Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ) is a college fraternity in North America, which was founded in 1909. It is one of the largest men’s fraternities, having initiated more than 280,000 members with chapters at more than 300 universities. Lambda Chi Alpha was founded by Warren A. Cole, while he was a student at Boston University. The youngest of the fifteen largest social fraternities, Lambda Chi Alpha has initiated the third highest number of men ever, based on NIC statistics. Lambda Chi’s National Headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Its members are referred to as “Lambda Chis,” “LCAs,” “Lambda’s,” and it is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
History — Founding
Lambda Chi Alpha was formed on November 2, 1909 when Warren A. Cole, Percival C. Morse, and Clyde K. Nichols formed a new fraternity by reorganization of the Cosmopolitan Law Club, a society of law students of Boston University, into a Greek letter society. The Greek letter name was not used in the Alpha Zeta minutes until April 27, 1910, the first known time it was recorded.
Cole approached many local groups at colleges and universities throughout the Northeast in hopes of finding others willing to join his new fraternity. Before the acquisition of Lambda Chi Alpha’s first functioning chapter, Cole had corresponded with or visited 117 institutions.
Lambda Chi Alpha’s first established chapter (Gamma Zeta) was at Massachusetts Agricultural College (MAC) in 1912. Additional chapters followed, and in 1927 Lambda Chi Alpha became an international fraternity with the founding of Epsilon-Epsilon Zeta at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
History — Theta Kappa Nu
The Theta Kappa Nu fraternity was formed by 11 local fraternities on June 9, 1924 in Springfield, Missouri.
With the help of the National Interfraternity Conference in identifying local groups, and Theta Kappa Nu’s policy of granting charters quickly to organizations with good academic standards, the fraternity grew quickly, and had approximately 2,500 initiates in 40 chapters by the end of 1926
History — Merger
During the Great Depression both Theta Kappa Nu and Lambda Chi Alpha saw membership decrease and chapters shut down. In 1939 The two fraternities merged. The merger ceremony was held at the Howard College (now Samford University) chapter of Theta Kappa Nu in Birmingham, Alabama. The merger increased the number of chapters from 77 to 105 and the number of members from 20,000 to 27,000. At the time, this was the largest merger in fraternity history. All Theta Kappa Nu chapters became Lambda Chi Alpha chapters and were given chapter designations that began with either Theta, Kappa or Nu. At schools where chapters of both fraternities previously existed, the two merged and retained Lambda Chi’s Zeta recognition.
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Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ)
- Founded On: November 2nd, 1909 at Boston University
- Type: Society Fraternity
- Colors: Purple, Green, and Gold
- Flower: White Rose
- Nicknames: Lambda-Chi-Lambda-Chi-Alpha
- Chapters: 195 Active, 322 Chartered
- Website: www.lambdachi.org
- Motto (1): Per Crucem Crescens — “Crescent in the Cross”
- Motto (2): Vir Quisque Vir — “Every Man a Man”