Phi Lambda Chi
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The Lamb Society was organized in 1920 as an organization for high school boys. Each year this society was composed of boys who were interested in conditions which would help to keep up the standard of morals on the campus and the high ideals for which the school stands. The majority of the boys having graduated training school and continued to college, and decided on March 15, 1925 to discontinue their organization as a training school society and unite in forming a new secret society to be known as the Aztecs. Twelve members made up the charter roll of this new fraternity. They were: Robert L. Taylor, Robert Clark, Wendell Collums, Grant Collar, William Huddleston, Howard Perrin, Louis Moles, Marvin Crittenden, Jeff Shemwell, Doyle Patton, Lester Adair, and Evan Douglas.
In 1927, the college allowed fraternities to assume Greek letter names. The name Aztec was dropped for the name Phi Lambda Chi, in 1930. The college faculty, in 1934, voted to allow the fraternities on campus to nationalize. However, it was five years later that Phi Lambda Chi would nationalize. The group preferred to continue under its own name and with its old organization, which had over 300 alumni.
On January 19, 1939, Phi Lambda Chi voted to nationalize and elected a provisional Grand Council with Troy Jones, Faculty Advisor, as provisional National President. This provisional National Council authorized to grant charters to new chapters and to set up a provisional constitution. It was authorized to govern the national fraternity until such time as there might be three chapters in existence when it was to call a national convention.
The provisional National Council was instructed to develop the fraternity as a national fraternity along lines that would qualify it for admission into the Association of Teachers College Fraternities. This council voted to charter to the local Phi Lambda Chi to become the Alpha Chapter of the national fraternity and at once began to make contacts with groups at other colleges. The fraternity established a national magazine and named it "The Aztec" in honor of the local organization from which it was derived.
The first conclave was held March 15–16, 1940, at the Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas), the home of the Alpha Chapter. At this meeting the pouring of the national foundation was completed with the setting up of permanent constitutional and administrative machinery.
Flower: White Carnation
Colors: Blue and Gold
Chapters of Phi Lambda Chi
Alpha - University of Central Arkansas (1925)
Beta- Northeastern State University (1939)
Gamma- University of Arkansas-Monticello (1940)
Delta- Southeast Louisiana University (1941)
Epsilon- Henderson State University (1946)
Zeta- Pittsburg State University (1950)
Eta- University of Central Oklahoma
Theta- University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Iota- Northwest Missouri State University
Kappa- Northwest Oklahoma State University (1960)
Lambda- Truman State University (1969)
Mu- Arkansas Tech University (1976)
Nu- Southern Arkansas University (1977)
Xi- Lincoln University (Missouri) (1991)
Pi- LSU-Shreveport (2009)
Rho- Keene State College (2014)
Sigma- University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (1994)
Tau - Texas A&M-Texarkana (2013)
Chi- Cameron University (Oklahoma) (2005)
Principles of Phi Lambda Chi
1. A belief in college fraternity Life a. The proper association among men in college tends toward a more successful life. b. The union of men under a common cause with common interests betters the individual and increases their knowledge and usefulness.
2. A belief that the benefit derived from any organization by an individual varies directly as the effort exerted for it and that the highest goal can be attained only as a result of diligent and persistent effort.
3. A belief in all things honorable and upright. Our endeavor is to make fraternity life such a lasting influence that it will be evidenced throughout the entire life of each of our members. We denounce hazing and vulgarity, and endeavor to instill honest and integrity in the hearts and actions of our brotherhood.
4. We encourage academic excellence. We believe in the highest utilization of the education which the citizenry of the country has make possible, and we encourage our members to endeavor to return the benefits of their opportunity by living a life of real service.
5. We believe in patriotic loyalty to the college with which we are connected, and pledge ourselves to assist as best we can in all things designed to benefit the institution.
6. We believe in fraternity secretiveness. It is advisable to keep secret all things which should not concern outsiders, and that a fraternity should therefore have a perfected secret ritual.
7. We believe in friendly inter-fraternity relations, considering other fraternity groups as rightly entitled to existence as we ourselves. Therefore we shall endeavor to ever maintain friendly relationships with all.
8. We believe in a fraternity for life policy and shall seek to retain the loyalty of all of our alumni.
9. We aim at development of a stronger nationalized fraternity, uniform in policy, ritual, and proceedings.
10. We believe that the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs use is a detriment to Phi Lambda Chi and to our growth as individuals and as a fraternity.
The Founders of Phi Lambda Chi
- Mr. Robert L. Taylor
- Mr. Robert Clark
- Mr. Wendell Collums
- Mr. Grant Collar
- Mr. William Huddleston
- Mr. Howard Perrin
- Mr. Louis Moles
- Mr. Marvin Crittenden
- Mr. Jeff Shemwell
- Mr. Doyle Patton
- Mr. Lester Adair
- Mr. Evan Douglas.
Famous Phi Lambs
- Ross, Jim. "Sports Broadcasters and Writers" (PDF). National Interfraternity Conference. National Interfraternity Conference. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
- Phi Lambda Chi National Website
- Alpha Chapter
- Beta Chapter
- Gamma Chapter
- Epsilon Chapter
- Mu Chapter
- Sigma Chapter