Through our Core Values and ritualistic teachings , Lambda Chi Alpha aims to systematically develop our men by fundamentally shaping who they are, what they know, and what they can do.
To lead a co-curricular Greek movement, predicated on partnership and collaboration amongst the undergraduates, host institutions, alumni and General Fraternity, and offering an experience that focuses on the maturational development of today’s college man. As such, it is the vision of Lambda Chi Alpha to extend itself beyond the traditional social fraternity in practice and principle.
Seven Core Values
The seven core values that define Lambda Chi Alpha men are:
- Service and Stewardship
- Personal Courage
These seven core values make up the acronym LDRSHIP. Lambda Chi Alpha is in search of the type of student who already exemplifies these traits and is continuously working to better himself as a man.
The Greek letters Lambda, Chi, and Alpha represent the name of the Fraternity. In written work, it is preferred to either spell out Lambda Chi Alpha or use the English abbreviation LCA. Greek letters are a graphical representation used primarily on logos, letterhead and T-shirts.
Coat of Arms
Coats of arms were originally family emblems. Then cities, societies, and institutions adopted them. All college fraternities have them but few institutions created their design with such faithful adherence to the laws of the ancient art of heraldry as Lambda Chi Alpha has.
Each part of the Lambda Chi Alpha coat of arms has a special meaning, the details of which are explained during the Initiation Ritual. Many of the public meanings of the symbols on the coat of arms are explained during the Associate Member Ceremony, and therefore, the coat of arms may be used and worn by all members, including associate members. It may be used on jewelry and stationery, among other items.
When a monarch signed a royal decree, he impressed his signet ring upon the warm wax that had been attached to the document, which identified his signature as official. Lambda Chi Alpha has adopted a seal design to serve the same purpose as the impression made by the signet rings of historic kings, and its purpose is to identify General Fraternity documents and publications. It should not be used for decoration, as an ornament for items such as jewelry or stationery, unless it is to be used as the official stationery of the General Fraternity. It is now properly used on charters, membership certificates, and authorized publications of the General Fraternity.
The design consists of the cross and crescent upon which is superimposed a shield bearing the letters of the Fraternity, above all of which appears a Gothic circle bearing in Greek the inscription, “Seal of the Brotherhood of Lambda Chi Alpha.” It is in the Fraternity colors of purple, green, and gold.
The badge is a pearl-set crescent with horns turned toward the left, and enclosing a monogram of the Greek letters Lambda, Chi, and Alpha. The center of the crescent bears the Greek letters Delta Pi in gold on a black enamel. A variety of jewels may be selected for the Lambda.
Probably no fraternity badge has deeper meaning than that of Lambda Chi Alpha. Not only do the pearls, Greek letters, and crescent have their symbolism, but each line of the crescent and the relationship of the emblems to each other add greater significance. The meaning of the badge, of course, cannot be discussed here. It is an evidence of membership for an individual and should be used only for that purpose except as specifically authorized in the laws of the Fraternity, for example, when presented, usually in the medium or miniature size, to one’s mother, wife, sister, or fiancée.
Associate Member Pin
The associate member pin has had a most interesting history because it embodies the official badge of Theta Kappa Nu, as well as the original pin of Lambda Chi Alpha. The original Lambda Chi Alpha pin was a Gothic arch, but with the union of the two fraternities, this was superimposed upon the triangles composing the official badge of Theta Kappa Nu. Thus, all meaning of that fraternity’s symbolism was added to the Lambda Chi Alpha emblem.
Cross and Crescent
The cross & crescent is a central element of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Ritual. Symbolizing everlasting growth, the cross & crescent demonstrates every member’s continual pursuit of Christian values. The Lambda Chi Alpha creed best describes this imagery: “The crescent is our symbol – pure, high, ever growing and the cross is our guide– denoting service, sacrifice, and even suffering and humiliation before the world, bravely endured if need be, in following that ideal.”
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