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Tarkio College

Delta Gamma Chapter

Tarkio College
Founded: October 10, 1970
Status: In-Active



Chapter History

Tarkio College was founded in 1883. In 1908 the Athenian Literary Society was established. In 1939 it changed its name to Alpha Lambda Sigma. In 1970 college enrollment was 563 and the campus prohibition against national fraternities was lifted. Alpha Lambda Sigma petitioned Alpha Sigma Phi for a charter. Grand Province Chief Louis De Luca, Wagner '58, presented the provisional chapter certificate to Michael Vagnino, Tarkio '70, first president of the colony.

The chapter was installed by Grand Councilor Robert Allen, Purdue '43, Grand Province Chiefs Richard Gibbs, Oklahoma '53, Larry Grimes, Bethany '61 and Field Representative James Mulligan, with 20 undergraduate charter members on October 10, 1970. Alpha Sigma Phi was the first national fraternity to enter Tarkio College. The chapter maintained a mule barn which was used as a theater on the campus.  Inflationary pressures of the mid 1970's, coupled with an enrollment decline as the "baby boom" ended, brought budget, enrollment, and program cuts to Tarkio College. The charter was withdrawn in 1976 and the college lost accreditation shortly thereafter. The chapter roll contains names of 55 initiates.

In April 1982, contact was made by a Tarkio College student, Earl Spellman, interested in reviving the chapter. After investigation by Grand Province Chief Kent Porter, Missouri Valley '78, it was decided conditions did not warrant a return at that time. In 1990 Tarkio College ceased operations.

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