Originally organized in 1919 as La Tribu (The Loyal), Lambda Tau Delta is the oldest sorority at the University of Dubuque. Founded on the basis of trust, loyalty and friendship, the Lambda's commitment to sisterhood was illustrated by their peak in the 1930's. Over the course of years, the Lambdas reinforced their bond of friendship with events such as their annual cam-out at Wapasi State Park near Animosa, IA, an annual Chinese dinner, Alumni Teas, an annual Christmas party, and the traditional rose initiation ceremony at the end of pledging.
The sorority's name was changed from La Tribu to Lambda Tau Delta between the years of 1937-38. In the 1940's, the Lambdas began to see the beginning of tough times as their numbers began to dwindle until 1954 when they faded out completely. All documents pertaining to the sorority vanished over time, with the exception of the original constitution, which was revised in 1997. It was in 1997 that a group of junior students led by Tonya Dening of Chittenango, NY decided to revive the inactive sorority with hope of uplifting the scarce Greek system and offering an alternative to the still active sororities. The mascot of the Lambdas is the hoot owl, the flower is the rose, and their colors are red and black. The Lambdas also publish an annual newsletter, "The Go-Between," which is sent to alumni and actives.
Interested in Becoming Greek?
There are many ways to become a member of the University of Dubuque's Greek Life. To learn more about each organization, make sure to attend their informals in the Fall. Informals are events held by an organization to help inform potential members about the organization. The members of Lambda Tau Delta have had informals with themes such as: Pajama Jam and Mardi Gras.