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Dear Alpha Delta Alumni:

Once again, it is time for the annual Indianapolis-area alumni dinner. The Date is Thursday, February 22, 2018, so mark your calendars and BE THERE!

UNLIKE PAST YEARS, we decided there WILL be planned speeches, but still no collections, except for your dinner and drinks, and absolutely no other agenda. Appetizers will be provided! Traditionally, this has been a terrific get-together of old and new friends and an opportunity to build social and business relationships.

To explain further, we have come to feel like there has been some lack of updates and misperceptions of the activities at 800 David Road. The house is on target to double in occupancy this Fall from Spring of last year. We are looking at coming off probation after this semester, while almost half the houses are on some sort of probation. To clarify questions about growth, alcohol rules today, our Top 10 GPA status out of 40 houses, etc., we are having new President Andrew Callas and a couple other members of Exec speak to everyone for a little bit during halftime. They, of course, will be mingling all evening to meet and introduce themselves. There are a lot of GREAT things going on in our Chapter!

We are also working on better alumni communications, including updating the database. With the above agenda, we hope you take a few minutes and reach out to your brethren and encourage them to RSVP, in case we have lost track of some alums.

The meeting place is The District Tap3720 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46240. It is between Keystone Avenue and Allisonville Road, just south of I-465. Theta Chi Alumni will have numerous tables reserved in the side party room, so just ask the hostess for Theta Chi.

The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, with an opportunity to order dinner. We will enjoy the Purdue vs. Illinois men’s basketball game on the TVs. Tip-off time for the game is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Please RSVP by calling 317-341-1679 or email to 

We look forward to seeing YOU at the dinner!!




The Chapter House

The Alpha Delta chapter house, located at 800 David Ross Rd. in the Acres,  was renovated in 1999 and can accommodate up to 100+ Brothers. It is one of only a few houses on campus to have central air conditioning. It is equipped with a very large kitchen, dining room, game room, and formal room.

The History of Alpha Delta Chapter

Plans to begin a local fraternity at Purdue were begun in 1917 by three men: James E. Maxwell, Carl F. Sander, and Charles H. Werkamn. They name the group "Sigma Tau Alpha" for Science, Technology, and Agriculture. The First World War severely impacted the enrollment of the University and these plans were put aside until the Spring of 1919.

In the Spring of 1919, a petition for the organization was given to the faculty sign by the following men: R. V. Allison, W. W. Baker, Glessie G. Cunningham, Lewis E. Husted, Clyde S. Brandenburg, Thomas K. Hartley, Henry S. Jones, Clarence Leuck, James E. Maxwell, Cecil L. Pigg, Carl F. Sander, and John R. Smyth. It was not until October of 1919, after the fraternity had obtained a house, that the faculty was convinced of the sincerity and permanency of the group, and at this point granted Sigma Tau Alpha a charter. The house purchased by the fraternity had formerly belonged to John T. McCutcheon, a well known cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. By taking advantage of the many men returning from the Army and Navy, the fraternity grew rapidly.

Sigma Tau Alpha selected its members from all departments of the University, believing that the combined efforts of men from all departments could do more for the University than could a more restricted group. The stated purpose of the organization was to aid its members to better fit themselves for their duties as citizens, as well as to afford more congenial surroundings while in college.

The pin designed by the founders was shaped to resemble a spherical triangle. The Greek letters Sigma, Tau, and Alpha were etched on a background of black enamel, which was bordered by an alternate crown set of pearls and rubies. A diamond blazing from the center of the pin represented the "Star of Hope."

Desiring to be associated with a national fraternity, the men of Sigma Tau Alpha, on November 13, 1919, dispatched a petition to the Grand Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity seeking absorption of Sigma Tau Alpha. Shortly thereafter, Brother Green from Chicago came to inspect the chapter. Also, an informal dance was held on February 6, 1920 and brothers from the Rho Chapter at the University of Illinois were house guests as they continued the investigation. On February 21, 1920, the Grand Chapter of Theta Chi approved the petition. Word was received on February 27 of the approval. The dates for installation of the chapter were set for March 26 and 27.

On Friday, March 26 the formal opening ceremonies began began at nine o'clock and 39 members of Sigma Tau Alpha became charter members of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Theta Chi.

Since that day in 1920, the chapter has owned five houses: 1018 State, 27 Russell, 608 Waldron. This new home was first occupied in the fall of 1927 and was built at a cost of $85,000. The house was lost during the Depression Era of the 1930's. The fourth house was located at 359 Vine, and the present house is located at 800 David Ross Rd.

The history of Delta Sigma Lambda fits here as an insert of 1936-1937. In 1937 following the merger of Delta Sigma Lambda with Theta Chi, the chapter again had a large house and chapter. World War II had a large impact on the fraternity system. Membership was so depleted that operation nearly ceased. In 1943, the house was leased to the Navy for the duration of the war, and Alpha Delta's six remaining actives relocated to the Pi Kappa Alpha house along with the men of six other fraternities. In 1944, a fire at this house destroyed the third floor, along with most of the Chapter's valuable records and coveted trophies.

In October 1944, the men moved back in the house at 359 Vine, and in 1945 the Chapter consisted of 22 undergraduates and nine pledges. Following the war, over 100 Chapter members returned to Purdue to place the chapter back at the top in scholarship, activities, sports, and prestige.

The chapter continued to do well until the mid-1950's when it was placed on national probation by the Grand Chapter. It was through the cooperation of the undergraduates and the alumni that these difficulties were resolved, and as a result the chapter regained its reputation and strength.

The loyal support of the alumni has been evident throughout the history of the chapter. Their cooperation made possible the construction of present chapter house, built in 1966 at a cost of $450,000, and the renovation of it in 1999.

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