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Cross & Crescent a Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity publication Features



Chapter News Chapter news, alumni news, and report of death Fraternity News Lambda Chi after Graduation


True Brother Inner Circle Programming Retreat


History TCU’s Pulitzer Prize Winner


LIVING AS LIFETIME BROTHERS A seven-time Grand High Alpha Award winner, the Theta-Kappa chapter at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology remains first among six fraternities on campus. This has not happened by chance but has resulted from the value our brothers place on their fraternity experience and the belief that excellence attracts excellence. By Jon Williamson


THE DIAMONDS OF DUKE The Gamma-Theta chapter at Duke University was installed in 1924, adding 950 brothers to its roster before going dormant in 1969. The chapter was blessed with many outstanding undergraduates who enjoyed multiple successes, including intramural cup victories, elections to student government offices, outstanding scholarship, varsity athletes, and even homecoming trophies. By Jon Williamson


THE NEW STEPHEN KING? Ryan Brown, a Gamma-Rho alumni brother from the University of Oklahoma, makes his debut as a fiction novelist on May 4, 2010, with the publication of Play Dead. Prior to publishing his first novel, he was cast in many network programs, including “Guiding Light,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and two feature films for Lifetime Television. CONTRIBUTIONS By Tad Lichtenauer


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

Auburn (Omega)

John “Jack” Knecht (1952) died March 28, 2010. He was associated with Sauter, Ritchie and Doane Inc. He served in the U.S. Army and was a founding member of Akron Executives’ Association.

On March 27, 2010, the chapter held its annual Micheal Alphin Memorial Golf Classic. This is our major Spring Philanthropy with all proceeds going to Camp Smile-aMile, a local organization that provides unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients and survivors at no cost to the children or their families. Michael Alphin, a beloved brother who died of cancer in 2005, was both a camper and counselor at Camp Smile-A-Mile. Since his passing, we have held the tournament in his honor. This year’s tournament was a huge success, raising more than $11,000.

Ronald Sykes (1955) died November 26, 2009.

Arkansas (Gamma-Chi)

On March 3, 2010, the chapter held its 41st annual Miss Sorority Pledge Queen Pageant in the Union Ballroom at the University of Arkansas. All funds raised were donated to the Jackson Gaves Foundation whose efforts and donations go toward neo-natal research. This year’s winner, Jana Inman, was representing Delta Delta Delta sorority. Drew Ledbetter was the emcee for the evening and Steven Hinds served as a judge.

Boston (Alpha)

The chapter won Greek Week for the first time in many years. Events included Lip Sync, Quiz Bowl, Greek Olympics, and most importantly, donations of cans for the North American Food Drive.

The chapter earned a 3.059 GPA for the fall 2009 semester, the highest fraternity GPA on campus and well above the allfraternity average of 2.912 with nine brothers leading the charge with 4.0’s. The chapter as a whole worked hard to accomplish this achievement.

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 10 new brothers. The chapter has two brothers on the IFC Executive Board, with Alex Fish as the vice president of campus affairs and Andy Beckenbach as the executive secretary.

On April 13, 2010, chapter President David Koehler attended the University of Arkansas Student Involvement Awards, where the chapter was presented the Chancellor’s Award by Chancellor G. David Gearhart. This award for academic achievement is the most prestigious academic award given to any registered student organization on campus.


Butler (Alpha-Alpha)

During the week of March 21-27, 2010, the brothers showed their support for the community by riding a 30-foot teeter-totter for 24 hours a day to raise money for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Through their collective efforts, they raised more than $5,000. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 25 associate members on April 3, 2010. On April 22, 2010, the chapter held its annual senior dinner and ritual to celebrate everything our seniors have done for us over the last four years. New chapter house and class pictures were taken following the senior dinner.


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California-Riverside (Delta-Nu)

Connecticut (Zeta-Lambda)

On April 24, 2010, the chapter brothers supported a campus awareness concert featuring local California musicians. The event is based around promoting a cleaner environment by going green. As the only fraternity on campus providing community service for this event, the promoters agreed to place the Lambda Chi Alpha name on all event posters.

At the awards ceremony sponsored by the University of Connecticut Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the chapter won four awards, including Outstanding Member Development, Outstanding Campus Involvement, Outstanding New Member Program, and Outstanding External Relations Program.

Cal State-Northridge (Beta-Rho)

Kevin Daum , a celebrated author, noted speaker, and innovative entrepreneur, has released a new book, “Roar! Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle.” His sales and marketing approach resulted in more than $1 Billion in sales with a 95 percent pull through rate. With over 25 years of experience in theater, finance, and marketing (an odd but effective combination) he has created and delivered award winning educational programs for CEOs on three continents.

Denison (Gamma-Iota)

The chapter held its formal at Confluence Park in Columbus, Ohio. Chapter brothers conducted a serenade and pinning for the girlfriends of three brothers: Brian Cox, Robert Lacivita, and Samuel Hardcourt.

At the Tenet Healthcare Corp. leadership confernece, Jeff Flocken is pictured with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and fomer President George Bush. Jeb Bush is on the board of directors of Tenet.

William Buckingham was accepted to New York University film school Singapore for screen writing. On April 21, 2010, the chapter attended the annual fraternity and sorority awards ceremony where brother Joseph Romanowski was voted newcomer of the year. The chapter also received a special commendation for chapter excellence and were finalists in the award for commitment to fraternal purpose.

Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa Colony)

On April 7, 2010, chapter brothers participated in a fundraiser to benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. On May 2, 1010, chapter members will participate in the 2nd annual plane pull where chapter members pulled a Southwest Airlines 737 50 yards. Thomas Murphy Jr. (1943) died April 26, 2010. An Order of Merit recipient, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1942-1946, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. A Certified Public Accountant, Murphy was employed by Peat Marwick Main and Co. until his retirement in 1981. He published numerous articles on accounting and auditing practices during his career. He previously worked for Main and Co. and had been a partner at Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co. before the merger. He was president of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also belonged to numerous other organizations, including the Hospital Financial Management Association, Municipal Finance Officers Association and the Catholic

Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma)

At the Greek Awards Banquet on April 20, 2010, the chapter won the distinction of 90 percent Chapter Management Award. On April 27, 2010, the chapter hosted university President Gregory Williams for dinner.



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Eastern Illinois (Phi-Alpha)

The chapter tied for first place in the Greek Sing competition. At the Parents Banquet held on April 17, 2010, the Scholarship Award Winners were selected. The winners are: Tim Cline, selected to receive the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Founders Scholarship in the amount of $861.25; Rob Curtis, selected to receive the John D. Schmitt Scholarship in the amount of $300; two winners were selected to receive awards from the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Scholastic Incentive Scholarship: Robert Bollweg will receive $505.99 for First Place, and Mark Diver, will receive a $100 award. Justin Price and Steve Neshkoff both qualified for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships in track.

Elmhurst (Pi-Zeta)

The chapter had three brothers selected to be Campus RAs next year.

Chapter brothers went camping and held a brotherhood retreat.

The chapter had three brothers selected to be Orientation Student Leaders (OSL), one of them being appointed OSL Coordinator for Elmhurst College’s 2010 Orientation.

The chapter hosted its White Rose Formal Dance on April 24, 2010.

Chapter brothers have conducted their annual North American Food Drive and collected more than 2,400 pounds of food from the surrounding community.

Florida (Epsilon-Mu)

The chapter won the Fraternity League Softball Championship over Theta Chi 11-2 on April 13, 2010.

Embry-Riddle (Sigma-Phi)

Florida Tech (Beta-Nu)

Chapter President Justin Fletcher was elected SGA President.

At the Greek Awards, the chapter won the Chapter of the Year Award. The award is given to one Greek chapter out of the entire Greek system. It honors the best chapter on campus and in the community. The chapter also placed gold in Philanthropy dollars and silver in campus and community service hours.

Evansville (Iota-Mu)

The chapter placed third in the 44th annual Bike Race. Members of the team include: Tony Puzan, Will Spradley, David Goldenberg, and Brock Reneer. Spradley won fastest qualifying time with a 1:03:24 half-mile time trial and Puzan gets biker of the year award. The chapter held its annual Teeter-Totter-a-Thon on April 23-25, 2010, with a goal of raising $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Chapter brothers won third place in the university’s annual Bike Race on April 17, 2010.

Ferris State (Iota-Psi)

On April 17, , the chapter participated in THE Big Event that helped make it the largest community service event in Big Rapids history. The chapter won Greek Games but placed second overall in Greek Week. On April 16, 2010, the chapter added one new brother, Bryce Welsh, from Cadillac, Michigan.



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Fresno State (Iota-Gamma)

The chapter is also currently in first place participating in the American Red Cross Blood Platelet challenge. This is an IFC challenge at the University of Georgia where participating fraternities compete to see who can give the most platelets. Patients depend on volunteers in the community to donate blood and platelets to replenish their blood supply so they begin to feel better.

Sixty-seven alumni brothers from Iota-Gamma met for an exciting night of reunion and remembering on April 24, 2010, in Fresno, California. Brothers flew in from Washington, Illinois, and even Singapore to continue the brotherhood they started years ago. Brother Ed Sullivan (1957) was the lowest Zeta present at No. 98. The most recent alum was Paul Soares at No. 1207. Former General Fraternity staff Mike Der Manouel (1986) and Dave Leathers (1982) gave a brief update on the housing corporation and the decision to recolonize. It was loudly acclamed by all to re-start the chapter at the earliest possible opportunity and 12 brothers agreed to serve on the Alumni Advisory Board.

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for five new brothers.

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa)

In the past three years, Lambda Chi Alpha has had twelve leaders serve in the FASET (Familiarization and Adaptation to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech) orientation program, one of the most important processes for incoming Georgia Tech freshmen. Alumnus Nik Brown was FASET’s 2007 Master Leader and on the FASET Cabinet in 2008. This year, the selected brothers are Brad Bauerkemper, Nick Flont, Tyler Grubbs, Sean Williams, and David Owen. Idaho (Epsilon-Gamma) Brian Steinke died April 11, 2010. An undergraduate brother, he was studying clothing design in the hopes of owning and designing his own T-sIowa State (Alpha-Tau) A newly formed Alumni Advisory Board for the Iowa State University Chapter created a new multi-year financial alumni fundraising campaign called “Lambda Chis On The Rise”. In mid-March letters and donations were mailed to all alumni and, to date, nearly 30 percent of the $90,000 target goal for the campaign has been reached. Special thanks to alumnus Don Regole, owner of Regole Design of Tuscon, for designing the special logo, which is also being used in recruitment materials and shirts for the brothers at the campus.

Georgetown (Kappa-Omega)

Five brothers competed in the Mid-South Conference Track and Field Championships on April 23-24 at the University of Rio Grande. Kappa-Omega alumnus Todd McDaniel also served as head coach of the men’s team.

The chapter launched a re-designed website with a focus on recruitment at www.mylambdachi.com. The new site includes specific content for prospective members as well as their parents. Additional content related to the True Brother Initiative and Core Values of Lambda Chi Alpha were also added.

Georgia (Nu)

The chapter held its 6th annual Tim Baldwin Memorial Golf Classic on March 27, 2010. Every year the chapter provides the manpower to benefit the Tim Baldwin Foundation, set up to help commemorate the life of Tim Baldwin, a son, brother, and friend. Through the chapter’s charitable donations they hope to continue his work and help those who are less fortunate. The foundation helps Camp St. Francis, Lady of Perpetual Help Home, and sponsors a Mission Trip to Honduras. The chapter, alumni, and supporters provided almost $4,000 dollars in profit this year.

Another internet-focused project the chapter has been aggressively working on is a project to track down “lost” brothers and update contact information for these men. A LinkedIn group, Lambda Chi Alpha - Iowa State University Alumni was started on October 22, 2009, and has been the No. 2 Lambda Chi chapter group on LinkedIn since December 2009.

Fifteen chapter brothers volunteered their time in February 2010 to be paired with a pageant participant at the 3rd Annual “Big hearts Pageant” for Special People. This is a special night to give children and young adults with disabilities an opportunity to share their talents and build confidence. Extra Special People (ESP) is a non-profit organization with a passion for enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities (such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Fragile-X Syndrome) and their families.


Kansas (Zeta-Iota)

The chapter will hold a spring alumni dinner on May 8, 2010, at the Adams Alumni Center in Lawrence, Kansas. The event will include a wide variety of activities during the day and a dinner, chapter update, and True Brother Initiative presentation. Please contact Bob Walrafen at bwalrafen@reeceandnichols.com for details or to register for the event. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for five new brothers: Neil


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Maryland-Baltimore County (Phi-Delta)

Kremers, Brian Kerns, Ryan Moulder, Caleb Rockey, and Bucky Foreman.

The chapter held its 30th annual White Rose on April 24, 2010.

Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)

Massachusetts Institute of Tech (Lambda)

On April 18, 2010, the chapter, along with Delta Delta Delta sorority, hosted a university-wide 3-v-3 soccer tournament. Before the tournament, packets were handed out to local businesses for donations and sponsors. All proceeds went to the Flint Hills Breadbasket in Manhattan, Kansas, and St. Jude’s Hospital. In the end, there were a total of 15 sponsors for the event. Along with donations, there were almost 100 T-shirts sold to students. The event raised nearly $1,000.

The Lambda Chi Alpha clothing drive for the Salvation Army is nearing its close. Thus far we have collected enough clothes to fill 8 garbage bags - an estimated 400 pounds. In two weeks the clothes will be weighed, picked up, and taken to the Boston Central Branch of the Salvation Army.

Memphis (Zeta-Theta)

The chapter won the IFC Chapter of Excellence Award.

George F. Johnson (1955) died March 29, 2010. When first married, he was a first lieutenant in the Army. He was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas and Camp Hanford, Washington, where he was a missile officer. He was a commercial realtor with Coldwell Banker and for many years owned his own agency. He was co-owner of Elmore Plaza. He was very active within the Salina Community where he was chairman of the advisory board at Presbyterian Manor, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, trustee for the First Presbyterian Church, and lifetime member of Kansas State University Alumni Association.

Louisiana (Iota-Omega)

Along with Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, the chapter held a philanthropy event where they sold baked goods on campus to raise money for Haiti relief.

Methodist (Sigma-Theta Colony)

We recently held a pool tournament for Lambda Chi Alpha Sigma Theta Colony. This was a good size event with approximately 20 people playing in the tournament. We served pizza and drinks to all the participants. We also just finished our Lambda Chi Alpha Bracket Challenge for March Madness which raised around $60 ($1 a bracket) which was all donated to Ronald McDonald House. In this event we partnered with the sorority Alpha Delta Pi. Both of these events put in a good word, helped spread the Lambda Chi Alpha message to the students across the campus, and put us in a good light as this semester comes to an end.

Along with Tri Sigma sorority, the chapter held a philanthropy event where they held a “drive-in” movie where the admission was at least one canned good. Together, they raised about 50 pounds of food in canned goods, which will be donated to Food Net in the coming days. In April the chapter held its White Rose Ball formal and an Initiation Ritual for two associate members.

Lycoming (Iota-Beta)

Dr. Donald B. Adams (1953) died April 2, 2010. He was on staff at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and then became the first osteopathic physician on staff at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark. He went on to become the first D.O. chief of staff for Licking Memorial from 1977-1978. Over the years, he was president of Easter Seals of Central and South East Ohio, Team Physician for Licking Valley High School, Deputy Coroner of Licking County from 1995-1999, and medical director for MedBen Insurance Co. from 1981 – 2009. He practiced medicine for 40 years before retiring in 1999.


Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon)

At the Greek Awards ceremony, the chapter won the Chapter Academic Achievement Award, Excellence in Scholarship and Learning Award, Excellence in Community Service & Philanthropy Award, Outstanding Chapter


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High Delta, Joshua Whitam, received the award for unsung Greek leader for his numerous contributions to Greek life in general at Millsaps College. Our Chapter also received the Most Community Service Hours award, with an astonishing 2300 total hours. This was over a quarter of the all the community service hours of all the Greek organizations on campus, and our chapter is 1 of 12. Our Former High Alpha, Michael Mohr, received the award for Most Distinguished Man for the entire college, a very celebrated honor. On a philanthropic note, our chapter just completed its first on-campus clothing drive in the recent past. While there are still a few loose ends to tie up and clothes to collect, it was ultimately a success. Our Spring Initiation is also scheduled to occur before graduation day, which we are all very excited about.

Paul G. “PG” Glasmeier (1950) died November 17, 2009. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in which he served until the end of World War II in 1945. Drawing on the benefits of the G.I. Bill, he attended Miami University and received a degree in business. For almost 60 years he worked in the automotive equipment industry. He began his career in the Midwest and was transferred to California in the early 1960s, where he served first as a manager and then as a manufacturer’s representative for several equipment companies. In 1978 he started his own business as a manufacturer’s representative and worked until his retirement in 2006.

Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon)

Michigan (Sigma)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for four new brothers. After some lean years, the chapter has become the largest fraternity on campus.

Order of Achievement recipient Bob Kidder (1966) , chairman of Chrysler Group LLC, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Michigan College of Engineering Graduation Exercises on May 1, 2010.

Murray State (Lambda-Eta)

The undergraduate brothers of the Lambda-Eta chapter would like to express their sincerest apologies to the chapter alumni brothers. The undergraduate brothers have done an inadequate job of communicating with its alumni brothers. The chapter’s goal is to regain alumni relations over the next few years and show the alumni brothers the type of brothers we are. First, the chapter would request that alumni brothers contact the chapter at alumni.lambdaeta@gmail.com. Also, please join our facebook group “Lambda Eta Alumni”.

Michigan State (Gamma-Omicron)

The chapter held its annual Watermelon Bust on March 29, 2010. The philanthropy, included different Greek organizations donating money and canned food to the Michigan State University Food Bank and St. John’s Student Parish. Events included tug-of-rope and paint-a-brother. Chapter brothers participated in various philanthropy events such as the Gamma Phi Beta Pancake Breakfast and Pi Beta Phi’s First Book-Broom-ball competition. Chapter brothers volunteered at the Greater Lansing Soup Kitchen at the end of April 2010.

Millsaps (Theta-Eta)

Theta-Eta Zeta received the following awards at the annual Student Life Awards: Most Community Service Hours, Unsung Greek Leader: Josh Whitam, Most Distinguished Man: Michael Mohr, Soul of Fire: Edgar Meyer, Millsaps Awards Day: Michael Mohr received the Irene Breland Award in English and Eduction and the Excellence in Elementary and Secondary Student Teaching Award. Alex Pieschel was given the Robert H. Padgett Award in English. Alex was also given the Clark Essay Medal. Evan Parker received the Sigma Delta Pi Intermediate Spanish Award. Mathew Eliot received the Outstanding Freshman Mathematics Award. Evan Parker and Steven Eastlack were initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa. Eastlack was elected president and Parker was elected treasurer.

The chapter added five new associate members this spring, bringing the chapter total to 53. The chapter was second in cumulative GPA of of all fraternities. Over spring break, four brothers went to Brazil for a mission trip.

Evan Parker and Steven Eastlack were initiated into Order of Omega. Parker was elected treasurer. Edgar Meyer was inducted into the Millsaps Hall of Fame and Phi Beta Kappa.

Chapter brothers participated in the 52nd Annual All-Campus Sing on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. During their performance, the brothers showered SGA President Kara Mantooth with confetti during their America-themed performance.

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Nebraska-Omaha (Iota-Delta)

Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta)

The chapter won Greek Week 2010 with Chi Omega and Sigma Lambda Beta and also got most improved chapter GPA. Paul Kolo won highest new member GPA. We also were awarded a Greek Pillar for chapter excellence

Terry Baransy (1962) was profiled in The Oakland Tribune. He has run a marathon with just nine other people in Oklahoma and trekked 26.2 miles in Boston with more than 48,000 people. He’s completed a marathon in Iowa, where the only scenery was 26 miles of cornfields, and finished a race in the New Mexico desert in honor of World War II survivors. Since he started running 25 years ago to keep weight off after quitting his two-pack-a-day cigarette habit, Baransy has run marathons in all 50 states, and complet

Chapter hosted their 1st annual Watermelon Bash raising over $225 for the local food bank. Ryan Owens and High Pi Bo Gebbie attended the Inner Circle Retreat at Lambda Chi Alpha’s International Headquarters. Dr. Marcus Eriksen is the director of research and education at AMRF and hosts “Commando Weather,” a series of public service announcements about the science of weather for The Weather Channel.

Oklahoma State (Alpha-Eta)

The chapter took second place in Greek Week. The chapter is still top five in intramurals and looking to climb higher with recent wins, current playoff placements, and upcoming tournaments.

Nevada-Las Vegas (Delta-Lambda)

The chapter hosted its annual Recess. The event was a huge success and, through cash donations and canned food donations, the chapter raised 2,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive. Recess is a philanthropy that revolves around playground games. Some of the games include: tether ball, four square, swing seat design contest, kick ball, and a fun obstacle course. Overall the event was a huge success, and with better planning and preparation next year we will do even better.

Spring Sing went very well, and the chapter raised more than $3,500. In Naperville, Illinois, a 9-foot tall, 2,000 pound statue of Dick Tracy was installed as a permanent tribute to alumni brother Chester Gould (1923), the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip hero.

Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for five new brothers.

Almuni brothers Tod Perkins and Ron Susa will be honored at Oregon State University’s college of business alumni and business partner awards dinner to be held on May 6, 2010, at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

North Carolina-Charlotte (Beta-Upsilon)

Chapter brothers volunteered at Camp Greenville where they cut lumber for future projects and cleaned the main entrance street that stretches close to a mile.

Pittsburgh (Gamma-Epsilon)

The chapter was a finalist in Greek Awards for overall excellence in: New Member Education, Philanthropy, Service, Non-Greek Programming, and Alumni Relations.

The chapter conducted an Initiation Ritual and welcomed its newest brothers: Chad Colteryahn, Bryan Abbott, and Christopher Goding.

The chapter was named champions and won the awards of: New Member Flag Football, Service Project of the Year, and Airband Champions for the second time.

Chapter brothers participated in several recent philanthropic events, including street cleaning, charity softball games, and charity bowling games.

Northwestern (Alpha-Iota)

Pittsburg State (Lambda-Chi)

Alumni and undergraduate brothers held a bowling outing at Fireside Bowl in Chicago.

The chapter has earned the following accolades and awards: highest new member GPA; Outstanding Fraternity Officer, Jason Ramirez; Outstanding Executive Board Member, Johnny Willington; Outstanding Greek Adviser, Doug Younger; and Fraternity of the Year

The chapter recruited 16 men in their latest associate member class.

Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho)

At the recent Greek Week activities, the chapter won the following awards: 1st place in the Air Band competition, 1st place in the Greek God competition, 1st place Greek Week Banner, 1st place in donations to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 1st place in Greek Games, and 3rd place in House Decorations.

The chapter finished second in the President’s Trophy Competition, one of two fraternities to achieve superior rankings in all four categories: academics, campus activities, community service, and multicultural categories. The chapter won the category Award for multicultural programming and still holds the record for the most President’s Trophies won on campus by any Greek chapter with four.


Dr. Howard Smith (1975) was named dean of the College of Education of Pittsburg State University.


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Richmond (Alpha-Chi Colony)

Shepherd (Phi-Iota)

In the first semester of its recolonization, the colony has grown and initiated its first brothers thanks to the brothers from the Sigma-Iota chapter at Old Dominion University.

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for five new brothers: Korey Tiedemann, Owen Hummer, Matthew Sugg, Tison Hiland, and Timothy Thomas.

The colony won the the Teeter for Tots competition on campus by having the largest philanthropic effort of any group and showing the most support for the event. The brothers rebuilt and repaired trails in the Forest Hill Park system with park manager Nathan Burrell.

RoseHulman (Theta-Kappa)

Martin Wessler (1987) , chairman and chief executive of Wessler Engineering, was featured in a recent company profile in The Indianapolis Star.

South Carolina-Aiken (Pi-Alpha)

Chapter brothers participated in Relay For Life, a fundraiser for cancer awareness. Brothers raised almost $300, contributing to the more than $5,000 total.

St. Joseph’s (Phi-Lambda)

Chapter brothers held an Initiation Ritual for 24 men on April 16, 2010.

Four brothers were elected to student government: Josh Cline, president; Will Peters, treasurer; Chip Dowdy, sectary; and John Ellis, secretary.

The chapter held a fundraising event with the women of Alpha Phi sorority. The event, called Jail N’ Bail, raised more than $1,500, which will benefit the North American Food Drive.

Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi)

At the All-Greek Awards Ceremony, the chapter won Outstanding Community relations, Highest New Member GPA, and the University President’s Award for Fraternal Excellence. Joe Craig won the Chapter President of the Year Award.

The chapter came in 1st place for fraternities in Greek Week with all canned goods raised during Greek Week donated to the North American Food Drive.

J.D. Cundiff’s bowling team won first place in a regional tournament.

Samford (Theta-Alpha)

Chapter brothers participated in the second annual Greek Week, coming in first in the Greek Olympics and second in the dodgeball tournament.

Cory Simonavice played his senior recital. Matt Knickman (2008) was named the Outstanding Graduate Student Staff member by the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Housing and Residential Life at their national conference in Boston. In addition to attending graduate school at the University of Central Missouri, he works at the university as a graduate assistant in Residence and Greek Life, serving as the Residence Hall Director for the Fraternity Complex.

Chapter brothers participated in a nursing home prom to help give back to the elderly in the community.

Sam Houston State (Sigma-Mu)

Rducational Foundation Board Member Charles W. Jones III (1981), senior vice president of Wells Fargo Dealer Services, was selected to receive the Community Builder Award from the Vickery Masonic Lodge 1351 AF&AM in Dallas. This award is given by the Masonic Lodges to individuals who are not Masons and who serve their community through charitable and volunteer needs. The award will be presented June 3, 2010.


South Dakota (Alpha-Gamma)

Chapter brothers entertained 26 children by hosting an Easter egg hunt for a local daycare center.


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CHAPTER NEWS Recruitment Chairman Jordan Smith came back from an injury and completed his first hurdles race in two years for our track & field team.

the Levi Jones Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is named after a brother who died in a car accident in 2004 and is awarded to a deserving brother who excels in academics and who shows great pride in Lambda Chi Alpha.

Mustapha, the child from Gambia our chapter sponsors, had his fifth birthday in April. We have had chapter brothers traveling all around the world this month; one in Switzerland, one in Hawaii, and one will be going to China in a few weeks for an economics study.

Tennessee (Zeta-Phi)

Former chapter President David Van Fleet co-wrote a new book with his wife, Dr. Ella Van Fleet, called The Violence Volcano. The book introduces the authors’ analogy of the volcano to explain how violent action or reaction builds within an individual, but it focuses on the organization and the environment, particularly bad management of tough workplace problems, as causes of unacceptable behavior.

Texas Christian (Iota-Pi)

The chapter has an updated website (http://www.tculxa.org/). The chapter won the Intramural Football and Basketball championships. The chapter added new associate members in the spring semester, the first spring class in five years. The chapter raised more than $32,000 at the Mothers Weekend Auction. The chapter included an associate member from the Southern Oklahoma chapter, who is deploying to Afghanistan, in its recent Initiation Ritual.

Tarleton State (Phi-Rho)

Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon)

The chapter teamed with Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and spent time visiting with residents of a local nursing home. Members of the two organizations went to the nursing home twice a week to socialize and play games with its residents.

The chapter won Greek Week and raised more than $1,700 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The chapter has a new website (http://www.uteplambdachi.com/).

Chapter brothers volunteered with a community program called the Angel League. The program allows disabled children to enjoy playing the game of baseball. The children are allowed the opportunity to swing the bat and run the bases with the help of the volunteers.

The chapter is holding Crawfish Broil on May 7, 2010, and a White Rose Formal on May 21, 2010. Brothers interested in attending should contact Alumni Secretary Jorge Uribe at jorgearturouribe@gmail.com or Treasurer Christian Ruiz at vcc_dv@yahoo.com.

On April 3, 2010, the chapter held its first Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the community. Kids up to age 9 converged on Tarleton’s campus for the hunt, free food, and games.

Valparaiso (Iota-Sigma)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for four new brothers.

On April 7, 2010, chapter brothers volunteered for Fantastic Field Day at Tarleton State. The event held each spring provides opportunities for movement, fitness, and social networking for school-aged children with disabilities.

On April 24, 2010, the chapter held an alumni golf outing.

Wabash (Alpha-Kappa)

On April 10, 2010, chapter brothers participated in Tarleton Round-up. The round-up event consists of a day of service performed by Tarleton students and employees that benefit residents of the community. Tasks included raking leaves, washing windows, painting, picking up trash, etc. On April 17, the chapter held its 13th Annual Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament in Benbrook. Alumni brothers helped the chapter raise more than $600 which will go towards



Chapter brothers won the annual Wally at the Bat Whiffle Ball tournament, beating the faculty/staff/alumni team in a winnertake-all game. The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University honored philanthropic leader and former Grand High Alpha Ted R. Grossnickle (1973) , CFRE, at the annual Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Indianapolis. The Spirit of Philanthropy awards recognize Cross & Crescent

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CHAPTER NEWS individuals, corporations, and foundations that have supported and contributed to university programs and departments through their gifts and voluntary service. Grossnickle has been a key volunteer and supporter for the Center on Philanthropy for more than a decade.

With strict budgeting this semester, the active chapter has repaid $1,000 of debt to the Alumni Association. Special thanks to Tyler Dice for making this happen. Alumni brothers interested in reconnecting should send their contact information to Alumni Secretary Pat Vanhie at pvanhie@uwo.ca

Washington (Alpha-Psi)

The chapter commemorated its 92nd anniversary during its annual Founders Day celebration held in Seattle on April 16, 2010. The evening included a brief business meeting of the chapter’s house corporation, followed by various chapter awards and recognitions. A highlight of this year’s celebration was the awarding of the Order of Achievement to Gregory “Pappy” Boyington (1948) by Grand High Alpha Dr. Ed Leonard (William Jewell 1979), only the second time the Order of Achievement has been awarded posthumously in the Fraternity’s history. The evening’s master of ceremonies was former General Fraternity staff member John Vicklund (1969).

Wittenberg (Nu-Zeta)

The chapter was recognized by the IFC for earning the highest GPA of any fraternity on campus, an award the chapter has held for the majority of the past decade. The chapter hosted charity events for both Haiti Relief and Relay for Life, raising hundreds of dollars. The chapter added 10 new brothers during the spring semester.

Wyoming (Delta-Rho)

Chapter brothers teamed with Oxfam America to contribute to the organization’s global humanitarian efforts with a benefit concert on April 16, 2010. The concert featured a medley of local bands from the Laramie community.

Washington & Lee (Gamma-Phi)

Scott Centorino was elected president of the student government executive committee and Steele Burrow will continue to serve as his class representative. On the Student Judicial Council, Matt Simpson was elected secretary, with Greg Franke and Tim McAleenan serving as class representatives.

Western Ontario (Delta-Eta)

The chapter ended the school year with 30 returning brothers, adding seven new members during the spring semester, and is excited for fall rush. The London Free Press recognized the chapter’s annual Men’s Mission clothing drive where more than 30 bags of clothing went to help the needy. New chapter elections were held and, for the first time in approximately five years, the chapter house will be fully occupied with tenants next school year.



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Living as Lifetime Brothers A seven-time Grand High Alpha Award winner, the Theta-Kappa chapter at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology remains first among six fraternities on campus.

By Jon Williamson (Maryland)

I began my preparation for this article on the Rose Hulman chapter by going through the archival files at Lambda Chi Alpha International Headquarters. The chapter newsletter, Theta Kappa News, spotlighted undergraduate successes, of which there were many, as well as the status of alumni. I found calendars made during the 1980s that included typical chapter scenes of brotherhood graced with monthly pictures of coeds from Indiana State University. The composite photographs showed well over 100 brothers, and on a campus with about 1,200 men, which meant one in every 10 men was a Lambda Chi, and it got more impressive. Beginning in 1973, the initial year of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Grand High Alpha Award, and subsequently in 1976, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1989, and 1992, the chapter received our top honor. You will recall that the Grand High Alpha Award is presented for superior operations and fraternal spirit over a period of three years. When I turned to the school for information, I found even more examples of excellence. Forty of the 176 individuals who have been honored with the Rose Hulman Honor Alumni Award, the school’s highest award, are Lambda Chis...including seven of the last 12. And in writing this article I found that many of these alumni are now actively participating in giving back to their chapter.

conceived the idea of an organization with Rose spirit and brotherly love.

name, but I didn’t. How could a man with a last name of “Bro” not be a Lambda Chi?

They were installed as Indiana Gamma of Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity on March 28, 1925, with 26 brothers. At the time of their installation at the Hotel Deming in Terre Haute, the chapter house was located at 2442 Wabash Avenue. Our first group of men included varsity athletes in football, basketball, track, and baseball and set the tone for future excellence in both intramurals and on varsity teams. Academic achievement became a hallmark with the chapter retiring the trophy on multiple occasions. Leadership was a given with brothers holding class presidencies as well as within clubs and organizations.

“Currently, we have 52 brothers, 28 of whom live in the chapter house. The chapter, thanks in large measure to tremendous efforts on the part of chapter alumni over the past several years, is growing. We are becoming more active on campus with Travis Stallings on the varsity track team, Todd Deskin on the varsity football team, Will Adler on the rifle team, and Anthony Seibert a manager of the football team. Anthony, who also serves as the chapter High Beta and is one of our two intramural chairs, assists in planning the spring brotherhood/ recruitment event and organizes monthly formal dinners with professors in order to build a relationship with them. In addition, many of the brothers are involved in ROTC and Steven Procter is the treasurer of IFC. Cody White, our immediate past High Alpha was one of six men on the Rose-Hulman campus to be recognized with the Greek of the Year Award. The chapter’s largest philanthropy, among several that we participate in, is our Run

Current Chapter President For an update of our chapter at RoseHulman, which according to US News & World Report is the No. 1 undergraduate engineering school in the country, I turned to William ‘Will’ Bro, the current High Alpha. Some of you may be thinking that I accidentally left some letters off his last

Theta Kappa Nu Roots Polytechnic Institute Experimental Science (P.I.E.S.), a local fraternity whose name sounded more like a graduate course, was founded at Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1900 by S.D. Buge, T.D. Harrow, R. Whitten, H.E. Perkins, and M.B. Millard. They had become close friends and classmates in college and they



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FEATURE for Kid’s Sake. Last year during this 24 hour relay, brothers ran 149.5 miles while carrying a football and raised $1,294 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Vigo County.” Alumni Support I’m always interested in alumni involvement. “A few years back the chapter began to decline in total numbers and the chapter house also began to need lots of work, so the president at that time called his dad who was a member in the chapter in the ‘70s. The father reached out to other chapter alumni. Our current housing corporation president is Erik Jansen (1978). He shares with the High Zeta when he visits on how to handle challenges within the chapter from a real world business perspective.” I caught up with Erik, a venture capitalist, in his home city of Seattle. He began by sharing his background in Lambda Chi. “Lambda Chi was dominant on the RoseHulman campus when I joined. We had about 130 men and the guys hung out together. We liked the library and there was an open space which we turned into a social space for Lambda Chis. There was always a buddy there to do whatever you needed to do. There were no pretenses, everyone was “real.” I joined Lambda Chi because my personality meshed with the brothers. The chemistry was right.”

You graduated in ’78, so when did you get re-involved with the chapter? “I went to work in Indianapolis for a magnetics company, got an MBA at Indiana University, worked for six or seven years in marketing in the semi-conductor business and then went to Wall Street, matching investors with the technology business. Believing that education is the most valuable thing you can give someone, I got a master’s degree in computer science and then began to get active in Rose-Hulman. Shortly afterwards I turned my efforts to our chapter when the call went out from Steve Decker (1977), whose son was the High Alpha at the time, that the chapter had a number of challenges and they needed our immediate assistance. I felt I didn’t do a good enough job when I was an undergraduate and I felt I could do better...paying back to the chapter, so I became involved. I was one of many who came from all over the country and even outside the United States. The alumni wanted to accomplish good stuff of which everyone could be proud. There are so many brothers involved; John Pfeifer who has raised the money with his personality and presence and perseverance. Jim Benzing has a list of projects to turn the house into an energy showcase. Then you have Jeff Meyers, Jim Nordmeyer, Tim Stone, and Hank Doherty (1979), and the list goes on and on. This isn’t something that is a one-time deal; this year will mark our fifth year and we have big plans for 2012.”



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Hank Doherty has been on the Housing Corporation for two years. “I’m a late comer in helping renovate the house. When I joined the house we lived off campus and the current house was finished in the spring of ’77. Our 130 men were very diverse from jocks to being totally dedicated academically. I lived in the house for three years and I loved it. It was my extended family. Rose is a high pressure environment and you need support of men beside you with everyone rowing in the same direction. You could sit down with someone you knew and figure something out. I joined Lambda Chi because of the diversity and chemistry of the men. I threw the discus and shot as well as wrestled in college. I believe that excellence attracts excellence and Lambda Chi represented excellence. Art Nelson (1975) was part of that group that initially built the chapter into excellence. He is on the housing board and runs the alumni advisory committee and lives in Alabama. An outstanding individual, he was the first Lambda Chi I met on the campus.” What brought you back to become involved? “Steve Decker’s son told his father that the chapter had fallen on challenging times and the chapter house was in poor condition. Steve called several alumni brothers and they responded. We have come together because we have the common bond of Lambda Chi. The house is just a building, but it is a focal point and a place where we have always come together. We have CEO’s of large companies shoveling mulch and giving willingly to work for the greater good. The young actives were amazed to see this type of brotherhood. We came together because there was a need and we want to serve as role models so that the current actives will be good brothers, holding up our ideals and be the best you can be while recruiting good men. The Fraternity is a family where men accept you for who you are and they will always be there to help you; someone you can count on like family. We are engineers who are taught how to be problem solvers so the alumni accepted the challenge and didn’t regard it as an insurmountable crisis. Our alumni have a reputation for ‘it will get done.’ Working on this house has become a great event. One

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brother, Scott Sanders (1979), flew in from Paris, France, to work on the house. The Alumni Affairs Office at Rose-Hulman is very supportive of our efforts and provides an alumni lunch during our work each year.” In 2009, John “Jag” Pfeifer (1981) received Rose-Hulman’s Honor Alumni Award. “I never intended to join a fraternity. I lived in a dorm where the resident assistants were Lambda Chis and they set the standard as role models. They were great guys who were easy to get along with. We were a tight bunch and with so many of us there was always a group who wanted to get together. I was a mechanical engineer along with many others in the house and as a result it was easy to study together. Becoming a Lambda Chi was one of the best decisions I ever made. After graduating I moved to Houston and began consulting in the oil field business. About five years ago I learned that the chapter was in the doldrums and so I became one of the core group that went back for the pig roast. We decided we would request money so I sent out hundreds of e-mails looking for ‘whatever you can afford’ and if you can’t send money then we would take ‘sweat equity.’ Over the past four years, or Phases as we refer to them, as in P-1, P-2, P-3, and last year was P-4, we

have raised over $50,000 each year. And I must add that all of the money has gone into materials and into the house. One hundred alumni are showing up for each phase and we are tighter as a group of fraternity men than we ever imagined. In P-1, Jim “P’Nut” Benzing took the inside of the house and Tim “Stoneman” Stone took the outside, so we had two large teams working at once. We lived in tents outside during the heat of the summer. Each year we have worked on different projects: patio, barbeque, gutted some of the study rooms, fixed the upstairs bathrooms, put in a flag pole, front yard lighting, fixed the roof, installed new doors, etc. So many brothers have assisted, such as Chuck “Zeenie” Venis and Mike Seals who provided two John Deere tractors; Mike “Bix” Bixler who is a paving stone genius; and Steve “Clem” Clauder who is an electronics genius from Arizona and drives a BMW motorcycle with a guitar strapped on it to the various phases of work. There are well over 100 unselfish brothers who work on this each year. It is one of the proudest things I’ve ever been connected with and brings me pure joy. It represents great friendships renewed and brotherhood at its finest. In 2012, we believe that we will have raised enough money to build the most energy efficient fraternity house anywhere.”



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Fred W. Goetsch Jr. (1957) received the Rose-Hulman Honor Alumni Award in 1976 and Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1984. In a 1975 chapter newsletter, as president of the House Corporation Board when the building fund campaign got underway to build the current chapter house, Fred stated, “Lambda Chi Alpha remains first among six fraternities at Rose. This has not happened by chance, but has resulted from the value our brothers place on their fraternity experience.” That is why our brothers at Rose-Hulman continue to go the extra mile and why excellence will again attract excellence.

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Lambda Chi after Graduation Tools and resources to help brothers network and find jobs.

By Chris Barrick (Butler 2004)

Many brothers have recently graduated or are preparing to do so in the near future. It is too often thought that the Lambda Chi Alpha experience ends after graduation. But Lambda Chi is a lifetime brotherhood and brothers from across the globe are set to assist with the post graduate transition. To ensure you receive alumni newsletters and event information keep Lambda Chi Headquarters updated with your latest contact information through ZAX Networking or by emailing nzeigenfuss@lambdachi.org.


If you are looking to network or just looking to find brothers in a new city, Lambda Chi Alpha’s area alumni associations are the first place to start. The Fraternity supports 15 regional alumni associations in major cities across the country. For locations, click here. These groups have a wide range of activities, including attending ball games, networking lunches, receptions, tastings, and boat cruises. To see she Alumni Association Directory visit the web version of the Cross & Crescent or contact dhartmann@lambdachi.org for more information. Lambda Chi also hosts the ZAX Networking site where resumes can be posted and mentors met. Even more popular is the Lambda Chi Alpha LinkedIn group where brothers are available for career advice, networking, and job postings.


Lambda Chi Alpha’s Joseph T Charles Mentor Leadership Program has a long standing partnership with JobBound, a nationally recognized expert in career recruitment. This partnership provides Lambda Chi brothers with two resources for new graduates as they plan their career path. The Job Guide is an informative, light-hearted manual that helps collegians work through that not-so-delicate transition from college life to the real world -- from finding a job to doing well on the job. Part One covers topics like putting together a resume, networking, interviewing, and writing cover letters or thank-you notes. Part Two is all about how to thrive in the real world once you get a job. The Job Guide may be the best single resource to help undergraduates land their dream job and excel in the workplace. The second resource offered is the video series by nationally recognized job search expert Brad Karsh, which provides tangible advice on students’ greatest job search concerns. Each three-minute video is packed with specific tips delivered in an easy-to-digest and engaging way. By simply clicking on the



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video, you receive valuable job search advice through entertaining media. The videos highlight 10 topics:

“canned” answers and how to deliver an intelligent and thoughtful answer. Making the Most Out of Your Internship A student’s performance in an internship can greatly affect their chances of landing a full-time job. In three minutes, students get the scoop on internship success - everything from attitude and initiative to professional correspondence and appropriate attire.

Preparing for a Career Fair So many companies, so little time to make a lasting impression. In three minutes, students learn how to successfully navigate a career fair and make the most out of their company interactions. Five Student Resume No No’s We’ve all seen it! Students make the same mistakes time and time again. This interactive video warns students against the five resume red flags, and it guides them towards creating a resume that gets results.

Dress for Success Perception is reality. Although students may try to fight it, the truth is that dress and appearance can go a long way towards building workplace respect. Thankfully, through this video, students discover the essentials of proper interview attire which will ensure a positive first impression.

Inside the Mind of the Interviewer The terror-inducing, fright-provoking job interview! Students often consider an interview as a “battle of wits” with the recruiting director. Fortunately, this video debunks the myth of the evil recruiting director and shows students how to enter an interview relaxed, prepared, and confident. Networking Your Way to a Job Students are advised time and time again to network, yet they simply don’t do it. The main reasons are that they are intimidated, and they are not entirely sure what to do. In this power-packed video, students learn a step-by-step plan to network that strips out all the fear and uncertainty. Answering the Salary Question We all know that our students are priceless, but how much does a company think they are worth? One of the most difficult questions to answer is: “What are your salary expectations?” Through real interview scenarios, this video shows exactly how a student should approach the sticky salary question. How Facebook Can Crash Your Career What you do and say online is searchable, and it’s available to anyone worldwide. Through real-life examples, students learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that are sinking careers across the country. The Cover Letter: A Teaser Ad for Your Resume A cover letter should be a teaser advertisement for the resume, so why do 95% of them say the same things? In this fast-paced lesson, students learn what’s wrong with the “typical” cover letter and how to write a short, catchy letter that works. Answering “What Are Your Weaknesses?” Most students dread that infamous interview question: “What are your weaknesses?” In this fun, enlightening video, students see how to avoid the



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Inner Circle Programming Retreat


Outer/Inner Circle Overview

As a co-curricular partner in higher education and leader in the Greek movement, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is redefining the undergraduate Greek experience by focusing on the importance of the maturational development of today’s fraternity men.

Nearly a dozen chapters represented at special event held in Indianapolis.

Under the umbrella name of the True Brother Initiative, Lambda Chi Alpha has structured a comprehensive development program for undergraduate brothers to actively live our Seven Core Values in every aspect of their lives.

By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison) On April 16–17, 2010, in Indianapolis, the General Fraternity held an informative Inner Circle Programming Retreat for chapters currently considering or implementing the Inner Circle program of the True Brother Initiative.

As a part of the Outer Circle, new members in Lambda Chi Alpha are recruited and then immediately welcomed as potential brothers in the bond through the Fraternity’s exoteric Associate Member Ceremony. To maintain consistency and encourage values-based recruitment, the Fraternity created the Cole Recruitment Institute — a full day’s training experience provided to chapters at international Lambda Chi Alpha events.

Event attendees included undergraduate brothers, Master Stewards, chapter advisers, True Brother Council members, Board members and International Headquarters staff. Chapters brothers traveled from around the United States, including representatives from chapters on both coasts.

After experiencing the Associate Member Ceremony, new members are exposed to the Call to Brotherhood — Lambda Chi Alpha’s Associate Member education program and training curriculum. Over the course of the eight weeks, they learn about Lambda Chi Alpha, its history, how we are organized, how we function as a group, how we govern ourselves, how we develop leaders for our chapter, our campus, and our country, and, most importantly, how we develop brotherhood.

Chapters represented were: Denver, Florida Southern, Georgetown, High Point, Louisville, Nebraska-Omaha, North CarolinaGreensboro, Northern Colorado, Kansas State, Oregon State, San Diego, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Simpson, Texas-San Antonio, and Worcester Polytechnic.

The last step before Initiation is the associate member’s exposure to our Exoteric Mysteries — the True Brother’s approach to pre-Initiation. The Inner Circle is the stage in Lambda Chi Alpha where brotherhood development takes root and answers the question “How do I translate what I learned while in the Outer Circle and best use my talents and skills to help build my leadership and programmatic skills?” Historically, this is the area where most chapters drop the ball — by not continuing to develop our brothers as stewards of the organization.

The retreat was held in order to discover the current effectiveness of the Inner Circle Programming and how it needs to be strengthened to continue the success in this crucial program under the True Brother Initiative.

This is the most crucial time for building brotherhood. Here is where knowledge about the Lambda Chi Alpha and our rituals is translated and turned into action and skill building for our brothers. Thus, we create better chapters for Lambda Chi Alpha by increasing the capacity of our undergraduate brothers to work productively at the chapter and community level.

During this special, Inner Circle Programming Retreat, the attendees were organized into focus groups to discuss the current success of this program, the challenges that brothers are facing with the implementation of the Inner Circle in their respective chapters, and what changes are needed in order to further enhance the Inner Circle programming to make it more attractive to the brotherhood.

The initiated brother’s journey of True Brother is divided into four levels, with each level focusing on a set of developmental outcomes that contribute to the construction and adoption of the True Brother identity. Each level focus on a developmental pathways (developed from the Four Roles of Brotherhood noted below) — Faithful Stewardship, Servant Leadership, Leadership of Character, and Lifetime Brotherhood — from which brothers can choose a range of participative experiences that suit their learning and development styles.

The General Fraternity reached out to each of the current and potential Inner Circle and potential chapters to send at least one current undergraduate brother to Indianapolis. Attendees brought ideas and were ready to experience a weekend with some of the brothers and help to impact a program through the reflection of your own experiences.

Reflective exercises associated with each developmental level ensure that brothers do not miss the meaning of their experiences. The general developmental movement within the initiated brother component is always towards a more complex and encompassing view of self, of others, and of fraternity.

During the event, Master Stewards and General Fraternity staff worked with brothers to learn best practices regarding Inner Circle programming implementation and training, as well as conducted focus groups to explore what chapters need in order to maintain successful Inner Circle programming.

The True Brother journey is about systematically changing our people by fundamentally shaping who they are (emotional understanding), what they know (cognitive understanding), and what they can do (behavioral understanding).

The General Fraternity staff will use the outputs and ideas from the retreat to strengthen and improve the Inner Circle journey for chapter and brotehrs for the fall 2010 semester. Some of the new and improved programming will be shared with attendees at this summer’s General Assembly. www.crossandcrescent.com

For more information about Outer/Inner Circles or the True Brother Initiative, please contact Director of Education Tim Reuter at treuter@ lambdachi.org.


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Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr. John A. Carroll, a TCU brother, won the award in 1958 for his work about George Washington. . Editor’s Note: The following article is an excerpt of an article originally published from the September 1975 edition of the Cross & Crescent

retirement period at his Mount Vernon farm – the years 1797-99. She was a very bright lady, a real Alpha person with tremendous curiosity and insight, and she understood Dr. Freeman’s methodology down to the last jot. She was a widow, about twenty years older than I, and she had been associated with the Freeman family for years on historical projects. I learned a lot from Dr. Freeman directly before he died, but I also learned from Mrs. Ashworth.

Virtually every American schoolchild has become familiar with the story of the cherry tree and all the other tales which have made George Washington as much a folk legend as a hallowed figure. Washington’s life has provided an abundance of material for thousands of historians, biographers, and novelists over the years, and one – a Lambda Chi Alpha named John Alexander Carroll – was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in biography for his work entitled George Washington: First in Peace in 1958.

“Mrs. Ashworth and I retained a few graduate students, mostly my friends from Georgetown, to do a little copying for us from manuscript collections. We didn’t have much money to spend on paid research, but my Georgetown pals wanted in on the project and they gave us some good mileage. My personal debt, however, is to my main professor at Georgetown, Charles Callan Tansill, who read my chapter drafts very closely and provided invaluable supervision overall. Dr. Tansill used to tell his friends that my dissertation was the best he had directed in forty years as a university professor. If that was so, it was as much his masterpiece as mine. He was my beau ideal of a professor. He’s been dead for many years now, and I don’t expect to see his like again. If he hadn’t been such a fire-eating Southerner and a controversialist, he probably would have been appointed either Librarian of Congress or National Archivist. He knew more American historiography and more about the manuscript resources of U.S. history than any scholar then alive. Everybody said so, even his enemies.”

Brother Carroll’s completion of a biography of George Washington was the result more of chance than of choice. “Twenty-five years ago,” he explained, “while I was a student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., I was employed on a part-time basis by the famous historian from Richmond, Virginia, Douglas Southall Freeman. Some years earlier, back during World War II, Dr. Freeman decided to write a definitive, multi-volume biography of George Washington. He had already spent twenty years writing a four-volume life of Robert E. Lee, which won a Pulitzer Prize, and he followed that with three great volumes on Lee’s comrades-in-arms. He used to say that he should have done the Washington ahead of the Lee books because Lee so obviously patterned his own behavior on the Washington example. As it was, Dr. Freeman cranked up the Washington project and after a while he hired me as a research assistant. When he died in 1953, he was nearing the end of his sixth volume on Washington. I was then his chief researcher in the Library of Congress and the National Archives, and his principal assistant in Richmond was Mrs. Mary Wells Ashworth. We got the sixth volume ready for the publisher, and after it came out in 1954 contracted us to do a final volume. This is the book which came to be called George Washington: First in Peace. It treated the last six and a half years of the General’s life, and it took the two of us three years to do. It was a happy collaboration, and I personally got a lot of miles out of it.

On the subject of Washington himself, Dr. Carroll is in basic agreement with the President’s very first biographer – Parson Weems. “A hundred years ago,” he said, “every American schoolboy knew who he [Weems] was. He was the man who wrote The Life of General George Washington, which was next to the Bible in sacred authority. The first edition was printed about six months after Washington went to his grave in December 1799, and a revised edition was still being passed out in the schools when Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president in 1901. Weems, who was actually an itinerant book-peddler rather than a preacher, made himself and his descendants rich with his little tract on Washington. He told the stories of the cherry tree, the well-pitched silver dollar, the bountiful life at Mt. Vernon, the severe life at Valley Forge, the Yorktown triumph, the Federal Convention, and Washington’s toils in the chair of state as the first chief of the American republic. On the last page Weems has Washington ascending into heaven and being greeted by St. Peter at the Pearly gates.

Becoming “Doctor” Carroll “In fact, I wouldn’t be ‘Doctor’ Carroll at all without the book. I got my Ph.D. dissertation out of it. Of the 22 chapters in the book, the first 15 deal with Washington’s second presidential term – the years 1793-97. That was my part of the work, and my dissertation at Georgetown was entitled President Washington and the Challenge of Neutrality, 1793-97. Mrs. Ashworth concentrated on Washington’s


By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)

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HISTORY muscles, and weighed between 210 and 225 pounds at different stages of his life. Moreover, he was militarily erect all his life, and this made him appear even larger. Lincoln was a mite taller, but he was much thinner and stood in a slouch. If the two were side by side, Washington would appear to be considerably the bigger man. His physical remarkability was the first thing anyone ever noticed about him. It made him rather God-like, and people tended to look upon him with awe. Someone of the size of Rock Hudson, or Wilt Chamberlain as a better example, would have the same effect today.

perhaps a bit too interested in ostentatious display of his possessions – land, livestock, equipage, and clothing; and a bit too exacting in all business transactions and somewhat tight-fisted with money. From my personal researches, I would agree with the latter in particular. Washington may have thrown a dollar across the river, but no one got rich from the nickels he dropped. I would add, from my researches, that he had a dynamite temper which did explode from time to time – and he was not inclined to apologize very readily for such eruptions.” As a scholar who has devoted so much energy to recording the lives and thoughts of our founding fathers, and as “Bicentennial Professor” at Troy State University, John Carroll feels strongly about the practical implications of the Bicentennial for the United States. The nation can benefit from the Bicentennial, he said, “by getting it clearly in mind that there is an important difference between intentions and achievement. Jefferson’s immortal Declaration stated the intention of his countrymen to be free; Washington’s work at Valley Forge and Yorktown made possible the achievement of freedom for Americans. That freedom was not perfect in Washington’s time, nor in Lincoln’s, nor is it nearly perfect today. But in two hundred years the American people have made freedom more nearly perfect than anyone else ever made it anywhere on earth. We are still declaring freedom, as the Founders did in 1776; but we must also continue to achieve it, and that is the harder part.”

Washington: Patriotic Visionary As a person and statesman, “Washington was a patriotic visionary. All the Founding Fathers were visionaries, of course, or else they wouldn’t have founded a nation. He was instinctively conservative in that he was property-minded, tradition-loving, and God-fearing. But he was in no sense reactionary. He was as visionary as Jefferson, and in some ways more so. “And he had more directly to do with the founding of the United States than any other person – more than Franklin, who did a great deal diplomatically; more than Jefferson or Madison, who did so much intellectually; and more than Hamilton, who did a great deal in a practical way. And I haven’t forgotten the bell-ringers of the Revolution, Sam Adams and Patrick Henry, or the mainstay contributions of John Adams. Each one of the Founding Fathers was in his own peculiar way, just a wee bit jealous of the central, integral, and most important role Washington played in the great developments of the last quarter of the eighteenth century.

Becoming a Lambda Chi A relative newcomer to Lambda Chi Alpha, Dr. Carroll speaks positively of its value, and speculates that George Washington would readily agree with him. “I became a member in 1970 while on the faculty of Texas Christian University. When I was a student at Georgetown years ago, there were no fraternities on campus – just clubs of one sort or another. Still I was in military service at that time and didn’t live on or even near the campus. I had no significant involvements of the sort that come with fraternity life. This left a certain gap in my education that I began to notice after I had gone to teach at the University of Arizona in the latter 1950s. I’m very glad that I finally had the opportunity to become associated with a fraternity. Even at my age it has broadened and deepened my thinking on a number of topics. The mindless attacks on the Greeks that accompanied the campus radicalism of a few years ago were, to my way of reckoning, quintessential examples of the craziness of that period. The survival and flourishing of Greek life, on the other hand, is pretty telling testimony to the value of fraternities in American higher education. If you were to ask me, I would say with certainty that George Washington would have been a fraternity man had the opportunity been available to him. He would have readily grasped the point of the whole thing.”

As the first president of the United States, Washington was faced with enormous tasks of building a strong new government. And the old speculation of whether the man makes the office or the office makes the man has been applied as much to Washington as to other U.S. Presidents. Brother Carroll feels that in Washington’s case, as in the case of other men who have held that high office, “you can reasonably say both things. As the first president, Washington brought his reputation, character, and personality to the office. Certainly these ingredients ‘made’ the office what it became in his time, and what it tended to be thereafter. But simultaneously the burdens and responsibilities of office added dimensions and contours to the man himself, and Washington went home to Mount Vernon in 1797 a wiser – and sadder – human being.” Historians have also uncovered some of Washington’s weaknesses, although they could hardly be called monumental. “Parson Weems discovered none,” noted Dr. Carroll, “but later biographers have unearthed a few. Dr. Freeman used to say that Washington was a bit too zealous in guarding his image and therefore a bit thin-skinned;



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The Diamonds of Duke The Gamma-Theta chapter at Duke University was installed in 1924, adding 950 brothers to its roster before going dormant in 1969. By Jon Williamson (Maryland) August of 1962 was an exciting time for me. It began with a train ride from Baltimore to Chicago and, once there, I began my trip to California on the Santa Fe Chief, heading south to Route 66 and following it into LA. My purpose was to attend Lambda Chi Alpha’s 28th General Assembly at the Huntington-Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena, California. Some moments we never forget and this was one of mine. It was at this meeting that the delegates voted to open our membership to all; regardless of race, creed, or national origin. I was given the opportunity to shake hands with and meet seven former Grand High Alphas/Archons; Van Feist, Claycombe, Sargent, Shetterly, Fischer, Karnes, and Gibb. Obtaining General Jimmy Doolittle’s autograph was very special. Speaking with Tozier Brown, Grand High Alpha at the time, who also had signed my Initiation certificate two years earlier, re-enforced my confidence in the leadership of the Fraternity. However it was meeting, and having the opportunity to listen to, Dr. Lee F. Tuttle (1927) that made the lasting impression on me.

before beginning five years of service as superintendent of the Winston-Salem District of the Methodist Church. In 1960 Dr. Tuttle was selected as American Secretary of the World Methodist Council, a position he held until 1976. He had first joined the Grand High Zeta in 1954, and finished by serving as Grand High Alpha from 1962 to 1966. But all of this almost didn’t happen....

Former Grand High Alpha Tuttle Tuttle was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1905. He entered Duke University in the fall of 1924, just in time to play on the first Duke football team since, prior to that year, it was Trinity College. Upon graduating in 1927 he had played on the football team for three years.

In 1920, the Club consisted of a diverse group of men. James Moore was on the varsity basketball, baseball, and track teams and John Midgett (who later built and owned Pamlico Power Co.) was on the varsity football team. Wayne Burch was an instructor in physics and Lloyd Elkins was selected for Phi Beta Kappa.

By 1934, he had obtained a bachelor’s degree from Yale and, in 1935, had obtained his doctor of divinity degree from Elon College. He served as the pastor of two North Carolina churches


Third Time’s a Charm Prior to America’s entry into World War I, a group of non-fraternity men formed the Bachelor’s Club at Trinity College. The War interrupted their plans and it wasn’t until the fall of 1919 that the organization took shape. In March 1920 they adopted a constitution and by-laws and Dr. William J. H. Cotton, a professor of economics at the college, became their faculty adviser. The members of the Bachelor’s Club lived on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the north end section of Aycock Hall.

In 1921, the Club petitioned Lambda Chi Alpha for membership, but they were rejected by the summer convention. By the


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FEATURE Alpha, 20 men pledged the chapter. Randy May was elected president of the junior class, Bob Cooper earned a 4.0 GPA, Jerry Wilkinson was elected president of the senior engineering class, and Steve Coley and Ed Thompson were members of the engineering honor society. In the issue of Gamma Theta Data that spring, Dr. Tuttle made comments regarding the present and future outlook of our fraternity. Weighing Brotherhood Tozier Brown had this to say about Dr. Tuttle, “A leader in every sense and a man of unlimited resources – spiritual, mental and temporal.” Dr. Tuttle wrote an article for the Cross & Crescent which appeared in the November 1962 issue after his being elected Grand High Alpha. It was entitled, “How Much Does Brotherhood Weigh?” He said in part: “Brotherhood is our business, and the business of all college fraternity groups. One’s first reaction perhaps would be that an intangible, such as brotherhood, cannot be weighed. On the contrary, however, there are many ways in which the weight of brotherhood can be judged. The first of these should and will be improving the quality of our chapters. Local fraternity chapters have long been judged by three important criteria. 1. Right conduct 2. Commendable scholarship 3. Financial solvency When a chapter stresses and notes achievement in these three fields, the chapter is usually a good one, one of which the whole fraternity is proud. When a local group fails in one or more of these, its value decreases until it becomes a distinct liability to the whole fraternity.” fall of 1922 the Bachelor’s Club had become the Beta Pi Fraternity and they were visited by then Administrative Secretary Bruce McIntosh who encouraged them to submit another petition in 1923. Unfortunately, this too was rejected at convention. A supplemental petition was made in November 1923 and this was accepted. On March 3, 1924, the chapter was installed. The third try was definitely the charm.

Our chapter at Duke was blessed with many outstanding undergraduates who enjoyed multiple successes. In reviewing the chapter newsletters I found stories of intramural cup victories, elections to student government offices, outstanding scholarship, and even homecoming trophies. Nine brothers were varsity athletes in 1963.

Fifty years later, Dr. Tuttle is still correct; it is still that simple, and it all begins with the selection of the men. brother, Scott Sanders (1979), flew in from Paris, France, to work on the house. The Alumni Affairs Office at Rose-Hulman is very supportive of our efforts and provides an alumni lunch during our work each year.”

In the spring of 1966, just three years before choosing to disaffiliate from Lambda Chi



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FEATURE By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)

The New Steven King?

Ryan Brown, a Gamma-Rho alumni brother from the University of Oklahoma, makes his debut as a fiction novelist on May 4, 2010, with the publication of Play Dead.

Ryan Brown (Oklahoma 1997) will probably never forget May 4, 2010. On this day, his debut novel, Play Dead, will be published by Gallery Books (a division of Simon & Schuster). Described by critics as a fresh new voice in thriller fiction with a supernatural edge, Brown’s first novel features zombies bent on revenge in a football-obsessed Texas town. “It’s definitely going to be fun to go into the bookstore the first time and see the book on the shelf,” Brown says. “You obviously want to sell books but I’m extremely excited.” With a heavy media blitz, Brown is marketing his book as aggressively as he can. “Being the first book, it’s the important one,” he says. “It’s the first one out of the gate. You hope it makes a bit splash. You hope people like it. Of course a little bit nervous but I’m counting down the days. You look forward to it. It’s been a long time in coming.” Acting Chops Brown was born and raised in Texas. He is the son of Michael Brown, an award-winning video producer, and Sandra Brown, a best-selling novelist. “My parents are thrilled, very supportive,” he says. “My mother is a fiction novelist as well so I guess I had a little bit of it in the blood. She’s been helpful.” After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in film studies, Brown moved to New York City, where he went on to study theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Within months of arriving in New York, he was cast in the role of Bill Lewis on the CBS Daytime Drama, “Guiding Light” -- a role he would play for the next three years. It was on the set of “Guiding Light” that Brown met his future wife, Victoria Arbiter, a television presenter, and daughter of Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. Married in 2001, the newlyweds moved to Los Angeles, where Brown soon landed the role of Billy Abbott on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” Following his tenure on “The Young and the Restless,” he returned to



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New York and continued working as an actor, appearing on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and starring in two feature films for Lifetime Television.

Positive Reviews

In advance of the novel’s publication, several other veteran writers have already declared Brown’s debut a success. “In this Friday Night Lights meets Dawn of the Dead, Ryan Brown has created a game-winning debut! Everything is bigger in Texas. Even the zombies. Play Dead is fast, funny, frightening, and will have you reading well into the night. Ryan Brown is the new Steven King.”

His wife has been one of his best critics and biggest resources for marketing ideas and support. “She’s the first one who reads every word that I do no matter what it is,” he says. “And she’ll tell me what’s wrong with it and she’s usually right and I agree with her opinion. She’s extremely supportive and she’s just been a big help.”

— Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE APOSTLE “Ryan Brown vaults straight to the pro game with this outstanding debut. It’s got everything: pace, energy, tension and drive. If you could inject it, it would be a banned substance.”

The Art of Storytelling Sometimes when Brown wasn’t acting he often found he had a lot of idle time.

— Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of NOTHING TO LOSE “Ryan Brown’s Play Dead is an exciting and satisfying debut that I read with pleasure and excitement. Watch this guy! He’s going to do great things.”

“When you’re acting, when you’re working, you’re working very hard,” he says. “But there’s of course a lot of times in between jobs when you’re not working so I think that’s what really allowed me to write....I had a lot of time on my hands at one stage and that’s what got me into it.”

— Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award-Winning author of LEATHER MAIDEN

Even when he was acting, Brown knew he was still honing his abilities to develop characters and enhance his storytelling abilities.

“PLAY DEAD is everything a 21st-century zombie novel should be: scary, funny, sick, twisted, inventive and (despite the undead protagonist) FRESH! As far as first novels go, this is a touchdown pass!” — Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO and ZOMBIE CSU

“In my studies in film and even as an actor, at the end of the day it’s storytelling and certainly when you’re studying a character as an actor you’re working on character development,” he says. “I think it all sort of conspired to help me with writing the novel.”

“I loved PLAY DEAD! It’s a fantastic thriller, a whole bloody lot of fun.” — A. J. Jacobs, bestselling author of THE KNOW IT ALL and THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY

Fortunately, Brown also knew he had a good story to tell. On top of that, he discovered how much he enjoyed writing, even though it’s sometimes a painful process.

Brown joined Lambda Chi before his freshmen year even started. “I immediately knew it was the right choice and my associate class was a great group of guys,” he says. “Many of whom I still stay in touch with.”

“It’s never easy,” he says. “I wish it were. You have good days and you have bad days. At the end of the day...you can only write one word at a time and one page at a time. You come in every day with a blinking cursor so I don’t think it every gets easier but you do learn to avoid some of the traps.”

As an associate member, Brown recalls how impressed he was by the High Kappa or fraternity educator. So much so that he decided he wanted to serve the chapter in the same capacity.

Oklahoma and Lambda Chi His sister is two years older and she decided to attend the University of Oklahoma.

“I just thought it seemed like a good fit,” he says. “The experience was great...I probably have more friends from that class than even my own that I’m still in contact with. I’m still very, very close to a group of those guys. But from the get-go that was the office that I wanted to do and fortunately they put me in that position.”

“I would go visit her a couple of times a semester and she introduced me to people and I fell in love with the campus and the school immediately,” he said.

Brown lived in the chapter house all four years, one of only a handful of brothers who did.

Brown enrolled at Oklahoma and Lambda Chi wasn’t far behind.

“I stayed in for a reason,” he says. “I really enjoyed my time there.”

“My sister was dating a Lambda Chi by the time that I got there,” he said. “He was the first one that I met. And of course he introduced me to a lot of his friends so as soon as I got there I was able to meet a group of Lambda Chis.”


Second Novel Brown is currently working on his second novel — another supernatural, comic thriller — to be published in May 2011.


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Profile for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

May 2010 Cross & Crescent  

Cross & Crescent (ISSN 1930-1278) is an online alumni magazine featuring stories about prominent and interesting members. Its mission is to...

May 2010 Cross & Crescent  

Cross & Crescent (ISSN 1930-1278) is an online alumni magazine featuring stories about prominent and interesting members. Its mission is to...