Lambda Phi Epsilon

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Lambda Phi Epsilon
ΛΦΕ
LFE Crest.jpg
Founded February 25, 1981; 33 years ago (1981-02-25)
UCLA
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Leaders Among Men ΗΓΕΜΟΝΕΣ ΕΝ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΙΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ
Colors      Royal Blue and      White
Mascot Dragon
Philanthropy National Marrow Donor Program
Chapters 58
Members 10,000+ lifetime
Nicknames Lambdas, LPhiE, LFE, 人中王
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Homepage lambdaphiepsilon.com

Lambda Phi Epsilon (ΛΦΕ, also known as Lambdas, LPhiE, LFE, or 人中王) is the first and only internationally recognized Asian American interest fraternity. Lambda Phi Epsilon is affiliated with both the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National APIA Panhellenic Association.

Organizational goals

Lambda Phi Epsilon’s vision is to be the preeminent international Asian interest fraternal organization, and to provide leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy in the community.1

The mission of the organization is to promote Lambda Phi Epsilon and its members by:

  • Providing active members with leadership training and hands-on experience, for both personal growth and academic achievement.
  • Promoting leadership of alumni in the community, creating opportunities, and encouraging the spirit of fellowship.
  • Promoting positive Asian American awareness and providing philanthropy to the community.1

History

Lambda Phi Epsilon was formed on February 25, 1981 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Noting that Asian fraternities and sororities at the University of California campuses were recognized only as service organizations due to their membership's focus on specific Asian groups and exclusion of other ethnic groups, the founders aimed to create a fraternity that transcends the traditional boundaries of national origins, bridges the gaps between those communities, and is recognized by the Greek community at large. While the original charter focused on Asian Pacific Americans, people from all ethnic backgrounds were welcome to join. Craig Ishigo and Darryl Mu signed the charter as president and vice president.1

Within a few years, the fraternity had chartered to the University of Texas, Austin (Zeta Chapter), the State University of New York, Buffalo (Nu Chapter), and the University of Michigan (Xi Chapter). In 1990, the organization was recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, being the first Asian Interest fraternity to do so. State University of New York, Buffalo (Nu Chapter) was Lambda Phi Epsilon's first chapter to be chartered on the American East Coast. Starting as Delta Gamma Tau, on September 15, 1992, this fraternity merged with Lambda Phi Epsilon (effectively taking on Lambda Phi Epsilon's letters) to unify organizations with identical purposes and to strengthen the Asian American voice in the campus community. On December 5, 2004, Lambda Phi Epsilon established a colony at the University of Toronto (Alpha Xi Chapter), which was the first chapter of the fraternity established outside the United States. Today, Lambda Phi Epsilon has initiated over 10,000 members—the largest number of any Asian American interest fraternity in existence.2

Philanthropy

The fraternity's national philanthropy raises awareness for the importance of bone marrow drives. For patients with leukemia or any other blood disorder, the best chance of finding a matching donor lies within their own ethnic community. Asian donors comprise a small fraction (7% as of January 2013) of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Because of this, every chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon hosts several bone marrow drives in conjunction with organizations like the Asian American Donor Program, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, and the former Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation to inform, educate, and recruit potential marrow donors for the NMDP. Lambda Phi Epsilon recognized bone marrow drives as the national philanthropy when Evan Chen, a member from Stanford University, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1995. The fraternity organized a campus-wide movement to find a bone marrow match for Evan. What resulted was the largest bone marrow typing drive in the history of the NMDP and AADP. In a matter of days, over 2000 people were typed. A match was eventually found for Evan, but by that time, the cancer had taken its toll and Evan passed away in 1996.3 Since then, the fraternity organizes annual bone marrow drives to help others find matching donors.4 Collectively, chapters of Lambda Phi Epsilon amass hundreds of new registrants every year in national campaigns like Save Janet Liang5 and Save Nina Louie.6

Scholarship

Lambda Phi Epsilon currently awards three merit-based scholarships to initiated brothers who have been deemed worthy. The Rising Leaders Among Men Scholarship recognizes first-year members, The Academic Excellence Scholarship recognizes academic achievement, and The Lambda of the Year Scholarship recognizes students who epitimize the organization's mission statement.7

Convention

Lambda Phi Epsilon holds an annual convention during Memorial Day weekend at various locations across North America, co-hosted with the sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. Throughout the weekend, members have the opportunity to learn about the state of the fraternity as addressed by the National Board, network with alumni in career-oriented workshops, and socialize with fellow actives from around the world. Convention ends with an annual banquet that recognizes incoming and outgoing fraternal leadership, announces chapter promotions and awards, and showcases brotherhood step performances and other perpetuating traditions of the fraternity.

Notable alumni

  • Yul Kwon - Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men for 2006.8 Served as deputy chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.9 Host of PBS show called, "America Revealed."10
  • Paul Qui - Winner of Top Chef: Texas in 2012. Represented the United States of America at the 13th annual S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup where he became the recipient of the 2013 Young Chef of the Year award.11

Chapters

Lambda Phi Epsilon has a growing total of 58 chapters in 6 geographic regions.

West Coast

  • California (13)
  • Washington (2)

Southwest

  • Texas (5)
  • Oklahoma (1)
  • Arizona (1)

Midwest

  • Illinois (4)
  • Indiana (1)
  • Kansas (1)
  • Michigan (2)

North East

  • Massachusetts (2)
  • New York (3)
  • Ontario, Canada (2)

Mid-Atlantic

  • Maryland (2)
  • New Jersey (1)
  • New York (5)
  • Pennsylvania (3)

South East

  • Florida (1)
  • Georgia (1)
  • North Carolina (2)
  • Virginia (4)

Hazing incidents

In 2005, Jack Phoummarath, an 18 year old pledge at the University of Texas, died from alcohol poisoning in what was described by his family as a hazing incident. Three former leaders of the chapter pled no contest.12 A settlement was reached with the fraternity for 4.2 million. The fraternity organization did not have insurance, and was unable to pay the entire settlement.1213

In 2013 Lambda Phi Epsilon was banned from San Francisco State University after the death of 18 year old pledge Peter Tran. The University determined that the death was alcohol related from a hazing incident.1415

References

  1. ^ a b c "Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, About/History". Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity. 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  2. ^ "APIA Greek History". National APIA Panhellenic Association. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Community Service". Stanford Lambda Phi Epsilon. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  4. ^ In particular, the fraternity seeks out minority donors for the National Marrow Donor Program.
  5. ^ Chapters also raise awareness for the National Marrow Donor Program by organizing local concerts that feature Asian American artists.
  6. ^ Lambda Phi Epsilon cohosts drives for the Save Nina campaign with sister sorority alpha Kappa Delta Phi.
  7. ^ "Lambda Phi Epsilon Scholarship Programs". Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Master Strategist Yul Kwon Wins Survivor". People Magazine. Retrieved December 18, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Survivor Winner Yul Kwon Joins FCC". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "'America Revealed': The Ups And Downs Of The Quest For More Of Everything". NPR. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Top Chef's Paul Qui wins major award". Bravo TV. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Barajas, Erik (15 July 2008). "UT student death lawsuit over". ABC News (KTRK). Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Family reaches settlement in UT hazing death case". News 8 Austin. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  14. ^ Fitzgerald, Joe (8 May 2013). "Freshman tragically dies after frat party". Golden Gate Express. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Fitzgerald, Joe (14 July 2013). "Fraternity booted from S.F. State after party death as school looks into hazing allegations". SF Examiner. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

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