Glossary | LCA Fraternity

FRATERNITY

A:

Alumni Advisory Board- a group of alumni who advises, mentors and guides a chapter and its officers.
Alumni Association- a group of alumni from a particular chapter or region who meet regularly to enjoy brotherhood, friendships, and fun.
Alumni Brother-  a member of Lambda Chi Alpha who is no longer enrolled in undergraduate studies.
Alumni Conference-  an auxiliary to the General Assembly that elects alumni delegates to the Assembly.
Alumni Control Board-  a group of alumni who being given “emergency authority” over operations of a chapter by the Grand High Zeta for the preservation of the chapter.
Annual Fund-  the annual campaign that produces funding to support educational and leadership programs of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Associate Member-  a member who has joined Lambda Chi Alpha but has not been fully initiated. The term “pledge” is never used to refer to a new member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Associate Member Pin-   a pin having Greek letters and triangles worn only by associate members of Lambda Chi Alpha.

 

B:

Badge-  a crescent-shaped pin worn only by initiated members of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Bid- an invitation to membership.
Big Brother-  an older chapter member who serves as a special guide and counselor for a younger member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Big Brother Coordinator-  a member of the chapter Fraternity Education Committee who coordinates the activities and program for big brothers.
Board of Councilors-  past members of the Grand High Zeta.
Bylaws-  a document written by each chapter and colony that outlines its local policies and which must be submitted to the International Headquarters every two years. Bylaws are subordinate to the Constitution and Statutory Code, which governs all of Lambda Chi Alpha.

C:

Chapter-  a group of undergraduate members, officially chartered and recognized by Lambda Chi Alpha, at a given college or university.
Charter- an official document that grants full authority for a chapter to function.
Coat of Arms-  the crest of Lambda Chi Alpha, which pictorially expresses our principles; may be worn by associate members and initiates.
Cole Recruitment Award-  Warren A. Cole Recruitment Program Award, presented annually to chapters that have innovative and comprehensive year-round membership recruitment programs.
Colonization-  the establishment of a new colony of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Colony-  the status of a new group of undergraduate members at a given college or university prior to meeting the standards for chartering and becoming a chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Conclave- a region of Lambda Chi Alpha in North America, and an annual leadership conference within each region, usually during the spring semester.
Constitution-  one of the documents that contains the laws, policies, and resolutions of Lambda Chi Alpha, as enacted by the General Assembly. A three-fourths vote of the General Assembly is required for its amendment.
Cross & Crescent-  a primary symbol of Lambda Chi Alpha, and the title of the our official magazine.

 

 

D:

Distinguished Service Award-  presented to alumni brothers for outstanding contributions at the international Fraternity level.
Duke Flad Award- Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate Award, presented annually to Lambda Chi Alpha’s most outstanding undergraduate member.

 

E:

Educational Foundation-  Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation Inc. is a separate corporate entity that assists the Fraternity by providing scholarships and funding for leadership and educational programs. Lambda Chi Alpha maintains foundations in Canada and the United States.
Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC)- a Lambda Chi Alpha professional staff member who travels to chapters/colonies and provides counseling for officer programming and chapter operations.
Executive Committee-  the judicial body of the chapter that is responsible for enforcing the laws of Lambda Chi Alpha and performs special administrative duties.
Expansion-  the process conducted by the professional staff to identify colleges and universities to cultivate interest in starting new colonies of Lambda Chi Alpha.

 

F:

Faculty Initiate-  a man who is a faculty member at a college or university who becomes an initiated member because of his connection with, and interest in, Lambda Chi Alpha.
Feeding America-  the fraternity’s philanthropic partnership designed to improve the fraternity’s food collection programs and promote the fight against hunger.
Founders Day-  the official commemoration of the Lambda Chi Alpha by chapters and alumni. The official Founders Day is March 22, but celebrations typically occur at any time during the spring semester.
Fraternity-  an organization of college students and alumni; from the Latin noun fraternitas meaning “brotherhood.”

 

G:

General Assembly-  the legislative and supreme body of Lambda Chi Alpha, where undergraduates and alumni determine the laws and policies of the Fraternity; normally convenes once every two years during the summer.
General Fraternity- the organization consisting of all the active bodies of Lambda Chi Alpha, including chapters, colonies, alumni organizations, Grand High Zeta, Student Advisory Committee, and the professional staff.
Good Standing- the status of a chapter or member who is not presently under a disciplinary status.
Grand High Alpha-  the chairman of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Alpha Award-  Lambda Chi Alpha’s most prestigious chapter award, presented for overall excellence in chapter operations over an extended period of time.
Grand High Beta- the vice chairman of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Delta- a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Epsilon-  a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Gamma-  the secretary of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Iota- a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Kappa-  a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Nu-  a representative from the Student Advisory Committee who serve as a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Phi-  a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Pi-  the chancellor & chief judicial officer of the Fraternity, and member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Psi-  a representative from the Student Advisory Committee who serve as a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Rho-  a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Sigma-  the chairman of the Student Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Tau-  the treasurer of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Theta-  the vice chairman of the Student Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors (Grand High Zeta).
Grand High Zeta (GHZ)-  Lambda Chi Alpha’s Board of Directors. The interpretation of Fraternity laws and policy decisions are executed by the Grand High Zeta between General Assemblies.
Greek-  term applied to members of fraternities and sororities.
Greek Advisor-  fraternity system advisor, a professional administrator who is hired by the college or university to advise the fraternities on campus

 

 

H:

Harm Reduction-  the process of minimizing accidents and liable situations.
Hazing-  any action taken or situation created intentionally to produce physical discomfort or mental discomfort by embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Hazing is strictly forbidden in Lambda Chi Alpha.
High Alpha- the president of the chapter.
High Alpha Summit-  a three-day educational conference for chapter and colony presidents within Lambda Chi Alpha. Participants learn the fundamentals of being the chief executive officer for their respective chapters or colonies, with emphasis on leadership, ethics, operations management, external relations, and risk management.
High Beta-  the 1st vice president of the chapter and oversees internal involvement.
High Delta- the membership recruitment chairman of the chapter.
High Epsilon the social chairman of the chapter.
High Gamma- the secretary of the chapter.
High Iota- the risk manager of the chapter.
High Kappa- the fraternity educator of the chapter.
High Pi- the chancellor and official alumni adviser of the chapter. Appointed by the Grand High Pi, he serves as the chief judicial officer of the chapter for a two-year term.
High Phi- the ritualist of the chapter.
High Rho- the alumni development officer of the chapter.
High Sigma- the academic and educational chairman of the chapter.
High Tau- the treasurer of the chapter.
High Theta- the 2nd vice president of the chapter and oversees community involvement.
High Zeta- the chapter’s committee of officers, composed of 12 annually elected undergraduate members and one appointed alumnus.
Honorary Initiate- a man, not enrolled in college, who becomes an initiated member because of his connection with, and interest in, Lambda Chi Alpha.
HouseCorporation- the entity of alumni brothers that manages the operations of a specific Lambda Chi Alpha chapter house.

 

 

I:

Initiate-  a member who has participated in the Initiation Ritual of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Initiation- the act of being initiated, the ceremony of admission into Lambda Chi Alpha, the Initiation Ritual.
Installation-  the establishment and chartering of a new Lambda Chi Alpha chapter.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)-  a group of fraternity representatives at a college or university established to promote the Greek system and maintain relationships among all Greek organizations.
International Headquarters-  the building that houses the Office of Administration, the Educational Foundation staff, the Mason Library and Museum. Located in the Indianapolis area in Carmel, IN.

 

L:

Legacy-  a relative of a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Leadership Seminar- the annual international, educational conference for collegiate and alumni members typically held during the summer..

 

M:

McIntosh Award-  Bruce Hunter McIntosh Standards for Chapter Excellence Award, presented annually to chapters that implement and utilize the Standards for Chapter Excellence program in pursuit of chapter excellence.
Master Steward-  a trained volunteer to assist with expanding the Fraternity’s educational programming and initiatives to our chapters and colonies.

 

 

N:

National Interfraternity Conference (NIC)-  the association for 73 international and national men’s fraternities that promotes the Greek movement.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)- the association for 26 international and national women’s fraternities that promotes the Greek movement.
National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC)-  the association for nine international and national men and women’s fraternities that promotes the historically African-American Greek movement.

 

O:

Office of Administration-  the central office of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity that consists of the professional staff. Located in the Indianapolis area in Carmel, IN.
Officer Academy-  an online officer training and transition program. This program provides officers with modules that educate them about their roles and responsibilities, as well as about Lambda Chi Alpha policies and procedures.
Officer Portal- the online portal and database for officers to update chapter and individual member’s records with the Office of Administration. (op.lambdachi.org)
Order of Achievement- an award presented to alumni brothers who have distinguished themselves by outstanding success in their career fields.
Order of Interfraternity Service-  an award presented to men and women who have contributed lengthy and outstanding service in the betterment of all college fraternal organizations.
Order of Merit-  an award presented to alumni brothers for exceptionally lengthy and dedicated service, to Lambda Chi Alpha, particularly at the local chapter level.

P:

Phoenix Award-  presented to chapters having outstanding improvements in chapter operations over an extended period of time.
Pledge- a solemn promise or agreement. Also, the name given to non-initiated members of many other fraternities and the term for new members of Lambda Chi Alpha until 1972. “Pledge” is never used in reference to an associate member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Plourd Award-  Lewis A. Plourd Fraternity Education Award, presented annually to chapters that have outstanding operations in Fraternity Education, big brother programming, and associate member orientation.
Pre-Initiation-  a period of heightened Lambda Chi Alpha activities prior to the Initiation Ritual.
Prospective Member-  a student considering membership in Lambda Chi Alpha, or a student that a chapter is interested in becoming a brother.

 

R:

Recruitment-  the process of replenishing the membership of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Ritual- an official ceremony of Lambda Chi Alpha that is intended to turn ideal behavior into action behavior.

 

S:

Sorority-  a women’s fraternity, from the Latin word “soro,” meaning “sister.”
Statutory Code- one of the documents that contains the laws, policies, and resolutions of Lambda Chi Alpha, as enacted by the General Assembly. A majority vote of the General Assembly is required for its amendment.
Student Advisory Committee (SAC)-  a committee of undergraduate members who advise and assist the Grand High Zeta and professional staff in their duties and decisions.

 

T:

Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity-  Founded on June 9, 1924, this national fraternity merged with Lambda Chi Alpha in 1939.
Tozier Brown Awards- Tozier Brown Public Affairs Awards, presented annually to chapters having outstanding programming in public affairs and community service.

 

Z:

Zeta- a term used to refer to individual chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha.

 

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