Many parents have reservations and questions about their sons joining a fraternity. Please read the information below to help you understand the positive benefits of fraternity involvement for your son while at the University of Arkansas.
Questions And Answers For Parents
Q. Will my son be partying instead of studying?
A. Scholastic achievement is a key focus at our fraternity along with service to our community. Over the past two semesters the house has achieved an average G.P.A. of 3.0 and 2.87. We also enforce study hours (10 hours per week for new members). In addition, our chapter offers three different scholarship opportunities that are awarded to both new members and to brothers in financial need.
Q. How is your fraternity different than others at the University of Arkansas?
A. We offer a unique TRUE Brotherhood development program. It’s not just a phraseâit’s a framework that helps our members live out our ideals and principles. Built around the seven Lambda Chi core values, TRUE Brotherhood fosters success… during college and throughout life.
We also stand for for equality, and the evidence is in our Associate Member (A.M.) program. When a potential member signs a bid card he is accorded the respect, privileges and responsibilities of a fully initiated brother. Our Associate Member program is a demanding, but never demeaning, educational framework that enables a young man’s growth, maturation and development.
Our fraternity is also the right size…Lambda Chi Alpha at the U of A is large enough to offer every opportunity a members expects, yet small enough to feel part of the brotherhood, and make bonds for life.
Q. Does your house have any rules?
A Lambda Chi has its own constitution and our chapter has its own bylaws. These are provided to members in our statutory code and in the Big Bro/Lil Bro manual, which outlines the duties of every brother of Lambda Chi. Every member in our chapter accepts the responsibility to grow within our seven core values of Loyalty , Duty , Respect , Service & Stewardship , Honor , Integrity and Personal Courage .
Q. What opportunities for leadership will my son encounter?
A. An ambitious Associate Member can take on a leadership role from day one, both within his Associate Member class and within the greater chapter. He can run for any office, except for High Phi (Ritualist) and vote on any matter other than issues involving our ritual and Initiation.
All positions in our chapter carry unique responsibilities, and many relate directly to educational majors and career opportunities. For example, if a new member is in the U of A’s accounting program, the position of High Tau (Treasurer) in our fraternity will be important on a resume. For prospective employers, it demonstrates first-hand experience in dealing with the financial and business side of our fraternity.
Q. Are there any famous Lambda Chi’s?
From among more than 265,000 members, Lambda Chis have led the nation in virtually every career field. Members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity include:
Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the United States
Harry Blackmun, former Supreme Court Justice
James Owens, Former CEO of Caterpillar
Richard Clark, CEO of Merck & Co
Thomas Akers, Richard Richards and Terry Wilcutt, NASA astronauts
In addition, our local Ames chapter has produced outstanding leaders at several levels. They include brother Gregg Behrens, AT 552, from Strawberry Point, Iowa, who recently retired as the CEO of the Asia-Pacific region of Northern Trust, a financial holding company based in Chicago, IL.