Lambda Chi Alpha Celebrates 100 Years at USD

Image Lambda Chi 100th USD alum Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks at the Lambda Chi fraternity chapter's 100th anniversary banquet.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- An Alaskan sled dog racer and a congressional committee chairman were among about 350 alumni of the University of South Dakota’s Alpha-Gamma chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha who gathered over the weekend to mark the fraternity’s 100th anniversary.

The chapter was officially chartered on April 8, 1916. Among the USD alums who marked the occasion on campus: U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; Vern Halter, mayor of Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, and Iditarod racer and dog trainer; state Rep. Fred Romkema from Spearfish; and USD President James W. Abbott.

“The biggest part of this celebration is to rekindle friendships among all brothers from across decades, to see the alumni re-explore the campus where lifelong friendships were created and share their stories of the fraternity is what this event is truly about,” said Tyler Tordsen, former USD student and Student Government Association president and member of Lambda Chi Alpha.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News