Message from a Former President:
Alpha Kappa Psi is Washington University in St. Louis’s oldest co-ed professional fraternity. The Alpha Lambda chapter was founded in 1923 and has since developed a unique and diverse community on campus as well as an extensive alumni network that members look to for professional advice. Our fraternity is not just limited to those in Olin Business School, so while our chapter includes many business students, we also have voices from throughout the many disciplines at Washington University. These varying perspectives help us come together as a chapter to promote community service and leadership in business, in addition to finding success in finding enriching internship and postgraduate opportunities.
Being a brother of the Alpha Lambda Chapter has shaped me as a student and as a person, and has been a defining part of my WashU experience. Being in the chapter has not only helped me grow professionally, but has also provided me with opportunities to develop as a leader. The potential to step into executive positions as an underclassman has been incredibly valuable for me, and I frequently see members turn this experience and network into leadership roles across campus.
As president of the Alpha Lambda chapter, it is an honor to invite you to join our community to continue to foster the ideals of the fraternity and build on the AKPsi’s long lasting traditions. I welcome you to explore our website and get to know our chapter a little bit better through our rush process. If you have any questions about our organization, feel free to reach out to us.
– 2017 President Tyler Friedman
Alpha Kappa Psi is the world’s premier international business fraternity. As a community, we have over 236 active chapters world wide, and 278,000 lifetime members. Although an incredibly diverse group, we all share the bonds of brotherhood in addition to a desire to excel both professionally in business, and personally as integritous individuals. Alpha Kappa Psi, as an organization, exists to push people to become the best version of themselves, in addition to providing the necessary support for them to do so. Being part of this organization is a rich gift which our members benefit from for life.
Alpha Kappa Psi has five, lifetime core values which that it expects its members to adhere to: brotherhood, knowledge, integrity, unity, and service. We believe that heeding these values leads to the development of principled business leaders.
While trust, respect, cooperation, companionship and aid to all brothers is the expected norm, brotherhood extends beyond just that. The esoteric quality that we call “Brotherhood” is of vital importance although difficult to define. Our members, from the day they become brothers until the end of their lives, foster a great love of the fraternity and a fondness for brother members. While brotherhood manifests itself in a multitude of ways, at its center is a sense of duty and respect for both the fraternity and individual members, combined with friendship. All activities and decisions that involve the fraternity are guided by a sense of stewardship and selflessness. Members are anchored by the need to do what is in the best interest of the fraternity as a whole and are not swayed by individual self-interest.
Within Alpha Kappa Psi, education and experience is emphasized and shared. We believe that our work should begin where others left off. The fraternity is an amazing resource which can be leveraged to both help you succeed professionally and personally. College is merely the beginning of business education. Our members share their knowledge and experiences openly with the people they work with, regardless of rank or position. In addition, they seek out opportunities to share their real-world experience with brother members, and in doing so they enhance the lifelong learning of those members.
Members of Alpha Kappa Psi are expected that all their actions, whether in business or in life, be guided by honesty, ethics and fairness. Success through deceit is not success at all, but rather a charade from which no true greatness can be had. While the business world offers many opportunities for success and advancement, it also requires us to make decisions about how we succeed. Our members understand the importance of making decisions and conducting business in a way that takes into account both legal and ethical considerations. Our members serve as role models through their consistently fair and ethical conduct.
Alpha Kappa Psi values the sharing of time, talent and treasure with society and with our fraternity. Much is expected of those to whom much is given. Business professionals who seek to improve the communities in which they do business improve lives and develop goodwill. Our members actively give back to their communities through volunteer activities and monetary support.
A common understanding of our vision and values is that it transcends chapter, generation and profession and is utilized to anticipate and create the future. College chapters serve as living laboratories for classroom concepts and professional conduct. In turn, lessons learned in the fraternity prepare members for success in the business world. Because they recognize the value and importance of our Fraternity, our members are united in their passion to build a legacy for the future. They support the fraternity through volunteer leadership and monetary gifts.