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For Walt Keiper, Lambda Chi Alpha has become much more than a part of his past. Since he graduated in 1985, he’s kept close ties with the chapter.

In fact, his first gig after graduation was working as a chapter consultant for Lambda Chi Alpha.

“After that, I went to work for Lehigh for five years as the Associate Director of Residential Services, basically handling Greek housing and residence hall housing while I got my MBA,” Walt said.

While he was at Lehigh, he couldn’t serve on the board because of his position in Residential Services. However, after earning his MBA and getting a new job, Walt joined the housing corps and served as president for a period of time. Now, he remains on the board—a testament to his commitment to the chapter and his appreciation for his Lambda Chi experience.

As an undergrad, he served as treasurer and president and recalls the value of both those leadership experiences. Not only did he learn to lead a group, but he gained some business experience while he served as treasurer.

He also recalls participating in the chapter’s very first leadership retreat for officers. “When I was president, we did our first leadership retreat as officers. We went away for a weekend, which was never done before. We focused on goal-setting and planning for the year.”

One of his proudest moments came during his senior year.

“The chapter was awarded with the Grand High Alpha Award, which was the outstanding chapter of the year award,” he said. “I think it was a lot of hard work but a great learning experience. That’s why I went to work for Lambda Chi Alpha as a chapter consultant. I was able to visit other college campuses around the country and help them build their chapters to a stronger place. I stayed involved because I think the fraternity experience is a worthy experience for a lot of reasons—for camaraderie, leadership building, and learning to deal with different types of people.”

   

Walt particularly enjoyed having a big brother to guide him in becoming an active brother. “I haven’t seen or heard from my big brother (Tim Borzell ’84) in quite some time and would love to reconnect with him. His family had place in Ocean City, NJ and so did mine, so we would catch up during the summer. Of course he served as a mentor and provided guidance in academics and the brotherhood.”

Walt looks forward to the day when the Chapter will be able to recolonize and build a strong group of leaders involved in the campus community of whom all alumni can be proud.

“I hope we can achieve the strong alumni support required for Lehigh to recognize us, as well as campus and national support.”

Today, he still resides in Bethlehem and has what he would consider a dream job.

“After I got my MBA, I wound up staying locally in Bethlehem,” he said. “I went to work for, at the time, Musikfest, a large 10-day summer music, beer-wine-food festival that started in 1984 to drive people to downtown Bethlehem. I started in 1992 as the Associate Director of Business Operations, and I just celebrated 24 years of working here. The organization has grown and our name is ArtsQuest now. We’ve built two arts centers—the Banana Factory Arts and Education Center and the ArtsQuest Center on the SteelStacks campus. We run live performances 52 weeks a year. We operate two stadiums, seated movie theatres, an amphitheater, a large restaurant, and bar operations. Now, I’m the Senior Vice President of Business Administration.”

Walt has two daughters (12 and 14) with Betsy Kline, his wife of 16 years. In his spare time, he’s starting playing tennis again. He played at Lehigh and now plays weekly and is part of the United States Tennis Association’s Adult League Program.

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