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Chartered on June 24, 1856, Lambda Chapter has been part of the DePauw community for 158 years, and is the oldest chapter of Phi Gamma Delta in continuous existence--a remarkable legacy by any measure! Throughout these years, Lambda brothers have been campus leaders, outstanding scholars, athletes, and noted for accomplishments in life after DePauw. Many have been leaders of DePauw after graduation, serving on the board of trustees, alumni board, and strongly supporting DePauw to enhance the educational experience for students today and in the future.

Pig Dinner 2017: April 8!

Join us this spring at our annual Pig Dinner at the chapter house! This year we've added a golf outing to the schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Brainerd.

RSVP by April 7 using the below button! We hope to see you there.

MORE GOOD NEWS: Lambda's renovation plans are expanding!


Brothers, thanks to some recent sizeable donations and a new approach to financing, the Lambda Chapter renovation will also include an expansion.

By now you should have received the Tiger FIJI, which announced our plans to renovate the main floor foyer and second and third floors—replacing the walls, floors, and ceilings, plus new electrical wiring and a new forced-air heating and air conditioning system. This will begin Monday, May 22, immediately following graduation; and is planned to be complete by August 17 when students return for the fall semester.

Our plans now include construction of (1) a new west wing, which will move the kitchen westward, and (2) an informal study area—with a gas fireplace—to the south of the dining room. This will accommodate group study in an informal environment, with convenient access to coffee and snacks in the kitchen. It will also permit expanded use of the dining area. At maximum capacity of 100-plus, it will be able to host Pig Dinner. No more need to carry the pig down stairs!

The best news of all is that we will be breaking ground on April 8 during Pig Dinner Weekend, right after lunch!

Please take a good look below at all the events planned for that weekend, and come to Greencastle if you can. And bring your golf clubs! The undergrads have set up a golf outing for us starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Here's an internet link that contains contact information for the hotels and motels in the Greencastle area that weekend: www.depauw.edu/about/campus/visiting/hotels. It helps to identify all the close-by places to stay.

And here's a schedule of the Pig Dinner Weekend:
Please make your plans to come break new ground at Lambda, and meet the undergraduates.

9:00 a.m. – Golf Outing: Clover Meadows Golf Course. Pay at the course that morning.

12:00 noon – Buffet luncheon

1:00 p.m. – Groundbreaking: Renovation and expansion of the chapter house
  • Capital Campaign progress report
  • Distinguished Lambda FIJIs recognition ceremony
  • Lambda House Corporation annual meeting – officer elections
1:00 p.m. – Board of chapter advisors meetings with cabinet, seniors, and new initiates

5:00 p.m. – Cocktails: The Inn at DePauw

6:00 p.m. – Frank Norris Pig Dinner: downstairs bumroom at Lambda chapter house "Bringing in the Pig"
Principal speaker – Thomas Grooms '66
Presentation of 25- and 50-year Silver and Gold Owl pins to the classes of '95 and '70
Undergraduate Chapter Awards presentations


Tom Grooms, Lambda '66, is the former director of Design Excellence and the Arts at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)—the federal civilian government landlord. As director of Design Excellence, he was responsible for the selection of the architect and engineering teams that designed federal buildings, and the development and approval of the designs. He also managed the agency’s Art in Architecture program, which commissioned American artists to create permanent installations of contemporary art for federal buildings. As custodian of GSA's Fine Arts Collection, he oversaw the safety, preservation, and accessibility of more than 23,000 works dating from 1850 to the present.

Prior to coming to GSA, Grooms managed the Federal Design Improvement Program at the National Endowment for the Arts and the quadrennial Presidential Design Awards. It was during this period that he helped GSA establish the award-winning GSA Design Excellence program, which he later directed.

Grooms is the author of two books: The Majesty of Capitol Hill and the World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C. He also has written and co-produced numerous short films on federal architecture, including "Architecture & Democracy" and "Of Our Time: Changing the Course of Federal Architecture."

In addition to his BA in political science and economics from DePauw, he holds a BFA in environmental design from Parsons School of Design, and a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law School.

He resides in Washington, D.C.