There is Phi Delta Theta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Chi Psi, and X Club, but soon there will be a new fraternity arriving on Rollins’ campus.
A few weeks ago, Pi Kappa Phi and Lambda Chi Alpha sent representatives from their National Headquarters and Collegiate Representatives to present their fraternities to the Rollins community to explain the following couple of points: what each organization stands for and what they all can do to improve fraternity and sorority life at Rollins.
Pi Kappa Phi’s main mission can be found in their vision statement: “Pi Kappa Phi will redefine fraternity as a lifelong brotherhood of leaders.”
On the other hand, Lambda Chi Alpha has seven core values: loyalty, duty, respect, service and stewardship, honor, integrity, and personal courage, which each shape their national brotherhood.
So, how does a national fraternity or sorority join the Rollins campus?
At least with this past expansion process, the school received 12 fraternity applications from organizations interested in colonizing at Rollins and a committee reviewed those documents. The committee consists of the Intra-Fraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and Student Life (OSIL). They made the decision to invite Pi Kappa Phi and Lambda Chi Alpha to present to the Rollins community.
After the two fraternities gave their presentations, the presidents of each fraternity and sorority discussed and cast their votes on which fraternity they would like to join the Rollins fraternity and sorority community.
The votes from the presidents were sent back to the committee for review and then sent for a final recommendation from the dean of students. Rollins has decided to invite Lambda Chi Alpha to campus, and recently found out that they have officially confirmed their invitation to colonize at Rollins.
But why bring a new fraternity to campus in the first place?
President of the Intra-Fraternity Council Walker Holloway explained that “When the current IFC exec board took office last year, one of our points of focus was to increase the amount of people involved in Greek Life at Rollins… our process became more urgent when ATO was, unfortunately, suspended, as we lost an important organization with many members.”
Rollins men will have the opportunity to join Lambda Chi Alpha next semester. To start the process, people from Headquarters will interview select men to choose who fits the description of an ideal brother and after that, the fraternity will be opened up to the rest of campus.
Panhellenic Recruitment Chair Kerri Allen ’11 added that the Rollins chapter will be unique to our community even though it is ultimately an extension of a national organization. “Every chapter on every campus is different because of their members. What unites them is the fact that they share common values and goals. So expect the Rollins chapter to reflect the group of men who are members,” she said.
Fraternity and Sorority Life looks forward to Lambda Chi Alpha joining the Rollins community. Welcome back, Lambda Chi Alpha!