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.