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Encyclopedia > Alpha Kappa Lambda
Alpha Kappa Lambda
(ΑΚΛ)
Founded April 22, 1914 (1914-04-22) (age 93)
University of California, Berkeley
Type Collegiate fraternity
Motto "Αλεθια Και Λογοσ-Alethia Kai Logos" ("The Truth and the Word")

"Men of Character Committed to Making a Difference" is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ...

Colors Purple and Gold
Symbol Coat of Arms
Flower Yellow Rose
Factoid First national fraternity founded on the west coast
Headquarters 4735 Statesmen Drive Suite F.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Homepage http://www.akl.org

Alpha Kappa Lambda (ΑΚΛ) is an American collegiate social fraternity for men founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1914. Today, it operates approximately 33 active chapters and colonies and boast tens of thousands of initiated members. This article is about the color. ... GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ...

Contents

Philosophy

Alpha Kappa Lambda's cornerstone is its "Five Ideals":

  • Judeo-Christian Principles
  • Leadership
  • Scholarship
  • Loyalty
  • Self-Support.

Alpha Kappa Lambda teaches men that the commitments outlined in the Fraternity's Ritual are not merely remote ideals, but areas of discipline for daily life. AKΛs support, and in turn have the support of, their brothers in living these principles. Through Alpha Kappa Lambda, men with different backgrounds but similar ideals unite with a common purpose: to foster excellence in scholarship, leadership, individual growth, and involvement in community service. AKΛ is dedicated to Men of Character, Committed to Making A Difference.


History and Tradition

Alpha Kappa Lambda was founded on April 22, 1914 by a group of young men attending the University of California, Berkeley. Its birth, however, dates back to 1906 when a group of friends discussed the "need of Christian men for a place to live and study that was within their [financial] means." Thus, Los Amigos was born out of that need of forming a house club where they might live together as men and brothers, helping each other, encouraging each other, and living more economically than they could separately.


The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake delayed the formation of the club for a time. However, after assisting in the cleanup of that earthquake, four students re-addressed their desire to organize a house club during a YMCA conference in Pacific Grove, California. It was decided to form "Los Amigos" in 1907, which was a house club named from the Spanish translation of "The Friends." Shortly after, seven more men joined Los Amigos. San Francisco Earthquake redirects here. ... Not to be confused with YWCA. This article is about the association. ... Pacific Grove, California city hall. ...


Reverend Gail Cleland, one of the original eleven members of Los Amigos, recalled, "When we organized Los Amigos as a house club...house clubs and fraternities were dime a dozen. They came, they lived for a few months or a few years, then they went out of existence again. But Los Amigos did not go out of existence."


He continues, "And seven years later...in response to the suggestion of Benjamin Ide Wheeler, the President of the University of California, we organized our house club as a national fraternity of one chapter." Benjamin Ide Wheeler Benjamin Ide Wheeler (1854 – 1927) was a Greek and comparative philology professor at Cornell University as well as President of the University of California from 1899 to 1919. ...


The founders of Los Amigos were a diverse group, but they shared a common desire for studious living in a college environment and continued integrity after their formal education concluded.


On April 22, 1914, a formation banquet was held in the Hotel Shattuck in Berkley, with members of the new Fraternity and many guests from the community of the University of California in attendance.


Alpha Kappa Lambda became the first Fraternity to be founded on the West Coast. Besides being born in the West and spreading east, Alpha Kappa Lambda was unique in another way.


"Of particular novelty is statement that the Ideals of the Fraternity are to develop the 'social, intellectual, moral, and religious welfare of it members, (and) to foster and encourage among its members Christian principles, service, higher education, culture, and refinement'," reported The Berkeley Gazette (April 27, 1914) a few days following the formal installation of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda.


The original founding fathers of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity were William Floyd Barnum, Herman "Richie" "Dickie" Bergh, Charles Junius "Charlie" Booth,"Serious Minded" Gail Cleland, Leonard Harrington Day, Alan Holmes Kimball, Harry Levi Osborn, Charles Oscar "Oscar" Perrine, Ludwig Rehfuess, Harold Alonzo Hal Savage, Joseph Leon "Joe" Taylor.


In 1921, several members of Alpha chapter transferred to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. There they joined the 54 man Bushnell Guild and convinced them to adopt the Alpha Kappa Lambda name. This opened Gamma chapter and spread the fraternity to the Midwest. Today, Gamma is the oldest continuously active chapter. They are currently planning an extensive renovation of the house they have occupied since 1921. The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ...


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Fraternity Motto

The motto of the fraternity is "Alethia Kai Logos," which in Classical Greek means "The Truth and the Word". Former National President William B. Herms explains, "The motto is a symbolic statement of our Ideals. We are seekers after Truth, the highest Truth, if you please . . . And the Word, which again lends itself to interpretation." AKL's seek through both their words and deeds to advance the spirit of Alethia Kai Logos, as well as strengthen both their individual chapters and their universities by living the ideals of the Motto.


Fraternity Creed

I believe in the Five Ideals of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and subscribe to an emphasis on Judeo-Christian Principles, Leadership, Scholarship, Loyalty, and Self-Support.


I believe in brotherhood as friendship of the highest calling.


I accept membership in Alpha Kappa Lambda as affiliation that is binding for life.


I pledge myself to treat others as I would have them treat me.


I shall respect the opinion of others.


I shall commit myself to a style of membership in Alpha Kappa Lambda that is an educationally and socially maturing process. The goal of this process is achieving a wholeness of manhood that is prepared to assume leadership responsibility in fulfilling the obligations of life.


Fraternity Badge

The official badge of the fraternity is made of at least ten carat gold. An alpha and a lambda rest in the background (covered with the flowers of a dogwood, representing Christian Principles) and the Kappa is raised, set with eleven whole pearls. The eleven pearls represent both the original founders of the Los Amigos Club as well as the eleven traits that AKL sought to advance in its early years and to this day. The badge is to be worn only on collared shirts, sweaters, or suit vests, and in the traditional position over the heart. The badge may only be worn by initiated members of the Fraternity.
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The Yellow Rose

The Souvenir de Claudis Pernet, described as a tantalizing yellow rose, was adopted as the Fraternity's Official Flower at the 6th National Conclave in 1927, because "it was not expensive, and its deep golden color matched well with the colors of AKΛ." The flower was a popular rose in early 1900s. While the Souvenir de Claudis Pernet itself is no longer widely grown, it has many hybridized descendants. The rose was originally bred by a famous French rose-breeder, Joseph Pernet-Ducher, who named the rose after one of his sons who died in World War I. Image:Yellowrose.gif For other uses, see Rose (disambiguation). ... Joseph Pernet-Ducher (1859-1928) was a French rosarian and hybridizer. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


National Service Projects

These Hands Don't Hurt

Alpha Kappa Lambda realizes that sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses and believes that it can be fought through education, service, and philanthropic projects. The philanthropic fundraising aspect is the most visible of the three. The fundraising is performed via a “Promise Wall.” The Promise Wall is displayed prominently in a high traffic area of campus. Students, faculty, and members of the community are asked to add their “hand” to the Promise Wall for a contribution of $1. By placing their “hand” on the wall they make a promise that their hand will not be used to harm others.
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Cystic Fibrosis

The fraternity adopted cystic fibrosis as a national philanthropy at the 1990 National Conclave. Chapters support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis in many ways. Chapter fundraisers provide financial support to local organizations, research, and individuals. Chapters provide manpower to help local organizations' events. Members can have holiday or birthday parties for children suffering from CF. There are countless ways to touch the lives of CF sufferers and their families.


Adopt-A-School

The Adopt-A-School program was endorsed by the National Executive Council during their 1994 Winter meeting. The goal of the program is to provide for the formation of one-on-one relationships between local college students and local elementary students. This program provides an opportunity for college students to give something back to their host communities while devoting time and energy to be a role model for young children.


Active Chapter and Colony List

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Notable Alumni

Athletics

Dan Maloney, University of Illinois, Gamma Chapter, Last Portrayer of Chief Illiniwek (XXXVI)
Derrick Peterson, University of Missouri, Gamma Alpha Chapter, 2004 Olympic Athlete
John Madigan, University of Illinois, Gamma Chapter, Chief Illiniwek (XXXIII)
Matt Veronie, University of Illinois, Gamma Chapter, Chief Illiniwek (XXXIV)
John Clark, University of Missouri, Gamma Alpha Chapter, Tiger Punter
Scott Paffrath, University of Missouri, Gamma Alpha Chapter, Former NFL player
Rian Lindell, Washington State University, Eta Chapter, Current NFL player, Buffalo Bills
The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ... The Chief Illiniwek symbol Chief Illiniwek performing at a football game Chief Illiniwek was the mascot and official symbol of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign associated with the Universitys intercollegiate athletic programs from 1926 to February 21, 2007. ... This article is about the university in Columbia. ... The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ... The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ... This article is about the university in Columbia. ... This article is about the university in Columbia. ... Rian Lindell is a placekicker who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills and attended Washington State where he was on the college team with quarterback Ryan Leaf that made an appearence in 1998 Rose Bowl(Lindell was a freshman) and the Cougars lost to the Michigan Wolverines with future NFL... Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ...


Business

Jack Cakebread, University of California Berkeley, Alpha Chapter, Founder and CEO of Cakebread Cellars
Joe Coulombe, Stanford University, Beta Chapter, Founder and CEO of Trader Joe's
Rich Miletic, University of Illinois, Gamma Chapter, CEO of ZK Celltest
The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ... Joe Coulombe, born 1930 in San Diego, California, is best known for being the founder and first CEO of Trader Joes Market. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Trader Joes is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. ... The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ...


Entertainment & Media

Allen Drury, Stanford University, Beta Chapter, Journalist/Pulitzer Prize Winner
Irving Dilliard, University of Illinois, Gamma Chapter, Journalist/Pulitzer Prize Winner
Frayne Rosanoff http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0741020/, Chi Chapter; Actor, Star of 'Python' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209264/) Allen Stuart Drury (September 2, 1918 _ September 2, 1998) was a U.S. novelist. ... Stanford redirects here. ... The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ...


Government

Gary Sherrer, University of Kansas, Delta Chapter, Former Lt. Governor of Kansas
Steve King, Northwest Missouri State University, Alpha Zeta Chapter, Member of Congress (2003-present)
The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ... A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... For other people named Steve King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). ... Northwest Missouri State University is a state university in Maryville, Missouri. ... A Congressman or Congresswoman (generically, Congressperson) is a politician who is a member of a Congress. ...


Military

Maj. Gen. Oliver Prince Smith, University of California Berkeley, Alpha Chapter, Korean War Hero
Oliver Prince Smith (October 26, 1893- December 25, 1977) was a General in the United States Marine Corps and a highly decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ... Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden Communist: Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Peoples Republic of China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee...


Other

Carl Rogers, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Epsilon Chapter, Influential American Psychologist
Carl Ransom Rogers (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987) was an influential American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology. ... University of Wisconsin redirects here. ...


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