High Alpha Summit: Day 3
Inaugural event comes to a close
By Kyle Jones (Montevallo)
The last day High Alpha Summit came to an end on Saturday, Jan. 10 after a long weekend of programming, education, speakers and fellowship. Plans of action came together as chapter and colony presidents settled in for one last day of learning and consultation.
Kicking off Saturday’s morning session was executive vice president of James R. Favor & Company, Marc Mores, who touched on the danger hazing incidents bring, which have led to death due to drugs, alcohol and irresponsible behavior, as well as the potential pitfalls of negative social media usage and its effects on public image.
Mores stressed in his presentation the significance of protecting themselves and the chapter they insure, with the utmost importance on ensuring the safety of each chapter’s brothers.
“I think one of the critical components these High Alphas need to understand is that they are a CEO of their undergraduate chapter,” said Mores. “The responsibility therein is multi-folded. We talked a lot about making the right decision and understanding that it is the president’s responsibility to lead and make sure the health of their chapter remains stable and the life of their chapter is secure so that when they’re sending their sons to Lambda Chi, it will be there.”
The presidents then broke into small groups and met with IHQ staff for individual consultations where they put the finishing touches on plans of action.
High Alpha at Cornell University, Brian Harriott, spoke on his experience during the inaugural event.
“The main thing I’m taking away from this and what my group has come to agreement on, is the best part has been the discussion,” said Harriott. “You get to hear an unbiased, unrestricted account on issues that you have or haven’t considered. Most importantly I have an entire list of great ideas I’ve written down from other people. It’s given me dozens of ideas and solutions to bring back to my chapter.”
“This has been a great resource to have.”
Alongside visiting presidents and IHQ staff, the event was aided by a dedicated group of alumni volunteers looking to give back and aid in the process of developing the next generation of Lambda Chi leaders.
Nick Ludwig, a former educational leadership consultant, volunteered his weekend to facilitate group discussions and to guide undergraduates who are facing situations he has experienced in the past.
“When I first heard about this event I was so excited,” said Ludwig. “This idea of being able to get together with the High Alpha’s from chapters across the country who are going through the same struggles many of us have faced, and to give them this outlet and resource to come together and collaborate was so wonderful to be apart of.”
As a young alumni and self described continuous learner, Ludwig jumps at the chance to become a mentor to brothers in need, “A lot of people have the same feeling that I have, when you have put so much work and so much love, blood, sweat and tears into Lambda Chi, and you’ve worked so hard towards these ideals, I actively seek out being able to help like this is and its something I look forward to.
“When I was given that opportunity I immediately wanted to come back and be a part of it.”
The weekend long event culminated in a speech from former Grand High Alpha Dr. Murphy Osborne, a moment and commanding cadence that no recollection or description could do justice.
Proceeded with a standing ovation from all those in attendance, Osborne left his captive audience with a inspiring order, “All of you now have something to take back, to give, part of that giving has to be down deep because you are a brother but also because you are a leader and a brother, and there is no exceptions to that.”
Associate Director of Education and event organizer Marcus Kelley summed up the event as a success, “Ideally, this event is a great start for us, there is plenty of room for growth and enhancement so we can make this event even better. After talking to undergraduates, staff and volunteers, as well as seeing the results and interactions, I can say this has been a very positive experience for all those involved.”
After the overwhelming success, Lambda Chi Alpha hopes to continue the High Alpha Summit for years to come, as the organizations staff and volunteers are committed to providing a premier experience for college men and the development of future leaders.
For a full recap of the inaugural High Alpha Summit see next month’s Cross & Crescent magazine. To look back on each day’s activities search #HighAlpha15 via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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