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History and Founding Fathers

Gamma Chapter History
1953

November 7th marks the beginning of our story with the initiation of the charter members of Alpha Gamma Sigma - Gamma Chapter in Lincoln, Nebraska. The first steps to creating this chapter were taken by Dan Hixon, Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture, who was contacted by members of the Beta Chapter. Assistant Dean Hixon then met with the Agricultural Men's Club at UNL, and approximately half of the members decided to colonize with Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity. During the period of colonization, Donald R. Warner, an alumnus of the Beta Chapter, served as the chapter advisor. The house located at 3256 Holdrege Street would become the original home of Alpha Gamma Sigma.

Gamma Chapter Founding Fathers, 1953

Front row (left): Kay Don Wiggins, Jerry Jensen, Stan Eberspacher, Phil Miller, Alois Bell, Charlie Watson and Dale Filkins
Middle row: Dick Jiskra, Donald Sander, Maurice Norton, Vern Jacobmeier, Carroll French, Don Lees, Dale Van Vleck, Lloyd Lathrop and Art Kuhl
Back row: Don Fitz, Lee Nielsen, Jack Stammer, Gerald Schiermeyer, Merton “Cap” Dierks, Boyd Stuhr, Chuck Schuerman and Norm Reed

1955

The Gamma Chapter continued to grow and develop in the years following initiation, becoming well known throughout the greek community for their involvement in campus organizations and the community. The growth of the chapter led to the decision to relocate to a new chapter house located at 4013 Holdrege Street.

1956

Shortly after moving locations, the young Gamma Chapter was given the opportunity to purchase the facility at 4001 Holdrege Street, previously occupied by FarmHouse. This location would serve as the home of the Gamma Chapter for decades to come.

1971

As the academic year came to a close in May, the Gamma Chapter began building a new facility at the 4001 Holdrege Street location with funds from the alumni association. This new facility was highly beneficial to continuing the chapter’s history of expansion and advancement, and the decision to incorporate apartment-style living areas rather than traditional dorm-style spaces in the house’s design allowed the members to be more connected while also providing a more comfortable living experience.

1987

This year marked one of the most significant achievements for the men of the Gamma Chapter with the formation of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Foundation. This special foundation was created to ensure that the needs of the Gamma Chapter will continue to be met and that Alpha Gamma Sigma will always be able to provide a valuable fraternity experience.

1998

This summer provided a new opportunity for growth, as an addition was built on to the existing chapter house. Thanks to the generous donations from our alumni, the chapter was able to receive a state of the art kitchen and computer room in order to meet its members’ needs.

Throughout all of the changes in our chapter’s history, the internal quality of the Gamma Chapter remains the same as we continue to lead the campus in scholarship and involvement. For the past 67 years our members have worked tirelessly to redefine the fraternity stereotype and provide a community of innovation and success.

The Gamma Chapter has always been at the heart of Greek life at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From our founding to the present, our proud history speaks for itself through high academic achievement and leadership within the university. With more than 1,100 initiates, the Gamma Chapter has influenced the lives of numerous men and cultivated lasting friendships in the process. Many of our best college memories can be traced back to our Alpha Gamma Sigma experience.

While many of our alumni have graduated and gone on to successful and distinguished careers in agriculture, animal science, business, banking, engineering, law, and countless other endeavors, the common bond of our brotherhood remains, along with our shared principles and values. We can trace the roots of our success to our founders in the fall of 1953, who laid the foundation for this organization that continues to develop well-rounded and successful individuals. The principles ingrained into the culture of our fraternity have been integral to our personal success, helping to make us the men we are today.

Our chapter house has been a home away from home for hundreds of young men and a classroom where our brothers have learned from our founders the principles of striving to be excellent scholars, exceptional citizens, and a group with outstanding morals.

Grounded In

  • Study groups, intramural teams, and a variety of club involvements are all areas in which we work cohesively to achieve greater heights as a brotherhood.

  • The fraternity provides brothers not in blood, but in bond; countless genuine friendships, which grow into life-long relationships and opportunities.

  • By providing community and accountability, we help our members look after their mental, physical, and spiritual health through college’s many challenges.

  • We believe fairness throughout life is essential to success, which is why we consider this principle to be the pillar of all success.

  • Our Leadership Development Program, offices, committees, and campus involvements help prepare our members to adapt and prosper through life’s challenges.

  • The fraternity provides structure and guidance to young men, teaching them personal responsibility and respect for others.

  • In a society increasingly drawn toward short-term gratification, we teach true integrity through proper conduct and values.

  • Our members invest their resources (time, money, advice, and companionship) into this organization knowing that their efforts contribute to something greater than any individual.

  • We provide a professional environment and a multitude of resources and incentives to produce well-educated and highly-skilled individuals.

  • As college serves as a transition from childhood to adulthood, this fraternity teaches young men the skills and characteristics needed to be self-sufficient.

  • We exercise etiquette, courtesy, and respect in our relationships and help students network with others, for friendships lay the foundation for professional connections.

  • Classes, sports, and activities all provide practice in both impartiality and superiority, which are necessary in the competitive nature of life.

  • Temperate living, pertaining to many aspects of life, allows us to enjoy wholesome lives while maintaining success and respect amongst our associates.

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