
St. Louis Alumni Reception
New York Alumni Breakfast
Washington DC Alumni Reception