Chapter History

In 1996, eleven men of different backgrounds, religions, and political ideologies came together under the prospect of mutual success to form the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc. The struggle to unite this national family, however, paled in comparison to the sea of troubles encountered on their journey to recognition by the Greek Council of the University of Central Florida. Opposition to a Latin fraternity grew, in part; to fears that this unassuming group of men would prove to be unfit to challenges of the number one rated Greek system in the southeastern United States. Some even argued that Lambda Theta Phi would never gain the acceptance of the larger Greek Letter fraternities and would therefore become irrelevant on campus.

In April of 1997, nearing the close of the Spring Semester and after months of constant lobbying by University administrators and faculty members friendly to their resolve, the Founding Brothers received the long awaited nod of recognition. Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc. was therefore ushered into the Greek Council, unceremoniously perhaps, but admitted nonetheless.

Today, years after the Founding Brothers pledged a lifelong devotion to Lambda Theta Phi, the Chapter they built stands as one of the cornerstones of the University of Central Florida Greek system. Alpha Alpha Chapter has set the highest standard for community service and leadership. Its Brothers have distinguished themselves in every aspect of University life from Student Government to Student Organizations, from academic to professional circles. Through the personal sacrifice of the Founders, the succeeding lines of Brothers have drawn the strength and pride to envision their roles as leaders. Taken, not from the individual confines of most, but through the ideals that in unity men find strength and that this strength can only be measured by a devotion to a common good. The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. works in this fashion to proliferate among the best men a desire to achieve, to lead, and to hold themselves above and beyond the standards.

Alpha Alpha Facts

22
Years Active

28
Lines

140
Brothers

113
Graduates

Executive Board

Javier Nevarez

President

Spring 2017 initiate, Mechanical Engineering major from Puerto Rico.

Brandon Grisales

Vice-President

Spring 2014 initiate, Mechanical Engineering major from Puerto Rico

Denis Aybar

Financial Officer

Spring 2014 initiate, Mechanical Engineering major from Puerto Rico

Armando Rijo

Administrative Officer

Spring 2014 initiate, Mechanical Engineering major from Puerto Rico

Why Lambda?

Lambda Theta Phi at the University of Central Florida was the first Latino organization on campus and since its arrival has helped and participated in the Latino community.

Brothers from the chapter have gone on to pursue professional careers in Law, Medicine, Engineering, Health, Military, and various other fields. Lambda as a national organization provides numerous opportunities for networking and further professional development. The fraternity boasts chapters all across the nation.

Being part of Lambda also provides a unique undergraduate experience, ask a brother (undergraduate/alumni), and they will smile at the notion of their undergraduate memories. Lambda believes in brotherhood for life, not just for 3-5 years of undergrad. Alumni are welcome and participate in fraternity functions at the chapter, state, and national level.

Chapter Philanthropy

The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. is proud to dedicate its philanthropy to the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). United Cerebral Palsy is one of the largest health nonprofits in the nation. It works closely with its affiliates on issues that open doors for people with disabilities. From home ownership to health care reform, inclusive education to competitive employment, UCP has established itself as a leader in the disability community and as a strong voice for individuals with disabilities and their families.

For more information visit: UCP | United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida