Pig Dinner Update: Unfortunately due to COVID-19, Pig Dinner will be cancelled until 2021.


Alpha Iota's 112th Annual Frank Norris Pig Dinner will take place on Saturday, April 25th at the Iowa State Alumni Center.


$55 - Owl Classes (25, 50, 75 years of membership based on initiation date)

$95 - Registration Before April 10th

$115 - Registration After April 10th/Walkups

Click HERE to pay online* (Donation link included with online ticket sales)


*Service fees may apply

Listing of Confirmed Registrants: Click Here


List of 2019 Registrants: Click Here

Print Mail-In Registration Form: Click Here


Checks can be mailed to the following address:

Phi Gamma Delta

Pig Dinner Chair

325 Ash Ave

Ames, IA 50014


Owl Classes:

  • Silver - Initiated during the 1994-95 school year

  • Gold - Initiated during the 1969-70 school year

  • Diamond - Initiated during the 1944-45 school year


Silver Owl List 2020

Gold Owl List 2020

Toastmaster: Mike Penake ('98)

Keynote Speaker: Ken Caratelli ('72)

Originally from the Cleveland area, Ken served Alpha Iota as chapter president and participated in Cyclone football as a linebacker during the early 70’s.  He lettered in ’70, ’71 & ’72 and was a member of the teams that played in the Sun Bowl and Liberty Bowl.


Ken received his bachelor’s degree in ’73 and his master’s in ’79. He started his career working for the TRW Nelson Division in ’73.  From 2000- 06 he was VP sales and then President of Nelson Stud Welding, transitioning the business from a Fortune 500 company (TRW) to Citicorp Venture Capital.   In 2007 the business was acquired by Doncasters (a subsidiary of Dubai International Capital). He soon became President and CEO of Nelson Fastener Systems while also serving as managing director of Doncasters Inc.  In 2018 he marketed and sold NFS back to a Fortune 500 company, Stanley, Black and Decker. 


In 2019 Ken founded KRC Advisors LLC, a consulting firm focused on strategic and operational guidance.  He currently is living in Virginia and enjoys views of the ocean while having his morning coffee.



Friday, April 24th, 2020

2:00 pm - 6:30 pm                          Registration at FIJI

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm                          Dinner at Chapter House


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm                        Happy hour/Trivia event at Gateway Hotel

2100 Green Hills Dr

Ames, IA 50014

(515) 292-8600

7:30 pm                                            Trivia Begins

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

9:00 am - 4:00 pm                                   Registration at FIJI house


9:30 am - 10:30 am                                 Coffee and pastries


10:30 am - 12:00 pm                               Lunch at FIJI house

                                                                   -- House tours

                                                                   -- Lunch (Deli sandwiches, chips, cookies)


12:00 pm                                                  House corporation board elections/meeting


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm                                  Ad Astra Memorial Service


2:15 pm                                                    Group Picture in Front Lawn


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm                                  Campus tours (optional) guided by undergrads

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm                                  Happy hour at the Alumni center (429 Alumni Lane, Ames, IA 50011)

                                                                   --Cash bar

                                                                   -- Appetizers


6:15 pm                                                    Group Picture at the Alumni Center


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm                                  Norris Pig Dinner at ISU Alumni Center

                                                                   -- Awards Ceremony, Dinner Slideshow, Presentation of the Pig        

                                                                   -- Cash bar will remain open until 10:30 pm

Room Blocks (ask for Phi Gamma Delta/FIJI Pig Dinner):

Gateway Hotel ($129 per night)

King or Double Queen - $129/night

2100 Green Hills Dr

Ames, IA 50014

(515) 292-8600

Best Western Hotel

King - $99/night

Double Queen - $109/night

2500 S University Blvd

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 296-2500

Any Questions?

Please contact jsteinb@iastate.edu , asehnert@iastate.edu, or derekhuser@gmail.com



Phi Gamma Delta's Norris Pig Dinner is the most widely observed and longest continually running, chapter-based, annual graduate event in the Greek world. The first Pig Dinner was held at the University of California at Berkeley in 1893. In 1902, the Pig Dinner was dedicated in memory of Frank Norris (California at Berkeley 1894), whose sense of humor created the event that has become an annual ceremony throughout all of Fiji's chapters. 

Chapter House


Formal Reception Room

325 Ash Ave. Ames, IA 










112th Pig Dinner


April 25th, 2020

Iowa State Alumni Center

420 Beach Ave. Ames, IA