Lambda Chi Alpha - Alpha-Tau Zeta

203 Ash Avenue
Ames, IA 50014

On June 2, 1917 the Iowa State chapter was installed as the Alpha Tau Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. Our roots were in the Alamo Club, a local eating club founded on April 15, 1909.Our chapter was forced to close in 1934 because of the Great Depression, but was reinstated on December 6, 1948 thanks to the efforts of alumni brothers Howard Crist, Seth Winslow, Bill Groesbeck, and Dr. Harry Shadle, Professor of Finance. We are the fastest growing fraternity with over 10,000 undergraduate members throughout North America. Our chapter's no hazing policy has been in place for over half a century, and we abandoned the pledge-ship concept a quarter century ago. Our newest members are associate members and have all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of initiated members, except those issues involving the Initiation Ritual. Our new True Brother initiative is the basis of our member education program for both associate and initiated members. It is based on the seven core values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service and Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. It is proven to ease the transition for members from high school to the college environment. Eleven of thirteen living suites in our chapter house were completely remodeled during the summer of 2004. The renovated suits have a new bathroom, furnishings, and individually controlled HVAC unit and is protected by both fire alarm and suppression system.

Nickname Lambda Chi
Philanthropy During the fall we operate a haunted house called Gorevile Manor and raise money for Childserve of Johnston, Iowa. Childserve operates a convalescent home for handicapped children. We are their third largest all time contributors and have supported them for over twenty years. We also hold a grass volleyball tournament in the spring to support the fight against breast cancer. Finally, our International Fraternity sponsors the North American Food Drive which collects hundreds of thousands of pounds of food for local food pantries each year.
Colors Royal Purple, Kelly Green, and Olde Gold
Symbols Cross & Cresent
Chapter Founded June 2, 1917
Chapter Website
Chapter Phone
National Founded Boston University on November 2, 1909
National Website
National Phone 317-872-8000
Lambda Chi Alpha - Alpha-Tau Zeta
203 Ash Avenue


  • Dues: $3700 Living In $500 Dues
  • Style of living: 2 person rooms w/ suite style bathroom
  • Maximum capacity: 44
  • Internet: Ethernet cables and wireless capability
  • Cable: Free cable available in all rooms
  • Other Information: NO COLD AIR DORMS!
    Meals: 9 hot meals per week, plus daily breakfast.
    24/7 kitchen w/ leftovers, snack foods, sandwiches, available for in and out of house members.
    BBQ's and Tailgates in the fall and spring.
    Desks, closets, built-in dressers, and loft beds provided.
    Scholarships available to initiated members.
    Regional and International leadership conferences with scholarships provided by the alumni and the chapter.
    Many leadership opportunities within the chapter.
    Study areas and meeting conference areas available.
    Strong focus on leadership, academics, community service with a very strong brotherhood.
    Free laundry with three washers and three dryers.
    35 parking spaces, all free.
    Each unit has its own personally controlled heating and A/C unit.
    All utilities, dues, and infrastructure charges are included in the house bill. The only additional charge is a one-time initiation fee of $215.
  • Freshmen: Encouraged to live in Chapter house