Alpha Kappa Lambda Launches Historic $3 Million Capital Campaign

By | AKL, Bold Brothers, Education Foundation

BB-logoFor immediate release – Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation, the fundraising arm of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, announces plans to raise $3 million by July 2018 through the Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence Campaign.

Launched at AKL Conclave 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, 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. Through this campaign, donors have the opportunity to establish general and chapter-specific scholarships to support and educate students through academic and need-based scholarships.

The second priority is to instill AKL values and fortify and strengthen the young men in every chapter across the United States. Through this campaign, AKL will establish a minimum endowment of $25,000 for every chapter to award additional scholarships, pay for students to attend qualified leadership programs and fund various other educational expenses.

Finally, the Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence Campaign will raise unrestricted funds to be used where the need is greatest and to adjust to whatever challenges AKL will face in the future. This will allow AKL to remain at the forefront of future developments in higher education and provide the opportunity to be proactive instead of reactive; ensuring undergraduate members are offered a relevant, progressive and beneficial fraternal experience.

“We have an ambitious goal to raise $3 million,” said Brother Bill West, Iota 1970, and President of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation. “This is the largest fundraising effort AKL has ever undertaken, and we are off to a great start with over $700,000 raised.”

“It is our responsibility to develop men committed to character and we can do this through the Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence Campaign. We are more than a fraternity – we are the future,” added Brother Bryant Gatrell, Gamma Alpha 1991, co-chairman of the campaign.

For further information, to make a gift or volunteer to the Bold Brothers Inspiring Excellence Campaign visit or contact Laura Landry, Director of Development, at

  • OmegaFi Hires Director of Development for AKL Education Foundation

    By | AKL, OmegaFi, Staff

    The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda, AKL Education Foundation, and OmegaFi are pleased to introduce Laura Landry, as the new Director of Development for the AKL Education Foundation.

    Laura joins staff after spending the past five years with Phi Sigma Sigma and the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. With the Fraternity, she held the role of Director of Recruitment and Extension and the Development Officer for the Foundation. With the Foundation, she helped develop a Major Gift program as well a collegiate giving program. Laura will take the lead in coordinating all capital campaign and annual fund efforts for the AKL Education Foundation. She’ll attend the 2016 National Conclave, participate in the Foundation Board meetings, and help our foundation launch their capital campaign.”

    “Being a member of a sorority changed my life and I am honored to be able to work for both a company and a fraternity that believes in the fraternity and sorority movement. I am very excited to be working with Alpha Kappa Lambda, a fraternity that is diverse and has such strong ideals.” Laura elaborated further by saying, “AKL is a great organization with dedicated leaders and I look forward to engaging Men of Character who are making a difference all across the country while highlighting the amazing work of the Education Foundation.”

    Before moving into the non-profit world, Laura worked in Minor League Baseball where she sold groups, tickets and sponsorships for a Boston Red Sox affiliate, Chicago Cubs affiliate and the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate. Laura, who is originally from the Boston area, graduated from Fitchburg State College in 2007 with a degree in Communications. She currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Two Chapter Services Consultants Depart Staff

    By | AKL, Staff

    On behalf of the of the Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda headquarters staff, we would like to thank Brother Andrew Walker and Brother Adam Woodbeck for their service and dedication as Chapter Services Consultants.  The long hours of service you dedicated to this organization have made it stronger and we are thankful for the time you spent here helping develop our chapters and the men of Alpha Kappa Lambda.

    Brother Woodbeck explained, “I had a great year on the road as a Chapter Services Consultant. This year will always be something I will cherish and remember fondly. I had the opportunity to visit chapters in Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, Washington, Idaho, Colorado & Alabama. It is truly humbling to work with so many great men who want to be a part of something larger than themselves. I hope to stay in touch with many of the brothers I met on the road and wish everyone future success. Alethia Kai Logos.”

    When asked his feelings on working at the National Headquarters, Brother Walker described it as, “When I took this position two years ago, I had the expectation that I would give my all to this fraternity for the duration of my time as a consultant. I was excited and nervous, not knowing the places it would take me and the people I would befriend. Looking back, I can say I have had a truly incredible experience working for and with AKL. There were frustrating times, stressful and difficult, but more often there were fun and wonderful times. There were times that I felt as though I was making a difference by connecting with both undergrad and alumni brothers, convincing them that a fraternity is and can be more than a social club. Assisting the undergraduates on what it means to be Men of Character in Alpha Kappa Lambda. Although my time as a consultant for AKL has ended, I am instilled with the desire to continue giving my support to this fraternity that has given so much to me. ‘Affiliation Kindled For Life’ are the words that come to mind as I look back on the last two years as a consultant, and on the years to come as a continued alumnus of Alpha Kappa Lambda.”

    Thank you for giving the Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda your best. We hope you enjoy success in all your future endeavors. Any questions can be directed to

  • 2016 UIFI Scholarship Recipients

    By | AKL, Scholarships

    The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 UIFI Scholarships to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute this summer. These students were selected from numerous applicants as possessing the drive and desire to attend this program and further their development as Greek leaders. UIFI is considered to be the premiere leadership opportunity for undergraduate students.

    • Jonathan Dizon,  Gamma, University of Illinois
    • Jordan Vassel,  Xi, Truman State University
    • Tanner Young, Sigma, University of Central Missouri
    • William Westhues, Alpha Zeta, Northwest Missouri State
    • Kyle Cloninger, Beta Tau, Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville
    • Austin Evans, Beta Tau, Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville
    • Alexander Cunningham, Beta Psi, Missouri State University
    • Christian Gentil, Gamma Alpha, Univeristy of Missouri
    • Caleb Baird, Gamma Iota, Eastern Michigan University
    • Michael Scicchitano, Gamma Lambda, Temple University
    • Calvin Burran, Gamma Xi, Clayton State University
    • Michael Overmyer, ASU Colony, Arizona State University

    Follow the link for more more information on UIFI: Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute

  • Expansion Announcement – Indiana University, Fall 2016

    By | AKL, Expansion

    The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda is excited to announce it will be establishing a new colony at Indiana University this fall.

    On March 22, National Headquarters staff members, Jeffrey Szumanski, Jeremy Roberson, and Brittany Booth petitioned to the Interfraternity Council and its members to become the newest recognized colony on campus. After deliberation and a vote of its members, the IFC decided that Alpha Kappa Lambda is to become the 33rd member of the IFC at IU beginning Fall 2016.

    Ryan Zukerman, President of the Indiana University IFC stated, “The Indiana University Interfraternity Council is excited about the addition of Alpha Kappa Lambda to the Indiana University Greek Community this Fall. We anticipate that AKL will be an exemplary organization and will help us in our mission to foster a greater level of communication, cooperation, and achievement for the Greek Community within the larger Indiana University Community.”

    Expansion preparations have already begun; AKL will begin notifying alumni members of our plans for Indiana University by mail in the coming weeks. An Alumni Advisory Board will be established in order to provide the IU Colony support throughout the initial semester and the entire process. Current chapters and colonies that can assist the IU Colony will also be contacted for recommendations and friends that attend the university.

    If you, or a student you know, currently attends Indiana University and would like to be considered for membership in the colony please fill out this form, I’m Interested in Joining.

  • 2016 Conclave Logo Unveiled

    By | AKL, Conclave

    The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda is pleased and excited to unveil the logo for the 2016 National Conclave in Las Vegas!

    This logo was selected from numerous submissions, all sent by undergraduate members, from across the country. Those creating submissions were given freedom to create as they saw fit but the design had to incorporate;

    • Fraternity Full Name: Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda and Greek Letters
    • Fraternity Colors: Purple and Gold
    • Conclave Dates: July 28 – July 31, 2016
    • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Appropriate imagery from AKL history, regalia, Coat of Arms etc. 
    • Appropriate imagery associated with host location, Las Vegas.

    The logo was created by Brother David Ketchum (Gamma Nu, Mansfield, ’14). David explained “An alumni of our chapter sent me the link… When I thought about it, I wanted to make a logo to give back to Alpha Kappa Lambda in a certain way and thought this was a great way to do so.” David is currently a member of the Gamma Nu Chapter at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He is a Graphic Design Major with a Minor in Business Administration who currently holds three positions; New Member Trainer, Public Relations, and Historian. After he graduates, David plans to go to graduate school to get an MFA in Brand Development.

    This logo will be used on all advertising and publication materials leading up to, and through Conclave. All details for the 2016 National Conclave can be found here:

  • Conclave Registration Now Open!

    By | AKL, Conclave
    • Conclave Registration
      • To register, you must sign in through using your myAKL login information
      • Click “Events” and under Upcoming Events, “2016 National Conclave & Recruitment Boot Camp”
      • Click either “Register Myself Only” or “Register Myself and/or Guests”
      • Follow the on-screen prompts to register.
    • Recruitment Boot Camp Registration
      • Recruitment Boot Camp will be running concurrently with Conclave, July 28 – July 31.
      • All Undergraduate  Recruitment Chairmen are expected to attend. Click “Conclave Schedule of Events” above for programming details.
      • To register, follow the process outline above and select “Recruitment Boot Camp Participant”
    • Hotel Reservations (book by 7/1/16 for group rate)
      • $119.00/night plus tax. Up to four individuals may stay in a guest room at no additional cost.

    If you need assistance with your login information or have questions about National Conclave or Recruitment Boot Camp, please contact the National Headquarters at, or at 317-564-8003.

  • 2015 AKL Holmes & Brehm Award Winners Announced

    By | AKL, Awards

    The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Holmes and 2015 Brehm Awards.

    2015 Holmes Award- Dillon Mulroy (Gamma Nu, ’11, Mansfield University)

    Dillon MulroyThe 2015 Holmes Award Recipient, Dillon Mulroy, ’11 is an initiated member of the Gamma Nu Chapter at Mansfield University and has served as Chapter President and Scholarship Chairman. When asked his feelings on winning this award, “Words cannot express the amount pride I have in our Fraternity, it was truly unexpected and is an honor to be the recipient of the Holmes award. I joined AKL because the brothers at my chapter were and are some of the most accepting, kind, and hardworking people I have ever met.  I would not have achieved half of the personal successes I have without them and the opportunities being a member of AKL have provided.”

    His nominators wrote, “Dillon Mulroy is a big reason the chapter is where it is today. Without him, it is quite possible that we would have still been in ten plus thousand dollars of debt, and may not have received the awards at the last conclave. No, he didn’t pay all of the money himself, and no, he didn’t put it all of the community service hours himself. What he did do, however, is bring a new attitude to the Chapter, and helped motivate our brothers to achieve the things they did, and are still doing. I know without Dillon, I don’t know if I would be where I am today. The way Dillon interacted with our brothers, our pledges, other Greek Life members, and adults was truly phenomenal.” They went on to say, “Without him… I might not even be a part of Alpha Kappa Lambda. Dillon brought a different kind of presence to Mansfield University. He was a big part of Greek life, and almost everyone in the school knew who he was, and he was never one to be shy. Dillon blows the standards for being a Man of Character out of the water, and that is why I think he deserves this prestigious award.”

    Brother Mulroy is currently working as a Software Engineer for State Farm Insurance in Phoenix and assisting in mentoring/advising the AKL Arizona State Colony.

    2015 Brehm Award- Danny Ruvolo (Gamma Kappa, ’13, Fairleigh Dickinson University)

    Danny RuvoloThe 2015 Brehm Award Recipient, Danny Ruvolo, ’13 is an initiated member of the Gamma Kappa Chapter at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has served as Chapter President, New Member Educator, Public Relations Chairman and Event Planning Chairman. When asked his feelings on winning this award, “I was ecstatic and very appreciative to know that I had made that much of a difference within AKL to have been chosen for this award. I joined for the strong brotherhood existing within AKL and because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.”

    One nominator explained, “… Danny has shown himself to be a man of exceptional intelligence and character. He receives excellent grades in all his classes. He is very focused on his career. He is very responsible: in addition to his course load, he also works in a veterinary hospital. Danny has demonstrated excellent leadership abilities in his capacity as president. I attend every chapter meeting and Danny is able to command everyone’s respect and admiration. Also, being able to maintain order in a room filled with eighteen-to-twenty-two year old men is no small accomplishment.”

    Brother Ruvolo is currently pursuing a degree in biomedical sciences before applying to Veterinary school.

    Both men will be presented with a plaque commemorating their achievements at the 2016 Conclave in Las Vegas.

    Established in 1954, the Holmes award is named in honor of Brothers Fred Gooding Holmes (Alpha `15) and Fred Weber Holmes (Alpha `38).  Each chapter may nominate one senior member for this honor, which is presented to the man considered by the judges to be the Fraternity’s “most outstanding undergraduate member”.

    Created in 1982 in honor of Clarence E. Brehm (Iota `32), this award is presented to the individual collegiate member who has illustrated superior abilities in leadership. This award is based both on performance within the Fraternity and participation in campus activities.