LCA Timeline: 2000’s

2000 to Present:

2001. The Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program is unveiled. The program was designed to create and provide a link for undergraduate members to their future through advice and coaching from alumni of distinction in their chosen professional career path. 

September 11. When the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, nine brothers lost their lives:

Donald A. Delapenha (Baldwin-Wallace)
Chris M. Dincuff (Villanova)
Michael E. Gould (Villanova)
Robert D. W. Higley (Connecticut)
Todd R. Hill (Massachusetts)
Robert Hymel (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Justin J. Molisani Jr. (Lycoming)
Jerrold H. Paskins (Nebraska-Omaha)
Christopher J. Vialonga (Susquehanna)

November. North American Food Drive totals reach more than three million pounds.

2002. The chapter office of Grand High Theta was established at the 49th General Assembly.
2003. September. The Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program becomes the fraternal world’s largest professional network, as undergraduates and alumni alike are able to utilize online resources to search for mentoring and employment opportunities.
2004. July. The Council of Presidents is officially created. The primary roles of the Council of Presidents are to help foster communication between High Alphas and coordinate the proposal of future legislation.The Student Advisory Committee selection process is changed from a Grand High Alpha appointment to a committee selection.
2005. June. William T. Farkas (Butler 1988) becomes Lambda Chi Alpha’s executive vice president after Tom Helmbock’s retirement. He is the Fraternity’s fifth full-time chief executive. The comprehensive multi faceted Alumni Adviser’s College is offered at the Leadership Seminar at the University of Maryland. It marks the adoption of a training structure that intends to elevate the role of chapter adviser to a truly educated mentor and guide for the undergraduate brothers. 

August. The Grand High Zeta approves the implementation of the Shine the Badge campaign, a multi-year endeavor to bring attention to the Fraternity’s Minimum Operating Standards and holding all chapters and colonies to these standards.

2006. March. Grand High Kappa Drew Hunter (Denver 1984) and Director of Chapter Services John Holloway (High Point 1993) conduct a retreat in Denver Colorado to bring to fruition a plan that addresses concerns many brothers shared about a need for a new, comprehensive development program focused on a brother’s entire journey in Lambda Chi Alpha — from recruitment to lifelong alumnus. Grand High Alpha Dr. Ed Leonard (William Jewell 1979) announces the Grand High Alpha Challenge acknowledging chapters who achieve seven goals: recruitment and retention, ritualism; scholarship; campus involvement; attendance at conferences; and implementation of the Outer Circle programming.
2007. January. True Brother is unanimously approved by the Grand High Zeta and Executive Vice President for implementation as the comprehensive values based programming for Lambda Chi Alpha. 

July. A True Brother Council is recognized and charged with the care and development of the initiative; this council consists of Wayne Gossard (Southern Methodist 1973), Michael Smith (Denver 1976), Eric Berger (Boston 1985), Dr. Elgan Baker (DePauw 1971), Drew Hunter, John Holloway, Aaron Parker (Hanover 2005), and Tim Reuter (Simpson 2003), with Reuter serving as the staff steward. The spring semester marks the initial introduction of the various components of the True Brother Initiative in eight Zetas for student evaluation and further development. The leadership seminar is dedicated to Brother Jerre Stead and his wife, Mary Joy, for their belief in the benefit of values-based education. The True Brother Initiative is introduced to the entire brotherhood at the Stead Leadership Seminar in Memphis. The undergraduate’s response to the Shine the Badge campaign is wildly successful with the average chapter size growing 10 percent, the number of duly appointed High Pis increasing 19 percent since 2005, with 79 percent of the Zetas having at least one alumni adviser.

2008. As the role of values-based education increases: True ID, a comprehensive interpersonal development curriculum, is created through a collaborative effort of undergraduate and alumni brothers. The Impact Leadership Program is transformed into the True Leader program. This refined leadership training incorporates the Seven Core Values, the most successful components of Impact Leadership and LEAP to educate Zetas on the essence of values-based leadership. 

July. At the 52nd General Assembly in Phoenix, Executive Vice President Bill Farkas kicks off Lambda Chi Alpha Centennial Celebration that continues through the fall of 2009.

2009. Approximately 900 brothers and guests attend the International Centennial Celebration held on July 31-August 1, 2009, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis.

2010. January. Board hosts five college presidents to discuss how Lambda Chi Alpha can better partner with host institutions. 

July. Lambda Chi Alpha selected to present at NASPA and ACPA, the premier conferences for senior student affairs professionals.

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