News & Events
Fall 2018 Alumni Tailgates
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Join us at the chapter house this Saturday, October 27 for an alumni tailgate, hosted by the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association!
Kicking things off at 11:30am, Abbey Road Catering will be providing a build-your-own burger bar for lunch. Drinks are also available for purchase at a full cash bar, which will be open 11:30am-2:00pm.
This event is free for all alumni, but any donations to help support the GRAA in hosting these alumni tailgates are always welcome and appreciated.
We hope you’ll stop by the house Saturday as the Sooners return to Norman for Homecoming 2018!
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, November 10, 2018 (Tailgate TBD)
Alumni tailgate for the Bedlam football game
Stay tuned for confirmation of tailgate plans and additional details!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Alumni tailgate for Dad’s Day weekend and the OU vs. KU football game
Gamma Rho Zeta Hosts Successful White Rose Pageant
April 25, 2018
The White Rose Pageant had not been held since 2015, and the new officers, led by High Alpha Sam Jackson (ΓΡ 5493) and High Theta Chapman Wise (ΓΡ 2823), decided to get it going again. So, with less than a month of planning and lots of very fast work, the White Rose Pageant was held on April 25, 2018, at the Sooner Theatre. Our active brothers were able to put together a great pageant and raise $2,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.
We believe you can still help increase the total by contributing to the Go Fund Me page.
We are very proud this group of officers decided to bring back this worthy philanthropic event. ZAX!
Sooner Scandals 2018
April 8, 2018
The brothers of Lambda Chi teamed up with Pi Beta Phi for Scandals and presented “One Normal Night”. We placed second and won best A cappella, Best Supporting Male, and Best Supporting Female.
New Trophy Case Doors
April 7, 2018
Our Parents Club has paid to have glass doors put on the new trophy case in the living room. Thank you parents! Many of you will recognize the Coat of Arms that was removed from the 3rd new hallway and preserved during the house renovation. It’s new location presents it well and for all to see.
Congratulations to Our 2018 Scholarship Winners!
April 7, 2018
The Gamma Rho Alumni Association presented scholarships and awards today during Mom’s Day Weekend at OU. Nearly $13,000 was awarded to 21 active brothers at Gamma-Rho, as follows:
Quade Scholarship (4.0 Associate Awards)
Jay Bobb, Davis Derr, Davis Lauderdale, Matt Mills, and Ben Neighbors
Michael Buckley (ΓΡ 2711), Jacob Carmen (ΓΡ 2690), and Asher Nees (ΓΡ 2709)
Dr. Loyd Harris Scholarship
Alex Jensen (ΓΡ 2763) and Jake Neighbors (ΓΡ 2765)
Walter B. Malone Scholarship
Blake Adam (ΓΡ 2776), Bailey Champagne (ΓΡ 2762), Sam Jackson (ΓΡ 2767), Connor McKee (ΓΡ 2705), Carter Pettigrew (ΓΡ 2768), and Zach Smalling (ΓΡ 2766)
James R. Jones Scholarship
Matt Mills and Chapman Wise
James C. Benson Memorial Scholarship
Asher Martel (ΓΡ 2761)
Garrett Draper Memorial Award
Asher Nees (ΓΡ 2709)
Don Sherman Brotherhood Award
Zach Schuermann (ΓΡ 2649)
(This was the very first Don Sherman award presented)
Thank you to our scholarship committee, chaired by Matt Nash (ΓΡ 2306) and High Sigma Jack Creedon, members Brandon Cook (ΓΡ 2451), Sam Kiehl (ΓΡ 2384), Tanner Tiedeman (ΓΡ 2416), and Rodger Lalli (ΓΡ 1894).
Thank you Eric Olivo (ΓΡ 1133) for representing GRAA and presenting the scholarships at the Parents Club meeting.
Thanks to all of our alumni who continue to support Gamma0-Rho through gifts to the OU Foundation. You can help support our active brothers by donating online.
President’s Trophy 2018
April 6, 2018
This year the chapter received the following recognitions in the annual President’s Trophy Award competition:
Outstanding Chapter: Member Volunteerism
Superior Award: Academics
Superior Award: Campus Activities
Superior Award: Community Involvement
Congratulations to our active brothers!
Newly Initiated Brothers
January 21, 2018
Congratulations to our 47 new Gamma-Rho Initiates!
Intramural Championship fence restored
November 23, 2017
Thanks to the generosity of some of our alumni and donors, our historic intramural championship fence has returned! The fence had not been been replaced since the chapter house renovation, but thanks to the leadership of former High Rho Josh Cardosi (ΓΡ 2710), the fence again looks as it should.
You can read more about the fence restoration in the Spring 2018 edition of the Gamma Rhover newsletter.
If you are interested in helping the chapter and Gamma-Rho Alumni Association on our next projects–repainting the basketball court and restoring chapter composite photos to be hung in the house–please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dad’s Day Alumni Tailgate
November 11, 2017
As the Sooners get ready for the biggest home game of the year, come by and join the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association for our final alumni tailgate of the year. The full, cash-only (no credit cards) bar opens at 3:30pm.
Come by to see the house, watch some football, and catch up with old friends. We hope to see you there!
Homecoming Weekend Alumni Tailgate
October 28, 2017
This weekend is Homecoming Weekend 2017! Join us on Saturday, October 28, for an alumni tailgate at the chapter house. The tailgate will start at 4:00pm.
Free food will be available in the dining room, catered by Rudy’s BBQ. Sooner Legends will be providing a cash-only bar. PLEASE BRING CASH, not credit cards. Domestic beers available for $3, imports for $5, wine for $6, mixed drinks for $7.
This event is free for all Gamma-Rho alumni, members, and their families. As always, donations are appreciated, as they solely fund these events for alumni. There will be a table where you can donate to the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association and update your alumni contact information. Thank you for your generosity.
We look forward to seeing you for Homecoming on Saturday. Boomer!
September 2, 2017
Join us at the chapter house on Saturday, September 2, to kick off the season and the Lincoln Riley era with an alumni tailgate! The tailgate will start at 11:00am.
Free food will be available in the dining room, catered by Sooner Legends. Sooner Legends will also be providing a cash-only bar in the front yard. PLEASE BRING CASH, not credit cards. Domestic beers available for $3, imports for $5, wine for $6, mixed drinks for $7.
This event is free for all Gamma-Rho alumni, members, and their families. Donations are always appreciated–please help the GRAA fund these tailgates!
We look forward to seeing you Saturday. Boomer!
2017 Loyd Harris Alumni Golf Tournament
Having returned to Norman, Oklahoma, again this year, the renovated OU Jimmie Austin Golf Club welcomed another group of Gamma-Rho alumni for the annual alumni golf tournament. This year’s winning team, pictured below, included:
Join us for the Loyd Harris Alumni Golf Tournament
April 22, 2017
$165 per golfer | Team of four $635
Hole sponsorship $100
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start begins at 1:30 p.m.
Register online at www.chopclassic.com
Contact Todd Kahoe (ΓΡ 1619) at email@example.com with any questions.
Congratulations to Our Spring 2016 Scholarship Winners!
Briek Pauwels (ΓΡ 2542)
James Connor Rowe (ΓΡ 2588)
Nicholas Creedon (ΓΡ 2598)
Brett Fene (ΓΡ 2604)
Tave Wise (ΓΡ 2645)
Zach Schuermann (ΓΡ 2649)
Edward Arnold (ΓΡ 2647)
Alexander Berney (ΓΡ 2658)
Corbin King (ΓΡ 2659)
Homecoming 2016 – Royalty Again!
OU’s Homecoming weekend was held October 28-30, 2016. Among the festivities of the weekend was the crowning of Gamma-Rho’s latest addition to a long line of OU Homecoming Kings. David Doshier (ΓΡ 2593) and Sarah Stagg were named OU’s 2016 Homecoming King and Queen. David is now the 12th Gamma-Rho member to claim the title since the award’s inception in 1985.
Gamma-Rho’s OU Homecoming King History
2016 – David Doshier (ΓΡ 2593)
2014 – Jake Pasdach (ΓΡ 2473)
2013 – Ray Wolber (ΓΡ 2467)
2010 – Michael Nash (ΓΡ 2253)
2008 – Ben Bigbie (ΓΡ 2148)
2007 – Eddie Coates (ΓΡ 2093)
1999 – Bryan Magstadt (ΓΡ 1699)
1998 – Craig Buchan (ΓΡ 1658)
1996 – Joe Loy (ΓΡ 1609)
1995 – Mark Robinson (ΓΡ 1534)
1987 – Bobby Clark, Jr. (ΓΡ 1246)
1985 (First Year of Award) – Tim Rasnic (ΓΡ 1183)
Chapter Eternal: Don Sherman, ΓΡ 374
September 24, 2016
It is with great sadness in our hearts that we report to you the passing of Brother Donald Neil Sherman (ΓΡ 374). Don passed at 2:30am on Saturday, September 24, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. One of Gamma-Rho’s most beloved alumni, Don’s leadership and loyal service to Lambda Chi Alpha played a monumental role in providing us all the opportunity to be a part of this organization that shaped our lives.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00pm on Tuesday, September 27, at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman.
Mary has informed us that they are setting up the Lambda Chi Alpha Don Sherman Brotherhood Scholarship at the OU Foundation. Gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to the OU Foundation with instructions to be placed in this scholarship. More information about this and the celebration of Don’s amazing life can be found here.
We have lost a great one who cannot be replaced.
Alumni Tailgates – Fall 2016
This fall the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association will be again hosting official alumni tailgates at the chapter house. $20 per wristband gets you food and beer, and a full cash bar will also be available. Tailgates will take place three hours prior to kick off at the chapter house. Be sure to save the following dates:
September 17, 2016 – OU v. Ohio State
October 29, 2016 – OU v. Kansas (Homecoming)
November 12, 2016 – OU v. Baylor
December 12, 2016 – OU v. OSU
Tailgate details are subject to kickoff times for each game. The best way to find out details about the tailgates and other alumni events is by updating your contact info with the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association. You can also visit the official OU Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Facebook page.
2016 High Zeta Officer Installation – Dec. 13, 2015
The new chapter officers were officially installed on Sunday, December 13, 2013. The officers who will lead the chapter this next year are:
High Alpha – Nick Creedon (ΓΡ 2598)
High Beta – Bond Olivo (ΓΡ 2643)
High Theta – Alex Berney (ΓΡ 2658)
High Gamma – Adam Kleid (ΓΡ 2677)
High Tau – Tave Wise (ΓΡ 2645)
High Sigma – Sam Jett (ΓΡ 2652)
High Iota – Connor McKee (ΓΡ 2705)
High Phi – Joe Lovoi (ΓΡ 2599)
High Rho – J.D. Baker (ΓΡ 2648)
High Epsilon – Connor Houston (ΓΡ 2655)
High Kappas – Reid McDonald (ΓΡ 2653) & Zach Schuermann (ΓΡ 2649)
High Delta – Jack Arthur (ΓΡ 2681)
Exec – Justice Savage (ΓΡ 2651) | Austin Casillas (ΓΡ 2656) | Brett Fene (ΓΡ 2604)
Standards Chair – Prescott Cowley (ΓΡ 2590)
Room Naming Ceremony and Alumni Tailgate – Nov. 7, 2015
We had a great turnout for the Room Naming Ceremony, where we recognized the generous alumni donors who helped make the 2013 chapter house renovations possible. Hundreds of alumni, current members and their parents joined for the ceremony and accompanying tailgate, hosted by the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association.
We hope to see you next football season at our alumni tailgates! Be sure to update your contact info to receive news from the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association.
Room Naming Ceremony and Alumni Tailgate – Nov. 7, 2015
Join the Gamma-Rho Alumni Association and current Lambda families for the official Room Naming Ceremony, commemorating the generous gifts by chapter alumni in support of the recent chapter house renovation and expansion.
The Room Naming Ceremony will take place at 2:30 at the chapter house, followed by the season’s first alumni tailgate, which will offer all you can eat food and beer for $10.
Lambda Chi Mom’s Tea with Mom Roberts
All Lambda Chi moms — please feel free to join our beloved House Mother, Carol Roberts, for the annual Mom’s Tea. Please RSVP to Mom Roberts per the event invitation included here.
Alumni Brick Orders
The Parents Club of the Gamma-Rho chapter have joined efforts with the Lambda Housing Corporation in selling bricks as a fundraiser. Ordered bricks will be installed in the sidewalk around the Lambda House. The Parents Club will receive a portion on the first $100 of every brick order and the balance will go to the Housing Corporation in support of the house renovations.
Click here for additional information and ordering details.
Fall 2014 Scholarship Winners
During the Dad’s Day celebration on November 8, 2014, four Walter B. Malone Scholarships and one Winton Scholarship were awarded to some of Gamma-Rho’s outstanding members. Pictured are the four Walter B. Malone Scholarship winners: Ryan Lehr (ΓΡ 2548); Zak Anderson (ΓΡ 2540); Luke Olinger (ΓΡ 2553); and Patrick Bass (ΓΡ 2536). Jake Pasdach (ΓΡ 2473), won the Winton Scholarship.
Homecoming 2014 – Royalty Again!
OU’s Homecoming weekend was held October 17-19, 2014. Gamma-Rho partnered with the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the men of Lambda Phi Epsilon, and the men of Phi Kappa Psi to compete in the annual Homecoming competition. The group won first place in the Homecoming Rah Rally dance!
You can view the video of the winning dance HERE.
Also during the weekend, 2013 Homecoming King Ray Wolber (ΓΡ 2467), passed the crown to Jake Pasdach (ΓΡ 2473). This marks the fifth time in the last eight years that a Gamma-Rho member has been voted OU’s homecoming king by the student body, and the sixth time in eight years that Gamma-Rho has had at least one member in the Homecoming Royalty Court.
Gamma-Rho Welcomes 64 New Associate Members
Gamma-Rho Zeta had a solid recruiting season this year. High Delta Danny Price (ΓΡ 2574) our recruitment team, and Chapter did an outstanding job of putting together a great associate member class for 2014.
This associate class is a terrific example of the continued commitment to excellence at 904 College. Of the 64 new associates, nine are members of the President’s Leadership Class, three are members of the President’s Community Scholars, and several are National Merit Scholars.
Lambda Chi Elected IFC President – Nov. 7, 2013
For the fourth time in five years, a Lambda Chi has been elected by the student body as OU’s Interfraternity Council President. Jake Pasdach (ΓΡ 2473) and a Public Relations junior from Claremore, Oklahoma, was announced as the new IFC President on November 7, 2013. Jake will assume the office previously held by Drew Knox (ΓΡ 2437) of McKinney, Texas.
Prior to the voting period, Jake spoke to fraternity chapters across campus about this platform ideas. Elections were held November 5 and 6. Students voted online and the results of the election were revealed on November 7.
Homecoming 2013 – Oct. 26, 2013
2013 was another fantastic year for Lambda Chi in OU’s Homecoming competitions. Partnering with the women of Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Phi Lambda, the group finished 2nd overall, with individual 1st place finishes in both the sidewalk chalk and south oval board competitions. The group placed 3rd in the dance competition.
High Beta Ben Laptad (ΓΡ 2424) and High Alpha Ray Wolber (ΓΡ 2467) were both selected as two of the five men at OU to be a part of OU’s Homecoming Royalty Court. Ray was voted as OU’s Homecoming King by the student body.
This year marked the fifth year out of the last seven in which at least one Lambda Chi was nominated to OU’s Homecoming Court. In those seven years, the OU Homecoming King has been a Lambda Chi for four of them.