IRVING, Texas — The National Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity held its first in-person convention in three years. The fraternity has a chapter on the campus of NortheasternState University.
Members and alumni from across the country were in attendance for the annual convention, which included educational programs for undergraduate members and the annual fellowship business meeting. The fraternity has also named Jacob McGuire, Sigma/Oklahoma University of Science and Arts, its new National Executive Director. He replaces Paul Smith, Gamma/University of Arkansas at Monticello, who holds an emeritus position, where he will continue to advise and advise, while also assuming the role of Vice President of Internal Affairs/Finance.
“The [National] The board felt it was a safe and necessary time to resume in-person meetings, after a hiatus of more than two years. We have been extremely pleased with the tremendous turnout from our chapters, and are confident in the direction the fellowship is heading,” McGuire said.
McGuire said Phi Lambda Chi is working on several expansion and revitalization projects, including its Alpha chapter at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Alpha alumni Richard Walser, Curtis Brewer and Randy Gullett attended the convention and spoke briefly to members about the need for the revitalization effort.
“Get Alpha [chapter] backup and operation is one of our top priorities. We have set ourselves the goal of restoring Alpha by 2025, which happens to be our centenary,” McGuire said.
Additionally, Marvin Jackson, an alumnus of the Northwest Missouri State Iota Chapter, was also in attendance at the convention.
“We were thrilled that Marvin was able to join us for a while. We all benefited from spending time with him,” McGuire said.
Smith and Jessie Merritt, Sigma/Oklahoma University of Science and Arts, were both re-elected to two-year terms on the National Executive Board. Merritt, Sigma, vice president of external affairs; Kris London, Tau/Texas A&M-Texarkana, National Chairman; and Keith Beason, Nu University/Southern Arkansas, vice president of chapter operations, will all retain their current positions.