October 27, 2008

Lambda Beta History

In the year 1999, there were very few organizations that catered to Latino/Hispanic male students in Sam Houston State University . Five individuals wanted to bring something different to campus. At first, there were plans to create a car appreciation club but that changed to a more culturally oriented cause. Twenty-three members were recruited by the name of H.E.R.M.A.N.O.S. (Himself Exemplifying Respect, Maturity, and Nobility on Society). A few months later, the university recognized them as an organization of fifteen members. These men, in the fall of 1999, found the most honorable Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. and applied to become part of the brotherhood. They worked hard with only seven members that had the appropriate GPA at that time. These men got the news that they received colony status to start the education process. During that time, they spent countless hours traveling to Houston , Prairie View, and College Station . They began as a line of seven, but ended as a ship of six on the twenty-seventh day of March of the year 2000. That is when Sigma Lambda Beta-SHSU colony was born. These are the six men that started it all:

    Ricardo Valdez
    Christian Hurtado
    Edward Piña
    Esteban Pecina
    José Martínez
    Reynaldo Salas

The colony was strengthening itself by helping out the town of Huntsville with many community service projects, letting others know that Sigma Lambda Beta had come to campus with a myriad of inter-organization get-togethers, and recruiting and initiating admirable men of good virtues into the organization. In order to have chapter status, a colony had to have at least ten initiated men. On the day of February 23, 2002 during the weekend of Battle of the Betas, the SHSU colony had just finished winning third place when news that their chapter status application had been approved. This is the next celebrated day in the Lambda Beta Chapter history; this is the day the SHSU colony was turned into the Lambda Beta Chapter of Sam Houston State University. These are the honorable Brothers that were active at the time:

    Ricardo Valdez Nicolás López
    Edward Piña Andres Torres
    Reynaldo Salas Javier Pérez
    Javier Gonzales Guillermo Ramírez
    Abiel Martínez Kurt Shipley
    Daniel González

After that day, the newly found

chapter continued to strive for success. Out of the many males in Huntsville , only a select few were initiated to be brothers of the most honorable Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.-Lambda Beta Chapter. Up to this day, only seventeen additional men of excellent standards have been initiated to this chapter. Of course, this is still not the end of the Lambda Beta Chapter for there is much more to come…


2008 Executive Board

President Matt Frost
Vice President Jose Cruz Marquez
Secretary Luis Moreno
Treasurer Jose Arnoldo Fuentes


We pride ourselves in creating a family-oriented atmosphere on campus. This support network is one of the key aspects that makes our organization so powerful.

Cultural Awareness

Some of the most popular events in the past have been: Dia De Los Muertos and Cinco De Mayo.. Numerous cultures have been brought to this organization and we plan to recognize all of them.


Academic success is one main goal driving this fraternity. Brothers are expected to be studious and serious about the academic career.

Community Service

We have participated in Relay for life, sending Christmas cards to retirement homes, and working at the Woodlands Art Festivals.


Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, (also known as Lambda-Betas or Betas) is the largest historically Latino Greek letter intercollegiate fraternity. It was founded on April 4, 1986 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.


National Website

SLB Foundation