Lambda Chi Alpha is a fraternity founded by Warren A. Cole in 1909 on the Boston University campus. Lambda Chi Alpha has initiated more than 250,000 members since its inception and was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging in 1970. Lambda Chi Alpha remains strong in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse and drugs. Lambda Chi Alpha was one of the founding members of the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline, for anyone who believes they or someone they know has been a victim of hazing.
The vision of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity for Warren A. Cole came after he attempted numerous times to start a fraternity. Lambda Chi Alpha started off by the name Loyal Collegiate Associates. There are more than 200 active chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha currently. The largest fraternity merger of its time occurred in 1939 when Lambda Chi Alpha and Theta Kappa Nu fraternities merged. This was largely due to declining numbers in both organizations due to the Great Depression. After the merger, all Theta Kappa Nu chapters became Lambda Chi Alpha chapters. At schools that had both fraternities already established, they were merged and recognized as a Lambda Chi Alpha chapter. The merger increased both the number of chapters and the number of members.
The official philanthropy of Lambda Chi Alpha is the North American Food Drive. The North American Food Drive was started in November of 1993 and has collected more than 27 million pounds of food for those in need.
The mottos of Lambda Chi Alpha are "Every man a man," "Crescent through the Cross" and "Naught Without Labor."
- The fraternity colors for Lambda Chi Alpha are purple, green and gold
- The fraternity symbols are the cross and the crescent
- The fraternity flower is a white rose
- The fraternity headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Celebrating its centennial in 2009
- Nickname for members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is Lambda Chis
- The Lambda Chi Alpha Associate Member Pin actually represents the official badge of Theta Kappa Nu and the original pin of Lambda Chi Alpha
- Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to receive the Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives in 1995
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