LAE Membership Information
Prospective members must have a Major or Minor in Criminal Justice, Police Studies, Arson Investigations, Military Science, or Forensice Science. Graduates of these programs are also eligble for membership as well as anyone employed in the field of criminal justice.
In order to apply for membership prospective members must attend at least one of the rush events held at the beginning of the semester and fill out a membership application. Once rush ends bids will go out to each person that the current executive board believes will be an asset to the organization. Unlike social fraternaties prospective members will be choosen based on qualifications and dedication to the organization. After recieving a bid and accepting, initiates will complete an eight week initiation period in which they will be required to attend at least 5 hours of community service, 5 hours of fundraising, and 5 hours of social events. After the end of this initiation period each initiate is reviewed and voted on by the current executive board. Those found to have completed all the requirements of their initiation are inducted as full members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon.
Dues in Lambda Alpha Epsilon are only $30.00 each semester due on the second meeting of the semester. New initiates have a one time only initiate fee of $50.00 that is required to pay for all the materials and items given to initiates. National dues are $36.00 per year for new members and $30.00 for existing members.
Speakers are a major part of our organization allowing members to network with law enforcement, federal and local agencies on a personal level. Past speakers have included KSP SRT (Swat), Ohio Division of Watercraft, Federal Bereau of Investigations, Kentucky State Police, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and many others. Speakers often show many of the instruments vital to their positions as can be seen to the right with a KSP Sniper showing his 50 caliber sniper rifle (troopers face removed to protect identity). On the left the same trooper demonstrates a breaching technique used in common SRT training maneuvers. Speakers also educate students on the hiring and application processes for the fields they are entering in order to facilitate an easier transition between academia and employment. Speakers also dispel many of the myths associated with their agencies and attempt to instill in students the realities of their positions.
Lambda Alpha Epsilon is not all buisness though, we also like to have fun. With that in mind our dedicated social committee arranges several events during a semester that allow us to unwind and just have some fun. First is our Hooters nights held on the first Wednesday of each month. This gives us a chance to crowd around all you can eat wings and just talk about whatever we want. Another very popular event is our game nights, where we bring in popular games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Halo and proceed to ridicule each other for bad singing and worse fragging. Other events include Bowling, Texas Holdem, and Movie Nights. Some future events planned for social nights include Paint Ball and a camping weekend.
As a fraternity of majors specialized in public service we continue that tradition with several Community Service events during a semester. One of these events is Extreme Community Makeover, where we take a small budget and a lot of man hours to attempt to give back to the men and women who give something to our community. By taking a number of donations and a small budget we paint and remodel a room assigned by the United Way of the Bluegrass. By reaching out to our community we help to grow both ourselves as contributing public servants in addition to the community in which we live.