Spring 1993, ETA Chapter, NJIT, Major: Engineering
I became a brother in 1993. I was a 24 year old, AS in Engineering holding, six year United States Air Force veteran. When I was inducted, I had 74 line brothers in the East coast; the record number of neophytes at that time. I had the honor of meeting Fraternal Fathers Dr. Cayetano Soccaras and Dr. Jose Quiles. The fraternity as a whole was a small; 14 chapters, but undoubtedly a powerful and respected organization.
Most of my Greek letter organization research was done while attending Hudson County Community College, in New Jersey. Upon entering New Jersey Institute of Technology, I immediately came across recruitment flyers for a Latino fraternity. NJIT only had two LGLO on campus, but these flyer caused me to reconsider my original choice. I started to research the existing LGLO’s on campus and others across the country.
Eventually, I came to realize that Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. was the perfect fit. It’s goals and identify were consistent with that of my own and externally they seemed to provide a true brotherhood; extended family.
I could only image the anguish that I would have felt if I would have pledged another organization and then find out about the LAMBDAS. In my travels, I have come across several individuals that have regretted not knowing about our brotherhood. I did the research, but I was still lucky to have found the LAMBDAS.
However, I do not take it for granted that pledging makes one a brother. It is merely the first step. As we all know, the true pledging starts after one crosses. The fraternity is branded into my soul and I continue to pledge every waking moment. My commitment is true and unwavering. This is not to say that I am the best brother in the fraternity nor the most dedicated. It is just to say that I am part of a brotherhood that I truly believe in and I identify with its mission. If I would ever lose these essential facets, I would no longer consider myself to be a true brother of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
Every brother has opportunity for greatness. The process proves that one has the will and capacity to succeed: family, academics, fraternity, and profession.
It has been almost a quarter of a century since our founders recognized the need for our organization. Today, we are no longer a small fraternity yet our brotherhood is still the strongest and most respected LGLO in the country. This respect is not asked for but earned by the commitment, dedication, and actions of every member of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.