Lambda Chi Alpha was founded in 1909 at Boston University to offer the best fraternal experience. LXA achieves this goal by focusing on personal character development through leadership, scholarship, community service, and positive social experiences with a vision to prepare and encourage collegiate men of good charter, high ethics, and noble ideals to contribute positively to the world in which they live.
Associate Membership Program
The concept of “fraternity education” replaced “pledge education” in August of 1969. Lambda Chi Alpha designed the fraternity education program to integrate the new member into the chapter as a whole and develop a standard of treatment that treats associate members and initiates completely equally that will continue throughout a member’s undergraduate years and throughout a member’s life.
When Lambda Chi Alpha ended its pledging program in 1972 by creating the Associate Member program. LXA was the first fraternity to take this step in combating hazing and separation of brothers into “classes”. The fraternity grants Associate Members (AMs) all of the rights and privileges of a fully initiated member. Accordingly, he also bears the same responsibilities as a brother.
Lambda Chi Alpha prohibits an AM from few things before he is initiated. An AM may not run for the office of Ritualist (High Phi); he may not serve as the Official Delegate to the General Assembly, and he may not vote on his own initiation or the disassociation of an initiated member. Unlike most pledge programs, however, AMs do not have separate meetings or officers. The fraternity encourages the concept of chapter, rather than class, unity. That principle also implies that there is no separate dress code or work responsibilities for AMs. An AM may wear the letters and regalia of the fraternity.
In 1939, a group of students, established the Epsilon-Chi Zeta Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at Mississippi State College. The chapter at Mississippi State has operated continuously since its founding. In Epsilon-Chi’s 80 year history, the chapter has grown from the original handful of members to over 140 active brothers.