True Leader Scholarship

posted Oct 3, 2014, 2:56 PM by Lambda Chi Alpha American University   [ updated Dec 18, 2014, 10:01 PM ]

Dear AU Student,

 The brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha would like to congratulate you on your acceptance to American University. In order to help you with the high costs of education, Lambda Chi Alpha will be awarding a $250 scholarship to help pay for books or other college costs.

The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest general fraternities in North America, with more than 275,000 initiated members and nearly 200 chapters. It was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging in the early 1970’s, and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, drugs, and other challenges facing college students today.

            Lambda Chi Alpha at American University was founded in the spring of 2012. It is made up of students from all walks of life, who share important values and hope to approach the ideal of perfect brotherly love. Lambda Chi Alpha’s Seven Core Values — loyalty, duty, respect, service and stewardship, honor, integrity, and personal courage — provide a moral compass for members of the Fraternity. The scholarship will be given to the student whose ­awards, achievements, academic performance, and extracurricular activities are consistent with the 7 Core Values.

The Lambda Chi Alpha – True Leader Scholarship is a $250 non-renewable award available to male freshman or first semester transfer students. To apply for the scholarship you must complete the application by following the link below. Submissions will be accepted until January 2, 2015.

You do not have to participate in Greek recruitment or join Lambda Chi Alpha to be eligible. If you should have any questions, please contact me at or I look forward to receiving your application and meeting you soon! 


Edgar Ortega                                                                                                                         

Lambda Chi Alpha Scholarship Chairman

AU Lambda Chi Alpha Co-Sponsors Ron Paul (Gettysburg '56) at American

posted Dec 18, 2013, 10:04 PM by Lambda Chi Alpha American University   [ updated Oct 3, 2014, 12:46 PM ]

On Thursday, November 14th, Doctor Ron Paul, a former Congressman from Texas and noted political activist, came and spoke to the students of the American University. Dr. Paul discussed his career in politics and his thought on the current state of the Union. Dr. Paul is also a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha from Gettysburg College. The brothers of Lambda Chi in cooperation with the Kennedy Political Union and the AU College Republicans sponsored the event. In his remarks, Dr. Paul gave a shout out to the brothers of Lambda Chi for their recent chartering and posed for pictures with brothers after the event. Overall, it was a very successful event. 

Colony 295 Receives National Charter, now Lambda Chi Alpha Pi Omicron

posted Nov 2, 2013, 11:01 PM by Lambda Chi Alpha American University

On the evening of Nov. 2, 2013 the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha assembled to receive their national charter from Lambda Chi Alpha recognizing their assent from Colony 295 to Lambda Chi Alpha Chapter Pi Omicron. The event was held at a local Georgetown Waterfront Restaurant and was attended by all brothers, their dates, local alumni, original colonizers Nick Ludwig, (Coe College) and Joe Citro (Florida Southern), and Grand High Zeta Member, Gamma John H.Graham. Speeches were made by former President William Erickson, High Pi Michael Blow, and High Gamma John Graham. At the end of the evening the brothers received their official charter and were recognized for their outstanding growth from colony to charter in 18 months. 

Hazing Case Study: The Monkey Experiment

posted Jan 28, 2012, 1:02 PM by Nick Ludwig   [ updated Jan 28, 2012, 1:03 PM ]

40 years of Associate Membership
Hazing is an issue. Recent occurrences on college campuses have shown that hazing is a serious issue for fraternities and sororities, but also many other student organizations. Where does hazing come from? What causes the cancerous nature of cyclical hazing practices within a group of students who say they're committed to living a life of values?

This hypothetical experiment is meant to show how the cruel and pointless tradition of hazing can begin. This story has been adopted from multiple sources.

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when a monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it. Continue this process until no monkeys make an attempt to get the banana.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm, even though it has no idea why!

Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, every monkey that goes towards the bananas is attacked until it no longer attempts to reach the banana. Why? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here.

And that's how hazing takes root.

Lambda Chi Alpha is fully committed to taking a stand against hazing. Forty years ago, Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to abolish pledging. In 1972, Lambda Chi Alpha introduced the concept of fraternity education and the role of an Associate Member (AM). An Associate Member has full rights of membership within the organization, including the right to vote, hold office, and represent the insignia of the fraternity.

Lambda Chi Alpha Presents: Strategic Plan 2017

posted Jan 8, 2012, 8:47 PM by Nick Ludwig   [ updated Jan 8, 2012, 8:54 PM ]

This video depicts a future vision of Lambda Chi Alpha in 2017. The video showcases the five priorities the Grand High Zeta established in its five-year 2011 strategic plan and what the future of our great Fraternity can be if we work together to achieve our goals, both at the chapter and international levels.

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. Developed and piloted in 2006, the TRUE Brother Initiative was made available to our nearly 200 chapters and colonies in 2007. To measure the effectiveness of the program, surveys are administered at association and initiation, and the final academic term before graduation.

True Brother Initiative

From the beginning of a man’s Lambda Chi Alpha experience, these values are instilled and cultivated through a tactical approach to values-based recruiting. Additionally, our associate member program has grown through a demanding, but never demeaning, new member education framework focusing on a young man’s growth, maturation, and development rooted in these philosophical values.

For more information, please see the annual TRUE Brother Report from 2011.

University of Maryland named Big Brother Chapter

posted Dec 19, 2011, 11:51 PM by Nick Ludwig   [ updated Dec 19, 2011, 11:53 PM ]

University of Maryland Lambda Chi Alpha
The Epsilon-Pi Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been named the Big Brother Chapter for the future colony at American University.

The role of the Big Brother Chapter in the growth and development of the colony at American University will be vital to ensure the operational success of the new colony. The brothers of the Big Brother Chapter serve as a group of mentors to new colony members between the period of Associate Membership and Initiation.

The Big Brother Chapter will work to assist the new colony in many ways.
Officers from each chapter will collaborate to learn best practices to help the new members fully grasp the duties of their positions. The chapter will also be responsible for performing the first Associate Member Ceremony for the colony, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

Perhaps the greatest honor of the Big Brother Chapter is the privilege to conduct the first Initiation Ritual Exemplification for the founding fathers of the colony at American University. The Initiation Ritual Exemplification follows the seven week Lambda Chi Alpha new member development program known as Call to Brotherhood.

The chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Maryland was originally chartered in March of 1932. The chapter had a long-standing tradition of excellence until 1974, when the chapter was placed on a period of suspension. The chapter remained closed for 21 years, and the group was re-colonized in 1995. The chapter moved into their current chapter house on campus at the University of Maryland in July of 2002. More recently, the chapter has achieved an excellent grade point average well above a 3.0, and has hosted multiple philanthropic events. Learn more about the chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Maryland by visiting their website,

Lambda Chi Alpha to establish colony at American University

posted Dec 14, 2011, 11:51 AM by Nick Ludwig   [ updated Dec 28, 2011, 12:38 PM ]

Lambda Chi Alpha at American University
Lambda Chi Alpha is proud to announce the establishment of a new colony in the spring semester of 2012 at American University. Lambda Chi Alpha is excited to add this historic and distinguished institution to the list of host colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.

As one of the world's leading fraternities in co-curricular development, Lambda Chi Alpha seeks to complement a student's education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, and lifelong friendships.

Being a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha revolves around the experiential learning of a set of values, more specifically the Seven Core Values. These values, which were adopted from the United States Army, include Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal courage, which come together to form the acronym LDRSHIP. Lambda Chi Alpha is in search of the type of student who already exemplifies these traits and is continually working to better himself as a man.

Staff members of the international fraternity will arrive on campus at American University to begin the expansion process in early February. Interested candidates should contact fraternity staff member Nick Ludwig at 317-696-7912 or

“American University provides the perfect campus environment for Lambda Chi Alpha to thrive as a values-based organization. With civically engaged students looking for a way to enhance their collegiate experience, Lambda Chi Alpha will give student leaders at American an opportunity to develop their leadership skills while they make a difference in their community,” says Ludwig.

Today, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America with more than 275,000 initiated members, with 200 active chapters at colleges and universities throughout North America. Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging in the early 1970s, and remains as one of the most progressive fraternities in the North-American Interfraternity Conference to address challenges facing today’s collegiate student. Please visit to learn more.

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