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October 2006
With a bronze rating during its previous year, the Gamma Psi Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha knew that it wanted better for the 2005-2006 school year. The accreditation process is a system developed by Lehigh University to measure the performance, strength and development of Greek member houses. All houses are evaluated on the basis of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, partnership, and stewardship. Last year was the second year that the accreditation system was in effect at Lehigh, and Lambda Chi proved it had learned a lot from its previous experience.
The 2005-2006 school year was one that was filled with countless programming, philanthropy and scholarly events. The brothers worked both independently and partnered with other organizations to develop many community-building and service programs. At the culmination of the academic year, the fraternity was responsible for developing a binder documenting the entire year and presenting in front of a panel of university officials and peers. Every member put in an incredible amount of work which ultimately resulted in a 200+ page summary of the entire year.
On the day of the accreditation presentation, Lambda Chi entered the main room of the newly renovated Lamberton Hall armed with their binders, a PowerPoint presentation and a small contingent of alumni. Roughly an hour later they emerged with smiles on their faces, extremely pleased with what had occurred. About a month into the summer the official results of accreditation were posted by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. Lambda Chi earned a total rating of silver for the 2005-2006 academic year. There were only seven fraternities with ratings of Silver or higher. Lambda Chi Alpha has definitely proved itself to be one of the best fraternities on Lehigh University's wonderful Hill.
Now that the new school year has arrived, Lambda Chi Alpha has gold status in its sights. There is no doubt that with a little bit of work that this goal can be achieved. Gamma Psi does have some obstacles to overcome following the most recent General Assembly. However, with hard work and by partnering with the university and alumni, Lambda Chi Alpha is confident that this year will be even more successful than last.