• Gamma Kappa Zeta (Local) History:

    • Local chapter founded in 1912.
    • Originally known as The Pirate Crew, and lived at the Columbia YMCA.
    • Around World War 1, the chapter changed its name to Epsilon Iota Gamma.
    • On Sept. 3, 1922, the chapter changed to a local social fraternity called Lambda Pi Epsilon. They had six members.
    • On Feb. 9, 1923, the chapter talked to Prof. Stuart, who recommended that they check out Lambda Chi Alpha.
    • The chapter lived at the Columbia YMCA until 1924 when they rented their first house, located near the center of campus.
    • In 1925, the chapter moved again, this time to a house on the corner of Sixth St. and Conley Ave. The building was three stories and located just one block from Jesse Hall.
    • On April 9, 1926, the chapter became the Gamma Kappa Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha. They were the 94th chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. At the time, there were 3 other local fraternities and 14 sororities at MU.
    • In 1942, the Army Air Corp took over the chapter house for use during World War II.
    • The Gamma Kappa Zeta possesses a brass Coat of Arms made by C.E. Crutchfield. There are only four like it in the world, at MU, KU, Ball State University, and the National Headquarters.
    • In 1969, Lambda Chi Alpha changed from a pledgeship to an Associate membership. Nationally, this occurred at the 33rd General Assembly in Portland, Ore., in 1972, which officially changed the term “pledge” to “Associate Member.”


    National History:

    Lambda Chi Alpha was founded by Warren A. Cole, while a student at Boston University, on November 2, 1909; with the expressed objective purpose of bringing about the association together of college students of good moral character in the various collegiate institutions within the United States and Canada; to foster a high Christian standard of life and ideals, to promote honorable friendship, to cultivate intellectual excellence, to secure for members the greatest advantages in college life, to establish brotherly love, mutual aid, close personal connection between alumni, undergraduates and college, and to bind them together for mutual pleasure and interest in college as well as after life by testing each with courage, self-control, obedience, democracy and courtesy toward all with whom the may come in contact.Today, Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity is one of the largest men's general fraternities in North America with more than over 268,000 initiated members and has chapters at more than 300 universities. It was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, and other challenges facing today's college student.