16 Nov Graduate Chapters Establish from Coast to Coast
The International Board of Lambda Phi Epsilon is pleased to announce the establishment of two graduate chapters in New Jersey and Los Angeles. These two new additions will be joining the Florida Regional Graduate Chapter established in 2017.
“Chartering graduate chapters allows us to engage the entirety of our membership and continue to offer them the gifts of brotherhood,” says Director of Alumni Services, Lorne Baker, Jr. “Additionally, we grow the fraternity’s reach and impact our surrounding communities. It is a tremendous step forward for Lambda Phi Epsilon.”
Graduate chapters receive full voting rights under the Constitution, allowing alumni members to impact the International Fraternity’s governance and to bring the wisdom that comes with age and experience to the organization’s legislative processes. In addition, Graduate Chapter members encourage growth and sustainability among local undergraduate chapters in their communities.
“This is truly an exciting time for our organization,” said Executive Director Zac Antonius. “As our organization continues to grow, having our alumni want to continue to be a part of something bigger than just themselves shows how the bonds of our brotherhood never fade.”
The Los Angeles Regional Graduate Chapter began forming on May 28th, 2020 with 15 alumni members and is led by President Roy Pan. On the other side of the United States, the New Jersey Regional Graduate Chapter began forming on May 31st, 2020 with 10 alumni members and is led by President Jimmy Cho. Both Graduate Chapters were confirmed by the Board of Directors on September 21, 2020.
“Having a centralized forum and an established graduate chapter would allow for the wider network of alums here to a greater sense of connection again and afford us the opportunity to be as involved or more so as we grow this entity,” said Cho. “Despite being so many years removed from our undergraduate days, and having so many life responsibilities in our careers and families now, it shows that even after so many years we still care and our bonds are cherished. We also now bring more wisdom to the wider organization with our experiences as many of us have done well professionally.”
“As an organization, we believe in the value that the fraternity brings to our lives, and want to create an environment where brothers can help each other succeed, as well as a culture that ensures the organization’s longevity,” said Pan. “We intend to bring back chapter meetings, brotherhood events, Founders Day celebrations, and volunteer for charity organizations such as the Compton Initiative or Orange County Herald Center.”
Graduate chapters are structured for initiated alumni to continue to engage in the fraternity in new ways as well as receive the assistance and support needed from regional brothers. Graduate chapters also provide a hub for alumni who have moved in the area or have an interest in establishing relationships and forming bonds that promote the mission of the fraternity.
“As we approach our International Fraternity’s 40th year anniversary, we are happy to now have three graduate chapters represented in this amazing milestone of our fraternity and hope for many more in the near future,” said Director of Alumni Services Lorne Baker, Jr. “Graduate chapter leadership typically meets once a month and the general graduate chapter meetings are hosted once every quarter.”
Alumni who are interested in joining or chartering their own Graduate Chapter may contact the Director of Alumni Services.
About Lambda Phi Epsilon
Founded in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. has grown to become the world’s largest Asian-interest fraternity. Lambda Phi Epsilon (ΛΦΕ, also known as LFE) aims to guide men on a lifelong discovery of authenticity and personal growth. To learn more, visit https://lambdaphiepsilon.com.
Zac Antonius, Executive Director
Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc.