Info for Parents
Is your son
considering joining Lambda Chi Alpha at MIT? Are you a parent of one of the members
of our chapter? Either way, welcome! Parents are an important part of our Lambda
There are many stereotypes about fraternal organizations in the media. So, we can
understand why parents may be initially concerned about their son's membership in
a fraternity. Many of our parents had concerns in the beginning as well.
Lambda Chi offers a strong support system for your son. Academics are our primary
concern, as we balance sports, leadership positions and social events for a well-rounded
college experience. After college, the support system remains, as our members benefit
from career connections and lifelong friendship with our alumni.
Our members and alumni advisors are happy to speak with you about any of your questions
or concerns. Please feel free to contact Program Advisor Steve Pettinato at any time:
773-562-0142, firstname.lastname@example.org .
We encourage parents to visit our home away from home at
99 Bay State Road in Boston's historic Back Bay. In fact, we are planning
a parents' brunch or dinner later in the year. We look forward to meeting you and
introducing you to our brotherhood.
A Testimonial from Lambda Chi Parents
"The fraternity experience for our son Kevin has been critical to his success at
MIT. Most importantly he found the friends that every kid needs for support, guidance
and to have fun during their college experience. This includes help with academic
issues and extracurricular activities as well as getting around the Boston community.
In addition Kevin has developed his leadership skills and become more independent.
His big brother Mike was there when he needed him and Kevin has been there for his
little brother Terrence. The fraternity has extended Kevin's friendships to students
and alumni of MIT of all ages which will help him in the years to come."
Dave and Vicki Yurkerwich
Position Against Hazing
Our Lambda Chi chapter believes that hazing has no place in brotherhood. The values
of our fraternity reflect the following statement from Lambda Chi Alpha International:
Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader
in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, and other challenges facing today's
college student. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing
opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, and lifelong friendships.
The chapter's Advisory Board consists of local Lambda Chi alumni who are dedicated
to helping the collegiate members have the best fraternity experience possible.
The alumni work closely with the chapter in the areas of officer training, academics,
finance, risk management, recruitment and standards. If your son needs help or advice,
we are always willing to assist him.
Stephen D. Immerman - Chapter Advisor
Steve is the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life and Executive Director for Enterprise
Services at MIT. Steve has served as a leader for a variety of departments and key
projects for MIT in his 20+ years of employment at MIT. He most recently led Project
Aurora, an MIT initiative to address the status and future development of MIT's
fraternities, sororities and independent living groups. Steve accepted Lambda Chi
Alpha's invitation to membership in the mid 1980s when he served as Chapter Advisor.
Our chapter proudly initiated Steve, and our collegiate members and alumni continue
to benefit from his deep experience and wisdom.
John Simmons - Program Advisor
John is a principal at Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd and Mc Grath in Waltham, MA. He holds
a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) (1990) and a Master
in Business Administration (1995), both from MIT.
John is married to Muriel Medard, who is an Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate
Professor at MIT in the EECS Department at MIT. John and Muriel, who met as undergraduates
while studying for finals in the library, are currently faculty in residence for
MIT's newest dormitory, Simmons Hall, where they live with their three daughters
Vivian (12), Josephine (6) and Cecile (4). Muriel was formerly the Freshman residence-based
academic advisor for Lambda Chi Alpha. John served as the President of the Alumni
Corporation Board and received the Stephen Immermann Alumni Service Award for his
work with Lambda Chi Alpha.
Steve Huson - Fraternity Education Advisor
Steve has lived
in the Boston area since graduating in 1984 with a degree in Management from MIT.
Steve served as Fraternity Educator at Lambda Chi during his senior year. He is
currently Vice President & General Manager, Diversified Markets at Cross Country
Automotive Services in Medford, MA.
Steve is married to wife Rosemary, a graduate of Emmanuel College. They have two
children - Charlotte (17) and Ben (15). The Husons live in Westford, MA, where they
have a dog, a cat, a horse and 8 chickens.
"The Lambda Chi Alpha experience was a key ingredient in my education at MIT. The
fraternity taught me a lot about teamwork, gave me opportunities for leadership,
and provided connections that are still important to me both socially and in my
career. The environment of brotherly support that exists in the fraternity, I attribute
as a key factor in helping me have great success in the academic life that is so
important at MIT."
Kevin Coffey - Operations Advisor
in 1983 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Management. While at MIT he managed
the intramural sports program for two years, and taught basketball officiating as
a MIT physical education class. Kevin served as Recruitment Chairman at Lambda Chi
during his senior year.
After graduation, Kevin spent 11 years with Hewlett-Packard in senior marketing
roles. Since then, he has led two small technology companies and managed business
units for larger companies. Kevin is currently managing business acquisition and
expansion for a Taiwanese company.
Kevin has been married for twenty years to Deirdre, a Simmons College graduate whom
he met while living at Lambda Chi. Kevin's son Brian (18) is a freshman at MIT.
Daughter, Caitrin, is 17, and very much looking forward to driving freedom. The
Coffeys live in Andover and have a diving-board dog and two very successful rodent-hunting
Alumni Corporation Board
The Alumni Corporation, the owner of the chapter house at
99 Bay State Road, is comprised of all living alumni members of Lambda Zeta
chapter who are in good standing. The Corporation's primary focus is to maintain
a safe and comfortable home for the collegiate members. The Corporation supervises
house improvement projects, chapter employees, and fund raising.
The Alumni Corporation Board is comprised of 10 alumni elected annually at the Corporation's
annual meeting. The current officers of the ACB are:
Steve Pettinato, '80
James Monk '64
Mike Petro, '89
Bob Hunt, '89
Robert Mann, '75
Steve Huson '84
Dave Dobos, '77
Dylan Cors, '91
Jeff Lobo, '84
Charlie Snell, '71
Steve Pettinato - Alumni Corporation President
an investment firm, Hermitage Group LLC, which trades options, equities, and futures
as a broker dealer. He is a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)
and the Chicago Board of Trade and serves on several CBOE management committees.
He graduated from MIT in 1980 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and from the
University of Chicago MBA program in 1982.
Steve and his wife Maureen have 3 children, Allie, 18, Kate, 16, and Eric, 11. They
reside on the north side of Chicago, within walking distance of Wrigley Field. Nonetheless,
Steve is still a Phillies fan.
"My membership in Lambda Chi has positively influenced my adult life more than any
other single experience. I met my wife at LCA. A pledge brother introduced me to
the business I've spent my career in. The friendships I developed as an undergraduate
at LCA are going strong 25 years later, and any time I'm with brothers from any
era, I can feel the connection. It's a very special place, and I feel lucky to be
a part of it."