The 2016 National Conclave was held in Las Vegas, July 28 – 30 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel. It broke all attendance records and become the largest National Conclave in the history of Alpha Kappa Lambda!

 National Award Winners

THE FOUNDERS’ AWARD Beta Tau Chapter, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
HOLMES AWARD Hannibal Miksis ’13, Gamma Theta Chapter, Boise State University
CLARENCE E. BREHM LEADERSHIP AWARD Joey Bahnsen ’14, Psi Chapter, Iowa State University
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD Chance Simpson, Eta Chapter, Washington State University
OUTSTANDING CAMPUS ACTIVITY AWARD Gamma Delta Chapter, University of Montevallo
ALUMNI DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD Jim Thompson ’61, Xi Chapter, Truman State University
ANN GILCHRIST STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD Jeffrey Szumanski ’04, Gamma Iota Chapter, Eastern Michigan University
THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD Xi Chapter, Truman State University
GILCHRIST ‘MAN OF CHARACTER’ AWARD Tom Caruso ’15, Gamma Pi Chapter, University of Connecticut

National Conclave Photos

AKL Education Foundation Announces $3 Million Capital Campaign, ‘Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence’

Men of 1914 – Exclusive Undergraduate Giving Program Unveiled

The Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation announced the plans to raise $3 million by July 2018, through the Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence Campaign. This capital campaign, a first for AKL, is the solution and plan to educate and invest in young men of character who are committed to making a difference in their communities by learning, embracing, and exemplifying AKL character by supporting three main priorities.

Priority number one is to expand and endow an academic scholarship program. The second priority is to instill our values and fortify and strengthen the young men in every chapter by establishing a minimum endowment of $25,000 for every Alpha Kappa Lambda chapter. The final priority will raise unrestricted funds to be used where the need is greatest and to adjust to whatever challenges may come our way.

“We have an ambitious goal to raise $3 million,” Brother Bill West, ’70 Iota Chapter and President of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation said. “This is the largest fundraising effort AKL has ever undertaken, and we are off to a great start with over $700,000 raised.”

In conjunction with the Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence Campaign, the Foundation has developed an undergraduate giving program, called the Men of 1914, which was announced during the Brotherhood Lunch. The announcement was made by Brothers Derek Parris, ’13 Lambda Chapter, Tyler Holland, ’16 Mu Colony, and Fadi Mohamed ’13 Gamma Beta Chapter and ended with a challenge to have 60 brothers to join the program throughout the duration of the weekend.

This program is for all undergraduate brothers who share the long-term vision and commitment to Alpha Kappa Lambda. Through a gift of $19.14 or more, brothers are able to make a statement to the world that they believe in the values and future of AKL. Brothers who join, will receive a custom Men of 1914 lapel pin, name badge recognition at National events and recognition in the campaign donor list.

By the end of the weekend, membership in the Men of 1914 hit 60 Founding Members! Brothers also have the opportunity to take on a leadership role through the Leadership Council. This is an opportunity for brothers to promote, contribute, and serve in an advisory capacity to the AKL Education Foundation.

For more information, to make a gift or volunteer to the Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence Campaign, or you are an undergraduate interested in joining the Men of 1914, more information can be found at or contact Laura Landry, Director of Development at

Recruitment Boot Camp

     Recruitment Boot Camp is a three-day, goal-driven, intensive recruitment training program has been offered to all Alpha Kappa Lambda members for nearly five years and counting. At this year’s National Conclave, over 25 chapters and colonies were represented at Recruitment Boot Camp. The attendees participated in large-group training where they learned about how values alignment, branding, and how social media can bolster recruitment quality and quantity. During their small-group breakout sessions, volunteer facilitators lead discussions about implementing these practices to positively change and improve a chapter’s recruitment process. The final outcome was each chapter and colony developing an action plan in order to achieve their maximum potential through all recruitment efforts this upcoming academic year.

     These action plans will be implemented with the assistance of the chapters and colonies’ designated Regional Manager and the Coordinator of Growth from National Headquarters. As the “lifeblood of the Fraternity”, recruitment allows Alpha Kappa Lambda to further spread it’s Five Ideals to potential new members on current and future campuses. In addition to these action plans, a free, monthly webinar series was announced and will be available to all members. Details can be found below. The past two years of growth for Alpha Kappa Lambda have seen the largest number of new members in the history of the Fraternity. The bar has been set, and our chapters and colonies are eager to once again make history.

Click Here to see the Recruitment Boot Camp Webinar Schedule

Conclave Educational Programming

We were so excited to offer education programs to both our undergraduate members and our alumni at Conclave this year. The undergraduate educational offerings centered around three case studies. These case studies focused on challenges that the Sigma, Tau, and Gamma chapters faced this year and how they have learned from those challenges. These chapters worked very hard to develop a presentation that would be impactful for their peers. Each case study was unique but was still able to offer advice to chapters of all shapes and sizes. The other educational offerings for undergraduates involved relationships with alumni, utilizing campus resources, and harnessing leadership potential.

Additionally, we were proud to offer an educational experience for our alumni and advisors. The first session that was offered focused on the mental health of our undergraduate members. As advisors, they are on the front lines of seeing and hearing. The topic of the second session was the development of college students and how an advisor or volunteer can assist a student in his development. Alumni education is something that the fraternity is planning to place an increased focus on moving forward, so watch for more information soon. We were delighted to be able to offer so many educational programs at Conclave this year!

Newly Elected National Executive Council and New National Headquarters Structure

Newly Elected National Executive Council

  • National President
    • Don Enstrom ’73, Phi Chapter, Oregon State University
  • National Vice President
    • Rich Cruz ’64, Kappa Chapter, Purdue University
  • National Vice President of Finances
    • Geoffrey Burger ’91, Gamma Alpha Chapter, University of Missouri
  • National Secretary
    • Jeremy Slivinski ’96, Beta Nu Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • NEC Director
    • Jeff Feist ’86, Delta Chapter, University of Kansas
  • NEC Director
    • John Linthicum ’86, Beta Nu Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • NEC Director
    • Jonathan Cook ’00, Gamma Beta Chapter, University of Alabama
  • National Chaplain
    • Ryan Rush ’98, Gamma Eta Chapter, University of Central Arkansas
  • NEC Undergraduate Member
    • Fadi Mohammed ’13, Gamma Beta, University of Alabama
  • NEC Undergraduate Member
    • Joey Bahnsen ’14, Psi Chapter, Iowa State University
  • Past National President
    • Bryant Gatrell ’91, Gamma Alpha Chapter, University of Missouri

New National Headquarters Structure

  • Jeremy Slivinski, ’96, Beta Nu Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
  • Jeffrey Szumanski, ’04, Gamma Iota, Eastern, Michigan University
    • Chief Operating Officer
  • Brittany Booth, ’10, Kappa Alpha Theta, Albion College
    • Director of Chapter Services
  • Jeremy Roberson,’12, Beta Nu Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Coordinator of Growth
  • James Boyle, ’12, Gamma Lambda Chapter, Temple University
    • Regional Manager
  • Trey Nunnally, ’12, Beta Nu Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Regional Manager
  • Kyle Martin, ’12, Beta Nu Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Chapter Manager- Gamma
  • Laura Landry, ’04, Phi Sigma Sigma, Fitchburg State College
    • AKL Education Foundation – Director of Development

2018 Conclave Location Revealed- Atlantis, Bahamas

Hotel Accommodations

$ 209.00

per night (plus tax & resort fees)

The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda is extremely excited that the 2018 National Conclave will be located at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas August 1 – August 4, 2018.

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